Would You Rather Tag (Booktube/Bookblogger edition)

I do apologise for the lack of posting, but I’m currently in year 13 and I have tons of homework, coursework and on top of that I am stressing about waiting for universities to reply; this year is just a pain in the ass.

I saw Priya from PriyaPiggle do the would you rather book tag, and I thought I would do the same thing!

1. Would you rather read only trilogies or stand-alones?

Most of my favourite books are parts of trilogies or series, but I usually tend to only like the first book. That being said, I also have a few stand-alones that I absolutely love so I really cannot choose!

2. Would you rather read only female or male authors?

It doesn’t really make a difference to me, most of the time I don’t even look at the author’s name unless I genuinely liked the book and would like to read more of their work.

3. Would you rather shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?

Definitely a bookstore, Waterstone’s is the best! It’s great because you can ask one of the employees who work there for suggestions and also shopping online is just boring.

4. Would you rather all books become movies or T.V. shows?

It totally depends on the book, for example I cannot see The Fault In Our Stars as a T.V. show and neither can I envision The Vampire Diaries as a movie. As a rule of thumb though, stand alone books work much better as movies.

5. Would you rather read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

If I had the time, definitely 5 books per week; but at the moment I can barely even read the books I’m supposed to read for school (English literature A level will be the death of me).

6. Would you rather be a professional reviewer or author?

My absolute preferred profession is to be an author; I love writing fiction and I suffer from withdrawal when I don’t write for long periods of time (like right now). I just absolutely love the idea of having my books read and enjoyed by people, and to maybe be the reason why someone fell in love with reading.

7. Would you rather only read your top 20 favourite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before?

I actually hate re-reading books, its just so boring and pointless to me so I’d definitely choose to read new ones!

8. Would you rather be a librarian or book seller?

They’re both basically the same thing, but probably a bookseller??

9. Would you rather only read your favourite genre, or every genre except your favourite?

I am guilty of predominantly sticking to one genre (dystopian/fantasy), so I guess I wouldn’t mind just reading that, however I do love YA fiction so I would miss reading that.

10. Would you rather only read physical books or eBooks?

Physical books are definitely the best, but sometimes if I’m traveling its just more convenient to take my kindle.

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Fallen by Lauren Kate

Summary:

Instant. Intense. Weirdly familiar . . .

The moment Luce looks at Daniel she knows she has never felt like this before. Except she can’t shake the feeling that she has . . . and with him – a boy she doesn’t remember ever setting eyes on.

Will her attempt to find out why enlighten her – or destroy her?

Review:

I first read this book years ago, and then never managed to read the rest of the series. Recently I found the trilogy for sale and picked it up and oh my god, now I remmeber why I loved this book so much.

It has everything that I love; fallen angels, mystery, romance and a plot that keeps you interested. Books like these are why I started to love reading, they keep you guessing and you are never able to put them down.

Fallen is essentially about a girl, Luce, who is sent to a reform school and falls in love with a guy called Daniel, who is really dismissive of her but she can’t help being drawn to him for a reason unbeknown to her. While she is engrossed in Daniel, Cam, a sweet, attentive guy, is getting her all confused. Slowly she begins to discover more of Daniel’s past and yeah, no spoilers!

The characters in this book are amazing, almost every single one is interesting and has some sort of story that attracts you to them. You can attached to every single ‘small’ character and get heartbroken when something happens. From the first page you know that the book is going to be interesting and engrossing.

Fallen has definitely made me smile, laugh, cry and get super frustrated when Daniel kept being an idiot. I cannot wait to start reading the other two books, and everyone one of you should definitely pick it up because it’s one of my favourites.

Fallen definitely gets a five star rating for re-igniting my love for reading.

About me

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all good and enjoying your summer. As I’ve mentioned in my last blog post, I’m in a slight reading slump and I’m not feeling too great at the moment. If anyone has any tips and tricks for me to get back into reading and relight my passion then please do comment them down below because it sucks not being able to sit down and enjoy a book.

Anyway, I thought I might as well let you guys know a little bit more about me, so here are 20 random facts about moi!

1). My name is Maryam, which if you don’t know, is basically virgin Mary’s name in Arabic.

2). I’m 17 and my birthday is March 19th.

3). I’m half Dutch, half Egyptian. But I do definitely identify with my Egyptian side a bit more, considering I grew up there.

4). I was born in Amsterdam, moved to Cairo when I was four and then to Birmingham when I was 13, and I still live here to this day. I’ll probably be moving to another city soon though when I get to university.

5). I have a hamster named Caspar, after the YouTuber.

6). I’m the eldest of three, I have two younger brothers who are 15 and 11. Oh how I wish I had a sister!

7). I have a slight obsession with Youtube, I’m literally on it 24/7 watching anything and everything.

8). Me and my best friend have the same name, although she spells it Mariam, it’s pretty much evidence that we are soul mates :p

9). I wasn’t one of those people who started reading from a very young age, as books weren’t as accessible back in Egypt (I read a couple, but not as much as kids read here in England that’s for sure), but when I moved here, I was very shy and spent my lunch in the library where I read and read, and I would take books out almost everyday. I fell in love with novels then and decided that I wanted my own book in a library one day.

10). I study English literature, psychology, sociology and religious education at sixthform/college.

11). I used to play Kung Fu when I lived in Egypt, and I was a green belt (I think??), but I was only 2 away from black! It was the only sport that I really wanted to stick to but I loved my team so much that I didn’t want to join another when I moved here.

12). I took swimming lessons from the age of 6 till 13, and I hated every minute of it. I also did tennis for a couple of years and really enjoyed it, I was pretty good if I say so myself (;

13). I love photography and it’s definitely something I would love to take seriously, unfortunately  cameras do not come cheap.

14). I’m a very argumentative and bossy person.

15). My favourite Disney princess is Belle from beauty and the Beast, and my favourite prince is Aladdin followed by Eric from the little mermaid.

16). My favourite TV shows include: Pretty Little Liars, New Girl, The Fosters, Once Upon a Time, Young and Hungry, and Orange is the New Black

17). I used to have an obsession with One Direction, and although I still love them, I have calmed down a bit and I’ve definitely grown out of the fangirl stage.

18). I am a very shy person when I first meet people, and I feel like that throws people off sometimes.

19). I have a massive phobia of spiders. I used to not mind them until one time I was really tired and in my half asleep status I hallucinated three massive spiders running towards me (bleugh!) and I’ve been terrified ever since.

20). My phone is a bit of a secure base for me, whenever I feel nervous or a little anxious, I look down at it and just pretend that I’m okay. It’s not the best of habits but I honestly cannot go anywhere without my phone in my hand anymore.

Anyway that’s enough about me, I would love to know more about you guys!! Comment some facts about yourself and I’ll definitely check them out!

Reading habits book tag

I found this book tag on a blog (http://acbookjunkies.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/book-tag.html) and thought I’d answer the questions since I’m going through a bit of a reading slump at the moment (very depressing).

Question #1: Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Yes. I can never read anywhere but in my bedroom, and if I attempt to read elsewhere I can barely get through the book, for some reason it’s just not the same experience. I seem to be able to get more into the book when I’m on my bed under my duvet!

Question #2: Bookmark or a random piece of paper?

Bookmark! I have many bookmarks that I have collected from school and events and bookshops so they need to be put to good use.

Question #3: Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part, ect.?

It depends, sometimes I just can’t stop until the last page, but in general I have to finish the chapter, I find it strange that anyone could stop anywhere but at the end of a chapter.

Question #4: Do you eat or drink while reading?

Again, there’s no set rule for this, it depends on the day, but I’d probably have some sort of snack or tea.

Question #5: Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?

This is quite strange, because I find that I focus much more when it comes to revision when I listen to music or watch TV, but with reading, I have to be 100% focused on it, otherwise I lose sense of the plot and I feel like I’m reading, rather than experiencing.

Question #6: One book at a time, or several at once?

One book at a time, gotta stay faithful and avoid confusion!

Question #7: Reading at home or everywhere?

At home, in the comfort of my bedroom. I tend to read Wattpad books when I’m on the bus, though I’m not sure if that counts? I’ve missed my bus stop so many times because of this and had to walk and extra ten minutes to get home…

Question #8: Reading out loud or silently in your head?

I actually enjoy reading Shakespeare out loud and pretending to be in a theater production where I am all the characters (it’s very entertaining), but other than that, silence is the way to go.

Question #9: Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I’m definitely guilty of reading the last page before I’ve even finished the first chapter, it’s a very bad habit that sometimes ruins the book but I can’t seem to stop it! But other than that, I never skip anything.

Question #10: Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

Keeping it new, I like my bookcase to look pristine.

Question #11: Do you write in books?

Never, if I need to, like for school or to remember something, then I use post it notes or those little tabs, I do not want to damage and perfect book with my handwriting.


And that is all the questions, I tag everyone who is reading this to do it and again, I am sorry for the lack of book reviews, I’m currently reading across the universe and I’ll try and get a review for that sometimes next week.

I’m back!

Hello everyone!

I’ve missed writing on this blog, and I was reading through it today and although I only have a few posts, I’ve enjoyed writing every single one of them.

I finished my AS exams about three weeks ago, and they went pretty well (I hope!), but it’s taking me a while to get back into the swing of things – I think I have just used up all my energy for revision that my body needs a while to regenerate. But it’s all good now and I’m excited to get back to reading and writing and I hope you guys will continue to read my posts.

If you’ve recently done your exams, how did they go? I hope everyone has a great summer or if like me, you still have school, then good luck!

Also, comment any books you want me to review or anything you want me to write about.

I’ll see you soon (:

See you later

I apologise for not posting in a while, but since my AS exams are drawing nearer, I am revising all the time and I therefore do not have time to do anything outside of that.

Since I finish exams on the 21st of May, I won’t be gone for too long. So I will see you guys soon!

Good luck to everyone in whatever you’re doing (: x

Paperback vs Hardcover

My bookcase is pretty much 99% paperback, for many reasons- most people I’ve asked have said that they prefer hardcovers, which doesn’t make sense to me.So I’m going to list my top 5 reasons as to paperbacks are just better.

A little bit of Harry never did anyone any harm

1). You can tell that it’s been read:

I have always loved the look of books with bent front covers and indents in them, it just shows that its a well read, well loved books. You don’t get that with hardcovers, they always look the same.

2). They’re cheaper:

Usually I like to go for more expensive items, because for the most part, you get what you pay for. But when it comes to books, the word are the same, so why not save a few quids and buy the cheaper version?

3). They take up less room:

Unlike hardcovers, which have very thick covers that take up a lot of room, paperbacks are very thin in comparison and therefore take up much less room which means that you can fit more books in your bookcase- they also take up less room in your bag and are much lighter to carry.

4). You can always curl up with them in bed:

This is one of my main reasons for disliking hardcovers, I can never lay down comfortably on my bed and read because they’re so rigid. Paperbacks are more bendable so you can be more comfortable and really get into the book rather than having to constantly adjust your position to please the book.

5). Dust jackets are never a worry:

One of my biggest pet peeves is dust jackets, they are always slipping and sliding from the book when I’m reading and they’re so inconvenient. Yes I could always remove them while I read, but I’d much rather just buy a paperback and not have to worry about that.

So these are my top reasons for preferring paperbacks, but at the end of the day, a book is a book, and its what’s inside that matters. Never judge a book by it’s cover, even if it’s a hardcover!