Hey everyone! Today’s blog post is a bit different from the usual book review, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it just as much (if not more!). I won a giveaway on Instagram for the Magic of Diversity bookish subscription box, which is a monthly book box centered around diverse books. When I first found their Instagram page, I was so excited because I’ve been wanting to find more diverse books lately, and this is such a fun way to do so! I cannot say how thankful I am to them for hosting their giveaway, and I love everything in this month’s box. Below I’ve posted a picture of each individual item and a short description.
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
I haven’t read this book yet, obviously, so I’m going to post the summary below (from Goodreads.com). I’m really interested to read this, and I will definitely write a review after I’ve finished reading it!
Summary: “In this stunning debut, a young Iranian American writer pulls back the curtain on one of the most hidden corners of a much-talked-about culture.
Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love—Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light.
So they carry on in secret—until Nasrin’s parents announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar that they can go on as they have been, only now with new comforts provided by the decent, well-to-do doctor Nasrin will marry. But Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively—and openly.
Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In Iran, homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin. Sahar will never be able to love the one she wants, in the body she wants to be loved in, without risking her life. Is saving her love worth sacrificing her true self?”
This book takes place in Iran, so they included an Iranian flag (made from fabric on a black stick/pole for putting up somewhere).
The bookmark that they sent is laminated and has a quote from the book along with the title and image relating to the theme of the novel.
The pin/button included has an image of artwork of the two main characters of the novel. I love the colors and simplicity, yet the image itself speaks so much more than just love. It reflects an image of condemned and forbidden love in a culture that does not understand, yet the love perseveres. It makes me even more excited to read this book!
Metal Quote Keychain
Since I haven’t read the book yet, I don’t have the exact context for this quote, but it sounds so intense and, again, makes me that much more excited to get into this story.
On the left is a picture of the teabags sent with the box (five total), and on the right are (I’m assuming) a treat originating or popular in this Iranian culture (ten total). I don’t know the name of them, so let me know if you do! I’m excited to try them! I usually don’t drink tea or try many new foods, so this box is getting me to try new things in addition to finding new, diverse reads!
Again, I want to thank the Magic of Diversity bookish box so much for their giveaway, and everyone should go check out their page! They always are fast with answering any questions and are super nice 🙂 You can check out their site and subscribe to their box here!
Note: I am not being paid or sponsored in any way for this post; I just won their giveaway and wanted to spread the word about this amazing new bookish box. Thanks for reading!