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July 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Facts about me!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Hi, everybody! It’s Top Ten Tuesday and this week’s topic is to talk about ourselves! So here are some facts about me, a few of them bookish, others not so much:

1. I’m an aunt! I recently became an aunt to two beautiful girls and while I’ve been a second or third aunt before, this is the first time that it’s more immediate, with my sister being the mother…

2. I can stop myself from buying books. No, it’s true; book buying hasn’t been much of an issue for me. Due to limited space in my house (especially once the twins were born) as well as pricing and library availability, I convince myself I don’t need to buy the book. Pretty handy when you see covers like the special edition of The Book Thief. 😉

3. I do have a library borrowing problem, though. It comes from borrowing more books than I can handle and knowing that I probably won’t read them all. I usually think to myself, “I’ll read it again some other time” only to never read it again, or at least after a long while…

4. Starbucks is my go-to drink at the moment. Long live Starbucks Coffee!

5. Right now, I’m in a book publishing program, which I really like… I feel like I’m learning so much and stuff that I actually want to know about!

6. I say “Yay!” a lot, especially in real life. A sign that I use “Yay!” a lot is the fact that within yesterday’s two hour class, I used “Yay!” in three different ways.

7. According to Pottermore, I’m a Slytherin. Kind of odd because I remember when I was younger and did the Sorting House test, I would try to make my answer come out as Gryffindor (which it usually did 😉 ). I recently retried the test a month ago on Pottermore, answered the questions honestly and that’s what happened. I’ve got Merlin as a fellow Slytherin, though, so…  😀

8. I like the idea of travelling to different libraries, seeing what kind of architecture and content they have. Since Toronto has 101 libraries, it means that there are so many to visit within the city! I’ve already been to a few of them and whenever I see a library on route to somewhere, I take note of it to come back later!

9. At this point, I don’t really care if a book is in print or electronic form; if it’s good, I’ll read it! However, if you asked me five years ago, this wouldn’t be the case; I would have been Team print book! 😉

10. I love the BBC show Sherlock! I cannot get enough of the show, especially the bromance between John and Sherlock! ❤ So excited for the next season in 2017! 😉

Well, that’s it for my Top Ten Tuesday. Do we have anything in common? Btw, feel free to post your TTT in the Comments Section below! Have a nice night, everyone!

-Sumaya

 

Review: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

My rating: red5

(4.5 stars)

Hello fellow bloggers and wonderful readers! Today, I’ll be reviewing The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid. I’d like to start out this review by stating that I do not like Sci-Fi, generally, but I loved reading this book from start to finish! There was just so many things going on that I couldn’t help but enjoy it, while also updating every second on Goodreads… 😀 The story is told through Nemesis, a Diabolic genetically engineered to protect one person, Sidonia Impyrean. When Sidonia’s life is in danger, Nemesis sets out to impersonate her and become a hostage in order to protect her.

What intrigued me about this book so much was its execution. If it was done in another way, it could have been exactly like other books, like Aimee Carter’s Pawn, Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen and even Erin Bow’s The Scorpion Rules. But it was the motivations behind the characters that brought out events that were interesting to read about. While there were moments where I had an idea of what’s to come, instead of it being off-putting (which it usually is for me), it kind of made me want to read more to see if I was right. Then there were those moments where I didn’t see coming, and that was its own type of fun! The story itself was sprinkled with such good descriptions and side stories that I couldn’t help but fall in love with it and the characters.

The Diabolic also reminded me a bit of Frankenstein, with a focus on addressing  Nemesis’ humanity, especially since she  was created in an artificial manner. I loved her “newness” and discoveries along the way, especially feelings-wise; she seemed like a parallel to Frankenstein’s creature in the books. I really liked seeing her  relationship with Sidonia, even though at times it seemed more unhealthy than not. While Nemesis might seem like a boring character to some, especially at the beginning, I thought that she was someone who was acclimated to a certain role and it made her hollow to anything else. All I can say is that she really starts to develop as the novel progresses and I hope that there is a sequel, so that I can see more of that!

To be honest, the only problem I found with the book was that the dialogue didn’t feel realistic at times, but given that it’s consistent and used in formal settings, I think that the dialogue is suited to the content. It was just a bit jarring for me because people don’t usually talk like that.

Overall, The Diabolic was a treat to read and I recommend it to anyone who likes Science Fiction, because (as someone who doesn’t like Sci-Fi) if I liked it, then it’s a probably a good sign that it was spectacular! 😉  The Diabolic comes out on November 1st, 2016 for anyone whose interested! That’s all I have to say about this book! If you have any questions or thoughts, please leave them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading! 😉

-Sumaya

The Diverse Books Tag

Hello, everyone! How have you been? It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag, but I really want to do this one, so I’m going to go for it! 😁 Thank you, Deanna @ anovelglimpse, for tagging me! If anyone hasn’t checked out her blog, you should! It’s amazing! So, here goes nothing!

1. A book with a lesbian main character:

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

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It’s a graphic novel based on the author’s experiences and explores her family life as well as her sexuality.

2. A book with a Muslim protagonist:

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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There were so many books that I just wanted to choose for this category, but this is a pretty good book! It’s about a Muslim girl’s experience of wearing a hijab for the first time.

3. A book set in Latin America:

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

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This book is set in Mexico, which isn’t something I read about very often. Still not out yet, but looking forward to it!

4.A book about a person with a disability:

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

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It looks at the senior year of the protagonist after he’s hit by a car and is confined to a wheelchair.

5. A Science Fiction or Fantasy Book with a POC protagonist:

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

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Maya is a shapeshifter whose half Native and throughout the book, it shows how others think of her, even people she’s known for her whole life.

6. A book set in or about Africa

From Somalia, With Love by Na’ima B. Robert

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It’s a book about a girl who experiences her father coming back from Somalia after a long time and how she reconnects with him. It’s really sad that there aren’t more books about Somalia!

7. A book written by an indigenous or Native writer:

The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King

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This is a collection of stories that are amazing and I recommend everyone read them! 😀

8. A book set in South Asia:

Secrets of the Henna Girl by Sufiya Ahmed

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It talks about an English girl’s trip to her parent’s home country, Pakistan, and what happens to her there.

9. A book with a biracial protagonist:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Lara Jean and her sisters grow up with their dad while missing their mom, who died when the youngest of the girls was really small. One of my favourite books, I must say! 😉

10. A book staring a transgender protagonist or featuring transgender issues:

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

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I’m not familiar with many books that are a part of this subgenre but this is one I’ve heard about via school.

I TAG: 

Anyone who wants to participate in this tag! 😀 :

Hope you all enjoyed reading this post! I certainly enjoyed writing it! Well, that’s all for now. Any thoughts or questions are welcome in the Comments Section below.Have a nice day! 😉

-Sumaya

 

 

 

Which Cover Wednesday 27

Hello, lovely readers! It’s that time of week again: Which Cover Wednesday! Which Cover Wednesday is a meme I host where I compare two different covers of the same book and give my opinion on which does it better. And you can join in on the fun as well, by commenting about these covers in the Comments Section below. Here are this week’s covers:

1. Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung

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In this case, I like the first cover better. Even though they are similar in cover design, I like how the second one adds the full outfit instead of the first one only using the skirt. It gives you more of an idea that this is about private school.

2. Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

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Love that second cover! It just has this fanciful feel to it that the first book doesn’t, with the girl mid-jump into someone’s arms… as well as the fact that there’s more going on with the background and placement of typography (like how it’s more compact as well as the colour scheme)! 😀

3. All the Feels by Danika Stone

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First cover all the way! It’s just has a lot more colour and fun than the second cover (, with all the kinds of buttons as well as the action figure and Dragon Con poster! 😉

4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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Finally, some love for the first cover! 🙂 It just makes things look a bit more challenging with walking all those dogs, which makes seem a bit more active than the second one. Also, the typography of the first cover is more readable than the second cover, due to the title text matching the background…

That’s it for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday. What covers did you like? If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them below. Thanks for reading!

– Sumaya

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Rating: purple3

Hello, everyone! Another day, another review, and this time, it’s Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It’s a book about how two teenagers, Kady and Ezra, who are exes and how they’re forced to work together after their planet has been attacked by a corporate spaceship. I think I’ve stayed away from this book for so long because of its genre (Sci-Fi), but when I saw others rave about it, as well as the fact that it was available in my library, that made me want to see what all the fuss was about. And after reading the book, I thought that it wasn’t really worth the fuss. It just didn’t interest me as much as it should have. There were some parts where I couldn’t put down the book, eager to see what happens next, but for the most part, I was kind of bored with the book and where the story went.

Some of the things I liked about this book was its unique writing style. Instead of Illuminae being written in the fashion of most books, a mix of dialogue and description, the book was comprised of a number of files (written, audial and visual) from the past year. They recorded the account of what happened in Kerenza and its people after it had been attacked by BeiTech, a corporate company. It was really fun to read and see how creative the authors were being with form and content. I also really loved the dialogue (via DM and correspondence) between the characters and how it brought them to life. It might sound like a small thing, with dialogue being an assumed given, but trust me, it can make all the difference between a believable and likeable character to an archetype or someone who doesn’t sound true to their character.

What I didn’t like about Illuminae was its repetitive storyline. I felt as if I were reading the same story twice within the book, with plot points being repeated and problems revisited in the same manner. Some of it did have merit, because it affects other parts of the story. I just think that could have been way shorter, especially when the book wasn’t lacking in pages. And then there was the ending, which started out okay, but then ended unresolved and without a point. I don’t know what Kady was trying to achieve in that last segment and I think that it could have been handled in a different way. At first, her stance started out as really strong, but then ended up as weak because it just didn’t make sense. Overall, I’d give this book a 3 star rating.

Well, that’s all I have to say about Illuminae for now. Have you read Illuminae? Did you like it? If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day!

-Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Goodreads’ Underrated Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hello, everyone! It’s Tuesday, which means another Top Ten Tuesday post! This week’s topic is kind of interesting; it focuses on the books that aren’t usually as popular as the Blockbuster type of book. In this case, 2000 ratings on Goodreads are the maximum amount that a book has to have to be considered as underrated. I can’t wait to see what everyone else has for their Top Ten; it’s a really good way to give these books the attention they deserve! 😀 So without further ado, my Top Ten:

1. Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan

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2. Boy vs. Girl by Na’ima bint Robert

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3. Love, Lucy by April Lindner

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4. Captured (The Divided Realms #1) by Maggie L. Wood

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5. Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler

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6. For the Record by Charlotte Huang

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7. The Lexie Project (Something Real #2) by Heather Demetrios
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8. Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall
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9. Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker
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10. The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High by Laurie Boyle Crompton
 17683782So that’s my Top Ten! Have you read anything on this list? If you’re interested, there is a link for each of these book; just click on the title and it’ll direct you to its Goodreads page. What books are on your TTT this week? I’d love to hear about them, as well as any thoughts or questions! Just leave your TTT in the Comments Section, and I’ll be sure to check them out! Thanks for reading!
-Sumaya

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