Hey there, beautiful bookworms! This week I’m reading The Blazing Star by Imani Josey, which has one really amazing cover imo! I especially love the sphinx headdress blending in with Portia’s hair, it’s a great way to show where most of the book is taking place in. I’ve been super excited for this book because of the premise: basically, Portia finds a scarab beetle that transports her, her sister, and a mysterious freshman into Ancient Egypt. YES, ANCIENT EGYPT. BE STILL MY BEATING HISTORY NERD HEART.
Imani Josey also mentioned on twitter that she wrote The Blazing Star because her little sister wanted to read YA books with girls on the cover that looked like her. It’s such a sweet and amazing thing to do, and I think it really shows that we DO need diversity in books. There are so many teens that want to see themselves in the books they read.
Here’s an excerpt from 34% of the book! (Quote is from the ARC version!)
Tasherit wasn’t just reserved. She was also a secret-keeper. There weren’t two great ladies, but three. Thasherit was third in command of the temple, and the respect the other priestesses gave her now made sense. The holiest woman was the high priestess, Weret, and following her in rank and importance was the woman Tasherit fetched from the prayers: the Lady Sikara.
We convened in a large chamber whose mud brick walls curved on all sides. Within, the Lady Sikara hurled words like insolence and brazenness from behind a dark, wooden table sporting alabaster jars of oil. She held her ire in until we were away from the temple patrons, but now in private, she had no reservations. “Tasherit, you do not disturb the evening prayers for anything,” Sikara said, gripping the sides of her work table. “Especially when you look as if you’ve rolled in mud.”
Tasherit’s arms stayed neatly at her sides as she weathered the priestess’s rant. I trembled in a wicker chair beside her, digging my nails into its sides and avoiding direct eye contact with either of them. “I know, my lady,” Tasherit began, in a respectful timbre. “But there are circumstances you must understand.”
Would I like to live in the world that exists in this book? It’s always been my belief that every period of history is terrible compared to the present, and that when the present becomes history it will also be pretty terrible. (I mean Trump is the president of one of the most powerful countries in the world right now so I MEAN it’s a pretty terrible world.) There’s slavery in Egypt and the Pharaoh also had absolute power over everyone else, and I’m not cool with that.
What’s What Are You Reading Wednesdays?
WAYRW is hosted by It’s A Reading Thing Blog, where you grab the book you’re currently reading and answer 3 questions:
- What’s the name of your current read?
- Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
- Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?
Are you reading something diverse right now? Let me know in the comments below!