Those are my unread books and the ones that I have to finish 80% of before I’m allowed to buy anymore. That translates into 105 books.

I don’t even know if I can do it anymore because it seems that getting through a book these days a struggle buuut here’s to hoping.

Book description:

Racing Hummingbirds examines, critiques, and at times delights in one woman’s navigation through the many worlds of manic depression and her struggle to maintain humanity in the process.

Favourite quotes: 

“He is trying to understand but she is thunderbolt. Her tongue, a spear.”

“Your laugh is a thunderclap, you love like a surgery.”

“My body is melted wax, it is ripe and stink and bent. It is a mistake. I walk like an apology.”

“We are refracting magnets.

We will battle this to the end.”

“His own heart will empty him.”

Rating:

4 out of 5

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Jeanann, (can I call you Jeanann?)

This letter is one of apologies. I am so sorry that I ended up judging your words too soon and far too harshly. 

Let me begin by saying (and this is in no way an excuse) that I read your book a year ago and it was at a time when I haven’t really read much poetry and the ones that I did read were nothing like yours. They were easy.

Your words are nothing like that. They’re all sharp edges and they’re also fists ready to break down walls. But mostly they’re just truthful, in a way that’s painfully so. You don’t try and make things pretty because you know that some(most)times they’re not.

You know what needs to be said and you say it. I would like to thank you for that. And for a lot of things that you made me feel and experience while reading your collection of poetry but chiefly for making me believe in second chances. 

Your (now) faithful reader,

Noura

[//note// to find out more about her please feel free to checkout her blog on tumblr: jeanannverlee

amnahposts asked for a picture of my bookshelves and here it is!

I moved into a new place a while ago but only bought shelves recently (I’m quite picky) It’s roughly arranged but the books on the left are poetry/picture books/comics and on the right fiction/nonfiction by read and unread.

There’s still some books scattered around but this is pretty much it. My room is basically my favourite place to be so even if it takes me a long time I try to make it as close as possible to what I picture in my head.

ps. sorry for the crappy picture. it’s only because the lighting in my room isn’t all that great.

Book description:

"How about making a bargain with me?" said the demon. "I’ll break your spell if you agree to break this contact I’m under."

In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste, who puts a curse on her. Determined to make the best of things, Sophie travels to the one place where she might get help - the moving castle which hovers on the nearby hills.

But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the hearts of young girls..

Favorite quotes:

"You must admit I have a right to live in a pigsty if I want."

"Things are going round and round in my head, or maybe my head is going round and round in things."

"I’m dying of boredom," Howl said pathetically."Or maybe just dying."

"My shining dishonesty will be the salvation of me."

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I have been a huge fan of the Ghibli adaption of Howl’s Moving Castle for years before discovering it was actually based on a Diana Wynne Jones novel (shameful, I know). Buuuut in my defense I did go out and get a copy as soon as I found out about that.

To put it simply, this book was magical. It’s part of trilogy but also makes for a great stand alone novel as well.

If you’re a fan of the movie then I suggest you check this out. You’ll probably end up falling for Howl all over again for a set of entirely different reasons and find out a lot of fascinating details that didn’t make it in the movie.

And if you happen to be reading this with no idea about the movie than you’re going to love the superb world that Jones created and and all these wonderful characters that might teach you a lesson or two.

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Not the greatest pictures because they were taken with the help of my iPhone but this is just a little post of appreciation to one of my safe havens here in Abu Dhabi.

I discovered the existence of thrift bookstore more than a year ago by chance as I was trying to google for the store that I used to go to as a kid.

And am I ever so glad that I did. It has become the place I go to whenever I feel down and it never fails to make me feel better even if it’s just a little bit.

Also, shout out to Victoria, the lady who runs the store, for being the nicest human possible and who always made me feel welcome. Rarely do you see her without a smile on her face.

If you’re in Abu Dhabi be sure to check it out. The atmosphere alone is worth the visit.

At the end of June I started getting really tired of the stack of books that I have that still remain unread. Tired and guilty. The books were too much for comfort and were basically borderline Hoarders material. I also realised how varied they really are which is really cool I think. So, I decided that in order to lessen the pile I will at the beginning of July and up until December assign a theme/genre to each month where I will only read books from said theme/genre.

The pile pictured above (including ebooks on my kobo) were what I was hoping to conquer in my July YA themed month. It’s currently the 10th and I have only managed to finish Gone after which a reading slump decided to pay me a visit and I haven’t read anything from that pile in like a week. I don’t know if it’s the books themselves or just me (most probably me) but I haven’t had the patience or the focus to sit down with a book for more than 10 minutes at a time. I miss reading and I hope it will come back and stay for a while helping me finish the books that I decided on reading.

That’s pretty much what I wanted to say/get off my chest.

thank you

this is a thank you to all of you lovely people who are still following me even though I haven’t been posting much in the way of reviews or anything else. I tried to make it up though by the last three posts. Hope you enjoy them (or not) and please let me know what you think. My ask is always open for fellow bibliophiles and everyone in between.

An introduction of some sort;

Hello people of the internet,

If by some freak accident you ended up on this blog I would like to welcome you and in the process introduce myself.

My name is Noura and that is what I look like cartoon-ized 

In this moment I happen to be 21 years of age and basically haven’t stopped reading since being taught how to (much to the dismay of my mother)

This blog will basically contain reviews rants about the books I’m currently reading or have read and enjoyed in the past, quotes from said books and whatever else that comes in between.

So, yeah. I’m an awkward human being so don’t expect much other than the obsessive rants of an avid read. Welcome and sorry in advance. 

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