June reading wrap up!

Howdy Book friends! Wow it feels like forever and admittedly it has been awhile!

I love writing, I Love how welcoming the book blogger community is but sometimes the reality is life gets in the way. I’ve been so busy with work and parenting I feel like I haven’t had a minute to go to the toilet in peace let alone blog!

Rest assured I’m back and more committed to my Blog than ever! So without further ado here’s my reading wrap up for June!

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood:⭐⭐/5

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

This Green And Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

So there we have it. I feel like June was a good reading month with plenty of 5-star reads!

I hope you have a great Reading month in July 😍🤞💕

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Book review: Verity.

Holy moly! This book is amazing!

I’m really fussy with thrillers. In fact my friends call me a thriller snob, but I guess I read a lot of them and in all honesty I find a lot of them quite predictable and unoriginal. A thriller in my humble opinion should be just that and this ticks all the boxes for me!

Synopsis: Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford , husband of Verity Crawford best-selling author hires Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

I’m actually not going to say any more than that as I like to go into thrillers blind and actually know very little about the story.

My thoughts: this thriller is probably one of the best I’ve ever read! It really is that good! I love it when a book keeps you up reading into the night and this definitely does that!

The plot is unpredictable, and literally made me gasp out loud. The thing that made this book for me though is that it didn’t lose tempo it wasn’t a really good book and then the ending let it down as I’ve found with so many thrillers it maintains that fast-paced and unpredictability right to the end.

The characters are well developed and whilst not always likeable each point of view is explained in such a way you can’t help feeling emotionally connected to all of them.

I’m not a fan of insta love and I really enjoyed the romance aspect of this book. It wasn’t forced and felt really natural.

I honestly can’t wait to recommend this book to everybody I know! The easiest 5-star rating I’ve given in a long time!

Have you read Verity? I’d love to know what you think if you have!😁

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!

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! 😊