Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is “Books That Surprised Me”

  • I expected this book to be a 3-4 rating for me like all her previous books I have read but surprisingly I really enjoyed this book. Who knew? Even gave it a 5 rating.

Review of Holiday in The Hamptons

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  • I rarely read Malay books let alone manage to enjoy one but this book opened my eyes that not all Malay books are shit. I liked it so much I actually bought the second one almost at full price (I say almost because it was 20% off) and coming from a book cheapskate like me, that says A LOT.

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  • You and I both know what I truly feel for this MONSTROSITY! Two years on and I am still riled up thinking about the plot. I can’t even, because if I do my rant will never end. The injustice I felt at having spent my hard earned cash for this trash is inconceivable.

Review of HP & The Cursed Child

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  • I hated this book as well as I felt the synopsis was VERY misleading but for some unbeknownst reason I can’t seem to forget nor shake off the themes discussed in the book.

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  • This book surprised me because I didn’t expect the book would be so tedious and torturous for me to read.

Review of Bookishly Ever After

Booktube review of Bookishly Ever After

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Book Quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is “Favorite Book Quotes”.

_After all this time___Always,_ said Snape- (1)

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_After all this time___Always,_ said Snape-

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_After all this time___Always,_ said Snape- (2)

_After all this time___Always,_ said Snape- (3)

I have realized that I don’t read a lot of series and I really want to get into another series but what series though? Any good recommendations?

 

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this weeks topic is “Top Ten most anticipated books for the 2nd half of 2017” but I am not big into anticipated books so instead I will change it too “Top Books I am most excited for released on the 2nd half of 2017”. Let’s get started.

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  • Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane #12)
    • Elizabeth Hoyt
    • 17 October 2017
    • I really need to get this book because the hero sounds super awesome! Especially with that scar on his face (not shown in the book though which is a bummer)

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  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer
    • Leigh Bardugo
    • 29 August 2017
    • I have never read anything by Leigh Bardugo but I am assuming she is a good writer and plus it’s Wonder Woman what is there to hate?

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  • Into The Water
    • Paula Hawkins
    • 2 May 2017
    • Not published in the 2nd half of 2017 but hey it seemed like a good read.

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  • Among The Ruins
    • Ausma Zeharat Khan
    • 14 February 2017
    • I was interested in this book because it is a detective-type of story ANDDDD the lead character is a Muslim! Like me! It’s nice to read about other Muslims even if they are fictional.

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  • An Extraordinary Union
    • Alyssa Cole
    • 28 March 2017
    • Another detective-ish story with POC as one of the leads. Romance (Yes!)), Mystery (Yes!), Non-white lead (Yes!).

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  • Hate To Want You
    • Alisha Rai
    • 25 July 2017
    • To be honest, I wanted to read it because of the cover and what it promised. 😛

Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten (?) Books I’ve Read Being Given 5 Star Ratings in 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this weeks topic is  “Top Ten Books of 2016” whereby you can choose however you want to write it so I chose Top Ten-ish Books of where I have given them 5 star ratings either on Goodreads or on my book blog. Let’s get started!

When doing this meme I have realized by going through my Goodreads list is that I don’t give a lot of books 5 star ratings. Currently I have only given 12 books out 53 books that I have read, 5 star ratings. That is only 22%. Am I really a harsh book critic? I don’t think so I mean I gave 17 books 4 star ratings. Also, the books I rated 5 stars in the first half of the list are my favorite books and they are my yearly reads books so yeah. Enjoy today’s post guys! 😀

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Come on, guys! How can you not absolutely LOVE this book? This book was beyond AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Mind you, I have never watched the movie in fear that it would disappoint me. I read this book all the time and every time I read it, it gets better kinda like wine. Gets better with age. Yeah, it romanticizes the mafia but who doesn’t? The ending where Michael got his revenge, pure bliss! Man, talk about revenge is a dish best served cold!

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It is not just this book that got 5 star ratings from me. It’s the whole Millenium series. I love the heroine, Lisbeth Salander, she is the anti-heroine whilst this book isn’t my ultimate favorite in the Millenium Series (the last one is) it gives us a glimpse of Lisbeth and what made her, her.

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Another heroine whom I love. She is strong, independent and another round of bad-ass-ery yet she is also young and inexperienced in terms of magic and being the Abhorsen which shows when she is fighting monsters and trying to save her dad and the world. It’s a nice perspective to see/read how she too can question herself and yet when she chooses her decision she sees it through and gung-ho’s it out. One thing I find annoying with this series is how the sequel is 19 years later and is completely with new characters. Like damn you Nix! I wanted to read more about Sabriel and how is she doing. How she became an expert in being the Abhorsen but no just had to skip all that and next thing ya know, she is already married with two children and 19 years has passed. Like dafuq.

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Why did I give this a 5 yet the lightning thief a 4? Hmmm… I can’t remember but whatever. It’s no secret that the Percy Jackson series is one of my favs which is also a yearly read which I can’t really do as much because I don’t actually own any of the books. It was a miracle I managed to finish the series at all to be honest. Although I am reminded of the time where I read the entire series in one day because I couldn’t borrow any more books from my uni library and yet I didn’t want to not read it. Let’s just say after that binge session I had nothing short of a migraine.

  • HP & The Sorcerers Stone/The Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

Must I say anything to this making the list? If you have read my blog long enough you MUST know that HP is the ultimate of ultimate of the ultimatest of my favorite series… favorite books… favorite everything. Nothing and I mean NOTHING can eclipse the love I have for them.

  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

I was seduced by its cuteness.

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This is the second book that I actually gave a 5 rating when I started doing this blog. The book just gave me the feels man and I am an emotional person. So when you write a book that just kicks me in the feels I just lose.

  • Kill The Father by Sandrone Dazieri

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I really don’t bother to link the Goodreads link unless you can read Italian. To be honest I was about to give this book a 4 rating until…UNTILLLL!!! I read the ending. Magad! The ending… the ending knocked my socks off so hard it went flying once around the Earth and slapped me back. I WAS SHOOOOOOOOOKKKKKK by the ending, I am not even sure if my review will do the story JUSTICE! You guys still have to wait till next year though. Huh.

I kind of ranted about how I love the books enough so Imma just let this one slideeeeee. My review for Duke of Pleasure is here btw if any of ya’ll interested in reading it.

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I really enjoyed this book even if it is historical romance. I am starting to think I am going through a romance phase. My review will be out in a few days (?) so I’ll link it here soon (if I remember that is).

So there ya go, my top ten (ish) books that I have given a 5 star rating. Which books have you read in 2016 which was lucky enough to get a 5 star rating?

Things I wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this weeks topic is “Things I wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree”. I say things because I have no idea what I want for Christmas considering I am a muslim and don’t celebrate Christmas anyway but I love getting free presents! and also I have no clue what I want.

  • I would not mind ONE BIT if Santa left a fine specimen of a man (or should I say men?) under my Christmas tree because hello who would say no to beautiful men (Unless ya’ll lesbian then that I would understand). OMG! Just imagine… droolHenry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Jason Momoa, Tom Hardy…. the list goes on and on!

 

 

 

  • All the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books which have beautiful covers (aren’t they beautiful?)

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  • BOOKMARKS! I, for once in my life would like to have a proper and cute bookmark rather than a small piece of paper. I mean they’re so cute it looks like they are squashed between pages 😀
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You can get em at the Etsy shop “MyBookmark

  • For my exercising purposes for my new body (I have been wanting to get said hot bod for 10 years now so far it hasn’t happened but one can wish for miracles, no?) I would definitely want a home gym complete with treadmills and weights section (damn! my Christmas tree has to be GINORMOUS for a home gym to fit underneath it)
  • Money. I want tons and tons of money. You would say this is unoriginal and not creative but I beg to differ with said money I can open my own business. Which will then keep the money rolling so I can have more money that I can use to buy stuff I want and/or need. I can buy make up. I can buy more books. I can buy the whole of Kinokuniya if I wish. I can help mom pay her debts off and my own debt. See money can bring you happiness, you just gotta know how to use it. Obviously if you just use money for clubbing and partying and drugs or whatever, it ain’t gonna go anywhere. You gotta have a vision with what to do with that money. My ultimate vision is when I start my tuition part-time job is that I can install internet at home. With this, I can start online creative writing classes which will then lead me to having confidence to finally write my own book and also the boring side is pay off my student loans but who gives a damn about that am I right?

 

 

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this weeks topic is “Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017”. I changed it to 2017 and not the first half is because I rarely look forward to any books, I just kind of just read whatever I have or bought or requested BUT ever since I have read the works of Elizabeth Hoyt and Christi Caldwell and Jenny Han I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THEIR NEW BOOKS NEXT YEAR! I am stalking Netgalley like crazy JUST IN CASE they put their books there first. I will be damned if I don’t request it. DAMNED I TELL YOU! Aside from that neurotic breakdown please enjoy my post for today. 😀

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Like DUH! Although for the life of me I cannot remember the hero’s name but I do know he is the guy with the extremely scarred face and the heroine is none other than Iris!!!!! I have been dying to read more about them ever since their first encounter during that ball where he called her a lamb. It is out on 29 August 2017 but please Elizabeth, I BEG YOU PLEASE PUT IT ON NETGALLEY. MY SOUL CAN’T HANDLE MONTHS OF WAITING!

This is me btw just waiting for the book… 

If I have to buy the book I might lose control and buy the whole series! and I don’t have no money!

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In here, we get to read more about Helena’s brother, Ryker Black. While he is a Duke’s son, he was raised in the underbelly of England what being a thief in his early life and then the leader/owner of this bar so he is a very different hero than what I usually read in historical romance.He is interesting. Usually, I’d be more interested in how the author will write the female characters but here I am more interested in Ryker than the heroine, Penelope. I still have a problem with the book cover though, it looks too campy and fake which makes some reader thinking that the book is cheesy and uninteresting which is the TOTAL OPPOSITE! (The models look too stiff, no?) This book will be out on 14 February 2017. *Fervently praying it will be out on Netgalley*

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I have no idea what’s the plot with this book but hey if it is from Elizabeth, I am on board!

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Y U DO DIZ TO ME JENNY HAN?! WHY?! I barely got to read the 2nd book and I thought okay, it’s okay. It will be the LAST book and I find out IT ISN’T?! What are you trying to do Jenny? KILL ME??! TEAR MY SOUL APART?! This gif explains accurately how I feel knowing this information.

Ten (?) Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card

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

So this weeks theme is as the title above states. Let’s get started!

Asking a bookworm for just 10 books she’d buy is ridiculous! If I had a credit card that had no limits  I’d buy the whole bookstore regardless of whether I would actually read the books in it or not.

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Ten Books Set Outside The US

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

This week’s topic is about ten  books that are set outside the US. So to do this I have included books that I have read and also books that I am interested in reading.

When doing this meme I just realized that I haven’t read much books that are set outside either the UK or the US and that is BAD! VERY BAD! Because hello! I read to know more about the world and their lifestyle and whatnot but so far 80% of my books are set in those two countries so I gotta step up the game in reading more diverse books.

I didn’t include books that are set in a post-apocalyptic world or fantasy or books where its set in an imaginary world because… well yeah those world don’t exist.

Books I have read

UK

1) The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Gailbraith (Cormoran Strike series)

2) Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

3) Cynster novel series by Stephanie Laurens

Germany

4) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Sweden

5) The Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson

Russia

6) Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

7) The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith

Romania

8) Dracula by Bram Stoker

Books I’m interested in

Iran

9) If you Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

India

10) A Time To Dance by Padma Venkatraman

There it is the books that I have read or I am interested in reading which are set outside the US. See what I mean when I say I haven’t read much books that are set outside UK or US. I mean look at the list. It’s an embarrassment 😥

 

Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptation

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

This week’s topic is a FREEBIE topic so I thought since this is my first time doing this meme why don’t I do one of the old ones and thus said topic is TOP TEN BEST/WORST MOVIE ADAPTATIONS.

Best:

  1. The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo
    • I watched the movie first before I even knew it was based on a book and I loved how Lisbeth Salander is the total opposite of the type of heroines that we are used to on the big screen. I watched the original Swedish version by the way.
  2. The Godfather
    • Must words be said for this? It’s the Godfather, it speaks for itself.
  3. The Hunger Games
    • Like The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, I watched the movie first then read the book and I loved how both the book and the movie had very different feels to it.
  4. Babe
    • Babe is my favorite childhood movie. Babe is a sheep-pig. A CUTE SHEEP-PIG!
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix; and the Deathly Hallows
    • These two (or should I say three?) movies are the ones that made me have faith in Harry Potter movies again

 

Worst:

  1. Eragon
    • I read the book just imagine my disappointment when I watched the movie. Tears of disappointment ran down my face.
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    • The book is my favorite one in the series and when I watched the movie I was heartbroken I never continued to watch Harry Potter movies anymore. I only watched The Order of Phoenix because it happened to air on HBO one night.
  3. Twilight saga
    • Huh.
  4. Percy Jackson movies.
    • I swear I tore my hair out when I watched the second movie. It had gotten EVERYTHING WRONGGGG. EVERYTHING. If I were to rant about this it would be 6 pages long. I’d know because I did once.
  5. Beautiful creatures
    • I liked the book a lot actually and the movie didn’t do it justice. It just seemed like Lena was having a really long really unnecessary temper tantrum.