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Here you have a blog made in the beginning 2016. It was to be a book blog initially but now there are posts about bullet journalling, music, blogging tips, lifestyle and more.

Stay and have a look around. Treat this blog like a carnival. You just might like it.

NOTE: this blog was previously called light up the shining night stars

 

Wintersong || literally music everywhere

wintersong.jpgTitle: Wintersong

Author: S. Jae-Jones

Genre: Fantasy

Category: Young Adult

Status: Book 1 of  Wintersong series

Goodreads


Synopsis:

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

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This book is a retelling of Labrynth and considering this is the first time I’m even hearing of it, I can’t say anything on similarities. I picked up Wintersong because a lot of people have been reading it and I wanted to read fantasy.

I honestly don’t know how to review this book. I started wondering this half-through the book itself.

Okay first off, the cover is extremely pretty and I want the hardcover of this book only so I can take a hundred pictures of it.

The Plot

We follow Leisl, being the overlooked child in her family with a gorgeous sister and super talented brother. She used to play with the Goblin King when she was a child and somehow ended up promising him a bride (she’s a child?????) and he comes back to collect it by taking her sister.

At every part of the book, music was interwoven. It meant something. I liked that.

Okay so until about half the book I was pretty interested. It was slow, gave me vibes like that of Julie Kagawa’s The Iron King but I was engaged because of the goblin thing. I haven’t really read stories about goblins so this was new.

But I’ll be honest, after half of the book I just became so bored. I paused reading it and went on to read other books for about a week. I came back only because I had a quarter left and I thought I might as well finish it.

The Characters

Leisl annoyed me. She kept comparing herself to her sister in terms of beauty and if I counted, we’d probably find way too many times she’d thought about this. She’s a composer but against her younger brother’s brilliant playing, she was overlooked by her musician father. I liked that she loved her family very much and she had a burning passion for composing music. BUT. She annoyed me and when she wasn’t annoying, she bored me.

The Goblin King was very interesting. He’s probably the reason I managed to finish the book. I wanted to know more of him and every little while another layer of him peeled back, showing us a new part of him. He loves music as well and that’s why he bonded with Leisl. To be honest, it’s quite unfortunate that he fell for Leisl because other than the music and love for her family, she doesn’t have much to show.

The Romance

The romance between Leisl and The Goblin King was very slow burn. It took A LONG time for it to develop and by then I’d already had my bored hiatus/pause. I wanted to see more of them together and we didn’t get much of it until the end.

Most of the slow burn was because of Leisl. She did not believe that he liked her, she kept getting hung up over things and when they FINALLY got together, I was almost at a point of yelling at her in frustration.

Overall

I think if you have patience and can get past the slow development in the plot, you might like it more than I did. After sitting through all of that, there was no exhilaration or twists and I became disappointed by the ending.

Will I read the next book, Shadowsong? I don’t know.am interested in knowing how the story progresses but I don’t know if I can sit through another book with Leisl as the MC.

three-and-a-half-stars

My Comfort Movies

There are some movies which make me feel good any day. Bad day? Put one on. Upset for some reason? Comfort movie. They’re my mood pick-ups for whenever. Even if I am not in a low mood, I let these play in the background while doing something. No matter how many times I watch them, I don’t become bored.

I talk way too less about movies on here so I thought why not share some of my comfort movies with y’all today.

[1] High School Musical

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I will not lie—for a long time I watched HSM at least once a month. No set date or anything, but I just felt like watching it. It’s only in the last couple months that I haven’t seen it. (AND I MISS IT SO MUCH)

HSM is top #1 of my all-time favourite movies. I love the breaking of social cliques, Troy and Gabriella, and also the friendship. I love all of it.

[2] A Cinderella Story

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This is probably the oldest movie that has remained a favourite. No matter how many times I’ve watched it, I fall in love with Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray all over again. Not only is Duff one of my favourite Disney stars, I just love Murray!

I saw him first in this movie and he’s the reason I watched One Tree Hill. Of course, I stopped watching that when he and Hilarie Burton stopped acting.

[3] Another Cinderella Story

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There are three reasons I absolutely love this movie:

  • It’s based on Cinderella
  • It has Selena Gomez
  • and it’s based on dance

[4] A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song

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Let me tell you something: I have a girl crush on Lucy Hale. She is just SO PRETTY. And after this movie, I have a crush on Freddie Stroma as well. A high school drama where you’re crushing on both the leads—perfect, right?

I also really love all the songs in this movie. I know ALL the words of all the songs.

[5] StarStruck

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I was looking for more Disney movies when I saw this one in a list, and I immediately searched it because it has Danielle Campbell—whom I know from The Originals.

I don’t particularly like the guy Sterling Knight but he does a pretty good job in his role. Danielle’s character is a little annoying with her I-don’t-care attitude which is quite overdone. It’s horribly cliche.

I know all the songs of this movie as well, word-to-word. I love it. I’m also currently watching this in another tab while writing this post. It’s not helping me write this faster lol.

[6] Radio Rebel

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I love this show! It’s all about an introvert who’s secretly a radio DJ from her bedroom, crushing on an adorable musician at school.

I love how she becomes confident later on and I absolutely adore the dynamic of all the characters. A definite recommendation.

[7] Monte Carlo

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I watched it for the first time on TV and when I saw that it has Selena Gomez, I immediately left everything else to watch it. It’s a really nice movie about mistaken identity, friendship, love and humour. I love the friendship part the best.

[8] The Princess Diaries

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If you haven’t watched this movie yet, I don’t know how you got away this long! And you should watch it ASAP. It’s absolutely hilarious and you should watch it at least only for Anne Hathaway’s transformation in the movie. Best. Ever.

 


All these movies have a special place in my heart, and that’s why they’re my comfort movies.

What are YOUR comfort movies? Is there any movie from this list you haven’t seen? Which is your all-time favourite movie? Let me know in the comments!

Roomies || love because of Broadway

roomies.jpgTitle: Roomies

Author: Christine Lauren

Genre: Romance

Category: New Adult

Status: Standalone

Goodreads


Synopsis:

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

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I’ve read Autoboyography by the authors (Christina Lauren are two authors under one pen name) and I loved it. I don’t usually go seeking for other books by authors I like (I know, weird) but I saw this on the new releases list on Goodreads and HAD to read it.

The Plot

The story is a little crazy, different and totally romantic.

Holland always listens to Calvin play on the subway station on certain days. She’s also sorta been crushing on him. When opportunity presents to help her uncle, whom she loves and owes a lot, she jumped on the chance and introduced him to Calvin. But unfortunately, he can’t play for them as his student visa expired and he’s in America illegally.

Taking a crazy decision because she really wants to help her uncle, Holland marries Calvin, therefore giving him a chance to join their show.

In the process of living as married roommates, putting on an act for the rest of the world and getting to know each other, a love story blooms.

The Characters

Holland has a degree in arts. And because of this, she found it hard to find jobs. Her uncles helped her out by setting her up with a job AND an apartment whose rent is also mostly paid by her uncles. She feels incredibly indebted and I could understand that. If I was in her situation, I would totally jump on the chance to give back a little. Marrying a stranger is a big extreme, but she wanted to help.

She also has self-worth issues. And this leads to what I liked the most about her character—the fact that she took the time to love herself and not get carried along with Calvin. There wasn’t the “meet boy and forget everything”.

I couldn’t help but swoon for Calvin. His story WILL make you feel for him. He studied in Julliard on scholarship but stayed back instead of going home hoping he’ll get a job, and four years went by just like that with his visa being expired. He wants to follow his dreams and stays back for them. He’s also madly talented.

How much ever I liked Calvin, I only saw him as a bystander to Holland. This is a romance novel and he should be in the spotlight as well, but I just couldn’t connect with him.

Holland’s uncles were my favourite characters. Jeff, her uncle by blood and his husband Robert. BEST. PEOPLE. EVER. I want a whole novel on them. I just.. I love them individually and as a couple too much. Love them. I can go on gushing but I should stop otherwise this will become repetitive.

The Romance

I really liked the romance. Both of them were wary in the beginning, they bonded first and then went on to more than friends despite being married. I liked the slow relationship build.

The part of the book where they were still on tip-toes with each other and were still in the starting stages of bonding was my favourite. It was written so well and I couldn’t help but love it.

Overall

A really good story and one that makes me look forward to their other books, which I want to read at some point. I totally recommend it if you’re looking for a good NA (New Adult) Romance story.

four-stars

February bullet journal setup

Hi loves! I’m trying out a new nickname and I’m not sure it’s working? I mean, I have to call y’all something right? *cue blogger existential crisis*

January has gone by so fast, I didn’t even use my bullet journal much! I spent all my holidays lazing around and reading—I HARDLY was productive. My college got postponed by a few days and started TODAY instead of last week. Honestly, I miss having something to do and I miss being productive. To college, it is!

For February I kept things simple, again. I only put a little effort for the front page. I know that everyone online is going crazy with spreads to match this month’s main event which is Valentine’s, but I simply can’t be bothered with it. I also don’t usually take note of the day in the first place.

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I kept my trackers simple as well, copying the exact same as the previous month.

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Honestly, I’m a little bored by this spread and I want to come up with something new. Next month, maybe.

Aand that’s it! Super short post today but I’m actually a little exhausted with college after so long and all I want to do is lie on my bed and read a little.

I’ll see y’all in a few days with another post!

Do you have any plans already in place for February? How are you planning on spending Valentine’s Day? How was your first month of 2018? Kept up with all your resolutions? Or have you fallen through with some already?

 

Neanderthal Seeks Human || I’ve been looking for this all my life

neanderthal seeks human.jpgTitle: Neanderthal Seeks Human

Author: Penny Reid

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Status: Book 1 of Knitting in the City, but can be read as a Standalone

Goodreads


Synopsis:

There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn’t know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can’t help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can’t afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can’t refuse.

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Knitting in the City is a series of 7 main books, each following the story of a different couple where the female main characters are all part of a knitting club. The books can be read in order or as standalones.

If I had to read only one romance book for the rest of my life, I would pick this book. No hesitation. In fact, I reread this book around a week after reading it for the first time. I simply could NOT go to another romance after this gem.

The Plot

I lost it in the bathroom.

With that first line, I was hooked into the book.

We start with Janie on the worst day of her life. She caught her boyfriend cheating, therefore she’ll have to move out and figure out where to go, and she also got fired from her job. It’s also one of her best days because she talks to Quinn AKA “Sir McHotpants” for the first time.

It’s a swooning and humourous romance story with two MCs who are like no other. 

The Characters

I feel like I’ve been waiting to write about the characters ever since I finished reading the book for the first time.

A small list about Janie

  • She’s part of the Knitting club but doesn’t actually know to knit. She’s there for the bond and friendships.
  • She knows a LOT of facts.
  • She has a tendency to share these facts at any and every point of time—more so when she’s nervous or unsettled. People get taken aback by this a lot. Hence making her feel like she’s weird.

My true friends softened the label by insisting I was merely well-read

  • She likes to spend time alone and is usually a little emotionally distant in all relationships.
  • She HATES cell phones.
  • She’s amazingly smart.
  • SHE IS AWESOME.

A small list about Quinn

  • He’s a covert big-shot. He owns a commercial and private security business.
  • He is very hot. Hence the nickname.
  • He’s quite self-depreciating.
  • He genuinely makes an effort for the people he cares about AKA Janie.
  • He rarely smiles or talks. Except to Janie.
  • He doesn’t like anyone or anything. Except Janie.
  • He’s the best.

The Romance

Oh my heart. I could cry. I love this romance so much.

Quinn and Janie are PERFECT as a couple.

Janie is genuinely caring and it’s in a way that Quinn likes and doesn’t get put off by. She brings him out of his shell. She asks questions and says things like facts and without ANY judgement. Janie listens to one’s story and looks at the best of people. She doesn’t get held up by someone’s past. She’s ADORABLY supportive and consoling, because she does this in her own way. I just.. I love her so much.

Quinn is genuinely interested in her trivial facts and often even asks questions so she’ll say more. Whereas everyone else either get weird (except her friends, of course), he ASKS her for them. He listens intently and THIS MAKES ME CRY, OKAY? The first time he did it, I clutched my heart and swoooooooooned away. He’s my fictional crush of 2017.

They make each other laugh. They are two halves of a whole. I could pray to their relationship because I have such a deep appreciation for it, you have no idea.

Overall

You should DEFINITELY read this book if you love:

  • romance
  • reading about unique characters
  • rom-coms
  • different and fresh stories
  • books that make you squeal
  • books that make you swoon
  • to be swept off your feet by fictional love

Do I need to say more? 11/10 recommend.

five-stars

 

January ’18 wrap-up

Can you believe that we’re already into the second month of the year? Because I can’t. I spent the beginning of Jan writing finals and had my semester break until the 28th.

Am I sad that I’m already back in college for another semester when I haven’t yet recovered from the previous one? You bet. But I am also happy to see my friends and have something to do everyday besides sleep, eat and read.

January was pretty chill for me, blogging-wise. I scheduled posts until my exams ended in December itself. After my finals, I sat down one day and scheduled almost all of the rest so basically—I hardly blogged. If the scheduling option didn’t exist, my blogging would be really sporadic.

Book Reviews:

If I’m honest, I’m still behind on reviews. I’m just not very behind because, as it turns out, I don’t feel like reviewing most of the books I read in January.

Elsewhere in the blogosphere:

As I didn’t write a December 2017 wrap-up, I’m adding in blog posts that caught my eye then as well.

[1]

I found the blog post by theuglygirlsclub’s boyfriend on what it is like to date someone who has a mental illness super insightful.

[2]

Six months ago, my blog name was different. It was long, confusing and hard to remember, hence making it hard for others to find my blog by word of mouth. I struggled with the decision of whether to change the blog name and URL for months before finally making the change.

This blog post by Nicole @ feedyourfictionaddiction on When it might be time to change your blog name is really helpful and I only wish it was published way before for me to take advice.

[3]

I absolutely LOVED the blog post over at Thimbles and Spoons on Why Blogging is A Form of Therapy.

[4]

The Book Prophet’s post The Expectations of a Book Blogger delves into the reality of the book blogger community and what is “expected” of us. I found this post really honest and refreshing.

[5]

Marie’s post on blog hopping called How to blog hop, why I do it and think you should, too is BRILLIANT and this cements why everyone should try to blog hop whenever they can. I’ve found so many amazing blogs by going to random ones by twitter hashtags and WordPress tags.

[6]

May has put all our wishes about WordPress into one blog post called 9 Improvements to WordPress all bloggers would love and appreciate aka please fix this right now or I will cry in a witty and humourous manner and it’s perf.

Smol noticeable things that happened:

Again, including December happenings as well.

[1]

I finished my third semester finals! It was such a tedious effort with the exams spanning over almost A MONTH because TWO of them got postponed due to worldly reasons.

[2]

I turned 19! My birthday was on 30th December and I actually had a final on a really hard subject that day, so uh that was nice. A gift from the university.

[3]

My blog turned two! Why didn’t I post about this? Well, because I’m not really sure of the date. I remember that last year I published a post on January 16th to commemorate one year of blogging BUT WordPress sent me a notification a few days AFTER that. So I thought I would wait until WP sends me a notification again but I didn’t get one this time?? It’s in January. That’s all I know now.

[4]

My blog hit 1k followers in December! LIKE, WHAAAAAAT. I remember jumping around in my room when I saw that I had 20 followers in the beginning. 1k seemed like a far-off impossible thing but wow I MADE IT.

Thank you to everyone who follow me and take time to read my posts! I appreciate all of you so much.

[5]

I hit 500 follows on twitter in December! I don’t really tweet much interesting stuff so to have so many people interested in my tweets is HUGE.

[6]

My @bujobeauties Instagram account hit 50k followers and I’m just BLOWN AWAY. Currently the count is near 60k and I’m just speechless.

[7]

My tweet is quoted in the UK paperback edition of Caraval by Stephanie Garber! Jasmine from SimplyMeJasmine posted a picture in a tweet tagging me and I spent the rest of the night on air.

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I wasn’t sure if the edition is available here but I did go around to a bunch of bookstores and I finally found it in the 5th one. I snagged it immediately! It was the last copy as well.

[8]

Victoria Schwab, author of the Shades of Magic trilogy which is one of my favourites, tweeted in December asking for bullet journal pictures because she wanted inspiration. I replied to the tweet and she responded saying she loves my mood tracker AND I’M SO HAPPY. It made my day.

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And that’s all for my January wrap-up! I wish y’all a happy and productive Feb! I’ll see you in two days with another post.

How was your January? Did you make good on your resolutions? Did you reach any milestones—online or offline? Did you read any amazing blog posts or find new blogs that you like? Do you have any plans for February? Tell me everything!

Most of All You || gave me all the feels I expected

most of all you.jpgTitle: Most of All You

Author: Mia Sheridan

Genre: Romance

Status: Standalone

Goodreads


Synopsis:

A broken woman . . . 

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . . 

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . . 

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world, which had stolen everything from them, would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far, and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

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I’ve read almost all of Mia Sheridan’s books but because I don’t really keep track of releases (other than sequels), I didn’t know this came out until I saw a bookstagram photo of it. I had to get it immediately!

First of all, I should mention that this book has A LOT of tragedy in it. Here is a list of TWs that come to mind immediately.

Trigger Warnings: sexual harassment, attempted rape, child neglect, kidnapping, child hostage, prostitution, molestation

Gabriel and Crystal meet when he walks into the club she dances at. He offers her a deal where he pays her to help him practice get close to a girl, which he can’t due to his past (a very VERY traumatic one). Gabriel has mostly healed with help from family and has become a successful sculptor. He wants to be able to find love and hence is looking to let go of his fear.

Crystal is a girl who has been beaten down all her life. Right from losing her mom at childhood to barely making do with her current job. At first, she gets offended by Gabriel’s proposition because she didn’t word it well and declined but she accepts later due to dire need of money.

Their relationship is a very rocky one, with Crystal having so many fears and issues that she has to work through. Gabriel is always there supporting her but what I loved most was the self-healing.

This story isn’t “Gabriel saves Crystal from a bad life”. It’s “Gabriel supporting and helping Crystal heal herself, and that’s what I liked best.

And because both of them are dealing with their own issues, the relationship growth is a slow one. I liked that. I would have hated it if the story spanned over a short period of time, especially with the amount of PTSD on both characters’ parts.

Overall

This isn’t a light-hearted book. At times I found the tragedy too much to read through so if you get triggered easily, I would suggest thinking through before reading this. But going past that, the story is very raw and it will take over your heart with emotions.

four-stars

 

Music Habits Tag

Today, it’s very hard to find anyone who does not listen to music every single day. Or at least on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter what type of music. I believe that music brings people together, and it’s true! If you found someone with music tastes similar to yours, you’d more likely become good friends than not.

I did the Reading Habits Tag last month and on impulse, looked for a music habits tag but didn’t find one. And you know what they say—if what you want doesn’t exist, make it yourself. Whether that’s a film, a book or even a blog meme.

So here we are, with my first ever original tag!


A few tiny rules:

  • Tag the creator—that’s me! So I can read all your answers!
  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Answer all the questions.
  • Tag at least three friends.

Do you download songs or stream on apps like Spotify, Wink?

Both! I prefer downloading so I can listen offline but I also listen on Saavn when I’m trying out new albums.

What’s your current favourite song?

Call It What You Want by Taylor Swift! It’s such a subtle feel-good song.

Last song you listened to?

My playlist is on shuffle as I type this. The song playing now is You Got Me by Colbie Calliat. This, also, a really nice feel-good song. I found it from the movie Letters to Juliet.

Who are your all-time favourite artists?

  1. Night Terrors of 1921
  2. Kodaline
  3. Sia
  4. Ed Sheeran
  5. Sleeping At Last
  6. Lorde

Have you been to any concerts?

Nope, sadly. There aren’t many concerts held in the city I live and the rare they are, the tickets are really expensive.

Do you play any instruments?

I wish I did! I really wanted to learn the piano when I was younger but there weren’t any teachers around and I was too anti-social to go out and attend far away.

Do you play your songs on shuffle or choose a playlist?

I tend to shuffle pretty much all the time. I only have one playlist and that’s for when I’m travelling in the college bus. Those songs are perfect to sleep to and I fall asleep for that one hour journey.

Name one song that you always skip when it comes up on shuffle.

Surefire by John Legend. I like the song but I’m just NEVER in the mood for it.

Do you prefer playing songs on speaker or listening in ear/headphones?

The only time I play music on speaker is when I’m home alone. My parents don’t really like English songs, plus they have curse words so I’m conscious.

Is there any popularly liked song that you don’t like?

I’m not sure if this is really liked much, but it is popular. Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift. I just did not like it. I did not understand the hype, other than the obvious change in her music.

Where do you usually find new music? Example through shuffle online, recommendations.

Usually I find new music on YouTube. I choose one song I like and keep the autoplay on. At some point new songs play and that’s how I find new music.

I don’t tend to like finding new music through recommendations. I just prefer it to come up on shuffle, playing amongst songs I like. Sometimes when my friends really push me on some songs, I download them and wait for it to come up on shuffle. It might take months but it’s a good method for me.

Do you like songs based on tunes/beats or lyrics?

I tend to not see lyrics almost at all. I like songs based on the tunes and beats. I learn to like the lyrics later on.

The funny thing is that even though I don’t care about the lyrics, after listening to the songs a few times, I automatically memorize the lyrics. The point when I can sing along for most of the song is when I know I need to find new music. And I can sing along to a LOT of songs.

There was this one time when a friend was treating us at a restaurant for his birthday. I was singing along to every song that came on the overhead speakers and after a while all that friend did was look to me when a new song starts to see if I’m mouthing along. But to be honest, it wasn’t much of a challenge because ALL the songs were the really popular ones.

Name one song that you think everyone should listen to.

I could choose a few but choosing one is a little hard..

I’ll go with Saturn by Sleeping At Last. I LOVE this song. It makes me emotional every time.

I tag..

Ana Regina @ diversion3000

Charley @ themisscharley

Elm @ justelm

Rebecca @ mylifeasasportsfangirl

Rhea @ bookchanted

Jasmine @ itssimplymejasmineblog

And anyone else who wants to!

What’s your current favourite song? If you blog, do you listen to music while blogging? Are you addicted to your ear/headphones like I am? I’ve actually made a resolution to stop using them so much. Let’s how that goes. What type of songs do you usually gravitate to? Let me know everything in the comments!

One of Us is Lying || a murder mystery in YA = brilliant

one of us is lying.jpgTitle: One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Genre: Mystery

Status: Standalone

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Synopsis:

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.”

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I’ve seen nothing but good things about this book EVERYWHERE. And it sounded so interesting so I picked it up.

I’ll be honest, I almost DNFed 20% into the book. It was SO SLOW and boring and I just couldn’t muster up the interest to continue reading. But when I mentioned that I’m reading it, quite a few people online told me how much they loved it and so I gave it another try. I pushed through.

I’m happy to say that after 30% I was INTO IT and read the rest in one sitting. It was utterly captivating.

The Plot

We’ve got the five stereotypes of high school in detention—even though none of them did any wrong. When unsupervised, one student dies of an allergic reaction. The other four are instantly suspects in a murder investigation.

Every few chapters I would reevaluate and suspect another character of the crime. The author brilliant steers our thoughts with careful clues that leads and misleads. I can happily brag saying that I guessed correct at one point of time but then I pretty much suspected EVERY character.

The book was so much more than the investigation, though. We follow the four characters closely in their POVs and learn their lives and it seemed like EVERY detail mattered to the investigation which covers them overall, binding The Four.

The Characters

Bronwyn—”the brain”— was pretty much typical. The very hardworking straight A student who falls for the “bad boy”. Who has a secret that might upend all her plans for the future and everything she’s worked for.

Addy—”the beauty”—was my favourite character. She’s the beautiful girl with no personality and independence. When describing her, you would refer to her as “the popular guy’s girlfriend”. On her own? Nothing interesting. BUT as we go through the book, she has character development and I LOVED her relationship with her sister. She grows and I was proud of her at the end.

Nate—”the criminal”—is the typical high school bad boy. Bad life at home, does small illegal stuff to pay through and does not care about what others think of him. He’s the character I felt the least for. Probably because I’ve seen similar versions of him throughout books and the other characters were more interesting than him.

Cooper—”the athlete”—is my favourite character after Addy. I admit, I wasn’t very interested in his POVs because of the amount of baseball talk. Being from a country where we don’t play baseball, I did not care about the basics about it AT ALL. All the talk about it was so casual as if everyone knows about baseball and that threw me off.

But disregarding that, I really loved him after the half mark. His insecurities and worries made sense, and (this isn’t a spoiler, don’t worry) I loved his decision in the end as to the college he’ll go to. It cemented his character and I’m fond of him.

The supporting characters were really interesting as well! I liked a TV show host, a lawyer more than characters directly related to the main characters, actually. Although there IS one character directly related to them that I love, but I can’t say because it’s spoiler. I also liked Addy’s sister.

Overall

I think what made me REALLY love the book is that after a certain point The Four accepted that their reputation has changed and banded together. They had something huge in common which no one else can relate to and in the high school setting, it’s very important.

“Come sit. The whole murder club at one table. They can stare at all of us together.”

So yeah, I loved this book and I didn’t give it 5 stars only because of the slow beginning. If you do pick it up, stick through the first part and I promise it’s worth it.

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Do you like books with murder mysteries? Which is your favourite? Recommend it to me in the comments!

 

Books I really liked but hardly remember // how rude, right??

First, let’s establish the fact that MY MEMORY SUCKS. I literally don’t remember what I had for dinner last night. I also have a suspicion that things in my brain evaporate when I sleep because how else can I explain that I don’t remember anything I studied last night for this morning’s test?? I need to remember to pass, brain! STOP TRASHING STUFF.

This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl is Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About and this is super easy. This ALSO very coincidentally ties up to a ranty post I made a couple weeks back called 10 reasons why remembering books is crucial for us book lovers.

So yeah, this is going to be easy.

[1] The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

I couldn’t even remember the main character Clary’s nickname!!!!!!! All I remember from the first 5 books is that Clary is stupid, Jace has a STRONG jawline and Malec was OTP. 

I think about rereading but let’s be honest. It’s long, I hate Clary and only tolerate Jace. I can’t stick through six books all over again. Even if it’s been my main fandom for 4 years. I’d much rather reread The Dark Artifices and break my heart repeatedly.

[2] Harry Potter everything by J. K. Rowling

I read Harry Potter BEFORE The Mortal Instruments so it makes sense? All I remember is that I shipped Harry and Hermione, Harry could not make rational decisions to save his life and I loved the Weasleys and Hagrid. Harry was meh.

[3] Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Let me tell you what I remember about the story: NOTHING. I am not kidding.

I remember that it broke my heart, I cried for approximately 2 hours and was on a book hangover for the next week because I was healing my broken heart. But I remember nothing about the plot.

[4] Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Brilliant book. Very mysterious, kept me on the edge and was amazing. But it would probably help if I remembered anything about the plot.

I remember one twist in the end but nothing else. I haven’t watched the movie yet, though. I should probably get to that in this semester break.

[5] All books by Dan Brown

Dan Brown’s stories are wonderful and brilliantly weaved together but I remember not ONE WORD from his books. ANY of them. I’ve read all of them except Origin, which is the latest one. I can’t muster up the enthusiasm because 1) it’s HUGE and 2) I’m not in the mood.

Yes, I totally recommend his books to people without remembering a thing. A round of applause to me.

[6] All books by John Grisham

I haven’t read too many books by him, but I’ve read enough. I know that I liked them a lot and they were different to the books I was reading before, making it all the more interesting, but I remember only one ending from one of the books.

Someday when I’m a bored by fantasy and romance again, I’m definitely picking up more of his books.

[7] House of Night series by P.C. and Kristen Cast

Don’t ask me why I liked this series so much. I don’t know why. Even I can’t believe that I actually stuck through all TWELVE books. I actually waited 5 years to read the books as they came out till the end.

Now that I look back, the series was really slow, really cringey (from the sparse scenes that I DO remember) and I probably liked it because it was my first fantasy series and first one with vampires.

All I remember is the goddess Nyx, the fallen angel who’s stupid, the main character who’s very embarrassing and romances which would give me lots of cringe now.

[8] All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

To be honest, I didn’t enjoy the first half of the book because it traced the lives of the main characters from an early age and I was really bored. I only kept reading because it was set around World War 2.

I remember the scene where the two main characters met and the ending. But the rest has disappeared from my brain. And those are the only scenes that were really memorable and evoked emotion, so I’m glad I remember those at least.

[9] Where Are the Children by Mary Higgins Clark

One of my mom’s colleagues lent me this book when she found out that I loved reading. I’m not very into mystery but the book was small and I agreed to read it to appease her. And also because I had no other books to read anyway.

I ended up loving it.

It’s short but packed fully with action, mystery and gave me exhilaration.

I only remember one of the last scenes very well because it made a LOT of impression on me. The others are very murky in my head. But yeah, loved it and I totally recommend it.

[10] The Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi

I’m not a very religious person so when I picked this up, I did it with skepticism. It surprised me with the imagination and how much the author took liberty to change the story, but mostly because I actually liked it. I binge read the trilogy as fast as I could since I had to go to the library and exchange books every time.

All I remember is a couple facts from the second book. That’s it. I wish I remembered more.


I CAN come up with more books that I hardly remember but I’d like to stop now. This is making me disappointed that I don’t remember books I really liked! And gave 5 stars! Shaking my head at myself right now.

Are there any books that you really liked but hardly remember anything about? Do you wish you DID remember? Or do you reread them anyway and so remember the plots? Tell me everything in the comments. Also don’t forget to add the link to your TTT if you’ve published!

2017 End of Year Survey // the ultimate scoop of my reading in one place

I wasn’t planning on doing a “wrap-up” post for 2017—bookwise or not but I saw this End of Year Survey being done by other bloggers and had to do it. It sounds pretty fun!

The End of Year Survey is hosted by The Perpetual Page Turner, who I have found through this survey and is pretty amazing. I know I’m late in doing this but I only got the time and mood now. *shrug*

There are a lot of sections and questions, covering just about everything. I won’t be doing all of them, but I am answering most so let’s get to it!

2017 Reading Stats

Number of books read: 200 (excluding rereads)

Number of rereads: 14

Genres:

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In my defense, romance books are easier to read fast and move on. BUT I’M SHOCKED I READ SO LESS OF THE REST??? Must remedy this year.

Best In Books

1. Best book you read in 2017: OKAY CAN ALL OF US JUST STOP ASKING THIS?? This is too hard. It’s like choosing between my lungs and my heart. Just going to say Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare because I have to say one and this gave me the most feels.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry. Read my review to know why.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? Me & Milo the Great by Michelle Schlicher. Way better than expected. My review.

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4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab! I lent my book to two friends and they LOVED it. Recommended it to more but they haven’t read it yet.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017? Shades of Magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab for everything.

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6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2017? Christina Lauren. The authors of Autoboyography and Roomies.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? The Giver by Lois Lowry. My review here.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Warcross by Marie Lu, definitely. My review.

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli! I already feel like rereading it ❤ My review.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017? Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde!

11. Most memorable character of 2017? Aristotle from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Review here.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017? Again, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

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13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017? The Giver by Lois Lowry for the win!

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson.

15. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017? Secret baby (book one) by Layla Wilde (don’t ask me about this book) and Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

16. Book That Shocked You The Most: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare!!!!

17. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) I could pick so many but I’m going with Jamie and Quinn from Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. (I’ll post a review on this someday)

18. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Addy and her sister from One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (review coming in a few days!)

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: Most of All You by Mia Sheridan (review coming soon)

20. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: The Giver by Lois Lowry. My best friend basically shoved the book at me saying READ IT.

21. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017? Quinn from Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid.

22. Best 2017 debut you read? One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus.

23. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Review here.

24. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli!

25. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017? We Were Liars by E. Lockehart had me bawling.

26. Hidden Gem Of The Year? Definitely Me & Milo the Great by Michelle Schlicher.

27. Book That Crushed Your Soul? Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Crushed might be an understatement.

28. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017? The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise.

29. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski. I HATED IT. Read my review.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018? The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. NOW IF I CAN ONLY FIND IT IN BOOKSTORES HERE, THAT’D BE GREAT. I went to FIVE bookstores the other day and didn’t find it in any.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)? Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare and Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon. It released on Jan 2nd, actually!

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018? Books I said in Q2 above and also Throne of Glass #7 by Sarah J. Maas because I really want to be done with this series now.

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5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018? I want to review more books. I review out 1/3rd of books I read and I want to make it more. I just have to figure out how to do that without bombarding the blog with only book reviews..


That is the end of the survey and MY GOODNESS that was long! How did others do this survey without losing patience?? Especially those who added a few questions of theirs as well! I’m already tired.

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If you’ve stuck till the end of this post, comment saying you have the ultimate level of patience ever! Have you read any of the books I mentioned? How was YOUR 2017 reading-wise? If you’ve done this survey as well, do comment the link so I can check it out!

Eliza and Her Monsters || hands down one of my favourites of 2017

eliza and her monsters.jpgTitle: Eliza and Her Monsters

Author: Francesca Zappia

Genre: YA contemporary

Status: Standalone

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Synopsis:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

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OKAY SO THIS BOOK WAS ADORABLE AND AMAZING.

The Plot

We have Eliza who’s an artist and is the creator of Monstrous Sea, a comic series online. She goes by a pseudonym so no one in her real life knows. Not even her family. And Monstrous Sea is REALLY popular so if her identity does get out, it’ll blow up.

So while Eliza continues to navigate her sorta lonely life at home and school, a new guy comes to school. Turns out Wallace is also one of the most popular fanfiction writers for Monstrous Sea. Soon, Eliza and Wallace strike up a friendship, and it becomes more.

In this novel we not only see a teenage love story but also on how the internet world is rewarding as well as frightening. Eliza’s fans always support her but when she slacks a little, it becomes a HUGE issue and she works harder than ever to deliver. To the point where she’s holed up in her room all day drawing.

That computer is my rabbit hole; the internet is my wonderland.

The Characters

I LOVED ELIZA. She was so relatable. She’s imperfect, just trying to get through one day at a time by losing herself in her brainchild. She feels left out in her family because she’s the only one not athletically inclined and she’s also bitter that her family don’t try to understand her art better. She’s also pretty recluse and I relate to her so much.

Is it too much to ask that no one speak to me in the morning?

I have mixed feelings about Wallace. On one hand, I LOVED him when he was introduced and I really liked his relationship with Eliza. But later in the book I really hated something that he did and I could NOT get on with the “happily ever after” ending. He was being selfish and I basically just hated him then.

The things you care most about are the ones that leave the biggest holes.

I understood Eliza’s family? They did ignore her for a long time but they didn’t understand her, that’s all. I like that they tried. They’re an imperfect family trying to navigate waters to each other. I liked that.

The Romance

I really liked Eliza and Wallace’s relationship. Until I started hating Wallace. 

They were really adorable and cute. I totally shipped them. I honestly wish there was an alternate writing for that ending because I JUST DON’T LIKE WALLACE ANYMORE, OKAY? And I’m sad about that!

Overall

I still gave it five stars because I LOVED Eliza and everything about her. I thought about taking down a star because of Wallace but I’m letting that go.

I recommend this book to all YA lovers, if not everyone in general.

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December 2017 bullet journal flip-through

Hey everyone! This is the FIRST post I’m writing after my finals are over (I scheduled the previous ones) and wow it feels so nice to not have the “you have to study!” voice in my brain.

Since my bullet journalling time was one of my “break” times from studying, I actually put in effort to pretty up the spreads. I usually don’t because I’m running low on time with classes and assignments. I am so proud of my bullet journal, you have no idea.

december 2017 bujo front page

habit, mood and expense trackers

I especially like how my habit and mood trackers have turned out!

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I’m also really proud of myself for this drawing! I took inspiration from Pinterest* and it turned out way better than I expected!

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december highlights and daily spreads

I initially left the left side blank because there was some ghosting and bleeding from the previous page’s drawing. But after I set up my 2017 spreads, without leaving any extra space for improvisations, I really wanted to do a “December highlights” page because A LOT had happened over the month.

So I flipped back to this page, stuck some scrapbook paper with washi tape* and wrote on it.

*the washi tape I’ve used here is from thewashitapeshop. You can get 10% off on your orders by using the code “thewordyhabitat”!

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And with that, ends my December 2017 bullet journal flip-through!

 

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Bullet Journalling has been on a rise for the past two years, and a LOT of people have started bullet journalling this year. What are your views on this? Do you want to start a bullet journal as well, if you haven’t? Or do you bullet journal? What do you think of my December spreads?

 

10 reasons why remembering books is crucial for us book lovers

10 reasons why remembering books is crucial for us book lovers

I don’t know about you but I have a hard time remembering books. Names, authors, characters, covers and the whole plot. Give me two months and my current read will be reduced to three lines in my brain’s storage space.* And I hate this.

There are so many situations in which I’m left mumbling because I DON’T REMEMBER. And I’ll be honest, it’s a little embarrassing. There’s ONE thing I love to do—reading. I have read quite a number of books as well. And I’m not amused when it all becomes mush in my brain.

*Can you see the Computer Science student in me showing?

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One of my best friends* came over so I could use her phone to take bookstagram pictures. While I was taking pictures, we had this following conversation which I tweeted about as well**:

*I have three. They’re all very wonderful and I would set aside my book to listen to their day. But because they’re awesome and they know me they wouldn’t disturb me and this is why they’re my best friends.

**Speaking of, follow me on twitter for more such quality content.

So this got me thinking: why is this a life problem? I started thinking about the situations in which good memory would help us bookworms. And here we are.

[1] When someone is reading a book you recommended/ you’ve read and they talk about it

Me to them: UM YEAH I TOTALLY AGREE WOW SO SURPRISING RIGHT

Me in my head: WHAT ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT?? THIS EVEN HAPPENED???

Honestly, though. Other than the fact that I loved so-and-so book I remember nothing? If you came to me and started talking about a book I read last year, I would keep quiet and let you rant until I can gather the plot in my head using whatever you say and THEN I would talk.

#smart?

[2] When writing a review/giving an opinion about a book

If it’s been over one month, I’ll remember maybe 50%. Over two months and I’ll be proud of myself if I remember the characters’ NAMES.

I have a tendency to review a bunch of books in one sitting after letting them pile up for a long time and I struggle to remember what they were about! I sometimes make notes so that’s helpful but most times I sit here trying to remember what those books where about.

If only my memory was better. This is why I don’t do good in exams for subjects which require you to remember theory as it is in the textbook. I’d like to protest on behalf of us who have picture memories.

[3] When in a conversation about a topic you’ve read in a book

For example: Greek Gods. I’ve read about them in Rick Riordan books! I know this! But when I try to think of facts? All I remember is that Hera was jealous Zeus cheated, Poseidon is quite cool and Hades is uber cool because he’s the God of… something dark and sinister? OH WAIT HE’S THE GOD OF DEATH. RIGHT.

 

See! If I said all of that out loud I would seem so weird and I wouldn’t make friends at all. #fail

[4] When a friend asks you something because you’re part of that fandom

OKAY SO a friend of mine hasn’t read The Mortal Instruments and about a year back she randomly asked me if any character in it was called “Biscuit” because she saw a fandom textpost and wanted to know who it was.

I said no. I thought there maybe someone who was called “Bucket” but not “Biscuit”.

CLARY, THE MAIN CHARACTER, WAS NICKNAMED BISCUIT.

When she found that out through Google and got back to me I wanted to crawl into a hole and hide forever. Here TMI was—is—my main fandom and I didn’t even know this.

To be fair, I read TMI in 10th grade which was four years back but STILL. I should know, right?! After that I’ve been considering rereading the series but it’s long and I hate the main character so I haven’t.

(I guess Bucket was from a different book series? I still don’t know?) (#fail)

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[5] When writing a bookish meme/tag post

Almost every time I do a tag or a Top Ten Tuesday post I consult my Goodreads. Not kidding.

When asked, my mind blanks about all the books I’ve read and I’m like ???????????

When I do a whole post without consulting Goodreads or my physical shelf, I’m proud of myself. It’s an achievement.

My reviews help. To know what I thought about that book and whether I can talk about it in the post or not. My reviews help me probably more than anyone else. It’s like a record of my thoughts.

[6] When recommending a book and the person asks what it is about

I have a mini panic attack right there. Shifty wide eyes, nervous hands, playing with hair, lots of “um um um”.

For example: Dan Brown books. I’ve read all of them (except Origin) and I really liked them but I remember NOTHING. Legit nothing. So when I recommend his books to someone and they ask me what it’s about? I open Goodreads. Or I use my go-to reply: “Just read it! I’m not spoiling it for you.”

Nice, eh? I seem like I know everything and intentionally don’t tell you when actually I have no idea. #smart

[7] When the sequel comes out

This is a universal problem. This is why recap blogs EXIST. Because we remember nothing from the previous book and our only choices are (1) reread the previous book(s) or (2) read the recap.

If I don’t do either of those..

Me: WHO ARE YOU? WHO IS THAT PERSON? WHO ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE?? Okay, I gotta stop over-reacting. They’re probably new.

Main character: “I remember when X and I did this two months back..”

Me: Wait, WHAT?? THIS PERSON EXISTED IN THE LAST BOOK???

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I’m basically hopeless. It’s like reading a series from the middle.*

*I hear some people actually do that? Like, how bro? I struggle even when I’ve read the previous books?!

[8] When someone asks you to recommend a book with so-and-so theme/plot line in it

Okay first of all, HI I’M SUMEDHA AND I REMEMBER NOTHING.

Two, you’re asking me to go backwards? Name a book from the story? That’s like throwing me in an unknown place without telling me which direction will lead me to a known place.

I’ll stay lost.

And expecting me to recommend a good book amongst all those possibilities? Hon, you’ll be lucky if I manage to trudge up one name from my brain even remotely related to what you’re asking for.

[9] When you’re asked ANY question about your recent reads

“What was the last book you read?” (Okay this isn’t very hard but I still struggle with it, okay?)

“Which was the last book you rated 5 stars?”

“Which was the last book you DNFed?”

And so on.

I will mildly panic for all these as well.

[10] When someone comes to you on book knowledge

If you read a lot, your friends and people you’re in frequent contact with will know that. So one day if they’re doubtful about what happened in a book or to ask in which book so-and-so plot was, they’ll come to you because OBVIOUSLY you’ll know!

This has happened to me more than once. And guess what? I DON’T know. I knew the basic stuff like “What was GOT’s author’s name?” and “What’s that movie about cancer?” Easy peazy lemon squeezy.

But ask me things like “What was that emotional speech this person said to her friend about?” or “Who was this character’s boyfriend’s name?” and all I’ll be thinking about is how to say I don’t know and yet seem approachable for other book-related questions.


Honorary mention: When you have to do well academically as well

I have a question for everyone who manages to read lots of books, actually remember them and STILL manage to ace tests/exams: HOW.

Sometimes I sit in the exam hall thinking about a book plot rather than the working of ALU in computers. Can you see my dilemma here??

During my math final last month, I was trying and struggling to remember a proof but instead all that was running through my head was the plot of Roomies by Christina Lauren. I was thinking about what I liked/didn’t like and was saddened that I didn’t have any paper to note down my thoughts for the review!

It’ll be a miracle if my result says Pass. In fact, it’s a miracle I’ve managed to pass all my exams until now.

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It’s all the potential situations above, and probably more that don’t come to mind right now, that I really wish I could remember better. I want to have that all-knowing book person reputation, okay? Is that too much to ask?

Tell me, do YOU wish you could remember books better? Or do you actually manage to remember everything? Have you ever been in one of the situations I’ve mentioned above? Are there any more situations you could think of? Do you reread books before the sequel comes out or do you read recaps? Tell me everything!

 

Autoboyography || hi I’m drowning in adorable-ness

Is adorable-ness a word? I guess not. Meh, I made it up, just go with it.


autoboyography.jpgTitle: Autoboyography

Author: Christina Lauren

Genre: YA contemporary

Status: Standalone

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Synopsis:

Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this funny and poignant coming-of-age novel from New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren about two boys who fall in love in a writing class—one from a progressive family and the other from a conservative religious community.

Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

my-review-lightuptheshiningnightstars

This review has been a LONG time coming. I’m very sorry for the wait. I’m trying not to continuously post reviews and the pending reviews just pile up? I read faster than I can review. #sadness

OKAY SO. This book was hella adorable and I really really liked it.

The Plot

We have Tanner, in the closet (according to society) but open to his family, who completely accept him. Set in Utah, a society consisting mostly of Mormons, Autoboyography is the story of two completely adorable boys exploring their feelings for each other.

Tanner signs up for a class in which the students have to write a novel in 4 short months.* But WAY more exciting is the cute TA of the class—Sebastian Brother. Tanner is instantly in like.

The book is about the relationship between two young boys, one who has himself all figured out and one who is still coming to terms with who he is, in a society which dictates who you are supposed to be.

*THIS IS SUPER HARD?? I tried Camp NaNo once and flaked after 13k words. Unfortunate for y’all because I think my story is pretty nice.

To be honest, the beliefs of Mormons reminded me a teeny bit of Hindus. We aren’t so much into God but the acceptance to LGBTQ is hardly accepted. I felt some kinship to the characters because of that.

The Characters

I really liked Tanner! He knew who he was and was well grown into it. He had no new revelations but this is the first book I’ve read in which the MC is already comfortable with his sexuality and his love interest is the one struggling. So that was different.

I liked Sebastian as well. He’s outwardly confident and sure but is actually a mess inside because who he is and who he is supposed to be is different.

I got really into the story because I’m not at all familiar with the Mormon beliefs and I was learning something new. Looking through Sebastian and Tanner gave me that insight.

Also, I LOVED Tanner’s family! The pride they had in Tanner and the, sometimes extra, acceptance towards the queer community made me so happy.

The Romance

I’m NOT a fan of insta-love. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it a hundred times over. That was the only problem I had. The insta-love. One look at Seb and Tanner was IN.

But going past that, the chemistry was clearly seen. I could feel it. The feelings, exploration, hesitance, and the situation was written so well.

I especially loved the ending. That made my heart so happy, I was on a high for the rest of the day.

Overall

Definitely recommended to all YA lovers if you can handle insta-love. It was really adorable and made my heart sing because they’re such an adorable otp.

four-stars