Monday, March 27, 2017

THE ULTIMATE BOOK TAG!

Tag! You're it.
This is my first bookish tag ; inspired by http://bookswithbite.net.
Go check her out! She's amazing!

Without further ado, here goes!

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car? 
Not really unless the road is super bumpy or my sister drives like a maniac!

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Sarah Pinborough! I love and enjoy her writing style. The Language of Dying is still fresh in my mind until today.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer. 
HP for the win!
1) MAGIC, DUH!
2) WHO DOESN'T WANT TO GO TO HOGWARTS?
3) IT HAS EVERYTHING! What's not to love?

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)? 
I usually just shove my books in a bag but I bought an A4 zipper bag so I'll definitely be using it in the future!

5. Do you smell your books? 
Yep. I love the smell of both new and old books.

6. Books with or without little illustrations? 
I don't mind, really..

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? 
There are many but I'd say Consent by Nancy Ohlin. It has a lot of potential but after a few chapters, it just seemed incomplete or rushed. 

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share! 
Hahahha yes! So when I was younger, around 8 or 9, I wanted a new book. So I told my mother to get me one. All she said was to wait for my father to come home. I could've sworn I prayed from 10AM til 6PM. When my father came home, he told me that he was tired and that I had to wait until tomorrow so I cried non-stop and eventually, he drove me to the bookstore at 8pm. Hahahah MISSION : GET A BOOK accomplished! Boom!

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
The great gatsby and The Shell Collector, it seems...

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Sherlock Holmes! It's gigantic...

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Yes, I do write but I don't normally share to the public. If I were to be honest, I do see myself as an author one day.

12. When did you get into reading? 
Around 8 or 9. I participated in a lot of storytelling competitions back then. 😊

13. What is your favorite classic book?
The Great Gatsby but I'm also loving Wuthering Heights by Emily Brote at the moment.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Yes, English was my best & favorite subject ever!

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
If I still have a copy of the book, I'd keep it but I'd give it away to someone who might like the book.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games? 
I guess The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins. It is epic!

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?

18. What is your favorite word?
Reverie.... It's such a beautiful word.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
ALL.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why? 
Fairies because every time I think of vampires, Edward Cullen comes to mind... eek.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Neither.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why? 
Again, neither..

23. Zombies or Vampires? 
Zombies, of course.. I am a big fan of TWD. I am waiting for a zombie apocalypse. I don't think I'd survive the first few days, though. Hahaha.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Eeek.. I don't like both.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
I am not a big fan of romance although I do enjoy reading some books from that genre so.... I'd say the latter. I'd much enjoy an action-packed book with a sprinkle of romance.

We have come to the end of the tag. :) P/S : I'm sorry for being inactive but more posts coming soon so, stay tuned. ttyl.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Book Review : The Language of Dying

* Sorry for being MIA - I've been sick and constantly tired but there will be more book reviews to come so stay tuned!*

*Contains Spoilers!*


Title : The Language Of Dying
My rating : 5/5

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Blurb: A woman sits beside her father's bedside as the night ticks away the final hours of his life. As she watches over her father, she relives the past week and the events that brought the family together . . . and she recalls all the weeks before that served to pull it apart.

There has never been anything normal about the lives raised in this house. It seems to her that sometimes her family is so colorful that the brightness hurts, and as they all join together in this time of impending loss she examines how they came to be the way they are and how it came to just be her, the drifter, that her father came home to die with.

My Review:
Although I am easily impressed by most books, I genuinely love the writing style of this one! Love, love, love!
As the story is written in the protagonist's narrative, you can envision everything from her utterly descriptive perspective.
Though it is a pretty gloomy book - the protagonist's father is dying from cancer and all, it captures all emotions and the overall experience felt by the characters.
This book definitely has it all. It deserves a 5 star from me.

It focuses on death and touches on the broken bonds of families, domestic violence & miscarriage.
However, regardless of the dark stories, the protagonist also reminisce the good times she had during her childhood before everything fell apart.

The part that really got to me was when the protagonist thought that getting married equals to a happy ending.
But it doesn't always work that way. Life isn't a fairy tale after all.
Domestic abuse is a sensitive topic. It is also inevitable. It happens to both men and women.
Though the abuse did stop for her when they found out that she was pregnant, she realized that "leopards don't change their spots." pg84

" I'm angry at myself for my stupidity, for not realising. For still wanting to believe in fairy-tale endings, when I know they don't exist. For not getting my sh*t together and getting out of there." - pg85
If you are a victim of abuse or violence, PLEASE CALL THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE hotline or click HERE.

In conclusion,
this book is exquisite! It portrays the low points in life beautifully! I recommend that you go check it out! Plus, as it is a rather short book, it is easy to devour it in one go.
Kudos to the author. She stole my heart with this one.
Thank you for reading :)

Love, Iqra.