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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Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa (Or Anyone!!) Leaving Under My (non-existent) Tree

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

This week’s topic is: Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa  Leaving Under My Tree


Do you know a way to a reader’s heart? Gift them books. Or gift cards so they can buy books. Or buy them book jewelry. Funko Pop or you know, anything and everything related to books.

You know what? Just build them a massive library. Problem solved!

(Future hubby, take notes).

I don’t celebrate Christmas. However, I wouldn’t mind some gifts especially if they’re books because why not? Also because there are a LOT of books on my wishlist and not enough money in my pocket.

As I have said already, I have a lot of books on my wishlist so I have both series and standalones (including graphic novels) on this list. Let’s get started:


The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

I have been looking for this book EVERYWHERE! And by everywhere I mean online Pakistani Bookstores. It’s out of stock at all the bookstores. I wanna read it so badly! First, my friends love it. Second, I wanna read Six of Crows and I have heard that SoC has Grisha spoilers.

Summer Days & Summer Nights (Twelve Stories) 

Summer Days & Summer Nights

This book just made it on my wishlist. I was looking to buy books and I saw this one in Hardback and I really wanna buy it. The problem is that I can either buy this book or The Starbound Trilogy and I’m obviously choosing the latter.

Firebird series by Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3)

Can the Universe stop playing with me and gift this series to me already? Please?

Smile (Smile #1) by Raina Telgemeier

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This is the first comic that I really wanna read. It sounds so cute!

The Remnant Chronicles  by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)

Honestly, I like the first book’s cover only.

Ashes, Wine and Dust by Kanza Javed

Ashes, Wine and Dust

This is a Pakistani author’s book.

Anna series by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)

I looked for this series everywhere but meri qismat hi kharab hai. Sorry guys, some things can only be said in Urdu.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona

Another comic or graphic novel (whatever it is) on my wishlist!

Daughter of Smoke & Bone series by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)

I was going to buy this book but then the first book went out of stock. Why is my life like this?

Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola

Baba Yaga's Assistant

I discovered this one 10 minutes ago and it’s already on my wishlist xD But, seriously, this one sounds spooky and looks really mysterious.


What books would you want Santa to leave under your tree? Even the non-existent one like mine. 


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#SaveAleppo

Hi, everyone.

I know my blog is solely dedicated to books and book-related stuff but I wanted to post this. If you’re on Twitter then you might be aware of what happened in Syria and if you’re not then here is what happened:

I watched this one video yesterday and there was this little boy crying over the dead body of his father who was killed because he was a part of white helmets – a volunteer team of first responders who plunge into rubble to save trapped civilians. Watching that video was so painful that I still cry remembering the miserable condition of the little one who didn’t deserve any of that. He deserves to live a happy life filled with memories of a beautiful childhood. He doesn’t deserve to watch his father die like that. And that’s not just him but it’s the same for every family living there.

I know I can’t do much but what I can do is spread the word. Share it everywhere I can. We all talk about how we want to change the world but for once lets at least try to do something! The people there are in need of help and media is not helping. No news channel even the ones in my Islamic country is showing this.

I’m going to link some charities if you want to donate.

It’s okay if you can’t donate but please share it so other people can! 🙂

ALSO If you know any Syrian refugee then please be kind to them. You have no idea what they went through so please be nice and friendly to them. They’re not going to harm you.

– Zainab.