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The Keep It Fresh Award

Guys. I don’t do well well as a participator in book tag ish posts. There are so many books that I’ve read, but so little that it’s so hard to choose. I understand if you don’t understand me because I’m confusing myself. Just know that this is a small preview of the what the rest of the post is going to be like. Apologies.

Huge thank you to Sarah and Faith over at Sublime Reads, the creators of this tag, for tagging me to do this. I know it was a long time ago, but I wanted to do it anyways, because of how creative it is. 

We decided to make this as a sort of last burst of summer activity but we wanted to acknowledge book bloggers who keep things fresh all year round, all who deserve more recognition.

RULES:
  • Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.
  • Part A: Answer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.
  • Part B: Choose your favourite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.
  • Part C: Create your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!
  • Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!
  • Notify your nominees of the nomination (nom nom nom ~ :D)
  • The most important rules? HAVE FUN and of course, KEEP IT FRESH!

MAKE SURE TO CHECK THEIR BLOG OUT! Also, I hope that they don’t mind, but I’m going to skip a few of these rules and fruit questions (all of this is great of course, it’s just that I don’t want to miserably #fail at so many questions). 

Let’s start now, k?


 

  1. Strawberries: Name the sweetest book you’ve read. (e.g. sweet in terms of the characters or if the story takes place in a sweet world… etc.)

 First category, and I’m already at a loss :’) In my defense, I haven’t read a lot of books that would be called sweet. The closest book I can think of right now would be Waking up in the Land of Glitter: A Crafty Chica Novel by Kathy Cano-Murillo

2. Coconut: What is a book that you would bring on vacation with you to a tropical destination? (Or if you’re just relaxing at the beach…)

  I’m going to say any book from the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. I say any one, because I haven’t finished the entire series yet, and may be at a different book. Easy reads, and fast paced.

3. Pineapple: What is a book that you didn’t think you would like by judging its cover/summary/the first few pages but started to grow on you?

Brace yourselves.

…Harry Potter.

*everyone gasps*

I KNOW, I KNOW, I should have never doubted, but back then I was foolish, naive. I’m a very loyal and proud Potterhead now, yes sir.

4. Orange: What’s the juiciest book you’ve read? (e.g. A book with tons of action, romance… etc.)

Ever is a strong word guys. Because I don’t want to say anything I’ll regret, I’m going to answer a slightly different question to ‘One juicy book that I’ve read’.  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass. I still have to read the second book in the series, but I’m really excited for it! 

5. Dragonfruit: What’s the most unique book you’ve read? (e.g. Unique in writing style, characters, plot… etc.)

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. The main characters are twins, and the story has 2 perspectives- one from the past, the other from the present. 

6. Lemons: Name a book that made you feel sour. (e.g. The emotions were just sour, you just felt sour reading the book, or the book includes sour characters… etc.)

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.  I extend my apologies to any of it’s fandom members that may be reading this.

7. Tomato: What is a wonderful book that you think should be more widely known? Or a fantastic author whom you think deserves more recognition? (Since some may not know that tomatoes are actually fruits!)

I read this book a long time ago, but I doubt I would feel any different about it. Brainboy and the DeathMaster by Tor Seidler is a fantastic book (though old), full of mystery and adventure. I’m not sure what age group this is meant towards (probably a younger audience), but that won’t stop me from a re-read.

8. Apple: Name a really stereotypical book of a certain genre just like apples which are typical fruits. In the end was that book good or not? (e.g. A very typical contemporary/fantasy book… etc.)

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. A young adult contemporary novel of a girl who’s trying to tackle everyday life drama, and is then given an opportunity to make things better. I did finish it in a day, but it wasn’t because I liked it; it was because I thought I would.

9. Blueberries: Name a book that made you feel blue. (Any sad, depressing books that you’ve read?)

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseni. It also made me feel much more grateful for the things I have, which I appreciate.


 

AND NOW THE NOMINATIONS:

💻 Rachael from rachaelsbookshelf

💻 Ally Dewing

💻 Amy from nicareads

💻 Charlotte from charlottebibliophile

💻 Sára from ablogbysara

💻  Brigid from coldpressed

💻 Olivia from heirofglitter

💻 YOU! 🙂

I would love for any of you to do this tag (if you want to of course). Let me know if you decide to do it 😀


 

[Disclaimer: Featured Image is not my own; I found it at Sublime Reads].

That’s all for today, folks. Hopefully, the next post will be better, in all terms :p Stay fantastic!

-A.

 

 

 

 

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The Search for Adventure 🎒

Move over Dora the Explorer; bookloverbabbles is here.

 

There are so many things I want to do. Design clothes, bake breads, practice digital art, and most of all-go on an Adventure.

I would love to go exploring with my friends. Not in abandoned places, but somewhere beautiful where we can all feel at peace.

I can carry on just thinking about what I want to do, or make an actual effort for them to come true. I’m trying to sort my thoughts out and think where the best place to start would be. I want to take on several projects (or at least one) regarding these plans and places inshAllah, and would be very glad to work on them with any of you that might have similar dreams.

Stay fantastic folks,

A.

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E v e r y d a y 🎶 P o e t r y

Book review #6

Ciao cyberspace, and Assalam u Aliekum! Hope you’re all doing well 🙂

I had been doing so well with my blogging, but this week my performance did not live up to the mark. In my defense, I’m only a day late. It’s cool, right? :DDDD Kthnxbye.

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*The text in bold explains what the book is about.

This book is divided into several chapters, each one taking down a particular category. Along with an introduction to each chapter, we are given a brief description prior to each poem about it which I thought was a nice addition, as it introduced to us what we were going to be met with in the upcoming sentences.

We are taken along through some very significant aspects in life, from Academics to Social Life to Holidays And Greeting Cards. All the poems in this book are based on routinely activities and daily challenges, providing something relatable for almost all teenagers and adults, no matter what stage in life they may be in. Having said that, this is a very easy read with the poems requiring no deep analysis to be understood, and can be easily enjoyed as a coffee table read.

I found this book to be quite amusing, as this was unique take on poems. However, at times, I felt like some words had been put in there just to make the sentences rhyme. For example, these closing sentences from a poem called the Letter of Resignation:

‘………………..collapse

I’m not the first to leave,

And I won’t be the last.’

The poem was fun to read, but I would have been more pleased with a stronger ending than this. Verses like these resulted in me liking some poems better than others in terms of creativity.

Though being a unique idea, this book does not have anything extremely outstanding to offer beside its ability to relate. Some people may find it a bit dry for their taste, but others may enjoy it immensely. Personally, I’m glad I got the opportunity to read this, as most of these poems have been cleverly written.

 


 

*Picture by Amazon

📌 Thank you to the author, Madeline Lee, for providing me a pdf of this book to review. Please note that this exchange has no impact on what I put up on here, and all of what I said was solely based on my opinion.

Feel free to check the following links if interested:

More About Her Book

The Book on Goodreads

The Book on Amazon

Also, this is off topic, but I want to congratulate Satis on his new book which is releasing next month. I would love it if any of you stopped by his blog (:

THANKS FOR READING! Stay fantastic folks.

-A.

 

 

 

 

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What I’m currently reading

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POEMS THAT DON’T REQUIRE 2 HOURS TO BE ANALYZED. Review coming up next week, inshAllah! Read an excerpt from this book. Thank you the author for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of my opinions 🙂

And what type of reader would I be if I hadn’t already planned my next read?

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Saw it in my library, and I had to pick it up. That beautiful cover.

STAY FANTASTIC FOLKS!

-A.

 

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Unpackaging books 📚

When you take numerous shots of your books, but you’re still not content with any of them. 

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Assalam u Aliekum (Peace be unto you), and ciao cyberspace! ARE YOU READY FOR 2016? Let’s all make sure we make progress to our goals, no matter how big or little they may be. Ameen 💛

So a while back, I won a giveaway hosted by Sarena and Saha Nanua. It being the first giveaway I’d ever won, I was naturally thrilled, and decided to share the books I got with all of you.

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1- Madly by Amy Alward

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I don’t want to talk much about this book in this post as I have planned a book review for it, but I will say that it’s a cute, fantasy read. Not particularly outstanding, but qualifies what I would call a decent read.

 

2- MINRS by Kevin Sylvester

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After their space colony is attacked, Christopher and his friends must come up with a plan to defend their selves in order to remain alive. Not being a huge sci-fi fan, I’m hesitant to read it, but probably will eventually anyway. :p

 

3- The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

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At the time of writing this post, I’m half way through the book, and I’m glad to say that I’ve enjoyed this so far. This is a middle grade mystery story, which follows an apprentice called Christopher (would you look at that! Both Kevins writing about Christophers). He enjoys working in his Master’s shop until one day, murders start occurring near them, acting as a threat to both them and their shop. As the situation worsens, Christopher realizes he may be the only one who knows something significant about the murderers.

The best thing about this book is that it HAS APOTHECARIES AND POTIONS AND MEDICINES. Fun stuff.

 

Along with the books, I also received these:

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In case you’re wondering, these are from Sarena and Sasha’s own books. Go check them out! 🙂

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Thanks a lot to The Writing Duo for the prizes; I loved all of them!

And thank YOU for reading! 💖 I hope all of you had a wonderful year, and have an even better one in 2016, inshAllah (if God wills).

Stay fantastic folks,

A.

 

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The Time Chamber by Daria Song

Book review #5 

It’s been a while.

ASSALAM U ALIEKUM, AND CIAO CYBERSPACE!

I have been excited about this book from the very moment I ordered it for reviewing. This is the first adult coloring book I’ve owned, and I’m really enjoying choosing color combinations for various drawings.  

I love everything about this book from it’s removable plus color able dust jacket, to it’s stunning images. The book is full of beautiful patterns and details, and it is hard to choose a favorite drawing from the many beautiful ones.

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 In addition to it’s wonderful illustrations, we are given a short story to enjoy alongside coloring. The Time Chamber presents the adventures of a tiny fairy who decides to visit the human world. We accompany her as she packs her favorite items, and travels to discover the wonders of a new place. 

Unlike other coloring books which provide images following just one theme, this book has a varied selection of pictures for a larger audience to enjoy. Some of these can be found minimized in the Visual index and Hidden Treasure Key found at the end of the book. All of this is made even better because of the high quality of the pages, suited for their purpose.

The only thing thing about this book that I wish was different would be it’s binding. A bookbinding type such as spiral would have made it much easier for coloring in spaces close to the spine.

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All in all, The Time Chamber is truly a wonderful way of loosening up after a stressful day. This book has got me into following the current trend, and I want to buy myself more coloring utensils to give my best to the book.

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📌 FTC disclaimer: Thanks to Blogging For Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

More info on The Time Chamber

Download Free Coloring Pages

About Daria Song

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Thanks for reading! 🙂 Stay fantastic folks.

Until next time,

A.

Posted in productive, update

Feeling productive 🌟

CIAO CYBERSPACE 😀 *vibrates energy off to audience*

I’ve finally gotten what I needed; motivation. Now hopefully, I’ll be doing more of what I plan to including blogging. I want to read, I want to review, and I want to post. I just hope I manage to stay in high spirits and get work done.

Let me know how you guys are doing! ❤

-A.

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Dementia 🌹

Several years ago, my uncle held a party at his house to which a lot of relatives came. The guest that especially stands out in my memory of the event is an old lady, who was accompanied by her daughter. As I listened to the adults conversing, I learnt that the mother was a victim of dementia. Her daughter was talking about how she remembered barely anything, and after a while said, ‘I tell her that along with the others, one day, I’ll vanish away from her memory too.’ How naïve I was at the time, for I comprehended her sad smile as one for a joke, and found it funny.

This recollection of this incident was reawakened when I read Still Alice a while ago, which is the journey of a woman with Alzheimer’s. Reading this book has made me realize how much there truly is behind everything. It was only the mother who had the disease, but it was her entire family who suffered. The pain to watch the person you love forget who you are cannot be understood by anyone but those who go through it.

(image by Amazon)

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The Martian by Andy Weir

Ciao cyberspace, and Assalam u Aliekum! 😀 I apologize for being a little late in posting this review, but school’s been keeping me pretty busy. Anyhow, here goes:

Book synopsis:

When a terrific dust storm hits the surface of Mars, a crew of astronauts are forced to retreat and set their journey back to Earth. What they don’t realize is that they’re also abandoning a member of their crew alone; botanist and engineer, Mark Watney. With no means of communication and a limited amount of food, Mark has no option but to survive this bizarre situation with two of his most powerful tools- resourcefulness and determination.


The Martian is one of the most interesting books I’ve read this year- in terms of the plot, the setting, the characters and even the writing. But although it was a pretty clever book, I did have some problems finishing it.

You could learn a lot about Science and how certain things work by reading this book; which is pretty neat but sadly, that’s what threw me off. It soon got difficult to pay attention to Mark’s continuous attempts to fix things. Also, at times it was transparent that the characters were created by a person rather than being real. Something about their personalities and style lacked depth which makes me think that the author failed to give as much importance to the characters as he should have.

Those flaws aside, the book had plenty of great qualities. Despite being unbaked, I did like the characters who though being nerds, were pretty epic. I had a great time reading their tense yet funny conversations and of course, Mark’s prose. He is a terrific protagonist and his voice was remarkable throughout the book. It was fun to see his ideas and theories and equally fun to watch him implement on them. He never gave up, kept coming up with solution after solution and you can’t help but admire a person like that. Even in the most difficult situations his bubbling personality wasn’t effected, which was a relief because he was a joy to have around.

Everyone had to take a lot of risks in this story but the way they dealt with the situations was astounding and I was very impressed, plus a little ashamed for thinking to give up on little things when the characters here barely flinched at extreme situations.

This book also had a very delicate side; one that took me by surprise me. There is a lot of emotional involvement in the book- from decisions taken to stay alive, to playing with the lives of others to help another. The emotional conversations in the book made me realize how much there really is in being an astronaut and increased my respect for them.

The last couple of pages were pretty intense, giving us readers one last taste of a fun ride. I am certainly glad to have read this book and would highly recommend it to any lover of science fiction who has not yet read The Martian.


📌 FTC disclaimer: Thanks to Blogging For Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

About the Author

The Martian @ Penguin Random House

The Martian @ Goodreads


Thank you for reading; I hope you’ll come by again! ❤

Stay fantastic folks,

A.