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Down the TBR Hole 17

Hey there, fellow readers! It’s time to go through my TBR pile again, with another pst of Down the TBR Hole hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story. This meme is dedicated to uncluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go. So, I’ll just get right to it and introduce this week’s choices:

1. Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent

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If I saw this book in 2013, I might have read it. But based on the dystopian premise, I’m probably not going to get into it…

The verdict: Go

2. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling

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Most definitely will read this! Hands down!

The verdict: Keep

3. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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While I did like reading My Life Next Door, I don’t know if I can return to that world after all this time. So in this case, I’m going to let the book go.

The verdict: Go

4. How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

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Of course I would like to read this book! It sounds so sweet! 🙂

The verdict: Keep

5. Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

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At the moment, I’m not really into fairy tale retellings… Maybe I’ve just read too many of them? Anyways, I don’t think I’m going to read this book anytime soon.

The verdict: Go

Well, that’s all for now! If you have any thoughts or questions about this week’s post, feel free to leave a comment in the section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

 

Down the TBR Hole 16

Hi, everyone! It’s been a while, but I’m back with another post of “Down the TBR Hole”, hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story! This meme is dedicated to uncluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go. Now, let’s see which books will stay and which will go!

1.  Beheld by Alex Flinn

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I hate to say it, but in this case, I have to let this book go. I think I’ve lost interest in the series in general, and even though I really liked the earlier books, the more recent ones haven’t captured my interest.

The verdict: Go

2. The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguire

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This book has been on my TBR pile way too long to the point where I don’t think I’ll be reading it at all…

The verdict: Go

3. The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

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Just reread the blurb, and I’ve got to say, it has me intrigued again!

The verdict: Keep

4. The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston

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Due to my love of books about showbiz, I can’t simply let this one go! It stays! 😀

The verdict: Keep

5. Trixter by Alethea Kontis

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I actually haven’t read any of the author’s books since the one in Saturday’s POV, Hero. So until then, I’m going to give this book a pass…

The verdict: Go

Well, that’s all for now! Are any of these books in your TBR pile? If so, do you think you’ll make time to read them? And if you’ve already read these books, feel free to share your thoughts on them as well in the section below!

Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 26

Hey, everyone! It’s Monday and you all know what that means! The time has come for “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”, a meme hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. I’ve got to say, I’m pretty pleased that I got to meet my reading goals this week, in the amount of books I wanted to read. Hopefully, this streak continues! 🙂

What I Read Recently: 

What I’m Currently Reading: 

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What I’m Planning to Read Next:

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Well, that’s all for now! I think I can finish this in time for next week! If you have any thoughts or questions you’d like to share ( like what you’re reading today), feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below!

Thanks for reading, everyone!

– Sumaya

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 25

“It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date.

Hi, fellow readers! Another week has gone by, and I’m proud to say that I’ve gone through a lot more books that I thought I would! Here’s what I read last week and what I’m hoping to read next! 🙂

What I Read Recently:

What I’m Currently Reading: 

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What I’m Planning to Read Next: 

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What are you reading this week? Let me know in the Comments Section below!

–  Sumaya

It’s Only Pretend Until It’s Not: Fake Relationships in YA

While this trope may never work out in real life,  fake relationships- that become real sure are appealing to read about! After reading When It’s Real, I felt inspired to write this post and talk about fake relationships some more. Here are some of the key elements that I’ve noticed in these books:

1. There’s always a reason behind it all

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Before the emotions, there was the calculating plan that brought these two together in the first place. There could be a number of reasons why they felt like they had to stage a fake romance like financial troubles, judgment of friends and family, etc., but the top contender is usually to keep up appearances.

2. Prejudices in the way

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We all have preconceptions of people before we truly get to know them and the OTP of this novel isn’t any different. Except for the fact that they hate each other’s guts almost right off the bat. First impressions are a big deal in this subgenre and set the tone of the couple’s relationship for a good part of the novel. Now, if there was only some way to get rid of these assumptions… 😉

3. Physical attraction

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While our couple may not be connecting emotionally at first, they certainly can’t help stealing glances at each other! Not that they would admit it to each other, though! At least, not so early on in the story…

4. “Illogical” jealousy

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These two might not be actually dating each other, but it doesn’t stop one of them from feeling jealous whenever the other shows interest in someone else, even purely platonic interest. The jealousy is brushed off initially, however, because that can’t possibly be the reason behind their reaction.

5. Moments of vulnerability

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As they get to know each other and the older prejudices slowly come crumbling down, the true turning point of their relationship is when they’re able to bear their souls to each other and become vulnerable around that person. That’s when the fake relationship becomes real!

Do agree with my list? And which books have you seen this trope appear in? Let me know in the Comments Section below!

–  Sumaya

 

Which Cover Wednesday 81

Hi there, wonderful readers! It’s that time of week again: Which Cover Wednesday! Which Cover Wednesday is a weekly meme I host. What happens is that I compare two different covers of a book and give my opinion of which cover looks better. And feel free to join in on the fun by giving your opinions in the Comments Section below. Here are this week’s covers:

1.  The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

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In this case, I’d choose the first cover over the second. I love the air of mystery with the fog surrounding the two towers! And that dazzling typography! 💖 Plus, I’m not much of a fan of Avery being the main focus of the cover when there are so many other POVs in the novel. But maybe it was done for the UK’s cover consistency… Overall, I’m #TeamFirstCover

2. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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First cover gets my vote again! I find that the second cover doesn’t look as “put-together” as the first. Maybe because the second cover is for the Kindle edition and the publisher is targeting a different audience altogether, possibly one that doesn’t care about covers as much? Whatever the reason behind it, the first cover seems like a much more polished edition altogether.

3. In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira

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At first, I was going to go with cover number one because of its cover art, but then I thought that the fact that it doesn’t include the word “Us” in the title is kind of weird (Is it hidden somewhere in the cover? Or is it a creative tactic of some kind?) Plus, the second cover sets the scene and relates more to the story than the first cover, with a girl on the move looking for something in L.A. (or I could just be reading into it and she’s just looking at the birds or the sun 😀 )!

4. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

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My love goes with the first cover! Not only is it bright and eye-catching, I also love the amount of detail given to the cover’s illustration. To me, that reflects the story more than the second cover, which seems plainer and less appealing in comparison.

Well, that’s a wrap on this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! I guess I was more inclined to liking the first covers this week! Which covers caught your eye? Let me know in the Comments Section below! Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 22

“It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date.

Hello everyone! Another week has gone by, but this time, not only did I meet my reading goals for the week, I exceeded it! I honestly hope the same thing happens this week. Now, if only my review posts could catch up! 😉

What I Read Recently:

What I’m Currently Reading: 

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What I’m Planning to Read Next: 

Well, that’s what I plan to read for this week. I’m really excited to read The Dazzling Heights and find out if any more interesting things happen! And I’ve heard great things about Daughter of the Pirate King, so I hope it lives up to its expectations! 🙂 What is everyone else planning to read this week? I’d love to hear about it in the Comments Section below!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 21

Hello, fellow readers! It’s Monday and you know what that means! It’s time for another segment of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”, hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. I’ve got to say, I really liked reading Words in Deep Blue last week and cannot wait to post my review! Here are some of the books I’m reading this week as well:

 What I Read Recently: 

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What I’m Currently Reading:

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What I’m Planning to Read Next:

 

Well, that’s all for now! I hope I get to finish all these books this week! I’ll just have to wait another week to see if I’ve met my goals! 😉 What books are you reading or planning to read this week? Let me know in the Comments Section below!

–  Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 79

Hey, lovely readers! It’s that time of week again: Which Cover Wednesday! Which Cover Wednesday is a meme I host where I compare two covers of the same book and choose which one I think is better for that book (based solely on my opinion). And you can participate as well, in the Comments Section below! Here are this week’s covers:

1.  The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Carr

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I guess in this case, I’d go with the first cover. I like how it conveys a sense of “fracturedness”, kind of like a jigsaw puzzle of sorts. The first cover, with its simple typography and background, seems boring in comparison.

2. The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

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First cover again! While I like the warm tones of the second cover, I admire the first cover’s text placement as well as its chalk-like typography and the image of a match shaped into a face. Plus, I don’t really like the centre image of the second cover; it’s just floating there, which looks kind of weird to me.

3. Optimists Die First by Susin Nielson

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First cover forever! Or least until they make one even better! 😉 I love the way it resembles a knitted sweater; that’s my main reason for liking cover number one. The second cover does look okay, especially with the thread and button, but it’s a bit empty with its spacious black background.

4. Frost Blood by Elly Blake

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Even though both covers are similar, if I had to choose, I’d go with (surprise, surprise) the first cover. I like the intricate design of the flower, along with the blood dripping from it and its unique typography.

That’s all for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Hope you enjoyed reading it! If you have any thoughts about these covers that you’d like to share, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below! Thank you for reading!

–  Sumaya

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