The a-z bookish survey

May all the tags I never got around to doing rest in peace and my deepest condolsences to those who were kind enough to tag me in the first place. I am awful when it comes to these kinds of posts, even though they always look incredibly fun. And, let’s be real, they’re easy bits of filler content when you’re not feeling so inspired, which is me most of the time. But, looky here! I’m doing this one! The lovely Hollie of Hollieblog tagged me to do the A-Z Bookish Survey. So I A’d some Q’s and I’ll tag some folk at the end!

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The month of January

As I’m writing this, I’m 4/7 books into my Harry Potter re-read already (I finished GoF at the beginning of Feb, so it’s not included in this wrap-up), and I think I owe a lot to the great books I’ve been able to lose myself in this month. I found January really tough this year, although I’m sure none of that owes to it to the time of year. I’ve never suffered with January Blues before. It was another low period to add to the bunch. Thankfully, though, escaping into a book got me through. Especially the magic of HP. And there were some highs even amongst the pain, so here’s to that, an unintentionally Dry January and a lot of five star rated books.

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‘Love, Hate & Other Filters’ by Samira Ahmed

/5 stars

Published by Hot Key Books!

Maya Aziz is about to take her life from black and white straight into sharp technicolour. Between fuzzy first kisses, unexpected study dates and aspirations to study film at NYU,  Maya is just like any other teenager. Aside from the fact her mum is trying to set her up with a nice Muslim boy and they want to pigeonhole her into a career as a doctor or lawyer. Apart from all that. But then a terrorist attack takes place and all eyes in the small town Maya has grown up in turn on her and her family. From then on, it seems that Maya starts to pay the price for another individual’s cruel and senseless actions.

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‘You Don’t Know Me But I Know You’ by Rebecca Barrow

/5 stars

Published by Harper Teen!

Audrey Spencer doesn’t know it yet, but she’s been piecing her life together through her photographs. There’s her gorgeous, spiky best friend, Rose. Click. Her dreamy, steady musician boyfriend, Julian. Click. And her incredible and talented adoptive mother, Laura, who Audrey loves just as hard with or without shared DNA. Click And then, of course, there’s the rest of the girls. Maria, Jen and new girl Olivia. Click, click, click. As long as they stick together, everything is fine. Audrey even plans to pursue top art schools. However, when the events of 17 years ago start to repeat themselves, Audrey must make a number of difficult decisions. Does she want to keep the baby? Can Julian and her get through this in one piece? And does she want to read the letter her birth mother, Mandy, recently wrote her?

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