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

Fat Books I want to get done with by the end of the year!

This time, since my summer vacations have started, I’ve been on a major reading roll. Like I swear I’ve never read this much in my life. I’m usually a slow reader and get bored easily by doing one thing, but this time I am reading around 5 books at a time (check my goodreads!) and it’s actually been going good.

Just last week, I got this new edition for Anna Karenina and I was thinking to give it a go.

Continue reading “Fat Books I want to get done with by the end of the year!”

Top 10 Tuesday: Books on my Spring TBR

 

Happy Spring, ya’all! 

If you have been following my blog for a while now, you must know that I’m the sort who loves making TBR lists, adding more books to it, making humungous promising reading plans, talking about those never-ending lists in my blog posts…..and then never actually doing them…..yeah. Seriously though, why do you guys still follow and read this kind of an indecisive blogger who can’t even get a hold on her life???

But. If you’re an amazing follower, and you’re still here and reading, how about I dive into more of my TBR lists for spring?

So…

The first three will literally be the ones I planned to read in spring break about which I’ve talked about in my Spring plans post. (Mini news update: I’m buddy reading Gilded Cage with Victoria!)

Continue reading “Top 10 Tuesday: Books on my Spring TBR”

Stacking the Shelves – 17/2/18

So this is the first time I’m doing this meme. I have seen it around a lot and have always been meaning to do it but every Saturday of mine is spent lazing around or being sick (atleast, lately that’s been the case!)

Anyway, so this meme is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, adding to goodreads list or adding to book outlet carts (in my case, yes cuz that’s my favourite hobby!)

This week I came across a LOT of new books! I was sick so I had lots of time on me to browse through the promotional emails you get in your email boxes. They’re actually pretty handy when it comes to books recs (shoutout to BookRiot for that, they really have amazing recommendations and plenty of reviews and first chapter reads)

What I added to my Goodreads TBR:

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(Click on the picture to read the synopsis)

Book Outlet Cart:

 

 

 

Borrowed from a friend:

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Current Read: 

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That’s all for this week! Also, there is a sale on Book Outlet on a few books and there are books for around $1-2 which is an opportunity only a fool would miss! Hop on there and check it out!

That’s all my books for this week. I better go and start preparing for my quizzes for the upcoming week. I might be MIA for the next week, btw. (Saying as if I blog on a regular basis already LOL)

Happy Reading, and take care! xx

New Years’ Book Haul!

A little too late for a New Years’ book haul, no? But better late than never! You have no idea just how long it took m to write this post. I have been stuck between wanting to  blog and watching stranger things my entire vacations. DUDE SEASON 2 IS EPICCC. Go watch it right nooowwwww!!! Will is so adorable! Also, should I watch Dark or The end of the Fucking World next???

Moving on, I got some exciting reads this new years. Most of them are kindle editions though. I wouldn’t have had a problem with that if it hadn’t been for thse gorgeus covers for some books bec I would really love to own phsyucal ediitons of those.

So keeping this post short, my reads are:

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Genre: Short Story Collection
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Genre: Fiction, Romance, Psychological Fiction, Contemporary Romance (oh wow thats a lot!)

And that appealing title and cover!!!

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Genre: Thriller, Suspense (seriously? It sounded so historical!) Image result for the library of shadows

Genre: Bildungsroman, Fantasy Fiction 18166936

What the hell is Bildungsroman? Is it a spelling mistake?? Is it supposed to be romance but then what is bildungs…? Let me Google.

Oh shit, it is actually a legit word! In literary criticism, a Bildungsroman is a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood, in which character change is extremely important.

Oooooh righttt. Well, I’ve heard quite a lot about this one and this whole bildungsromance thing sounds pretty rad, tbh.

 

Have you guys read any of these books? If yes, let me know what you think! 

P.S Also please suggest books/movies which have characters who are book-lovers or love reading etc. (Already know about Gilmore Girls so leave that out).

 

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The Intimidating TBR Pile

This was the fastest paced tag I have done so far. Like answers were automatically coming to me and I was writing them and I realized just how much I’ve missed doing Book Tags!!!

My enthusiasm for doing tags is so much that I don’t wait for people to tag me and end up searching for book tags to do on google. And honestly omg there are sooooo many nice, fun, interesting tags to choose from I was overwhelmed with all the choices presented to me.

Now further deviation, let’s get into this:

A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t finished:

Haha, there are waayyy too many. I’m generally an indecisive person, so naturally when it comes to books I can never make up my mind which one to read. I want to read like multiple books at one time, and when I finally decide on one book, I read like 10 pages ad then decide to watch a show or sleep or eat or do anything BUT read that book. I know, that’s very ambivalent of me. So the book I’ve left incomplete are:

A Quiet Kind of Thunder (Because its seriously isn’t going anywhere! It’s like stuck at a point where a mute girl and a deaf guy are just making each other’s existence valuable)

The Night Circus (Man, I was really enjoying this one but had to leave it because umm, idk, i kept it back on my shelf when I was arranging it, and then I was like meh it looks so good on the shelf lol)

Three Dark Crowns (Tooooo drag in the beginning but I only read like the first 10-12 pages and I’ve heard it’s drag in the start but it’s worth it in the end)

13 Little Blue Envelopes (This was a very nice book. All about travelling and going to Amsterdam and Italy and damn, I would love to have an aunt like that. I left it because I had to come back to college and I could only take a few selected books and this was one book I decided to NOT take with me lol)

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (I started listening to its audiobook while i was on the treadmill in the gym. But i remember i kept listening to it all the way back to my dorm, but then just left it and forgot allllll about it until this post lol)

Where One Goes by Toler B.N (This is the book which i’ve left incomplete for like the longest! I think it was back in 2011 that I left it hoping to come back to it, but I just never had the motivation. Last month I read 5 more pages of it and i was like screw this, I’m not reading it although I’m almost at the end but like meh, whatever)

40 Rules of Love by Elif Shafak (I’ve heard it’s amazing and so far I found it pretty interesting, but I had borrowed it from a friend back home, so had to return it back to her before coming to college. But I will read it again, for surree!)

A book you just haven’t had time to read for:

Umm, there are a lot of books like that. That’s the problem. I have waayyyyy tooo many books to read, but so little time. So there isn’t possibly just one book right now. Even if there were unlimited hours in a day, I would still not have probably read all the books because of my indecisiveness, but aah well, that’s another story.

A book you can’t read because it’s a sequel:

Naah. I never ever buy sequels if I haven’t read their first part no matter how attractive the cover or the synopsis may seem to be.

A book you haven’t read from your TBR because it’s brand new:

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A book by an author you’ve previously read but didn’t really like:

Hhmmm, I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve encountered an author/book like that yet. However, I genuinely feel like if you read Sidney Sheldon novels, after a time you’ll just get bored of his books because they all more or less follow the same pattern of betrayal, crime and glam and they get really monotonous and predictable. So maybe that is why I just got tired of his later books.

A book on your TBR Pile that you’re just not in the mood to read:

Oh this will be goood! There are so many books like that. For starters, When we were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro. I got this book only because Ishiguro won the Pulitzer for this year, so I was like let’s try this. But I’m kind of not in the mood, you know. It’s like this deep story about war and change and I don’t think I’m in the mood for that kind of stuff right now. 

A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t read because it’s enormous:

Umm, all I’ll say is I am glad I don’t have It by Stephen King on my shelf. I don’t own it nor will I ever try to buy this very humongous, fat, thick book which could literally take me an entire century to read.

A book on your TBR you bought because of the cover:

The Book of Lost Things.

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It isn’t a very out of the ordinary OH-MY-GOD this cover is drop dead gorgeous kind, but it gives such uncanny, mystical feels. I have a whole post devoted to this book, appreciating the cover art. You can read this here. 

Secondly, I’ve just realized that most of the books I adore because of their covers are the ones I end up reading on Kindle. Like Wintersong and Caraval. I fell in love with their covers and ended up reading e-book version of these because I couldn’t wait. (I’m glad I made this decision for Wintersong, I can’t stress enough on how pathetic this book really is).

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The book on your TBR you find the most intimidating: 

Hah! Definitely The  Godfather by Mario Puzo and The Book Thief! 

The Godfather was given to me by my cousin and he was all like “Oh this is so good, you have to read it and make sure you have a dictionary by you when you’re reading it because it has good vocab in it” and honestly that intimidated me so much! Also, the synopsis sounds so scholarly and intellectual, I’m not really sure this is is the book for me. Like I am scared of picking up this book. What if I don’t understand it and people ask me questions which I don’t know how to answer and I’m just left there looking like a dumb blonde???!!

Book Thief has been on my shelf since so loonnggg and in the end I just ended up watching the movie (pls don’t kill me guys, I know this is really a very shitty move) and now the question is should I read the book or not?? Because the movie was pretty good! I really do want to read the book, because I’ve just heard so many good things about it! But I honestly am sooo intimidated by it, it’s not even funny.

So there it is, guys! I’m so glad I did a tag after so long, I feel like I should take out time to do tags more often. Are there any intimidating books on your TBR’s? Let me know below!!! 

-Until next time! xx

The Goodreads Tag!

Hi all!

I’m so sorry how I’ve been so inactive on my blog. So I decided to do another Booktag that I saw over at Thoughts on Fantasy. Basically, I self-tagged myself ha. It is an interesting one, and you know how I just love talking about books and reading lists, and TBR’s instead of actually reading ’em. Lol.

Anyways…

What Was The Last Book You Marked As Read?

Pride and Prejudice (Wtf, whaatt?!) I really have no idea why that book is marked as “read” so late.

What Are You Currently Reading?

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard.

What Do You Plan To Read Next?

hmmm, good question. I don’t know! Something from my September TBR.

Do You Use The Star Rating System?

Yes.

Are You Doing A 2017 Reading Challenge?

Yes. And I kept a low goal of 25 books a year because I know even that would be incomplete. I’ve completed 8 books HAHA. (I think the problem lies in me DNF-ing stuff so much)

Do You Have A Wishlist?

Wait. Does GR have a wishlist?! WHAT THE….

Ok no I just googled, you make wishlist HAHA. Such a disgrace I am to the book community. Also also, Half of my “to-read” list is my wishlist, hun, what are ya’ll talking about?!

What Book Do You Plan On Buying Next?

So I’m legit placing an order from Book Outlet right now and my cart says:

Love & Gelato

Beneath Wandering Stars

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Book 1

This Savage Song

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Way I Used to Be

The Book of Lost Things

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Do You Have Any Favourite Quotes?

Positive Quote: Sometimes when you´re in a dark place, you think you´ve been buried; but actually, you’ve been planted. http://www.HealthyPlace.com   You know how I feel about Alice <3 "You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants a magical solution to their problem, and everyone refuses to believe in magic." ~ Jefferson, Once Upon a Time (2011)

Who Are Your Favourite Authors?

Umm, I like Kristin Hannah. And umm I basically don’t read according to authors but I’m planning to go on a Neil Gaiman spree soon!

Have You Joined Any Groups?

The YABookBloggers An awesome group of bloggers with monthly group reads, discussions and buddy-reads!

Name the first 5 books on your to-read shelf?

Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Even the Darkest Stars by Victoria Schwab

The Archived by V.E. Swhwab

The Unbound by V.E. Schwab

The Spellbook of the Lost and Found

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I Tag…

anyone who wants to do this! Go ahead guys x

-Happy Reading!!!

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

 

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