may 2020 wrap up

i feel like at this point time is running a goddamn marathon. how is it june already? we’re almost halfway through the year? not gonna lie, i have lost track of time. days have become all the same, especially since i finished my first year of college (wooho!). but anyway…

may was…a ride. for the most part, i had to study for my finals, which felt really weird because since i haven’t been to college in weeks, i had zero motivation to study. fortunately, i did study a little when the crippling anxiety fell on me. most of ramadan was also during may, and i had to celebrate differently this year, alone.

however, on a happier note, i turned 19 a few days ago! i got to celebrate, thankfully, the fact that i’ve completed another year of my life. and i realized that the difference between being 18 et being 19 is absolutely inexistent.

books i read:

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DNF.
  • ONCE UPON AN EID, edited by s.k. ali and aisha saeed (ARC): this anthology hit close to home. normally, i have more conflicted thoughts about anthologies, but this one surpassed my expectations. the joy and sadness of Eid is told through so many beautiful stories, and i really feel like everyone (muslim or not) should read this.
  • ONCE GHOSTED, TWICE SHY (Reluctant Royals #2.5), by alyssa cole: this is a little novella i listened to one morning and i really liked it, even though i felt like i needed more at the end. i mean, sapphic romance? count me in.
  • WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI (Dimple and Rishi #1), by sandhya menon: while i had many problems with this story, such as the boring second half of it, i still enjoyed it. it’s a very cute love story.
  • THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE (Dimple and Rishi #2), by sandhya menon: this book was so cute i was grinning from ear to ear at the end! loved it soooo much!
  • BY THE BOOK, by amanda sellet (ARC): this book was just the sweetest thing ever! a very amazing take on YA and classic litterature, about a girl who uses her knowledge of classic lit in order to blend in and live the high school experience. but she has a lot to learn.
  • THE LOVE & LIES OF RUKHSANA ALI, by sabina khan: oh boi. this book hit hard. i haven’t sobbed after finishing a book since Clockwork Princess by cassandra clare (in 2016), but this book bruised me. it was so beautiful and hopeful yet so sad and heart-breaking. definitely be careful if you wanna pick it up.
  • MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE, by syed m. masood (ARC): i was so excited for this book. and while i enjoyed some aspects of it, i didn’t like the misogyny and stereotyping of practicing muslims. you can see more in my review on goodreads.
  • 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (Dimple and Rishi #3), by sandhya menon (ARC): GUYS THIS BOOK!!!!! I LOVED IT SO MUCH!! it is definitely my fave in the series and i just can’t stop thinking about it!
  • KISSING LESSONS, by sophie jordan (ARC): this book was a mess, people. a huge mess. i am so disappointed in how the issues were handled. see my review on goodreads for more details (you’re gonna want to read it).
  • THIS SAVAGE SONG (Monsters of Verity #1), by v. e. schwab: this was just…a no for me. this book was boring and dragged on for the 200 pages i read. i grew tired of it.

on the blog:

i may have posted less than last month, but i am very proud of what i posted, and that’s more important. i also got the highest number of views and visits on the blog ever! i’m so so happy about that!!

goals for the next month:

now that i’m done with college, i’m hoping to read more books! i also hope to read some graphic novels and non-fiction, since i haven’t read any of those two genres in forever.

also! june is my blogiversary month!!! eeee!! can’t believe it’s been almost a year since i have started this blog! so be on the lookout for maybe (maybe) a post about that.

how was may for you? have you read any good books?

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19 Replies to “may 2020 wrap up”

  1. i’m so happy that love and lies was hard-hitting for you (sounds weird but you know what i mean lmao) ❤ i'm glad you enjoyed once upon an eid too! i'm excited to read it. and yess lmao dnfing this savage song!! i loved that book but i feel like if i read it now i… might not feel the same. and that goes for all of schwab's books tbh hehe

    i'm glad that you felt proud of all your blog posts in may — i need to catch up on some of them — and i can't wait for your blogiversary this month! also, you saying et instead of and is so cute, accidental or not 🥺🥺 always stan you for being multilingual!!! ❤

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    1. thank you!! (and yes i get it.) i also haven’t read any schwab book in like, 4 years but i wanted to try her so yeah, maybe i’ll try some of her other books later.
      and that was totally accidental!!! omg i didn’t even realize i said that!! 🥺🥺🥺

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  2. mabrouk maha on finishing your first year !! I’m so proud of you ❤️ I hope you have a splendid summer and read nothing but great books. I’m going to hop on goodreads to read both your reviews bc I’m intrigued now and yay for DNFing this savage song. It dragged so much and I didn’t enjoy the ending anyway 😭 ( so you probably aren’t missing anything ) Also WELCOME TO THE 19 CLUB ❤️❤️

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  3. I’m so sorry that you didn’t like this savage song!! There’s something about sweetie sounds so cute!!!! Hearing you talk about love and lies actually really makes me want to read it sm???? congrats on finishing your year of college, I hope you have a great June!!

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    1. thank you so much!!! be careful of the trigger warnings in Love & Lies (you can find them on goodreads reviews) before getting into it!
      thank you! hope you have a wonderful june too!!

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  4. Happy birthday, Maha!! Also, for some reason whenever I see By the Book I always think it’s Adult (because of the cover lol)?? Though I’m glad you liked it, perhaps I should check it out 👀👀 Also omg @ your 5-star of 10 Things I Hate About Pinky, you’re making me even more excited for it!! And what, it’s been less than a year since you’ve started this blog – how?? You’re so eloquent though??? I’m jealous. And I hope your June is going great! 💖

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    1. thank you!! and right?? i also thought it was adult when i first discovered it for some reason… and i just 🥺🥺🥺 I DON’T FEEL SO ELOQUENT!!!!! and to answer your question, i’ve had this blog for less than a year but i’ve had some blogging history before that!!
      i hope you have a wonderful june! ❤️

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  5. By the book looks sooo cute I love that cover!! I also just wrapped up my college semester and hope to read more too! Great wrap up ☺️

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  6. I had read somewhere before how much the love and lies of rukhsana ali had impacted so many readers, but apparently, I forgot, since I went totally unprepared and then cried so much, I still think about it! I’m also super excited about reading 10 Things I Hate About Pinky – I’m so happy to know you loved it!! 😀

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