Sunday Funday: The Weeknd

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Okay, so yesterday I went to see The Weeknd in Stockholm and it was fucking lit y’all! Lil Uzi Vert opened for him and he got the venue going, he was jumping into the crowd and like climbed all the way up the tiers and stuff. It was crazy… When he sang Bad & Boujee the ceiling flew off honestly.

We got there pretty late and got tickets last minute BUT STILL MANAGED TO END UP FRONT ROW. It was general admission and we just found these two girls sitting by the railing and we were thinking that a person sitting down takes more place than standing up so there would be space for us. And that’s exactly what happened. But our side of the stage was a bit mellow, everyone was smoking weed and drinking… It was okay except the drunks behind me. The other side went OFF and The Weeknd kept going to them or standing in front of us and singing to the other side. I can’t blame him but man I jammed so hard and my sister might have broken her arm. She’s going to the ER soon… It was so crazy.

The most crazy songs were Six Feet Under (my favourite) and the encore when he played Can’t Feel My Face… Sidewalks was also crazy, and we all started jumping, it was pretty crazy. These guys were also holding up the Ethiopian Flag on the other side but I don’t think he saw it because he didn’t seem to acknowledge it.

Sunday Funday: Mystery Blogger Awards

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I have been tagged by the wonderful Kayla over on her amazing blog! All thanks to the tag creator, Okota Enigma. The description for the award goes as follows:

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

So, I am incredibly happy and surprised that I’ve been nominated!

THE RULES:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 3 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

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3 Things About Me

  1. My name is Yasmin and I share a birthday with Neville Longbottom (30/7)
  2. I’m a third year med student, aspiring orthopaedic surgeon, and melancholic poet
  3. Despite having grown up, become wise and somewhat smart, I still love a good fanfic!

Kayla’s Questions:

Favourite dessert: waffles! Are waffles a dessert? I love a good waffle…

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Would you rather have hands and feet like a monkey or a long neck like a giraffe? I’m really short and small so I’d love to have a neck like a giraffe to be a bit taller… I also like snooping on my neighbours so!

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In a life or death situation, which fictional character would you trust the most? Um, the only trustworthy fictional character there is… Chaol Westfall that literally risked his life for a puppy that wasn’t his and that he didn’t like because it is his duty. THAT’S what a loyal bitch is!

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What are your 3 favourite book covers?

Something new you did in 2016: I started a bullet journal that I’m pretty excited about. I don’t have any pictures and it’s back at uni but it’s quite full and I’m very pleased with the outcome. Maybe I’ll do a post about it in a few weeks…

A Link To My Best Post:

Top Ten Tuesday: 17 books in 2017

Questions For My Nominees:

  1. What book(s) are you reading right now?
  2. How do you best track/keep tabs on your reading?
  3. What’s your favourite book (or bookish item) that you’ve received as a gift?
  4. What are the three most recent books you’ve bough?
  5. WEIRD: Jump into a pool full of leeches or a sea with sharks?

I Nominate:

Aimal, NotSoModernGirl, and Mia

Wonder Crush Wednesday: Problematic opinions on problematic books

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Wonder Crush Wednesday is a weekly post by yours truly where I choose to discuss the wonders of diversity. We all have Superman and/or Superwoman within us. The right representation is needed to make sure that everyone knows that. These posts aim to highlight diversity in both literature and other aspects of life. Feel free to adapt this on your blog too!


Every week (not recently, due to exams) I try to highlight positive aspects of diversity. I don’t know if you watch Modern Family but there’s this episode when Cameron and Mitchell’s daughter starts speaking and they clap anytime they mention adoption to try to destigmatise the word. That’s what I feel that I have been attempting to do with these weekly posts. Today, I thought I’d take another approach and write a bit about “diverse” books I’ve had an issue with and why.


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I read this book almost a year and a half ago and I still fume when I hear it being mentioned. It’s been made into a film so I’m guessing everyone knows what it’s about. It follows the typical “annoying boy redemption” arc that I hate with a passion.

This book was so frustrating. But half way through I just stopped being angry and started writing in the book. There are so many things I hate with this book. But the most annoying thing was how the author seemed to take claim of issues and questions that weren’t really his.

The stereotyping was tiresome. The biphobia was jarring. The unnecessary content was abhorrent.

I really should have listened to the epilogue, and every other line in the book, that told me to put it down. The narrator admits it’s a shitty book, and I’m so glad that is a fact. Ugh don’t read this ignorant excuse for literature. The book was not funny, it was offensive, it was racist, it was biphobic, and extremely gross. If there’s a reason I hate men, this book is one of the many reasons.

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My Goodreads updates (read bottom to top)

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

15745753Eleanor, a chubby redhead, and Park, a half-Korean, fall in love and the whole book community die over it. I totally fell in love with the book as well and I won’t hide the fact that I gave it a four star rating. Despite that, when I put it down there were some things that didn’t sit right with me. I don’t feel angry, like I do with the Jesse Andrews book, but like I’ve been slapped across the cheek with a wet fish…

Ignoring the fetishisation, what really bothered me was Eleanor’s “othering” of Park. She never seemed to look at him like her boyfriend, someone she was in love with, or anything other than someone stereotypically half-Korean. It made me feel weird because it made me wonder if every white in a mix-race relationship is like that? It made me think of my white friends, do they always think of me in that way? If I do something extraordinary do they think it’s because I’m just awesome or will they attribute it to my “Arabic magic”?

It was just written from a very uneducated and stereotypical POV, I really hope people don’t actually think like that because it would make me very sad…


The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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This is one of my all time favourite series of all time in the world that is my favourite. That didn’t make sense nor do my feelings for the characters in this book!

Blue “othering” Adam: “Oh, no I don’t mean Adam’s type of country people.”

Blue being upset that Orla wears a two-piece in front of the guys but reduces her feminism to “not shaving my legs.” Fucking. White. Feminism.

My constant thought throughout the series was how much space was given to every character but the women. Yes, they were important, but it seemed like they were tools to explore the stories. The guys were all fully rounded and had redemption arcs and character development.


This post was published on a Friday because I had to take my sister to the hospital on Wednesday and had no access to my WordPress account!


FOR MORE OF WHAT I’VE READ THIS YEAR YOU CAN FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER, GOODREADS, AND TUMBLR. MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THIS TWITTER THREAD OF BOOKS I HAVE READ IN 2016 AS GIFS.

Sunday Funday: Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

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I wasn’t actually tagged but I still want to do this… I saw it over on Mandy’s blog and thought it would be fun to do. Especially, now that we’re moving into February and we’re slowly beginning to shed our New Year’s resolutions and going back to our old ways! Haha!

So, here it is:

Greed: What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?

My most expensive individual book is my hardback copy of A Little Life that cost about 400kr (almost €40). The shop I got it from is so expensive and I’m never getting books from there ever again to be quite honest. They have an amazing collection and it’s really cozy, but it’s a scam!

My most inexpensive book is my pocket of a Swedish book called Snabba Cash by Jens Lapidus. Got it for 10kr (around €1) at a yard sale. Another one is Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets but in Swedish that the library were selling, got it for 10kr as well!


Wrath: What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

So many. Obviously, JK Rowling for how she coupled everyone up like the characters were on Match.com… And heterosexualising Dean and Seamus’ relationship! And, yeh, I don’t like Ginny and Harry together. Doesn’t make sense to me at all. The Weasley’s are his family, the guys were his brothers and Ginny was like his sister. (rant postponed to never)

Sarah J Maas, well I obviously am in love with Chaol Westfall but the rest of the story is so, *eyeroll*. The misogyny is just too much for me.

And Maggie Stiefvater… Yeh I will jump in front of a bus for Adam Parrish and spend my entire life on a ventilator, but she butchered Blue’s character. I’ve talked about this. The internal sexism is strong in that one.


Gluttony: What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

Wellllllllllll….. I reread The Great Gatsby every Christmas and I never pass up the chance to reread the Harry Potter books!


Sloth: What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

So many… The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen are two books on my Instant TBR list that I can’t bother picking up/finishing. It’s not all laziness though! I’m in the middle of finals *infinite hysterically crying emojis*!


Pride: What book do you talk about in order to sound like an intelligent reader?

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Lmfao, I am actually pretentious and annoying as all hell! Jokes, I just talk about my obsession with Harry Potter because people always ask me about the “illuminati” tattoo I’ve got on my wrist. But maybe Collapse by Jared Diamond which is my favourite non-fiction book of all time, anything by Jared Diamond to be honest. I recommend him a lot, his writing is fantastic and not like other non-fiction historical books! If you love history but hate history books, check him out. Or Michael Moore… I read Stupid White Men by him when I was 14 years old and it changed my life! Then I continued to devour the rest of his books and ended up harassing my teacher that had loaned Downsize This! for over a month…


Lust: What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters

I like male characters that give the female characters their space, that’s really important to me. (Ehm, Dorian in Throne of Glass when he saw that Celaena was falling for Chaol and wasn’t annoying about it because he is a genuine friend.) They also have to be real, I hate unrealistic macho male characters written by writers that have apparently never met a real life man.

I guess I like my female characters like I like my male characters. That they’re real and not these made up Manic Pixie Dream Girl characters. There are girls that are shallow and bubbly, that’s fine, but that is rarely the only aspect to them.

And I also like all genders to be represented, not just the binary!


Envy: What book would you like to receive as a gift?

I got The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss for my birthday and I would love The Wise Man’s Fears as well! In hardback please!


This has been such a fun tag to do!

Random tag:

Yasmin

Mia

Kayla


FOR MORE OF WHAT I’VE READ THIS YEAR YOU CAN FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER, GOODREADS, AND TUMBLR. MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THIS TWITTER THREAD OF BOOKS I HAVE READ IN 2016 AS GIFS.

Sunday Funday: Beauty and the Beast Booktag

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Thank you to Mia that tagged me in the Beauty and the Beast Booktag. I’ve actually seen it around and been hoping to get tagged. Haha! Now I finally have and I’m so excited. Make sure to check out the original post by Bookfandom1001 blogger Lena, here!


Rules : 1)Tag at least four people. 2)Thank the creator. 3)Make sure you answer honestly


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Chaol Westfall, my true king, my first-born son, that risked his life for A DOG TWICE WHAT EVEN IS THIS KID HE DESERVES THE WORLD!

Book/Series: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas


Beast: A good character development?

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Of all time? Draco. From my recent reading? Kaz Brekker. I think I’ll go with Kaz Brekker for this one because his character development is such an important one! Such a well-rounded and amazing diverse character in general.

Book/Series: Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo


Lumiere: A character that gives good relationship advice?

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Noah Czerny that single handedly saved Blue and Gansey’s relationship… The king of the dead. The one that deserves the most.

Book/Series: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater


Cogsworth: A loyal character (a person you can trust)?

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Um, the only character anyone can ever trust really… Professor Rubeus Hagrid, of course!

Book/Series: Harry Potter by JK Rowling


Mrs. Potts: A mothering character (a character that you would want as a mum)?

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I actually already have a mother, her name is Professor Minerva McGonagall… Or, as I like to call her, mum!

Book/Series: Harry Potter by JK Rowling


Gaston: A character you hate that everybody else loves?

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Okay don’t kill me! But I very much hate Blue Sargent from the Raven Cycle… Hear me out! I think Blue, as a concept, is great. She’s a feminist, she puts the guys in their place, she doesn’t conform to societal ideals. My issue with her is the lack of intersectionality and female empowerment in her personality. Like, how she hates on Orla for wearing a two-piece and having long legs. Instead of yelling at the guys for objectifying Orla she gets mad at Orla… Or, centralising feminism around her own autonomy (not shaving her legs and wearing weird clothes, which, who the hell even cares about). Feminism without intersectionality is not feminism. And, I think the reason my hatred is so deep for her is because I really did love her at one point, I still do. If I truly hated her, I wouldn’t feel so strongly about her. My child… My problematic child. Below is my Goodreads outrage.

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Book/Series: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater


The Enchantress: A person who put a curse on someone?

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Mirri Maz Duur did kind of curse Khal Drogo to forever exist between life and death and not return until there’s an apocalypse and Daenerys gets pregnant again, obviously with someone else’s child than his.

“When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east,” said Mirri Maz Duur. “When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child. Then he will return, and not before.” – AGOT


This tag has truly taken me on a journey through my favourite series of all time… And favourite characters!

I’m tagging people that I haven’t had the most contact with on WordPress, no pressure to do this guys but it’s extremely fun!

Cristina

Yasmin

Miss Abigail

Beth

And anyone else that sees this and wants to do it, consider yourself tagged!


For more of what I’ve read this year you can follow me on Twitter, Goodreads, and Tumblr. Make sure to check out this twitter thread of books I have read in the past year in gifs.

Sunday Funday: SEASONS OF BOOK BLOGGING TAG (2016 EDITION)

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I cannot begin to explain how hectic the Emergency has been this winter! I worked nightshifts starting Christmas eve and finishing 7.30 in the morning on New Years eve. Therefore, I have lacked in the blogging department and most posts have been scheduled or hastily made. So, I also missed doing a Tag. But, I’m catching up and doing it now. So, I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday and here’s an incredibly fun tag!


The Seasons of Book Blogging Tag was created by creator JBOOKISH, and I was tagged by the wonderful TinyObsessions. Thank you so much for the tag this was such a good one and I had a bunch of fun finishing this!


HOW IT WORKS:

  • Thank the creator (so she can see all of your answers!) and the person who tagged you.
  • Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there!
  • State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.
  • Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.. or else you’ll be “it” forever.
  • Have fun, of course!

December

is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.

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January

begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not.

It’s still the beginning of the year but you can read my bookish resolutions of the year here.


February

is the month for relationships. Name your favourite book relationship: romantic, platonic or familial- your choice!

Can I choose a couple???? Because there are so freaking many!

1. Harry Potter and the Weasley family relationship for starters! 2. Ronan Lynch and Adam Parrish have successfully broken my heart a dozen times with every interaction between them. 3. Jude and Andy from A Little Life is sad as fuck but so genuine. That’s why I want to become a physician. That exact reason.

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March

is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.

The only answer to this question will forever be Harry Potter!

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April

is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.

I hate this book so much because it let me down soooooo hard! People hyped it up to be some scary/spooky story but it was a weird love triangle that I didn’t get. I was hoping for something like Fotoalbument and Dagboken by Laura Trenter that scared the living shit out of me when I was a kid. I primarily blame the people that advertised the book and made the book cover because they misled people as hell…

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May

is the month where flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.

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June

is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre you like to read when you just need to check out.

Fantasy. Take me away to your completely fabricated world and distract me!


July

is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks.


Birthday Month (July):

State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.

The best gift I have ever been given must have been the last Harry Potter book on my birthday, a day before the release. My dad preordered it but there was some mistake and the books were sent out a week early so he gave it to me 30/7 (my birthday) instead of 31/7 (Harry Potter’s birthday) and I read it all in one sitting.


August

is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.

I’ve received an eArc from Netgalley of How to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Mansell and although it might not be a 5-star book it’s an incredible start to what I believe will be a long and fruitful career within romance writing. She is so good at avoiding cliché’s and not making me, a bitter single person, puke or roll my eyes!

Haven’t read any “new” authors, unfortunately.


September

is the time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.


October

is a time to celebrate halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for halloween.

I actually have a sticker of this on my laptop! Next Halloween I really want to dress up as Kim dressed as Draco.. Iconic!

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November

is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!

All of which were recommended to me by Victoria, my main bitch! (Lara shoutout to you too but you don’t read fantasy….. SMH!)


I TAG:


Comment and link your posts if you choose to do the tag, because these were some awesome questions that I would love to know your pick for!

Sunday Funday: New Year Bookish Resolutions for 2017

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Happy New Year all!!! Incredibly excited, as I guess you also are, that 2016 is over… This year has truly been a year for realisation of how shitty the world really is.

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Hopefully, we can learn from our mistakes and move forward in the next year. And, I would very much like to learn from my reading mistakes this year.

So my 2017 New Year Bookish Resolutions are (or, things I’ve realised in 2016 that I don’t want to repeat):

First, I have vowed to never read an unfinished series. I just have too many things on my mind and I always forget important details and it’s incredibly frustrating to read a book and having to figure out the details again. So, I’m only reading finished series this year or series with final books coming out this year. With the exception of ASOIAF… because I’m rereading it again this year!

Second, I want to read more books that I actually want to read and will have an interest in rather than books that are hyped up in our community… Sometimes, I’ve felt a pressure to read these new books that come out even though I know that I’ll hate them.

Third, which is a partial contradiction to my previous paragraph, I want to read and review more books.

Fourth, I want to read a minimum of 30 books this year. I still don’t know if I want to include rereads, because this year I included my Harry Potter reread but not my Six of Crows reread…

Fifth, I want to have more fun with reading. I keep making it a chore and forcing myself to finish a book because it’s good when I’m not feeling it AT ALL! ِ Explanation to come in a review that’s coming up soon.

Sixth, I will stop following made-up rules I make up for myself and just do whatever the fuck I want with my reading habits and this blog!

Thank you to all reading! Comment with what bookish resolution you’ve made this year and hope you stick to it