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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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Review ARC | Broadway Inspired: Roman and Jewel

Life Update!

Right before going any further, I wanted to share some news with you guys! Officially I’m starting my first day of work in a new office tomorrow so I’m pretty excited-nervous? Anyways, this will mean that I might take a little break from blogging just until I settle in and kind of get into my bearings.

I’ll still be reading of course! I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for every kind word you’ve commented, thank you for every like, for every heart emoji. You’ve never failed to make my day and for that I’m forever grateful.

I won’t be gone for long and I hope I see you guys sooner than later!

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I would to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my personal opinion.

Description Summary | All the musical references was heaven to a theatre lover like me but the over the top dramatics and lackluster character developments made this book a slightly average read.

Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Book Summary | (Skip to Review)

Jerzie Jhames is born to be on Broadway. No seriously, ever since she was four years old her parents took her to every music, acting, and theatre class possible to make that dream come true. And now finally, Jerzie is about to get the lead role of famed writer and composer Robert Christian Ruiz’s highly anticipated musical: Roman and Jewel.

Unfortunately things come crashing down when Cinny, R&B hot star and MTV’s starlet gets the lead instead. Jerzie is not swayed however and she’s determined to prove to everyone that she’ll be the best understudy in Broadway history. One thing she didn’t plan on is to be swayed by the lead actor of Roman: Zeppelin Reid.

Zeppelin is every parents’ worst nightmare. Tall, dark, brooding, with tattoos and eyes the color of the night sky, this “nobody” is determined to prove his worth as Roman’s lead and his heart to Jerzie.

The two are swept up in a forbidden romance as Jerzie learns that Cinny likes him too. With the backdrop of bright yet cold hearted NYC, can this fragile love survive against all odds?

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Review

Review

This was theatrical in every sense, in the main characters’ developments and feelings, in the comical villain, and the over the top gushy romance with Disney movies cliches. Which to me is very different than what I expected it to be judging from the synopsis and cover.

I actually enjoyed it and by the second half of the book I was completely hooked. I read this book everywhere. I think the star for me was the author’s writing, it was such an easy read and a great distraction book if you ever need one.

I expected a bit of a slow burn with more deep complexities being analyzed. The love at first sight trope was a bit much for me and the dramatics in the book was kind of distracting from the main big picture. What I did enjoy is all the musical references and laugh out loud moments.

Story

The story was fun to follow. Especially since the setting is downtown New York with all the lights, taxis, and local delis. So Davis gets points for keeping me entertained and thoroughly enjoyed throughout the book.

Plot-wise? Not so much. The story kept getting into sudden twists and there are side characters who appear in certain chapters and who do nothing to push the plot forward or affect the character in some way. In fact Jerzie’s best friend Riley could have easily been cut out of the book and it wouldn’t make a difference.

Characters

I think my main issue here is the emotional showcase of these characters. Every singular trait of these characters are amplified to the point where it becomes a bit too much. I get it’s a musical inspired book but the characters and story did not have to be dramatic as well.

For example, Jerzie is said to be sensitive. Okay fair point, but does she have to cry every two pages? Zeppelin is this handsome brooding heart throb, but I’m not kidding here, every single person in this book trips over themselves because he is sooooo hottttt and so irresistible. It becomes too much at some points.

Antagonist Point

Cinny is a comical exaggeration as well. It is painfully obvious that she is the villain but you don’t have to rub it in between every other page. We get it.

I guess it’s because I expected something totally different from this book in terms of vibes and style, I didn’t click with it like I hoped too. Nonetheless this is a great distraction book if you’re looking for something light hearted and funny.

Do I recommend? If you love over the top romance that is fast paced check this one out.

Date published: January 5, 2021.


TTT | Books I Meant to Read in 2020 but I didn’t Get To

Well this week’s TTT is putting me on full blast 😂

I’m no stranger for waiting till a certain book arrives but then as soon as it does, I’m not in the mood to read it. I can also count a few books on my TBR who are glaring at me right now for putting them on hold.

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 I Meant to Read in 2020 but I didn’t Get To

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

I had the audacity to say this was part of my top 3 priority books on my TBR in the Stuck at Home Book tag and I ended up not reading it at all 😂

City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

I heard so many great things about this series and apparently it delivered a satisfying ending to the trilogy according to the reviews I’ve seen.

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

As much as I would like to read this one, I’m kind of thinking about starting the Ripper series first.

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Another book that I’ve heard amazing things about but I’ll probably read it later at near the end of the year where I’m much more prone to read thriller and mysteries.

Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia

I want to read this before the third installment releases this year!

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Omg this book has been on my TBR for AGES.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

And this one….

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

I really wanted read this last year but a lot of the mixed reviews kind of put me off the book…so I’m not even sure about this one anymore.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Another popular book I never really got the chance to read, and I remember feeling so left out when this was all the hype.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Read

I made such a big fuss about having this book shipment come in time because I was so excited to read this! I’ve never read anything like it before so I was definitely intrigued, of course it got shelved in the end 🌚


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

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The Poppy War Trilogy | Series Breakdown and Review

I ended 2020 with a crazy bang after I completed The Poppy War series.

It took sweat, blood, and tears…

Since I gobbled these books down in practically two weeks, A) I didn’t have time to write a comprehensive review for each one. B) I’m so emotionally burned out I don’t even have the words to describe these books.

I wrote a brief summary for each of these books and included obviously my views and thoughts about them! I wanted you guys to have a one stop for the whole series, and don’t worry any spoilers mentioned I will make a note of that before hand so rest assured you can read my review of all 3 books even if you hadn’t read them yet.

Disclaimer: By ordering the book via my Blackwell’s affiliate program, I receive a small commission at no extra cost from you.


An important note I would like to point out is how to approach this book. This isn’t like other high fantasies like Throne of Glass or Six of Crows. This is Game of Thrones but with true historical context. I found the series way more impactful after I read some of the real life events and the cultural mythology behind them. Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany has written this amazing post : “Everything You Need to Know Before You Read The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang” and that’s basically where I learnt a lot of info.

By now you might have heard again and again how dark this book is from other readers and bloggers, but it is not an exaggeration. For me it was even harder because I knew that so many tragedies that Kuang has written about or took inspiration from actually happened.

So approach this book with more historical context, do not treat this as a fantasy adventure to be enjoyed, and do not compare this book with other YA popular fantasies like ACOTAR, TOG, SOC, The Folk of Air, and other similar styles of fantasy.

Book 1 | The Poppy War

Book Summary

Fang Runin “Rin” is a war orphan living in dire conditions working under her foster family in smuggling opium to put food on the table. Though no one says it, opium is the aftermath of war and crisis facilitated by Nikara’s long standing enemy: The Federation of Mugen.

When Rin’s parents forces her hand into an arranged marriage, she rebels and crafts her own path by excelling at the rigorous Kenju examination and making her way onto Sinegard academy.

There she discovers her supernatural abilities to summon gods and otherworldly beings, and with The Federation on the shores of the Nikara Empire Rin may just be the key to ending this longstanding war once and for all. But the question is: at what cost?

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This has to be one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever written because I can’t explain fully what this book does to you. This is one of those books that you’ll read and have altered your way of thinking completely. It’s a book that forces you to think and entertain other ideas which is an incredible feat for a YA book.

This book is all about high stakes where you have no idea who’s going to be left standing, it’s like reading Percy Jackson all over again with Rick torturing us with cliff hangers, character deaths and agony.

All of the events in the book were inspired by real life happenings that just make your heart falter.

The only thing I would fault here is that the main character Rin can get too impulsive and reckless, and that brings me major anxiety especially with fantasy novels. It’s like I’m already worried about the plot of the story I do not need to worry about you too lol.


Book 2 | The Dragon Republic

Book Summary

In book 2, Rin is haunted by the atrocities she committed and has witnessed in order to save a crumbling empire.

Yin Vaisra, The Dragon Warlord, has glorious plans to reconstruct the crumbling empire into a democratic and civil republic.

Rin desperately trying to right her wrongs, sees the vision in Vaisra’s dream republic and agrees to fight in his war towards Nikara’s salvation and freedom. But politics as Rin soon finds out is a bloody and cunning business…

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This second book effectively destroyed me. So many things happen, and you’re left with a more scarring perspective on the vile effects of warfare.

I can’t speak for the accuracy about mental health representation but as a reader the way Kuang has demonstrated PTSD, grief, depression, and the rage that follows those who have been in war to me was the most believable representation in historical fantasy yet. It is absolutely incredible how she continues to wield all of these emotions and allows us readers to envision clearly what is going on in the characters’ minds.

I was definitely invested more in this book than the first one, mainly because the first book left off in a major cliff hanger!

A lot of character development also happened in this but not from Rin in my opinion. She’s still impulsive and reckless, and dare I say it sometimes downright bratty.


Book 3 | The Burning God

Book Summary

THE FINALE. Rin has been betrayed, allies became enemies, enemies became pawns, and more enemies crowded the shores of Nikara as the blue eyed blonde haired Hesperians invaded Nikara provinces and cities.

Returning to her Southern roots, she is determined to take back Nikara by leading the common masses who see her as a goddess and are willing to go through hell if it means getting their vengeance on the Nikara authority who has left them for dead and on the Hesperians who thought them as worthless as dirt.

Meanwhile in the back of her mind, The Phoenix God is alluring Rin into insanity as he tries to paint the world in fire and blood. Will she be strong enough to resist it?

Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Holy cow, I made it. I’m still reeling but I freaking made it. This was an incredibly captivating read! By now Kitay, a side character who cemented himself forever in my heart has become my absolute favorite. In the last two books, Kuang depicts even more of a brutal and merciless picture of war, colonization, and religious discrimination. So things get reallyyyyy dark.

What scares me is that Kuang proved her point that war changes people; by the third book I found myself slightly desensitized by the gore and blood because she has written and depicted them so many times it isn’t as shocking.

To me the ending was magnificent, eye bawling, heart stopping, and PERFECT.

The reason why this lost that half star is because there are events were I thought were a bit rushed and others were prolonged. But that did not deter me from the book at all.


WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD

Okay this space is for my spoiler included ranting (warning may include unpopular opinions):

  • I never fully liked Rin, yes I sympathize and feel so bad for the horrors she has been through but ultimately I don’t agree with her reasoning and at times she can be extremely selfish and self centered. If it weren’t for a captivating story and writing, this book could have dropped way down in rating.
  • You have no idea how annoyed I got with Altan, the guy is dead and she is STILL gushing over him after two books…I…
  • Kitay deserves the whole world and I’ll be honest he’s too good for anybody including Rin.
  • Ya’ll might kill me for this one, but I like Nezha (FYI this is after book 2). Every time he appeared in chapters I’m always waiting to see what he says or does because the dynamic he has with Rin is terrific, and he demands a presence wether you like him or not. Not going to lie I was secretly rooting for him 🙈 👀
  • I had great satisfaction every time any character called out the other character’s BS, especially Rin.

SPOILERS END HERE

Okay this is already a long enough post so I might do another one with all of the historical symbolism and events that I found so cool! (I’m a history buff ya’ll so this is heaven to me 😂)

I hope you guys loved this post, I really wanted to do something that was encompassing so you guys could get the full scoop! Tell me have you read The Poppy War or are you planning to read it?

Aentee @ Read at Midnight has created gorgeous phone wallpapers inspired by The Burning God and another one inspired by The Poppy War . You have to check them out!

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The Liebester Award #2

I’m nominated..again! Thank you to the coolest ever Alex @ The Scribe Owl. I said this once and I’m saying this again: check out her blog! She’s a sucker for fiction and a haven for everything YA.

Alex’s questions were so much fun to answer, I’ll admit some were brain turners! But I wouldn’t expect anything less 😂 There’s no such thing as boring with Alex.


Rules

▪️ Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.

▪️ Answer the 11 questions asked of you.

▪️ Nominate 11 bloggers.

▪️ Ask your nominees 11 questions.

▪️ Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post.


Alex’s Questions

Say you and some friends were planning a heist. Which would you be: the mastermind behind it all, the slippery spy, the muscle, the distraction, the sharpshooter, or that one person in the wrong place at the wrong time who dies? (Or if you’ve read Six of Crows tell me which of the gang you’d be)

I love heist books and movies, I get so excited and it’s one of the easiest ways to swoop me into the story. If I would choose, I’d be the mastermind aka Kaz Brekker. I love plans and planning, so that would be my strong point.

What I’d never be is the slippery spy, I’m one of the most clumsiest people alive.

Floppy or perky eared dogs? Why?

Tbh I never cared because I’m not a dog person 😂 I guess I’d go for perky eared dogs, they look cute!

If you were going to a masquerade ball and your mask reflected your personality, what would it look like?

Oooohhh okay so I always imagined I’d go to this magnificent ball wearing a striking gown at this beautiful magical palace. Here’s the mask I would wear:

I would change the blues and mix in a bit of pinks and blush, I want to evoke the idea of dawn rather than the night sky. I’m a massive daydreamer and sunrise is one of the most beautiful times of the day. So the squares remind me of glass ceilings with soft sunlight peaking through. The rest of the mask has a feather like design which is a great match to my spirit animal: the owl!

A masquerade mask is not finished with a bit of glitter here and there for added dramatics.

Would you rather eradicate COVID-19 or global warming? (Note: If you chose global warming then COVID will never be cured and if you chose COVID global warming will never be fixed)

Well technically COVID does have a vaccine so I’m hoping that would be cured and eradicated hence I’m going with global warming.

Would you rather walk on your hands upside down in a handstand or walk on your hands and knees for the rest of your life?

I can’t handle staying upside down for a long time. The headaches that I’ll get! So I’m walking on my hands and knees. At least I won’t have to read everything upside down.

What do you want most (except books ) for Christmas/Hanukkah/any other winter gift-giving holiday you celebrate?

Even though I don’t celebrate any winter holidays, a gift I would love to receive are boardgames. I’m obsessed with them. One of my best friends and I have promised to learn D&D for this year.

Would you rather go to a fancy ball or country shindig? Why?

Fancy ball all the way! Let me dress it up with my gown, jewels, and….my hidden dagger 😉

If you were one of the twelve main Greek gods/goddesses, who would you most likely be?

I know people find him obnoxious mostly, but I’d most likely be Apollo. Mainly because his main representations include music and artistry, let’s not forget he represents the sun as well and I’m definitely on team day.

Puffer coats or fluffy coats? Why?

Fluffy coats. They’re so soft and warm!

If you could only use hand sanitizer or soap and water exclusively forever, which would you chose?

Soap and water. They’re more effective I think, and if I’d choose one I would want the option of washing my hands.

Which of the five food groups is your favorite (dairy, carbs, fruit, veggies, or protein)?

Chocolate? Is that a mix of carbs and dairy? 😂

The 11 Bloggers I Nominate:

▪️ Michaela @ Journey into Books

▪️ Ashely @ Red-Haired Ash Reads

▪️ Usra @ ursareads

▪️ Musings of Souls

▪️ May @ Dreamer of Books and Coffee

▪️ Kal @ Reader Voracious

▪️ Ali @ In Lost and Found

▪️ Ahaana @ Windows to Worlds

▪️ Lila @ Hardcover Haven

▪️ J (Midnight Book Blog)

▪️ Erin @ Rin’s Reads

My Questions
  • Light Academia or Dark Academia?
  • One book you want to read before 2021 ends?
  • If someone told you they’re on a stranded island and you get to ship them one book, which book would it be and why?
  • If you were a MC in a fantasy book, what weapon would you wield?
  • Do you have a morning ritual?
  • If you could enroll in any PhD program (totally payed for) , what would you study?
  • If you could custom blend a perfume or cologne, what would it include?
  • If you could master any instrument on earth, what would it be?
  • What is your spirit animal?
  • What’s the last book that you couldn’t put down?
  • Would you consider yourself an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert?

I may have repeated some bloggers but they truly deserve it. Show these book bloggers some love and check them out! To my fellow book bloggers, you are not obligated at all to answer I know things really can get busy and hectic (I should know because I’ve been nominated for this weeks ago 😂)

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TTT| Top Bookish Mantras to Live by in the New Year

New Year New Me!? Maybe…?

Bookish wise I haven’t really committed to reading as I’ve done the past year, especially after I started my blog and found so many books and posts that got me excited to read more!

But it’s easy to get sucked in and lose yourself to blogging and talking about books, being pressured to read certain books over others, and to order ARCS. The last thing I want is for something I love so dearly to turn into something I resent.

With that in mind here are bookish mantras I would like to commit to this year!

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 Bookish Mantras to Live by in the New Year

Never hate yourself for not loving a hyped book.

You don’t have to have a Netgalley account if you don’t want to.

Read books that you feel like reading rather than books you feel you must read.

It’s okay if you still haven’t read the classics.

It’s even more okay if you love fantasy over classic lit.

Take as much breaks as you need to, your books and blog are always here for you.

Don’t hate yourself for DNF-ing a book.

It’s okay to write a negative review. An opinion is still valid regardless.

If you’d rather watch Netflix or binge watch Youtube vids today, it’s okay, your books will still be there for you.

You can read YA books even if you’re not a teen.


Hopefully this year will be kinder to us all. What are your mantras for this year?

If you wrote a TTT, link up your post below. I would love to check them out!

Showcasing My Exclusive Collector’s Edition of Caraval + Free Themed Templates!

Not long ago, I ordered the Collector’s Edition of Caraval and ever since it arrived I’ve might consider a Caraval reread!

The edition includes new art, sprayed edges, a slipcase, the original ending, Stephanie Garber’s writing journal, and bonus content: An extra chapter from Julian’s POV! Julian and Scarlett are one of my fav fictional couples so that extra chapter definitely sold it lol.

*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 

Book Case Front Cover
Book Front Cover | Inside

Just like the outside, inside we got different design layouts! All the letters and clues are imprinted as if they’re actually handwritten which made the book even more aesthetic 😍

Inside!
Book Case Back Cover
Book Back Cover | Inside

*Sigh isn’t it stunning 😍

Me being me, I got super excited and decided to create fun templates that go with the book! Feel free to use and share them on any platform you like with family and/or friends.

If you wanted to you can tag me @jawahir the bookworm or #jawahirthebookworm !


I hope you guys enjoy the templates 😊 Have you ever read Caraval? Who is your fav character from the series?

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TTT | Most Anticipated 2021 Releases (Jan – March)

This week’s TTT is all about sharing our most anticipated releases for the first half of 2021. I’ll limit this post to the first three months because let’s be honest I already have enough trouble remembering this month’s releases let alone the first half of 2021 😂

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 😊


My Fav Books of 2020

Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis

This makes the musical in me dance! Theatre kids with a star crossed romance, dazzling!

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

I’m pretty confident I’ll love this one since THUG was one of the best books I’ve read in 2020.

Clues to the Universe by Christina Li

This is one of those cute/sad, giving you the blues type of book but I love the synopsis.

Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift

Political intrigue and arranged marriage – enemies – reluctant allies – catching feelings – lovers trope. Now that is what I’m talking about.

The Project by Courtney Summers

I’m getting major creepy vibes and the cover is giving me Stranger Things so yes I’m pretty excited for this.

Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven by Kami Garcia

A welcome book to the new year. I need some sweet and lighthearted romance from one of my favs OTPs.

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

A secret apothecary that specializes in making poisons for abusive husbands…sold.

Yolk by Mary H.K Choi

I haven’t read anything from Choi before but I’m betting this will be a really intriguing read.

American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar

It’s a star crossed, multi cultural romance with coming of age themes and the war many of us face between honoring family or following our personal wishes.

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

I aim to devour this just like I’m about to devour the tv show on April.

Honorable Mentions


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

If you wrote a TTT, link up your post below. I would love to check them out!

Happy New Year! | A (Apprehensive Welcome to 2021)

Happy New Year Everybody!

As much I was would like to celebrate I am truthfully having a more apprehensive feel to the upcoming year of 2021. It hasn’t been an easy year (that’s an understatement) and I don’t believe everything will magically disappear just because it’s 2021, but I do believe in hope and the human survival spirit. If you’re reading this than congrats you made it. I’m so proud of you.

Bookish wise I’m super excited to see where this year takes the NEC, it’s only been a few months but this community saved me. So thank you, thank you so much for giving this semi introvert bookworm a space for her to rant and gush about her books and bookish things ❤️ 📚

I won’t keep this long! I just wanted to give ya’ll a warm hug and I hope you have a great year bookish wise or otherwise!

I made some templates for you guys to use and share! You’ve got a chance to share with your followers or friends your reading goals for 2021. If you’re stumped with blog tours or readathon, I’ve made this cute and simplified organizers where you can note down the important details of your upcoming blog tour and readathon, at the same time you can share them too!

I hope you guys love them, you can tag me @jawahir the bookworm or #jawahirthebookworm. Feel free to use them however you like 😊 ❤️


Before I end off this post, I’ve come across wonderful other start of the year posts that I found super helpful so check them out!

There you have it! I hope you guys are starting this year as strong as it can be despite the ongoing circumstances, show these bloggers some love and show this little blogger some love 🙈 ❤️


As always follow, like, share or even buy me a coffee. Sending you lots of love ✨ ❤️


TTT | My Fav Books of 2020

2020 is almost over!

With that we’ll be ending the year with my last TTT of 2020, and what better TTT to end with than sharing with you all my favorite books of 2020.

The books mentioned are not in any particular order.

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 😊


My Fav Books of 2020

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

I’m in the middle of reading the last book of the series The Burning God, and I’m swept away by the dark yet engrossing landscape Kuang has visualized for us. Kuang is also one of my favorite discovered authors this year!

IIluminae Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Easily the most unique series I’ve ever read in terms of writing and format. This is such a polarizing book because of that, and to me the gamble was worth it. I loved this series!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Arguably repetitive at some points however you can’t deny that Schwab’s has one of the most beautiful lyrical writing. I was swept away with the characters and ambiance she has written in the book. If you loved Addie La Rue, check my original playlist inspired by it 😊

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

This is the book that got me out of a reading slump. It’s witty sarcastic dialogue mixed in with plot twisting murders has made this such a delightful read! Book 2 is set to release in 2021 and I can’t wait!

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

One of the best romance novels I’ve ever read!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Another winner due to it’s writing style and format. I was completely engrossed in the story that I practically finished the book in almost a day.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

My longest book turned out to be my favorite classic. I’m so annoyed I haven’t read Alexandre Dumas’s books sooner, his excitement pours into his writing. And you can’t help but get swept up by all the dramatics and adventure!

Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe

My first webtoon ever, and I’m very happy with the choice because it’s an amazing modern retelling of Hades and Persephone. And the art style? Stunning!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

One of the most impactful reads this year, Thomas writes an agonizing coming of age fiction novel that is not so far from real life. A must read for sure.

The Serpent King by Jeff Zetner

This book just made my heart weep. It’s such a profound coming of age novel that’s uplifting as much as it is saddening. If you liked Eliza and Her Monsters, you’ll love this one.


Thanks for reading! Have you read any of these books? Did you end up with great reads this year!?

If you wrote a TTT, link up your post below. I would love to check them out!

F.R.I.E.N.D.S Readathon | My First Readathon of 2021!

New year means starting a new readathon! Whether you want to join in more readathons or take this slow, or even going solo reading, this is your reminder to do you and do what makes you comfortable reading wise.

Right! So F.R.I.E.N.D.S is my favorite tv show, it never fails to make me laugh and is the only show capable of fixing my bad mood or stressful day. So when the powers of book twitter bought this readathon announcement on my timeline I was fangirling. HARD.

This is literally a match made in heaven.

The readathon is created by Tyra and the Books, and I’ll link up her video and the official twitter account of the FRIENDS readathon so you can check it out!

Mainly the prompts are based on iconic quotes said by the main characters.You have the choice to mix and match between characters or decide to only do one character.

There are extra fun challenges that are optional called “Life challenges” which includes watching episodes or seasons of the tv show. OR recreating a meal from the show! (I’m doing Phoebe’s famous oatmeal cookies taken from Anna @Books, Baking, and Blogging , and I might order an extra large pizza Joey style 😉)

I’m really hoping I’ll enjoy this one, and I couldn’t have started 2021 on a more positive note!


Prompts

Since I literally cherish all of these characters (Ross maybe less), I decided to do one prompt under each character. If other prompts fit the book chosen I’ll add them up and this way I get to cross out more prompts 😊

The quotes I’ve decided to go with:

  • Rachel: “He’s so pretty I want to cry” – Read a beautiful book
  • Monica: “I’m breezy!” – Read whatever you want
  • Chandler: “I’m hopeless and awkward and desperate for love”. – Read a book with a romance.
  • Phoebe: “Sweet lord this is what evil must take like.” – Read a book with a villain.
  • Joey: “Is this friendship? I think so!” – Read a book with a friendship.
  • Ross: “Unagi”. – Read a name that you misname or pronounce incorrectly. (Settings and characters are accepted).

TBR

For Rachael’s quote I went with my illumicrate edition of Spinning Silver, it’s absolutely gorgeous with foiled detailing, sprayed edges, and a special slip in bookcase! Worth crying over lol.

Ross’s pick includes me butchering setting names in A Curse so Dark and Lonely in particular the locations: “IIshellasa Ice Forest” and “Syhl Shallow”. 😂

Are you a fan of the TV show F.R.I.E.N.D.S? And are you participating in this readathon? Let me in the comments!


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