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Monthly Wrap Up: May 2020

This month - or last month since I'm writing this in June - I prioritised reading books by Muslim authors due to Ramadan and I took part in my first readathon, which was the Ramadan Readathon run by Nadia aka Headscarves & Hardbacks. I really enjoyed taking part in the readathon and more consciously picking… Continue reading Monthly Wrap Up: May 2020

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Monthly Wrap Up: April 2020

April felt like the longest month in existence, but at the same time, it's already May when I'm writing this and it feels like time is all over the place right now. It's been another month of lockdown for the UK and other countries around the globe and Ramadan also began towards the end of… Continue reading Monthly Wrap Up: April 2020

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SARC Collaborates with Ramadan Readathon | Q&A to start this blessed month

It’s the first day of Ramadan Readathon and we’re exploring the theme of culture! We are so excited to be part of this South Asian Reading Challenge (co-hosted by Samia & Rumaanah) and Ramadan Readathon (created by Nadia) collaboration. Culture is multi-faceted and layered with identity, religion, ethnicity, and family experiences. The three of us… Continue reading SARC Collaborates with Ramadan Readathon | Q&A to start this blessed month

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Monthly Wrap Up: March 2020

This has been a slower reading month for me, and I mostly read ARCS but I did find some real gems which I'm so happy to have read and have been a bright spot in a pretty rough time. This past month has been such a strange and difficult one for so many people due… Continue reading Monthly Wrap Up: March 2020

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Monthly Wrap Up: February 2020

February has been a strange month for me, with a few surprising things in my personal life as well as being able to spend time with family and getting more proactive on the job front. It can be disheartening for sure to face rejection after rejection but I'm trying my best to have faith and… Continue reading Monthly Wrap Up: February 2020

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The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey

A terrible secret lies buried at the heart of this house. August 1939. As the world goes to war, Hetty Cartwright arrives at Lockwood Manor, to take up her new post for the duration of the war, as safekeeper of the natural history museum’s most treasured animal collection, recently evacuated from London. Yet life at… Continue reading The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey

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The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa

A haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance, from the acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor. On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses—until things become much more serious. Most of the island's inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few imbued… Continue reading The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa

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The Stray Cats of Homs by Eva Nour

‘A cat has seven souls in Arabic. In English cats have nine lives. You probably have both nine lives and seven souls, because otherwise I don’t know how you’ve made it this far.' Sami’s childhood is much like any other - an innocent blend of family and school, of friends and relations and pets (including… Continue reading The Stray Cats of Homs by Eva Nour

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The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The whole of Barcelona stretched out at my feet and I wanted to believe that when I opened those windows — my new windows — each evening its streets would whisper stories to me, secrets in my ear, that I could catch on paper and narrate to whomever cared to listen… In an abandoned mansion… Continue reading The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Monthly Wrap Up: January 2020

As I love to do these days, I did a little poll over on my Twitter to see what post you guys wanted to see next from me and the most requested post was a January wrap up so here we are. I think I'll try my best to continue these posts throughout the year.… Continue reading Monthly Wrap Up: January 2020