TAG #36: Mid-year Book Freak-out tag

Midyear book freakout

Hello guys !

Please give me a second to register that half of 2017 has already flown by !!! It can’t be, can it? But yes, it’s already summer, it’s already July and I’ve already read 45 books this year, two of which aren’t on goodreads and one I read twice. I’m actually really proud of how good I’m doing reading wise, reading more books AND better books. Most of the books I read this year are 3.5 stars and up.

Anyway, enough ramblings, I don’t think I was tagged to do this one (if you tagged me, please let me know so that I can mention you in the post) but I did it last year and it was a lot of fun to do so I decided I’d do it again. This tag was created by Chami @ ReadLikeWildFire and Ely @ Ely Jayne.

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BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017

YOU CANNOT ASK ME TO CHOOSE JUST ONE. I’ve read so many amazing books this year and narrowing it down to just 3 was actually pretty hard BUT the books that stuck with me the most because they mean something to me on a personal level are:

  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. This is such a breathtakingly beautiful fantasy book. The prose is magical, the world-building fantastic and the romance is the most swoon-worthy. It’s an Aladdin retelling and I highly recommend it. (Review)
  • How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake. Ho boy did I cry when I read this one, it’s so real and raw and heartbreaking but also hopeful. It deals with important issues like parental emotional abuse, grief and family. I adore it. (Review)
  • When Michael met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah. I reviewed this one just last week and I read it pretty recently as well so everything it made me feel is still pretty vivid. It deals with racism, islamophobia as well as unpacking privilege and reading that saddened me angered me but also gave me hope. (Review)

YOUR FAVORITE SEQUEL OF 2017

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A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab obviously. Even though I didn’t give it the full 5 star rating because of reasons you can check out in my review, it was still an epic ending to one of my favorite series ever. The author knows how to write her characters, plot and world-building. They are FANTASTIC.

A NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ BUT WANT TO

A LOT? There are so many I still need to get to, it’s truly ridiculous. I just get distracted with other books and books keep coming out quicker than I can read them and I just need a remote that can pause time until I catch up. Does anyone have one of those for sale? Just to mention a few

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF

Again… A LOT? Pals, these questions are hard but let’s see if I can give you a short list because believe me there are AT LEAST 30 books I’m anticipating, some of which I was lucky to get Arcs of and I will be reading this month and that makes me incredibly happy.

YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

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Please don’t get mad at me for this but… History is All You Left me by Adam Silvera. It’s not that I didn’t like it, I actually enjoyed it and gave it 3.5 stars I believe but I had such high hopes for it (with More Happy than Not being one of my favorite reads last year) that I couldn’t help but feel a bit let down by it. I was bored and a little detached. It’s totally a me problem here, not a book problem. (Review)

BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR

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Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli which I’ve been actually stalling since it first came out. For some reason unknown to me I thought I wouldn’t like it but it became an instant favorite of mine. It is such a cute, heartwarming read that’s super fast to read and a perfect pick-me-up or to get out of a slump. (Review)

FAVE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR

Again, I have a few here. DON’T JUDGE ME! I just discovered so many fantastic authors this year and it’s impossible to pick just one. Here are a few:

  • Becky Albertalli
  • Laura Silverman
  • Thea De Salle
  • Stacey Lee
  • Ashley Herring Blake
  • Charlotte Anne Hamilton

YOUR NEW FICTIONAL CRUSH

I don’t really have one? It’s weird but I kind of don’t crush on characters anymore, I’m always like “These are my kids and I must protect them at all costs” even when the characters are older than I am. BUT one that I would die for is Zahra from the Forbidden Wish She’s the Jinni in the story and such a beautiful, brave and flawed character. I couldn’t help but adore her throughout the whole story.

NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER

Molly from the Upside of Unrequited, she’s just such a kind, genuine, relatable character who fucks up because it’s normal and I just UGH, I loved reading about her, her wins and struggles so much. I also loved Grace from How to Make a Wish because of her strength, resilience, empathy and capability to love. I love her a lot.

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

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Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed. This is I think the book that made me really cry. A couple others made me tear up a bit but this one, wow, I was a full on fountain because of the topics, the events, all the trauma the MC goes through, it’s just awful. I also cried at the ending and how hopeful and “light at the end of the tunnel” it was. (Review)

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

I have two that really stand out. I read Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde a while back and it was the first book this year that made me genuinely happy, I felt like the happiness would burst out of my chest. It just has so much positive representation and both romances are fluffy that you just can’t help but be happy, it’s science, really (Review). The second is The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, to no one’s surprise really, I love that book beyond what words can express, Molly is just relatable to me and that alone made me happy, add to that how the story unfolds and I am won over (Review).

FAVE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR

hehe. hehe. hehehehe. I’ve watched exactly 0 adaptations this year but I WILL… Eventually.

FAVE BOOK POST PUBLISHED THIS YEAR

I’m actually really proud of some of my posts from this year, I’m satisfied with the direction I’ve taken with my blog and how well that translated into these posts. Here are my 3 favorite bookish posts:

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT/RECEIVED

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Well I almost exclusively read ebooks so I actually got only 4 physical books this year. The prettiest one was by far History is All you Left Me. It’s just so shiny and aesthetically pleasing. I’m talking about the UK paperback, I actually do not like the US cover that much. I’d take a picture of my copy to show how shiny it is but… it’s 1am.

WHAT ARE THE BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR? 

ALL THE BOOKS? I have so many I want to read before the year ends that just thinking about them stresses me out haha. But here are a few:


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TAG #35: The Shocker Book Tag

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Hello guys !

It’s been SO long since I did a tag *counts* almost 3 MONTHS. And it was a nice break to be quite honest because they were all starting to sound the same to me and I started running out of books at the rate in which I was doing them (Once a week. Yes that’s a lot). I’m back to doing them, although this time I’ll do them once a month or even less than that. It depends.

Also, sorry for the abrupt hiatus this week, I was planning on staying on schedule but our WiFi shut down last Wednesday and the technician didn’t bother showing his face until a week after that (this past Wednesday) after my dad threatened to cancel the contract (which he’s still going to do). Anyway, that’s the story of how I missed two posts this week.

Back to the tag. This time I’m doing the Shocker Book Tag for which I was tagged by Cris @ My Tiny Obsessions. Thanks girl !

Title = Goodreads page.

A BOOK YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO LOVE BUT ENDED UP HATING

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The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I mean, the story itself I liked, but wow, waaay too many issues for me to enjoy it so I actually ended up disliking it a lot because of all the cringing I did and how it infuriated me.

 

A BOOK YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO HATE BUT ENDED UP LOVING

Sabaa Tahir - (#1) An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I KNOW. I KNOW. Why on earth would I think that? But it just didn’t sounds like the kind of book I’d love but OH BOY I KNEW NOTHING. I just finished this one a couple of days ago and it’s now one of my favorites ever. I’m obsessed, I can’t stop thinking about it and I made a Pinterest board for it. That’s how committed I am.

A BOOK FROM A GENRE OR INCLUDING A TROPE YOU GENERALLY DON’T LIKE THAT YOU LOVED

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You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner. I generally HATE the betraying bestfriend trope but I loved how it was done in this book because while the MC was betrayed by her so called bestfriend she met someone else and she was awesome. I loved how that situation was used to shed light on toxic friendships.

A COVER THAT TOOK YOUR BREATH AWAY (CAN BE FOR GOOD OR BAD REASONS)A CHARACTER WHO YOU HATED AT FIRST BUT YOU GREW TO LOVE

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Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee. JUST LOOKIT, it’s so stunning and I just can’t stop staring at it. All the colors look so good together and it captures the vibe of the books so well. Okay but the READ. THIS. BOOK. It’s as stunning as the coverand I just… don’t even have words for how beautiful it is. I love it. I love it. I love it. My review will be up soon so keep an eye out if you want more coherent thoughts.

A BOOK WHICH YOU ARE SHOCKED IF ANYONE HATES

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. I mean I yet have to find a person who hasn’t liked this book BUT if anyone ever hates I wouldn’t understand. For the life of me I can’t see what it is about this book anyone could hate. It’s the fluffiest, most feel good book out there right now.

A BOOK THAT IS SO UNDER-HYPED YOU FEEL LIKE THE ONLY ONE WHO’S READ IT AND YOU WOULD BE SHOCKED IF SOMEONE TOLD YOU THEY HAVE

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Everyone is sleeping on this book so hard you don’t even know what you’re missing. It’s a gem. One of a kind. Brilliant, raw, beautiful, heartbreaking. AND IT NEEDS TO BE MANDATORY READING. I say it everytime I talk about it but you seriously need to pick it up, you wouldn’t know what you’re missing out on until you actually read it.

A BOOK WITH A PLOT TWIST THAT SHOCKED YOU

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The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember. It’s not a twist as much as it is an unexpected turn of events. Which made me laugh but I ultimately felt bad for laughing because it was a bad situation. It was so so well crafted and just Nothing I could’ve thought would happen in those circumstances.


It’s waaay too late for me to think of anyone to tag right now so if you want to do this, DO IT ❤


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TAG #34: The Anonymous Bookaholics

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Hello guys !

Another week has gone by which means it’s time for a new tag. Today I’m choosing to do the Anonymous Bookaholics book tag because I finally made my peace with the fact that I, indeed, am a bookaholic -I’ve always been good with that, this is for dramatic effect only. I was tagged by my lovely best friend Sara @ Freadom Library because she apparently wants me to confess some things. I have nothing to hide *gulps*. Aaaanyway, let’s get this interrogatory over with.

What do you like about buying new books?

Mmm, having material to read? What kind of silly question is this? But seriously, just the thrill of holding a new book, the smell of it is super awesome especially to me, because I rarely get to buy physical books. It’s a very special feeling.

How often do you buy new books?

I don’t know? every month? Although I haven’t bought any this month because I’ve been reading a lot of arcs I was anticipating so that kind of got my urge to buy books under control. Other than that, I get a few e-books a month, I keep an eye out for deals so that I can actually afford more than one book a month -when I want to buy more than one. I am pretty good with buying books actually, I never go overboard.

Bookstore or online book shopping – Which do you prefer?

Bookstores for sure. But since my options there are pretty limited, I resort to online shopping which has more options but is also more expensive. SO. They kind of even out a bit.

Do you have a favorite bookshop?

I don’t even have bookstores to choose from *shrugs*. The struggles of living in a third world country where English isn’t a widely spoken language. There’s a little independent bookstore deep in the city, which I talk about here, but I don’t go there as much as I would like to since it’s pretty far away from where I live and I’m a lazy potato so I never feel like driving that far. I’m also broke. So yeah haha!

Do you pre-order books?

Actually, the first and only time I EVER preordered books is last month when I preordered both History is All you Left me and A Conjuring of Light. I already have the first (which I’m buddy-reading next week) but still waiting for my copy of the later to come. And My patience is running out.

Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

Naaah, as I said, I don’t go overboard with buying books, I mostly stick to deals and the ones I want too desperately to actually wait for deals on them haha. So, yeah I don’t have a limit.

Book buying bans – Are they something for you?

Refer to my last answer. Although if I actually had the funds to buy a lot of books I’d need one because nothing would be able to hold me back. *stares dreamily into the distance*

How big is your wishlist?

HAHAHAHAHA. That’s a funny question. You don’t want to know, because it’s ridiculously enormous. Especially with all the amazing diverse (especially #ownvoices) books coming out this year. It’s unmanageable, it will eat me up alive. It will stomp me. SEND HELP.

Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own NOW?

Only three? sigh. These three books are definitely the top 3, 2017 releases that aren’t out yet and that I’m in desperate need to read.

Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali – JUST LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS COVER. And the MC is a Muslim and Arab-Indian. And I am two of those things which makes me freaking extatic to read it.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – Because duh? Everything that woman produces is pure magic, may it even be a fridge notice. She’s one of my favorite authors, and I can’t wait to read this mesmerizing new story of here.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – Go read the synopsis and come back, if you’re not dying to read it too, what is wrong with you? Okay, I’m just kidding but the premise sounds brilliant.


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TAG #33: Seasons of Book blogging

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Hello guys !

My list of tags to do has slowly been going down and it has never been as reduced as it is now since… I started blogging. And I’ve been thinking whether or not to continue with them once I’m done with the ones I currently have or do something entirely different. Decisions, decisions. Anyway, that’s not our topic today. I’m here with The Seasons of Book blogging tag for which I was tagged by Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions. Thank you so much! It was created by J @ J. Bookish.

The Rules:

  • Thank the creator (so she can see all of your answers!) and the person who tagged you.
  • Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there!
  • State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.
  • Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.. or else you’ll be “it” forever.
  • Have fun, of course!

Book cover = Goodreads page

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. THIS. BOOK. IS. SO. ADORABLE. I can’t with it, in addition to that, it is important and the representation in it is incredible. It has an amazing friendship, two very swoon-inducing romances, geekiness, AND underlying -no less important- issues that need to be addressed in books.

2I’ve made a post about my resolutions for this year here and I’m on track with all of them. Most books I’ve been reading are diverse, I’m still reviewing my book a week without fail, I started talking about issues that matter to me, (see this post about Muslim representation, this one about Problematic Books and this one about Intersectional Feminism). I also started going to the gym again last week and I journal at least 2 times a week. So yeah, I’d call that a success. For now.

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You’ve probably guessed it because this book has my soul. And Sam and Miel from When the Moon was Ours are the realest pairing I’ve ever read about with the most heartwarming relationship I’ve ever read, they’re best friends before being in a romantic relationship and they’d do anything for each other because they care deeply. Thanks a lot! Now I want to read more about them *sobs*.

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Oh boy. I’ll never not love Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It ruined all YA Fantasy for me for the rest of times because of how amazing and unique it is. The characters feel real and are viciously awesome, the word-building is A+ and I just want to read it, re-read it and re-re-read it with a fresh mind. I WILL re-read them, probably sometime this year but it will never be that first time feeling with the discovery, excitement and fear for my babies. Oh and the hope. The hope that they’ll all be okay won’t be there.

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I… am… sorry. But this Ink & Bone by Rachel Caine wasn’t for me. Way too slow, the characters were alright, and I generally just had very high expectations for it that didn’t come close to being met? I gave it 3.5 stars which was alright but the second book was a DNF. Not that it was bad (albeit, a bit problematic) it just bored me and lost my interest and I had books I was SO excited about to get to. So yeah!

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Noteworthy by Riley Redgate was the most pleasant surprise, a definite 5 stars, a new favorite. An amazing, quiet, coming-of-age story about finding one’s self while pretending to be someone else with a lot of nuanced conversations about social issues that are very present and very real in today’s societies. All of this while being light, cute and having its laugh-out-loud moments. READ IT.

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Contemporary for sure. I’ve been on a kind of Contemporary streak… which I don’t normally do because I get bored easily, but with the bunch of diverse, adorable books I’ve been reading lately, with all of them having different story, I strangely didn’t mind. I turned to the genre in the last month because I was starting to burn out and I needed a break from Fantasy and Historical Fiction. Now I feel like I’m ready to resume my usual reading pattern though.

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When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. THIS BOOK IS SO CUUUUUTE. I had all the heart eyes and love for it once I finished it a couple of days ago. First of all, it’s positive arranged marriage representation and then the main characters have such easy banter, and are different but so similar that they were just meant to be, or as they both put it. Kismet.

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Laura Silverman, no doubt. Her debut Girl out of Water is such an amazing story about getting out of your comfort zone, family, friendship and a little bit of a summer romance. And I. Adored. it. Keep an eye out for it and grab it as soon as it is out. You won’t regret it, thank me later.

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I always use the same book for this. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo is probably the only book that we read for school and I enjoyed. I remember only vaguely what it is about because I read it at least 8 years ago, if not more haha. So forgive my memory.

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Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic, she’d be relatively easy to dress up as, all you need is black clothes which I have plenty of and a horned mask which is… doable. She’s just one of my favorites so I’d love to be her for just a day.

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When Breath becomes Air is the memoir of a neurosurgeon and it is so damn inspirational, I cried at one point because of how relatable to me it was and how hard it hit me. Dr. Kalanithi unfortunately died from Stage IV lung cancer and this book has not only his experiences while he was sick but the ones from before as well. All the notable moments from his life are wrapped up in this powerful book. My favorite part was definitely while he was in medschool.


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TAG #33: Who Am I ?

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Hello guys !

No you’re not dreaming, I’m REALLY posting a tag on a Monday. I have a reason for that though, I couldn’t post my wrap-up today because FEBRUARY IS NOT OVER and I can still get some reading done so March 1st it is, which is Wednesday… the day this post was supposed to go up. So, I simply switched. And voila! You get a tag today. It’s been a little while since I talked about myself, I did the Get to Know me Tag almost a year ago which was just facts about myself BUT for the Who am I Tag, you’ll get to know my deepest darkest secrets, things I don’t even know about myself. Or at least that’s what I think will happen haha. I was tagged by some of my best blogging friends of mine Puput @ Sparkling Letters and Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books. Thank you, lovelies ❤

What is the meaning of my name?

My name is Fadwa (فَدْوَى) which is an Arabic name that means self-sacrifice.

Well, I’m Arab so that explains it. I don’t think my parents chose my name for its meaning. Actually, they didn’t choose it at all, my dad wanted to name me Sara and they couldn’t agree so my aunt took charge and named me, just because she liked the name.

What is my Myer-Briggs personality type? (Link)

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People are drawn to strong personalities, and Protagonists radiate authenticity, concern and altruism, unafraid to stand up and speak when they feel something needs to be said. They find it natural and easy to communicate with others, especially in person, and their Intuitive (N) trait helps people with the Protagonist personality type to reach every mind, be it through facts and logic or raw emotion. Protagonists easily see people’s motivations and seemingly disconnected events, and are able to bring these ideas together and communicate them as a common goal with an eloquence that is nothing short of mesmerizing.

I feel like this is pretty accurate. I have a strong personality and I can be pretty persuasive. I don’t know about the eloquence part but I’ll take it haha.

For strengths, it says:

  • Tolerant – True, I can be pretty hot-headed in nature but when it comes to other people’s opinions I can accept anything as long as it doesn’t go against basic human rights.
  • Reliable – Probably? haha I mean, I always have an ear/shoulder/fist to lend to whomever needs it.
  • Charismatic – I don’t know? hahaha.
  • Altruistic – I really just want to be good, see good, do good.
  • Natural Leaders – Yep.

For weaknesses, it says:

  • Overly Idealistic – NOOO. haha! I’m actually a pretty realistic person. The kind that hopes for the best but expect the worst.
  • Too Selfless – Umm? I don’t think so?
  • Too Sensitive – I know for a fact that I am not. I don’t take critique personally.
  • Fluctuating Self-Esteem – YES. I never read something that’s more true.
  • Struggle to Make Tough Decisions – Yeah, I think about the consequences a little too much.

I must admit that this is more spot-on than I expected.

What is my zodiac sign? 

I’m a Capricorn but I don’t believe in the horoscope. I still think it’s fun to read it because it sometimes -rarely- get things right and when it doesn’t I like ti joke about the inaccuracy :p

What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)

Like my bestie Willow puts it: I’m a Ravenclaw, obviously! Fun fact is that I identified as a Ravenclaw even before I ever took any test, the Pottermore one confirmed it. Twice. As well as a couple other ones. I guess, there is no escaping it.

What are my Learning Styles? (Link)

  • Visual 5
  • Aural 6
  • Read/Write 2
  • Kinesthetic 7

I have a multimodal learning preference. (VAK)

I can’t say I’m surprised, I have the most trouble learning with reading/writing but experiences are what works best for me, that’s why I have an easier time learning the practical sides of my medical training rather than the theoritical. Listening/Seeing works good as well.

Am I Right or Left Brain Dominant? (Link)

Capture d’écran (2).pngI am VERY left-handed so I expected to be right brained and wasn’t disappointed haha. The thing is every right handed person relies more heavily on their left brain and vice versa. Brought to you by science. You’re welcome.

What is my Blood Type?

I’m an O+ which means I can give blood to all the other positive groups but can only receive from O (either + or -). I’m basically part of the second most screwed group of people if I ever need blood. O- being the universal donor that can only receive from itself, and that makes it the most screwed.

What Career Am I Meant To Have? (Link)

I got Writer. Um? What kind of fresh hell is this haha. This couldn’t be any farther from what I’m working towards. And I don’t write. I used to, but now I really can’t. So according to this test, I’m basically doomed.

Which Divergent Faction Do I Belong In? (Link)

You deviate from the norm. The aptitude test is inconclusive. It cannot determine just one faction for you, Divergent. Your mind is ceaselessly changing. You’re creative, with a strong sense of self, and you have a clear picture of who you are and what you want. You stand out from the crowd. You may pose a threat to the norms of society, but you are unwilling to give into them.

 

 

Woot! Woot! I’m divergent and I expected it, because I can’t make up my mind about things. That’s how I role.

What Does My Birth Order Say About Me? (Link)

I am the first Born child and it says I am a natural leader, ambitious, responsible. All of which are true and have been proven by more than one of the tests above haha. It also says that the eldest is kind of a surrogate parent and that was true for me as well. I am 8 years older than my baby sister and I used to feed her, change her, and everything. Yes even as an 8 year old myself. I also like to think that I participate in her education haha because I’m the one she spends the most time with at home.


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TAG #32: The Book Courtship Tag

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Hello guys !

When scheduling my posts, I hadn’t planned on doing anything specific for Valentine’s day, no particular reason, it just wasn’t happening. And here I am getting ready to write this week’s tag when I realized that it is… kind of fitting? It’s weird haha I swear it wasn’t planned. Anyway, since the only romantic relationship I have at the moment is with books The Book Courtship tag is perfect. I was tagged way way back by the lovely Beth @ Reading Every Night. Thank you!

Book cover = Goodreads page

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I didn’t exactly buy it, more like received it. But Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember was a cover read for sure. The colors, the illustrations, everything about it is so so pretty that I couldn’t help myself. That being said, the premise is very intriguing as well. It has Unicorns and an F/F interracial romance, enough to seal the deal to me.

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Again, I didn’t really buy this one BUT the summary of God smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems by Ishara Deen spoke to me on so many levels. It’s the Muslim girl version of Nancy Drew but not really. It is a mystery nonetheless. That’s pretty much all I know. And I AM SO INCREDIBLY excited to read it.

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When will I not bring this book up, honestly? Never. I’m pretty sure one day very soon someone will scream at me to stop bringing this book up at every occasion I get. BUT I CAN’T HELP IT. When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore is such a beautifully written book, the most beautifully written book I’ve ever read, if I dare say. It’s calm and lyrical. Amazing, I tell you.

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I’m going to use the same book as Beth which is Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. This book sucked me in immediately and there was no going back. It didn’t really leave me any other choice but to fly through -after an agonizing wait for it to come out- the second and final book in the duology.

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More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera. I think I slept at almost 4am when I was reading this. It was all good (well, not really *good* but relatively) until a certain thing happened and glued the book to my hand, I just COULDN’T put it down until I was done with it. I just needed to know what would happen to Aaron and that he would eventually be okay.

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. I read it at the beginning of January and thought of it every single day since. I have a feeling that book will stick with me my whole life. It is so brilliantly written and impactful that I just couldn’t help love and cherish it, and that won’t be changing anytime soon.

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. AMAGAAASH! THAT BOOK IS SO CUTE. It made me so so happy with it’s strong three-dimensional characters, accurate depiction of Jins, great world-building and most of all the slow-burn romance. It just had me broadly smiling at the end and really, what more could I ask for?

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Khaled Hosseini - And the Mountains Echoed

My friends and family aren’t big readers, if readers at all but And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Husseini seems like something that anyone and everyone could enjoy because it is such a deep, real, meaningful story. It has such a wide variety of characters that everyone is bound to find one characters to hold on to.

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Jandy Nelson - I'll Give You the Sun

A few weeks ago, my paperback of I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson finally arrived and I’ve been itching to re-read it ever since. Seriously though, the urge is so real that I’m sure it will happen sometime in the upcoming months. Besides that, I knew from the moment I finished it that it was going to be a book I re-read many many times in the future. I just love it so much.

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That’s it until next time.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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TAG #31 : The Snack Food Book Tag

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Hello Guys!

The Blog is finally back to its normal schedule which means that the weekly tags are back. Recently, I went through the huge backlog of tags I needed to do and realized that a huge part of them I have no interest in completing anymore (Sorry ❤ that’s what happens when you sit on a tag for too long). Anyway, the ones that still picked my interest will be coming over the next few weeks and I’m not feeling overwhelmed by them anymore haha. This week, it’s the Snack Book Tag for which I was tagged quite a few months back by the ever amazing Kat @ Life and Other Disasters and the lovely Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros. Thanks girls!

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Jordan and Isaac from Noteworthy by Riley redgate for sure. I loved their friendship and was ready to riot if the author ever made them date, but then they happened, they were cute and made me swoon so I was completely won over. They just ave effortless chemistry and amazing banter. I’m usually and easy and fast shipper and I go with whatever the author chooses but here I was so in love with the friendship that it took a bit more convincing that usual. Now I love them. So, so much.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo always and forever. I need my children, I need to read about them always and forever. I know there is a trilogy is the Grishaverse and another series coming BUT it will never be the same. I need Kaz, Inej, Jasper, Wylan, Nina and Matthias *quiet sob*. I need that duology to be a series of 60 thousand books, that’s how much I love it. I’m pretty sure I’ll be rereading that duology many, many times again.

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I could use the same book again BUT I want to expand your overflowing TBRs so I’m choosing Ink & Bone by Rachel Caine. The characters come from all around the world, from Portugal to Saudi Arabia, going through many other countries. I must admit they are side characters but they still play a big part to the plot.

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Can I just ask WHY Fruit Bowl stands for unpredictable character? hahaha. Anyway, this would be Rosa from My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier. The girl is a psychopath. Literally, not being ableist here. So, her next move can never be predicted, she like to hurt people in all sneaky, creepy ways she can and it al comes out of nowhere. She find loopholes to promises she makes and rules her family set for her to get and do what she wants. She’s scary.

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When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. That book has my heart, soul and everything else. I LOVE IT SO MUCH and need everyone to read. Seriously, read it. Sam and Miel have the cutest, realest, most precious relationship I have ever read (I have a lot more adjectives for it but I sadly can’t use them all). It also has a calm, whimsical vibe that’s kind of soothing. I don’t know how to explain it, you have to read it, experience it to really get what I’m talking about.

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Holland from A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. I know he’s the bad guy or whatever, but not really. If you read it, you know what I’m talking about. So, that not really makes me pity him and even like a little bit. I want to know how everything turns out for him in A Conjuring of Light but I’m also very scared. HALP.


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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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That’s it until next time.

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TAG #29: This time Next Year

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Hello guys!

I’m not one to usually make new year’s resolutions or anything, because I never stick to them and that just puts additional pressure on yours truely. And I DON’T LIKE THAT. It has been years since I last done that (seriously, I was like 14 or something). But this tag seemed like the perfect way to write down what are some things I wish to achieve by the end of next year without the added pressure because… well because at the end of the day this is a tag. And also the goals I’m setting are very achievable and things I’m actually very excited about. Anyway, Kendra @ Reads and Treats tagged all December babies so it was calling out my name. So, thank you!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Write your goals for next year.
  • Write how you’re going to achieve your goals.
  • Tag at least 5 of your blogger friends to share their goals.
  • Then if you wish in 365 days write a post for everyone to see if you have been successful or not!

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The way I calculated this number is that I generally read 6 books a month and I want to make at least half of that diverse, which makes it 3 and if I remember anything in maths 3x 12 months = 36. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’ll surpass that number because I reach naturally for these books more now than ever and I have a MASSIVE diverse TBR. So besides some series I really want to get to (which I don’t really know if they are diverse or not) most of my reads will hopefully be diverse.

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What I’m talking about here is maybe feminism in books, Muslim representation in books, maybe the correlation between the two, share some of my experiences, etc… And it’s not that I don’t know anything about these things now, I can write these posts, but I just feel like I have a lot to learn, to avoid making certain mistakes, to write more elaborate and more detailed discussions. Don’t worry I’ll still be silly me most of the time, it’s just that some things are important to me and I want to share them with you.

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I’ve been naughty. I worked out non-stop for the last 3 years, I was disciplined and passionate about it but since this uni year started, I slacked A LOT until I just stopped going and canceled my gym membership altogether. Now, 80% of that is because I was trying to figure out a way to fit in everything I want and have to do and this including studying, my intership, reading, blogging, drawing, AND working out… and I had to give up something just until I figure it my schedule. The other 20% is because I didn’t like what I was doing anymore. So next year, I plan on going back to doing martial arts and yoga and if the first proves difficult I’ll take up running.

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The way I’ll do this is simply by not missing a week or if I do, make up for it by posting twice some other week. And I think that if I start having too many reviews on hold, I’ll start posting them more than once a week. Now, I already have a month worth of reviews, all from my November reads so if that keeps accumulating and it gets worse ahah, I’ll do that.

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This is something I am dying to start doing but I’m waiting for the actual journal to get here. I’ve always wanted to write down my thoughts but never knew how to format them. A few week back I stumbled upon some journaling videos on YouTube and I realized that THAT would work for me and that I could do it however I wanted and I don’t have to do it everyday. So yep, as soon as it gets here, I shall start and I’ll make it all artsy and pretty (I hope).

Well, I think those are more than enough haha. I will most definitely write a post in a year to see how everything goes (hopefully, I’ll remember!), how I grow and how some things might change in that time period. Anyway, wish me luck!


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That’s it until next time.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? What are some you have for 2017? Do we have any in common?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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TAG #28: Around the World in Books

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Hello guys !

I’m back again with a new tag, this one I’ve been sitting on THIS. WHOLE. YEAR. Wanna know why? Because like a dumbhead I realized the books I read weren’t set in a wide range of countries, so upon seeing this tag, I had decided it was time to remedy that and I started picking up books set in more countries that just the US. I was tagged for this back in february by the lovely Felicia @ Fell for Books , so thank you and sorry for being late, I didn’t know of enough books to do it before. Also, the end of the year seems like a great time to do The Around the World in Books tag. It’s originally in YA, but I decided to include Adult books as well, because this is my blog and WHY NOT? Also, it will be a mix of read and to be read.

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My Review

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ghana

My Review

4england

My Review

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afghanistan

 

My Review

6france

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india

8australia

My Review

9russia

10germany


That’s it until next time.

Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think?

Do you have recommendations of books set outside of the US?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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