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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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8 Romance Releases on My Radar | Serial Killers, Matchmakers, and Shakespeare “Slang”

Summer is here and mostly readers split themselves into two groups: The summer lovin rom-com romantics who can’t get enough of spice and fluff. OR the adrenaline chasers who crave spine tingling thrillers.

As you can tell, I gravitate towards the first group. Usually by May I transition from fantasy hard hitters or literary contemporaries for a “palate cleanser”. That’s romance for me!

I’ll be sharing with you 8 romance titles (all released within the summer of course) that have caught my eye, and if ya’ll have any recommendations feel free to suggest some down below!

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8 Romance Releases on My Radar | Serial Killers, Matchmakers, and Shakespeare “Slang”

Bet On It by Jodie Slaughter

This is high up on the list. I love the idea of an emotional romance set in a small town with an MC who has anxiety (a particular mental health issue close to my heart).

For the Love of the Bard by Jessica Martin

This has not one but two romance tropes: Second-Chance” and “Enemies to Lovers”. This has been pitched for fans of Ten Things I Hate About You” and I love that movie and it’s dynamic duo!

Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola

“Sweet like plantain, hot like pepper. They taste better together”. No nonsense girl and a hot f**boy looking to redeem himself and win her heart? Sign me up.

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

I love the unconventional MC we get in this book. Nora is in her forties, divorced mom of two who is determined to win back her own happiness (through a lucrative power move movie). And star of said movie is former Sexiest Man Alive Leo Vance. I could already feel the tension and it is divine.

Love in the Time of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson

Please, this is the romance novel that perfectly resembles me. If a guy is nice to me for no apparent good reason he has to be a serial killer right? Right!?

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

The Love Hypothesis is one of the best romances I’ve read in a long time, and Ali Hazelwood has become another auto-buy author. This is another STEM inspired romance of course featuring an archnemesis to lovers situation.

Fake it Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley

Any book that involves baking is a plus for me, but an attractive love interest who bakes amazing cupcakes? That’s downright irresistible to me.

Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club by Roselle Lim

In an effort to save her matchmaking reputation, Sophie Go stumbles on a secret club made out of seven septuagenarian Chinese bachelors who never found love. Sophie’s challenge? Proving that love still exists.

Any of these books on your TBR? Which romance tropes or themes do you gravitate towards to?

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An Ember in the Ashes | Series Breakdown and Review

Fun Times.

It is only right that I come back with a juicy breakdown of one of YA’s low-key known fantasies. People seem to know or have heard of Ember in the Ashes but not many pick it up! I’m here to tell you (and maybe warn you) that once you start with the first book you’ll find yourself in a Stranger Things binge like state.

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I also love that not a single character’s name is chosen at random, each name holds a deeper meaning to the character and is a reflection to their ethnicity. In my culture, names hold a special meaning as well and they are not chosen so carelessly. So…keep that in mind..

I think it’s worth mentioning that the books can be quite violent and has acute depictions of gore, so if you’re not comfortable with that I’d suggest reconsidering reading this.


Book 1 | An Ember in the Ashes

Book Summary

Laia is a slave Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book one leaves you gasping so that the others can leave you breathless. What a captivating start into a powerful fantasy. To me this book just had it all, and contrary to the info dumping fantasy authors tend to do, Sabaa leaves you in the dark and thus you’re forced to guess and scheme along with the main characters as they navigate a truly terrifying reality.

My favorite here is Laia, she is not a Katniss Everdeen and honestly I felt more connected to her that way. This was a quiet girl who wanted no trouble but found herself in the darkest circumstances one can imagine being in.

Elias is a fleshed out, brilliant character whom we see start to develop beautifully. That development snowballs when he meets Laia and falls for her.


Book 2 | A Torch Against the Night

Book Summary

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

Bound to the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both

Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Compared to the first one this had less romance (not that I’m complaining) and the stakes go higher. We’re introduced to the greater world of The Empire. This book felt more of like a filler and I did think at times parts of it were longer while the “major mission” was resolved quite quick?

The characters’ development are slightly stinted here with the arrival of their “problems/obstacles”. To me Helene is quickly becoming my favorite character and her story arc took presedence to Laia’s and Elias’s.

Despite this, book 2 keeps the momentum going and I’m left NEEDING the rest of the series.


Book 3 | A Reaper at the Gates

Book Summary

Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. Yet danger lurks on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor’s volatility to grow her own power—regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows that the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher – that means abandoning the woman he loves.

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Between this and the last book, I’d consider them my favorite out of all of the quartet. So many characters are introduced here but you’re never lost, and rather than it turn out into an abysmal melting pot of plot and character, the additions are there to enrich the already well crafted book.

I love the approach Sabaa had here with our main villain. About him I’d say “The cruelest anger comes from the deepest pain”. That pain switches from love to hate to grief, he might be one of the most humane villains I’d ever read about.

Laia has outbursts of your typical impulsive heroine but I try and forgive her, Elias can be a “muscle over brains” jock but I forgive him as well. Helene though, Helene’s sin is love if you can believe it.

I still think Helene has the strongest storyline and character arc.


Book 4 | A ​Sky Beyond the Storm

Book Summary

Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off… For The Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning.

At his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of The Blood Shrike and her remaining family.

Laia of Serra, now allied with the Blood Shrike, awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory –or to an unimaginable doom. And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher must  take on a mission that could save–or destroy–all that he knows.

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’m breathless by the end of it and in an emotional upheaval that was good? The best fantasies leave you feeling all kinds of emotions, and a yearning to the characters and world.

My greatest satisfaction comes from the culmination of every revelation and plot line being resolved. Not a single side character or side plot is left behind. There are even things bought up from the very first book that proves a major significance to current events going on in this book. Sabaa really is a master when it comes to writing.


WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD

Right. Let’s get down for some opinions:

  • The Ending. I genuinely think Helene’s ending is harsh. Truly, I think she may be one of the only characters (apart from Musa) who has lost every single person she has truly loved. It’s so heartbreaking, watching her just grief over and over again. I think keeping at least Livia alive would have been a bit fair?
  • Livia. As much as I get killing off characters is the fashion in fantasies, I was so excited to learn more of Livia as we got more internal glimpses into the strength of her character. I wished she stayed for more chapters or at least made it till the end.
  • Marcus. I have to say, even though Marcus appeared only a handful of times during his reign as Emperor, he was a fantastic villain. He was so horrific and insane (literally!) that I did not know what to expect each time he came up in a chapter. Just a well written unhinged “Joker” like villain.

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Harry’s House Book Tag | The album of sequins, highways, and rose colored glasses.

If I could perfectly describe a peaceful day, it would most likely include waking up after a night’s restful sleep, sipping coffee from one of your favorite mugs, and listening to a Harry Styles album.

Fashion choices aside, I think the least you can agree with is that Harry Styles’s discography is quite something. His music has the uncanny ability to conjure up visceral sensations and feelings, and it’s often because of a stellar mix of brilliant songwriting and music production.

I’m hoping his next single is either “Music for a Sushi Restaurant” or “Daydreaming”.

In true bookish behaviour, I instantly wanted to create a book tag inspired by his latest album, so here’s my take on Harry’s House Book Tag.

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Rules

▪️ List the rules

▪️ Nominate as many people you want and notify them. (either by mentioning them or commenting in their posts).

▪️ Name a song from the album you’d like for it to be a Single.

▪️ Have fun!


Harry’s House Book Tag

MUSIC FOR A SUSHI RESTAURANT — A book with a “ride or die” type of friendship

Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

When listening to the song I pictured late night car rides, 3AM deli adventures, dancing under the stars, and goofing around in an empty parking lot. Morgan Matson’s Take Me Home Tonight hits the spot. Two best friends in New York City and the wildest night ahead!

LATE NIGHT TALKING — A book you gave a second chance and ended up liking.

1984 by George Orwell

I tend to not give books a second chance but Orwell is a prominent example that I use because his books and writing is nothing short of genius.

GRAPEFRUIT — A book with “something old and red”

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

See it how you will, my first thoughts when hearing this lyric are: red lipstick, vintage red summer dress, and perhaps an antiquated ruby ring. I could definitely see Daisy Jones rocking every single item mentioned with a timeless flair.

AS IT WAS — A book you liked more as a child.

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilky

I think it’s plain to see why I outgrew this series lol.

DAYLIGHT — A book with a toxic relationship

At times Rani and Oliver’s relationship was just achingly painful to read about, as a reader you’re much more privy to the power dynamic and imbalance that happens in toxic relationships. The nuanced writing in this story is impeccable.

LITTLE FREAK — A book you wished you DNF’d

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I don’t believe you can waste your time reading any book because you do eventually learn something about yourself and your reading tastes from the experience. Nonetheless The entire Red Queen series is one I could have went without reading, thank you very much.

MATILDA — A book with a character/s that has a lot of trauma

You could probably pick any fantasy character for this one but I scoured my brain for the most traumatic and I thought of Rin from The Poppy War series. Though let’s be honest every single character in that series has it rough.

CINEMA — A book who’s story is just as good as the cover.

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

I love the pencil sketch feel you get from the cover image. The detailing is beautiful and the way the title and author’s name is printed and swooped around is really unique.

DAYDREAMING — A series you desperately clung to so it “won’t end”.

I put off reading this book for so long, I’m pretty sure my book got dusted a bit lol.

KEEP DRIVING — A book with a road trip

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

I got this as a birthday gift from my one of my best friends. Haven’t read it but from the cover it feels like the kind of road trip Harry would take you know?

SATELLITE — A book with a side character who deserved better

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.

I still feel so betrayed with Nehemia’s character arc. She deserved a WAY bigger story than that. It still stings.

BOYFRIENDS — A book you have a hate/love relationship with

The Selection by Kiera Cass

I find this to be so binge worthy but also cringy? Like watching your guilty pleasure drama riddled realty tv show.

LOVE OF MY LIFE — A book with a soulmate pairing

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

I am obsessed with this book and this pairing. There isn’t a single word to describe how much I love these two.


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My Latest YA Reviews | Lots of Rage and Lots of Love?

This year packed some pretty stellar YA reads! Coming back into this blog, I decided to get spoiled and post two book reviews 😊

Can you tell I’ve missed rambling my bookish opinions to someone? 🙈 I’m pretty happy to say that I’ve ticked off some crucial TBR reads with these overall so round of applause for me for actually picking something out of my TBR shelf instead of reading a new book 😂

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In A Flash:

  • A chorus of stunning poetry
  • Inspired by the “Central Park Joggers Case”, 1989 NYC
  • Raw and truthful insight on racism, social injustice, prison system, and the education system

The story that I thought

was my life

didn’t start on the day

I was born

Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he’s seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. “Boys just being boys” turns out to be true only when those boys are white.

The story that I think

will be my life

starts today

Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it?

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Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I wanted to tab this book but couldn’t tab a single page because every line written is brilliant and not a single word wasted. This was a symphony of rhyme and rhythm that slipped into your senses and tugged the strings of your heart.

I was even more in awe to find out that some of the lines were actual lines that Yusef Salaam has written during his years of incarceration. This book was nothing short of authentic with a raw vulnerability that is eye-opening as it is creative. It’s easily one of the most impactful books I’ve ever read in my life.

I’m so happy so many young adults and teens have this masterpiece to read, it chants a continuous chorus of “I see you’s” and “I hear you’s” to those tired, hunched, and beaten down by the American System.

Do I recommend ? 100% yes


In A Flash:

  • Soft boy love interest
  • Halal romance
  • Strangers to friends to lovers
  • An deep insight into faith and Islamophobia

marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together. An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.

But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry. When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.

Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her. Then her path crosses with Adam’s.

Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister. Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals. Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…

Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting. Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

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Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Love From A to Z turned out to be more profound and deep than I anticipated. It tugged at my heartstrings in all ways that mattered, and seeing examples of positive Muslim rep, real Muslim teens who seem so authentic is unreal.

In many ways I could not believe this book was published, simply because it was unapologetically Muslim, and I just thought “no the world isn’t ready for this. It cannot handle it.” Though it’s here, it’s real, it’s everywhere, and something like hope bloomed in my heart. Perhaps the world is changing and more inclusive stories will be told.

I was biased here, I love Adam’s character. He’s the embodiment of a perfect gentleman and it’s so nice to see boys get a softness in their personalities as opposed the regular macho muscular persona. Zayneb gave me a bit of an anxiety, but I understood her anger, I saw her, felt her because I too am a Hijabi Muslim.

In this reflection, I am eternally grateful for Ali for sharing the harsh circumstances we Hijabis find ourselves in.

Do I recommend ? Yes, it should be on your list of YA Romance Contemporaries.


A Game of Origami Storytelling (and what it reveals about you!)

Hello my lovelies,

For today’s post I’ve decided to be the narrator for once and come up with this storytelling vibe game that’s just for pure fun. The questions and the choices attached are all from my imaginative prone mind and shouldn’t be considered a true reflection on any aspect of you or your personality.

Inspiration for this post hit as I was googling how to recreate the fortune teller origami game. Essentially the vague style of the question should allow some freedom to craft your own unique answer. Each answer gets a book rec because this is still a book blog after all.

Bonus! There is a tutorial link for each origami shape if you’re feeling particularly crafty.

Now the question is

You have a plain piece of paper, if you can fold it into any origami shape, what would that shape be?

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Swan

You are sharper than you look, most would consider you fragile at first. You have a high sense of worth.

Book Choice: A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

Swans can be extremely fierce when being put in strenuous circumstances, I think about the quote “The strongest steel is forged by the fires of hell”.

To me Ophelia from A Winter’s Promise reflects that accurately. She looks completely harmless but we learn just how strong this woman can be when she’s left to fend for herself in a terrifying foreign world.

Heart

You’re a hopeless romantic, a person who gives and loves giving.

Book Choice: For the Love of Friends by Sarah Goodman Confino

To wear your heart on your sleeve is something very courageous. Few can be vulnerable like that.

In being equally just as selfless, Sarah in For the Love of Friends, tries her best to be the perfect bridesmaid in each of her loved ones’ fairytale love stories. But will anyone claim her open heart? And can you run out of love to give?

Boat

You’re an adventurer with a rebellious spirit. You crave to carve your own path.

Book Choice: Great Circle by Maggie S

Like a captain among the seas, you are not afraid to grab the helm and wither through the storms. As long as you get to chart your own course in life.

The two women in this book are brave, bold, smart, and nothing less than legendary. Both decide to change the narratives of their own lives in this multi-city, multi-timeline novel.

Bird

You have your head in the clouds, often described as a “daydreamer” you have the tendency to escape from your problems

Book Choice: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I can imagine your brain to be a mesh of pastel colored clouds, warm sunshine, and golden rays. At least that’s what a daydream looks to me.

Visuals of Ghibli’s movie spring up to my mind, no matter how long it has been there is nothing dreamier than Howl’s Moving Castle.

Pyramid

You prioritize stability and generally have realistic perspectives on life. You find comfort in things not changing too much.

Book Choice: The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton by Eleanor Ray

This doesn’t mean that you’re boring by the way. There is a satisfaction knowing you have an organised routine and let’s be honest you’re probably the least crushed by life’s disappointments.

Amy is a reclusive lover of organization and keeping things the way they are. But new friendships provoke the need to reinvent Amy’s life. Can she though?

Paper Airplane

You’re a classic. You like the basics and there’s nothing wrong with that! Nostalgia is a mood you know extremely well.

Book Choice: Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

Each one has their own definition of what is a “classic“. To me it is a piece of classic literature that I’ve been exposed to as a child and continue to cherish to this day. It has the tendency to invoke fond memories of childhood.

To me that book is Winnie the Pooh.

Flower

You appreciate the beauty in things. To you pleasing visuals satisfy you so much. Though some may claim that you’re too much of a “perfectionist”.

Book Choice: A Dress of for the Wicked by Autumn Krause

I find these type of people to have more of a “feminine energy” and have an inclination to the fine arts that include fashion, painting, flower arrangements, and home styling.

Naturally I picked a book whose premise is about a prestigious high fashion competition (but make it edgier).

Fox

You definitely think outside the box and have a tendency to surprise people that way!

Book Choice: Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen

You are definitely sly and cheeky. Perhaps you were nicknamed “Class Clown” or skipped a lesson (or two). And you always seem to get out of trouble in the nick of time…

Seen as a prophet and liar, this foxy duality of Violet puts her in the center of a deadly court plot and a forbidden romance. Let’s hope she’s cunning enough to not get caught in the wolf’s jaws.

Butterfly

You take a keen interest in details that no one else picks up on, and get satisfied by perfect symmetry.

Book Choice: If You Could See the Sun by Ann Liang

As they say “the devil is in the details” and you delight in this. Also butterflies can easily blend in their surroundings, making them hidden but not quite so.

Questioning her own role in “The Butterfly Effect”, Alice literately turns invisible and attempts to expose the scandalous secrets of her ultra rich classmates. But how far is too far?


Which shape did you choose!?

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April 2022 Wrap Up | Exciting May Reads + Other Blogs to Check Out!

Personally as Ramadan ended, it was a month of highs and lows where I felt a bit disconnected to the world. It does turn into this duality of less noise and more peace, yet feeling the claustrophobic nature of not getting out much.

I have to admit this sense of “lockdown behavior” admittedly reminded me to slow down and focus, and with Eid here I’m feeling this renewed energy that is just pulsing!

I have a feeling that the next month of books would continue it’s positive April stride! I’ve had the privilege to get my hands on some completely new reads and authors that I found fantastic. One of the best feelings in the world is falling in love with new stories and authors.

I have a couple of longer in-depth reviews lined up but in a nutshell here’s what I thought!

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Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Return of Faraz Ali by Amina Ahmed

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St.John Mandel

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Some May Releases that Look Divine

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Why? It’s an enemies to lovers romance between two bookish people…literally my fantasy.

Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber

Why? The Parent Trap x The Prince and the Pauper but throw in some royal drama, a handsome palace guard and a charming kidnapper…I’m so invested in this.

The Merciless Ones by Namina Ford

The Change by Kirsten Miller

Why? I’m so intrigued by the synopsis, it’s Big Little Lies with magic realism and a murder investigation.

Murder for the Modern Girl by Kendall Kulper

Why? It’s set in dazzling 1920s Chicago, our main character is the vigilante killer who also manages to fall in love with the forensic expert looking to uncover her secret… Talk about complicated.

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How was your April? Do you like setting up monthly TBRs?

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Review Index

Reviews are to be arranged alphabetically by title, some of them are mini-reviews which are posted down below alongside my series breakdown posts.

Mini-Reviews

Series Breakdown

Here are Some Positive Muslim Books Since Ramadan is Almost Over

I’ve been sporadically and slowly getting back into blogging during the month of March. But once Ramadan rolled in April, I just felt pretty content staying in and busying myself reading the Quran and just generally praying and meditating.

I love Ramadan. To me it’s a month of peace, light, forgiveness, and being spiritually connected to your faith. To my fellow Muslims who are fasting and celebrating this beautiful month, Ramadan Mubarak!

Even though Ramadan is almost over, I still wanted to put in my share of positive Muslim books. Last Ramadan I recommended Books by Muslim Authors. This time, I wanted to share books that gave a positive perspective on Islam.

I hope you find these reads enlightening no matter what month you read them 😊

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Positive Muslim Books to Read in Ramadan

The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization by Jonathan Lyons

If you ever wanted to know more about the Golden Age, I highly recommend this well-documented book. It’s incredibly detailed but easily digestible for the regular reader.

Ten Muslim Heroes Who Inspired the World by Lama Blaique

These bite sized one page autobiographical stories is also perfect for kids, it reads like bedtime stories!

13 Amazing Women of Arabia by Dana AlBlooshi

This is a book about modern successful Arab women from different fields, written by a 13 year old Emirati girl author, and each woman has her own custom illustration sketched by a series of individual Arab women artists. This is the ultimate girl power read!

Forty Hadith Qudsi by Ezzeddin Ibrahim

Some of the most breathtaking hadiths are found in this book, I find this book to be very spiritual and will help settle in those deep faith feelings you know?

When Stars are Scattered by Omar Mohammed and Victoria Jamieson

I know this isn’t a book about Islam but if you ever wanted to know just how much we often take for granted this is a honest, eye-opening read for you. During Ramadan, fasting leads you to think about the little blessings we have: clean water, food, a warm bed and a roof over your head.

Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices 

This is the most light hearted of the bunch and since Eid is coming up as well! I think I’ve recommended this before, but it’s just so cute, sweet, and really uplifting.

This is my simple list of books to read before Ramadan ends, which book are you thinking of reading? Also What are some of your Ramadan rituals? would love to chat!


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Which Book Should You Read Based on Your Fav Bridgerton Character

The flowers are blooming, dancing cards at the ready, the silver is polished, and the socialites are back to scheme, gossip, and dazzle their way through another society season.

I hope you enjoyed the 2nd season of Bridgeton as much as I did! I loved the complexity we had with this storyline, the angst and romance was so much better in my opinion, and the cast was truly wonderful.

As such, I had to do another book pairing inspired by this season’s characters. Ready your tea cups and enjoy your reading ✨


Anthony Bridgerton

Book Choice: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Anthony by far is not “innocent” in any kind, but this tale of a man suspended, torn between duty and desire is too befitting for our steel heart lord.

In the book, Archer our main character is between two paths. Should he acquiesce and marry into a predictable life or follow his heart and raging passion to the countess that has suddenly (and rather unwillingly) sneaked her way into his heart?

Kate Sharma

Book Choice: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

A feisty character who always has something to say? A woman who won’t be swayed easily and has opinions of her own? Annabelle is arguably considered a mirror to Kate Sharma’s rebellious nature, and duke or not, she won’t let anyone dictate her life. So what happens when the man she hates the most, well…seems not hateful at all

Penelope Featherington

Book Choice: Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis

Dear Emmie Blue features friendship letters between two seemingly strangers, except for years now Emmie sees these letters a bit more intimate. In truth she has been harboring a lovesick crush on Lucas for fourteen years..

Is it ever too late to proclaim your love? Penelope might find herself in an achingly similar case of love and longing.

Eloise Bridgerton

Book Choice: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf was an author unafraid to speak of freedom and the rights of women. In a world where women’s education is not permitted let alone encouraged, Woolf’s essays is seen as a rallying feminist cry befitting the rebellious nature of the author.

I think Eloise would have found an idol to emulate in Woolf.

Lady Danbury

Book Choice: Homeward Bound by Richard Smith

To be fair this wasn’t an upfront pick for Lady Danbury, one takes a look at her velvet gowns, impeccable hair and unflinching stare, you’d pick something more bold. Though I can’t help but see the mother inside, and under every pretense of command you see that she cares and loves deeply.

As such Homeward’s Bound tells a story of two relatives, a widowed grandfather and a difficult granddaughter, who at first harbor such differences to one another. Yet at times go by, they find their shared strengths and what you get is a deep story about family and unconditional love. Does it play a bit into season 1? Yes it does but the point still stands true.

Colin Bridgerton

Book Choice: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Lost wanderer and Aristotle wannabe Colin has a match with Piranesi. Piranesi’s part realism and part fantastical speaks to the obsession we sometimes have of finding meaning in life and the “noble” pursuit of knowledge and purpose. Littered with greek and latin influences, this introspective tale is befitting to every explorer out there.

And in the end do we find all the answers? Or end up getting more confused like Colin here?

Benedict Bridgerton

Book Choice: The Complete Fairy Tales of The Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

With his head up in the clouds, it is no wonder Benedict sees life like a fairytale, with him as the underdog misunderstood hero in it. Flowery and filled with folklore and artistry, these fairytales are for the escapist artist.

I wonder what Benedict’s happily ever after will look like? It’ll definitely include paint and canvas though for sure.

Edwina Sharma

Book Choice: Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

18 year old Nori has learnt “Not to question, not to fight, not to resist”. Nori’s grandparents interest in her go only so far as to conceal the shame and scandal that surrounds her birth. Nori remains content in her solitude but a nagging curiosity and an older half-brother threaten the bubble she so carefully has maintained.

Edwina the flawless “diamond” has great similarities to Nori, desiring to carve her own path while also wishing to meet her family’s expectations.

Her Majesty The Queen

Book Choice: Confident Women by Tori Telfer

To be on top of the game requires ingenuity, and I’d like to think that the queen looks for inspiration in the most unlikely of places to plot her schemes and craft her elaborate plans.

What better source than notorious con women with glittering charm and sharp cunning?


Thanks for reading! Did you watch the Bridgerton series? Which character do you like most?

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Introducing Paper Trails | AKA My baby dream project

Hello wonderful people..

In case you weren’t aware I made my comeback post last time and I’ve spoken a bit about why I was in such a long hiatus. Well it’s because I’m opening my very own bookstore!

Yup it’s not a dream, a mood board, or a another wish. I took a breath and a leap of faith…Here’s to hoping it will all work out and flourish!


So let me introduce you to Paper Trails. It’s still a baby Bambi but the idea is to have this bookstore that specializes in helping pick the “right book” for the “right person”. It’s a culmination of my personal experiences in shopping in bookstores, online, observations made from around the blogsphere, and listening about the lacks in retail and publishing related platforms.

I never knew how it would turn up eventually but I knew I wanted the paper airplane emblem to be present. It’s this nostalgic item of the past that’s still symbolic to this present day. I wanted paper to still be present , a defiant staple to this fast paced digitally heavy world. Hence the name “Paper Trails”. For what are books but vessels of stories, our stories, that leave a trail to many more to follow and share with others. A circle of life.

I wanted to pay homage to paper books, traditional brick and mortar stores while still developing a modern concept of what it is to be a bookstore in this era and age. I wanted you to step into the warmth of the store with it’s light furnishings, the smell of paper and vanilla spice waft through, while the occasional burst of color awaken the doormat senses and invite you to browse and read for hours.

Speaking of books, I was tired of hearing the same trouble of international readers not getting access to books as the US and UK based readers (as well as Europe for the most part). In particular to my region, it’s very seldom we get updated with anything at all.

So I’m excited to present something not only for the market but for the community, for the teens and young adults who always wished for their own space of reading, a hub for like minded readers to find their own circle, and even a hub for foreigners to witness the wonders of Middle Eastern literature.

We may be just a bookstore but in many ways we’re more than that.

Finally, I invite you to complete the survey and share it with friends. Please bear in mind this is only for GCC countries since the bookstore will be opening there. We’ll also be designing our socials soon and will keep you posted when that’s finally done!

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Thank you guys for reading and welcoming me in a space I never knew just how much I needed.

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