Hello everyone! I’m sure you’ve heard it on every wrap up so far, but no harm in repeating it, why is it already August? Noone was prepared so why don’t we all collectively decide to move back a few months and just do it all over again hm? Anyhow, enough ranting, this month I read 7 books, which is a nice break from my usual 6 or 4.
A very nice array of books this month, and might I add that I read both This Is Where It Ends and Once Upon An Eid in one weekend? *satisfied nod*
- The Red Ribbon ⭐⭐⭐ Eh is the way to describe this book. It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read, in fact it was pretty good, but the ending just ruined it. I can’t say much, but I wish that one of the characters stayed as we thought they were? That sounds ridiculous unless you’ve read the book 😅
- Once Upon An Eid ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Beautiful, positive, for once accurate, representative, what more can I say, its amazing! All the stories are the cutest things I have ever read, and they were all just so positive
- If We Were Villains ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I talked about this a little bit in my post about books that changed the way I think, but this book really made me remember why I loved reading and literature.
- Crooked Kingdom ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I’m just going to ignore chapter 39 and 40, and just say that this was the happiest ending ever yes?
- This Is Where It Ends ⭐⭐⭐ I completely forgot that this is another booktok book, because I would have included it in my last post, but this book was very much mediocre. I didn’t feel any sort of connection to it, but I mean it was good?
- A Woman Is No Man ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Off the charts with this one, I swear this is one of my newest favourite books, first because its Arab Palestinian rep, and second because it was so real and raw and just everything ever. Its about 3 generations of Palestinian women, and the fact that I only liked 3 of the characters not including the little sisters doesn’t matter, because that’s the point. I loved it. Wholeheartedly. It felt like reality blooming from a book as opposed to reading to escape reality. Seriously, I loved it so much.
- Season of Migration To The North (No rating) I’m reading this book right now, and I’m really enjoying it. The writing is divine, and the fact that it was translated from Arabic excites me so much
This month I’m tackling the Grishaverse! I’ve already read SoC and CK, but I will reread them once I finish Shadow and Bone and King of Scars.
Did I create this whole section just to talk about this book? Maybe… And is it a little worrying how much I loved this book? Almost definitely. But I did, and I want to talk about it. Here is the synopsis:
In Brooklyn, eighteen-year-old Deya is starting to meet with suitors. Though she doesn’t want to get married, her grandparents give her no choice. History is repeating itself: Deya’s mother, Isra, also had no choice when she left Palestine as a teenager to marry Adam. Though Deya was raised to believe her parents died in a car accident, a secret note from a mysterious, yet familiar-looking woman makes Deya question everything she was told about her past. As the narrative alternates between the lives of Deya and Isra, she begins to understand the dark, complex secrets behind her community.
Which I don’t think does it justice, particularly the meeting suitors bit, which just makes it seem a bit like Ayesha At Last (which i loved don’t get me wrong). Its about two women, Isra and Deya. Isra lives in Palestine in 1990 when she is married off to Adam and moves to America. Deya is Isra’s daughter and she lives in New York. This whole book is a lot about male dominance and feminism and marriage in the Arab world, and tradition and culture and all sorts, and I LOVED it. Do I think its for everyone? No. But did I personally love it. Yes.
Only 4 books this month and yet somehow I still managed to spend rather a lot of money 🥲 I got Red Ribbon, which I am proud to say I read on the day I got it. I also got If We Were Villains after I read it, because I loved it so much, and Shadow and Bone and Illuminae.
I also reached 1 year of blogging which was really exciting, as well as 150 followers, which I thank you all for.
Jawahir shares 14 bookshops she wants to visit, and I am now here to tell you all that I’m moving to Paris and living in a bookstore
Madeline tells us popular YA books she couldn’t get on board with, and my unpopular opinions felt recognized
M shares books through the ages, which has me wanting to go to a fancy dress ball with a certain Mr Darcy
I hope you all have a wonderful July, and thanks for reading!