September TBR!

September will probably be the month where I won’t be reading a lot of books… again. Not only do I have another test (kill me pls) but 3 of the books on my TBR are tomes. If you don’t know what a tome is then,

a tome is a large and heavy book usually longer than 500 pages. 

so a moment of silence for my little soul.

I will also be participating in #AYEARATHON for this month. The theme is to read as many Standalones as you can and the challenge is One Word Titles. The readathon will take place from 4-10 September. First, I’m gonna share with you my tbr for the readathon and then I’ll share with you the books that I wanna read this month in general.

#AYEARATHON TBR!:

Wonder Heartless Ageless The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Ageless by Paul Inman
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (not really a one-word title but I really wanna read it and it’s a standalone so…)

Now, let’s move on to the tomes books I wanna read this month:

September TBR!:

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) It

  • Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (I have already started this one and I’m like 30% done with it)
  • Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
  • It by Stephen King (It’s 1200 pages long. 1200 FRICKIN’ PAGES. It will probably take me a whole freakin’ month to finish this bad boy. I’m D E A D. I might start the book during readathon and read like 50-100 pages a day or something)

 


My TBR includes 7 books in total and I’m honestly not sure if I’ll be able to read all of these books but I’m hopeful that I might get anywhere near so I’ll give it a try, at least. 

Let me know what you’re planning on reading this month!


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June-August Reading Wrap-Up!

Hi, everyone! I’m back with yet another post. I should probably ‘be back’ with a  post telling you all where I disappeared but let’s just face it; you all are either sick of me telling you about my sudden and unexpected hiatus or you’re used me to disappearing from the face of internet now and then without giving you any reason why I actually disappeared.

Anyway, I was gone because I had to study a lot for my medical entrance test and I’m still amidst all these tests but I was like, screw it. I miss blogging and I’m gonna post something on my blog. So here I am… I won’t be writing about every single book that I read because no one wants to read a post that long unless it’s a controversial one… So let’s get started:

Books Read in June!

I read only 5 books in June because I was suffering from a deadly reading slump and also because I was 9000% lazier (than I already am) due to Ramzan. It was more like a 3.5 stars month for me because I gave only one book 5 stars – which, by the way, was a reread – and the others 3-3.5 stars. I didn’t write any review because of my laziness. The books are:

Never Ever (Never Ever, #1) Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3) Amina's Voice Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) Three Little Words

 


Books I Read in July!

In contrast to June, July was an amazing reading month for me. Not because I read a lot of books but because I read and loved all of the books except one. I only read 5 books but most of them were 4-5 stars. Only one was a 1 star read but I knew I was going to hate the book before starting because but I only read it because it was short. So… no regrets. Anyway, 3 of the books I read were a part of series. Two being the last books. Both left a gaping hole in my heart. The books are:

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) The Accidental Fiancee Black Moon (The Broken Trilogy, #3) The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5) The Border

I also started Cress by Marissa Meyer but I stopped midway because of studies.


Books I Read in August!

Now, August was an amazing reading month for me! I read 9 books in August!

It’s been such a long time since I read 9 books in a month and oh God, I missed it so much! This month was a 3-stars month for me because most of the books were either 3 or 2 with only one or two with 4 stars. Now, I won’t go into details of the books I read because NINE BOOKS! so yeah…

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) The Grownup A Place Called Perfect

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The BFG The Twits Another World


So, that was my June – August Wrap-Up! I know, I didn’t read a lot of books but oh well, I’m happy with the amount I read anyway!

Let me know how many books you read in August in the comments section!


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Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Title: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publication Date:  February 4th, 2014

Format: Paperback

Genres & Themes: Science Fiction, Young-Adult, Fairytale retellings.


Blurb:

Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison—even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does—in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.


Rating:

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Review: 

This book was PERFECTION. It was so good. So so good! I’m still not over it. I was a bit sceptical reading it because I thought that I might not like it as much as I loved Cinder. So I went into this one with low expectations because I also have read people say that it’s their least favourite in the series but I’m sure you know by now that I enjoyed it more than I enjoyed Cinder. This book is absolutely phenomenal and I dare you to fight me on that.

What I LOVE About This Book: 

– The new characters introduced in this one; Scarlet, Wolf, Captain Thorne are all amazing. My favourite one is, undoubtedly, Carswell Thorne who is one sassy and adorable lad. Scarlet is an amazing protagonist. I love that she is opinionated, firm and determined person. Wolf kinds of confuses me. He seems dangerous and powerful but at the same time, he’s as shy as a little puppy.

–  This book is more action-packed… which I love. There’s more action and story in this than in Cinder which focused more on the world-building. Of course, there’s brilliant world-building in this one as well but we are more focused on the plot now.

A lot of things have happened and plot twist that I wasn’t expecting at all. It’s like this book has taken an entirely new turn in the story and I’m excited to see where the story goes from here.

– The friendship between Thorne and Cinder and the whole squad (including Iko).

– Although the book was heavy at times, I didn’t want to put it down. I was so freaking hooked on every single word. I did, however, put it down after a certain plot twist because I wanted to digest it and let it sink.

What I Didn’t Like:

– The change of perspectives felt really drastic at the beginning. I got used used to it after some time but at the beginning it felt really sudden and kind of put me off.

– If you’ve read the book then you might know what I’m talking about and if you haven’t, well, skip this one. The exchange between Wolf and Scarlet at the end was honestly so cringy. I ship them but it was so…. I mean, they both met like what? 4 or 5 days ago and he’s like asking her to be his alpha female and I guess it’s normal when you’re half wolf and half man but…

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That’s it. These are the only two things that I didn’t like. But, they didn’t annoy me to death so that’s a good thing lol.


All in all, Scarlet is one of the best book sequels I have ever read, and if you haven’t read it yet (maybe because you didn’t like Cinder or you’re just procrastinating like me) then I definitely recommend you to. I’m hoping that Cress is even better than this one!


June Book Haul!

It’s hard to believe but I have kind of stopped buying books. I don’t have any problem with buying books but I don’t want them to just collect dust on my shelf. That’s why I’m trying to read the books I already own before buying more. I also have no idea what to buy anymore.

There are total 4 books in this book haul. Out of the 4, I only bought two books this month. One I bought myself and the other came in the May box of Absolutely Booked. The remaining two are the ones I won in a giveaway recently.

Let’s start with the books I paid for:


Nimona The Names They Gave Us

  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson  – I requested this one from this online bookstore and they didn’t tell me the price but shipped it to my house (Who does that?) Anyway, when the book arrived, the courier asked me that it cost Rs. 1200 ($12) and I was shocked. I know that it was going to be expensive but a paperback for 1200? Like even a hardback is cheaper. I paid them anyway because I couldn’t turn away the book so when I opened my package and took out this glorious book, I was #shook. It was glorious! The illustrations and the story and the characters. I wanted to read it right away but I didn’t because I wanted to savour it. So in short my money didn’t go to waste.
  • The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord – I received this book in Absolutely Booked Box – a bi-monthly subscription box in Pakistan. I honestly have no idea what this book is about and I have never read anything by Emery Lord so I don’t really have ‘high expectation’. But the cover is pretty and it’s glittery so even if the book doesn’t turn out to be okay, it will still look good on the bookshelf and in bookstagram pictures.

The other two books that I won in a giveaway are:

Beasts Made of Night Norse Mythology


If you have read any of these books, let me know what you think about them in the comment section! 🙂


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Review: Darkness Follows (The Broken Trilogy #2) by L.A. Weatherly

Darkness Follows (The Broken Trilogy, #2)

Title: Darkness Follows (The Broken Trilogy #2)

Author:  L.A. Weatherly

Publication Date: October 1st, 2016

Format: Paperback (ARC)

Genres & Themes: Young-adult, Sci-fi, Dystopia.


Blurb:

Welcome to Harmony 5: a secure prison camp where the rebellious and the Discordant are broken. Amity is their newest inmate. The rules are simple here: obedience or death. Anyone caught trying to escape is executed. But former Peacefighter, Ingo, is prepared to risk everything for freedom. And in a world this dark, what has Amity got to lose?


Rating:

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Review:

This is a spoiler-free review of the second book in The Broken Trilogy by L. A. Weatherly! If you haven’t read the first book yet then I wouldn’t recommend you to read this review.

Thanks to the publisher for sending my the physical ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

I took a long time to pick this book up. I received the ARC a few months ago and even though I loved the first book, I was a bit intimidated by this one. The reason is that a lot of things happened in the first book and I was a little unsure if I remembered most of it. I know, I could reread the book but the thing is I don’t reread books at all. Anyway, I took the plunge and started reading this book.

When I started this book I was like, “What the hell? When did that happen?” I’ll tell you why this was my reaction. The book starts with Amity in the court and she’s facing a trial when the first book ended with indicating nothing like this. Anyway, as we read more, we find out why or how she got into this situation.

Amity is in a camp for Discordants called Harmony Five which is like the worst nightmare. For the first 100 pages, we only read about the worse conditions she’s living in there. In the first book, the second POV was of Kay Pierce but in this book, it’s Mac Jones which was a little weird considering that in the first book, his appearance was only limited to less than a page. Anyhow, at the beginning, we don’t know for sure who he is or where his loyalty lies but he’s, somewhat, a major character. This is the reason why I was a bit confused at the beginning of the book.

Amity is in worse conditions and after living in that miserable camp in the miserable condition, she’s lost all the hope for a better future. All she wants is to survive and not die. She doesn’t care about anything or anyone else anymore.She has kind of become a cold heartless person who will whatever she can to survive. The first 100 pages only deals with her living there.

Then after like 100 pages and so, the book starts to get interesting and intense. We also meet Ingo Manfred – who played an important character in the first book – as another prisoner in the camp. I adore Ingo’s character. He is, no doubt, my most fav character from the series. He reminds me of Kenji from Shatter Me series. He’s honest, kind of annoying at times and tells Amity to get her shit together. He and Amity also fight a lot. They argue and bicker but work together and talk about deep stuff so of course, I ship them even though I’m 90% sure that they’re only going to stay friends and that hurts…

Oh and Collie. I loathe him with all my soul. I know he regrets everything and his story is ‘redemption story’ but I don’t care. He was a shitty person and he betrayed Amity. Because of him, Amity suffered so much and I’m gonna hate him forever for this. The other reasons why I hate him is because, honestly, I didn’t like him from the start and also because of my Ingo-Amity ship which probably will never sail but a girl can dream.

This series is, no doubt, one of my most favourite series of all time. The writing is praise-worthy. The world building is A+. I love the astrological element in the books. It makes the book more unique. I know most of us are sick of the dystopian books with the same old story. However, this one is brilliant. Both thrilling and powerful. I’m excited to read the last book but sad too because I don’t want to be done with the series.


About the Author: 

Lee Weatherly was born in 1967 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, tries out new recipes and has a cat named Bernard.

L.A. Weatherly is the pseudonym for Lee Weatherly. You can follow her on Twitter at @LA_Weatherly

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May Wrap-Up

I only read 5 books in May and I read all of the 5 books in less than a week. My exams ended on 15th May and I read my first book – after two and a half months of no reading – on 18th May. Then I read another and then I read three more on Sunday when I held my very own 24 hours readathon. It went well. I read three books but then I stopped. I didn’t feel like reading.

I was reading 2 books at the same time (for the first time ever. But, it didn’t go well, in case you’re wondering) and I had just finished one. I’m in a kind of a life slump. I just wanna sleep and do nothing at all. Anyway, I haven’t written the review of the five books I read but I have rated some of them and wrote the review on my Goodreads. So clicking the title will lead you to my Goodreads review:


How many books did you read in May?


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My Top Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

These days I’m late to almost everything. I was obviously going to post this on Tuesday but due to my lack of motvation, I couldn’t. I had already written the post but was too lazy to edit it.

Anyway, I’m not anticipating a lot of books this year. The reason is that I’m not that active on social media anymore and that’s why I’m unaware of many of the (hopefully) good books releasing this year. I only know a few and I’m going to mention them only.


June

  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali – This is about a Muslim Hijabi girl who is also a photographer. This is written by a Muslim author and she’s such a lovely person! I’m really excited to read it.

July

Lucky in Love The Library of Fates

  • Lucky in Love by Kasie West – I hate this cover. It’s cheesy and really the kind of cover that makes me not to read a book but the things is; I like Kasie West’s books and that’s why I’m excited to read this one. I hope it’s not like By Your Side because I didn’t like that one at all..
  • The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana –  A book about Indian Folklore? I’M IN!! It’s apparently perfect for the fans of  The Star-Touched Queen – I actually abandoned the book – but I’m excited for this one!

September

Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1)

October

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)

  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – This is an anti-heroine “East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend” with witches and The Evil Queen herself. I’m in love with stories about anti-heroines and really excited to read this one.

November

Whichwood

  • Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi – It’s a book by my FAV AUTHOR! But that’s not the only reason why I’m excited. Here why: a) There’s a Hijabi on the cover b) THAT COVER! c) It’s a companion to Furthermore which, by the way, I adore! d) a dark Persian fantasy about a girl who washes dead bodies of people… Do I need to say more?

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.


What are the books you’re anticipating the most?