Thursday, May 23, 2013

Books On the Brain

Salaams and Hello,
   I'm back and in full force.I was always an avid reader, but it seems that lately I've taken reading to new heights.Maybe it's because I've been introduced to YA. Who would have thought that fairy-tale retellings, love triangles, witches,warlocks,and magic would grab me by the boo-boo like it has.I didn't see it coming.Now I am all about the series, the trilogy,and companion book.IT'S GREAT!
   I have to say, I was getting tired of TV-and the computer as well. Books just seemed like a logical choice.So I vowed to unplug myself and return to my nerdy ways.
   Now Im not saying that book readers are nerds.Im just a nerd who happens to be infatuated with books.Its no ordinary infatuation,but a deep rooted adoration which causes me to return daily to bookstores,to beat myself up when I forgo buying a book, and to buy entire series based on the synopsis of the first book. I love my books.I drool over book covers, I wrap them before I read them, I put them on display.Nothing makes me feel like my bookcase does.
   I know it sounds weird but my books bring me great satisfaction. My library will probably be one of the best things I give to my children.My mother gave me my love of books.If it hadn't been for her and her Romance novels I wouldn't have found out that Romance was not for me.After my first attempt at reading one of her books in secret I went off I search of books that I did like.Soon I was devouring Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, and soon afterwards Shakespeare and V.C Andrews. Then in my Middle to High school years I found historical non-fiction, and fiction.Even now I can not get enough of royalty.
   And now it's YA. Im 35 so YA can get frustrating.I have to remind myself sometimes that the characters are under 20 so the things that I find ridiculous is just me showing my age.But I like YA and its has gained it's own bookshelf in my library. My hope is that my kids will read these books that I have so lovingly chosen.That is part of the reason that I picked them.But while they wait for my children there is no reason why I can't enjoy them right?

Monday, May 20, 2013


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sandaresan
The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley
A Series of Unfortunate Events(#1) by Lemony Snicket

Salaam Alaikum and Hello,
   This was a great week.I learned a lot of new things about myself and I met many new people.I learned about many new books out there that I am planning on reading very soon.And I have to say that it is nice to see that I am not the only person with an obsession for books.
   My goal of four books was not really a goal.To be honest I normally read read books a week anyway.I just wanted to be part of something good,and fun.It was cool knowing that there were a bunch of people reading a lot of books at the same time as I was.So I only read four when others read six or eight.Some kept a page count, I did not.None of that mattered to me and I did not feel in competition.I just hoped that someone else knew that I was reading with them- the I was part of their literary community and they are a part of mine.I now have a TBR bookshelf.Yes, you read right- a BOOKSHELF! All titles of fellow participants,(book-tubers,bloggers,both),that I am chomping at the bit to read.
   So a big thank you to the organizers of the BoutofbooksBooks read-a-thon.It was a lot of fun and I cannot wait for the next one.Count me in ladies!!!!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

the midnight garden: A Conversation with Leigh Bardugo + Siege and Storm Giveaway!

the midnight garden: A Conversation with Leigh Bardugo + Siege and Storm Giveaway!

Siege and Storm

Salaam Alaikum and Hello,
   Is anyone getting antsy for the release of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo? This is the second installment of the Grisha Trilogy, the first being Shadow and Bone. I really, really want this book. I have read of at least two people having read arcs and I must admit that I am green with envy.
   I do not think that there was one thing about Shadow and Storm that I did not like.One of the one things that I did like- or should I say appreciated- was that the author forwent the usual love triangle.(I think the reason why I do not like love triangles is just because I too old for such stuff.I will not call it nonsense because it happens or has happened to all of us.I was young and naive once, trapped between two desires.But I do not allow this one little dislike deter me from YAs).I liked that the ending seemed hopeful, but even I knew that it was just the beginning to something more wonderful than what I had just finished reading.I have a couple of endings in mind-a couple of theories-and I am anxious to find out if any of them are right. June can not get here fast enough.


BOOK:The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley
PAGES READ:418/521

BOOK:A Series of Unfortunate Events (#1) by Lemony Snicket
PAGES READ:162/162


Salaam Alaikum,
   So I made it. I met my goal. I know what you're thinking. Lemony Snicket? A Series of Unfortunate Events??But, it's a book right? And a good book at that.
    A Series of Unfortunate Events was a great book to change things up a bit with. The Oracle Glass was getting a bit monotonous, and I needed to change gears or else I feared that I would drop the book out of boredom. My strategy worked because after that quick reading detour with the Baudelaire children I returned to the Marquise de Morville with a renewed interest in her story.So now I will spend my morning reading the last 103 pages of The Oracle Glass. And then perhaps book two in the Series of Unfortunate Events as my interest in the Baudelairs has peeked also.


Saturday, May 18, 2013


BOOK:The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley
PAGES READ:270/521

Salaam Alaikum,
   This book has slowed down considerably.Its still somewhat interesting- I just wish something major would happen already.I am hoping that it picks up in the end.I thought I would be finished with it by now,but I can see that this will be the last book I read for the read-a-thon.

Friday, May 17, 2013


BOOK:The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley
PAGES READ:229/521

   This book,in spite of reviews, is really entertaining. It moves at a good pace, and is full of suspense.I am hoping to finish the book today (Friday).If I do then I will have met my goal for the week and quite possibly add another book before the read-a-thon finishes this Sunday.I'm really proud of myself.Reading like this takes me back to my childhood when I would spend every second I could with my nose in a book.

Thursday, May 16, 2013


BOOK:The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sandaresan

BOOK:The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley

   My second book I really enjoyed. Why wouldn't I? Its my genre .This book is Historical Fiction but more like non-fiction strung together with fictional filler.I had to keep in mind that the main female protagonist,although a real person, lived in a time and place where the goings on of women were not put to record.Unless, that is, they did something extreme.So the characters were real,but there was such large gaps that the author had to be creative in order to tell a cohesive story.I loved the story.All the intrigue associated with royalty, but none of the frustrating love triangles found in many YA books.Don't get me wrong-YA has found a spot in my heart and bookshelf.It definitely has a high entertainment value.But, I am 35 and love at my age is a whole lot different than that of a 15-18 yr old.
   I did keep getting the feeling that I had read the story before.Like I knew the plot,but I didn't know what was going to happen next.It could just be that when women in history found themselves leading such lives as our main female protagonist they may have just all followed the same recipe.Either way, it always makes for great reading.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


UPDATE 5/14:
BOOK:The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan
Asalaam Alaikum,
   So far so good.I am actually ahead of schedule.I did have to change my second book.'The Other Tudors' was hideous-and I'm not talking about the story.I do wish I had the extra time to chat with other participants.But this is my first read-a-thon, so I' m no very proficient with these things.By the next one I will be more comfortable.I've just been so happy because I now know so many other book readers like myself- not to mention learning about great,new books.
    So today it's just read,read,read.I'm going to finish with my current book and start on my final book of the list InShaAllaah.If all goes well,I can squeeze in one more book.But which one?TBR bag to the rescue!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Day One and I'm Feeling Fine

Assalamu Alaikum,
   The first day of the Bout of Books read-a-thon and I am right on target-a little ahead in fact. I am really enjoying Shadow and Bone.It reminds me of Clockwork Angel and the main protagonist Tessa. Both girls know nothing of who they really are, but everyone else does.And they are both unique within their own kind. I wish I could discuss more but I don't want to spoil it for those who have not read the books yet. Just know that it is a fascinating read. So fascinating that I reached my daily goal before the evening fell. Knowing me I just go ahead and finish the book tonight.
   I am surprised by the fact that today was so easy. Mondays are usually spent with me cleaning after a weekend of a full house.It's my busiest cleaning day of the week.It was fun alternating housework with reading breaks.Nonstop reading is no fun, and neither is nonstop cleaning.So they were reliefs for each other, and my Monday was fantastic.I do wish to maybe take on a challenge and see if I can win a prize,(or two). I wonder though if I would have the time to do one with a five month old rolling around and screaming all day. My son has discovered the joy of self mobility and his voice. Its cute, but as I write this I am so thankful for the silence. And the cats have come down from their perches and kitty condos-free to roam about the living room with no fear of their tails being pulled.
   So day two I welcome you.I am praying that its better than today.Hope you guys are having as successful a start and that you are meeting your daily goals.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

With Bated Breath and Fingers Crossed

 I don't even know if I worded the title correctly, but that is how I feel. I don't think anyone will really care to hear what I have to say about anything. One thing is for sure though-I need to do something with myself.Whether I like it or not, my contentment is MY responsibility.I do not have very many friends to speak of, so those few that I have of YT,FB, and soon on various blogs are near and dear to me. This is my first blog-EVER. I've never kept so much as a diary, and hear I am blabbing on the Internet.So here it goes.
   It has officially begun;the Bout of Books read-a-thon. I plan to read three books,in one week, at a rate of half a book a day. This blog will be my guide and my connection with other avid readers such as myself.I have just only discovered the joys of YA books, and I am eager to see what else I might find entertaining. I normally am a die hard Historical,non-fiction type. Anything to do with Europe,kings,queens, princess,tsars, and the such is right up my alley. Then came the Infernal Devices and I felt my sense of reading burning with a whole new light. It is only the 13th and I have bought so many fairy-tale retellings, series, and trilogies that my husband has to spend next weekend building me a shelving unit in the living room. I already have a whole wall in our bedroom and now I shall annex the living room. If I neglected to say before-I LOVE BOOKS.
   So I am excited for this week. BoB, and two orders of books await me this week- I couldn't be happier and filled with a refreshing sense of purpose. Its 1:00am and time for me to get a bit of reading in. I'm starting with Shadow and Bones by Leigh Bardugo. See you in my post tonight and HAPPY READING!!!