The Story of Maha – Where Maha Fights for her Happily Ever After

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Series : The Story of Maha #1

Publication date : June 1st, 2008goodreads

Publisher : NB Publishing

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 288

Synopsis : The child of a forbidden marriage, Maha grows up happily in Cape Town until her world changes forever when her parents are killed at a political rally. At the age of eight, Maha is reclaimed by her loving but staid Indian grandparents and taken to live in Durban. Growing up in the claustrophobia of the suburbs what she dubs Slumurbia Maha reveals a love for the outrageous as she clashes with the conventions of her community. Always a free spirit, she soon learns how to weave around the strict boundaries of Muslim life and as a rebellious teenager, nothing holds her back from experiencing first love, a bit of partying and a tantalising romance (all between prayers, of course). But when it counts the most, rules must be obeyed and as she heads towards her twentieth birthday, there is no way Maha can avoid Marriage to a Suitable Boy. With refreshing energy, Maha treats us to the ups and downs of her passionate (though sometimes quite vulnerable) young heart, and a life in which she’s not quite in charge. (From Goodreads)

Rating : 3.5 stars

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*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review*

(Minor Spoiler that won’t affect your reading experience)

This book was quite the hilarious, honest ride. Despite being a Muslim myself,I rarely -if ever- read books about Muslim main characters because I feel like they mostly revolve around religion as the main plot and I. DON’T. LIKE. THAT. So when I saw the author offering e-copies of her book on Twitter I jumped on the occasion and requested it. And what a refreshing surprise it was, I really enjoyed it.

Before reading it, I perused the Goodreads reviews most of which were really positive but one thing that stood out to me is how people kept saying that the book is heavy on South-african slang, that it was basically written that way, and that people who weren’t familiar with it wouldn’t get it. I must admit it has A LOT of it, which is quite normal but fret not, even though it gets confusing at times, that rarely happens and everything is pretty understandable from contexte. That goes for the religious elements as well, they’re well explained so even non-muslims won’t have any trouble understanding what was happening.

The writing is so witty and funny that it had me laughing out loud quite a few times, despite it being set in times of apartheid, the book managed to stay light. And what was really surprising and amazing about this is how freely it explored puberty -oh the GLORIOUS period talk- and sex among other subjects that are rarely tackled in books and that can be quite taboo in muslim culture. Moving on.

The story starts with a brieve story of how Maha’s parents met, how they die etc.. and it moves on flowing nicely to when she goes to live with her grandparents and how her life unfolds after that. What I liked above all is that this was a story about a Muslim girl growing up like every other person, yes, religion is a non-negligeable part of it but it is not everything. She goes about her life, growing up, having crushes, making mistakes, gossiping and all but here’s the thing: Her grandparents are the most ancient backwards thinking creatures ever.

Maha cannot go to college, she has to have a specific type of friends and her life basically revolves around getting married. From the day she gets her period, her grandma starts training her in doing various domestic works so that she can become the perfect wife any suitor dreams of but she’s against that and rebels against it in every small, possible way she could. She’s a little feminist in her own way if you ask me.

What I loved about this book though is how it didn’t limit itself to the conservative type of Muslim family. Through Maha’s friends and distant family, Sumayya Lee presents various kinds of muslim families, from the most conservative to the most open-minded.

I didn’t have anything bad against this book whatsover, I was LOVING it, up until a certain thing happens that made me uneasy and it just didn’t sit well with me. Maha was with her granparents in Mecca -which is the holiest place to us Muslims- for the small pilgrimage and that is a 100% spiritual experience to strenghten our relationship with God and all. No distractions. What happens? Maha wonders off kissing pretty prince boy who makes her feel things she never felt before and that just made me cringe so much because realistically speaking no one would do that there, no matter how young and foolish. I’m really curious what my fellow muslim reviewers think of this, so please, tell me because I need to know if you think that’s normal. So, eventhough I loved everything before and after that, from that point forward I kept thinking about that scene especially when she was talking to/about him.

I really loved Maha for how confident and sassy she was but also for how much of a typical teenager she was. She threw tantrums, was immature at times. She had doubts as she was trying to figure out herself and how to balance religion and her granparents very severe restrictions with the things she wanted to do and have. Some aspects of that were really relatable to me. And I also adored her with Zeenat, she was completely herself around her. Their relationships is so realistic, full of ups and downs and Zeenat was kind of a big sister to her.

To wrap this all, Maha got her happy ending. I loved how it was sort of a compromise making everyone happy. Her grandparents included.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Story of Maha? If so, what did you think?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Award #13: I’m a Mysterious Potato… NOT.

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Hello Guys!

Long time no Awards seen, am I right? Well, I’m back today with one that I haven’t seen going around much so I decided why not do it now. It’s the Mystery Blogger Award for which I was tagged by two lovely people who are Jasmine @ How Useful it is and Jamie @ Book Pandamonium. This award was created by Okoto Enigma and this is what it is for:

“Mystery Blogger Award”  is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

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I have no idea if this will be repetitve or not, but here we go:

  1. I used to drink lots of milk as a kid but now my stomach can’t take it. I may be Lactose intolerant.
  2. On allergies. Cats kill me. I cannot be in the same room as one or hell breaks down on me.
  3. I don’t have a favorite movie though I watch a lot.
  4. I like both Tea and Coffe but if I had to choose, it’ll be Tea everytime.
  5. I had short hair my whole childhood so now I can’t seem to be able to cut it above chest length. IT HURTS MY SOUL.
  6. I used to paint a lot as a kid and now I’m slowling getting back into it.

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1. What’s your favorite book genre ?

Well, we’re off to an awful start because I. CAN’T. CHOOSE. I love Fantasy, contemporary AND Historical Fiction equally. They’re all my babies. Plus, I get bored easily so I switch between the three quite often.

2. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Mmm, I don’t know? Like, I’ve never thought of something as a guilty pleasure. I own up to my actions haha. No. I just don’t know what it is. I’m sure I have more than one that I don’t even consider as such.

3. Dogs or cats?

Refer to fact 2 to have your answer. I can’t be a cat person even if I wanted to. I mean I like cats, I even had one before this allergy ordeal but I ADORE dogs, my goal in life is to have a house of my own to have a dog, because my mom doesn’t want one at home *sigh* even though she had one when her and my dad first got married. Yes, that’s how much I love them.

4. Best book you read this year?

JUST ONE? What kind of question is this. But fair enough, if I had to choose just one that I want everyone to read, it’ll be Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I cannot express how grateful I am that this book exists, just go read it, PEUH-LEASE !! Here’s my review to help convince  you.

5. Weird Question: What was your favorite/weirdest dream?

I don’t have a favorite dream but the weirdest one is one that I’ve been having since I was a kid, I don’t know what it, I just know that it is the same one, like when I’m dreaming I know but once I wake up I have NO idea, I just know that I’ve had it gazillion times before. Also, when I was a kid it used to be a nightmare but now it’s not?!

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1. What do you like to do most this time of year?

NOT study for exams. Like, literally ANYTHING else because that’s ALL I do this time of the year and it is killing me. I’ve been at it for a month now so I’m stressed, exhausted and freaking out. I’m fine though (Send help).

2. Did you already plan for how many books you will read next year?

Well, at least 70 hopefully because I read more thant that this year, though I’ll be putting my goal on Goodreads to 60. It is 10 more books than last year’s challenge but still not too stressful because I’m giving myself a comfortable margin.

3. What is your #1 goal next year?

Survive 3rd year of medschool? Sorry ahaha. My brain is overpowered with everything study related right now. One of my main goals for next year is to draw/paint/hand-letter more frequently. Like, I do that from time to time right now but I want to make more time for it and thus do it more often.

4. Are you happy with the direction your blog is heading?

VERY happy, actually. I’ve got a new design, recently hit 500 followers (I still can’t believe it), and have a general vision for what I want my blog to be next year content wise. So, yeah! I’m pretty satisfied with the direction it’s headed.

5. Weird: What extreme do you go to take care of books you own?

Mmm… None? None that I consider an extreme that is hahaha.

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(Didn’t want to use any of the old ones because of the graphics hahaha)


I Tag: 

My Questions:

  1. What’s one pet-peeve you have that you cannot handle above all others?
  2. What’s your favorite Tv-show? Movie? Book?
  3. What’s your main reading resolution for next year?
  4. What’s one hidden skill you have?
  5. Funny Question: What’s one emoji that you use out of place or that no one else uses?

That’s it until next time.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: 20 Little Things that make me happy

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Well folks, Today is my 20th birthday!

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Gosh, why does that nasty 2 replace the 1? I WANNA STAY YOUNG FOREVER. Anyway, I can’t help it so let’s move on. So, because today is my birthday, this post closes the 20 ‘TIL I’M 20 post series *sad face*. I was thinking, what kind of post would be a good conclusion? At first, I thought of doing 20 things I learnt but that’s almost the same as last monday’s post so it’s a no-go then I got this idea to share the little things that make me happy. No grand gestures or big events, just little everyday things that might go unseen but really bring me joy.

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They are my favorites. I kid you not, I used to HATE rain as a child, like sometimes I would cry of frustration. But now, it is my favorite kind of weather. I just get this sense of peace and calm whenever it is pouring outside, I could spend hours staring out my window without getting bored of it. I also love walking in the rain, and THAT smell, the fresh weat soil smell is just amazing -now I know some people don’t like it but… HOW?- just everything about it makes me happy. Bonus points if I can curl up in a comfy blanket and read.

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I’m sure that you can all relate to this feeling. No exceptions made. Whenever I realize that a book is going to be a favorite I feel like my heart is going to explode and I start beaming like an idiot because no matter how many favorite I have that feeling will never get old. I also need to talk about it and pour my feelings out to someone. ASAP.

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I am so grateful for the little corner of the internet that I am part of, that I call mine. All the friends I made are so positive and supportive, they never fail to put a smile on my face whenever I need it or even when I don’t. An incident happened on Twitter a few weeks ago and a person invalidated my opinion because I am a baby blogger, and all of them were there for me, ready to kick ass if necessary haha. I know you’re going to recognise yourselves so thank you ❤ . This baby blogger is luck to have a bigger support system than you could dream of!

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I’m not big on physical contact and showing affection. It just makes me uncomfortable, even with my mom sometimes (rarely, but it happens), even though we are VERY close. This being said, there are some days when I just come home needing her to hold me for a few minutes because then I feel safe and soothed and like everything will be alright. I also LOVE the look of surprise she gets on her face whenever that happens hahaha. And she takes full advantage of it.

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Anything nature related really, though I must admit if I had to choose, it’ll be the beach. I’m just a water person through and through. I know people love the beach in the summer because it’s refreshing and you can swim and blablabla. And I do too. But my favorite time to go is winter because I just like staring at it and thinking about everything and anything I have on my mind at that time. It just helps set my thoughts straight and clear my mind.

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We have SO many of these. Especially at lunch time when we get out of the internship and before going to class, we often just have lunch in the car and spend the two hours chatting, laughing, sometimes crying, listening to each other, supporting each other, etc… It just helps wind up the daily stress than can get too much at times, so in a way we help each other not to get burnt out by the craze of it all.

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If you know me you’d know that I put a lot of thought and effort into how I dress because I LOVE clothes and just putting different pieces together so being complimented on that instantly puts a huge smile on my face. Or any kind of compliment really haha! They just feel nice and I know that everyone agrees on that as well.

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Isn’t this the best feeling ever? Relating to a character’s experiences, struggles and successes is the epitome of happiness when it comes to books. Knowing that you’re not alone in what you’re living, in what you’re feeling can be so relieving. And this is when the importance of representation shows, so that kids, teenagers, adults all around the world get to see themselves in books.

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Do I need to explain this one though? I don’t have the words to describe the feeling either way but I’m lowkey obsessed.

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Heheheh! Another obsession of mine that’s here to stay. I never seem to get tired of them. EVER. I could eat them today and crave them tomorrow and as I write I want a huge plate *sigh*. Someone buy me a lifetime supply of sushis for my birthday? Please? Okay?

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’d know that this year my best friend went to study abroad so I don’t get to see her as much, which makes those phone calls very precious. She’s my favorite human being and knows me better than anyone sooo… that’s where I go when I need ranting and vanting or even just to talk about anything. Or do nothing. Nothing is good too.

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I swear to God, this is the biggest luxury to me. Especially in this exam preping period -which by the way is proving challenging and stressful and is straight up killing me- like my biggest dream right this second is to get to sleep on a Sunday -or any day- without setting an alarm. But why Sunday in particular? Because usually it is the “chill” when I have nothing to do but lie down and relax and that, my friends, is happiness.

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This is another rare occurrence because during the week I’d have to wake up at 5 to do that and I ain’t got the energy for that haha. And in the weekends I usually have breakfast with my family so I don’t spend much time in bed after waking up. I do it in the summer though when I don’t have anything to do and can just take my time in bed to read.

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I know a lot of people don’t like driving but I. LOVE. IT. It just helps me clear my head and think about things I need to sort out. Or. Or just blast music and sing to it depending on my mood. It’ll either be overly loud or overly sad. Anyway, all of this to say that my car drives are, to me, the best me time there is.

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There hasn’t been a time in my life when I wasn’t doodling, drawing, paiting or just doing something with paper and a pencil. It’s always been part of me and I had lost it for a couple years. But one of the gazillion things that blogging did right is motivate me to pick it up again. And it is such a great stress reliever and source of joy when I see an idea that’s been building up in my head take shape in real life.

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This goes hand in hand with: 1/ Driving, 2/Blogging, 3/ Or anything really besides studying and reading because with those 2 particular things I can’t seem to concentrate lately (which I was able to do before). I just love music so so much because whenever I have something on my mind, I lose myself in it and try to forget everything else. 

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I know that every post idea is visited and revisited, probably even the ones I think are not but the point here is not the fact that it’s unique but more like the fact that it came out of MY brain without any inspiration coming directly from another blog. It is just such a blessing to know that this brain of mine can think up something from scratch.

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If you’ve seen last week’s post you know that I wasn’t always the best big sister anyone could ask for. Try for the other end of the Spectrum. It’s not that I was mean, it’s just that I didn’t give her as much time as she needs and deserves, which I’m trying to remedy now by being there for her for whatever she needs. And it is so worth it, seeing her smile like she does.

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Making people happy makes ME happy. Just a compliment, a smile, a good morning message or even by checking up on people. Believe me, those little gestures matter. If I like something about a person, I tell them. If some advice of theirs worked, I tell them. If I loved their book recommendation, I tell them. Just like these little things make ME happy, I know they’ll work for other people as well.

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I really don’t know ho to explain this one. Other than the fact that deep and meaningful conversations move something in me and bring me a lot of content and joy.


That’s it until next time.

Now it is your turn to tell me. What are some things that make you happy? Do any of mine apply to you?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: My 20 Favorite Bloggers – 19 & 20

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Hello guys !

You may or may not know my birthday is coming up and I don’t want to make this whole thing about myself, so what do I do instead? I make it all about my favorite people in the community. The ones that made my experience better, the ones that taught me things, the ones I admire and strive to be like. I decided to put 20 on this list but I definitely have more. Also, these are in no particular particular order.

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What I love about her:

  • She is such an important part of the diverse community.
  • She often hosts original and fun readathons/challenges.
  • Her Instagram picture are STUNNING.
  • Her graphic designing skills are so freaking great.
  • JUST LOOK AT THE GRAPHICS IN HER REVIEW POSTS.

Noteable Posts:

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What I love about her:

  • She’s such a sweet and cheerful person.
  • Her post are hilarious while still being great.
  • She has these Feud of Food Posts that got me drooling.
  • She is so easy to talk to and fangirl with.

Noteable Posts:


That’s it until next time!

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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The Conversations we Never Had – Where an Old Lady gave me A History Lesson

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Publication date : May 3rd, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Outskirt Press

Genre : Non-Fiction | Historical Fiction

Page Count: 208

Synopsis : This is the dream of a grandson, who had taken his grandmother for granted, to have a second chance, the opportunity to learn about his family from the only person in the world who knew them, who remembered them. My father remembers nothing about his real parents for they were dead by the time he was nine. Olga, his mother’s younger sister, survived the Holocaust, found my father hiding on a farm in Poland and later brought him to America to raise as her own. He never asked her any questions about his parents. Though I later moved in with Olga for a period of time, I repeated history and never asked her the questions my father never asked. Olga has been gone for more than twenty years, along with everything she could have told me, leaving me with a sense of guilt and profound regret. The Conversations We Never Had is a chronicle of my time spent with Grandma “Ola” and tells the stories she might have shared had I asked the questions. (From Goodreads)

Rating: 3.5 stars

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*I was provided a copy of this book by the author and Book Publicity Services in exchange of an honest review* 

(No Spoilers)

If you guys know anything about me, you know that I don’t usually read non-fiction, it is just not something that draws my attention or captivates me. But this book made the cut simply because of the Historical Fiction part of it, and that is one of my favorite genres expecially when it is about the period around WWII, that is a time period that fascinates me and I’ll never get tired of reading books set then. But because of the fact that Conversations is non-fiction, 2 things happened:

  1. I went in very sceptical and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it
  2. I don’t know how to properly review it (Hello non-fiction Newbie!)

Anyway, let’s do this! The writing is my least favorite part of it all, not that it’s bad or anything. It is a style common to a lot of non-fiction and one I don’t personally enjoy because it is mostly this happened and I did this and that, and can drag quite a bit when you don’t like it. One other thing that annoyed me is how lengthy and unnecessary some of the descriptions are. I am not even kidding or exaggerating, somewhere around the beginning I got 2 pages of the author describing AN APPARTMENT, just why? I don’t see why it is relevant to the story in this case.

Luckily, the book is mostly one giant dialogue which would’ve bothered me in any other circumstances but it worked with what the other was trying to achieve. History was told in a conversational tone, like if I my grandma was really telling me about her past experiences and that kept me captivated through the book and I didn’t feel bored whatsoever. I wish all my history lessons were taught this way!

The concept is original as well. The author explores the What ifs of his own life, some regrets that he cannot fix. What if he had taken advantage of the time he had with Grandma Ola? What if she had told him all about her life as well as his biological grand-parents lives? And from there on, he threads a story -with the help of actual facts he had from his grandma’s past as well as history- of what she might have told him if he had taken the time to sit with her and listen to her. What he comes up with is such a poignant, raw story of a Holocaust surviver. And the research he did on the matter really showed through the pages of the book.

The author imagines what his grandma’s life might have been like from when she was a little girl until she moved to America looking for a fresh start. And that ranges from her relationship with the people in her life to what might have been her horrifying survival story. In my opinion, he manages to translate the terrifying situations greatly.

“Can you imagine your father, a little boy, hiding like that, knowing that a sneeze of a cough at the wrong time could be the end of him?”

“This was one of the most terrifying things to do in thoses days, to run from a German soldier with your back to him; you never knew whether the next step would be your last. This was a world where people could kill you at anytime and for nothing. Nothing.”

The author uses this opportunity to explore Jewish values, customs and beliefs in different fields. Like for exemple, why they prefered marrying other Jews, why they choose to learn crafts and do jobs where they didn’t have to depend on anyone. And so on and so forth. Another thing I really appreciated is how this book gives life lessons implicitely. On love, marriage, social interactions, personal growth, privilege, judging people etcetera etcetera.

All in all, I would recommend this book to everyone, especially if you’re interested in learning about the Holocaust, as well as what life before and after. It is an enjoyable, quick and informative read.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Conversations we never had? If so, what did you think?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: My 20 Favorite Bloggers – 17 & 18

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Hello guys !

You may or may not know my birthday is coming up and I don’t want to make this whole thing about myself, so what do I do instead? I make it all about my favorite people in the community. The ones that made my experience better, the ones that taught me things, the ones I admire and strive to be like. I decided to put 20 on this list but I definitely have more. Also, these are in no particular particular order.

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What I love about her:

  • She’s one of the first people I’ve ever followed and never regretted it since.
  • My go-to to find some great NA books to add to my TBR.
  • She’s hosting an awesome New Adult reading challenge in 2017.
  • Her blog is so cute and girly.

Noteable Posts:

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 What I love about her:

  • She’s one of my newer blogger friends and I love her so much. Talking to her is effortless.
  • I always find books I’ve never heard of on her blog.
  • She’s always so well spoken in her discussions and I love them.
  • I can go to her with my bookish -and non bookish- opinions, rants and raves and she’ll listen.

Noteable Posts:


That’s it until next time!

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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TAG #30: The Character Dating Profile

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Hello guys!

So, a couple of weeks ago I was on The Orangutan Librarian‘s blog and saw this genius tag so I contemplated whether to do it or not. I decided against it because I have so many tags to do still. Unless. Unless I am tagged for it obviously. And as the marvellous friend that she is, Kat @ Life and Other Disasters tagged me so what can I do? THIS IS DESTINY. But then I had another problem. WHAT CHARACTER DO I CHOOSE? I love so many of them that it is impossible for me to make up my mind. When I told her so, she naturally suggested my baby Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. And so we begin !

The Rules:

date-1Kaz Brekker (Rietvield is his original name buut he doesn’t use it anymore)

date-217 years old. But Fadwa always forgets that.

date-6Myself… and Inej.You tell her, I slit your throat.

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First of all, I am very attractive. Tall, pale skin, black eyes, black hair trimmed short on the sides. My jaw is so sharp, it can cut diamonds. A wear black business-like clothing and let’s not forget about my crow’s head cane. Oh, I also have 2 tattoos.

date-7Euh… I believe in any God that can help move along my scheming… Or none at all.

date-8Ruling Ketterdam obivously. And making loads and loads of money.

date-3Scheming and seeing my brilliant plans unfold. Torturing people and kicking everyone’s ass. Especially those who underestimate me. (Forgive him, he can be a little cocky)

date-4If I tell you, I’d have to kill you.

date-5-2Inej. Again, tell her and your life is mine to take. (She’s the only one who can get close enough without getting her head snapped)  

date-9Her. Me. Conquering the roofs of Ketterdam.


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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: My 20 Favorite Bloggers – 15 & 16

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Hello guys !

You may or may not know my birthday is coming up and I don’t want to make this whole thing about myself, so what do I do instead? I make it all about my favorite people in the community. The ones that made my experience better, the ones that taught me things, the ones I admire and strive to be like. I decided to put 20 on this list but I definitely have more. Also, these are in no particular particular order.

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What I love about her:

  • The concept of her blog is unique.
  • She is the queen of rants. Hers are A-MA-ZING.
  • She has an NA novel Corrupt Me (that I’m sure is awesome) that’s going to be out in January.
  • She writes great discussion as well.

Noteable Posts:

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What I love about her:

  • Her review style is very chatty and interactive. It’s so fun to read.
  • She recently launched a Booktube channel and her videos are great.
  • She has a page dedicated to her art and it is SO good. She is very talented.
  • Her snapchats are so cute to watch.
  • She is just all around a sweet person.

Noteable Posts:


That’s it until next time!

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: 20 Lessons Books taught me

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Hello guys!

In my last wrap-up I told you that I was making this series of posts -or whatever you’d like to call it- to celebrate my twentieth birthday coming up in a week, since I’m not really doing anything IRL, I thought I’d take advantage of my little corner of the internet and basically annoy everyone by talking about it non-stop. Anyway. I was thinking about something to tie the main purpose of the blog with life lessons and my huge wisdom as a 20 year old potato and I came up with this not so genius idea.

We can’t deny that being huge readers and books taking up (more like eating up) a considerable chunk of our lives, they are bound to affect us in more ways than one. In the way we think, we see the world, even in the way we act to some extent. So, in that train of thought, I’ll tell you a little bit about the things that books taught ME. I frankly don’t know if I’ll be able to come up with 20, but I’ll squeeze this brain of mine until I do. Shall we, start?

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The whole premise of the book stands on the fact that the twins kept each a secret from each other, which dug a ravine between them. They were so close and then kept drifting apart until they stopped talking altogether and started despising each other. All of this FOR WHAT? Because they couldn’t live with the secrets they were keeping. And I realized that sometimes secrets do more damage than good.

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Now listen up. My sister is 12, so that makes an 8 years gap right there and when I was younger I had a lot of trouble dealing with that, like it was too big for us to have any shared interests, so I bossed her around A LOT (especially when I was having my nasty teenagehood crisis) and so on. Yes I wasn’t always this fluff-ball of a potato. Don’t get me wrong, my behaviour changed a couple of years back but it’s not until I read the book that I realized the years that I wasted. I know Rhy and Kell are not blood brothers but their relationship is as precious, they love each other and would do anything for one another. Seeing how much time they spent together made me want to do the same with my baby sister.

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You know very well I can’t make this post without some HP. Well, the first thing I ever learnt from a book I did from Luna Lovegood. Everybody was saying she is crazy and seeing things, never taking her word on anything and she still was so confident with who she was, she never let it get to her or change her. And because of that she was my favorite character in the series (And I’m sure if you’ve been following me for a while, you’d know that).

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This is pretty self-explanatory if you’ve read the book. Or even, if you just know who the girl is (if you don’t, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING?). Malala is a true inspiration to all girls -and people- out there. She was shut down, shot, almost killed and NEVER gave up on her fight for girls’ education in her country. And that is such a HUGE motivation to get over minor daily obstacles that get thrown my way and that can sometimes stray me away from my goals a bit.

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I’ve known grief and trust me, I know how easy it is to just close yourself to the world and wallow in pain and sorrow BUT that is never the best solution. Yes, in the process of grieving, there are things you have to learn to do alone, things that no one can teach you or even help you with BUT remember that you’re not the only one that’s grieving and people around you can help you get your closure as much as you can help them get theirs. And I’ve seen that in this book, with Lennie closing herself to her family and feeling like her sister was only hers to grieve and it’s not until she re-opened up to her family that she was able to make progress.

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I know this is a no brainer but back when I was a kid it wasn’t as obvious to me. I was a hard worker and loved studying and as a result to that I was top of my class more often than not and some people tried to shame me for it. Ridiculous, I KNOW. But the thing is, that really affected me and I started hiding it, I avoided participating in class, when I was asked if I studied a certain thing I’d say no and so on… But when Hermione entered the picture and I saw how big of an asset her brains were, and how comfortable she was with being smart, I realized I could be too.

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This is what I struggle with the most to be honest. Like, someone could think we are the closest of friends and pour their heart and soul out to me and I’d still be unable to tell them anything too personal about myself. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I CAN’T. And Kaz has that as well… x100. But reading that book, I realized that people are worth it if only they get a chance. And I want to work on that.

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There are a gazillion of lessons one can learn from this book, it is truly a brilliant one. (READ IT!) but what stood out to me the most is to what lengths Miel was willing to go -and went- to protect Sam because she loved him THAT much and could do anything for him. And there are people like that, who deserve the world and for whom you’d risk anything.

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This book isn’t out yet (not until February) but as soon as it is out and if you love historical fiction, snatch it. But basically, a girl and a woman meet working in a circus and form an extraordinary bond over just a few months that people can’t form over a life time, they were truely like this little family who care deeply for each other.

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This is such a lovely but underrated book. A girl dies and she’s a ghost and has to come to term with her death as well as everyone moving on after her. She couldn’t do that because she blamed some people for what happened to her so she just couldn’t be okay and move on to whatever is coming next. So if you translate that in everyday life, grudges basically hold us back and at some point we have to let go to be able to move on.

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I started off being in love with this book but a thing happened that triggered me (yes, really, I’m not using that word lightly or just for show) so I ended up hating it. But, that didn’t prevent me from learning something from it. More often than not, people are more than what you see in them because at the end of the day they only show parts and bits of them they choose to show. Either because they’re ashamed of the other parts or because they don’t trust you enough.

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This is pretty similar to the last but I think mentioning it is important. This is another book I didn’t like but I still learnt something from anyway. A person can seem perky and happy, and like they don’t have a single worry (especially on the internet) but things are not always the way they seem, that day could be the hardest one they’ve ever had, they could be struggling with numerous thing. And this can serve as a reminder to never take people’s state of mind as well as mental health and remember to always be kind.

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This book was my first venture into Magical Realism. Of ever. I did a conscious effort to stay away from it because I didn’t think it would be something I’d like. But I fell in love with it completely and I know for sure that I will read more Magical Realism in the near future because if those other books can make me feel half what this book did it’ll be amazing.

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This book. I don’t have enough word in my vocabulary, all languages combined, to describe how amazing, important and heartbreaking it is. Like really, read it. This is required reading. It follows slavery from the 1700’s until modern days. And even though people thought they were free of slavery, they stil were slaves to a system that could find loop-holes to laws that were theoritically set to protect them. And that was horrifying to read  about.

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I admired Aaron so freaking much in this book. He is one of the best, strongest characters I’ve ever read about in my life and he literally had one of shittiest lives in bookish history but he fought for it, he fought to make his life better, to be more happy than not. SO MUCH. He kept pushing through and that was so inspiring and motivational.

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This book explores the regrets/what ifs of life because the author tells up about the conversations he wished he had with his grand-mother while she was still alive. How he wishe we spent time with her when he was living with her. And that made me think that, if you have a good relationship with your family, there’s no reason whatsoever not to take some time to spend with them. I know that I tend to take my family for granted, I often, find myself thinking: “They’re here! So I can always spend time with them tomorrow.” But what if there’s not?

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Well, I already knew this because my best friend means the world to me and I know she’d do anything for me. But still, the friendship in this book was my favorite thing and it served as a good reminder.

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Patroclus (little pumpkin that’s too precious for this world) loves Achilles unconditionally even when the latter was an ungrateful little bastard. But still, he loved him, thinking that that could be enough to make him better and change some of his decisions which didn’t happen. Love and only love isn’t enough sometimes to fix things and change them for the better.learnt-19

The protagonist in this doesn’t know what he’s doing with his life or what his future prospects will be but by the end of the book he realized that that was a necessary stage he had to go through to find himself, grow confident and find what he likes and where his life was headed. Which is absolutely true. But not knowing is fucking scary, I know it, you know it and we can’t handle it. It is hard, really. But we should learn to be okay with it.

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Well, this is pretty self-explanatory. And the lesson I’m most grateful for, because just this one lesson will teach me a hundred more. Because diversity = More stories to read = More experiences to witness = More lessons to learn.


That’s it until next time.

Now it is your turn to tell me. What are some lessons books taught you? Do any of mine apply to you?

Do you learn things even from the books that you don’t like?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: My 20 Favorite Bloggers – 13 & 14

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Hello guys !

You may or may not know my birthday is coming up and I don’t want to make this whole thing about myself, so what do I do instead? I make it all about my favorite people in the community. The ones that made my experience better, the ones that taught me things, the ones I admire and strive to be like. I decided to put 20 on this list but I definitely have more. Also, these are in no particular particular order.

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What I love about her:

  • She’s honestly the kindest person I’ve met through blogging.
  • Her discussions are the most thoughtful, best discussions out there.
  • She recently created a Diversity page and it is such an amazing idea.
  • Her Bookish Art is to die for.
  • I just think she’s an essential part of the community.

Noteable Posts:

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What I love about her:

  • Her comments are always very sweet and thoughtful.
  • We have similar opinions of books, and I took to ranting to her recently haha.
  • She’s honestly just so sweet.
  • Her reviews are always organized and detailed.

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That’s it until next time!

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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