6 YA Books About Muslims Casually Not Being Terrorists

Because America seems to have a bit of trouble distinguishing Muslims from terrorists, I’ve decided to supply a handy dandy reading list. Books are delightfully decorated passports to empathy, so take a look at these novels about Muslims NOT. BEING. TERRORISTS.

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Bookish Resolutions: 6 Snazzy Schemes to Boost #DiverseBooks!

Delightfully, dozens and dozens of bookish chums are choosing “reading and promoting diverse books” as their 2017 resolution!

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But alas, how does one promote diverse books? Are there any snazzy schemes?

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Can Positivtiy Go Too Far in Literature? {Becca’s Bookish Discussion}

YAY POSITIVTY GO POSITVITY WE LOVE THE POSITVITY SPREAD THE POSITIVITY!!!

I mean, obviously I believe in the above! Why else would I create The Blogger Positivity Movement??!

But. Hmm. How far do we carry that principle in literature? What are we willing to sacrifice for total positivity?

This calls for a pro-con list, doesn’t it! (Of course it does. Everything calls for a pro-con list. Cream puff or pecan pie? Pro-con list. Sleep forever or do education? Pro-con list. Vacuum your atrociously dirty home or lounge on the couch with Netflix and never move? Pro-con list. Solves everything.)

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  • Positivity makes people feel goooood! Don’t we all adore that fuzzy wuzzy feeling blossoming in our chest ☺️
  • Being pummeled with positivity leads us to pummel positivity on others. We become kinder people when we rollick in love!
  • TIME FOR SOME SCIENCE! Research shows positivity builds your skills right up, boosts your health bunches, and improves your work! Guys! That’s amazing! Positvity rocks!

  • If we never focus on negative situations, we can never change them. Think about it: if we had never faced the reality of the boiling negativity of slavery, would it have been abolished?
  • As all the creepy peepy dystopian novels have taught us, wanting ALL THE POSITVITY can lead to destroying ALL THE TRUTH. Issues exist. Ignoring them solves nothing.

Recently I’ve been campaigning for a bit more positivity in the bookish community. But what about literature? Am I campaigning for positvity in literature too?

Short answer: Not really, no.

You read this blog post and knot your eyebrows in confuzzledment. “Becca!” You exclaim. “There are more positvity pros than positivity cons! You’ve been campaigning for positivity before, why not now?? Why are you so confusing and weird??”

What a cool beans question!

Really, why don’t I call for more positivity in literature?

Because literature has been, throughout history, a resource for addressing negativity. It has done so in the most powerful manner, and it’s not something to undermine.

The Marvelous Examples:

These works of literature and a plethora of others have contributed to inspiring revolution, abolishing slavery, and saving species! Power is in words and it isn’t to be underestimated!

Yup, these world-shaping books had to spread some knowledge of all the negativity around. And you know what happened after that? People fixed the negativity. People were inspired by words and they FIXED. IT.

In order to create positvite we must expose negative realities.

So, NOPEDY NOPE. I will never complain about negativity in literature.

What about having positvity in books?

Yup, super important too! Positive books:

  1. Influence the world to feel just a bit happier and that matters. And you know what? We’ve got those books too! (Comment below if you’re looking for recommendations 😉)
  2. Allow us to escape from the negativity of the world for just a bit, also a must. And you know what? We’ve got those books too! (Comment below if you’re looking for recommendations 😉)
  3. Expose us to the possibilities. Expose us to the world that results when we’re kinder. And you know what? We’ve got those books too! (Comment below if you’re looking for recommendations 😉)

ARE YA SENSING A PATTERN?

Literature has glorious works both inspiring positivity and exposing negativity. LITERATURE HAS ACHIEVED THE SPLENDOROUS BALANCE.


Positivity in literature  accomplishes great good. Negativity in literature accomplishes great good.

Literature accomplises great good.

My perspective isn’t the only one! How do you feel about positivity + negativity in literature? Do you have anything to add? Or subtract? What books have shone you some negativity in the world you must change? What books have proven a healthy escape in times of struggles?

Searching for more electrifying discussions? Fret not! I’ve got ya covered:


BLOGGER POSITIVITY MOVEMENT! {A Challenge to Share the Bookish Blogging Love}

There’s negativity galore parading around in the bookish community, especially lately.

Now, I will admit, when drama first plopped down in my twitter feed, my reaction was exactlyyy this:

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But then more drama moved in. And more. And more? AND MORE. It wasn’t entertaining anymore; it wasn’t funny.

TWITTER IS NOT A PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR NEGATIVITY, thankyouverymuch.

It’s Fadwa’s marvelous post, “Where’s All the Love?”, that built my decision: I’m going to do something about this negativity! I’m going saturate the bookish blogging world with inescapable positivity!

But I can’t do it alone. So I ask you, chums, will you help me smolder bookish buddies with love?


What Exactly is the Blogger Positivity Movement?

The Blogger Positivity Movement is a challenge wherein you spread love to fellow bookworms/bloggers.

How Does the Movement Work?

It’s simple!

  • You sign up for the Movement and are paired with a bookish blogger.
  • For the month of October, you leave 3 comments a week on your blogging partner’s post. Each comment should include 3 things you loved or found positive about their post/blog.
  • You find 1 newbie blogger to welcome with love to the bookish community.
  • You find 1 old sage-blogger and ask what they find positive about the bookish community.

That’s it, bud!

But I have lots of things to do! I don’t know if I have time!

I understand! Completely! If you don’t comment 3 times a week, don’t worry about it. Just do the best you can, that’s all your blogging partner will expect from you. But I urge you to do all you can to spread the love!

 If you have NO time, it isn’t the best idea to join. It wouldn’t be fair to your blogging buddy if you never interact with their posts. Even if you don’t have time to join, you can still help by spreading the word! (use #BloggerPositvityMovement on social media!)

Neat-o! How do I Join?

To sign up, just:

  • Click the photo below; it’ll take you to a google form. Just fill the short questionnaire out!
  • Write a blog post about your joining of the Movement.
  • Spread the word! Spread the love! (use #BloggerPositvityMovement on social media!)

(Sign-ups end September 29 so I have time to pair everyone up for October 😚)


    How do you feel about the drama in the bookish community? Are you laughing and munching on popcorn as it unfolds, or are you becoming a little tired of it all? Are you joining the movement? Are you spreading love and positivity?

    LIBRARIES!!! Why Do We Hate ‘Em? {Pros + Myths Busted}

    Bookworms: I LOVE BOOKS I WANT TO SMELL BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS!!

    Bookworms: I have zero dollars and zero cents.

    Libraries: It’s okay! You can read this book! All the books! FOR FREE!

    Bookworms:


    ???

    Bookworms, including my fabulous self, loooooove to complain about being broke. But do we just wander over to our local library and happily borrow a book? Nope! We just continue complaining 🙂

    So why? Now, before we examine the bookworm’s brain, let’s list the reasons why you SHOULD love your bodacious library!

    • THE BOOKS ARE FREER THAN THE AMERICAN SOUL. No cash. No stress. Just you and your words.
    • If you began a bookish journey and end it in a state of bitter terror at what you have just read, no worries! The evil book won’t mock you from your shelves, you can just return it. And you’ve not wasted a cent from that precious piggy bank of yours.
    • The environment. I don’t believe there is a place upon God’s green earth more vibrantly blissful than a library. Stacked and scattered books, boisterous calm, it’s simply the perfect place to learn and explore new worlds.

    • Free internet access! Now I know what you’re thinking, Becca, you’re a nutty coconut, I have Internet access at home! Okay! Cool! But sit that sweet, privileged little booty of yours down, because you, like me, are lucky. A poor child needs the library to complete  homework, a homeless man needs the library to apply for a job. Do you want the poor and homeless to be education-less and homeless forever? No? SUPPORT YOUR LIBRARY!!
    • Every library book has a vivacious history. And you don’t even know what it is! But that only stimulates your imagination—maybe a giggling, gossipy girl read excerpts to her chums at lunch, perhaps a grandmother from Egypt glided through this novel with gumption along side her grandkids. Isn’t that incredible? The conversations others have had with books? 
    • It’s not just about books, there are bounds of clubs and activities! From writing classes to coding lessons, you will neverrrrrr be bored!



    • Myth #1: Authors don’t benefit if you check their book out of the library.

    Uh…no? This just isn’t true! I’ll just let bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater set ya straight:

    • Myth #2: All the library stuff is 27282% free!

    Yes. To the reader. But the library has to buy the books through funds that keep on decreasing. 

    So do your library a favor! Simply checking out a book helps a loooooot.


    Due to my bookishness and supposedly incredible analyzing skills, I have taken the task of analyzing the bookish opinions on libraries. Yay me!

    • Reason 1: Bookworms are very possessive creatures and very much like to keep ALL THE BOOKS. 
    • Reason 2: Library books are often in painful conditions, and “OCD” bookworms just can’t take it. (But remember, friends, it’s the quality of the words that make up the worth of the book, not the quality of the spine)
    • Reason 3: Bookworms are forgetful fiends and can’t be bothered with remembering when to return a book.
    • Reason 4: Ahh, good ‘ol laziness. You have to go alllll the way to the library to get a book then alllll the way back again to return it. It’s simply not convenient, and bookworms can’t be bothered with that mess.

    Basically: Possessiveness, “OCD”, Forgetfullness, Laziness.

    So…everything keeping us bookworms from libraries are essentially negative traits. Whoops!

    So I call on you, my bookish nutters, to improve on your “faults,” help out your community, and support a magical organization that MUST NOT DIE.

    Or, I mean, do whatever you want. It’s your life.

    What do you adore/despise about libraries? What are your bookish faults? Did you already have thes library myths busted? What are some other library myths you feel must be corrected? CHAT WITH ME, BUDDIES!

    Cover-Judging! And Why I’m Not Sorry For My Superficiality | Becca’s Bookish Discussion

      

    • Covers often represent their genre. If I’m in the mood for fantasy as I wander into my local nefarious bookshop, I will likely pick up a book with castles or dragons on the cover rather than one with two fatuous teenagers sitting on a fence as they watch the sunset. This saves a busy bee like me from going and reading the summary of every book in the store.
    • Covers are their own bookish art form. Someone actually put a lot of time and energy into creating covers to appease shallow readers everywhere. All the glorious creativity in a book cover should be acknowledged! 
    • Publishers should not be lazy twats. Excuse me! Don’t settle for terrible cover art because it’s too hard to find someone to design it better. And certainly don’t give me that well they shouldn’t judge a book by its cover anyway nonsense. I demand perfection! (Calm down. That was a joke.)
    • Because I’m superficial and I like pretty things. Yeah, I want a book that will like nice on my shelves. You call it superficiality, I call it appreciation of the arts! (Okay, yes, it’s a little superficial)  
    • Sometimes covers misrepresent the book. Maybe this amazing fantasy book looks more like a Nicholas Sparks novel on the outside but I’d never know its true inner beauty because I’m a superficial vermin.
    • It’s what’s on the inside that counts! So what if a book cover is horrendous? (Inner artist claws off skin) So what if it misrepresents the book? The words inside are what matter.
    • I’m waaaay too picky to cover judge. There are, like, four covers I consider worthy of my shelf. I can’t help it, really. A queen must have noble tastes.  

      
    Cover judge/appreciate-the-art-form away—but with caution. 

    Or do whatever. I don’t own your life.

    Are you a cover-judger? Are you ashamed of this label or do you proudly wear it?

            The Problem with Relatability and Books | Becca’s Bookish Discussion

              
            Great! There’s absolutely nothing wrong with liking a book even more because it’s relatable. I understand for the need to want to read something that understands you, that makes you feel normal. However, liking a book solely because it’s relatable, this is a problem for me, and it’s not the only one pertaining to relatability and books.

              
            This is what really gets me. I can understand liking a book more because it’s relatable, even liking solely because of that is forgivable. But there’s a line many reviewers use and it’s something I can’t stand: It wasn’t relatable enough for me.

            I can understand, sometimes we want a book to makes us feel understood. But books, books. They’re meant to open our eyes to another’s perspective, they’re meant to show us different points of views, they’re meant to splurge our minds in different worlds. Why would you ever undermine that by saying books aren’t relatable enough for you? Books—movies, tv shows, any stories—have this incredible, beautiful purpose and power and it physically hurts me when people bash it with their want for relatability.

              
            A little bit of both. They’re good in the way that they help us feed our selfish want to be understood, and for that purpose they’re great! We all need that sometimes. Unfortunately they’re of no help in expanding our view of the world, in broadening our perspective. They’re bad when relatability is the only thing a reader pays attention to. They’re very bad when a reviewer uses it to undermine books.

            With this discussion, I ask you: Please, please keep an open mind as a reader and/or a reviewer. Don’t bash a book because it isn’t relatable. Let yourself see the world through another’s eyes.

            Is Insta-love All that Bad? | Becca’s Bookish Discussion

              
            As I’m sure you already know, insta-love is when two characters in literature (or anything, really) have a sort of love at first sight. If you’re the typical book reader, insta-love automatically equals BAD. VERY BAD. I’m not necessarily going to be defending it, but it certainly isn’t the worst thing I’ve found in books.

              
            There’s nothing like a bookworm screaming about insta-love. And when it’s sloppy and poorly done, I absolutely understand. No one wants to read about a sixteen-year-old swooning and ready to die for a thirteen-year-old he just met. (Sorry, Shakespeare) Honestly, I think the reason we so often hate insta-love is because it usually is sloppy and poorly done. But it’s pretty close-minded of us bookworms to bash all insta-loves just because of a few horrid failures.

              
            NUMBER ONE ARGUMENT: Insta-love is unrealistic. Okay. For the moment, let’s assume it is. So what? I understand the appeal of realism in literature, but that’s just not a strong enough argument for me. If you want reality, why don’t you, well, live. Of course, some books really need all that realism to have that full impact, but that isn’t necessarily needed for romance at all times. I don’t know about you, but when I read I’m not looking for reality. I’m looking for magic, I’m looking for something new, something I haven’t experienced. 

            Okay, is insta-love really unrealistic? Well, maybe. It really depends on who you ask. There can certainly be that initial attraction, can’t there? Insta-lust, or something else perhaps. I must say that love is more than attraction. But long discussions over coffee in a day, maybe that won’t be love yet, but there could be something there. And that something there is usually what you find in literature. No one’s claiming it’s love.

            Romeo & Juliet love? Yes. That’s unrealistic my friend. 

              
            Yes! In my opinion, anyway. Looking for one? Just One Day by Gayle Forman. It’s got some mixed reviews, but to me it was pure, beautiful magic.

            So what’s your verdict? Got any recommendations for me? Let me know!

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            Strong Female Characters | Becca’s Bookish Discussion

            Yes, this is the second time I am posting this. Quite embarrassingly, half of my original post was deleted when published, and I didn’t even realize it. Check out the full version!

            Of course I love strong female characters. Everyone loves strong female characters.

            But there are some significant problems I have with them as well.


            Everyone has a different definition. But there are characters we all acknowledge to be strong female characters. Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass, Sharzhad from The Wrath and the Dawn, etc. Since, of course, we all know what makes them female, what makes them strong? Their determination? Their pride? Their physical strength? We usually describe these characters as “kickass” and such, so is that what makes them strong?

            Because to me, someone is strong if they do what think is the right thing, no matter how hard or what the consequences might be. Of course it’s more complicated than that, but to me that’s most basic definition.

            There a so, so many characters that could fit into this strong female category under this definition, at least in my opinion. Many aren’t. In fact, it seems that a strong character can’t be a strong character until they have physical strength to complete the package. This, to me, just doesn’t seem right. Emotional, mental, and moral strength are so much more important to me, and they’re also more difficult to obtain.

            But let’s say it’s the kickass-ness and the stubborn drive that makes a strong female character. For example, Sharzhad was going to kill someone. Assassinate a king. She believed he had killed her friend and thousands of others for no reason. She had a drive, and I do admire that. But still, she wanted to kill. Revenge, not justice. Yes, I always appreciate an imperfect character. Yes, I understand she very much changes throughout the book. But if this drive to kill is what makes her a strong female character, should we really be praising this?


            They’re in nearly every book I read! Not that I’m complaining, but I need some variety. For example, Cath from Fangirl. I don’t consider her strong, but I love her. First of all character variety. It’s important to read rough the eyes of many different types of people in books, that’s what reading is all about. And, as everyone knows, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. 

             
            I saw that a lot of people weren’t a big fan of Cress from the Lunar Chronicles for this reason, which doesn’t make sense to me. So if they’re not strong enough, they’re not good enough? This is completely one-sided to me. We need to hear from other points of view, from all sorts of personalities and opinions. And if we aren’t to like them, we at least need to give them a chance. Strength is great, but there are so many other under appreciated charaeristics in literature.
             Yes, strength is great, it should be admired. But where has our value for morals gone? Doing what you believe is right, know is right, no matter the consequences, isn’t that such a harder trait to have than strength? Are we undermining morality?

            Or maybe it’s just me.