Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017

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Hi Guys!

How’s everyone doing? Did everyone had a good start of the year? My new year started from 3rd January because I completed all my deadlines on 2nd January.

One of my favorite things about the new year is Goodreads Reading Challenge. It is always fun to see how I did in the previous year and then setting the goal for the next year is always such a satisfying experience. Does anybody else feels the same?

This year my goal is to read 30 books. It is my usual number. I have been maintaining it from the last three years. The first time I set it to 30 it was quite a struggle to achieve but the following years I’d always read more than 30 books, maybe 31 or 37 like this year. 😀 Trail and error has proven 30 is what works well for me. I remember four years ago I set my goal to 50 books and that was the time I got back to reading after a long hiatus and it was such a struggle. I was almost annoyed by the end and that’s when I resolved to choose a practical goal over hating to read.

According to my goal, if I read 2.5 books a month, I will easily achieve it by December. The good thing is I am already done with two books this and am deciding what to read next. Can’t wait to read some really fun books this year. Not much of a contemporary lover but I am feeling serious contemporary and stand alone vibes this year. *excited*

How many books do you plan to read this year? What genre are you most excited about this year? Do let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Love,

Fatima xx

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May Wrap Up // Shortest One Ever

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I read The Selection series by Kiera Cass throughout May. I am going to keep this wrap up as short as possible without giving much away because I plan to do a detailed review on the series because too many feels!! 😀 Also, if you haven’t read it yet, I would suggest read the synopsis for the first book only. Get the idea of the storyline and then let the novels take you through the journey.

I read all the five books and four novellas. (First Book ‘The Selection’ Synopsis Here)

The Selection #1 || Rating: 4/5

The Elite #2 || Rating: 5/5

The One #3 || Rating: 5/5

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The next two books were based on a different character.

The Heir #4 || Rating: 3/5

The Crown #5 || Rating: 4/5

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Novellas

The Queen #0.4 || Rating: 2/5

The Prince #0.5 || Rating: 1/5

The Guard #2.5 || Rating: 4/5

The Epilogue #3.1 (The bonus/second epilogue) || Rating: 5/5

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I know I am missing one novella and some parts that are included in the Happily Forever book but I am not fond of novellas I realized so I might not really give them a go. Not right now at least.

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And we are up to date. Hurrah!!! 😀 Now I will post reviews, tag and all my bookish feels!! 😀

Until next time,

~F x

April Wrap Up // Not Your Usual Reads

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April was a very busy month. I was sure I wouldn’t get any reading done. In the end I decided to read some short book because someone needs to finish that Goodreads challenge well in time. I read two books.

1- Alice in Tumblr-Land by Tim Manley (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 5/5

This book was hilarious. It is based on Disney characters in our real world dealing with real life problems. On top of that they have social media. I laughed almost on every page.

2- A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 4/5

Holy moly!! The storyline was so interesting and the whole world building was superb. I had a good time reading it. It is so much different than the usual fantasy books we see in the bookish realm. Expect a review on it very soon! 😀

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Eeehh! We are so close to being up-to-date!! 😀

Cya guys in my next post!! 🙂

~F x

March Wrap Up // Unexpected Reads

March Wrap Up

I had a hard time getting much reading done in March. I am a freelance writer so I had a bit of projects I had to get done with so I was short on time. I read two book. One of them I technically wasn’t supposed to read, ha, but it happened.

1- Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare – (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 4/5

Lady Midnight released on 8th March I guess. Up until then I had made up my mind not to read the series until the last book was out. I hate waiting up for next parts because it kills my feels for the story completely. On 6th March I stumbled upon a video in which Cassie revealed that she has written a short chapter on The Mortal Instruments characters and one of our most favorite couple is getting engaged and it is available in the first edition books only. I went nuts after that. I wanted the book so bad but I was mighty broke and every bookstore priced it so high. It was insane. I finally got my hands on the eBook. Sadly it did not have the bonus chapter but in the last chapters we get to know who gets engaged.

Lady Midnight was all kinds of awesome. The characters, the description, the situation, every single bit of it was such a roller coaster ride. I will do a review very soon. I am just waiting for my physical copy to arrive. I might reread it again before reviewing you never know, ha!

2- Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 3/5

I am still not sure how I feel about this book. I liked reading it but I feel like I didn’t understand it a lot. I was half way through and still had no idea what was really going on. The ending was good but I feel like there was something missing that could have connected the whole story more clearly. If anybody wants to discuss this book with me, please do. 🙂

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Yaay! March is done. I just have April and May to get through. Then we will be on track. 😀

Cya later fellaz! 🙂

~F x

February Wrap Up // Odd Friendships and Unusual Love

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I read two books, DNF a book, one novella, and reread two books in February. It was a great reading month, to be honest.

1- One Day by David Nicholls – (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 5/5

I absolutely loved this book. It was amazing from the beginning to the end. When I started, I didn’t expect it to be so well written but it exceeded all my expectations. This one’s for anyone who’s ever fallen in love with their best friend but just couldn’t grasp the concept of it completely.

2- The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick – (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 2/5

I have mixed feelings for this book. Even though this book was fun to read I just didn’t fall in love with it completely. The romance is more of a friendship between two messed up people which was amazing. It was a quick read so you can include this one in your summer TBR pile.

3- The Last Juror by John Grisham – (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: Did Not Finish (DNF)

I have never met anyone who has ever spoken badly about John Grisham books. In fact people I know are obsessed with his work. I wanted to give his books a go and started with this book but I just couldn’t finish it. The story seemed a bit interesting but the narrative was so boring that I would fall asleep within 10 minutes of starting the book. Any John Grisham book suggestions that can change my opinion about his work? I would love to know! 🙂

4- The Prelude of Ella & Mica (The Secret #0.5) by Jessica Sorensen – (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 2/5

So I have this problem where I read books in numeric order. If there is a 0.1 of a series I would start from there. I won’t just go to book one directly. The sad thing is it took me some time to figure out that not all novellas are that good and can ruin some great books significantly. This novel was alright and quite typical. We have an angry teenage girl with family problems and we have the perfect guy best friend who is putting up with her shit because he is in love with her, etc. I liked Mica.

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I don’t usually reread books unless its Twilight saga but I was missing everyone from the TMI world so much due to Shadowhunters TV series. The characters from the show are quite different to the ones in the books so I just had to reread and assure myself that they were indeed themselves.

5- City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare – (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 4/5

I believe rereading a book after a while helps you notice things you did not the first time around. I had fun reading City of Bones but I was also dreading the last parts and you know why that is so.

6- City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare – (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 5/5

The second book is my favorite so far in the series. It has so much wit and action, I love it. Plus a bit of Malec is all we need to survive every disaster there ever can be in the shadow world. Though I really wish there was more of it but I don’t mind rereading the next books for it. I love Malec, yes! ❤

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I am trying to catch up on all the wrap ups till I reach my current month. The posts will soon be very present oriented. 😀

Until next time!

~F x

January Book Purchase & Wrap Up

January Book Purchase & Wrap Up

Hi everyone and welcome back to my book blog! 🙂

This is my second post and it took me quite a while to decide what I wanted to write about. I think it will be a good idea if I do a bit of monthly book purchases and wrap ups in the coming posts. This way you guys will get to know the kind of books I read and what’s on my shelf currently. Don’t fret, I might end up mixing a bit of tags too because who doesn’t like doing them? I certainly do. Moving on with today’s post…

~ January Book Purchase ~

Right on 31st December, 2015, I purchased The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It was delivered in January and that should explain the title. I love fiction books but I like to read nonfiction ones too from time to time preferably something useful. Everyone I follow on social media were going bonkers over this book and recommending it madly and as I love the concept of organizing items and am often looking up new hacks I thought to give it a go myself.

~ January Wrap Up ~

I read three books in January.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 3.5/5

I had no idea how much I wanted to read Carry On until I started it. I had such a good time reading it and it was almost impossible for me to put down. It gave me so many happy feels. Baz was bae worthy and Simon was very cute. I loved their relationship. I read it as an eBook but ordered a physical copy as soon as I got the chance. I haven’t got my copy yet and I have no idea when I will get it but as soon as I do I will be writing a full fledge review and also reread it, heh!

Girl Online On Tour (Girl Online #2) by Zoe Sugg – (Goodreads Synopsis Here)            

Rating: 2/5

Always supporting the blogging community, I gave Zoe’s second book a go. I completed it in a day. It was easy to go through. Being in my twenties, I didn’t really like it that much but I believe people below 16 will adore this book. I was very happy with the ending though. It was very practical and made sense. 🙂

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 5/5

This book was so much fun and informative to read. From start to end I devoured it. If you are a hoarder and want to get rid of all the excessive stuff you have in your house or you love cleaning and organizing, this book is for you. I know people might say why get a book on cleaning but I believe it is better to have a useful guide at your disposal at all times which you can trust. For me this book is that. I haven’t applied everything in this book yet but I intend to soon. Also there are a couple of things mentioned that I was doing already which made me very happy lol. Thanks to my constant experimenting habit.

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That’s it for today, guys. I hope you all are doing well wherever you are. Talk to you guys soon in my next post. 🙂

All my love,

~F x

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