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January Reading Challenges update + February goals

Hey y’all!

2020 is the first year where I take on reading challenges/readathons for the first time. I mentioned all the ones I’m participating in last year, and I was hesitant if I’ll be able to truly keep up with them. But I’m trying!

In this post, I’ll go through my updates on every challenge and the goals I have for this month.

GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE

I kept my goal 150 books, same as last year. But I’m already behind on the challenge lol.

Right now, I’m 3 books behind on my challenge with 12/150 books completed. 9 books were read in January. That’s a low number compared to previous years as January is usually the month when I read many books. But this time I didn’t have a full sem break in Jan so the reads went down as well.

My goal this month is to catch up with the challenge. If I don’t catch up by the end of February, I’ll mostly lower my goal. The rest of the year will just be more hectic so if I don’t catch up now, I won’t later.

SOUTH-ASIAN READING CHALLENGE 2020

Started by Fanna, the goal is just to read as many South-Asian books as you can. There are also Books of the Month (BOTM) picked by the hosts every month.

In January, I read one of the BOTMs which was My So Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma. I almost didn’t read it but managed to squeeze it in at the end of the month.

For February, I’m reading 2 South-Asian books. One is Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen which I’m currently listening to as an audiobook. The other is Stories We Never Tell by Savi Sharma which I picked up in the bookstore recently.

#StartOnYourShelfathon

In my excitement for this challenge, I made a whole post about what I’d like to read in Janurary. I read three books from that list and stopped following it. I’m a mood reader so I honestly expected it.

Books I read that fit this challenge:

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern
  • The Silva Mind Control Method by Jose Silva
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Books I want to read in February:

  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (currently reading!)
  • Stories We Never Tell by Savi Sharma
  • Frankly in Love by David Yoon

2020 POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE

My progress on this challenge is LAUGHABLE. The only reason I got any ticked off was because I read books that fit two challenges.

Prompts I completed:

  • Book about a world leader: Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • A book set in Japan: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • A book with more than 20 words in the title: My So Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
  • A book with a 3 word-title: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

I’m doing the same in February as January. I’m trying to fit all my reads picked for other challenges into prompts for this challenge.

Prompts I’m aiming for in February:

  • A book that’s published in 2020: The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa (already finished!)
  • A book set in a country beginning with C: Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen which is set in China.
  • A book you picked because the title caught your attention: The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which was a random buy at the bookstore because of the title.
  • A book by a WOC: Stories We Never Tell by Savi Sharma

And that’s it! It feels like a lot haha. Let’s hope I can do it all.

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WWW Wednesday // 05 Feb 2020

Hey everyone!

Ever since my internship started halfway through January, my reading has significantly gone down. Right now, I’m 4 books behind on my Goodreads reading challenge. This last week, I’ve been reading whenever I can to keep pace.

My goal is to catch up on the challenge in the next two weeks or so. Let’s hope I can do it lol. Otherwise, I might reduce my goal.

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

The Three Ws are:

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

What did you recently finish reading?

1. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

To be honest, I finished this on 26th which is not in the last 7 days. But I want to talk about it since I didn’t in any post.

I like the author’s style as in Norwegian Wood. The underlying intention of the plot was a good concept as well. But the world-building and the fully developed plot did not make sense. I was confused a lot. After I finished the book, it left no lasting impression on me.

It was honestly disappointing. I expected a lot out of it since it’s a very popular Murakami book that many love, but I didn’t like it. Only after posting my disappointment over it did I find that many others didn’t like it as well.

So yeah, it is a popular book that I didn’t like.

2. My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

Read this as part of the South-Asian Reading Challenge after Kafka on the Shore since I wanted an easy feel-good book. It was really nice! Loved all the Indian elements and Bollywood references. The romance was quite nice too. But mainly, I loved the characters.

I’ll post a review on it in a few days, so look out for that!

3. Well Met by Jen DeLuca

When this released, it became super popular amongst romance readers online. The hype made me wary because it can always lead me wrong in the romance genre. There are things that I specifically don’t like.

I finally decided to read it as I already had it on my Kindle. And it was nice!!!! The book was so nice.

Main points: set in a small town, includes a Renaissance Fair(!!) and the romance is hate-to-love. It was so nice to watch the two main characters grow closer through banter and conversations about Shakespeare.

The hype did not lead me wrong here.

4. #TheRealCinderella by Yesenia Vargas

Okay so I’ll be honest. This wasn’t even on my radar.

I got an audiobook subscription few days back, mainly to listen during commute. As I walk for most of my commute duration, I can’t read. Audiobooks never worked for me before but I really wanted to try them again since it’ll help with my commute.

I found this book while perusing the selection available on Storytel. Since it would be my first time listening to an audiobook while commuting, I thought I’d try an easy read to see if I can manage concentrating to the book while on my way.

#TheRealCinderella sounded very much like the movie A Cinderella Story starring Hillary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. I was curious whether the story was an almost literal copy, and it would be an easy read. That’s why I picked it up randomly.

Now that I’ve finished it, I can say that it was pretty much the same as the movie’s plot. Click here for my full review on the book.


What are you currently reading?

It seems to that I’ve gone back to reading multiple books at a time haha. And it’s only because they’re all on different mediums.

1. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Picked this one up in my last bookstore run. I was curious and honestly wanted a small book to read. This caught my eye since it’s short stories.

I’ve read only about two short stories so far, but it’s going good. I’m not a fan of short stories, generally. I want to try though. Let’s hope I enjoy it.

2. Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

This was already on my Kindle and my Kindle was next to me on the couch during my weekend laziness. So I started reading this book.

Not going to lie, I don’t think I’ll like it..? The beginning was kinda weird and I don’t like the characters all that much. I’ll read a bit more and decide whether I want to DNF* it.

*Did Not Finish: book blogger speak for not liking the book enough to abandon it midway.

3. Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

Quite a few people I follow have been RAVING about this book, especially Fanna. When I saw the title available on Storytel, I had to start it as my next audiobook.

I just started it this morning on my way to work so I’m not going to make any judgements just yet. Let’s see how it goes.


What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m a mood reader and I pick up books randomly, so I’m not sure. But there are books that I hope to read this month. It could be next week, or it may not be.

1. Stories We Never Tell by Savi Sharma

Picked this book up on my last bookstore run along with The Thing Around Your Neck. It caught my eye because the author is claimed to be India’s highest selling female author. I’ve never heard of her though, so I thought I’ll give her work a try.

The synopsis clues in that it’s a romance so it should be perfect for February’s South-Asian Reading Challenge prompt which is Mohabbat i.e. love. Keeping in theme with Valentine’s day and all.

2. The Worst Best Man by Mia Rosa

This book has been on my TBR for a while now, ever since I saw it on someone’s blog post. It released just yesterday and I’m super excited to read it.

I also found a romance book club on Instagram called Romancetheque Book Club. It is hosted by @thebibliotheque whom I’ve been following for a long time, and our reading tastes are quite similar. Joining the book club was a no-brainer.

The book pick for February is The Worst Best Man so it’s extra incentive for me to read this book soon.


And that’s it for my bookish updates!

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Ten Most Recent Additions To My Bookshelf

Hey everyone!

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a list about books and we’re overdue for one. And today’s topic is exciting!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt has come in the right time because there have been quite a few additions to my bookshelf recently, and I can’t wait to talk about all of them.

I’m listing my physical additions first and then the ones on my Kindle!

[1] Release by Patrick Ness

I met up with my Bangalore Book Club on Sunday and Sukhaja from Bookish Bulletin* was SO KIND to giveaway** the books that she doesn’t have space for anymore. It went off almost like an auction, with first dibs called on the Whatsapp group.

I managed to nab this book and I’m so happy to finally own a Patrick Ness! I’ve been wanting to read his work for a long time and this will finally push me to it.

*check out her YouTube channel as she has some really good book recs on it!
**P.S. I gave away a couple books as well, so my bookshelf is still kinda balanced haha.

[2] Stories We Never Tell by Savi Sharma

I went to my favourite bookstore with the other Book Club members and sold back two* of my books for store credit. Of course I had to get new books, and I wanted to go for some new books that I haven’t heard of before.

Stories We Never Tell caught my eye as I was just going around in the bookstore, and the tagline “the most popular female author of India” caught my eye. With the South Asian Reading Challenge going on, I’m definitely trying to read more books by Indian authors and this looked perfect to try.

I will let y’all know how it is once I’m done!

*yes 4 books disappeared from my shelf in total! I like how I’m managing to keep my number of books constant haha.

The Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf - books in picture: Stories We Never Tell by Savi Sharma, The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Release by Patrick Ness

[3] The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I actually also own Americanah by the same author, which was an old Book of the Month picked by the club but one that I haven’t gotten to yet. I am intrigued by the popularity of Adichie’s works though and definitely will read more. I hadn’t heard of The Thing Around Your Neck before but many fellow book club members have and loved it, so of course I got it.

It’s a pretty thin book so I do think I’ll pick it up sooner, especially since it’s also a collection of short stories.

[4] Six of Crows Collector’s Edition by Leigh Bardugo

I already spoke about this in my life update but if you haven’t read that yet, my awesome-sauce friends gifted me this GORGEOUS edition after seeing it on my wishlist. I was so shocked when I saw it and my reaction is recorded on video for proof. It’s the most beautiful book I own at the moment.

six of crows collector's edition

[5] Circe by Madeline Miller

Another birthday gift that I received, this one from my book club, was Circe. It is a book that most of the members have either read or want to read, so I trust where they’re coming from and am super excited to read it.

Also, doesn’t hurt that this book is gorgeous too haha. I can’t resist pretty books.

circe by madeline miller

[6] Frankly In Love by David Yoon

My book club* did a Secret Santa pool back in December, and this LOVELY book was the gift that I got from my Santa. It’s a book that was on my wishlist but one that I would always pass up for another book, so I’m super glad that my Santa got it for me. I’m definitely going to be reading it soon when I need a YA contemporary kick.

*wow they’re being referenced a LOT today haha

Frankly in love by David Yoon

[7] The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

This book was this month’s Book of the Month pick, and I’m actually already done reading it. It came at the right time since Toni Morrison is rising in popularity and I’ve become intrigued by her works as well.

As I read this book, I was confused by the timeline and the point of the story. We kept shifting focus on characters, and some chapters are in first person while all others are in third person point of view. The author’s intention was to let us read and assemble the timeline ourselves, but it caused a disconnect between me and the characters. I couldn’t truly connect with them because I was trying to grasp the story.

It is a profound story involving themes of racism, sexism, neglect, abuse, and other strong topics. I am still looking forward to read more from the author as I’ve heard her writing is not like this all the time.

[8] My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

As I am taking part in the South Asian Reading Challenge this year, I will be picking up some books for their prompts.

My So-Called Bollywood Life is the backlist book recommended by the hosts for this month’s theme “shuruat” i.e. beginning. The premise sounds interesting and while I may not be able to read it this month itself, I am excited to read it soon.

[9] Us, Again by Elle Maxwell

Recently, I’ve been reading books with strong themes—ones that require concentration and mulling over. This has made me want a light hearted book to offset them and I always turn to romance during these times.

Us, Again is a romance book that I got on impulse off my Goodreads TBR and am currently reading. I’m not enjoying it very much, as the male lead is pushy and slightly problematic, but it’s a book I’m simply reading to pass the time. So, yeah. Hopefully I like it by the end but I won’t be too disappointed if I don’t.

[10] Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

I’m pretty sure this book caught my eye either on Goodreads as someone else was reading it or through a book recommendations blog post. I’m unsure of where exactly, but it sounded really nice and I impulsively got it on my Kindle.

I’m generally quite picky about my paperback and hardback buys but I go all impulsive on ebooks haha.


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What are the most recent additions to your bookshelf? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above?

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The Coffee Book Tag

It’s been a long time since I did any tag, and I’ve been itching for one haha.

I found this tag over at This Splendid Shambles and it looked really nice. Bring on the coffee vibes!

a steaming cup gif

1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

It’s tough to get into because there are SO MANY BOOKS in the Shadowhunter world now. Not to mention, the original series is quite cringey to read if the reader has grown older. I liked it when I was 15, but really disliked it when I tried to reread at 19.

But whoever did read it and loved it, continued to love the rest of the books. All the Shadowhunter books have hardcore fans who have read every single book (including the novellas) and have as many Shadowhunter merch as they can get.

2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year

Harry Potter books by JK Rowling.

Okay I never understood why but TONS of Harry Potter readalongs occur during the Winter, especially in December. I’m not a huge HP fan so I’m extra skeptical. Suddenly several people start rereading the books in December for no reason. It doesn’t make sense lol.

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favourite children’s book?

I quite like Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. It’s the one children’s book I can reread even now.

It’s actually a Middle Grade book, but yeah. While the movie starring Anne Hathaway is good, it doesn’t do much justice to the book. The book has a much bigger and more interesting plot with better twists and character development.

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer.

My overall rating of the book isn’t that great because the ending ruined things, but the suspense of the book is amazing. I was gripped from start to finish and my mum laughed at me for being so out of the real world. All of Jeffrey Archer’s books are like that but this was the one I read last. My review talks more about the book in detail.

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

This is, by far, the most popular classic and the most recommended one. It also has the most pretty versions because, daamn. Some of the versions look SO GOOD. I want them all.

P. S. I was going to say Harry Potter for this as well because those books haunt me everywhere, but decided to not give the same answer for two questions.

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shutout

Penny Reid!

I absolutely LOVE Penny Reid’s books. Her book Neanderthal Seeks Human got me more excited to read the romance genre and explore it. It’s one of the few books I had read back then which had a great plot and had characters.

7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

The hype really did me dirty for this one. Everyone was RAVING about it, that I even got a paperback instead of an ebook. I trusted the hype, and was highly disappointed. I hated it so much that I started annotating m frustration around 50 pages in. Mine is an unpopular opinion, and I don’t understand why most people love it.

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying

The Selection series by Kiera Cass

I absolutely loved the first book, and liked books 2 and 3 enough. Book 4 was bad but book 5 saved the series just barely. It’s a roller coaster, but I like the series in the end. It’s my go-to when I want to reread a series.


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What would be your answers to these questions?

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A-Z Reading Challenge 2019

It’s the end of the year! Which means that it’s time to look back on all the challenges and see how we’ve done.

I didn’t join in on any challenges this year since I knew that I won’t be able to keep up with them all. College has been HECTIC, and I was expecting it. But there are two challenges that I always participate in passively. It’s the Goodreads reading challenge, where I set my goal to 150 books this year. Another is the A-Z Reading Challenge.

How this challenge works is that we have to read books for every alphabet. For A, we should read a book whose name starts with A. The one rule is that “The”, “A” and “An” doesn’t count. For Q, X and Z, the letters can be anywhere in the title.

P.S. This is part of my blogmas! Follow my blog to not miss any of my posts since I’ll be posting everyday leading up to Christmas. You can also check out all the posts I’ve published so far.

Here’s what my list looks like!

A – Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

B – Butterface by Avery Flynn

C – City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab

D – Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

E – Educated by Tara Westover

F – The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

G – Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

H – Heartache and Hope by Jay McLean

I – Intercepted by Alexa Martin

J – Justice by K.C. Lynn

K – Knots by Deblina Bhattacharya

L – The Lie by C.L. Taylor

M – Muffin Top by Avery Flynn

me standing next to a stack of books of my height

N – Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

O – On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

P – Punk 57

Q – Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

R – Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

S – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

T – That Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson

U – The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

V – A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

W – The Wicked King by Holly Black

X – The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Y – The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Z – The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez


I completed it! When I was planning this post and noted down the books for every letter, I was still missing Q and Y. It was only last week that I managed to complete those haha. And that’s by cleverly choosing a small book for Y. But I’m glad I did 24 letters without consciously trying!

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Are you doing the A to Z Reading Challenge as well? Or are you doing any other challenge? Tell me in the comments!

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Top 10 Romance Reads of 2019

2019 was my year of romance reading.

Over the last few years, the number of romance books I read has been slowly increasing. This year, my favourite genre changed from Fantasy to Romance. Or maybe it changed late last year but I only came to terms with it in 2019.

Since I was all into Adult Romance, I gobbled up romance books A LOT. My Goodreads challenge has very few books which are not in the Adult Romance genre. As I read so many of them, I thought I’d share my favourites with y’all.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a freebie, so we’re free to post any top 10 list of ours. And I’m so glad because I can’t join in on any of the Christmas lists haha.

Note: most of these are Adult Romances and contain various degrees of explicit scenes.


[1] Rafe by Rebekan Weatherspoon

Rafe

I read this book only recently and it has SWOOPED into my favourites easily, destroying the chance for any other book. This book was SO GOOD. I’m still reeling from that reading experience.

  • Awesome chemistry.
  • Cute AF six year old.
  • BREAKING GENDER STEREOTYPES.
  • Being understanding and respectable about boundaries!!!
  • ADULTS ACTING LIKE RESPONSIBLE ADULTS.
  • Slow and true relationship growth.

I read that book twice in the span of a month. After my first read, I read two other books, but then this was just too good and nothing else compared so I HAD to reread it.

Click here to read my entire review.


[2] Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

long shot

This is too good to not be one of the top picks. I knew when I was reading the book that it would make into my top reads of 2019. It deserves more talk and more recognition.

  • SO MUCH MORE THAN ROMANCE.
  • Will definitely break your heart at least once.
  • Domestic abuse rep.
  • HARD TO READ.
  • The romance is so worth it, though.
  • STRONG CHARACTERS.
  • Major trigger warnings!!!! (mentioned in my review)

Click here to read my review.


[3] RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE BY CASEY MCQUISTON

red white and royal blue

Honestly, is there ANY surprise that this is included in my list?

  • HILARIOUS.
  • Very strong characters.
  • T H E R O M A N C E.
  • It’s suuuuuper gay and chaotic.
  • BRITISH PRINCE AND FIRST SON OF AMERICA!
  • Cute as heck.
  • The banter between the characters is highly entertaining.
  • YOU SHOULD READ IT.

Click here to see my full review.


[4] The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

the flatshare

Yoo this book will NOT get out of my head. It’s been so long since I read it, and it still pops up in my thoughts like ?? What is that effect? The plot is ah-mazing.

  • OPPOSITES ATTRACT.
  • They share an apartment, and a bed, but have never met.
  • CUUTE ROMANCE.
  • Conversations via sticky notes around the house!!
  • A+ CHARACTERS.
  • Finding long lost love!!!
  • An adorable meddling 5 year old.
  • GREAT CHEMISTRY.
  • Content warnings mentioned in my review.

Click here to read my review.


[5] The Friend Zone by Abby Jiminez

the friend zone book cover

This. Book. It gave me way too many feels, and broke my heart a little too much before saving me. A really really nice romance book with a well thought-out plot.

  • STRONG FEMALE LEAD.
  • Female lead has uterine fibroids, and we see it affecting her life in detail.
  • FRIENDS TO LOVERS.
  • Open-minded and understanding male lead.
  • AWESOMESAUCE CHEMISTRY.

Click here to read my review.


[6] FUMBLED BY ALEXA MARTIN

fumbled

Alexa Martin is an author whom I discovered this year and am LOVING her work. Fumbled was my first book of hers and I’m sure I’ll read many more.

  • HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS.
  • A super cute 10 year old!
  • Perfect for fans of football.
  • FRIENDS GOALS.
  • Just is a very fun read.

Click here to read my full review.


[7] HEARTACHE & HOPE BY JAY MCLEAN

heartache and hope

Okay so I actually did not write a full review for this because I binge read both the books in this duet in less than two days. After that, I was just reeling from the effects and my heart needed TIME. Then I just couldn’t not form proper sentences for this book.

  • WILL BREAK YOUR HEART. Definitely. For sure.
  • Heartache and Hope. The title says it all. It’ll break you, fix you back, and repeat.
  • HIGH SCHOOL LOVE.
  • A really good plot. And so unique.
  • VAR VETERAN REP. PTSD REP. DISABILITY REP.
  • Honestly, all the representations were brilliant. The female lead’s mum suffers from PTSD after being a PoW. It’s.. a lot to take in.
  • You will need time to heal after this duet.
  • WORTH IT.

Advised to read content warnings before picking up the book.


[8] FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT BY JENN P. NGUYEN

fake it till you break it

This is the only Young Adult book in this list. It’s technically contemporary but it’s pretty much romance so I’m counting it.

  • ENEMIES TO LOVERS TROPE.
  • In a different way, it’s also kind of friends-to-lovers trope.
  • FAKE DATING TROPE.
  • The characters are awesome.
  • ADORABLE AF RELATIONSHIP.
  • It’s a light and very fun read.

Click here to read my review.


[9] THE UNHONEYMOONERS BY CHRISTINA LAUREN

the unhoneymooners

Christina Lauren have smoothed into my favourite Romance authors list. So of course one of their books would be in this list.

  • Perfect vacation read.
  • Or just for a chill afternoon.
  • ENEMIES TO LOVERS TROPE.
  • The plot was really nice.
  • HILARIOUS BANTER.
  • Cool characters.
  • WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH.

[10] FOREVER RIGHT NOW BY EMMA SCOTT

forever right now book cover

When I found and picked up this book, I didn’t have many expectations. I just read it, and it was okay. But by the time I finished the book, it really made an impact on me. I spent days just thinking about it. After a while, I reread it and liked it even more.

This is one of those books which sneaks up on you and you don’t even realise when it becomes one of your favourites.

  • ALCOHOLIC RECOVERY REP.
  • A strong female lead, who I’m honestly inspired by.
  • She’s also very compassionate.
  • SINGLE DAD TROPE.
  • The characters in this book were A+.
  • SLOW-BURN ROMANCE.
  • Emotional and sweet.
  • MAKES A LASTING IMPRESSION.

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And those were my top romance reads of the year! (so far haha)

What were your favourite reads of 2019? Have you read any of these books? If you’ve done today’s Top Ten Tuesday, leave your links below!

Let's Talk Bookish // Content Warnings for Books

If you’ve been quite involved in the online bookish community for a while, especial book twitter, you would at least know about the talk around content warnings.

For the last year or so, I’ve seen a rise in the mentioning of content warnings for books. Be it in book reviews, synopses, or just tweets talking about the books. Content warnings are being increasingly included.

In all honesty, I was confused about the whole debate in the beginning. Why was it something that needed to be said? Isn’t it easier to inherently better to specify content warnings so that readers will know what they’re getting themselves into? Personally, I need to be in the right head-space to read about heavy topics.

I was even more confused when people were advocating AGAINST content warnings. The main reasoning was that it would giveaway some of the content, and be somewhat of a spoiler. That the “experience” of the plot will be ruined. And I guess, to some extent, I can agree. But what if the topic can seriously trigger a reader, and emotionally harm them? Isn’t that an even worse experience? How is it justifiable to choose not spoil a part of the book in return for potentially harming the well-being of the reader?

Not sure about you, but I was shocked by the debate and just how strongly many opposed content warnings. I wasn’t vocal about it online, but I did appreciate and retweet everyone who spoke for content warnings.

But I am glad to have seen the talk online, because it made me realize that while I appreciated content and trigger warnings, I wasn’t including them myself. You cannot believe just how ashamed I was for not mentioning it in my reviews specifically. I would mention them in sentences in my reviews normally, but I wouldn’t highlight them so they’re not missed.

After realizing, I started putting in content warnings for books. While I haven’t made time to update all of my previous reviews with warnings, I make sure to add them when writing new reviews. I admit, I don’t know just about everything which requires content warnings. There seems to be varying degrees of seriousness to content warnings online. Some people put up warnings for a lot of things, while others put a highlight on heavy topics only.

So, I started going with my gut. Whatever I felt like needs content warnings, I put it in. But I’m glad that I consciously realize and put in content warnings for things. And every time I come across content warnings by others, I am appreciative. Even though I’m okay with reading just about every thing, I’d rather know what I’m walking into and if I’m in the right head-space for it.

I’m disappointed that while reviewers and bloggers have begun mentioning content warnings, authors and publishers RARELY do it. It’s saddening to see that, in the marketing perspective, they’d rather everyone pick up the book and don’t bother to consider the readers’ well-being.

The only genre where I’ve seen content warnings mentioned officially is romance. There are tons of romance authors out there who specifically mention content warnings, and I’ve seen it highlighted in Goodreads pages. Once I realized that not everyone does it, I’ve become grateful of the authors and officials who took the time to consider and and put in those warnings.

Seeing it from the other perspective, yes, some readers may choose not to pick up the book after seeing the content warnings. In fact, after I strongly mentioned the trigger warnings in my review of Long Shot, there were multiple comments saying that they will make sure to not pick it up because they can’t handle it. But that’s also a GOOD thing. From the marketing perspective, if those readers read the book and had a bad experience, they would rate and review it negatively.

In fact, I’ve seen several negative reviews of books which are solely because there were no content warnings, which lead the readers to have a bad experience. And that, in turn, hurts sales and warns others from picking up the book.

It can also work the other way, though. For example, when I read Kat’s review of Long Shot, I didn’t pick it up immediately. I waited until I was sure that I’m in the right head-space for it, and would be able to deal with the emotions the book would give me, before picking it up. And I was able to enjoy the book more knowing what will be thrown at me. I’m sure that if there were no warnings, my experience wouldn’t have been the same.

In conclusion, I’m totally for content and trigger warnings to mentioned whenever a book is reviewed/recommended. They make a huge impact in the reader’s perception of the book, before and while reading the book. And no matter what, people’s mental health is much more important. Everyone should be more considerate of the effects some topics could have on other readers.

Several readers find solace in books. Myself included. We read to get away from reality to a different world. One with adventure, an interesting life, and possibly happy endings. Content warnings help with choosing which books to read according to what the reader can handle.

The reason I got into romance in the first place was because almost all of them have happy endings, and I could really use the hope. But going in for a happy ending, and coming across heavy topics, would totally ruin my reading experience.

Books I’ve enjoyed after reading the content warnings:


This post was written in response to this week’s Let’s Talk Bookish prompt, a weekly bookish meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books.


What are your thoughts on content warnings? Not just for books, but other content as well?

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WWW Wednesday // 9 October 2019

Hey everyone!

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

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

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

The Three Ws are:

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

What are you currently reading?

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

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

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


What did you recently finish reading?

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

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

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

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

I gave the book 3/5 stars.

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

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

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

I gave the book 4.5/5 stars.

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

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

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

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

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

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


What do you think you’ll read next?

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


And that’s all about my bookish updates!

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WWW Wednesday // 2 October 2019

Happy October y’all!

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

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

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

The Three Ws are:

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

What are you currently reading?

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

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

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

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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

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

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

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


What did you recently finish reading?

Last week saw me finish 3 books.

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

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

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

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

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

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


What do you think you will read next?

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

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


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10 Books I HAVE To Read This Fall

Hey y’all!

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

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

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


Rebel by Marie Lu

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

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

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The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

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

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


Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao

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

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


Educated by Tara Westover

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


Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami

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

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

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With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

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

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

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


Awk-weird by Avery Flynn

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

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

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


Faker by Sarah Smith

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

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


Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

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


That Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson

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

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


And that was my fall 2019 TBR!

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

The Reader Problems Book Tag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I. DO. NOT.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I feel attacked.

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

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I tag…

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

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

Book Blogger Confessions Tag

Hey y’all!

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

RULES

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?

Intercepted by Alexa Martin

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

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

3. Which book do you love to hate? 

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

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

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

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4. Which book would you throw into the sea?

OH I HAVE A PERFECT ONE FOR THIS.

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

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

Click here to read my full review on the book.

5. Which book have you read the most?

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

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

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

7. Which book could you not live without? 

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

8. Which book made you angriest? 

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

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

9. Which book made you cry the most?

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

10. Which book cover do you hate the most?

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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

I tag…

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

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

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

Hey y’all!

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

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


Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

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

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

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The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

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

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

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Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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

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

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

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

My Review | Goodreads


The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

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

My Review | Goodreads


The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway

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

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

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

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The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare

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

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

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The Siren by Kiera Cass

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

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

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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

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

My Review | Goodreads


Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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

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

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


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

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Favourite Book Tropes!

Hey y’all!

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

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

[1] Best Friends to Lovers

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

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[2] Hate to Love Romance

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

Recommended books:

[3] Fake Dating

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

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

Recommended books:

[4] Secret Baby romance trope

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

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

Recommended books:

[5] The Cinderella trope

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

Recommended books:

[6] Hero hidden away from the magic world

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

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And those were my favourite tropes!


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Do you have any favourite tropes?

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Thank You, Next // Book Tag

Oh hey look at me posting so soon again!

Me being irregular at blogging is kinda a joke I make at this point, but I do think I’m putting my time away from blogging to good use (mostly). Especially recently, so I’m not too disappointed.

One of the ways to easily get back into blogging is to do blogging tags. I’ve noticed this from my blogging slump times. Tags are always really fun. I’ve had quite a few tags bookmarked from a while so I thought this is the perfect time to do some of them.

I saw this tag at Bookmark Your Thoughts and immediately bookmarked it. Okay, let’s get to it!

[1] NAME A BOOK THAT YOU SAID THANK YOU, NEXT TO (I.E. DNF’D – DID NOT FINISH)

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More Than Words by Mia Sheridan.

I really liked Mia Sheridan at one point. And I mean, REALLY liked. Her books broke my heart and I kept going back because I like books that break me completely. She captures sadness, grief and loneliness so well in words.

But no matter what, the plot does matter. More Than Words is about two kids who fell in love and got separated. Years later, the male lead is a singer/rockstar/celebrity who has been all over and done tons of stupid things. He meets the girl again at a low point and her “freshness” and “innocence” rekindles his music.

I am so done with these brooding, sad male leads who are seen as man-whores, do drugs and are reckless who chase the fresh, almost naive, innocent female leads who don’t care about money but aren’t at a very happy place and aren’t confident in themselves.

Honestly, so done with that plotline. So I just had to stop reading it. Thank you, next.

[2] NAME A BOOK THAT TAUGHT YOU LOVE (I.E. YOU LOVED)

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden!

I absolutely LOVED the Winternight trilogy! It has been so long since I read such a good fantasy book who’s plot, characters AND the world drew me in completely. I DROWNED into the first book and berated myself for not reading it sooner.

[3] NAME A BOOK THAT TAUGHT YOU PATIENCE

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas.

I’ll confess, I didn’t like A Court of Thorns and Roses (book 1). I was totally into Throne of Glass then but I just couldn’t like ACOTAR. But when there was SO MUCH HYPE in the online book community about A Court of Mist and Fury (book 2), I decided to give it a chance.

ACOMAF became by favourite book. It was THAT GOOD. I was so surprised that I would like it so much when I disliked ACOTAR. I was looking forward to A Court of Wings and Ruin (book 3) so much. I even pre-ordered the book, and the cover is super pretty. But the story? Ugh. It was truly a test of my patience.

I hated ACOWAR, y’all. All my characters were acting so different. The reason I loved ACOMAF was because of the characters and all of them were acting so stupid in book 3! It was horrendous. The only reason I read it all was because of my love for ACOMAF and in hope that it would redeem itself. No such luck, though.

[4] NAME A BOOK THAT TAUGHT YOU PAIN

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews.

I was looking forward to Cait’s, aka PaperFury‘s, debut novel so much. I had been following her for over a year by then and loved her writing snippets and blogging style.

Her debut exceeded all my expectations. It also absolutely B R O K E me. Remember when I said I love books that break me? It’s true. I almost felt physical pain in my heart while reading this book. I also almost sobbed multiple times. I had to work hard to hold myself back from outright crying in public once.

[5] NAME A BOOK THAT YOU LOVED AT THE TIME OF READING BUT IN HINDSIGHT YOU DO NOT LIKE AS MUCH ANYMORE BUT WHICH YOU STILL LEARNED SOME OTHER QUALITY FROM

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Until Lilly by Aurora Rose Reynolds.

I have no clue why but I really got into the secret-baby romance trope after reading a book that had it and was looking for other books with the trope. Until Lilly was the first one that I found.

I know why I loved it the first time I read it. I was concentrating on the playout of the secret-baby trope romance. It was done really well, in my opinion. I still think that. It had a villain, misunderstandings, two adorable kids, and even some danger. It seemed perfect. I liked it even more after my second read, when I came back after reading a few more books having the same trope.

The third time I read it was after reading a few more romance novels, and especially after finding out what unhealthy relationships are. I learnt what “problematic” stuff in stories, and real life, are. And that was when I realized that Until Lilly actually has a problematic relationship in the forefront. The male lead orders the female lead around, and she goes along with it after a small fight because she’s so in love with him. It was kinda disturbing, especially since I liked the book.

I actually have two blog posts on this. One is my review after reading it the second time, and another is me explaining in-depth on why I changed my rating from 5 to 3.

So what did I learn from this book? Just because something is done well doesn’t mean the book is all-good.

[6] NAME A BOOK THAT YOU’RE CURRENTLY TALKING TO (I.E. HAVE THE HOTS FOR)

Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen.

I feel like all I’ve been doing recently is talking about this book haha. I just love it so much!

It’s such an adorable book. It has really nice characters, adorable relationship development, and the fake dating trope in the forefront! Indirectly, it also has hate-to-love and best-friends-to-lovers trope.

I wrote a whole detailed review so click here to know more!

[7] NAME A BOOK THAT GON’ LAST – THE BOOK OF YOU – THE BOOK THAT HELPED YOU LOVE YOURSELF A LITTLE MORE

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

I know that I don’t talk much about WDMR but it actually made a lot of impact on me. That was the first time that I saw many people in the online book community LOVE Indian characters. Indirectly, I felt loved because Dimple is literally me with very few changes in personality. I related to her so much. If she is loved so much, I can be too, right?

It was after WDMR that I changed my online alias name to my real name. I used to go by Iridescence. I’m so glad WDMR helped me start going by Sumedha, though. It helped me become confident with my true identity online.

I TAG..

Kristi @ Confessions of a YA Reader | AJ @ A Petite Slice of Life
Mel @ Cotton Candy Book Witch | and anyone else who wants to do this tag!


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What is a book that taught you pain? Do you like books that make you happy or books that break your heart? Or do you like thought-provoking books?