Book Tag

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

So I finally remembered to do this tag! So here are my answers!

1 How much have you been reading?

As of writing this post I have read 67 books! 54% have been audiobooks, 12% EBooks and 34% have been physical books. I have definitely been enjoying audiobooks more in the last couple years.

2 Best book you’ve read so far

The Stardust Thief! I completely devoured this book and I have not stopped thinking about it since I read it. My review is here

3 Best sequel you’ve read so far

A Darkness at the Door by Intisar Khanani. This book was absolutely perfect and I am completely and entirely in love with this duology! My review is here

4 New release you haven’t read yet but want to

The House with the Golden Door is a book I really want to get to but i’m scared of what will happen to my faves and I don’t know if i’m ready for the heartbreak I know we will get.

5 Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Love From Mecca to Medina! The way I am absolutely DYING to read this book but also don’t want to say goodbye to these characters. 

6 Biggest surprise

My Mechanical Romance! I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did! I loved the discussions around women in STEM and the cute romance! My review is here

7 New favourite author

Chelsea Abdullah and Olivie Blake have become instant buy authors because their books were absolutely incredible!

8 Books to read by the end of the year

I really want to read Pandora & Elektra by the end of the year!

9 Biggest disappointment?

You Truly Assumed by Laila Sabreen & The Balloon Thief by Aneesa Marufu. Both of these books were a mess and problematic. You can read my review for The Balloon Thief here and You Truly Assumed here

10 Newest fictional crush?

Bren from The Theft of Sunlight duology. I absolutely love him even if he is a thief lord. When he came with his hair in a top knot, I swooned right there and then. The love and care he shows for the main character and the fierce way he protects his people, how can I not love him.

11 Newest favourite character?

Amara from The Wolf Den has become an absolute favourite character. Her resilience and determination to build a better life for herself and just her ruthlessness and strength to make it a reality made me completely fall in love with her.

12 Book that made you cry?

I don’t really cry when I read a book and I haven’t cried over a book this year but I think Love From Mecca to Medina may change that!

13 Book that made you happy?

I read The River of Silver with a huge grin and the last story lives in my head rent free! I am so happy that we got these stories which I absolutely loved and just the best goodbye to these characters I adore. My review is here

14 Favourite post you’ve written this year?

I put my whole heart into writing this post. It’s about how much I loved the disability rep in The Theft of Sunlight duology. 

15 Most beautiful book you bought this year?

There have been so many beautiful books this year but I think one of my most beautiful ones is The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea! 

What are your answers to some of these questions?

Book Tag

Evermore Book Tag

Today I’m doing this Taylor Swift inspired book tag created by Rameela over on Star Is All Booked Up. Everyone is welcome to do the tag just remember to link back to Rameela’s post!

Willow – Character You’d Follow Anywhere

I will follow Alizayd to the ends of the earth okay. Like this man has my heart and soul and can do no wrong and I will just go wherever he goes.

Champagne Problems – Dual POV

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A Brown has points of view of both main characters and I loved seeing the story unfold from both their perspective.

Gold Rush- Anticipated Release

So many but The Wild Ones, Misfit in Love and A Psalm of Storms and Silence are some of the ones that I am ridiculously excited for!

’Tis The Damn Season – Small Town Romance

10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon is set in a holiday home in a small town and I loved it so much.

Tolerate It – Lost Love, Failed Relationship

Does Rin and Nezha count? Because their relationship is a mess.

No Body, No Crime – Character Who’d Get Away With Murder

If anyone could get away with murder it would be Juliette Cai from These Violent Delights. She is a queen and smart enough to get out of any situation and also she’s quite scary when she wants to be.

Happiness – A Book That Makes You Suffer But You Find Comforting

The Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty hurts me every single time I read the books and yet they are also my go to when I want something comforting to read.

Dorothea – Nostalgic Read

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer takes me straight back to my childhood when I could spend a whole evening reading.

Coney Island – Star Crossed Lovers

Elias and Laia from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. These two are constantly torn apart and all I want is for them to be happy.

Ivy – Crept Up On You

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn was a book that I wasn’t sure how much I would love but I ended up completely falling in love with this story and it became one of my top reads of this year.

Cowboy Like Me – Cat And Mouse Games

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala has the main characters in a cat and mouse chase trying to outwit each other.

Long Story Short – Never Read It Again, Painful Experience

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini was so painful to read and I had to dnf it. The number of mentions the main character makes about her body as she stares at herself in the mirror and the fact that the bad guys are supposed to be scary but had some ridiculous name how am I going to take it seriously?!

Marjorie – Book With A Beautiful Message

Love From A To Z by S.K. Ali. A beautiful story with a beautiful message that deals with so much from chronic illness to islamophobia and has a most wonderful halal romance.

Closure – A Book With Bad Rep (a betrayal)

There’s a few but ones that I read this year are: Hijab and Red Lipstick and More Than Just A Pretty Face. I will not go full rant here but there were so many issues and stereotypes that I was incredibly angry by the end.

Evermore – A Journey Of Self Discovery

Thorn by Intisar Khanani is a wonderful story of a young woman learning to be more confident in herself and grow as a person and become more self confident.

So that’s the tag! Hope you enjoyed reading! Everyone is welcome to do the tag whether it’s on your blog, twitter or instagram!

Book Tag

The Poppy War Book Tag

So I saw this tag that Novels and Nebulas created inspired by The Poppy War and I just had to do it. I loved the first two books and I cannot wait for the final book.

Make sure to link the original tag

Fang Runin – Who’s Your Favourite Anti-Heroine?

 I love Rin, she makes the absolute worst decisions sometimes and has done some awful things but I still can’t help but root for her, especially after the end of The Dragon Republic.

Chosen One Schmosen One – What Character Deserves More Spotlight in Your Favourite Series?

Zaynab from The Daevabad Trilogy! I would love to see more of her! She is smart and resourceful and we don’t get to see enough of her. She single-handedly engineers Ali’s return to Daevabad and no one even suspects her!

No Stone Left Unturned – Who’s Your Favourite Fictional Genius?

I love Kaz Brekker, how is he 17 and able to  pull off all he does?! The heists and the way he manipulates everything in his favour, leading a crew and running the Dregs. And how much in control he always is, well aside from when Inej is hurt, then he loses his shit.

The Epic Descent – What Makes You Empathise with your Favourite Morally Grey Character?

Eva from Prime Deceptions makes some really bad decisions and has to live with the consequences and despite what she did was awful she spends the whole time trying to work out the best way to try to make up for it as much as she can. She accepts that people might never forgive her and owns her actions. I was rooting for her to be able to try to become a better person and not make these same mistakes again.

Mad Gods and Their Maddening Power – What’s Your Favourite Novel About Gods and Their Powers?

I adore all of Rick Riordan’s books but my favourite is probably the Magnus Chase trilogy, inspired by Norse mythology. It will always hold a special place in my heart because it was one of the first times I saw a hijabi character in a fantasy book who was a badass and unapologetically Muslim.

Immortals and Their Battles – What’s Your Favourite Battle Scene?

The third trial from An Ember in the Ashes is one hell of a battle scene. It is epic and painful and heart wrenching and even though you know it will kill you, you can’t look away. What Elias has to do and how much it destroys him was so incredibly difficult to read.

This Poisonous Beauty – What Character Do You Find as Intriguing as you do Terrifying?

Wrath from Kingdom of the Wicked is intriguing and terrifying at the same time. He is a literal Prince from Hell yet I couldn’t help but be pulled towards him and want to know more about him and his motivations.

Clever Truths and Cleverer Lies – What’s a Book Rife With Political Intrigue that you Enjoyed?

These Violent Delights is full of political intrigue and it drives the story and how Juliette and Roma interact with each other and I loved reading about 1920s Shanghai. There is power struggles from all different sides and it results in deaths of innocent people and Juliette and Roma have to try to find out what is causing it to stop more deaths.

A Trio to Reckon With – Who’s Your Favourite Fictional Trio?

I adore Percy, Annabeth and Grover in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I loved reading about their adventures and seeing them grow in each book. I loved how sassy they were and their banter and how much they cared for and supported each other.

So that’s the end of the tag! Everyone is welcome to do the tag!

Book Tag

The Zumra Book Tag

So the lovely Rameela has created an amazing book tag inspired by the Zumra from We Hunt the Flame! So of course I had to do the tag!

Here is the link for the tag

Zafira bint Iskander: An emotionally driven character or book

The Bloodprint is quite emotionally driven. The MC is driven by her wanting to get justice and build a better world for her people.

Nasir Ghameq: Angsty boy A character that’s conflicted/at war with themselves

Altan is really conflicted throughout The Poppy War. I really felt for him and how awful his life has been.

Kifah Darwish: A book with lots of food in it (or a foodie character)

The Candle and the Flame is full of food references that had me drooling! Every time a gulab jamun was mentioned it made me crave it.

Benyamin Haadi: A book with a “mum” character (or a book with wisdom you didn’t seek)

Laila from The Gilded Wolves is definitely a mum character. She looks after everyone especially Zofia.

Altair al-Badawi: A secretive character (or a book that kept you guessing)

Descendant of the Crane had me guessing until the end. I really loved this book and it had me hooked!

Deen Ra’ad: A simp A pure cinnamon roll

Adam from Love From A to Z is a pure cinnamon roll and I love him so much!

Yamine Ra’ad: A character you wouldn’t want on your bad side

Juliette Cai from These Violent Delights is deadly and there is no way I would want to get on her bad side.

Lana bint Iskander: A character that had to grow up too quickly

The Qahtani siblings from The Daevabad trilogy. I mean do they even get to have a childhood at all?

Book Tag

Folklore Book Tag

Hey booknerds! So today I am going to be doing the Folklore book tag created by Star Is All Booked Up who is a huge Taylor Swift fan so I knew the prompts would be so interesting and I was not disappointed.

Here is the link for the original Folklore book tag. And if you do the tag please make sure to link back to Rameela’s!

So lets get started!

The 1- a book you grew out of

The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. While I still feel very nostalgic about them but I actually didn’t enjoy the newest books like I thought I would. But they were great books for me when I was younger!

Cardigan- a book you keep coming back to 

I keep rereading parts of Ayesha at Last. This book is phenomenal and absolutely hilarious.

The Last Great American Dynasty- a book where everything goes wrong (in the best way)

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty. This book slowly descends into absolute chaos with the most awful cliffhanger.

exile: ending you didn’t like (ship that sank)

The Dark Days Deceit ending was disappointing for me. I loved the first two books and then I felt like the last book nothing happened until the very end where everything was rushed and I was just left unsatisfied by the ending.

My tears ricochet- broke your heart

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed had me sobbing and for some reason I read it multiple times so I could cry every single time.

Mirrorball- a book that speaks to your soul

The Daevabad Trilogy has taken root deep in my heart and now is a part of my identity.

Seven- character you want to take home and protect

Malik from A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is a cinnamon roll and needs to be protected at all costs.

August- summer love

10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon has a wonderful fake dating enemies to lovers summer romance!

This is me trying- mental illness rep

All the Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman has really great mental health rep. It deals with suicidal thoughts and self harm so please read trigger warnings before reading.

Illicit affairs- forbidden romance

Laila and Severin from The Gilded Wolves! I was screaming by the end to just admit theirfeelings for each other.

Invisible string- soulmates

Adam and Zayneb from Love From A to Z! They were obviously meant to be!

Mad woman- vengeful woman

Rin from The Poppy War. She does something in revenge which is awful and Kitay rightfully calls her out for it.

Epiphany- a loss you’re not over

So many characters I love died in the Red Rising trilogy that I’m too scared to read Iron Gold because I can’t take more death.

Betty- love triangle, f/f romance

There’s a love triangle in An Ember in the Ashes and while I’m not a fan of love triangles it was interesting to see how the characters developed because of the way they felt.

Peace- found family

The Tiger at Midnight has a wonderful found family. I love them all so much!

Hoax- character that fooled you

Maram from Mirage. She went in a totally different direction than I thought she would but I loved her character development.

So that’s all my answers! Hope you enjoyed the tag. Everyone is welcome to do the tag.