It’s been a minute since I posted anything here, so hi, people! Hope you all are doing good and well! My hiatus still isn’t over (in fact, I think it’ll be going on for much longer than I’d originally planned) so I’m just posting an update regarding stuff I’d read while I was missing in action.

Books read

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

My brain kinda went ‘I’m reading low stakes fluffy contemporary romances’ so this was the first book I picked up…and I’m so glad! This book is so GOOD, and Zayneb and Adam are relatable protagonists through and through, and I loved the way they become friends and fall in love.

The story takes place in Doha, Qatar – where Zayneb goes after she was suspended from school for standing up up an islamophobic teacher. She was so fierce, opiniative and determined I couldn’t help falling in love with her. Adam was soft-spoken, kind, but quietly brave in his own way. Just…I loved the whole thing. Just read this book, I’m pretty sure you’ll love this as well.

My rating: ★★★★★ (five stars!)

doodlecrafter the ider Do

This had me smiling ridiculously all the way to Volume 4. Like seriously, how could a comic be so adorable and interesting and sweet? I loved the progression of Nick and Charlie’s relationship, the casual queerness of it all, and the friend gang! As a side note, I also loved how it discussed mental health and eating disorders – and also, the inclusion of trigger warnings, they helped me quite a bit. Alice Oseman has now become one of my favourite authors, I’m looking forward to reading more of their books!

Volume 1 : ★★★★☆

Volume 2 : ★★★★☆

Volume 3 : ★★★★★

Volume 4 : ★★★★★

doodlecrafter the ider Do

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Somewhere down the line my resolution to read only low stakes stories disappeared and I ended up reading one of the most hyped up books of the year – the hype is so deserved. The plot was gripping and the twists were horrifying and unpredictable. I loved the two main characters, Chiamaka and Devon, and their journey as they reluctantly team up to solve the mystery.

My only problem with Ace of Spades was that I felt the ending wrapped up far too quickly for my taste. The themes of poverty, homophobia and institutionalised racism weren’t subtle at all, but somehow, I loved that about the book? If it was more subtle I think I’d would have lessened the impact this book has. My rating: ★★★★☆ (four stars)

I watched the Loki show with my siblings and I am…underwhelmed. The show was good, funny, and messily creative, and it’s probably because I was in a bad mood while I watched it, but half the time I wanted to punch the characters in the face. And I’m wondering just how the MCU plans on resolving all the chaos that happened. I need season two as soon as humanely possible because what the heck was that cliffhanger?

I also hope that season two is the last season, because I hate it when shows get dragged out. (I’m still waiting for The Dragon Prince season four).


Life update

🔸 I got the first dose of the COVID vaccine! That was the only time I stepped out of the house for all this time.

🔸 School has come to a standstill since the teachers’ strike (on one hand, I’m more than nervous about facing my A/L’s after writing only one term test for three years. On the other hand, both my parents are teachers and the strike is more than justified, so…)

🔸 Schools shutting down mean my A/L’s got postponed again, to November, and it’s obvious they’ll postpone it to at least December.

🔸 A lot of my family friends and relatives got infected with COVID in the past two months, which was scary, not gonna lie.

Okay, that plunged into a while lot of negativity. I’m hopeful that school will start soon, because I haven’t interacted with anyone who isn’t family in ages (I suck at being in touch with people, seriously) and I’d be motivated to study more, because I haven’t felt this aimless in forever.

Phew, I’d almost forgotten how to write a blog post! I’d be back around January/February, so in the meantime, hope you all stay safe!

41 thoughts on “I still exist (a reading wrap up)

  1. Ohmyyy goddddd you’re backkkkk😭😭😭
    It feeelt sooo goood to see your post in my notifications after all these months ahh🥺
    And congrats on your first doseee💕
    Ahhh I hate COVID, like, postposing the exam AGAIN is a bit tooo much now!😭
    But again, I cant stop saying that it feels so good to have you backk🤍🤍🤍

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  2. Jan!! Its so nice seeing your post after so long! Congrats on your first dose! I’m happy you’re doing well, and those books all look so good! I have Ace of Spades and Love From A To Z on my TBR this month, so I’m really excited for those, and I’m really glad you enjoyed them!

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  3. Congrats on your first vaccine dose! I hope you and your family will be okay!
    Ahh, isn’t the Heartstopper series absolutely adorable? I love it so much. 🥺
    I’m really looking forward to reading Love from A to Z, I heard a lot of great things about it!
    Hope you have a successful exam season!

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  4. Ahh, sorry for being so late to this – my thesis has me fully in its grasp 😅😅😅 I’m so happy to see you liked Heartstopper, though! Those books are just the most wholesome thing ever 🥰
    Also, I’m keeping my fingers crossed schools in Sri Lanka will reopen soon with better conditions for teachers! I totally get wanting to see real people again!

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  5. Sending you good thoughts and best of luck with everything. I hope you and your family are well !! 💜 I loved Love From A to Z too, one of my favourite contemporaries !! 😍 Heartstopper is such a delight as well. I love Oseman and even though I am always excited to see what they do, I was surprised by how much I liked heartstopper !! It had a lot more to it than I expected. Glad you enjoyed them too !!

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  6. I hope your family is doing better. 😟💙 I’m glad you posted, Jan! And I finally read the first Heartstopper book a little while ago (I’m hopefully getting the other books soon too).
    I hope you’ll keep popping in every once in a while!

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