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Which Book Should You Read Based on Your Favorite Spooky Movie?

October is here! This means all things spooky and creepy 😈 I don’t celebrate Halloween but I’m a massive fan of the macabre, hence my fascination with spooky books and movies!

This post was so enjoyable to create and envision! Each movie corresponds with a book to match. Best yet you can consider this a dual bargain: you get book recs and movie recs!


The Addams Family

Book Choice: Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers

Seeing that the Addams Family has more of a make belief feel to it, Medusa’s Web is the scary version. It revolves around a family spending the time in their familial ancestral mansion only to discover they are part of a network that uses magic rune-drawings to move back in time between 1920s Hollywood and the present. Fantasy, sci-fi, and lots of horror!

TW: Couldn’t find anything, but mention in the comments any possible triggers for others 🙂

The Conjuring

Book Choice: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

I’m sure you’ve heard of this classic but I couldn’t have thought of a better pairing for the movie. Ghosts, supernatural forces, and lots of exorcism.  

TW: Drug addiction, rape, child abuse, suicide.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Book Choice: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Even though this is a children’s book, Gaiman still manages to instill a spooky ambiance with a story about a boy growing up in a graveyard and cared for by the ghosts and lone vampire that resides there. It has that nostalgic feeling to it with an array of spooky characters similar to the movie.

The Silence of the Lambs

Book Choice: None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

True this is based on a book, but think: Silence of the Lambs x Netflix’s Manhunt but make it YA? You get None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney. It’s based on the same idea revolving around two teen serial killers working with the FBI to help solve cold cases, but as we all know psychopaths aren’t to be trusted.

TW: Murder, gore, blood, violence.

The Shining

Book Choice: Horrid by Katrina Leno

I know this is based on Stephen King’s novel but I wanted to recommend another upcoming haunted mansion type of book: Horrid by Katrina Leno. In an essence, it does include a family wishing for a fresh start, taking a break but of course things don’t go as planned.

TW: Nothing specific but it does deal with mental illness and grief.

The Corpse Bride

Book Choice: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

This gives me major Tim Burton vibes, just by the cover itself I can imagine the setting being the same one as The Corpse Bride. It follows a young girl and her family who are very much dead!

TW: Discussion of murder.

The Purge

Book Choice: The Project by Courtney Summers

This screams cult movie. As such I paired it up with a cult book! This book is also one of my anticipated reads, you have a murderous cult adamant that what they’re doing is “pure” and the chosen journalist determined to end it all.

TW: Abuse.

Monster House

Book Choice: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan

I’m taking an upside down book choice with this one just because I feel I’ve recommended enough haunted houses/mansion books.

In case you don’t remember Monster House’s antagonist was part of a circus freak show (that whole house is a freak show in itself), thus Darren Shan’s A Living Nightmare is a suitable pick! It follows a boy’s visit to a mysterious and eventually horrific freak show despite the ominous presence that surrounds the circus.

TW: Nothing to mention but if there is something do mention it for potential readers 😊

Ready or Not

Book Choice: The Guest List by Lucy Foley

A glitzy wedding, a celebrity couple, and a celebration no one would ever forget. Especially when someone ends up dead, but who would sabotage the couple’s special day? And why does everyone look like they’re hiding something?

TW: Self-harm.


Now tell me, what’s your favorite spooky movie or novel!?

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Pick Your Dream Summer City and I’ll Tell You What to Read

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Not sure what to read but still bummed out about your summer trip? I got you covered 😉


Paris

Paris

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Paris, summer, a bookstore owner who possesses a gift to sense people’s troubles and give them the right book for it is driven out on his own adventure across France that includes an unexpected friendship, a long lost love, and healing a broken heart.

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Singapore

Singapore

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Saucy and scandalous, follow Rachael Choi as she decides to vacation at her boyfriend Nicholas Young’s hometown and meet his parents for summer. Fun right? Except that his family are crazy rich and Rachael’s mother in law well…she’s hell.

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NewYork

New York

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha is not one to fall in love at first sight in fact she isn’t sure if she actually does believe in love at all. Daniel comes from a strict academic asian family, a romantic at heart with a poet’s soul. A chance encounter flings them together and they’re whisked away in this heart wrenching romance in a city that is unpredictable just as it is unmerciful.

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Malibu

Malibu

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Total opposites but acclaimed writers Augustus Everett, who enjoys killing off his cast in his books, and January Andrews, who enjoys finishing up with a happy ending, find themselves beach house neighbors this summer. Well, it’s a guy, and a girl, and one summer…need I say more?

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Prepare to set yourself a time travel adventure when Claire Randall during her second honeymoon after World War II gets transported back in time in yet another war, in the year of 1743 lost somewhere within the Scottish Highlands. Torn between two men, two timelines, and two identities, Claire struggles as she tries to understand the mysterious forces that are at work.

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Naples

Naples

The Godfather by Mario Pruzo

The iconic global phenom gripples with themes of betrayal, honor, family, and greed, The Godfather is one read that will have you transported to the eerie underworld of the Italian Mafia. Far better than being transported to your sofa couch I must say.

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Mumbai

Mumbai

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The story of hope and survival, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel from Pondicherry India manages to remarkably survive 227 days lost at sea. Of course he is not alone he is accompanied by a Bengal Tiger…named Richard Parker…?

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Dublin

Dublin

Where the Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahren

Rosie and Alex have always been best friends through thick and thin, but after Alex’s move from Dublin to America the two go their separate ways. Their connection brings them back together and Rosie can’t help but think “What if”?

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I choose “…” as my dream summer city, what’s yours? https://jawahirthebookworm.com/2020/07/07/pick-your-dream-summer-city-and-ill-tell-you-what-to-read/

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ANNOUNCEMENT | I’m Taking a Hiatus

I’ll keep this lovely and simple, it’s true I am taking a blog hiatus for now. I’ll be traveling next week for a much needed getaway trip after a harrowing last year. I guess I can’t enjoy the space I need while following up on my blog and the trip gives me ample time to revaluate some life choices I have to make.

This blog will always remain a space for any book lover who wants some solace and a bibliophile sanctuary, while my dear book blog friends and bloggers are always welcome to their second home (in this case “blog”). I’ll be reading a few blogs here and there so I won’t be entirely gone.

I’ll miss you all and I am bit worried of how this might impact my blog stats but I know what matters is those who stay and that my blog will always be here for me so that’s a kind thought.

Lots of love,

Jawahir


Music for Books : Hazel Grace from TFIOS

It’s time to wander back through the house of memories because my next guest is from the roots of my teenhood.

She’s decided to to grow her hair a bit for a change, and she still has that annotated Dairy of Anne Frank from her Amsterdam days.

In time of so much ongoing death, we’ve reached out and for one more time we’re hearing the playlist of her dreams and love story again.

Please welcome my next guest: Hazel Grace.

“Ah it’s been a while but I couldn’t refuse, I’m very glad you sent me that text and I do hope you like the yellow tulips I got you…I have very fond memories of them as you may know”.

Someone said: “The marks human leave are too often scars”, this has never been more true than now. It is so easy to see how ravished our world is and lose hope, and yet I am more hopeful that our generation is going to do better by this world. And if we like our choices than it is worth the pain. Or so Augustus once said.”

“I’m not sure why I decided to burn this into a CD and share it with you to share with the world but that is what love is. Augustus and I had something that is once in a lifetime if ever, and I am proud to say he loved me wholeheartedly and true. Throughout the pain his love still found its way to me and in love that is how I go on today. So listen and live with love because love is the answer. It is always the answer”.

I feel in love the way you fall asleep, slowly than all at once.

And suddenly my world erupted in color.

The world hates soft boys as if being kind and gentle is a flaw. He was a soft boy ❤️

“Ultimately we’ll be okay”.

I still lay down the flowers, keeping them alive as long as I’m breathing.

“But your smile reminds of a place that I can’t put my finger on” I listened to this during my wasted days of my “what ifs”; it’s crazy how much I didn’t know back then.

Somehow it became our city. Our laughter echoed in its alleys, the canals witnessed our kisses, and the breeze lifted our song through the trees.

It gets better I promise you it will.


One of the most impactful books I’ve ever read during my teens, so I’m so happy to share this playlist with you!

Augustus was definitely one of my earliest fictional book crushes so he’ll always have a special place in my heart.

What did you think of Hazel’s playlist?

Top 14 Bookstores I’d Love to Visit | Bookstores Around the World

I can’t say the same about the rest of the world but traveling restrictions are soon to ease up in my country and that means fishing out those bucket lists again! Of course true to my bookworm self, my bucket list includes 14 indie bookstores I’d love to visit around the globe.

Kind reminder to shop from indie bookstores or local used stores when you can 🙏🏼 These small businesses breath life into our cities and towns, and many more require our help during the pandemic. Click here on ways to help.

If you’re looking to add these bookstores to your next destination or only falling in love with these pictures; I hope you enjoy this post.


Main Bookstore Lobby | Photo Source

Best For: Chinese books and photoshoots.

Location: Chongqing, China

This bookstore has been specifically designed to play with your head using mirror trick illusions making the space seem bigger than it is. More than 200,000 visitors were reported to have visited the bookstore in its first 15 days opening. In fact so many people kept visiting, the operator had to limit the number of entrants. One of my favorite rooms is the children’s reading room; this is literal heaven to bookworm kid me.

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Inside Albertine Bookstore | Photo Source

Best For: French books and french translations of English books.

Location: NYC, USA

The interior reminds me of Harry Potter and gives me major Ravenclaw vibes. It offers the largest collection in the United States of French-language books and translations from French into English. The history of the bookstore is quite morbid, Stanley White the building’s architect was actually murdered before it’s completion.

Outside Shakespeare & Company Bookstore | Photo Source

Best For: Rare editions and eccentric picks.

Location: Paris, France

Shakespeare & Company is arguably the most famous indie bookstore in the world. Famous for being a haven space for “The Lost Generation” of expat writers (like Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, and more), brushing up your fingers against the lined shelves you can’t help but breath in the history of this quaint bookstore.

What’s really cool is the tumbleweed program, what’s that you say? A tumbleweed is essentially a writer, artist, or wanderer who can stay and live in the bookstore for free in exchange for reading one book a day and helping out around the store. Never seen anything like it!

Inside Shakespeare & Company Bookstore | Photo Source
Inside Livraria Cultura | Photo Source

Best For: Perfect for all readers and comic book fans.

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

You can easily spend hours at this place, popular not only with novel readers the bookstore houses comic books and even pop culture figurines for collectors. Apart from the very awesome flying dragon (it might be the reason I really want to visit…) it features a cafe for you to sit back and relax with your book.

Inside Livraria Cultura | Photo Source

Best For: Vintage Italian and European novels.

Location: Venezia, Italy

The journey to the bookstore itself is picturesque enough, overlooking the serene canals of the “floating city”, the books as you can see are stacked high up because the store floods sometimes!

You must then take a minute to see “the book staircase”. It’s made entirely out of vintage tomes and makes a perfect photo. Although it hurts my heart to think about stepping on them. Tip: If you’re the person who stays too long getting that pic it won’t be for free so buy a postcard if you can’t purchase novels (although I highly doubt that! just look at them!).

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Inside Librería El Ateneo | Photo Source

Best For: Spanish books

Location: Buenos Arias, Argentina

This antique theatre has been restored to house the now beautiful bookstore, it’s hundreds of years old and originally bought the first sound films to Argentina. Even if you’re not a book lover, you can’t deny the majestic feel the place emanates.

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Best For: Browsers looking for books by theme, and limited collections.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Pretty sure that book ceiling is a selling point all on its own. The bookstore is divided into themes. One of the prominent ones is the “English Room”, it’s decked out in Victorian leather armchairs and ceilings lamps printed with Union Jack.

It also houses 3 different restaurants ( one is in the social sciences section and the other is in the cooking section, and one is situated near the fine arts section I believe.)

Outside Nhà sách Mão | Photo Source

Best For: Antique, Vietnamese and Foreign literature.

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

I accidentally found this store on Google Maps when I typed a store name wrong. I think that’s the best thing that happened to me out of a misspelling! On the outside it looks like your corner shop or grocer, but on the inside it’s this Studio Ghibli treehouse situation that is a sight to look at.

It’s considered one of the busiest “night book street markets” in Hanoi. Okay but the concept of late night bookstores is so appealing to me why is this not applied everywhere!? You can also drop off some books so this doubles as a second hand store as well.

Inside Nhà sách Mão | Photo Source
Inside Livraria Lello | Photo Source

Best For: Rare and first editions, as well as luxury editions.

Location: Porto, Portugal

It’s nicknamed as “The Harry Potter bookstore” because Rowling used to get inspired by Livraria Lello and its easy to see why. This is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world and a fitting library at Hogwarts!

Considered groundbreaking for it’s architectural design when it was first unveiled in the 19th century, it still stands today in all its glory. Tip: Plan your visit before because it can get quite packed!

Inside Librairie Ptyx | Photo Source

Best For: Selective literary fiction and books specializing in human sciences

Location: Brussels, Belgium

The outside of this bookstore is unmissable. It’s graffiti stencil style design showcases famous authors and this concept is extended inside where pictures of more famous authors are pasted on the ceiling.

You won’t find your best sellers and popular books here, the bookstore carefully selects and curates its books; as the site states: “It is far from the quantified sirens of a press unanimously dedicating a self-proclaimed bestseller whose sole objective (also quantified) is to please the greatest number.”

Outside Librairie Ptyx | Photo Source
Outside Tim’s Used Books | Photo Source

Best For: Second hand and discount books

Location: Provincetown, US

Behind the green archway that looks like something out of a 60-70s American suburbia you’ll stumble upon the hidden gem that is Tim’s Used Books. This was yet another accidental find but a happy accident of course. A great spot if you’re a thrift shopper.

Inside Tim’s Used Books | Photo Source
Inside The Last Bookstore | Photo Source

Best For: New titles and used books

Location: L.A., USA

If you haven’t heard of the bookstore you must have at least seen the instagram pictures. It’s famous for its book “semi-tunnel” (pictured above) but did you know it’s also a record shop? Definitely check it out if you’re into old school retro music.

Fun fact: Originally it used to be the atrium of a bank before it got turned into a bookstore, it’s also been shrouded with conspiracy during the Elisa Lam case.

Inside Cafebrería El Péndulo | Photo Source

Best For: Spanish books, English translated books and popular titles.

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

The vibrancy of the place is enough to entice me to pick up a book or two, the decor is inspired by the Art Deco movement. A blog called it: “Part bookstore, part cafe, and part forest”. And that couldn’t be any more true.

A palm tree is jutting out in the middle of the space while vines and plants slither their way through the windows and in between shelves. It’s exotic in the best sense.

Outside Powell’s Books | Photo Source

Best For: New titles and used books.

Location: Portland, Oregon

Powell’s is pretty popular, a former car dealership the space gives me Stranger Things vibes with the sign outside still keeping its style of 80s brand signage. The space is filled with rows upon rows of shelves and they offer titles both from the big press and small publishing houses which is great.

You can also sell some of your unwanted books too.

Inside Powell’s Books | Photo Source

Thanks for reading! Have a bookstore you’d recommend? Drop them down in the comments!

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TTT | Books You Can Read in One Day (Or One Setting!)

This is part TBR post, part books recommendations. You’ve got a good collection of short stories, contemporaries, thrillers, and even poetry in today’s TTT. Pretty random but great!

TTT is a fun bookish weekly meme created by theartsyreadergirl where you list your top 10s based on a different theme each week. I’ll link up her TTT if you would like to participate or know more.

*Little Note: I have an affiliate link to the books mentioned in the post, at no extra cost if you decide to buy via the link, your book blogger here gets a commission 😊


Books You Can Read in One Day (Or One Setting!)

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

Easy read that’ll get you easily mesmerized. I described it as ” A more bloody breakfast club meets pretty little liars YA novel”.

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

This was adorable yet heartfelt at the same time. You have the good feel humor you get in 2000s romcoms but with a little bit of classic romance.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I could read this book again and again, and never tire of it. Brilliant. In short it depicts the human condition through the eyes of our dreamy “hero”.

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

I recently did a review on this one! My new favorite comfort read with beautiful representation. I loved it so much, and the drama and romance is sure to keep you up all night reading!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Mysteries are one of the best books to get you both out of a reading slump and make you finish a book in a day. The different media and text formats in the book really changed things for the better.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur (Or Any poetry book for that matter)

Poetry books are my go to if I wanted to catch up on my Goodreads challenge, but slowly I’m starting to understand them? It’s difficult to explain but I never was into poetry and much preferred prose.

The Ivies by Alexa Donne

One of my favorite reads this year! Utterly addictive and compelling; you won’t be able to put this one down.

Hungry Hearts: : 13 Tales of Food & Love by Various Authors (Or any other short stories collections)

Short stories collections like these are a great way to make you think you read more due to the short chapters. And there are loads of themes you can pick from: summer, winter, and even vampires.

The Search by Tiffani Velex

I was approached by the lovely author to review her novella, and I must say I was taken aback. This is a really profound historical fic love story that is inspired by the author’s actual grandmother and grandfather.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon’s writing is unparalleled especially when it comes to star crossed lovers in YA romance. Her novels have a semblance of sorrow but it makes you realize that life is about the simple things. I devoured this in a day.


Thanks for reading! Are any of these books on your TBR?

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TBR and Beyond Tours (Promo) | The Right Side of Reckless

Disclaimer: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a little commission at no extra cost from your end. 😊

I would like to thank TBR and Beyond Tours for including me in the lineup for this tour.

Book Info

Publisher | Inkyard Press

Release date | July 13, 2021

Genre | YA Contemporary

Book Summary

He’s never met a rule he didn’t break… She’s followed the rules her whole life… When they meet, one golden rule is established: stay away. Sparks fly in this edgy own voices novel, perfect for fans of Sandhya Menon, S. K. Ali, and Kristina Forest.

They were supposed to ignore each other and respect that fine line between them…

Guillermo Lozano is getting a fresh start. New town, new school, and no more reckless behavior. He’s done his time, and now he needs to right his wrongs. But when his work at the local community center throws him into the path of the one girl who is off-limits, friendship sparks…and maybe more.

Regan London needs a fresh perspective. The pressure to stay in her “perfect” relationship and be the good girl all the time has worn her down. But when the walls start to cave in and she finds unexpected understanding from the boy her parents warned about, she can’t ignore her feelings anymore.

The disapproval is instant. Being together might just get Guillermo sent away. But when it comes to the heart, sometimes you have to break the rules and be a little bit reckless…

Tour Schedule and BookTok Vid

Be sure to check out the other bloggers on this tour! I’ll make a Booktok post! I’ll be sharing a brief inside look about the book; just check out Jawahir the Bookworm on Tiktok 😊✨

About the Author

Whitney D. Grandison is an American young adult fiction writer. Some of her works can be found on Wattpad, one of the largest online story sharing platforms, where she has acquired over 30,000 followers and an audience of over sixteen million reads. Outside of writing, she is a lover of Korean dramas, all things John Hughes, and horror films. Whitney currently lives in Akron, Ohio with her two cats Poe & Hemingway. A Love Hate Thing is her first novel.

Follow Grandison on her socials and keep up to date with the author’s latest news:

Website / Twitter / Instagram / Goodreads


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Review | My New Fav Rom Com: Ayesha at Last

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Description Summary | The rom com I very much needed. Laugh out loud, romantic, and the crazy antics that usually goes with nosy aunties and big families. This felt like home.

Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Book Summary | (Skip to Review)

A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and Hafsa, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.

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Review

I think if I hadn’t finished the book at 3AM I would have very much ran outside the house, skipping like a tween fangirl about to see her fav boyband because that’s how much I fell in love with this book. You have no idea how satisfying it is to see a Hijabi MC who’s actually proud of her scarf and faith, you have no idea how satisfying it is to see the beautiful parts of my religion presented in a peaceful and modern way. It’s the little things like mention of the daily prayers to ordering non alcoholic wine to prayer beads that made this feel so authentic and home to me.

The romance was just as good, Khalid and Ayesha made me laugh and smile, it was a joy following their blossoming romance. This has become my new comfort read.

Story

This is the sitcom Muslim brown version of Pride and Prejudice. Essentially an enemies to lovers trope between our MC Ayesha and her love interest Khalid, but it’s not that easy in this book. Filter in scheming aunties, jealous cousins, and ill fitted suitors, and you’re in for a true cookout!

Goodness is for Allah to judge

I couldn’t put this book down and the themes of prejudice (see what I did there 😉 😂) and judgement is the central plot line throughout. You have the prejudice from “feminists” like Sheila who is convinced that Islam is a radical backwards religion with camel rider worshippers, prejudice from self righteous conservatives who think that faith is one path and one path only, and prejudice from the old generation to the ways of the new generation. To me, Jalaluddin presented that wonderfully but kept the comic dialogue woven throughout to keep the “chick lit” feel of the book.

Writing

I loved the writing, I think it made a fast paced fantastic read that you can finish in almost a day. It’s a perfect vacation read too because you don’t have to worry yourself with heavy wording, complicated word building, and long pages!

Characters

Ayesha

Ayesha was so relatable, I instantly recognized her struggles and was so empathetic in her journey. She’s the Hijabi Muslima Elizabeth Bennett, witty, smart, bookish, and highly independent. She cares deeply about her family and friends, and often goes out of her way to help them out. It really pains me every time she is referred to as the “plain one”, so I was so happy to see her prove everyone wrong.

Khalid

Who knew that this statue of a man is actually a big softie inside? Khalid is the socially awkward, completely oblivious love interest who starts off unpleasantly as a Mama’s boy. He didn’t just exist as Ayesha’s love interest though, and that’s yet another thing I love about this book. We see his struggles and the islamophobia he faces at his workplace and his untouched childhood trauma. It’s pretty great we got POVs from him or less this book wouldn’t be the same.

Hafsa

Though Ayesha’s “prettier cousin” is said to be 20, she acts more like 14. I think the author was trying to make her as this “wacky” “valley girl airhead” but I couldn’t get it.

What I want to talk about her character here is that in the end there was a plot twist involving her and I felt that was a bit odd? Like it happened and got solved so quickly, you’re second guessing if that actually happened. It’s the only thing I would criticise about this perfect book.

Do I recommend? Yes!

Thanks for reading! Anyone else read Ayesha at Last? Is it on your TBR?


TTT | Books With Question Marks in Their Titles

I knew this week’s TTT would be not easy, you think you’d have more question marks on your book covers but nope it proves to be almost non existent.

Pulling up these titles from the depths of my Goodreads lurking, there is no specific reasoning behind my book choices other than I liked the titles.

TTT is a fun bookish weekly meme created by theartsyreadergirl where you list your top 10s based on a different theme each week. I’ll link up her TTT if you would like to participate or know more.

*Little Note: I have an affiliate link to the books mentioned in the post, at no extra cost if you decide to buy via the link, your book blogger here gets a commission 😊


Books With Question Marks in Their Titles

What Happened To You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D Perry

This book also appeared in my post, Non Fic Books Every Millenial/ Gen Z Should Read. So important and powerful.

Does my Head look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

One of my earliest YA reads ever, though there are more memorable books than this one it does have an important space in my getting into reading timeline.

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

I never understood the deal about this book 🤷🏽‍♀️

Where’s Waldo? by Martin Handford

I LOVE the Waldo books, I own every single one and they were a great part of my childhood (I took them everywhere with me lol). You can own the entire collection at a discounted price through my Blackwells 😊

Who do You Think You Are? by Alice Munro

I guess this reminds me Fitzgerald’s dramatic romantic couple tragedies mixed in with Taylor Jenkin Reid’s unblemished takes on reality.

Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers by Karyl McBride

Heard great reviews about this book, would love to read it someday.

Who’s Your Mummy? by R.L. Stine

By now it should be unsurprising to find R.L. Stine in my book lists 😂

Can you Keep a Secret? by R.L. Stine

See point above. I really want to read Fear Street again before watching the Netflix show, it’s been so long I basically forgot everything.

Is This a Dagger Which I See Before Me? by Shakespeare

I have to admit the title made me add it to the list. Trust Shakespeare to make it theatrical.

Who Killed The Bride? by Lily Malone

Apart from the murdered bride, there is a missing cow mixed in this mess? This feels like a good laugh and an enjoyable read.


Thanks for reading! Are any of these books on your TBR?

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Random Rambles: Do I Want Six of Crows 3? | Discussion Post (No Spoilers)

If you’ve been following me for a while or at least have read my recent review of Rule of Wolves, you’d know that I am a fan of the Grishaverse and an even bigger fan of Six of Crows in particular. I truly think it’s one of the best fantasies I’ve read.

Leigh Bardugo, the creator and author of the Grishaverse books and universe has stated that she will be writing a third Six of Crows book, featuring the cast many years down the line in a tweet back in March 2018.

Bardugo’s original tweet

It’s unsure if it’s going to be one book or a whole new series. Ever since that announcement however, fans up till recently are still circulating rumors, cast deaths, plot theories on platforms like Reddit, Twitter, Blogs, and now TikTok. It’s safe to say people are going WILD.

Now here’s my take on it.


I personally don’t want a third Six of Crows book. Now wait keep your pitchforks aside, I’ll tell you why:

▪️ Ending had it’s closure: Crooked Kingdom was in my opinion a successful closure for The Crows and their storylines, to me it was a satisfying ending with the fact that every plot line was addressed and sealed. Though we don’t get a full epilogue of where the The Crows end up, it is heavily implied how their lives are going to go from there.

▪️ I don’t trust Leigh Bardugo: Not in her writing skills but she does have a tendency to rip your heart out by killing off lovable characters, and so I’m not certain we’ll get happy tales from Six of Crows 3 and honestly I don’t want any of them to die.

▪️ Will the sentiments and myth still be there? There is nothing worse than having epic characters turn into “a shadow of the great men they were”, and I don’t want that to happen with The Crows. With that open ended ending your mind had the freedom to go wild with imagination as to where they’ll end up, with a written book as older characters that freedom is taken away. This could either go well (with a better book that Six of Crows duology or a disaster).

Will I read it if it comes out? I’m thinking it’s going to be one of those books who’s fanart will make me read it 😂 But if I do hear of any character deaths, I seriously might reconsider; I just can’t take any character deaths anymore 😭


Thanks for reading my first discussion post! I want to hear your opinion too, what do you think of having another Six of Crows book? Any interesting theories you think off?

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TTT| Top Reasons Why I Love Reading

These are the type of questions that you think is easy to answer at first, it’s like asking someone “why do you like music?”. What do you mean? I can’t envision my life without it and it’s hard for me to articulate in words how much it means to me.

I got some help from authors who wrote beautiful reading and bookish quotes to help me out in this one. I hope you get inspired!

TTT is a fun bookish weekly meme created by theartsyreadergirl where you list your top 10s based on a different theme each week. I’ll link up her TTT if you would like to participate or know more.


Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Reading

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.

To Kill a mockingbird, Harper lee

This is what I mean by how much I love reading, it is a central part of my life that I can’t imagine without. It’s one of the simple pleasures that gives life its meaning.

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

People talk about an adrenaline rush while speeding down the highway, others talk about the ecstasy of dancing in the dark, some take refuge in a movie theatre with a bucket of popcorn, but my haven is a room full of my books and a wooly blanket to keep me company. All of these books form the essence of my being and that is why I love reading.

There are those that look at things the way they are and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?

George Bernard shaw

Reading and books are not confined by logic or reason, that in itself is very exciting. Not only does it expose you to places you’ve never been before but to worlds that don’t exist. It’s why I love fantasy and take great joy in reading them.

It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.

Clockwork Prince,Cassandra Clare

The silent companionship of books is like no other; the setting feels like home, the characters become your friends, and for a few pages you are not completely alone.

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.

A Dance WITH dRAGONS, gEORGE r.r. mARTIN

One of my favorite quotes, it sums up quite nicely I think as to why so many of us read. There’s always an adventure to journey through, a hero to rescue, a story to be told, and new places to de discovered.

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

rAY bRADBURY

I am a believer that reading and books have the power to elevate a culture and also at times educate it and improve on it. Ever heard of the quote: “The pen is mightier than the sword”?

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami

Reading helps understand new perspectives from others I would never have understood. It’s always enlightening to expand your horizons by walking in someone else’s shoes.

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.

 Frederick Douglass

Freedom may mean different things to many of us, but to me reading gives me the escapism I long for when life gets too difficult and when I’m too in my head.

It’s strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.

 The Perks of being a wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

I never realized how important it was to see someone like you being depicted in a book before putting up my own book blog and discovering so many unknown books that had characters that looked like me.

Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.

Eargon, Christopher Paolini

An unforgettable book alters the meaning and perception of life. An unforgettable book makes you feel things you’ve never felt before. These books are what keeps me reading, in the hopes that I’ll find another one that takes my breath away.


Thanks for reading! Which of these quotes speaks to you the most?

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Review : Permanent Record | Not as Pretty as the Cover I’m Afraid

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Description Summary | Beautifully written with plenty quotable lessons however plot confusions, stagnant character development, and sudden ending that came out of nowhere impacted what was a poignant and deep book.

Rating

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Book Summary | (Skip to Review)

After a year of college, Pablo is working at his local twenty-four-hour deli, selling overpriced snacks to brownstone yuppies. He’s dodging calls from the student loan office and he has no idea what his next move is.

Leanna Smart’s life so far has been nothing but success. Age eight: Disney Mouseketeer; Age fifteen: first #1 single on the US pop chart; Age seventeen, *tenth* #1 single; and now, at Age nineteen…life is a queasy blur of private planes, weird hotel rooms, and strangers asking for selfies on the street.

When Leanna and Pab randomly meet at 4:00 a.m. in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn, they both know they can’t be together forever. So, they keep things on the down-low and off Instagram for as long as they can. But it takes about three seconds before the world finds out…

Review
Review

Review

Things to get out of reading this book:

  • The ending is not always roses and rainbows like this book predicts.
  • Your mental health issues is not an excuse to treat the people who care about you like dirt.

Both of these points and more I’ll be speaking about in detail in my below review.

Story

This is a heavily character driven story and is an allegory to the complicated transition to adulthood. To say this story didn’t impact me someway is a lie, every emerging adult has faced the same helplessness and confusion that Pablo faces in his life (and if you didn’t you are one of the luckiest people alive). It signifies the huge distortion to what we are being taught and consumed in schools, the internet, and entertainment versus real life and it’s unfairness.

Necessarily I didn’t enjoy the book (I don’t think it’s one you would actively enjoy in), the characters are people I couldn’t relate to and Pablo’s journey changed from understanding to resentment to a mix of bitterness and pity. It’s the story that took a lot of my time and in the end I can’t tell you if it is truly worth it. Which is a problem.

Story Sub-points | Mental Health

You have the type of authors who write mental health in a blue landscape in order to keep a poetic essence about them. Others show the struggles and dark complexities of mental health like slow burn nightmares. Then you have Choi’s depiction of mental health: the bad and the ugly. These are the thoughts that are never said aloud. The rotten core of the spiraling thoughts. And I found this to be truthful and raw.

This is where the better part ends. Unfortunately what happens is that I see Pablo actively not choose to do anything even when solutions were being presented to him on a silver plate, he acted as if he’s alone but he had plenty of people who cared about him around him (his mother, his father, his brother, his roommates, his employer, and even his college counsellor).

He treated every single person like dirt. Really he was the worst to be around and it soon became like talking to a brick wall. As much as I empathize with his anxiety (I have it too), this is no excuse to treat people forgive my wording, like shit.

Writing

By far the best thing about this book is the writing (apart from that stunning cover), Choi’s writing is beautifully serene as it is sad. It really did feel like modern Haiku; so many quotable liners that would make great hipster tattoos.

Here are some of my favorites:

It’s demoralizing when wins have nothing to do with talent.

Humans are weird. The way hierarchies are so important to us.

I think about this a lot. The difference between watching and seeing.

Lawyers and courts are for adults, and right now I’m a far cry from one. I can’t adult. Most days, I can barely human.

Do the next right thing and don’t worry about anything else coming down the pike. You don’t have an audience. No one’s judging you. Do the work.

Find joy in the learning, Pablo, not in what will it get you. It took me so much searching to stop searching. Art is fueled by longing but you must learn to want what you have, not get what you want. It’s the only way to stop suffering. I pray that you’ll know this meaning by the time you’re my age.

Characters

Pablo

Oh Pablo, I only wish I’d never get as lost as he is. If there is one way to approach his character it would be “proceed with caution”. His character development was practically nonexistent most of the book and it’s why I took so long with the book. I found his ending too sudden and quick, and is contradictory to some of the messages arisen in the book.

Leanna

Unsurprisingly Leanna is a top notch narcissist (I guess when you’re raised by Hollywood you have to have some sort of ego). She had no POVs and I think that impacted the book significantly, though she is on the cover of the book I felt she had no presence. I felt nothing for the romance either and at times it was painful to watch really.

Do I recommend? If you’re looking for butterflies than this is not the romance book for you.

Thanks for reading! Anyone else read Permanent Record? Is it on your TBR?