My May Wrap up

“Science is magic that works”

-Kurt Vonnegut

Bonjour 👋

I can’t believe I’m actually writing this on time ! And I, can’t also believe that May is over, we’re halfway through 2016 how crazy is that ?

Anyhow May was an absolute great reading month for me, I’ve also read 10 books/novellas (12 if you count my reread + wattpad story) but it was great because I read The Lunar Chronicles ! Like how amazing is this series ? I actually wasn’t planing on reading it because I thought Sci-Fi wasn’t my cup of tea and I knew it was about mechanics and people on the moon and stuff like that but my god it was AMAZING it might be my favorite series next to Harry Potter, because yes it was that great.

I also read The Raven King the finale to The Raven Cycle and I loved the ending ♥ I’m going to talk about it but first here are the books that I’ve read in the month of May :


1. The Whitechapel Fiend. by Cassandra Clare | 4 out of five 

2. The Raven King. by Maggie Stiefvater | 5 out of five

3. Harry Potter The Prequel. (Novella) by J.K Rowling | 2.5 out of five

4. The Demigod Files. by Rick Riordan | 5 out of five

5. A Monster Calls. by Siobhan Dowd & Patrick Ness | 5 out of five

6. Cinder. by Marissa Meyer | 5 out of five

7. Scarlet. by Marissa Meyer | 5 out of five

8. Cress. by Marissa Meyer | 5 out of five

9. Fairest. by Marissa Meyer | 5 out of five

10. Winter. by Marissa Meyer | 5 out of five

(11. Blue Lily Lily Blue (reread) by Maggie Stiefvater | 5 out of five )

(12. Death Is My BFF (Wattpad story) by Katarina Tonks “Katrocks247″| 4 out of five)

( I feel a little guilty counting Harry Potter The Prequel even though it’s only 5 pages long)

-I said in my April wrap up that I did enjoy Tales From Shadowhunter Academy but thought it was a bit boring, my opinion hasn’t changed but I really liked The Whitechapel Fiend, I love Wessa and I love black Jack, put them together and voila ! The Whitechapel Fiend is my current favorite of the tales.

-A Monster Calls was.. Quite different than what I would normally pick, The Fault In Our Stars was the only book I read that talked about Cancer and I didn’t really like it, I hated Hazel and thought the plot was predictable and the writing style was childish. Or maybe it’s just because I had very high expectations for the book I don’t know but I can’t deny that the book was an eye opener and I liked reading from a cancer patient point of view just so I could understand them better. But A Monster Calls was a much better experience in my opinion, first because the original author Siobhan has died because of cancer herself and second because it was from a kid’s point of view.

Now I always wonder about how children feel about, you know fatal diseases and I can’t say that the book made me understand now but it did show me a fraction of the feelings they get.

The mother was the one who had cancer but you see the struggle her son feels and how he was torn between his family members, I also really liked the stories that were said to help the kid understand the world better.

A Monster Calls was full of creativity and I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it yet.

-Now I don’t want to write about my opinion about The Raven King because I’m currently writing a full review about The Raven Cycle but I can say that, there couldn’t have been a better ending, I love Blue and her raven boys so much and I thought I’d cry my eyes out after I read The Raven King but all I felt was happiness ! Maybe because I was expecting the worse to happen ? But no I don’t want to spoil anyone so all I can say is that I love the plot twists and the new characters and that it was such an epic finale. I wanted to give the book 4.75 stars out of five because I felt like I wanted something bigger to happen, not because of a flaw in the book but then since it was just a feeling I ended up giving this book 5 out if five.

-So to The Lunar Chronicles, ahh I have so much to say that I don’t know where to start, maybe I should write a separate review for The Lunar Chronicles too..

So, to say I was not expecting to love this series at all is an understatement, I don’t read Sci-Fi, I have never tried to because usually the language of the Sci-Fi (and high fantasy) books is harder for me, because I’m not native in English therefore I don’t enjoy them and get bored immediately (even though I consider myself a science nerd ♥︎). But Cinder was so easy to read (new vocabulary here and there) and was super interesting and full of action and the plot twists, god the plot twists. I love retellings and this is one of the best retellings –if not the best- I’ve ever read.

The thing that I loved most about this series is the characters themselves, they were written vividly and each had his/her own personality and the friendship between them was so beautiful, kinda reminded me of the friendship between the golden trio or the raven boys. The best kind.

After reading Cinder I started Scarlet immediately and even though I didn’t love Scarlet’s personality as much as Cinder’s, I fell in love with the book and immediately started Cress and then Winter, which if possible were even better.

I think my ultimate favorite is Winter, or maybe Cress. I find it really hard to choose one but if I had to I’d choose.. Winter, because of princess Winter 😉

I also really liked Fairest, I’ve always wanted to see/read from a villain mind, or a criminal point of view, I think it’s very interesting and Fairest did help me understand queen Levana, a little.

If you haven’t read this series please go read it it’s amazing.

And I think I’m going to write a big, separate review for The Lunar Chronicles but it’ll take a long time. And I still have to read Stars Above so after I finish it maybe.

-As for Harry Potter The Prequel it was only five pages and it’s not worth talking about because nothing really happened but look at what was written in the last page


What ! Why ? Please tell this is sarcasm because I’ll lose all hope if that was true, I really want a prequel. 

-Lastly I want to talk about Death Is My BFF, the title is a little cliché but the story itself is fantastic, in Wattpad there is the “original series” and the “rewritten series” I read both of them and I totally recommend the rewritten one. It talks about a girl named Faith Williams who is supposed to die from a gun shot when she was 5 years old but Death (the angel of death) took interest in her and kept her alive till her 18th birthday where he would claim her his and make her sign a special contract.

Okay I don’t know how to write a good summary but you should really read it, it’s full of supernatural creatures and unique, sexy characters, also the main character Faith, is one of the coolest female leads.

And Death is really hot. 

Also the author is currently writing another version that is going to be published ! I can’t wait till I have a real, physical copy.

So here you go this is my May wrap up, I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading till this point, here’s a rose for you 🌹

Goodbye

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My April wrap-up

  

“An army of sheep led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a sheep ”
-Alexander the great

Hola ~ 

(Yes ! Final exams are finally over and hopefully this means that I will write more regularly from now on, I know how bad I’m at posting and I apologize)

In the month of April I’ve read 10 books and this might be the first time this year that I felt disappointed by my reading progress, 10 is a good number for real books, The first book I read was How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You which is more like a magazine or a short graphic novel, and I also read 2 Shadowhunter Academy tales and both were like, 80 pages or so, and Then I read Kindred Spirits which was also terrifyingly short so this means I actually only read 6 books which is not a lot in my opinion.

But it comforts me that two of the 6 books I’ve read are City Of Heavenly Fire and Lady Midnight and both were HUGE ! and full of deliciousness they are both two of my favorite books this year.

So here are the books I read in the month of April : 

  

 
1. How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You. by
Matthew Inman | 2.5 out of five

2. Clockwork Princess. by Cassandra Clare | 5 out if five

3. Kindred Spirits. by Rainbow Rowell | 5 out if five

4. City Of Lost Souls. by Cassandra Clare | 5 out of five

5. City Of Heavenly Fire. by Cassandra Clare | 4.5 out of five

6. Welcome To Shadowhunter Academy. by Cassandra Clare | 4 out of five

7. The Lost Herondale. by Cassandra Clare | 3 out of five

8. The Bane Chronicles. by Cassandra Clare | 4.5 out of five

9. Half Lost. by Sally Green | 3 out of five

10. Lady Midnight. by Cassandra Clare | 4.5 out of five

(11. Half Wild. (reread) by Sally Green | 5 out of five)

Hmm, I really liked Kindred Spirits although I’ve not seen any of the Star Wars movies (I know) but I guess anything by Rainbow Rowell is amazing regardless of the actual content 😉 and I wished it was a bit longer (imagine a 700 pages book written by Rainbow Rowell, oh god) so yeah I recommend this book even if you aren’t a fan of Star Wars it was full of cuteness and it doesn’t take much of your time. 

I love cats and anything cat-related but I regret picking this book How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You is a waste of time, and space..

Moving to the Shadowhunters world I read 6 books/tales by Cassandra Clare and loved every single one of them, I said before that I wasn’t satisfied with The Mortal Instruments series, and I didn’t really like it but City Of Lost Souls and City Of Heavenly Fire have changed my opinion entirely, they were action packed, full of new perspectives and plot twists, they were amazing ! I still think City Of Fallen Angels is one of the worst books I read this year but after reading these two I fell in love with the series and I don’t think about COFA anymore, I don’t like the ending and was devastated by the death of some characters but still it doesn’t change how fantastic the books are, I think COLS is my favorite book in this series, followed by COHF then COG

Clockwork Princess was flawless I loved every single word and sentence and chapter ♥ I think there couldn’t have been a better ending.

I like the tales but they were a bit boring to be honest, I don’t like most of the characters and I’m not in a rush to finish them (the tales).

The Bane Chronicles on the other hand was really good I enjoyed it and it made me love Magnus even more although not understand him he is still a mystery which makes me so excited about the “adult” trilogy Cassandra is currently or will be writing about Magnus Bane ! Although I guess we have to wait years for it.

Lady Midnight was phenomenal, even if you didn’t like The Mortal Instruments you have to read this book, so unpredictable, so full of epicness, the writing style and the characters are both better than The Mortal Instruments’ and I just loved this book and can’t wait for the sequel.

Half Bad and Half Wild both are two of my favorite books of all time, I just really love Nathan and Gabriel and all the characters, and was always awed by the writing style –one of the best writing styles- which made Half Lost one of my most anticipated books of 2016, I read it this month and let’s just say that Allegiant has a better ending than the ending Half Lost has. I still recommend this trilogy if you haven’t read it, the first two books are totally worth the permanent scar that Half Lost will leave in your heart. 

April was heartbreaking because in it I said goodbye to three amazing trilogies/series but well, my favorites this month are Clockwork Princess, Lady Midnight and City Of Lost Souls.

Thank you for reading till this point and I’m off to write my May wrap up 😅 here’s a rose for you 🌹  

Good bye

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My March Wrap-up

  

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry”.

-Cassandra Clare

Hello 👋🏼

So I’ve said before that I was excited to write this post so I could tell you my thoughts about The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and Confessions Of A Shopaholic, but now I feel overwhelmed as I have mixed feelings about them all 😅
So first here are the books that I’ve read this month :

  
1-Blue lily lily blue. by Maggie Stiefvater | 5 out of five.

2-I’ve got your number. by Sophie Kinsella | 5 out of five.

3-Finding Audrey. by Sophie Kinsella | 3.75 out of five.

4-Confessions of a shopaholic. by Sophie Kinsella | 3 out of five.

5-Shopaholic takes Manhattan. by Sophie Kinsella | 3.5 out of five.

6-Shopaholic ties the knot. by Sophie Kinsella | 5 out of five.

7-Shopaholic on honeymoon. (Novella) by Sophie Kinsella | 2.5 out of five.

8-City of bones. by Cassandra Clare | 3.75 out of five.

9-City of ashes. by Cassandra Clare | 4 out of five.

10-City of glass. by Cassandra Clare | 4.5 out of five.

11-City of fallen angels. by Cassandra Clare | 3 out of five.

12-Clockwork angel. by Cassandra Clare | 5 out of five.

13-Clockwork prince. by Cassandra Clare | 5 out of five.

14-A little princess. by Frances Hodgson Burnett | 5 out of five.

(15- Novella : On the bridge. by Cassandra Clare. It was a page and a half ☺️)

I think March was an excellent reading month for me, I’ve read so many books that were on my TBR list for so long 👏🏻, And as I said here are my thought on TMI, TID and COAS.

First The Mortal Instruments series :

I honestly was disappointed a little ! There was -and still- so much hype for this series and some even said it was their favorite series next to Harry Potter so I had high expectations (HP level) and thus I didn’t like it as much as I’d have loved.

Now don’t get me wrong this series is amazing, it’s just that I thought it would be perfect maybe ? The plot twists were fantastic and the world was so enjoyable but I thought it lacked depth and the writing style was a but childish and rash and it just didn’t satisfy me, as for the characters I’m currently reading City Of Lost Souls so they seem real to me and I love them but before when I’ve only read City Of Bones and City Of Ashes they did not seem real to me, their personalities weren’t clear and again, they lacked depth.

I thought when I was reading the first book that everything happened quickly, their conversations were oddly empty and their actions didn’t match with their personalities as they were presented if that makes sense.

But even with all these flaws I enjoyed it, I’ve already seen the movie before reading City Of Bones which was a huge mistake given that the plot twists were amazing but they didn’t surprise me as I already knew them from the movie. I’ve given City Of Bones 3.75 stars out of five so it wasn’t that bad for I’ve enjoyed it and was interested enough to read the next book.

As I kept reading though the books started to become better, the writing style has lost its childishness sense and the characters got more defined. City Of Glass is one of the best books I’ve read this year but City Of Fallen Angels is one of the worst ! Everything I feared has happened in this book and the characters were all so grumpy and everything was annoyingly irritating. But maybe it wasn’t as much as the book was bad as that I was bored with this whole shadowhunters’ world. I love this world but in a span of two to three weeks I’ve read 6 books set in shadowhunters’ world And so when I was reading COFA I was like “no not this again !” The whole time so maybe I’m being unfair, but really everything was bad or irritating in this book.

Overall till now the rating for this series is 3.5 out of five.

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(Update : OMG OMG OMG I’ve just finished City Of Heavenly Fire and I can’t, it was amazing, it was wonderful, I really hated the ending but I’m glad That I’ve read this series just for the two last books, COLS and COHF gaah the final rating is 4.25 out of five ♥️♥️)

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The Infernal Devices :

When I first started reading Clockwork Angel the first thing that came to my mind was : “there’s no way this book is written by the same author !” The writing style was so different and much better, the plot was out of this world and the characters were livid, unique and fantastic. And I love Victorian London and everything connected with it so there was no way I’d hate this book ♥︎ I’m happy that I’ve already read TMI series before TID because I think otherwise it would have been confusing a bit as there wasn’t much world building. I love this trilogy so much. Non of the characters annoyed me (except the villains, obviously) and the main character, Tessa, was a bookworm ♥︎ and I loved reading from her point of view.

Trilogy rating (I did in fact read Clockwork Princess two days ago so this rating is final) : 5 out of five.

Confessions Of A Shopaholic :

So I love Sophie Kinsella already through Can You Keep A Secret ? And I’ve got your number. And since Confessions Of A Shopaholic is much more popular than both of them I thought it would be better and funnier than them and again, I was disappointed ! I thought it was funny and loved the plot twists and the main character’s development but there wasn’t enough romance in it, one of the main reasons I love Sophie‘s books is the quirky romance, figuring out how her characters would fall in love but this book was full of financial problems and idiocy (the main character is really stupid, I don’t hate her though..) and I hate finance. So this book didn’t go well for me. I did keep reading though it was funny and when I was done I started the next book since I was in the mood for funny and light books, it kept getting funnier and the the third one is my favorite ♥︎ it made me decide to read the series till the last book inshallah.

The series rating for now (first three books) is 3.5 out of five.

My favorite reads of this month are Blue Lily Lily Blue, I’ve got your number, City Of Glass, Clockwork Angel and A little Princess. I don’t think I need to talk about Blue Lily Lily Blue but please if you haven’t read the Raven Cycle then please go read it 🙏🏼 As for A Little Princess I adore this book, and I also love the anime, The main character, Sara, was so unusual, I loved reading from her point of view and was surprised about the similarities we share ! I Want to say that A Little Princess is my favorite book this month but most of the books I’ve read this month were amazing so I can’t but it’s definitely one of my favorite books this year !

Ok, I’m done. Thank you (really) for reading till this point and here’s a rose for you 🌹

Goodbye ♥︎

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children | Book Review

 

“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”  

Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

 
Title : Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

Cover and Title rating : 5 out of five (the title’s a bit long but it’s suitable)

Author : Ransom Riggs.

Publisher : Quirk books

Genre : Young adult, Horror, Dark fantasy.

Language : English.

Number of pages : 352 p

Published in : 7 June 2011

Sequel(s) : Hollow City (2nd book) – Library Of Souls (3rd and final book)

Trilogy,series,stand alone, quartet …etc : Trilogy

Links : Quirk books Goodreads Amazon Wikipedia 

| Author |

  
Name : Ransom Riggs.

Age : he refuses to tell 🙂

Nationality : American.

Links : Website Goodreads Youtube Twitter Instagram

“I grew up in Florida, went to Kenyon College in Ohio, then film school at USC in LA, where I still live. I write books and screenplays, blog daily for mentalfloss.com, and make short films. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is my first novel. I’m really excited about it — it was challenging and rewarding and I hope people like it. If you read that and like the found photographs in it, you might be interested in a book comprised entirely of found photographs that I have coming out January 2012 from HarperCollins. It’s called Talking Pictures. You can find sneak peeks by doing a search for “mental floss talking pictures” (I included a number of images in blogs there) and I made a kinda-sorta book trailer for it, which is on my youtube”

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| Summary |

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.(Goodreads)

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This book, I was only two pages in but it got me hooked up ♥︎

To be honest I had this book for a long time but I thought it was scary (and I’m a huge chicken) so I wasn’t interested, but really it’s not scary at all ! If you have been putting off this book thinking it’s scary then I assure you it has one of the most beautiful and thrilling journeys I’ve ever read !

-The story as you see above I’m bad at making summaries so I’ll always be using Goodreads.

-The writing style was easy to follow not unique or poetic but enjoyable. The chapters’ endings were all so thrilling I couldn’t help but keep flipping the pages, the way the pictures were harmonizing with the story was lovely and made the book more special, later I discovered that he wrote the book from the pictures (I thought they took the pictures for the book) and that made me love the book even more ! It made me think about the people in the pictures and how their lives had been especially since there were some creepy ones.

-The characters were all so full of life and fun to meet and I especially loved the main character Jacob, and let me tell you I don’t always like main characters as they’re mostly stubborn, irritating or left in the shadows but Jacob ♥︎ I loved him. And I also loved Millard the invisible boy and Olive the little floating girl, their personalities were bizarre and lovely at the same time.

I think what made me love this book even more is the overall feeling you get while reading it, it was a vintage black and white world, I felt a sad happiness and old war. Maybe because the pictures and the theme were black and white but I’m sure whoever read this book would know what I’m talking about (I hope).

For me I love whatever is connected with time traveling and old eras, and you get this and more in this book (kinda, is it time traveling ?) I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m not going to get into details but the main character would live in two eras and it was so surreal reading from his point of view.

In conclusion I’m so happy that I decided to read this book for I’m pretty sure the trilogy is going to be one of my favorites this year ♥︎ The book ended in a huge cliffhanger so I suggest you to buy the whole trilogy before you start to read it.

Rating : 5 out of five

Favorite character(s) : Jacob, Millard and Olive.

Favorite quote(s) :

“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.” 

This one is my favorite, I especially loved Jacob for his wondering, thoughtful soul, he is always thinking, always wondering. and this part of the quote is wonderful-

“If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize that we were alone?” 

♥︎

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was”

For this one, I think it works for most of us, most of us think that our lives are ordinary and we fail to notice the small parts and bits that make it extraordinary.

“When someone won’t let you in, eventually you stop knocking.” 

“…so one day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn’t become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered. I’d been born in the wrong century, and I felt cheated.” 

My heart broke for this one, poor Jacob !

“Sometimes you just need to go through a door.” 

“I thought about how my great-grandparents had starved to death. I thought about their wasted bodies being fed to incinerators because people they didn’t know hated them. I thought about how the children who lived in this house had been burned up and blown apart because a pilot who didn’t care pushed a button. I thought about how my grandfather’s family had been taken from him and how because of that my dad grew up feeling like he didn’t have a dad. And how I had acute stress and nightmares and was sitting alone in a falling down house and crying hot stupid tears all over my shirt. All because of a seventy year old hurt that had somehow been passed down to me like some poisonous heirloom.” 

 Since it was partially set in the time of the world war ||, I just, I’m always thinking about wars and their victims, and it always makes me want to cry for the old ones and the present ones, as there are some countries that are now literally with a war with themselves, or with other countries.

“They worried that I spent too much time alone, clinging to the notion that socializing was therapeutic. So was electroshock, I reminded them.”

Oh how I love sassy Jacob.

“Have they built cities on the moon?” another boy asked hopefully.

“We left some garbage and a flag there in the sixties, but thats about it.”

Sadly, the truth.

on the other hand do you think that we will actually build cities on the moon and live in them ? Isn’t too small ?

“We’ll figure something out,” She replied.

Millard sighed. “Oh lovely. Improvised suicide.” 

The main reason I loved Millard is because of his remarks and his intelligence. My type !

“I didn’t know you could fry toast,” I remarked, to which Kev replied that there wasn’t a food he was aware of that couldn’t be improved by frying.” 

This one made me laugh, so true though. although I’m not sure that I’d like a fried cucumber, hmm.

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Spoilers Section 

I had my theories that Jacob’s power would be so special, when we found out that his was to see the Hollows I got bumped out but then I was like “he’s going to be so special that he will be the first to have two powers” but in a way I’m glad it wasn’t so special because I’m tired of the main character being the most powerful, is this stupid ?

Am I the only one who’s disgusted by this whole relationship Jacob and Emma are having ? I mean she was his grandfather’s girlfriend ! And I didn’t think she truly loves Jacob more like she’s using him or something, I don’t know but I don’t approve.

And ugh his family are a bunch of idiots, just wanted to say that …

I didn’t think that the book twists surprised me that much except maybe the whole thing with Dr. golan being a wight I didn’t see that coming at all.

there was a picture of twins wearing some creepy masks but we didn’t meet them ? I was excited about them.

end of the Spoilers Section.

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Thank you for reading till this point here’s a rose for you 🌹

Goodbye ♥︎

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My January & February Wrap-up

 

“Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”

Lewis Carroll

Hello beauties ♥︎

Since March has already started and I’m cramming two wrap-ups in one post I’ll be quick about it and won’t make it long.

   
 January Wrap-up :

1-Splintered by A.G Howard. | 5 out of five.

2-Unhinged by A.G Howard. | 5 out of five.

3-Legend by Marie Lu. | 4.5 out of five.

4-An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. | 5 out of five.

5-Sherlock Holmes : A Scandal In Bohemia by Arthur Conan Doyle. | 5 out of five.

6-Sherlock Holmes : The Red Headed League by Arthur Conan Doyle. | 3 out of five.

7-Sherlock Holmes : The Case of Identity by Arthur Conan Doyle. | 5 out of five.

8-Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. | 5 out of five.

9-حلم رجل مضحك لـ ديستوفيسكي. | Three and a half out of five.

My favorite reads would be Legend, Splintered and An Ember In The Ashes. They are all amazing and got me completely hooked up, especially An Ember In The Ashes totally recommended 👍🏼 and of course everything Lewis Carroll writes directly in my favorites ♡

Now for my February Wrap-up :

1-التائه لـ جُبران خليل جُبران. | Five out of five.

2-Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. | 5 out of five.

3-Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. | 4 out of five.

4-Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs. | 4.5 out of five.

5-The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. | 5 out of five.

My favorite here would be The Dream Thieves. It was perfect in it’s own way and was filled with magic, uniqueness and out-of-this-world creatures I loved it so much and if you haven’t read The Raven Cycle what are you doing ? Go read it now !

And also of course one of my favorite trilogies now Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children has been read in this month, The first book was flawless, the second one eh not bad, and the third was utterly beautiful, I fell in love with everything especially Victorian London, it was amazingly described although I didn’t like the ending that much and there were some moments when I didn’t feel comfortable or the writing would be a bit rash but nothing is perfect and trust me it’s worth your attention. Also the trial for the movie looks fantastic ! (For those who has read it already, did you feel that there are some similarities between Harry Potter and the main character’s power ? This might be the main reason I didn’t like the trilogy enough).

I’m more excited about my March Wrap-up though for I have finally started The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices and also the Confessions of A Shopaholic series. (Is this it’s name ?) I can’t wait to talk about them !.
As always thank you for reading till this point and here’s a rose for you 🌹

Good bye ♥︎

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My 2015 Reads | Wrap up

 

“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again.”

C.S Lewis

I can’t believe two months have already passed since the start of the year 2016 ! Time surely is fast ..

Hello guys!, so 2015 was a fantastic reading year for me, for I’ve widened my reading choices and have developed a love for classics and more adult reads.

My reading goal was to read 100 books, but I’ve only read 70 books (plus my re-reads = 84, plus 7 books I’ve read from Wattpad = 91 but I don’t usually count these) which is stll pretty impressive since back in 2014 I’ve only read 39.
As I said I’ve widened my reading choices and book interests, I’ve read more Fantasy books, Classics, Children literature and non-fiction and it made me feel like I’ve grown up a bit, seeing from different points of view from different ages and time periods, and I loved it so much ♥︎
Now I want to divide this year as of what made it special to me :

The year of Percy Jackson :
I can’t believe I didn’t know about this series till last year ! Where have I been ?
Everything was wonderful and pefect, The world, the characters and the greek mythology used. One of the best I’ve ever read.
Honestly I loved PJO more than HOO but that’s only because there was more Percy in it 😉 and let’s be honest everyone who has read PJO has a crush on him.

The year of Sarah J.Maas :
Last year suddenly everyone on Bookstgram and Booktube was talking about her and if you have read her books you’d understand the hype !. She is fantastic, she has her own unique characters and a thoughtful, deep writing style. I have to admit I didn’t like Throne of Glass (which is the first book in the Throne of Glass series) I thought it was predictable and the writing style irritated me, I’ve enjoyed it though and as I have read more of her books her writing style has grown on me and I fell in love with the world she created ♥︎ then back in December I read A Court of Thorns and Roses and oh my god it was phenomenal ! It certainly has a similar vibe to Throne of Glass but the main characters are completly different (also the plot obviously, but you can’t help but feel the similarity) and they both live in different let me say, dimensions ? Worlds ? And both of them has hot, handsom men, fairies, princes … etc you name them (seriously).

The year of Classics :
Now that I think about it, I have not read that many but still I’ve read some pretty amazing ones that will be from my all times favorites ♥︎, I’ve only read two books by Oscar Wilde ( The picture of Dorian Gray and The happy prince and other tales) but he is now one of my favorite authors, two books by Louisa May Alcott which are Little women and Good wives and I believe I actually cried when I finished the book (both novels were in one book) because I didn’t want to say good bye to her extraordinary characters and their lives but lucky me there are more books in the series still. I’ve also read The tell-tale heart by Edgar Allan Poe , pretty short but I loved it very much.

So at the end I’ve only read 5 classics but The happy prince and other tales by Oscar Wilde consists of 5 fairytales so I like to say that I have read 10 classics 😉

So enough babbling this post is long enough here are the books I ve read in 2015 : (you’ll notice one Harry Potter book and no it’s not a re-read, I’ve read the whole Harry Potter series back in 2013 or so I thought.. Only to discover last year that I HAVE SKIPPED THE SECOND ONE ! Can you believe it? How stupid of me)

  

1-The coldest girl in cold town. | 5 out of five. ⭐️

2-Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets. | 5 out of five.⭐️

3-Landline. | 5 out of five.⭐️

4-Girl online. | 4.5 out of five.

5-Attachments. | 4 out of five.

6-Wedding night. | 2.75 out of five.

7-Anna and the french kiss. | 5 out of five.⭐️

8-Lola and the boy next door. | 3.5 out of five.

9-Isla and the happily ever after. | 3.5 out of five.

10-Before I fall. | 4 out of five.⭐️

11-The picture of Dorian Gray. | 5 out of five.⭐️

12-Le rocher rouge. | 2.75 out of five.

13-Van Gough modern artist. | 4 out of five.

14-Little women. | 5 out of five.⭐️

15-Good wives. | 5 out of five.⭐️

16-French for beginners. | 4 out of five.

17-Half wild. | 5 out of five.⭐️

18-Raven. | 3.5 out of five.

19-We were liars. | 4 out of five.⭐️

20-Annabelle. | 3.5 out of five.

21-How to learn french in a year. | 2 out of five.

22-Big little lies. | 5 out of five.⭐️

23-Dawn of the bunny suicide. | 4 out of five.

24-Throne of glass. | 3 out of five.

25-Crown of midnight. | 4 out of five.

26-Heir of fire. | 5 out of five.⭐️

27-Queen of shadows. | 5 out of five.⭐️

28-The distance between us. | 3.75 out of five.

29-All I’ve never wanted. | 3.5 out of five.

30-The chronicles of Narnia : The lion, the witch and the wardrobe. | 2.5 out of five.

31-Hex Hall. | 2.5 out of five.

32-Pivot point. | 5 out of five.⭐️

33-Split second. | 4 out of five.

34-The fill-in boyfriend. | 4 out of five.

35-Since you’ve been gone. | 4.75 out of five.

36-The girl on the train. | 3.5 out of five.

37-Wait for you. | 2.5 out of five.

38-Ruby red. | 4 out of five.⭐️

39-Sapphire blue. | 4 out of five.

40-Emerald green. | 4 out of five.

41-Red queen. | 3.5 out of five.

42-The tell-tale heart. | 5 out of five.

43-Carry on. | 5 out of five.⭐️

44-Percy Jackson : The lightening thief. | 4 out of five.

45-Percy Jackson : The sea of monsters. | 5 out of five.⭐️

46-Percy Jackson : The titan’s curse. | 3.5 out of five.

47-Percy Jackson : The battle of labyrinth. | 4.5 out of five.⭐️

48-Percy Jackson : The last olympian. | 4 out of five.

49-Heroes of olympus : The lost hero. | 4 out of five.

50-Heroes of olympus : The son of Neptune. | 5 out of five.

51-Heroes of olympus : The mark of Athena. | 5 out of five.⭐️

52-Heroes of olympus : The house of Hades. | 4.5 out of five.⭐️

53-Heroes of olympus: The blood of olympus.. | 4 out of five.

54-Greek gods. | 5 out of five.⭐️

55-On the fence. | 3 out of five.

56-A court of thorns and roses. | 4.5 out of five.⭐️

57-Vicious. | 5 out of five.⭐️

58-The raven boys. | 5 out of five.⭐️

59-The happy prince and other tales. | 5 out of five.⭐️

60-Kids are weird. | 1 out of five.

61-Cats are weird. | 4 out of five.

62-Cat getting out of bag and other stories. | 5 out of five.

63-.ساق البامبو | five out of five. (٥)⭐️

64-.تلك العتمة الباهرة | Five out of five. (٥)⭐️

65-.المهمة غير المستحيلة | Three and a half out of five. (٣.٥)

66-.رحلات أحمد زويل | Five out of five. (٥)⭐️

67-.كيف تؤلف كتاباً | Five out of five. (٥)

68-.ابتسم لتصبح أجمل | Three and a half out of five. (٣.٥)

69-.كيف تتعلم لغة ثانية | Two out of five. (٢)

70-.حدائق الملك | Five out of five. (٥)⭐️

( The stars indicate my favorites or most enjoyed books of the year)
So there you are this is my 2015 wrap-up. I Hope you liked this post and do tell me what is your favorite of these books. I’ll do an individual review of each book in the future inshallah. Thank your for reading till this point here is a rose for you 🌹

Good bye ♥︎

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Get to know me ♥︎

Bibliosmia – The smell and aroma of books
Scripturient – Having a consuming passion to write.
Bibliophile – A person who reads & collects books.

Hello ! My name is Anwar ‘ I’m a reader, writer, food lover, and I love reading about languages and trying to learn them.
I love to learn and experience new things which I believe is the main reason I love to read as in books, you can travel to places you’ve never even thought about and be a completely new person every time.
I read everything : Young adults, adult fiction, middle grade, manga, children literature, classics and non-fiction ..etc, as long as it’s interesting, fun and has new ideas.
I also love to read history books and watch documentaries about Countries and their culture, I’m a huge mythology fan for I love it so much.
My mother-tongue language is Arabic, but I can speak English and I’ve been learning French and Japanese for the past four years but I’m still lacking a lot since I don’t have a schedule and weeks may pass without me trying to learn anything new.
I’ll mainly write in English to practice more and be better so excuse my reviews it might be a bit rubbishy at first, I’ll still write in Arabic though from time to time.
In this blog the topics are going to be :
-Books ( books, manga, comics ).
-Movies ( usually animations from Pixar, Laika, Ghibli and Disney ).
-Food ( not much ).
-Fairy tales, Myths and weird cultures.
-Languages and learning resources.
-Favorite authors.
-People I love and believe are inspiring.
These are the main topics, I’m not sure what would I add in the future. I really hope you enjoy my blog and I’d be pleased if you leave a nice comment or a question if you like.
Thank you for reading till this point, here’s a rose for you 🌹

Goodbye 👋🏼.