Little Peek #11: November 2016

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NOVEMBER IS FINALLY OVEEEER !! *dances* Some of you might already know this, but for the ones who don’t I’ve been ready for December for at least 3 weeks now. And no, it’s not because of Christmas haha (We don’t celebrate), it is for a bunch of reasons that I will get to at the end of the post.Hmm.. Let’s see what’s been happening in my life this past month. It was a fairly quiet one but if ou ask me it’s the calm before the storm because these two upcoming months are going to be crazy stressful for me. First of all I have my first exam’s coming up on December 14th. And for the rest of the month, I’ll be secluded at home because I’ll be preparing for my 4 other exams that will be coming up at the beginning of January. I just hope I come out of this with my hair still on my head.

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This was a dope reading month, I read 8 books and I quite frankly don’t know how I did it. I must admit that one was a DNF and the other a short graphic novel (MY FIRST EVER! BE EXCITED!!!!) but still, I’m really impressed and proud of myself for reading this much despite having very little time.

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Little Miss ChaosPaula R. Hilton   36% DNF

Well. NO. Just the fact that I DNFed says a lot about it. Too problematic, too wrong. Just too much of all the things that shouldn’t be there. I went into a very lenghty rant (linked in the review section) that you should check out if you’re interessed in the more in depth reasonning behind my DNF.

Stereotypical FreaksHoward Shapiro 4 stars

The first word that comes to mind: WOW! This wass definitely not what I expected this GN to be about and it was a nice surprise. It was heavier and had more depth that what I was in for and that was for the better. I made me tear up with not so many pages when it’s really hard to stear any kinds of emotions in me haha! I don’t remember any book making me cry with so few pages. I had a slight problem with the art which I’ll explain whenever i get around to posting my review.

Everything, Everything Nicola Yoon 4 stars

Pfew! This book was quite a ride. It had its problems for sure but I enjoyed it quite a bit, the romance was cute and the characters adorable and effortlessly likeable so I couldn’t help but root for them and for everything to work out for the best. I didn’t see that twist coming and OH BOY! It blew my mind.

Unicorn TracksJulia Ember 3 stars

This was a really enjoyable read and diverse at that which I really liked but it ultimately dissapointed me. I had a problem with the execution. The writing was good, the idea was great, the setting even greater but this book was handicapped by its length. I think there was a lot more that could’ve been explored and things that could’ve been done better with a bigger page count !

Blood for Blood Ryan Graudin 5 stars

*sobs* *snorts* *ugly cries* Just thinking about this book makes my heart ache. WHY, RYAN, WHYYYY? Why did you have to shatter my hear and stomp on it, I just can’t handle all the feels this book brought up. I hated it but it was perfect -go figure (Go read it to know why. GO READ IT NOW!). But me being broken aside, this was a brilliantly executed book. Fast-paced, action packed, horrifying and heartbreaking.

Six of Crows Leigh Bardugo 5 stars

The thing I’m most grateful about right this second is that I didn’t have to wait an eternity for the second book because HOLY SHIT I WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO.
This is a crazy mind-blowing book you guys. So fast pace. So much action. Something going wrong at every turn which makes it nearly impossible to predict. Kick-ass, complex, morally gray characters that are like my children AND I WANT TO LOVE THEM FOREVER. EACH. ONE. OF. THEM. And the ships SO MANY OF THEM. ALL OF THEM.

Crooked Kingdom Leigh Bardugo5 stars

Did you see that coming? Did you? DID YOU? Yes, obviously. You did! It comes to nobody’s surprise that I loved this one as much as the first if not more. Even though, I must admit, I doubted I would at first BUT shit went down and I needed my babies to be safe and now I’m heartbroken and I just don’t know how to recover from all these books anymore.

The Conversations We Never Had Jeffrey H. Konis 3.5 stars

This book surprised me completely. I don’t usually read non-fiction because I get bored easily, but the historical fiction element pulled me in and I decided to read it which was a good decision, I didn’t get bored at all and these book has an informative and educational value while still getting the reader’s attention. I did have some issues with it nonetheless but they were all technical.

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Well now that the wrap is done let’s move on to the fun stuff. First of all, DECEMBER IS MY BIRTHDAY MONTH, I might seem excited but I don’t do much for my birthday because it coincides with my exam period *sigh* but what I’m excited about is that this inspired a whole series that I’ll be calling 20 ’til I’m 20, because if you haven’t gathered I’ll be turning 20 (No shit, Sherlock!) with a bunch of posts, the main ones being 20 of my favorite bloggers (trust me, I have more). So, BE EXCITED! (Again haha)

The other major thing happening is that I’ll be revamping my blog which means new Twitter handle as well as NEW BLOG DESIGN!!! This is happening tomorrow, peoples! (I will hopefully have time to set it up), I’m considering it an early birthday gift to myself. Be ware, it is going to be a drastic change, from color skim -which will be very bright and bold- to graphics -which will be more minimalistic. The only thing I’m keeping is the lay-out because I’m really happy with it. You’ll have more details in tomorrow’s post.


That’s it until next time.

What books did you read in November ? And what have been the Highlights of your month ?

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#FMTM: The Ocher City, Jabadours and the all too famous Couscous

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No, you’re not dreaming! I’ve finally had time to write another #FMTM post. Okay, I don’t really have time but I’m making it anyway because I miss these posts and I hope you do too. The last one was like 3 months ago (?!?) about the Blue City, this time it’s the Ocher city. I frankly don’t know what us Moroccans have with naming our cities after colors but it’s always for a reason. A reason you’ll find out a little farther down. Previous posts were all about The Capital, Beaches down South and the Blue City. Without further ado, let’s dive in.

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Random Fact: The Cop22 –United Nation Conference on Climate Change– this year was in Marrakech, the ocher city.

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If you know Morocco then Marrakech is most probably the only city you know, if not that, then the first one you ever knew because it’s the most famous place here and also the one that gets the most tourist traffic for some reason. Foreigners just love it there haha! And I bet you would too, it’s a beautiful place! It is called the ochre city simply because every single building of it is painted a different shade of red.

What inspired me to finally write this post is the fact that I was there a couple of weeks ago with my family and that reminded me of how much I love it. It is such a vibrant city, always buzzing with activity and people. It is also so very rich with places to visit, historical and more modern. And here are a few favorites of mine:

Jemaa El Fna

This is not a monument by any stretch of the world but it is historical and a staple piece of Morocco, one you can’t go without visiting. Jemaa El Fna is a public Square that was, back in the 12th century, dedicated to public executions. Morbid, I know! But do not fear, it couldn’t be farther away from that now, it is a magical place, animated by hundreds of dancers, traditional storytellers, actors, games, there are also dozens of Orange Juice sellers -which they make in front of you, Henna designing type women, but I wouldn’t recommend getting it from them because they’ll rob you off, you can get it for much cheaper elsewhere. Local type, you’re welcome!

Oh! You can also find snake charmers which can let you hold them snakes and take picture with them, there are monkeys as well.

Other than that, there are Souks which as I explained before are a traditional kind of market, where you can find localy crafted things. There is one that’s called Tle3 Hbet, which literally means Up and Down because it has lots of stairs going up and down. Obviously, haha! You can find there everything I talked about in the other posts, from wood and metal decorative pieces, to shoes and babouches including outfits, jewelery, food, spices, etc… There also a café-restaurant there with a dope view on the whole square and it is stunning,, especially at night !

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Fun Fact: I got lost there when I was 5 years old which traumatized me and that’s an experience I’ll never forget. Not so fun, to be honest haha!

The Koutoubia Mosque

It is across the avenue from Jemaa El Fna so you can do both in a day. It is from around the same time as the square and was built by The AlMoravides Dynasty. It has a beautiful structures and one of the biggest interiors, it can hold up to 20 thousand people. It also has some pretty gardens next to it that I remember playing it all the time as a kid (my aunt lives there and I spent all my holidays with her).

Jardin Majorelle

You’re going to laugh at me but for all the times I’ve been to Marrakech, I never stepped foot in those gardens and I’M DYING TO. From what I know, it is such a gorgeous place to just walk and take a breath of fresh, maybe even to find inspiration. Also, taking killer pictures anyone? Yes, please!! It was created by French painter Jacque Majorelle. It is basically beautiful shady lanes, where you can walk surrounded by exotic plants and little pools and fountains. It is also VERY blue! (Can you tell that it is my favorite color?)

Terres d’Amanar

Well, this isn’t exactly IN Marrakech but if you love nature, physical activity and adrenaline this is the place for you. It is an estate located at the foothill of the Atlas mountains, 30 minutes away from the city where you can lodge, eat and do a gazillion activities like zip-lining, accro park, archery, rock climbing and many others. And even if you don’t like any of these, you can just lounge by the pool, reading a book (appealing, right?) with a breath-taking view.

What’s cool about this place is that it employes local families which means that they don’t have to leave their homes and go to the city looking for jobs. It is also eco-friendly. You can sleep in huts or rooms and the food is 100% traditional. They receive couples, families, groups of friends, as well as business team and they can do orientating and team building activities just for them.

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Jabadours are a two piece traditional “suit” in the sense of it’s made of a top and pants. Originally, only men wore them but they came to make ones for women too, even though we still don’t wear them that often, only in the more “chill” special occasions do we wear them, in fact I don’t even own one, I haven’t in years haha! They’re typically worn on there own as well as under Jellabas for women, and as for men, they wear them with a Selham which is a kind of superhero cape, but not really. (I am amazing at explaining things) I really like them because you look dressed up while still being very comfy.

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I’m drooling just thinking of this. Honestly! I’m inviting all of you and making it for lunch. It is a steamed semolina (Steamed 3 times, that number is key to a great couscous) served with all kinds of veggies and meat. The most common one is served with cow meat, potatoes, carrots, zucchini, pumkin, turnip and cabbage. But there are other kinds that berbers make, and being one I’ve had all kinds. There’s a kind with lentils, another with only carrots and broad beans, another with zucchini and eggplant. And they’re all so so yummy, though I must admit my favorite is the first and basic one!

We typically serve it for lunch Fridays after the prayer but for families that are busy that day and don’t get together after prayer, we have it on Sundays where we can all gather and spend some quality family time.

As in the last post, I had no asked questions that section is missing from today’s post BUT if you have ANY kinds of question you want to ask about the culture, the customs, the people, ANYTHING, feel free to ask them in the comments and I’ll make sure to answer them in the next post.


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Six of Crows – The crew of Misfits I didn’t know I needed in my Life

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Title : Six of Crows

Author : Leigh Bardugo

Publication date : September 29th, 2015

Publisher : Henry Holte and Company

Genre :  Young Adult | Fantasy

Synopsis : Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 5 stars

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“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”

(No Spoilers)

Holy mother of crows and thieves. WHAT IS THIS BOOK? I am absolutely and completely in love with Six of Crows, the characters, the world, the action… Just EVERYTHING. This was my first -of many, I hope- buddy-read with Kat @ Life and Other Disasters (Side note: I don’t know why it took us this long to buddy-read?!) and let me tell you, we flailed A LOT, and shipped A LOT. I can go on and on about how much we loved this but that wouldn’t make for a good review, would it? Not a coherent one at least, so I’m going to dive straight in. Take a sit, because WOW! I have a lot of things to tell you.

The book is written from a gazillion of perspectives, okay I’m exagerating here but we have 6 misfits as ours MCs which means we have 6 POVs as well, and I was really scared at first that I would get mixed up and lose sense of who was telling what. But I didn’t, which is amazing. Each characters has their own voice, very distinct from the other ones, with its own quirks, I never went “Who’s talking now? Maybe, it’s Kaz? No, no, that’s Nina” plus, I got to know my babies really well, so it would be a shame to not recognize them. One thing all the voices have in common is that they’re really funny, even without wanting to be (read: Matthias)

Another thing that’s brilliantly done in this book is the back and forth between the past and the present. I’m not even kidding, this is the best book I’ve ever read in terms of transitions between flashbacks and the actual story, they are so smooth and perfectly placed that they never stick out or feel out of place, the story just flows through them if that makes any sense. Also, Leigh Bardugo is so freaking skilled, the woman doesn’t bite down on her words. The scenes are very graphics and I just… Enjoyed it?! I really really did!

The story is set in a very intricate world. SO intricate, that I got really confused, but once I went back to the maps (GORGEOUS MAPS!!) and with Kat’s help, things got organized in my mind and I started getting my head in the actual plot. Luckily, that only lasted for 2 chapters or so. It would be WAY too complicated to explain it here but it is a mix of magic and politics and I adored that, I’m finding myself loving books involving some kind of politics more and more and this just made that even stronger.

There’s no such thing as a “slow” moment in this book. The pace picks up from the very first pages and doesn’t go back down, not even after the last one. Six of Crows is so action packed, with our MCs jumping all over the place, doing kick-ass dangerous things, toying with death more times than I could count. All I could do is hold my breath (my brain is probably oxygen-deprived at the moment) and hope for the best because MY BABIES CAN’T GET HURT.

This is not your typical good guys vs. bad guys story. In fact there are no good guys! There are obvious bad guys, but with the MCs that line is blurred and you won’t know what they are anymore. They’re the definitions of morally-gray characters. But here’s the thing.. I’ve come to adore each one of them like A CHILD (okay maybe not Kaz, Kaz is bae). Their relationships are so well thought and their backgrounds so well detailed that I felt like I’ve known them my whole life. They all have a traumatic past. ALL. OF. THEM. And I guess that’s what really brought them together. Aside from the money obviously.

Especially Kaz. Oh my little vicious Kaz! He’s ruthless and cruel at times, rude 99% of the time but with that past of his I’d give him a free pass card to do anything he wants because WOW. I don’t think anyone could survive that. He’s also kick-ass and cocky because of that. He has some feelings as well but they’re shoved so deep down that it is really hard to tell from the outside. If I didn’t have chapters from his POV I would’ve hated his guts, but things are otherwise and I love him. Inej, otherly known as The Wraith is the person he trusts the most (The only person he trusts ?!) and I loved her, she’s a unique twist on your female bad-ass. She is tough and skilled but not because she enjoys it, it’s because she has no other choice, she does whatever she can to survive.

Nina is me with food. Like, REALLY! She adores food more than any character I’ve ever encountered and that was so relatable to me. I started off thinking she was dull and didn’t see what purpose she served, but as the story progressed she started making sense to me. She’s the “girly” girl of the group but don’t be fooled, she’s as bad-ass as any other, she’s so so so brave and caring. Matthias was the hardest to love but also the one with the most character development. I hated him at first for his backward thinking but that was essentially because of his upbringing in some sort of extremist-religious/military base but as he opened his eyes to what the world really was that started to change and it was REALLY hard for him, he had some hardcore internal battle between what he always believed and how that needed to change.

Jesper is the the most precious, hilarious thing ever. I couldn’t get enough of him, he’s so funny and flirty, his witty retorts are also the best which means that he brings a jovial vibe to the crew, otherwise they would be just sad and violent potatoes.To be honest, at first, I thought Wylan was the stupidest character out of the bunch (The Mark comment, anyone?!) but he’s really a genius, he just had that innocence about him that felt really out of place and he needed time to adjust to the new environment. He’s curiouser and curiouser, and that helped him learn and adapt really fast to the crew.

One thing that was really notable about the characters is how old they all felt. I had to keep reminding myself that they all are between 16 and 18 years old because they felt 30. And people around underestimated them just because of that. And for that reason, they got what they deserved.

Oh Gosh! ALL THE SHIPS! I ship everything and everyone and I just need them to get together right now (I know, Kat! Patience little Grasshopper), I just don’t have the patience for this to be dragging. But at the same time I loved how the romances didn’t overtake the plot, there were just slight hints of it and all of them are slow burn and I’m grateful for that.

Anyway with that ending, I would’ve been hyperventilating while writing this review if I wasn’t in the middle of Crooked Kingdom already. BUT HOLY SHIT! Make sure you have both books before you dive into this one because I don’t think anyone can handle that ending for long.


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TAG #27: The Fictional Boyfriend Tag

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We all love our books over here, right? So from fangirl to fangirl/boy, I must confess that I have way too many fictional crushes. And you probably do too. They’re my babies, my precious little things that I love more than those creatures called real people (WHAT ARE THOSE?) Anyway. When I saw the Fictional Boyfriend tag, I thought this would be the perfect occasion to display my babies to you all. AND DON’T YOU DARE STEAL THEM. They’re mind. But we can share, if you’re nice enough.

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I wasn’t tagged for this one per say BUT when I saw it in Cristina‘s blog @ My Tiny Obsessions blog back in February hmm.. I while back I just had to do it but the problem back then is that I just started collecting boyfriends. But now that this year is almost at an end, I have more than enough to fill these categories.

1. Most romantic boyfriend

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I’d have to stick to Cristina’s answer on this one. Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices is probably the most romantic character I’ve ever read about and I don’t think anyone can top him from that matter. The way he expresses his love, with words and gestures and even music is so precious *swoons*. I can’t help but love him.

2. Dark and moody bad boy with a good side

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Mmm… Maybe Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows? Like he’s most definitely dark and moody. Darkest and moodiest. And he definitely has a good side which he doesn’t show. BUT IT’S THERE. Somewhere deep. Very deep. He’s a bit tricky because he’s scarred and has a traumatic past and his coping mechanism would make it very hard to be his girlfriend. But I love him. And I believe in his good side so we’ll make it work.

3. Paranormal boyfriend

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Patrick from The Catastrophic History of You and Me. He’s dead and a ghost now so that technically counts as a paranormal boyfriend right? I say it does. Plus, I don’t have any other choice because I don’t date vampires, werewolves and the sort. (The Picture is exactly how I imagine him)

4. Boyfriend you want to tame

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Why would you go out with him if it is to tame him. pfft! *nasty stare* Though one that is definitely tamable is Luka Wolfe from Wolf by Wolf, he is A LOT. He has a big personnality, a big mouth and kind of the definition of a bad boy BUT all of that makes him what he is so I’m not sure I’d want to tame him. He’s just so darn sexy and funny and I don’t want to risk taking that away.

5. Boy you friend zoned

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Kell Maresh from the Shades of Magic trilogy. Don’t get me wrong I ADORE HIM but the thing is that I love Lila even more so if he’s hers I’m not touching him. Plus, I don’t really see him as a boyfriend. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT A FRIENDZONE IS, FADWA!! Darn it.

6. Your soulmate

Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles. AMAGAAAAD !! He really is my soulmate and I love him beyond words. He’s like the male version of me, he likes to stay as much away from feelings as it is physically possible, he’s sarcastic BUT he cares so much about his people even if he’s not great at showing it. Add to that the fact that he’s hella sexy and handsome. Yup. GIMME.

7. Boyfriend you want to elope with

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Levi from Fangirl. He’d make an AMAZING husband. He’s so protective and caring, gentle and sweet. *swoons* and I can definitely see him being great with kids. Got carried a little bit too much there. Oops.

8. Boyfriend you’d venture anywhere with

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Josh from Isla and the Happily ever After. He is the cutest thing that ever crossed this earth. He’s an artist and likes to explore the world, so I’m sure he’d take me to some beautiful places and show me things that I would probably glance over otherwise.

9. Boyfriend you’d want to be stranded on a desert island with

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Oscar from I’ll Give you the Sun. I wouldn’t mind being stranded with him forever. Huh. Not at all. WHO WOULD THOUGH? He’s so dreamy and resourceful, I’m sure I wouldn’t starve and he’ll maybe even find a way to get us out of there.

10. Most badass boyfriend

I DON’T KNOW, THIS IS TOO MUCH PRESSURE FOR ME? A lot of them are badass and I can’t choose. Don’t make me. You can’t make me. Deal with it.

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My Dream Bookish Panel: Authors & Characters

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Well, most -if not all- of you know that I’m an international bookworm (or dragon or whatever, depends on the day) and that means that my panel attendance consists exclusively of the ones in my dreams because, living where I live I can’t even dream of authors making it here and well.. me going to them is slightly complicated because you know, flights and hotels and tickets and all that are things that my bank account can’t afford. BUT THAT IS OKAY. Because there will be a day when I meet  ALL my favorite authors and get to fangirl shamelessly . For now, I’ll be content with making this post.

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I thought it would be fun, since this is all fictitious to include my top 5 authors I want to meet as well as a question that I’m really itching to ask. Not only that but also my 5 favorite characters from their novels, just to spice things up.

Ryan Graudin

Author of Wolf by Wolf otherly known as the duology I will most likely never get over because it crushed me and I can’t deal. And since I finished Blood by Blood not so long ago I want to know: WHY SO CRUEL? No. That’s not my question that’s just my existential pondering since I put the book down. In all seriousness, Ryan Graudin is one of my favorite authors that have ever been born, her writing is so striking and she manages to write an alternate history fiction with such brilliance that everything feels real, way too real and horrifying. Because wolves are such a big part of this book and they’re also my favorite animal:

What made you choose the wolf as THE emblematic animal for the series?

The Character: I debated for over 10 minutes between Yael and Luka but then eeeuh…. let’s just leave it at the fact that Yael is one of my two top favorite badass main characters of all times (the other being Lila Bard) -there’s no other reason. Obviously. She is so strong and wise, I think she’d even help explaining the wolves a bit.

Jandy Nelson

She is basically my favorite Contemporary author. Ever. I read both books of hers that are released and absolutely adored them. I’ll give you the sun was my favorite contemporary read this year and possibly of all times as well. Her writing is just so gorgeous and her prose is beautiful, full of metaphors and imageries, it just makes her stories more vivid and unique. I need more of her. Asap. Or maybe yesterday. Now, I know she has a book called “Fall Boys and Dizzy in Paradise” coming in 2017 but we don’t have a cover and all we know about it is that it’s about a trio of siblings, so:

Can you give us specifics on this trio of characters?

The Character: Noah is my baby, okay? He’s just such a lovable character. Definitely flawed but that just made him all the more human to me. He’d probably bring some artsy kick to the panel. Maybe draw Yael and her wolf? Or Lila. Omg!! This is such a brilliant idea –thanks brain.

V.E. Schwab

QUEEN. Queen of fantasy, I tell you. And badassery, well crafted worlds and characters with depths like the earth’s. Basically, queen of everything that makes for a magnificent fantasy. Now, of all her books, I only read one series –Shades of Magic– that is a favorites as well (shocker) but I’m hoping to get to the others very soon. She just keeps on coming with books (she has 3 projects for 2017 alone), too fast for me to catch up, I’m not complaining though. And I WILL read all her books. This being said, I have a question related to the Shades of Magic Trilogy:

What inspired these 4 specific kinds of London?

The character: Lila obviously. Her wits would just make me laugh to no ends, making funny comments about everyone and everything, loosening up the atmosphere a bit, those kinds of things, you know. Also, I think she and Yael can become best friends. Or worst ennemies. Could go either way.

Markus Zusak

Author of the infamous The Book Thief but also the less known, equally loved by me The Messenger. He has this way of making his stories quiet beauties that just grasp you by the feelings and never intend to let go of you. Amazing, must read books that I recommend to everyone. But the thing is, he hasn’t released anything since the Book Thief and him being a favorite of mine, I’d REALLY like to read more of the stories he has to offer. So:

Are you working on something at the moment?

The character: Death. Eeeh! This would be something, but you know, death can give us some one hour long lecture on… well, on death haha! Wouldn’t it be fun? No. The answer is no. But it can definitely be interesting.

Anna-Marie McLemore

A 2016 discovery of mine -like most authors. Oups.- that everyone should definitely look out for. She’s the reason I’m considering reading more Magical Realism because the way she wrote When the Moon was Ours is just magnificent. She truely does magic with her words, I don’t know what’s more magical, them or the actual story. The magic is so well weaved in that I struggled remembering where the real stopped and the fictitious began. Yes, it is that good. So go read it. My question is:

Where did the idea for the roses come from ?

The character: Miel & Sam. Don’t ask me to choose, they’re inseperable. In the story as well as in my mind. They come as a package deal and nothing could change that about them. I quite frankly want them to be on the panel just so that I can see their interactions live. They’re beyond amazing.

Well, folks! That’s it for this post. And can someone make this imaginary panel of mine a thing? No? What if I say please? No? Anyway. This post was a collaboration with Evenbrite which is the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events. You can basically find events near you, bookish and non-bookish. They can also help you organize, plan and find conferences in your local area by using this software right here.


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Everything, Everything – Taking a chance in Love. In the World. In Everything.

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Title : Everything, Everything

Author : Nicola Yoon

Publication date : September 1st, 2015

Publisher : Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Genre :  Young Adult | Contemporary

Synopsis : My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
 
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 3 stars

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“Sometimes I reread my favorite books from back to front. I start with the last chapter and read backward until I get to the beginning. When you read this way, characters go from hope to despair, from self-knowledge to doubt. In love stories, couples start out as lovers and end as strangers. Coming-of-age books become stories of losing your way. Your favorite characters come back to life.”

*Thank you SocialBookCo for sending me this book in exchange of an honest review*

(All Spoilers are Hidden)

Review edit (January 2017): 

I was made aware by a few discussions I had on Twitter that Everything Everything isn’t as amazing as I initially thought. This book is so so beautiful and cute but it also very very much ableist which saddens me a lot. It could’ve been great without all the harmful things it contained. The major and most popular one being the “You’re not living with a disability unless you tell it to go to hell and risk your life to do things that could kill you” and that’s not good. Maddy put her life on the line for the sake of love and kept on endangering herself. Anyway, here is a review from someone who knows what they are talking about.


THIS BOOKS PLAYED ME and it played with my head and my feelings. I just love it! I don’t know why I’ve been putting off reading it for more than a year now, I mean, it got to a point where I wasn’t even thinking of reading it (I don’t know why, don’t ask) but then the urge of reading it came back and more urgent than ever. So, what do I do? I JUMP ON IT. Look at that gorgeous cover though, it is one of the prettiest things I have ever seen, who could resist it? I know I couldn’t.

What took me by surprise when I first skimed the book are the illustrations, notes, etc… they’re so cute and make the reading experience that much more enjoyable and personal to the reader.

The writing in this book is so gorgeous, if you follow me on Twitter, you’ve already witness the ridiculous amount of tabs I have in my copy and those are ALL for quotable sentences (If you haven’t, here‘s the tweet I’m talking about). It is also funny and had me laughing quite a few times, which is something that hasn’t happened in quite some time. The descriptions in it are magnificent and very vivid, making common everyday things stand out. <Spoiler> I genuinly think that the first kiss here is one of the most beautifully described one I ever read, and most memorable too.<End of Spoiler>

Everything, Everything is told from Maddy’s POV which is great because she had such a perky and enjoyable voice which helps a lot with the book’s flow. I seriously think I could’ve read it in one sitting if I didn’t have life and adulting stuff getting in the way. I flew through it compared to the pace I normally read at.

So, the plot is really quite simple. Stranded Maddy, hot boy next door, they find ways to communicate and get to know each other without meeting and that was such a great twist on your classic romance, it made it stand out. Here they got to know each other through emails and IMs and the like which helped them get to know each other on a deeper level faster. THE CHEMISTRY IS SO REAL and it made me swoon and squeal and flail and all things crazy fangirls do. <Spoiler> And that made the first time they met, albeit awkward at first, go by smoothly and naturally because they already knew so much about each other <End of Spoiler>

I had two tiny issues with the book though. The first one is that I would’ve liked for SCID to be A LOT more detailed and explained to the reader because all we are told is that it means that she’s allergic to a lot of things and she never know what might trigger her severe immune reaction. The second one is <Spoiler> how she actually got the money to buy the plane tickets to Hawaï without her mom knowing, she doesn’t work or anything so that just didn’t sit well with me <End of Spoiler>

Maddy is such a strong and beautiful character, inside and out. She’s lonely and alone which really broke my heart but she didn’t let herself be defeated by her disease. Even when her little world wasn’t enough for her she kept relentlessly fighting for what she wanted which I must admit led her to being reckless. Olly, though… He made my heart flutter. He’s so sexy and sweet and just all around awesome. He took care of her, tried to understand her, and was considerate of everything she went through.

I really loved the relationship she had with her nurse, Carla, it was refr eshing and she was like a second mom and a best friend to her. She adored her and was always there for her, her joys and her heartaches. Her complicity with her mom was lovely as well with their little rituals and all the time they spent together.

BUT THAT ENDING THOUGH!!! It made me question EVERYTHING and I just couldn’t handle it. <Spoiler> What her mom did was such a crazy and drastic thing and WOW, JUST WOW… and that’s when I understood some of her behaviors that seemed a little overboard <End of Spoiler> People kept telling me it’s going to blow your mind and bla bla but I just couldn’t believe it or see how it would be the case BUT IT DID. IT REALLY DID!

This story made me think about and acknowledge the simple things in life that I usually take for granted like going outside, meeting new people, having spontaneous experiences, physical contact and so on and so forth which I am really greatful for.

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TAG #26: The Emoji Book Tag

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In this day and age, technology is EVERYWHERE so it’s only natural that at some point it get mixed with books and gives birth to Something that is great and could turn hilarious in a span of seconds. What I am talking about here is the Emoji book tag which I really like the idea of because a/ I love emojis and use them all the damn time and b/ I love books (duhh!!) So what could possibly go wrong?!

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I was tagged by Icebreaker694 a gazillion years back so thank you! And also, sorry for being so late, I’m crap.

The rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Use your 5 most recent emojis and chose a book that goes along with it.
  • Tagged some awesome people.

I’m using my WhatsApp emojis as a reference, since that’s my main texting plateform. I might need too warn you that my emoji game is on fleek and that I’m a sassy person so… I can’t guarantee what this tag’s outcome will be.

Cover = Goodreads page.

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

What I use it for: Hmm.. So this is… like… more when my friends and I are talking about cute guys on the group chat. *Awkward laugh*

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins is a book that has in it one of my favorite bookish boyfriends of all times. Josh *swoons*. He’s just so so sexy and confident and artsy and gentle and romantic. AND JUST PERFECT. Here’s my review, go read it and come flail with me.

middle-finger     Alwyn Hamilton - Rebel of the Sands

What I use it for: When a friend frustrates/angers me on purpose. And I use it quite a lot, a hundred times a day. What can I say? They know how to push my buttons. (The use of this emoji is supposed to be humorous, so please don’t take it too seriously)

I don’t want my choice of book to offend anyone but this is the book that angered me the most this year and by far. I just felt offended by a lot of elements in Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton because they could’ve made better just by actual research of the culture involved. Which happened to be my culture. Here’s my very ranty review.

cry-laughing     Jess Rothenberg - The Catastrophic History of You and Me

What I use it for: Well, this one is pretty obvious.When something is funny, and I use this one a lot too because my friends and I are pretty hilarious and it usually goes hand to hand with the previous one.

As I’m writing this, I realize that I don’t really read funny books. Like, yes some books make me laugh but their purpose isn’t to be funny, they’re just witty  and have sarcasm right up my alley. One of those is The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg. The banter in it is so cute and made me laugh more often than not. Here’s my review of it. (Which is one of the very first I’ve written for my blog)

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What I use it for: When I do or say something embarassing or Something that makes me uneasy happens so I want to run away from it as fast as possible.

Little Miss Chaos by Paula R. Hamilton is a book I DNFed recently because I couldn’t take the levels of wrongness in it. It made my skin crawl and I didn’t want to suffer through it, it wasn’t worth it. Some wrong behaviors were normalized even romanticized and I don’t know if those issues got resolved but I couldn’t  bring myself to finish it and see it for myself. Here’s yet another rant of mine.

heart      Ryan Graudin - (#2) Blood for Blood

What I use it for: To be honest, this is one I rarely use, because as I’ve said many times before I am a heartless potato. But when I have my little love bursts my fingers have strong impulses to send hearts.

At the moment that I’m writing this post, I’m almost half-way through Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin, and OH MY GOD!!! It is so damn good and I already know that I love it A LOT more that the first, keeping in my mind that Wolf by Wolf was one of my favorite reads this year -and ever. I JUST AAAAAAAHHHHH!! So intense, and mind-blowing and straight up brilliant. *Burries herself back in the book*

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Also, I couldn’t help mentioning these two books because they’re stunning and brilliant and I think everyone should read them. Here’s my review for Homegoing and When the Moon was Ours


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Little Miss Chaos – Big Book Chaos

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Title : Little Miss Chaos

Author : Paula R. Hilton

Publication date : March 18th, 2016

Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Synopsis : Judging by Vivian and Jake’s first encounter at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Belmar, New Jersey, it should have been obvious that Jake was trouble from the start.
On one side of the counter stands a seventeen-year-old girl with Ivy League aspirations and a clear goal of ruling the world by twenty-two. On the other is a hazel-eyed thief with a surprisingly polite demeanor and a love of sugar-free Vanilla Bean Coolattas.
As he demands all of the money in her register and tip jar, it’s clear that Vivian and Jake couldn’t possibly have any less in common. So why does she feel a sudden surge of sympathy for the juvenile delinquent standing before her? And why would the robber find himself admiring the badass bravery of the coffee shop cashier?
As their worlds continue to collide, Vivian finds herself torn between her future plans and a longing in her heart that just won’t go away. She was once voted “Little Miss Chaos,” a title she’s tried hard to live down, but when mayhem begins to creep into her life again, will she have what it takes to maintain control?
(From Goodreads)

Rating : DNF

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She was a recording instrument, a raw nerve. Always feeling, feeling, feeling. Her own feelings and everyone else’s too.”

(Contains Spoilers)

Long time no rant, right? Well, my friends, your wait has finally ended and I’m here today to unleash the beast again. I despised this book with every fiber of my body because it was so problematic that it just made me feel wrong and uncomfortable for the whole 100 pages that I read, that’s right! As soon as I hit the 100 pages mark (which is around 36%) I gave up on struggling through this book. As I haven’t even read half the book this review is going to be just for the amount I read. Obviously.

The writing in this book is one of the two things that I didn’t completely hate about Little Miss Chaos. Granted, it had some very eye-roll worthy sentences and cliché moments like this one “”Vivian, Wait!” she yelled as her friend climbed the steps and flashed her well-worn pass at the driver. “Vivian!” Other people filled into the bus, and Hailey watched helplessly from across Ocean Avenue as the driver closed the door and carried her dearest friend away.” Like, dude?! All you needed to do was run, RUN 10 METRES FOR GOD’S SAKE and you could’ve caught up with her, but no we needed that dramatic moment with melo background music. Aside from that, the writing was quite lovely and easy to read.

The book is written in multiple POVs and this is the perfect exemple of when a book doesn’t need that many people speaking in it. One would’ve been good, two would’ve been fine too, but we got the main character, her love interest, their parents, her bestfriend. I mean, WHY? That just made the story very messy and hard to follow a times especially since it wasn’t following any chronological order. Add to that the fact that we only got around 3 pages from each POV and that really disturbed the flow and frustrated me a great deal.

But here’s the real reason for which I DNFed this book: The romance that’s  at the very center of things started with the guy robbing the girl at work, then he couldn’t get her out of his mind so he kind of stalked her and went back to the work place where he asked her to go for a ride with him on his motorcycle and she went. SHE WENT!!! And the whole time she kept saying that he seemed harmless and she couldn’t believe this whole robber act. Yeah, okay, legit! Where is the self-preservation? WHERE IS THE BRAIN? Aside from how it started, I didn’t like the romance at all, it didn’t make sense because it felt very rushed, one minute he’s robbing her and the next kissing her. The reader doesn’t get to see them growing closer before diving into this thing head first. It felt very insta-lovey to me.

Oh and also, that whole robbery scene is ridiculous and unrealistic. The guy comes in and robs her all smiling and polite saying “please” and “thank you”, making jokes in a dunkin donuts FULL OF PEOPLE and a manager a few meters away, NONE OF WHICH HEARD OR SAW ANYTHING!!!! Give me a break. And do you know why he’s doing this? Because he’s diabetic and he’s fighting these big chains that sell Junk food… BY STEALING FROM THEM AND SCARING THE CRAP OUT OF PEOPLE WHO WORK THERE.

So, Vivian is our main character and she’s insufferable.I couldn’t find anything about her to hold on too. She was so self-centered and selfish. She’s also very rude and disrespetful to her mom when she’s the one to blame. And for someone who’s supposed to be very smart and academic, with a big plan for her future she seemed very dumb to me, throwing everything out the window for a chance to a romance with the first boy that shows interest in her, no matter how wrong and problematic that romance was.

Now onto Jake who is the love interest/robber/most problematic character I’ve ever read about. He has anger management issues, like really scary ones. He doesn’t hit people or scream or anything, what he does when he gets angry is steal and what he does when things get even worse? He sets fire to things in a supermarket. And the worst thing about it all is that he needs a doctor, like, yesterday, and that girlfriend of his does nothing to comfront him with how wrong his behavior is, she’s even romanticizing it by accepting to go out with him after what he did to her.

The second and last thing I like about this book is Hailey who’s Vivian’s “best friend” and the reason for that being quoted is because Vivian is dreadful to her and completely shuts her out when she meets Jake just to come back when things start going bad for her. The reason I liked Hailey is because she told her friend things exactly the way they were. To me, she quite frankly seemed like the only sane person in that cast of characters.

I really hope that things get better as the story progresses because that would explain the three 5star ratings (out of 7 seven ratings) but I couldn’t push through anymore than I already did because I’d rather spend time reading things I enjoy and coming from me that says Something because this is the 3rd book I DNF in my life as I usually give books dozens of chances to get things right.


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My Thesis on Review Unpopularity

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I know what you’re probably thinking, “What kind of non-sens are you bringing us again, this week, Fadwa?” or “What does that title even MEAN?”. My answers to those questions are respectively; Wait and see. And I DON’T KNOW, I’m winging it, okay? This is just a lame attempt to make my title fancy. What I mean to discuss today is the reason behind the fact that reviews are the kinds of post that get the least amount of views/likes/interaction in general and that’s really weird to me because most of us bookbloggers joined the community to write them reviews, to share our opinions about the books we love, and the ones we despise. So how is it that these posts don’t get as much love as, let’s say, tags and memes?

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We can all agree, before diving into serious matters, that reviews are awesome, right? They just tell you so much about 1/ The book itself, a general feeling and whether it sounds like something you’d like or not, ans 2/ The person behind the review, their personality -yes, I totally believe that a person’s personality sips through reviews, just LOOK AT MINE FOR GOD’S SAKE. They’re hilarious and I’m hilarious. They’re rambly and I’m rambly. They sometimes don’t make sense and I don’t make sense most of the time. Even to myself.-, how articulate they are, how comfortable with words they are, if they’re actually POLITE or not -A review can either make me want to talk to that person forever or make me run like buzz lightening the opposite way.

Anyway, this is just to say that if we actually give reviews a chance they have a lot more pros than cons and we can get a lot from reading them but that being said I know that theoretically most of us already KNOW these things but we still cannot bring ourselves to just sift through them. This is a topic that I know has been tackled and recycled again and again, which is absolutely normal since this is a question that we all ask ourselves but one more time wouldn’t hurt, right? I hope.

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Here I’ll try to gather as many reasons as I can think of from the top of my head as to why reviews are not as popular as other posts. Told you I’m winging it so let’s see where this leads us. I might add that these are all objective and don’t necessarily apply to me. My perspective on the matter will be in the last section.

1. Out of shear laziness

I know it. You know it. The neighbor’s dog knows it. So don’t be shaking your head at your screen like that. Especially at the end of the day, when you’ve been at school/work and you come home exhausted. I’d much rather use that valuable time reading a book or a discussion post -I really cannot turn my back on those for the life of me, no matter how tired or busy I am. I. MUST. READ.

2. You’ve read one too many reviews of the book

You know what I’m talking about. When an EXTREMELY anticipated book or a sequel of a VERY popular series comes out everyone’s on that, everyone’s reading and reviewing that so naturally at first you share the excitement and are reading MANY MANY reviews of the book because you just need somewhere to pour your feelings out. But comes a certain point when you’re just NOPE. It just all blends together and starts looking and feeling the same, even when the reviews cannot be anymore different, you just can’t do it anymore.

3. You’ve never heard of the book

This can either make you click the review or scroll down unphased. And since we’r being honest here, 90% of the time it’s the latter unless the books just keeps popping up. It’s just that you have A LOT of books to read so if the cover and/or title doesn’t speak to you then you’re not going to go out of your way to read that review. It’s a fact, my friend. FYI, I get most my recommendations from list-type posts rather than reviews.

4- The review is way too long or way too short

If the review is less than 300 words or more than than 1000/1200 words then it’s less likely to attract readers. Short reviews are generally not taken seriously, you might not like what I’m saying here, it might be harsh but I’m just saying what I’ve noticed around the blogosphere. And on the other end of the Spectrum, we have really long reviews that feel too daunting and intimidating to be read, just too much time commitment. “I DON’T NEED THAT KIND OF PRESSURE IN MY LIFE” you hear the reader say as they run away from you, chasing them with a review-essay.

5- You’re afraid of spoilers

Here again it’s a book you’re really excited about and want to read ASAP but for some reason you still haven’t gotten around to getting your hands on it yet and as much as you want to see what people think of it you’re very scared that you’ll stumble upon a major spoiler, fall on your face and never want to get up again because that goddamn review ruined you. So, that happened to you before and now that you’ve managed to pull yourself together again you’re traumatized and never want to experience that so you steer clear of reviews.

6- Reviews are simply not your thing

It is your opinion and it is totally respectable. Though, this one I don’t understand so I can’t really make a lot out of it.

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I love reviews. I really do. But it depends on the day and on my mood. There are times when I go fishing for reviews reading random ones, one after the other without ever getting bored or tired of it. But most days, I’m exhausted, which means that I find it really hard to muster up the strength to read any sort of review, my brain just despises the fact that it will have to actually read, understand and analyze written words. So what I do when I find a review for a book that I’m really interested in but I just can’t read it in that moment is that I save it for later.

I’m a very big review enthusiast and I like reading and writing them (eventhough sometimes it’s hard and I want to pull my hair out) and I like to keep them readable size wise, which for me means between 700 and 1000 words  and though I have a few where I just have way too many things to say and couldn’t keep it under 1000, it is very doable.

I know why you’re really here, you’re wondering which ones of the reasons apply to me and I’ll answer. Most of the time, it’s because I’ve heard too much of a book, or not enough. For me, it is rarely a size issue, when it is too short I can read it but I’ll rarely comment because I can’t find pertinent things to say and if it is too long I’ll still skim it and read the important parts and these are more likely to get me interacting.


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Homegoing – Century upon Century, from Parent to Child: A Legacy

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Title : Homegoing

Author : Yaa Gyasi

Publication date : June 7th, 2016

Publisher : Knopf

Genre : Adult | Historical Fiction

Synopsis : The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.
Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation. 
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 5 stars

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“We believe the one who has the power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history, you must always ask yourself, Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too. From there, you begin to get a clearer, yet still imperfect, picture.”

(No Spoilers)

Here we go. I want to start off by saying that I’ve been dreading the time when I have to review this book because I feel like my words can never do it justice. That shows how in love I am with this book and I quite frankly hold it on a pedestal.  Yaa Gyasi is such a gifted and intelligent writer that “Homegoing” has quickly become one of my favorite reads of 2016 and possibly -for sure- of all times.

I know that a lot of people say “I learnt a lot from this book”, “this book was eye-opening” when talking about a impactful book and I sometimes thought that they kind of made a big deal out of it because no book had really changed my life, and it still hasn’t but this is as close as it will ever get because Homegoing left a mark on me, it touched me deeply, in ways I never thought a book could. It made me feel a large scope of emotions going from anger to happiness, with hurt, disgust and fear in between. But I strongly believe that all those feelings, albeit not all pretty, were all necessary.

The writing in this book is breathtaking, it was so heartfelt and emotion-filled that I had to take breaks at some points because I just couldn’t deal with all the horrible things I was reading about. We get chapters alternating between each of the two sisters’ lineage going from parent to child at the same rate which really set the gap between the part of the family that was enslaved and the one that remained free.

The story is all about legacy, it shows how even things that we think are so old they don’t matter anymore still impact our lives. Effia and Esi are sisters who don’t know each other, the first was married off (in a horrific way I might add) to a British slaver, while the second was captured by the same man and from then on we see their lives as well as their descendants’ unfold. Effia’s side of the book is set in Ghana with characters strongly attached to their roots while Esi’s is mostly set in America after she was shipped off with characters who over times drifted away more and more from their African origins until the point where they were completely dettached because Ghana became a country that they simply knew nothing about.

This book tackles so many important issues that everyone needs to read and learn about. Biggest one is obviously slavery because that’s what the book is REALLY about, the during, the after and how it still impacts people decades afterwards, like Black Americans who were imprisoned for NOTHING just so they could make them work in the mines with terrifying conditions. But it also deals with rape, violence, injustice, identity search -especially for the half-cast or what we call mixed-race- and so on and so forth.

What’s so interesting about a story evolving over generations is that we get to see how things changed over time. With Effia’s descendants, I slowly started noticing that the superstitious elements and the beliefs (which I adored reading about) that were everything the culture was based on at first started taking a step back while schools were built, cars started making appearances and polygamy subsided. With Esi’s it was the banishement of Slavery, eventhough granted it didn’t really stop until decades after the legal suppression, the evolution of Racism as well as the apparition of hard drugs like Cocaine and Heroine.

And then, what made my heart happy is that ending, with how far the descendants have come, having it easier with each generation because of the elders’ efforts and sacrifices. Seriously, the ending made my heart swell and I’m sure it would do the same for you if you only read it. Which you really should do because this is not a book you want to miss out on.

Homegoing really made me think about things that I never considered before and taught me about a major part of history I never looked into. The story is mezmerizing and horrifiying at the same time, the things the characters went through gave me chills because it just wasn’t right, even after Slavery was over, it wasn’t really done and that was truely striking and scary.


That’s it until next time.

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