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Top ten books I want my future kids to read || because they need to know all the AWESOMENESS

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We read a lot of awesome books. And every year there are many more really great ones coming out. But all of us have at least a few books which we wish would become classics, or would live for long and be read by many others.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top ten books I want my future children to reads (Or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc.) Basically the next generation.

I am not going to tweak this topic because I love it, and cannot wait to talk about all the books* I will make my kids read. They don’t have a choice. They have to read these. Why? Because I SAY SO.** This is also perfect because I’ll probably be referring back to this list years later as my memory sucks. And I’ll be in a dilemma to choose which ones first.

And which bookworm doesn’t want their kids to take after them and love reading as well? We all do. If we can’t influence others, at least our kids right?

*only ten in this post but MANY MORE EXIST

**I honestly cannot wait to be a parent and use those that line. Teehee.

Onto the books.

[1] Harry Potter

I mean, DOES THIS EVEN HAVE TO BE SAID? I honestly want this series to become a classic. It’s perfect for the pre and early teens. I want the kids to feel the magic of Hogwarts too.

[2] Warcross

I’m pretty sure by the next decade we’ll have a whole new array of advanced tech gadgets, and we might even be living in a world like in Warcross. I really do want the next generation to read this and get a sense of what we imagined the future as. At least somewhat.

[3] All the Shadowhunters books

Because this was my first main fandom and I’m still Shadowhunter trash. Forever will be. And my kids will have to, at least, read the books. Even if they don’t love it. I’ll just push these books on them.

[4] Percy Jackson, both the series

I LOVED the series in middle school. Percy Jackson and the Olympians was really good but Heroes of Olympus was one of my absolute favourites. These two are PERFECT to read in middle school and damn if I don’t get my kids to read these.

[5] All the light we cannot see

All the fantasy aside, I do want the next generation to know the world’s history. We, ourselves, are quite far from the World Wars and I’m sure the next generation will consider them unimportant. I got a proper glimpse into World War 2 only when I read this book (since my history lessons were mostly centered on the Indian history) and I really liked it. I liked knowing what happened and I would be too bored to read a non-fiction book, so this is perfect.

[6] Milk and Honey

This collection of poems by Rupi Kaur are simply beautiful. They talk about everything so well. Despite whatever improvements, I’m sure women in general will appreciate these words no matter when.

[7] The Secret Garden

A classic and a must for young kids. I absolutely ADORED this book when I read it. All about secret magic and mysteries. I gobbled it up as a kid and I’m sure years later my kids will too.

[8] Little Women

Another classic which I adored. I must have read this thrice before I could bear to return it to the library. I LOVED the sisters. Especially since I am a single child and I really wanted siblings, I loved this book so much.

[9] The Immortals of Meluha

This trilogy is the only one on Indian Gods that I liked. This is the only one which is a new tale with the same basics that I quite liked. And I really want my kids to read this one.

[10] How I braved Anu Aunty and co-founded a million dollar company

I LOVED THIS BOOK. It’s so humourous and fun to read. It’s an autobiography of an Indian entrepreneur mostly about his journey of standing against the society’s views and doing his own thing. And becoming successful with it.

I read it in tenth grade and other than the fun part, it did motivate me to do my own thing as well. I haven’t really, but I want to. And I’m sure the next generation will be able to draw inspiration from this as well.

 

 

And those are the ten books I picked!

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What did you think of them? Are there any which are on your TBR? Did you post on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday as well? Link your post in the comments and I’ll check it out!

 

Without Merit || I… don’t know what to say

without merit.jpgTitle: Without Merit

Author: Colleen Hoover

Genre: NA contemporary

Status: Standalone

Goodreads


Synopsis:

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

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There’s a reason Hoover is one of my favourite authors. Her books one-up the previous ones every single time.

Seeing through the eyes of Merit Voss, who is part of a very complicated* family, we are taken on a very gripping ride. I am very thankful we’re given an “intro” bit with the family because I would be very confused otherwise.

*totally wanted to use a cuss word there but I’ll hold back

Okay, I’ll admit, I’ve been staring at the screen with my hands pressed to my cheeks for the past five minutes because I have absolutely NO CLUE how to go about this review. I AM SPEECHLESS. So forgive me if I’m all over the place.

Like last year with It Ends With Us, I started reading this book in college and I did not pay attention to anything else. I was just drawn into the book. The whole time I was reading it, my mood became that of Merit’s. I WAS IN and there was no way out.

  • The story is about the family as a whole, and also Merit as an individual.

Every person of this family struggles with something, has secrets and is simply doing their best to live. And considering how big the family is, the dynamic and relationships were complex. It was all explained beautifully and all I could think was how did it all become like this.

  • This book is also about depression.

It’s about one event setting off a dozen others and eventually you don’t know when it started. It’s about recognising depression for what it is and not throw around words like therapy. It’s about how depression creeps up on you or your loved ones without you even realising it.

  • I won’t say I loved the characters. I didn’t.

Especially Merit because she blamed the others for so many things and thought she was perfect. She also was blind-sided a lot and did the same things. It was hypocritical. And the other characters had their own faults. Huge ones. But that’s not the point here.

We’re not here to love the characters or the story. We’re here to read the raw truth about the result of several mistakes by several people and how they tie up. 

But I have to say, Merit is a very interesting character. Her thing with trophies, especially. It sets her apart.

  • The whole vibe given off by the writing style was perfect.

Any other way and it wouldn’t have been good. Merit’s thought process and feelings were just right. Everything was just right and I loved THAT.

I felt eveything Merit was feeling and this is why I love Hoover’s books. She makes me FEEL it all.

  • This book is about family.

The mistakes, the blame, the favouritism. The healing. Everything standing in a precarious balance, falling apart with a crash and coming together again slowly. That process was beautiful.

The family dynamic was written perfectly. Right from the beginning, you form the image. With every sentence, every dialogue and thought I formed those bonds in my head. Almost as if every single word in the book was deliberately put to form those images.

  • I didn’t like the romance.

I just didn’t, and I was surprised because I usually do with Hoover’s books. But I can overlook that a litle with everything else going on.

I do feel a little misled by the Goodreads synopsis as it made me think Merit had this plan, but it wasn’t so. Everything just happened and she took a decision.

Overall

I know that this book has been very vague and all over the place but I can’t help it. I just don’t know how to review this book.

I really do recommend this, though. If you want to read about depression, a complicated family and even more complicated relationships, or simply a gripping book—pick this up.

four-stars

Aaru || saving dead people in bytes of memory

aaru.jpgTitle: Aaru

Author: David Meredith

Genre: YA fantasy / sci-fi

Status: Book 1 of Aaru series

Goodreads


Synopsis:

“…Death and the stillness of death are the only things certain and common to all in this future…”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

Rose is dying. Her body is wasted and skeletal. She is too sick and weak to move. Every day is an agony and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear.

She is sixteen years old.

Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive super computer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model.

Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale.
What unfolds is a whirlwind of controversy, sabotage, obsession, and danger. Rose and Koren must struggle to find meaning in their chaotic new lives and at the same time hold true to each other as Aaru challenges all they ever knew about life, love, and death and everything they thought they really believed.

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Note: I received an eARC from the author in return for a review. This does not, in any way, affect my review.

I’ve read one other book by the author and this was very different from that. And I’m not a fan of this book.

The Plot

The book begins with Rose in the last stage of cancer, almost about to die. She’s lost hope in any new treatments and her dad brings in another person to help her. Koren, her sister, requests her to try one last time and Rose agrees.

But she ends up dying.

A little later, the man comes back and shows them how they have managed to save a copy of Rose onto a super computer. Into a virtual world called Aaru. They scanned her mind and managed to capture her essence. Koren and her family are allowed to talk to her, and then Koren is roped in to be the face of the company. To be their voice and share her story to the masses.

But things go wrong, as they always do, and there are many turns caused by this.

What I found interesting:

  • The concept of “saving” a person. In the book we see tons of people being scanned and their selves being uploaded onto a super computer with a LOT of memory space. We even got Rose’s POV when she was IN Aaru, after dying. And it was interesting to read about such a possibility, of her mind saved on the computer having her own will.
  • The mixed reactions to Aaru. We saw how other people either loved or hated Aaru for what it promises, and all declarations of it being fake. We could clearly see that it’s not perfect and how wrong things could go.

What I didn’t like:

  • The writing style. I simply could NOT get into the book. I didn’t like both Rose and Koren’s voices. If you asked me, I probably wouldn’t be able to choose a “better” one as I don’t like both equally.
  • Some elements of Aaru. Rose could THINK and FEEL in Aaru. Where she is nothing but a bunch of data. She also had romantic feelings for another guy there. Once she also somehow got out of Aaru and changed something in another PC with her WILL? Um, how? By that point there I was simply not into the whole concept.
  • There wasn’t a proper plot? It wasn’t completely about Rose or Koren or Aaru. About halfway through we’re taken into the head of a random creepy guy and I just STOPPED reading there for a couple days. And by the end, he had taken over the plot?

TRIGGER WARNINGS: stalker, sexual assault, child pornography, rape, pedophilia

  • I spent most of the book simply feeling sorry for Koren. She loses her sister then is thrown into the spotlight and is sexualised. She also has to deal with trickery and media expose things… I felt really sorry. And that’s not a main character I want.
  • I didn’t get Rose’s personality AT ALL. At first she was the dying girl. Then she’s the giddy happy girl in Aaru trying out everything possible in that world. But for all we talk about how the concept of Aaru is literally to capture her, I did not get a feel for her. I could, at least, picture Koren. Rose was just… there. To serve a purpose. She didn’t make that much of an impact except when related to Koren.
  • I found it VERY HARD to read from Magic Man’s POV. I could have gone without that. I understand how it contributes to the story, but his mind was very repulsive and I could not be happier to be done with the book. I hated it.
  • The parents were dummies. Koren, a TEENAGER, was being sexualised and accused of a number of things because of being thrown into the spotlight. And all her parents did was say “this is all part of the game” and drink. I really didn’t like the parents. After reading about how concerned they were with Rose when she was sick, being heartbroken etc, this dis-concern because of the money and fame made me mad.

 

Overall

It’s an interesting idea but the storyline created simply turned me off. I took a long time to finish this book, simply because I couldn’t get into it and later because I didn’t like the way things were going. I was really glad when I got to then that I finished it, but I wasn’t glad that Magic Man had taken over the plot.

I wouldn’t recommend it. There are a lot of five stars on Goodreads, though, so it might just be that it’s not of my taste.

two-stars

November bullet journal set up

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I can’t believe we’re onto NOVEMBER already. Where has 2017 gone y’all?? Am I the only one freaking out?

October was pretty chilled for me as I said in my wrap-up but it was busy with changing my blog name and other stuff.

I didn’t make dailies very often due to college and just not having the time.

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The mood chart turned out pretty good so I’m bringing it back this month.

This was my favourite spread from October:

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I also started doodling once and it’s incomplete lol

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I really like using washi tape to make the spread pop with colour a little more. It’s really handy when you don’t have time to decorate.

The washi tape at thewashitapeshop is SO CUTE. And they also offer free shipping, so it’s great! (P.S. you can use code thewordyhabitat to get 10% off on your orders *wink*)

Onto the November set up!

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I brought back the two-page monthly as I have a lot going on this month. The cover page is inspired by @bujobug on Instagram.

I made quite a few mistakes in the monthly events due to changing of plans, can you tell? 😂 I didn’t cover them up very well.

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And that’s it for the month! I’ve been making so many to do lists to get on top* of everything and it’s only the beginning of November *sigh*

*I’m barely keeping up

How is your November looking? Busy? Chilled? Full of exams (like mine)?

Warcross || worth all the hype and more

warcross.jpgTitle: Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Status: Book 1 of Warcross series

Goodreads


Synopsis:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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I’ll be honest, I was wary of this book before picking it up. When reviews of this book started rolling out, for a long time all I could see in my WordPress and twitter feeds were reviews of Warcross. All I saw were 5 star reviews. THERE WAS SO MUCH HYPE. And I’m generally wary of so much hype because how. But I read it and now I understand.

It is totally worth the hype.

The Plot

We have 18 year old Emika Chen, hacker extraordinaire and bounty hunter. She’s struggling for money and to pay her rent. After a particular hard day, she manages to hack into the opening live show of the Warcross Championships to get something but instead glitches herself into the game.

Next day, she’s offered a job instead of being arrested. Personally by the CEO (who is freaking handsome and also her idol). She’s ripped from her life and thrown into the spotlight and is given the chance of her life.*

From then on, she’s focused on hunting someone causing problems in Warcross and to also bring her team up in the Championships.

The whole story is very gripping and fast-paced and I LOVED IT.

I’ll admit, I DID see one of the twists in the ending coming long before, but the other one took me off-guard. The plot is 10/10.

*Isn’t this everyone’s dream? To be suddenly pulled out of your sad life into luxury? I also read this part TWICE because it made me so giddy and happy. I loved it.

The Characters

I loved Emika Chen. She’s smart, has fast-reflexes, thinks fast and is brilliant at what she does. I could very easily fall into her and become her throughout the book. I couldn’t have picked a better personality to see the world through.

Hideo Tanaka made me feel everything I was meant to and I feel played*? How do I somehow love all the stoic guys who are only amused by the MC? But what made me love more was his nerdiness as well. Damn he’s smart.

Emika’s team for the games were really cool too. I especially loved Asher and Rohan*. Honestly, I liked all of the side characters. I do wish that they’d been shown more, because I really wanted to get to know them more but since we’re Emika and she’s focused on one thing, it isn’t possible. Still, though. I wish.

*If you’ve read the book, you’ll get this better.

**Woo Indian person.

The World Building

Yes finally I’ve been WAITING to get to this.

I LOVED IT.

I LOVED THIS FUTURISTIC WORLD AND ALL THE GADGETS AND THE CONCEPT OF WARCROSS AND EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING.*

For almost all of the book we’re in Tokyo, which is BLOOMING BRILLIANT in this book with the improvements in technology.

Just imagine:

  • Being able to wear “glasses” which let you dive into a whole new world just by wearing it, which senses your movements and translates them into movements in the game. YOU DON’T EVEN NEED A CONTROLLER.
  • Being able to see other’s avatars who walk on the street in real life. There’s a film of Warcross onto the real life so you see avatars, pets, levels and more of the stranger on the road. LIKE, WHAT EVEN.
  • Tokyo has been completely virtualized with a film of Warcross over it. Again, WHAT EVEN.**
  • The game world was also blooming amazing?? Like.. can I love there?
  • I totally understand why everyone in the book is obsessed with Warcross like it’s a drug because I WOULD BE TOO.
  • I WANT TO BE IN THAT WORLD.
  • I WANT TO PLAY WARCROSS.
  • (what was this list about, again? It wasn’t about me raving to be in the book? Really?)
  • Honestly though, all the descriptions were F A N T A S T I C.
  • I just love the world building, okay? A little*** too much, maybe but IT’S VALID, I promise!

This book is for the science (especially computer****) geeks and for all those who love gaming, futuristic worlds and technology.

*Nicola Yoon reference because this world building is everything.

**I have no words.

***bwahahahaha “little”

****I’d know, I am one.

Overall

If you haven’t read this WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING GO GO GO!

1100/100 recommended to everyone.

I absolutely loved it and caNNOT WAIT for the next book.

five-stars

October Wrap-up || BLOG NAME CHANGE + suspiciously chilled month + readathon

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Last month was strangely peaceful for me. My mood ranged from average to good, I didn’t have any tests (although I’ve got TWO sets of tests this month and I’m already panicking) and I met up with friends a few times. It’s quite suspicious and therefore I’m gearing up to face the grueling month I expect November will be.

Book reviews:

Other blog posts:

october

blogging memes

shuffle the music tag

Autumn

top ten unique book character names

artists whose songs i will never tire of

8 book series

a tour of my phone

Smol notable things that occurred

[1]

This one thing isn’t small at all, though. As you might have noticed, I changed my blog name! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and I’m really glad I finally got around to it! I’ve also received really good response about the change and the new name so I’m super glad. Due to the change all my SEO rankings disappeared an all referrers have broken links, which makes me sad but the name change is worth it in the long run.

(P.S. If you’ve linked to my blog before, it’s most likely that those links are broken. You’ll have to update them)(sorry for the trouble)

(P.P.S. Would really appreciate it if y’all shared or linked my blog anywhere. It will help the SEO rankings to go up.)

I also changed my theme and I LOVE IT RIGHT NOW</span>. I promise, I’ll stay constant from now. Really sorry for all the changes recently.

 [2]

I watched Attack on Titan season 2 FINALLY. I binged it over a day and it was cool. I’m still not a fan of the gore but the story is pretty fine.

[3]

I also binged Anohana which is a 11 episode anime series and it’s so CUTE. It tugged on my heart-strings and I cried at the end. Definitely recommend the show, especially if you love shows that make you emotional. Since it’s only 11 episodes of around half an hour each, it’s a good starter to get into anime.

[4]

I joined in on the Dewey’s bi-annual readathon on twitter on October 21st. This was my first proper 24 hour readathon as I had a holiday on Saturday and a chilled weekend. I’ll admit, I didn’t stay up and read or try too hard, but I did read every chance I got. What I loved about the readathon was that it felt like a proper event where everyone reads and updates online, readers discuss and encourage others, the hosts were also REALLY lovely., and it was all in the comfort of our own homes with our snacks! I will DEFINITELY be joining in on more readathons when I can.

I also put up a poll on twitter to choose my second readathon read and it got over a HUNDRED likes (probably because of the hashtag) and I’ve never been that popular?? I was over the moon.

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[5]

I’m quite obsessed with the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator personality divisions and after seeing a lot of talk over the Enneagram personality test, even one which said it’s more accurate than MBTI, I finally took it. Gotta say, it’s NOT accurate. Not for me.

First thing, I couldn’t find a proper test? When I googled, a lot of links came up and none were “official”. Not only that, when I went to one of the first links, it showed TWO Enneagram tests with some extra information on the second test. I took both, and I got completely different types. Not only that, when I read up on both of them, I related to BOTH. To try again, I took the test on a different link and it gave labelled me a third type, which I don’t relate to much.

Basically, I took the test and I did not find it accurate. It also does not have as many articles on the types compared to MBTI which has a LOT of them.

[6]

Chloe Lauren @ diary of a lonely girl chose for the Blogger Spotlight of the week this month and I’m HONOURED.

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On the internet and beyond

[1]

I found ChristineMyLinh a couple months back and I LOVE her bullet journal spreads! Her September and October set ups were so beautiful, I wish I could set up that beautifully as well. Not only that, she made her bullet journal to have a fairytale theme and her sketches are amazing.

[2]

I spent a little while watching a bunch of TED and TEDx videos this month. I’ve been wanting to see them for a couple months now but never found the time before to properly watch a few. I have two favourites, yet. One is John Green talking on why learning is awesome and another is Tim Urban on inside the mind of a master procrastinator. I also really like this talk on speaking style and how it defines you as person by Vera Regan. If you haven’t definitely check these out.

[3]

When the Shadowhunters season 3 trailer came out, it came up on my suggesteed feed and I decided to simply check on the story. To see where they were. Because they said the show would be almost accurately the same as the books, when it was pitched. They said, promised, that the show would be WAY better than the movie.

And when I saw the trailer? I found ABSOLUTELY NO RESEMBLANCE to the book series storyline. None. And I am affronted. At this stage, the movie was better!

I watched only until a couple episodes into season 2. I’m not very fond of Clary in the show and once the story started deviating, I didn’t like it enough to continue watching. I am so glad. Honestly, now there are 2 types of Shadowhunters fans. The book stans and the show stans. Divided by the story set in the same world. Well, maybe almost the same world.

(Yes, I know season 3 started as well. I’m never going near the show again.)

[4]

The release date for Queen of Air and Darkness got PREPONED to 2018 and I AM ECSTATIC. WE DON’T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL 2019. I CAN NOT WAIT. (If this was announced a while back, excuse me because I did not hear about it. Don’t come at me thnx) I spent the evening I found out fangirling with a friend who is also a fan. And we also vented about the show a lot. Cuz that’s what we book stans do.

[5]

The Broke and The Bookish, hosts of Top Ten Tuesday book blogging meme, announced TTT topics MONTHS in advance and my planner heart is SO DARN HAPPY. I always wished for the topics much in advance as, being a planner and a college student, scheduling is why I am able to blog consistently. And this helps greatly.

[6]

The cover of and an excerpt from Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi have been released and I LOVE IT. I’m honestly fangirling so hard about it and I need the book NOW. I also did a reaction post to the cover and excerpt, if you’d like to check it out.


And that’s it for the October Wrap-up!

How was YOUR October? Was it busy? Chilled? Did you do anything new? Have you watched Attack on Titan and/or Anohana? Are you a Shadowhunters fan? Books or the show? Also, have you taken the Enneagram and/or MBTI personality tests? If yes, what is your type? Did you participate in the Dewey’s readathon last month? Have you participated in any other readathons? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Artists whose songs I will NEVER tire of

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All of us have those certain artists whose music is evergreen to us. No matter how many times we listen to their music, we still love it. We could listen to all of their albums continuously and not want to change over.

For the last few months, I’ve been sharing my favourite songs of the month but I don’t have much new music this month. But, I HAVE been listening to songs by my favourite artists on repeat. This month was just me loving their music and I want you to give them a try as well, if you haven’t.

[1] Fall Out Boy

I haven’t really spoken about this band on the blog, but I REALLY like their songs. When I’m in the mood, I just let their songs play and enjoy them.

I was actually introduced to the band through One Tree Hill, which had a band member over as a guest actor. I believe it was the lead, I’m not completely sure. Nevertheless, I immediately checked out their music and I fell in LOVE with Young Volcanoes. I didn’t like the music video for this song, but the songs itself is bomb. I got my best friend hooked onto it as well.

After that, I downloaded a bunch of their songs and I still love them to this day.

[2] Night Terrors of 1927

I heard their song Never One to Complain in the What If (starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan) trailer. I wasn’t very keen on watching the movie (although I did watch it later) but I IMMEDIATELY searched for the song that played in it.

After that, I listened to a bunch of the band’s songs on YouTube and fell in love. I have all of their songs in a playlist and play them on repeat from time to time. I especially love Fall into you, which I somehow NEVER tire of. I had it on repeat for about two weeks after the first time I heard it and even now I play it on repeat sometimes.

[3] Oh Wonder

I found the band only a few months back and I AM OBSESSED. I played their songs on repeat for about a week and when their newest song High On Humans released, I fell in love with it as well.

As for my favourite song by them, it’ll have to be Lose It. I really love dance music and Lose It is the PERFECT song to dance to. I love it. I also really love the music video! So happy and upbeat and just wonderful.

[4] Lorde

Lorde is famous and I don’t deny that I really love her songs. Especially her newest album Melodrama which I have spoken about a while back in a favourites post. When I need some beats but also not dance music, I put her album plus a few older songs on play and go about my work. I really love Lorde.

And I honestly can’t pick my favourite amongst her songs. I really love Yellow Flicker Beat but Liability, Green Light and Sober are also really good. But then, the rest of Melodrama is great as well… I can’t pick.

[5] Coldplay

Coldplay is an evergreen band for me. I might not listen to their songs in a stretch anymore but every time one of their comes up on shuffle, I love it. I still fall in love with Paradise all over again when it comes up after a while. Their songs are just ❤

My favourite has to be Viva la vida. It’s old but it’s completely gold and I love listening to it.

[6] Kodaline

If you haven’t listened to Kodaline yet, PLEASE DO. LIKE, RIGHT NOW.

I love EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of their songs. All of them move me and I can never tire of listening to them. And believe me, I’ve listened to them a lot.

Especially their song Brother, which I’ve spoken about before. It BROKE my heart. I also really love High Hopes, which is in my “bus” playlist because it’s the perfect song to listen to while looking out the window in the bus.

[7] The Script

The Script is probably the oldest band I still love this much. I remember listening to their songs when I first started listening to English music. I loved them then and I still love them now. All of their songs are gold and I find myself randomly listening to one when on shuffle and then putting it on repeat.

Honestly, I love everything they bring out and I love the vibe of their music. I also cannot pick a favourite from their work. I love them all.

[8] Sleeping at last

I have spoken about the artist quite a few times* but I will mention them again because I LOVE HIS SONGS. In fact, I’m listening to the music right now as I type this as well. I will recommend him to as many people as I can because these songs deserve it. If you love slow songs, LISTEN TO SLEEPING AT LAST ASAP.

I’ll admit, I thought Sleeping at last was actually a band but after seeing the website, I realised it’s one person. He brings out SUCH GOOD MUSIC it warms my heart. Some of them are soothing, some emotional, some break your heart with the lyrics and I love them all.

There are also way more songs that I initially thought so I’m slowly working my way through them. He’s also bringing out a series of songs based on the Enneagram personality type indicator, which I don’t know that well, but I guess the respective songs are relatable to those types? I don’t know.

And please don’t ask me to choose favourites from his songs because I just love TOO MANY of them. Currently, Earth is my favourite and it’s the song that runs in my mind when I wake up in the mornings.

*more like a bunch of times

 

I have many other songs I will always love, but these are the only artists whose every song I’m obsessed with.

What are some artists whose songs YOU love to death? Make sure to recommend them to me! I am in desperate need of new songs lol. Have you heard to songs by any of the ones I mentioned before? Do you like them? Also, do let me know if you listened to any song that I mentioned and what you thought of it!

8 book series I TOTALLY meant to finish reading… and promptly forgot about

 

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Being a bookworm can mean a lot of things. For example:

  • crying over books
  • crying over character deaths
  • crying over the fact that we’re too broke to buy more books
  • basically ranting/raving all the time (there is no in-between)
  • crying over how huge out TBR list is

And do you know what the last point eventually also leads to? Having unfinished series.

Now, you might be someone who cannot leave a series without finishing it, but I can. And I do it quite often because once my interest is gone? It’s legit gone. Poof. That’s what happens.

But I like to think that I complete series. I say that I WILL finish them someday.* So I sat down the other day and went through my “to-read” list on Goodreads and here are all the ones I found.

*That someday might be anywhere from tomorrow to the day I die. Very vague promise, that is.

[1] The Young Elites by Marie Lu

This series is quite* popular around the book world. I quite liked the first two books and have recommended the trilogy to a few friends. But as to actually getting to the third and last book myself? It hasn’t happened yet, and I’m not sure it’ll be anytime soon.

To be honest, I loved the first book. But the second book, especially the ending, made my interest fade. I am simply not very interested in reading it. I hope I’ll get to it someday soon, but let’s be real. I’ve got a lot of other books to read as well.

And I’m actually quite surprised by this, considering I absolutely ADORE Lu’s Legend trilogy and Warcross*.

*THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD. OMG. Review coming soon with a LOT of raving and fangirling.

[2] The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole

A friend of mine badgered me to read this series for so long. I finally gave in and I HATED it.

I’m actually not sure why so many readers love it. I was just annoyed by it, and I only read the first book. I told my friend that I’ll read the second book later and just ended up not getting to it. Honestly? It’s not even a priority and I’m fine with not continuing with the series. I had initially planned on reading the second book soon.. but yeah, no.

[3] Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

I got into this series through the movies. I saw the first two movies and immediately went to borrow the book from the library.

I managed to read, I think, the first four books before I got bored and left it. I really wanted to know the ending, though, so I just ended up reading a summary of it online. I’m quite disappointed with the ending? I also really liked Susan so it was quite a bummer.

[4] Starbound by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I read the first two books and I liked them, but when I realised that all the three books were about three different sets of characters with some tie-ins, I lost interest. I loved the space themes but the writing didn’t grip me much in the second book and the third book just didn’t sound very appealing to me that I’d pick it up immediately.

It’s still marked as to-read in my shelf, but we’ll see if I actually get to it.

[5] Firebird by Claudia Grey

I LOVE the concept of alternate timelines and different dimensions. All the possibilities of how one’s life can go and travelling between them sound SO COOL. Therefore, I must have LOVED this series, right?

Not really.

Unfortunately, how much ever the plot sounded interesting, I didn’t like the writing style. I simply couldn’t dive into the book like I wanted to and I didn’t care as much.

As for the plot, I quite liked the first book but the ending of the second one just lost me. I was completely on board until the twist was brought in and.. I just didn’t want to read anymore? There’s also the love triangle. I hate love triangles.

So yeah, I’m not sure when* I’ll be reading it.

*if

[6] The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I borrowed the first book from a friend about two years back, and I haven’t read the second book at all. Even the third book is out, but I simply couldn’t get myself to read the second one?

The book is quite interesting with types of clairvoyants and new elements, and I quite liked it all until the end. The romance and the ending just didn’t cut it out for me. Instead of leaving me wanting the next book, it just left me.

I know that quite a few people really like the series but I somehow don’t like it.

[7] Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I know that a lot of you will just be like WHAT REALLY at this, but I have NOT been able to read King’s Cage. Don’t get me wrong, I quite liked the first book and moderately liked the second, but the third was so boring in the beginning. I don’t think I even read 50 pages before I left it.

I totally planned on coming back to it after a while but I haven’t yet, and who knows when I will.

A couple blogger friends who read it acknowledged that it’s slow in the beginning, but said it’s totally worth it in the end. Here’s to hoping I pick it up someday soon in the future and like it.

[8] Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

I remember quite liking the first two books and immediately marking the third book as “to-read”. That was before it released. But after it released (about a year back), I just never got to it?

Ever since I started blogging and got into the book blogging world, my TBR has EXPLODED*. And this series, which I only moderately liked, fell to the wayside.

Honestly, though, I wouldn’t mind not finishing it. I didn’t like it all that much.

*I blame all you book bloggers who constantly make me want to read more books


I’ll admit, I’m surprised I haven’t finished only 8 series. Looks like I’ve got a good track record of finishing, or I just read a lot of stand-alones.

 

Do you have any series that you haven’t finished as well? Or do you religiously finish them because you just CAN’T leave them unread? Have you read any of the ones I’ve mentioned above? What did you think of them? Or are they on your TBR? Do you think I should definitely get to finishing any that I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments!

The Upside of Unrequited || SO CUTE AND ADORABLE I CAN’T

the upside of unrequited.jpgTitle: The Upside of Urequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: YA contemporary

Status: Standalone

Goodreads


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

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THIS LIVED UP TO THE HYPE.

I’ve been seeing reviews and squeals on this book around for a while now and I simply wasn’t in the mood for YA, sadly. But now I read it and I LOVED IT.

The Plot

We’ve got Molly Peskin-Suso who has had twenty six crushes. And they remain crushes because she never did anything about them. She’s never been kissed or rejected, and is the embodiment of unrequited like (not love, they weren’t that deep).

Molly’s fraternal twin Cassie falls in love for the first time and Molly suddenly feels replaced. Cassie starts acting weird suddenly and all our protagonist wants is her twin back. So much so that she goes along with Cassie’s setups just so they can hang out together like they used to.

It’s a typical teenage love story, but it’s also so much more. There’s focus on familial relationships, acceptance, self-love and more.

Now let my try to talk about everything I can without spoiling you:

  • Molly isn’t “thin” and she has issues over this, especially with the comments she receives. All of it was handled really well. It wasn’t the main issue, but it also wasn’t so far behind. It’s appropriately shown how she struggles with her body and how she really tries to not think about it.
  • The shift in relationship importance was shown SO DARN WELL. As soon as Cassie really starts falling in love with Mina, we see a change in the relationship between her and Molly. Throughout the book we see how they slowly slowly drifted apart a little, and how much it sucks. But it’s also dealt with acceptance and moving forward and I love that.
  • What I REALLY DIDN’T LIKE was how Molly found out about Cassie dating Mina from FACEBOOK. That. HURT. And I’m not even Cassie’s twin. But it’s also part of the world now, where social media is where things happen and is the source for all information. But I cannot get over it, and I’m really surprised Molly did. But it also shows Molly’s character and her relationship dynamic with Cassie.
  • Basically, every single thing in the book showed something. All of it contributed to the bigger picture and I love how it’s written and brought together, with small focus on everything but not complete focus. Other than Molly’s troublesome romantic feelings.
  • Molly has never actually had a chance with one guy, let alone two, and it was so adorable to watch her navigating the rivers of feelings being reciprocated. No longer was she simply a spectator. She represented all the teenagers falling in like with others and I relate so much. She overthought actions and got butterflies in her stomach and IT WAS CUUTE.
  • Molly’s parents are lesbians, one of whom is a woman of colour, and I APPLAUD for the way the author dealt with the society’s views and everything. I LOVE the diversity representation in this book. My heart WARMED every time I read a scene of the family. Right in the beginning we were given a description of the family and I immediately knew I’ll love them.
  • I can’t talk much about this but THE ROMANCE WAS SO DARN CUTE. I was reading this during break in class and I just squealed out loud. It gave me all the feels and I want to read those parts again.
  • Also, the book ended PERFECTLY. Everything was brought together in the end in this wonderful event that showed love love and only love and it was perfect. I clutched my heart and tried to keep the happy tears to a minimum. It was so nice.
  • I also related to Molly very much on being a teenager. I have to insert these following quotes because.. I just have to.*

Maybe my company is even better than making out—which is pretty much my goal as a human being, honestly.

It was basically a bunch of adults drinking craft beer and asking me where I’m applying to college.

^Every gathering ever when I was in high school. Minus the beer.

*nice going, me. Don’t even know how to say your own thoughts.

Overall

I LOVED IT AND YOU SHOULD GO READ IT AS WELL. If you haven’t already. I highly suggest it.

four-stars

Have you read the book? What did you think of it? Or is it on your TBR? Which is your favourite book with diversity in it? Which book do you think does best to represent diversity in the society?

Top Ten unique book character names

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One of the things that makes me like a book are the characters’ names. I would be so much more appealed to unique names like Scarecrow* or something than Holly, Molly, Jolly or Kelly. To be honest, I don’t find many of guys names boring? But yeah, unique names definitely capture attention.

*Not a good example but that WOULD honestly make me so interested

This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten unique book titles but I automatically thought of character names? Like, my brain doesn’t listen to me?? So I’m going to give myself a little bit of libertyTM and head on with the names.

[1] Lazlo Strange

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I read the word unique and Strange popped into my head. No wonder, too, considering the man himself is pretty unique.* His name was just the tip of the iceberg though. The world building of Strange the Dreamer was just brilliant and left me dreaming in speechlessness**.

*Hint: I LOVE HIM TO PIECES

**is it just me or does this word seem too big out of nowhere? Like, I didn’t think speechlessness was that big?

[2] Celaena Sardothien/Aelin Ashryver Galathynius

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I mean.. come on. It looks like Sarah J Maas took random letters and put them together. I know at least two people who still struggle with the names. And it’s been, what, five years?

Also, can I just say how glad I am that the series will be ending next year? IT’S BEEN TOO LONG, MATE. I’ve been following the series since the year Heir of Fire released (that was when I noticed the hype and picked up the book) and it feels like I’ve been waiting forever.

This sort of reminds me of House of Night series? It was the only other series for which I waited years and years. I legit kept up with the series for SIX YEARS*. And it has twelve books so I PITY those who waited the whole time.

*No even I don’t know why I spent so much time on that series don’t ask me

[3] Feyre Archereon

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Another SJ Maas book. Another name. This seems smol and easy, you say? WELL THEN, PRONOUNCE IT.

Till date I’m unsure of how to pronounce it exactly. Only a couple weeks back was I discussing with a friend on how to pronounce the name and we had a five minute talk over it. Five.

Even though a pronounciation guide has been given on the author’s website, readers still pronounce the name as they wish. I really hope there isn’t a TV show or movie* on the books because it would confuse the heck out of everyone.

*ALSO BECAUSE NO ONE WILL EVER DO RHYSAND JUSTICE AND I DON’T WANT HIS IMAGE IN MY MIND TO BE BOTCHED THANKS

[4] Patch Cipriano

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I’m including him purely out of humour. It IS unique. Have you read another book where a character was named Patch? It sounds like a common name but I realised only recently, when I reread Hush Hush, that it isn’t.

Also, I don’t know why I ever loved the series? I clearly remember myself being OBSESSED over it and recommending it to my friends, but I tried to reread the first book and I could NOT get through it. Cringe. Overload.

I also tried to binge Teen Wolf recently and cringed almost the entirety of the first episode so maybe my tastes were just that bad before? Because I watched Teen Wolf till season 3! I liked it! But now I can’t even get through episode 1?

[5] Daenerys Targaryen

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I feel like Sarah J Maas took inspiration from George R. R. Martin. It feels like even he took random letters and rearranged it so that it could be pronounced with a little work.

I mean, what even is this name? Don’t get me wrong, I really like it. But HOW did he even come up with it??

She’s probably the only reason I even watched till season 5 of Game of Thrones*. Although everyone’s telling me to watch season 7 because it is BOMB, we’ll see. We’ll see.

*I read book 1 and gave up lol

[6] Blue Sargent

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First of all, blue is my favourite colour.

Now that that has been acknowledged, I would OBVIOUSLY be interested in a character named Blue. Not to undermine The Raven Cycle, though. The series is amazing.

But then, I WOULD be interested in characters named Orange, Yellow, Pink as well. Especially Black. Someone write a book with a main character called Black. He/she would have so much swag. I would love the heck out of it.

“And what might be your name?”

“Black. My parents named me after the colour of my soul. And my coffee preference.”

[7] Karou

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There are so many reasons why Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is really good. One, it’s written by Laini Taylor so, OBVIOUSLY? She also wrote Strange the Dreamer later?

One of the reasons why I love this book is because it’s set in Prague. I learnt from the book that Karou* actually means hope.

*I’m also not able to find Karou’s last name? Does she not have one? My memory sucks.

[8] Lada Dragwyla

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Her name is TOTALLY AWESOME because it sounds like dragon. #bookwormopinions

I haven’t read And I Darken* but I really want to because the character HAS to be totally awesome as well, having such a name, right?

*It’s buried somewhere in my TBR mountain

[9] Adelina Amouteru

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To be honest, though, many names in this book are really nice. Adelina Amouteru, Teren Santoro, Enzo Valenciano* etc.

But what I ESPECIALLY loved was the name of the kingdom—Kenettra. Don’t ask me why. I just do,

*His name rhymes lol. Yes I’m a five year old.

[10] Ever Bloom

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The last name is one I really want to mock? I mean, out of everything, why would you name your kid* Ever Bloom?? I could totally picture her getting bullied in school for her name.

It’s like naming your kid Summer Winter. OH WAIT. I actually have read a book where the main character’s name was Summer Winter! It was some romance book that didn’t make much of an impression on me**, but I cracked up when I read her name.

I also didn’t like The Immortals very much. Okay I hated it. So perhaps it increases my inclination to rant about the MC.

*word interchangeable with book baby because obviously the characters of your book are your babies.

**Hence why I am not able to recall it now. It’s been about a couple years since I read that book, I believe?

 

What are some unique book character names you have come across? If you know of any good book with unique character names, do let me know in the comments! I’ll add it to my TBR mountain and probably get to it in another… fifty-four years? If you have done this week’s TTT as well, drop your link in the comments! I’d love to check it out.

Tower of Dawn || loved the ships

tower of dawn.jpgTitle: Tower of Dawn

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: NA Fantasy

Status: Book 6 of Throne of Glass series

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Synopsis:

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

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I’ve figured out why I like the Throne of Glass series so much. It’s the ships. The romance. The couples. I didn’t like the first two books very much, because I didn’t like the pairings. But from book 3 it’s good, because the love is ❤

I took a while to properly get into Tower of Dawn. Mostly because I’m not particularly fond of Chaol and I also wasn’t attached to Nesryn as she wasn’t given much highlight before.

But with a new continent comes new possibilities, characters, myths, legends and ships.

 

What I liked

I absolutely LOVED the southern continent. I love their traditions, ways, laws, the way the king doesn’t have to wear a crown because he doesn’t need to show that he’s king and everything else. The southern continent is like.. Asia, I want to say? But mostly India. Because they have different names, traditions, several deities and call their king a name of their own—khagan. For once, the setting in this series made me very happy.

Not only that, they also had a variety of forces under them. I LOVED the rukhin and the royal family with their relationships and complexities, all of it. Torre Cesme was so fun to read about as well.

At times I forgot that we’re in the same world as Adarlan and Terrasen because Antica is COMPLETELY different than Erilea and Doranelle. I felt like I was in a new fantasy world. And I loved it much MUCH more.

Honestly, I’m more attached to the characters introduced in this book than Aelin and crew. I’m sorry, but yes. I’m still not sold on Chaol but Nesryn and others are a delight.

I wish there was a whole series set in this continent, but then it probably wouldn’t be that interesting since there’s no war directly relating to them. But I’m glad I got to see this world.

What I didn’t like

For at least half the book we have personal bonding happening and minimal things related to the war. I’ve come to expect this of the series books now. Various characters bond, get to know each other, new rivers are navigated and there’s a standstill on the war front. I was more annoyed with that in this book because I didn’t like the characters enough to ignore that.

I took a while to warm up to the new characters and love them so the first part of the book was a drag. My interest went down in EoS and it was still on a downward spiral until the last quarter of this book when things actually picked up—both on the war and romance fronts.

A few twists have also been popped out in this book, and I’m not very happy with the way they were revealed. It didn’t feel like a major twist? Even though it was? I just wasn’t satisfied by that. Especially since the previous twists in this series were revealed very nicely and made me gasp, this one fell short. But then maybe it’s because there was no Aelin to make it dramatic.

Overall

I usually rate books on how they leave me feeling in the end, and that’s the reason I’ve given good ratings to this series. Because despite the first half and all that, the events in the end leave me feeling very nice (especially since they’re related to the ships). Same with this book.

I am very sad that we’ll be going back to Erilea in the next book because I JUST LOVE ANTICA SO MUCH. I’m also waiting for the series to be over. The ships leave me feeling giddy and nice, but I’m ready to be done now. I’ve been following this series since the year Heir of Fire came out, and it’s been long.

four-stars

 

Shuffle the music tag

JUST A HEADS UP!

In case you missed my last post, I changed my blog name from light up the shining night stars to the wordy habitat. You can read more on that over here.


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Look at me actually keeping up with my tags!

I was tagged to do this by GirlMasked and I’m really glad because I’m up for any tags music. Thank you!

The Rules

  • Mention the creator of the tag and link to their blog. Um, I don’t know who the creator is?
  • Thank the person that nominated you for this tag and link to their blog as well. Done yo.
  • Shuffle your entire music library (no matter how old songs the songs are) and talk about the first fifteen songs that come up ( anything like why they are there , if they signify something, any story, why you like them, etc).
  • Mention the songs as well as the artists.
  • Tag 7 people or more to do this tag and please let them know.

Google to rescue again! I googled the tag and found it’s creator Life in a blog shell. I didn’t know this blog before but I’m glad I do now because the posts look to be really good? I think I’ll properly read some posts later when I’m free.

I’ve got about 1100+ songs on my playlist right from when I got my first phone, so this should be interesting. I’ll also add in YouTube videos for the songs in case you want to have a listen.

I hit the shuffle button and we have..

1. Drag me down by One Direction. I’m usually neutral about the band’s songs—not love but not hate. I just have some of their songs. Drag me down is one of the songs I actually seek out in my playlist to play. I like the beats and I really like how it’s a liiitle bit like Fall Out Boy’s songs? Just imagine FOB singing this song. This isn’t like the other 1D songs which are usually just lovey-dovey ones.

2. Technicolor Beat by Oh Wonder. I love Oh Wonder’s songs and I’m obsessed with almost every single one of them. I love their voices, the vibe of their songs and the lyrics in this song is ❤ I totally recommend OW and all of their songs to everyone. In fact, I’m playing it in the background right now because I’ll take every chance of playing it that I get.

3. Flashlight (Pitch Perfect 2 version) by the Pitch Perfect cast. I really like songs from the Pitch Perfect movies and this is no different. To be honest, I like the ones from the first movie more, but this is pretty good material too. I can’t wait for Pitch Perfect 3! This song is originally by Jessie J.

4. Khwhaishein by Shreya Ghoshal. Even my shuffle knows that a playlist is not complete without some Bollywood song. Khwahishein is a BEAUTIFUL song that you should listen to even if you don’t understand it. Of course, the lyrics make it so much more but the voice and the tune itself give off the vibe perfectly.

5. No light no light by Florence and The Machine. This is actually the only song I have of the band. I found this because a part of it was quoted on a Harry Potter fan picture edit made about Draco Malfoy and his darkness. I fell in love with the words immediately and HAD to listen to the song.

6. Hymn for the missing by Nightcore. THIS SONG IS SO BEAUTIFUL Y’ALL. It’s originally by Red but I do listen to a lot of Nightcore covers and this came on autoplay after Pieces (nightcore duet, originally by Red as well) and I fell in love. It is also because of this song, which has a picture about Attack on Titan that I decided to watch the show.

7. Heart by Sleeping at last. I have not yet found a song by Sleeping at Last that I DIDN’T like. All of them are really good and just perfect to play in the background while studying or working. I was introduced to the band by a post Burning Youth blog* (not sure which one) that featured the song Saturn along with the beautiful poem. All the songs by this band are very soothing and just beautiful. For a while I only listened to their songs on repeat ad my whatsapp status was lyrics from their songs for months.

I’m sharing a couple lyrics because I just have to.**

“With shortness of breath, you explain the infinite.

How rare and beautiful it is to even exist.” -Saturn

“Go ahead and laugh, even if it hurts.

Go ahead and pull the pin.

What is we could risk everything we have

And just let our walls cave in.” -Heart

*I highly suggest visiting their blog. All of the content is so good.

**this post is going to be so big if I do this for multiple songs.

8. New Americana by Halsey. This was the song which made me a Halsey fan. I hadn’t listened to other songs by her but I loved this one. Later when Closer came out was when I started to check out the rest of her songs.

9. Story of my life by One Direction. Another 1D song? Really? I don’t like this song very much. The tunes and voices are okay but I never get the lyrics. I wasn’t fond of the lyrics when I first listened to it, and I’m not now. The only thing I really liked about this song was the video. They got a really cool idea and implemented it well, even though the lyrics don’t match.

10. Glorious by Foxes. You know those songs in your playlist that you slightly liked and you just downloaded it thinking you’ll like it once you’ve listened to it properly? This is one of those songs for me. When I first found Foxed I downloaded a few of her songs just by listening to the first 30 seconds, and to be honest I always skip this song when it comes up. I’m not sure why I still have it. She’s got good songs, but I don’t like this one really.

11. Side to side by Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj. I jammed to this song for about a day when I first listened to it, and now I just let it play when I’m in the mood for some dancing or good beats. I like the song, but not that much.

12. Clarity by Zedd ft. Foxes. Nice coincidence! I found Foxes through this song, actually. And I still quite like this song. I pretend to strain my vocals and sing the song along with her lol. (My voice sucks) I like a lot of songs by Zedd, honestly. The beats and everything are nice for dancing.*

*I dance around the house a lot.

13. Already Gone by Sleeping at last. This was originally by Kelly Clarkson but I prefer this cover. I love it. It’s perfect for when you’re sad and you just want to listen to songs that match your mood. It played in Grey’s Anatomy.

Also, can I just say how much I love the band’s website? I just saw it and it’s really good. I love the way it looks. The illustrations for the songs and albums all give out the perfect vibe.

14. One Night by Matthew Koma. I have a few random songs by Matthew Koma. I don’t like his songs that much but they’re okay to listen to sometimes.

15. I walk the line by Halsey. I’m pretty sure this is the only Halsey song I have which I’ve never completely listened to. I downloaded a bunch of Halsey songs together as well and listen to them when they come on shuffle, and somehow I’ve never listened to this till the end?

 

My technique is downloading a bunch of songs by hearing the first 30 seconds, allowing them to come up on shuffle later and seeing if I love them. If I don’t, I delete ’em. This works for me because I need to be in the mood to listen to new songs and also have the time, which I don’t while surfing for new songs and downloading them.

Nowadays, though, I tend to listen to songs on YouTube or in soundtracks as it comes and mark which I want to download. When I’ve got the time I sit and download all of them together.

 

I tag

Elm @ justelm

Ana Regina @ Diversion 3000

Abbie @ abbiemusicblog

May @ forever and everly

Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink

L @ Consider yourself warned

Em @ yellow’s the word

And if any of y’all wants to do the tag, go ahead!

 

Have you listened to any of the songs I’ve mentioned above? Do you have songs unheard somewhere in the depths of your playlist as well? Do you have bands/artists you don’t really like? Or do you only have songs that you really like? How do you come across new songs? Tell me everything!

 

BLOG NAME CHANGE!

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So I changed my blog’s name!

If you’re confused, this is me, Iridescence, from light up the shining night stars (as the blog was previously named).

When I first made this blog, randomly out of nowhere, I didn’t bother to properly think about names or what this blog would be. But in the time since then I’ve kind of figured it out and I simply didn’t like the long name anymore.

I’ve spent the last two to three months thinking about new names, whether changing would affect the traffic to my blog etc, and I decided that having a better name trumped it all.

I came up with this name last night and I just went for it!

Welcome to the wordy habitat!

Additional to the name change, I’ve changed my tagline, which now reads books, planners and dreams.

I’ve also changed my twitter handle from @mebeingquixotic  to @thewordyhabitat to match.

And yeah, that’s it! I’m now going to go change all my graphics and update my blog posts (or at least try to, there are so many lol).

I hope y’all like this new name and don’t worry, everything else is staying the same.

What do you think about the new name? Or did you like the old one better? Have you ever wanted to change your blog’s name before? Have you done it?  

A tour of my phone

a tour of my phone

Phones reveal a lot about a person. The wallpaper, font, icons, apps, everything tells something about the owner. I love looking at others’ phones (and especially diving into my friends’ galleries). So I thought, why not I give a small tour of my phone.

What this tour will include

  • Screenshots of how my phone looks i.e. lockscreen, wallpaper, icons, menu etc
  • All apps, their uses and my take on them
  • And basically just taking you through the device that holds my life

Let’s begin!

First, the lockscreen*.

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This image, that I got off Pinterest**, has been my lockscreen for several months now and I’m not inclined to change it. I love it, it represents me (down to the bun when I’m at home) and it’s perfect.

*lol you can see how long back I’ve written this post. Well, I make no secret of it that I’m a planner and try to write my posts well in advance, so no matter.

**click here to see my Pinterest board of phone wallpapers

 

My wallpaper is, again, from Pinterest. I’ve got two screens in my home page, but I’ve got no widgets because I’m digging the clean look right now. There are two sides to my phone:

  1. Hardly or no widgets (including the shortcuts to apps)
  2. Screen is filled with widgets and icons

There is no in between. I think before this, my phone came under the second category? I’m not sure. If I make changes to my phone, I change it all completely and make it seem like a whole new phone. I love getting accustomed to new ways and trying out things.

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Swipe down twice from the absolute top of the screen and this menu appears, which is pretty much in every phone. This is the same as any Moto phone. (I use a Moto G4 Plus)

I’m using the Evie Launcher app for the main interface on my phone, in case you wondered why the rest of the things don’t look like other Moto phones. Credits to my best friend DJ because he was using it and I loved how his phone looked and wanted to change as well. (The phone used Google Now launcher as default)

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If you swipe up, the menu appears. When a friend of mine was looking at my phone the other day, he couldn’t find the menu because usually there’s either a button/icon to click that brings the menu up or it’s all in the home screen. I told him to swipe up and he commented that the interface is not friendly to someone who doesn’t know what to do. So there’s that.

I use Pasty Free icon pack for the icons, which I talk more about below in the list of apps.

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If you swipe down once from, or click on, the search bar this appears. To be honest, I don’t use this very much. When I was still on the Google Now launcher, there used to be a Google search bar and it would automatically open up the results for what you search. But in Evie, it first searches in the phone and gives you a list of searches. Only on clicking them does Chrome open with the search results. It doesn’t do it immediately, which I don’t like.

Here’s an example of what comes when I type “blogging” and tap search. I’ll have to click the first search option (which will be exactly what I typed) to get the actual results.

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List of apps that I use:

(excluding the default ones that all phones have and thoughts on those which aren’t popular)

  • Amazon Kindle
  • Amazon shopping
  • College attendance manager. This is actually an app made by a student in my college to track our attendance in classes and to see how many we can miss without falling below the standard. Honestly, I’m not that happy with it but it’s easier to check on app than go to the official website, login and see.
  • Cold Turkey. This is an app that doesn’t allow you to use your phone for the set amount of time. If you tap another app, it shows the Cold Turkey screen with how much time left till unlock. It’s basically to lock your phone and make you work with focus on your task rather than surf through apps. I used Forest last semester as it allowed music to play in the background (while I can’t even open the music app here) but it worked differently. With Forest, my tree would die if I open any social media app but it didn’t stop me. It’s effective if your guilt about a dead tree will make you work, but after a while it didn’t affect me anymore so I’m back to Cold Turkey.
  • CppDroid. This is to try C/C++ codes on phone. I use this sometimes when I’m in college and don’t have my laptop. Honestly it could use improvements, but it’s the best one I’ve found yet that works.
  • Discord. I downloaded Dota 2 to play (as I mentioned in some post a while back) and my friends told me to get this as well. This app lets you be on voice call with multiple other people and it’s really nice for multiplayer games.
  • Dropbox. Really useful to have files over multiple devices without the use of cables. I frequently upload pictures to Dropbox on my phone and access them in the computer to upload in a blog post.
  • ES File Explorer. I don’t like the default file manager that came with the phone so I got this, and I quite like it.
  • Gallery Pro. My old phone had Gallery (not pro) and this phone only had Google Photos (which I don’t like) so I got Pro. It shows a lot of ads but I manage because I like my gallery this way.
  • imo. After one of my best friends moved away to go to college, the three of us (who are a tight knit group) got this app to video call. It’s not bad, but it’s not very good as well.
  • Lithium. I use this app to read .epub files of books. I have Google Play Books as well, which I prefer more, but it sometimes doesn’t upload books (no clue why) and I use Lithium then. My best friend uses this but I just prefer Play Books more (because of the low lighting setting and page turning graphics)
  • Pasty Free. This is the icon pack I use for my phone. I went through a lot of icon packs and finally settled on this. I’m loving the minimalistic look it gives. BUT as you might have seen, it doesn’t have icons for ALL apps so some will still be in colour while others are in black and white. I was annoyed by that in the beginning but I’m used to it now. All icon packs usually only have themed for the popular apps.
  • Pinterest.
  • Play Books.
  • Play Music.
  • Repost. I use this for reposting pictures on Instagram, which I do quite often for my bullet journal feature account bujobeauties. It works well and I like it.
  • Saavn. This is a music app, kinda like Spotify, but it has even Indian music. It shows a lot of ads, which I get really irritated with as I can’t skip/close them, but otherwise I like the app. I used Gaana before, which has way lesser ads, but no matter what I just didn’t like it’s interface.
  • Shareit. This is a very handy app to share files with. It sends a ton of files, images, music, whatever really fast as long as both the devices have the app.
  • Shazam. You must know it? It recognises the song playing and I use this to keep note of songs that play in the mall or in restaurants.
  • Snapchat
  • Snapseed. I use this to edit the photos I take for the blog. Since I don’t use filters much, I want more tools to edit basic elements and this has it.
  • Soundcloud
  • Swiggy. Food ordering app.
  • trucaller. To identify all the unknown numbers that call me. It has other features as well but this is what I mainly keep it for.
  • Twitter
  • Uber
  • WordPress
  • WordWeb. Dictionary app which I really like.
  • WPS office. To open all the pdf, excel and such files.
  • YouTube.

And that concludes it!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and got something from it.

How do you customise your phone? Do you have loads of widgets on your homescreen or do you prefer it simple? Are there any icon packs you use? Which are the most used apps on your phone? Do you use any that I mentioned? Let me know in the comments below!

Truthwitch || I know nothing and I’m ranting about it

truthwitch.jpgTitle: Truthwitch

Author: Susan Dennard

Genre: Fantasy

Status: Book 1 of The Witchlands

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Synopsis:

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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I was really expecting to like this book. The hype for the last few months has been thrown into my face and I bought even the second expecting I’d love it so much that I wouldn’t be able to wait.

Rash decisions.

This review might contain very mild spoilers, and lots of rants.

The Plot

Safiya and Iseult are being chased. Mostly because Safiya is a Truthwitch, meaning she can discern truth from lies. Now, why is this so important over any other witchery that everyone either wants her or is helping her escape? I DON’T KNOW. It doesn’t seem very impressive to me. I’d rather have a powerful elemental with me.*

They might only want freedom and a nice place to live in, but they attract trouble wherever they go. Legit. At every turn there’s some problem. And let’s not even go into the fact that there is a Bloodwitch hunting her, for reasons I’m still not completely sure of.

So there’s this truce between empires. It’s coming to it’s end. There’ll be a war and something something I don’t know. It wasn’t explained much more than “The Twelve Year Truce is going to and and we’re all doomed, especially Safi.”

K bro.

Prince Merik of another kingdom is roped into saving Safi as well. And a huge chase ensues. There’s some chemistry between Merik and Safi. And Iseult.. is injured.

Honestly, the only thing I liked in the book was Merik and Safi’s chemistry but Merik kept doing the “I can’t because of who she is and who I am” nonsense that I usually only read in girls. I got quite annoyed.

*Is this why I’m not a royal? Because I make bad decisions?

The Characters

Safiya fon Hasstrel was irritating. She kept taking rash decisions and leaned on Iseult to be calm and come up with good plans to balance her bad ones. The whole time, I just saw Safi getting them into trouble and Iseult coming up with escape plans because SAFI CAN’T. She’s all rash decisions and no brains.

Iseult kept getting tagged along in all the trouble. I honestly just felt sad for Iseult because she followed Safi everywhere and did not complain ONCE. I mean, the least Safi could do was appreciate that and sit tight. Iseult has her own issues with her powers, and she’s Nomatsi so she receives a lot of discrimination. She’s the diversity rep in the book. She’s clear headed and keeps reminding herself to stay calm and expressionless.

Stasis. Stasis in your fingertips and in your toes.

She repeats that line to herself a lot throughout the book, reminding herself to not feel or express. BUT despite getting her fair share of the book in her POV, she wasn’t very important. And I wish she was. She could have had more of a role than following Safi and only a small bit of her stuff when Safi could get everyone chasing her and also a romance.

Merik is a noble prince who just wants the best for his kingdom and is fighting with his sister for it. He’s an Airwitch and has only one goal which is to get trade started between his kingdom and others again. I liked him.. but that much too. Comparitively, to Safi, I liked him way more.

Aeduan, the Bloodwitch, is super powerful and feared. He’s got his own agenda throughout the book and we get quite a bit from his POV but I couldn’t understand why. I could have gone without it so I don’t understand his importance in the book. Considering he’s the last of the four character POVs we get, I’ll admit, I was rooting for him and Iseult for a bit there. Mainly because I wanted Iseult to have someone who is stable unlike Safi.

The World Building

Oh I’ve been waiting to get to this. Let the rants begin.

In the beginning of the book, the word Threadsisters was mentioned with absolutely NO explanation. By the time I understood what it meant, I was quite into the book that I go annoyed by every reference to it until then. That’s point number 1.

A little later, Cleaving was mentioned, with minimal explanation which confused the heck out of me. Point number 2.

Though no one knew what made a person cleave…

In page 56, that line is followed by some theory nonsense which didn’t explain anything. Basically, even the characters don’t know about their own world. And since we’re seeing from their POV and thoughts, we know nothing either.

I was into page 462 (out of 479) and this very important mention to Cahr Awen was made. Guess what? I didn’t know WHAT IT MEANT. I had no clue, and I spent the rest of the book trying to understand what I missed. After I finished the book, I flipped back and searched and realised why I didn’t. Because the explanation did not give me any clarity and I thought it might come later. (It didn’t)

The world building and explanation was not done well. And because of that, I didn’t like the writing as well. There’s this fantasy world with witches mostly based on the elements but from nowhere there are Bloodwitches, Glamourwitches, Threadwitches and Voidwitches. I’ve finished one whole book and I still don’t know if that’s all the witch types existing (I think there are more?). I’m also clueless about all the powers of a Bloodwitch despite reading from the character’s POV who knows everything about his powers.

Page 479:

Because now she knew what she could do—what she could be.

Um, which is what exactly? The part when she had a “eureka” moment was completely related to (from what I gathered) mental view and confidence. Not relating to her powers. But it’s now mentioned as if she has some hidden powers we found out recently? All she’s got is some goddarn luck by which she barely survives every single time. Oh and because of Iseult’s brain.

Overall

I’m quite disappointed with the plot, characters, world building, the “history lessons” (which told me barely anything)—I can say that the only thing I liked was the chemistry between Safi and Merik, but I’m not very into that as well? I’m considering it my one beacon of light and going into the second book. That’s it.

Someone said on Goodreads that Windwitch is a 100% better, and I really hope it is.

two-stars