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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My blog’s 6th monthaversary and the As to your Qs

Hello Guys !

CAN YOU BELIEVE I HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR 6 MONTHS?

I know I can’t. When I started I really doubted I’d make it over 4 months, then 4 months came and went , then 5, then 6, and I’m still going strong and loving it more each day !

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I’ll be forever grateful to all of you for welcoming me in your midst and making me feel like I belong, you’ve honestly made this one of the best experiences of my life and I hope to maintain this blog for many many years to come. I’ve made wonderful friends from all around the world that I never would’ve met otherwise, I learnt things from them as well as from this whole experience, I grew as a person. And each one of you has played a small role in that.

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My brains are overflowing with so many post ideas, and things I still want to share with you, as well as lame jokes I want to torture you with. Even with all of this, your opinions matter to me and I want your feedback on how I can improve the blog, any feedback is welcome but if you don’t know what to say (If you’re like me and your brain goes blank every few seconds) then here are some questions :

  • What kinds of posts do you prefer to see on here?
  • What would you like to see more of?
  • Do you have any other post suggestions?
  • What do you think of my #FMTM feature? Should I continue on with it or stop?

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“Why are you so amazing? 😝Lauren @Wonderless Reviews

ISN’T THIS THE BEST QUESTION EVER? I seriously love you girl so much hahaha! I’m amazing because I have you obviously. And also because I’m like the funniest and most humble person on earth. Just saying.

“What’s your favorite book this year ?” Jillian @ Rant and Rave about Books

One? JUST ONE? Okay can I have one in each category, it’ll be three in total so that’s not too much right? I’ll give you a contemporary, a fantasy and a sequel and eeeeveryone has heard me going on and on, hundreds of times, but hey favorites are favorites, what can a girl do?

 


“Are there any hyped/popular books that you don’t plan on reading?” Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

Mmm, do you seriously want to get me killed now ? I don’t plan on reading the Red Queen trilogy, nor the Throne of Glass series hihihiii ! Please people don’t come at me with pitchforks, the hype killed them for me.

“What is the blog post you are most proud of? there has to be one you are extra fond of.” Zena @ Cinderzena Blogs

Hmm, this one I’m really struggling with. I mean, I don’t know ??? I like all my discussion list type posts and I did many of those. But fond of? Let’s see what I can fish out … Oh, Oh I KNOW !!  My Diverse Reading – Or Lack there Of (click on that and you’ll be directed to the post) that’s a confession post, that really brought up interesting discussions, and I was really happy when it also encouraged other people to do the same and start reading more diverse. I must admit I haven’t made it very far in my quest but I’m looking to deflate my current TBR and read some of the books I already have before going and getting some of the ones I listed that I’m REALLY excited about.

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“Do you have a process when you write reviews? Do you take notes whilst reading or do you just wing it (like I do 😅)?”  Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

Well YEP absolutely, I even wrote a whole post about that here. And also yes, this girl right here has no memory for things like that whatsoever so I gotta take notes or my review would be a bunch of screams and nonsense. I have a pretty yellow notebook for that where I have fun writing the titles in different fonts and colors.

“What’s your graphic process? How do you do it? What software do you use?” Sush @ Fervently Curious

For starters, I don’t use any complex, fancy software like Photoshop or Gimp (the free equivalent) although I do have it on my laptop, because this girl right here is a very lazy person and I’m quite frankly a bit intimidated by it all, though I plan to learn to use them in the future to make more intricate designs. What I use is an online website thingy called Canva that’s very handy, colorful (Let’s be honest, I’m a child, I need a little color thrown in there) and simple to use, I have several mock-ups already saved with the fonts, colors and most background pictures so I just go and change the titles and the job is done, and if necessary adjust things or/and change the background.

“How long did it take you to get your blog design how it is today?” Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction

5 months and a half probably? hahaha ! I am a chronically unsatisfied person so I just kept fiddling with it until recently. First of all, the colors and the layout have been here from Day1, I really loved both. But my blog was dull, no graphics, not a lot of color etc… The color things was quickly fixed, I started using blues and greens (which was completely wrong UGH !) but I just didn’t have time to do more. In May, two things happened. I discovered the awesomeness that is Adobe Color so I found the right color skim and I started playing around with graphics until I found the set-ups that worked for me and included them in my posts. Shortly after that I went on a graphics spree and made them for ALL of my previous post hehe. Perfectionist much? And Voila !

“If you could marry one author – dead or alive – who would it be?” Fatima @ Noteable Pad

Pierce Brown ? OKAY. OKAY. I’m shallow ! But who can resist those pretty blue eyes? And that smile? But that’s not the only reason, he’s witty and funny and although I admit I yet have to read his books, everyone’s raving about them ( Hey Kat ! hahaha) and I DO have the first one in the Red Rising Trilogy staring at me with a dirty eye waiting to be picked up. SO SOON FRIENDS ! And I know I’ll love them and have one more reason to marry him.

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“Are there any real-life places you want to visit because of a book?” Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction

TOOONS. Hmm , here are the ones that I could think of :

  • San Francisco – Lola and the Boy Next Door
  • Istanbul – The Strange Journey of Mr. Daldry
  • Greece – The Sisterhood of the traveling pants

I know there are a lot more but most places I want to go to are either fictional or in the past, so woups ?

“What advice would you give to 10 year-old Fadwa in your position now?” Fatima @ Noteable Pad

Mmm… This is a good one. To be honest, the only thing I remember about my tiny 10 year old self is that I had friends trouble and that I was scared of what people thought of me. So first of all, I want to tell her that real friends wouldn’t do to her what those girls did and that she shouldn’t be as affected as she was by all the crap they pulled and also to stop giving a shit about people’s opinions. The ones that matter are supportive and that’s the most important. And also, don’t give up on your dreams, I had a dream then that is long gone now, and though I don’t regret it per say I most definitely feel nostalgic about it, which raises What Ifs.

Well that is it for today’s post ! I hope you enjoyed my ramblings and got to know me a little better.


That’s it until next time.

Do you have some other questions for me? Leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to the post !

And also, leave your suggestions if you have any !

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Tag #15 : Mid-year Book Freak out Tag

Hello guys !

It’s been forever since I last did a tag *gasps* ALMOST 2 MONTHS. That list of tags awaiting isn’t getting any shorter, so what does a girl do as a remedy to that? She does a tag she wasn’t tagged for. That’s right people ! I’m rebellious like that.

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You know, they say that we’re more that half-way through 2016, but I don’t see it. I really don’t, is it February? Is it March? *Checks calendar and faints* LORD HAVE MERCY !! July is here and I can’t get over how fast this year has passed, it seems like the older I get the faster years go by and I am NOT ready to adult. Not now, not ever. So, in the midst of this -not so- mild freak-out, I decided to do a fitting tag, which is the Mid-year book freak out tag, for which, as I said previously, I wasn’t tagged but Lauren @ Wonderless reviews said that anyone can do it, so I jumped on the occasion because I am a good friend, I decided to fulfill her wish. This tag was created by Chami @ ReadLikeWildFire and Ely @ Ely Jayne. It’s where we look back at (and freak out over) the books we’ve read during the past six months. So let’s jump right into it :

Click on the book title to go to the Goodreads page.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2016

You know I can’t choose. If you’ve been following me for a while you know that there are 2 books I cannot for the life of me shut up about and those are I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Review) and Wolf by Wolf (Review) by Ryan Graudin. READ THEM. I just can’t get over the both. I. CAN’T.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in  2016

A Gathering of Shadows Final

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E.Schwab. I’m still in the middle of it but I’m already in love (maybe by the time this post goes up I’ll be done with). I think I can eat up anything that woman writes, it is SO GOOD. And come on, it has Thief/Pirate/Smart-ass Lila in it and I can’t get enough of her witts.

New Release you haven’t read yet but you want to

There are two -again- that I cannot wait to read. One of which I already have and I plan to buddy read in a couple of weeks, it is And I Darken by Kiersten White. The other one, is one that I recently learnt about but that I cannot wait to get since, it is Juliet takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera.

Most Anticipated Books for the Second Half of the year

SO MANY. I’m trying to catch up on backlist titles more than keeping up with new releases, is it a wise thing to do? I don’t know ! Is it working for me? Yes ! Although I am finding it harder and harder to resist ALL THE BOOKS that are coming out. It is just too much for my grabby hands to behave. Here are some : When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah, Labyrith Lost by Zoraida Cordova, Three Dark Crowns by Blake Kendare, Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee.

Ryan Graudin - (#2) Blood for Blood

But the mother of all anticipations is the one animating me for Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin which is the sequel to Wolf by Wolf, I get SO excited/nervous/dead just thinking about it. I NEED IT NOW.

Biggest Disappointment

Alwyn Hamilton - Rebel of the Sands

You’ve probably seen this one coming because my review for this book just went up a few days ago, it is Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. There was a time when I was very excited to read this book but as time went by and I started seeing negative reviews surging, my excitement for it went down as well as my hopes. And though I suspected I wouldn’t enjoy it, I still gave it a go and my suspicions became a reality.

Biggest Surprise

The girl in 6E

The Girl in 6E with no doubt. This is one sick, twisted, crazy book and I loved it. It made me doubt my sanity because I found myself rooting for a bloody murderer. I went into it with very low expectations because that is not what I normally read and it was a complete surprise when I enjoyed it so much. I hope to read the sequels soon.

Favorite New Author (Debut or new to you)

  • Ryan Graudin
  • Jandy Nelson
  • V.E Schwab

Newest Fictional Crush

Mmm … Let me think about it. Oh I KNOW ! Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles. I love him so so so much. He’s witty and hilarious and just perfect. I can’t help but giggle each time there’s a scene with him in it, even the most dramatic ones. Yep.

Newest Favorite Character

There’s Yael from Wolf by Wolf but I guess that one was at the beginning of the year so the most recent one is Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic. Oh boy ! She’s amazing. They both are actually, the two most kickass protagonists I’ve read about.

Book that made you cry

Jojo Moyes - Me Before You

Pft ! Obvious one. I teared up at the epilogue of Me Before you by Jojo Moyes because that letter was just my undoing. I just seem to have a soft spot for heart-wrenching letters like that because this is definitely not the first time something like that gets me. (The book that made me sob is I’ll Give you the Sun but I already used that one and I don’t want you to kill me, but I HAD to bring it up, didn’t I?)

Book that made you happy

Rainbow Rowell - Fangirl 2

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I’m late to the party I know, everyone, their mother and their dog read it a couple years ago, but hey, I just got back on track. That book made me so happy with all its quirkiness, fangirling and awkwardness.

Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation

I sadly haven’t watched any yet but I’ve made a list throughout the year and what a list indeed ! Summer has just began so I intend to catch up on them all and then decide which one I like best but for now, I have none to talk to you about.

Favorite Post you have done this year

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I think that it might be the one from Monday, “My diverse reading – Or lack there of” . It wasn’t only a post but also a shift in my own reading habits which makes it kind of very personal but I had to share it with you guys. And your responses have been wonderful with some of you relating, others giving advice, it just made me tremendously happy.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve bought this year

Claudia Gray -  (#1) A Thousand Pieces of You

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. I’m seriously in love with that book’s cover and I can’t wait to dive into it. It’s been judging me for a couple months now waiting to be picked up but it’s just … SO MANY BOOKS.

What book do you need to read by the end of the year

Adam Silvera - More happy than not

You mean every book ever? Yeah that’s why I thought ! But one that I’ve been meaning to read for quite a while now and that I want to get to before the end of the year is More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera. I heard so many great things about it and I can’t wait to see for myself what it holds inside. Though I really need to get into every book on this list and start -almost- every series on this one.


I Tag :

Reg @ She Latitude

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide to Novels

My Book File

Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff

And whoever wants to join the freak out party.

Ps: If you’ve already done it or you just don’t feel like it, I’m sorry just ignore my tag hah.


That’s it until next time.

If you did the tag, go ahead and leave the link in the comments so that I can check it out.

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