Let’s talk about my experience as an international reviewer

Blog Talk

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I’ve officially been a reviewer and content creator for a solid five years now and have been thinking about making this post for…maybe two or three of those? But for some reason I can never quite find the right things I want to say or how to say them but I think I’ve stalled enough and I’m hoping that words come to me as I write. I can hear you maybe ask: but why now, Fadwa? Maybe just general dissatisfaction? Maybe one too many incidents? Maybe being pushed aside and overlooked one too many time? Definitely watching all the US vs UK reviewers arguments while the rest of us watch back and forth like it’s a tennis match. Probably a mix of all the above. And this was also requested by my patrons for the month of July so…you know, gotta do it. Continue reading

To sum-up: January 2020 + February TBR

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Is it just me or was this month endless? I usually feel like months pass by way too quickly but January…just…refused to end? But oh well at least work was decent and I got a good amount of reading done so it wasn’t really bad, just slow. Continue reading

My 2020 reading and blogging goals

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I am here today with a post that is supposed to go up a teeny tiny bit earlier in the year, but OH WELL! I was busy posting other things and I’m only now getting around to talking to you all about all the goals I have for my platforms and my reading this year. I do have more goals that are geared more towards my career and my personal life but I will spare you those since that’s not what you’re here for AND I do not feel comfortable with sharing most of them haha. Continue reading

To sum-up: November 2019 + Changes are coming to the blog

November wrap-up

This post is much later than my wrap-ups usually are, but what’s new? I’ve become a mess who has no control over anything ever and has barely anytime for blogging anymore. More explanations below and at the end, so enjoy? I guess?

Stay tuned for the “What’s Coming?” section, I have quite a few things to announce hehe.
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A Reader’s Guide to Trello boards

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A while back (as in…August) I shared a glimpse of my #ARCaugust TBR on Twitter and it was a screenshot of a list from my much more elaborate and yet simple to put together AND to use TBR trello board. Shortly after that, I had a couple people ask me about it and how exactly I use it, so what better way to show than to make a detailed blog post about it? Is it much too late for it? Yes. Have they forgotten about it and don’t care anymore? Very likely. Am I still using that as an excuse to ramble about my neurotic organisational skills. YES. My moto is Better Late than Never. So yes, this post is a few months late, but at least it’s finally here. Continue reading

To sum-up: August/September/October 2019 (a mess)

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Is anybody out there? Is anybody even reading this blog anymore?

In any case…I AM BACK!! And for real this time, I’m not disappearing out of the blue again. I hope. When I went to check what the last wrap-up I posted was, it was July…so this will probably be a lengthy one, go get yourself a warm drink, a fuzzy blanket and settle for a long catch up session. If you want to, that is. Continue reading

My (not great) feelings about book ratings

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Since the start of this year I’ve been struggling a lot with rating. It started as me having an existensial crisis over 5 stars ratings because I rated considerably fewer books 5 stars this year compared to the ones before so I started wondering as to why that was. Was I reading less quality books? Are my reading tastes changing? Am I more critical? As well as changing my mind about the ratings I give books well after the fact. So it’s safe to say I’ve been having about a million thoughts about rating systems, star ratings and the value we put into them racing through my head for a major party of 2019.

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My -humble- 2019 Book Blogger Awards Nominations

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WHO’S EXCITED FOR THIS? BECAUSE I AM!

I actually debated for a couple weeks whether to nominate people or not, and if so whether to do it anonymously or on the blog. But honestly this is just yet another excuse for me to shout about my faves and tell you all just how much I loved them and their content so YES! THIS IS HAPPENING! I’m nominating folks for the 2019 Third Annual Book Blogger Awards which are honested this year by May @ Forever and Everly. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Jewish Book Recommendations

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For the first seventeen years of my life, the only Jewish rep in books I ever saw were Holocaust books. While I do appreciate the value of such books and I do think it’s an important subject that needs to be written about, it got really frustrating to see the same narrative over and over again. As I am half-Jewish and identify as a cultural Jew,  it’s frustrating to see such a complex identity be reduced to simple terms.

When I finally found books that featured Jewish rep and weren’t Holocaust fiction, it was like a breath of fresh air. I still haven’t read that many but with everyone I read, I feel a catharsis that I didn’t even know I needed. So without further ado, here are some books with Jewish rep that I loved and books with Jewish rep that I can’t wait to read. Continue reading

How I fell back in love with Blogging – the burn-out aftermath

How i fell back in love with blogging

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A few weeks ago, when I talked about book blogging pressures, I mentioned how in Summer 2018 I had my worst blogging burn-out to date and was even considering quitting my blog altogether. And I thought that I would go from there and explain what helped me get out of that state of mind and love creating content on here like I did when I first started. Continue reading