So Many New Books! So Little Time!

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The September newsletter reached my inbox and I was delighted to see so many of my favorite authors have books out this month. I can’t wait to read all of these books! I’m definitely starting with Sarah J. Maas QUEEN OF SHADOWS because I have been waiting for that book forever!

Are any of your favorites on the list? What are you excited to read this month?




Goodreads Reading Challenge

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Goodreads Reading Challenge Nadia Nader Books

Note to self: Don’t set a high reading goal for 2016.

I’ve been trying so hard to stay on track I’m reading more than I’m writing!

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For the past few days, I’ve been immersed in researching Scotland and its many beautiful sights. It’s gotten to the point where I’m a click away from purchasing a plane ticket to get me there.

I’ve been reading up online about the different cities and I’m still torn between Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. Ideally, I’d love to include a visit the highlands but I’m not sure if I can find someone to accompany me. It’s tough finding someone who has the same schedule as me and also wants to spend it in the middle of nowhere enjoying the sights.

I’ve realized over time that my idea of a vacation is not shared by my most of my close friends. They prefer the hustle and bustle of cities, where they can shop and dine at the latest “It” places and then return to the country to brag about it. And I just want to relax and spend time away from civilization.

One of the benefits of living in Kuwait is that you can always find someone who has been to the place you’re thinking of visiting. Kuwaitis & the expats who live in Kuwait tend to be a well-traveled bunch. I’ve gotten contacts of people who studied in Scotland to get their opinions on where to go and what to do and see. A friend of mine insisted I visit Edinburgh in August. He said that’s when their Fringe Festival takes place. He loves it so much, he’s been attending for the past few years.

Have you been to Scotland? Where and when should I go? And what should I make an effort to see?

New Theme

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Well, I’ve got a new theme up (Sugar & Spice) and retired the old one (Twenty Twelve).

One of my pet peeves is having comments appear on different pages. I want them to just show up for posts. I think I’ve messed it up and gotten comments removed forever. This post is a test.

Update: I’ve managed to add date & comments under the titles of blog posts but unfortunately still have the comments showing up for the pages. If anyone knows how to fix this, please let me know.

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Weekend at the Movies

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I spent most of the weekend publishing and promoting The Enchanted Rose and in my spare time unwinding at the movies.

The two movies I saw were fantastic! I watched The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game. Both are based on true stories. Both are based on brilliant men. Both changed history.

Imitation Game

Of the two, I much preferred The Imitation Game. The casting was superb, the plot exciting, and overall I loved it!

Theory of Everything

I liked the cast in The Theory of Everything, and thought Eddie Redmayne‘s performance was phenomenal, but the plot was alright. I didn’t get as emotionally distraught as I did watching the trailer.

At the crux of the matter, it came down to what kind of struggle I liked to see. The Imitation Game wasn’t focused on his personal internal struggle, but an external force. Internal struggles are well and good, we all love seeing the triumph of the human spirit, but give me Nazis, Voldemort, Darth Vader and I’m a much happier camper.

(But it didn’t hurt that The Imitation Game had a full cast of eye candy. Hello Matthew Goode & Mark Strong! ;))