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Winter Night Reading and Kindness


My companions on this Winter night:

📖 Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.

🍫 Milk Chocolate and Hazelnut wafers.

Join me for a chat💕 Here, or on my bookstagram

Really quick, I would also like to share a cause that my sister and I came up with a not too long ago. We have started to make care packages for those that are hospitalized, grieving, depressed, or inflicted with any kind of sadness or anxiety. There is no age restriction yet- we are open to giving to anyone, from babies to adults. Please feel free to check out our Instagram page. And we would absolutely love if you could donate to us here, or share it with someone who you know would like to donate to us. 

AssalamuAlaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu (Arabic to English translation: Peace and mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you).

Take care of your lovely selves! Ciao cyberspace,




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A book review, whatever that is.

Ciao cyberspace! 

Warm milk and cookies for anyone who noticed that I had been gone.

This time, my absence was for legitimate reasons. A lot has happened in my life since my last post on this blog, the worst of it being two deaths, unfortunately. They rattled me, and  they still shock me when I think about them. But it’s like they say- life goes on.

ALSO, I am (hopefully) temporarily using a Goodreads image in the post. I want to put a well-photographed picture of the book, but I also wanted to get this review up.

So, after months of pocketing this review in my Drive, I have decided to pull it out, give it a bit off a polish, and feature it on my blog. Do enjoy ❤


Revealing The Revolution by N.M. Sotzek | Book review #11

Although this book is about a mass competition, a trend many books today seem to be following, it focuses more on the personal struggles of each of the team members, rather than the battle with their competitors.



Cover from Goodreads.

Goodreads | Amazon

In this futuristic story, we are introduced to a new vogue taking place at that time- the Canadian Scanning Tournament, which requires participating athletes to complete timed challenges, with the help of their robotic animals. As dangerous secrets start spilling, the team-members find themselves in a mess that keeps getting bigger. 


The Iffy Bits:

  • Plot: This one may be a bit of  shocker since I was the one who requested this book for review, but the whole concept about ‘robotic animals’ contradicted with some of my religious beliefs. There were also certain concepts and scenes which I felt the book could have done just fine without.
  • Lack of Closure: after 300 pages, I would have liked to seen a more satisfying end than the one that I got. Hurray for the cliffhanger, but a question that had been bothering me since the first chapter still remains unanswered.
  • Predictability: I’m not sure if some closing events were supposed to be a twist, but the ending didn’t take me by surprise.
  • Character treatment: I feel like some characters were treated with disrespect and not appreciated as much as they should have been.

Editing update: Guys, I’m a super noisy typer. My brother is sleeping right now, and I’d hate to wake him up.

The Good Bits:

  • The characters: All of them are unique to the team. We have Rick, the mature captain. Maria, the only female athlete on the team. Cameron or Cam, who underneath all his layers of pride and cockiness is caring. And last, who thinks he is least, Ryan, the nevertheless enthusiastic rookie, come to replace Rick’s father on the team. They all have different strengths and weaknesses, and it was interesting to see them all get along together.
  • Sub-plots: This book features arguments against the game, and explore other possibilities, which I quite enjoyed.
  • Cost of Fame: Brief, but an honest look into the obstacles that come with popularity.


Random thoughts/notes:

  • So, when does book 2 come out?
  • ^Oh God, how could I forget? Book 2 is already out.



I hope that you enjoyed this review, and I apologize if it wasn’t as organized as you’d have liked it to be. Many thanks to N. M. Sotzek for sending me a free copy of her book to me; I am so glad that you did.

As always, I’d love to hear what you have to say to me- your thoughts on the book, on my review, on your life, on Instagram’s Stories Feature, anything (appropriate) really! Also, I would love some book recommendations, so send me of those, too, please!

AssalamuAlaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu (Arabic to English translation: Peace and mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you).

Take care of your lovely selves,


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Blogging twice a month | Coffee chat

Over a cup of coffee  | Episode #1

My interest in blogging is fading away, yet, I can’t seem to quit this blog. Thus, the following solution has been produced- bookloverbabbles, starting in a month or two inshAllah (if God wills), will publish only twice a month.

I’ve seen bloggers who post daily. I’ve seen bloggers who disappear without a warning. Like the former person, I want to make commitments that I can keep.

I have decided on a couple of features for those blog posts, which are not reviews, but still book related. As time goes on and I finish my list of books and products to review, I shall introduce them on here. Maybe I’ll review once in a while, but I definitely plan to minimize them.

Being unsure of how my fellow bloggers would percieve of this, I invited Olivia from rainbowofbooks, to give me insight on my decision. And give me company with my coffee, of course.

*Blb= bookloverbabbles

Blb- Can I get you something to drink?


Olivia- Thank you so much for having me, Aya. I’m fine with a glass of water, thank you. It’s good to see that you’re not giving up on your blog. 

Blb- Of course! Water it is. And yes, it took me a while, but I think this decision suits me best. Have you ever thought of quitting your blog?
Olivia- Hmm… I’ve never thought about quitting but that’s just me speaking as a relatively new blogger.This is only my seventh month of blogging so I’ll say that I’m rather enjoying blogging at the moment.
 Blb- Hey, that’s really great! Honestly, it hasn’t been long, since I started one either. I wish I could stick to blogging and love writing the way I did, but that seems difficult right now. 
Olivia- I think the reason I stuck to blogging is because I finally had something I wanted to write about and share it with others. I love blogging about books because it makes me actually digest the books I read and I am able to state my opinions about them. Perhaps if you found what your original plan was when you started your blog, you might continue blogging even though if it’s just a few times a month. That is, of course as long as it doesn’t get into the way of your life. 😊
Blb- Use my initial motivation as encouragement- that makes a lot of sense. I may have to come to you again in the future, for advice, and for books talks, of course. Speaking of which, do you have a Coffee Table Recommendation for us? 
Olivia- Sure! I’ll be glad to be of any help! I think the only recommendation that comes to mind is Cecilia Ahern’s How to Fall in Love. But that’s because I’ve just started reading it and I think that it’s lovely.
Blb- And my tbr list keeps growing. *glances at my now empty cup* Shall we carry out our conversation in the kitchen? I was thinking that we could try a new recipe on Choc Chip Banana Bread, that I found yesterday on madeleinetriggsblog. It looks too good to not try out.
Olivia- Ooh! It looks delicious! What is it?
Blb- Chocolate Chip Banana Bread :3 So, what say? Shall we attempt at it? 
Olivia- Sure!
Blb- Alright then, I’ll get the ingredients. Thanks to anyone who popped in to listen to our conversation! (: 
By madelinetriggsblog. Ours is under process 😉
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 Thanks so much, Olivia, for accepting my last minute invitation and being such lovely company. As for you all, I hope that you enjoyed our little chat, and can give feedback on my decision.
Stay fantastic,
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So good, that I had to email the writer at one am.


AssalamuAlaikum (peace be unto you), and ciao cyberspace! To all Muslims, EID MUBARAK. (: Hope you all had a wonderful one and have a great rest of the Summer, inshAllah (if God wills).

ALSO, TODAY MARKS ONE YEAR SINCE I CREATED THIS BLOG! Thank you all so much for everything. I am just 8 friends away from 500, and I’d be even more grateful to you all if you could help me reach that goal today.

 Anyways, I’m back after a 2 week break, and ready to talk about a book. Out of all the ones thatI have been sent for review purposes, this book, is one of my favorites. Partly because of the matte cover, and partly because of the content. Don’t expect all praise, though. Let’s begin.

*To avoid spoilers, I have attempted to match the style of my review to that of the briefness of Isle’s blurb.


Isle by Jes Dory | Book review #10 

Goodreads | Amazon

  Isle, a story told to us by Eleanora Stone or Nora, highlights three themes- torture, betrayal, and family. She and her aunt are constantly relocating, and have never settled down anywhere for long. As Nora’s eighteenth birthday approaches, the two of them move to a withdrawn island. Hoping to finally call this place her home, Nora is terrified when nothing, from her house to the local crowd, are anything near normal.

   Like with my experience with many other books, I struggled to connect with the main character. Her reactions to abnormal occurrences didn’t last very long, which seemed unrealistic. At one point in the book, she made a rash decision about those events, and was then scared of its consequences. To other characters however, she was pretty much perfect, for having this and that ability. Everyone either admired her, envied her, or both.

  I also had some trouble locating the pattern of how a person was granted powers. Seemed to me as if the characters had been just given a bunch of random abilities, not relating to the plot. A connection to the history of the book, which by the way, was quite entertaining, would have been nice.

  There were scenes I found to be more dramatic than necessary, and at some parts, my attention wandered away. Here and there, I spotted  a minor grammar mistakes, and a small plot hole. Despite these defects, however, the book was both, easily readable and enjoyable.  The many, but beautiful descriptions were a success in pulling me in. On top of that, the last fraction of the book had enough to make up for the flaws, and my reaction to it was an email to the author at 1:11 AM.

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One last thing; I’d like to see this made into a good film. Thanks in advance, and meet you at the premiere,


*Thanks so much to Jes Dory for the book. I await the second installment in the series, with much excitement. 

[P.S. No post next week. I have family staying over! But I might post on my Bookstagram, which you can check out here :)]

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Confusing books are actually Clever


    Quick throwback to when I read The Raven Boys, and LOVED it despite the many, many sub-plots, often complex, in it. While The Raven Boys had me running back and forth (not physically..), in an attempt to catch up with the intricate details, SIB had me hunting for something with the name of, a plot. Though SIB differs from it in several ways, they both were similar in the need for organization.

 Even so, there are some pretty clever elements hidden in the core of this book, which, you can catch at the end of this review. Stay tuned.

Somewhere In Between by Katie Li | Book review #9

Goodreads | Amazon

She fights the sun every day even though she knows it’s a battle she’ll never win.

   The book starts out with a small snippet of a day in the life of our two main characters, Magnolia and Rom, who are just beginning their Junior year and have to deal with the typical looking-for-colleges process. That day however, turns their life around forever. A portal to an in-between place is discovered- a place for them to escape to.

 This discovery is left undiscussed, and the story fast forwards to 5 years later. Here, we meet an unhappy Magnolia, who no longer seems to give a care for the world. And from this part to the end, many things are left unexplained. Who, what, why, when, repeat.

 A huge factor that provoked these questions were the characters, who at most times, acted like machines. They barely expressed their emotions, and often had very slight reactions, if any at all. For instance, when Magnolia and Rom, two old friends that share a humongous secret among themselves, reunite after years, you expect them to have a bigger exchange than ‘Hey! I know you!’ and ‘What are you doing up here?’. This is followed by chunks of unexciting talk- an inappropriate use for a story already fighting for space.

  Another character that I wasn’t convinced with, was the mom. Her relationship with Magnolia is barely scratched in this book. Whatever conversations they do have, seem a little unrealistic because the mother eagerly accepts most of what Magnolia says. I found this to be  highly unbelievable, especially because her mother is supposedly very concerned about Magnolia’s emotional health.. Yet, she doesn’t spot the lies being told to her, nor the changes beginning to take place right under her nose. Come on, woman.

Now the juicy stuff. The clever stuff. *rubs hands in glee*

  The text in the book is of two types- bold and regular. It wasn’t towards the end until realized that each was used for a particular place. Added to that were the strange spaced margins, which, by a Good reads review, I realized were another indicator to differentiate between the two different times this story was taking place in.


Had I picked these clues up earlier on, I might have had an easier time surfing through the book. Oh well, at least I got to enjoy the pretty illustrations.


   Granted, a lot of question marks pop up when in the reading of a chaotic book, but the reason for that apparently, seems to be a bunch of great concepts that lose their appeal when being executed. This book could have been made much better, according to me, had it been spaced out and a couple of pages longer. Perhaps then, the writer could have demonstrated her bright ideas more fluidly, so as to make it a more easier read.

📌 Thank you, Katie Li, for giving me a free copy of your book in exchange of an honest review. I was privileged to read your book and expect great books from you in the future, inshAllah (if God wills).

📌 For my readers, don’t forget to check my Introduction page for a special discount code on yureka books!

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Assalamualaikum (may peace and blessings be upon you).

Stay fantastic folks,



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Authors Spoil Me

Showing off my possessions and someone else’s hard work.

 Sure, I am reviewing their books for them, but I get to enjoy the beauty of those books, and hopefully, their story as well. Not to mention the pride I feel when placing them on my bookshelf. Oh, the many joys of new books! 


Somewhere In Between by Katie Li  

Goodreads / Amazon


        The cover is a surprisingly accurate representation of the book. Hoping to put up a review of this sometime next week, inshAllah (if God wills)!

Isle by Jes Dory

Goodreads / Amazon


 Okay, I know what I said in my last about covers with human faces on them in my last post. That time, however, I was referring to stiff or other likewise poses that make the cover (not the model) unappealing. This cover, I find beautiful. 


Revealing the Revolution by N.M. Sotzek

Goodreads / Amazon


Sports. Animals. Futuristic.

Armada by Ernest Cline

Goodreads / Amazon


I SCORED A BESTSELLER! I’ve heard great things about his other book Ready Player One, so I’m hoping this contains some of the same magic. Credits to Blogging For Books for this one. 

And it may look like it, but this was not a used book.

SoothSayer: Magic Is All Around Us by Allison Sipe

Goodreads / Amazon


  The picture I had for this was blurry, so I had to pause my writing, get my brother’s phone, set the white mat that I had used as the background for the other pictures, take a picture, upload it on the laptop, crop it, and then attach it to the post. I know the angle this picture was taken on is different than those of the others, but let’s not give importance to that. Please, and thank you.


My funky pictures aside, I am truly honored to be the owner of such beautiful books that are the result of constant hard work. Handing their precious to a book critic, is a big gamble for writers, as it can either improve or  hurt their book’s reputation. Thank you, ladies, for taking that risk with me, and giving me the opportunity to read some great books.

To my fellow Muslims, RAMADAN MUBARAK! Make sure to use this month wisely and take advantage of the blessing Allah has bestowed us with. Alhamdulillah.

Assalamualiekum (may be peace be on you).

Stay fantastic folks,


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Sanyare: The Last Descendant

The temptation to eat them cupcakes.

Sanyare: The Last Descendant  by Megan Haskell  | Book review #8

 Rie Lhethannien is an elite fighter, raised and trained in a realm that treats humans no better than dirt. When attacked by assassins from an enemy realm on a routine delivery, Rie is framed  as a betrayer. To prove this wrong to her merciless king, she must undertake a journey to the enemy realm, where dangers lie and secrets are kept, and find out the real reason behind the attack.

   Okay, this is irrelevant to the book content, but I’m not a huge fan of this book’s cover. Not many people are, of ones with human faces on them. Come on, I mean, the main character is an ASSASSIN. Give us some likewise illustrations. Some hint about the action in the story. Something..more appealing. But we are not here to chat about the book cover (which I would willingly do for at least a couple more paragraphs). Let the book reviewing begin.

*puts critiquing cap on*

  I didn’t finish this book. I fell into a terribly long reading slump, consequences of which I’m still paying for (in regards to my reading challenge). That being said, please don’t cross this of your potential tbr list because this work of Megan’s could be much more interesting to you than it was to me. There’s a good chance you’ll end up liking it if you’re a fan of the Throne of Glass series because it carries some similar concepts.

So, why Aya, pray tell, did you not finish this book?

Numbah one. The names used in this book. I was iffy about them the whole time.  I get that this is a YA fantasy, and while I appreciate new names, the selection for this particular book was a bother to remember. Braegan’s fine. Rie’s fine. But Curuthannor? Lhéwen? Grmelda? Faerleithril? Faernodir? I felt like there were random letters added in/taken out, in an attempt to make them more unique.

Another thing I wasn’t crazy about were the descriptions used in the book. Call me unexceptionally picky, but some of the word choices seemed unnatural. There are some things that are better left unchanged, such as the following extracts:

‘Chocolate colored iris’

‘..Rie pulled the salty stink of fish deep into her lungs..’

 Eye instead of iris and inhaled rather than pulled, would have worked just as well, if not better. And it wasn’t just the choice of words that seemed forced. Some scenes in the book didn’t flow as smoothly as I would have liked them to be. Actions of the characters also seemed unlike them at times, and all for all, this was one jerky, mental movie playing in my head.

   But of course, there were good things too. The characters were likable. Rie, like most heroines, was loyal and strong. An observant girl, that one, but not unusually outstanding. She was almost always accompanied by her pixie friends; a cute addition to the book (#sorrynotsorry for using the c word in a book with assassins in it). They had their own language and were always up to mischief. The writing was mostly great too, especially considering that the writer is new.

‘She took a cleansing breath, washed away the fear and replaced it with determination.’

‘Rie sat back down on the bed, placing her hands carefully in her lap and schooling her face to its most neutral expression.’

And a final teaser for y’all:

“I know a guy who can help with that.” Braegan grinned, a wicked light glinting in his eyes. “Tomorrow, you’re mine.”


So yes, I didn’t enjoy this book a whole lot, but it is something you should still consider picking up. I’m not just saying that because Megan was super nice to me, but because I think the book truly deserves a chance.

And that, peeps, concludes my review. *removes critiquing cap*


📌  A huge thank you to Megan, for providing me a free copy of her book in exchange of an honest review. This book is a result of her hard work and I was honoured to be chosen to review it.

📌 Also, don’t forget to check my Introduction page for a special discount code on yureka books!

Assalamu Alaikum (may peace and blessings be upon you).

Stay fantastic folks,


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Maypril Read-In 📚 + Discount code!

I had to shorten the title. Use less words. Sound familiar?

Okay, so an outline for this post has sat in my Drafts folder for quite a bit now. In fact, this was originally supposed to be a Spring Break Wrap up which was more than a month ago. Talk about procrastinating.

Anyhow, I’m going to compile some books that I read in March and April and a current read from this month. Mapril? No, complicated. Here goes:

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Easily my favorite read from Spring Break. Damn, this book was dark! I could forecast that  early on in the book, by how the main character Adelina, was treated by her father. Such cruelness. But that didn’t stop her or the book from being epic. No sirree, it did not.

Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney


This one’s meant for ages 10 and up. Or so it says.

The writing of this book did feel like it was targeted towards Middle Grade, but the story itself has some very creepy scenes, especially the second half of it. Maybe it’s because I stay far (faaaaaar) away from Horror books, and so if you’re anything like me, I would suggest that you approach it with caution. 

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston


Messy plot, fun world, great characters, and wonderful writing style. Siobhan is the storyteller, and her narration made me me like her even before her character was introduced. 

Enter April.

The Rose Society by Marie Lu



Of course I had to pick up the second book. Of course it’s dark too. And of course, Adelina remains disastrous. The Midnight Star, I await your release.


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


Good stuff. I mean to read it’s Prequel, The Assassin’s Blade soon. 

Aaand, curently reading: Sanyare: The Last Descendant by Megan Haskell

Going alright so far, expect a review  on it soon!


It was an okay kind of Mapril. Some good, some fine. I have a ton of other books to read, so I’m excited to get to those.

ALSO. Exciting news! I have a discount code on a book subscription box for you guys. Here’s why you should subscribe to yureka:

  • 3 awesome subscription deals.  The cheapest is just 15$/ month, for 2 paperbacks, and 1 or 2 small surprises as well.
  • FREE SHIPPING if you live in the US!
  • And here’s the best part. If you use the discount code AYAAK when signing up, you and I both get 10% off a month off yureka!

So really, a win-win for both of us. Please let me know if you decide to sign up 🙂

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A Fifty-Year Silence | Book review #7

   Long book titles need to be shortened (at least for the title of a post on WordPress), so as to not bore the readers. -Aya. 

A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France

by Miranda Richmond Mouillo

 I don’t like not finishing books. I especially don’t like not finishing books that I have to review. But here I am, credits to A 50 Year Silence- the reason behind this post.

Before you make any assumptions of how terrible this book must have been for me not being able to finish it, let me tell you that it wasn’t.

A story of a journey.

Two World War II survivors.

Miranda Richmond takes it upon herself to find the hidden cause that resulted in the separation of her grandparents. She goes all the way back to her childhood to begin this story, and occupies herself with anything and everything that has the potential for leading her to the truth.

No, really. In fact, it was really well written. The introduction of characters was illustrated by descriptions of their everyday routine, which permitted us to interpret their personality. It also allowed us to be more involved in the book and learn a great deal about their daily lives. It didn’t take me long to get attached to the characters even though some of them were presented as arrogant and disagreeable to other’s opinions. I knew there was something that had resulted in them becoming the way that they had and was curious to know the cause behind their now stubborn personality.

As for the book itself, I liked how it was set up.  The book contained a handful of photos of the characters and the places significant to them, which was a nice addition.


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So, why did I not finish it?

The factor that keeps you going through a book is your interest. Losing it is a great gamble lost, and that’s what happened with this book. My attention, that had been wandering away early on in the book, had predicted this. I just didn’t have enough interest to continue the book, and soon enough, the lack of it overtook my curiosity.

📌 Disclaimer: Thanks to Blogging For Books for providing me a free copy of this book to review. That being said, this does not change my opinions on the book whatsoever. 

📌 Cover (featured) image by Goodreads. I prefer taking my own images, but uploading my captured image of the cover on here may take more time than you think.

📌 Book links:

Goodreads Amazon 


That’s all for today. Stay fantastic folks,