Off For a While… 

Hello guys, as you may have noticed I haven’t been posting anything on my blog recently. I have been revising for exams which are in less than a month and I haven’t been able to make time to read let alone blog. 

I have been tagged and nominated for numerous tags and awards and I will get to them as soon as I’m able to. As of now, I won’t be posting for another month but I will be online whenever I can reading all of your posts. 

Thank you!

Reema x 

Blog Tour/Buddy Read – The Selection

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Hello guys and welcome again to the blog tour. Today’s post: Maxon vs Aspen! If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, you can check out the rest of my blog, I’ve reblogged all of the posts until date. But if you’d like to look at the schedule, here it is.

May 4th: The read begins!

May 5th: Swxftbooks on character analysis

May 6th: Daydreaming Books progress update

May 7th: Maxon vs Aspen, on all three blogs

May 8th: The Enchanted Book on character development

May 10th: Reviews!

 I’m going to start off by talking about Aspen. Aspen is from caste six and was America’s secret lover back home. I did do a post about the characters and talked a little bit about him, but held back so I could discuss him more extensively in this post. I mentioned that I wasn’t particularly in love with him, I hated the way he got mad at America and then decided to come back to her and make her question everything about him again. There wasn’t anything seriously wrong with him, he wasn’t mean or extremely horrible, I just wasn’t as attracted to him as I was to Maxon. Even in the beginning when everything was going great between him and America, I was a bit meh about him and didn’t really pay him any thought.

Maxon, on the other hand, I was instantly drawn to. From the minute we were introduced to him and he made the guards open the door to the gardens for America, I fell in love with him. I wish I could be one of the 35 to take part to try and win Prince Maxon’s hand in marriage. I have written more about Maxon in my character analysis post. In short, Maxon is the definition of the perfect gentleman. He is sweet, caring so handsome.

To move the debate along, I 100% would pick Maxon. He seems like the perfect guy for America and I am literally head over heels for him.

Who would you pick? Maxon or Aspen?

The Selection- Blog Tour/Buddy Read

Day Three of the Buddy Read

Day 3: Daydreaming Books on progress update.

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Hey guys! Today it’s my turn to do the progress update on the Blog Buddy Reads. Those of you don’t know about this, it’s is being held by Victoria @ Addlepates and Book Nerds and we are reading The Selection by Kiera Cass in the first week of this month, i.e. May. You can find out more about this here. Here is the schedule if you’re interested:

May 4th: The read begins!

May 5th: Swxftbooks on character analysis

May 6th: Daydreaming Books on progress update

May 7th: Maxon vs Aspen, on all four blogs

May 8th: The Enchanted Book on character development

May 10th: Reviews!

I am so exited to be a part of this blog buddy reads. This is the first time I’m participating in one. I’m really enjoying all the posts and of course the book so far.

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The Selection – Blog Tour/Buddy Read

Hi guys and welcome to my segment of this blog tour/buddy read. If you don’t already know, as part of a buddy read that Addlepates and Book Nerds is hosting, we are reading The Selection by Kiera Cass. Victoria already kickstarted the read and the blog posts yesterday and you can check her post out here! If you’d like to follow the posts, here is the schedule.

May 4th: The read begins!

May 5th: Swxftbooks on character development

May 6th: Daydreaming Books progress update

May 7th: Maxon vs Aspen, on all three blogs

May 10th: Reviews!

Today is my turn and I’m going to be talking about the characters and the character development in this book. Disclaimer: I’ve already finished this book as I picked it up from the library and somebody had reserved it meaning I had to read it as quick as possible. As this is the first book, there isn’t much scope to discuss character development especially because this book is only a few hundred pages long. In terms of characters, there are two main characters: America Singer and Prince Maxon. The story is told from America’s point of view. America is from Illea, Carolina. She is in caste five which is a lower caste made up of artists and performers and is a member of the Selection (where 35 girls are chosen to win Prince Maxon’s hand in marriage).

I loved America as a character. I was a bit reluctant at first because her name is America Singer. Honestly, it’s a really strange name, but I loved her. I love how good-natured she is and she’s so full of spirit. She’s really witty and smart and makes me laugh out loud over the things she says or does. My favourite thing about America is how strong minded she is. She’s very firm in her beliefs and views and she doesn’t let anyone influence her. Her mother wanted her to enter the Selection but America refused despite how infuriating and annoying her mother was being about it. All the girls swoon over him and I love how she’s the only one who doesn’t. Another thing I adore about America is how easy it is to relate to her. Yeah, she’s ridiculously beautiful (that too, naturally), but she’d much prefer wearing pants/trousers and a t-shirt to a lavish dress, her favourite thing about being in the palace was the extravagant food and she’s clumsy and blurts out all the wrong things in all the wrong places. The fact that America is your typical 17-year-old teenager, makes her that much more likable. Yeah, she speaks out of place and does silly things that makes you want to shout “NO” at her but once you place yourself in the same situation and realise that you’d do the exact same thing, she becomes this loveable girl who you’d want to become great friends with.

Prince Maxon is another character I instantly warmed up to. He was so charming and not only did he sweep the 35 selected off their feet, he swept me off my feet too. Everything America threw at him at the start, he took so gracefully. He’s the absolute sweetest and such a gentleman, I mean he forgave America for kneeing him in the groin. He is kind, caring and so understanding and as the book progressed, I was falling head over heels for him super fast. Despite being the Prince of Illea, he is light hearted, funny, carefree and even bends the rules a bit.

While those two characters were two that I loved to pieces, there were two I couldn’t stand. One of them being Celeste (a supporting character). Oh gosh, she was straight up horrible. She was manipulative, conniving and was a spoiled brat. I couldn’t stand her. I also didn’t like Aspen. He wasn’t horrible or anything, he just seemed like a really weak character to me and there was nothing I particularly liked about him either. But more on that in the Maxon Vs Aspen blog post!

Overall, I love the way Kiera Cass wrote the characters. She really nailed it with America and Maxon making the book so much more enjoyable. America and Maxon are two very refreshing characters who I enjoyed reading about thoroughly.

Who are your favourite characters in The Selection? 

The Selection – Blog Tour/Buddy Read

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Hi! I don’t know if you’ve heard, but we’re starting a blog tour/buddy read where we all read the Selection in the first week of this month. You can read the book at your own pace, and we’ll try our best to keep our posts spoiler-free. The tour part (where we post about the book) will be stopping at the end of the week, but if you’re running behind with your reading, you can always comment a little late on the posts. If you want to join, it’s not too late! Just message me, or comment with your email address ASAP.

Here’s the schedule:

May 4th: The read begins!

May 5th: Swxftbooks on character development

May 6th: Daydreaming Books progress update

May 7th: Maxon vs Aspen, on all three blogs

May 10th: Reviews! 

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April Book Haul

This post is a little late, but we’re only a little way into May. I didn’t manage to get many books this month and was originally going to merge this into May’s book haul, but I figured I’d put this post up now because I’ve already read some of these books. Most of them I managed to find at the library and only two are bought.

All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
The Selection – Kiera Cass
The Elite – Kiera Cass 
Cress – Marissa Meyer
Half Wild – Sally Green
Crown of Midnight – Sarah J Maas 
Graceling – Kristin Cashore 
Legend – Marie Lu 

– Reema ❤

April Wrap-Up & May TBR

April Wrap Up 

This month I read 10 books. I seem to average out at reading 10 books a month, hm. Here is what I read.

All The Bright Places – 4/5
City of Bones – 1/5
The Assassin’s Blade – 4/5
Vampire Academy – 4/5
Siege and Storm – 3.5/5
Just One Day – 5/5
The Selection – 5/5
Crown of Midnight – 4/5
Scarlet – 5/5
Ruin and Rising – 4/5

May TBR

Considering I have exams next month, I don’t think I’ll have much time to read many books, but I hope to read these.

Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas
Frostbite – Richelle Mead
Half Wild – Sally Green
Just One Year – Gayle Forman
Just One Night – Gayle Forman
Cress – Marissa Meyer 

What books did you read in April and what are you planning to read this month? 

The Creative Blogger Award

I owe a huge thank you to What More Is Tomorrow and Cloud Busting for nominating me for The Creative Blogger Award. I am extremely happy to be nominated for this, my blog is fairly new and I absolutely love blogging and interacting with everyone, so to be nominated for being creative is a huge deal for me.

The Rules:

Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
Pass these rules on to them.

5 Facts about me:

1. I’ve mentioned before that I’m heavily infatuated with America, but being more specific, I will always, always love New York with all of my heart. I’ve visited a couple of times and each time I’ve always been swept off my feet. I love the hustle and bustle, I love the people and how they’re notorious for being rude and uninterested. Every time I go to New York, I always feel so content. 

2. I only have four and a half weeks of school left and while I’m so, so done with high school that terrifies me because that means exams are getting closer and that also means being carted off to university. I’m supposed to have the best years of my life there though, so I’ve heard.

3. I am the least sportiest person ever, I only do it when it’s mandatory. I guess it’s because I’m super lazy and I just prefer to sit around than be active ha. 

4. I laugh a lot. I get referred to as a “cheap laugh” because it’s not hard to make me laugh at all. When I’m watching movies with my family and a funny scene comes on, everyone else will snigger whereas I’ll be laughing so hard which results in weird looks and “it’s not that funny” being thrown at me. 

5. I’m one of those people who will get mad really quickly, but then laugh it off after like a minute once I’ve ranted about it. I just need to talk about it, get it out of my system and then I’m good to go and I’ll forget it even happened. 

I nominate:

Books Over People

The Last Reader

Addlepates and Book Nerds

Senseless Scrutiny 

Sheknowsshewrites


I know I’m supposed to nominate 15-20 blogs, but I’m truly not sure who’s been nominated or not. I hope my facts were interesting, I honestly have a hard time coming up with facts that are interesting enough to post about, but I had a lot of fun doing this and I’m so happy to have been nominated.

The Ultimate Book Tag

Thank you to reinreads for tagging me to do The Ultimate Book Tag.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
I do unfortunately. But I can read on buses – strange. 

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you, and why?
Tahereh Mafi, she can make practically anything sound poetic and beautiful. Also, Gayle Forman. She has incredible talent of turning a completely soppy plot into something so heart rendering and meaningful without all the cheesiness.

3. Harry Potter series or the Twilight saga? Give three points to defend your answer.
Definitely Harry Potter.

  • Hogwarts
  • The characters are so much more interesting
  • Magical realism

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?
I don’t carry a book bag as such. I am still in school, and I carry a backpack to school every day, I always without fail have the book I am currently reading in there along with my school books, pencil case, water and snacks. 

5. Do you smell your books?
Yes, always. 

6. Books with or without little illustrations.
I don’t read many books with little illustrations, but if I am reading one, I do find them cute and quirky. I’m definitely not against illustrations. 

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
The Twilight saga. I used to be obsessed with the books in my early teens, my copies are all battered and broken from the amount of times I used to read them again and again. But then, I just had this epiphany and realised that it’s honestly not that great.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
This story is not from my childhood, but from when I was around 12/13, and I’m gonna share it anyway! I was in my maths lesson and at the time I was reading Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison. Naturally I was a 12-year-old embarrassed at the title because I mean it had the words thongs and snogging in it. I had the book on my desk as I had been reading it outside the class and my teacher was about to pick up the book to see what I was reading. I quickly covered up the title and wouldn’t let him see what I was reading and it turned into this battle of him trying to see what I was reading and me not wanting him to. We were pulling the book back and fourth between us but then I let go and he toppled backwards with the book in his hand, took one look at the title, went bright red and handed the book back to me. Yes, I was quite sassy in those days. 

9. What is the tiniest book on your shelf? 
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist – David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I write in my diary a lot and I have tried to write short stories before, but have never finished any of them. I used to want to be an author when I was little but I think I just changed my mind because I don’t see myself being an author. Having a book published with my name out there would be nice though!

12. When did you get into reading?
Ever since I could really. My dad’s a huge reader, and he was the one that instilled in me that reading is pleasurable. 

13. What is your favourite classic book?
Pride and Prejudice or To Kill A Mockingbird

14. In school what was your best subject, Language Arts/English?
English. 

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?
I used to be given books all the time as presents when I was younger by my aunties and uncles but I’d always read them all. But if I hated it, then I’d graciously accept and remark that I’d read it before and enjoyed it in the hopes that they’d take it back and maybe exchange it haha. 

16. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?
I get distracted so easily by the internet that what should take me a 20 minute post takes me about two hours. Also, I have this awful habit of writing three quarters of the post and then decide it’s boring and delete all of it. 

17. What is your favourite word?
It changes all the time, but right now it’s eloquent. 

18. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above? 
Probably a dork, hm. 

19. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Vampires; I haven’t read many fairy books.

20. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Angels because Akiva. 

21. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Neither to be honest. 

22. Zombies or Vampires? Why?
Vampires; again, I haven’t read many zombie books.

23. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
They’re both so overdone. Don’t shoot me but a very well done love triangle has me weak at the knees. 

24. And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in. 

I tag: 

https://musingsofanerdygirl.wordpress.com/

https://theenchantedbook.wordpress.com/

https://anneumonic.wordpress.com/

https://mylifethroughfiction.wordpress.com/

Exploring My Bookshelves #6

Exploring My Bookshelves is a weekly meme hosted by Addlepates and Book Nerds.

Here’s how it works:

Post a picture of your bookshelf (preferably literal but e-shelves work too).
You’ll get something to write about. It might be your favourite cover, your favourite author, a book you most recently bought etc.
Then give the cover of the book and what you thought of it if you’ve read it.
And finally, go back to Addlepate and Book Nerd’s post for the week and comment your link!

This week’s post:

Book(s) you wished you wrote 

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The Winner’s Crime – Marie Rutkoski 

I’ve mentioned this book before, but I couldn’t resist mentioning it again. This book is incredible. It’s beautifully written and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. It is definitely a book that you’d get through in a couple of days because I promise you, you won’t be able to put it down. It is action-packed, romance-filled and everything good that makes up a wonderful book. If you can’t already tell, I am in love with this book. It leaves you wanting more with every page, and the end will just brutally kill you (in a good way). I have the second book lying on my bookshelf ^ and I cannot wait to get to it. I know it won’t disappoint but I fully wish I’d written this book. 

What book(s) do you wish you’d written?