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

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Hello, my loves!

Monday is here, and I frickin hate Mondays. But what I like is Goodreads Monday, which is really my favourite meme of all the memes. But this time I decided to do something new this Monday.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to share stuff about yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

(I honestly chose this meme because I just wanted to rant about life in general lol)

So basically, enrollment period ends today. I FINALLY GOT ENROLLED INTO THIS LITERATURE COURSE I WANTED! I had been on the waitlist for an entire goddamn week. This course means so much to me because this is going to be my first lit course in Uni (no I’m not doing an English major). Our core books are The Great Gatsby and Hamlet!! Can you believe it? I frickkin love both of them soooooo much aaah. OH AND WE WILL ALSO READ, DISCUSS AND ANALYSE EMMA BY JANE AUSTEN.

Like ok, this class is everything that I want.

Anyway, so that’s what I’ve been upto , running to and fro in my selection for courses and hence got zero time for reading.

Now for the upcoming week:

I’ll be finishing Aristotle and Dante (Sept TBR, remember? Isn’t it surprising how I’m finally following something?)

I’m also going to start A Quiet Kind of Thunder! And hopefully hopefully finish it by next Monday!

Alsoooooooo one more thing,

I read Wintersong. I’m actually legit crying because it seems like the more excited I am for a book, the more the book disappoints me. It’s like the entire book world just goes against me and it’s not fair.

I’m going to upload my review for it on Friday night, so keep checking my blog! (Hint: it’s going to be a rant!) I just need motivation to actually get myself to write!

 

 

What has been happening in your lives? If you’re in college/uni, what courses do you have? And what do you plan on reading next week?

I would love to hear ya’ll! I should go now bec *insert another uni excuse *

(I CAN NOW GET AWAY WITH THINGS USING UNI EXCUSES HAHA)

See ya’ll soon with another post. Till then, Happy Reading! xx

Goodreads Monday: The Book of Lost Things

Hi guys!! I hope this blog post finds you in good health and graces!

Goodreads Monday is my favourite of all weekly posts. It is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren @ Lauren’s PageTurners in which we get a chance to choose any one book from our never-ending TBR pile and show it offff! I mean it made its way to your TBR pile for some reason, right? So share it with usss!! Also, check out Lauren’s page and link back to her!

So my pick for this Monday is The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.

It was only recently that I found out that the book has so many different editions! Isn’t that amazing? I always love it when books have different covers and editions.

Published date: 7th November, 2006

Synopsis:

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives. 

It has characters like Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Woodsman and The Crooked Man. Kind of like those childhood characters! So it sounds so interesting. I really want to get this book, but I haven’t seen it at my local bookstore. I found the audiobook, but like I don’t really want to waste such an epic read on an audiobook.

 

What do you guys think of the book? Have you read it? If not, will you plan to? Let me know in the comments below!!

-Happy Reading! xx

 

WWW Wednesdays!

This is a weekly Wednesday meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a world of words.

It’s fairly simple with just 3 questions to answer.

1. What did you last read?

2. What are you currently reading?

3. What will you read next?

 

My last read was Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  

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My rating: 3/5

For my review, click here.

My current read is History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. 

It is about a boy who loses his best-friend and also an ex-boyfriend, Theo, to a drowning accident. At his funeral, Griffin, meets Jackson, Theo’s current boyfriend. That is all I’ve read so far although I’m done with half of the book. My point being, it is going rather slow and nothing substantial has yet happened except that we are just getting to know about Theo’s and Griff’s relationship. I really feel like DNF-ing this book, but i sincerely don’t want to because I’ve heard SO SO SO much about it being soooo brilliant that I feel like I should give this a chance! (I’m not hurting anyone’s feelings here, okay? So apologies for Silvera’s die-hard fans.)

And as if, this book wasn’t appealing to me already, I decided to pick up a light, cheery read which could momentarily distract me from Griffin’s sadness.

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This is actually a very light-to-read book! EXTREMELY CHEESY and I’m really not a fan of cheesiness, but somehow I find myself smiling at the book. There is really no plot as such, except the usual chick-flick stuff, cute boy meets new girl sorta thing. But a) It takes place in Paris, so you get to know a lot of french and b) I LOVE the name ST.CLAIRE! Haha

So well, Let’s see how this progresses and I will upload a review sooooon!

 

 

 

My next read is going to be Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (I’m honestly dying with curiosity)

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It further explores the journey of Mare and Cal after they’ve been saved by the Scarlet Guards. Hopefully, there is going to be more in-depth character development of Cal and some romance not necessarily between Mare and Cal are going to emerge. (Yayy for Team Kilorn!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you guys think about these 3w’s? What are you reading or planning to read? I’ll be happy to know! 🤓

Take care and Happy Reading! xx

Goodreads Monday: Strange the Dreamer!

Hey all! I’m here again, with my first weekly Monday post! (hopefully, to be continued till the end of times)

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren @ Lauren’s PageTurners in which we get a chance to choose any one book from our never-ending TBR pile and show it offff!

My book for this Monday is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Can we all just have a moment of silence to appreciate this exquisite cover?!

And the plot of the story is just as dreamy as the cover; it questions your imagination in all ways possible.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

 

Isn’t the synopsis interesting? But honestly, if the cover wasn’t this good, this book probably wouldn’t have been in my TBR. The synopsis attracts me even more because of this blue and gold beauty!! I honestly just feel like touching this thing ❤ Laini Taylor, you sure have got a thing for artsy stuff! Even her Smoke and Bone trilogy had a pretty cool, crafty cover!

So what do you guys think about it? What have you all got up your sleeves this Monday? Let me know in the comments below!

-Happy Reading! xx