A joint look at two new young adult novels, I Believe in a Thing Called Love and When Dimple Met Rishi, and how they both deal with parental expectations.
A profile on Melanie Fishbane on her new book, Maud, about her writing, teaching, Anne of Green Gables and LM Montgomery.
The semester comes to an end today. It's the halfway point. It's exciting, terrifying and also a weight off my back because we could all use a break. Breaks are great. It's what drove me to rewatch CBS' Elementary. It was a great distraction as I got through the last few writing assignments and I have… Continue reading Musings on Elementary
For a long time, I've been content with the level of engagement I had with my culture. I did Somali things like eat pasta with a side of banana and attended weddings that started late at night and ended in the early morning. But I still had a ton of knowledge gaps including the lack of… Continue reading I Somali all the time
In my last post, I promised to write something short every single day of Ramadan to help keep me focus and ride this zen state I found myself in BUT my body betrayed me and I got a sinus infection instead. I wasn't in the most contemplative state unfortunately and I still feel pretty gross.… Continue reading Promises Shromises
It's day 5 of Ramadan and I've been chilling in this meditative zone for the last few days. I've been thinking about where I am now and where I'd like to see myself in the future. I got accepted into a 1 year postgrad writing/communications program this fall and it's giving me an idea of the life I… Continue reading The Meditative Zone
It's a scary and exciting feeling when you dive into the finale of a much loved series. I had so many wants and needs to be fulfilled after three books worth of world building and character development. Does it accomplish what I hoped it would? Am I satisfied? Overall, yes. Is it flawless? No, not… Continue reading Here Comes The Raven King
I just finished reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue last night and I'm so pumped (You can check out The Raven Boys re-read and The Dream Thieves re-read here). This'll mark the end of the Raven Cycle re-read before I dive into the last book in the series, The Raven King, that's out today (some bookstores have begun selling it as early as… Continue reading RAVEN CYCLE RE-READ: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The last two days, I've been stir crazy with the need to leave the house and shake out the funk I was in. I thought how I felt was a result of being cooped up indoors so I decided a day downtown chilling with myself sounded like a great remedy. I ate a crêpe. I walked a few blocks to… Continue reading Unhappiness & New York, New York
I finished The Dream Thieves about a week or so ago and I really enjoyed re-reading it (You can check out The Raven Boys re-read here). I do have some general observations before I dive to specific things. Compared to The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves is a far less tidy book. Stiefvater is tight… Continue reading RAVEN CYCLE RE-READ: THE DREAM THIEVES