The Problem with…TBRs

TBR

/Tee-Bee-Are/

Acronym

To be read. Also known as the pile that will end us all.

 

Hi guys,

I’ve decided to start a little segment regarding some of the problems faced by readers. This could be cliché story lines, lack of diversity, shelf space and so on. I will discuss these issues and you are all invited to note down your own thoughts in the comments.

Earlier today, I realised that I own a lot of books. I buy them faster than I can read them. And frankly, that’s not something only I face. I know many, many, MANY people who face the same issues. A lot of my friends and I tend to complain about our TBR’s and sometimes go on book buying bans. Unfortunately, it still doesn’t get rid of our TBR pile.

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So…I decided to discuss the issue with TBR piles. They are daunting (have you seen the size of them?) not to mention HELLA scary. Seriously. There’s been countless times where I want to unhaul only to realise its hard to let the books go. It might be the book hoarder in me, but its probably due to this desire to read EVERY. SINGLE. BOOK. ON. MY. TBR.

But that’s not realistic unless I close myself off from civilisation for a couple years (by that I mean like 3 decades). But with new releases, sequels, review copies and recommendations, its impossible.

TBR’s have us participating in readathons and challenges to lower them. For those of you who can keep up a fast momentum when it comes to reading…congrats, I envy you. For those of you who are like me- reading one to two books in a week, then strap in. There’s no easy way to say this…but we’ll die before our tbr pile disappears.

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So, lets count the problem with TBR’s:

  • They are large enough to topple and kill us
  • Can’t read fast enough before buying/receiving new books
  • DAUNTING AF
  • As book hoarders, we cant get rid of them
  • Causes MAJOR anxiety (for me at least)

Not to mention the fact that I’ll need a billy bookcase or two to fit them *stares at shelves*

This was a impromptu post but I’m open to see what issues you face because of TBR’s. COMMENT BELOW SO WE CAN CRY OVER OUR IMPENDING DOOMS (aka TBRs)

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A Torch Against The Night Review

Hi guys,

I was lucky enough to receive the chance to review one of my most highly anticipated sequels this year. So first and foremost, thank you so much to Harper Collins.

Before I get into this review, it will no doubt be filled with the squeals of a fangirl, it is the review for the sequel so there may be minor spoilers for the first book. Just a heads up guys.

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Sabaa Tahir has done it again. I remember reading An Ember in the Ashes last summer because the plot seemed so intriguing and it was continuously receiving so much praise. When I sat to read AEITA, I had no idea id come to love the setting, the cast of characters and the world to the point where I would count down the months till the sequel came out. Fortuately, I did not have to wait long. Unfortunately, I was petrified when I did receive an ARC because it meant that I could FINALLY read it but it also meant that once I read it, I would suffer a long wait. But guys…Little did I know, that I would come to hold ATATN against my heart whilst battering it (lovingly) because of the pain that came with reading it.

Along with my blogger friends, I sat down in my room and decided to read a couple chapters. WRONG. I finished it in a single sitting and I sat there in my anguish and thus the long wait for book 3 has begun, friends. At least you have the sequel that’s out today and this review that will end up being a mess because I’m still not stable enough to deliver coherent thoughts. I read this book, according to Goodreads on the 8th of August. Its been 4 weeks of waiting. It hurts but now you all get to live through it and hopefully enjoy it as much as me. Now, enough blabbering and lets actually get into the full review.

The plot:

So we pick up around a few moments after the explosion at the end of AEITA and it starts off with Laia and Elias in the tombs trying to escape the Empire. From that moment, I knew this book was going to be action packed and there was never a dull moment. It was such a surprise when I saw the Helene got her own pov and we finally go into her brain and see things in a new light. We follow all 3 characters on their quests and I was astonished at the fact that I was excited to read about each one and the dilemmas they faced together and individually.

The characters:

Because we now get to see Helene as the Blood Shrike, it was obvious that we would meet new characters such as Harper. Sabaa wrote convincing, complex characters who added even more to the story and were essential in more ways than one. Harper was a character I did not immediately take a liking to due to some situations but I have to say by the end, he was definitely a new fave. We also got to meet Mamie Rila and I was so glad because she is the one who moulded the Elias we all know and love. I found the Tribes and familial aspects so moving, especially since there’s  lot of conflict happening in the backdrop. It was refreshing to see such sweet moments.

We also see a different Laia who becomes more confident but also reckless. Yes, she makes mistakes but its humane and I’m excited to see more of her in books 3 and 4 that were recently confirmed. Elias went through so much change in this sequel and even though I cried at some parts of the book, I am thoroughly excited to see him take on a different role in book 3. We also met this very interesting, otherworldly creature called the Soul Catcher. I hope you all love and come to care for her as I do.

AND CAN WE MENTION HELENE IN THIS BOOK? SHE WAS SO BADASS, DESPITE EVERYTHING THAT HAPPNED. SHE’S CERTAINLY A FAVE OF MINE BECAUSE SHE WAS SO DETERMINED AND STRONG AND CLEVER AND SHE NEEDS A HUG OKAY? Actually, she’d kill me if I tried to hug her. In case you don’t know, I was not the biggest fan of Helene in book 1. In book 2 though…

The pacing:

This book had such high stakes from the moment Elias and Laia left the Empire. There were more dangers, more demons and other weird creatures and mysteries being unravelled. If you’re after a fantasy book with a lot to offer, then Sabaa’s books are for you.

My overall feelings: 

Okay, we will be here all day if I talk about all my feelings. You know it and I know it too. So, I’ll just say one more thing. If you enjoy a riveting, beautifully written tale of ancient creatures with fantasy elements and a huge conspiracy and a dash of corrupt leadership (looking at you Marcus), PICK THIS BOOK UP. PICK IT UP AND LOVE IT. Also, let me know how much you cry and scale your feelings from a 1 to HOW IS THIS EVEN ALLOWED? down below.

Thank you once again to the lovely folks at Harper Collins for giving me a chance to review this book and for Sabaa. I hope your US release date was great!

If you happen to live in the US, you are so lucky because today, aka 30th of August, a beautiful sequel came out to the world (technically just to you guys). You can pick it up and read it and fangirl with me and you can also preorder it if you live elsewhere like myself. The UK release date is coming up and I might do a fun post related with this series.
Thank you for reading this hella long review and I hope you enjoy yourselves!

See you on the other side of the book!

YA Love Stories

Hi guys,

I realise I took a hiatus and this is mainly due to the fact that I was in a reading slump during July. It doesn’t excuse the fact that I failed to do any reviews but starting this weekend, you will be bombarded with the Pokémon Go tag as well as 2 reviews (so stay tuned!)

As for today’s post, I am on the Things We Know By Heart blog tour. For my part of this tour, I will be highlighting some of my favourite YA love stories. This doesn’t mean that there will be contemporaries in this list. Oh hell no. There will be some fantasy, some retellings and even dystopian…As well as a few contemporary love stories here and there.

For me, I personally enjoy romance in the books I read. But I adore books and series that gradually ease into telling us the story of a couple. From how they met, to how they finally got together. You will soon see some of my favourite love stories and some are quite hilarious and beautiful. Only because in some cases, we have a cyborg with oil all over her face when meeting the future Emperor of an entire Commonwealth. Ah, some good times are ahead, readers. Without further ado, lets list out my favourite couples and their love stories:

  1. Cinder and Kai

Okay, these lovebirds met in the market on a busy day and our protagonist who is a cyborg had oil all over her face when meeting the future Emperor. If you are new here or new to my bookstagram and twitter, then know this: I adore the lunar chronicles. So much so that many of my favourite love stories are in these books. Cinder and Kai gradually fall for each other in book 1…only to have major things happen and for them to be ripped apart. Through out the series, you see both characters grow together and apart and- COULD SOMEONE STAND UP AND SAY GOALS? THANKS. There’s other couples such as Scarlet and Wolf (cuties), Thorne and Cress (who says you need eyes to fall in love?) and Winter and Jacin. But lets not forget about Iko and that Lunar guard Kinney (THEY HAVE A GRAPHIC NOVEL OUT NEXT YEAR AND YES IM VERY EXCITED)

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2. Will and Tessa and Jem

The more I think about it, the more I understand why everyone loves this love story. Personally, I live by the rule that “If you truly loved the first, you wouldn’t have fallen for the second.” In this situation however, there is no way that someone can love Will without loving Jem. They are parabatai (a bond stronger than that with family). This love story literally killed me. I died so many times and I just wanted both Will and Jem happy (Not the biggest fan of Tessa). In the end, I was satisfied that both men were happy (in their own way). Trying not to give any spoilers guys (its so hard).

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3. Arin and Kestrel

OHMYGOD I LOVE THIS LOVE STORY. THIS COUPLE. THIS SERIES. Praising Marie Rutkoski for writing such a slow burn romance. No but for real, this love story took so long to happen in book 1. I remember sitting there like “There’s gonna be betrayal, there’s gonna be betrayal” like a mantra of sorts. This couple couldn’t be together and the star crossed elements were E V E R Y T H I N G. It also helps that their relationship starts of as a friendship of sorts and they have M U S I C in common and I appreciate when an author takes the time to write a slow burn romance. So, thank you Marie for that. (Note: I haven’t finished this series but I shall very soon)

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4. Shazi and Khalid

I had to mention the epic love story in The Wrath and The Dawn. I mean- it would be a crime if I didn’t. Along with the beautiful, exotic setting and the lyrical writing style, this series features an 1001 nights retelling and there is our main protagonist who spins tales every night to escape death by the hand of her husband. She does finally find out about the truth and the gradual way in which they fall in live was squeal worthy. So, if your a sucker for an incredible setting and even more incredible characters of colour, this book is for you. There’s also a sequel so get to them both. You’re welcome.

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5. Emily and Frank Porter

I need me a Frank Porter. Okay, first I need to be less lazy and take one of my siblings to an arcade and conveniently bump into Frank Porter. Then slowly fall in love with him whilst he helps me complete a list of 13 impossible things. But I wouldn’t mind because FRANK PORTER. That guys, is how much I adore Frank Porter. He’s intelligent, sweet and loyal. And hot. But mostly intelligent. I love me some intelligence. I’m sure Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone does too.

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6. Colton and Quinn

This blog tour is dedicated to Things We Know By Heart and I obviously had to feature this heart breaking love story. The way Quinn and Colton end up meeting was unique since her situation is different to any other. You see, Quinn seeks out Colton in the hopes of getting some sort of closure. Their love story only blossoms and there’s grief as well as betrayal highlighted in this book. It was beautiful and raw and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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And that’s it! Some of my favourite YA love stories laid bare in front you guys. Comment down any of your favourite love stories 🙂

See you on the other side of the book!

This or that book tag

Hi guys,

I recently saw this tag over at Danielle’s blog and I thought it looked fun so…I’m here doing it! 😀

Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag who is Ayunda over at Tea and Paperbacks
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you! So, thank you Danielle for tagging moi.
  • Choose one of the options provided and you don’t have to list a reason but feel free.
  • Tag some lovely people to spread the love!

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1) Reading on the couch or on the bed?

I almost ALWAYS read on my bed. I either sit, or lie in it.

2) Male main characters or female character?

Wow. Er…Well in YA, there’s a lot of female POV but when a male POV comes up, I love it. I love both.

3) Sweet snacks or salty when reading?

Both! But it depends on my mood.

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4) Trilogies or quartets?

I’ve mainly read trilogies so I guess I’m biased in that sense.

5) First person point of view or third person point of view?

First person narrative is easier to follow but you never get a holistic view so third person.

6) Reading at night or in the morning?

I read more at night. Instead of sleeping, I stay up trying to get so much reading under my belt.

7) Libraries or bookstores?

Definitely bookstores because I’m a book hoarder. Also I want to be able to revisit my favourite parts of a book whenever.

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8) Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

Okay, who doesn’t want to laugh whilst reading? But I’m such a masochist.

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9) Black book covers or white book covers?

How about blue? 😉

10) Character driven or plot driven books?

I love both. How about both?

 

Okay, I tag:

Bat from Koffee Book

Naz from Enchanted Bookcase

Shazi from The Book Chapter

Ahmed from Bookfume

And anyone else who wants to take part!

See you on the other side of the book!

Review of Illuminae

Hi guys,

So I’ve spent the last 24 hours gripping my copy of Illuminae and I’m proud to say that I enjoyed it to the fullest extent.
Without further ado, here are my thoughts on this book:

First of all…THIS BOOK DESERVES ALL THE STARS IN THE FREAKING ‘VERSE!

It was nothing short of spectacular and consuming. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did BUT CHUM, THIS BOOK DESERVES ALL THE HYPE AND ATTENTION. IF YOU HAVEN’T PICKED IT UP…WHY NOT? FEEL THE PAIN WITH ME AS WE WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL. But more on that later.

The plot:

I’ve never read a book that goes against every law in the world. And it goes against every cliché. I found myself unable to predict what would happen next and I was so teary eyed that I needed constant breaks to ensure I didn’t lose what little grip I had on my sanity. Did. Not. Work. The book is so fast paced and it’s action packed with gore on every few pages. And there was so much chaos and death that I felt as though I was there stuck on a ship with contaminated people out to get me and a mad AI. Like I said, it gets pointers for being original.

The characters:

Ezra and Kady were different and HILARIOUS. There were so many times that I LOL-ed, only to be shut up by the death and loss that comes after. Kady was the brains, with her mad hacking skills and her sheer determination. God, I wanted to be her. I mean, she also dons an awesome pink haircut. Ezra, is the goof. The romantic. He was so damn sweet and he had such a crude sense of humour that I couldn’t help but laugh at all the innuendos made by him and McNulty. Speaking of McNulty, the amount of death in this book had me shaking from the shock. I never thought that it was possible for there to be new tears to replace the old. I could not breathe. There were files with blood splattered on them and reports that shook me to my core that I just…I felt so glad that one, I’m on Earth. Two, there are no weird afflicted folks trying to kill me and shouting “Don’t look at me”. So thank God for that. (I loved all the biblical references and how they were shut down by the AI) There was also Zhang and I just loved him and all his scenes with Kady and just…all I can do is sigh.

AI:

That’s right, psycho AIDAN gets his own little snippet of this review. Honestly, this AI creeped me out from the start. I’ve never been one to trust AIs, mainly due to all the movies that feature them taking over the world. This book was a little different. I pitied AIDAN but at the same time…Corpenicus will never be forgotten. Just saying.

The pacing:

So fast paced and before you know it a whole day has passed you by, and you’re sat there thinking…WOW. JUST WOW.

My feelings:

God, how I cried throughout this book. I just sat there sobbing, hyperventilating, in denial, laughing, being paranoid and keeping my friend up with my messages about how everywhere hurts because of the tears and pain. Good times.

Overall, I loved this book. There were many LOL moments and there were also nail biting moments. I was on the verge of snapping and losing my shit before the authors were kind enough to grant me SOME peace of mind. Thanks for that guys. *salutes*

The ending provided some level of closure even though I still have so many questions and just…I really love Kady and Ezra. They are by far the most BADASS characters I’ve ever come across. If you love strong female characters, this book has so many and I aspire to reach that level of awesomeness. I really cannot say more but it’s fast paced and easy to get into after the first few pages. There are no chapters, just files and files that mislead you and give you an insight into everything that’s happening. There is so much foreshadowing but it’s so covert, you don’t even realise it till the end. Just know that this book will stay with you and make you reach for more books like it. Except…there are no other books like it. Great.

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Now…with all that said…DON’T LOOK AT ME

That quote scares the shit out of me oh god.

See you on the other side of the page, chums.

Non-spoiler review of Uprooted

Hey guys,

For the past two days, I’ve done nothing but eaten up this incredible book. Uprooted by Naomi Novik has been on my radar for a year now. I was lucky enough to finally buy it and DEVOUR it in the span of a day and a half. Do I regret it? NO. Do I want more? OF COURSE. But am I satisfied with this standalone epic fantasy? ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY.

SYNOPSIS 

Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

MY REVIEW
After a year of lusting after this book because of its premise and it’s cover (yes the cover is gorgeous) I finally bought and read this book in the span of a day. I’m in awe at the fact that I devoured it in such a short while, especially during exam season. But at the same time, this book deserves nothing short of my full attention. The world building was phenomenal. In the absence of a map, all I had to go on were the main protagonist’s words and the author was able to make me picture every mountain, colour and detail of everything, without boring or slowing down the pace.

The writing style was fun and whimsical and it helped that I enjoyed the main protagonist, Agnieshka’s voice/narrative. She was hilarious and witty and clumsy and odd and I. LOVED. EVERYTHING. I loved this aspect of her clumsiness since it made her flawed and thus, more real. It also made her motives that much more convincing since she had never aspired to be a hero and would rather run, even though she knew she would have to brave through it. I loved her and she’s easily one of the most enjoyable characters I’ve read about. Her relationship with the Dragon was one that had me laughing out loud and quickly trying to calm myself down enough to read on. He was the complete opposite of her in everyway: he was always scowling, annoyed and such a perfectionist. This made me cherish their interactions even more since he’d call her an idiot even when they were on *good* terms. I adored the intimacy and I love that the romance was slow burn and that it took a back seat so that we could enjoy this book for what it is – an epic fantasy book that made me anxious to know what awaited beyond each chapter.

In terms of the plot, wow. Just absolutely wow. It is so original and interesting that it was hard for me to let go off the book at any point. I was unable to function during the day unless I had the book and unless I was in the midst of eating it up. The story that is unravelled, about the Wood and it’s origins had me on the edge of my seat and there were moments that tears would well up in my eyes.

Now, the action. So much would happen and every time we were blessed with a great happy, tear jerking (but in a good way) scene, we would be tossed into so much chaos, death and destruction. The premise of the Wood was terrifying and haunting enough but to add to the fact that there were people who returned from it no longer themselves? yeah, scary. There was so much bloodshed and epic parts that I had to read through it ONLY because it was to good to set down.

Finally, Kasia and Agnieshka. The story is told in the POV of Agnieshka but it also has so many elements and parts that show us the beautiful bond between these two girls. I loved the realness and honesty of their bond and I loved the moments that were shared between them. They are the definition of best friend goals. You see how much they care for one another and you also see the lengths they’d go for each other. I loved this because books with heartbreaking moments are what I thrive for.

All in all, I’m so happy that everyone was enjoying themself and that we found out about the story behind the Woods origins. I love that Sarkan is with her ans still the same scowling person but I’m just…I’m so satisfied and happy. I have no other words to describe my enjoyment. This book deserves all the stars for holding my attention, for hurting me, for putting my heart at stake of breaking for making me laugh (out loud!) and for making me smile 🙂

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In layman terms, I HIGHLY recommend this book to those who love fairy tales, action, great world building, slow burn romance (if your a maschoist like moi) and highly EPIC fantasy.

I hope you do pick it up and if you do or if you’ve read it, let me know!

See you on the other side of the book!

5 Things I’d Leave For Future Me

Hi! So I am participating in the #ThisIsWhoIAm campaign for Harriet Reuter Hapgood’s novel, The Square Root of Summer, with My Kinda Book. Part of the campaign is to list anything (and everything!) that you would include in your time capsule. Below, I’ve included 5 VERY important things my capsule would contain.

If I could, I’d leave more than 5 things for future me, but a capsule is only so big…

1) Pictures.
Actual, physical pictures of me and my family and mostly ones of me in my prime time (Aka weird funny pictures I took as a baby. There’s this really funny one where there’s a close up of my nostrils and-that’s besides the point).

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Me when I saw my baby pictures

 

2) Luke the Penguin.
I have this penguin that I’ve become rather attached to. First, he guards my books. Second, he dons all the badges in the world. And third, it’s been a year since I got him and I love him even though he wears a grumpy look all the time. Also, he’s a great hugger for when Jen isn’t around.

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Me and Luke

 

 

3) A Hamilton CD.
This shouldn’t be a surprise, especially if you’ve been following me on Instagram and reading every caption up until I burst out into song and dance (who am I lying to? All I do is sing at the top of my lungs).

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All I can do is try to keep mum whenever any song plays but that never ends well.

 

4) Lunar Chronicles and my written thoughts at the time of reading them.
That’s right. I want future 20 something year old me to look back and think, “Carswell Thorne is still a hottie.”

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Whenever I see Thorne. Or Kai. Or Wolf. Or even Jacin. Basically, all the guys.

 

5) Arrow and Flash DVD.
I would kill to see if future me is still a DC & Marvel fan. Most likely, yes but I’d want to see if I still die whenever I watch Loki on screen.

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How do you not fall in love with this tortured soul?

 

I really want to know what you’d put in a time capsule for the future you. Let me know if you’d include any that I mentioned or if you’d include say, a cardboard cut out of Chris Pratt (I’m sorry, I watched Jurassic World last night and I’m still not over him)

If you want to check out Harriet’s new book, here’s the:

Goodreads page

Amazon

Harriet’s Instagram

Thanks for reading and till the next post!

PLS. Finally, my copy of The Square root of Summer, which I am reading (and loving!)

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Feel free to join in the fun, by tagging what you would include in your capsule, with the hashtag #ThisIsWhoIAm and @MyKindaBook on Twitter 🙂

Siblinghood (Sisterhood) of the world bloggers

Sisterhood 1Hi! First off, I’m sorry for being gone so long! The time flew by, and its honestly a blur of homework, coursework and revision… or at least an attempt at revising content. I promised myself that I would dedicate time to this blog and I’m hoping to keep this promise. So without further babbling and time wasting, lets get on with this amazing tag!

Thank you to Raven and Beez for tagging me! They are awesome bloggers and use the cutest rating system when reviewing books. If that doesn’t have you running off searching for their blog, here’s the link at Raven and Beez I feel honoured that I was recognised even though I’m just starting out. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! All the hearts <3<3<3<3

The rules are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their blog
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the 10 questions sent to you
  • Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate 10 blogs

Raven & Beez’s Questions

1. What is your favourite reading spot?

90% of the time, you’ll find me on my bed, reading till I tire out of my sitting/lying position. When that happens I hunt down some food and continue reading on one of the many couches in the living room.

2. How old were you when you realised that you loved books?

I was a tween when I discovered my love for reading. I remember taking frequent trips down to the library and once I turned 15, I took a break from reading till after my 16th birthday. I started avidly reading again in Autumn 2014. *sigh* good ol’ days.

3. Would you rather learn magic to save the world or some kind of fighting technique (if so, which one)?

This is easy. I’d learn how to karate chop my enemies into nothing…is that possible? (please say yes!)

4. Unicorn or Pegasus?

PE-GA-SUS! PE-GA-SUS! PE-GA-SUS!

5. Which book made you cry so much that you exhausted your feelings reserve?

Well, Me Before You certainly made me cry a lot…so did We Were Liars. But…I read those books last year. In terms of this year, Pivot Point and Maybe Someday certainly made my cry till I felt a headache come on. (It still hurts)

6. Favourite Marvel hero & Favourite Marvel villain?

Deadpool. I don’t care if he’s an anti hero…he’s awesome. But I will forever love Rogue from the X-Men…I’ve loved her since X-Men Evolution. In terms of villain…I guess Loki. He’s the best. Charming, calculating and… hot. That’s right, I love Loki. 😉

7. Do you read books in one sitting (or in two days) often? Do you like reading in one sitting or in one or two days? Normally, over how many days do you read a book? How many days would you like to read a book in, on a regular basis?

There’s many books that I’ve read in one sitting, such as Maybe Someday, We Were Liars & The Accident Season. Also, Cinder and Fairest. These are books that no matter how much I told myself to put it down and do SOMETHING else. Unfortunately, that’s impossible. I do enjoy taking my time and reading a book over the course of 3-4 days. Generally, I read 1 or 2 books a week, if I have school. In an ideal world, I’d read 3-4 books a week. ONLY, and I repeat ONLY for the sake of bringing down my TBR pile.

8. How do you dress at home?

I lounge around in my house, wearing this cotton, long dress thing (I’m Somali, and we refer to it as a Baati) In the winter seasons, I wear woolly jumpers and cardigans.

9. Do your parents read? Which genre? Do they read books you recommend? Do you tell your parents in detail about the books you read and discuss your feeling with them? Do your parents still read out loud to you?

My parents don’t read. If anything, they read bits of non-fiction text and the newspaper. That’s it. I read aloud to my 14yr old sister because she’s not a reader but states, and I quote “I like it when YOU read” I once read half of P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han to her. Suffice to say, I ended up with a sore, dry throat.

10. What non-fiction subject would you read a book on? Biology, self help, politics, biography, economics….?

I love History. I love Religion. And I actually enjoy Sociology & Psychology. I’d read a book on any of them.

My Questions

  1. What genre do you read the most?
  2. What are the top 5 books on your TBR (to be read) pile?
  3. When did you first start reading?
  4. If you had the choice to live the life of any of your favourite characters, whose life would you live and why?
  5. Where do you get the majority of your books from?
  6. The first book boyfriend that comes to mind
  7. What is one book you would recommend to everyone?
  8. Favourite childhood stories
  9. What is your most anticipated book of 2016?
  10. Which book would you like to see turned into a movie?

I tag:

@thosedarkbooks @fictionxtea @aloofbooks

Farah & Laila at: @lailatarek147

These are some awesome people who’s blogs and Instagram you should go and check out!

See you on the other side of the book! 🙂

– Dahabo

 

 

 

Siblinghood (Sisterhood) of the world bloggers

First of all, thanks for the nomination girls! I can’t wait to do this and put it up tomorrow! Second of all, I love you too & it’s a pleasure following you! 😘 It’s weird how I would answer the way you both did and I’m excited to answer these questions!

Raven & Beez

Sisterhood 1First of all, thank you so muchLuniReadsfor tagging us. We feel so great (:)))) to know that we are being recognized and accepted in the blogging community.

The rules are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their blog
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the 10 questions sent to you
  • Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate 10 blogs

Luna’s Questions:

1. Would you rather go to Hogwarts or camp half-blood?

Raven: That’s a very tough question! I love both of them so much but I think I would choose Hogwarts because MAGIC YOU GUYS! And Since Voldemort is dead and gone, I’ll be able to live as a witch in peace.

Beez: Hogwarts! I don’t want to explain myself except mmmhheerg!

2. Do you prefer hardcovers or paperbacks?

Raven: I prefer buying paperbacks (Obviously cause they…

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Top Books of 2015

*exhales* yes, this’ll be a hard list to compile!
Before I start listing my top books of 2015, I’ll start off saying it’s been a pretty hectic month for me. What with mock exams, housing guests and in general being busy, I wasn’t able to post for 2 whole weeks. And for that I’m sorry! But I’m back and bigger than ever! I’ve got some pretty exciting things happening soon and make sure your subscribed so you can receive email updates!
This has been a year of amazing debut novels, books I’ve finally gotten to and books that made me feel so much for its characters that I was there. With them. Fighting off tharmaturges  (that how you spell it?) XD
It’s been an amazing year in general, especially the last 4 months as I’ve made new friends over on Instagram ( @admirerofbooks ) who share the same love for reading that I do! Who knew making friends with your same hobbies was so amazing? (Clearly I didn’t 😂)
Okay, enough rambling and let’s get on with the list!

1) The Lunar Chronicles

This isn’t a surprise for those who follow me on Instagram since I basically upload pictures or make references every once in a while. You know how you have Potterheads for the Harry Potter fandom and Shadowhunters for the Mortal Instruments fandom? Well, I didn’t grow up reading those books. In fact I read very little back in the day. But this year was an amazing year full of amazing reads and this is one of them. This will be a series I revisit every once in a while because how could I not? I loved the characters, the plot, the writing, the different narratives, the little woven in fairy tale facts…it was just so beautiful and funny. Also, Thorne. Need I say more?

2) The Wrath and the Dawn

I read this just 3 days ago. It was amazing. Lyrical. Beautiful. Full of amazing scenes and it was based off my favourite story, A Thousand and one Nights. It follows a sassy, brave and intelligent young Shazhard who volunteers to wed this boy king who kills every wife he weds every night. However, she manages to stay alive by weaving him stories (like Aladdin). The reason Shahzard volunteered is because the boy king, Khaled killed her best friend Shiva, and she wants revenge. But she finds out not all is as it seems…intrigued? Well, I’d been contemplating reading it for a while until my friend Sukki convinced me and am I glad I read it? YES, I AM! Guys if you love adventure, action, mystery, romance then this is a book you NEED to read!

3) An Ember in the Ashes

Another all time favourite book for me is AEITA. I wasn’t THAT late to the reading party but I read this during my summer holidays and it was the best decision I ever made since I couldn’t function for weeks because of this book. It was another debut novel and it had a dual narrative which is something I adore in books (the fact a writer goes to the extent of putting themselves in the opposite genders shoes is amazing). It follows Elias, a Mask and Laia, a Scholar. It is packed full of action, adventure, mystery  (a tonne of it) and romance. The character development in this novel was also amazing and Laia transformed from a meek, terrified girl, to one who is stronger and braver and gah! This book! Everything I could wish for considering it had a Roman-esque backdrop to it!

4) Legend trilogy

Another series I finally got to! Yes, so many series guys…what can I say? I like me some dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy books 🙂
Bear in mind I’ve only read the first two books of this trilogy, Legend and Prodigy, and I shall be reading Champion, it’s conclusion, in the near future. It follows 2 characters, June and Day. June is this prodigy being shaped into a soldier whereas Day is this legend among the poor, who tries to keep himself alive on the streets. There is so much foreshadowing, adventure, PACKED full of action and it has so many political aspects and…guys, just pick up this trilogy if you love dystopian books, or if you love YA. Seriously, you will not regret it!

5) Me Before You

A change! This is a contemporary book that made me cry for days. I still can’t face upto the aftermath but it was beautiful. I will not give away too much because it’s best to go into it knowing as little as possible! It follows Lou, this young woman who gets a job caring for a quadriplegic, Will. Will has lost the will to live as he was a thrill seeker and being confined to a wheelchair has made him depressed. Lou is determined to make him see that there is so much more out there and that life is worth living, but soon she finds herself fighting to save the boy she’s come to love. This book. THIS BOOK. Wow. It was heartbreakingly beautiful and I’m pretty excited for the movie out next year. Check it out if you like romance, or beautiful books in general. Get the tissues at the ready!

6) We were liars

Another beautiful contemporary. I think you’ve all heard of this book so here are my brief thoughts! I loved it. I didn’t know the direction it was going in. It was beautiful and I….still cannot talk about it without crying. Seriously. Check it out! It’s a short read too.

(Disclaimer: I don’t own Me Before You and We were liars)
Thank you to my Instagram followers! I did the #2015bestnine yesterday 😁

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It does feature all my favourite reads 😁

Have a great New Year and enjoy the rest of your holidays!