The Reader Problems Book Tag

I’m back with another tag, and I’m specifically excited about this one because I get to complain about being a reader. You don’t see this everywhere, folks. This is unique to the book blogging community. We. Know. The. Struggles.

I saw this tag over at The Quirky Book Nerd and I KNEW that I had to do it as well. I cannot wait to answer the questions so let’s goo.

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I’m a HUGE mood reader. What I read next depends on what mood I’m in. If I’m sad, I go for a depressing book which will make me cry. If I’m happy or if I want a quick read, I go for romance. If I want something which will make me forget about the real world, I pick up fantasy.

A huge problem of mine is looking for new books to fit my current mood instead of going through my TBR on Goodreads and getting those backlist books done. I am super guilty of adding books to my list and just.. forgetting about them for two years. I did a partial “Goodreads to-be-read list cleaning” last year but I stopped quickly because 1) I HAVE SO MANY BOOKS MARKED?? WHAT WAS I THINKING? and 2) I barely remove books because I still want to give most of the books a shot.

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2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

It depends on the the hype, the series, and the author.

If the book has a lot of hype, I stick through and read just so I can share my views as well. Especially if I hate a popularly loved book because we like shouting unpopular opinions in this house. I read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi completely, with several annotations of frustration, just so I can declare that I did not like the book AT ALL.

If the book is part of a series I like, I will read it to completion. In fact, I read the complete series. This happened with the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I lost interest in the 5th book but I read until the end of the 7th book just because I liked the series before and I wanted to know how it ends. I didn’t enjoy it again, sadly.

If the author is one of my favourites, I won’t quit. No matter what, I WILL read all the books by my favourites authors which I can get my hands on. Until the author stops being a favourite, which would be after multiple bad books, I keep reading.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Oh this happened to me a couple times. I totally cheat. I reduce my Goodreads goal to one that I can easily achieve, so I can “complete the challenge” and then I keep increasing the goal by 5 books every time until the end of the year.

The last few months of the year are usually the busiest for me, especially in college. I have my FINALS in December. It’s the worst timing, and I cannot concentrate on my reading challenge, so I prioritize real life more.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I. DO. NOT.

I have different sized books of the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu and I HATE IT. Out of the first four Throne of Glass books that I own, three are UK edition and the second book is somehow the US edition?! I DON’T KNOW HOW. I MADE SURE TO ORDER THEM RIGHT. Argh. Mismatching covers annoy me to no end and I kinda cope by trying to ignore them.

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?  

I rant to my friends who DON’T read. Especially my best friend Hema. She has heard so many book rants from me. I love her for having the patience to listen to me talk about things she doesn’t care about. And she always understands my point of view so half-way through she gives appropriate reactions which is THE BEST FEELING EVER. I have the best best friend,. Fight me.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

Oh this has happened quite a few times. I usually stop reading and blink real fast. I also try to talk to people around me (if I know them) or involve myself in my real surroundings until my eyes dry. I don’t return to the book for a while and I’m more prepared then. If that doesn’t work, I somehow control myself and don’t resume reading until I get home.

The only time when I simply could NOT control myself was in 12th grade. We had a free period so I was reading, obviously. I had to close the book and run to the washroom for privacy so I could cry. Right as I was done (after around 5 minutes) and was wiping my eyes, a girl from my class walked into the washroom and saw me. She became so worried! I’m NOT the type to cry, especially in public. She assumed it was something to do with a person who hurt me (because it’s high school and girls were crying over boys) but I said that someone in the book died. She stopped, rolled her eyes and said “I should have known.” Her reaction actually made me laugh.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!

I read book recaps. There are whole blogs dedicated to book recaps for this very reason, and I make complete use of them. Very rarely will I reread the previous book(s). We just don’t have the time. Too many books to read!

8. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?  

I utilize my reading slump to catch up on TV shows and movies. I barely watch anything when I’m reading all day every day, so I take my slumps as a silver lining to make sure that I don’t lag far behind on cultural references. I let my want to read come back on it’s own. It eventually will.

On the rare times that it doesn’t even after a whole month, I reread a few of my favourite books. They never fail to get me back into reading.

9. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Okay so I actually don’t buy books ASAP unless they’re a series sequel or by one of my favourite authors. I’m always wary. I read other books and wait for a while. Then, depending on the hype and reviews, I decide whether to buy the paperback or not. I usually end up reading on my Kindle, though. I don’t trust impulse buying new books because it hasn’t worked well for me in the past.

10. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

I feel attacked.

They sit on my shelf until I get the mood to read them, which may be immediately or after two years. Who knows.

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I tag…

YOU! If you’d like to do the tag, consider yourself tagged 🙂

What are your reader problems? Do you have any rants about the reader life? Tell me in the comments!

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The Sunday Post // exercises and League of Legends

It’s Sunday again!

It’s also almost over, for me. I meant to blog yesterday or this morning but I just didn’t feel like. Instead I spent my time doing other things, which I’ll talk about below!

The Sunday Post is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer where we update everyone about our last week.

what I did

I lost my exercising routine at the beginning of this month. I didn’t go for a whole week! It took me a couple days to get back into the groove but I’ve been working on it last week and I’m back to my exercise routine. I’m also exercising just a little harder everyday to make up for my cheat week.

Maintaining a healthy exercise routine is the one thing that I easily lose. I tried for years but I never tried hard enough. After finding out that my health is in a bad state this year, which lead to me cutting off 70% of the foods I eat and taking meds, I was finally determined to keep fit. As of now, I’ve been exercising almost daily for 7 months and I still find it hard to get back into the routine after just a few days of break.

The other notable thing from last week is that I went out with two of my closest friends from college. We had a day off on Tuesday due to a festival and spontaneously decided to meet up in a random cafe. It was really nice to just hang out and talk for a while. Having college six days a week zaps out the energy from all of us that we don’t try to meet up outside and chill. But it was much needed.

The week ended with tests which I had yesterday. I had tests for two subjects, one went really bad and the other went pretty good. Fingers crossed the ones I have this week go well!

what I played

This is a completely new section because I usually DON’T play anything. A lot of my friends in college are gamers and I’ve been hearing gaming talk for two years now. It was mostly about Dota, though. I tried Dota once but gave up after only a couple bot games. I just wasn’t interested. I think the amount of talk on Dota going on around me all day put me off the game. Contradictory, but true.

Recently, my friends have shifted from Dota to League of Legends. I decided to try it as well. A couple things together got me interested in trying. 1) I found out that my bias from BTS also plays League of Legends and likes it, and 2) the MUSIC IS AWESOME. I’ve heard quite a few songs from the game’s long list of soundtracks and it’s so cool. While watching the music videos, I became interested in the characters as well.

So yeah, I started playing League of Legends in the last week. I haven’t played it much, but I think I’m warming up to it. After the couple games, I took 5 days to muster up the enthusiasm to play again. When I did, I played alone with strangers online, without my friends teaching me things over Discord, and it was so much better! I could concentrate and truly give a shot. Since then, I’ve played a lot of games and I’m starting to get the hang of it.

what I read

It’s high time I tried to read more non-fiction books and improve my knowledge. I started reading Educated by Tara Westover, a memoir so it’s easier to get into non-fiction. I’m not liking it a lot and it’s pretty slow, so I’m crawling through it. But I’m determined to finish it.

I’m also reading The Silva Mind Control Method by José Silva, which my friend lent me saying that I would really take to it and benefit from it. This book will take me months to truly finish because it instructs on using your mind to improve your life. The author recommends reading the book first and then trying every chapter’s methods one by one, so that’s what I’m doing.

Since I just cannot read only non-fiction without losing my mind, I’ve been reading a few short romance books in between. While looking for books to read, I found out that several authors joined and wrote a book each set in Aurora Rose Reynolds’s Until series’ world, so of course I HAD to try some of them. These books have the same vibes and also have cameos of characters from the Until series.

I read Until Mani by Rochelle Paige which was actually really nice! I quite liked it. Then Until I Make You Mine by Jenika Snow, which I did NOT like. I tried a couple more books as well but I stopped reading them only a few chapters in because they were NOT GOOD. Not sure if I’ll try anymore.

what I watched

I didn’t watch anything during the week. I simply did not have the enthusiasm to watch. I didn’t open Netflix at all.

But I did start something this afternoon! I started watching Love Alarm on Netflix. It’s a Kdrama starring Kim So-hyun (whom I’ve seen in a few other Kdramas and whom I really like). I was initially hesitant to watch it because 1) it has a love triangle, which I hate, and 2) I just wasn’t interested in the story line. But I felt like starting something new and decided, why not. It’s short.

What about Regin and Queer Eye, which I was watching earlier, you ask? Well, looks like I get bored with shows if they’re too long. I miss the shortness of Kdramas. I can binge them in a day or two and be done. I will watch Queer Eye and Reign, but later. Hopefully soon.


How was your week? What did you do? Did you read anything or watch anything?

Things I Could Do Instead of Reading

Reading is my life.

Books are what define me, at this point. I’ve been reading hardcore since I was in 6th grade, which was 10 years back! I’ve read so many books, and I’ve learnt so much from them. I’m known as the reader amongst my friends. Sure, there are a few others who read but none like me.

I put aside everything else to read. I read every spare moment I can. When I’m not reading, I talk about books. This blog is majorly about books, and I even have a bookstagram! If you asked my friends to tell one thing which defines me, they’d say books. They’d say that books are my life and I literally do not do anything else.

While I’m happy with my books, I do wonder what my life would be like if I didn’t read so much. What would I do? What would fill my days and nights? It’s a huge question mark. I cannot even remember how life was before I started reading, and I can’t imagine my future without books.

I read a post by Cotton Candy Book Witch on things she could do if she wasn’t reading, and it inspired to make my own list.


If I don’t read, I could…

Do an online course.

I’m being very academic and very college student, but it’s true. I’ve done a few online courses, but I’m actually in the middle of TWO MORE. But I have had zero progress on them recently because I don’t “find the time”. Basically, I choose reading over them.

If I didn’t read all the time, I could do online courses and learn so much more. Especially courses for my field. I really am interested in doing courses but I need some drive which makes me complete them. If I didn’t read books, I really think that I would spend time learning.

Try games

I am NOT into games. I barely even play mobile games. I used to be really into Wizard 101 back in 5th grade but I stopped it after a few months. Once I started reading, I haven’t touched a video game. A lot of my friends are gamers, and really enjoy it. I actually did try Dota once. I played a few bot games. But I didn’t like it, and I never felt like playing it again.

I stepped into video game waters again recently, this time I tried League of Legends. I played maybe four bot games. It’s not bad, but I again didn’t REALLY like it. I can see that it involves a lot of strategy and fast reflexes, but that’s not enough to get me to want to play it again. At least, not yet. I’ve decided that I’ll try a few more times before making a decision on giving up or continue playing.

I still prefer reading over playing. If I didn’t read, I might give a proper chance to gaming.

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Me whiling away my evenings by reading as usual 🙂

Make Art

I used to be very artsy. Painting was my favourite. In high school, I got into sketching. But sketching lasted a very short time since I was a HARD CORE READER then. I’d finish one book every two days. That left very less time for me to spend on art.

I believe that I still am artsy, or have the knack for art and design. But I don’t want to try more to make it a hobby. I do what little artsy things I can in my bullet journal, and that’s it. Compared to my primary school self who painted every two days and tried new things, I do absolutely nothing today.

And I think I’d really enjoy making art. I simply don’t take out the time for it.

Code More

If you don’t know, I’m a computer science and engineering student. Coding was not my first love like books, but I did take to it pretty fast. I remember learning programming for the first time in 11th grade, seeing words pop up the screen like I wanted them to, and it gave me a heady rush. I LOVED IT. I loved that I could make the computer do things, and that I could make small programs for myself.

Obviously, I can do a lot more now. I’m in my last year of college so it would be embarrassing if I didn’t lol.

If I didn’t read all the time, I would spend more time on competitive coding competitions or spend time on coding platforms online. I don’t do it regularly, but I do code VERY FEW TIMES. I enjoy coming up with solutions and trying again. I especially love coming up with many forms of logic and discussing about them with others. It’s definitely something I would spend my time on as a hobby/priority.

Go Out More

It’s true! I was very introverted before I started reading novels. But at least I wanted to be more social then. Since I started reading books, I substituted them in place of friends and a social life. For YEARS I did not seek social gatherings. I was happy at home reading.

I still am happy with my books by my own, but I recognize the importance of having a social life. I try more now. But, it’s still not as much. Until today, I prefer staying at home and reading than going out and visiting new places. My books gave me comfort and I’ve been choosing to stay in my comfort zone. There are so many places I want to visit, especially cafes and eateries in my city, but I barely go out!

It’s been better in the last year. I’ve spent a lot of quality time with people outside and have actually ventured to propose plans with other people. I doubt that I’ll choose going out over reading in the future, but I will be somewhere in between.

My friends and I on the day of the release of BTS's movie Love Yourself In Seoul this year
My friends and I on the day of the release of BTS’s movie Love Yourself In Seoul this year

And I think that’s it??? Its so hard to think about what I would do if I didn’t read! It’s all I know now. Reading has also brought me so many different types of hobbies (blogging, bookstagram, twitter, tumblr) and has introduced me to amazing people online.

Almost every aspect of my daily life has books in it somehow. Thinking about what I could do without books is truly hard. I only came up with 5 points! How disappointing.

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What’s your main hobby, which you spend most of your time on? What could you do if you didn’t have that hobby? Do you relate to my clueless-ness? Tell me in the comments!

Book Blogger Confessions Tag

Hey y’all!

It’s been a long time since I’ve done any tag. Tags are super fun to do, and I quite miss it. I saw this tag over at The Orangutan Librarian (you should follow this blog because I always see such good content) and immediately wanted to do it. So, here we are!

RULES

  • Answer these questions truthfully.
  • Once you’re done, tag 5 other book bloggers to answer these questions next.

1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish?

I’m usually very picky with the books I read. I look at many reviews, and make sure that I like the synopsis. If I’m unsure, I’ll read a sample first. This means that I don’t finish very few books. I’ll stick to the end and give a low rating.

That said, my most recent book is from a couple months back. The book in question is More Than Words by Mia Sheridan. I was very impulsive in picking it up. I’ve been a fan of her work for a while, so I didn’t question her newest book. I didn’t even read the synopsis. Bad decision.

I DNFed the book within a few chapters. I could see that it’s another rendition of a very common cliche love story. The guy is a rock star, sleeps around, but his muse is his childhood friend. The girl is innocent and feminine and not a strong person of her own. She’s been pining after him for all this while too.

Mia Sheridan writes in a sad, hopeless haze. That’s the vibe of her books. It’s been a while since I read books which use that vibe well. More Than Words was the same, but I wasn’t willing to read the same exact story a 20th time. Hence, I did not finish it.

2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?

Intercepted by Alexa Martin

I don’t know if I’d call any of my reads truly guilty pleasure? I have many that can be called that, but I don’t think I can choose one specific one.

I’ll just say the highest rated in my “guilty pleasure” goodreads shelf lol. Intercepted by Alexa Martin. Beautiful book, awesome characters, compelling story and a great romance.

3. Which book do you love to hate? 

Okay so I didn’t remember. I asked my friend Ronjay, who hears all my rants, and he told me that I love to hate the last book of The Chronicles of Narnia. I gotta say, he’s actually right.

The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis made me so sad and just unearthed everything that was good about Narnia. It was sad and tragic and (spoiler alert) SUSAN PEVENSIE STOPPED BELIEVING?? What the hell. That left my 11 year old self SCARRED.

I ranted about the book twice to my friend and just completely hated on the ending.

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4. Which book would you throw into the sea?

OH I HAVE A PERFECT ONE FOR THIS.

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman. I buddy read this with one of my friends and both of us were just like what. the. fuck. The book is written in such a weird vibe and horny haze. I absolutely HATED IT.

Why do people like it?? I was so disgusted at the peach scene. I THREW away the book and didn’t resume it until a week later. I just wanted to know why people liked it. I didn’t, even after it ended. My friend shares my views. We would throw this book into the sea together.

Click here to read my full review on the book.

5. Which book have you read the most?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, definitely. I read it for the first time in 9th grade, and I’m pretty sure I’ve read it around 30 times by now. I absolutely love that book. I even have parts of the book memorized.

6. Which book would you hate to receive as a gift? 

I guess any Harry Potter book. I do like the original series but not that much. I would never reread it. I’d hate to be labelled a mainstream bookish person and given this just because I don’t own it.

7. Which book could you not live without? 

Probably The Selection by Kiera Cass. It’s a comfort read. Whenever I was a chill story with a happy ending, I pick up the paperback. Just the first book. I even open it to random pages and read sometimes.

8. Which book made you angriest? 

I swear I never think about these things lol. After a few seconds of consideration, I’ll say Too Late by Colleen Hoover. The book was okay enough. It was fine until the second epilogue too. Then the third epilogue just SHATTERED EVERYTHING. I regret reading the last epilogue so much. Ugh. It made me so angry. The characters and their actions… ugh. No. How about no. BYE.

I actually ranted about it a lot on my review. Click here to read it.

9. Which book made you cry the most?

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I first saw the movie a few times, and then found out that it’s actually a book. It was so sad. I cried so fucking much. I cannot deal. I would reread the book someday, if I think I can handle it again. I still remember one scene vividly, which had shattered my heart.

10. Which book cover do you hate the most?

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I absolutely DETEST the original cover of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I’m so glad that the consequent editions are good. I didn’t buy the paperbacks because only the first edition was available when I was reading them.

I tag…

The Miss Charley | Cotton Candy Book Witch | Confessions of a YA Reader | A Little Haze Book Blog | Ally Writes Things

Feel free to consider yourself tagged even if you aren’t! I’d love to see your answers in your blog post of in the comments 🙂

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The Sunday Post // books and so much Netflix

Happy Sunday y’all!

It’s been a hot minute since I did a Sunday Post. It’s one of my favourite kind of posts to do because 1) it’s easy to write about my life and 2) it’s almost like free writing. My words just flow most of the time.

The Sunday Post is a weekly blogging meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer to update the internet on what we’ve been up to in the last week.

WHAT I READ

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine the first half of the week. I really liked it. I loved the writing, the character, and especially Eleanor’s journey. My heart was full of emotion by the time I read the last line of the book.

I’m really glad that I picked up this book on impulse in the bookstore. It deserves so much more love than I’ve been seeing for it. I wrote a review on it as well. Click here to read my review.

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

I’m currently reading The Poppy War, which I started right after I finished Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I’m participating in the Autumn is for Asia read-a-long on Instagram which is a themed read-a-long. The hosts have picked books written by Asian authors which we plan to read this Autumn.

I even made a whole bullet journal page dedicated to the read-a-long because I’m really forward to reading all the books. I’m adding in my Instagram post below, which also has the hosts tagged in the caption so you can visit their accounts to check out the read-a-long book list!

Shameless self-plug: follow me on Instagram while you’re there!

I’m really enjoying The Poppy War! It’s pretty brutal about war and how the bloodshed and killings are. The author has also managed to bring in the emotions well in the book. I’m 79% into the book right now. Since the book is huge (it’s a tome, lol), I’m glad I’m reading it in my Kindle so I’m not intimidated by the size.

I’m really unsure how I’ll write a review for this book because SO MUCH happens, and there are several things that I want to talk about.

WHAT I WATCHED

Reign

Earlier this week, I saw a clip on YouTube of Once Upon A Time which has Adelaide Kane in it. I was so surprised to see her! I stopped watching Once Upon A Time a long time back, I guess at season 3, but I really want to start it again. It looks like it’s still going good.

After I saw that, I searched for a video compilation of Francis and Mary from Reign (because I LOVED Adelaide Kane in Reign, and I really liked that show). I watched the show only until season 2 but I shipped Mary and Francis. I didn’t care about spoilers, so I just watched the video. And I was so surprised by a few things! It sparked my interest in watching Reign again, and hence I started watching it again from the beginning.

I only watched 3 episodes so far but I’m enjoying it a lot, just like the first time I saw it.

If you don’t know Reign: it’s a show based on the true story of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. It’s very engaging and entertaining to watch.

Queer Eye

I started watching Queer Eye a few weeks back, and I LOVE IT. A lot of bookstagrammers whom I follow recommend this show and I’m glad I listened to them. I finished season 1 pretty quick, but I’m crawling through season 2. Probably because I’m not in the mood to cry.

Queer Eye has, without fail, made me cry every single episode. It’s so emotional. I’m tearing up now just thinking about some scenes.

If you don’t know Queer Eye: 5 gay men make-over people who are stuck in their lives or require a little push to achieve their dreams. They make so much difference in the lives that they touch.

Falling Inn Love

Netflix recommended this movie to me. It sounded really good so I watched it, and I LOVED IT. This is such a good movie! I especially really liked the main character Gabriela. She’s stubborn, headstrong and so charming. Her romantic interest Jake perfectly complemented her. The chemistry was ON POINT.

The movie is a really nice rom-com to watch and chill. The amazing Australian accent helps too. I loved the accent lol.

If you don’t know Falling Inn Love: it follows Gabriela, who won an inn in New Zealand after she loses her job. She’s an architect and believes that this inn will be her dream project. While working on the inn, she ropes in the local carpenter Jake Taylor to help her. Between making plans and renovating the inn, romance sparks.

The movie also has EVERY CHEESY TROPE and I LOVE IT. It’s so cliche but I’m obsessed and want to rewatch it already.

Radio Rebel

I recommended this movie (which I’ve seem multiple times) to a friend two years back. He STILL hasn’t seen it, saying that he can’t find it. I looked it up and found that it’s on Netflix (!!!). LMAO. He was like damn I shall watch right now. Since it’s available, and I felt like it, I watched it as well. It’s been so long since I watched and I truly missed it.

If you don’t know Radio Rebel: Tara is a shy teen in high school who barely speaks to anyone except her friends, but is secretly a popular radio DJ. Her popularity starts to blow up even more once she joins her step dad’s radio channel. And her real life also starts to get real happening. Will she become confident in real life? Will she win over her crush? We’ll see!

Life As We Know It

I was scrolling through Netflix’s rom-coms and saw this one. I only watched this movie once a long time back on TV. I really liked it then, so I watched it again this week. If you can’t tell, I like to stick to movies that I like and don’t try new ones much.

It was super nice and gave me all the feels. I still really like this movie.

If you don’t know Life As We Know It: Holly and Eric hate each other ever since a disastrous first date which was set up by their best friends. As their best friends married and had a baby, they tolerate each other through insults. When their best friends pass away in a car accident, leaving them as the baby’s guardians, they have to step up. While managing a new life, a baby and also their careers, they begin to truly get to know each other.

Letters to Juliet

I felt like rewatching an old favourite again, so I went this one next. I absolutely love Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave and Christopher Egan in the movie.

Watching it again was almost like watching it for the first time because it’s been a long time since I last saw it. The romance, the relationships, and the unending hope warmed my heart.

If you don’t know Letters to Juliet: While on vacation in Verona, Sophie encounters a group of women who call themselves the “Secretaries of Juliet” and respond to the letters written to Juliet by tourists. She helps them one day and discovers a 50 year old letter hidden behind rocks. When she replied to it, the woman from the letter and her grandson show up! The woman, Claire, wants to find her love from 50 years back whom she left behind. Sophie goes along with Clair and her grandson Charlie on an adventure to find Lorenzo Bartolini.

The Age of Adaline

This was recommended to me by Netflix a couple days back. I was intrigued by the synopsis, and it has Blake Lively, so I watched it. It was actually pretty good! I really liked Blake Lively’s acting. The movie leaves you feeling very hopeful in the end, and that’s nice.

If you don’t know The Age of Adaline: The movie follows Adaline Bowman, who stopped aging in her late twenties due to dying and being revived through lightning underwater. She changes identities and location every 10 years to make sure that no one suspects anything. But she’s tired of running, especially after meeting a very charming man. Will she get her happily ever after? Is she strong enough to tell her truth and take a shot at love? Watch to find out.

Wow I spoke so much about movies. This blog post is basically just about the movies I watched lol.

OTHER UPDATES

I got through week 2 of college, and it’s boring as heck. It’s nice to see my friends everyday but I’m just not able to become enthusiastic about my subjects yet. I hope I can get motivated to study them soon, though. We started classes a whole month late and will be going really fast.

I don’t have anything else to say. Life is just.. going on.

How was your week? Update me on your life in the comments!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine || brilliant main character

Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Category: Young Adult
Series info: Standalone

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I found this on Instagram, like I seem to find every other other book nowadays. And like usual, Instagram didn’t let me down.

Trigger warnings: depression, suicide, PTSD, alcoholism

THE PLOT

Eleanor Oliphant’s routine is set. She works all week, spends time on crosswords during her breaks, reads books at home and drinks two bottles of vodka during the weekend to make it go faster. She doesn’t have friends or anyone to spend time with.


“When the silence and the alone-ness press down and around me, crushing me, carving through me like ice, I need to speak aloud sometimes, if only for proof of life.”

And so, Eleanor speaks to her plant.

One day, an act of kindness by her new colleague towards someone on the road in her presense sets off a chain of events. Through that one act, dominoes of events and people fall into her life.

Eleanor also sees a singer during a theatre performance and instantly falls in love with him. She’s convinced that Johnnie Lennon is the perfect man for her, and now she just has to make sure that they meet. Eleanor becomes obsessed with having a perfect life with him and making the right first impression, which leads her to making changes to her life as well.

The book is more than her making changes to her life, though. These changes cause her to finally face how she’s been living and also face her past.

MY REVIEW

I don’t really know how to review this book, because it’s so many things and one thing at the same time. I also have no clue how to articulate my views and feelings exactly.

Eleanor is a very complicated character. It took me a few chapters to properly understand her. Initially, I didn’t want to like her. She judges people very quickly, and is often rude in her judgement. A while later I felt sympathetic for her.

To be honest, I didn’t completely understand Eleanor until I had read most of the book. There are so many facets to her. You have to read through the book and learn every single one of them. There’s the well-read Eleanor, with a tremendous vocabulary; the lonely Eleanor, with no one to truly talk to; the socially inept Eleanor, who is awkward in conversation with people; the depressed Eleanor, because of her abusive mother; and so much more.


“I feel sorry for beautiful people. Beauty, from the moment you possess it, is already away, ephemeral. That must be difficult. Always having to prove that there’s more to you, wanting people to see beneath the surface, to be loved for yourself, and not your stunning body, sparkling eyes or thick, lustrous hair.”


We slowly get to know Eleanor through her experiences, thoughts, and opinions. I love the writing of the book because of that. It’s clear that we don’t know her well, and at many turns we peel back another layer to Eleanor. It made the book immersive. I felt like I was truly getting to know her.

Eleanor is widely read, and has a great vocabulary. (She’s very smart as well) This was, simultaneously, annoying and nice. She used a lot of words that I haven’t come across before and, hence, I needed my phone nearby to look up words all the time. It kept breaking up my reading, but I’m glad for it as well. I miss learning new words from books. I actually MARKED all the new words that I came across so I could go through them again.

My favourite part of the book is Eleanor’s journey. Eleanor goes through so much in the span of this book. I was inspired by her journey and her path to healing and self-forgiveness. She finally faced her past and her demons after reaching thirty years of age. That was beautiful to watch.

OVERALL

If I had to summarize why you should read this:

  • Amazing mental illness/depression rep.
  • Amazing healing rep.
  • A brilliant and complicated character.
  • Immersive writing.

I recommend Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine to EVERYONE because Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine and YOU SHOULD KNOW WHY.

I rate this book..

4/5 stars

Have you read this book? Do you read books talking about mental illnesses?

Is blog hopping important for your blog? // DISCUSSION

Blogging encompasses a lot of things. It’s not just writing blog posts anymore. It is drafting, writing, making graphics, marketing, editing, socializing and so much more. If you have been in the blogging game for a while, you’ll know that blogging comes with a list of “things to do”. And sometimes, that list feels very long.

One of the most debated topics in the blogging community, specifically the book blogging community, is blog hopping. There are many questions about it. Do you HAVE to blog hop? How much? How often? Is there a right way of doing it? And is blog hopping important for your blog to grow?

Today, I’m here to talk about those questions, and give some answers of my own.

WHAT IS BLOG HOPPING?

If you’re new to the blogging community, you might be thinking that I’m talking gibberish, and I’m sorry about that.

Blog hopping is the act of visiting multiple blogs and commenting on their posts. Usually, the term is used for when you spend quite a bit of time doing this. For example, when I start to blog hop, I spend at least 20 minutes.

I won’t lie, it’s a process. It takes a while and you probably can’t do it often. Because 1) visiting several blogs, truly reading their posts and commenting TAKES TIME. And 2) it’s hard to set aside some time regularly to do this.

WHY DO BLOGGERS DO IT?

There are multiple reasons why bloggers blog hop.

To find many new blogs. And also make new blogger friends! Personally, I find new blogs to follow by blog hopping. I read tons of content. I check out multiple posts in the same blog to get a feel of the blogger and what their content is about. It’s a great way to find bloggers to follow, and bloggers to interact with.

To become inspired. I find that every time I blog hop, I get so many new ideas for my own blog. Be it ideas about design, style, formatting, graphics, or content. I ALWAYS get inspired and want to start blogging with these new ideas immediately. Hence, if I find myself without ideas or inspiration, I do a little blog hop session which gets my mind running.

I believe that if you’re a person who makes creative content—be it writing, painting, photography or whatever else—you should always be open to inspiration. I find myself looking for inspiration constantly, even if it’s from my daily life or something that a friend said.

Let me be clear on one thing, inspiration and mimicking are two very different things. This post that you are currently was actually inspired by a post on blog hopping by Caitlin Althea (whom I found through blog hopping actually!). Her post and mine have the same subject, but they’re totally different in writing and actual content. We’re both talking about blog hopping but with different questions and different answers. Mimicking would be to almost copy her content and opinions.

I don’t think this actually needs to be said but always make sure that you’re writing your own content. Don’t copy someone else’s in hopes that it will make your blog more popular. Your own words and opinions will make much more of an impression on readers. Be you.

To enjoy content, obviously. I LOVE reading blogs. A post about your daily routine? I’ll be right there! Are you talking about books? Love it. Do you blog about your personal life? I’m down for that! When I have spare time and I want to just chill, I read blogs. Sometimes I even learn new things from them.

To bring back traction to your blog. This is the most popular point that is spoken about anytime blog hopping is mentioned, and it is probably the most motivating reason. Pretty much every blogger who has been around around for a while would share their opinions on blog hopping and the true reason for doing it. And it is the point that this post revolves around.

It’s most likely that if you visit a blog and give them some love, they will return the favour. When I comment on a couple or more posts, the blogger almost always returns the gesture by visiting and commenting on my blog. And I do the same, if a blogger finds my blog first.

The main piece of advice every new blogger receives is INTERACT INTERACT INTERACT. And this is what traction through blog hopping based on. If you’re nice to a blogger, they will want to be nice to you as well. And hence, if your blog is suffering in terms of views or comments, you can blog hop and be certain that your blog will get some traction as well.

SO, IS BLOG HOPPING IMPORTANT FOR MY BLOG’S STATS?

If you’re a new blogger, YES. Definitely.

The reason why my blog received any attention in the beginning was because I was visiting multiple other blogs and commenting. I was mainly doing it to see how blogging works, to see the different styles, and to make new friends. At the time, I did not expect that bloggers are so nice that they would come back and visit my silly blog as well. I was mainly researching about blogging by visiting several blogs but it also helped my blog take off.

Bloggers are super nice. Almost every blogger I’ve interacted with in my four years of blogging (I’m old lol) has been SUPER NICE. Bloggers are welcoming, kind and fun to talk to. Don’t wait for them to find you. You have to find them first.

If you’re a seasoned blogger, it depends. But blog hopping always helps.

When I say “it depends”, I mean that it depends on whether your current blog stats i.e. views, likes and comments, are good enough for you. If you want them to go up, blog hopping always helps. But I’m also aware that seasoned bloggers tend to raise the bar every time, and hence do a lot of work related to their blogs. So if you are not able to blog hop often, it’s okay. And if you get views from search engines, those posts will definitely keep going up.

I wouldn’t say it’s “important”, but it DOES help boost stats. And it definitely helps in growing your blog.

LET’S CHAT!

What are your thoughts on blog hopping? Do you think it helps blogs grow? Do you think that it should be done by everyone?

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September ’19 bullet journal setup

Hey everyone!

September marks the beginning of Autumn in many areas of the world. I don’t actually have Autumn because it gets overshadowed by our Rainy season. It just rains every evening and also at random times during the day.

I love the concept of Autumn though. I always see such nice Autumn aesthetics online. So I tried to make this month’s spreads Autumn-y. I just wanted orange and brown.

I’ve always wanted to get real creative with doodles, but never had the time to spend doodling on a spread. I had some this month so I just went for it. I also have a lot of stickers lying around so I added stickers in the free space here. The space was looking very empty before but it looks good now.

You might notice that I didn’t leave much space for monthly events and that’s because I’ve noticed that I barely have things going on during the semester with my classes, so I highly cut down on space. If I do have any important events, I’ll bubble the day and write nearby with an arrow. The notable dates go below the box, like I’ve written one now.

I actually really like how this spread turned out! The habit tracker goes vertically down. For the days that I did a specific thing, I would X the date next to the activity written.

I’m going to be participating in a read-along for three month starting now so I made a whole spread for it. I’ve never really tried to keep a TBR because I’m a huge mood reader. But I wanted to join in on this read-along because it’s centered on Asia and it also has many books which are already in my TBR. This might just give me the motivation to read them sooner.

I used a blog schedule last month after SO LONG and it actually helped! So of course I’m doing it again this month. There was a lot of empty space below on both pages so I just tacked on a few cute stickers that I’ve been dying to use. I did leave some space on the read-along page in case I had comments to write later on in the month.

My last spread is my ever-present one. Tracking my expenses has become a habit now and while I’m not fully using it, I’m glad to do it because I know that it will be handy when I start earning and have taxes etc.

Please excuse the right side page because I wrote a blog post idea there and it’s gotta stay a secret. Shhh!

With that, my bullet journal setup ends for this month! You might have noticed that I didn’t do a mood tracker this time. I just don’t feel like having it and I don’t truly glean any information from it right now. Hence, I decided to scrap it.

Do you like the colours of Autumn, or any other specific season? What do you think of them in my setup?

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Songs On Repeat // August ’19 edition

Hey y’all!

I always try to do a recap of my favourite songs at the end of the month, but this month I thought I wouldn’t be able to because no song caught my fancy for half the month! I was just listening to old songs.

But then, the second half of the month picked up slack like nothing else. I have a few for you now. So, let’s get to them!

There You Are by Zayn

I had this in my Liked Songs on Spotify for a long time but I never gave it a second listen after my first time. One day, it came up in my Daily Mix and I fell totally in love with it. The song’s vibe is what made it one of my favourites this month. I still listen to it sometimes.

Lips on Lips by Tiffany Young

Okay so, the first time I heard this, I found the chorus so weird. I did not like it. But I listened to it again, and I began liking the chorus! And that’s how I started liking it little by little.

Run Away With Me by Carly Rae Jepsen

I actually didn’t even know that Carly was bringing out new music. The last I heard was just Call Me Maybe. I read a tweet thread that described how Carly’s career was being almost sabotaged by Scooter Braun, how her newer music is actually very good but Braun wants more like Call Me Maybe, etc.

It got me curious about her newer music, and I totally loved this one immediately. I haven’t gotten to all of her music yet, but I will. I like this vibe much more.

Lover by Taylor

I will be honest, I did NOT like this song in the beginning. I got wind of the hype and I listened to it when the audio released, and again when the music video came out. But I did not understand why so many people loved it. I found it average.

But then, one day, I found myself humming it?? And I actually knew the chorus lyrics! I was so surprised. I went back and listened to it again, and the third time was the charm. I really liked the song after that.

Daylight by Taylor Swift

Even though I didn’t like Lover in the beginning, I was still looking forward to Taylor’s new album. The concept just appealed to me, and I loved the colours that they were using. The vibe sounded great as well. On my first listen of the complete album, this song stuck out.

The song caught me in it’s melody and lyrics immediately! I listened to it on repeat for a whole day, just getting lost in the song. I listen to it when I’m in the bus, or when I have a quiet moment. It’s perfect for those times.

“My love was as cruel as the cities I lived in.”

the first line.

London Boy by Taylor Swift

Once my obsession with Daylight went down a little, I went back and listened to the whole album again. And London Boy caught me in it’s trap. It’s so catchy! I love the lyrics. I keep singing it in my head now. I spent the last two days just listening to this and singing it all the time. I. AM. OBSESSED.

I’m listening to it right now! I want to dance every time I listen to it as well. London Boy makes me happy.


And that’s all the music for this month!

What music did you listen to repeat? Recommend songs to me in the comments!

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10 Books I’ve Read That I Want On My Physical Shelf

Hey y’all!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library.

I’m actually sick right now and I’m super tired but I just can NOT miss doing this topic. I have SO MANY BOOKS that I read as ebooks and borrowed from the library that I wish I owned. I want them on my shelf. I want to OWN. THEM.


Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted is a retelling of Cinderella but with ogres and spells and innocent, pure love. It has character growth, bravery, a girl who is brilliant at languages and refuses to be stuck knitting, fairy godmothers and so much more.

I first read this as a book from the library, back in MIDDLE GRADE. Since then, I’ve read it multiple times as an ebook. I cannot get over this book. It’s an all-time favourite of mine. I always recommend it to people and it has a special place in my heart.

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The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

This is a comfort read for me. Reading this book always makes me feel cozy and settled. Reading The Wall of Winnipeg and Me while in bed feels like being hugged. I cozy up in my blankets and open to a random part in my Kindle, and it never fails to sweep me away.

I found the author through her book From Lukov, With Love. While going through the Goodreads reviews, I noticed that many readers say that it’s good but not as much as The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. I was intrigued because I LOVED From Lukov, With Love. Once I read Winnipeg, I totally understood those comments. This book is just a whole different level.

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Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

This is, so far, my favourite book in the Shatter Me series. This is another comfort read of mine. I absolutely love Juliette’s transformation in it. I also love her and Warner, and this book made them THE. SHIP.

I’ve actually been keeping track of Ignite Me’s price on Amazon for OVER A YEAR. But it NEVER. GOES. DOWN. And I cannot spend that much on one book. I’m a broke student. I’m still waiting for that one sale when this book has a proper discount.

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Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is THE BEST FRIENDS-TO-LOVERS BOOK I’VE READ. I love the characters. Hazel is so quirky and adorable. Josh is endearing and adorable. Together, they’re just one heck of an adorable couple. *chef’s kiss*

My Review | Goodreads


The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

The Friend Zone is one of the books that I truly enjoyed and lost myself in this year. I laughed, I swooned, and I cried. Abby Jimenez wrote such imperfect, lovable and complex characters. I’m so surprised that it’s not more popular online. Only a few of the romance readers that I follow talk about this.

My Review | Goodreads


The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway

The Hooker and the Hermit took me by surprise. I started laughing only a few pages in and I laughed so many times throughout. The personality of the main characters charmed me to the core of my heart.

I truly enjoyed reading this book. It had been a while since I read a book that was just fun to read and which didn’t have heavy issues in it. The main character Annie was super relatable because 1) she is an anonymous blogger and 2) she’s a huge introvert. She is also super adorable and I loved reading through her perspective.

I can totally picture myself taking this book with me on vacations to chill and read and have a good time.

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The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare

Although it’s been a while since I’ve read these books, they’re still dear to my heart. And I just want to own them, okay?! The (main) CC books in order of my liking are The Dark Artifices trilogy > The Infernal Devices trilogy > The Mortal Instruments series. I own TDA. I own the last book of TMI. More than TMI, I want TID.

They just look very nice. I want to reread them and highlight quotes with sticky tabs and maybe annotate. I just.. I want them on my shelf next to TDA.

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The Siren by Kiera Cass

I quite enjoyed this book. It’s cover is quite similar to those of The Selection series books, but the story is completely different.

I’m going to be completely vain and materialistic here, though. I own all of The Selection books and I want The Siren just to complete the covers. I want to own all of them. Just imagine having all those pretty spines together on my shelf. *heart eyes* The Heir and The Crown were totally cover buys for me. I think I’ll nab The Siren soon once it goes on sale.

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Do I really need to spell out why I want to own this?

  1. The cover is so prettyyyyy.
  2. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE BOOK.
  3. I annotated quite a bit on my Kindle ebook but I really want to do it in a physical copy as well.
  4. IT’S AWESOME.

My Review | Goodreads


Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Please allow me to be vain again but THIS BOOK IS TOO PRETTY TO NOT BE OWNED BY ME. My current favourite colour is also pink, so I want to own this book a little extra now.

Going past the pretty cover, Queens of Geek is an awesome queer Young Adult book which everyone should read. I loved it when I read it. It’s cutesy and adorable and light. It gave me happy feels.

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You can bet that I’ll be trying to own these books for the rest of my lifetime, or until I save up and do manage to buy it. If the latter occurs, I’m sure newer books will find their way into this list because there are way too many books in this world, and awesome new ones come out every day.


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What are the books that you want to own as physical copies?

About Beginnings

Note: This is another rambly post.

How do you start something?

Be it a project, a semester, a blog post, or even a conversation with someone new. How do you start it? More specifically, how do you feel before, during, and right after “the beginning”?

Beginnings are defining points in our lives. There are an infinite number of beginnings—small and big—and just as each decision we take in our lives create ripple effects, every beginning creates a unique path for you to go on. Depending on how beginnings go, your path either widens or narrows. It’s very interesting, if you overthink beginnings and imagine the scenarios that may occur.

I’m overthink often, but not in panic or anxiety. When I find myself with a pocket of free time, my mind goes to various scenarios that could occur. I won’t lie, most of my imaginations are negative. I think about how situations can worsen or what would be worst case scenarios. And then, I think about how I would deal with those situations. It’s a weird coping mechanism. Since I know what I will do in advance, I feel better going into whatever situation. Mentally, I’m prepared for the worst.

I’m the same with beginnings. Even if I’m just talking to a new person, I rephrase my first text or sentence to them multiple times until it sounds right. If I’m contacting someone professionally, I’m ready for them to not reply or reply negatively. I used to do this with friends as well, if I asked them favours, but I’ve managed to curb this habit of mine a little now.

What differs with decisions and beginnings, is that I believe I can somehow control a beginning such that I can turn my life to the path I want to go on. With decisions, it’s different. I can’t see exactly what will happen with decisions, I can’t predict the ripple effects they create. I feel like I can control my narrative with beginnings, but I can’t do that with decisions.

How we feel during beginnings largely contributes to the result. I’ve noticed that when I feel confident about my ability to turn things to my dream, everything goes smoothly. And even if it doesn’t, I’m okay with it. And I feel confident when I have multiple worst case scenarios thought out in my head.

Even when I had interviews recently, I thought about what I would do if I couldn’t answer a technical question, or how I would behave if the interviewer is rude. I ran through every situation I thought would catch me off-guard, and I prepared for it. I was actually pretty confident in the interviews. I mostly didn’t lose my calm. This tactic works for me.

Lately, I’ve had a lot of free time without a goal that needs to be accomplished soon. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking. Thinking about how things may have been different if I had a different attitude, or if I acted another way.

Usually, I’m not an overthinker. I revolve around productivity. Checking off tasks gives me satisfaction, a weird high. And I run behind that as much as I can. I barely take some time for myself, to simply think. I used to but I don’t anymore.

While I’m not very happy about my current lackluster days, I think they have been good because I needed this time to simply introspect. Two years back I used to take an hour a week to myself every week, just letting my thoughts run. Now I barely find an hour to blog during the semester. I actually needed these lackluster days to chill out and let myself breathe for a bit.

Now I’m mentally fully prepared to go into the next semester. I’m mentally prepared for the stress of working on two projects along with having a shorter semester. I’m prepared to not have a break after the next semester because I know that I’ll have to immediately start my 6 month internship. I wasn’t prepared like this for the last year, and I had multiple breakdowns throughout the year. I had to take multiple time-outs.

At this moment, I’m super confident that I’ll do amazing in this semester and I will have most of my shit together. I’m prepared for it. And because I’m prepared, I’m confident. This confidence makes all the difference. I recognize that.

Anyway, yeah. My point was meant to be that what you feel when starting something makes a huge difference in the path you take.

The Flatshare || an adorable and unique story

Title: The Flatshare
Author: Beth O’Leary
Genre: Romance
Category: Adult
Series info: standalone

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I was introduced to this book through Instagram. 1) It’s cover is quite pleasing and cute and 2) it’s synopsis is so intriguing! I read this book as soon as I was in the mood for romance (which didn’t take long).

trigger warning: emotional abuse, stalking, gaslighting.

THE PLOT

Even though her ex-boyfriend quickly moved on to another woman, Tiffy still has hope and continues to live in his home. But one day, when she meets his “fiancee”, she knows that she has to leave. She needs a cheap place to stay, ASAP.

Leon is a nurse on night shifts, and hence he barely spends time in his apartment unless he’s sleeping. Add a girlfriend to the mix, and he has no extra time. Leon’s brother Richie is currently in prison for a crime he did not commit. Leon believes him and every spare penny is going to Richie’s lawyer. Because of his dwindling savings, he needs money and is willing to rent out his house.

Tiffy and Leon end up roommates, each having 12 hours in the house. The idea seems preposterous right from the beginning, but it works for them. Leon works nights, and only is at the apartment during daytime when he has to sleep. Tiffy has the apartment from 6pm until the morning. They have their schedule down. They even share the same bed, but sleep on different sides.

Since Liam’s girlfriend handled initial contact with Tiffy, Tiffy and Leon have never met. But slowly, they get to know each other by living in the same space. One day, they start leaving notes as a form of communication and it continues. Soon they’re having complete conversations in notes around the house. And that’s how they begin getting to know each other.

MY REVIEW

I absolutely loved reading this book.

The plot is unique and different. I was so intrigued that I couldn’t stop reading. The book is written in dual points of view and that made it much better to understand both characters and their lives. Other than the romance, we also truly got to know each character’s lives at work, with family and also about their romantic lives.

I love that the characters got to know each other through sticky notes around the house. At one point they had most surfaces of the house covered! It was really entertaining to read.

Of course, I still haven’t actually met my flatmate, which I acknowledge is technically a bit weird, but we’ve started leaving each other notes more and more often now – sometimes I forget we haven’t had these conversations in person.

Tiffy

The characters were super interesting.

Tiffy works as an editor in a publishing company that mostly prints books on creative fields, like knitting and furniture and “how to” books. She’s super active and energetic. Tiffy is always on a energy level higher than average and has not one subtle bone in her body. She’s chatty, funny and awesome to talk to.

Tiffy is also a “big woman”, as in she’s tall and has flesh in her body. Because of this, she’s not considered conventionally attractive which lead to Liam’s girlfriend not worrying about her.

“Often think it must be very tiring, being Tiffy. Even in note form she seems to expend so much energy.

Leon

Leon is quite the opposite from Tiffy. He’s a nurse tending to cancer patients at nights in the hospital, and tries to appease his girlfriend with spare time that he conjures up somewhere when he’s not tired enough to drop. Leon is emotionally neutral, most of the time, and he thinks and speaks in short sentences. He also doesn’t use pronouns. I took a while to get used to his monologues but it’s a huge factor to his personality. After a while, I actually found it kind of funny.

“Am not usually an angry person. Am generally mild-mannered and hard to rile”

Leon (see! he thinks like this! short sentences and NO PRONOUNS.)

The romance was really fun to read about. I enjoyed watching them interact, in both note form and, later, in person. These two very different people are so perfect for each other. I could feel the chemistry building between them through note form, and I could feel it when and after they finally met.

I wake with a jolt that sends a shock of pain through my ankle. Crying out, I look around me. Floral wallpaper. Am I at home? Who’s that man in the chair by the door, reading …. “Twilight?”

Leon blinks at me, putting the book down in his lap. ‘You went from unconscious to judgemental very quickly there.”

Tiffy dealt with emotional abuse from her ex-boyfriend, whom she struggled to move on from. I really liked how it was handled, overall.

OVERALL

This book is one of my favourite romance books. Just writing this review makes me want to reread the book. It was too good.

Definitely recommended if you’re looking to read romance, especially if you want interesting characters and a unique plot.

I rate this book..

5/5 stars

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Favourite Book Tropes!

Hey y’all!

I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday post, and this one is really good! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Favorite Tropes (a trope is a commonly used theme or plot device).

I don’t have 10 favourite tropes so I’m going to talk about my 6 favourite tropes, in order.

[1] Best Friends to Lovers

I absolutely LOVE this trope. It’s adorable to see characters who have known each other for years and truly know each other, develop feelings and deal with it. I love this trope the most because it obviously has proper relationship growth, and it’s the farthest thing from insta-love.

Recommended books:

[2] Hate to Love Romance

On the other hand, hate to love romance trope is the most hilarious and engaging. It’s very entertaining to see the characters exchange insults and hate on each other and, due to some situation that throws them together, end up falling in love.

Recommended books:

[3] Fake Dating

I think you can understand from my top three choices that I’m a huge romance junkie. I really enjoy romance books.

Fake Dating is another highly entertaining trope. It’s also very swoon-worthy. Two people decide to fake date to achieve whatever goals they each have, and end up truly liking each other through their “dating”.

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[4] Secret Baby romance trope

So, this is one that I somehow ended up liking after coming across it in a book. After that, I just went on trying to find more books with this trope.

The secret baby trope is essentially: two people fall in love and/or sleep together. They separate for some reason and the woman finds out that she’s pregnant. Either she can’t contact him, or she decides not to. Both of them are still in love with each other, though. Years later the man finds out and everyone has to cope with the situation. This brings the man and woman closer again as well. It’s also super cute to read about the babies/kids.

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[5] The Cinderella trope

Although I haven’t read many books that do this well, I just really like the idea. I always have. I’ve watched every Cinderella movie and tried to find good Cinderella books. Even though I’ve read only a few, I still love this trope.

Recommended books:

[6] Hero hidden away from the magic world

This is just so cool to read about in Fantasy books. A hero who thought they were normal suddenly find out that they’re meant to do great things and get thrown right in the middle of a revolution and/or a war. Great stuff.

Recommended books:


And those were my favourite tropes!


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Fumbled || healthy relationship ftw

Title: Fumbled
Author: Alexa Martin
Genre: Romance
Category: Adult
Series info: Book 2 of Playbook series but can be read as standalone

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At this point, I’ve actually read this book twice. I was looking for books with the secret baby trope* and I found this one after a LOT of searching. And I’m so surprised that it’s not higher in the secret baby book lists. It’s really good! And not just in the trope, or in the romance. It’s kinda all-good. I’m now a fan of Alexa Martin because of this book.

*basically, there’s a couple. maybe due to a misunderstanding or something, they break up/separate. girl finds out she’s pregnant later, and isn’t able to tell the guy or chooses not to. one fine day, guy finds out. things ensue.

THE PLOT

Poppy Patterson is the single mother of nine year old Ace, and she works in a nightclub to provide for him. When she found out that she was pregnant, she wasn’t accepted by her parents or her long-term boyfriend TK. So she moved across the country to live with her aunt, who took her in and helped her. So far, she’s been having a good-enough life with a great son, good tips and an awesome best friend.

TK Moore is living his dream. He plays in the NFL, is rich and is super popular. Many have tried, but no one has come close to his heart like Poppy, and hence he keeps himself away from all women. TK is the funny and easy-going friend to everyone.

By chance, TK and his team come to Poppy’s nightclub and they meet. This leads to them confronting what truly happened 10 years back.

WHAT I LIKED

  • P O P P Y P A T T E R S O N

This girl is AWESOME. I absolutely loved her. She’s funny, charming, and a really good mom. I loved her conversations with her friends and her son. I just enjoyed reading about her and following her.

Poppy is also a genuinely good person. She supports other women and is not catty. She knows when she looks good and slays everyone. I really liked reading from her perspective.

  • THE GIRL SQUAD

This book has am amazing girl squad. These women are brilliant on their own, and are really good friends despite being wildly different. They share GIFs in their group chat, swear by wine bottles and support each other to death.

It was go nice to read about them. I just.. I really love them. I especially loved Sadie, Poppy’s best friend. She’s the best.

If you come within three feet of Sadie, you can expect to find glitter on you for the next five months.

Sadie actually carries glitter around with her.
  • The romantic relationship was healthy af.

And by healthy, I mean true communication existed. Poppy and TK considered the other person’s perspective and were mature in their decisions. They have their flaws but worked really well together. I did not find any problematic aspect in their relationship.

It’s sad that my standards are so low, but this is the reality.

  • I learnt about the negative impacts of football for the first time.

I’ve read so many books where the male leads played in NFL but none of them spoke about how football ruins lives. The players are more prone to CTE and ACL. I never knew what CTE was before reading this book. But it’s something that football players usually develop because of the violent sport.

OVERALL

I really enjoyed reading the book, both times. It made me happy. It’s a good book. Right after I finished it the first time, I read book 1 of this series called Intercepted, which was also really nice.

If you’re looking for a good romance with strong characters, pick this one.

I rate this book…

4/5 stars

Being nostalgic

Oh my goodness, y’all. I am feeling so nostalgic right now.

It’s been a slow day, so far. I mentioned in my last post that I have a sudden vacation upon me without plans. I’ve been trying to keep myself mildly busy, though. I’ve been reading, reviewing and working on Instagram. I tried making elaborate picture settings for the first time, and they look really nice! My mum has been giving me chores to do to fill my time as well.

But I still have pockets of time where I don’t have anything to do and I don’t feel like starting something new. A while back, I found myself in that mood and decided to go through my old posts on this blog. I went way back to January 2016. My first post was on January 16th, 2016. I was 17, studying for my last high school finals. My main intention was to see how far I’ve come, to see if there’s a difference in my writing style or my content. I found what I was looking for, but I was not ready to be impacted so much by my own writing.

Reading through those old posts felt like reading an old journal, only I’m not just chronicling the events that occurred and my feelings at that time, but also my thought process. I was was reviewing books like I continue to do now, but I was also WRITING so much. Writing poems, short stories, small pieces based on daily prompts.

Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I went on to reading posts from February 2016, and this post just made me stop and think. I can’t even remember the last time I thought so much, about abstract things, let alone write about them. I also used to blog every single day. I didn’t worry about word counts or whether people of the internet will like this post that I’m writing. I just typed whatever I felt like, and hit publish.

Once I got the hang of blogging then, I even started writing posts on my phone! Anytime inspiration struck, I whipped out my phone and started typing. This post was written when I was walking home from my best friend’s place, and I literally just wrote about what I was thinking as I walked. Now, I look back and remember that once college started, I used to blog on my phone when I was in the bus.

Thoughts about formatting, grammar and proof-reading used to not hit me. I just wrote and published. Reading those posts makes me miss that so badly. I miss writing without a care about how I would be perceived. I miss writing.

Granted, back then my blog had a different name and no one from real life knew that I had a blog. I even blogged under an alias. It was my special corner of the internet. I did not have to worry about what people would think about me because anonymity is freeing.

At this point, I can’t even remember when I last wrote something just for the act of writing. I cannot remember the last time I thought about abstract concepts, or the last time I took 10 minutes to just think.

Back then, I wrote a post on slowing down time based on a writing prompt. I wrote that I loved walking alone, and that it allowed me to think. I wrote that everyone rushes to complete things in life and don’t take a minute to breathe, and how I make sure to take out time for myself. But today, I have become the exact opposite. I run around, trying to get things done in time and manage multiple things. I’ve become a productivity-oriented person, feeling satisfied when I’ve finished doing a bunch of tasks. It’s come to the point that now, I feel lost when I have a vacation without plans.

It doesn’t escape me that the old me would have loved to have time without set deadlines or tasks.

After a while of reading old posts and ruminating about the change in me, I became motivated to write for the first time in what feels like forever. This post that you’re reading right now will not be formatted, or proof-read. I did not decide beforehand about what I would write. I just opened up the WordPress editor and started typing. And it feels so damn good. I literally have a small smile on my face right now and my fingers are typing so fast.

Right before writing this, I checked out posts under the “writing” tag on WordPress. I used to do this a lot before, and it used to inspire me to write more. I also found such amazing blogs. So I decided to do it again, and I found these two posts:

And that was all the push I needed to start writing.

My blog has changed shape so much. I have tonnes of content now that wouldn’t have even occurred to me three years back. I share my bullet journal, I talk about Kdramas and I share my music. I do think that my reviewing style has grown. I love using images and different colours in my post. The way I review has changed, and definitely for the better.

But for the first time, I’m looking back and I’m seeing what I lost during the last two years. I stopped writing. I stopped wondering. And I started second-guessing my content. I started questioning whether people will like and want to read my blog post before even writing one word.

My content today and my content from 2016 are vastly different. So much that they look like they’re of two different blogs. But it’s the same me.

I have grown in many aspects, but I now also want to bring back some of my old self. And since this blog is mine, and it’s still my special corner of the internet, I’m not afraid to change it’s shape again.

To whoever is reading this, I don’t know when you started following me. Maybe this is the first time you’re here, or maybe you’ve been following me since the beginning. Thank you for taking the time to read my words, and i hope you will continue to read them even if they sound different.