Tag Tuesday: The Gif Tag!!

(So let’s just all pretend this was posted on a Tuesday… I wasn’t able to post yesterday because of some technical issues (urgh!!) and I didn’t want to wait another week, so I decided just to post it today anyways….)
Hiya guys!! It’s another tag for you today!! This is The Gif Tag where you are given 10 books and choose a gif to describe how you feel about the book! After we’re done, we have to choose another 10 books and nominate other blogs to do this tag.
We were nominated by the lovely Brin at bringuivera to do this tag! Thank you Brin this tag was so much fun!! If you haven’t already, we would highly recommend you follow Brin’s blog because she is one of our favourite bloggers!!
Alright…. LET’S DO THIS.

1.Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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When anyone mentions this book/series, I seriously go dreamy-eyed! I NEED TO READ THIS ASAP.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Staying on the Harry Potter theme… This series literally has my emotions going in circles. I loved the first two books but hated the 3rd; Mockingjay. But, then I went back to loving the series because of the movie Mockingjay Part 1. And now, I cannot WAIT for the release of Mockingjay Part 2. (And besides we had to get this gif in somehow.. it’s got to be one of the BEST GIFS EVER.)

3.Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book.

4. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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The book and the movie had both of us crying into an ice cream tub.

5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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We’ve heard so much about this series. This is literally my reaction when someone mentions Cinder… I NEED TO GET TO A BOOKSHOP RIGHT AWAY.

6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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So when we first heard about this series our eyebrows literally raised. Then Monisah read the first book (City of Bones) and she didn’t really like it… I’m still really confused whether I should start reading this series.

7. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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I haven’t really heard much about this series, but it involves wolves and a really pretty cover. That’s me sold.

8. Splintered by A.G. Howard

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 I don’t really know much about this book at all…

9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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This one had us wanting to run outside and dance in the pouring rain.

10. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Again, don’t really know much about The Selection. (I had to get this gif in…. I was always the yellow power ranger….)

Thank you all for reading this!! We had so much fun with this tag!! We tag Sincerely, a Book Nerd to do this tag next!! We’ve been following this blog for a while now and we’ve loved every post to this day!!

The 10 books we have chosen are:

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  4. Paper Towns by John Green
  5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  6. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  7. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
  8. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
  9. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
  10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Have a lovely week!!

Stay beautiful,

Ayesha  xx

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Tag Tuesday: Inside and Out Book Tag

Hello wonderful people!

For this week’s Tag Tuesday, I (Monisah) am going to do the “Inside and Out” Book Tag so you can get to know my reading habits! The tag was originally created by MathomBooks on Youtube, and has been floating around a few of the book blogs I follow, so I thought I’d join in on the fun!

I-         Inside flap/ back of book summaries: Too much info or not enough?

Personally, I like to know a bit about the book before I read it, so the summaries are an ideal size for me! Before reading a book I like to read spoiler free reviews just to find out other people’s opinions on the book, to help me make my decision (because I’m so indecisive).

N-         New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: audio book, e-book, paperback, or hardcover?

Definitely paperback! I am not a fan of e-books because I like to have the book in my hands and actually turn the pages when reading a book (I know, I’m really weird). Also, I feel like when I have an actual book, it motivates me to finish the book. It’s more of a commitment than an e-book. I haven’t tried to listen to an audiobook, simply because I like to listen to music while reading a book, and that is kind of impossible with audio books.. I prefer paperbacks to hardbacks because paperbacks are usually smaller and lighter and I find them more comfortable to read!

S-         Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean? (Tell us why)

UUGHHHHHH (warning: I’m about to rant) HANDS DOWN CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. I am such a clean freak when it comes to books: no scribbles, no cracked spine, just a post-it note to scribble on when I’m reviewing a book. I like my books to look presentable, not tacky. But here’s the thing, Ayesha thinks it’s totally acceptable to scribble in books and underline quotes and it honestly makes me cry because we share books. It is the most annoying thing if she reads a book first because there will be scribbles everywhere and it annoys me so much. OKAY RANT OVER but yes, definitely clean clean clean.

I-          In your best voice, read for us your favourite first sentence from a book.

Ohh, this is a hard one for me. I don’t even have a favourite book let alone a favourite first sentence! I love so many books I simply can’t choose! (I told you I’m indecisive!) Although here are a few first sentences/paragraphs that I like:

“There was a boy in her room.” ~ Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

“First the colours.
Then the humans.
That’s usually how I see things.
Or at least, how I try.” ~ The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“Looking back, none of this would have happened if I’d brought lip gloss the night of the Homecoming Dance.” ~ Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

“XTC was no good for drowning out the morons at the back of the bus.” ~Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” ~Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K Rowling

D-         Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

Not at all! It doesn’t matter in the slightest if the author is male or female. I don’t really consider the authors gender when deciding on reading a book. I usually pick a book depending on the genre and storyline.

E-         Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

I can proudly say I have never read the last page of any book before I got there! It annoys me when people do that because what’s the point of reading a book if you know how it ends?! The mystery of what’s to come is all part of the fun when reading a book!

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O-         Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

My bookshelf used to be really organised.. My mum has OCD and so she helped me organise my books and it was pretty immaculate. But….. since then I have bought way more books and now all my books have outgrown my bookshelf. So now there are piles of books on top of other books and it’s kind of a disaster! I need a bigger bookshelf!

U-         Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

I am so guilty of this. I know you aren’t meant to judge a book by its cover but books are so much more appealing if they are pretty! I bought “My true Love Gave to Me” simply because the cover is absolutely gorgeous. No regrets.

T-       Take it outside to read, or stay in?

I love to read books when I’m all cosy in bed and have a hot cup of tea beside me, so I have to say stay in! Also, I live in Wales where it’s almost always raining, and you can’t really read a book in the rain soooo……..

Let me know your answers in the comments, and thank you, once again for reading this!

I tag Brin at bringuivera and Lisa at mamalisa4 to do this tag next!

Stay beautiful,

Monisah xo

TBR Jar Challenge 2015

Well hello there everyone!! We haven’t posted in such a long time and we are so sorry! It’s been absolutely hectic with school, driving lessons and music commitments lately! But, we hope everyone had an amazing new year and we hope 2015 will be a good one!

We have been feeling very optimistic about this New Year, and we are very firm believers that a new year can definitely mean a new start! At the end of 2014 we both made a very important decision; we decided to turn vegetarians (well, pescetarians because it’s the only compromise we could make with the madre). We had been thinking about it for a while, and it just seemed like the right thing to do. It’s been such a positive change in our lives so far, and we hope it continues throughout the year. We’re not really big on New Year’s resolutions, because we like to set ourselves targets throughout the year, not just at the start! However, we have made two resolutions that we hope to keep this year, and every year to come. Firstly, we want to think more positively this year. We are both rubbish at finding the positives in a situation because we are very much pessimistic. Every situation has positives and negatives, but we always seem to focus on the bad. However, we hope to change this about ourselves. The second was to stay motivated in everything we do. Whether it’s writing blog posts, or school work, we just want to stay motivated and give 100% in everything we do. Hopefully this will help us get a little less stressed too…! What are your aims for the year?

Phew! With all that out of the way we should probably start talking about our TBR Jar Challenge, because that is what this blog post was meant to be about!! One of our favourite BookTubers, Katytasic uploaded a video on this TBR Jar Challenge, and we really wanted to join the challenge because it looked awesome! (Check out Kat’s channel here: youtube.com/Katytastic). Basically, every month of the year, we have to pick out and complete a different book challenge from the jar. The challenges are:

-Read a book with 500+ pages
-Reread a favourite book
-Read a 2015 debut novel
-Read a book that someone else picks
-Listen to an audiobook
-Read a book you DNF’d / gave up on
-Read a new-to-you author
-Read a book that is not a novel
-Read/watch a book and its adaptation
-Read an award winning novel
-Read a classic novel
-Read a series finale

This month we picked out “Read a book that someone else picks”, and asked Kat herself to pick a book for us! (Thank you Kat!!!) She chose “Rebel Belle” by Rachel Hawkins which we will be reviewing soon… At the end of every month, we hope to post an update on the challenge letting you guys know how we are getting on, and which book we read from the TBR Jar. (May we just add, we totally failed and used an old pickle jar which absolutely STINKS every time we take the lid off the thing!)

Join us in the TBR Jar Challenge and make a Jar of your own (preferably not one that will set off your gag reflexes every time you open the lid). Watch Kat’s video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsxx9UYM5x0

If you do decide to try out Kat’s challenge leave a comment letting us know!

Thank you for reading this post everyone!

Stay beautiful,

Ayesha and Monisah

xoxo

Quick Review: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Title: The Art of Being Normal
Author: Lisa Williamson
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Publication Date: January 1st 2015
Pages: 353

The Book in Three Words:

Original, Eye-Opening, Special.

Ayesha’s Thoughts:

The Art of Being Normal was such a refreshing read, a completely original storyline, raising the awareness of transgenderism in today’s society.

Ever since David was little he’s always picked up the doll or the pushchair as apposed a football. His parents think that David is gay, but David is holding a huge secret. He wants to be a girl. This story follows David’s journey, the bullying, the loneliness, the discovery of himself as a person, and the friendship between himself and the new boy, Lee Denton after he unexpectedly sticks up for David in a fight.

This novel was a pleasure to read. The storyline was completely new to me, and I hadn’t read anything like this before. I found myself getting quite attached to David as a character, as well as David and Lee’s friendship. I loved the way the story was told in two points of view, and they came together in such an unexpected and eye-opening way. Not only does this story open your eyes to new issues, it also gives a realistic representation of teenage life. This is definitely a must-read for everyone!!

Stay beautiful,

Ayesha xx