Nadaness In Motion is the book blog owned by Nada Adel Sobhi and it is where honest book reviews meet author interviews, guest posts, and personal writing ranging from poetry to short stories alongside the Takhayyal/Imagine writing prompt challenge. ---
“You cannot kill a breeze, a wind, a fragrance; you cannot kill a dream or an ambition.” - Michel Onfray
There are many books I wanted to squeeze in 2019 but
couldn't so including them in my 2020 to-be-read (TBR) list was the logical
Also, having this list would keep me on track on how I
was progressing with books I want to read.
With the Cairo International Book Fair launching in
late January and with new books being written, published, and discovered, and
review requests coming in, this list will probably get larger - the bookworm's
dilemma. But for now I'll like to see if I can finish this list in 2020.
here's the list, including fiction and non-fiction.
by A.J. Waines
I've had this book and another by Waines on my TBR
pile for a while, but I don't want to rush them because they're psychological
thrillers and Waines was a psychoanalyst so I want to dive into her books
Another book I planned to read in 2019; this was a
review request that I wanted to dedicate time and energy to. It's about 300
pages long and I wanted to take my time with it as I work on my own fantasy
3.Letters to a
Young Novelist by Mario Vargas Llosa
I originally added this book to my TBR pile in 2018,
but haven't had a chance to start it. I was told that people studying for their
Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) had this Nobel-Prize-winner as part of their syllabi
so I figured I'd read it as well. It's short, about 130 pages, and so far the
index indicates it would be a good read. Will read it in 2020 and let you know.
a Writer, a Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write
by Francine Prose
Another book that I was told was part of the MFA
program and that I included in my TBR pile. The book title is catchy and while
I've been critiquing books for some time (You can see that on my Book Reviews page),
I'm curious what and how others look at it.
With these types of books and with
book reviews, it is likely there'll be parts I agree with and others that I
don't. But I won't pass judgement yet.
Habits by James Clear
I've heard a great deal about this book and I found
that my cousin, whose Kindle account we share, had downloaded it. Atomic
Habits moved from my I'm-considering-this-book-but-won't-add-it-yet pile to
my ever-growing TBR pile :D
So, will see what the hype is about.
Doyle Cozy Mystery) by Kirsten Weiss
I love reading Kirsten Weiss' books, in fact I've
already reviewed several of her works. But this one is a paranormal cozy
mystery so I couldn't pass the opportunity when I downloaded it free (it was on
sale for subscribers to Weiss' newsletter).
I have several other books by Weiss on my TBR pile,
but I'll focus on this one first.
Last but not least, I interviewed Kirsten in October
2019. Here's our interview.
Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business by Frances Frei & Anne Morriss
Another book I found on the shared Kindle account but
one with a really cool and quirky cover. Also, as I delve into non-fiction,
business development, and marketing, I feel this book would be great to read,
review, learn from, and perhaps write about.
the Paris Climate Agreement Goals
One of the things I've developed an interest in over
the course of 2019 was green technology and renewable energy. Something I plan to write and blog more about via LinkedIn (and my upcoming freelancer writer's
by Marc Remus
The last book in the middle-grade Magora series by
author and artist Marc Remus, the most-likely-epic conclusion to this amazingly
artistic and magical series.
I'm super excited about this. In 2018, I read the
first 4 books in the series, this year I read the 5th and as far as
I know the 6th book will be released in 2020. Remus will tie up all
the loose ends, Holly will come face to face with the Duke of Cuspidor and
hopefully all the questions from previous books will be answered.
And these are just the books I already
have planned, aside from the requests that keep coming in and books I pick up
as part of a book club I joined. :D
In 2019, I published a post titled Why I Fear Reading Self-Help Books, but since then I've not only overcome this fear but
have developed an appetite for non-fiction, seeking as much knowledge as I can.
As much as I can, I'll be publishing book reviews for
all of the above-mentioned books. If you've read any of them or plan to read
them, let me know, and we can do a short talk or we can compare notes
(especially for the non-fiction books).
Welcome Ladies and
Gentlemen, Artists, Poets, Writers, Authors, Dreamers, Friends and Family;
Welcome EVERYONE to Nadaness In Motion's MONTHLY picture-prompt writing
challenge Takhayyal or Imagine.
January is when we all mull over new
beginnings with new aspirations and hopes. So, on that line, I bring you the
first writing prompt of 2020.
I think I first saw
this image as a mobile background cover but I felt it was the perfect start to
the image and let it inspire you.
write in any language or form (but comments will be on English and Arabic
writing, since those are the languages that I know). You can include lines from
other languages like French, German, or Italian but I'll just be guessing ;)
Arabic for Imagine, Takhayyal
is a challenge for writers of all ages and genres; a place to spark creativity
and explore new genres.
nudity, violence, and/or abuse.
Use the image for
inspiration and write your piece in the comments below or publish it on your
blog and leave the link to it in the comments
piece MUST be inspired in some way or other by the
It is not
required but it is a nice and encouraging gesture to comment on others' pieces.
to add your Twitter handle (@....) so I can tag you in my tweets or tag
me @NadanessSobhi and
I'll retweet you :)
The end of 2019 is almost here, which means it's time
for another post on the top books I've read.
In 2019, I had planned to read around 12 to 15 books
but ended up reading over 30 of various lengths. I started the year fearingself-help and non-fiction books but now I'm addicted to reading more and
I have several non-fiction books on my to-read list
and many novels as well.
Check out the list, let me know if you've read any of
these books or if you plan to read them.
Warning by Isobel Blackthorn
is a brilliant novel set on the Spanish Canary Island of Fuerteventura! Simply
book begins with a strong opening both in terms of story and tone. The idea of
the warning is delivered in the first chapter, keeping the reader on edge
throughout the book. There were many beautiful descriptions and quotes in Clarissa's
"Despite the wind, there were pockets of stillness and the
ruin exuded a timeless quality. Embedded in its dilapidated stated remained
faint echoes of its history, overlaid with sorrow, as though the very stones
and ancient timbers mourned their former selves, when they were united as one,
strong and proud and true."
That's how cozy mystery novel Leg Up by
Annabelle Hunter opens. From the first lines, the reader notices that Larklyn
"Lark" Davis is one of the most sarcastic characters ever. And a
hilarious one too.
Leg Up, the first book in the Lark Davis Mystery Series, is narrated from
Lark's first person perspective, giving the reader a ton of humor and sarcasm,
along with her inner thoughts. Can't wait to read more in this series.
One of the many things I enjoyed about Leg Up
was the pace, which was quite fast, along with the characters.
The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagan is an interesting and fun book about
the basics of personal finance. Fagan learnt the hard way what it means to have
a credit card, why you can just spend, spend, spend, and why you should have a
"Did I have any other plans for
retirement besides "die before my bad money choice catch up to me?"
Of course not."
"Giving a shit about money doesn't
seem fun, but ultimately it's the most liberating thing you can do with your
otherwise chaotic young adult life."
Lost in a Quatrainby South African author
and poet Adiela Akoo is apoetry
collection I'm glad to have across in 2019. I could easily enjoy and relate to
many of the poems in the collection. Akoo even writes about a woman's period in
"Hormonal" which is something,
experienced by billions, few ever talk about.
I related to "Empty
Chairs" and was moved by "Cape
Town 1990"and"New Apartheid."
There were many deep pieces like "Not
Enough," "Broken Winged Bird," "Are YOU Ready?"
"As the Rain Pitter-Pattered," "Wrapped Up," and I must
mention the hilarious story-conversation-power "What's
first book in a new paranormal cozy mystery series, Designs on Murder by
Gayle Leeson is about Amanda who, on a hunch, starts a fashion business in
Shops on Main, a building housing several other small businesses.
"Gee, that was awkward," she said. "I was sure
"That I'm a ghost."
Amanda discovers her ability to see the place's resident ghost, Maxine
"Max" Englebright. I loved the characters. Max is smart and
hilarious; she constantly lightens the mood and puts Amanda in embarrassing
situations. I would definitely love to read more of this series.
on Murder has also helped me with a few points I'd
like to edit and fix in personal work-in-progress paranormal cozy mystery.
While I gave this book a 4-star rating, I feel it
deserves a mention in my top books of 2019. Why? Because of the effort
undertaken by author Bharat Krishnan in trying to bring Indian and Hindu
mythology to readers. We've all heard of Shiva and Rishnu but what are their
stories? What are the Hindu gods likes? What are their stories?
Love, Pride, Virtue, Fate tackles all of that and more. Krishnan even includes
comments and why he has included each story in book.
Love, Pride, Virtue, Fate is a middle-grade and children's book of short
stories, although there is one that's a bit bloody. Highly recommended read though.
One of the books I read for National Poetry Month 2019
was Sophie Schiller's On a Moonlit Night in the Antilles, a collection
inspired by the poet's visit to the Caribbean.
Comprising 30 mostly-rhyming poems, On a Moonlit
Night in the Antilles is a must-read picturesque selection of poems,
that paint pictures or tell the history of some of the
Caribbean's historical figures.
Each poem is followed by a colourful illustration by
Skaidra Zayas. I
hope Schiller visits more places and writes about them.
"this is not/ a fairy tale/ there
is no/ princess/ there is no/ damsel/ there is no queen/ there is no/ tower/
there are no/dragons/ there is simply/ a girl/ faced with the/difficult task/of
learning to/ believe in/ herself."
This is how Amanda Lovelace begins her collection of
untitled poems The Princess Saves Herself in this One, which is an
interesting and emotional read. Though the writing style takes a while to get
used to – if you write or read poetry regularly.
Princess Saves Herself in this One is divided into 4
parts or stages: The Princess, The Damsel, The
Queen, and You, and involves a lot of experimentation, with some poems
being in bullet-points.
is a creepy short story by author Darcy Coates. The story opens with Leanne who
has returned to the orphanage where she and her brother were placed nearly 30
years prior. We later learn that her brother disappeared from the orphanage and
was never found.
"Thirty years should have been long
enough to forget the home. Thirty years should have been long enough for the
dreams to stop."
scared me and I loved it! There were lots of twists that kept me on edge and
that had me read the book/story in one sitting. I can probably read this
novella over and over.
Your Book in a Flash by Dan Janal
In Write Your Book in a Flash, Dan Janal takes
the reader through all the stages of writing a book.
While Write Your Book in a Flash primarily deals
with writing non-fiction books. Some of the advice can be applicable to
fiction; like starting where you feel comfortable and how to edit your book.
I'm currently working the full book review for Dan
Janal's Write Your Book in a Flash. Will publish it in January 2020. But
it's a 5-star read!
Did you enjoy this post? If you did, please let me know in the
In this post, I'm highlighting the most-viewed
posts on the Nadaness In Motion blog in 2019.
I'll be doing another post on the all-time most viewed
posts later in January or February 2020. But for now, I'm focusing on 2019.
I started the year with a plan to read fewer books and
focus on my writing; that did not happen but I'm glad to say I read many good
books, featured some amazing authors and plan to continue hosting and featuring
authors on Nadaness In Motion for many years to come.
So, what has garnered readers' attention
Let's have a look. (These views are up until 20 December 2019)
In this post, I feature author S.C. Perkins and her
cozy mystery novel Murder, Once Removed, the captivating first mystery
in the Ancestry Detective series, in which Texas genealogist Lucy Lancaster
uses her skills to solve murders in both the past and present.
In this post, I interview author Laura Childs, who has
written many cozy mystery books and series. In this particular post, we talk
about her 20th (yes twentieth!) book in the Tea Shop Mystery Series as
well as her writing process and lots more.
Earlier this year, in March to be exact, I was set to
embark on a new job and journey that required reading self-help and non-fiction
books. And I was worried. Worried because there are many things that don't
stick in my head and to be honest I fear that I would forget things when I close
the book (and that still happens). Hence, this post. It's a different kind of
Since then, I've overcome the fear but I also forget
things I've read and would sometimes have to go back a few pages to remind
myself what a book was talking about and where I was while reading it.
One of the most beautiful poetry collections I've read
this year was Lost in a Quatrain by South African author and poet Adiela Akoo. There
were many poems that I could relate to and others pertaining to moments in
South Afrian history.
Lost in a Quatrain
includes several deep pieces such as "Not Enough," "Broken Winged
Bird," "Are YOU Ready?" "As the Rain Pitter-Pattered,"
"Wrapped Up," just to name few. There are many and I
enjoyed them all.
"Hormonal"is a powerful womanly poem about – you probably
guessed it – women's monthly period. I appreciated that Akoo wrote about this
and included it in her collection.
This was my first cozy mystery read for Gayle Trent
(or Gayle Leeson since she goes by both names)
I enjoyed reading Designs on Murder and learnt a few
things from it for my work-in-progress paranormal cozy mystery. I even have a
few new ideas I might incorporate in my own work.
that was awkward," she said. "I was sure you knew."
I'm a ghost."
Amanda decides to go on a hunch and start her fashion
business in Shops on Main, a building housing several other small businesses.
There she discovers her ability to see the place's resident ghost, Maxine
Warning by Isobel Blackthorn is a brilliant novel set on the
Spanish Canary Island of Fuerteventura! Simply WOW!
book begins with a strong opening both in terms of story and tone. The idea of
the warning is delivered in the first chapter, keeping the reader on edge
throughout the book.
Warningis narrated in the first person
perspective of Claire Bennet, who often talks about herself in the third person
in a humorous way.A British bank teller, who has won a lottery making
her a millionaire, Claire's now bent on buying and renovating a ruin on the
island of Fuerteventura, which is the second largest of the Canary Islands that
comes with an ominous and possibly paranormal warning.
A personal poem I wrote while travelling to the Siwa
Oasis in Egypt in December 2018. Journey into the heart of an oasis in this
Cleopatra's Spring, image via Trip Advisor
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