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Five Reasons To Read A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

This month, the book club that I have been taking part in with Alex and Rachel have been reading A Very Large Expanse of Sea. All of us enjoyed the book although I did have some problems it that is for another post. In this one, I would like to explore why you should read A Very Large Expanse of Sea. So let's get started...

Number 5: The Romance

Although I wasn't a massive fan of the romance at the beginning, Ocean and Shirin's romance really blossoms throughout the book. It is complex and they have ups and downs like any teen romance would. There is also a need for romance and it is just really nice and cute for the most part. The romance also is effective in the text and messaging format which makes the book even better.

Number 4: The Complex Characters
I think that I do really love Shirin as a character. You definitely see her develop throughout the book and I think that Mafi does a great job overall. Also, I think that Ocean is a really great character too. They both have …

On Turning 22

So on Wednesday (today when this goes up) I will be 22. *is currently listening to 22 by Taylor Swift* Obviously. The thing about turning 22 is the fact that you have just turned 21. I say just it was a whole year ago. 21 which has so many meanings behind it which is what I mentioned in my post last year so turning 22 feels kind of meh.21 felt to me last year as to be some big thing like my whole life was going to change. I was graduating from university after so much in my life felt like it was going to change.But the thing is it didn't.I stayed for a Masters in History. At the same university with people that I have know for some year and new ones and of course the people the people that graduated last year ain't there anymore and I do miss them. Things are still kind of the same.Turning 22 feels like it's in the middle. It's not special. It doesn't hold special meaning. It's just itself. This is how I feel like 2019.2019 is such a middling year for me. I'…

Three Hallows Book Club Pick: January

A couple of months ago, a couple of friends and I created a book club which we called the Three Hallows Book Club. Last month we read Dear Evan Hansen. This month we are of course reading a different book 

And That Book is...

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Here is a summary of the book....
It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to k…

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019

So for the last couple of years, I have been doing the Popsugar Reading Challenge and 2019 is no different. I think that this year is more challenging as the prompts are a little weird but I am always up for a challenge. So let's see the prompts:

Book Becoming a Movie in 2019:Book That Makes You Nostalgic:Book Written by a Musician (Fiction or Nonfiction):Book You Think Should be Turned Into a Movie:Book With at Least One Million Ratings on Goodreads:Book With a Plant in the Title or on the Cover:Reread of a Favorite Book:Book About a Hobby:Book You Meant to Read in 2018:Book With "Pop," "Sugar," or "Challenge" in the Title:Book With an Item of Clothing or Accessory on the Cover:Inspired by Mythology, Legend or Folklore:Published Posthumously:Book You See Someone Reading on TV or in a Movie:Retelling of a Classic:Book With a Question in the Title:Set on a College or University Campus:About Someone With a Superpower:Book Told From Multiple Character POV…

Favourite Books Of The Year (2018)

As it is now 2019 I think it is time to share my favourite books of 2019. I read over 120 books last year, 125 to be exact so there is a lot to choose from so I will be doing a top 10 with 7 honourable mentions so let's get started...

Honourable Mentions:

















Number 10: Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt 


Theatrical was just so fun. I feel in love with everything in the book and loved the romance. I really enjoyed the whole idea of going backstage in the theatre so I would definitely recommend. 
















Number 9: Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare



I am more than happy to say that I was a massive fan of Lady Midnight but there was something about Lord of Shadows that I devoured and loved. That ending also broke me so I hope that I can read Queen of Air And Darkness in 2019.  













Number 8: Are We All Lemmings And Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne

I did really enjoy this book and thought that it was an interesting look at mental illness. I love Holly Bourne anyway so of course, I was going to love this book. I want …