Bookish ramblings!

Hi guys so I’ve not been active on here for the last few days as I celebrated my bookstagram birthday and my real life birthday!

I went to a lovely Turkish restaurant last night and my best friend surprised me with a birthday cake! Shes so sweet!

I’ve had a wonderful few days with friends and family and of course the book community! I wanted to write a blog post on things I’m grateful for and what being immersed in the book community has taught me so here goes!

Bookstagram!

I originally started a bookstagram account just to keep track of the books I read but it’s so much more! I’ve made so many friends and I’m so grateful to each and every one of them!

You can find me on bookstagram at https://www.instagram.com/rina1986_reads/?hl=en please do come say hi!


Book blogging!

I’m so grateful and excited to be able to start my book blog! I had no idea that people would actually read it and although it’s new I’m excited to see where it can go!

The world of publishers!

I was recently sent my first book to review and this was beyond my expectations and I’m literally so humble that people will send me free books to review! It’s still hard to believe that little old me actually gets those opportunities! It’s not the reason I started book blogging at all but it’s still kind of magical!

Lastly……

I just want to say a massive thank you to everybody on WordPress for being so friendly! Thank you for making me feel so welcome! Although I have no idea what I’m doing hahaha! It’s so lovely that I feel part of this book community! It means more than you will know!

Also I have to mention the books! My biggest loving life apart from my children and family and friends is Reading! I’m never without a book I’m just love the escapism it provides! The way it teaches me things I never thought possible
about love, life and everything in between!

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A Very Large Expanse Of Sea Review

hey guys, it’s been over a week since I blogged I guess sometimes life just gets in the way! Work , kids, family I’ve had it all going on this week! But I’m back and hoping to catch up on some book reviews!

I have a real love for diverse books! And this one is no exception! I loved it! I read it really quickly and literally couldn’t put it down.

Most people will know Tahereh Mafi from her Restore me series but this book is so different!

We follow the character Shirin a teenage girl who’s Muslim, a year after 9/11 and she’s just started another high School.Her family moved around a lot to try and provide the best for her.

Shirin wears hijab and experiences the worst kind of racism, Not just from openly racist people either but from people who are meant to safeguard her from these things!

Shirin meets Ocean a teenage boy who really wants to get to know her but she’s scared as she’s had her guard up for so long.

I love the characters in this book. I love the relationship between Shirin and Ocean and the way it’s a slow burn romance really makes you want them to succeed! I love the way Ocean admitted his ignorance. He didn’t hide from it he just wanted to learn and love Shirin for exactly who she is.

This book broke my heart! I spent the whole time just wanting to hug Shirin. She taught me so much! About the devastating impact of prejudice! About feeling lost! I was so proud that she held her beliefs so close to her never let anybody influence her no matter how horrible they were to her.

I’d recommend this book to everybody!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Out of 5 for me!

Have you read this? What did you think? I’d love to know!

April Wrap Up!

Hey guys I can’t believe its May already! I mean the year is just flying by! May is my birthday month and I’m super excited to spend time with family and friends and hopefully get some books!

I read 11 books this month 7 physical copies and 4 on my kindle.

Here’s my ratings for the books I read!

Educated by Tara Westover: I love this book! Humbling and inspiring! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

BirdBox by Josh Malerman: ⭐⭐⭐.5 A creepy tense thriller I really enjoyed the twists and turns in this one!

Looking For Alaska by John Green: ⭐⭐ I really didn’t enjoy this! I thought the characters were extremely unlikeable! I feel like I really love some of John Green’s books but loathe others!

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: ⭐⭐⭐ I enjoyed this book but my unpopular opinion is that its by no means the best historical fiction I’ve read! I just dont get the hype with it to be honest!

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ written in verse this is powerful and punchy! I think every teenage girl should read this!

A House For Happy Mothers by Amulya Malladi ⭐⭐⭐⭐ a story exploring surrogacy in India this was a heartbreaking Read.

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo ⭐⭐⭐⭐ this was Reese Witherspoon’s April pick and I enjoyed every second of it! Full of magical realism this is one of my favorites of April.

The Beekeeper Of Aleppo book review!

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The book: The Beekeeper Of Aleppo

Published: 2nd of May by Zaffre Books.

Author:Christy Lefteri

Star rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 out of 5

Synopsis: In the midst of war,he found love. In the midst of darkness, he found courage. In the midst of tragedy, he found hope.

My review: I’m probably using the wrong phrase when I say I enjoy these books but this book is beyond beautiful.

The story follows the Journey of Nuri, a beekeeper and his Wife Afra as they travel across Turkey and Greece to The UK where they are seeking asylum due to the unrest and war that’s ravaging their country Syria.

Told from Nuri’s perspective the plot is split into before they left Syria when himself and his Cousin ran a Beekeeping business and His Families Journey to the UK after the unrest had started and the unimaginable horrors they face along the way.

The way this book is written from the Description of Syria and the affects of war on an innocent family and the Journey they must make to safety is stunning. I would maybe have liked to hear Afra’s perspective but Nuri does such a great job it really doesn’t take anything away from the book.

This to me is crucial reading! It really puts things into perspective and makes you take stock of how fortunate we are! Most of us if not all are aware of the unrest and destruction that happens in Syria and other parts of the world and how refugees are desperate to escape to a place of safety. Reading this book really highlights that journey and the aftermath of that often perilous, horrifying process!
Please if you haven’t read this I definitely recommend it! It one of those books that will stay with me for a long time.

Book review! Bird box!

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The book : BirdBox

Published: out now!

Author: Josh Malerman

Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5 out of five.

Synopsis: Most people dismissed the reports on the news.But they became too frequent; they became too real.And soon it was happening to people we knew. Then the Internet died.The televisions and radios went silent.The phones stopped ringing.

And we couldn’t look outside anymore.

My review:

Ok first things first I need to confess I’m a wimp when it comes to reading or watching anything creepy! I scare easily! And I read this peeping through my fingers for the majority of it! 😂 I haven’t watched the movie yet as I like to read the book first and I really enjoyed it!

I literally couldn’t stop turning the pages even when I got slightly freaked out the plot is so compelling I had to read more.

I didn’t find the plot predictable which is a massive plus point for me! This has so many twists and turns it’s hard to guess what’s going to happen next and I love that in a book.

I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book and I think Malorie’s bravery and determination shine through as she narrates the story. I love that she questions her parenting skills even though she’s in an impossible situation.

Ultimately I love the element of friendship and the fear of the unknown. I can’t wait to watch the movie now!

Has anybody read this book? Or watched the movie? I’d love to know what you think if you have! 😊

I finally decided to write a blog!

Hi guys I’m Rina and yep you guessed it I finally decided to take the plunge and start a blog! eek I’m so excited! I’m kinda nervous though at the same time I mean there’s so many decent blogs out there but hey ho! I can talk for England and I have nothing to lose life is for living right!

I love reading obviously it’s one of my favourite things to do, but my friends and family are mainly Non readers (how strange!) So don’t hold the enthusiasm for books and reading that I do.

I’m forever talking about books over on my Instagram page, and Twitter, and goodreads you get the idea I’m sure!? So this seemed a natural step for me to take!

I love meeting new people and talking about all things bookish so please come and say hi!

If you made it this far I salute you thank you for reading my very first blog post! 😊