My Five Favorite SFF Reads of 2018

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Hi everyone! At the beginning of the month I promised to post three different ‘favorites of 2018’ posts; a middle grade one (which you can find here), an SFF one and a contemporary one. We’re over halfway through January now, so I figured I should probably hurry up with these posts. Also, before you ask: yes, I am a mess.

Anyway, I don’t tend to read a lot of SFF books. I’m not sure why that is, because I always tend to like them when I do read them (although I’m definitely more of a sci-fi fan than a fantasy fan), so that’s why there’s only five books in this post. But they’re five incredibly good books that you should definitely consider picking up, and I’m incredibly excited to talk about them. Lees verder

My Best Friend Picks My 2019 TBR

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Hi everyone! It’s that time of year again where everyone is posting their TBRs for the entire year, and while I was reading some posts like that I thought it might be fun to ask one of my best friends, Fadwa, to create a little TBR for me!

Fadwa has been pushing me to read a lot of her favorite books and, whenever I do read them (because I don’t always do, oops), I always end up loving them. She’s the person who got me to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Under a Painted Sky and Mirage, and I adored all of those books. I trust her recommendations completely, and I’m incredibly excited to get to the books she picked out for me. So, here they are:

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Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Fadwa: I’m starting with this one because it is quite possibly the book that I’ve pushed Laura to read the most in 2018 and SHE STILL HASN’T, the only reason I’m cutting her some slack and not being overly annoying about it is because she has read other favourite books of mine so it’s okay, all is forgiven as long as she reads it this year *Gives Laura sidelong look*. I absolutely adore this book and everything it represents for me, for my younger self and for other Muslim teen girls who don’t really see themselves represented that much, and since this blogger right here is one of my best friends, it’s something I want to share with her.

Laura: I KNEW IT, I just knew this one would be at the top of this list! Fadwa has been pushing me to read this book for forever, I actually went to the bookstore in the week of this book’s release just to get it and I’m super ashamed that I haven’t read it yet. I’m not even sure why I havent. Going to fix that ASAP. Lees verder

Most Anticipated 2019 Releases: January – March

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Hi everyone! One of the reasons why a new year is always exciting to me is because a new year means lots and lots of new books, and looking at my Goodreads 2019-releases shelf, it looks like 2019 is going to be an especially great year book-wise. I can’t wait!

Like probably most book bloggers you follow I also wanted to make a “most anticipated 2019 releases”-list, but I didn’t want to share all of the books I’m anticipating for the year in one go. Why? Well, because 1) I’m not sure if I’m completely up-to-date on everything coming out in the second half of the year, 2) the list would be WAY too long. I felt like splitting it up into 4 parts, all covering 3 months, would be a better plan for me. That way it feels a little more organized, and I’m more sure about the fact that I’m not missing a lot of books. So, today I’m going to share the books I’m most anticipating for January, February and March! 

januaryOur Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon – This book was already very high on my most-anticipated list since it explores friendship in a very unique way, but then I started reading the reviews my friends posted of it and now I want to grab a big cup of tea, a blanket, my e-reader and start it right away.
Firestarter by Tara Sim – I’m terrified of this book. It’s the third book in the Timekeeper trilogy and after how the second book ended… I’m not ready. At all.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I haven’t been that into fantasy lately so this book wasn’t on my list originally, but everyone on Twitter is talking about how amazing it is, and one of my friends told me it includes one of my favorite tropes (found family) so… of course I want to read it.
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan – We need a lot more religious queer rep, so seeing a book centering a queer Muslim girl makes me incredibly happy! I have a feeling I’m going to cry a lot while reading this one, though… Lees verder

My Favorite 2018 Middle Grade Releases

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Hi everyone! Now that 2018 has come to a close I’ve been seeing a lot of people share their ‘best of’ lists and I’ve been having a lot of fun reading them! I wanted to do one too, of course, but with having read 152 books this year and me being super indecisive I just knew there was no way I could make a single list (or that list would be about 30 books long). That’s why I decided to split it up into three major categories (middle grade, YA contemporaries and YA SFF), and today I’m going to share my favorite 2018 middle grade releases with you!

Middle grade was definitely one of my most read genres last year, and I had the best time with it. I seriously adored almost every single middle grade book I read, so I definitely plan on reading a lot of middle grade books this year. Here’s my twelve favorites!

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed – Amal Unbound was one of the first middle grade’s I read this year, and one of the best. It is a very touching read, filled with hope, courage and amazing characters, and one that I want to reread ASAP because I flew through it the first time I read it, and I’m sure I missed a few things. You can read my full review here.
The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser – This book is the sequel to one of my favorite middle grade books ever, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, so this book had a lot to live up to. And luckily, it did. I’m not much of a rereader, but this book came out in September and I’ve already read it twice, so I think that says a lot. My full review can be found here.
Front Desk by Kelly Yang – Front Desk is one of the only books this year that made me give up on precious sleep, and stay up way past my bed time. I just couldn’t get enough of this book, and I had to know what happened next. I adored everything about it: the writing, the plot, the characters, etc. This book is also one of my favorite debuts of the year, and I truly cannot wait to see what Kelly Yang will write next!
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson – Harbor Me is one of those books that you read in one sitting, and one that keeps popping up in your thoughts, even if it’s been quite a while since you’ve read it, and a book that I’ll return to many times. This was also my very first Jacqueline Woodson book, and I’m so glad this book introduced me to her because I’ve read and loved two more of her books and I can safely say she’s one of my favorite authors. Lees verder

Wrap-Up: November + December 2018

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Hi everyone! As I’m writing this, it’s about 3 hours away from midnight, aka, 2019. I never really do anything on New Year’s eve because I honestly don’t really like it, and because my brother is having friends over I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to lock myself in my room and catch up on some blogpost. And finally tell you about what I’ve been reading over the past weeks/months.

As you might’ve noticed I’ve been pretty absent from my blog, which is because I was in a major slump. I didn’t really feel like reading anything, and I ended up not really loving most of the books I picked up. And as you probably understand; if you’re not really loving reading, your love for book blogging also starts to fade.

Luckily I’ve been feeling a lot more excited about reading the past couple of days, especially with the Mental Health book bingo starting soon, so I hope everything will go back to normal in 2019.

Also, happy New Year’s, everyone! I hope this year will be filled with light, love, happiness and very good books for all of you ❤

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Seventeen Book Tag: Iconic Moments Edition (original)

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Hi everyone! Today I’m ending the year by sharing the last (and definitely my favorite) edition of the Seventeen book tag that I created with my friend Romie, a tag that combines our love for reading and our love for the Kpop group Seventeen. (You can find the previous editions here and here).

I’ve spend an embarrassingly long amount of time watching those “funniest/cutest Seventeen moments” videos on YouTube, and I had a lot of fun trying to come up with bookish questions that went well with their most iconic moments. So, without further ado, here’s the very last Seventeen Book Tag: iconic moments edition.

Mingyu’s Suitcase: a book that took you some time to get into, but was totally worth it

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I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I had a little bit of a problem getting into Want by Cindy Pon. I’m not sure whether it was the book or whether it was me, but I kept getting distracted while listening to the audiobook and sometimes I would zone out completely, only to have to rewind the audiobook to make sure I didn’t miss anything important. But at some point I really got into it and couldn’t put it down anymore. I’m incredibly happy that the release of it’s sequel, Ruse, is only 3 months away now, because I can’t wait to coninue the series!

S.Coups Fireworks: a book that took you by surprise

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I didn’t have the highest expectations for A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. I mean, I didn’t love Tahereh’s writing in her Shatter Me series and this was the first time she wrote a contemporary novel so I was a bit hesitant going into it, but I ended up loving it so, so much. This book and it’s characters grabbed me from the first page and didn’t let me go until I had finished the book, mere hours later.

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DNF Review: Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

Famous in a Small TownTitle: Famous in a Small Town
Author: Emma Mills
Genres: Young Adult contemporary
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For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. She has the Yum Yum Shoppe, with its famous fourteen flavors of ice cream; her beloved marching band, the pride and joy of Acadia High (even if the football team disagrees); and her four best friends, loving and infuriating, wonderfully weird and all she could ever ask for.

Then August moves in next door. A quiet guy with a magnetic smile, August seems determined to keep everyone at arm’s length. Sophie in particular.

Country stars, revenge plots, and a few fake kisses (along with some excellent real ones) await Sophie in this hilarious, heartfelt story.

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Thank you to Macmillan for sending me an ARC of this book! 

I don’t tend to DNF books that often, and I certainly don’t tend to write reviews for these books a lot. The reason why I’m making an exception today is because 1) I got this book for review, and even though I’m sending it to another blogger that will hopefully be able to write a full review on it, I’d feel guilty not reviewing it at all, and 2) I feel like I’ve read enough of the book to talk about it for a little while. Just, keep in mind that I haven’t read the full book, so this review can be taken with a grain of salt.

The reason why I don’t tend to DNF books that often is because I’m a curious person, and almost all books either have characters that I like and I’ll want to know what happens to them, or a plot that intrigues me (even if it’s only a little) and I’ll (again) want to know what happens at the end. This book had neither of those things. Lees verder