Are You Ready For Sweater Weather? The Autumn Tag

Hello Friends! I hope your all having a wonderful week. Today I am doing an autumn book tag. I’ve been trying to post more consistently and I fell behind a little last week. But this week I’m thriving, I am so happy it’s October. I am out of my reading slump and I feel more like myself.


Rules: Answer the questions, link back to the creator and tag other people! Tag created by Jennily


1. Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?

I’m going to sound so basic but, any of the Harry Potter books. When I read these books it feels like coming home, if I’m in a bad mood reading about my favorites always makes me feel comforted and happy.

2. Pumpkin Carving – what is your favorite creative outlet?

I really love my blog, on wordpress. I mostly post about books, but sometimes I get an idea for something non-bookish and it’s great to have a place to post. I also really love Instagram, even though it can be frustrating at times, there are just so many amazing creative people.

3. Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

I hate how big my children are getting, but I love watching them grow and discover the world. My son just turned 13 and he already thinks he’s grown up, there’s some challenges for every age but I’m struggling with his attitude lately. However I love how he tries to figure things out for himself. Emmy is almost 2! She is acting so much more like a kid than a baby, it’s incredible.

4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge.

I guess I’ll say reading, a lot of people I meet frown upon reading, which I honestly have never understood. Especially if the book has been made into a movie, people will ask why I’m reading the book when I could just watch the movie.

5. Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?

BTS, I just love this band with my whole heart. I haven’t loved a band like this since One Direction. There music makes me so happy and each member is so talented. Especially Hobi! He is a ray of sunshine ☀️

6. Fright Night – favorite scary book or film

My favorite scary movie will forever be Halloween the 1978 version. And if I had to pick a more recent one it would be The Conjuring. My favorite spooky book is The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager.

7. Halloween candy – favorite thing to eat

I really love turkey dinner! It is my absolute favourite meal. I also love cheesecake, pizza and tacos.

8. Scarves – your autumn ‘must have’ accessory

I love me some good boots and flannels, they are an autumn must!

9. Fire – a book or film that burns your soul

A Court of Mist and Fury will forever be my favourite book, I recommend it to everyone. As for a movie, honestly I would have to say the original Halloween, it just has a special place in my heart.

10. Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside

Red white and royal blue- looks like a cute contemporary but it is so much more than that. It’s about acceptance , love and friendship. It is the perfect book.


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September Wrap Up

Hello spooky friends! September has been a whirlwind of a month. Noah started grade 8, I can’t believe in a years time he will be starting high school. It just blows my mind, how much he’s grown. September in my mind is the first month of fall, so I’ve been doing some fall crafts with Emmy. We made some pinecone bird feeders, which was a lot of fun. Emmy very much enjoyed eating the peanut butter. The leaves are starting to change here and I’m living for it. Anyways, it was a really good reading month. In August I was in a bad BTS induced reading slump, and I’m glad to say I read a lot more in September. I’m still wrapped up in BTS content but I was able to read thanks to audiobooks.

Books Read in September

1. Queen takes knight – Joely Sue Burkhart

This is a smutty vampire book and honestly that’s all I needed to know. This was really short only 200 pages, and I was honestly so happy when I found out there are more books in the series. It’s not the greatest book of all time but I really enjoyed it. It follows Shara who is on the run from monsters that killed her parents. One night she is surrounded by the monsters when two giant men show up and fends them off, turns out she is there vampire queen. This book is so steamy and she literally is covered in blood.

2. Pumpkinheads – Rainbow Rowell

This graphic novel is so stinking cute, and it just screams fall vibes. The whole atmosphere of the pumpkin patch was very well done, I wanted to jump in and be a part of it. The art is gorgeous and the story is adorable. Deja and Josiah are great characters, and I loved them so much! If your looking for the perfect book to get you in the autumn feels, then you need to pick this up immediately.

3. A Curse so Dark and Lonely –  Bridgid Kremmerer

A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but it is much darker. I’ve seen this book everywhere and I’ve been really intrigued by it, but also intimidated as it’s very large. This book is so good, I flew through it in just two days, and this boy is quite chunky. I loved every moment. Beauty and the Beast if my favorite fairy tale,and I am so in love with this book. 

4.The Raven Boys – Maggie Steivfater

I re read this as an audiobook, which ended up being a bad idea. I often found my mind wandering, it made me so sad. As I loved the book so much when I first read it, this time around I found myself often board. Maybe because I knew what happened or I was coming out if a slump. I did still really love the characters and the whimsical prose.

5. Eclipse – Stephanie Meyer

This of course is the third book in The Twilight series, and it’s also my favorite. There is one scene in this that always gets me, when Jacob is leaving the tent before the fight, every darn time I cry even though I’ve read this book so many times before and know it’s coming, I still cry. I have always been #teamedward, but I also love Jacob and it hits me in the feels. This book in my opinion is the best in the series,

6. The Turn of the Key – Ruth Ware

It’s not secret that Ruth Ware’s books in the past, I’ve rated them all 3 stars. I was never blown away by her writing, but oh boy this book was so good.  I loved it, it freaked me out, gave me chills, I listened to the audiobook at night and I could feel my heart racing. I absolutely loved it and I have really high hoped for her future novels now. This one is about a Nanny who is telling the story from a jail cell, after a child is found dead, this is not a spoiler as it happens in the first chapter. I love the setting, creepy Victorian house, wired as a smart house.It’s fast paced, I read it in two sittings.

7. Someone We Know – Shari Lapena

There inst to much to say about this book other than I enjoyed it, and it was entertaining. I listened to it on audio in two sittings. This book takes place in a quiet subdivision where everyone knows everyone, there has been a string of break-ins. A teenager boy  has been sneaking into houses and hacking into personal computers.A woman down the street reported missing by her husband is later found dead. The book follows the lives of the people in the subdivision, a lot of secrets are discovered as the police investigate the death.

8.To Drink Coffee with a ghost – Amanda Lovelace

Amanda is the Queen of modern poetry! If you haven’t read any of her previous collection I highly recommend you read them all. She writes with such magic, that you can feel every emotion shes poured into her words. I have been following Amanda well before she wrote The Princess Saves Herself in this One and with every new book I fall more in love with her writing.  This collection really touched me, right off the bat I was crying. The poems are powerful and raw, about her complicated relationship with her mother. I really love the artwork scattered throughout the collection,it adds a wonderful touch.There is a series of trigger warning that are provided by Amanda at the beginning of the book, I will share them down below. I adored this collection, so sit down with a cup of hot coffee and read this masterpiece of a book!

Content warnings: (provided by author) child abuse, eating disorders, sexual assault, self-harm, violence, cheating, death, gore, blood, trauma, grief.

9. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince- J.K Rowling

This is my least favorite of the books in the series, don’t get me wrong I still really love this book, but some of the content was not the best. This book is the turning point to the darkest side to Harry Potter’s world. This book picks up right after the events of Goblet of Fire, Harry just narrowly escapes death by Voldermort. The ministry is making him out to look like a fool, and the community believes that he is lying. Returning to school, the Ministry has appointed Dolores Umbridge to teach defense against the dark arts she is an absolute terror of a woman. This is an emotional book for Harry and you can really see how unhappy he is in this year,he is frustrated and angry. Yet he wants to do well in his classes as this is the year they must take the O.W.L’s. WE get to meet a handful of new characters in this novel, such as Luna Lovegood, I adore her! As well as many others; Sirius plays a big role in this book and the movies really did not do him justice.

10. No Exit – Taylor Adams

 I was in a huge thriller mood, I still am, so I decided to pick up No Exit. This was not at all what I expected when I started this book.The story follows a college art student named Darby who gets caught in s blizzard on her way him to see her mother in the hospital at Christmas. She gets stuck at a rest stop, where she finds a little girl locked in s cage in the back of a truck. Meanwhile the kid appears are inside the rest stop. What I really enjoyed while reading this was its cinematic quality. This would make an incredible movie! The amount of pain and torture shocked me, I really wasn’t expecting it at all. However I’m a wired twisted person and I loved all it.

11. Truly Devious- Maureen Johnson

I’m honestly so mad about this book. Because I expected to enjoy this so so much. All my favorite Reviewers seemed to have loved it, but I found the story to be just okay. Maybe it’s because I read a lot of messed up adult thrillers that this book left me underwhelmed.I love the concept of this book, with the murders and the academy. But the execution is disappointing.

Tv Shows Watched in September

Gilmore Girls- Seasons 1,2,3

The Politician Season 1

Right off the bat it has checked all my boxes: a warning at the beginning about mental health, an amazing cast! I really just watched the entire first season of The Politician in two days. DAY. I NEED s2 immediately. Ben Platt is incredible; I love his voice and they included an original song. Jessica Lange is actually an icon. She’s literally the baddest bitch ever!!! Is there a role she can’t do.

Albums on Repeat

BTS: Perona, BTS: Love Yourself: Tear

Not an album but I must have listened to Chicken Noodle Soup -J-Hope and Becky G at least 50 times. Becky G & Hoseok was the perfect collab! I I love this song. Hoseok looks so good in this video, overall look but his dancing was just amazing as usual! But i felt the dancing in the MV was even more special to him & he just rocked it out with all he had.He’s just doing what he loves and he shines so bright, he’s so talented so charismatic.


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September Book Haul

Since it’s already October, I’m here to share my September book haul. I accumulated a lot of amazing books this month that I’m so excited to get to.i can’t wait for all the fall and spooky activities. These are all the books I bought or revived in September.


Physical Books Bought

-GodsGrave by Jay Kristoff (Signed copy)

– DarkDawn by Jay Kristoff (Signed copy)

– The Secret History by Donna Tart

– Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahure

– Frankly in Love by David Yoon

– The Turn of The Key by Ruth Ware

– Saints and Misfits by SK Ali

– The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupecco

E- Arcs from Edelweiss/Netgalley

– Yea No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli

– Lady HotSpur by Tessa Gratton

– The New David Espinoza – Fred Aceves

– The Matchmakers Mistletoe Mission by

– Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

– Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzalus


Is there any books I should read right away?


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October TBR

Today I bring you my TBR for the month of October , where I’ll tell you everything I’ll be reading during the month. I made a TBR in September and I followed it pretty much, so I thought I’d give it another try in October. I have listed the books that are my main priority but I hope to read so many books this month. I’m only 15 away from my Goodreads goal.


This first group of books are all for book clubs and readathons. I am hoping to participate in a few other readathons. I am being very ambitious but October is my favourite month and I want to cram in all the spooky books that I can.

Truly Devious – Maureen Johnson

Breaking Dawn – Stephanie Meyer

The Whisper Man- Alex North

This is the second book for FridayFrightAThon,will be reading it the week of October 11, this readathon is hosted by Melanie, Amy, Jen and Chelsea

The Cabin at the end of the world -Paul Tremblay

This is the third book for FridayFrightAThon,will be reading it the week of October 18, this readathon is hosted by Melanie, Amy, Jen and Chelsea

Escape Room- Megan Goldin

This is the forth book for FridayFrightAThon,will be reading it the week of October 25, this readathon is hosted by Melanie, Amy, Jen and Chelsea

The Girl from the Well- Rin Chupeco

The Dragons and Tea Book Club hosted by Melanie and Amy

Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo

The Beautiful – Renee Ahdieh

Rules for Vanishing – Kate Alice Marshall


“I will cut adrift—I will sit on pavements and drink coffee—I will dream; I will take my mind out of its iron cage and let it swim—this fine October.”

– Virginia Woolf, from a diary entry c. October 1927 featured in “Diaries,”


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A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Bridges Kemmerer

This was never a curse to be broken. This is a death sentence. The true curse has been the thought that we might find escape.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but it is much darker. I’ve seen this book everywhere and I’ve been really intrigued by it, but also intimidated as it’s very large. This book is so good, I flew through it in just two days, and this boy is quite chunky. I loved every moment. Beauty and the Beast if my favorite fairy tale,and I am so in love with this book. 

I really loved the Beauty and the Beast elements, in this book the prince doesn’t appear as a beast 24/7 but only changes at the end of the season if he fails to find love.Prince Rhen, must repeat the same season over and over, each time appearing as a different beast with no recollection if himself. Now after three-hundred seasons, this season will officially be the very last one.

“Words spoken in the dark in the middle of the night always feel so much heavier than they would at any other time.”

Harper – The Belle. Eighteen-years-old and from DC, she lives with her mother who is dying from cancer and a brother trying to pay off there fathers debt. She loves her family with her whole heart. Harper also has Cerebral Palsy,but she doesn’t allow her condition to slow her down. She is brave, empathetic and extremely tough. She is such a strong character physically and emotionally. One of the most powerful quotes is ” I was born this way…and I’m going to die this way, so teach me to work around it.” I loved her so much!!

 Rhen – The Beast. The tortured Prince, he comes across as spoiled and arrogant. However as the story progresses Harper opens his eyes, to the man he could be. He is compassionate and patient. His character wasn’t as well developed as the others, but I can’t wait to see his arc in the sequel. As I mentioned above he only turns into a beast at the end of the season, if the girl does not gladly in love with him, I really loved that concept.

 Grey – Rhen’s guard commander. He is the only one who has survived or stayed with Prince Rhen. I loved this character so much, easily my favourite. He’s hard but with traces of softness. He’s sharp, focused and loyal. I adore that man so freaking much and I love how hard he fought to help keep Rhen safe over the years.

 Lilith – The enchantress. She is who has cast this spell on Rhen and his kingdom.This character very much reminded me of Ianthe, from A Court of Thorns and Roses. She is cruel and

 Freya – She is a village woman who Harper befriends, she has a child of her own and she is also taking care of three of her sister’s children.

“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”

I love how Harper is from the modern world and these men are extremely confused as to what a cell phone is.I loved the world-building for this book and I can’t wait to see more in the sequel, which I have an earc of !! I’m planning on reading it in November if anyone wants to buddy read it with me.

This was a phenomenal Beauty and the Beast retelling that I couldn’t put down. I was grinning like fool the entire book, and I highly recommend it.

Content and trigger warnings for abduction, captivity, talk of cancer, loss of a loved one, murder, death, torture, abuse,sexual assault(from Lilith)


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September 2019 TBR

Happy September Witches! So it’s only September 4 and my TBR has already been slightly changed. The books mentioned are my main priority but Scribd just added so many September 3rd releases and I want to listen to them all right now. I’ve already started The Raven Boys and Nevernight, and I really want to pick up Pumpkin Heads this weekend. So we’ll see maybe I can squeeze in a few more. I am horrible at following TBR’s but I really want to read all of these.

September, has a Friday the 13th, so of course I’m going to read something spooky that day and marathon a bunch of horror movies because I’m off that day ✌️I am honestly so excited for this month.


September TBR

Pumpkin Heads- Rainbow Rowell

Nevernight- Jay Kristoff

Eclipse – Stephanie Meyer

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stievfater

The Turn of the Key- Ruth Ware

The Darkest part of the Forest -Holly Black


What are some books on your September TBR? Have you read any of these books?


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September Anticipated Releases 2019

Hello Bookworms! It is officially September and in my mind it is also Fall ! Which if you didn’t know is my absolute favorite time of the year. Plus there are so many amazing book releases that I’m really excited for.


Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Publication Date : September 10,2019

Synopsis:
Gideon the Ninth is the most fun you’ll ever have with a skeleton.

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.


There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Synopsis:
For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.

All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course:

A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.

One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer? Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone, and An Ember in the Ashes.


Well Met by Jenn Deluca
Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Synopsis:
All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author, Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.


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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date is Jasmine Guillory’s debut novel. I actually read her second book The Proposal last summer, its a companion book not a direct sequel. But it featured some of the same characters,however this did not take away from my enjoyment of this book. I have no idea why I put off reading this for so long, but am glad that I finally picked it up. This was an adorable romance, with a fake dating trope.

From the beginning this book was so much fun. It starts out with our main characters being stuck in an elevator. After some quick banter, and flirting, Drew asks Alexis to be his date to his ex-girlfriends wedding. You all know this is a romance book, so you all know where this is going. Fake dating to real relationship, and it was so adorable. This is told is dual perspectives, so we get to see things from Alexis and Drew.

Alexis – She is a lawyer, and now Berkley’s mayor’s chief of staff, black, she’s working hard on a project that will help at-risk teens, and is doing everything it can for the project to get the green light.

Drew – He is a Pediatric Doctor from Los Angeles, and from the mentions of it he is a pretty good one, he is one of the groomsmen is his ex-girlfriends weeding who is marrying his friend.

Charlos – He is Drew’s best friend, he is so sweet and immediately accepting of Alexis,  the companion book The Proposal actually follows his story.

“White men hated it when you reminded them of their privilege”

Of course like any romance novel, they encounter some bumps in the road. Both characters are scared to take the leap to actual be in a real relationship with each other. Having been hurt in the past, they don’t want to risk there hearts again. This is where I lowered my rating a little. This plot point is really over used in the romance genre, I understand wanting to protect yourself, but not every character has to be afraid to jump in. They are both adults, and yet there lack of communication was frustrating. I mean not every adult has everything figured out but they could have at least talked openly about there past relationships, and there feelings for each other.

I appreciated the way that the author inserted different conversations regarding race. Alexis shines on spotlight on what its like to be black how how white people need to check there privilege. Drew soon realizes how he is sometimes given on free pass, and different opportunities based on the color of his skin. This book has so much good in it.

Overall, this was a really fun sweet wedding romance. Is it my new favorite? no, but I do enjoy Jasmine’s writing and will continue to read her work. I recommend if your looking for a cute, diverse story.

Trigger and content warnings sexual content, for racist comments


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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabba Tahir

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after.” 

There is something incredibly hard about going into books that are massively loved, and I’m happy to say I now fall into this category. AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is set in a fictional world, and follows the dual perspective of Elias and Laia. Even though this book is pretty big, it flew by. Its such a faced paced book that sucks you in from the beginning. I never wanted to put it down and had to know what would happen next. This definitely did not read as a debut novel, it was incredible! I expected this to be like every other YA Fantasy that came out around the same time, but oh boy was I wrong.

I am in love with Sabaa Tahir’s writing, her prose is freaking beautiful! There is so many quotes in this book, and as you know I’m a sucker for beautiful prose. The story starts when Laia’s parents are murdered by a mask and her brother is arrested. She is left on her own with nothing, she seeks out a group called the resistance. They are skeptical of her at first until Laia explains who her parents were, in the end they agree to help her rescue her brother. But one one condition, she must enter the academy and pose as a slave to the commandant to gain inside insight on what the empire is planning.

Laia – is one of the Scholars – now ruled over by the Martial Empire, when her brother is arrested, she seeks out Resistance for help. They make a deal with her, in order for Laia to earn there trust she must enter Blackcliff Military Academy as a slave in order to spy on the Commandant. She starts off as weak, and sacred but as the book progresses she becomes stronger. Her character development was so well done.

Elias – He is the son of the Commandant, and a mask in training. He is another really complex character, he wants to live up to his destiny and please his family while on the other hand he wants to escape. He does not believe is all the methods of the empire, he was never afraid to show his feelings.

The Commandant – Is a ruthless and scary ruler, She treats everyone around her like there disposable.

Helena – She is a mask in training, she is also Elias best friend. She is strong, independent and full of fire. She’s a really complex character, truly loyal and devoted to what she believes in.

“There are two kinds of guilt: the kind that drowns you until you’re useless, and the kind that fires your soul to purpose.”

What I wasn’t expecting was how violent this book is, some scenes get pretty gory, it really doesn’t hold anything back. There is trigger warning for rape and sexual assault which I was not aware of going into this book. Even though these topics are very horrible, it showed how desperate  hopeless these characters are. Laia’s treatment was awful. I was appalled over and over again by the way the slaves were treated. I loved the trials, there were done so well, and I never knew what to expect.

There is also a hint of a love triangle but it really wasn’t the focus of the novel, maybe it was have a bigger importance in the second book. Overall I really enjoyed this book and will be picking up the sequel really soon.

 Trigger warnings for violence, rape and sexual assault.


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Love from A to Z by S K Ali

“Maybe that’s what living is–recognizing the marvels and oddities around you.” 

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, I thought it was just a cute teen love story. What I got was so much more. This book was filled with so much good and heartfelt moments, about family and friendship. Also about loving yourself, and standing up for your beliefs.  I cried a couple of times during the book, I loved it so so much! The writing is absolutely gorgeous, and the characters are beautiful. SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS BOOK!

Love from A to Z is written in dual perspective, as diary entries in the form of “Marvels” and “Oddities” from both of the main characters’ journals. I really loved this format, as we got to see inside the minds of each character and experience what they were feeling. Our story really starts when Zayneb goes head to head with her extremely Islamophobic social studies teacher and is suspended from school. Her mother thinks it’s best that she leaves for spring break early and is sent to Doha to visit her aunt.

Zayneb –  is a Muslim girl of Pakistani and Caribbean descent,who lives in Indiana. She is headstrong and brave, stands up for herself and her beliefs.  I loved Zayneb and how unapologetically Muslim and unapologetically angry she was.

Adam – He is of Finnish and Chinese descent,who is also Muslim, he attends university in London while his family lives in Doha,he has recently been diagnosed with MS. He is so soft and gentle. He’s incredibly optimistic and likes to see the good in things.

Both characters had such complex personalities, and were very different from each other. We see over and over throughout the novel how Zayneb is treated because she is Muslim. The author dives deep into the daily struggles of Muslims in the US, as well as in Doha. It shows different ways people can be racist from the woman who sat next to Zayneb on the plane, to the staff at the pool and her teacher.

“I’m not a violent person. I’m not advocating violence. But I am an angry person. I’m advocating for more people to get angry. Get moved.” 

The romance between Zayneb and Adam, was really adorable. That scene where they’re pretending to talk about water but actually referring to each other was the cutest thing Iv’e ever read.

I Highly recommend this to everyone,this is such an amazing book.

Trigger warnings for loss of a parent, illness, terrorist attacks, and racism in the form of both subtle and outright comments.


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