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Woman Crush Wednesday: Jessica Huang (Fresh Off The Boat)

I’ve been wanting to watch Fresh Off The Boat pretty since I started seeing GIFS of Jessica Huang being amazing.  Once the entire series went up on Hulu, I immediately jumped on it and was not disappointed.  Jessica, who should really be credited as the show’s breakout character, is a hilarious, pragmatic, tough-talking mother of three.  In her youth, she immigrated to the United States from Taiwan and is now a successful real estate agent.

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This or That Book Tag

Chelsea @ Spotlight on Stories has nominated me for the This or That Book Tag! Thanks Chelsea!

Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag other people to do this tag to spread the love!

This or That?

Reading on the couch or on the bed?
The only couch we have in my house doubles as my mom’s bed, so I normally have to read on my bed.  I think I would prefer a couch, though, as reading in bed tends to be uncomfortable.  And then, if it somehow manages to be comfortable, I’m likely to fall asleep!

Male main character or female main character?
Female main characters for sure! To be completely honest, I tend to avoid books with male main characters (who don’t share the spotlight with female protagonists). I just have no interest in men’s narratives.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks?
Hmm, it really depends on my mood. I tend to get really intense cravings, and I also have blood sugar issues, so it just depends! I’m also one of  those people who loves mixing sweet and salty because of the contrast.

Trilogies or quartets?
I don’t think I’ve ever met a quartet! I’ve only seen duologies, trilogies, and epic 6-10 book series.  To be honest, it takes a really amazing series to hold my interest past a trilogy.  Normally stories that stretch themselves out over four huge books are slow and include a ton of superfluous details.  Also, I get bored pretty quickly, so there’s a good chance by the time I get to the fourth book I’m just about ready to bow out.  I’m really not a fan of this recent series trend in YA (and fantasy in general).  I miss stand-alone novels!

First person POV or third POV?
I actually like both! First person is so personal, it really helps me get into a character’s head, but third person reads more like a story, I guess, and it gives you the chance to be more literary.

Reading at night or in the morning?
At night.  I’ve been known to stay up until sunrise finishing a particularly compelling book.

Libraries or bookstores?
Oh, man. As a budding librarian, I have to say libraries. Not to mention, as a kid growing up with no money, libraries were the only way  I could read! I have so much respect for the library as a community center.

Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?
Sometimes I like books that make me laugh because of something epic the character has just done, or if a character has overcome a challenge.  But I like dark books too! I just like to mix it up.

Black book covers or white covers?
Like, hardcover? Hmm, black, I guess? I’m not a fan of hardcover in general.

Character driven or plot driven?
A good combination of both! I need to feel connected to the characters on some level to get into the story, but I am not very likely to stick around if little to nothing ever happens. In general, though, I would say people know me as a fan of plot-driven work.

I Nominate:

Steph @ Lost Purple Quill
Sue @ Sue’s Reading Corner
Katie @ Read With Katie

 

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Mystery Blogger Award

Man, I’ve been MIA for a while now! I was visiting a friend for a few days, and when I got back home I realized that I was somehow already behind on schoolwork (grad school started without my knowledge).  Given all that, I haven’t had very much time to be on here or to read! But I don’t want to leave this blog without a post for much longer, plus I was tagged for this meme by two people – Rachel @ paceamorelibre and Steph @ Lost Purple Quill.  Which means I’m mixing up the questions!

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The Rules: 

  • Put the award logo/image in your post.
  • List all the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 10-20 people and notify them.
  •  Link back to the creator of the award.
  • Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.

3 things about myself

  1. I’m currently working full-time and enrolled in two Masters degrees simultaneously, because I am a ridiculous person. Well, actually, it’s because that just happens to be most convenient, in terms of finances and my Life Plan.
  2. I really want to get an MFA in Creative Writing at some point in my life. However, this would likely entail moving to the Midwest, where all the fully funded programs are, so it would just take a lot of planning and consideration.
  3. My favorite season used to be Winter, before I came to my senses and realized there’s really nothing that great about being freezing all the time (though I would always rather be freezing than hot, and I do love snow and Christmas!). My actual favorite season now is Fall.  It’s such an aesthetic-heavy season, with all the pumpkins, hot cocoa, cinnamon, sweaters, boots…plus Halloween!

Questions:

  1. What is your dream job?
    Novelist! Or something to that effect.  I’m really not a big fan of the heavily structured 9-5 routine, so pretty much anything that allows me to work creatively and/or from home would be the dream.
  2. If you had to live in another country for a year, where would you choose?Oh, United Kingdom, hands down. I was actually just thinking about this; I really want to live in Europe for a year, but not on the continent, in the UK.  In addition to the fact that I would be comfortable speaking English, the UK is very culturally familiar. I wish I were adventurous enough to live in a non-English speaking country by myself, but that’s something I would only do with a friend or significant other (what can I say, I’m quite susceptible to loneliness and homesickness). Plus, the UK is so, so, so gorgeous and cozy.
  3. What’s something you used to love, but have no interest in at all now?
    Anime. From the ages of 11-18 I was absolutely obsessed with anime.  I watched it all the time, I read manga, I bought action figures and various other paraphernalia. Now, though, I only very occasionally watch it, if I hear about a particularly good anime (Attack on Titan, for example), but for the most part anime has a particular breed of blatant misogyny that I just can’t stomach any longer.
  4. Describe your ideal breakfast in detail.
    This question is made for me! I love breakfast; it’s my favorite meal.  On weekends, my mother cooks full Egyptian breakfasts.  They consist of: ful, or fava beans, which are flavored with lemon, olive oil, salt, and cumin; taamiya, the Egyptian version of falafel, made of fava beans rather than chickpeas; and tomatoes with olive oil and feta cheese.  With this I usually like to have an ice coffee and warm pita bread!
  5. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?
    Nope! My life would be much more exciting if I did, I’m sure. I’m fascinated by the idea of ghosts and hauntings, though! I’m one of those people who loves watching reenactments of a family being haunted or readings about various supernatural things people have experienced (and trying to figure out scientific reasons for them!). Funny story: my brother is convinced ghosts exist because when we were little, living in our little one-bedroom apartment, we both saw a chair move by itself and completely freaked out. I barely remember the incident, but my brother insists it happened and that it was a ghost.

Tagging

Because I’m lazy, I’m not going to tag anyone.  If you do this, though, be sure to link back here so I can read your answers! Oh, and also because I’m lazy, rather than make my own questions, you should just use the mishmash I’ve got here!

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Get to Know Me Tag

My friend Rachel @ paceamorelibri just did this meme/tag, and it looked like fun, so I thought I’d do it as well! Sorry I stole so many of your answers, Rachel…



Name: Hadeer

Nicknames: Nothing official, but family members have been known to call me Haddoora, Dorra, or Hood-Hood.

Birthday: February 5.

Star Sign: Aquarius.

Occupation: Librarian. Sort of. My title isn’t officially “librarian”, but I do basically everything an academic librarian does, and I’m earning my Masters in Library Science starting this summer.  So, close enough.


APPEARANCE:

Hair color: Very dark brown, nearly black.

Hair length: Okay, so, when it’s stretched out, it’s about bra length. When it’s dry and succumbing to shrinkage, it sits right at my shoulders.

Eye color: Brown.

Best feature: Hair.  Kind of amazing considering I used to hate my year only two years ago.

Braces: Never.

Piercings: My ears.

Tattoos: None, and I don’t want any.  It’s not the needles/pain, it’s my personality.  I get really intensely obsessed with certain things for years, and then the obsession fades and I’ll find a new thing.  At this point in my life I’d probably get a tattoo of a line from the Iliad or something, and in ten years I’d look at it and go ‘Rachel why.’  /Rachel

Right or left: Right handed, left politically.  /Rachel


FIRSTS:

Holiday: Probably Eid?

Best Friend: Shereen, who is still my best friend to this day! Our parents knew each other from ~the old country~ so naturally we grew up together.

Award: No idea.

Sport: My earliest memory involving a “sport” is me in a single gymnastics class that one of my friends took part in.  Otherwise, nothing. My parents never put me in any sport, and I’m not really big on exercise, to put it mildly.

Concert: I’ve never been to one!


FAVORITES:

TV shows: Argh, I used to think Once Upon a Time, but that’s been crap lately.  Elementary is the show I look forward to most each week, but I don’t know if it’s my favorite. Honestly, maybe Avatar: The Last Airbender or Legend of Korra? I’m also fond of Legend of the Seeker, Friends, Desperate Housewives (I know), Parks and Recreation, iZombie, The Americans, Agents of Shield, Jane the Virgin, The Good Wife, and Grey’s Anatomy.  I don’t know. I watch way too much television to be able to answer this properly.

Color: Purple. Also yellow, blue, and pink.

Song: I…definitely cannot choose just one so I’ll pretend this is asking about favorite bands and singers.  Those would be The Moulettes, Mashrou’ Leila, Florence + the Machine, Faia Younan, and anything to do with Hamilton.

Restaurant: There’s this Japanese restaurant called Sakura in Queens that I’m fond of.

Shop: Not sure.  Is it weird if I say grocery stores? I love grocery shopping really late at night.

Books: I’ll pretend this is asking for genres, so I’ll say fantasy and YA.

Shoes: I have this pair of boots from Target that I love.  See, my calves are normally too big to fit into standard knee-high boots, but they’re way too small for extended width boots.  So this pair of Target boots comes with laces so you can make the calf as big or small as you need! Incredible.


CURRENTLY:

Feeling: Excited! I’m visiting my friend Rachel in Vermont tomorrow.

Single or Taken: Single.

Eating: I just had a spoonful of peanut butter, because I do that every now and then.

Thinking About: How long it’s going to take my nail polish to dry.

Watching: Nothing. Listening to Spotify, though.

Wearing: Tank top and sweats.


FUTURE:

Want Children: Nope.

Want to be married: I don’t really care either way, to be honest.  If Colin Farrell is single I meet the right person, great.  If I don’t, oh well.  /Rachel

Careers in mind: I’m pretty happy with being a librarian, I think! Hopefully I can also add “published author” to my resume one day.

Where you want to live: Not in New York City is pretty much all I know at this point.  I really, really want to move to California, but it’s so damn far from everyone I know that I’m not sure I’ll be able to stay there forever.  So maybe somewhere closer to NYC but far enough away that I will never even have to think the words “tri-state area.”


DO YOU BELIEVE IN:

God: No.

Miracles: Not really.

Love at first sight: No.  That’s lust, not love.  /Rachel

Ghosts: Not really.

Aliens: Of course.  Probably not little red people who live on Mars and speak perfect English, but it’s impossible that in this vast universe we’re the only sentient life.  /Rachel

Soul Mates: Not in the predestined sense, but I’m sure some people feel that profound connection with their partners, and if they want to call that connection ‘soulmates,’ fine. /Rachel

Heaven: I really wish I did, but no.  /Rachel

Hell: Nope.

Kissing on the first date: Sure.

Yourself: At times.  /Rachel

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The One Lovely Blog Award

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I was nominated by the lovely Chelsea @ Spotlight on Stories! Thank you so much for the nomination; I love things like this!

rules

  • Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Post about the award.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate at most 15 people.
  • Tell your nominees they’ve been nominated for one lovely award.

7 facts

  1. 95% of my family lives in Cairo, Egypt.  It absolutely sucks because I miss them all the time, plus I’m never there for big events like weddings, births, baby showers, etc. I visit as often as I can, but transatlantic flights ain’t cheap, so I end up missing a lot of their lives.
  2. I went to twelve different schools before college.  My parents were always moving back and forth between New York and Cairo, sometimes every other year, so we were never in one place for too long.  Also, my mother had really high standards for schools, particularly in Egypt, so if I was in a school for a year and she didn’t like it she’d move me to a different one.
  3. I love children, but I don’t want any of my own.  Like, I enjoy spending time with kids (especially babies!) but I also like knowing that at the end of the day I still have my peace and freedom. My brother wants several kids, so I’m very excited at the prospect of being an aunt and babysitting a lot. But the idea of having to care for another human being for the rest of my life with no respite freaks me out.
  4. I can’t sing to save my life, but I really, really wish I could.  I’m not tone-deaf, exactly, but I struggle to carry a tune and my voice isn’t the greatest.  Oddly enough, though, I’ve been told by several people that I’m really good at rapping.  But I’d be happier to be able to sing like Jasmine Cephas-Jones, who has the best voice in the world, hands down.
  5. I own one single pair of jeans because 99% of the time I’m wearing a dress of some sort. I never thought I would be the sort of person who eschews pants, but I’m very taken with how pretty dresses are.  Also, they’re suuuuuuper comfortable and versatile. I can pair them with leggings in the winter when it’s cold and wear them with shorts in the summer when it’s hot.  They’re fabulous, and they’re sucking my bank account dry.
  6. I’m casually interested in Wicca and paganism. I have a couple of intro books and my shelf, and I also have a deck of tarot cards and a how-to book for tarot. I’m not actually a believer, but I think the aesthetic of witchcraft as a religion is really cool.
  7. In the third grade, I was going to school in Egypt, and I was best friends with this boy.  We were both nerdy and liked to read, so we got along. A few months into the school year, this group of girls began to spread some nasty rumors about us, like that we were seen making out and going into a single bathroom stall together.  A group of boys began to call my friend a sissy for only hanging out with a girl.  These were Very Serious rumors so they made it all the way to the principal and ended with the girls begging me not to have their parents called in.  I relented and forgave them and they became my friends but my guy friend and I stopped hanging out. I tell this story because I think it’s hella weird for this to happen to a bunch of third graders, but also because I remember distinctly that after all this happened to my guy friend and I, one of us approached the other hoping to keep hanging out, but was turned away. Only, I can’t remember who rejected the other.

i nominate

Ann @ Ann Reads Them
Savannah @ The Book Prophet
Sumaya @ Sue’s Reading Corner
Flavia @ Flavia The Bibliophile

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite SFF Cover Art

I think I may be cheating a little bit by including various covers and pretending a series is one book, but…alas. There are too many pretty covers for me to choose just five.

1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I read this book when it first came out in hard cover, so, the middle cover. I was so pleased to see that the covers of the following editions similarly conveyed the old-world fairy tale feel of this novel.

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2. The Dreamblood Duology by N.K. Jemisin

I’ve mentioned this series before, but it bears mentioning again! These covers are absolutely gorgeous.  Bright, vivid colors, contrasting symbolism of moon and sun, clean typology, and an old-school fantasy feel. The Dreamblood duology is probably my favorite Jemisin work. I don’t actually own these books yet, but I will soon!

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3. The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

I’m not going to shout about the quality of these books, as that is dubious, but I have to admit that what first drew me to this series was these beautiful, compelling covers.  Whether or not this series qualifies as fantasy is dubious, I think, but eh, these are great covers.

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4. The Diviners by Libba Bray

This is probably more of a historical fantasy novel, as it takes place in the 1920s New York City, but the covers are so lovely I’m including it anyway.  This is an entertaining book, but it also managed to give me chills down my spine. I really need to read the sequel, but I should probably do a re-read first, since I’ve forgotten most of what happened.

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5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This is an absolutely magical book that I really need to re-read one of these days.  I always loved the hardcover version, but I really hated the paperback version that came out right after, so I’m pleased to see that another paperback version has come out! I’ve been meaning to buy this book, so I think I’ll go with this new paperback edition.

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Honorable Mentions:

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson is a delightfully creepy Southern Gothic novel.  I absolutely love the strangeness of the cover, with the bleak background and the oddly tilted girl. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco has a gorgeous design, but also, look at that incredible shade of purple!

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Juliet Burke (Lost)

When we first meet Juliet Burke, she is an absolute enigma. Who is she, really? What does she want? More importantly, whose side is she really on? As it turns out, knowing where her loyalties lie is moot, since Juliet herself doesn’t always know which side she’s on. She shifts allegiances depending on what works best for her at any given time. However, once she does decide to have someone’s back, you have her loyalty forever, no matter what.

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