I’m moving

Hello, guys! I know I just started blogging again but I just wanted to let everybody know that I have my own domain now so you guys can visit me and my new posts from now on at my new blog

ezzasyuhada.com

I literally just created this website today not five minutes ago… None of my recent posts are at the new blog… I think I imported my stuff wrongly but oh well I still have this blog if everybody wants to read my 2018 – 2019 posts.

There’s really not much reason as to why I wanted my own website, I just wanted to see how it was. I won’t shut down this blog and probs will share new stuff from my new blog here. Well that’s it I guess…

WWW Wednesday (13 Nov 2019)

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This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words.


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

20613764Red Nile by Robert Twigger. I am just a few pages in and really enjoying it so far. The book is basically the title which is a biography of the worlds greatest river. I bought this book at this years BBW (Big Bad Wolf sale) in Kuching with my best friend.

Recently Finished

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Science of the Magical by Matt Kaplan which I also bought at the BBW in Kuching. This book is really fascinating for me and a highly enjoyable read. I won’t say much here because I want to do a review on it but I do recommend it to everybody to read.

Reading Next

I think I want to have a more chill read and lay low on the non-fiction so I will probably read a historical romance or a romance book. My top books for these are:

Review: Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Okay just putting it out there that I also made a BookTube review on this book so if you want to check that out click the link!

Let’s start with the positives first so not everything is a bad vibe. When I first saw this book in the library I was really intrigued by it because the cover looked really nice and the premise looked promising.

Unfortunately, that is all the positive things I have to say for this book as for me it started to go downhill as I read past chapter 2.

I really did not enjoy this book mainly because the main character Margot Lewis is such a difficult character to get behind. She is just so unlikable it was really hard for me to empathize with her or even care about her as a character. Margot is written to be this neurotic, highly paranoid and highly strung individual and we don’t know why she is like this up until the very end and whilst this is a usual ploy used to create suspense but here in this book is just pissed me off because I can’t understand why she is acting this way and by the time I found out I couldn’t care less because Margot was akin to nails on a chalkboard for me.

I do not mind reading about characters who are mentally unstable or people who have anxiety or does overthink because Hello! I am like that too but there must be a reason. I wish the author had done a red herring which might explain to the readers why Margot is acting this way without truly revealing anything. Plus, doing it this way might have made the plot more entertaining to read which leads me to my second point…

The plot. The plot you read on Goodreads is basically everything you need to know and its nothing else making the book so dull and boring and its only 300ish pages but felt like I was reading a book three times its page count.

Last but not least was the romance. Dear Lord did the romance came out of bloody effin nowhere. I think the author did try to insert some instances of where you’re supposed to pick up that they’re going to be together but I as the reader didn’t catch up on it because I didn’t know why they would be into each other.

Like it was not explained in the book as to why they would have romantic feelings for each other. I thought they were just work buddies in this mission to UNCOVER THE TRUTH! Even from Margot’s perspective the only thing I got from her regarding her feelings for Martin was that he was hot and she felt safe with him. Why? She felt safe with him nobody knows.

Will I recommend this book? No I would not.

Will I read something written by this author? Yes, yes I would. I see snippets of brilliance, it just needs to be buffed a bit more.

Day 13: blehh

Hello hello… Yes I havent blogged in awhile I have just been so exhausted lately that I just was bleh to blog.

But yesterday I went for a hike with my two friends and man it was great! Not so great today though because everything is so sore… Ugh…

Went to the library today to borrow three books

1) Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

2) An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

3) The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Hopefully I finish reading them and review them… Wish me luck!

Review: Gone by Elisabeth Naughton

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Rating: 3/5

Three years ago, Alec McClane and Raegan Devereaux lived every parent’s worst nightmare: their one-year-old daughter, Emma, was abducted from a park when Alec turned his back for just a moment. Emma was never found, and presumed dead. The crushing trauma, plus Alec’s unbearable guilt, ended the couple’s marriage.

Now a four-year-old girl matching Emma’s profile is found wandering a local park. Alec and Raegan are heartbroken to discover she’s not their daughter but are newly motivated to find closure…and each secretly feels desperate to be in the other’s presence again.

Alec suspects his vengeful biological father is behind Emma’s disappearance. But as Raegan investigates other abductions in the area, she sees a pattern—and begins to wonder if Emma’s kidnapping is actually linked to something more sinister.

As Alec and Raegan race to uncover the truth, a long-burning spark rekindles into smoldering passion, and they realize they need each other now more than ever.


REVIEW

I got this book AGES ago from Netgalley and only got round to reading it now because well I just felt like it so do take into consideration that my review is based on an ARC I received 2 years ago… I just checked my Netgalley account. Make that THREE years ago. Yikes!

Right off the bat I felt like the characters were very two dimensional as there was a lot of telling the readers about their past rather than showing it. Having the characters tell their past doesn’t allow the readers to fully engage in them or be as invested causing some of the drama that unfolds in the plot to fall flat.

Not all the emotional plot points fell flat though there were that did make me tear up thinking about the repercussions but that had more to do with the situation rather than the characters themselves. Anybody with a heart would cry imagining if their child was abducted and there was no news whatsoever.

Now that I think about it the male protagonist, Alec McClane, was seriously annoying. It was always about how he couldn’t handle the disappearance of his child , how he is still in pain, how he goes into shock and how he had the really shitty upbringing. Well BOO HOO! What about his wife? Did she not feel the pain of losing her child too? It’s not all about you sometimes okay Alec. It takes two to tango in a relationship like God! That guy got on my nerves. I don’t give a damn how hot you are, please have some heart and think about the other person who is also hurting by this horrific incident.

Plot wise, I felt that the pacing of the book was fast paced which I liked because I just went through the book in one night but I felt really confused as to the genre of the book but this I should have read the blurb or something first so my bad hahahah.

When I chose this those many moons ago, I thought it was going to be a nice thriller mystery type of book with a dash of romance and reading it now it read more like a romance with a dash of thriller and mystery although had I read the blurb I would’ve seen that it was a romance heavy book. I wish the sex scenes were more explicit because man I have not had any action in awhile and your girl is THIRSTY!

Oh! Before I forget (this links back to the plot thing), the execution of the plot twist and the reveal seriously fell flat for me. The plot twist and the reveal at the end I felt was great. It’s very predictable yes but it could have been better had the execution of it been great. These two things could’ve been improved had there been more breathing room for the readers to digest everything, all these revelations were revealed at super speed and the pacing just went off the charts from there and due to that the emotional punch that the author wanted to portray lost its zest

Day 7: Clarity

Sorry I didnt post day 6. I spent the whole day in the ER and was too exhausted to write anything.

My thoughts on day 6 was that as I spent the whole day in the ER and was a complete mess, crying my eyes out panicking out of my mind, I realized that at the end of the day no matter who your friends are no matter who your family members are you are on your own.

You have got to have your own resources to draw from when shit hits the fan because you might not be able to depend on your family. Im not saying that family members or friends will not help or dont want to help but what if they cant ya know?

You are not the only one that has a life or is in some deep shit. You cant just fully depend on somebody else to help you fix your problems.

Its great if they could but when they can’t, you have to someway somehow pick up your shattered pieces hot glue them together, move on and learn from the experience to be better.

Also another thought was that in attaining physical health we must not forget spiritual health. It doesnt matter if youre religious or dont believe in any religion, spiritual health is equally as important to ensure that your core self is centered. That you can weather any storms and not crack, like how I cracked.

I know it seemed like a small issue sending a family member to the ER but what you have to understand was I have never done it before ALONE. Doing all this alone had made me realize adulting isnt just about paying bills. Its about knowing what to do when serious shit happens, stick tk the decision and not losing your calm.

You cant help others when you yourself is an emotional wreck.

Well those are my thoughts these past few days.

Makes me realize now life isn’t all shit giggles no more.

For tomorrows post I will be posting a book review so check it out and leave a like!

Day 5: Moderation & Medical Insurance

If you read yesterdays post I talked about how my 15k challenge has been postponed due to me helping a very sick family member although I am probably just here helping out in the terms of giving moral support rather than doing anything much.

What can you do for somebody whose so sick and when meds from the hospital dont help.

Anyways seeing said family member in so much pain and so sick has made me realize we all must take good… Not just good but GREAT EXCELLENT care of our health.

WE MUST NOT TAKE OUR HEALTH FOR GRANTED PEOPLE!

We must exercise!

We must eat healthy!

We must prioritize health!

Be it physical health or mental health!

And also the importance of MODERATION!

Moderation in every aspect of your life because I honestly feel that is the best way for long term happiness, longevity and obviously health

Seeing said family member in pain has made me hasten my want to get medical insurance because at least with medical insurance I need not worry about how to pay my medical bills if I am ever admitted which is one less worry you need when you’re already in so much pain

So please I urge all my readers… All two of them (Lol I know) that we must ensure health so we won’t be in pain and please if you can invest in medical insurance

Day 4: An unexpected postponement

Hey guys I know yesterday I talked about how rest days are important well today’s entry is about how sometimes life can just jam their way into your fitness lifestyle and derail you from your course.

My derailment or what I like to call an unexpected postponement came in the form of a very sick family member.

So yeah.

I managed to reach half of my 15k goal so hey at least its something