Little Peek #10: October 2016

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Consider this month an extension of last haha. But a little worse/better. I’m even busier ANd better at managing my time than I was last month. I’m struggling a lot to find time to blog because now even my weekends are busy with various things BUT I still manage because I refuse to give it up or take a break yet, I just love it too much. Though commenting Wise, aside from the weekends, I suck. and I also spend my afternoons more often than not at the hospital, hello more opportunities because bye-bye most medstudents *evil laugh*  which leads me to something REALLY exciting that happened last week and which you might have seen on Twitter: I SCRUBED IN WITH THE SURGEONS LAST THURSDAY AAAH!!! I’ve been to the OR a lot of times but I never scrubed in until I was roaming around that day when a resident I know saw me and asked me to. It was SO exciting to get to handle tools and feel useful, I even got to help doing the stitches when we were closing up. I SERIOUSLY LOVE WHAT I DO. Though, I got home at 6pm. Dead. And then slept from 8pm to 7 the next morning. Oups.

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I read another 6 books this month which I’m really happy with. I think 6 is my average now, because I stabilised there for quite some while now. I actually took a break from re-reading Harry Potter, I only have to read the last book and then Cursed Child which I’m probably leaving for December (I know I said in my last wrap-up November. But no. Still pushing it further away.)

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(Click on the titles to be redirected to the Goodreads page)

The Romantics Leah Konen   3 stars

Well, this book was a bummer! But an enjoyable bummer! Let me explain my confusing self. It is VERY CUTE and interesting, it being from Love’s point of view, it made for some pretty funny moments. But that ending just had me frustrated and wanting to smack my head against a wall for how anti-climactic it was.

More Happy than NotAdam Silvera   5 stars

I think that if I don’t shut up about this book really soon, I’ll get rocks thrown at me. BUT IT IS SO GOOD YOU GUYS !! It is so heartbreaking but no necessarely so, it deal with so many important issues that you cannot miss out on reading it. It might be triggering to some, though, because it deals with suicide, assault, depression and homophobia.

And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Husseini  4.5 stars

Oh how I loved all the stories in this book!! And yes I say stories and not story because it’s not only Pari and Abdullah that are mentioned in the synopsis, it’s also Suleiman, Nabi, Nila, Markos, the Bachiris and so on. All those characters have opened my eyes to one thing or another and some of the aspects and struggles were even relatable to me.
Even if I didn’t like them all, I appreciated ever character for the role they played and they equally broke my heart and made me smile.

Kindred SpiritsRainbow Rowell 3 stars

I know now why I DON’T like to read short stories, they’re just so unsatisfactory. Ugh! This story started out nerdy  and funny but it just went nowhere. I don’t know if I missed something but aside all the Star Wars -which I know Nothing about- there was nothing happening. I picked it up because there was some romance talk but even that wasn’t there, so this just wasn’t for me. Even though I don’t hate it, I don’t like it either. I’m just meh about it.

The Song of Achilles Madeline Miller 4 stars

This book is such a great and interesting read for a greek mythology lover like myself.
I loved the LGBT spin the author did on it and how it changed the story, not in a drastic way because the original myth is still there, it was also amazing to see how she manage to keep it intact while still bringing her own elements to it! really appreciated that, especially considering that this is probably my favorite myth.
Though the story felt slow at times, it was beautifully crafted and I really enjoyed it !

Homegoing Yaa Gyasi 5 stars

This book was amazingly magnificent and heart-shattering. It reminded me of And the Mountains Echoed in more ways than one at first, essentially the structure of the book itself and the fact that it has multiple POVs as well, then it took a path of its own and I adored it even more. This was so beautifully written and brutally honest that I just couldn’t not love it. It also follows a family throught 3 centuries which was fascinating because I felt like things were drastically changing in seemless ways but they also felt the same. Weird, I know! What’s new?

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(Click on the titles to be redirected to the review)

  • Iron Cast – Destiny Soria                                             3.5 stars
  • The Romantics – Leah Konen                                      3 stars
  • More Happy than Not – Adam Silvera                    5 stars
  • And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Husseini    5 stars

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And that, my friends, is a wrap. I feel like I’ve been doing pretty good reading more diversely lately and it’s not even a conscious effort, I’m just naturally reaching out for a wider variety of books which I’m thrilled about. Next month will probably be on the same track as this one though I hope to post a new #FMTM post if I find enough time because those posts take FOREVER to write up but at the same time it’s been a while and I miss them. That being said, no promises.


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And the Mountains Echoed – Beautiful, Touching stories that’ll leave you hungry for more

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Title : And the Mountains Echoed

Author : Khaled Hosseini

Publication date : February 29th, 2012

Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing

Genre : Adult | Contemporary – Historical Fiction

Synopsis : So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one…
Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters.
To Abdullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their skulls touching, their limbs tangled.
One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand.
Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways that we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history, and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.
 
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 4.5 stars

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“I now know that some people feel unhappiness the way others love: privately, intensely, and without recourse.”

(No Spoilers)

Here’s the thing guys. For the past few days I’ve been opening up this draft, looking at the blank screen, closing it again and just watching a bunch of youtube videos. PROCRASTINATION AT ITS FINEST. But the real reason for that is that I really don’t know how to review this book, I’m finding it so so hard to just gather up my thoughts into coherent sentences. My brains are failing me and I don’t understand why, because I really LOVED reading this book and all the experiences it held. Let’s try this again. Take 3:

The way this book is written felt so special, it infilrates your body without you even noticing until it has a firm hold on your heart and by the time you do notice, it is too late and you are doomed to feel everything the author wants you to feel. But seriously, the ways Husseini combines words, I swear, it produces magic of some kind. It is so simple and yet intricate and effective. And the Mountains Echoed is written in multiples POVs –more like a gazillion, but that’s beside the point- and I normally wouldn’t like that, but here it just made sense, it was the natural order of things.

Be warned, this a purely character driven story so if that’s not your thing, you might find this story boring. But I didn’t. It starts with little siblings’ story, a boy –Abdullah– and a girl –Pari– that get separated as kids from the little boy’s POV and then it goes to their stepmother, stepuncle –Nabi, his employer and friend –Suleiman, some Neighbors –The Bachiris, and some other people that crossed paths with these, coming back to Pari’s side of things. And they’re are all connected in one way or the other. This book is centered around relationships, all kinds -Siblinghood, Parenthood, Friendship, Romantic ones etcetera etcetera- and they are portrayed in such a genuine way that I couldn’t help relate in some aspects, especially with most of these people being muslims. My favorites were Markos and Tania, Little Pari and Abdullah ans last but noot least Suleiman and Nabi.

This story also evolves through a very long period of time following the characters from their youth until they’re old and in some cases dead which not only gives a deeper insight into their lives and thoughts but it also feels like I was living with them and experiencing everything they did. Not only that, but I could also witness Kabul’s deterioration from being a thriving city to the rise of the Talibans and the aftermath. It also deals with a variety of social issues such as povery, bribery, opression, injustice, betrayal and even terrorism though the later wasn’t really a focal point of the story.

I honestly loved all the characters, even the ones I hated. They were just so diverse and came from so many backgrounds that I felt like everyone can find a piece of themselves in the book. I know I did. There were some strong ones, cowards, liars, thieves, open-minded -A woman too modern for her own good and culture- as well as narrow-minded people. Some that were born and grew up in Afghanistan, some that fled it, some that weren’t even born there, as well as some that just went there to help. Some  –most– of the experiences they lived were really hard and heartbreaking and the little rare glimpses of happiness really shone through. And all of them impacted me in some way or another which I really appreciated.

The ending was bitter sweet to me, it made me happy as much as it broke my heart. All the tales were wrapped up nicely and it felt like everything came full circle even though not the happily ever after, but it was perfectly imperfect and summed everything because this book is meant to be flawed and it achieved that greatly.


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3 Days 3 Quotes challenge 3.0 : Day III

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It’s day III and the final day of this amazing challenge that I can never get enough of. As I am typing this post I realized that all books involved have some type of LGBT+ element to them and that’s awesome considering that before this year I had never read books with non-straight characters, and I LOVE these books with everything I have. Anywho, I was tagged by Huriyah @ Sugar Quills . Thank you one last time!

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The rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

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Nope. I’m not ready to stop talking about More happy than not by Adam Silvera. I am not sure when I will or if I ever will for that matter. It is just TOO. DAMN. DESTROYING. to just close it and forget about it. It gets its claws on you and doesn’t let go. And that, ladies and gents, is the effect I want books to have on me. Take notes. I would recommend this if you’re looking to sob your eyes out, be heartbroken or simply looking for an outstanding read. I’ll stop now (whispers: more ramblings over here though)


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TAG #23: The Great British Bake-Off Book Tag

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Another Wednesday, another tag. And you know how much I love doing these, though coming up with books that fit the categories can be quite frustrating at times. This week I’m doing the Great British Bake-Off tag. I’ll be perfectly honest here, I didn’t know about it before this tag, but I know shows of the sort, either French or Moroccan, that do air here and that I used to watch religiously when I watched TV. I don’t know how but this show and books make perfect sense. Maybe because it’s food. And food and books are the perfect match, one that I would marry if I could. Okay, I’ll stop here, I’m getting carried away, you get the picture. Onto the actual tag now.

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This tag was created by the incredible Zaheerah Khalik and she tagged me. So, Thank you! I really don’t know how people get Genius props for things like that, I can’t think of them to save my life. Anywho, let’s do this.

The Rules:

  • Link back to the creator’s blog. It’s appreciated but optional.
  • Tag people, don’t tag people, whatever. Just have fun.
  • Ready, get set, Bake! (or tag)

Cover = Goodreads Page

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Just A Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre. This book is seriously so good. The idea behind it is unique and it adresses body image issues with humor while still getting the point across. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Oh! And bonus points, the author is very cool and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

My Review

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The Romantics by Leah Konen. This book was sooo cute to read and the romance very well built but that’s the problem, for all the buil-up that happened the ending was pretty meh and anticlimactic, I just wanted more of the MC and his significant other as a couple, because I feel like I was robbed off the swoon factor. *Le sigh*

My Review

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Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I just… I… Just No. I really tried to find the Silver lining to the story, Something I could like and hold on to, but even the things I tolerated in the first book started frustrating me and it wasn’t worth it anymore. So I dropped the series, never to pick it up again.

My Review

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Any and all books from Le Club des Cinq collection by Enid Blyton. Those books seriously made my childhood. I loved them so much. I read dozens and dozens of them. What they’re basically about is a group of 5 kids that solve various mysteries.

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When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. I know, I know I’ve been talking about this book a lot since I read it, but HOW COULD I NOT? It is so amazing and brilliant and took me completely by surprise. I had never picked a magical realism book up before this and now I want to read them all just because of how much I adored this book.

My Review

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Khaled Hosseini - And the Mountains Echoed

I’ll stick with Zaheerah’s answer on this one because of the same reasons. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. People around me aren’t much into reading BUT I feel like this story would touch them in more ways than one and they would enjoy it because of the amount of perspectives it has.

(Review coming on Friday)

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  • 4th: Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith (My Review)
  • 3rd: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (My Review)
  • 2nd: The Marauders’ Island by Tristan J. Tarwater (My Review)
  • 1st: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (My Review)

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Markus Suzak - The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. First book I really thought of as a favorite and it has been ever since. I really need to reread it (which I’ve been saying since January) but I want to get a physical copy of it before doing so. My birthday is coming up in 2 months, if any of you want to send me gifts, this is the one.

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Shades of Magic by V. E. Schwab. SHOCKER. HAHA. no. I love this trilogy beyond what words can express. I was going to use it for the one above too but I practiced what is called self control and didn’t. Seriously though, if you haven’t read it, DO IT NOW. Oh and also, can Febriary be here any faster? I need A Conjuring of Light. NOW.

My Review for Book 1. And Book 2.10

I don’t usually read novellas and the like so I don’t really have an answer for this one. The only one I read is Fairest and I didn’t love it.

I Tag:

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books – Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews – Kat @ Life and Other Disasters – Puput @ Sparkling Letters – Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks – Kate @ The Nerdy Novelty


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3 Days 3 Quotes challenge 3.0 : Day II

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I’m BACK with an early post for day II of this challenge and don’t worry, I’ll post the usual one later today. As I said yesterday, I was tagged by the sweet Huriyah over @ Sugar Quills which you should totally check out, because it’s cute AND because she makes the most adorable little bookmarks.

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The rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

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Jandy Nelson - I'll Give You the Sun

HAHA. Did you think this challenge could go by without me mentioning something from I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson? Well, if you did, you thought wrong because I can’t help myself. This book is so so beautiful and it’s all about twins, their messy lives, difficult relationship and cutsie romances. Also, the writing is absolutely gorgeous and full of imageries, Something you wouldn’t want to miss out on, it you like that kind of style. Believe me. More raving over here.


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3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge 3.0 : Day I

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It’s been months since I last did this tag, 7 months to be exact. And I love, love, love it. I as tagged some while back by someone but I don’t remember who it is, so I’m sorry. But for this round, I was tagged by Huriyah @ Sugar Quills and I’m glad she tagged me because I was starting to go into quote withdrawal – Believe me, it’s a thing . So, thank you!

3 Days 3 Quotes

The rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

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When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore is a book I read very recently and it touched me in ways not many books can achieve. It was just settle and beautiful and brilliantly written (here are my thoughts about it). It is also magical realism so it has a whimsical vibe to is that is very enjoyable and kind of makes for a very peculiar experience. 10 out 10 would recommend. Magnificent read. There are so many beautiful quotes, one of which this one.


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To Some, Access to Books is a Luxury.

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If you’re on Book Twitter– or what I like to call the Online Soap Opera for all the drama it holds, you’re probably aware of the talk and debate that was going around a few days back about Piracy and how not all people have access to books. I have a lot of feeling about this topic, because even though I CAN get the books I want now, this is relatable to me to some extent, and  while I wanted to make a thread about it on Twitter and be done with it, I was too exhausted at the time to make my brains work and by the next morning when I actually wanted to talk about it, the Internet had moved on. And that, kids, is the time we live in. For an old soul like myself, things are moving too fast.

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For those of you who, by some blessing, missed it, here’s a little backstory from what I gathered and what some blogger friends told me (because I didn’t witness it firsthand). Some international reader tweeted asking for a pdf/epub version of a book which got to the author who attacked her (I believe the reader’s a girl?) and sent her to Amazon US. THEN, some other people attacked the author because they attacked the reader. Let me tell ya, it’s a vicious circle and every part of it is right and wrong at the same time. Let me explain myself, point by point.

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PIRACY. There’s no getting around, it’s simple and it’s illegal no matter how you look at it or how your motives for it are. But I understand, believe me I do. Don’t attack me just yet and let me explain, I won’t go far, I’ll just use my own experience to try and bring you as close to the issue as I can.

I live in Morocco. Which is an underdeveloped country that DOESN’T have English as first language, not even second, third or forth. In fact, for someone to talk fluent English is considered a rare thing (eventhough it is more spoken with each and every generation). So there is simply little to NO English literature  in my country. I won’t even try getting into procuring physical book because they’re like the holy grail in here and they ARE expensive, so I consider myself privileged that I’m able to get them from time to time. Getting them online is even worse because no matter how I go about it, the shipping always costs MORE than the book itself and before you talk about Book Depository or Book Outlet, they don’t ship here. And don’t mention libraries please, they don’t exist. For leisure, I mean, all books there are academic and/or for research. Onto e-books now, that’s mainly what I get now because they’re the most practical way for me to read without ruining myself. BUT, they are still expensive  (for reference: A 1$ is 10 MAD), and my family and I are thankfully well off, so my case isn’t the general rule around here.

So, imagine a poor person, who has an infinite love for books, can you tell them no? You don’t have enough money to be able to read. So, here’s the real issue: In our society, today, reading is for those who can afford it. It is sad, yes, but it is true. I know it is not the Publishers’ fault, it’s not EVEN the reader’s. Yes I dare say it. Excuse me, if I understand how someone would HAVE TO resort to Piracy to read. Don’t blame them, blame society. I don’t when or how but there should be a time coming in the future when people, who don’t have the money for it, CAN access the books they like to read without it being illegal and without ruining themselves because they just CAN’T AFFORED IT when they struggle to even eat or put clothes on their bodies. And believe me when I say this, sometimes reading is the only escape they have, the last thread they hold on to.

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I think I said most of what I needed to get across in the section above but I want to acknowledge the author’s rights too. I know how they can feel disrespected. Imagine putting countless hours, weeks, even years of work, sweat and tears for it to be stolen once finished. Because that’s really what piracy is: Theft. I know and understand how angred and frustrated said author can be, because at the end of the day, they make a living out of it, as well as the publishers, cover designers and everyone who participated in bringing that book to life. BUT attacking the person is no way to go out it. ESPECIALLY without knowing where she comes from or what her background is. All I’m saying is that there are better ways to go about this. If they actually engaged with the reader and found that she was disrespectful and did it just for the heck of it, by all means, go even for a legal pursuit if that’s what you want.

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Did the people who attacked either the author or the reader think they were doing the issue any good? They only fueled the problem, and I’m sure some of them knew it.

  1. Attacking the author, I’m sure, only made them angrier because none of it was constructive or educational, they just feel attacked when they ARE the victim to begin with.
  2. Attacking the reader only makes her feel even worse than she already does, because believe me, if she has no other choice, she will STILL resort to piracy to get the book she wants. It doesn’t solve the problem and doesn’t do anyone any good.

At the end of the day, the best way to solve this -as any conflicts really- is proper education and communication. Talk it out for God’s sake. I saw some really amazing threads about the issue that were neither attacking the author, nor making what the reader did rightful. They just explained things and tried to educate people, especially privileged ones, on a point of view that isn’t theirs, simply because they -thankfully- never had to experience money shortage, or an issue or another that prevented them from getting the books they love.

I hope no one gets my words the wrong way, and I hope they don’t get twisted to make me say things I didn’t say.

I’m not encouraging piracy, I’m only explaining a perspective that not many people have or know.


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More Happy than Not – Left me more Crushed than Not

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Title : More Happy Than Not

Author : Adam Silvera

Publication date : June 2nd, 2015

Publisher : Soho Teen

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Synopsis : In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
Why does happiness have to be so hard?  

Rating: 5 stars

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“I’m sure waiting for unfulfilled expectations will only make weeks feel like months, months feel like decades, and decades feel like my end of days. If there’s no happiness waiting for me there, then I lived a life without laughs and smiles and that’s not living at all”

(No Spoilers)

Trigger Warning: Depression – Suicide – Homophobia – Assault.

This book. I’m speechless ! I don’t even know how to begin with how it made me feel. I’m just broken and I want to crawl under my bed and stay there until my poor little heart recovers. It’s been a few months since a book made me cry and Adam Silvera has succeded, WHAT KIND OF BLACK MAGIC DOES HE USE? I’ve been meaning to read More Happy than Not since I joined the book community because EVERYONE is praising it so I finally made the plunge. What a plunge indeed. It’s more like falling off of a cliff to be honest, with sharp rocks to catch you at the bottom and Adam Silvera laughing at you from the top. And I loved it (Can I still claim that I am no masochist?)

First of all, the writing was gripping from the first few lines. The book is bluntly and beautifully written, and also brutally funny which left me going back and forth between tears and laughs and doing that takes A LOT of talent. It is written in present tense, 1st person which makes the experience all the more stricking, I honestly felt like I was living with the MC through every heartbreak (and there were TONS of them), every discovery and every little ray of sunshine (Emphasis on the little). OH! I almost forgot! I LIVED for all the cursing in this book, it was so fitting but most of all refreshing, because of most authors censoring themselves.

So, the story follows Aaron Soto, when after his father’s death, tries to commit suicide and how he’s trying to find happiness again. I swear this story shook me, it is so damn honest and says things as they are. The first thing that struck me was how shitty everyone’s life is. Here was innocent me, following the thread of events relatively peacefully (again, emphasis on the relatively) when all of a sudden come certain flashbacks and HOLY SHIT! I was left thunder struck, mouth gaping and speechless by how things turned out to be, I know that if you read it you felt the same way and even you who still haven’t read it (what are you waiting for?) will be freaking dumbfounded once you get to it. The whole plot goes down an entirely different road that I didn’t see coming, not even a little. From that point forward, I couldn’t stop reading, I just had to finish the book before putting it down. Which I did. I also ended up with severe dehydration because of all the liquids that came out of my eyes.

To be honest, I was horrified by some things than happened, some pity violence and just chill-giving situations that sadly, reflect the world we live in. It was a drastic change from the Rainbow poops and supportive surroudings I’m used to reading, this was to me equally a breath of fresh suffocating air and a smack in the face and it was amazingly worth it. It was physically painful (I swear I’m not exaggerating, I was THAT invested) to read about Aaron’s pain and struggles as he was trying his best to figure out who he was and how to live with everything that’s happened to him.

Onto the characters now, or are they characters? Because they feel so real that I don’t know what they are anymore. They had these really deep conversations at times that really made me think and reflect on some aspects of life.

Aaron is such a strong guy, really! He went through so much crap and misery that I truly admired how he was set on living on even if that meant he had to consider going through with the Leteo procedure (which erases unwanted memories.), it might seem like cowardise, but to me it was not, if that’s the only way for him to actually get through life. He was also very sarcastic and fiercely loyal to his people. Though I had a problem with how much he relied on Geneviève at first. Then that started fading away a bit and I realized how big of an influence and positive presence she was in his life, so I started really appreciating her.

Thomas, I loved! (Not that I didn’t love Aaron) He was such an uplifting presence in a very depressing book (let’s just call it what it is). I loved how utterly and completely comfortable he was with himself, he had no taboos and didn’t care what others might think of him which kind of gave Aaron some courage and made things a little easier on him. Here’s a description straight from the book:

“This is how Thomas lives his life, one misfired dream after the other. That journey may stretch for a lifetime, but even if he doesn’t discover that spark until he’s an old man, Thomas will die with wrinkles he earned and a smile on his face.”

Special notice to the mom and brother and how supportive they were once they were actually included. Other than that, the side characters are assholes. Like REAL assholes. I hated them with every fiber in body. Especiallly Brendan who was supposed to be his bestfriend and turned on him as soon as he knew Aaron was gay. WHAT KIND OF FRIEND IS THIS? Omg! Didn’t realize how angry I was haha.

I think that’s about it for this review. Now that all these feelings are brought back up to the surface, I’m gonna go sit in a corner until the world is all pink and pretty and I feel safe enough to venture out the house. BYE.


That’s it until next time.

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TAG #22: The Aussie Book Tag

Hello guys !

Today is a tag that I’ve been seeing going around enviously because of how fun it seems. Well, you see, it’s the Aussie book tag and I’m no Australian. So, you ask, why are you doing this, Fadwa? Well hah, joke’s on you because Lauren made me honorary Aussie so I could do this. I’m half asleep writing this so excuse me if I don’t make sense or derail in the middle of the post. Not my fault.

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This tag was created by Ngoc @ Happy Comes First and Julia @ Picnic Reads. And I was OBVIOUSLY tagged by the amazing and very true Aussie Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews. She also created the banners I will be using (because laziness And also, sleep!)

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Adam Silvera - More happy than not

Oh, oh, I know! Aaron from More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera. His life is so crappy and he’s so miserable that I just want to hug him and tell him that eventually everything will be okay, or just hug him and don’t let go until we’re at the other side of the planet, as far away from all the shit his life is as physically possible.

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I can’t think of anything right now. It’s the other way around actually, there are a lot of books people can’t stop raving about that I just can’t see the appeal of. And the books I love are usually well loved books in the community.

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The Rampion squad is GOALS !! If you don’t know where they’re from, where have you been living? And also, they’re the squad from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. They just work so well together, they all have a specific task that makes them a necessary part of the group, and they have this playful vibe about them even when things are intense that I can’t help but love.

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More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera. OH BOY! That book tore me apart, it just packed a punch in the guts that I didn’t expect. Everything was so real and nothing was made easy on the main character, it was the opposite actually which I really loved in contrast with most of the books out there where everything goes according to plan and ends up working out for the better. Also, I can’t help but mention When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore, READ THAT BOOK GUYS! It is so amazingly written.

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Um! Confession time. I don’t read books by Moroccan authors. Why you ask? Because all of the ones we had as required reading in school were boring and didn’t have much going for them and I think that just left a bad image in my brain that makes me shy away from everything written by local writers. Which I’m determined to change by the way. Very soon! Baby steps.

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Alwyn Hamilton - Rebel of the Sands

This could be either a heartbreaking book or simply a bad one. I’ll go with the latter Rebel of the Sands by Renée Ahdieh. No doubt. It’s been a while since I brought this book up hasn’t it? You know how I feel about it. The cover is absolutely stunning BUT the story is just dreadful, it did so many things wrong that I just couldn’t enjoy a single thing about it. It took me a long time to get over all the bad emotions that book brought up in me and I’m not willing to call on them again, so go here for my full rant review.

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Markus Suzak - I Am the Messenger

The Messenger by Markus Zusak. It’s not grim per say but it just has this general heavy atmosphere about it that just weights on you, because the MC doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing with his life and everything is boring and going south for him until he actually decides that he’s better than that and moves his ass to make things better for himself (with a little -big- push of course). I’ll recommend this to EVERYONE because of it’s powerful message.

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. That ending just had me feeling EVERYTHING and I was very impressed with how it was all wrapped up so that all the characters got their little pieces of happiness. Also, I didn’t like the first book that much and absolutely adore this one which was a real surprise since I didn’t have high expectations because of that first disappointment

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

Stephanie Perkins, anyone? Especially Isla and the Happily Ever After. That book is one of my favorite fluffy reads and I just can’t get over how cute it is and how perfect Josh is *swoons* OMAGAAAAD!! Find me a Josh of my own, now, pls?

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I told you in Monday’s Post that I’m your basic bookbitch. The genre would for sure be Contemporary, they’re just SO easy to go through and don’t put much of a strain on my brain (though it’s another story for my feels) And the author within the genre is Jandy Nelson. I’ll Give you the Sun? The Sky is Everywhere? YES, PLEASE!! I love her, her writing and her stories SO MUCH that she’s the first one I’d go to to put me out of my misery !!


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My Habits as a Reader – From cute to ridiculous

Hello guys !

So I’ve been saving up this post for quite some while because… Because I frankly don’t know! Procrastination probably. But here I am, finally talking to you all about the habits I have as a reader. The Good, the bad and the Ugly. Or confess I should say because it can get ridiculous sometimes -most of the time. What actually gave me the last push I needed to finally write this post up is reading Puput‘s -@ Sparkling Letters– post about this a while ago, so I decided that it was time and that I couldn’t keep pushing it away forever so I scheduled it right away.

Note: I changed the post’s title because reading it back, the “pathologic” made me feel uncomfortable and didn’t sit well with me. That being said, it’s still the same in the graphic because I don’t have those templates anymore and I’m too lazy to make it from scratch again, sorry. ❤ 

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1- I’m a Night reader

I almost exclusively read at night. Like, you can count the number of times I picked a book in the middle of the day this year on the fingers of one hand. Literally. In the morning I’m at the hospital. In the afternoon, I study at the Library (I normally have classes but I don’t go to those. Oops. I just prefer to study on my own). Between the two I have lunch and hangout with my friends a bit. And THEN I get home at around 6p.m and just lay in bed for about 2 hours because your girl is exhausted. THEN comes the reading. And I usually do so for 2hours at least every night. So that makes up for it, right?

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2- I switch genres a LOT

What I mean is that I read a bit of everything every month. I get bored VERY easily so I can’t read just one genre a month and that’s why I rarely marathon series. If I do that I’ll get fed up and enjoy it less than I might if I read it sporadically. AND that is why I like a wide variety of genre and why I also like to get out of my comfort zone more often than not and try books I wouldn’t reach out for normally.

3- I’m an ebook kind of girl

Not out of want to be honest. It is out of necessity because shipping here is hella expansive, it always costs more than the book itself and the selection of actual English physical copies is very limited. Although I do buy book from bookshops, my ebook collection is significantly larger (by hundreds of books, mind you). I even developed a particular taste for ebooks haha. Also, this makes getting bookmail extra special.

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4- I get distracted VERY easily

Haha. Hahahaha. Since I read on my phone, I always have Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram whispering in my ear, wanting to be opened. And I answer the call 90% of the time, making me lose precious reading minutes. WHY OH WHY? It is seriously a disease, I’ll call it Socialmediatis. Hell! I even get distracted by my own over-imaginative brain. I would be reading one minute and riding on a unicorn’s back upside down the next, eating delicious foods and speaking gutural languages that don’t even exist. I would realize it after I’ve read a whole page not grasping a thing that’s happening, scolding myself and rereading the thing. Then it will happen a few pages afterwards. Oh, the struggle!

5- I read with the lights off

I don’t like reading with the lights on. Weird yep! But I just like to turn everything off and turn on the night mode on my phone. Really don’t know how to explain this, I just seem to concentrate better when it’s all dark, the world seems quieter.

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6- I always take notes while reading

I can’t review books from the top of my head if my life depended on it. I tried, believe me! just can’t remember everything I mean to say and get really frustrated with the process which leads to me hating that review altogether. So, prevent all that ordeal, I just take a little off my reading time and using it in profit of writing any significant thought that comes to me right when it comes, not risking to forget all about it and just use “UGHHH” and “AAAAH” in my reviews.

7- I always, always, always read the book before watching the movie

I don’t care how much time it might take me to get to the book. A week. A month. A year. I don’t care. If I do it the other way around, I might never read the book because I feel like my imagination gets restricted, it can’t run wild and get things the way it wants. Characters become actors. Places become movie sceneries. Dialogues become voices. You get it, Frank -that’s my imagination’s name, see how creative I can be?- likes to run free.

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8- I ALWAYS check the page count

It’s an obsession. Seriously. I do it way too often for it to be normal. For one I need to know how many pages exactly a book has, and then how many pages every chapter has induvidually. And ALSO how many pages I still have to read to finish the chapter -multiple times- and the book. God! That’s A LOT.

9- I need to take pauses

BOOKS ARE INTENSE, PEOPLE! If shit gets too real, if a character dies, if the damn dog dies (ESPECIALLY THEN), if anything that requires emotions happens, I need to take a break. I am an emotionally limited person, so as soon as I see some kinds of feelings coming my way I throw the book as far as I kind and run the other way to hide -and cuddle up- under my dragon’s wing who will prepare tea for me and protect me until that nonesense goes away.

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10- I am your basic bookbitch

I don’t like lending books. Don’t like dog-earing pages. Don’t like to be interrupted while reading. I’m cover trash. Don’t like when they don’t match. I get murderous thoughts when confronted to spoilers. I like to look at pretty shelves (even though I don’t have any). And so on and so forth. The classic symptoms of BDS. That means Book Dragon Symdrom if you didn’t catch on it.


That’s it until next time.

Do you think any of these are weird? What are YOUR habits?

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