A Maple Summer

Hello fellow bloggers and bookworms,

I hope you all have been well. Summer has come and gone. The breeze of autumn is in the air, time for cosy nights watching Harry Potter in oversized sweaters and steaming cups of hot chocolate. I really enjoyed summer, this year I definitely had the best of all summers in Canada but I am happy autumn is here!!! I can already see the leaves turning orange outside *heart eyes*

Here is a little bit of my summer away and a August wrap up

MY FAVOURITE MOMENTS IN CANADA
  1. Visiting Chapters Indigo

Canadians biggest bookstore. Despite the temptation I did not purchase a book because I had way too many books to take back already but after leaving the store, I felt a little bummed and said I would come back on my birthday to get a book and a really cute mug I saw, the regrets !!! sadly I didn’t get a chance to go back but oh well there is always next time! I also enjoyed a little moment with one of the workers fangirling about Caraval and she just like many others have yelled at me to read the Grisha series! I WILL GUYS SOON!

Special thanks to my aunt and uncle for not laughing at my face lighting up at the sight, my uncle got himself a brownie and drink and let me take my time exploring! My aunt who I forced to come around the bookshop and touch every book lol, only have love for my aunt and her kids who didn’t question my bookish habits. shoutout to my cousins for actually helping me with my bookstagram shots LOL!

2. High Park

I had a picnic with my family in High Park, which was amazing because lots of hiking around the woodsy park and enjoying the greenery with yummy picnic food!

3. Centre Island

We took a boat, only 15 minutes and the most gorgeous panoramic view of Toronto. We had another picnic with the view of Ontario lake. I really enjoyed the scenery and watching the sunset as we made our way back to the city. There were also fun baby rides that I actually went on and the swings too, I felt like a kid again lol!

4. Frenzy Presents Event

A harpercollins YA book event, which I went with my Canadian friend Mariam from bookstagram. It was epic seeing a Canadian book event and the swag bag was fantastic. I forgot my frenzy mug in Canada, which my aunt has now claimed!

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5. Niagara falls

What a beauty! I hated the 2 hour drive there and back although I did get a lot of reading done (I started and almost finished Spin the dawn), the view was captivating . It inspires those moments when you just gaze in awe and admire the power that created this universe. Our trip was topped with a delicious shawarma place for lunch, Tim Hortons iced Capp and doughnuts for an energy boost! Had the best time bickering with cousins, taking pictures and enjoying the scenery!


 

The rest of my time in Canada included me putting my feet up, cosy on the sofas with lots of pillows and a book in hand. I read a total of 13 books in August, 13 books is a RECORD for me honestly. I took 10 books with me and there were about 15 books there waiting for me, thank you to the Canadian publishers and my aunt for happily taking in all my books for me and excitedly texting me whenever a book came!

AUGUST- Books I read:

  1. Spin the Dawn 4.5 ⭐
  2. There will come a darkness 5 ⭐
  3. The Beautiful 4.5 ⭐
  4. Legend 4.5 ⭐
  5. Prodigy 4.5 ⭐
  6. Champion 4.5 ⭐
  7. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (ebook) 5 ⭐
  8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (ebook) 5 ⭐
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (ebook) 5 ⭐
  10. Tiger Queen 4 ⭐
  11. The Merciful Crow 4.5 ⭐
  12. The deal (ebook) 3.5⭐
  13. Birthday girl (ebook) 3 ⭐

I started my reread of Harry Potter, finished the Legend series and read nearly all the arcs I wanted to read for #ARCAugust. What an amazing month with some really exquisite books. I highly recommend There will come a darkness and The Beautiful!

When I wasn’t reading, I was watching movies with my cousins or I was sleeping late binging season 5 of How To Get Away With Murder, WHICH WAS INTENSE!


Well now it’s back to reality, it took me a while for me to get over the jet lag, because of the huge time difference, there are even some theories of how your sleep cycle is messed up due to crossing the Atlantic Ocean (late night searchings due to jet lag)

In between that and all the craziness going on like starting a new job, I haven’t been able to blog but now I feel settled and jet lag free, I am back and I have tons of reviews to write and I am excited to share all the amazing books I’ve been reading!

Hope you all had a great summer and happy autumn my friends!!!

Until next time,

Asmaa.

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