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Book Review: Wrong Day to Wear a Dress by Naissa Amada

✦ABOUT NAISSA AMADA ✦
Naissa Amada is an artist, poet, writer and French musician, born in Mayotte Island, 1995. She uses Instagram as her primary sharing platform. She has published her first collection of poems entitled; Wrong Day to Wear a Dress ,in April, 2019. It deals with topics such as love, heartbreak, isolation, self-esteem, and self-discovery. Her writings are based on her own song lyrics. Unable to rid herself of her heartache through her songs, she decided to write her thoughts page after page, and eventually created her first book of poems; Wrong Day to Wear a Dress, which she refers as ‘chronicles of thoughts’.

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
‘This book I wrote, is a fresh start. From dust I’m making a star. This, is a light to my darkness and a remedy for my heart (…) The time I have spent writing this, is second to none healer. Here, I’m exposing myself, and I share my hassles, my thoughts, and my truths. I have typed out my struggles and all the lessons I have learned from them.’

i have lost one, one that loved me.
i have left one, one i had a connection with.
and i have loved one, one that wasn’t ready.

Naissa Amada, Wrong Day to Wear a Dress

✦MY THOUGHTS ✦
First of all, thank you to Naissa Amada for sending me your book, it was such a lovely surprise. The very first thing that caught my attention was the cover of this book. It’s so pretty and the illustrations inside are beautiful. It’s pure art! This collection of poems consists of ten chapters:
I am. behaviors.
– sure.
-heart.
– confusions.
-journey.
– wounds.
– recovering.
– strong.
– wisdoms.
– done.
The book represents author’s personal experience and it is a beautiful yet heartbreaking story. Naissa writes about her battles and how it affects her. She writes about how does it feel to lose a loved one. Every heartbreak has its lesson and we can’t avoit it. They are supposed to make us stronger and braver than we thought we are. There is a reason why we aren’t meant to be with certain people and sometimes it’s difficult to understand. I loved how the author gives more importance to our self-esteem rather than focusing on losing our loved ones. Of course, it’s hard to accept the fact that some people just aren’t the right ones, but have you ever thought about your feelings and what happens with us at that times?
Admit it or not, we have all been there. We cried and we almost always blame it on us. However, it’s not always our mistake. We are still pretty inside out! And we should never forget it.

thank you for breaking my heart,
thank you for making me cry.
somehow, you made me believe in myself
more than i ever did.
somehow, you made a human of me,
more than i ever was.

Naissa Amada, Wrong Day to Wear a Dress

Time heals everything. It’s not just some random quote that will help you go through this day. What I really mean here is that being hurt and sad is a process that will result in questioning your thoughts. Who you really are and why you weren’t meant to be together. You will not answer these questions right away. They will take some time and it will just hit you one day. You will realize that you are not made for each other.
Both of you are still great people but he likes his coffee black with sugar and you drink your tea. He likes being home and you love taking long walks. He’s a dog person and you adore cats. Your visions of the perfect life are entirely two different views. Most importantly, he cannot see you in his vision of life and he does not exist in your visions.
It’s time for you to move on…

I highly recommend this book if you’re a fan of poetry like me. It’s beautiful and I adore every line. I will definitely reread this book very soon!

My rating: 5/5⭐

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Book Review: Just Get Up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius by Isaac Samuel Miller

✦ABOUT ISAAC SAMUEL MILLER ✦
Isaac Samuel Miller is the author of Just Get Up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius and he has a collaborative book entitled, Expert & Influencers; The Leadership Edition. When Isaac turned 11 he was determined to provide for his sick mom and to escape poverty, so he set out on a journey to fight his way to success. Eventually this led to Isaac becoming an entrepreneur at 17 years of age. Isaac has over 13 years of experience as an entrepreneur and he works as a licensed strength & conditioning fitness trainer, sales coach, and a motivational speaker.
Isaac has a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation & leisure studies along with a minor in psysical education. Isaac is an active member in his community, he gives of his time freely through preaching and delivering various bible discourses as a Minister. Isaac is a spoken word artist and he inspires people internationally with his spoken word piece entitled, Self-Belief. Isaac loves to inspire people and he invites the world to listen to his podcast entitled, JustGetUpWithIsaac for daily inspiration.

✦ SYNOPSIS ✦
Abandoned by his father at the age of seven, Isaac Miller embarks upon a thirteen-year journey to fight his way out of a life of crime, drugs, mediocrity, and poverty. Using his teenage imagination and work ethic as his guide, Isaac provides for his family, including his schizophrenic mother, and fights his way to becoming and entrepreneur at the age of seventeen. Through his story, Isaac demonstrates how you can start with nothing and still live your dreams. Just Get Up teaches you how to capture your own life’s dreams through exposing your inner genius.
This guided tour of self-development will teach you how to unlock your life’s true treasures. It will appeal to all people seeking a real-life inspirational story of overcoming adversities. Along your journey you will find The Limelight Spot Effect, The 27-Month Plan, and The Octagon Way as you build your own success through his Just Get Up program. Isaac invites you to Just Get Up and tap into your unlimited potential as you discover your inner genius one chapter at a time.

Your heart’s mind is the most sensitive aspect of your willpower and it must be protected! It is the one thing that you know that can steal your joy. If your heart’s mind is hacked, you will constantly battle with feelings of doubt. Doubt is normal, but wrestling with any temptation all day and every day is taxing on the heart and on the mind.

Isaac Samuel, Just Get Up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius

✦MY THOUGHTS ✦
Reading this book was such a fantastic experience for me! I enjoyed very much and I must admit that something suddenly changed inside of me while I was reading this book. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does – I’m in awe. Speechless! I liked reading about Isaac, the little boy, achieving his dreams. The word ‘impossible’ does not exist in his vocabulary. He shows us that each one of us has rights to fight for their dreams.
We are all the same and there is only one correct path to follow, and you just have to focus on the good things and let the magic happen. In order to fulfill your dreams, you need to have some faith in yourself and you need to believe in God as well. I also love how Isaac tells us that it’s important to stay positive even at hard times. Only positivity gives us the strength we need to live a good life.
The author’s writing style is clear and easy to follow. Each step in the book is well-explained and examplified. The vocabulary used in this book is slightly complex and to understand some phrases, I had to use my dictionaries. My favorite part was learning how to develop a personal code. Basically, it’s about knowing who you are and what’s your purpose. We must think about it in terms of password. Almost everything has its own password and human beings need it, too.

Focus on yourself and not your shadow!

Isaac Samuel; Just Get Up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius

This book definitely inspired me to fight with my anxiety and panic attacks. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep my focus and positivity, but I think it’s in our human nature. We lose our focus everyday, but it’s important to find it and learn from our mistakes. We are just human beings and of course we will make mistakes but it shouldn’t mean that we’re not making any progress. Isaac tells us that making mistakes is just another part of our progress. Nobody can tell you how worthy you are. It’s your thing to decide. Life can be good if you choose to see it that way.
I want to recommend this book to everyone out there! It’s bloody brilliant and it will help you to see the world through different lenses. This book is already my best friend and I will definitely reread it very soon again.

My rating: 4/5⭐

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Life Update: Earthquakes, Me Moving Out, & Other Things

Hello friends,
I haven’t written anything in a while and I miss writing so much. I’ve just checked my social media and it’s a huge mess! I fell behind my schedule and I really need to catch up on my reading as soon as possible. So many new things happened to me and I don’t know where to start. A month ago I witnessed the first earthquake this year. It woke me up early in the morning and I was super scared. When you suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, earthquakes can be quite terrifying. I was scared, but I was also glad that it is over and I thought it won’t happen again. It was all great until 30th of August when it happened again. The earthquake was quite strong, but nobody’s hurt. Again, I was glad it was over and thought that’s it – won’t happen again. I was wrong. Ten days ago we had another earthquake and two days after another one happened. I’m scared to death and I don’t know what’s going on. Now, one week later everything is okay, but I am afraid it might happen again.

Another new thing is that I’m moving out in like two months or so. I will live with my boyfriend and we just found a new apartment. Now we are buying furniture and other things that we need. Sometimes it’s very frustrating and exhausting, but I’m glad I will finally get to live with my boyfriend. I must buy new shelves for my books, it’s like the most important thing for me! I bought some new bookish stuff to decorate my new home. I have some stickers, they are autumn themed. I think they will look good on my new shelves (even though I haven’t bought them yet). Also, I got the new Harry Potter map. It’s very big and I want to hang it on my wall. If you happen to know any bookish goodies that would look good in my new home, please let me know in the comment section.

When it comes to reading, I’m not satisfied with the amount of books I read this month. I fell behind my reading schedule, but I will try to read more now. The thing is that I really needed this break because I was devastated. It’s difficult to focus on your reading when your head is full of panic and fear. I’m currently reading Just Get Up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius by Isaac Smuel Miller and I like it very much. I was supposed to read this book back in August, but it arrived only a week ago. Honestly, it was worth waiting for because it’s so good. The author talks about his life and then he motivates us. It’s so inspiring and I love how he tells us that even though you start from nothing, you can go a long way and be successful. You just have to focus on the good things and learn from your mistakes. And I think it’s beautiful. I will post my review once I finish reading it, so stay tuned.

What’s on your agenda for this week?
Have a wonderful week!

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Spooky September Book Review: Death’s Life by B. Latif

✦ ABOUT BELA LATIF ✦
Born in the small town of Sarai, Alamgir, Pakistan, Bela Latif lived there with her parents and three siblings, emigrating to the U.S.A. with her parents in 2016. Brought up as a Muslim and speaking Urdu, she soon found that she preferred reading stories in English, her favorites being fairy stories. It was those English storybooks that planted the seed, which became deep-rooted in her soul and she knew in her heart she wanted to be a writer.

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
During centuries of collecting souls, Death spent her time making observations and theorizing about humans. What makes them who they are? How do they react and interact with one another? What are their religion beliefs? Above all, what must it be like to be human and have feelings and experience emotions? When she meets Aisha, a young girl who truly believes in Death and above all else, Allah, Death’s life is destined to changed.
Fascinated by her, Death follows Aisha’s life, through its many ups and downs, which ends in her untimely death. Throughout her ordeals, she clings steadfastly to her beliefs, despite her husband’s bullying ways, including trying to sell both his wife and their baby daughter.
When Death comes to take her soul, finding Aisha sick, weak, and homeless on the street, Aisha asks her to take and raise her unnamed baby daughter, as if she were her own and to keep her safe from humankind.
Entrusted with the child’s life and well-being, Death embarks on her quest. Naming her Rose, she raises her as if she were her mother in a castle she creates in the middle of the Brazilian Rainforest. All goes well until the untained Rose reaches the age of nineteen and happens upon Henry, the son of the Brazilian president, invites Rose to see the civilization and all it has to offer. Reluctantly, Death agrees to let her go, but is unable to accompany her as she is invisible to all but those who are about to die and Rose, who sees her as a perpetually beautiful woman in her thirties.
Death and Rose soon become estranged as Rose begins to learn about a world that has been kept from her for so many years, questions the version of reality that Death has taught her. Isolated from her adopted daughter, Death becomes bitter towards Henry, despite him treating Rose as if she were a princess. She and Rose remain apart until a few years after Henry’s demise when Death seeks her out once more and is shocked by what she finds. Will Death be able to rekindle her relationship, or has she left it too late?

They call me Death where I am more alive than they are

Bela Latif, Death’s Life

✦ MOTHER/DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP ✦
I really loved the characters in this book, they are brilliant. But what is fascinating for me is this mother-daughter relationship. It was so emotional for me and I loved how the author described everything. Firstly, I gave my heart to Aisha – she was an amazing mother and I loved how protective she is. She gave her life for her daughter. She was really brave and she was not afraid of Death. I don’t know why but reading about mother-daughter bound is always touching and I cry almost everytime when I read something like this. Death is another amazing character and even though she has no feelings – she did an amazing job as Rose’s mother. She was understanding and kind. I know she was ready to give up on everything just to see Rose happy. I could see Aisha through Death. To me, they are the same.

✦ THE TRUTH ABOUT POSSESSIVENESS AND LOVE ✦
Reading this book, I saw how love grows into something bigger, something called possessiveness. We tend to learn that love usually grows into something beautiful. However, this is not that case. Death was too good for Rose and we can see that she loves Rose, but her definition of love is just wrong. She thinks Rose belongs only to her, but that’s not how it works. You remember that famous quote ‘If you love someone – set them free’. And it’s true, everyone needs their freedom. I understand that Death is overprotective but sooner or later everyone will leave. And it’s the most natural thing in this world. Of course you will leave. You have to go live your life. Death couldn’t understand it and we can see how serious her intentions are in the second half of the book. In the beginning of the book, Death was just an observer. She studied people’s reactions and their lives. I can freely say that she almost hated them. And later, she became one of them. Rose was her life. And we know very well what happens in situations like these. One of them gets hearbroken and torn apart.

Humans know they are humans. Humans don’t know they have humanity. Something that I would call dead in them.

Bela Latif, Death’s Life

✦ OVERALL ✦
This book is just great! I loved everything about it and it was such an emotional experience for me. Thank you Bela Latif for letting me read it. One part of my heart will always stay in this book. It just blew me away! I also want to say how Latif’s choice of words is beautiful. I couldn’t stop copying these lines in my notebook. I want to remember them all. I highly recommend this book to every human being on this planet!

✦ DEATH’S LIFE QUOTES ✦
” No matter how many close friends you have, no matter how deeply you are connected to someone, there is just only truly intimate relationship you have in the end: Death.”

”God makes us free creatures. But every man is a slave to another man. We spend our lives for others only. All of it. First, unwillingly, and when we can’t stand it, then we willingly devote ourselves to someone, thinking we are doing it for ourselves, but we aren’t! It’s just a way of comforting oneself!”

”After years of experience I have realized there is only one he who loves you, and it’s not her. It’s He.”

My rating: 5/5⭐

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Sunday Mini Review: Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith

✦ABOUT AMBER SMITH✦
Amber Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels The Way I Used to Be, The Last to Let Go, and Something Like Gravity. An advocate for increased awareness of gendered violence, as well as LGBTQ equality, she writes in the hope that her books can help to foster change and spark dialogue surrounding these issues. She grew up in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her partner and their ever-growing family of rescued dogs and cats. You can find her online at AmberSmithAuthor.com

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
Chris and Maia aren’t off to a great start.
A near-fatal car accident first brings them together, and their next encounters don’t fare much better. Chris’s good intentions backfire. Maia’s temper gets the best of her.
But they are neighbors, at least for the summer, and despite their best efforts, they just can’t seem to stay away from each other.
The path forward isn’t easy. Chris has come out as transgender, but he’s still processing a frightening assault he survived the year before. Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister and trying to find her place in the world without her. Falling in love was the last thing on either of their minds.
But would it be so bad if it happened anyway?

✦ MY THOUGHTS ✦
Chris and Maia meet each other in quite unusual circumstances. Chris almost hits Maia with his car and ‘it’s not a big deal’. They don’t care about each other, but they feel some sort of connection. Somehow they always come back to each other. Unfortunately, Maia and Chris don’t understand each other because every single thing that Chris does, Maia reads it wrong. It’s like they two speak entirely different languages.
I see them suffer. I really feel sorry for Maia and her loss – it’s horrible. But I also understand Chris, he must feel bad too. Coming out as transgender must be difficult and I hate that he had to suffer earlier. I just wanted to hug them both and tell them that they are not alone in this world.
What I really liked in the book, was that when Chris and Maia started open up to each other. It’s like Maia is completely new person and Chris is not the same person either. Falling in love is not something we can choose, it just happens. And falling in love means believing in another person.. trust them. It also means being brave.
I absolutely loved this book and I highly recommend it to everyone. It’s well-written and its characters are just beautiful. This book helped me to understand that it doesn’t matter how different we are, we still live the same life. We feel the same. We laugh. We cry. And I think there’s nothing more beautiful than equality. I will definitely read more about transgender characters.

My rating: 4/5⭐

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A Three-star Review From My Point Of View

Hello bookworms!
If you are following me on Goodreads, you probably noticed that my average rating is 3.78 which means that I usually rate the books I have read with three stars. Okay, now you can say two things: a three-star rating is a good rating, or it’s an okay rating (with its negative meaning). For me a three-star rating is quite good one and I don’t find it bad at all. If I don’t like a book at all, then I will give it one or two stars. Three stars means that the book is good, but there are some things that I would change. Now, let me elaborate on this:

― I will give three stars to a book that has slow and boring plot, but its characters are well-developed. That book can be so boring, but the characters are the ones that make it interesting.

― If it takes a lot of time to get into the book, then I will probably give it three stars. For me it’s very important to find the beginning of the book interesting. Many authors tend to write powerful endings, but in my opinion beginnings are also important. Nobody wants to read 150 boring pages, trust me. It’s such a waste of time.

― I will give three stars to a book that doesn’t make me feel anything. I think this is the worst kind of feeling. The book can make you happy or sad or angry, or anything! But when you don’t have any thoughts on that book – then it’s a huge problem. What’s interesting here is that some authors feel relief when their reviewers say they don’t feel anything about the book. Trust me, not liking your book is still better than not having feelings at all.

― Giving three stars to the book also means that I liked the plot, but I’ve already read something like that. Basically, it’s nothing new.

In other words, a three-star rating is a neutral one and it’s good that something like this exists. There are some books that will make you rate them a three-star read, not because they are good or bad, but because you don’t have anything else to say about them.

What does a three-star rating mean for you?

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Book Review: Caravan by Adam de Collibus

✦ SYNOPSIS ✦
William Abney is a war journalist from London, England. After serving in the first world war as a photographer he returns to England and makes his living taking baby portraits. He gets desperate for money and decides to find another job. The novel opens with him going to an interview to work for a newspaper called, The London Dove. He meets Reginald, the owner of the newspaper, whose is an unstable alcoholic, and a little disillusioned. William senses that there isn’t something right in the job, but takes the job anyway. The Contract, proposed by Reginald, is that William travel first to Morocco then across the Sahara, taking pictures of the locals and anything of cultural value that can be used in the magazine, this demand for news on the cultures of North Africa coming from the British soldiers returning from fighting there.

William takes a ship to Arish, a town on the coast of Morocco. He stays there for several days and meets some very interesting characters, some openly cold to him, others extremely warm and welcoming. He sees that the population in the city are divided into three groups. The foreigners, manly Europeans coming because of the news from the soldiers, and the locals of Arish who are split into two groups, one side wants the foreigners there because they are good for business. The other half doesn’t because they have taken so much advantage of the foreigners being there that they unknowingly made it so that if the foreigners choose to suddenly leave a lot of business will go bankrupt and hard times will come.

William takes a caravan across the desert and little by little he becomes more interested in the desert. He becomes obsessed with seeing the dunes and feeling the silence at the center of the desert. During his travel he meets Hans, a chess champion from Germany whose history, like William’s, is marred by the First World War. He meets Alexander, a once wealthy factory man from England whose wife framed him and he is hiding in the desert. He becomes good friends with the leader of Caravan, Hakeem, a charismatic leader who has two sides, the fearless politician and the sensitive human side. He falls in love with a Gypsy woman who is travelling to a small village out of Yemen to see her grandfather, who is getting old. He also hears of a strange and frightening legend. The legend of The Desert King, a soldier whose soul was taken over by an evil spirit and who has spent the centuries hunting and killing anyone who crossed his sacred desert with his army of blood thirsty warriors.

When the caravan gets close to the middle of the desert, its most vulnerable point in the journey, William begins to think about his life in the caravan and realizes how much he loves his life here instead of the one lived in England. When William decides that he’s going to find a way to stay, the people of the caravan discover that their well is poisoned. Because of the vast amount of people affected by the poisoning the caravan has to stop and recover. People begin deserting the camp and more and more clues begin to reveal themselves to William in sinister ways that they are in fact being hunted. When he discovers who is hunting them it’s already to lateand what happens next forces William to fight for his life in the caravan and the lives of his friends.

✦ IMAGERY AND SYMBOLISM ✦
While I was reading this book, I couldn’t help but think of caravan in terms of life. For me, Caravan represents our different life phases. Each stop, each station stands for one phase in our life. For William, Caravan is a lifechanging experience and each station reveals something new. William, the man we meet in the beginning of the book, is not the same William in the end of this book and it’s fascinating. Caravan is historical fiction in terms of genre, but I think it is also psychological in some way. Its focus is also on human experience and feelings.
Another thing that I loved about this book is imagery. I absolutely love the author’s writing style. Adam de Collibus did an amazing job here and the beginning of the book is great. I’m not a huge fan of long, boring descriptions, but the author’s descriptions here absolutely blew me away.

The cobblestone street was empty and lined with lampposts glowing yellow in the fog. Over the roofs, long tongues of smoke emitted from industrial factories added to the grey sky. The coach came to a gradual stop on the left side of the street.

Adam de Collibus, Caravan

✦ WHEN CULTURES MIX ✦
What is really interesting is that contrast between cultures, and it is a huge deal in this book. There is some kind of anxious feeling between people – they are afraid of everything that is new. It’s fascinating how one foreigner can learn so many things by observing one culture. You just have to pay attention to it.

✦ OVERALL ✦
To sum it up, this book was good. It’s very different from my usual read and I somehow enjoyed reading it. The plot is very interesting and one can learn so many new things from this book. On the other hand, I found some unnecessary parts that could be left out and the story will still keep its powerful meaning. I’m glad I read this book and it’s a perfect read for my September reading challenge.

My rating: 3/5⭐

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What Happened To My August Reading Challenge

Happy September, friends!
I just can’t believe that August is over and we are one step closer to Autumn. I’m so excited and I am ready to enjoy in sweaters, hot chocolate, and cool, rainy days. I can’t wait to see the nature changing its colors from green to yellow. Ah, lovely, right?

Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.

J. K. Rowling

As you probably know, earlier in August I created the August TBR list and I promised to do my best to achieve that goal. I am quite ashamed to announce that I failed this time, which isn’t surprising. As a mood reader, it is difficult for me to stick with any kind of schedule, but it is important that I tried, right? I have read three books out of five that I picked for that month. I think I would read four of them, but one of the books hasn’t arrived yet. I’m still waiting for it.
Firstly, I have read Commute by Erin Williams and I really enjoyed reading it – it’s probably my favorite book of the month. I’m not used to reading graphic novels, but this one blew me away! I really loved it and I will definitely read more of Erin’s books. Also, later that month I have read The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson and it was good, enjoyable read. It is something that I will definitely remember and gladly reread in the future.
Lastly, I have read This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura and it was good. I didn’t enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed in the first two books, but maybe someday I will get back to it. I feel like I didn’t fully understand the book and rereading it would be a good idea.

I would probably read the fourth book Just Get Up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius by Isaac Samuel Miller, but the problem is that the book hasn’t arrived yet and I really wanted to read it. I hope it will arrive soon, I was really excited to read this one because I just love self-help books and August was all about self-help. It was so refreshing and now I am ready to enjoy in September.
However, I will not make any reading list for this month because as you can see I am very bad at it. One thing is sure – for this month I will choose something autumn associated and I will probably read some poetry collections. I have something in my mind, but I will not reveal it now. Instead, I will write book reviews and some book-related posts on this blog.

What is on your September reading list?