Tackle Your Library Challenge 2017

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Hello everybody!

Today I want to talk about ‘Tackle Your Library Challenge 2017’. This challenge is created by Ashley who is one of my favorite bookstagrammers and now a blogger too and her friend Lauren. The concept is to try to finish a bunch of books that have been sitting on your shelf since the dawn of time and you have been pushing them further in the back because Immediate TBR is extremely out of hand.

I got super excited when I read about this challenge on their blog. Just like most of you guys, I am someone who loves to buy new books and then forget they exist. People who buy books and read them immediately or eventually, I envy you lot. I have a memory of a goldfish and the will power of a 20 something so for me to commit to one thing is super impossible. That is why I want to give this challenge a go and hopefully by the end of this year I would be done by at least a few of my books.

If the above description of myself sound like I am talking about you then I will highly suggest you to take up this challenge. Also, go follow Ashley and Lauren and show them some love.

Ashley – Bookstagram @Ash.Reads

Lauren – Bookstagram @Bookschief_managed

Blog – ashreadssite.wordpress.com

I don’t know Lauren but I do know Ashley and she is such an amazing person and absolutely lovely to talk to. They co-own the blog and write super fun posts, challenges, and are such relatable people. Definitely check them out for all the book feels.

Now on to the challenge. So you have about 15 prompts. You can pick whichever best suits you or do them all. I haven’t decided how many of these I want to do. I actually want to do them all! Being a bit ambitious here but I want to see how well I do. I might probably change the answers for a few of them because boy do I have a lot of books I get but don’t read.

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#TACKLEYOURLIBRARYCHALLENGE17

Challenge One: SERIES YOU MEANT TO START IN 2016
F: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo // The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Challenge Two: CONTEMPORARY
F: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch // Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Challenge Three: NON YOUNG ADULT
F: Any book by Richard Yates // The Muse by Jessie Burton

Challenge Four: COVER YOU AREN’T FOND OF
F: Lily’s House by Cassandra Parkin // Salt by Nayyirah Waheed

Challenge Five: OUTSIDE SCENERY ON COVER
F: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (I don’t have any book with outside scenery and I have been waiting for this book since March 2016. I am buying it the minute it is out and intend to finish it within 2017 so yes this entry is allowed just this once)

Challenge Six: OVER 500 PAGES
F: Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott

Challenge Seven: RECOMMENDED BOOK
F: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs // Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco // Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Challenge Eight: BOOK WITH MULTIPLE AUTHORS
F: My Lady Jane by C. Hand, B. Ashton & J. Meadows // Shadowhunters Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman

Challenge Nine: PRE 2016 DEBUT
F: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Challenge Ten: #BOOKISHLETTER [one of  your initials]
F: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis // Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay or Book by J. K. Rowling

Challenge Eleven: BOOK WITH CHAPTER NAMES
F: Wonder by R. J. Palacio // The Book Thief by Mark Zusak

Challenge Twelve: TITLE YOU LOVE
F: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Challenge Thirteen: BOOK WITH ROYALTY
F: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia!!)

Challenge Fourteen: PERSONLESS COVER
F: Heartless (Marissa Meyer)

Challenge Fifteen: A STANDALONE BOOK
F: All The Light We Cannot See

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Don’t I just love options, ha!

Here is the link to the original post (click here). I hope some of you join in on this challenge. Let me know if you do in the comments below or tweet me @bigbookstinyhea 🙂

Have a lovely day! ❤

~Fam xx

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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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June Wrap Up // When You Decide To Not Read But The Universe Has Other Plans For You

June Wrap Up

Hi guys!

Sorry for being almost a month late in posting this. I was very busy with life and shizz.

I had no plans of reading anything in June because of Ramadan (religious month). Life is always hectic during that month. But then one night I was pretty much doing nothing and I opened a book and then one thing led to another. xD

I read 4 books in June. There was a series and a contemporary novel.

1- The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

(First Book Synopsis Here)

The Winner’s Curse #1 || Rating: 5/5

The Winner’s Crime #2 || Rating: 5/5

The Winner’s Kiss #3 || Rating: 5/5

First ever series where I gave 5 stars to all three books. If you want to know my complete thoughts, I did an in-depth review that you can read here. (CLICK CLICK!!) The first half is spoiler free. The next half has spoilers and you will be warned beforehand.

I loved reading these books. They were far more than what I expected and is one of my most recommended series now.

Another thing, I don’t link synopsis of sequels when I am doing a monthly wrap or reviewing a series because obviously if you read the synopsis of book 2, 3, etc, you can end up reading spoilers and that’s one thing I hate, ha.

2- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 3/5

I plan to put up a review for this book soon. This book was good and I liked reading it. I am just not that into contemporary novels but I do try to read a few now and then because I like to stay in the loop.

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Hope everyone had a good June and are reading some fun things this month too. I will catch you guys in my next post very soon.

Lots of love ❤

~F x

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SERIES REVIEW // THE WINNER’S TRILOGY BY MARIE RUTKOSKI

*no spoilers included*

The Winner's Trilogy

Even though I decided I won’t be reading much during June and July, I just could not stop myself from starting another book. All I can say is I am obsessed with fantasy reads at the moment and even the thought of not reading one right after another scares me.

The Winner’s Trilogy caught my eyes on bookstagram. I haven’t noticed much hype around it or maybe the accounts I follow don’t post about it much. I looked it up on Goodreads and felt it was interesting.

Synopsis: Click here for Goodreads Synopsis (In case you haven’t read the books yet or have no idea about the storyline, please read the synopsis so you will have an idea what I am talking about in the rest of the post)

Plotline: I liked the story a lot. It had a strong base and the world and the characters were so thoughtfully created and placed in every scene. The whole fight for one’s rights and freedom was eye opening and thought provoking.

Writing: I absolutely adored the writing style. From Book 1 to Book 3, there was not even one place where I felt the flow was disrupted. It was so continuous and I admire such brilliance. A person’s writing evolves with time as any other skill would, so it can get hard for an author to write a series in the same way. So whenever one does I am always in awe. 😀 Also, complete series is from third person’s perspective which I now believe is awesome. (Thanks big bro!)

Feels: I won’t call this series one that revolves around just the romance. Yes, it was an integral part of this series but there was so much more to it. There was a lot of action in it and violence too. There were varying emotions invoked by family drama, acceptance, and approval. There was friendship and kinship that were tested throughout. I loved how every emotion was placed and there was never anything that made me feel like ‘oh, that’s overdone’.

Overall I won’t say this series killed me with the feels but it had so much stuff like slavery, oppression, etc., that was food for thought. And to be honest, I wouldn’t have liked it any other way. 🙂

Characters: So our main female character is Kestrel and for a change our heroine is not a badass ninja killer but a beauty with a strategist’s brain. Her moves are very calculated which makes it very interesting to read. Our main male character is Smith/Arin who has hidden secrets of his own but is not a pain in the ass or over the top perfect. He is an ordinary guy but with leadership qualities and is ever so humble and doesn’t realize his full potential. I loved these two character. They were so good to read. I loved their developing romance that got me so excited that I had to express it by updating my Goodreads status

‘Things are getting soooo interesting here!!! *heart eyes emoji* excited!!!!’

Please bear with me; I am a sucker for romance. That’s what happens when you stay single for way too long and read romance/fantasy novels.

Books: I have thoroughly enjoyed all three books. They were such page turners.

The first book – The Winner’s Curse – lays down the foundation, explains the past, shows different relationship and portrays the developing romance between Kestral and Arin which is why it is my favorite book in the series.

The second book – The Winner’s Crime – has more strategies based with a lot of consequence. It was interesting but at the same time so infuriating because of certain characters and their ploys.

The third book – The Winner’s Kiss – is 60% war based but there was never a dull moment. I don’t like reading books that have wars or elaborate details because I am not that imaginative I believe. I got a little wary thinking I won’t be able to keep up with this book but I was kept interested throughout. And that’s saying something really.

All the three books are packed with emotions and feelings so it will never become just an action/war packed book, so don’t worry it won’t focus on just one topic! 🙂

Favorite Characters: If you’ve read the books you will know the people I talk about now. Apart from Kestrel and Arin, Roshar was my most favorite character. His humor was always oh-so-endearingly-sarcastic and on point. I love what he did in the end of the series. It will be a crime if I don’t include Little Arin to this list. Roshar might just have my head for it. Sarsine was such a sweet soul. I loved Ronan. There were parts where I was shipping him and Kestrel so bad. Verex and Jess’s were nice too.

My Rating for The Winner’s Trilogy as a Series: 5/5

My Individual Rating:

The Winner’s Curse: 5/5

The Winner’s Crime: 5/5

The Winner’s Kiss: 5/5

I rarely ever like all the books in a series the same way so it was quite a surprise when I checked my Goodreads profile to get the ratings for this review and saw I gave all the three books 5 stars. 😀

Do I recommend this series? As if you can’t tell. Hell yes!!!

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!!!SPOILER ZONE!!!

Please stop reading now if you haven’t read the series because I am going to crying about a few situations in the book in the section below. You’ve been warned.

Can we just talk about how freaking evil the Emperor was?? Character wise he was brilliant but I hated his cunningness and the power he had to do anything because he would never be questioned. By the time I was 70% done with The Winner’s Crime #2 I was soooo angry I wanted to punch him in the face. His always had a few tricks up his sleeves. Like Verex said to Kestrel, that it’s not about competition and more about experience. The Emperor had so much experience with manipulating people and getting his own way. I hated it when he threatened her not to cause more problems than she is worth. Grrr!! And Kestrel’s father – OMG!!! Why would he do what he did??? I was soooo heartbroken!!! Even though he slipped a few tears in the third book after listening to what happened to Kestrel, he could just not redeem himself in my eyes. I understand he was hurt… but what he choose to do to her was too much.

Can we also talk about me wanting to throw myself out of the window at the end of the first book when Arin asked Kestrel ‘what did you do?’ OMG!!! I fell more deeply in love with him that very moment. And then when he said ‘Please don’t do this, Kestrel, you don’t understand.’ And she argues that she does and he says ‘you don’t, Kestrel, even though the god of lies loves you.’ I was so heartbroken!!! Why do books give me such painful feels, man!! The kiss in the kitchen in the first book was so cute!! And when he says that we can find a way to be together here – oh gosh my heart was in my mouth. Too cute!!! And when he comes and saves her from the Tundra. I was so worried he would never get to know what happens to her. I loved his possessiveness and protectiveness. Can I please have an Arin on the go? Thank you.

Verex – I was so conflicted about him. I was guessing that maybe he would be gay that’s why he isn’t interested in Kestrel but just turned out he was in love with some other girl. I didn’t think he would care about Kestrel so much that he would try to help her but it was very sweet when it happened.

Let’s talk about Roshar a little more because I am obsessed with him lol but the way we get to know his sexuality and how he teases Arin after that is just super hilarious.

I liked the Herrani culture. It was so mythical. I especially loved the design of their houses. So many rooms for just one person, how cool!! Loved the idea of a garden between the east and west wing that belongs to the Wife and Husband. 😉

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Okay I am done now!

Cya later!! 😀

~fatima x

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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