To sum-up: October 2017

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Hello guys,

So another month has come and gone and it’s suddenly november… WHAT? Like, we’re two months away from the end of 2017 (which was a trashfire, mind you) and my brain genuinely can’t compute. HOW DID IT GO SO FAST? Anyway, I will keep freaking out internally and get on with this wrap-up.

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To Sum-up: June 2017

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Hello guys !

This month was a very weird one for yours truly. Full of ups, downs and surprising, all of which were so freaking exhausting because I just couldn’t keep up. Which means my reading suffered considering how much free time I had.

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This was my first month of summer vacation and although I didn’t have school I was still highly stressed waiting for exam results as well as for some personal reasons that you might know of if follow me on Twitter. That being said, Ramadan was very welcome because this month would’ve been much worse to handle if I didn’t have that to focus on and try my best to do good at.

Then my exam results were out on the 15th and the week after was a week from hell. So here’s how it went. Remember I had told you I did super well on my exams and was proud of myself, right? Well all my results showed it but one. ONE. They gave me an 8.75/20 which wasn’t enough to pass and said I had to resit it. I just couldn’t understand for the life of me how that happened, I felt cheated and defeated. Luckily, I had friends by my side (IRL and on the internet) who were there for me and gave me strength so I requested that my paper be regraded and they  realized they made a FREAKING MISTAKE so now I don’t have to resit it. And I am so happy about that because as much as I actually loved the subject I don’t think I had it in me to study again.

That was the traumatizing event of the month. After that I went to my aunt’s house in Marrakech for Eid celebrations, ate lots of yummy food, well no my family had the food because my stomach was (and still is) upset because I’m lactose intolerant and had whole milk Starbucks.

There’s also some other stuff that is a little too personal to share on here but it’s stuff that makes me very happy so YAY.

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Ok so even if quantity wise this wasn’t the greatest, it was fantastic quality wise. As you can see I loved nearly all of them and I can’t even express how much all of those 5 star reads mean to me, all for different reasons. All of these were for Ramadan Readathon which was lots of fun to do and I hope I can participate next year as well.

Other than those, I read 2 unpublished books, both of which are written by friends of mine and both of which were amazing !! Which rounds it up to 6 books and that number isn’t too bad haha.

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  • Future Leaders of Nowhere – Emily O’Beirne                             3 stars
  • Written in the Stars – Aisha Saeed                                               5 stars
  • Haven – Rebekah Weatherspoon                                                   4.5 stars
  • The Rose Society – Marie Lu                                                           4 stars
  • Lambs Can Always Become Lions – Charlotte A. Hamilton     4.5 stars

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I haven’t been awesome at bloghopping but I’m getting there, okay?

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Here you can find the original sheet and a bunch of recommendations.

I’m pretty proud of my progress on this one, not gonna lie. I added 4 books this month which I was planning on getting 5 but since I couldn’t get Saints & Misfits the 5th didn’t happen.

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Hopefully I lot more blog-hopping and presence in the community in general, I feel like I’ve been neglecting it and I’m sad about that. I’m also going back to my normal blogging schedule of  3 posts a week, but with a slight change:

  • Monday: Discussion
  • Wednesday: Miscellaneous (extra-review, tag, award, recommendations, etc…)
  • Friday: Review

I also have a very promising (and a little too ambitious TBR) and I haven’t been excited about reading so many books in a long time so YAY !

Last but not least, my friend Charlotte and I made and Instagram account (@diverseaesthetics) where we share aesthetics for books we’ve read and I’ll be sharing some of mine with the corresponding reviews. I’ll love you forever if you follow it *hugs*.

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That’s it until next time.

Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

What books did you read this month? Oh! And if you have any posts you think I should check out, leave them in the comments.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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To Sum-up: April/May 2017

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Hello guys !

Long time, no see! Well, if you missed my hiatus post, you might not have noticed that I was gone. At all. Because reviews were still going up, but I haven’t written ANYTHING that isn’t a review in 2 months and haven’t visited other blogs in more than that. But, I’m back now, so HI ! How do we do this blogging thing?

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It’s more like “Life these past two months” but let’s pretend that’s what the header says.

Anyway, as per usual, exam period was hell, too much stress, too much studying, too little sleep, too little me time. But now, I’m back to my normal, happy self. I actually still have a lab test tomorrow but that one doesn’t require much studying so I consider myself done.

This semester was the hardest so far (and it only gets harder from now on *gulps*) but weirdly enough, this is the most satisfied and proud of myself I ever came out of any finals, I studied my butt off and it actually paid off. As of right now, I’m still catching up on sleep and doing literally nothing. I’m not even joking when I say that I spent the past couple of days in bed doing stuff that doesn’t require getting up, like reading, watching tv shows and the like.

As good as I was with my blogging hiatus (it’s not like I had a choice) I was AWFUL with my twitter hiatus especially for the last couple of weeks when I was tired beyond what I could take so I would sneek on there whenever I had a few minutes to breathe -or even instead of studying.

While I was away, the blog reached 800 followers and is still growing so if you’ve stuck around or are new around here, thank you

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I also beta read my friend, mason’s book #EnbyLoveStory and let me tell you IT’S EXTRAORDINARY, no joke, one of the cutest, most important contemporaries I’ve ever read. Their writing is amazing and the story is just so raw and beautiful.

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  • The Paths we Choose – M. Hollis                                   4 stars
  • How to Make a Wish – Ashley Herring Blake            5 stars
  • The Seafarer’s Kiss – Julia Ember                                 4.5 stars
  • Out on Good Behavior – Dahlia Adler                          3.5 stars
  • Noteworthy – Riley Redgate                                           3.5 stars

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2017 Diversity Bingo Update

Here you can find the original sheet and a bunch of recommendations.

I’m sooo proud of how well I’m doing, I have 21 squares down and a completed line. I also have a bunch more books lined up for next month that will check some other boxes -and obviously the ones after. I’m also proud of the fact that I finally figured out how to make my sheet look decent and not all blurry when I fill it haha.

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Since I was away I don’t have any posts to show you, for obvious reasons.

I’m very excited for life and reading in June. First of all, for the whole month, I will participating in #Ramadanreadathon and reading book by muslim authors exclusively. I’ll be making a whole post dedicated to this in a few days so keep an eye out for it, for more details, links to everything and my TBR. And since that’s all I will be reading in June, there won’t be a TBR in this post because I want it to be with the next one.

June is also Pride Month, so if you can, read a few LGBTQ+ books this month and try prioritizing #ownvoices. I sadly won’t be reading any because June coincides with Ramadan which is our holy month and I will be prioritizing religious duties, so I can’t take on both the readathon AND other books (in this case, books for pride month). I’m a little bummed about it, but I read LGBTQ+ books all year around so I’ll be making up for it afterwards. Oh, I’ll actually be beta reading an f/f fantasy once I’m done with the books for the readathon so that’s at least one, right? haha.

My blog schedule will be a bit messy this month, with 4 posts a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday so that I’m able to post both the reviews that are already scheduled and the ones for the books I’ll be reading for the readathon and that way I can catch up with my reading pace as well. But starting next month, things will be back to 3 posts a week with a slight change in schedule which I will get to in the next wrap up.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

What books did you read these past couple of months? Any new Favorites? 

Oh! And if you have any posts you think I should check out, leave them in the comments.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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To sum-up: March 2017

To Sum up March 2017

Hello guys !

This month, I’m on the extreme opposite of the mood spectrum compared to last month, I’ve been feeling good and happy and productive. And reading great books helped a lot with that.

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I’m all sunshine, unicorn poops and rainbows this month and I DON’T KNOW WHY. Not that I am complaining. So let’s see what’s new. Oh I got some book mail at the start of the month, all Shades of Magic trilogy (although to be fair ACOL showed up like 10 days ago) and History is all you left me so that got the month off to a good start. I’ve also made new friends in the community (especially on Twitter), people I’ve been admiring for a long time and the huge dork that I am is exstatic about that. By the way, I’m very active on there and my tweet go from lame to hilarious, to serious so follow me if you don’t want to miss out.

What else happened? Oh I’ve been feeling very “whole” if that makes sense, like I’m finally seeing all of me and that’s probably responsible for most of my good mood, as well as the fact that I’m back to the gym so I’ve been pouring all my stress there.

Oh and you know how I’m a medstudent, right? so a couple of weeks ago we organized, a bunch of friends and I, a small event for kids in the Children’s teaching hospital where we got them Teddy Bears. Each one got one and they got to be the parent and the Teddy Bears were sick and we got to explain things and procedures to them so that they were less afraid of Doctors and they had a blast which made me incredibly happy. LOOK IT:

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I also started mixing a bit of bullet journaling into my creative journal because God know I need all the help I can get to stay organized, especially with exams coming up soon again (yes it’s that time again. sigh)

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I still suck at blog-hopping.

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See, told you last month I would catch up! Now, I’m right on track with my 3 books a month for the challenge. Although, now that I’m almost done with review copies, I’m pretty sure I can do a lot more than that. Plus, this month I read for of these, that’s how I caught up, so it’s totally doable.

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I don’t know? I’m gonna wing it like a boss, that’s what’s gonna happen. I still have to figure out the month’s discussions since I’ve been short on those ones lately but I got a few ideas a couple of days ago so I just need to figure out my schedule. I also have a lot of reviews on hold and if I get around to writing all of them I might start posting 2 reviews a week or something like that, because THEY NEED TO GET OUT OF THE WAY.

Reading wise, I’m reading the last of my arcs this month which I’m SO unbelievably excited about, they all sound so amazing. So maybe after that, I’ll actually get to read the ebooks I own? Maybe. I’m also going to beta read a friend’s book which I’ve been ridiculously excited about which they have seen so they finally asked me to do it and I couldn’t refuse because I NEED THE FLOOF.

Lastly, I’m really hoping to pick up a Sensitivity project this month because I really need it, even though I’m not holding my breath haha. Anyway, if you could share my page, I’d forever be grateful.

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That’s it until next time.

Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

What books did you read this month? Oh! And if you have any posts you think I should check out, leave them in the comments.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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To Sum-up: February 2017

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Hello guys !

February was a hard nasty one, reading wise -a book almost put me in a slump, life wise and blogging wise. I just honestly didn’t feel like doing anything.

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Do you really want to know? haha. I’m not gonna get into it because this will turn into a full on rant because this month sucked. I got played, I got let down and people showed me their shitty sides over and over again. It’s like they got together and decided to do it all at the same time. Sigh. The thing is that it’s really hard for me to open up to anyone and behaviors like these made me wonder if it’s really worth it and why I even bother. This being said, this also showed me who I could count on, as some friends of mine told me *winkwink* I’m bound to let people in because some are really worth it.

Oh and a thing that didn’t suck, I GOT MY EXAM RESULTS BACK AND I PASSED, that is such a relieve. Although our grades were unfair, the whole class was unhappy because we got bad grades on some exams we got out of satisfied and WE DON’T UNDERSTAND, and some friends of mine even have to retake them.

On great blog news, I’m now offering Sensitivity Reading Services , on Muslim and Moroccan representation among other things. If you’re an author in search of someone to proof-read your work, check it out, you might find what you’re looking for.

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Yeah, I told you. Crappy month. haha.

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Well, I’m slightly behind schedule but it’s only because I had quite a few reviews to get to the past couple of months that don’t fit on the sheet. I’m planning to crush it in the next few months.

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Me being a bit better at blogging? I sure hope so. I feel my groove coming back, as well as my excitement, I don’t wanna jinx it haha but yeah, the fact that I’m currently scheduling this and not freaking out last second is a pretty good sign. I’ll be writing some exciting posts -for me at least, one that was requested multiple times and posting reviews for some of my most anticipated reads of 2017 (one of which turned out being a big messy disappointment), because Netgalley has apparently been loving me lately. So YAY! I still don’t have a laptop of my own so blogging is tricky at times but maybe March is the month I finally get a new one?

I will also be reading some exciting books and if all goes well and the books I’ve ordered actually get here on time I will be reading A Conjuring of Light at the end of the month and I’M SO DAMN EXCITED FOR THAT.

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That’s it until next time.

Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

What books did you read this month? Oh! And if you have any posts you think I should check out, leave them in the comments.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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To Sum-up: January 2017

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Hello guys!

January was such a weird month for me, it was fast and slow at the same time and that… doesn’t make sense? haha. Anyway. How are you? How is life treating you?

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January is famously known as my torture month. Aka exam month. Aka I don’t know what life is anymore. I’m not going to lie to you, it was brutal. A lot of stress and self-doubt but I ultimately made it through and I AM BACK (in case you missed the post where I announced my return from zombieland ). My exams ended on the 20th and I was so tired that I couldn’t blog last weekend even though that’s when I had planned to go back to my normal schedule.For the past week, I’ve been slowly climbing back to my normal happy self and I’m almost there. There are still somedays when I get stressed over my exam results and that ruins my mood but more often, I’m good.

On a happier note, on the 23rd, the books I ordered with my birthday money arrived and THEY ARE SO BEAUTFUL IT HURT MY HEART. For the curious and curiouser, I got the Six of Crows Duology and I’ll Give you the sun, all UK paperbacks. Although, they sent me different sizes for the duology and that annoyed me a bit. Yes, these are all books I read but Hello Favorites! So I had to own physical copies because I know I will reread them.

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  • Winter – Marissa Meyer                                                                             4 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – John Tiffany & Jack Thorne 2.5 stars
  • The Orphan’s Tale – Pam Jenoff                                                               4 stars

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ME. ALL OF ME.

No but more seriously, the blog will be back to normal with 3 posts a week, replying to comments in time, blog-hopping and everything. You may have noticed that the “Posts from elsewhere” section has vanished but it’s only because I visited zero blogs this month for obvious reasons but not worry, it will be back and -hopefully- overflowing with awesome posts next month.

As I said in my 2017 goals, I will be talking about topics that really matter to me (diversity, feminism, etc…), but I don’t know if I’ll start this month or later, it will depend on inspiration, time and everything else. But that’s something that will happening. Soon.

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That’s it until next time.

Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

What books did you read this month? Oh! And if you have any posts you think I should check out, leave them in the comments.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Word Wonders’ Reading and Blogging Round up

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Hello Guys !

Well, I know I’m late to the party and half January has already passed BUT it’s never too late to do my Blogging and Reading wrap-up. So, this was my first year as a blogger and I loved it, I learnt so much from my time in the community about myself, about books and about other people but it also helped with my reading. IMMENSELY. I’ve never read as much as this year, I normally read only around 20 books and I read almost 4 times that and I’m so happy about it. I also discovered a gazillion new books I’m SO excited about. So without further rambling let’s do this:

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General Stats

  • Number of visits: 12.720
  • Number of unique visitors: 4.514
  • Number of WP followers: 536

Most popular Posts

My Favorite Posts

For the purpose of not repeating myself, I won’t re-use the same posts.

Bookbloggers I discovered and loved

Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets – Sammie @ Bookshelves & Biros – Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks – Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books – Sara @ Freadom Library – Louise @ Genie Reads – The Girls @  Happy Indulgence – Liam @ Hey Ashers – Kirsty @ Kirsty’s Book Reviews – Hannah @ Mortal Reader – Jill @ Rant & Rave About Books – Naz @ Read Diverse Books – CW @ Read Think Ponder – Beth @ Reading Every Night – Reg @ She Latitude – Puput @ Sparkling Letters – Stephanie @ Teacher of YA – Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews – Kevin @ Bookevin – Jananee @ Head in her Books – Ava @ Bookishness and Tea – Kat @ Life and Other Disasters – Catia @ The Girl who reads too much – Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions – Meleika @ The Aus. Library – Regina @ The Bibliothèque – Cassie @ AdoptaBookAus – Jess @ JBelksBooks – Summer @ Xingsings – Amanda @ Cover 2 Cover Mom -Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook – Esther @ Chapter Adventures

I’m sure I forgot some people so if I forgot you I’m sorry I love you ❤

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Here’s the thing, at the start of 2016 I had signed up for a bunch of challenges (4 to be exact) most of which I ended up abandoning as my interests changed. So I’m not going to be wrapping those up.

General Stats :

  • Number of Books read: 77 Books
  • Number of re-reads: 8 Books (All the Harry Potters + Eleanor & Park)
  • Number of pages: 26.747
  • Average rating: 3.7 stars
  • Top 3 Genres: Fantasy (31) – Contemporary (19) – Historical Fiction (7)
  • Series Completed: 7

Favorite Books :

I made a post dedicated to them so you can find them here.

Disappointing Books :

Favorite new authors/ new to me:

  • V.E. Schwab
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Jandy Nelson
  • Ryan Graudin
  • Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Yaa Gyasi

Favorite Covers :

Books with Beautiful Prose

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Books with #Squadgoals

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Books with my OTPs

  • All the couples from Crooked Kingdom are well up there. *sobs*
  • Sam and Miel from When the Moon was Ours are the most adorable pairing I’ve ever seen.
  • Noah/Brian and Jude/Oscar from I’ll Give you Sun make my heart swell from happiness.
  • Isla and Josh from Isla and the Happily ever After are SO CUTE.
  • Lila and Kell from Shades of Magic have the most amazing banter and the best chemistry
  • JESSA from The Infernal Devices I’ll sink with and go to hell and back for them, I don’t care what you say.
  • Malec and Sizzy from The Mortal Instruments are so beautiful. I’m trash, seriously.

As you may have noticed, I ship A LOT.

Mendatory Reading for everyone

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That’s it until next time.

How Did your Reading and Blogging year go?  

How Many Books Did you Read? And Which Books belong in these categories for you?

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