Most Bestest Books of 2016. Most Bestest English.

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Hello Guys!

You know what the new years means? I’ll be looking back to memorable things from 2016. I know it was a crappy year and I hope 2017 will be better BUT there were some highlights most of which are bookish, that’s what I’m doing here, highlighting my favorite books of the year,some of which have made it to my favorites of ever. I NEED YOU TO READ THEM ALL. Some of them are popular, some are underrated and most should be required reading. So, without further rambling, let’s list them. Also, I’m not ranking them. I CAN’T. I WON’T. I REFUSE.

Book cover = Goodreads page.

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  • This is required reading number one.
  • The History of slavery in Ghana over 3 centuries + amazing relationships + raw emotions
  • It tackles 61583021 issues without being overwhelming with information.
  • Although, it is emotionally overwhelming. But trust me, you want to read it.

My Review

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  • When I think about how  I was set on not reading these books my heart hurts.
  • THE CHARACTERS ARE ALL SO AMAZING AND DIVERSE AND THREE DIMENSIONAL
  • I can’t choose a favorite, it always changes. For now, it’s Nina Zenik. Her love for food is me.
  • The plot is mind-blowingly good and I still can’t get over how intense it is.

My Review for SoC

My Review for CK

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Stephanie Perkins - (#3) Isla and the Happily Ever After

  • The romance in this is the cutest thing ever and I need me a Josh of my own. Thank you.
  • This is 100% recommended if you’re in need of a dose of fluff. I know I need me some from time to time.
  • The opening scene in the book is one of the funniest and most awkward I’ve ever read.
  • I related to Isla so much and it felt so good.

My Review

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  • Alternate Historical fiction set in a post-WWII in which Hitler won. Need I say more?
  • Okay fine, if you need more, it has one of the most badass MCs I ever read. SHE ROCKS.
  • Oh, she’s also a skinshifter and the whole world depends on her.
  • It’s impredictable and it will have your heart racing. It’ll break it eventually. Multiple times.

My Review for WbW

My Review for BfB

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  • Required reading number two.
  • This is hands down the most gorgeous book I read this year, probably ever.
  • The writing is so beautiful, vivid and emotional, you don’t want to miss out on it.
  • The friendship/love in this book is so pure and innocent, I just want more from Sam and Miel.

My Review

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  • Before we start, please applaud my brilliant puning abilities. Feels and hangover is the new series name.
  • Lila is my queen and the other most badass main character of all times.
  • The plot is fantastic and worldbuilding brilliant, it blows my mind.
  • Also, very diverse cast as well, an A+ villain and characters to make your heart sing.

My Review for ADSOM

My Review for AGOS

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  • Most realistically heart-breaking book I’ve read in my life and I adored it.
  • The MC is amazing and incredibly brave even though he has shit friends.
  • The ability to erase memories is such an incredibly clever piece of the story.
  • I sobbed through the last 1/3 of the book non-stop even though I don’t cry easily.

My Review

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  • The premise of the book is very intriguing and it’ll keep you sucked in.
  • The MC is the most normal character I’ve ever read about in my life and I loved him.
  • He was completely and utterly lost in his life and that’s the story of figuring himself out.
  • It explores family (a shitty one), friendship, meeting new people, etc… pretty routinal day to day life, but still NOT boring.

My Review

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Jandy Nelson - I'll Give You the Sun

  • Required reading number three and my favorite contemporary of all times.
  • The way it’s formatted is absolutely unique and the writing style is full of imagery.
  • It has a set of twins as main characters and sibling stories are my favorites.
  • It has such a bright happy ending that I just found myself crying because I was overwhelmed.

My Review


That’s it until next time.

What are your favorite books of 2016? What Genre is predominant?

Have you read any of my favorite books? If so rant/rave with me in the comments!

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: 20 Lessons Books taught me

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Hello guys!

In my last wrap-up I told you that I was making this series of posts -or whatever you’d like to call it- to celebrate my twentieth birthday coming up in a week, since I’m not really doing anything IRL, I thought I’d take advantage of my little corner of the internet and basically annoy everyone by talking about it non-stop. Anyway. I was thinking about something to tie the main purpose of the blog with life lessons and my huge wisdom as a 20 year old potato and I came up with this not so genius idea.

We can’t deny that being huge readers and books taking up (more like eating up) a considerable chunk of our lives, they are bound to affect us in more ways than one. In the way we think, we see the world, even in the way we act to some extent. So, in that train of thought, I’ll tell you a little bit about the things that books taught ME. I frankly don’t know if I’ll be able to come up with 20, but I’ll squeeze this brain of mine until I do. Shall we, start?

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The whole premise of the book stands on the fact that the twins kept each a secret from each other, which dug a ravine between them. They were so close and then kept drifting apart until they stopped talking altogether and started despising each other. All of this FOR WHAT? Because they couldn’t live with the secrets they were keeping. And I realized that sometimes secrets do more damage than good.

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Now listen up. My sister is 12, so that makes an 8 years gap right there and when I was younger I had a lot of trouble dealing with that, like it was too big for us to have any shared interests, so I bossed her around A LOT (especially when I was having my nasty teenagehood crisis) and so on. Yes I wasn’t always this fluff-ball of a potato. Don’t get me wrong, my behaviour changed a couple of years back but it’s not until I read the book that I realized the years that I wasted. I know Rhy and Kell are not blood brothers but their relationship is as precious, they love each other and would do anything for one another. Seeing how much time they spent together made me want to do the same with my baby sister.

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You know very well I can’t make this post without some HP. Well, the first thing I ever learnt from a book I did from Luna Lovegood. Everybody was saying she is crazy and seeing things, never taking her word on anything and she still was so confident with who she was, she never let it get to her or change her. And because of that she was my favorite character in the series (And I’m sure if you’ve been following me for a while, you’d know that).

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This is pretty self-explanatory if you’ve read the book. Or even, if you just know who the girl is (if you don’t, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING?). Malala is a true inspiration to all girls -and people- out there. She was shut down, shot, almost killed and NEVER gave up on her fight for girls’ education in her country. And that is such a HUGE motivation to get over minor daily obstacles that get thrown my way and that can sometimes stray me away from my goals a bit.

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I’ve known grief and trust me, I know how easy it is to just close yourself to the world and wallow in pain and sorrow BUT that is never the best solution. Yes, in the process of grieving, there are things you have to learn to do alone, things that no one can teach you or even help you with BUT remember that you’re not the only one that’s grieving and people around you can help you get your closure as much as you can help them get theirs. And I’ve seen that in this book, with Lennie closing herself to her family and feeling like her sister was only hers to grieve and it’s not until she re-opened up to her family that she was able to make progress.

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I know this is a no brainer but back when I was a kid it wasn’t as obvious to me. I was a hard worker and loved studying and as a result to that I was top of my class more often than not and some people tried to shame me for it. Ridiculous, I KNOW. But the thing is, that really affected me and I started hiding it, I avoided participating in class, when I was asked if I studied a certain thing I’d say no and so on… But when Hermione entered the picture and I saw how big of an asset her brains were, and how comfortable she was with being smart, I realized I could be too.

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This is what I struggle with the most to be honest. Like, someone could think we are the closest of friends and pour their heart and soul out to me and I’d still be unable to tell them anything too personal about myself. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I CAN’T. And Kaz has that as well… x100. But reading that book, I realized that people are worth it if only they get a chance. And I want to work on that.

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There are a gazillion of lessons one can learn from this book, it is truly a brilliant one. (READ IT!) but what stood out to me the most is to what lengths Miel was willing to go -and went- to protect Sam because she loved him THAT much and could do anything for him. And there are people like that, who deserve the world and for whom you’d risk anything.

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This book isn’t out yet (not until February) but as soon as it is out and if you love historical fiction, snatch it. But basically, a girl and a woman meet working in a circus and form an extraordinary bond over just a few months that people can’t form over a life time, they were truely like this little family who care deeply for each other.

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This is such a lovely but underrated book. A girl dies and she’s a ghost and has to come to term with her death as well as everyone moving on after her. She couldn’t do that because she blamed some people for what happened to her so she just couldn’t be okay and move on to whatever is coming next. So if you translate that in everyday life, grudges basically hold us back and at some point we have to let go to be able to move on.

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I started off being in love with this book but a thing happened that triggered me (yes, really, I’m not using that word lightly or just for show) so I ended up hating it. But, that didn’t prevent me from learning something from it. More often than not, people are more than what you see in them because at the end of the day they only show parts and bits of them they choose to show. Either because they’re ashamed of the other parts or because they don’t trust you enough.

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This is pretty similar to the last but I think mentioning it is important. This is another book I didn’t like but I still learnt something from anyway. A person can seem perky and happy, and like they don’t have a single worry (especially on the internet) but things are not always the way they seem, that day could be the hardest one they’ve ever had, they could be struggling with numerous thing. And this can serve as a reminder to never take people’s state of mind as well as mental health and remember to always be kind.

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This book was my first venture into Magical Realism. Of ever. I did a conscious effort to stay away from it because I didn’t think it would be something I’d like. But I fell in love with it completely and I know for sure that I will read more Magical Realism in the near future because if those other books can make me feel half what this book did it’ll be amazing.

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This book. I don’t have enough word in my vocabulary, all languages combined, to describe how amazing, important and heartbreaking it is. Like really, read it. This is required reading. It follows slavery from the 1700’s until modern days. And even though people thought they were free of slavery, they stil were slaves to a system that could find loop-holes to laws that were theoritically set to protect them. And that was horrifying to read  about.

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I admired Aaron so freaking much in this book. He is one of the best, strongest characters I’ve ever read about in my life and he literally had one of shittiest lives in bookish history but he fought for it, he fought to make his life better, to be more happy than not. SO MUCH. He kept pushing through and that was so inspiring and motivational.

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This book explores the regrets/what ifs of life because the author tells up about the conversations he wished he had with his grand-mother while she was still alive. How he wishe we spent time with her when he was living with her. And that made me think that, if you have a good relationship with your family, there’s no reason whatsoever not to take some time to spend with them. I know that I tend to take my family for granted, I often, find myself thinking: “They’re here! So I can always spend time with them tomorrow.” But what if there’s not?

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Well, I already knew this because my best friend means the world to me and I know she’d do anything for me. But still, the friendship in this book was my favorite thing and it served as a good reminder.

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Patroclus (little pumpkin that’s too precious for this world) loves Achilles unconditionally even when the latter was an ungrateful little bastard. But still, he loved him, thinking that that could be enough to make him better and change some of his decisions which didn’t happen. Love and only love isn’t enough sometimes to fix things and change them for the better.learnt-19

The protagonist in this doesn’t know what he’s doing with his life or what his future prospects will be but by the end of the book he realized that that was a necessary stage he had to go through to find himself, grow confident and find what he likes and where his life was headed. Which is absolutely true. But not knowing is fucking scary, I know it, you know it and we can’t handle it. It is hard, really. But we should learn to be okay with it.

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Well, this is pretty self-explanatory. And the lesson I’m most grateful for, because just this one lesson will teach me a hundred more. Because diversity = More stories to read = More experiences to witness = More lessons to learn.


That’s it until next time.

Now it is your turn to tell me. What are some lessons books taught you? Do any of mine apply to you?

Do you learn things even from the books that you don’t like?

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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4england

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6france

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9russia

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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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TAG #22: The Aussie Book Tag

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Today is a tag that I’ve been seeing going around enviously because of how fun it seems. Well, you see, it’s the Aussie book tag and I’m no Australian. So, you ask, why are you doing this, Fadwa? Well hah, joke’s on you because Lauren made me honorary Aussie so I could do this. I’m half asleep writing this so excuse me if I don’t make sense or derail in the middle of the post. Not my fault.

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This tag was created by Ngoc @ Happy Comes First and Julia @ Picnic Reads. And I was OBVIOUSLY tagged by the amazing and very true Aussie Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews. She also created the banners I will be using (because laziness And also, sleep!)

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Oh, oh, I know! Aaron from More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera. His life is so crappy and he’s so miserable that I just want to hug him and tell him that eventually everything will be okay, or just hug him and don’t let go until we’re at the other side of the planet, as far away from all the shit his life is as physically possible.

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I can’t think of anything right now. It’s the other way around actually, there are a lot of books people can’t stop raving about that I just can’t see the appeal of. And the books I love are usually well loved books in the community.

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The Rampion squad is GOALS !! If you don’t know where they’re from, where have you been living? And also, they’re the squad from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. They just work so well together, they all have a specific task that makes them a necessary part of the group, and they have this playful vibe about them even when things are intense that I can’t help but love.

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More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera. OH BOY! That book tore me apart, it just packed a punch in the guts that I didn’t expect. Everything was so real and nothing was made easy on the main character, it was the opposite actually which I really loved in contrast with most of the books out there where everything goes according to plan and ends up working out for the better. Also, I can’t help but mention When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore, READ THAT BOOK GUYS! It is so amazingly written.

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Um! Confession time. I don’t read books by Moroccan authors. Why you ask? Because all of the ones we had as required reading in school were boring and didn’t have much going for them and I think that just left a bad image in my brain that makes me shy away from everything written by local writers. Which I’m determined to change by the way. Very soon! Baby steps.

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Alwyn Hamilton - Rebel of the Sands

This could be either a heartbreaking book or simply a bad one. I’ll go with the latter Rebel of the Sands by Renée Ahdieh. No doubt. It’s been a while since I brought this book up hasn’t it? You know how I feel about it. The cover is absolutely stunning BUT the story is just dreadful, it did so many things wrong that I just couldn’t enjoy a single thing about it. It took me a long time to get over all the bad emotions that book brought up in me and I’m not willing to call on them again, so go here for my full rant review.

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Markus Suzak - I Am the Messenger

The Messenger by Markus Zusak. It’s not grim per say but it just has this general heavy atmosphere about it that just weights on you, because the MC doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing with his life and everything is boring and going south for him until he actually decides that he’s better than that and moves his ass to make things better for himself (with a little -big- push of course). I’ll recommend this to EVERYONE because of it’s powerful message.

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. That ending just had me feeling EVERYTHING and I was very impressed with how it was all wrapped up so that all the characters got their little pieces of happiness. Also, I didn’t like the first book that much and absolutely adore this one which was a real surprise since I didn’t have high expectations because of that first disappointment

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Stephanie Perkins - (#3) Isla and the Happily Ever After

Stephanie Perkins, anyone? Especially Isla and the Happily Ever After. That book is one of my favorite fluffy reads and I just can’t get over how cute it is and how perfect Josh is *swoons* OMAGAAAAD!! Find me a Josh of my own, now, pls?

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I told you in Monday’s Post that I’m your basic bookbitch. The genre would for sure be Contemporary, they’re just SO easy to go through and don’t put much of a strain on my brain (though it’s another story for my feels) And the author within the genre is Jandy Nelson. I’ll Give you the Sun? The Sky is Everywhere? YES, PLEASE!! I love her, her writing and her stories SO MUCH that she’s the first one I’d go to to put me out of my misery !!


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Top 5 Wednesday #16: Read the Book, Love the Genre

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So today is Wednesday, this means that it is time for me to do another T5W.  It is a weekly feature created By Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey with a different theme each week. It is hosted now by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. For more information, you can check the Goodreads group.

This week’s theme is: GATEWAY BOOKS TO YOUR FAVORITE GENRES

I’m finally FINALLY posting another T5W, it has been a long time. 3 months to be precise (wait what?). You all know my reasons for that and if you don’t, here they are. Anyway. You know when a person asks for a recommendation to get into a certain genre and you just have a book or 2 you just want to throw at their faces, yeah, I thought so! Then, this is what this week is all about. And you know me, I can’t resist a cry for help -or recommendations. As you may or may not know, my 3 favorite genre are Fantasy, Contemporary and Historical fiction so here are my books/series:

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FANTASY:

SHADES OF MAGIC – V. E. SCHWAB

 

Duuuuh!! I’ll shove this series at anyone who mentions fantasy because this is the obvious choice to trick anyone into falling in love with it. There’s magic, thieves, princes, alternate universe, fights, what more can you ask for? It’s the perfect mix between all the elements that make a good fantasy series and this one is phenomenal. GO READ IT!

CONTEMPORARY

I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN – JANDY NELSON

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You were expecting this one, weren’t you? There’s no way I could be more predictable than this, but you know me, and you know how much I adore this book. The unique writing, the adorable characters, the family drama, the feel good ending are everything I love in a book and I’d love everyone to read it so that I can rave with a maximum amount of people. OH!! AND THERE’S A BRITISH GUY !

THE MESSENGER – MARKUS ZUSAK

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This a whole other kind of contemporary. This is a slightly darker, more settle kind as the characters are very banal, the routine almost boring but it has a kind of mystery that keeps you going until the end. There’s a moral to get out of it all and I loved it even more for that specific reason.

HISTORICAL FICTION

THE BOOK THIEF – MARKUS ZUSAK

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Keeping up with the predictablity theme, this is one I think you saw coming. I recommend this book because that’s the one that got me into this genre in the first place so I want people to experience that same feeling. Especially of you people like the WWII period. Highly HIGHLY recommend.

WOLF BY WOLF – RYAN GRAUDIN

 

Can you tell WWII is my favorite to read about? Well, it is and even though this is alternate historical fiction, it still has the facts straight so it does count. And it also answers the question: “What if Hitler had one?” While I say that we’ll be in deep shit, this book while give you a more elaborate, detailed view on that.


That’s it until next time.

What is your favorite genre? What books would you recommend to anyone wanting to read more of it?

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TAG #19: Soundtrack to my Life Book Tag

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I think I’ve been sitting on this tag since February and I shamelessly admit that it is the same for a lot of the tags I still have to tackle. And since I’m trying to be a decent blogger and keep up with schedule even with school starting I’ll be drafting most of them over the next week to be able to post them whenever I feel like it. For this week, it’s the Soundtrack to my Life Book Tag.

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I’ve been tagger by Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide to Novels to do this awesome tag so I want to thank her very very much for that (she tagged everyone hehe so it counts). And without further ado, let’s dive into this lenghty tag.

Opening Credits: Favorite Childhood book.

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Brothers Grimm’s Tales. Not the scary creepy ones though, I didn’t know about those  until I grew up. I’m talking about the ones with Fairytale endings and feel good stories. Those were almost all I read until age 7 and I absolutely adored them.

Waking up: A book that got you out of a reading slump.

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The Fault in our Stars – John Green. I’m not talking about the great slump, that one just healed itself but before that I was in a little slump that was over after reading this book and it is the only John Green book I actually do like, it might be because of the positive effect it had on me.

School: A book you had to read for school that you ended up loving.

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The Last Day of a Condemned Man – Victor Hugo. I went into this book very sceptic because it sounded sad and morbid and just not my cup of tea. It WAS sad and heavy but I somehow really enjoyed reading it.

Falling In Love: An author you love so much you want to read all of their books.

JUST  ONE? I discovered so many great authors this year. My top 3 would be Jandy Nelson, Ryan Graudin and Victoria Schwab in no particular order. I just adore them so much and every book of theirs I read is a favorite. So no need for further explanations.

Fight: Book with the best action sequences.

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A Gathering of Shadows – V. E. Schwab. OH MY GOD ! OH MY GOD ! OH MY GOD ! Head spinning, heart stopping action with the tournament and troubles Kell gets into and everything, I just need the sequel right now to know what happens next !

Break up: A book or series you didn’t finish and do not intend to finish.

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The Lux series – Jennifer L. Armentrout. No. Just no. I don’t want to offend anyone in this post so all I’m going to say is that I really didn’t like the little of it I read. If you want to know why here’s my review for Obsidian and 30 something percent of Onyx.

Hanging With Friends: Book you think everyone else should read.

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The Messenger – Markus Zusak. There’s no badass MC, no epic battles, only a mystery, a guy who doesn’t know who he is and a message to take out of this. I really loved this book for the effect it had on me, it is just so beautiful and I’d recommend it to everyone, especially if you’re struggling with what’s coming next in your life.

Breakdown: Book that seriously affected you/had you crying your eyes out.

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Forbidden – Tabitha Suzuma. This book is in no way a happy story nor a “conventional’ one, it deals with a taboo subject so if you’re uncomfortable reading about incest I’d recommend staying away from it. By the end, I was sobbing (remember that not many books make me cry) because of how much I cared about the characters and what happened to them, which to be honest made me sick to my stomach a bit but I still loved it.

Roadtrip: Your favorite series (more than 3 books).

Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling. Duuh!! What kind of question is this? I absolutely adore this series and nothing in the world would ever top it or even compete with it, it is just TOO good. The series just feels like home.

Flashback: Your favorite book from 5 years ago.

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The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho. Up until this year, this was the only book I reread countless amounts of times and each time I did I got something different, something more out of it. It is pretty philosophical and about a kind of internal journey so if you don’t like that kind of stuff well… You should still try it because it’s amazing.

Getting Back Together: What book you can not stop rereading.

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I’ll Give you the Sun – Jandy Nelson. Technically I haven’t reread this one yet because I just read it a couple of months ago BUT I’m predicting I’ll be going back to it a lot because I just can’t get enough of it.

Wedding: A book that is really special to you.

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The Book Thief – Markus Zusak. Why is this special you ask? Because it was the first book I ever thought of as a REAL favorite and also because it is the one that introduced me to the wonder that is Historical fiction and more precisely the WWII period and I adored it ever since.

Moment of Triumph: Longest book you’ve ever read.

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Les misérables – Victor Hugo. Granted, I read it in parts because there’s a french edition that cuts it into 3 parts designed for kids BUT it still is one mammoth book of more than a thousand pages.

Death Scene: Book or series you wish had ended differently.

N/A. I have nothing in mind right now, because I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to endings.

Funeral: Book with the best or worst epilogue.

Never, Never – Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher. Just NO. That epilogue made no sense to me. I was already angry about all the explanations so when it was topped off with that unnecessary over the top cheesy epilogue, I just couldn’t do it anymore.


I Tag :

EVERYONE ! Because I’m lazy today.


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TAG #17: Scavenger Hunt Book Tag

Hello guys !

I finally feel like I’m sort of catching up with my tags phew! I still have many MANY to go but I’m slowly getting there and I’m having fun ticking them off one by one every week. This week it’s the Scavenger Hunt Book Tag‘s turn to go, so let’s do this.

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This was going around a couple months ago and it looked like so much fun to do, I wanted to participate SO BAD. So, when Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews and Vivian @ Inked Pages tagged me I should’ve jumped at the occasion, right? Nope. I completely forgot about it and just found it in my notebook yesterday. It might have been during the time I was studying for my exams so don’t hold me accountable for it haha. Without further ado, thank you girls so much! And before we start, you should definitely check their blogs out, they’re awesome !

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Find a book with the letter ‘Z’ in its title or the author’s name.

Markus Suzak - I Am the Messenger

The MessengerMarkus Zusak. This was the first book that came to mind because the author is obviously a favorite of mine and both his books that I read are all time favorites of mine.

Find me a classic

Victor Hugo - Les misérables

Les MisérablesVictor Hugo. Again, my favorite classic which reminds me that I need to re-read it because the last time I did I think I might have been 11 or 12 *shame*.

Find a book with a key on its cover.

Sarah Dessen - Lock and Key

Lock and KeySarah Dessen. I own this one. Have been meaning to read it for the longest time ever. I still haven’t read it. Don’t ask why, there are just too many books out there and I more often than not forget that I have some books.

Find something on your shelves that isn’t a book.

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These little bird thingies. Not before now did I realize that I might have a slight obsession with white bird decorations, these are not the only ones mind you, I have a couple more. But they’re so pretty and I love them !

Find a book with an animal on the cover.

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The Unexpected Everything Morgan Matson. I want to read this one so bad, but Priorities guys, priorities. Now that I know that it has some kind of scavenger hunt in it, it climbed up my TBR so I’m sure I’ll get to it pretty soon.

Find a book with a girl on its cover.

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The Kiss of DeceptionMary E. Pearson. What book DOESN’T have a girl on its cover ? hehe! Okay I might be exaggerating but this is literally the easiest thing to find on book covers.

Find a non-YA book.

Nicholas Sparks - The Guardian

The Guardian –  Nicholas Sparks. I love Nicholas Sparks’ love stories so much and this one is next on my list. I mainly have it on my radar for a challenge but the blurb really pulled me in too.

Find a book with stars on its cover.

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These Broken StarsAmie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner. I got this ages ago and I wanted to read it SO bad then the intergalactic slump came and when it was over I kind of lost interest in it. So tell me if you think I should read it.

Find a book with golden letters.

Danielle Vega - The Merciless

The MercilessDanielle Vega. Lauren recommended this one to me when I told her that I wanted to get into horror books more. I got it but I still haven’t read it. Oups. This seems like the story of my life.


I Tag :

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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Little Peek #7 : July 2016

Hello Guys !

This has been a very weird month for me. I felt like it passed by very quickly but it dragged forever at the same time. HUH? August is my last uni-free month before I have to go back to studying and my internships in September 1st, though I should probably study a bit before going back haha. In other news, on Thursday I celebrated my 6th monthaversary and I lowkey freaked out because HOW can it be 6 months already, I did a little post called 12 things no one ever tells you about book blogging inspired by this little event, and a Q&A dedicated to it, as a little celebration, so check them out if you feel the need for my untamable sense of humour.

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I managed to read 8 books this month which blew my mind considering how busy I was and the fact that I read only two books in the first half of it, so GOOD JOB ME ! And let’s hope next month I get to finish Harry Potter and read a couple more books, but it’s a little too ambitious knowing me haha. We’ll see how that goes. This also has been a good blogging month, I managed to stick so schedule and post 2 extra reviews to the once a week ones I dedicated myself to.

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(Click on the titles to be redirected to the Goodreads page)

A Gathering of Shadows  5 stars

THANK THE HEAVENS FOR THIS BOOK’S EXISTENCE !! I loved this book more than words can express which has made this series my favorite ever right after Harry Potter. HARRY POTTER, GUYS ! That’s how much I loved it ! I get so excited for the last book each time I think of it but then I remember that I have to wait until February ’17 and I die a little inside.

Since You’ve Been Gone  3.5 stars

So, the story in itself is beautiful and I loved it. It has friendship, slow burn romance, a girl coming out of her shell, honest relationships and AN ENDEARING LITTLE BROTHER. That’s not my problem, I had issues with some technicalities that I just couldn’t brush off, the main one being the parents. Dear Lord !! Those people just magically disappeared or busied themselves conveniently when Emily needed to go on adventures or on a crazy road trip, which annoyed me immensely.

The Crown  2.5 stars

I’ll go more in details about the writing, the characters and everything in between in my full length review but all you need to know now is that even though I tried to rate this book very loosely, I couldn’t give it more that 2.5, I just had one too many issues. That being said, the character development Eadlyn went through is quite remarquable, I went from hating the shit out of her to tolerating her, so that’s something, right ?

The Bane Chronicles   4 stars

This book took me SO long to get through ! I just kept reading a few pages and putting it down for a few weeks. The first 2 stories weren’t very promising and made me want to DNF this book more times than I would like to admit. But once past those, I LOVED EVERY STORY ! They got so interesting and kept filling blank spaces of things mentioned in TMI and TID and bringing back the characters that I love and miss so much, so I flew through the rest of them, laughing at the ridiculousness of the situations Magnus got himself into and also getting to know him a lot better, behind all the glitter and the snarky comments, and I LOVE HIM EVEN MORE !!

Children of Icarus 3.5 stars

This was the most disturbing and frightening read of my life. Frightening not in a way where it is a Horror Story. Nope, it’s nope. It’s scary because it’s incredibly accurate and shows the harsh cruel creatures that humans can turn to when facing inhuman circumstances. It just made me want to hide away and never come out again but it was very well written and disgustingly gripping.  I would recommend it if you can handle it !

Isla and the Happily Ever After 5 stars

I WANT TO MARRY THIS BOOK BECAUSE OF HOW CUTE AND ROMANTIIIIIC IT IS ! I seriously loved everything about this book, the relationship is one of the most swoon-worthy romances I’ve read in a while, Isla is so damn relatable it hurts, I might also have developed a huge crush on Josh, can someone bring me a real life copy of him pretty please? I promise I’ll feed him and take him for walks and take good care of him. That ANNA AND ETIENNE MOMENT WAS THE BEST THING EVER, I definitely did not get emotional, and tears haven’t been shed, obviously.

Fairest  3.5 stars

Well, I really enjoyed getting to know Levana. Her childhood, her motives, her true appearance, the reason for it… Her true self to make it short. It was really fascinating to see how she was twisted from the very beginning, that IS how she is but it has been made deeper with every hurt, every failure. What I didn’t like is that I was made to pity her, by the tone of the novella, it was like the author was telling me this is how you should feel about poor miserable Levana, which only made me pull away further. I just didn’t feel for her or anything she went through because she made up for it with even more cruelty.

The Movie Version 2.5 stars

This is a book about mental illness. It isn’t indicated anywhere in the blurb which was very misleading if you ask me. I wished that were indicated because then people would know what to expect. Other than that the main reason I disliked this book was the fact that it had everything I wouldn’t want  to see as a reaction to someone’s diagnosis, especially a family member. I’ll put my full review up closer to the release date.

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I have been loving blogging and this community a little too much this month haha! It’s probably just the heat. But seriously, your interactions and reactions to my posts make most of my days brighter so I want to thank you AGAIN for that !


That’s it until next time.

What books did you read in July ? And what have been the Highlights of your month ?

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The Messenger – From playing cards to receiving them

Markus Suzak - I Am the Messenger

Title : The Messenger

Author : Markus Zusak

Publication date : May 9th 2006

Publisher : Alfred A. Knopf Borzoi Books

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Synopsis : Protect the diamonds
Survive the clubs
Dig deep through the spades
Feel the hearts
Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.
That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.
That’s when Ed becomes the messenger.
Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?
(From Goodreads)

Rating : 5 stars

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“She soon says, “You’re my best friend, Ed.”
You can kill a man with those words.
No gun.
No bullets.
Just words and a girl.”

(No Spoilers)

This book is bloody BRILLIANT ! Brilliant I tell you. After reading The Book Thief, I just needed another Zusak book because YA KNOW, I love that book to bits and pieces and I was starting to feel the withdrawal. Naturally, I went into The Messenger with very very high expectations and it didn’t disappoint. It is quietly beautiful and meaningful and JUST READ IT.

I frankly don’t know how to describe the writing, it’s interactive and almost tangible. Ed, the main character, is directly talking to the reader or to a diary with thoughts jolted down as the came to his mind, which made for very random and eclectic paragraphs sometimes, but everything still managed not to be confusing and I really appreciated that. The chapter lengths go from one single sentences to quite a few pages depending on the idea and the event recounted. And the dialogues, oh man ! They are so well written, they feel very raw and add so much to the realism of the story which is already very “daily life” like, with a twist obviously.

The plot isn’t anything I expected, I thought it would be this fast paced, crazy ride of a book and what I got was an impactful coming of age story. If I had one piece of advice to give about this book that I learnt from the very first few pages is : Don’t compare this to the Book Thief, you just can’t, where it is this heart wrenching, intense story, The messenger is nicer on your feelings, won’t leave you sobbing through the night, but what it will do is slap you on the face through and through.

The story starts off very mysterious with Ed receiving a card leading him to a bunch of people. First question that came to mind: WHO THE HELL IS DOING THIS? I MUST KNOW !!! But as the story went on I realized that it didn’t matter as that wasn’t the purpose of the book and gradually lost interest in the source of the message and focused on its goal which was to get Ed off his butt and do something with his life other than drive a Taxi, play cards and be -not so- secretly in love with his bestfriend. Also, the message (see what I did there hehe, I’m not sorry at all) that this book conveys is so powerful while being the most obvious things at the same time. It is all about seeing beauty and finding joy in the most insignificant-looking things and having a greater purpose, bigger than yourself.

Let’s talk about Ed Kennedy for a bit. He’s the most slap-worthy character I’ve ever read about. He’s so fatalistic, resigned and bitter, and he lacked ambitious BUT I still liked him because it wasn’t his fault, meaningful people in his did everything but build him up throughout his life (I wanted to physically fight that bitch of a mom he has). I wanted so much for him, I rooted and cheered for the guy !!  The development he experienced was so incredible, the journey that he went through as the messenger led him to being this confident guy and he didn’t even realize it. The things he was doing for all these people did more for him and abled him to find himself, his drive and his purpose, made him stronger and most importantly happier. Oh, wait wait! Can we acknowledge that dog of his for a second? A COFFEE DRINKING DOG ! If you don’t want to read this book because I said so just do it for the dog !

What I loved about this book and what made it really special is that all the characters -no exception made- were these very ordinary people, all with some hidden dream or fear that had to be digged up which made each one of them interesting in their own way.

I really loved how it all tied up, no crazy mind blowing ending which was really different from what I’ve been reading lately. Every soul on earth should read it because it’s beautiful and deep and meaningful and it just has so many things to say that I need more people to read it and get its message. It’s all about believing in yourself and your capacities as well as doing good by yourself and others. I didn’t expect it to be impactful but I must admit that Markus Zusak is a genius with his words.


That’s it until next time.

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

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Little Peek #5 : May 2016

Hello Guys !

I’M BAAAACK ! Okay, not really, I still have one more exam to go on Friday, then I’ll spend the week-end hibernating but I’ll officially be back Monday and I cannot wait for it. Two weeks is way too long to be away from you lovely potatoes.

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OH AND WHAT IS THIS ?

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You people are insane for following me ! And I love you so much for it !! This community is truly the best thing that happened to me in a long while and I feel like it changed me in some ways. This journey is just at its beginning for me and I can’t wait to see what more it brings because I’m sure it has a lot more to offer. And also, I met some wonderful people and made great friends that I wouldn’t have know otherwise and that opened my eyes to so many new things too. So, this is has all been positive. One last huge infinite thanks to all of you and without further ramblings let’s get to the wrap-up.

This month being my finals’ month was even more stressful than last, I thought I was going to loose my mind last week (this one is on the easier side). That being said, I still managed to read 8 books and I’m so happy about that number, other than that I read three 5stars books (and DNF one but let’s forget about that minor detail) so it was an amazing reading month. As usual, the titles are direct links to the Goodreads pages.

NEVER, NEVER #1 – COLLEEN HOOVER & TARRYN FISHER

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I buddy-read this one with my twinnie  and fangirling partner Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books and I quite frankly don’t know what to think of it yet. It was so confusing and interesting and addicting all at the same time and I still don’t understand a thing and it drives me nuts every time I start thinking of it. We’re reading the next one in June and I’m so excited for it to happen !

 

 

“How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.”

ONYX – JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

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If you’ve read my rant you already know how I feel about this .

I don’t want to go to much into it because it’s going to bring up some unwanted feelings and frustrations and my little heart cannot take it at the moment. So, I’ll redirect you to my review and let you see for yourself.

39% DNF

 

“Daemon pressed his forehead against mine. “Oh, I still want to strangle you. But I’m insane. You’re crazy. Maybe that’s why. We just make crazy together.”

THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE – JANDY NELSON

Jandy Nelson - The Sky is Everywhere

 

Feelings. FEELINGS ARE EVERYWHERE. I still can’t wrap my head around how much Jandy Nelson’s books make me feel, it’s too much. What kind of sorcery does she use? Does anyone know? Can anyone disclose that to me? I’ll pay, promise!

This book was beauty imprinted on paper and I loved it, here’s my review for it.

4 stars

“The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.”

ELEANOR & PARK – RAINBOW ROWELL

Rainbow Rowell - Eleanor & Park

 

This was not only my first re-read this year but also the first in a long long time AND it was an audiobook.

So… I liked it more that the first time BUT I’m still not okay with that ending, it just frustrates the shit out of me but I love the characters though. As for audiobooks, I think they’re not my thing and I’ll stick to reading reading from now on.

3.5 stars

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

CLOCKWORK PRINCESS – CASSANDRA CLARE

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This book has rendered me speechless, freaking emotionally wrecked and in a terrible hangover. I think that I didn’t read a word for 3 whole days afterwards. I just kept thinking about how a single book can break my heart and mend it back together at the same time.

This was the perfect ending to this series. Everything I wanted and more.

5 stars

“Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not read. I would read them together with you, as many as I can, before I die -“

CRESS – MARISSA MEYER

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This book was a freaking tornado, I wasn’t bored for one second throughout the whole thing. Shit kept happening so fast and I was sitting here taking it all in, out of breath, a stupid face on.

I loved so much and did a bunch of fangirling because of ships, and SO MANY OF THEM HAVE SAILED. It’s ridiculous. And bonus points for the humour.

5 stars

“Captain?”
“Yeah?”
“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”
He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder.”

THE MESSENGER – MARKUS ZUSAK

Markus Suzak - I Am the Messenger

 

Here’s to finally reading another book by one of my favorite authors of all time. I had high expectation for this book and it met them. But in a weird way. It wasn’t what I expected it to be but it still became a favorite of mine.

This book is just bloody brilliant and beautiful in its own way and I just need everybody to read it and soak it in.

5 stars

“It’s not a big thing, but I guess it’s true–big things are often just small things that are noticed.”

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS – STEPHANIE PERKINS

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I think that this book was a case of “Read at the right time” syndrome. I read it in the beginning of last week around the time I was taking my hardest final and this book was just what I needed.

Cute, fluffy, funny and it has drama. It was the perfect read, and though it frustrated me A LOT at some points, I still really liked it.

4 stars

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

I also reviewed :

Archer’s Voice Mia Sheridan

I started reading Attachments by Rainbow Rowell and I haven’t read in 3 days because of a couple reasons. First, I was swamped, I had my psychology final and that took a lot of memorization time and also because I’m not feeling it at the moment, so I’ll put it down, pick something else up and come back to it when I’m in the right mood.

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

Top 5 Wednesdays :

Tags and Awards :

Other Ramblings :

This month, I started fiddling with graphics and they’re so much fun to make, I really loved it so I’ll go back and make some for my older posts once I’m officially on summer break.

Also, be on the look out in June, some exciting (for me at least hehe) and different things are going to be introduced and I cannot wait to share them with you and get your feedback on all that jazz.


That’s it until next time.

What books did you read in May ?

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