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Assalamualaikum, May peace be upon you.

Back in early 2016, I had a horrible realisation that I was reading less and less ever since Autumn 2015 and I felt that I was losing a part of my identity. This continued throughout 2016 in which I read sparsely (7 books in 8 months). But ever since my break with social media and my other hobbies, I’ve gotten the groove back with e-books! Shhhh, don’t tell my supervisors, but I used the free time at my intern to read and write posts (like this one I’m writing) for this blog. 😉

Okay, I lied – partly. I shared my reading list with my supervisor, HAHA. He was impressed that I’ve already read 7 books while I’m under his care, so I think that’s a green light to reading at the office. Needless to say, I’m more active on Goodreads than I was before and I’m digging this pace so when I saw this tag  floating about, I was like, why not? Here goes!

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Petite #Shelfie along with the (not so) petite reviews

Assalamualaikum, May peace be upon you.

Here’s the deal: I almost didn’t want to write this because these books were read more than a month ago and I am your humanised Dory. At least Dory remembers the P. Sherman address thing. Anyways, I feel like my “Back to December” series doesn’t feel complete without having bookish matters – especially since I was doing well compared to my devastating bookless semester in Autumn 2015. So without further ado, here are books I’ve read:

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(I highly recommend you playing this song while reading, it expresses my feelings quite accurately)

Assalamualaikum, May Peace be Upon You.

How have you all been? While other countries are experiencing seasonal change, Brunei has been having unpredictable storms and heat waves. And with the exam fever still in effect, I hope everyone is in the pink of health (and speedy recovery to those who are feeling a bit blue).

November has come to an end and with it, my third semester as a Biological Science undergraduate. As I mentioned in a recent instagram post, please allow me to pause on this upward ride of the roller coaster and recap what happened during these last four months that yanked me away from any opportunity to write:

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver Elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army, she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a superhuman ability she didn’t know she had.

Except… her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard — the leaders of a budding Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart.

Sypnosis taken from here.

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And here I thought I was the only one suffering this! Experienced all symptoms and all genres mentioned.

I don’t regret it though, since this burnout actually made me had that little reading hiatus last year and made me found a new genre/author(s) that I’m currently in love: Murakami’s and Paolo Coelho’s The Alchemist (Mitch Albom’s The Time Traveller also had a deep impact to me during those times).

I’m still a “patient”, so to say and I’m not in a hurry to get cured but I do read a few trendy books that friends have recommended (which are only Eleanor and Park, Divergent and TFIOS) and I somehow bought myself Red Queen without any idea that it was a trending book (like, how much of a coincidence is it in getting a trendy book that I was avoiding in the first place?) and I’m considering “All the Bright Places” as well (of course, getting influenced by Aentee is a whole different thing, haha!) so maybe one day I might get back to YA… but for now just thinking about it… is kind of impossible. I’ll stick to what I’m comfortable with since time is getting more limited for me anyways. Gotta make every word count!

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Confession Time:  This discussion post only happened because I saw these cute medical icons Designed by Freepik and was determined to use them somehow 😛  But I hope this is still a valid bookish topic haha.

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What is this strange disease and do you have it?  Read on to find out, my friend!

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Book Trend Burnout:  When a reader encounters a specific storyline, trope or characters so many times during their reading experience that they decide to quit that genre forever.

Sound extreme? I’ve certainly contemplated doing so more than once.  If Goodreads or my twitter feed is any indication, I am not alone in this predicament.  There really can be too much of a good thing, once 1984 and Brave New World were my favourite classics – making me mad for the dystopia genre.  Now that it’s become a buzz word, I think twice before purchasing a book…

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“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood.

I’ve only been blogging for a little over a month, but I’m already feeling though my reading list is whittled down to books I’ve seen on other people’s blogs.  Naturally, that means I primarily read very hyped books. It’s easy to see the trickle down effect:  publishers send out their most promising releases to big name bloggers, whose excitement is so infectious it has me piling the shopping cart with orders.  While this is absolutely awesome as I’ve discovered so many titles I love this way, it also make me want to take a step back and ask: should I try and give other books a chance? I’ll weigh the pro’s and cons of reading these popular titles below.

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The awesome reasons why I can’t help but…

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