This year has been a strange reading year for me. I have either been finding excellent books one right after another or ending up on the receiving end of a streak of one-star disappointments. Most of this can be accredited to stress and discomfort with processing through the constant flow of uncertainty that 2020 has… Continue reading The Best Books of 2020 Part 1 – January to June
May and June (thus far) have proved to be quite invaluable with regard to diverse books authored by writers of colour. With titles being offered for lightning-timed prices of zero dollars to approximately a couple bucks here and there, so many brilliant novels from my TBR (to-be-read) list, across subgenres of young adult to adult and historical fiction to fantasy, have fallen conveniently into my Kindle library. As such, I now have a decent collection of things to read and review on The Djinn Reader for the remainder of 2020.
This year has been incredibly eventful with a vast majority of the occurrences being tragedies or mass failings by our government, bringing about intense uncertainty. However, the one takeaway from 2020 that can bring relative comfort are all of the fantastic books that have been hitting shelves. Books for me have always been a source… Continue reading Celebrating Pride: 33 Queer Book Releases of 2020 by POC & BIPOC
Japanese literature is one of my favourite genres to read, so much so that I have been engaging with it (including the in-depth study of) for the better part of a decade. It is what I tend to gravitate towards the most, especially since it has taught me an incalculable wealth of information on how… Continue reading Book Recommendations: 9 #OwnVoices Novels by Japanese Women for New Readers of the Genre
“The men watched with fascination as she opened a book and bowed her head in it. It looked like she was avoiding the crowd, and she appeared to want to blend in. It was impossible though since she’d already caught the attention of her audience by simply standing out in her red dress.” The Name… Continue reading The Name of Red by Beena Khan
“With every item she tossed into the washer’s gaping mouth, she dissected every sentence she could recall saying to Neela, analysing the implications of her words and how they might have been interpreted.” The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya is an #OwnVoices South Asian-Canadian contemporary novel about two uniquely separate musicians that formulate a friendship after… Continue reading The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya
Can sadness be too heavy for God? Maybe God can bear it all, but I don't know if I can. The world is a stone in me, heavy with Baba's voice and the old clock tower and the man selling tea in the street. I want to believe things are supposed to be better, but… Continue reading The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar
In truth, we were similar. Like two sides of a fan, we were at odds with each other, we competed with each other, but our fates similarly rested in the hands of the Emperor--the holder, the commander, the manipulator of our destinies. The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel is an #OwnVoices Chinese… Continue reading The Moon in the Palace (The Empress of Bright Moon #1) by Weina Dai Randel
Ramadan is my favourite month in the year. Ever since I was a child, it has been a source of immense comfort and hope. Throughout the month as I join my family and fellow Muslims in fasting, I am able to reflect on a myriad of things that help me find significant gratitude within my… Continue reading A Celebration of Muslim Authors via the 2020 Ramadan Readathon
Asalam-a-laikum and bula, friends! Welcome to The Djinn Reader! My name is Shafiya Mū and this is my newest book blog, dedicated entirely to Queer and Asian Literature. Please, join me on my journey.