All About June Read-a-Thons!

I’m a little late posting this because I meant to post this earlier i.e on 21st May. But, better late than never!


Let’s start with the frequently asked question:

What is a Read-a-Thon? 

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. 


I told you all that I am going to be participating in a lot of readathons to tackle my immense TBR! And because of this, I did a little research and found out some of the read-a-thons that are going to be happening in the month of June. I might not be able to participate in all of them because my practicals are also in June but I want to share my little “research” with all of you because these challenges are quite interesting and might help you to conquer that TBR … might.

So I’m going to share with you the read-a-thons that are going to be happening next month as well as the date they will start and the theme on which they are based upon!


Ramadan Readathon

(June 1-30)

  •  Read Books Written By Muslim Authors

This is definitely the one I’m most excited about! It’s taking place throughout the month of Ramadan and June and all you have to do is to read as many books as you can, written by Muslim authors to support them. There are going to be photo challenges and prompts and at the end of the month, there’ will be a giveaway!

You can find out more about the Read-a-Thon here. If you want some recommendations then click here.

Hosted by:  Zoya and Nadia.


Sci-Fi Summer Readathon

(June 1 – 7)

  • Read sci-fi books!

I think I might participate in it because there are some sci-fi books on my TBR that really need my attention. Click here to know more!

Hosted by: True Book Addict and Castle Macabre


Emojiathon

(June 1-30)

This one is based on emojis as the title suggests. There are many emojis with different challenges and your goal is to complete at least 4 of them. It looks really fun and I’m definitely gonna participate in it. Here’s a link if you want to know more about the challenges! 

Hosted by: , and


#AYEARATHON

(JUNE 5-11)

  • Catch Up/Finish A Series
  • Read A Book With A Character Your Age

I probably won’t be participating in this one even though this one was my second most anticipated one because my practicals are around the same time.

Here’s a link to the Goodreads group!

Hosted by: Ke-shaAlyssaKristina , KerriKatie


#becausedragonsRAT Round 2

(June 13-19)

  • Read As Many Fantasy Books You Like!

There are both reading challenges as well as photo challenges and but there are no restrictions. You can read whatever you want unless it’s something that doesn’t fit the Fantasy genre. There will also be a giveaway at the end of the month of 15$ USD Gift Card.

Click here to read more about this!

Hosted by: Jordan


Duodecathon

(June 24-30)

This is another yearly readathon. There’s a list of 12 challenges and you can pick one challenge to do each month, so by the end of the year, you have completed all the challenges. I know, we’re already into June but you don’t have to complete all the challenges, according to me…

Click here to find out more about this Read-a-thon and the challenges.


 These are some of the readathons I know about. If you know more, comment below and I’ll add them in the post!


Will you be participating in any of them? If yes, then which one? Have you ever participated in a readathon before?


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Review: Pulse: The Trial by R.A. Crawford

Pulse: The Trial

Title: Pulse: The Trial

Author:  R.A. Crawford

Publication Date: January 17th, 2016

Format: ebook (ARC)

Genres & Themes: Science Fiction, Young-Adult, Action.


Blurb:

It’s been 100 years since the inter-galactic organisation known as PULSE intervened to liberate the women of Earth. Now purged of its male population, the women have embarked on a journey to take their place in the all-female cosmic society.

In order to enlist in PULSE’s renowned military, earthlings Stella, Faye and the rest of their class must face the Trial. Only a few human women have ever conquered the perils of this three-day expedition across one of the most dangerous planets in the galaxy.

The girls must learn to work together in order to survive the threat of vicious alien beasts, scorching desert sands and icy mountain peaks, all while being hunted by an unstoppable and deadly foe.


Review:

Thanks to the author for sending me an eARC of the book in exchange for an honest review

This book was a really entertaining read. It’s an action-packed sci-fi book with badass protagonists along with a bunch of creepy aliens – one of them doesn’t even have a pupil. The best thing is that it’s really unpredictable so there’s no point predicting what’s gonna happen next or who’s gonna die.

This book takes place in futuristic Earth where no man is present and the Earth is inhabited by women as well as aliens. PULSE is an intergalactic organisation and to become a PULSE militant, earthlings have to go through a test or trial. The interesting thing is that they don’t know what or who they’ll face during the trial but all they know is that it will be on another planet and quite challenging and daunting. Only a few students can pass this test so you have to be really brave and smart if you want to win it because not passing the test means dying.

One of the things that I like about this book is that the characters are quite realistic unlike many other YA Fantasy heroines who are either an epitome of perfection or “the average-looking special snowflake”. Like, Stella is really impulsive and a bit stupid but you have to accept it because that’s her personality and stupid is what she is. The character development is also commendable. I like how the trial transformed and changed some characters while at the same time, new friendships forged among them.

The author has also done a great job at writing the book because the descriptions are quite vivid. While reading the book, the images came to my mind. So I think that the writing is done quite well.

What I Didn’t Like About This Book:

  •  The world building was weak. There’s no history on how the men disappeared or extinct and how the aliens came to Earth. I want to know when it all started, how everything happened.
  •  There was this character who appeared out of nowhere and I was like

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  • I mean, the author explained a little about her but it still was confusing. I would want to say more but I don’t want to spoil anything.
  • Stella – one of the main characters – was really annoying at the beginning. She was like “Oh, I’m the best” and blah blah blah. She was really stupid – as mentioned above – at the beginning of the book. Thank God, her character development was good because she got on my nerves way too much.

One of the coolest things about this book is the huntress. Yep, there is a crazy huntress on this other planet to make the test even more miserable because she’s on a mission to kill all of them. Although, it’s kind of like “How did that happen?” because the MC kills the huntress or wounds her badly and you think that she’s gone but then she appears out of nowhere.

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I honestly wondered if she possessed the philosopher’s stone or something because why the hell is she never dead? It honestly, got really annoying when she started appearing everywhere. Take a chill, girl.


I’ll recommend it to you if you like action packed sci-fi books but if you’re one of the sensitive readers, I wouldn’t. There are too many people dying in this book and it’s really graphical. I personally enjoyed this book a lot and I’ll definitely read the sequel!


Rating:

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About the Author:

Ryan Crawford

R.A. Crawford has always been a big time sci-fi and fantasy fan. Most of his childhood was earnestly consumed by weekend-long Final Fantasy marathons, movies he certainly wasn’t old enough to watch, and books borrowed but never returned to the local library. After years of procrastination and despite working full-time his passion for rich space opera and high fantasy storytelling led him to finally put pen to paper on his debut novel. The resultant book, PULSE: The Trial, is the first in a series of books centered around an all-female galactic society.
Having never quite grown out of Star Wars novels, Star trek episodes, Green Lantern comic books and Final Fantasy video games Ryan currently rested in Surrey – UK where, along with his wife, he embarks on the journey of teaching his two children why Gimli is the best character in LOTR.

Buy the Book on Amazon!


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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? 


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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!