Book Rant: The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

About the Book:

Girl (loves books and majoring in English) meets Boy (wall street freak and majoring in Business) and fall in love. Ten years down the lane, we find out that they somehow have broken up due to something that happened in the past but both the characters have had time to sought their lives out. The story is of personal development, growth, love and heart-breaks that happen in their lives and how it changes them. Question is, will they re-kindle and if they do, are they ready to face the difficulties that tore them apart in the past?

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Mini Movie Reviews – What I’ve watched so far this week

Hi everyone! I hope everyone’s summers is going well.

It is EXTREMELY hot and humid in Pakistan these days which is barely controllable. Going out is a no, so I’ve been pretty much stuck inside my room either trying to read or looking to watch a good show or something. But seriously what is wrong with Netflix these days? There is literally nothing which I can say is mind-blowing or anything. Let me dive into what I have watched so far this week:

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What I did this month – Books, Netflix and more!

May has already ended WHAT THE HELL. Half of 2019 has already passed by, i have officially become a senior now, Ramadan came and went by ALL IN ONE MONTH?? Honestly, time is flying by way too fast. It seems like we’re in some time travelling machine which is set on super fast speed. It will be 2020 in 6 months, guys. 2020. Aaah.

But anyway. It is what it is.

Moving on to talking about my month, it was an amazing month both in terms of reading and blogging (maybe moreso towards the last week of May). Also I know I’m late in posting my wrap-up, but I had Eid festivities going on and was really busy in that.

I pretty much neglected my blog this year around because of the constant load of studies, but once my vacations started I promised myself I would work on that and change it. So this post will be a quick summary of my month: books I read, shows I watched, my goals for the next month etc. Brace yourselves people, this will be longggg.

 

Books I read (1)

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Wow, just realised my May was really diverse in terms of genre. I read a classic, a YA Contemporary, a fantasy and a non-fiction. *pats my back* Good work, eh?

Mrs. Dalloway: When someone says feminism and stream-of-consciousness in the same context, you can’t help but instantly say “Virginia Woolf!” This book was in my list of classics to read and finally this semester I had to read this for one of my courses. The writing is brilliant! The stream of consciousness thing is done so well, you cant stop reading honestly. The amazing part is that this book takes place over a span of one day. ONE DAY ONLY. And its amazing to see how the thoughts of each person unravel over the pages and the two people who never meet in the story are least likely to be linked are the characters that are the most similiar. It is honestly an amazing read and if you’re looking into strong female writing, look no further!

My Rating: 4/5

Words in Deep Blue: This was definitely a cute book. It features people who love reading, love stories beginning from bonding over books, setting is a bookstore and hidden love letters between books. Doesn’t that sound like a book-lovers dream???? This whole premise just made the love in the book so enticing.

However, there are other parts to it and there is sadness. Death-kind sadness. I usually don’t like sad books, but the way the story deals with it is really nice. The feelings of the characters just consume you. Which brings me to the characters, aaah love the character development. From the very start, it felt like I already knew the characters you know? The letters hidden in books for other characters basically tell you so much. Plus, one thing that I REALLY appreciated was that the side -characters did not just exist for the purpose of being diverse, or giving love advises or to add up to the MC’s lives. The side characters had stories and lives of their own. Every character in the story served a purpose.

But aah problem: The first 100 pages are really slow, nothing is happening and it sort of got monotonous for me. ALSO. It was v predictable sort of. Maybe this is just me, but i like stories which prove me wrong and i had guessed the ending of the book before i had even read half of it.

So even though i loved the setting and the characters and the over-all plot, I just feel like it wasn’t something out of the world, but it is definitely a book that every book-lover should read because WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO DATE SOMEONE WHO READS SO MUCH??

My Rating: 3.5/5

Every Heart A Doorway: OH BOY THIS WILL BE MY FAV FANTASY SERIES. I really really really hope it gets made into a movie because damn that would be so brilliant! This book is perfect in every way: plot, narrative, characters, twist, and oh don’t even get me started on the world-building. A definite 5/5 rating! 

Read my full review here!

 

Books I read (2)

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This was the first time I started watching a show without reading reviews on it first and I’m glad I did. I was really in the mood for some dystopian/thriller and this show provided me just that. The story-line was good and even though there were a few flaws in characterization and the plot, over-all it was a fairly good show.

Read my detailed review! 

My Rating: 8/10

 

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This movie was umm….a ride. The narrative is superbly done, filming is amazing, acting is also umm…8/10. The setting is Shanghai, which is very rare to see in movies these days and I loved it! However, the basic message they were trying to portray didn’t come off as well and I felt like the topic over-all, could have been dealt with better.

But over-all the movie was a 7/10 mainly because of the narrative and cinematography.

Read my detailed review!

 

 

Yummy Mummies

 

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Oh Boy this show was hilarious!!!! It is basically a Reality TV Series which focuses on the lives of 4 pregnant Australian women. The series ends with one of the girls crowned as a “Yum Mum” – a mum who is equal parts glitzy, glamy as well also a good mom.

I know at this point you’re probably thinking what the hell was wrong with me to watch something like this, I mean who could have this much amount of free time in their lives???? It’s unbelievable that this series even got renewed for Season 2 HAHAHA. But trust me, it provided such a laugh ohmygod. I was rolling my eyes half of the time – both with annoyance and disbelief – i mean, DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE ARMANI MILK BOTTLES FOR INFANTS???

Their world is full of Range Rovers, Versace Baby Showers, Celebrity hairdressers (who are also good husbands and fathers) and the 10-episode series serves for perfect laughter, amusement and a glimpse into the lives of Australian rich bitches.

 

 

Books I read (3)

 

Reading Goals:

🌸 Read 2 ARC’s

🌸 Read 2 E-books

🌸 Read 2 books from my shelf

 

Blogging Goals:

🌸 Do a Discussion Post

🌸 Post a book review every week

🌸 Post a movie review every week – which means posting twice a week

🌸 Work on my new blog design

🌸 Arrange my Goodreads Shelf

 

 

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That’s all for this month. I hope you all had a good May and happy reading/watching/chilling for the summers!!! x

June will be the month of Chick-lit releases // Books I’m excited for!

Holy Moly, it’s June already!!! Which marks half of 2019, what the hell?? Listen, it’s freaking me out how time is flying by tbh. It’s like we are traveling through a time machine which is just moving very very very fast.

IT IS JUNE AAAH. Let me digest that.

<over dramatic much?>

But hey hey hey, June also means summers!!! And summers calls for??

BEACH READS // CHICK-LIT // CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE//

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Movie Review: The Perfection – what the hell was this movie?!

Hi all, and welcome to my second movie/tv show review of my brand new Movie review Series! (My first was on the TV Show – The Society, check it out here!)

Story-line:

When a music prodigy, Charlotte (Allison Williams) returns to her music conservatory after leaving her music career behind due to her music illness, she finds herself face-to-face with another music star, Elizabeth Wills. Marked as a twisty horror-thriller by Netflix, it tells the strange things that happen as soon as Charlotte steps into town.

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TV Show Review: Netflix’s “The Society”(Spoiler-Free)

Hi everyone! I hope everyone’s been doing good.

For all of those who have been following me on Twitter and Instagram may be aware that I have been thinking for a while now to also review movies and TV shows, occasionally. I was also thinking to revamp the aesthetics of my blog for that – the thought is still under consideration – so i might eventually end up doing it or not, i ain’t sure of that. But one thing that I’m perfectly certain of is that I am definitely going to be reviewing shows and films.

Hence, my first post on a TV show – TA-DAA!

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The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale – My first huge book haul of the year!

This year so far has been a really wonderful year in terms of my books and reading. I went to 3 book-fairs (not all were nice, though), I got 11 new books, I made friends with book-lovers over twitter and most of all, I read relatively more than I read last semester during classes. I think I should actually do a post of “All he Books I’ve read this semester” to keep a track of books I’ve read and also to update ya’ll!

My vacations have finally started and I couldn’t be more excited to spend my days reading books and watching shows….which leads me to my next point…

What are your views on me expanding my blog from only book reviews to writing movie reviews as well? 

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Discussion Post: Female “hero” in Young Adult Literature

Hi guys! Today I want to talk about something which I have noticed in a number of young adult books and film and I feel like I am ready to do a post on it.

Ok so to start, I want you to ask yourself, “Who is a hero? What qualities does a ‘hero’ have?” According to Google, the definition of a hero is “a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities” followed by ‘Synonyms: brave man, man of courage, man of the hour’ etc.

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WWW Wednesday – My gateway to do weekly memes

Heyy ya’ll!

Hope you all have been doing fine. It’s Mid-April, which means it is almost the end of the semester so the pressure to deal with classes, quizzes and papers is overwhelming. It is also like April already, like jeeeez time is literally flying by. This month I have been having a relatively good reading month, owing to my classes which have weekly novels and papers to write. Hence, I was like why not share my reading experiences?

So I decided to do WWW WEDNESDAY Post which ishosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.  It’s a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments of Sam’s blog.

 

What are you currently reading?

 

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If Beale Street Could Talk: So I started reading this book for a course of mine where we have to compare books and their literary adaptations. I really wanted to do The Hate U Give cuz i have already uploaded a movie/book comparison here as well but then I was like no, how about do something new? I’m glad though, esp after Regina King aao won an Oscar for this movie.

The Lives Before Us: So I got this ARC from Netgalley and it is actually my very first arc that I’m reading for this year. It’s a historical fiction about two women (my favourite POV’s) and the setting is Shanghai, something which is not talked about a lot in historical fictions. I am through with 40% of the novel and so far it’s nothing outstanding, but let’s see how it turns out to be till the very end!

Portrait of an Artist: This is also for my course on Irish fiction. I am 6 chapters into it (the book is huge!) but the narrative is pretty interesting. This has made me realise how much I love character-centric prose and this book is all about character development of Stephen Daedulus. (Plus so much witty symbolism, I’m loving it.)

 

What did you finish reading?

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Every Heart A Doorway: Oh I super duper loved this book! It’s short, to the point, dark fantasy, character-centric and brownie points for references to Alice and Narnia! Definitely reading Down Among the Sticks and Bones. See me gushing about this book in detail.

 

What will you read next?

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Mrs. Dalloway: Haha this is again for my class next week. We are doing Irish authors with a special focus on stream of consciousness and apparently when you hear “Irish” and “women” in the same sentence, all you think about is Virginia Woolf. So I’m really looking forward to reading this book!

Down Among The Sticks and Bones: I am definitely reading this next week. It’s short so it will take me like, 3 hours to be done with it? (Hopefully) but yeahh, I’m reading this next week and gushing about it again!!

That’s all for my WWW Wednesdays. I’m doing this meme after such a long time and it’s only now that I’ve realised how truly fun it is! Like it is always so refreshing and productive (atleast for me) to talk about books I’m reading and what I think about them and this meme just so accurately summarizes all your bookish feelings in a post!

Link down below with your WWW Wednesdays. I would love to strike up a conversation on your reads. ❤️

Happy Reading, ya’ll! And Beale Street review would be coming soooooon🎞📚

Book Review: Every Heart a Doorway

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If you’ve spent your childhood wanting to be Alice, Dorothy or any of the Narnia siblings, then (a) You’ve wanted to escape your life really bad, and (b) you’ve probably noticed how these stories always just end once the children come back to the real world after their magical adventures to parallel universes. The narratives usually leave you feeling bittersweet and elegiac at the end; seldom, if ever, do they talk about what becomes of these children after they return to their real world. Every Heart a Doorway answers all these questions and deals with children’s feelings once they return.

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