Dimple Shah is the YA Heroine I needed 10 years ago

My first piece for Book Riot talks about my favorite YA novel of 2017: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

When the reader meets Dimple at the start of the story, she’s over the moon about her acceptance to Stanford and eager to escape the pressure from her family and community to land an ideal husband. She has ambitions, and those ambitions matter to her much more than satisfying other people’s desire for her to get married.

I read the book in one sitting, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and eventually I was forced to admit to myself that I wished I had a book like this when I was in high school.

I loved this book so much for so many reasons, and I’m really looking forward to Menon’s next book, From Twinkle, With Love. There are a few other things I didn’t mention in this article for Book Riot — like the fact that I identify with Rishi far more than I identify with Dimple. (There’s a point at which people refuse to pronounce his name right, even after being corrected, which is an ongoing life struggle on this end.)

But I digress.

This was the first of my pieces for Book Riot, and I’m pretty excited about it! Head over to the article now and let me know what you think in the comments.

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Read 52 books in 2018 with this reading challenge

Do you set a reading goal during the new year? I’ve done the 100 Books Challenge every year since 2012 (although for 2018, I’m increasing that to 120 books), and I know a lot of others set goals for the year as well.

But without some prompts or suggestions, it can be hard to decide which ones to go for. With that in mind, here’s a reading challenge with some suggested titles to help you get through 52 books this year. (And since many of these are part of a series, you might even get through a lot more by reading the rest!)

Several books on the list are part of a series, so if you’re aiming even higher than a book a week (like I am), pick up the rest of the series to flesh out your list!

You can find the full challenge at Unbound Worlds.

I’m reading even MORE books in 2018

I finished 2017 with 127 books, far above my goal of 100! So, since I really doubt I’ll be reading FEWER books this year based on my current workload, I decided to make it my goal to read 10 books per month for a total of 120 Books in 2018.

For January, I have a few titles planned to read:

  1. Saga, Vol. 1 (Amalgam Book Club)
  2. Breath of Earth by Beth Cato (Girls in Capes Book Club)
  3. Death’s End by Cixin Liu
  4. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
  5. Devil is a Part-Timer! by Satoshi Wagahara
  6. So I’m a Spider, So What? Vol. 1 [manga]
  7. Magical Girl Raising Project, Vol. 1 [manga]
  8. Puella Magi Homura Tamura, Vol. 2
  9. Horimiya, Vol. 9
  10. Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Sadness Prayer, Vol. 3

What are you planning to read in January?

Keladry of Mindelan prepared me to be a woman in 2017

I swear, I really am capable of writing about topics other than Protector of the Small (despite recent evidence to the contrary), but the series is far more timely than I wish it were.

I was only twelve or so when I read the book for the first time. This is a little ridiculous, I thought to myself when I read it, and again a year or so later when I read the scene in the conclusion to the quartet when a man displeased with Kel’s command style implies she’s a whore. Grown adults can’t possibly act like that. It’s almost as cartoonish as when the coyote in Looney Toons doesn’t fall right away when he walks off a cliff.

Twelve-year-old me has eaten those words for breakfast after the evolution of the social internet. And as an adult, I’ve reflected on these books far more often than I wish I needed to when encountering men who think I’m unable to do a job because of my gender.

You can read the full essay, including me comparing Senator Gillebrand to the eponymous Protector of the Small, at Unbound Worlds.

I would definitely binge a CITY OF BRASS streaming series

I have to admit I’ve never really been a fan of Lord of the Rings, so the recent announcement that Amazon’s making a streaming series left me… unimpressed. So I wrote up a list for Unbound Worlds.

Fantasy TV series are having an absolute heyday right now, from the ongoing popularity of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead to the relative newcomer Stranger Things, so it’s understandable why Amazon’s looking for the next streaming hit – but for studios looking to create a new hit rather than just riding along on an existing franchise’s steam, here are a few fantasy novels to pick up that would make excellent series.

Find out what 7 books I recommend over at Unbound Worlds.

Find out what you should read after watching Justice League at The Portalist

I’ve got even more reading recommendations for superhero fans:

Sometimes, you watch a movie and you just can’t get enough of your favorite character–except that the sequel won’t be out for a year or maybe more. If you walk out of the Justice League movie feeling that way, you may be in need of some reading recommendations to help fulfill your craving for more Wonder Woman or Aquaman.

Read more at The Portalist.

I’ve grown out of Harry Potter – and that’s okay

I’m a millennial, and part of the Harry Potter generation: Sorcerer’s Stone was released in the US when I was seven, and the final film came out the summer before my final year in college. It’s a series that’s always been part of my life – and recently I realized I don’t need them anymore.

The situation frames me as the sort of person that this series would never leave, and for a long time, I thought these books would hold the top place in my heart forever. In my adopted city of Philadelphia, the annual Harry Potter Festival that takes place each year in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood has gained national attention. Many of the people I’ve met in Philadelphia are pretty involved with the festival, or with other Harry Potter-themed events; I’ve even helped organize a few of these events myself.

But I’ve been growing away from Harry Potter since I moved here in 2012. There are a lot of reasons, which mainly boil down to one simple fact: my needs have far outgrown what the Harry Potter series is able to provide.

You can read the essay in full at Unbound Worlds.