Why I Love Crazy Ex Girlfriend

It’s been a while since I talked about a TV show on my blog. To be perfectly honest, I lost my love for a lot of TV shows simply because I have no patience anymore to watch an episode every week and I prefer to just binge watch a whole season in one go. However, one show that stayed with me throughout is Crazy Ex Girlfriend, which is probably my favourite TV show of all time. In honour of it’s final ever episode, I thought I would talk about why I adore this show so much.

This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik

36660586Genre: Adult Contemporary
Pages: 400
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Source: Publisher
Format: Proof
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb:

Accountant Bilal Hasham and his journalist wife, Mariam, plod along contentedly in the sleepy, chocolate box village they’ve lived in for eight years.

Then Bilal is summoned to his dying mother’s bedside in Birmingham. Sakeena Hasham is not long for this world but refuses to leave it until she ensures that her son remembers who he is: a Muslim, however much he tries to ignore it. She has a final request. Instead of whispering her prayers in her dying moments, she instructs Bilal to go home to his village, Babbels End, and build a mosque.

Mariam is horrified. The villagers are outraged. How can a grieving Bilal choose between honouring his beloved mum’s last wish and preserving everything held dear in the village he calls home?

But it turns out home means different things to different people.

Battle lines are drawn and this traditional little community becomes the colourful canvas on which the most current and fundamental questions of identity, friendship, family and togetherness are played out.

What makes us who we are, who do we want to be, and how far would we go to fight for it?

May Book Haul

This is something I haven’t done in a good while but I have been getting a lot of books in 2019. I’ve been buying a bunch as well as being sent quite a few. I’ve also started tracking my monthly book hauls in my bullet journal so I thought it would be a good idea to share it with you guys so you can see every book that I get in a month. A bunch of these I have already read so they are either in my May wrap up that went up a few days ago or I have full reviews up or coming soon.

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May Wrap Up

It’s the end of May and I can’t quite believe it. This month, I fully finished my second year of university and then fasted for most of the month. I also ended up reading quite a lot of books this month which I’m very happy about. I read a wide range and I even had a wide range of ratings this month so read on to find out more of my thoughts on them.

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My Bookmark Collection

I am a bookmark hoarder. I have got so many bookmarks from so many different places that I never get rid of. So I thought it would be interesting for me to showcase all of them to you guys in various different categories. Beware, I own a lot. Also, I’m really trying hard to learn how to take good photos with good lighting in my room but some of these photos may not be great because my room is just not designed to take photos in. Anyway. let’s jump into my insane hoard of bookmarks. My bookmarks are held in two separate mugs with my main ones being held in this Hamilton mug from Illumicrate.

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Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green

44140770Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 400
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Publisher
Format: Finished copy
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb:

In the town of Newsands, painfully shy Alex is abandoned by his two best friends for the summer. But he unexpectedly lands a part-time job at Wonderland, a run-down amusement arcade on the seafront, where he gets to know the other teen misfits who work there. Alex starts to come out of his shell, and even starts to develop feelings for co-worker Ben… who, as Alex’s bad luck would have it, has a girlfriend.

Then as debtors close in on Wonderland and mysterious, threatening notes start to appear, Alex and his new friends take it on themselves to save their declining employer. But, like everything in Wonderland, nothing is quite what it seems…

Favourite Books By Asian Authors

In case you weren’t aware, May is Asian American Heritage Month so there are many Asian themed readalongs happening in May. I know it’s super late in May but I thought I would use this opportunity to mention some of my favourite books by Asian authors. I have quite a few to mention and I cut quite a few of them out as well because I have just read so many amazing books by Asian authors.

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The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith-Barton

40723760Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 336
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Netgalley
Format: E-book
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb:

How can I hold myself together, when everything around me is falling apart? 

Neena’s always been a good girl – great grades, parent-approved friends and absolutely no boyfriends. But ever since her brother Akash left her, she’s been slowly falling apart – and uncovering a new version of herself who is freer, but altogether more dangerous.

As her wild behaviour spirals more and more out of control, Neena’s grip on her sanity begins to weaken too. And when her parents announce not one but two life-changing bombshells, she finally reaches breaking point.

But as Neena is about to discover, when your life falls apart, only love can piece you back together.

Muslim Book Recommendations | #RamadanReadathon

Today, I thought I would bring you a list of some of my favourite books by Muslim authors as it is the month of Ramadan and Nadia at Headscarves and Hardbacks is running the #RamadanReadathon which I am participating in. If you want a more extensive list of recommendations, definitely check out her blog because she has put so much effort into recommending Muslim books to everyone. When I sat down to make this list of my favourite books by Muslim authors, I knew it would be quite short because I find that a lot of them fall into stereotypes however this list is longer than I thought it would be. That might be because four of the six books that I am recommending today are ones that I read this year. However, let’s dive further into my list of recommendations.

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Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

43260849Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages:  432
Publisher: Simon and Schuester UK
Source: Publisher
Format: Finished copy
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb:

Raised in isolation and home-schooled by her strict grandparents, the only experience Birdie has had of the outside world is through her favourite crime books.

But everything changes when she takes a summer job working the night shift at a historic Seattle hotel. There she meets Daniel Aoki, the hotel’s charismatic driver, and together they stumble upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—is secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell, and in doing so, realize that the most confounding mystery of all may just be her growing feelings for Daniel.