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

Popular Series I Haven’t Read

Good evening everyone!

To start off my blog, I thought about writing down about all the popular series  which I own (or partially own) and still haven’t started. The reason for this is that I would like to get recommendation on which series to start reading during the fall time. So, here they are:

Red Queen:

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Red Queen: Victoria Aveyard

Now this is a very popular series by Victoria Aveyard which I discovered last year. I have heard so many great reviews and would love to start reading it soon.

Legend:

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Legend: Marie Lu

Another series I own is the Legend series by Marie Lu. I believe that I am the last person on earth who has a bookstagram account and still didn’t read this series.  I bought these books in a book fair and thought I had a great deal on it. However, I believe now that I have discovered Book Depository too late. However, I did read the other series “The Young Elites” by Marie Lu and loved it.

Lux:

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LUX: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Yes, I am sure If you know “Sasha” from ABookUtopia, then you would know this series. She has been going on about these books for AGES and I bought them when I found out about her channel last year. I read an excerpt from iBooks and loved how funny it was. I NEED to start this series soon.

Falling Kingdoms:

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Falling Kingdoms: Morgan Rhodes

Now this is a semi-popular series and I only own the first book. But still, it is a fantasy and I LOVE fantasies.

Snow Like Ashes:

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Snow Like Ashes: Sara Raasch

YES, YES, SHAME ON ME! I haven’t even started this series and I know I am missing out on a lot.

The Lunar Chronicles:

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The Lunar Chronicles: Marissa Meyer

*GASP*! How do I even dare calling my self a book lover when I haven’t even read this series and formed my own opinion? Unfortunately, I only discovered this series this year from bookstagram. Yes, I know you are asking “Does she even live in this world?” but to my defense, I haven’t seen this series in my country’s bookshops before this year.

Starbound Trilogy:

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Starbound: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

This is another series I have known through Sasha and would love to start it as I haven’t read many Sci-Fi books before.

A Court of Thorns and Roses:

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A Court of Thorns and Roses: Sarah J. Maas

NO WAY! Is there a person on earth who hasn’t ready any book by Sarah J. Maas? Unfortunately, It’s me. I am so ashamed to tell you all I have NOT read any book by SJM (I still didn’t buy her “Throne of Glass” books yet).

The Winner’s Trilogy:

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The Winner’s Trilogy: Marie Rutkoski

No, I still did not read this series even though I heard it is VERY great and that it has a strong female lead.

Firebird:

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Firebird: Claudia Gray

To tell you the truth, I have completely forgot what this series is about, yet I do know that a lot of people have enjoyed it. Do let me know if I should bring it up on my TBR list.

The Mistborn Trilogy:

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Mistborn: Brandon Sanderson

I haven’t seen any post/video where someone said a bad thing about any Brandon Sanderson book.I have decided to start with this series as his other series are VERY long (I think this one is too, but it can be read as a trilogy by itself).

Daughter of Smoke and Bone:

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Laini Taylor

Now this series belongs to my brother (I only bought the last book), but it has been sitting on my shelves for a long time. The only reason I haven’t read it yet is because I have heard mixed reviews and I am afraid that I will not enjoy it.

The Maze Runner:

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The Maze Runner: James Dashner

So, this is the last series in this post. I didn’t read the book because I have seen the first movie and loved it and I am afraid that I am going to hate the books.