Sweepstakes June ’18

First, of many giveaways, I’m planning to hold this year. It’s a simple two-way street, follow and enter the giveaway.

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$20 Credit for any item on Book Depository!

  • The giveaway is global (for all with an address Book Depository ships to)
  • Last day to enter is Friday, 15th June 2018
  • Winners announced by Sunday, 17th June 2018
  • The winner is chosen at random through a draw ( the more the entries, the higher your chances)
  • I’m hosting the giveaway on all my social accounts 

How to Enter

  1. Follow me on one or more social channels and comment/retweet/share the giveaway post to let me know you’ve entered ( please include your name if you have a different social handle everywhere)
  2. Each time I get a follower on any social platform, I’ll add their names to the draw (once they engage on the giveaway post with their names). so naturally, the more places you follow me the closer you get to winning.
  3. Once participated, add the post to your stories/feed/timeline for at least 24 hours to spread the word, you may tag or mention me to let me know.

Rules of Participation

  1. Must have an address Book Depository can ship to ( Please check this, I won’t be held responsible if your order never comes to you).
  2. Must have followed me on one or more social platform and engaged with the giveaway post. (if you follow but never comment, I wouldn’t know you participated)
  3. Must still be a follower by the time results are announced (it’s very easy to check guys, so let’s never do that).

Thanks for reading the post and for participating.

If you’re already a follower here, you may follow me on other media to enter (for those who’re already following me everywhere, you get two entries, let me know ;)!)

Good luck, folks!

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Hollow City – A Review

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Title: Hollow City
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Supernatural Fantasy / Sci-Fi Fantasy / Historical Fantasy
Series: Yes; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Short Review: A tale of intriguing adventures of peculiar children mixed with time travel, war and romance told with unique historical pictures.

page-breakhQuotes from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

❤“When someone won’t let you in, eventually you stop knocking.”

❤“We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.”

❤“Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.”

❤“..what an unchallenged life it would be if we always got things right on the first go.”

❤“…slow and drunk is no match for fast and scared shitless.”

❤“Just because they knew it was lost didn’t mean they knew how to let it go.”

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Synopsis

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

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Review

Hollow City does a good job of creating a captivating, magical world and accompanying the plot with finely selected vintage photos.

The photographs in Hollow City are just as bizarre and outlandish as the ones in the first book. I love the way the photos tie into the story and how each photo seems to tell a story of it’s own.

It was exciting to see the world outside of Cairnholm and to read about the Peculiar children who are traveling to London. The first novel in the series had a very closed environment to it and it was amazing to see the expanded world of the Peculiar. The world-building in Hollow City is thorough and readers will be brought to new loops where there are peculiar animals and other unexpected creatures. I loved visiting so many varied locations and reading about the distinct Peculiar locals.

There was however, a lot of repetitiveness, with all the kids on run and wights catching up every other chapter. I also felt it was dragged unnecessarily and wanted to skip thru some chapters but I didn’t (Yay me!)

I was constantly told not to continue the series as it gets worse, well it didn’t. Again, I didn’t enjoy the writing as much but the vintage pictures made up for it. The trilogy is still a better option than many other fantasy out there.

Read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to find out!

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Other Books from the Series

#1  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – June 2011
#2  Hollow City – Feb 2015
#3  Library of Souls – September 2015

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Similar Books

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(International)
Hardcover    Box Set $34.18
Paperback    Box Set $26.28

(Pakistan)
Paperback Pkr.995/-

All that is wrong with the world today

Whining is pretty much what we hear every other day be it a child for losing his toy, an adult over a breakup, an elderly on their loneliness or a country on its poverty. It’s alright to vent out but it’s dangerous when that’s all we do. The children eventually get over losing their toys or loved ones and pretty much everything else too, only until they’re 10 (today’s 5). That’s when they become a part of our world, a world where it’s either a win or a tragedy.

We grew up learning how loss is the first step towards success, I distinctly remember my family’s casual attitude on my loses over the years. Were they not worried, one must think, but they made me believe that the experience weighs more than the price. Today I look back and only remember the achievements and gains, but all those disappointments, setbacks and failures made me the person I am today.

The modern era follows a rather different school of thought. True that competition and challenges bring the best out of you but that doesn’t justify using tragedy synonymous to loss and failure. Why did we stop appreciating the fruitful journey? When did we rule out learning?

Being a 21st century born, I belong to more than one generation. The amalgamation has only been overwhelming, rising conflicts and falling ethics are all the rage. It makes us wonder when did we start obsessing over worldly things to an extent where we lost the concept of spirituality and simplicity. We talk about civilisation and peace in a world full of hatred and terrorism, meanwhile, people behave like barbarians. Today, we have lost all our values and aims. Today, the false promises, breaking hearts, lying, cheating, killing, betrayal, everything seems ordinary, we live in a world where falling of stock prices are given preference over the martyred 100+ children. It’s disgusting more than its sad. We would sensationalise anything for money, status, and popularity. Nothing precedes these worldly comforts in the eye of an individual of today.

Only if we realized what we’ve become, we can act to change it. We complain much much more than we appreciate. Ever stopped to smile for a child or to be thankful for having all that you have? If not, today is the day. It’s never too late to start living, all you have to do is look around with a better perspective.

It’s a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful world as Elvis explains it and I agree with the man. This place holds so much for every single one of us, yet we cry and run monotonously after all of the meaningless and worthless of things. Our lives today are grieving and suffering for no reason at all.

Smile by Naiha A. Mir for NMLifeinWords

The key to happiness is embracing our existence. Ever hated a helpful person? Ever found a kind and humble man unattractive? No. We don’t realize how little of a meaning these hold, we underestimate the good there is in life. In reality, the truth is always beyond what naked eyes could see.

Smile Today, for a better tomorrow!

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I’m doing a Goodreads Tag!

What do I love more than (or same as) books, well Goodreads! I spent half my weeks scrolling and surfing on their web, do you?

I was tagged to do a Goodreads Tag months ago and here I am catching up on it.

What was the last book you marked as read?

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HappyLand by Tesmekonnen. I’m also writing up a review in a bit ( that will be after this goes up) and I would request you guys to check it out. I was sent the copy by the Author and I kept drooling over the cover for months! I’ve finally come around reading it and will post a review shortly.

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When you get Hardcopies for Review!

What are you currently reading?

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Well, according to my Goodreads I’m reading three books right now, but in real I’m reading All the Light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr. The remaining two were borrowed books and I had to return before I got around the end so I’ll have to put them on hold till I get myself a copy. :p The struggle people – the struggle.

What was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?

rump-booksAW405651_04I recently discovered a book on Rumpelstilskin and I absolutely wanted to read it! It’s that character we all love but know little about like Mad Hatter and little curious me craved for more. The book is called Rump by Liesl Shurtliff and I’ve already ordered my copy from Amazon, yay!

Do you use the star rating system?

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I do! Doesn’t everybody? I do wish Goodreads introduced half stars?

Are you doing the 2018 reading challenge?

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I am! I’m aiming for 55 books and hoping some magic would happen around the corner. I got married and was hungover till mid February then moved to Australia and didn’t have any books except the three that I brought with me. That’s all I’ve read this year – looking forward to emptying my pockets on Book depository and Amazon in the coming months. :p

 

Do you have a wish list?

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Duh! I am planning to add a wish list to my blog as well, you never know someone might be brimming with generosity and stumble upon my blog. I do have one on Goodreads and well once in a while I cut off a few titles from there and add to my actual real-life shelf.

Who are your favorite authors?

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oh my god – that’s a trick question. umm if I had to pick I guess I’ll pick Tolkien, Rowling, Bardugo and now Maas.

 

Have you joined any groups?

turkey-_800x600Too many – Recently I went out to filter them and got down to some 5 groups. They’re fun but too often people start spamming with irrelevant messages. I would like to name few but the only that comes to my mind is T5W because the rest are just inactive or I’m not particularly active in em.

How many Goodreads shelves do you have?

book_sleighing_wheeeee_gif_animation_by_retsamys-d5p8g2qSo this is new to me as-well, didn’t know I have only Six shelves. I should be having more. So for now I have

  1. Read – everything I read (and remember to add :p ) 
  2. Currently Reading –  I almost always add any book that I start and there is stays for as long as I take to indulge.
  3. Want to Read – Ya’ll know the drill :p This shelf has some thousand books and I don’t believe it’ll ever shrink down.
  4. DNF – That’s Did not Finish and I hardly have books in that shelf but the ones that happen to fall there deserve it! :p
  5. Giveaway Wins – I’ve only won one Goodreads giveaway but I’m hoping that’s a start!
  6. Recommended – My most favourite ever goes to this shelf

I TAG…

My favourite Bloggers

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  1. Hina from Hina Loves to Read
  2. Alexa from Alexa Loves Books
  3. Sara from Sarah Kettle Borough
  4. Dorie from Dorie’s Reading Corner
  5. Kelly from Another Book in the Wall
  6. Nadia from Headscarves and Hardbacks
  7. Almas from She & Books
  • All the bookworms who want to do this! Don’t forget to link back to me 😉

How organised is your Goodreads? Are you doing the Goodreads Challenge? How is it going? Let me know in the comments! 

Here’s my Goodreads profile: Naiha Abid
oh and don’t forget to leave your Goodreads links – I’ll follow all you lot!

DeeTales: #2 Distractions.

It’s getting harder and harder to pretend. To keep things orderly, to act sane. Life is supposed to be good and joyful, he’s supposed to be content if not over the moon. Then why does he feel the need to scream? Why is he crying on drying throat and already dried eyes?

His situation is getting worse, if he could, now would be the time he’d stock up on alcohol or drugs. Anything to cut loose the deafening pain within. But he can’t, one line he wouldn’t cross, couldn’t cross, for the sake of whatever is left of him on this land.

Words have lost all meaning just like relationships. He learned long ago that the world is a temporary home, he made friends only to help them, lived with family only to serve them, always reminding that this isn’t the home to stay but a place in between, that this life is a passage and the destination beyond it. Years he held that belief, years he lived for not himself, but years were taken away from him, he didn’t die but grew up. Grew up to learn that there is hurt and pain and so much worse that he wishes he’d never given it a part of him only to be returned abused and stained.