Blogging Update

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a lovely summer. Mine is sadly about to come to an end. I’ve been a bit MIA this past month and that has a lot to do with me focusing on my college applications. I’ve decided to apply to quite a few schools (12 total) and am trying to get as much done as possible before school starts up again in a couple weeks.

Along with the distraction that comes along with college apps, I’ve been plagued with computer problems this past couple months, and my trustworthy laptop has finally taken it’s last breath (its demise ushered along by my water wielding reckless younger brother). I luckily have a desktop to fall back on but since its shared communally among my family I don’t get much of a chance to be on it and sadly college apps are the priority. I just wanted y’all to know so you’re not left drowning in curiosity as to my disappearance. I’ll pop in every now and hope to be back to blogging full time soon.

Happy Reading!

Get To Know Me Tag

I spotted this tag over at the Wanderlust Reader blog and it looked like a lot of fun so I decided to try it out!

Books

CAN YOU STOP READING AT ANY TIME, OR DOES IS HAVE TO BE A CERTAIN PAGE OR CHAPTER?

I can stop reading at any time, I don’t have to finish the page or chapter or even paragraph. I’ll just mark the page I was on and start from the top when I come back to it.  

DO YOU EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING WHILST READING?

I sometimes snack or drink while eating but I can’t read while eating lunch or dinner.

ONE BOOK AT A TIME OR SEVERAL AT ONCE?

At this given moment I am reading 4 book at once. I don’t mean to read several at once but whenever I put a book down for awhile sometimes another one catches my eye and I can’t wait to finish the one I’m already reading and then it goes on and on until I’m reading 5 books at once.

CAN YOU READ LISTENING TO MUSIC OR WATCHING TV?

I am very easily distracted especially when listening to music with actual lyrics or a TV show. I usually listen to classical music or movie scores if I’m reading somewhere with lots of people and noise to tune them out. I can’t watch TV and read at the same time, I’ll either become super engrossed in the books and tune the show out completely and miss everything or watch the show while the book lays open on my lap forgotten.

READING AT HOME OR EVERYWHERE?

I can read anywhere, I love reading at home (fewer distractions) but if I have to be out and about all I need are some headphones and a place to sit.

READING OUT LOUD OR IN YOUR HEAD?

The only time I read out loud is when I’m reading to my brothers before bed otherwise in my head.

DO YOU READ AHEAD OR SKIP PAGES?

I hate accidentally spoiling myself so I try not to look ahead even a couple lines so that doesn’t happen. But the one instance in which I’ll break that habit is when characters are breaking into someones office and rifling trough it or something, in situations like that I always look ahead a few paragraphs or even pages to see how it turns out then double back and read it.

BREAKING THE SPINE OR KEEPING IT NEW?

I love breaking in the spine of books cause it shows that you love the books and that you obviously have it read more than once, it also makes handling the book a lot easier.

DO YOU WRITE BOOKS OR JUST READ THEM?

I started writing A book, it’s been progressing at a slow pace but it’s happening.

FIVE FAVORITE BOOKS:

Outlander

The Martian

A Court of Mist and Fury

The Name of The Wind

THE LAST BOOK THAT YOU READ?

Silver Silence – Patricia Briggs

ABOUT ME

NAME: Ikram

NAME MEANING: Honor, Hospitality, Generosity

HAIR COLOR: Naturally it’s a very dark brown, but after putting henna in it a couple years ago in the sunlight it’s a very bright red.

EYE COLOR: Dark Brown

MY BIRTHDAY: October 5

HEIGHT: 5’0 (I’m actually 4’11.75 but I always round up cause 5’0 sounds better)

PLACE OF BIRTH: Seattle, Washington

STAR SIGN: Libra

BEST FEATURE: Eyes

PIERCINGS: Just my earlobes although I do want more

TATTOOS: None at the moment but I wouldn’t be opposed to getting some in the future

RIGHTY OR LEFTY: Righty

PETS: None. I’ve always wanted a cat but my mom is super allergic  but hopefully someday.

SIBLINGS: I have 5 siblings. One older brother and 4 younger; two sisters and two brothers.

KIDS: None

ARE YOU MARRIED: Single as a pringle

DREAM JOB: Being an Author or a Screenwriter

HOBBIES: I write poetry for fun, I also like writing lists.

FAVORITES

FILMS: The Mummy (1999 version), The Princess Bride, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

SONGS: My favorite song is always changing based on my mood so here are a list of my favorite artists instead.

Imagine Dragons

Lorde

Coldplay

Aerosmith

The Eagles

Billy Joel

One Republic

Ed Sheeran

Harry Styles 

TV SHOWS: I love watching TV so I have lots of favorites

Game of Thrones

Outlander

The 100

How I Met Your Mother

Frontier

The Tudors

Gilmore Girls

Stranger Things

Dark Matter

The Magicians

The Crown

I’m sure I can think of more but these are all great and 10/10 would reccomend y/all check out.

YOUTUBERS:

I don’t spend as much time on youtube as I used to but the few people i always make a point of watching are Phillip DeFranco, Fact, as well as Booktubers such as Sasha from Abookutopia, Christine from PolandBannannasBooks, Jesse from JesseTheReader, Kat from Katytastic, Lilly from LilliycReads and Emma from Emmmabooks.

FOOD: French fries and Lasagna always top the list

DRINKS: Coffee! And Iced tea or lemonade

RESTAURANTS: I’m allergic to eggs so I always have to be super careful about what I eat because most people don’t know whether certain items contains eggs or not but I do love Chick Fil A and Sonic.

SHOPS: I tend to buy most of my clothes from Forever 21 but my favorite shope is of course Half Price Books!

ANIMALS: Cats, Koalas

PERFUME: I don’e have a favorite

COLORS: Teal

MUSIC GENRE: Alternative, Classic rock

DO YOU

BELIEVE IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? Absolutely, I think it’s possible to fall in love at first sight but you realize it as you get to know them better.

BELIEVE IN GHOSTS? No

BELIEVE IN ALIENS? Yes, this world is to large for us to be the only intelligent species

BELIEVE IN SOULMATES? Not really.

BELIEVE IN HEAVEN AND HELL? Yes!

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF? Sometimes but nowhere near as much as I should

WHAT

IS YOUR FAVORITE/WORST SUBJECT AT HIGH SCHOOL

Favorite: English, History

Worst: Physics!

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT WOULD YOU BUY?

A house with an entire room as a library, as well as setting some away for my college tuition

IS SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU WERE TALENTED AT?

I always wished I had continued learning how to play an instrument, I took a few piano lessons when I was younger and then decided to play the flute but I ended up dropping that too. I also wish that I had learned another language, I already speak English and Somali very fluently as well as being able to read and write Arabic but I’ve always wanted to speak Italian (my mother knows it) but never learned.

IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?

Their smile. 🙂

ON TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Travelling is huge on my bucket list, especially Europe. I’d love to sometime in the future set aside time to just make my way across Europe starting in England and just explore the history.

IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT?

Starting to write my book. The idea had been marinating in my head for awhile but I had never actually sat down and written anything down and when I finally did was a huge accomplishment for me.

SOMETHING YOU LOOK FOR IN A PARTNER?

Compassion is a very essential trait as well as confidence and a sense of humor.

SOMETHING YOU DISLIKE?

Long advertisements in front of videos

FAVORITE FAIRY TALE?

Beauty and the Beast

RANDOM FINAL QUESTIONS

SEASON? Autumn

FURTHEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN FROM HOME?

I lived in India for three years and that was a 36 hour flight from Seattle to Seoul to Mumbai and then finally to Hyderabad. The return flight 3 years later to Texas was pretty much the same length from Hyderabad to Abu Dhabi to Chicago to San Antonio.

IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE?

I would be fine anywhere in Scotland or England, but here in the US I’s love to live in LA.

SWEET OR SAVORY?

Sweet

LAST TIME YOU CRIED?

A few days ago an article I had read on The Washington Post had me laughing so hard I started crying.

IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE A FRIEND OF YOURSELF?

Of course I am a joy to be around.

SCARY MOVIE OR HAPPY ENDING?

Happy ending, I don’t do horror very well.

HOW YOU WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FASHION SENSE?

Weird. I love throwing different patterns together and wearing bold and bright colors.

ARE YOU COMPETITIVE?

Not really

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A SINGLE SENTENCE:

A vertically challenged, quiet teen. 

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL?

My parents ❤

IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Enjoy the moment you don’t need to know everything

I hope you enjoyed this tag! I’d love to hear your thoughts! Do we have things in common?

Happy Reading!

 

Summer TBR + Goals

It’s been 5 days since my summer vacation started and I don’t know the date. Not so surprisingly this isn’t a rare occurrence. If there’s one thing the school year is good for it’s for forcing me to know what day it is but when it comes to summer all the days just blur with one another. But now that it’s summer there is infinitely more time to read! Rather than doing TBR for the next few months I thought it would be easier to just set some ambiguous semi-concrete goals for the things I want to achieve this summer. Read More »

Sunshine Blogger Award

Just when life settles down the unexpected happens. I’ve been in the midst of finals and uploading here has been rather sporadic but I’m really excited for today’s post. I was recently nominated by Beth @Reading Every Night to do this ward and I am super excited to do this. Thanks for tagging me Beth cause it is my first ever award! So here are my answers for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

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Book Blogger Confession Tag

The school year is winding to a close and that means more time for reading! I have a bunch of reviews and discussions coming your way soon, with school ending the creative juices have begun flowing and I’m really excited for the summer. It’s always nice to get things off your chest so I thought I’d do the Book Blogger Confession Tag. I found the tag questions on a random google image search but here go my bookish confessions. confessionsRead More »

Too Many GIFs? Is There Such A Thing?

I think we can all agree that the best part of writing review or discussions is the part when you’re searching up GIFs. The search for the perfect GIF that encapsulates all your feelings can sometimes be long and require you to go through almost ten pages of Google searches but once you find that perfect GIF it makes your post just that much better. This now begs the question is there such a thing as too many GIFS? I mean many of us disagree on the correct pronunciation of the word ( It’s G-if, not J-if) but is there such a thing as using too many?i dont knowRead More »