Liebster Award

Oh wow! I was nominated for an award! I’m so happy and so excited to be doing it! Thank you so much Lashini for nominating me for this one!

liebsteraward-1 (1)Rules:

  • Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you, links to their blog. Include award graphic.
  • Answer the questions provided.
  • Make a new set of 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate 11 others and share your post with them so they see it.

Can’t wait to get started!

1.Talk about yourself, where you are from and what do you normally blog about.

Well, my name is Muna. It’s an Arabic name because I’m half an Arab, the other half is from Europe. I love being productive and making positive changes and progress in my life. I’m not an optimist and I have when someone is an optimist about impossible things! I like to be a realist. I blog about books!

2.What is your favourite thing about blogging? What made you start a blog and motivates you to write?

My favorite thing about blogging is being able to express my feelings and thoughts and knowing that there are people thinking the same and I won’t be judged for that. I started this blog because I always wanted to have an ‘audience’ who can listen to me and engage with me on the topics I enjoy. This is my motivation: to find as many people to talk to as possible!

3.What do you think is your biggest achievement so far in your life?

My first job! I work as a teacher assistant and I started working at 16 years old.

4.Name one thing that is happening in the world right now that you wish you could change.

Capitalism. Don’t even get me started on this one! I don’t like this concept and I hate that it’s dominant in the world.

5.What are your favourite songs, music or books?

My favorite music genre is alternative rock and indie pop! Favorite book: Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Grey. I think it’s the book, you know. The one that’s always going to be one of my favorites and it will always have a special place in my little bookish heart.

6.What would you do if you had one million dollars?

Start some buisness. Specifically, a library or a bookstore. Also I might want to buy every single book that I have ever read so I can keep them on my shelf. And of course, donate to charity.

7.Name a person who you look up to/ inspires you.

My dad. He is wise, kind and very smart. He finds what to say in every single aituation. I hope I can be like him one day.

8.What is your favourite food?

I don’t know! I like traditional Arabic food. It’s the best!

9.One bad habit that you wish to change?

Whenever I send an audio message to someone, I listen to it. It gets so annoying! I can’t just record an audio, send it and forget about it. I NEED TO LISTEN TO MY MESSAGE AFTER SENDING IT!!!

10.What does your perfect day look like?

I’m at home, reading all day long and drinking flavored green tea or some black coffee with milk. Not having to get up and clean the house and not having any homework to do!

11.What is your special talent?

Learning languages. Seriously, I can study the rules and exceptions in no time! Unfortunately I don’t have that much time to practice them (and I’m a bit lazy)!

My 11 questions are:

  • What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
  • Do you prefer stand-alone books or book series? Why?
  • What is your opinion having to make your bed in the morning even if you’re going to get back into it in the evening?
  • Do you watch YouTube? Who are your favorite YouTubers?
  • If you could interview one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
  • Do you listen to audiobooks? What do you think of them?
  • What is your favorite social media platform to vent on? Why?
  • Does your family and real-life friends know about your blog? Do they read it?
  • Why WordPress? What made you choose this specific platform for your blog?
  • What is your favorite language?
  • Did you find my questions annoying? If so, I’m sorry 😀

I nominate my favorite bloggers:



Written In Ink Blog

Kristin Kraves Books



The Cozy Pages

Baking Thad Books

Howlin Books


Thank you so much for reading it and enjoy the questions!




Bye, February!

This month I read 6 books:

  • Nicola Yoon – The Sun Is Also A Star
  • Nina LaCour – We Are Okay
  • Alexandra Ballard – What I Lost
  • Ellen Hopkins – The You I’ve Never Known
  • Jenny Han – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2)
  • Lily Singh – How To Ba a Bawse

Goodreads challange: 14/80

Had a not so bookish month. Will try to do better in March!

Ellen Hopkins – The You I’ve Never Known

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Synopsis: For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire.

Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined.

Ariel and Maya’s lives collide unexpectedly when Ariel’s mother shows up out of the blue with wild accusations: Ariel wasn’t abandoned. Her father kidnapped her fourteen years ago.

What is Ariel supposed to believe? Is it possible Dad’s woven her entire history into a tapestry of lies? How can she choose between the mother she’s been taught to mistrust and the father who has taken care of her all these years?

In bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’s deft hands, Ariel’s emotionally charged journey to find out the truth of who she really is balances beautifully with Maya’s story of loss and redemption. This is a memorable portrait of two young women trying to make sense of their lives and coming face to face with themselves—for both the last and the very first time.

My opinion: It was a good read. Nice, diverse characters make the story intriguing and very exciting to follow.

I liked the idea of a bisexuality conflict is FREAKING RELATABLE! And.. That’s all I can say.

I didn’t like the main character, Ariel. I think she’s an idiot. Every decision she’s made sounded weird and annoyed me. Every single one.

The only thing that kept me going was the dad. I really liked him. I KNOW, I’M CRAZY because he’s abusive and violent but at least he’s smart and very intelligent. And a great manipulator.

The writing is beautiful. Honestly, one of the best writing styles. I wonder if every Ellen Hopkins book is written in a nice way, like this one. However, I don’t think I’m planning to find that out any time soon.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Conclusion: I’s been on my TBR list for a YEAR! Since February 20 2017! Finally read it. I don’t think I will ever re-read it though.

Alexandra Ballard – What I Lost

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Synopsis: What sixteen-year-old Elizabeth has lost so far: forty pounds, four jean sizes, a boyfriend, and her peace of mind. As a result, she’s finally a size zero. She’s also the newest resident at Wallingfield, a treatment center for girls like her—girls with eating disorders. Elizabeth is determined to endure the program so she can go back home, where she plans to start restricting her food intake again. She’s pretty sure her mom, who has her own size 0 obsession, needs treatment as much as she does. Maybe even more. Then Elizabeth begins receiving mysterious packages. Are they from her ex-boyfriend, a secret admirer, or someone playing a cruel trick?

My opinion: This book is officially the best one about eating disorders I have ever read. That’s all I can say.

Since it’s a sensitive subject for me, I won’t start analysing the plot and theme and characters. The only thing I can say is: Thank God I’m not the only one feeling in a certain way.

The ending is hella random. Very, very weirdly unexpected.

And it’s so informative! I found out a lot of interesting, scientific facts about human bodies.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Conclusion: Would recommend it only if you are not easily triggered by eating disorders and disordered behaviour around food.

Lilly Singh – How to Be a Bawse

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Synopsis: From actress, comedian, and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) comes the definitive guide to being a bawse—a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side.

Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success.

WARNING: This book does not include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, and cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness, and everything else you want in life needs to be fought for—not wished for. In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb.

My opinion: YAS! Lilly, you slay!

I don’t normally read ‘How to’s (mostly because 99% of them are useless), I really enjoyed this one! Lilly is one of my favorite youtubers who has great charm and cool videos! Who would have thought she can write, too??! (Actually, me. I kew it was gonna be great)

Lilly doesn’t give ‘lifehacks’ or ‘tips and tricks’ on how to be successful, because there is no such thing. When it comes to success, it’s gonna be painful, it will be hard but rewarding at the end. And this book is a great guide to conquer life.

After finishing listening to the audiobook, I felt motivated, energized and super determined to crash it! I was like, why can’t I be a bawse?! And the answer is: I can! And I really did it: I kicked butt at school (and I still do) so yay! Thanks, Lilly!

Really, it’s great. Even if you are not into guides (I’m not, either), you will find it usefull. At least, interesting. I liked listening to moments of Lilly’s own life as examples on how to conquer unnecessary thoughts.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Conclusion: 100% recommend it. Go for it!

Nina LaCour – We Are Okay

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Synopsis: Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

My opinion: Well… It didn’t impress me. At all. Unfortunately. It a short story based on something that isn’t really described. A mystery which isn’t truely revealed, even at the end. I don’t like this type of books.

Although the writing style seemed nice and flowing, and I really liked the characters, and the plot itself… the way the subject is given didn’t attract me at all. Like yes, the main character is sad and nostalgic, we get it. But literally every single sentence is filled with emotions. Why?! Because of this, I couldn’t really get into the story. Which is sad, because I was very excited to finally pick it up.

Rating: ⭐⭐

Conclusion: A solid ‘no’ for me. I’m (not?) sorry.


Nicola Yoon – The Sun Is Also a Star

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Synopsis: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

My opinion: My first impression was: is that all?!

I feel really disappointed, but I know it’s my fault. I don’t even know why I expected a great, unusual plot with interesting characters. Maybe the first Nicola Yoon book I’ve read was ‘Everything, Everything’? Probably.

I shouldn’t have had great expectations. The characters seemed cartooned to me, I don’t know why. It’s like they do have history before the novel, but not really, and all at the same time. Each one is trying to be different and authentic and original. The truth is, Nicola Yoon just made two opposite characters fall in love in one day. You heard me right. One day.

The only thing that kept me from not quitting the audiobook is the diversity regarding the races and origins of the characters. I also liked hearing stories from random strangers that appear into the plot. That’s all.

Rating: ⭐⭐

Conclusion: I wanted to like this book as much as I liked ‘Everything, Everything’, I really did. But it’s not for me, I guess.