Books I read in 2019

Reading has always been my thing. I find reading deeply therapeutic and relaxing, so it was a welcome escape from what was a stressful and pretty draining year. I wasn’t able to find time to write a quarterly reading list like I did last year, so here is a list of all the books I read in 2019. I read some brilliant books this year and  found some new authors whose work I thoroughly enjoyed and  will be reading more of in future. (If you’d like to some more detailed reviews, there’s a book highlight on my Instagram).

Here is the list.

  1. House Rules – Jodi Picoult
  2. We Are Water – Wally Lamb
  3. Emma – Jane Austen
  4. The Clockmaker’s Daughter- Kate Morton
  5. Change of Heart – Jodi Picoult
  6. It Ends With You – S.K Wright
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
  8. The End of Loneliness – Benedict Wells
  9. Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult
  10. Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
  11. To Capture What We Cannot Keep – Beatrice Colin
  12. Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult
  13. Dreamology – Lucy Keating
  14. Sad Girls – Lang Leav
  15. Dear Evan Hansen – Val Emmich
  16. The Hanging Girl – Eileen Cook
  17. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  18. The Dreamers – Karen Walker
  19. The Lake House – Kate Morton
  20. Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn
  21. The Muse – Jessie Burton
  22. The Translation of Love – Lynne Kutsukake
  23. City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert
  24. Night Music – JoJo Moyes
  25. The Cliff House – Amanda Jennings
  26. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  27. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

My only goal for 2020 is to keep reading and not to force myself to finish books I don’t like.

What did you read this year?

Nabeela x


A Reading List | September – December 2018

Ironically, I read the most novels in the last four months of 2018, which also happened to be the four busiest and most stressful months of the year. I guess reading really is my form of escapism.

Instead of boring you with the details of all of them, I chose my top 4 from September to December. Here goes…

Jessica Brockmole – Letters from Skye 

Set in wartime, this book tells a heartbreaking tale of mother and daughter, all through letters in two parallel time periods. Brilliant.

Paula Hawkins – Girl on the Train

I was excited when I saw this book in a secondhand stall at a market as I’d heard really good things about it. It did not disappoint. One of the most thought-provoking and brilliant books I’ve ever read.

Eugenia Kim – The Calligraphers Daughter

I couldn’t put this one down. Set in wartime (are you seeing a pattern here?) it provides insight into the cultural differences that exist in the world, all whilst telling a gripping tale.

Jodi Picoult – A Spark of Light 

The newest release from my favourite author. It took me a little while to get used to the backward timeline, but as usual, it was emotional and an eye-opening read.

Happy New Year, friends! I hope 2019 brings you much joy (and much reading).

Nabeela x

A Reading List | May – Aug 2018

This year has been ridiculously busy, but reading has been my refuge. Here are the books I’ve read in the last four months…

Nicola Yoon – The Sun is Also a Star

A really sweet, light read. I preferred her book, Everything Everything (and the movie is delightful), but it was still a lovely book. Also, there’s a movie of it being made, so be sure to read it before you watch it!

Luke Allnutt – We Own The Sky

A terribly sad book, but riveting nonetheless. My only criticism is that the ending felt very rushed. It was still a moving, and heart-breaking read, and I would recommend it.

John Green – Looking for Alaska

I’ve never read a John Green book that I didn’t love, and that didn’t make me weep, and this one is no exception. I do think I’d read it before, but it’s so well-written and one instantly falls in love with the characters.

Krystal Sutherland – A Semi-definitive List of Worst Nightmares

A vivid, descriptive and beautiful piece of writing. I adored this book, and couldn’t put it down. Many topical issues are discussed in a eloquent, profound and human way. I would highly recommend it.

Elif Shafak – Three Daughters of Eve

I adored this book. Until the last three chapters. I couldn’t put it down at first, and honestly found it a bit anti-climatic, but the writing is lovely and the descriptions are vivid. (I am planning of reading more of her works, and will report back).

Scarlett Thomas – The Seed Collectors

A really strange book but entertaining nonetheless. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but the storyline is pretty interesting, albeit jumbled and confusing.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh – The Language of Flowers

Possibly my favourite read so far this year. This book is so incredibly beautiful. I could not put it down. I loved every second of reading it.

Stephanine Butland – Lost For Words

I really enjoyed this too. The story line is captivating and provides a lot of insight into issues such as domestic violence.

Lily Brooks-Dalton – Good Morning, Midnight

I couldn’t put this one down. The ending still has me stumped, but its a beautifully written book.

What are your favourite books?

Nabeela x



The Edit / 02.

Woah. I haven’t done one of these in ages. The holidays often bring some time to actually think about the things we use and consume in our daily lives rather than just racing through it all, so I thought I’d share some things that I’ve been loving lately.


I just finished the book, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and I adored it. It is a beautifully written book and definitely worth a read.

Next, I’ve really been enjoying these blogs, and I find myself checking back at least once a month.

Taste and See 

Miss Moss

Into The Gloss (All-time favourite)


I’m a huge fan of the Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast by How Stuff Works. They tackle important and sometimes touchy subjects in a open-minded and interesting way. The episodes always leave me thinking about things in a different way and make for a fantastic listen. I particularly enjoyed this episode and this one too.

Billie Eilish is my favourite musician at the moment. I love all her songs and find them so calming. She’s also only 16, which is crazy inspiring. Even although her music isn’t the style I typically listen to, I find myself turning on her songs every day.


The Detoxifying Facial Mask by Naturals Beauty is such a winner. I find that it helps with breakouts almost immediately.

Since having some stomach issues last year, I started drinking kombucha and now I’m hooked! My favourites are the Rooibos Chai one by Happy Culture and the Ginger one by Culture Lab.


I love Morgan Harper Nichols’ Instagram account. If you’ve scrolled on Pinterest or Instagram, chances are you’ve come across some of her writings. I adore her work – its a perfect pair of art and words, something that I, as a visual, word-lover, appreciate deeply.

That’s all for now, lovelies.

I have some exciting things coming soon, and some fun content planned, so stay tuned and keep your eyes on the ‘gram to stay up to date.

Nabeela x

{image source of Billie Eilish photograph is unknown}






A Reading List | Jan – April 2018

“We lose ourselves in books but we find ourselves too…”

I love reading and I adore books. One glance at my banking app would make you quickly realize that I spend most of my money on books, plants and art stuff, in that order. I love seeing what other people are reading so I thought it’d be fun to share what I’ve read so far this year. Here goes.

Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice

I decided it was time to read this classic and although it took me four months to read (!!!) and I’m pretty sure I restarted it at least once because I didn’t know what was going on, I enjoyed the second half immensely. Plus, it’s a classic, so I thought it totally necessary to read.  I plan to work my way through all of Jane Austen’s novels, so this was a good start.

Nancy Tucker – The Time In Between

This book really changed my perspective on eating disorders and I found it highly informative.

John Green – Turtles All The Way Down

John Green is an actual genius, and as all his books always are, this book is amazing. It’s relatable and made me weep. (I can’t be the only person who cries more for books than for movies?)

Corban Addison – A Walk Across The Sun

This book opened my eyes to the huge issue that is human trafficking and how it may be happening under our noses without us even knowing about it. I found it gripping, and it finished me emotionally. Out of all the books I’ve read this year, I’d recommend this one first.

JoJo Moyes – Me Before You

I’ve never cried so much reading a book. It’ll play with your emotions in ways you didn’t think possible. You’ve been warned. (Read it anyway).

JoJo Moyes – After You

And so the emotional journey continues. Some parts were a bit slow compared to the first book. Still made me bawl my eyes out.  Need I say more?

I’m currently reading The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon, and I’m really enjoying it. Plus, I hear they’re making a movie!

What are some of your favourite books?

Nabeela x


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