WWW Wednesday // 9 October 2019

Hey everyone!

I hope y’all have been having a great week so far. I’m having a really chill week because I had Monday and Tuesday off for a festival. I also have tests from Saturday (which I have NOT prepared for), so I’m all ready for the week to turn stressful haha.

Anyway, let’s get to the book talk and updates!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

First of all, I think I’m going into a slump. I just don’t know what to read next, and I’m not overly into reading? Once I pick up a book, I do okay. But picking a book is so hard. I also realized that I’m SO BEHIND on newer fantasy books, and I think it’s because I’m straying away from my favourite genre and that’s making me sad.

Random rants aside, I picked up Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake yesterday. I pushed myself to pick it up just so I’d be done with the series. I remember being super mad after finishing book 2 and finding out that it didn’t end. After book 1, the publishers extended the contract with Blake to 4 books. The story dragged on unnecessarily, which annoyed the heck out of me. Ever since then, I’ve not been into the series as much.

I haven’t read much of the book yet, though. I’ll let y’all know my thoughts next week.


What did you recently finish reading?

In the last week I finished SIX BOOKS!!! This can be attributed to the fact that I got a long weekend with three days off. I spent all of Monday only reading because I had bad cramps. I basically laid on bed and distracted myself by reading. Most of my reads were romance books, which are the easiest to read, so there’s also that.

First book that I finished was That Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson. I liked the book. But I didn’t like it that much. My main problem with the book is that the story didn’t feel cohesive. There was so much going on, and each part was good, but the several parts didn’t seem to fit together.

The story was mainly about the main character who is adopted, and finds her birth family by coincidence. The main concepts were adoption, regret/guilt, identity, loneliness, and belongingness. The book also highlighted emotional abuse, racism (intentional and unintentional) and mental healing. There was romance and reconciliation. To add to all that, there was even a mystery element with a possible murder.

Now, you might understand why I felt that the book was a poor mesh of several different plots. Some of them were unnecessary, in my opinion. Because there were so many topics to focus on, every topic felt underdeveloped.

I gave the book 3/5 stars.

After that, I decided to read a light-hearted romance book. I had Tomboy by Avery Flynn on my Kindle library already, so I picked that up. It was so good! Tomboy is now my favourite book of The Hartigans series. I wasn’t fond of book 1, and was just okay with book 2. But book 3 totally made me like it. I especially liked the two main characters. The chemistry was really good too. I gave it 4/5 stars.

Rebel by Marie Lu was my next read. To be honest, I was slightly procrastinating reading it. I REALLY wanted to read it, and I’ve been waiting for more about my favourite characters since 9th grade, but it’s also the LAST BOOK. I will never see these characters again. This book is a proper good bye to the characters, and I wasn’t ready for that.

The anticipation finally won, though. The book was beautiful. I needed it. I’m so glad that it exists.

I gave the book 4.5/5 stars.

After Rebel, I got on a romance kick. I had lots of time with a long weekend to read books in one sitting. I read three books in the last two days, y’all. That was some intense reading.

Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon was recommended “to all romance lovers” by Olivia @ storiesforcoffee on Instagram, and I immediately gave it a shot. It was SO GOOD, y’all! It was perfect. I loved the story, the romance, the characters, the dialogues, and especially the chemistry. It’s a perfect romance book to read. I really like how the professional aspect of “dating the nanny” thing was handled. It was all done very well. I even liked the supporting characters. I rated it 5/5 stars.

I don’t know why but whenever I need a new book, but also a comfort read, I go for books with babies. And I’ve found the secret-baby trope VERY interesting. I’ve been into the trope for a long time now, so it’s hard for me to find books with it which sound good. I hit gold with The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca. It had the right amount of everything. I liked the characters, loved the chemistry, and was engaged by the danger element. It’s in my favs list now. I gave it 4.5/5 stars.

The book I finished most recently was Finding Tomorrow by Kahlen Aymes. It’s book 2 in a series, although it can be read as a standalone. I read Trading Yesterday (book 1) because it has the secret-baby trope, and that book was SAD. It made me cry, y’all. It had sad, desolate, regret, guilt and more desolate vibes. I did want to read about Jensen, though, so I picked up Finding Tomorrow.

I have to say, the author is really onto destroying my heart by torturing the characters. The first book dealt with leukemia, and this one dealt with domestic abuse. Fun, right? Anyway, I really liked the book. I loved Jensen. I loved the kids. Books with kids are always better, somehow. I gave it 3.5/5 stars.

Now, I can’t wait for the next two books. In my version of Finding Tomorrow, the release dates for the next two books are written as July and October 2019 but ?? THE BOOKS AREN’T OUT YET???? I saw the author’s website and only the third book is listed as “coming soon”?! I’m dying here. I need those books.


What do you think you’ll read next?

I have absolutely no clue. I may try to pick up something that’s on my fall TBR, but it all depends on my mood.


And that’s all about my bookish updates!

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Aurora Rising || kinda disappointing??

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Title: Aurora Rising
Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Genre: Science Fiction
Category: Young Adult
Series info: Book 1 of Aurora Cycle series

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I’ve heard SO MUCH about this book, almost all of them good. The hype went up to a point that I thought this book was the epitome of everything good. I heard that it portrays friendships well. It’s main theme is that a group of mismatched kids are stuck together to go on missions, and they’re required to be heroes. They’re the unlikeliest of heroes.

With all of that, you can assume right that I expected a LOT. And I’m sad to say, that my expectations weren’t met.

THE PLOT

Right before his graduation from Aurora Academy, where he’d be able to pick amongst the students for his cadet, Tyler Jones goes out alone into the void to calm his nerves. While there, he finds a lost spaceship from 200 years back and manages to rescue the only surviving passenger, Aurora O’Malley, who is deep asleep in her cryogenic pod.

Tyler is more concerned about the graduation ceremony, though. He gets back to find out that it’s all over and his cadet is made up of students who haven’t been picked by anyone else.

This group will have to get their stuff together and work together, though, because it looks like things with Aurora are much more complicated than they can predict. And they might just have to become heroes because there’s no one else to take over.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

MY REVIEW

I’ll say what you’re thinking. That sounds like an AWESOME concept. A bunch of misfits stuck together who have to save people and become heroes? Whaat.

In reality, though, it wasn’t that glamourous. In fact, I found the camaraderie between the squad members quite forced. That’s supposed to be the best part of the book—watching them interact and become friends. It was okay in some areas, but at times it was just very forced.

For example, they’d be in the middle of a very serious situation and they need to be using their brains to get our ASAP. Instead, they’d volley insults and crack random jokes. It was weird. And highly unrealistic.

CAT B: THIS IS TOTALLY BLOODY SIDEWAYS….
SCARLETT J: I’M AFRAIN I MUST CONCUR WITH MY PUNCHY BUT LEARNED COLLEAGUE.
CAT B: THANKS, ROOMIE.
SCARLETT J: ALL GOOD, GIRL. YOU’VE STILL GOT MY EYELINER BTW.

see what I mean?? They were knee deep in figurative shit and.. they were talking random stuff.

The characters were great, individually. I wasn’t interested in all of them, though. Probably because there was more spotlight on a few of the characters, which meant that we only really got to know them. The others were faded away in the background.

As for the plot, it was actually pretty good. I liked the plot. It was interesting, and perfect for a young adult sci-fi novel. Just the right amount of adventure and cluelessness.

The plot’s awesomeness was brought down a notch by the dialogues though. There was way too much talking and random conversations like what I quoted above. It killed the vibe multiple times and I was FRUSTRATED. So yeah, the writing could have definitely been better.

I loved the world-building. Or in this case, universe-building. I loved the tit-bits we got about all the different races, and how the current political situation is. That was fun to read about. I would have preferred more info, though.

OVERALL

Not very impressed. It was all “meh” towards the end, and I couldn’t wait to finish the book and move on. I am excited for the next book, though. Simply for the one couple I ship.

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The Sunday Post // party scenes + I got gifted a book!!!!!

Last week was F U L L of events.

The week before that was super hectic for me and my plan was to take a chiller time to recover from that. I did manage to somewhat recover, but last week was still pretty full. I have UPDATES.

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

HACK-IT-ON 3.0 AFTER PARTY

If you read my last Sunday Post, you would know that I was part of the organizing team for a three-day hackathon. To celebrate the success of the event, and to congratulate ourselves on handling everything well, the team headed out for an after party on Monday night.

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We went to Harry’s restro-bar in a mall nearby and enjoyed the heck out of the night. We had a night of food, drinks, and dancing. It was really fun, especially since we were a large group of over 30 people. It was a good ending to the event.

There were some messy scenes, considering that it was a party with drinks and everyone was happily chugging down mugs of beer. It made up for an interesting night that is part of the college experience, though!

I had gone to college on Monday, with barely any sleep from the weekend, because I had lab. Add the exhaustion from the party, and I just needed a LOT of sleep. So I didn’t attend classes on Tuesday because I was really in need of a 10 hour sleep.

I GOT MY NEW PHONE!

And it’s awesome. It’s so much better than my old phone, I could cry. I got the Samsung M30s with the 6GB+128GB set, and it’s so damn good. The battery lasts so long! I used to limit my phone use SO MUCH before because my battery used to drain very quickly, making me charge the phone thrice a day.

But with the M30s? Lol. It has a 6000mAh battery y’all. Even if I use my phone heavily, it lasts me 24 hours. I even used it upto 2 days recently. It’s the best mid-range phone in the market right now, and I’m so glad that it was within my budget.

My main priorities were battery, memory, and camera. This phone is a serious upgrade. I can’t wait to take better pictures with this phone for Instagram haha.

I fell sick with a bad throat infection

I have no clue how but I woke up on Wednesday with a VERY bad throat. It hurts every time I swallow. I’m still sick and it looks like this will take time to heal. My immunity system is very shitty at this point, it’s kinda funny. I’m trying to manage with home remedies and lots of hot water.

I WAS GIFTED A BOOK!!!

A couple months back, I had published a blog post for a Top Ten Tuesday prompt called 10 books I’ve read that I want on my physical shelf. It was basically books that I’ve read as ebooks or from the library and want to own. One of my top books was Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, who’s price I’ve been eyeing for MONTHS. It just never goes down!

Leelyn from Leelyn Reads commented saying that she’d be glad to buy Ignite Me for it and I was OVER THE MOON. I contacted her on twitter, where she took my address and SENT IT TO ME via Book Despository.

The book finally arrived this week. AND I’M IN LOVE. Leelyn sent me a hardcover of the book which has deckled edges! 1) I had only two hardcovers before that because they’re expensive af and 2) I’ve never even SEEN deckled edges????

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Y’all. Leelyn made my year. I was so stocked that I even made a video series on my Instagram stories just gushing over the beautiful book. And I barely ever show my face on there! I. Am. SO. HAPPY. I just look at it on my bookshelf at random times and smile with love :’)

Pictures of the book to come soon!

I started a new theme on Instagram!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you might know that I change my Instagram theme VERY frequently. I make sure that every theme has at least 15 photos (enough to fill a phone screen), and only extend if I’m still in the mood for the same theme.

Since I got my new phone, I’ve been excited to try out a theme that I wouldn’t have gone for before. Specifically, an outdoor theme. My last phone’s camera wasn’t good with lighting, and hence I had to get very friendly with the exposure option in editing apps. But with my new phone, I’m diving into an outdoor theme immediately.

My idea was not just outdoor, though. It’s to have a more casual, daily-life theme where there aren’t elaborate setups and a ton of props. I’m also going to try for a less “happening” theme. Basically, which doesn’t have too much happening in the photo. A little more minimalistic.

I found a VSCO filter recipe picture on Pinterest which is the main source of inspiration for my new theme. You can check it out here.

My issues with this theme were apparent right from the beginning, as I thought about what would trouble me.

  1. We’re currently having monsoon season. It rains every evening. This means that by the time I get home from college, the sunlight is gone and it’s most likely already pouring. I can’t take photos near home.
  2. I spend most of my days in college, and I have absolutely no clue how to take enough photos in college to match my theme. I roped in a friend of mine yesterday to help me see if my idea is viable by going around college and trying out some pictures. She’s also an Instagrammer, with an art journal page @artdrenalyn (which you should DEFINITELY check out), so I knew that she’s the best person to bounce off ideas with.
  3. I need help with outdoor pictures. I suck at them. I tried a theme like this once before, but I made all the pictures black and white since I couldn’t keep consistent lighting, and I kinda hated that theme. It just didn’t come out well. So yeah, my biggest challenge will be taking pictures or having others take my pictures.

I started the theme yesterday, though! I quite like how the first picture turned out. It’s actually my friend sitting with the book while I was trying out angles and stuff. I’m stoked to see what I can do with this theme, and my friends have offered to help out so that’s awesome.


And that’s it for this week’s Sunday Post updates!

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October ’19 bullet journal setup

Hi y’all!

I’m quite excited to show you my setup this month because I put some effort into it and made it look good.

Before setting up, I was going through Instagram for inspiration and found @bulletsandconfetti. She is doing an origami theme this month along with a few other people, but I just took the paper planes idea. I’ve never tried a paper plane theme before so I had fun doing it this time!

This is my cover page, which is quite simple. I really wanted to make some use of my washi tape since I don’t use them much so I put that too.

Next is my monthly log, along with main tasks/goals, and my habit tracker page. I actually REALLY love how this turned out. I love it.

Next, I kept my basic expense tracker and basic blog planning/scheduling page. (You can see that I decided early on to post my bujo setup today!) I doodled a few paper planes and added color to make the spread pop a little.

Lastly, I made a page for the Autumn is for Asia readalong, just like I did last month! To the right is how I started my dailies, with a cute cat sticker and regular lettered heading.


And that’s it for this month!

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WWW Wednesday // 2 October 2019

Happy October y’all!

New month, new fall/autumn vibes for most people around the globe while I’ll be having rainy (and gloomy) vibes, and new experiences to have.

I’ve been eyeing WWW Wednesday blogging meme for a while now, but since I usually update my reading on my Sunday Post, I don’t do it. This week, though, I didn’t update on Sunday because I had too many life things to talk about. And hence, I got the perfect time to do this post!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

There’s only one book in my currently reading pile, surprisingly, because life has been getting in the way with a LOT of events and deadlines. I’m barely keeping up at this point.

That Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson is a book that I picked up in a book fair back in February. Many books from that haul are sitting unread on my shelf and I decided that I’m finishing them by the end of the year. And so, I started with this one.

That Girl From Nowhere is a mystery novel, so I’m quite excited to read it because I haven’t read mystery in SO LONG.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

‘Where are you coming from with that accent of yours?’ he asks.
‘Nowhere,’ I reply. ‘I’m from nowhere.’
‘Everyone’s from somewhere,’ he says.
‘Not me,’ I reply silently.

Clemency Smittson was adopted as a baby and the only connection she has to her birth mother is a cardboard box hand-decorated with butterflies. Now an adult, Clem decides to make a drastic life change and move to Brighton, where she was born. Clem has no idea that while there she’ll meet someone who knows all about her butterfly box and what happened to her birth parents.

As the tangled truths about her adoption and childhood start to unravel, a series of shocking events cause Clem to reassess whether the price of having contact with her birth family could be too high to pay…

An emotional story about love, identity and the meaning of family, That Girl From Nowehere is the new novel from the bestselling author of The Ice Cream GirlsThe Woman He Loved Before and My Best Friend’s Girl.


What did you recently finish reading?

Last week saw me finish 3 books.

Hyde & Seek by Layla Frost. I was in the mood for mindless romance so I just picked this one up. It wasn’t great, and I got really annoyed by the male lead multiple times. It was also pretty cliche. The one thing I liked was the friendship squad. They were all really close and supportive and I liked the interactions between them all.

Muffin Top by Avery Flynn. This trilogy by the author focuses on female leads who are not considered conventionally attractive. Muffin Top features a female lead, Lucy, who is “fat” and could care less about it. The male lead, Frankie, goes along with Lucy to her high school reunion as her fake date. Sparks fly as these two truly get to know each other.

I was quite underwhelmed by Muffin Top. I was totally on board with the fat-shaming focus and how it’s hard for curvy women to be considered attractive. I was mostly on-board with the romance. But there was just some aspect missing. I wasn’t in love with the plot or characters, and once I finished the book, I could care less about it.

Educated by Tara Westover. This was the one book from last week which was GOOD. I’ve been reading this book from July, but I was crawling through it because the pace was very slow until 3/4ths of the book. Last week, I was determined to finish it and hence I quickly finished the book. And it made so much of an impact on me.

Educated was a heard read for me. It became harder every time i remembered that it’s a memoir, and everything here is TRUE. And then I would admire the author because she has been through SO MUCH—physically, mentally, and emotionally—and she has managed to find her true self even though there was so much holding her back.

The one thing I can say with certainty is: this book is worth it. This book is worth powering through the slow parts and sticking through the hard parts, even when they were too gruesome and detailed. Knowing Tara Westover’s journey is worth it.


What do you think you will read next?

Probably Rebel by Marie Lu, which released yesterday. I’ve been WAITING for this book, and I have already reread the first three books in preparation to directly dive into Rebel.

After that, I might read Five Dark Fates by Kandare Blake. This is also a new release, and it’s the fourth book in the Three Dark Crowns series. I can’t wait to finish this series lol. Ever since they extended it from two books to four, and the author is hastily dragging on the story, I’m not very interested in it. I just want to know the ending at this point.


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Tell me updates about your reading! What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish? And do leave a link to your WWW post if you’ve posted one 🙂

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The Sunday Post // what a busy week

Hey everyone!

I have SO MUCH to tell y’all today. It has been a VERY BUSY week. I actually lost track of days. On Friday, I thought it was Wednesday. I lost sense of time and days. It’s been pretty hectic.

In fact, I’m writing this in the middle of the night. I’ll tell you why further in the post.

The Sunday Post is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer for updating our readers on our past week.

END OF TESTS

I had my last two tests on Monday. Our tests had been going on for over a week and I was ready to be done. One was good and the other was okay-ish. Just glad that it got done.

GIRLS DAY OUT

It’s very generous to say “day” because it was only a few hours after our last test, but we did chill out. A couple of my friends and I went to a tea place nearby called “Infinitea” and tried a tea flavour called Tropical Delight. It was pretty good. It was an experience. The tea was bitter/sour in the beginning and as I reached the bottom of my cup, it became sweeter. The last sip was very sweet.

We were too broke to afford the food in that place so we headed out and had some good street food. It had been long since I had street food so that was cool too.

ONE DAY TRIP

I headed to another city for just a day with my mum and uncle. We had to do some pooja (religious ritual) for my maternal grandparents who have passed away. It was damn tiring and I had absolutely no sleep.

We took an overnight train there, did the pooja through the day, and took an overnight train back. We also had to fast until the ritual was done so we didn’t eat until 3pm, by which we were COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED and I just wanted to come home. Oof.

We reached back home at 7 in the morning, after which I actually decided to go to college. Yes, I know. How stupid. No sleep for two nights (I can’t sleep well in trains), and I decide to go to college by 8:30am. But yeah, I did that.

I was super exhausted by the end of the day.

HACKATHON

If you have been following me for over a year, and reading my life updates, you might know that I organized a couple hackathons. We decided to have another, and better, one this semester as well. And we chose this weekend.

We went bigger this time and kept the hackathon for a total of 42 hours! The hackathon started on Friday evening and will end this afternoon.

As I’m writing this, it’s 2:12 am because I’m staying overnight at college. The event has been going for about 30 hours now and everyone’s TIRED. The participants and the organizers. Everyone’s sleepy and exhausted. It’s seen on our faces. We can’t wait to go home lol. We need proper rest and proper sleep on actual beds. Many of my friends aren’t able to speak in proper sentences anymore.

I’m glad that this hackathon is going much better than our previous two, though. We actually improved. I wasn’t totally involved this time since I decided to step back and focus on other things. The rest of the team did a DAMN GOOD JOB. The event is going pretty good. There are a few problems, as always, but they’re manageable.

We just had a very tiring mentoring session which ran from 4:30 pm to 12:00 am. No I am not kidding. 50 teams, 5 mentors, and each had to talk to at least 3 mentors. That ate up time like nothing else.

We, the organizers, actually planned to have a small session of mock pitches so we can help the participants with their pitches. It was supposed to start at midnight but because the mentoring session ran VERY long, we scrapped it from the schedule for now. We may do it later but it depends on whether we have energy. (I doubt we will.)

PROJECT

Any free time I got in the nights, I either blogged or I worked on my project with my friends. I admit, I couldn’t do much because of the trip and the hackathon prep, but I did help a little bit. I found pockets of free time for that. Even if I wasn’t doing actual work, I was THINKING about it and that was enough to make me more tired. And we only had to make a presentation this time! Imagining the amount of work we have coming up… sigh.

EXCITING STUFF!

I’m getting a new phone!!!!!!!!!!

I’m REALLY in need of one, y’all. My phone is horrid in terms of battery, has a very slow processing speed, and I don’t know how I’m surviving with this camera. My main problem is the battery and processing, though. I click tap an icon and have to wait for a bit for it to open. It’s annoying.

My dad offered to get me a new phone and I JUMPED on the chance. I spent a couple weeks scoping out phones and taking suggestions from people. The Samsing M30s released in my country on 18th Oct, and I was sold. 6000mAh battery, y’all. That had me sold.

One of my friends has the same phone as me and is facing the same issues as me. He really needs a new phone as well so both of us decided to get the M30s. We’re going from being Moto G4 plus buddies to Samsung M30s buddies, lol.

The phone went on sale TODAY at noon for Amazon prime customers, and we both were WAITING for it. We were worried that it would sell out fast because it’s a brilliant phone for the price. Almost too good to be true. Hence, we were on the Amazon page from 11:50 am.

The phones are arriving today sometime and I. CAN’T. WAIT. The anticipation is real. I really hope it arrives after I get home today evening because I don’t know how I will hold myself back from running home for it.

I honestly can’t wait to not carry around a power bank and not charge my phone at least twice a day. The one thing I’m SUPER excited about is a better camera. I’m getting a 48MP primary camera which is AWESOME. What an upgrade.


I think I’ve written enough in this post, so I won’t talk about the books I read this week. I don’t think it was much anyway.

I’ll probably need a whole day of rest after this week to re-energize. I haven’t caught up on my missing sleep, and I’m not sleeping a wink tonight. I’m actually quite energetic now since I’ve decided that I’m not going to sleep. If I make up my mind in advance, I can manage. (In fact, I didn’t sleep during the last hackathon as well.) Mondays classes will most likely be missed. I. need. sleep.

How was your week? Did anything monumental happen? Tell me!

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Songs On Repeat // September 2019 edition

Hey y’all!

I’m blogging from my phone right now and it feels SUPER WEIRD. I didn’t bring my laptop to college, and I found ZERO time in the last few days to blog.

The reason I’m settling for blogging on my phone is because I’m trying really hard to keep to my goal of blogging thrice a week. I actually used to blog quite a bit from my phone when I started blogging, so I could blog everyday.

Anyway! Let’s get to my favourite songs of this month.

RISE by League of Legends ft. The Glitch Mob, Mako and The Word Alive

My friends who are totally into League of Legends got me onto this song. It’s now my favourite hype up songs. I ALWAYS listen to it when I start my work out.

Awaken by League of Legends ft. Valerie Broussard

This is another song that my friends got me into. It didn’t take long because I do like Valerie Broussard’s songs.

Legends Never Die by League of Legends ft. Against The Current

No explanation needed. Another great song. I’m honestly loving League of Legends soundtracks.

Birds by Imagine Dragons

I did listen to this song when it released, but I totally fell in love with it only this month. IT’S SO GOOD. It puts me in this unique mood which makes me feel good and refreshed.

Ready Yet by Sasha Sloan

A couple of my friends became obsessed with Sasha Sloan’s songs and got me into them as well. I actually really like the lyrics and tone of her music.

Older by Sasha Sloan

This is my favourite song by the artist. It’s because I relate to this SO MUCH. It literally speaks about the situation that I’ve been through, so it’s close to my heart.

Normal by Sasha Sloan

This might be the one song that almost everyone can relate to. And it has a really good chorus. I lose myself to this song’s melody.


And that’s it for this month’s songs! It’s a short list but that’s because I simply couldn’t move on from these songs for a long time. They’re toooo good.

What songs did you listen to on repeat this month? Recommend them to me!

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10 Books I HAVE To Read This Fall

Hey y’all!

This is probably the first time that I’m posting a TBR on the blog because I usually don’t set TBRs for a specific time. I know I won’t really follow through, since I’m a HUGE mood reader.

That said, I actually do have quite a few books that I HAVE to read this fall. And I’m pretty sure I’ll get to them, hence the confidence to make a TBR.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s topic is Books on my fall 2019 TBR.


Rebel by Marie Lu

The #1 book on my list is Rebel, because I feel like I’ve been waiting MY WHOLE LIFE for it. Even when this book wasn’t in the works, I was hoping for something more from the series. Champion’s ending left me wanting for more, and I was so sad to see it end there.

I’m super glad that Marie Lu decided to continue the series. I even reread the first three books in preparation for Rebel‘s release. I. AM. READY.

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The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

I will be completely honest with you. I do not know what this book is about. Literally have no. clue. Why is it on my “need to read” list then, you ask?

I’m taking part in the Autumn is for Asia read-along on Instagram, and it’s buddy read book for October is The Ghost Bride. I’ve read the buddy read book of September which was The Poppy War. I also finished Girls of Paper and Fire last week, which was one of the other suggested reads. I have faith in the hosts’ picks and I want to read books I’ve not heard of. The fact that it’s written by an Asian author just makes it all the better.


Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao

This book is also on the list for Autumn is for Asia as the buddy read book for November. I am quite excited for this book because I really liked American Panda by the author. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.

Even if I didn’t know the author, I’d be sold on this book from the synopsis. It sounds cute, and like it has a few tricks up it’s sleeve. I’m looking forward to finding out!


Educated by Tara Westover

I actually started this book a couple weeks back, but I just don’t have the motivation to continue reading it. The book is good enough that I should be okay with it, but somehow I don’t feel like continuing to read it. Maybe it’s just my mood. I am determined to finish it, though. It’s going to be my start at non-fiction.


Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami

I read Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami recently, and I WAS MOVED. It was damn good. But I’ve heard that it’s an anomaly amongst his works. Kafka On The Shore is the kind of book that he usually writes.

I bought Kafka a couple months back after finally caving to the Murakami hype. I want to know why everyone loves him so much. I really need to read it this fall because it’s high time.

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With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I LOVED The Poet X. It was brilliant. I jumped onto the hype train, and I now add to the hype. If you haven’t read The Poet X, you really should.

With The Fire On High is the author’s second book. The Poet X was written in poetry form, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book is written in prose. The synopsis sounds really promising and I’m sure the author has written the book just as well in prose.

I’ve been waiting to be in the right mood for this book, and I’m pretty sure I will be in the next couple months.


Awk-weird by Avery Flynn

My list is never complete without at least one romance book in it. Gotta have some on hand all the time in case I’m in need for a happy dose.

I first saw this book on Nose Stuck In A Book Blog’s Instagram, and of course I had to find out what it’s about. And it sounds PERFECT. This romance is right up my street. I love awkward heroines, unlikely romances and hilarious writing.

I have read Avery Flynn’s books before so I am going in with some confidence.


Faker by Sarah Smith

Nose Stuck In A Book Blog is really a bad influence on me, and also my newest GO-TO PLACE for romance recommendations. Yvette has SUCH. GOOD. TASTE. It also helps that I like a lot of the books that she loves, including my favourites. I usually end up checking out any book that she raves about or recommends.

I noticed Faker on her Instagram, and it caught my eye. My gut said that it could be good so I read the synopsis on Goodreads and it sounds really good. Another new release, added to my TBR.


Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

I am SO EXCITED for this. I read Simon Snow right after it released, and it’s been ages. I’m very excited for Wayward Son to bring back Simon and Baz to me. I SHIP THEM SO MUCH.


That Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson

This book has been sitting on my shelf since FEBRUARY. I picked it up, along with a bunch of other books, in a book fair. Most of them have been gathering dust in my shelf. I really need to read them, and this is my next pick.

It’s a mystery novel and it actually sounds really good! The second I’m in a mood for mystery, I’m reading this one.


And that was my fall 2019 TBR!

What books are on your list? Do we share any? Tell me in the comments! If you’ve posted your list on your blog, do leave a link!

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The Sunday Post // cheat days and good books

Happy Sunday everyone!

I hope you’ve been having a great day so far. I’m spending my Sunday trying to study for my tests tomorrow. The first test tomorrow is on Advanced Computer Architecture which has tons of complicated diagrams and while I have photographic memory, there are just too many diagrams to keep track of perfectly.

I’m taking a short break from studying to write this post. My week has been pretty uneventful but there are a few things I can update you on.

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

WHAT I DID

I tried out VSCO editing again! I actually tried it once a couple years back but I just couldn’t figure it out, and it wasn’t working with my style. I also mainly took VSCO for Instagram, and my style was VERY DIFFERENT back then.

I was seeing random videos on YouTube and saw this one on VSCO girls. I did not know that that’s a term and I still don’t know what it means, but the video’s pictures got me wanting to try VSCO again.

Since I was still completely not sure on how to use the app, I turned to Pinterest for “editing recipes”, which are basically some specific settings to get a kind of edit. I even made a board with all the recipes I like which use the free filters. I tried out a LOT of edits, even asking my friends for random pictures and editing them. After a few days of trials, I can day that I’ve now grasped how to use it and I’ve figured out what I like.

While VSCO is good, I don’t think VSCO is for my current Instagram theme. I do want to try out a whole theme with the app, but not just yet. I’ll probably attempt it once I get a new phone with a better camera. My current cam is… not great.

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One of the pictures that I edited when trying out VSCO.

My best friends were craving pizza last night and begged me to take a cheat day from my gluten free diet to have pizza with them. It’s been a long time since I last had food with gluten, and my best friends and I only have pizza with each other (it’s kind of like a tradition), so I broke my diet for the night. I did have lesser pizza than them and had rice as my dinner, but it’s still a break from my diet. I don’t regret it at all.

WHAT I READ

I read three books this week. It was a pretty good week, considering I was still blogging, going to college everyday, and playing League of Legends.

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The first book I read last week was Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. Not gonna lie, I was IMPRESSED. The world building, the characters, the circumstances and the relationships—all of them were great. At some points the book did feel a little slow sometimes but that’s okay.

I rated the book 4/5 stars and not a total 5 because the ending was disappointing. Anticipation was built up right from the start for the ending and it just fell flat. I’ll write a review for this book pretty soon, so watch out for that.

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My second read of the week was Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. I actually started this book MONTHS back in a bookstore+cafe. I kept wanting to go back and read it entirely in the hardback copy, which was beautiful, but I couldn’t find the time to go. I finally caved and read the ebook this week.

This book… has it’s pluses and minuses. I wasn’t very impressed by it, but I did like parts of it. I enjoyed the story concept and every individual character. The whole concept of this series is that a ragtag bunch of kids are put together in a squad and circumstances require them to become heroes together. The squad is the thing that I’m most conflicted about. I like that they start to form friendships and get along but I also felt like the camaraderie was forced in dialogue. I’ll explain more when I write a complete review on this book.

My last read of the week, which I finished last night, was Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan. I was introduced to this book by Kat @ Reading After Ten. Her review of the book intrigued me. While I got the book a while back, I didn’t it pick it up until this week because Kat mentioned that it is a hard read. I wanted to be in the right frame of mind to read it.

Now that I’ve finished the book, I agree with Kat. This book is a hard read, but it is totally worth it. Our female lead Iris goes through a LOT in this book and all of it is shown in raw truth, not sugar-coated at all. Kennedy Ryan interviewed multiple women who have survived through domestic abuse and has done them justice by showing the hard truths. I say read the book, if not for the romance, for Iris’s journey.

I will definitely be writing a review on this book as well. I have to.


I read faster that I can review, and it’s definitely going to be a problem with the books I read this week. I’ll do my best to review these ASAP.

And that’s all I have to say this week. I will see you in my next post. Have a great week!

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How was your week? What did you do? What books did you read? Tell me in the comments!

The Poppy War || gruesome and compelling

Title: The Poppy War
Author: R. F. Kuang
Genre: Fantasy
Category: Adult
Series info: Book 1 of The Poppy War series

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There has been so much hype for this book online since the time it released. I added it to my list and was waiting for the paperback’s price to go down so I can own it as a physical copy. Sadly, it never went down.*

I finally caved and got the ebook just in time to participate in the Autumn is for Asia read-a-long happening on Instagram. The Poppy War is the buddy read book for September, and it gave me the motivation to finally read this tome.

*it’s quite expensive

THE PLOT

The book follows Rin, a very determined and ambitious girl. She is an orphan working for a family in a small town, who have taken her in. When they decide to marry her off in exchange for social standing and money, she vows to get out of that town and change her life.

Rin studies hard for the kingdom-wide exam Keju, and manages to ace it, getting a free ride to the best university. But her life’s trials don’t stop there. While studying at Sinegard, she learns more about herself and her kingdom, and she up-skills herself. Rin discovers that she has an affinity for shamanism, and she begins to explore her gift while questioning everything she believes in.

The kingdom is readying itself for the third Poppy War against The Federation who are across the sea, and Rin’s powers might be just the thing which could tip the scales in their favour.

MY REVIEW

This book is HUGE. It’s a literal tome. I am glad that I read it as an ebook because I don’t think I would have been able to read as fast with the physical book, especially since I wouldn’t be able to carry it everywhere.

Since it is big, it obviously a LOT of content inside. There’s so much that happens in the book. I procrastinated writing this review because there is SO MUCH to talk about. This one book contains THREE DIFFERENT PHASES of Rin’s life.


She never wanted to think about Tikany. She wanted to pretend that she’d never lived there—no, that it had never existed. Because if she could just erase her past, then she could write herself into whoever she wanted to be in the present. Student. Scholar. Soldier. Anything except who she used to be.


I will not lie, this book was hard to read. There’s gore, graphic descriptions of death, massacres, sexual assault/rape, and drug addiction. At times it was so hard to read through it that I closed the book and picked up a lighter book to give myself relief. My heart ached. The author doesn’t shy away from writing the true horrors of war, down to detail. That’s brilliant in writing, but hard to read.

The pacing of the book didn’t feel right. I was super into it in the beginning when things were happening in real time, and in the middle of the book it suddenly slowed down a lot. It not only slowed, but somehow we skipped YEARS in a few paragraphs. For a long time I thought Rin was around 17 but turns out that she was 19. Her growth and change of time wasn’t shown, it was just addressed in a few short sentences in relation to her growth in shamanism.

Being a really big book, with a lot to cover, I understand that not everything can be shown plainly. But I would have appreciated it because I was left confused a few times. Maybe it’s because I usually don’t read adult fantasy books like this one. It was weird that some pointless times were given more coverage than some really important things which were left out as “obvious”.

I really liked reading about Rin. She’s our main character who is determined to make something of herself and be important. She has big dreams and works tirelessly to make them come true. Rin is an underdog but works VERY hard to come up, especially in university.

The best part about Rin is that she’s very flawed. She’s not a perfect character with perfect beliefs and morality. She can be clueless, hard-headed, afraid and even disbelieving sometimes. But she pushes through because she has to move forward. The one thing that drives her is to be best, and she does ANYTHING to get there.

She had to make her memory perfect. She stopped sleeping.

A majority of the book takes place when Rin is in Sinegard university. The most interesting part was when Rin trained in shamanism. She had to question her beliefs, everything she’s heard and been told, and rewire it to believe in gods and their powers. I especially liked the debate about gods, which was given quite a bit of attention. Considering that I’m agnostic and I question the exact things, it was wonderful to read.


Jiang reconfigured Rin’s perception of what was real. Through demonstrations of impossible acts, he recalibrated the way she approached the material universe.

It was easier because she was so willing to believe. She fit these challenges to her conceptions of reality into her mind without too much trauma from adjustment.


The phase of Rin’s life which took up the most of the book is during war. Rin joins Cike, a group of assassins who work for the Empress. Initially, she’s insulted and embarrassed for joining “a group of crazies”, but eventually she finds her place.

This is the part of the book which was the hardest to read, for me. There’s so much gore, and there are several detailed descriptions of the horrors of war. I liked that it’s realistic, in terms of how bad war is, but I also found it very hard to read with a straight mind. I had to take multiple pauses.

Through the book, the author also makes several on-point observations on war and questions the nature of it. I found these things very interesting to read, because I never truly thought about war and all that it is associated with. We the readers come to all these realizations about war through Rin, as she begins to truly open her eyes and understand the causes and consequences of war. I definitely would have not thought of this quickly if it wasn’t directly written in the book.

Warfare was about absolutes. Us or them. Victory or defeat. There was no middle way. There was no mercy. No surrender.

It was, simply, what happened when one race decided that the other was insignificant. The Federation had massacred Golyn Niis for the simple reason that they did not think of the Nikara as human.

The one thing that I did not like in the book was the underdevelopment of multiple characters. The book showcases and develops the few characters in spotlight but almost completely ignores the side characters. I get to know Rin and other spotlighted characters a lot but I barely know anything about the side characters.

OVERALL

The Poppy War is a book that you should take your time reading. It’s not a fast-paced book with many interesting twists, but it’s a damn impressive book about war and an underdog character who rises.

The author has BRILLIANTLY weaved a full-fledged world inspired by Chinese history. The book is definitely worth the read.

“Great danger is always associated with great power. The difference between the great and the mediocre is that the great are willing to take that risk.”

I rate this book..

4/5 stars

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!