All the series of EVER (read, reading, to read)

Hello guys !

So, the other day I was thinking about all the series I read, the mistakes I made, how many times I fell in love (with books, duhh!!), how many hours I will never get back, you know, that kind of fun stuff and this idea sparked in my head. Why not share with you, the series I read, am currently reading and the ones I really want to read sometime soon. To make it a little more fun though, I’ll write with that the first sentence that comes to mind when I think of said books. This might be ridiculous, offensive, hilarious or completely boring. We shall see how it goes !

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This Man – Jodi Ellen Malpas

 

Is it getting hot in here? The temperature is definitely rising.

 

Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

Scepticism turned into love, I never regretted it since.

 

Divergent – Veronica Roth

Why did it have to go downhill so quick?

 

Blue Bloods – Melissa De La Cruz

This series was the glory of my tween years *sigh*

 

Twilight – Stephanie Meyer

Can we not rehash the past? Please?

 

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

I was obsessed… For a couple of minutes!

 

Razorland– Ann Aguirre

I don’t remember much other than BEST POST-APOCALYPTIC TRILOGY (I think ?)

 

The Selection – Kiera Kass

Should’ve stopped at 3. Three is the magical number here.

 

The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare

Why haven’t I read this sooner?

 

The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare

JEM. WILL. My heart cannot take all the feels surging back. *drowns in the feels*

 

Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

I’m swooning just thinking about all the romance going on.

 

Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling

I’m rereading this at the moment and IT IS GLORIOUS.

 

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The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer (All published)

I have only Winter left to read and I’m savoring it because I DON’T WANT IT TO END.

 

Shades of Magic – V. E. Schwab (Ongoing)

WHY DID I READ THIS BEFORE THE FINAL BOOK’S RELEASE?

 

Wolf by Wolf – Ryan Graudin (Ongoing)

Can November come ANY sooner? I can’t take the wait anymore.

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Deanna Madden – A. R. Torre (All published)

I need more of this creepiness in my life.

 

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Red Rising – Pierce Brown

I’m probably starting this one pretty soon.

 

The Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater

I’m starting this one even sooner?

 

Starbound – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I almost gave up on this one but some of you changed my mind.

 

The Spinster Club – Holly Bourne

I heard the word Feminism and got REALLY curious.

 

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

One day, friends. ONE DAY.

 

The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

Yes, I have been living under a rock for the past few years.

 

Chaos Walking – Patrick Ness

OMG I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE. I just have to buy it first.

 

Prisoner of Night and Fog – Anne Blankman

Hell yes to everything WWII related.

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An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

Won a copy of the first book in a giveaway, I’m reading it as soon as it comes. YAY!

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Firebird – Claudia Gray

The premise has me so intrigued and the covers mesmerized.

 

The Conquerors – Kiersten White

I hear violence and ruthless MC, I come running.

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This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

I need Schwab. GIMME ALL THE SCHWAB.

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Vicious – Victoria Schwab

Read above.

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The Dark Artifacts – Cassandra Clare

I swear I’m almost there, picking it up soon.

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Millenium – Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is giving me the mean eye right now.

 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Rick Riordan

Yep. Late to the party. AGAIN.

 

Thunder Road -Katie McGarry

Kickass titles are very attractive to me.

 

The Illuminae Files – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Cool formats are very attractive to me too?

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The Grisha – Leigh Bardugo

Again, darkness, violence and monsters. GIMME.

 

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Same world as the Grisha, duuh !!

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I think I’ll stop here for all of our sakes, I’m sure there are a lot more but those are the ones that I REALLY want to read.


That’s it until next time.

Do you have any other series recommendations? Are any of these favorites of yours?

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Isla and the Happily Ever After – Made my heart melt into a puddle of feels

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Title : Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3)

Author : Stephanie Perkins

Publication date : August 14th 2014

Publisher : Dutton Books

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Synopsis : Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?
Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.
Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.
 

Rating :5 stars

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“People can play dumb all they want, but they always give themselves away in actions. In the small moments, like that.”

(No spoilers)

I WANT TO MARRY THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT IS SO CUTE AND ROMANTIIIIIC xjsks mjorja jsixjgo *-* I was beyond excited for this even before picking it up because Josh was my favorite in Anna and the French Kiss and I just craved more of him, and I had a feeling this would be my favorite out of the 3 books. Turns out I was 100% right ! I’m in leeuve with this book, the romance, the friendship, the main character. EVERYTHING.

What I love about this trilogy is that each book’s writing is tinted with the MC’s own voice, each one has this peculiar feel to it that makes them stand out as their own stories -which they are- and not as a monotonous thread from book 1 to 3. Does that make sense? haha I don’t know, it does in my head so we’ll roll with it. The thing that was hilarious to me and actually made me laugh out loud is a translation thing again. Referring to the receptionist person at a restaurant, the author used “Maître d'” which literally translates to “Master of” MASTER OF WHAT? Sorry ! I had to point it out.

That being said, it wasn’t a real issue because I still adored the book more than words can express. Isla and Josh are honestly waaay up there with my most loved OTPs, I know I ship a lot, but that’s besides the point they’re SO CUTE and everything comes so naturally between them, no bullshit, no unnecessary drama, they were so open about their feelings for each other right from the beginning. It just felt real. Their interactions are really funny and their chemistry palpable.

Can we just take a second to appreciate the fact that there was no one standing between them? This is actually the only book in the trilogy where none of the MCs have a significant other to start with. FINALLY ! I also love how this book portrays young love, it is spot on. At that age, love feels devastating and overwhelming and I coud feel that leak through the pages especially with them trying to manage the long distance and lack of communication means.

Three scenes stuck with me when I finished the book that I need to discuss, or more like pour my feeling out. Don’t worry I won’t spoil anything. Pinky swear.

  • Their first meeting over the summer in Kismet, which was their actually first conversation. ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS. Isla just kept rambling with all her filters down, she honestly was like a stalker haha. But that was an efficient way to break the ice. I loved it. Here’s what was going through her mind : “It’s wide and relieved and reveals a rarely seen pair of dimples. I could live inside those dimples for the rest of my life.”
  • The scene in the car after the Christmas party made me go through all kinds of feelings. At first, it was funny THEN it made me cringe and it ended up breaking my heart. Those insecurities just felt so damn relatable.
  • Last but not least, THE ANNA AND ST CLAIR SCENE. OMAGAAAD!!! It was so overwhelmingly beautiful. My heart definitely did NOT constrict and I most definitely did NOT cry. Na-aah, not at all. That was just the perfect wrap-up -for us- to their love story.

I lived for the Platonic friendship between Isla and Kurt in this book, it was so genuine and just a nice change from the bestfriend secretly having feeling for the MC. Isla’s relationship with Hattie, her little sister, was lovely as well, though it was off to a rocky start, they managed to talk things out and work on growing closer and making their bond stronger.

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I think that since EVER, Isla is the most relatable character to me. I’ve never went “YES THIS !!” when reading about a character. Until now that is. It sometimes hurt reading about her, knowing how close to home it hit, especially when I was 17 too. She’s shy, insecure but still funny and nice and most importantly she was not portrayed to be this little inexperienced flower, she also was not fatalistic about the insecurities and that, I really loved about her.

Josh. OH MY DAMN, JOSH !! Probably my biggest fictional crush ever? Yeah, probably. He’s right up my alley. Sexy, confident but not arrogant about it, as well as smart, funny, artsy and adventurous. PERFECT I TELL YOU !!! He also casually drops little facts he knows about her which always surprises her and shows that he actually care and pays attention. Again, PERFECT.

I liked the little we got to see of the whole crew together but I think it wasn’t enough, I just wanted more of them than just a couple of pages – a night – and then nothing because I just love their friendships. Everyone. And a thing that cracked me up was how Josh described Lola and Cricket as “The Circus”, it was the best description of them EVER. Haha.““The circus,” Josh says, finishing my thought out loud. “It’s like the circus has come to town.””

As a whole, this book stole my heart and melted it into a giant puddle that I am not in a hurry to take back.

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That’s it until next time.

Did you read Isla and the Happily Ever After? If so, what did you think of it?

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TAG #18: My Intimidating TBR Book Tag

Hello guys !

I know, I know we’re all guilty of having humongous TBRs that are threatening of falling down on ours heads and crushing us any time now so don’t you dare even try to deny it, I won’t believe it, neither would anyone who’s going through the same life threatening struggle. But at the same times we love our TBRs and would feel lost without them because it’s comforting knowing that you always have your next read waiting for you. In that spirit, I chose to do My Intimidating TBR Book tag to show you all the shamefulness I’m drowning in.

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The Intimidating TBR Tag was created by LindseyRey, but unfortunately all her videos seem to be deleted. This tag is where we talk about some books in our To Be Read pile that intimidate us for various reasons! I was tagged to do this a gazillion years back by Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews. Thank you Girl! I’ll forever love you for always tagging me in all the tags because I LOVE doing them. Check out her blog while you’re at it, she’s one of my favorite people ever and her blog is awesome.

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What book have you been unable to finish?

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Attachements Rainbow Rowell. I’ve had it on my Currently reading shelf on GR for … *checks Goodreads* *gasps* *faints* OVER 3 MONTHS NOW!! What the hell? It’s not that I didn’t like it, it’s just that I got to around 28% and nothing was happening and I was way more excited about other books so I put it down with the intention of coming back to it soon and I still haven’t. I will, though.

What book have you yet to read because you just haven’t had the time?

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Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare. I love all things Shadowhunters related and I devoured both her previous series as well as The Bane Chronicles but it just seems that other books keep getting in the way of me picking this up. Mind you, I bought it when it first was available to me but I was still reading TID then and after that I just seemed to get lost in a sea of a billion other books.

What book have you yet to read because it’s a sequel?

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Unravel Me Tahereh Mafi. I picked up Shatter Me a couple times around 2 years ago before the great reading slump happened and I just couldn’t get into it, I think it was because of the freaking slump, I read one trilogy after that and then nothing for a year. I’m planning on maybe giving it another try… Someday.

What book have you yet to read because it’s a new release?

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. I’ve been rereading Harry Potter this month before picking this one up and I’m still at the fourth one, it’s taking me a while but I’m getting there, I’ll probably read it around the end of September/beginning of October if all goes well.

What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t like it?

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The Problem with ForeverJennifer L. Armentrout. I started the Lux series and DNF it at around 34% of the second book, I just couldn’t get myself to finishing it and knowing me that’s saying a lot because I’m not one to DNF books, this is the second one in my whole life. I’ll eventually read The Problem with Forever, because it’s two different genres and I don’t easily turn my back on authors.

What book have you yet to read because you aren’t in the mood?

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Bloodlines Richelle Mead. I read Vampire Academy and though we were off to a rocky start I ended up loving it. That was over 2 years ago. I learned about this one less than a year ago and I was over my vampire stage (I never really was into that whole thing but I still gave VA a try) so I’m just not feeling like reading it now, or anytime soon. Maybe one day I’ll crave knowing what happens with the characters but for now, I’m good.

What book have you yet to read because it’s humongous?

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OutlanderDiana Gabaldon. It always wavers between this and A Game of Thrones but I already am using the latter on another question below. Damn Diana, why is every book a hundred thousand pages long? I love the premise because I’m fan of historical fiction as well as time travel but that is way too many page for this potato here, especially since it’s EVERY BOOK.

What book have you yet to read because it was a cover buy with bad reviews?

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A Little Something DifferentSandy Hall. This has 3.67 on GR which isn’t really bad but doesn’t scream pick me up either and yes I’m shallow and fell for that gorgeous cover with the embossed designs and all. I still am going to read it, I don’t really mind the negative reviews but it’s just… Too many books and I have other priorities.

Which book on your TBR is the most intimidating to you?

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A Game of ThronesGeorge R. R. Martin. I’ll forever keep coming back to this one because no book has ever intimidated me as much. I love the TV show but I already have trouble keeping up with everything happening there and all the characters showing up and dying. So add to that the fact that each book is over 1000 pages, eeeh! I’ll eventually work up the courage to finally start the series, I really want to, but it’s too much commitment for me.


I Tag :

Ps: If you’ve already done it or you just don’t feel like it, I’m sorry just ignore my tag hah.


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If you did the tag, go ahead and leave the link in the comments so that I can check it out.

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#FMTM: The Blue City, Mendils and Almond Cookies

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It’s that time of the month again when you join me on a journey to discover another Moroccan city. In the previous #FMTM posts, I talked about The Capital -where I live- and we went a little south to discover beautiful beaches surrounding Agadir, for this month’s post we’ll head north for a very Blue post. I know I said that these posts are going to go up once a month but Uni is starting back for me in 2 weeks and I’ll be a very busy potato so I’ll try to post these whenever I can, but since they take me the most time to write (read: the whole damn day) I think they’ll be even more spaced out than that, the most important thing is that I’m not stopping.

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Random Fact: During our weddings the bride changes outfits at least 5 times through the night, and the wedding usually goes from 9pm to 5am  the next day.

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You guys know I was MIA last weekend (maybe not?). Scheduled blog posts went up but other than that I was nowhere to be seen. Know why? Because I was away in my favorite city in the whole country, and not just because of the color -which helps a lot- but there’s just something about being perched up in the mountains that’s peaceful and calming and I just love the vibe going on there. That trip was one of the best experiences of my life and I’ll tell you all about it in this post, which will make it a little different from the previous ones.

What we did and where we went

If you’ve been following me from the beginning, you know that I’m a medstudent and I talked a couple of times about an international exchange program that we can do to go anywhere in the world for a month for an internship as well as for tourism as many times as we want and it’s considerably cheaper than the conventional way. So, this august we had a lot of people coming over from all around the world (Serbia, Croatia,  Lithuania, Taiwan, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Turkey, Italy etc…) and since I’m part of the welcoming committee we had to program a bunch of activities for the month and last week-end we took them to Chefchaouen and let me tell you, that bunch of people is the best and most fun group I’ve been a part of in my life. Everyone is easy-going, open minded, spontaneous and ready for some fun.

I’m getting off track sorry haha. As I was saying, it was a 5 hour journey from Rabat by mini-bus and we arrived to our hostel (A Riad) around sunset and went directly to the roof which by the way I wanted to live in because the view from there is breathtaking.

Then we changed and went down to Outa-hemmam -which is the city center- to have some dinner. One thing that really amazed me there, is how cheap the food is, I had 2 dinners and 2 lunches for around 180MAD (=16EU =18$), so afterwards we had a night walk around the city , it was buzzing with life and energy, there was a painter, a guy playing his guitar and entertaining a small crowd, it was a mesmerizing sort of vibe, I loved it. Afterwards, we went back to the roof (duuh!) and stayed there until 4am.

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The next day, we woke up at 8am and headed for Akchour which was one of most beautiful places I’ve been to in my life. Even the journey there had some breathtaking landscapes, I just kept gaping from the window like a little kid in front of a toy store.

But you’re wondering what this place is, right? It’s a paradise on earth, around an hour away from Chefchaouen, it has waterfalls and little ponds with clear and VERY cold water and an amazing hiking scenery. Though, I must admit, it is a very tiring and physical hike, because there is no real trail to follow, you just hike through rocks and water and everything in between. I think our walk was around 20km back and forth so if you ever think of going there gear up and hydrate plenty, you’ll need it. Once we arrived to a site where we couldn’t walk anymore because water was ahead of, some of us stopped and swam while I went with a group of friends on swim/hike meaning we swam to the other side of the little pool and explored even more which was the best idea because we found an awesome diving site. And OH MY GOD! I’ve never swam in water as cold as that one, you can’t even begin to imagine how it was. Absolutely refreshing. And amazing. And just plain magical.

On Sunday, I woke up with monster sourness in my limbs buy hey, who cares? I had fun and it wasn’t over yet. We went for a walk around the Blue City to buy souvenirs and obviously take pictures because EVERYTHING there is a prime picture background, I’m not even joking. I’m in love with this little town, I swear it hasn’t even been a week and I’m already in withdrawal #Sendhelp. Though, if you want to venture in its narrow streets you either get a guide or a heck of a good sense of orientation, because it is a maze filled with little shops and houses.

My friends and I took so many hilarious and amazing pictures and just kept running around town being silly children until it was time to go so we didn’t get to see everything but we were very happy and that’s what matters. Here’s one of me where I played model for a friend of mine who loves taking pictures:

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Places we didn’t get to visit 

For this part, I had a fellow Moroccan who follows my blog help me, it’s his city after all, so thank you Ilias for all the information you kindly shared with me!

  • Ras El Ma 

Which literally translates to “the head of the water” and it’s a water source at the very top of  Chefchaouen, collecting water coming from the moutain top. While I got to visit last time I went I don’t remember it very well so this is a must-go for me next time I go.

  • Al Kasbah

This too is on Outa-Hemmam so it’s impossible to miss and now that I’m looking into it, I kind of regret not visiting. It is a classic Kasbah though considerably smaller than the ones you’d find around Morocco because the city is tiny (No shit Sherlock!). Inside, it holds a former prison, a beautiful garden, and a museum.

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While we’re still up north, I’ll show you something that’s pretty exclusive to northern women whom we call “Jbala”. It’s the Mendil that they wrap around their waists, especially old women and in small towns and villages. The original ones, that are most commun are like you can see on the picture on the left or simply striped in white and red, they’re typically handmade of wool or more rarely of cotton. The ones on the second picture I purchased for myself and my grandma. The one that’s laid down I’m used as a bed end and the other more traditional looking one is for her because she loves wearing them. Back in the day, the stripe colors had a purpose, they allowed people to know what tribes women belonged to.

3This part is pretty much here just to make your mouths water *evil laugh*. Almonds are an abondant thing here in Morocco so everything is an excuse to use them. I won’t complain I adore almost all of our Almond cookies (which is almost ALL Moroccan cookies). There’s an infinity of shapes and varieties so you can never get tired of them.

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“Who are the famous Moroccan celebrities? Singers, actors, writers, etc! “   – Naz @ Read Diverse Books.

Music Industry:

  • Saad LamjarredSinger. This one is huge all over the world, which is pretty rare for Moroccan artists localy based.
  • French MontanaRapper. Yep, he’s Moroccan, born and raised.
  • RedOneProducer. He was born and raised in Morocco too, though he immigrated to Sweden at 19 and then off to the US he went.

Film Industry:

  • Laila MarrakchiFilmmaker. She made some pretty known movies and has won several awards.
  • Nabil AyouchFilmmaker. This one’s pretty controversial because his movies are often about taboos in our society.
  • Gad El MalehComedian. Oh man! This guy is a Moroccan Jew, born in Morocco but spent most his life in France. He’s so hilarious, he never fails to bring me to tears.

Sports:

  • Nawal MoutawakelHurdler. She’s one of the best athletes Morocco has ever known. 1984 Olympic champion and former Sports and Youth Minister.
  •  Hicham El GuerroujMiddle Distance Runner. He won two Gold medals in 2004 Athens Olympics.
  • Nezha BidouaneHurdler. 1997 and 2001 World Champion as well as 2000 Olympic champion.

Literature:

  • Fatima MernissiSociologist and Feminist. She wrote a lot about equality and the role of women in our society.
  • Tahar Ben JellounWriter, poet and painter. He’s one of the biggest, if not THE biggest writer in Morocco and I loved every work of his I read. He writes in French.
  • Malika OufkirWriter. This one writes mostly about her life as she was tightly linked to the royal family.
  • Abdellah TaïaWriter. This one is also very controversial in Morocco because he’s one of the few openly gay men. And that, is a topic for another day.
  • Driss ChraïbiWriter. He wrote mostly about the colonialism that was in Morocco in the first half of the 20th century.

 

“Would you say there is a very big rich/poor divide, or is everyone generally well-off. So what I’m asking is, is wealth concentrated in one place? Is it easy to become rich?” Fatima @ Noteable Pad.

Well, THIS is an interesting question because yes there is a pretty big gap between the poor and the rich as we even have remote places that not even roads get too but as we say here “No one is hungry” meaning that even the poorest people find a way to feed themselves, with some help or without it. And I don’t think wealth is concentrated in once place, because even small towns have their wealthy “known” people but I’ll say that millionaires and the like are agglomerated in big cities like Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech and Fes. Lastly, I wouldn’t say that becoming rich is easy because you have to be built a certain way and have a certain mindset to make it BUT it’s not impossible either, there are a lot of success stories of people who started with nothing and now make more money in a month than I would in my whole life.

These questions were a lot of fun to answer and if any of you have more, I’ll be happy to tackle them in the next post.

And I wanted to ask, if any of my Moroccan readers want me to showcase their city and would like to help with the post just send me an email and I would be happy to do it.


That’s it until next time.

Did you ever visit Morocco ? If so, what cities ? And what was your favorite part of your holiday here ?

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The Song of Orpheus – Give me all of them myths !

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Title : The Song of Orpheus

Author : Tracy Barrett

Publication date : August 1st 2016

Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Genre : Mythology

Synopsis : The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard is a funny, adventure-filled collection of wonderfully weird “new” Greek myths. This unforgettable collection spins tales of love and loss, hilariously vain superheroes, ancient robots, untrappable giant foxes, men reborn after being torn apart by dragons, and even the world’s first monkeys. A few of these tales may seem familiar at first, but be prepared for the unexpected. Others are wonderfully strange and puzzling. All of them are entertaining. All of them deserve to be better known. (From Goodreads)

Rating : 3.5 stars

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“The statue I made will be called Truth, and yours will be Falsehood. For Falsehood sometimes manages to start a lie circulating, but without feet, she can’t move very far, whereas Truth will always spread throughout the land.”

*I received an eARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

I think some of you guys already know how big of a Greek Mythology fan I am so when Cindy @ My Bookfile suggested we read The Song of Orpheus for our buddy-read I jumped at the occasion and was thrilled with her choice. So, thank you Cindy for giving me the opportunity to discover a whole new bunch of stories. As she said on her review, this should be a pretty short one because it is for an anthology of myths and it is pretty short itself, barely over 100 pages.

First of all, the writing sucked me in immediately. It is interactive as Orpheus is directly talking to the reader, conversing, commenting on the stories and pointing out ridiculous situations and inconsistencies, but what made it even cooler to me is personal, the way the author wrote the myths felt like how a family friend used to tell me urban legends when I was a kid so it had a familiar and nostalgic vibe to it. Also, what I really appreciated were the little notes and charts at the end of every chapters -as well as at the very end of the book- helping with the understanding of the different people, gods and species because let’s face it there are way too many not to get confused.

The way the myths are recounted is very unique and interesting. The narrator is Orpheus who has a myth of his own, a pretty known one that is. So, in a way, this anthology is 17 myths within a myth because Orpheus has to tell stories to break a curse that was put on him. As much as he is witty and funny, I have a love-hate relationship with him because he just kept wining about missing Eurydice (his wife) and regretting what he did to her, he even sometimes stopped in the middle of myth just to start talking about this again, all I wanted to do is yell “I GET IT! Can we move on now, please” and this took a little from my enjoyment of the myths.

But don’t get me wrong, I loved them! Especially because they were these less known myths so I learnt a lot of new things about Ancient Greece, I didn’t know any of them but one, which was Dionysos’ myth AND it’s one of my favorites so I really didn’t mind finding it in this anthology. All the myths were fun, weird and quick to read, but here’s the thing, they were TOO quick. I would’ve liked more depth and detail because I didn’t get time to immerse properly in the myth before it got cut short and the ending got revealed.

This was a really good read that I would recommend to any Greek Mythology lover. It will succeed in surprising you with new myths, alternate endings, open endings as well as links between different myths that will bring new things to light about stories you already knew, and those lightbulb moments were kind of my favorites as they had me beaming like a stupid person over new pieces added to the never ending Greek Mythology puzzle.


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TAG #17: Scavenger Hunt Book Tag

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I finally feel like I’m sort of catching up with my tags phew! I still have many MANY to go but I’m slowly getting there and I’m having fun ticking them off one by one every week. This week it’s the Scavenger Hunt Book Tag‘s turn to go, so let’s do this.

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This was going around a couple months ago and it looked like so much fun to do, I wanted to participate SO BAD. So, when Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews and Vivian @ Inked Pages tagged me I should’ve jumped at the occasion, right? Nope. I completely forgot about it and just found it in my notebook yesterday. It might have been during the time I was studying for my exams so don’t hold me accountable for it haha. Without further ado, thank you girls so much! And before we start, you should definitely check their blogs out, they’re awesome !

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Find a book with the letter ‘Z’ in its title or the author’s name.

Markus Suzak - I Am the Messenger

The MessengerMarkus Zusak. This was the first book that came to mind because the author is obviously a favorite of mine and both his books that I read are all time favorites of mine.

Find me a classic

Victor Hugo - Les misérables

Les MisérablesVictor Hugo. Again, my favorite classic which reminds me that I need to re-read it because the last time I did I think I might have been 11 or 12 *shame*.

Find a book with a key on its cover.

Sarah Dessen - Lock and Key

Lock and KeySarah Dessen. I own this one. Have been meaning to read it for the longest time ever. I still haven’t read it. Don’t ask why, there are just too many books out there and I more often than not forget that I have some books.

Find something on your shelves that isn’t a book.

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These little bird thingies. Not before now did I realize that I might have a slight obsession with white bird decorations, these are not the only ones mind you, I have a couple more. But they’re so pretty and I love them !

Find a book with an animal on the cover.

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The Unexpected Everything Morgan Matson. I want to read this one so bad, but Priorities guys, priorities. Now that I know that it has some kind of scavenger hunt in it, it climbed up my TBR so I’m sure I’ll get to it pretty soon.

Find a book with a girl on its cover.

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The Kiss of DeceptionMary E. Pearson. What book DOESN’T have a girl on its cover ? hehe! Okay I might be exaggerating but this is literally the easiest thing to find on book covers.

Find a non-YA book.

Nicholas Sparks - The Guardian

The Guardian –  Nicholas Sparks. I love Nicholas Sparks’ love stories so much and this one is next on my list. I mainly have it on my radar for a challenge but the blurb really pulled me in too.

Find a book with stars on its cover.

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These Broken StarsAmie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner. I got this ages ago and I wanted to read it SO bad then the intergalactic slump came and when it was over I kind of lost interest in it. So tell me if you think I should read it.

Find a book with golden letters.

Danielle Vega - The Merciless

The MercilessDanielle Vega. Lauren recommended this one to me when I told her that I wanted to get into horror books more. I got it but I still haven’t read it. Oups. This seems like the story of my life.


I Tag :

Ps: If you’ve already done it or you just don’t feel like it, I’m sorry just ignore my tag hah.


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My Favorite Characters as Olympians

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If you haven’t been living under a rock, you know that it is Olympics season YAY !! I absolutely adore watching the Olympics, and I have been religiously doing so for the past 3 editions. If you don’t, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR DAYS? Okay, no, I’m kidding!

It’s just such a weird feeling when I see my country’s team marching during the ceremony, I’m filled with pride even though, let’s face it… They don’t do very well. But still, at that moment, EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS

So, while I was watching Shooting a few days back, I thought well, X (you’ll know who it is later) would kick all of there asses and then BAM! An Epiphany! Why not do a list of all the my favorite characters of EVER and what sports I could see them do great in? Without further ado, here’s the list I gathered:

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Ryan Graudin - (#1) Wolf by Wolf

Yael – Wolf by Wolf. Because … This is the closest thing to Motorcycles they have in the Olympics haha. It’s less kick-ass I must admit, but I’m sure she’d make anything she climbs on badass because that’s just how she is.

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Lila Bard Shades of Magic. Did you guess who it was huhu? This wasn’t much of a stretch, she already has a gun and loves it. A sharp aim can be helpful too and hers is FIYAAAA ! She almost never misses, what else can I say? They were destined to be.

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Captain Carswell Thorne The Lunar Chronicles. From the day I read Cress, Thorne has become, in my eyes, the most endurent character EVER. Come on! No one can deny this. He actually spent days navigating the desert in that awful state (I won’t say what because hello spoilers and I still want to live). And when I think endurance, I automatically think Marathons so there you go.

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Cassie Clare - (#4) City of Fallen Angels

Isabelle LightwoodThe Mortal Instruments. Each time I imagine Izzy, she’s either wearing something hella fashionable or kicking someone’s ass old school style so what better Martial Art to do it than Taekwondo and yes to me, it’s the best ! I did it for several years when I was a kid and it’s also my favorite to watch.

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Stephanie Perkins - (#3) Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla Martin Isla and the Happily Ever After. I don’t have a valid explanation for this one to be honest, it just makes sense in my head. Gymnastics is such an elegant sport but also very physical and it just blows my mind and I don’t imagine Isla doing anything else, it just fits perfectly.

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Jandy Nelson - I'll Give You the Sun

Noah I’ll Give You the Sun. This one is very VERY far fetched. The only way it makes sense is when you think of Noah as someone who’s really good with his hands. There’s still the matter of precision but I’m sure he has a good aim and he’ll be excellent at it. Yeah, no valid explanation whatsoever but we’ll roll with it.

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Luna LovegoodHarry Potter. This is obvious. Luna is a natural with animals, she just loves them so much and that love is returned so working with horses in a competition would be easy for her, she’ll understand them and they’ll listen to her. Which means that she’ll kick every other dresseur’s ass.

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Jem CarstairsThe Infernal Devices. Does this reaaaally need an explanation? It is literally his JOB to wield a sword so to participate he wouldn’t need much of a training, it would be more of an adaptation to a slightly different weapon. Aaaand he’d also look handsome slaying everybody. Just saying.

I’m done with this thingy and I didn’t mean to do it as a tag whatsoever but I’d really love to see these people doing a list of their own:

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews – Kat @ Life and Other Disasters – Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff – Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction – Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks – Cindy @ My BookFile

If anyone else likes the idea, be my guest and do it. Be sure to leave a pingback to this post so that I can check it out ! Also, do whatever sports you want as long as they’re part of the olympics.


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Book Blogger Blind Date : We Ramble about Bookishness

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Today’s post is a pretty special thing curtesy of Jill @ Rant @ Rave about Books. This lovely person here thought that Fatima @ Noteable Pad and I would be a perfect fit to work together on a Book Blogger Blind Date (Click here for details). Fatima was by then, already, one of my dearest blogger friends so I was more than thrilled to do this with her.

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Coming up with these questions was the most hilarious and ridiculous process. We laughed a lot, improvised a lot and I hope you’ll enjoy reading through the result of that. Here’s the thing: We had to cut the questions in two sections -because let’s face it we’re rambly people- each section on a blog. On my blog you’ll find everything bookish related, while if you want to get to know the both of us a little bit more on a personal level, head over to  Fatima’s blog where we asked somewhat deep questions that I managed to answer with all seriousness. Shocker, I know. Without further ado, let’s do this thing. But first, get to know who Fatima is:

I’m Fatima: perpetual writer by day and critic by night. I’m 19. I live in London.

When I’ve taken my critic glasses off, you can find me drinking copious amounts of tea, gobbling up much needed chocolate and researching like a madman. Occasionally I’ll post discussions, but these aren’t always book-related.

I read a range of genres to aid my own writing. These include: historical fiction, biographies, fantasy, romance and retellings.

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a. Getting out of a slump?

Fatima: Surprisingly, this is a hard question. I barely know how to get out of reading slumps myself, so I’ll give this a pass.

Fadwa: YAY! BOOK RECS!! To get out of a slump I’d recommend something fun and quick that wouldn’t drain you while you’re still trying to recover, The Catastrophic History of You and Me is a good one, and a 2016 favorite of mine.

b. Cheering up?

Fatima: I’ve never read it, but I’m going to recommend The Alchemist because I’ve heard that does the job.

(I read and loved it, so listen to the girl)

Fadwa: There are plenty of contemporary feel good books, Fangirl as well as the Anna and the French Kiss companion series are a perfect fit.

c. A punch of feels?

Fatima: If you want to cry your eyes out, read any book by Khaled Hosseini. More specifically, The Kite Runner and And the Mountains Echoed are the only books of his that I have read.

(I’ve been meaning to read one of his books for forever now *sigh*)

Fadwa: What books DO NOT give me feels? All sequels to my beloved series give me overwhelming amounts of feels. I’d suggest the Shades of Magic trilogy because A Gathering of Shadows killed me.

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Fatima: The characters that have greatly impacted my life aren’t, regrettably, fictional. I am inspired by the ability of people make something out of their misfortune – to survive when all the odds are against them.  I’ll go with Jung Chang – in her book Wild Swans she details her family story as they live in China – from the beginning of the 20th century to the end of Chairman Mao’s rule in the late 1970s.  Living in such an oppressive society, I was beyond touched to hear what Jung Chang went through, and that despite all of that, she was still alive and well.

Fadwa: Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series. She’s a Ravenclaw, so we were meant to be, if we are being honest. I love how she is weird and owns it. She doesn’t care what people think of what she does or how she sees things, not one time did I see her flinch when people made fun of her. And that was very inspiring, because I strived to be like her and in a way I succeeded, because I do not care what people might think. Add to that the fact that she is smart, funny and compassionate. She’s just ALL AROUND AWESOME.

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Fatima:

  • Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle – she is so dreadfully dull (like me) and I think we’d get along pretty well.
  •  Beth from Little Women (avid reader like me)
  • The nameless narrator of A Thousand Nights – man, the conversations we’d have!
  • Why do all these characters mirror my personality?

(By the way, she’s not a dull person but won’t take my word for it so whatever FATIMA!)

Fadwa: There are so many characters that I love, some of which I would be scared for my life just by existing in the same world but some others I want to befriend forever, here they are:

  • YaelWolf  by Wolf. Can the fact that she is a shapeshifter be enough of a reason? That is SO cool, plus she’s strong, resilient and selfless.
  • ThorneThe Lunar Chronicles. Can he be my boyfriend too? I leeeuve him. He’s kind of the male version of yours truly; he’s sarcastic, brave and wants nothing to do with feelings, sounds familiar?
  • NoahI’ll Give you the sun. Aside all the crap he and his sister did to each other, he’s a decent kid and artsy, I need someone like that to inspire an motivate me to draw more.
  • Lila & AlucardShades of Magic. Because I know that if I ever got in trouble they’ll be there to throw some knives and magic around. Plus, I’m guaranteed to never get bored with them.

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Fatima:

  • Amani from Rebel of the Sands. Follow this link here to read my scathing review of RotS.  Amani is a rebel with no cause – desperate to escape the oppressive culture she was born into, even if it means leaving people behind.
  •   Shahrzad Khayzurun from The Wrath and the Dawn – NO. Shahrzad is content forgetting about her friend for the GUY WHO KILLED HER.

Fadwa: This is going to be fun hehehe and potentially deadly because unpopular opinions coming ahead:

  • LolaLola and the Boy Next Door. DEAR LORD! She would make me way too frustrated (I have 0 patience) because of her decision making skills. I would just spend my day screaming at her.
  • AmaniRebel of the Sands. Hehe. How could I not bring her up? That girl has no sense of purpose. And she’s insufferable. Here’s my review too, if you want to check it out.

I’m sure there are more but these are the only ones I can think of, as of right now.

(We buddy read Rebel of the Sands, so we have pretty similar thoughts on it hehe)

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Fatima:

Obviously you Fadwa. You’re definitely on that list. I also love Lauren’s @ Wonderlessreviews, Izzi @ Ravenclawbookclub, Liam @ HeyAshers, Ioana @ Booksreenchanted, Summer @ Xingsings, Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks, Beth @ Readingeverynight, Chloe @ QuirkyVictorian, Sammie @ bookshelvesandbiros & Jorelene @ PageChronicles.

Fadwa: YAAS! I have so many though !!

Fatima (Duuh !!) – Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books – Kat @ Life and Other Disasters Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews Jess @ JBelks Books Naz @ Read Diverse Books Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through FictionNuzaifa @ Word Contessa – Reg @ She LatitudeLiam @ Hey Ashers Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff.

I’m preeetty sure I forgot some and if I did I’M SORRY, my brain betrays me at time, just know that I’ll love you forever.


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The Crown – I tried, I really did ! At least now we’re done ?

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Title : The Crown (The Selection #5)

Author : Kiera Kass

Publication date : May 3th 2016

Publisher : HarperTeen

Genre : Young Adult | Romance – Dystopia

Synopsis : When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

Rating: 2.5 stars

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“I’m in love with him, and I want to marry him. And even though he hates having his picture taken, I want to take a thousand so I can put him on my wall and wake up to us laughing every day, just like you do with Mom. And I want him to make me doughnuts, just like his mom does for his dad. Even if I have to let out all my dresses. And I want us to find our own thing or maybe find out that our own thing is everything, because I feel like if I have him, even the stupid stuff would matter.”

(No Spoilers)

This ending to The Selection series wasn’t a good one friends. I’m one of those firm believers that they should’ve left it alone after the end of that first trilogy, but nooo ! Go ahead and milk that cow. It’s not all bad obviously, I enjoyed some part so I’m sorry if you like this book and I’m offending you, I would suggest you don’t read any further though,  I don’t have the strength to run away from pitchforks.

So… We all know that the writing isn’t spectacular in this, it is just meh but I was okay with it because to be honest I didn’t go into The Crown expecting beautiful prose. But there is a minimum to be reached if you ask me, and while it was thankfully scraping it for the most part, sometimes I just facepalmed myself. Real hard. There are some mistakes done (Editing is made to correct those, people !) but the worse one that is actually one of my pet peeves that I just can’t get over is the common used “If I was …” (I actually went ahead and researched it just to be sure). I know it is very widely used in everyday language but it WRONG when the statement is contrary to fact, but I just get past it in a book’s narration.

There are also some very cheesy sentences that don’t even make any sense, like “I’m pretty sure you’re always useful. Even when you sleep.” EXCUSE ME WHAT ? I know it’s meant to be -not so- casual flirting but it just comes across as ridiculous. Here, I’m a nice person, so I’ll give you extra cheese for free :

“I walked over to him. And when he realized I was on my way, his gaze flew up to mine. In an instant, everything in the room came alive. Like the sunshine had a melody and the sounds of footsteps had a texture I could feel in my fingertips each time anyone moved”

Moving on. I went in wanting to rate this very loosely because I didn’t expect it sweep me off my feet, I just wanted a cute fairytale ending -like in The One,  and even that didn’t happen. The ending felt sloppy and rushed and didn’t answer all the questions Eadlyn’s books raised. Romantically speaking, the ending was a good one, she ended up with the guy I was rooting for so I was happy with that. But politics wise, the One ended with everything being in order, first The Heir messes everything up, then this one starts fixing things -we admittedly see the light at the end of the tunnel- but it is just not enough. I wanted to see what the people’s reaction will be to the announcements she made.

One thing I really appreciated is to see how Maxon and America (as well as all the others) turned out. We didn’t get to see much of that in The Heir because they weren’t very close with their daughter, but after what happened, Eadlyn got to see her parents’ love like she never did before, and us with her. It still is just like a fairytale after 20 years and that same old feel good vibe to it.

I didn’t review the Heir when I read it because I wasn’t blogging yet but I mentioned it in my very first wrap-up and said that I didn’t like Eadlyn, not one bit. I actually hated her. But now she changed. For the better that is. She stopped being whiny, selfish and arrogant, she’s now strong and responsible willing to do anything for her family and country, and I really appreciated that change but the one thing that I wanted to slap her for is how trusting she became. She went from 0 to 100 reaaal quick and I was sure it was going to come back and bite her in the ass. Which eventually happened.

As for the guys, I felt like the characters fell flat and were very one dimensional aside from Kile, Erik and maybe Hale who were okay. I understand that with 30 guys it is impossible to develop all of them, but with the final 5, I would’ve like a little more depth even they ultimately weren’t going to stick around, it would’ve made her choice less obvious. I must admit that in the original trilogy, the girls were better thought out than the boys in these two final books.

So, here ends the selection series. I hope. While these last 2 books were Meh, I’d recommend reading the original trilogy if you’re looking for an easy, quick read with a happily ever after.


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Award #10 : I’m a neat freak and loving it !

 

Hello guys  !

I’m back yet again with another award that has been sitting around for ages, I don’t have any excuse really, I’m just a lazy potato who tends to sit on her tags and awards until they’re a few months late, because there is obviously no other way of doing it, right? Today’s tag is the Real Neat Blogger Award for which I have been tagged my the amazing Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews. Don’t forget to check out her blog and show her some love, she’s  SO sweet, and hilarious too!

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The rules :

  • Thank and link the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the 7 questions that the nomination has provided you.
  • Create 7 questions for your nominees.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers.

I’m not going to be tagging anyone this time because this has been going around for so long that I don’t know who still hasn’t done it. And also because I’m feeling above average lazy and my brain cannot think up new questions.

Lauren’s questions :

1) What was the last song you listened to?

Mmm… I went out this morning so I listen to music from my phone so let’s see. It was Glowing by The Script. It is no surprise at all hehe. That’s my favorite band there so most the songs I listen to are theirs.

2) The world is ending and you only have time to read one more book, what do you choose?

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One book that I bought recently and that I’m REALLY excited to dive into is And the Mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini. I heard really great things about it and I’ve been told that it is a very emotional read so I cannot wait to cry my eyes out ! So that would most definitely be it.
3) Your current phone/computer background?

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Ouuh shocker ! It is obviously a quote from one of my favorite books of all times. A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. It is also quite motivational and it wants me to just go out there and explore the world while I still can.

4) What’s your Star Sign? Do you believe in Astrology?

Capricorn. And no I don’t believe in Astrology but I think it is always fun to look up my horoscope and just see what it says and kind of compare it with the truth, which is always faaar from it.

5) Besides Harry Potter, what book world would you most like to live in?

Can I see the Harry Potter world nonetheless? Hahaha. No? Okay. I’d say Red London from Shades of Magic. I actually do not have a lot to choose from because I don’t read High Fantasy so I don’t usually have “New worlds” to explore. Though I’m working on changing that and start reading more of it.

6) Zombies are attacking and you get to chose 3 or 4 fictional (books/movies/tv) characters to help you fight. Who do you pick?

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Mmm interesting question. I’d choose Alec from The Mortal Instruments because he’s good with a crossbow and won’t let most of them get to us. Alucard from A Gahtering of Shadows because he’s badass and would slay them all. And Wolf from The Lunar Chronicles because duuh!!

7) Do you have any pets? Tell me about them! Photos encouraged if you have any so I can cry over the cuteness. Otherwise if you could have any pet in the world that you wanted, what would it be?

No I don’t ! *sobs* I used to have a little kitten, she was with us for 3 months and then I turned out allergic. WHY DO YOU BETRAY ME, BODY? So we had to give her away to a family we knew. If  I could have any pet in the world now, it would probably be a husky, I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH !! They’re beyond beautiful, and they’re big fluffy dogs just like I like them.

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