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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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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Book Review: Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

 

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My Rating: 4/5

Am I on a roll here or what? Seriously, this is my fourth book review of the month and the third review in a week. WHAT THE……. I have never ever in my reading life been so efficient and since I’ve been reading my whole life, that kind of sluggishness suffices my entire life.

Jeez, I’m making serious progress here. All too shocked and proud?!

So I’ll quit babbling about my efficiency and before this turns out to be a “me post” , let us get into the reviewing part. Let me start with telling ya’ll THAT OH MY THIS BOOK IS SUPER AMAZING! I LOVE IT. From broken families and nice functional foster families, to

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Book Review: Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga – another unpopular opinion

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My Rating: 1/5

Synopsis:

Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father – her grandfather – who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother’s trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her ‘father’ and her family. But Julian isn’t the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother’s past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.

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Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

Title: Two by Two

Author: Nicholas Sparks

My Rating:

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“At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear…and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding—one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.”

So, I have a very mixed opinion about Nicholas Sparks. On one hand, I don’t like his writing style because all of his stories follow the same plot and are very predictable. On the other hand, I enjoy his movies, particularly, The Choice and Dear John. But I think that’s accredited to the very smart choice of cast selection. (Channing Tatum, hello?)

Anyways, so I decided to read this novel because it seemed very different from all his other novels, focusing more on family, marriage, and love for people you care about. I particularly liked how the relationship between Russ and his daughter was explained. Over the span of the book, it takes the readers from a father who worked day and night, not knowing how his newborn daughter suddenly turned 4, to the point where he got so involved in her life that she was all his routine became.

Although I found myself relating to the hardships that Russ goes through in his life, all of the pain and stress he undergoes, suddenly something happens in this book. It was a bit unexpected for me and wouldn’t count as a plot twist because it majorly just changed the entire story. After focusing ¾ of the book on Vivian, Russ and their marriage, this sudden change just seemed out of context. (This was Sparks’ usual way of adding a tragedy to his story). This, however, failed the story. Completely.

Secondly, everything was falling apart even close to the end and then suddenly on the very last page, things started making sense to characters: Vivian realizing her mistakes, Russ making his decision, and literally everything else that was keeping readers wondering what’s going to happen next unraveled on the very last page. This just disappointed me so much. Because out of all Nicholas Sparks novels, this was actually based on realism. Something that happens all around the world, but the ending just made it sooooo unrealistic.

When it comes to characters, I felt myself so enraged on Russ half of the time. He was such a door-mat, not speaking for himself or his daughter or what he really wanted. Just agreeing to everything and then wondering why things weren’t working out? (seriously?) Vivian was shown as someone who always wanted to have her own way. Not understanding the circumstances or being coopearative. But then, last page happened, and she became very understanding and everything ended happily. (LIFE DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY!) I really can’t stress enough on this.

Fans of John Green might like this due to the tragedy and the heartbreaks. The father-daughter relationship is the highlight of the book and if you’re looking for something bittersweet but also with a great amount of love and healing power, this is for you. Since I’m not a fan of John Green or tragedies (they make me cringe), I didn’t like it but judging from people’s reviews they seem to love this.

So, I guess you really have to find out for yourself.

Review of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Published date: 1st September, 2015

My rating:

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(Yes, my rating is going to be in cups of coffee, coz coffee and books just make the perfect combo)

Okay so I decided to read this book because of all the hype that was going on about it. I read several reviews some saying its worth it, some saying it’s not, so I decided to give a try myself.

Synopsis: The book starts with a 17-year old girl who is always trapped in her house due to her very rare condition-allergic to the world. Yes, strange, right? And so interesting. Her allergy can be triggered anytime by anyone or anything. She only lives with her mom and her nurse, Carla. Her brother and dad passed away in an accident. New neighbours move in next door, and with them a boy of the same age. Its kind of like an insta-love here, where she sees the boy and thinks “He’s gonna be the reason I want to see the world.”

The character development of Madeline was really good. I could see myself relate to her if I was the one trapped in a sterile environment for so long. Nicola did a great job putting the emotions in precisely the appropriate words.

 

 “I’m crying and the cold morning air chills the tears on my face. I’m laughing and the cold invades my lungs. How is it possible to have an emotion and its opposite at the same time.”

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“Love is worth everything.”

Half of the communications between Olly and Madeline are done through emails and chat messages and that bit is a little cheesy-cute, their conversation giving the story a realistic idea.

However, the book focuses more on the romantic part of the story than the greater issue which is said to be the central theme of the book. This, in contrast, may be done on purpose to prove the twist which later comes in the story. The very same twist which literally just ruined the entire plot of the story and left me thinking, wait what? Seriously? I mean, it contradicted the whole story! It almost felt like the author couldn’t come up with a better end to the story and was forced to wrap it up like that. In addition, it was really predictable. Honestly, it was just disappointing.

After I finished the book I read all the reviews again and people seemed to love it and now I feel like i’m one of those people who don’t like anything they read! But that’s not true!! I really wanted to like this book but sadly I couldn’t. I only read it because its movie is out and I always read the book before i watch the movie.

But please don’t go with whatever I’m saying. Everybody’s opinion matters. Go give this a try yourself! And if you have already, feel free to comment below!