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Crazy Rich Asians || just rich people politics

crazy rich asians coverTitle: Crazy Rich Asians

Author: Kevin Kwan

Genre: Contemporary

Category: Adult

Status: Book 1 of Crazy Rich Asians trilogy

Goodreads


Synopsis:

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.

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With the movie’s release, everyone’s been talking about this book. I finally got to it recently and I didn’t like it.

The Plot

While we go through SEVERAL points of views and follow a lot of characters in the book, at the center are Nicholas and Rachel.

Nicholas is from the uber rich Young family in Singapore but he works as a professor in New York, not telling anyone who his family is. Even Rachel, whom he’s been dating for two years. Then one day, for his best friend’s wedding, he invites Rachel. To the wedding, to Singapore and to meet his family. He doesn’t realize what he’ll set off bringing a “poor” girl who has no clue about his family.

But the spark becomes fire very soon. Within no time every one knows Rachel Chu and she is gossiped about.

My thoughts on the book:

  • I don’t know what I was expecting but it was not a book full of rich Asians gossiping about every one else. I hated it.
  • Rich. People. Politics. Almost every page.
  • I thought we’d get way more of Nicholas and Rachel but honestly they constituted maybe 5% of the book.
  • There were so many characters and so much name dropping and then back stories of all of them that my mind was muddled within no time. Honestly I only know Nicholas, Rachel, Nicholas’s cousin Astrid and her husband Michael.
  • Looooooong paragraphs jumping from one topic to the other while giving back stories on characters. I found myself skimming the book not even four chapters in.
  • The book shows the lives of rich people and also how the not-so-rich feel when brought into the foray. It would have been nice if we also didn’t see multiple chapters about characters I can’t care less about.
  • Rachel was endearing.
  • Nicholas was so damn clueless.
  • Astrid was awesome.
  • Michael was nice.
  • Everyone else can disappear. They’re not important.

Overall

It’s as the title says, the book is about crazy rich Asians. I’ve heard the movie is better so I think I’ll give it a try. Maybe when I’m bored and open to it. The book was just okay to me, but mostly I didn’t like it. Wouldn’t recommend.

two-and-a-half-stars

The Sunday Post // tests + Sierra Burgess

It’s already been another week?! I feel like I wrote last week’s Sunday post just a couple days back. Just like this week, the next two years will go by and before I know it I’ll be out of college. Scary just thinking about going into the real adulting world.

The Sunday Post is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

As I write this, it’s Saturday evening and I’ve just got back from college. You will be seeing this only Sunday afternoon but I’m writing it in advance because I don’t need any more excuses to procrastinate studying.

I’m blogging while playing my playlist on shuffle and trying to chill for the first time since last Sunday.

Updates from last sunday

I went out with a friend and I had a really good time! We went to a small book fair and then went to a mall where we sat talking over burgers and Fanta Floats for a LONG time. It was a good day, although it did tire me out and I didn’t get to studying that day. Worth it, though.

I also bought a book from the book fair called The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger. The only reason I actually ended up buying it is because the author wrote The Devil Wears Prada, which I really like.

Follow up on last week’s to-do list

I don’t do to-do lists in my bullet journal because it never worked for me. Surprisingly, though, the to-do list I’ve been posting here last two Sundays is actually on my mind throughout the week! Maybe because I only talk about the most important things or maybe posting online is keeping me responsible.

  1. Don’t watch any Kdramas or read any books!! Although I did end up reading a book early in the week because I reallllly felt like it, I’m still marking this green. I didn’t watch or read anything else, which has actually freed up a LOT of my time to study.
  2. Blog for Friday in advance. I blogged for Friday on Tuesday itself along with that day’s post!
  3. Two hours of online course minimum. So much for doing my course no matter what. Since I missed a LOT of classes, I needed to study a lot and catch up to write my tests well.
  4. Study!!!!! I did haha.

Section 377 in India has been repealed!

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Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code states that homosexual sex between two consenting adults is a crime. India has a long history of hating on queer people and not welcoming them.

In 2009, the section was repealed but in 2013 it was brought back. I was oblivious to all this.

But a couple days back, the Supreme Court panel of five judges unanimously voted to repeal Section 377 and I CAN’T BE HAPPIER.

The internet BLEW UP with the news and there was celebration everywhere. Twitter had multiple hashtags about it that trended. The news kept showing people going around giving sweets and celebrating and honestly, what a good day.

I’m so thankful for this step forward. And in the center of it all, the judges are the people to thank. Not only did they take this decision, they also gave such good statements which should be quotes.

“LGBT community has the same rights as other members of society. Criminalising carnal sex is irrational, arbitrary.” CJI Dipak Misra

Gay marriage is not legal, though. I’m sure the next step is to pursue it but there has already been opposition to the idea by the Govt, which I read in the news. It’s a work-in-progress. I hope for the best.

4/6 tests done!

My tests started Friday and I have two a day. And since my weekdays run until Saturday, I had two days of two tests.

I’m actually glad that we have two tests a day because they get over really fast. It’s four days of binge-studying and done. It’s a good schedule. During finals when my exams stretches over several days, I hate it.

I have two more tests on Monday and I’m done, yay!

Reading updates

I read only one book this week as I said above and that is Accidental Tryst by Natasha Boyd. I read through it pretty quickly. I quite liked it in the beginning but the last quarter just did not do it for me.

It was a little messy the way it ended and I also didn’t like the last sequence of events.

3/5 stars.

What I watched

I actually haven’t watched yet but I’m about to watch Sierra Burgess Is A Loser now! I have a day to study for my next two tests so I’m allowing myself to enjoying for a little bit.

I have my cup of tea and some biscuits, all ready. I’ll come back once the movie’s over and complete this post so until then, see ya!

two hours later

Y’all.. I didn’t like it..

I didn’t like the movie. Less than halfway through I found myself fast-forwarding. I.. I did not expect this.

I just really expected to like it, you know? I even spoke about it to my friends, I was so excited to watch it!

  • Starting with the small things, sometimes the music choices were way off for the scenes.
  • We did not even get to see Sierra and Jamey connect.
  • I loved Sierra’s confidence on not caring about her looks and while, deep down, I know that it’s still high school and that it will affect her, I did not like the way it came out.
  • The unlikely friendship between Veronica and Sierra was my most anticipated thing because I wanted friendship and.. I don’t know. It just was not it. The movie was not it.
  • It’s transphobic. A friend replied saying that in reply to my Instagram story, about watching the movie, as well. It’s… no. No.
  • It’s also fatphobic and lesbophobic.
  • This tweet thread by clockworkreads says it all.

  • I’m just sitting here making faces of frustration because I don’t know how to say what I didn’t like because overall I just didn’t.
  • It felt like just another story about a fat girl in high school. I did not see anything new and unique and nice.
  • Also I did not relate at all. I was the fat one too but I did not relate at all. Is that how American high school is? Just snide comments and outward insults without any underhand things? Because from what I remember, the small things hurt more than being outwardly insulted.
  • The best friend relationship Sierra had with Dan was not nice. I mean, throughout the movie everything that happened, I didn’t like it. But right from the start I didn’t like Dan because he kept pushing Sierra and sometimes didn’t consider her feelings. But then on the other hand (spoiler ahead, will type it in white so if you want to see it, select the text) she did kinda forget about him because of a boy and because a new friend and that is SAD. He was with her the whole time! And she didn’t even think about it. Felt like just another teenage movie that I do not get.
  • I hated the peak point. You know, the part of every story where things go wrong and the MC is sad and realizes how stupid she’s been and stuff. Very awkwardly done. Did not like it.

Side note: The song Sunflower by Shannon Purser is pretty good. I don’t like the lyrics because I’m done with the plot line but her voice is really good and I like the tone. Will definitely have any other song by her on repeat. Not this one though.

Conclusion: I did not like it. Some people did, though. So if you want to watch it, go for it, I guess?

I hit 900 followers on Instagram

Moving on to better topics! I hit another milestone on my Instagram account! I know that Instagram follower count will keep fluctuating and changing, so right after this the number might go down. (Is it bots that cause this problem or is it actually people who follow unfollow several times because I’ve been facing this for a long time and so have many others.)

I’m so close to 1k! Woohoo!

Speaking of, follow me on Instagram!

Next week’s to-do list

Okay last thing. I need to end this post so I can get to studying because my mum has been telling me to get off the laptop and study for the past hour.

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  • Do well on the last two tests! Get studying ASAP.
  • Design review. Gotta show the design plan for my mini project to my guide on Monday.
  • DBMS project review. Better start get working on this project and review the plans with my guide.
  • Four hours of online course. Need to catch up!
  • Write another Kdrama review. I have tons of Kdramas left to be reviewed! So much backlog oof.

And I think that’s enough for a week? I’m making faces just looking at this list.

(Okay my mum’s making pulao again and it smells SO GOOD I WANT TO EAT IT NOW. Thank goodness it’ll be dinner time soon.)

How was your week? Anything monumental happen? Tell me in the comments!

September Bullet Journal Setup

Bullet journalling has changed my daily life. I cannot say otherwise.

Last month, since the notebook I was using had only a few pages left, I decided to not really set up for August. I just did a monthly page with the month’s calendar and an expense tracker, leaving the rest of the empty pages for daily journalling.

Guess what. My August was SO CLUTTERED. I didn’t really even pick up my bullet journal except to note down my expenses and plan blog posts. The month was a disaster, to be honest. I was so disorganized, I couldn’t wait to start bullet journalling properly again.

First, let me introduce you to my new notebook.

I started a new notebook this month. Its from personal-planner.com, a website where you can customize your notebook and have it shipped to yourself for free.

Here is my notebook:

 

Specifications:

  • Spiral notebook of size “Classic A5”, dimensions 147x205mm and 160 pages.
  • I contemplated a lot about what image I want in the front. In the end, I decided to put a simple picture for the front that I took on Snapchat with a filter and added a small quote below. It says “I begin with an idea and it becomes something else” said by Pablo Picasso.
  • On the back, I have a coordinating coloured background and the names of several books I really love. The names go vertically so you have to start at the top and read downwards and from left to right columns. The spaces are added to separate book names. So each book title has no spaces between it’s words. Some of the books I’ve mentioned are Where Rainbows End, Before We Were Strangers, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
  • The pages inside are tinted blue. When I saw the option, I had to have it. Blue is my favourite colour.
  • The book is divided into four quarters. I chose the first and last quarters to have dotted pages and the middle two quarters to have plain pages. Although honestly even the dotted pages look plain unless you look VERY close, even in real life.
  • The notebook also comes with a matching scale which is removable for convenience. I can put it for whichever page I want it.
  • It also comes with a transparent removable folder which, like the scale, can be removed and put in whichever place as convenient.

removable folder and scale

  • I also chose to get a sheet of small stickers and a pen along with the notebook.

So, that’s my notebook. Isn’t it pretty awesome? Especially with the tinted pages?

Now, onto the setup for this month.

I’ve been waiting for what feels like FOREVER for my previous notebook to finish so I can get to this one. It’s almost the end of 2018, sadly, for me to start using a notebook with 2018 written on the front.

Anyway, the major challenges I had with this book were coordinating with the background blue tint (I needed to choose colour pens that matched the colour or complemented it) and getting used to the size (which I’ve never had before.) It took a few tries, and multiple pages getting ripped out, but I managed it in the end.

I wanted the first page to have my favorite poem, so I wrote it.

millenials page

It was after this point that I discovered the ghosting and very slight bleeding my brush pens caused on the paper. So then I had to tread lightly.

 

cover page

events and goals

I didn’t want to start the trackers immediately after the events so I just made up a goals page. Not sure if I’ll stick to it, but we’ll see.

mood and expense trackers

Since the pages are pretty small, and I liked drawing borders on the pages, I had to make these two small and “cute”.

I intentionally left out habit trackers this month because I didn’t think I’d have enough mental energy to bother with trackers except the commenting challenge.

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As usual, I have my monthly blog post schedule in the back for any planning so I can do multiple months at once (if required).

Now that I see, the pages look white lol. I promise, they’re tinted blue. The blueness idn’t seen after I increased the brightness of the photos.

And that’s it! It’s going to take a while for me to get used to this book. Until then, I’m just going to experiment and try things.

Have you started anything new this month? Maybe school, exercise, sport, journalling? Let me know in the comments! Also do tell me your opinions on my notebook and spreads.

Poison Study || finally knocking it off my TBR

poison studyTitle: Poison Study

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Genre: Fantasy

Category: Young Adult

Status: Book 1 of the Study series

Goodreads


Synopsis:

Choose:
A quick death
Or slow poison…

Yelena has a choice – be executed for murder, or become food taster to the Commander of Ixia. She leaps at the chance for survival, but her relief may be short-lived.

Life in the palace is full of hazards and secrets. Wily and smart, Yelena must learn to identify poisons before they kill her, recognise whom she can trust and how to spy on those she can’t. And who is the mysterious Southern sorceress who can reach into her head?

When Yelena realises she has extraordinary powers of her own, she faces a whole new problem, for using magic in Ixia is punishable by death…

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This book has been on my TBR for AGES. It’s one of the earliest books in my TBR on Goodreads. I was at the bookstore the other day and found a used copy of this book for a low price so I bought it, solely to knock it off my TBR. I really wasn’t sure if I still was interested in it.

The Plot

We follow Yelena, who is given the choice to be the food taster for the commander of Ixia or be executed for her crime. After living for a year in the dungeons, she jumps on the chance of being alive a little longer.

But her life isn’t easy. She has to build up her stamina, study poisons and avoid the father of the person she killed. Oh and she has some mysterious power that comes in the form of buzzing.

My thoughts on the book:

  • I wasn’t very interested in Yelena. Honestly, I was just barely interested in her. She was just surviving one day at a time and wanted to live. She also has a traumatic past, which lead to her killing her master’s son.
  • The romance was very quick. Once the confessions came out, the “I love you” came very soon after and it threw me for a loop. Especially since the romance was not a focus point for most of the book but in the end it suddenly has so much.. intensity? Did not make sense.
  • Plot-wise, it was just okay. It’s a little interesting idea with the world and workings but there wasn’t enough to add an oomph factor. We follow more of Yelena’s self-growth than see the fantasy world. And in fantasy books, the world is everything so that got me bummed.
  • As for the love interest, he was the only thing I mildly liked and that was only until half the book. Also some things about him were just stated and not explained at all so that was annoying.
  • There was transgender rep so that was nice to stumble upon.
  • I took about a week to finish the book. I carried it around with me everywhere and I’m pretty sure the only reason I finished it was because, out in public, it was the only book I had in hand to read. Otherwise I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have read it.

Overall

It was simply okay. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t that good either. I will not be reading further books in the series. I’m glad I managed to knock off an old TBR title, that’s all.

If you really think you’d like it, only then go for it. Otherwise, I would recommend skipping it.

two-stars

The Sunday Post // Kdrama watching + tons of work

Happy Sunday everyone! I’m currently sneaking in a bit of blogging before I have to get ready and go out, so this post may not be very long. In fact, I think I might write half of it and complete it later in the evening when I’m home. I want this post to be a little long and include everything I want to talk about.

So, let’s just get to it!

Updates from last Sunday

So last week, in my Sunday Post, I had written and published it on Sunday morning. That didn’t include my Sunday activities so I just want to say a little about it.

As I had said, I went out with my friends. 7 of us went to a place in my city popular for buying and selling books. I sold back a bunch of books and bought two textbooks (one for me, one for my best friend). After that, we went to a popular eating place in another part of the city and I tried new food!

Honestly, I can’t even properly describe what was so good about the day. It’s probably just that I went out with this group for the first time and I had a lot of fun. One of my friends said thrice, I believe, that I was so cute. It was funny the way she said it, all awe and realization, but I felt nice. Compliments are very good to hear.

Here are some images from the day!

Follow up on last week’s to-do list:

  1. Download and install software for mini project. I tried four times. It kept going wrong. Eventually decided I’ll take it from one of my friends and try.
  2. Buy textbooks! Done!
  3. Do two hours of online course minimum. I did just two hours lol.
  4. Set up bullet journal for September.Done! Now I just need to make a blog post about it.
  5. Shift back home. Done!

All-in-all, good enough week.

College is kicking my ass

It’s been a month since college started, with about three more months of classes to go, and I’m already stressed af. Two mini projects, assignments, online course and classes all together are taking up my time. I have no clue how I’m blogging and I’m not sure how I’ll manage the time to keep blogging through the semester.

Things will surely become more hectic, starting from this week because we have our first internal tests. I seriously need to get studying because I barely know anything since I missed a lot of classes due to internship.

Kdramas I watched

The only way I deal with stress is procrastination and only that explains why I finished TWO Kdramas last week.

1. Kill Me, Heal Me

My friend and I started watching it together and while we planned on going on the same pace, I ended up finishing early. In fact, she was ahead of me because I was watching Weighlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. But once I started Kill Me, Heal Me, I finished it in 4 days. That’s roughly 4 hours a day.

2. She Was Pretty

My friend was stalking the actors in Kill Me, Heal Me and told me that two of the leads are protagonists in She Was Pretty. Considering I really like the male lead, I decided to go for it.

Another friend recommended She Was Pretty a long time back but i started watching it only now. I finished it in 4 days, so about 4 hours a day again lol.

I’m going to stop watching and reading for the next week until my tests finish because I really need to pass.

Reading updates

I was born for this cover

I read only one book and that was I Was Born For This by Alice Osman and I can see that Radio Silence wasn’t a one-hit wonder. It was really good, included diversity as well and had a similar vibe to Radio Silence. Let’s hope I get the time to write a review soon.

New theme in Instagram!

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My bookstagram is known for changing themes very frequently and I’m glad to be moving on to the next theme after a couple months. It’s similar to a theme I did before but with different colours. I’m glad I’m back to complete colour now because my last theme was based on white background.

If you still haven’t, follow me on Instagram! I post pretty pictures and talk about books or my daily life. I also post stories on various book, Kdrama and life updates.

I got featured on the August Creator Showcase!

 

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In July, I shared my While You Were Sleeping review post on twitter in reply to the host’s tweet, nominating that post for the Showcase. There were tons of other people who shared their posts so I’m super surprised and happy that I was picked and featured for the Showcase!

For August, it was hosted by Rastilin0903, who did a great job. Click here to see the post where he features 20 blog posts!

This week’s to-do list

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Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

 

  1. Don’t watch any Kdramas or read any books!! Need to concentrate on studying now.
  2. Blog for Friday in advance. I have my first test on Friday so I definitely can’t do it on Thursday or Friday.
  3. Two hours of online course minimum. No matter what else, I still have 40 hours of my course left and I need to finish it THIS SEMESTER.
  4. Study!!!!! Goes without saying.

And that’s it for this week! Surprisingly I wrote this in one sitting and that means I need to run NOW to get ready. Okay bye!

How was your week? Hectic? Chill? Tell me things in the comments!

All Your Perfects || I couldn’t put it down

all your perfects coverTitle: All Your Perfects

Author: Colleen Hoover

Genre: Romance

Category: Adult

Status: Standalone

Goodreads


Synopsis:

Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

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Even if I’m not interested in a plotline, you can bet that I’ll still read and like it if it’s by Colleen Hoover.

This book is based on the struggles of a married couple and their journey through it. Now, I don’t usually pick up books which deal with marriage and post-marriage things. I’m still in the YA and NA section. But it’s by CoHo so I read it and, no surprise, I loved it.

The Plot

We follow Graham and Quinn in two timelines named as Then and Now.

In “Then”, we see them meeting and dating and how they fall in love. The vibe of it was very happy, bright and fun.

In “Now”, we see the couple struggling to get pregnant and how it’s brought them to a dark and sad place. This is the sad, depressed and worrying part.

My thoughts on the book:

  • Firstly, I’m so glad I got to read another Colleen Hoover book. No matter whether I like the plot or not, I ended up devouring her books in one sitting because her writing is so good that it just sucks me in.
  • I loved that the vibes of these two parts were so distinctly different. I didn’t even have to look at the chapter headings. I knew immediately which part I was in. No doubts.
  • Quinn faces depression (wasn’t mentioned so but I think she did) and the struggles were brought out really well. I actually related quite a bit from my depression.

Sadness is like a spiderweb. You don’t see it until you’re caught up in it, and then you have to claw at yourself to try to break free.

  • I really liked Quinn and Graham, but Graham a little more. In Then, I saw how happy and bright with hope they were, and “Now” has them in a hard place. I was attached to the characters within two chapters. 
  • I felt the chemistry between the main couple. It was so good.

Graham has said so many sweet things to me, but this wasn’t sweet. This was pure poetry.

  • I think what I liked most was that CoHo gave us another thoughtful, heartbreaking book and made it concrete that she’s one of my favorite Romance authors.
  • The book made me cry TWICE and that is a very rare thing!! It deserves my praise.

Overall

Loved loved LOVED the book. Absolutely recommended if you want to get lost in a book that makes you feel a lot.

four-stars

 

Songs on Repeat #2

I have several great songs for y’all this month so get your earphones if you’re in public because you’ve got to listen to these.

Welcome to another post where I share my monthly favourite songs which I listened to on repeat for at least a few days each. I think I’ve got a good mix this time so let’s dive in!

Epiphany by BTS

I listened to this about a day after it released because my friend was raving about it. I fell in love immediately. I didn’t listen to any other song for over a week. Just Epiphany on repeat. Damn what a good song. It’s the best song by BTS, in my opinion. I’m also not a BTS stan so liking this song so much means it’s good.

In fact, the BTS stan friend told another friend that I’m obsessed with Epiphany. That friend, saying that if I liked it that means the song is really good, went and listened to it. And he loved it as well. (I feel validated for my music lol)

Be Alright by Dean Lewis

After loving the song Waves (acoustic) by him, I decided to listen to a few other songs. This one is my next fav of his. It’s so good.

Lose My Mind by Dean Lewis

Along with Be Alright, I was listening to this on repeat as well. The former is better but I quite liked this one as well. I really like his voice, mainly.

I Like Me Better by Lauv

Right after I watched To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, I listened to the soundtrack on Spotify and fell in LOVE with this song. I’ve never heard to Lauv before but now I’m determined to listen to more songs by the artist. One of my friends has also recommended him highly. This is the best song from the TATBILB soundtrack.

Nadir by Tender

Another BEAUTIFUL song from the TATBILB soundtrack. I’ve listened to it on repeat (along with three more songs that I’ll mention below) once my I Like Me Better obsession went down.

Human Right by The Strike

This is such a good dance song! I love the beats and the music.

Good by Erin McCarley

This is SUCH A GOOD SONG. In the beginning I didn’t like it much but it’s grown on me and now find myself singing it at random times during the day.

Lovers by Anna of The North

Another BEAUTIFUL song from the soundtrack. This played in a crucial scene in the movie and now it’s embedded itself in my brain. I find myself wanting to listen to it all the time. Soothing song with beats and beautiful vocals.

Auditory Hallucinations

I’m curring watching the Kdrama Kill Me Heal Me and this song is played many times as far as I’ve seen. It’s played at least once every episode and now I’m listening to it on repeat. Currently listening to it, in fact. I love the female vocals.

 

And that’s it! Which songs did you listen to on repeat this month? Do you like the songs I mentioned? Let me know in the comments!

The Sunday Post // how exhausted can I get

Every time I think I can’t feel more exhausted than now, life proves me wrong. And I’m pretty sure I have a while to go before I hit my max exhaustion level, so until then, I’m going to complain.

Welcome to another Sunday Post where I talk about my past week! This meme was created by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and is the perfect meme for me talk about random things, all in one place.

College is hitting me hard

A photo I took of my friend in college.
Daydreaming in class like (featuring my friend Sabby in college).

Honestly, what the eff. I thought I was bombarded with things last semester but it’s NOTHING compared to this semester. I’m apparently supposed to do 2 mini projects (together amounting to 30 days of effort), complete an online course (I took one of 43 hours of videos) AND do well in my subjects?

I get tired just by thinking about everything.

If I try, I’m sure I have time to do all of these but the problem is that they don’t leave me with any time to do other things I like. For example blogging and bookstagram (I’ll somehow manage reading). And I need these hobbies to loosen up and relax. For people who are completely devoted to the major, this might me a welcome challenge but I only like the major. I’m someone who likes doing many things.

Currently coping with the stress by procrastinating.

So yeah, I’m worried about my semester guys.

I was sick last week

I had cough and cold and am only now beginning to become better. This meant that I missed even more classes and I’m having a harder time catching up on the curriculum. I’m already behind because I didn’t attend several days of classes due to my internship, and now this.

My first internal exams are almost upon me (September 7th, apparently) and I just found out about it today. I’m screwed.

Kdrama updates!

While I was sick, I managed to start a new Kdrama and that was Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo! I finished it a couple days back and I really liked it! Very adorable with cool MCs.

My friends and I started watching a Kdrama together and that’s Kill Me Heal Me. I’ve finished three episodes until now and let’s hope I take it slowly because I have other things to do as well i.e. the things I complained about above. This Kdrama seems to be thriller so that’s good! I’ve only seen more of romance lately.

Reading updates!

I read Crazy Rich Asians this week so that I can get to the movie and I’ll be honest, I didn’t like it. I quite hated it, actually. Yeah it’s all about rich people but daamn the amount of politics and negativity was pissing me off. I don’t read books for all that drama. I haven’t seen the movie yet and I hope it’s better.

I also read Radio Silence by Alice Osman yesterday and it was really good! A good one to read after the disappointing Crazy Rich Asians. I’ve had this book for a while now because I got it immediately once I saw a reader I follow being completely obsessed with it. I definitely recommend it but only if you’re ready for high school and teenage stories with the high school hazy vibe. I’m going to talk a lot about the vibe in my review, which will be up soon!

I got people to watch TATBILB!

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movie is my new obsession and I’ve been talking about it non-stop ever since it released. I got three friends to watch it and they loved it as well! Slowly going to make everyone watch.

Have you seen my review on the movie yet? Click here to see!

On my to-do list

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Photo by Emma Matthews on Unsplash

I have a LOT. I didn’t really use my bullet journal this month because I wasn’t sure what spreads I wanted since I didn’t start college until later, so I’ve been terribly disorganized. I’ve been a MESS this month. Can’t wait to set up for next month in a new book and get my life together.

But for this week, I’m writing the to-do list here which, hopefully, will make me responsible to complete them:

  1. Download software for mini project. Not too hard. Just need to install.
  2. Buy textbooks! More like textbook because I’m planning to get only one this semester and wing the rest of the subjects with notes. I’m actually heading out today to do this. I’m also selling back seven books from the past two semesters lol.
  3. Do two hours of online course minimum. I have 43 hours to do and I’ve only done 1 hour yet. I’ll finish when the next academic year starts, at this pace. Need to pick up. Actually planned on doing it last night but I remembered that I need to write a blog post for today. Also procrastination.
  4. Set up bullet journal for September. Really REALLY need to do this one.
  5. Shift back home. I’m currently in a different house because my place was getting renovated. Will be shifting back this week! Can’t wait to be done with that.

Okay that’s all the big things. I’m sure more will pop up during the week. Wish me luck!

Wow surprisingly this post is less that 1k words! All the previous Sunday Posts were long lol. How was your week? How have you been faring so far, with whatever you’re doing?

The Shuffle Song Tag

Happy Friday y’all! It’s almost the weekend! Well, technically. But since I have classes on Saturdays as well, my weekend starts tomorrow evening. #sadlife

I’m just not in the mood to write up a proper post and plus I don’t have the time so I thought I’ll do a tag today. I saw this tag over at Diversion3000 and it’s been a while since I’ve done a music tag, so let’s go!

Rules:

  • Hit shuffle play on any devices or apps that you listen to music on.
  • List the first ten songs that play.
  • Tag some people!

My complete playlist has 1217 songs at the moment, of various languages. I’m hitting shuffle now..

1. Invincible by Ruelle

I’ve been a Ruelle fan ever since the first two minutes of Shadowhunters where her song Monsters was played. This is one of my favourite songs by her. I love the vibe of her work.

2. Falling by Jo Hyun-ah

This song is from the soundtrack of the W: Two World Korean drama. It’s actually one of the Korean songs I have that I haven’t listened to much. I usually keep songs I think I might like in the future even if I don’t like them at the moment. After a while if I don’t end up liking it, I remove it from my playlist. Jury’s still out on this one.

3. If I Lose Myself by OneRepublic

OneRepublic is a brilliant band and this is my second favourite song by them, coming only after Counting Stars. I love the chorus.

4. What You Wanted by OneRepublic

Another song by OneRepublic! I came upon this song while listening to a curated OneRepublic playlist on YouTube and loved it. The lyrics ❤

5. Tum Hi Ho Bandhu by Neeraj Shridhar & Kavita Seth

Okay so I was, at one point, completely OBSESSED with this song. It’s from the Bollywood movie Cocktail and it a really good upbeat dance song.

6. Teri Jhuki Nazar by Pritan ft. Shafqat Amanat Ali

This is one of the Hindi songs on my playlist that I rarely listen to but still don’t feel like deleting. It’s just that, at random (and rare) times when I do want to listen to it, I love it.

7. Sun Raha Hai Na Tu

Another Hindi song! While I didn’t love the Aashiqui 2 movie, I really liked the songs in the movie. I also prefer the female version over the male. I always sing along to the songs from this movie, no matter how sick of them I am.

8. Galliyan by Ankit Tiwari

FOUR continuous Hindi songs? Whew. Anyway this song is from the movie Ek Villain. I loved the movie and I love the songs. I like the male version only slightly more than the female, both are really good.

9. Invisible by Taylor Swift

I didn’t even know this song existed until a friend of mine told me to listen to it, and I’m not a fan. It’s probably the least listened to TS song on my playlist and I’m pretty sure I’ll be removing it soon.

10. Kadhal Ennulle by Nivin & Nazriya Nazim

I believe I mentioned this in a favourite songs post recently. When I love Tamil songs, I completely FALL IN LOVE. Same thing happened with this song. Every time I listen to this song, I just want to close my eyes and sway to it. Even if you don’t understand Tamil, I definitely recommend it.

I tag..

YOU! If you want to do it, go ahead! I wasn’t tagged for it but I don’t care about that. If I really want to do a tag, I do it, and you should.

How many songs are there in your playlist? Are there songs of various languages? Do you like any of the songs I mentioned above? Let me know in the comments!

My Not So Perfect Life // a refreshing book on chasing your dreams

my not so perfect lifeTitle: My Not So Perfect Life

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Chick Lit

Category: Adult

Status: Standalone

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Synopsis:

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

OK, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams – or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman who has everything – actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

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Firstly, I love Sophie Kinsella. I’ve read almost all of her books, probably missing very few only because they weren’t there in my library. So when I saw this book in the bookstore, I immediately picked this up.

Now, I have some expectations from Kinsella. I expect a humourous book with some romance but also has focus on something else including personal development. And I got it. I wasn’t disappointed at all.

The Plot

Katherine “Katie” Brenner is a country-side girl from Somerset who has always dreamed of living in the hubbub of London. She studied design and is now an intern (with small pay) at Cooper Clemmow, just waiting for an opportunity to show off her skills and get a better job. To fit in in London, she got rid of her accent and started calling herself “Cat”.

Then one day, she gets fired by her glamorous, talented and too-perfect boss Demeter. Now she’s back to Somerset with her dad, helping him and his girlfriend set up their glamping (glamorous camping) business. It takes off, gets attention and suddenly, Demeter has booked for a weekend.

What follows is a hilarious weekend which changes everything.

My thoughts on the book:

I loved Katie. I liked her spunk, her determination to be a London girl who tries very hard to achieve her dreams. It was inspiring.

Another thing I really liked was showing that no matter how a person’s life looks on the outside, you never really know.

The romance was also cute. It wasn’t focused on much though, just being an addition to the plot. I liked that. The book was about Katie and about her relationship Demeter. The romance was just a small part.

One thing I didn’t like was the Instagram references. When I read the summary, I thought about how she has a super cool feed and she works on it, keeping up an image but actually her life isn’t so great. But in the book, there wasn’t much Instagram. We just saw her real life. So that was disappointing.

Overall

I can’t tell much without spoiling a lot, so I’ll stop here. I liked the book. It’s a light-hearted, fun book about one woman.

I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a vacation read or just something with no heavy plots and will make you feel good in the end.

four-stars

Have you read Sophie Kinsella’s books? 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before // movie review

lara jean, kitty and peter
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This movie is, hands down, one of my favourite movies of the year.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a book-to-movie adaptation of the book of same name by Jenny Han. I read the book a few years back and really liked it. There were a few minute things that I didn’t like but overall it was good. I adored it.

So when I heard that it’s being made into a movie? I squealed! When I saw the cast, I squealed. When I saw the trailers, I was singing praises and couldn’t wait to watch it.

The movie released on Friday, 17th August ’18, and I needed to watch it ASAP. I do not have a Netflix account so I pleaded a friend to let me use his for watching the movie. I’m so sad that I don’t have my own because I couldn’t rewatch it. I really feel like rewatching it now.

Also, everyone’s been watching the movie and I LOVE that. When I go on twitter or Instagram I see others saying that they’re watching or have watched the movie. It feels like a huge movie-watching party and I’m so glad that this movie is getting the love it deserves. I’m also glad I asked my friend for his Netflix account ASAP because if I hadn’t watched it and saw all the love, I would have felt super left out lol.

What is the movie about?

Lara Jean writes love letters to her crushes when she has crushes so intense that she doesn’t know what to do. She has five in total, the latest being her next door neighbour, best friend and her sister’s boyfriend Josh. She doesn’t actually send these letters, though. After writing, she keeps them in a hatbox that her mother gave her.

But one day, her letters get sent out. And her life flips.

To keep Josh from deducing that she’s still in love with him, she strikes a deal with Peter Kavinskey (who also received a letter from her) to pretend to date. He can make his ex-girlfriend Gen, also Lara Jean’s ex-best friend and current enemy, jealous, and she can lie to Josh.

We see Lara Jean hopping through various hoops and somehow keep afloat in high school with so many sudden changes.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a sweet rom-com that depicts high school life with all it’s cheesiness and messiness.

The Characters

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Lara Jean Covey is the protagonist of the story and I need to give a lot of credit to Lana Condor, the actress, for bringing the character to life brilliantly. She was exactly how I pictured Lara Jean to be.

Lara Jean is invisible in high school. She has one best friend and hangs out more with her family. She’s insecure, shy and awkward. This makes her so interesting to watch because she has to navigate having a sudden shift in her high school social life.

I absolutely adored her. While some of the dimension to her was not depicted like in the book because of the movie’s time limit, all the basic aspects of her shone through.

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Peter Kavinskey, played by Noah Centineo, perfectly complemented Lara Jean on screen and I can’t complain at all. I loved Peter K. in the book and Noah Centineo as Peter was perfect.

Peter is the hot, popular jock who dated the stunning and popular Genevieve. Gen dumps him to date a college guy and Peter is still hung up over her. He decides to make her jealous by being the perfect (pretend) boyfriend for Lara Jean in hopes of getting her back.

But other than that, Peter also has the sensitive and hurt side of him which comes out later, and it was shown so damn well.

Josh and Lara Jean
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Israel Broussard as Josh Sanders, Lara Jean’s latest crush and next-door neighbour, is the last of the main trio and he couldn’t have been better. Everything Josh was like in the book, he is so in the movie.

Josh is dating Lara Jean’s elder sister Margot in the beginning of the movie. But right before leaving for college at Scotland, Margot breaks up with Josh. And then he received The Letter.

Israel Broussard played all the sides of Josh perfectly, especially him feeling alone when Lara Jean avoids him because she’s his best friend too. I felt him. I didn’t care much about Josh in the book but I definitely cared more about him in the movie.

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A huge part of Lara Jean’s life is her family. She absolutely loves her family and she prefers to hang out with them more than having a normal high school social life.

The casting for her dad and sisters were perfect. Margot, her elder sister, was brought to the screen brilliantly by Janel Parrish. Margot’s level-headed mind and practical decisions which make up her character were portrayed very well.

Katherine AKA Kitty, Lara Jean’s younger and clever little sister was also perfect. Anna Cathcart did a wonderful job as Kitty and I love that she was given enough screen time to show her importance in the story.

And lastly, their dad Dr. Dan Covey was everything I pictured him to be. John Corbett did great as the OB/GYN who tries very hard to raise three girls alone and also tries to keep them in touch with their Korean heritage.

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Now for the last and best badass character—Christine, Lara Jean’s best and only friend, and personification of I-don’t-care. She breaks the rules, stays out all night partying or in concerts, and doesn’t hesitate to stand up for Lara Jean. Chris takes no shit, especially if it’s for Lara Jean and even more especially if from her cousin Gen. (Yes Gen who is Peter’s ex). Played by Madeleine Arthur, Chris is exactly as she was in the books.

Other aspects

Okay so the movie was so well done! I loved the vibe that shone through, and the colours that dominated and were muted. It gave the movie so mimu more of a rom-com vibe and I was all for it!

At some points, I did find that the dialogues didn’t come out as they were supposed to but they were very few. I quickly forgot about them and got immersed again without much thought.

As for the book-to-movie differences, I’m very glad that the ski trip debacle was shortened and made less embarrassing. I actually didn’t like it stretched out a lot in the books so it was just right in the movie.

I’m a teeny tiny bit peeved that the sisters referred themselves as Covey girls and not Song girls. The Song girls thing had some meaning and while I understand that the additional back story couldn’t fit in, I would have preferred if it was not mentioned entirely.

And of course, with the short time-limit, a lot of things were cut out from the books but the very essence of it all was retained so I don’t have complaints there.

The soundtrack is really good as well. I noticed some songs but they didn’t take away my attention from the plot. I’m actually currently listening to the whole playlist on Spotify and it’s so good! I’m loving all the songs.

Overall

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I absolutely loved the movie and totally recommend it. The movie doesn’t require the books to be read so even if you haven’t and/or are not interested in reading the book, watch the movie!

It’s rom-com, has an Asian-American main lead and will sweep you off your feet with a sweet high school romance.

I really hope we get a sequel. Everybody go watch it and rate it well so we’ll get the sequel!

Have you watched To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before yet? Are you going to? 

Millenials by Emily Palermo

This isn’t a regular post. I’m just sharing my favourite poem.

So I found this poem on Tumblr back in high school and I fell in love with it. I even by-hearted it. But once college started, I didn’t even think about it. Recently I remembered it and I’ve been trying to remember it but I could only recall bits and pieces. Some words here and there and the vibe I felt.

I tried searching but this didn’t come up. On Monday, I finally remembered a unique line and when I googled it, I found the poem. I’m so glad. I’m sharing it today because I haven’t seen ANY talk about it. Honestly, does anyone even know it? Because I just love it so much. I’m guessing the poem on her Tumblr was deleted because I can’t find it there anymore.

Here’s the poem:

“We, the stumbling prophets
screaming ourselves raw,
wondering if Atlas will ever take
the world from our shoulders. 
We, the impossible.
We, the unyielding.

We, the unrelenting heretics
burning alive for truths
the old world will never 
be ready to hear.
We, the nuclear. 
We, the radioactive.

We, the unwilling angels
choking on the innocence
shoved down our throats,
ripping these unforgiving
linens to shreds. 
We, the celestial.
We, the hungry.

We, the courageous damned
kissing revolution in the moonlight,
crushing fate between our teeth.
We, the unholy.
We, the light.”

Click here to see it as a quote on Goodreads.

*All rights of the poem belongs to Emily Palermo)

What’s your favourite poem?

My Plain Jane || as good as I expected

my plain jane.jpgTitle: My Plain Jane

Authors: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

Genre: Historical Fiction, Retellings

Category: Young Adult

Status: Book 2 of The Lady Janies trilogy but can be read as a standalone.


Synopsis:

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

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I read My Lady Jane, book 1, and I absolutely loved it. I added this to my TBR immediately. While I know that expectations set you for disappointment, this one did. I expected a lot of humour, fantasy elements and a story that’ll take me for a spin. And I got it.

I should also mention: I really disliked Jane Eyre. I heard so much about it but I just found the romance stupid. Which was sad. But this retelling took everything I didn’t like and changed it, also subtly mocking some stupid things that I mocked.

The Plot

In Jane Eyre, Jane taught in her school, became a governess and fell in love with Mr. Rochester, who was already married btw.

In this book, we follow almost the same events but with a few changes and additions. Let me summarize using a list:

  • Jane can see ghosts. Her best friend Helen is a ghost.
  • Charlotte Brontë is a character. She loves to write and is waiting for the right story.
  • Alexander Blackood is part of the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits (I shall explain below). He can see ghosts as well. He wants to recruit Jane for the Society.

For the most part, we follow the same story as Jane Eyre but with these new additions and characters.

I prefer the retelling way more than the actual story.

Why this story is really good:

  • Charlotte Brontë is a sensible, sarcastic and brave character. I love her the best. She frequently curses corsets, calls out stupid things and goes after what she wants. She loves writing and always has a book and pen in hand, waiting for the perfect story. Charlotte writes down all the scribbles. Anything that might become a story. I loved her.

That had all been fine, Charlotte thought, especially that bit about the porridge. But this was supposed to be a NOVEL. There had to be more than just a simple observation. There had to be a story. A plot. A level of intrigue.

The corsets thing was mentioned more than once, and all by Charlotte because she sees all the stupid patriarchy things.

“They’re coming here.” Jane pressed a hand to her forehead as if she was suddenly feeling faint. Which didn’t alarm Charlotte, as young women of this time period felt faint regularly. Because corsets.

Charlotte was the most humourous and witty part of the book.

  • Jane is a but more interesting here, but not that much. Probably because the authors kept her mostly the same to mock all her decisions and naivete. The most interesting part about her was the ghosts.

She could see all ghosts. All ghosts think she’s beautiful and do what she says. She (and hence, we) don’t know until later that it’s because she’s a Beacon. A very rare person.

Jane is also described as a very plain girl. Just good enough but nothing on other very beautiful women. She’s just plain. But that’s to humans.

“I forgive you,” Jan said.

“What??” Helen exclaimed.

I laughed quite a bit because of Jane as well, but only because we’re mocking Jane. I loved all of that.

  • Helen, Jane’s best friend who’s a ghost, was delightfully entertaining. Whenever Jane did not have sense, Helen’s remarks made me laugh out loud. Her reactions were what should have been Jane’s.

“This is going so well,” Jane said.

“We’re all going to die,” said Helen.

  • Alexander Blackwood has completely devoted to the Society. What is the society? Basically, it’s this. You have a problem because of a ghost making ruckus? Call the Society. They’ll send someone over who’ll trap the ghost in a specific item related to the death. Problem solved.

Alexander represented the man who didn’t see sense in patriarchal ways and prefers sticking to his habits. Also since the Society people wear masks all the time, he feels naked without it. He also gets annoyed with normal drama.

Mr. Blackwood sighed yet again. (With all that sighing, air supply might soon be in short supply inside the inn.)

Alexander, on order from his superior, pursues Jane to recruit her for the Society since a Beacon is very important and useful.

Alexander couldn’t wait until his life revolved around ghosts again.

  • Branwell Brontë is the clumsy Society member. He can see ghosts but is awful at doing his job. Alexander is supposed to train him but it’s not going well. Also Bran is Charlotte’s brother.

While I initially felt his addition was just for the jest and humour, I actually ended up liking him. He tries hard and just can’t help being stupid at times.

  • I loved all the feelings of a writer put down in relation to Charlotte.

Writing could let out the pent-up emotions the way a doctor might bleed his patients. But it also made her feel empty, like this writing was all that she would be permitted to have.

  • Above all, the mockery was the best. Especially of the stupid opinions of the time such as women being week and incapable.

“The stress of the job became too much for her. Women have such delicate faculties.” That made no sense.

  • The book also mocked Mr. Rochester. I loved it. It’s all correct and deserved.

“I could not afford it: school are so dear,” replied Rochester.

Alexander glanced around the lavishly decorated house, which had to have at least twenty bedrooms and two kitchens, a stable, orchards and fields and garden surrounding, and not to mention a carriage house filled with vehicles all bearing the Thornfield crest.

Oh, yes. Schools were so dear.

  • The amount of mentions of tea, though! Living up to the image of Britishers we all have lol.

And to make matters worse, they were out of tea.

Overall

I had so much fun reading it! I really liked it. I found myself laughing out loud so many times. While it’s not a 5/5 (I didn’t find it bloody amazing), it’s still really good.

Sorry not sorry about my review being half quotes lol. I actually highlighted way more but held myself back.

four-stars

Style || what a good book

style.jpgTitle: Style

Author: Chelsea M. Cameron

Genre: Contemporary, LGBT

Category: New Adult

Status: Standalone

Goodreads


Synopsis:

Kyle Blake likes plans. So far, they’re pretty simple: Finish her senior year of high school, head off to a good college, find a cute boyfriend, graduate, get a good job, get married, the whole heterosexual shebang. Nothing is going to stand in the way of that plan. Not even Stella Lewis.

Stella Lewis also has a plan: Finish her senior year as cheer captain, go to college, finally let herself flirt with (and maybe even date) a girl for the first time and go from there.

Fate has other plans for Kyle and Stella when they’re paired up in their AP English class and something between them ignites. It’s confusing and overwhelming and neither of them know what to do about it. One thing they do know is that their connection can’t be ignored. The timing just isn’t right.

But is there ever a good time for falling in love?

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I was in the mood to read f/f romance books and I remembered seeing some recs over at wordwoonders and headed there immediately. I picked this book from Fadwa’s recs and I absolutely loved it. Click here to see her recommendations post.

The Plot

It’s almost the cliché that we’ve all read about the popular kid and the nerd, only they’re both girls. Stella is the immaculate, beautiful and popular girl who is rude and cold as ice to everyone. Kyle is the nerd who hides behind glasses and fiddles with her hair when nervous.

Both of them are in their senior year and can’t wait to get to college so they can be who they want and they’ve got different plans. But then one day they get paired up in English and suddenly they’re drawn to each other.

How was it possible that you could be in school with someone for nearly four years and then BAM, you can’t stop thinking about them or staring at them or wondering about them…

Content warning: on-page explicit content.

Firstly, I loved both leads. As the book goes on, we discover more about them as they get to know each other and peel back layers. It made me very invested in them.

I really liked the relationship growth between the two and each having their own issues with being gay. Stella knew for years while Kyle is only now figuring out. Stella has been closed off, not allowing anyone to get close to her. Her plan is to finish high school, go to college and be as gay as she wants. Kyle’s plan is to keep her head down, get through high school and find a guy she likes in college because she likes no one in school. It was beautiful to see them gravitate to each other.

Do I have to call myself a lesbian now?

No. You can be gay or queer or whatever you want. You don’t owe anyone a label.

It’s the book for people struggling with their sexual identities because this book explains that IT IS OKAY to not be what everyone expects/wants you to be.

I have so many questions about this. There really should be a rulebook.

But the best part was that it was like any other cutesy contemporary, only with two female leads.

I adored Stella and Kyle. Both of them are different in many ways but are also similar in quite a few things, which they figure out soon. I loved the relationship between them and it gave me all the adorable swoony feels.

The book did show a scenario of acceptance in areas, of how it should be, but it also showed the difficulties in being gay in high school. The fears, insecurities and worries that teenagers have usually is accompanied with identity crises.

You know, it always fascinates me that when people are having a child, they say ‘we don’t care what we have, as long as it’s healthy’but if that child turns out to be gay, or transgender, suddenly that’s not good enough.

The book addressed issues, as quoted above, which queer people face. The acceptance, worries about what people will think and also the underhanded and subtle things like the mainstream assumption that if a teenage girl looks happy, it’s because of a boy.

Another thing I hugely appreciate was the normalization of female masturbation. If you see any straight new adult book, you’re more likely to read about the guys masturbating but very less likely to read about the girl. I could probably count in my one hand the number of times I’ve seen female masturbation mentioned in books unless it holds something in the plot.

I don’t know about others but I always found it as if women don’t masturbate at all, which is stupid. Why are there so many explicit mentions about guys but girls are supposed be “innocent”. So yeah, the blatant normalization of female masturbation made me happy.

Overall

I really liked it! I definitely recommend if you are looking for a contemporary book with lead f/f pairing.

four-stars

The Avocado Tag!

Happy Sunday guys! I originally planned to do a Sunday Post today talking about my week but I procrastinated on it and my day has gone a bit, so I don’t feel like doing that anymore. While thinking about what to post, I remembered this.

A wonderful blogger friend of mine, Ana Regina from Diversion3000 created this tag and tagged me to do it a while back. Thank you! Y’all should definitely check out her blog because it’s filled to the brim with fun things.

Les Rules:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you giving a link to their blog.
  2. Mention le creatorrrrr of dis tag giving a link to their blog!
  3. Publish this post using the tag on wordpress: AvocadoTag (all together).
  4. Answer les questions.
  5. Tag at a minimum 10 people to do this tag and let them know you tagged them.
  6. The questions are the same for everyone, you answer the questions and the people you tagged answer them too!
  7. Add the Avocado tag logo in you post.

the avocado tag logo

Okay now let’s dive into the questions!

What things do you like doing the most during summer?

Complaining about how it’s not winter. Honestly, though. I hate summers and I’m glad that we didn’t really have summer this year. (our seasons have messed up lol)

Other than that… wow I got nothing. I don’t usually eat ice cream at all, I hate wearing clothes that don’t cover up all of my skin and I don’t go on vacations much.

What’s your favorite summer drink?

Cold coffee. It’s my favourite cold drink and summer’s the best time to drink cold things. Not like I don’t during winters though.

Do you like avocados?

I do! I love avocados. We call it butterfruit here so it actually was after I googled what avocados are (because people were talking about it online) and only then did I realize that butterfruit is avocado!

I fell in love with it when I had butterfruit milkshake in a shop near my house. I was trying all milkshakes and once I had this one, I stuck to it. I drank it very frequently for a few months and even got one of my best friends into it. We both go to drink it together now.

Do you like spicy food? If yes, what’s your fave spicy food? If not, why not lol?

I absolutely love spicy food! In fact, I can’t eat more than one sweet item a day because I’ll have maxed my sweet limit. I don’t even eat some sweets because they’re too sweet for me.

On the other hand, I eat anything spicy. We Indians are known for our sweets and spices, so we have a LOT of spicy food. There’s a complete different range of spicy foods state-to-state. I can not pick one. Whenever we want spice, we just add more spices to that dish.

But out of everything, my favourite spicy foods are the chats. Specifically bhel puri when it’s overloaded with spices. My mouth is watering just at the thought.

bhel puri.jpg

What’s the last thing you’ve eaten?

I had curd rice at the end of lunch. Since I’ve had meals ending with curd rice all my life, I now don’t feel like I haven’t finished a meal if I haven’t ended it with any curd item.

Other than that, I had something we call puliodhare. It’s a sour-based rice item but we added more spices so it was very spicy today.

Last song you’ve listened to?

I’m currently listening to Epiphany by BTS on repeat while writing this post. I’ve listened to it so many times since I first heard it’s release a few days back that I have the whole song memorized now.

I’m not a BTS stan or part of the ARMY but I do appreciate some songs of theirs. My friend, who’s a BTS stan, was raving about it so I listened to it and I’m in love.

Tell us a funny anecdote you’ve had.

Okay so the most recent one happened in my Management and Entrepreneurship class, and it cracked us all up. This will be a semi-long story. So our teacher wanted to show how effective planning is in the smallest things so she had us do an activity.

We had two teams of 6 people each (to compete), two observers (I was one) and a camera man (to record the activity). Each team made a ball with papers roughly the size of a cricket ball. The teacher told them to pass the ball around within the team for 7 rounds, without any person holding the ball for a period of time, and the observers had to record the time.

It was easy, the teams just passed the ball normally. The times were 18 and 22 seconds. Then she said that they have to do it within 10 seconds. Both the teams got the idea to have one person hold the ball and touch it to every other person’s palm. The time ended up within 5 seconds but it was against the rules.

What was funny was that the camera guy commented that it looked as if that one person was giving chatni to everyone. It was like she was giving small amounts of food to every person. It was very funny.

The teams somehow managed to do it within 10 seconds with other strategies. Then ma’am made it 5 seconds. Everyone protested and she said that it’s possible to do it in 2 seconds so we should get on it. Both the teams came up with hilarious stuff and soon we were laughing more than actually doing the activity.

I came home and demonstrated all of it to my mom and she was laughing too.

Would you rather be a zebra with rainbow stripes or a zebra whose stripes glow in the dark?

*please include these pictures when you do the post*

Rainbow stripes! I almost told glow in the dark but then I would want to be invisible in the dark so hehe rainbow stripes. Plus I’ll be pretty and colourful.

Can you draw a shark with your opposite hand (the hand you don’t use to write nor draw)? Show a picture!

Yo I don’t draw well enough with my dominant hand itself. Sad. Okay let me try.

very poor attempt at drawing a shark

You can laugh at it. I am.

What are 3 things that make you laugh?

  • When the teacher says something to the class or asks something and one person replies with a sarcastic or stupid answer. This always cracks the class up and I really like such people because they can crack the tension in a room instantly. Shoutout to Shiv, Tanishq and Saurabh from my current class. (not like they’ll read this post but still)
  • A lot of tumblr posts. Honestly, tumblr posts hold all sorts of stories.
  • Sassy and sarcastic story telling. Most of time it’s me telling the story and I have to make a very hard attempt at keeping a straight face to sell the story. But when I’m listening, it’s super funny.

I tag:

CharleyShealeaBethDhruvFannaAnukriti and anyone else who wants to do it!

I had fun doing this tag! Very sad about having to admit to my lackluster drawing talent though XD How was/is your Sunday?