I am a woman

I was a girl, I did not know how strong I was;

I was a girl, I did not know what it is to love;

I was a girl, I did not know what it is to lose.

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that my strength comes from God;

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that love is a choice I make daily;

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that I only lose if I give up.

 

I was a girl, I did not know how to forgive;

I was a girl, I did not know how to be kind;

I was a girl, I did not know how to accept.

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that forgiveness is bearing someone else’s sins;

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that kindness is an orchard in my heart;

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt to smile and say “Okay” without losing myself.

 

I was a girl, I did not know how to be brave;

I was a girl, I did not know how to respect myself;

I was a girl, I did not know how to be patient.

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that bravery is allowing fear in, but not to control;

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that self-respect must not mean disrespect for others;

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that if I want you, I must wait for you to be a man.

 

I was a girl, I did not know how to be humble;

I was a girl, I thought I knew what wisdom was;

I was a girl, I thought I had already grown.

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that humility is a life-long effort;

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that you can’t be proud and wise;

Now I’m a woman and I never want to stop growing.

The Who Am I Tag

I was tagged by Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books to do this tag. Thank you Sydney, this tag is really cool. This is a long tag, so let’s jump right into it.

What is the meaning of your name?

My first name is Romana. It means different things in different languages. In Arabic, it means ‘pomegranate’. It apparently also means ‘romantic’ and ‘fascinating’ in Urdu, I believe. In Latin and derived languages, it means ‘from Rome’, more specifically, a woman from Rome. And finally, in Aramaic or some similarly defunct language, it means ‘strong’.

My middle name is Tabita, which is a variant of Tabitha and it means ‘beauty’ or ‘grace’ in Hebrew. And it was derived from the Aramaic word for ‘gazelle’. So, in Aramaic it means ‘gazelle’.

What is my Myers-Briggs Personality Type? (Link)

“THE LOGICIAN” INTP-A (Introvert, intuitive, thinking, prospecting, assertive)

I did this test ages and ages ago, and I don’t remember what I got back then. But I believe it was something similar. Anyway, I’ve been reading the profile for this and it is SO ME! I don’t think I have ever identified with a personality test more than I do with this one. Here are some of the cliffnotes:

The Logician personality type is fairly rare, making up only three percent
of the population, which is definitely a good thing for them, as there’s 
nothing they’d be more unhappy about than being “common”. Logicians pride 
themselves on their inventiveness and creativity, their unique perspective 
and vigorous intellect. Usually known as the philosopher, the architect, 
or the dreamy professor, Logicians have been responsible for many 
scientific discoveries throughout history.

Me, AF.

They love patterns, and spotting discrepancies between statements could 
almost be described as a hobby, making it a bad idea to lie to a Logician. 
This makes it ironic that Logicians’ word should always be taken with a 
grain of salt – it’s not that they are dishonest, but people with the 
Logician personality type tend to share thoughts that are not fully 
developed, using others as a sounding board for ideas and theories in a 
debate against themselves rather than as actual conversation partners.

Yep.

When Logicians are particularly excited, the conversation can border on 
incoherence as they try to explain the daisy-chain of logical conclusions 
that led to the formation of their latest idea. Oftentimes, Logicians will 
opt to simply move on from a topic before it’s ever understood what they 
were trying to say, rather than try to lay things out in plain terms.

The reverse can also be true when people explain their thought processes 
to Logicians in terms of subjectivity and feeling.

Strengths:

  • Great Analysts and Abstract Thinkers
  • Imaginative and Original
  • Open-Minded
  • Enthusiastic
  • Objective
  • Honest and Straightforward

Weaknesses:

  • Very Private and Withdrawn
  • Insensitive
  • Absent-minded
  • Condescending
  • Loathe Rules and Guidelines
  • Second-Guess Themselves (so me!)

Notable Logicians include Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Blaise Pascal (yay! one of my favourite philosophers), Isaac Newton and Maester Aemon Targeryen lol

What is my Zodiac sign?

Libra, I believe. But I don’t really put any store in the Zodiac.

What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)

Ravenclaw, according to Pottermore. Also Slytherin, according also to Pottermore. Let’s see what this quiz says.

What are my learning styles? (Link)

I’ve actually done this exact test before a while back and I believe I got the same result then as well. I have multimodal learning preferences with stats as follows:

  • Visual 10
  • Aural 10
  • Read/Write 12
  • Kinesthetic 15

Am I More Right or Left Brain Dominant? (Link)

Left brained

What is My Blood Type?

Hell if I know. I know one of my parents is A and one is B and I know one of my grandmothers is O. So I literally could have any of the four. I can’t even narrow it down. I’ve actually never had it tested. Probably should.

What Career Am I Meant to Have? (Link)

This should be interesting.

Apparently writer. I will make no comments on that.

What Divergent Faction Do I Belong In? (Link)

Now this is a test I have never taken before. Let’s see.

Ahahahahahaha! Amity. Amity! Haha… oh… such a good joke. I would have fit in any of the other factions better than in Amity.

What Does My Birth Order Say About Me? (Link)

The Firstborn

Stereotype: Natural leader, ambitious, responsible.

I guess? I don’t know. Meh.

 


This was fun. The Myers-Briggs one was spot on. The Hogwarts one as well, I suppose. The rest of them… meh.

25 Bookish Things About Me Book Tag (200 followers celebration!!!)

I was fully planning to write a review today. I sat down at my computer, I pulled up WordPress, I was ready to do this… and what do I see? A little notification telling me I have reached 200 subscribers. Oh. Em. Gee. You mean to tell me that there are 200 people who have come across my blog and have found its content worth following? That’s just… kind of really amazing. Thank you so, so much everyone! I appreciate it so much and I love chatting with you in the comments.

In celebration, I have decided to do the 25 bookish things about me tag. I’ve seen it around a ton and I thought it a good way of celebrating. So here we go.

  1. The first full length novel that I read on my own was White Fang by Jack London. I was 6 at the time, it was right before I started school and I remember wanting to read a novel by myself before officially starting school because I was a little shit and I wanted to be better than everyone else.
  2. I’m a pretty fast reader. I can probably get through about 1 and a half of your standard length YA novel in a day. Of course, it greatly depends on how interesting I find the book or if it’s a really complex or dense book, I might not be able to read as quickly. But generally speaking, I’m one of those people who can read 200 pages in an hour and a half and not even realise.
  3. The longest book I have read in one day to date is I believe Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 
  4. I used to read a lot of historical fiction, particularly French cape-and-sword type books a la Alexandre Dumas when I was younger.
  5. I currently own around 300 books, I would say. Although, to be fair a portion of them are not technically speaking mine. They’re my family’s books. However, they reside in my room and I take care of them, so I consider them as mine.
  6. I used to really dislike hardbacks for some reason. I have grown out of that.
  7. I don’t like sitting in a chair while reading, if I can help it. I need an armchair at the least, though preferably a sofa or bed.
  8. I love fairytales and folklore and some of the first things I ever read as a child were folklore and fairytales. I used to wake up early every morning to read one story as soon as I learnt how to read.
  9. I learnt how to read quite early. I couldn’t pinpoint an exact age, but I was around 4 or 5 years old.
  10. Fantasy is probably my favourite genre. Though I do read most genres.
  11. I did not read Harry Potter until I was 15.
  12. I have probably read around 500 books, if you include re-reads.
  13. I do enjoy re-reading books. Oddly, I don’t always necessarily re-read my favourite books. Sometimes I re-read books that I found easy to read, that don’t require much thinking or effort beyond being able to read words. This normally happens when I’m in a reading slump and it can help me get out of one.
  14. For some reason, I don’t really like paranormal fantasy. I don’t hate it and there have been some paranormal books that I really enjoyed, but generally speaking, it’s a genre that doesn’t appeal to me much. So is urban fantasy. Particularly vampirey, werewolfey urban fantasy.
  15. I have a soft spot for elemental magic.
  16. I really enjoy writing reviews once I start writing them and they usually flow, but I have a really hard time getting myself to start writing a review sometimes.
  17. One of my happiest bookish memories is when my dad came home one day with all the Lord of the Rings books. I still have those books. They’re probably my favourite books that I own, even though they’re old and battered, but I even brought them with me to uni, even though I knew I was probably not going to re-read them anytime soon.
  18. The book I have re-read the most is probably Twilight. This may come as a surprise, I’m not really a Twilight fan. I never really was a Twilight fan. I just found it to be such an easy book to read. I always had it on my phone or iPod or whatever as an ebook and I would read it whenever I was bored. At school, or waiting for food in a restaurant or whatever.
  19. I’m very bad at reading out loud. My brain reads faster than my mouth can speak and it just ends up being a mess.
  20. My all time favourite non-fiction book is A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis.
  21. I have written an 50,000+ word novel in pretty much one month after marathoning Throne of Glass a couple years ago. I had such a massive book hangover that I could not read anything else and I just wanted a story about a badass lady protagonist. I was craving it. I needed it. So I wrote it for myself.
  22. I’m very slow with reading historical fiction for some reason. I used to read historical fiction so much, but I just can’t do it anymore. And it frustrates me, because whenever I do read a historical fiction, I really enjoy it. I just don’t really seem to pick them up very often and when I do, it takes me uncharacteristically long to read them.
  23. adore very complex and complicated fantasy worlds (when done well, of course) and I think that stems out of my obsession love of Tolkien.
  24. Also due to my deep love for Tolkien, I think at least partly, is my fascination with languages and how they work. I’ve always wanted to create a language, it’s one of my dreams and realistically, it’s probably never going to happen. But I always really admired Tolkien for creating his own languages. I think it’s the coolest thing ever and I wish I could do it.
  25. I have never read anything by Neil Gaiman. I know. It’s freaking Neil Gaiman. But I just never read any of his books. I need to. I really need to. I just don’t even know where to start.

There you have it. 25 bookish facts about me. Thank you so much once again to all the people who follow me and read my posts and comment and talk to me, I appreciate it so much and I enjoy talking to you guys so much!

The Versatile Blogger Award 2

I’ve been nominated for this award once again by Joana @ Bookneeders. Check out her blog! And you can also check my first Versatile Blogger post, if you feel so inclined.

The Rules:

1) Display the award on your blog.

2) Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

3) Share 7 facts about yourself.

4) Nominate 15 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blog.


Okay, seven facts about yours truly.

  1. I like to draw from time to time.
  2. I’m not a very good cook.
  3. I hate bananas.
  4. I’m rubbish at whistling
  5. I can write with both my right and my left hand (I’m also ambidextrous with a few other things, but not all… yet)
  6. I love Funkos
  7. I like walking

I will nominate some of my most recent followers

 Luanshya Musings

DuskAngelReads

Chantelle Griffin

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Elou Carroll

Twin Reads

 

Two

Two

Two shadows;
One unknown and one unknowable.

Two whispers;
One unheard and one unhearable.

Two hearts;
One untouched and one untouchable.

Two potentials;
One unreached and one unreachable.

Heard – Daily Prompt

I heard you when you said you wanted a friend. I heard you when you said you needed some help. I heard you when you sighed, I heard when your heart broke, I heard you when your breath came hard and panic clawed at your throat. I heard you when you laughed, I heard you when you cried. I heard you when you thought there was nobody listening. I heard the inner turnings of you mind, I heard the quiet whispers of your soul. I heard you then, I hear you now, I will hear you always.

Do you hear me?

via Daily Prompt: Heard

The Sims Book Tag

The Sims Book Tag

It’s been foreverrrr! I’ve been super busy and been neglecting this place for the past couple of weeks. Hopefully, I’ll be able to ease back into it now that the crazy couple of weeks have gone. And what better way to do that than with a book tag? Thank you to Heather @The Sassy Geek for tagging me!

So, let’s get into it!

The Original Sims – The best author debut.

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s hard to believe this is a debut.

The Grim Reaper – Saddest character death.

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. You know who I’m talking about! *sobs uncontrollably*

Sims Getting Stuck – A character that just got in the way.

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Mare Barro from Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. My hatred for her knows no bounds. I feel like the whole world would have been better without her.

Simlish – A book with amazing writing.

Anything that Laini Taylor writes.

Expansion Packs – A series where the books keep on getting better.

I am DYING for ACOWAR! I NEED IT!

Sim Romance – The worst case of insta-love.

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Meira and that prince guy. Forgot his name. I mean, Snow Like Ashes is just the most recent horribly insta-love-y book I’ve read. I’m sure there are many others.

Cheats – A book that was entirely unrealistic.

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Pale Highway by Ncholas Conley. I mean… talking slugs?

Needs Fulfillment – A character who made all the wrong decisions.

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Tamlin. TAMLIN. Tamlin. T a m l i n.

Error Code 12 – A series that started off great but went downhill from there.

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I mean, I wouldn’t say it started off great, but compared to Glass Sword, Red Queen was much better.

The Sims Vortex – A book/series that completely engrossed you.

I would start reading and next thing I knew, it was dark, I hadn’t eaten all day and I really had to pee.

That’s it for this tag. Thank you once again to Heather for tagging me. And if you love the Sims, then you are tagged to do this!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – Book Review (SPOILERS)

acomaf-cover-3Rating: 5/5

Genre: New adult, fantasy

First published: 2016

Author: Sarah J. Maas

***SPOILER ALERT*** This review contains spoilers both for this book and the first one because I do not know how to review it without spoilers.

Synopsis: Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

But war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

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Finally, finally! Nearly one year and two re-reads later, here is my review of this book.

First thing to say about it, and about the series in general, is that it is a love story. Sure, there’s all kinds of other Fae badassery going on, but this is a love story, and it has been from the beginning. It’s a really good love story.

The reason it’s such a good love story is because, unlike what we so often see in this genre, this isn’t a love story based on attraction (though there’s plenty of that, to be sure). It’s based on friendship. And I applaud Sarah for it, because I think that is the most important thing in a relationship and if people understood that, there’d be a lot fewer failed relationships. But I digress.

Having said that, let’s talk about the characters. This is a very character-centric book. There’s some action going on, but mostly it’s a storm brewing. And somehow, despite that and its considerable length, it still manages to be gripping. That is because of the characters. We meet a whole new cast of characters and they are everything.

First, there’s obviously Rhys. Whom we’ve met before, but we don’t really get to know him until ACOMAF. And he is a precious night kitten and I love him. We get to see a lot of layers to him that are hinted at in ACOTAR.

(As an aside, when I was young and bright-eyed, I used to play DragonFable. Don’t know how many of you know of or have played it, but it’s this online RPG and at some point, you have to fight this adorable little thing called Doomkitten.

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And it kicks your ass. This is Rhys. Like, if someone took his soul and made an animal out of it, it would be this.)

Then, there’s the rest of the Night Court. Amren is such a delight! I am dying to learn more about her. And about Azriel. The dynamics of the Night Court are a joy, and really that is all that needs saying.

There’s a lot of development going on with the Archeon family as well. First, there’s Feyre, who’s got to learn to live with herself and what she’s done and I loved seeing her healed by friendship and love and learn to love herself again. But I also really loved seeing more of her sisters. Nesta. I cannot wait to see more of her! Also, Nesta and Cassian are going to be everything.

Tamlin. I honestly did not expect him to do what he did. Even after being a complete turd and acting like Feyre was a possession and locking her up, I did not see it coming. I was so shocked. I remember when I first read it, I was sitting outside on a bench and I just yelled in disbelief. And then I stomped my feet yelling “No, no, no, no NO!”

We also get to see a little bit of the Summer Court, which is cool. I really want to see the other courts. I like Tarquin. I hope the Night Squad manage a reconciliation with him, because I like him and I’d be sad if they didn’t. Also, I am so upset that Velaris is no longer secret. After all that Rhys has done, all he’s suffered. I hate those Queens and I hope they die painfully in that stupid Cauldron.

Okay, one more thing I want to talk about before I finish this long, incoherent, rambling review. The foreshadowing! I loved it so much! The painting of the night sky, Feyre and Rhys’ first meeting, I loved it. It gave me the warm and fuzzies. It just goes to show how much thought and love was put into the story. You can tell that it’s been with Sarah for a long time.

Right, so… yeah. If you’re reading this review, you’ve probably read the book already. Unless you like spoilers. So I guess there’s no use in telling you to go read it.

Year in Review 2016

I’m a bit late with this, but better late than never, right? Besides, it’s a perfect opportunity for me to abuse gifs.

2016… not my best reading year. Massive reading slump for the first half or so of the year. Didn’t manage to finish my reading challenge. However, I did read some amazing books this year, so it wasn’t all bad. First, let’s get the stats out of the way. I read 74 books in 2016 (80-ish, if you include re-reads) out of my goal of 100. I’ll just leave a link to that nifty year in books thing GR offers if you want more details. Now, let’s get on to the reading.

Let’s see… I think the crown has to go to ACOMAF. I mean, I’ve read the book three times, THREE TIMES, in less than a year. That book just adsjhfk. And still, I have not managed to write a proper review of it. I wiiiiillll, I promise. third time’s the charm. As soon as I catch up with all my other reviews. It’s just that… how do I convey my love for this book in words?

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SIX OF CROWS! Six of Crows is right on its heels. Aaahhh, that series killed me! (I have reviews for both of them.)

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Crooked Kingdom

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Then, I read some painfully beautiful books such as The Book Thief, The Nightingale and The Giver.

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2016 was also the year I was introduced to V. E. Schwab and found myself a new favourite author. A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows have left me wanting more, more MORE of Schwab’s writing in general and that series in particular.

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And last, but most certainly not least, 2016 is the year I took my first steps (and then marathoned through the whole damn thing) into the rich and magical world of the Kingkiller Chronicle. Ahh, yes… The Name of the Wind, my newest obsession. Despite the sheer size of if, it only took me about a week to finish The Wise Man’s Fear, and now I am left waiting… waiting… waiting…

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Unfortunately, there have also been a few books that I hated. Not as many as those that I loved, but alas, still a few. The crown for the absolute most infuriating book I have read this year goes to Glass Sword. This book pushed all my buttons and invented a few more buttons just so it could push them.

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Eldest comes right after it. I just could not wait to finish this book. Goodness, I have read many books over the years, but few have managed to annoy me quite so much.

Another vast disappointment was The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I had expectations for this, but it was just… no.

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The Game by Terri Schott was probably my only DNF of the year. I just could not be bothered to finish it.

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Okay, just one more absolutely cringe-worthy book. I am not even sure why I read it… it was just so bad it was funny. I’m talking about Touch a Dark Wolf by Jennifer St. Giles. I don’t even… this book was just ridiculous.

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So, there you have it. The best and the worst of 2016. How was your 2016?