Birthday Book Haul!

My birthday was last month and I wasn’t really happy about it because my exams were starting in 6 days and I was literally drowning in textbooks and stress. Although I turned 18 last month, I didn’t celebrate it with a huge party like the hero and heroines in many of our YA books do because I hate parties and being around a lot of people. So I ended up having a small dinner with my family which I really enjoyed.

Anyway, my sisters surprised me with some books and I also ordered a few for myself because buying books in my kind of stress-relief therapy.


Books That I Received as Gifts

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

This one is a Historical Fiction set during World War II and that’s the only thing I know about this book. My sisters bought this for me because The Book Thief is my most favourite book of all time and because of it, I want to read more of Historical Fiction. I’m actually planning on reading it soon because of that.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

It’s ironic that on my 18th birthday I received a children’s book. Anyway, I love Grinch and the movie so much so I really wanted to buy this book. My sister knew that I wanted it so she bought it for me. I was so happy when I unwrapped the box and saw it.

A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern

A Place Called Here

There was a book fair at my sister’s college and she saw this one and ‘liked the cover’ so she bought this for me. I don’t know anything about the book but all I know is that Cecelia Ahern is a really famous contemporary writer and since I read contemporaries a lot, I’m hoping this one turns out good as well.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by  J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2

Arwah (@the.bookie.monster) is my bookstagram best friend and she sent me this one because she knew how much I love Harry Potter but never bought this one #ironic

Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unite Me (Shatter Me, #1.5, #2.5)

I ordered this one for myself but my sister wanted to pay as another birthday gift. This one is a collection of two novellas. One from Warner’s POV – which is why I ordered this because Warner is my husband *-* – and the other is from Adam’s POV. I’m not sure if I want to read Adam’s novella because I don’t like him.


 Books That I Ordered For Myself

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All Be Feminists

This an essay, I guess? I’m not really sure but I have seen this book EVERYWHERE. It’s also quite short like 50 pages long so I might include it in my 24 hours read-a-thon.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

I wanted to order the HB but it went out of stock so I ordered the PB of it. I don’t buy hardbacks because of how expensive they are but I really wanted to buy a hardback of this book because it’s one of my most anticipated reads of 2017.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

Cait @ Paper Fury raves about this book a lot and I wanted to read what it’s about. I have never read a book by Maggie Stiefvater and this one is her underrated one so I’m actually really excited to read it. Also, this book has cannibalistic horses…

Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Dreamology

The synopsis of this one is really intriguing… and creepy. The girl dreams about this guy Max to deal with her loneliness and one day real Max appears. It’s creepy but HOW? However, the  ‘real Max’ is nothing like the dream Max.

I have SO many questions, guys.


Let me know if you have read any of these books and if you have posted a review then leave the link in the comment section below. I’d love to know your thoughts and opinions about it!


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TBR Crisis! #SendHelp

I have mentioned in my last post that it’s been more than 2 months since I have read a book and I have also bought a lot of books during my hiatus so you can pretty much imagine the mess my reading life has become. My TBR has grown triple in size and… I don’t know what to do. It’s intimidating. Yeah, I can read all of the books but when you have like 15+ new books on your shelf and the old ones that you bought and forgot about, you’re in a serious crisis. You don’t know where to start, which book to read first and if you should start that new series you have been anticipating or finally finish the one you have been ignoring for so long. And let’s not even get me started on ARCs.

I have already mentioned that I’ll be participating in a few read-a-thons to deal with the immense TBR and I have already made my TBR for a few read-a-thons so I won’t be including those books on this list. I also won’t be including ARCs on this list. I’m only going to talk about the books that I have been meaning to read for a long time or/and they have been recommended to me by my friends too. At the end of this post, there’s a poll where you can vote for the book you think I should read first so let’s get started:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

This book is loved by all of my friends and has been recommended to me by them on multiple occasions. I bought the first two books last year but never really got around to reading it. However, I want to give it a try now. I’m not sure if I’ll like it or not because I’m not really a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas. I also don’t know how many books are in this series so like is this a trilogy or are they going to release more books? Let me know in the comments section!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

I have waited for this book for so long and I’m so happy that I finally have a physical copy of this book. This book has been on my TBR long before it was even released and now that I finally have it I’m SO excited to read it!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder

Another book that has been on my TBR for a long time and it’s also recommended to me by a lot of people so I’m really excited to read it. Some have even said that it’s quite emotional and I like emotional books because if you don’t know already, I have never cried while reading a book but ’emotional and sad’ books always make me feel my heart is being squeezed by some powerful force. That doesn’t make sense but I hope you understand anyway!

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

I read Everything, Everything last year and I enjoyed it even though I thought that the plot twist was meh. But, according to a lot of reviews that I have read, this one is better than Everything, Everything so I have high expectations for this one. Also is it just me who is not really hyped to watch Everything, Everything movie?

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

I can’t even tell you how much I want to read this book. It’s loved by everyone I know. EVERY. SINGLE. BOOKSTAGRAMMER. AND. BLOGGER. LOVES. IT.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

This was gifted to me by my sisters. They knew that I wanted to read more of Historical Fiction because The Book Thief is one of my most favourite books of all time and so they found this one for me. I’m actually quite anticipating this one. It is set in World War II and that’s honestly, the only thing that I know about it but I’m thrilled to read it.

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

And the last book that I’m including on this list is the one that I have been trying my best to avoid for the past few months because I don’t want this series to end. I love Percy and Co so much I jut don’t want to be done with this series. I always go to my shelf, pick up this book, read the first few chapters and put the book back on the shelf. Yes, I can always reread this book but it will never be like the first time. So I’m going to try to not avoid this book this time and I’m half-sure that I’m gonna fail miserably.


I was also going to include The Night Circus in this list but I forgot to add it in the poll and now I’m too lazy to go back and edit the poll. Anyway, I might read it in any of the Read-a-thons that are going to take place next month. I have a lot more books on my TBR but I will either a) read them during my read-a-thons b) ignore them till they actually take a shape of monster and eat me alive.

So that’s it! I have a lot more books on my TBR but I will either a) read them during my read-a-thons b) ignore them till they actually take a shape of monster and eat me alive.

Here’s a poll where you can help me decide which book I should read first.


Chat with me! Tell me all about the books you have been reading? Which book do you think I should read first? And why?


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Hi, I’m Back!

I’m honestly so excited I don’t even know how to start this post.

Hi, I’m back! Do you remember me? I’m that lazy book blogger from Pakistan. I have been away for so long – four and a half month to be precise – that I feel like I have been forgotten in the blogging community. Honestly? It would be a surprise if any of you remembered me. I’m such a bad blogger, though. I don’t know how and why people are still following me but thank you SO much to everyone for still following me, to all the new followers who have followed me these past few months, to everyone who didn’t unfollow me, and to everyone who still remembers me and reads my posts because surprisingly, I still got a lot of views on my blog during my hiatus.

But, let’s not talk about the hiatus because my exams are over and I’m free from the hell. I’m done and I just wanna read now. Do you know it’s been more than TWO FREAKING MONTHS since I have picked up a book? I don’t know how I’m still sane (or maybe I’m not…) but I literally can not wait to get back to reading and blogging. My TBR has also grown triple in size since my hiatus. All I imagine now is my TBR turning into a big monster and eating me and… that’s scary.

BUT since I have been away for so long, I have some great news to make up for it. No, I’m not holding a giveaway. I’m too broke for that. However, I will be:

  • Changing the appearance of my blog. This is not because I hate the current appearance but because I’m not too happy with it. I don’t know the kind of graphics I want or whatsoever because I’m not artistic or creative so this is gonna take a long time.
  • I will also be posting less. That doesn’t mean that I will be inactive BUT it means that
  • I’ll be posting more quality content and promote it rather than posting useless stuff every single day because quality > quantity.
  • I will also not be reviewing every single book I read on my blog. I might post a mini review though. Most of my reviews will be posted on Goodreads. This is because I’ll be reading many books so I don’t want everything to be published on my blog.
  • I’ll also be participating in Read-a-thons! This is because of my immense TBR and I’ll be keeping you all updated with that. In case you might not know what a Read-a-thon is:

A Read-a-Thon is an event with a time period where you set a certain goal. Goals can be to read more books in that time period than you normally would or to read books centring around certain themes. 

Let’s get to the Reading part:

I have already mentioned that I haven’t read a book for more than 2 months so the last fiction book I read was Because I Love You by Tori Rigby. Actually, the last book I read was this self-help book but that doesn’t really count. 

I have read 10 books and my goal is to read 30 books but I’m definitely gonna read more than 30 because… 30 is not really a goal. Anyway, this is an overview of everything I read so far:

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So I guess that’s it!

I’m really excited to get back to blogging and reading books and even though my TBR is already a huge mess right now, I would still love some book recommendations!


Tell me what you have been doing? how many books have you read? How is 2017 treating you so far?? Chat with me!


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700 Followers??!

I JUST REACHED 700 FOLLOWERS ON MY BLOG!!!

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 I don’t check my blog a lot because of hiatus but today I got the notification that I have reached 700 followers and I was like

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I was so surprised because I’m not even active but still many awesome people are following me everyday. THANK YOU, YOU LOVELY SOULS! Sending you all the love and cupcakes. ❤

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Welcome to my non-existent book club and I assure you, I’m quite entertaining just wait til I come back from my hiatus.

And yes, I’m still on hiatus but I miss blogging so much. It’s been like two months since I posted my last post. I can’t be an active blogger at the moment because I’m still not done with my exams yet – FYI, the exams date is still not confirmed but the expected date is 25th April. But, I thought why not write a post to update you all on how much my life sucks right now.

So, I’ll be talking about reading, books I have read so far and an exciting news that I wanna share! (Exciting news for me but, please, pretend that you are excited for me.)

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I haven’t had time to read a lot but I still try to read a little here and there. I go to this Academy for extra classes and there I find a good amount of time to read during my study gaps, which is awesome.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I HATE??

People mostly come to me and they are all nosy like “What are you reading?” which I actually don’t mind telling them about because I get to talk about books and who doesn’t love that? But, I hate the part when they act all bored when I start to talk because haha, guess who asked me about the book? YOU! and they say stuff like
Books are boring. Don’t you fall asleep while reading them.
I CAN’T READ A BOOK. They’re so long and boring.

How can you read this? We can’t even read our course books?” I don’t like reading my course books either. (Which is actually a lie because I’m a Hermoine)

But they ask so many stupid questions that I feel like saying: LEAVE ME ALONE WITH MY BOOK. (I’m actually a very nice person so I only say stuff like this in my head.)

And I have this really annoying girl at the Academy who keeps talking to me WHEN I’M READING A BOOK and laughs and say stuff like, “I must be disturbing you. Ha ha!” YES, YOU ARE! But, instead of shutting up, she starts talking again. You see how patient I am now?

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Here are some of the books I read recently:

Adulthood Is a Myth (Sarah's Scribbles, #1)Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Good-Bye, Mr. ChipsA Monster CallsThe Museum of HeartbreakEnsnaredWe Are Still Tornadoes

I wish I could talk more about the books but I can’t because I have quite a limited time.

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Okay, I’m most excited to share this one!

I’M CREATING A READING NOOK IN MY ROOM!

I don’t read at a particular place like most of the people. I read while lying in my bed most of the time but I ALWAYS wanted a reading nook with those cute fairy lights and a cosy atmosphere. I have almost all the things I’m gonna need to make a reading nook. I have this really old sofa which looks like it belongs to the 20th Century (I’m obviously exaggerating it) but it’s still in one piece and is actually really nice. So I’m gonna use it and I already have fairy lights and I bought some white sheets and pillow covers at a really cheap price so I’ll be starting to work on it really soon. I also have a few posters that I’ll be hanging on my wall pretty soon. I will also be using this whole set up for my bookstagram pictures too, Insha’Allah! AND I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS!!


So this is everything from my side. Tell me what’s going on with you?


How are you doing? How many books have you read and what’s your reading goal this year? 


** Also, if you wanna contact me, email me at zainabreads@yahoo.com 


Important Announcement!

​Hi, everyone! 

I’m writing this quick post to let you all know that I’m taking a break from blogging. This is going to be a long one. I have exams in 4 months and these exams are EXTREMELY important to me and that’s why I can’t afford any distractions right now. I wanted to post this earlier but I have been extremely busy with studies. I study almost all the time and I don’t have time for blogging or bookstagramming. Hell, I don’t even have time to read a book, which I hate so freaking much. But, thankfully I’m suffering from an eternal reading slump so that makes it easier. This is actually the first time I’m happy that I have a reading slump. I do feel bad for my untouched books though. Okay, back to the point:

I don’t know how long I will be gone probably till April, but if you want to contact me, you can always find me on my Instagram account. It’s @abibliophilesobsession I’m not active there but I do check my messages. 

To all publishers and authors, I’m sorry but I’m really, really busy. However, I’ll read your book as soon as I get time. 

Also, don’t unfollow me people! 😭 

So I gotta go now and learn all about our brain and nervous system. Bye! 

Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

P.S. I Like You

Title: P.S. I Like You

Author: Kasie West

Publication Date: July 26th, 2016

Format: Ebook

Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Blurb:

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…


Rating:

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Review:

After finishing this book:

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So, Lily hates chemistry but loves writing songs even though she has never actually finished writing a full song. So during chemistry period, she spends the boring time not listening to the lecture but doodling or writing lyrics on her notebook. Her teacher then bans her from bringing the notebook in class so she writes the lyrics of her favourite song on her desk. Next day comes and she enters the chemistry class and looks at her desk to realise that someone has written down the next line of the song – a song which isn’t popular at all – so that’s how their cute conversation starts. They continue their conversation through letters but Lily has no idea who the anonymous “pen pal” is. 

I MEAN HOW CUTE IS THAT??? AND BOTH HAVE DEEP AND CUTE CONVERSATION AND HE’S CARING, CONSIDERATE AND KIND…. and of course, fictional.

*cries for a million years*

This book is so cute, fluffy and adorable. I was smiling like an idiot the whole time. And it honestly shouldn’t be a surprise because we’re talking about a Kasie West book, duh!

I was more excited than Lily to read the reply from the anonymous pen pal. I would even read them more than once because it was so CUTE!

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The suspense is that we don’t know who the anonymous pen pal is. However, this book isn’t unpredictable because I knew what was happening or gonna happen. Even who the pen pal was. But it was so cute and adorable that I didn’t mind any of that. That’s just Kasie West’s style. She writes the cutest books with the sweetest romance. And the romance in this book was swoon-worthy.

And that revelation kinda part..

Do you know that two of her books are coming out next year? How does this woman do that? She’s so amazingly talented!

 I also love Lily’s family. I love that her family is present and is also a part of her story. Her brothers are so adorable! They’re so energetic. I wanna write some more things but they will be a little spoiler-ish so I won’t.

Anyway, I was telling my friend the other day about this book because we both hate chemistry and we both spend our time doodling on our notebook, and then I said to her, “Imagine something like this happening to us!” And then we both daydreamed for 5 minutes before the thought that a) even if it happens, we’re gonna freak out so much that we won’t write anything back b) WE’RE IN ALL GIRLS SCHOOL! pulled us out of it.
So this is the reason why we read books since our love lives don’t exist! 😂

I have been waiting to read this book for a long time and I’m so happy that it didn’t disappoint me at all. In fact, it’s now my most favourite contemporary book by Kasie West. So I obviously recommend it to everyone. I also forced my best friend to read it because forcing people to read my favourite books is my speciality!


About the author:

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels, published through Harper Teen are PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, and THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

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Top Ten Best Books I Read in 2016 that Made Me Feel all the Feels!

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

This week’s topic is: Top Ten Best Books Of 2016


Making this list was so hard because I had read such great books for the past two months (not the entire year) it’s so hard to narrow them all down to a list of ten! I even contemplated whether or not make a top ten list because of that. But I finally took the plunge and wrote down the books that were too precious (like a baby) to me.

Anyhow, I made this list regardless of the publishing date/year, genre etc.

In no particular order (except the first two because they occupy the biggest space in my heart):


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

You know, I don’t even have to say anything BECAUSE OMG. I started the series last year in August and finally got done with it this year in January… and  I wasn’t expecting that. I have also started rereading the first book and I’m halfway through it and it’s like returning home to my precious family members and all those lovely Hogwarts feasts that I want to attend but I know I never will be able to. *sobs*

Jannat Kay Pattay / جنت کے پتے (Leaves of Heaven) by Nimra Ahmed

Jannat Kay Pattay / جنت کے پتے

If you’re following me anywhere on my blog or social media then you might be aware of my crazy obsession  love for this one fictional character called Jihan. If you’re not, ah well, hello there, welcome to my blog where you will read my obsession with books and my fictional husband Jihan Sikander. I met him through this Urdu book called Leaves of Heaven and even though he doesn’t know about my existence because of his non-existence, we’re married in my head.

The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish #1) by Jessica Khoury

The Forbidden Wish

Jessica Khoury is such an extraordinary writer. Her writing is lyrical and poetic. This book is honestly one of the BEST retellings I have ever read. It captures your attention from the very first line. When I first finished this book, I was so obsessed with it that I forced three people to read it and needless to say, all three of them loved it! So pick up the book before I force you to do it.

Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)

This isn’t like the most underrated series but it still doesn’t get the hype that it deserves because this one seriously blew me away! I’m a fan of Kasie West’s contemporary books but I never read her fantasy series because I was a little skeptical about it. But when I finally read it, I was like Woah. That was amazing. So if you haven’t read it yet, then what are you waiting for?? Also, if you are a lover of contemporary books then you would LOVE this one because it has a little bit of that contemporary taste to it.

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

The book that introduced me to Tahereh Mafi! This one was a little harder to get into but once you get into it and the weird world inside it, it really gets wonderful. I love the diversity in the book. Although it’s a MG book, I actually found it really creepy even as a young adult. I’M STILL NOT OVER THAT GORGEOUS HEAVENLY COVER! The details are just so beautiful! The cover designer (whoever he/she is) deserves an award.. from me.

The Spinster Club series by Holly Bourne

Am I Normal Yet? (The Spinster Club, #1)

Another underrated book series that deserve a lot of hype. I have said this gazillion times and I’ll say it again READ IT. It has everything from friendship, family struggles to coping with depression and mental health. And also feminism. What else do you want, huh?

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

I hate almost every single trope this book series has and I hate even the main protagonist. BUT I love this series. This series is one of the kinda series that I have no idea why I love it but I do anyway. I love Juliette’s character development but I hate her. Warner, Adam and Kenji are bae (Yes, all three of them. Don’t make me choose.).

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1) by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)

This series was the second best retelling that I read in 2016. This one was a Beauty and the Beast retelling but a darker and twisted version of it. Although I found the ending a little confusing, I enjoyed the whole book (and the series) nonetheless. And that’s why it has made it to my top ten list!

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

P.S. I Like You

Another Kasie West book has made it to my list.. which shouldn’t be a surprise. I think this might be my second most favourite book by her next to Pivot Point series, of course! I’m so freaking excited for her books that are releasing next year!

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey

This one was definitely a surprise for me. I’m a HUGE Sophie Kinsella fan but I never thought that she would write a book about a teenager with mental illness. And it was a great book.


* I haven’t added any of the Percy Jackson books here because I haven’t read the last book yet.


Have you read any of these? What’s the best book you read in 2016? 


A Little Update: 

Hey, beautiful people. I hope you all are great in health. I, unfortunately, am not. I have been extremely sick for the past two weeks and that’s why I haven’t been able to blog or like posts or read comments. I wanted to write a post about it but I couldn’t focus or concentrate on anything because of sickness. I’m better now, Alhamdullilah.

Just wanted to let y’all now! 🙂


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