TAG #23: The Great British Bake-Off Book Tag

Hello guys,

Another Wednesday, another tag. And you know how much I love doing these, though coming up with books that fit the categories can be quite frustrating at times. This week I’m doing the Great British Bake-Off tag. I’ll be perfectly honest here, I didn’t know about it before this tag, but I know shows of the sort, either French or Moroccan, that do air here and that I used to watch religiously when I watched TV. I don’t know how but this show and books make perfect sense. Maybe because it’s food. And food and books are the perfect match, one that I would marry if I could. Okay, I’ll stop here, I’m getting carried away, you get the picture. Onto the actual tag now.

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This tag was created by the incredible Zaheerah Khalik and she tagged me. So, Thank you! I really don’t know how people get Genius props for things like that, I can’t think of them to save my life. Anywho, let’s do this.

The Rules:

  • Link back to the creator’s blog. It’s appreciated but optional.
  • Tag people, don’t tag people, whatever. Just have fun.
  • Ready, get set, Bake! (or tag)

Cover = Goodreads Page

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Just A Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre. This book is seriously so good. The idea behind it is unique and it adresses body image issues with humor while still getting the point across. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Oh! And bonus points, the author is very cool and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

My Review

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The Romantics by Leah Konen. This book was sooo cute to read and the romance very well built but that’s the problem, for all the buil-up that happened the ending was pretty meh and anticlimactic, I just wanted more of the MC and his significant other as a couple, because I feel like I was robbed off the swoon factor. *Le sigh*

My Review

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Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I just… I… Just No. I really tried to find the Silver lining to the story, Something I could like and hold on to, but even the things I tolerated in the first book started frustrating me and it wasn’t worth it anymore. So I dropped the series, never to pick it up again.

My Review

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Any and all books from Le Club des Cinq collection by Enid Blyton. Those books seriously made my childhood. I loved them so much. I read dozens and dozens of them. What they’re basically about is a group of 5 kids that solve various mysteries.

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When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. I know, I know I’ve been talking about this book a lot since I read it, but HOW COULD I NOT? It is so amazing and brilliant and took me completely by surprise. I had never picked a magical realism book up before this and now I want to read them all just because of how much I adored this book.

My Review

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Khaled Hosseini - And the Mountains Echoed

I’ll stick with Zaheerah’s answer on this one because of the same reasons. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. People around me aren’t much into reading BUT I feel like this story would touch them in more ways than one and they would enjoy it because of the amount of perspectives it has.

(Review coming on Friday)

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  • 4th: Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith (My Review)
  • 3rd: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (My Review)
  • 2nd: The Marauders’ Island by Tristan J. Tarwater (My Review)
  • 1st: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (My Review)

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. First book I really thought of as a favorite and it has been ever since. I really need to reread it (which I’ve been saying since January) but I want to get a physical copy of it before doing so. My birthday is coming up in 2 months, if any of you want to send me gifts, this is the one.

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Shades of Magic by V. E. Schwab. SHOCKER. HAHA. no. I love this trilogy beyond what words can express. I was going to use it for the one above too but I practiced what is called self control and didn’t. Seriously though, if you haven’t read it, DO IT NOW. Oh and also, can Febriary be here any faster? I need A Conjuring of Light. NOW.

My Review for Book 1. And Book 2.10

I don’t usually read novellas and the like so I don’t really have an answer for this one. The only one I read is Fairest and I didn’t love it.

I Tag:

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books – Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews – Kat @ Life and Other Disasters – Puput @ Sparkling Letters – Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks – Kate @ The Nerdy Novelty


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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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Little Peek #4 : April 2016

Hello guys !

April has been a very stressful, swamped month for me, consequences: I only read 5 books this month which I’m not really impressed with but it doesn’t bother me much, I was adulting haha. A weird thing has been happening since the beginning of this year with the amount I read, it’s decreasing with exactly one book each month. I started the year with 8 books under my belt. It’s all good though, I’ll have plenty of time to read once I’m done with my exams. As usual, the titles are direct links to the Goodreads pages.

Oh yeah, and read until the end, I have an idea I wanted to run by you and see what you think of it.

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Onto the books now:

NEVERWHERE – NEIL GAIMAN

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This is the most interesting book I’ve ever read in my life. Some kind of twisted, funny, hair pulling urban fantasy. Very unpredictable. And very confusing too. But definitely worth the reading.

Here’s my full review.

 

3.5 stars

He had gone behind the world of metaphor & simile into the place of the things that are, and it was changing him.

SCARLET – MARISSA MEYER

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This was a great sequel to Cinder, the series is getting better and better with each book as everyone has said to me and can’t wait to pick up Cress this month. I’m a big fan of these retellings and I think that the world building is on point. You can find out more about it here.

 

4 stars

“We met less than a week ago and in that time I’ve done nothing but lie and cheat and betray you. I know. But if you give me a chance…all I want is to protect you. To be near you. For as long as I’m able.”

I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN – JANDY NELSON

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OH MY GOD! Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God! Okay I’ll stop here because this is getting ridiculous, but my love for this book is endless, I don’t know by what sorcery that happened, but it did and it became an all time favorite. Here, check out the review for more raving.

 

5 stars

“Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you’ve been in before – you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.”

CLOCKWORK PRINCE – CASSANDRA CLARE

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Remember how I said that I was disappointed with the first book in the trilogy? This sequel made all of that go away. It was amazing and I loved everything about it. The characters, the action, the romance. EVERYTHING. My review for it just went up yesterday.

 

4.5 stars

“We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.”

ARCHER’S VOICE – MIA SHERIDAN

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This book is all kinds of dark and tortured but also cute and steamy ! I am very conflicted with how I feel about this book. But it was a quick enjoyable read, even if it was kind of draining. My review for it is coming up next week.

 

3 stars

“Try to believe that maybe more light shines out of those who have the most cracks.”


 

Here’s this month’s post summary, other than reviews:

Top 5 Wednesdays :

Book Theme Meme : 

Tags and Awards :

Other Ramblings :

This idea I wanted to have your opinions on. This past week I’ve been thinking about something, a lot of you guys don’t know much about Morocco, if anything at all. So I thought why not do a feature of some sort (monthly maybe) where each time I’ll showcase a city or an area from my beloved country, with maybe a local dish, and local traditions. I don’t know how it’ll be yet, I wanted to see first, if it’ll spark your interest and then think the details through. I’d love to hear you thoughts about it in the comments or even on Twitter if you’d like to chat!


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What books did you read in April ?

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Neverwhere – Where the wittiness was through the Roof

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Author : Neil Gaiman

Publication date : September 2nd 2003

Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks

Genre : Fantasy

Synopsis : Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.
Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

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“So the day became one of waiting, which was, he knew, a sin: moments were to be experienced; waiting was a sin against both the time that was still to come and the moments one was currently disregarding. ”

(No spoilers)

Well, where can one start witch this book ? I really genuinely don’t know. First, I went in knowing next to nothing, I read the blurb in the beginning of January looking for a book to read for a challenge that was published in 1996, and this one was the most intriguing. Since then, I forgot all about it and went in blind. This book was the most unique thing I’ve ever read. And the most confusing. And the weirdest.

Do you want to know what the best thing about the book was ? I’ll tell you either way haha. The writing. It is so intelligent, Neil Gaiman knows how to play with his words and use the right ones at the right times. And oh man ! The sarcasm. No, not the characters. The WRITING is sarcastic :

“There are four simple ways for the observant to tell Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar apart: first, Mr. Vandemar is two and a half heads taller than Mr. Croup; second, Mr. Croup has eyes of a faded china blue, while Mr. Vandemar’s eyes are brown; third, while Mr. Vandemar fashioned the rings he wears on his right hand out of the skulls of four ravens, Mr. Croup has no obvious jewelery; fourth, Mr. Croup likes words, while Mr. Vandemar is always hungry. Also, they look nothing at all alike.”  

I just fell in love with the writing style. And the descriptive parts are amazingly details. But that’s the thing, sometimes they were TOO detailed, and unnecessary at bits that I just got slightly bored and phased out, or I skipped that part to the more interesting ones.

 The story is original in ways I’ve never encountered before. The world that we know has below it another one. Each city has an above and a below and this story takes place in London with the characters going between London Above and London Below. This take on Urban Fantasy added to the writing style drew me in immediately and I couldn’t put the book down for around the first 30% where everything was new, fast paced and intriguing. But then after that, as more characters were introduced, and the story lines diverged (Before converging again don’t worry !), things started getting confusing at times, boring at others as I frankly didn’t know what was happening anymore. And again towards the last 30% the pace picked up once again and there were SO MANY TWISTS AND TURNS, things I never saw coming were thrown at me and I was left to deal with all the craziness happening all at once.

The London Below wasn’t as built up as I would’ve wanted it to be. It was there, I knew where it was but really vaguely what it was. I just wish Gaiman would’ve added some more pages just to explain what exaclty this world was.

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The characters are the exact opposite of the issue I had with the world building. They are awesome. The most eclectic cast of characters I’ve ever read. There were thieves, murderers, witches (Kind of?), monks, an angel, openers (People with the gift to open anything and everything), talking rats, rat-speakers, humans etc… And their names were so literal that it was hilarious: The openers are called, well, Door and Mr Portico, a smith’s name is Hammersmith (who would’ve guessed?) and so on. Same goes for places. Raven’s court is a court of Ravens, Night’s Bridge is a bridge where the darkness swallows people, Down Street, is a street made of stairs and going downwards. This book is quite caricatural if you ask me and I loved that about it.

There are as many POVs as there are characters (Or almost). Every time a new character with a meaningful part in the story is introduced, the chapter is told from his point of view and the book needs that. I usually don’t like multiple POVs but here they are cleverly done.

I started off loving this book, then by the middle I hated it (Yes really) but by the time I closed I ended up really really liking it. It is strange, it is dark and it is most definitely worth the detour. Neverwhere was my introduction to Neil Gaiman’s writing and I really enjoyed it despite the few problems I had with it.

Rating : 3.5 stars

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Would I recommend ?

Yes ! If you like the bizarre and you want something that’s not common, go check it out !

P.s : Click on the Fan art to be redirect to the original site.


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Did you read Neverwhere ? If so, what did you think of it?

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TAG #9 : Harry Potter Tag

Hello guys !

I’m posting another tag, yep. Sorry not sorry. I swear I had another post scheduled for today because like an organized person (that I am NOT) I planned this whole week but then I was on Lashaan & Trang’s  blog and I saw THIS tag. The Harry Potter tag, or how-to-make-me-squeal Tag. So, I dropped everything I was doing and decided that this would be my first priority.

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Lashaan & Trang are the cutest bookish couple and they are so sweet, so you should definitely check out their blog Bookidote and follow them. Plus they created this tag so they HAVE to be awesome, right? AND they created all the images and they are to die for. Before getting into it, they said that the only rule is that you absolutely cannot use any of the Harry Potter books, so let’s see what I come up with :

Ps : As always, the covers are direct links to the Goodreads pages

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A Book you found interesting that you would re-write.

I’ll go with Divergent for this one. I really enjoyed the first book, but it just went down hill from there, Insurgent was okay but I disliked Allegiant with every fiber of my body. Nugh said.

Veronica Roth - (#1) Divergent  Veronica Roth - (#2) Insurgent  Veronica Roth - (#3) Allegiant

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The first book in a series that got you hooked.

That would be City of Bones from The mortal instruments series. The writing wasn’t mind blowing but I loved the plot and where it was headed so I just flew through the rest of the series afterwards and it got WAY better.

Cassie Clare - (#1) City of Bones

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A Book you wish you could have right now.

SO MANY. ALL OF THEM. But the one that I really really want is The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. I grew up with One thousand and one night stories and I absolutely loved them so a retelling ? Hell yes !

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A killer book. Both senses. Take it as you like.

Looking for Alaska. I died from Boredom and came back to life. Multiple times actually. It just did nothing for me. Nothing happened. Hated the characters. Hated everything, okay? I’m sorry if you loved it and this offends you but that book is nooot for me.

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A book that you found really confusing.

Neverwhere by Neil Geiman. That book is something messy and crazy and dark and weird and just UGH! Even my feelings toward it are messy and confusing. So much happened and the world and the characters. IT IS CRAZY.

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Your spirit animal book.

I don’t know why, I don’t know how but The Catastrophic History of You and Me just has a hold on my heart, I don’t even know why it is my spirit animal book but it is. I didn’t even expect to like it as much as I did, but it just exceeded my expectations by a million miles (Review if you’re curious).

Jess Rothenberg - The Catastrophic History of You and Me

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A dark twisted book.

The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre. MAN! That book gave me the chills, my heart was pounding the whole time and it was just gore and disturbing and I found myself caring for a killer. Dark times, my friends. Dark times. I most definitely recommend it though (If you’re over 18 obviously !). Here‘s my detailed insight.

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A book that surprised you in a great way, reveals to be more.

The martian. By the look of the blurb I thought it would be hella boring because meh? A man. Alone. On mars? With whom would he interact? What could possibly be exciting about that? But it was sooo hyped that I wanted to know what that was about. And boy was I wrong! I think that’s the book that made me laugh the most in my entire life. His sarcasm is right up my alley. I’ll stop rambling here and you can take it to the review if you want.

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aqwdghjklMarie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books – Kat @ Life and other Disasters – Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction – Liam @ Hey Ashers !

And ANYONE who wants to do it.


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