February 2017 Reading Wrap Up

In the month of February I decided to tip my toe in and rediscover some romance and contemporary reads I’ve had on my radar but never really gave a chance. And it the end, it made me question why I’ve neglected the genre. YA contemporaries seem to hold this charm that I can’t shake off. And with summer right around the corner, I’ll probably end up picking more and more of them as they seem to be getting better and better.
But for now let’s focus on the 17 books I read this month:

Books I haven’t stopped thinking about:
Motherest by Kristen Iskandrian.

motherest-bookspoilsNote: I’m an Amazon Affiliate. If you’re interested in buying Motherestjust click on the image above to go through my link. I’ll make a small commission!

Even weeks after, I can’t quite gather my overall thoughts and feelings on this book. I know for a fact that I can’t stop thinking about it, and that I haven’t read anything like it before. Plus, it opened up my eyes to a new and fascinating topic for me to explore in books, which promptly made me add a similar read – Rebecca Barrow’s You Don’t Know Me but I Know You – to my TBR. However, with all the positives, I can’t dismiss the fact that I found a couple of aspects to be problematic, which consequently stopped me from adding it to my all-time favorites. I’m just… really unsure and mixed up with what to take out of this.

The book is set to come out on August 1st, 2017, so I’m hoping that by then my thoughts will feel more sorted. I have a full review up for it on my blog here.

Honorable Mention:
I watched one of the most hard-hitting and moving films this month: Lion.

five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

List of things I felt during Lion:

  • I kept pausing the film so I could gather myself together and not end up like an emotional wreck. Even more so when I was reminded of the fact that the film is based on a true story.
  • The actors are beyond phenomenal, but I’ve got to give it out especially to Sunny Pawar (who played young Saroo Brierley).200 For the first half of Lion, Pawar practically carried the film on his shoulders and did so outstandingly. His performance made my eyes prick with tears more than a handful of times.
  • Also, Dev Patel, who plays Saroo Brierley two decades later, is an astonishing actor and human. GO SUPPORT HIM LIKE HE SUPPORTS SUNNY.
  • Sia, one of my all-time favorite singers, contributed a beautifully chilling song to the film:
  • Lion changed me, sparked something that I didn’t know was there before, to paraphrase Queens of Geek. And I’m eternally grateful for that if nothing else.
  • However, I think it’s important to note and warn that the film is not a light one. In fact, it might be one of the most harrowing movies I’ve seen this year. Beyond excellent, but I don’t think I’ll rewatch it any time soon. Still, it’s something I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
  • And above all, Lion brings light to an important cause that’s helping protect street children.
  • Support, support, support.

That was my February wrap-up, thank you for reading!

January 2017 Reading Wrap Up

This month I unexpectedly discovered my love for audiobooks while having a cold. In retrospect, I’m surprised it took me so long to take it up, considering how exceptionally useful they are with memoirs. But better late than never, right?
In total I read 17 books this month:

Special posts featured this month on my blog:
tumblr_oiumh1lw0n1r9cisqo1_500
This month I sat down and created my first book tag: Skam Book Tag | Original.

It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to perfect it, but I’m proud to say that it’s done!! I hope you had the time to check the tag out, and if you did, I hope you enjoyed the questions. Be sure to let me know if you plan on answering them yourself!

Honorable Mention:tumblr_obyer2nulf1vbeidjo9_500I finally got to watch one of my most anticipated movies: Hidden Figures.
I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of this ever since I watched the brilliant trailer a few months back:

Fun fact: I had a dream that I picked up a DVD of Hidden Figures, so the next day I was running to go see the film. And to say that I was blown away would be an understatement.

Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.

I was so completely enamoured with everyone’s acting, but particularly with Taraji P. Henson’s. I’m thinking of picking up her memoir very soon because she had me on the edge of tears throughout the entire film. And I hope with all my heart that Hidden Figures wins all the awards and then some.tumblr_obyer2nulf1vbeidjo1_500giphytumblr_obyer2nulf1vbeidjo8_500tumblr_obyer2nulf1vbeidjo7_500tumblr_obyer2nulf1vbeidjo10_500


That was my January wrap-up, thank you for reading!

Favorite Books of 2016

6359628356748047931405586990_finsihThe year 2016 has slowly but surely come to an end. Looking back, it’s been quite clear to me that this was a major year for my reading. My tastes changed a lot in what I now decide to pick up and what not. This has also been the year that I started writing down my thoughts and feelings for the books I read, and it has completely changed everything for me. Writing book reviews has been a great pleasure that I hope to continue doing for years and years to come. And I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone that takes the time to like or comment on my reviews. It always means the world to me. Thank you.

Books:

Note: I’m an Amazon Affiliate. If you want to buy any of the books I mentioned in this post, just click on the images below to go through my link. I’ll make a small commission!

  1. I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman 

“The things my mother did not see about herself, I did not see, either.”

This wondrous read made me discover my love for memoirs this year, which, as you can see by my favorites above, has been all consuming.
I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This is a memoir of mothers and daughters—and mothers as daughters—traced through four generations, from Paris to New York and back again. I highly recommend giving this one a go!

2. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah“She’d tell me not to worry. She always came back to the phrase she lived by: “If God is with me, who can be against me?” She was never scared. Even when she should have been.”

I read this one back in November, and I still bring up some of the stories Trevor Noah wrote in here to my own mother, either to educate or make her laugh (and sometimes both). Born a Crime is a compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

3. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
“I am a bad feminist. I would rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all.”

Bad Feminist made me discover the immense love I have for Roxane Gay. Now, I will read literally anything with her name on it.
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of color while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism today. The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.!
Gay writes about race, gender, and pop culture with her sharp, funny, and spot-on look that I will forever treasure.

4. In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero“For the thousands of nameless children who feel as forgotten as I did—this memoir is my gift to you. It’s as much for your healing as it is for my own.”

Similar to Born a Crime, Diane Guerrero’s memoir has stayed with me since my first read. Her honest and emotional take on everything she went through really hit me. Going into this I hadn’t known what to expect, but the minute I closed it, I knew this book was something else. In the Country We Love made me think, even weeks after I read the last page.

5. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

“Hello. I hope somebody is listening.”

Radio Silence is my favorite contemporary read of the year. It had everything I love thrown into one, what more can I ask for? It covers a wide range of topics, from racial and sexual diversity to great music recommendations, developed friendships and relationships, and so much more. 10/10 would recommend.

6. Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

No mourners, no funerals.

The Six of Crows Duology convinced me that Leigh Bardugo can do no wrong with her writing, characters and world-building. They’re phenomenal. Also, she’s the mastermind behind Kaz Brekker aka my favorite bastard of the Barrel. And since we get to know him and his backstory so well in the first book, my love for Six of Crows is a little more intense.
If you’re looking for a gripping and mind-blowing fantasy duology with the best cast of dangerous outcasts, this is it!


Those were my favorite reads of the year, thank you for reading! Be sure to let me know what were your favorite books of 2016.