My May 2017 Haul & Wrapup

Hey guys,
I am back with my May book haul and wrap up. This has been a great month where I read more books than I bought (yay for tackling my TBR). 

Let’s start with the haul. I got three books and some bookish goodies. Here is a list of what I got:

  • King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas 
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
  • Bookish bookmarks by Bookmark’d Tattoos including: The dark mark, Gryffindor house tattoo, two currently reading tattoo sets, Am I not Merciful and bookstagram watercolor tattoos.


Next is my May wrap up. I read a total of 6 books in May (which I am very proud of). Two of these books are in Arabic. These books are:

  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – 5/5 stars
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – 5/5 stars
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – 5/5 stars
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – 5/5 stars
  • ليدبروا – مشاري البغلي -stars 4/5 
  • سيدة القصور – علي الجارم -stars 3/5 

I am so happy to see that I have read this many amazing books. Two of these are New Adult. I loved Sally Thorne’s writing as it is very intruiging and hilarious. I kept laughing out loud every time I have the book in my hands.

I was also very happy to have been introduced to Laini Taylor’s writing. I have a newfound appreciation for whimsical writing.

April 2017 / Birthday Haul

Hello my awesome friends! 
It is time for my April / birthday haul. April has been extremely good to me. I went to Qatar on my birthday and had lots of fun there (and bought books of course). This haul consists of books, candles, Fairyloot subscription box, stickers, and bookmarks. I will tag all shops/pages where I purchased my stuff from (sharing is caring y’all).

I will post all the stuff I got for my birthday below:

The Books:

The books

First of all, we will start with the books I got. I got 17 books this month. One of these books was a gift for my birthday, and I received one in my Fairyloot.

The books I bought / received for my birthday:

These books are from book depository. I have saved up to get all of the below books which I will be listing below:

The last book was a present for my birthday. It’s called Success from setbacks by Gael Lindenfield.






Fairy loot book:

I received this beauty in my March Fairyloot box. I loved the fact that it is SIGNED by Laini Taylor. I am currently a few pages in and loving her writing.

Books I bought in Qatar:

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go into WH Smiths in Qatar International Airport. Which is why I got the exit two books.

  • The Ballroom by Anna Hope
  • I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork



Books I bought in Bahrain:

I got these on the last day of April because I couldn’t find what I was looking for in the mall and wanted to cheer myself up. (Hahaha this just reminded me of Jesse the reader’s 50 book buying excuses video ^_^ * p.s. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should). So I chose both The Assassin’s Blade and Heir of Fire by S. J. Maas because I just frinished the first book in the series and wanted to continue it.

The Candles:

The second part I saved up for was the Candles I got from Happy Piranha. I got the mix three candles deal (which is cheaper!) and decided I wanted these candles:

  • Amortentia Love Potion candle: it smells like rose musk and raspberry but the raspberry smell is the stronger scent .. yummy!
  • Lunar lights candle: This smells like a mixture of strawberries and chocolate. I love the deep red color of this candle which is perfect for bookstagram.
  • The Skylope candle: This is a Zelda inspired candle that smells of freshly cut grass and jasmine. This is my favorite out of all three. It smells divinely fresh. ❤


The Bookmarks:

I got these beautiful bookmarks from ribonita chocolat Etsy shop. She has beautiful and unique designs which I wanted to get since I found her on bookstagram. The designs I got are (from left to right):


The next bookmarks are custom made by my cousin for my birthday “no she doesn’t have a shop :(“.. I separated them in three sections:

1. Birthday bookmarks

  • Happy birthday Marwa (roses)
  • Marwa is the most beautiful girl in the world (love love love this!! Great reminder when I feel bad)
  • Marwa is the best (H*** Yeah!)
  • Happy birthday Marwa (cakes)

2. Quotes about cousins:

  • Cousins are the perfect best friends
  • This bookmark belongs to my favorite cousin
  • Cousins? Nah we’re best friends

3. Bookish quotes:

  • “Books are a uniquely portable magic” ~ Stephen King
  • “The world belongs to those who read” ~ Rick Holland
  • “A book is a dream you hold in your hand” ~ Neil Gaiman
  • “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies” ~ George R.R. Martin


The Bujo Stickers:

These are the BEST stickers!! No joke! I got a few for me and my colleagues from Paperkumaco. The ones I got for myself are below:

And I got the paperkumaco logo and bonus sticker set ❤


And as a bonus for reading my blog post until here, here is a look at the cakes I received for my birthday: 

My colleagues tried to surprise me with this yellow cake before my birthday. I knew it was happening but loved the gesture.

My mom got me this chocolate stand (the white part is my name in Arabic) how sweet?? I love her ❤

Yummy chocolate ice cream cake from my cousin
My sister and cousins got me this unique birthday cake made up from doughnuts and cronuts

April 2017 Wrap-up

Hey guys! 

April has been good to me this year and I was able to finish reading 4 books this month! Although I am still struggling with my Goodreads reading challenge this month, yet I feel like I have made a bit of progress this month.
The four books I read are **drum roll**:

  • The One by Kiera Cass: 5/5 stars 
  • The Martian by Andy Weir: 5/5 explosive stars!!! 
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass: 4/5 stars
  • Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda: 4/5 stars

April Wrap-up

At the start of April, I continued reading the selection trilogy and was happy by the way the books ended. Then I started reading The Martian by Andy Weir while traveling and I have to say that this was the best book I have read this month! 

I have also enjoyed reading Throne of Glass and Monstress. I applaud Sana Takeda for the beautiful drawings! The story was beautiful too and can’t wait for the next volume to come out this year.
How many books did you read this month? Did you enjoy reading them?

March 2017 Wrap-up

Hey guys, long time no see.
It’s time to talk about my March wrap up. But before I that, I wanted to talk a bit about the books I have read in February.

I read only two books in February, so I decided that a blog post will not be needed. The two books I read were:

  • Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: 5/5 stars
  • Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: 5/5 stars

February has been a hard month for me personally, so reading the best books I have read in ages in that month kind of got me away from falling into a very long reading slump. However, I did still feel that slump in March (but that could have also been caused by the book I was reading).

In March, I have read 4 and a half book. Which is better than what I’ve read for a while. So I am pretty happy about it. So the books I read in March are:

  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey: 3/5 stars
  • Beauty and the Beast (novelization) by Elizabeth Rudnick: 5/5 stars
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass: 5/5 stars
  • The Elite by Kiera Cass: 5/5 stars

I am also halfway through The One (also by Kiera Cass) and I am loving it. I spent most of the month reading the snow child. It was a beautiful character based story, and the writing was magical. However, I felt that I needed to read a plot based book at this point of time because I felt like I needed something more to happen. I guess it wasn’t the right time for me to read this book. The beauty and the beast story got me back to reading at full speed. So hopefully April will be a great reading month too. As for the selection series, I can see why most people feel it’s their guilty pleasure read. I have absolutely loved the series and think that Kiera Cass is an awesome writer. 

My Anticipated Reads of 2017

Hey guys! 

Long time no post. I apologize for being away this month as i had a few personal reasons. However, I am coming back now and I thought that I should still post about all the books on my TBR which I am anticipating to read this year.

This is a bit different since I am not going to write about the books that will come out this year. I want to focus more on what I currently have as I am trying not to buy as much books as I did last year.

This will also serve as a reminder that I should stop putting off popular books and series and start reading them… NOW!

The first series I want to talk about is the Lunar Chronicles. I have read the first book of this series in January and absolutely LOVED it! I need to continue on with the rest of the books before the year ends.

The Lunar Chronicles
Next is the ACOTAR series. I know I shouldn’t start this now because this will be a 6 book series and I’ll probably forget everything by the time we reach the last book. But I really want to know what all the Rhysand hype is all about. *sigh*
A Court of Thorns and Roses
Three Dark Crowns sounded really good when I first heard about it on YouTube. What makes me want to read it more is the fact I won this in a bookstagram giveaway from the lovely Ania at @anarchy_in_the_library . Check out her feed guys because it’s so cute!

Three Dark Crowns
The Winner’s trilogy is a three book series I wanted to read for SO LONG it’s not funny anymore. Must. Get. To. It!
The Winner’s Trilogy
 

Of course, I am always late to the party so the selection series is another one I want to read this year. I’m all for that guilty pleasure books. Especially in the summer time ❤

The Selection books

Before this year ends, I have a goal of reading my first V.E. Schwab book and that will be Vicious. I will not buy any of her other books until I read this book.

Vicious

Now that I have read both Iluminae and Gemina, I believe they should have been in this list instead of Uprooted. But since this is an anticipated reads post and not my favorite books of 2017, I’ll keep it here. Plus, it has dragons, which are my favorite mythical creatures of all time.

Uprooted

The first book I read from Tracy Rees ended up being my favorite book of 2015 *it was her debut novel*. Now I really want to see how her writing grew since that time. Plus historical fiction is one of my favorite genres.

Florence Grace

SIX OF CROWS! Do I need to say anything else?

Six of Crows duology
 

And last but not least, Red Queen is a book I wanted to read since  I bought it in 2015. And what made me want to read it even more is the fact that a lot of people are recommending this book to me and telling me that I need to start reading it now.

Red Queen series

 
If you have read any of these books, which one do you recommend I start first? And what books are you anticipating to read?