How To Fill The Hole in Desi Teens’ Hearts: Guest Post by Kav @xreadingsolacex

As I think I’ve said many times before on this blog, representation is important.

I mean, I’ve discussed it quite a few times and as a marginalized person I’m ALWAYS going to be looking for books that represent me, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m saying this.

But today, instead of ME talking about how representation of marginalized people is important, I have a guest poster!

Kav reached out to me for some help with a project they’d been planning for some time. Obviously, being friends with her and loving what she was trying to do with this project, I’m having them guest post on my blog about why When Dimple Met Rishi should have a movie adaptation!

I haven’t read WDMR yet, but I’m excited to, and I’m truly glad that this book exists to represent Indian and Desi teens.

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Do Book Ratings Have Anything to Do with Critical Reading??: My Thoughts on Why I’ve Been Rating Books Highly Lately

I’ve been questioning everything about me being a “critical reader”.

For example, the other day* I said “cortical reader” instead of “critical reader” and I was thoroughly shocked. How could something like that possibly happen.

Okay but all jokes aside (apparently cortical has something to do with the brain??), I’ve really been having a small existential crisis over high book ratings and critical reading, until like two months ago when I figured it all out.

So today I’m here to discuss something that’s been plaguing me for quite a long time now: high book ratings, its connection to critical reading, and what it means for me!

And this post is going to be kind of weird because I couldn’t figure out how to organize it right but HOPEFULLY YOU GUYS GET IT??? Because this is something I’ve been wanting to talk about for a long time and I don’t think I’ll ever get my thoughts organized it but. I’m pretty proud of how this turned out.

*I’m lying, I wrote this draft in June but could never write it properly so it wasn’t actually the “other day” but BEAR WITH ME PLEASE I need some jokes.

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May’s Moments of the Month: August // Not a Lot of Books, but a Lot of Blogging, and Also School Stress!! (Very Fun)

August was a chaotic month and I’m SO GLAD it’s over.

I thought I could be NOT stressed out by school and I… completely failed. Not to mention the fact that I did not read the 9 books I planned to, or plot out as much as my WIP as I thought I could, or actually interact with bloggers like I’d expected to.

Me? Being productive? Not as likely as you think.

(Just kidding I’m sure none of you thought I would be productive in August.)

But even though I literally just summed up my whole month in two sentences, I’m still going to talk about, in 1684 words, what else happened in August!!! I know this is a horrible intro but please just go with it.

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Things I’m Loving at the Moment: Books (and Book Mail??), Writing, and Thai Everything (…Specifically Thai Food)

School is giving me a rough time, so: some positivity!

I haven’t really been in the best mental health space (ever since school started, to no one’s surprise), and I’m trying really hard to stay positive, because if I succumb to too much negativity… then I’m going to slip into even worse mental health even faster.

So today, to combat all the stress and anxiety and oncoming depression, I’ve decided to talk about a few things I’m loving at the moment!

I was going to do a “things I’m hating” post and just vent, but I think this post would be more enjoyable to read and write, and hearing about what YOU GUYS are loving at the moment would be really great too!! And I already think negative things a lot so why not try to balance it out with positivity, yeah?

(Aka the venting post would have been more than 2,000 words long and no one would have read but ANYWAYS.)

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All About ARCs: the Pressure, the Privilege, and the Issue of Payment for Creators (aka Compensation)

I think we can all agree that the concept of ARCs is really cool.

I mean, getting to read books before they release? Without having to spend money? THAT’S REALLY NEAT.

Unfortunately, the reality of ARCs is a little less cool.

Today I’m going to be discussing some issues with ARCs that exist right now and aren’t being talked about enough. I think it’s super important to discuss these issues so that we can work towards finding a solution, because these are things that can and definitely should be improved!!

Disclaimer: I am fully aware of my privilege in being able to receive ARCs from publishers, and I am very thankful and grateful. This is not a post complaining about my privilege; rather, it is about how yes, ARCs are great, but there are issues with it that need to be addressed and discussed.

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