March Wrap Up

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Hi, people!

Sorry for neglecting the blog from past couple of weeks. Life just got a bit too real so I needed a break. Things are still rocky but I find myself wanting to write so here I am. I have been looking forward to do my March wrap up since the month started because I was sure it would be amazing reading wise. I was feeling a lot of YA Contemporary and poetry vibes throughout and I ended up reading 6 books.

1- Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: what the hell did I read? / 5

This book was one of my most anticipated read of the year. The synopsis was amazing, the cover was beautiful, and the writing was mesmerizing. Sadly, I couldn’t understand the story well. It all felt very confusing. The chapters would take you on a high and then leave you completely dissatisfied. I can’t even seem to remember the end now but I do remember screaming in complete frustration when I was done with it. The characters didn’t make sense either. I was very disappointed with this book.

2- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 3.5/5

A couple of months back when I had the option of buying the physical book for this title, I refused because I was sure I would absolutely dislike this book. I ended up liking it way more than I expected. There were so many parts I loved and kept screen grabbing them. There were some parts I didn’t like but overall it was a great poetry book. I especially loved the illustrations.

3- All the Things I Never Said by Mae Krell (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 3/5

This is a poetry book written by a 14 year old. I wasn’t expecting anything extraordinary because I knew it was her first poetry book and it would take her a few more to get to her best writing stuff. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how good the poetry was. I would definitely read more from her in the future.

4- The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 3.5/5

After reading Everything, Everything and loving it to bits, I wanted to read more of her work. So glad she has another book. Got my hands on The Sun Is Also a Star and read it as quickly as I could. The topic of immigration and immigrants feels so relatable to me because it kind of cover expatriate issues too and I am an expat. I loved the writing, the characters were good too, I liked alternative chapters of both the main characters, but my favourite was other people and things chapters. What I didn’t like was the insta-love. Super annoying! I was thinking to do a detailed review on this book. I have got more to say on the immigrant/expat issue.

5- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 3/5

I started A Monster Calls in January or February I guess. Read a few pages and forgot to pick it up again. In March I decided to finish it. I liked the book. We finally have a book that addresses the things a patient’s family/close ones go through too. The writing was good, the characters and the situations were well developed. Unlike others, I didn’t get too emotional over this book.

6- Born to Love, Cursed to Feel by Samantha King (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 1/5

This is another poetry book I read in March. It started off good and there were a few parts in the middle that were good but overall it felt repetitive. I got tired of it by the middle and wanted to abandon it but I powered through.

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How many books did you read in March?

I hope you all are having a good April.

Till the next time,

F xx

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February Wrap Up & Mini Spoiler Free Reviews

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February wasn’t a good month for me because I didn’t read any book I liked particularly. That’s why I am going to give you guys a mini spoiler free review for the books I read in this wrap up itself.

I read three books in February.

1- Salt by Nayyirah Waheed (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 3.5/5

One of my new year’s resolutions reading wise was to try out some poetry books. I wanted to start it off by Nayyirah Waheed because I follow her on Instagram and I love almost everything she posts there. Salt is one of her most famous and well-loved work so I decided to read that first.

Her poetry revolves around Africa, colored women and oppression. Most of it was really good. There were also some parts that I didn’t get and some repetitive poetry that wasn’t tasteful to me. Overall I liked this book and would suggest people to read it at least once.

2- Lily’s House by Cassandra Parkin (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 2/5

I was provided a PR copy in exchange for an honest review. From the synopsis I was expecting way more from this book than it provided. The story was slow for my liking but the characters were so nicely built and the world as well. The theme of this book was very subtle, so much that you only get to know it when it is explicitly written. I did a goodreads review for this book that you can read (click here). To be honest I still think about this book a lot. The character of Lily and her house come up in my mind quite often.

3- Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: I feel nothing for this book / 5

Where do I even begin about this book? One of the most disappointing reads of 2017 for me. I was expecting so much from this book especially since All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is one of my most favorite books ever. I don’t know what happened with this one. I could feel nothing for the characters and their situations even though I can totally understand and relate to obesity and not recognizing faces. There were no emotions in this book or any feel to it at all. I read somewhere this book feels like a problem driven book rather an actual story and I am sad to admit it’s true. By the end I wasn’t even interested in how the story will unwrap. I really hope this book was just a fluke and the next book JN comes out with do justice to her abilities as seen in ATBP.

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That was my wrap up and mini review. I hope you guys got a better insight into why I didn’t like the books I read in February. I hope yours was much better than mine. Now I have a question for you; which was the most disappointing hyped up book you read recently? Let me know in the comments below.

Till then,

Byeee xx

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January Wrap Up

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I know it is March and I am doing a January Wrap Up but I keep forgetting to do these posts. I am not used to them so it is going to take some getting used to. Bear with me, please. 😀 There is another reason why I am not keen. I keep thinking my bookstagram should be the only place where I do wrap ups but I usually just share my ratings there and knowing me, I love talking about books and if I do a wrap up here I am bound to talk. I think long posts can be a put off but then I also remind myself writing about books passionately is why I started my book blog in the first place so I shouldn’t hold back. What do you guys think? I am going to give wrap ups a go here too from now on and talk as much as I want to see how it goes.

Anyway so now without further delay, let’s do this. 😀

I read three books and a short story.

1- Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen (Sarah Scribbles) (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 5/5

I am sure most of you would be following Sarah Scribbles on Facebook to get a dose of her super hilarious and relatable comics based on a girl character. When I got to know she is coming out with her graphic novel, I knew I would read it. The book is a collection of most of her popular comics that she has already shared on her Facebook page. I didn’t notice any new ones but it was still fun to go through them once again and spot my favorite ones. I believe it was a good idea that she made this compilation. If you love her work this is a good book to purchase. It can also be a good gift to almost any girl and can be a great coffee table book.

2- The Spy by Paulo Coelho (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 4/5

To be honest, I can’t even seem to remember what it was all about now. I remember there is a prostitute who is being executed for being a spy. I don’t remember anything else lol. I liked reading it but I was sure by the middle only it’s a book only hardcore PC fans would like or someone who likes similar books or writing style.

3- A Long Conversation by Cassandra Clare (Lady Midnight first edition special chapter)

Rating: 10/5

I mean this story set my soul on fire and desire for more TMI books. I miss the whole world so much. I miss Jace, his awesomeness and imaging Jamie Campbell Bower as him. I also miss Magnus, Alec, Chairman Meow, Church, Isabelle and Simon. I basically miss everyone and all my ships. More TMI books please Cassandra Clare. More Jace and Magnus.

4- Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon (Goodreads Synopsis Here)

Rating: 5/5

Talk about underestimating a book and then falling for it head over heels. So glad I ended up reading this book and not getting put off by all the rave. This book was well deserving. I did a spoiler free review for this book (Click here for it) that I have linked above and would like you all to read because this book is awesome.

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Alright, I am done. This was fun. 😀

I will see you guys in my next post. Till then I hope you all are having a day and smashing some book goals.

Bye xx

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REVIEW: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

*no spoilers included*

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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. (synopsis: goodreads)

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RATING: 5/5

After hearing everyone rave above this book, I was convinced I won’t like it. YA contemporary novels are usually very cliché and that’s what puts me off and I don’t pursue the genre more. I went into reading this book without any expectations and I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did this book changed my opinion on authors who are talking about diversity in contemporary novels, it showed me how it can be achieved.

Everything, Everything is written from first person POV. In the first couple of chapters we get to know our main female character Madeline and the disease she is suffering from that renders her from going outside in the world. Then we are introduced to Olly, her new neighbor and someone who is interested in becoming friends with Madeline. We have Madeline’s mother who is very strict about Madeline’s health and very cautious as a mother can be. Then we have Madeline’s nurse who is the only friend she has beside her mother. The first couple of chapters showed us all these characters and Madeline’s situation. For some reason that didn’t get me very interested in the book. It took me about 90 pages to really get into the story and once I was into it there was no going back.

Everything, Everything is so nicely writer. The story is very intriguing and makes you think how a person survives by living such a lonely life. The characters are of diverse heritage but to observe how alike they actually are was so good. All the characters have their own stories and situations too that set them apart of course and you start caring for them the more you get to know them and those situations.

I usually get very impatient with books these days and want them to end ASAP but with Everything, Everything I wanted to take my time. I wasn’t bored even for a minute after those 90 pages and was really invested in the story and how their stories would end. I don’t believe I am an adventurous person and don’t really like reading about them at length but this book made it fun.

All in all, Everything, Everthing had a very unique concept and explored important and meaningful topics that need to be address so people can understand the difference between wrong and right. It is beautifully written and have very cute illustrations through the book. It is heartbreaking and loveable at the same time and will stay with you long after you end it. I would recommend it with all my heart.

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

*no spoilers included*

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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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