5 Diverse Book Recommendations for My Childhood Self (My Fate According to the Butterfly Blog Tour)

Yes, I’m participating in another blog tour and I couldn’t be more overjoyed at being selected as one of the hosts! Today is my stop on the My Fate According to the Butterfly blog tour hosted by the lovely Filipino bloggers Cara @ The Little Miss Bookworm, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea and Kate @ Your Tita Kate. I like getting creative with my blog tour stops, so I decided to pair my mini-review up with a list of books I would have recommended to my middle school self. I used to read a lot of fantasy as a child and, as a result, was pretty oblivious to the world around me. I stayed away from “serious books” back then but looking back I feel I would have definitely benefited from learning about history and current affairs through fiction. Read on for my list of recommendations to my younger self, which only the invention of time travel can make come true!

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Book Review: Aru Shah and the Song of Death

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Genre: Fantasy

Age Range: 8+

Published: By Rick Riordan Presents on April 30th, 2019

Content Warning: N/A

Format I Read: Physical

Grade: Outstanding

Note: I received an ARC of the book from my book blogging friend, Jenna @ Falling Letters. Thank you so much for noticing how much I loved Aru Shah and the End of Time and sending me an ARC of the sequel all the way from Canada, Jenna!

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Book Synopsis (section header)

Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love’s bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn’t playing Cupid. Instead, they’re turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren’t bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn’t find the arrow by the next full moon, she’ll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good. But, for better or worse, she won’t be going it alone. Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they’ll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn’t at all who they expected.

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The Best Diverse Middle Grade Fantasy Reading List

Middle grade fantasy is what got me into reading and I find that no matter how old I become, I still have a soft spot for this genre. When I was a little girl, the narratives had very little diversity but the landscape has changed since then. However, I’ve been reading significantly lesser middle grade books these days and leaning more towards young adult and adult stories. I want to consciously add more diverse MG books to my TBR, so I did some research and came up with a list of 10 books that were highly praised and recommended. I’m sharing that with you in today’s post in the hopes that you can find an interesting book or two to pick up for yourself, your children if you are a parent or your class in case you’re an educator.

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Top 10 Anticipated Contemporary Books of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for January 29th, 2019 is: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List.

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Book Review: The Burning Maze

Title: The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3)

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Middle grade mythological fiction

Format: Hardcover

Published: By Disney-Hyperion on May 1st, 2018

ISBN13: 9781368024129 (US Hardcover edition)

Grade: Outstanding

The Burning Maze

Synopsis

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: ‘The cloven guide alone the way does know’. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon…

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Book Review: The Serpent’s Secret

Title: The Serpent’s Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1)

Author: Sayantani DasGupta

Genre: Middle grade mythological fiction

Format: Hardcover

Published: By Scholastic on February 27th, 2018

ISBN13: 9781338185706 (US Hardcover edition)

Grade: Outstanding

The Serpent's Secret

Synopsis

On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey… until her parents mysteriously vanish and a drooling rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents’ fantastical stories-like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess and how she comes from a secret place not of this world.

To complicate matters, two crush-worthy princes ring her doorbell, insisting they’ve come to rescue her. Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds. There she must solve riddles and battle demons all while avoiding the Serpent King of the underworld and the Rakkhoshi Queen in order to find her parents and basically save New Jersey, her entire world, and everything beyond it…

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Book Review: Aru Shah and the End of Time

Title: Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1)

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Genre: Middle grade mythological fiction

Format: Hardcover

Published: By Rick Riordan Presents on March 27th, 2018

ISBN13: 9781368012355 (US Hardcover edition)

Grade: Outstanding

Aru Shah and the End of Time

Synopsis

Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archaeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

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