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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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Are you participating in any challenges? What’s your status?

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2020 Reading Challenges and Readathons I'm participating in

2020 is right around the corner and I am excited.

The upcoming year is the start to a new decade and the start to tons of new life experiences and opportunities. Everyone is abuzz with hopes and huge bucket lists and ambitious plans.

Going into 2020, I’m obviously going to keep up with my reading and am planning on making my reading a little bit more fun. Over the past month, I’ve seen SO MANY announcements for 2020 year-long readathons and reading challenges. It’s overwhelming to decide from several amazing options, but I’ve managed to decide on a few of them.

Now, I generally don’t participate in year-long reading challenges because I tend to forget about them. But this time, there are groups for these ones and friends from my bookstagram club are joining in as well. Hopefully, this will help me not forget and actually finish these challenges.

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Totally, I’m participating in 5(!!!!) reading challenges this year.

[1] Goodreads Reading Challenge

This is a staple for me every year. I’ve been participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge since 2015 and it’s a great way to track your reading.

How this works: it’s a very flexible challenge because the goal is set by you. The goal is the number of books you want to read next year, and using Goodreads* helps track your reading. All the math about whether you’re behind or ahead in your reading is done by Goodreads to help you keep track of your status.

My goal is 150 books, the same as 2019. Usually I stay ahead of my goal and manage to surpass it early enough but it wasn’t so this year. I barely managed to hit my goal. Because of that, I’m not increasing my goal next year. It would be nice to read more, but 150 is what I’m aiming for.

*by marking books as “read” along with the dates on the website

[2] A-Z Reading Challenge

This is another staple. I don’t consciously put effort for this every year. It’s more of an afterthought at the end of the year where I look back and see if I managed to get all the letters done. It’s just fun to look back and see how many you’ve managed to fill. This is also a very low effort challenge.

How it works: You read a book starting with every letter of the alphabet, with an exception for a few letters. See this post to know more.

me standing with my kindle

[3] South-Asian Reading Challenge 2020

Fanna @ fannatality came up with this brilliant reading challenge which aims to put more focus on South-Asian books and diversify our reading. More details about the challenge haven’t been released yet but I’m super excited to participate.

Click here to see the announcement post.

[4] #StartOnYourShelfathon

CW @ The Quiet Pond came up with this idea because she has a ton of backlist books on her physical which needed to be read last year. When she posted the idea on twitter and received a ton of positive response, she made up this AMAZING reading challenge.

To be honest, I don’t really need to be participating because my backlist books aren’t that many, but I want to just for the aesthetics and activities within this challenge. It’s very tempting.

The best part of this is that it doesn’t have prompts so I can mix it up with other reading challenges as well. Flexible challenges are my jam.

Click here to see my joining post and TBR!

me standing next to a stack of books of almost my height.

[5] 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge

I found this challenge purely by luck after it was shared in a book group that I’m in. The challenge has a total of 50 prompts (a lot, I know). I was very unsure of joining this one because of the amount of effort it will take to find books for the prompts, and the large number of prompts.

After deliberating for a whole day, I decided that I might as well give it a go. I haven’t participating in a reading challenge like this before and I really want to try. Plus, the prompts are so good and interesting! They will definitely push me out of my comfort zone and introduce some new books.

Click here to see the official post.


If I said that I’m not overwhelmed at all by the thought of taking on all of these challenges, it would be a lie. But since most of them are flexible and can be mixed with other challenges, it should be doable as long as I plan my reads right.

I’ve already started planning on how to tackle the Popsugar challenge with #StartOnYourShelfathon bu choosing books that I own which fits some Popsugar prompts. I think I can do this.

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Are you participating in any challenges for 2020? Reading or otherwise?

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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!

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WWW Wednesday // 2 October 2019

Happy October y’all!

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

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

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

The Three Ws are:

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

What are you currently reading?

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

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

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

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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

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

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

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


What did you recently finish reading?

Last week saw me finish 3 books.

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

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

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

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

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

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


What do you think you will read next?

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

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


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

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The Sunday Post // cheat days and good books

Happy Sunday everyone!

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

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

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

WHAT I DID

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT I READ

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

Girls of Paper and Fire book cover

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

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

Aurora Rising book cover

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

BTS Love Yourself Book Tag

Happy October y’all! To some of you it’s Halloween month, for me it’s Dussehra month, and for some bloggers it’s Blogtober month. All-in-all, a happening month.

I’m currently quite liking BTS. Not an ARMY yet but I’m growing to like more and more songs by them. So I thought doing a BTS Book Tag would be appropriate at this point.

This tag was created by Jess @ beaucoupbooks and I saw the tag over at boomarkyourthoughts.

Let’s go!


The Rules

  1. Tag/pingback @beaucoupbooks in your post.
  2. Feel free to use the graphics on Jess’s page.
  3. Tag at least one other person to do this tag but really, you don’t need to be tagged to do this post, anyone can.
  4. Pingback the person who tagged you so they can see the post.

DNA

THE NOVEL THAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR BOOKS

I don’t know if y’all will know them but I loved the Chacha Chaudhary comic books that I mum always got for me when she went to Delhi. here was another as well who’s name I can’t recall at the moment. After a library opened up nearby only did I move on to proper novels.


MIC DROP

A POPULAR NOVEL THAT DESERVES THE HYPE

the hating game

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne! Definitely deserved the hype. I loved it ❤

It’s a hate-to-love romance that will entertain you, make you laugh and also make you swoon. Click here to read my review.


FAKE LOVE

A BOOK OR CHARACTER YOU USED TO LOVE BUT NOW DISLIKE

My choice book is Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I LOVED the series befor and now it’s just cringey and lame. I hate the characters, the romance, the stupid-idh vibe, the storyline.. everything.


LET GO

A BOOK SERIES YOU WERE SAD TO SEE END

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Shades of Magic trilogy by VE Schwab! We are now getting more books in the world, without the same main characters, so I’m quite glad.


SERENDIPITY

A BOOK OR CHARACTER THAT MAKES YOU FEEL WARM AND HAPPY

Usually I go for books that make me cry so this is a little hard..

ps i like u

Okay got it! P.S. I Like You by Kasie West! Always makes me happy and gives me feels. I love it.


EUPHORIA

A NOVEL THAT MAKES YOU FEEL NOSTALGIC

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Take me back to the simpler times in middle grade where I just worried about books..


SINGULARITY

A BOOK OR CHARACTER THAT HELPED YOU THROUGH A BAD TIME IN YOUR LIFE

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I read it during a time when I needed it and it helped me a lot. I’m not nostalgic to want to go back, but I do treasure the experience of reading it.

It made me fall into the book with the writing style. I just felt the vibe and the emotions. I was impacted by it a LOT. I also bawled like a baby.

I can’t recommend it enough.


EPIPHANY

A BOOK OR CHARACTER THAT MADE YOU REALIZE SOMETHING MAJOR ABOUT YOURSELF

I.. honestly don’t know!

Maybe minor things but I don’t think anything major? No clue at all. Nothing comes to mind.


Tag, you’re it!

I don’t really know who would like to do this tag or who are BTS fans so I tag everyone who wants to do this.

Are you a fan of BTS? Has there been any book that has changed you? Let me know in the comments!

 

Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag

Can someone tell me how and where half the year has gone by? Because I’m really confused. I even finished another semester of classes! Last year around this time I found what Blink-182 actually means, and it’s so true. 182 days (half the year) passes by in what seems like a blink.

I didn’t do this tag last year because by the time I found time to blog, it was already pretty late. I did do it in 2016, though, and I found it to be the perfect tag to record and update your reading.

This tag was created by Chami @ IsThatChami and Ely @ Ely Jayne so thank you guys for creating such an awesome tag!

I have my Goodreads reading challenge open, ready to answer, so let’s get to it!


1. Best book you’ve read this year?

the hate u give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, hands down! What a good book! I totally get the hype it’s been having ever since before it’s release. It’s an amazing book about Black Lives Matter following a girl called Starr after she witnesses her unarmed best friend being shot by a policeman.

Click here to read my review.

2. Best sequel you’ve read this year?

leah on the offbeat

Honestly I haven’t read many sequels, especially considering I’m still my book slump from March*. I’ll say Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli because despite my mixed feelings about it, it’s the best sequel I’ve read so far.

Click here to read my review.

*I’m not worried, though. I’m sure once the kdrama obsession goes down, I’ll be back to books.

3. New release you haven’t read yet but want to?

a thousand perfect notesDefinitely choosing A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews for this one! She’s an awesome blogger whom I’ve been following for over a year. Her taste in books is brilliant, her writing is really cool and her personality speaks to me. I know for a fact that I’ll love her book and I cannot wait to get to it.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

queen of air and darkness

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare! It was initially slated for a 2019 release (which BROKE my heart because I finished reading Lord of Shadows right after it’s release in 2017) but later was preponed to mid-2018. But I checked again and now it says December 2018 so let’s hope it does release because I NEED it like I need air.

5. Biggest disappointment?

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is one of my favourite books currently. I didn’t like A Court of Thorns and Roses (book 1) so I was really surprised that I liked book 2. A Court of Wings and Ruin was a small disappointment but it was okay.

Now, A Court of Frost and Starlight was supposed to be EPIC but it crashed down on me like ice rain. I gave it 2 stars and that’s hardly. I kinda hated it.

Click here to read my slightly ranty review.

6. Biggest surprise?

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From time to time, especially since my romance phase last year, I check out New Adult new releases and read if something sounds really good.

I read From Lukov, With Love by Mariana Zapata purely because the MC* is a figure skater. I watched the movie Ice Princess and I was totally enthralled by this new thing called figure skating (which I’d heard of didn’t really know about).

I liked the relationship growth the most but I also liked the MC’s determination.

*Main Character

Click here to read my 5 star review.

7. Favourite new-to-you or debut author?

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Dhonielle Clayton, author of The Belles. I read it because of the hype and fell in love with the world! The idea is super nice. It tackles body issues in a new way and also portrays it in a fantasy world!

Click here to read my review.

8. New fictional crush?

Ivan Lukov from From Lukov, With Love!

9. Newest favourite character?

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Emika Chen from Warcross by Marie Lu.

10. Book that made you cry?

Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern. I reread the book recently and it still gave me all the feels like the first time.

11. Book that made you happy?

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American Panda by Gloria Chao. This is such a nice YA book! There’s diversity, fluff and info about a whole new culture which I totally liked.

Read my review.

12. Favourite book-to-film adaptation?

Love, Simon definitely! I watched it recently and it gave me all the feels.

I do have a few mixed feelings, though. I didn’t like a couple very key things that they changed from the book which were things that made me love the book more. So, yeah. I’ll probably write a post about the movie soon, once I have the time.

13. Favourite post you have done so far?

I really like my review on While You Were Sleeping, a Koream drama. It’s the first one I watched and the one that got me into Kdramas. It’s also super nice so I spent a lot of time on the review and I’m quite proud of it.

Click here to see it.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?

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I bought Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and The Night circus by Erin Morgernstern recently and I absolutely LOVE their covers! I can’t choose one between them, nope.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Well, I have a lot but I don’t usually keep TBRs or set what books to read because I’m a mood reader. A VERY moody mood reader. My mood is what decides what I read and hence I also end up reading multiple books at once depending on my moods throughout the day.


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What’s the most beautiful book you’ve bought this year? Which book-to-movie adaptation is your favourite? Which book read this year is your favourite? Tell me all in the comments!

The Goodreads Book Tag

Goodreads is Facebook for book lovers. It doesn’t deal with things like selfies and vacation photos but instead is all about BOOKS. We update statuses about our reads, mark books we want to read, keep track of what our friends are reading and use it as our personal book catalogue.

It’s the best idea ever.

I was tagged to do this tag by Rebecca @ bookishlyrebecca and it’s PERFECT because I’ve been using Goodreads properly for about three years—marking all the books I’ve read, rating them and much more.

Now since I usually schedule my posts in advance, like I’m doing with this one, my answers to the questions may not match with my actual Goodreads status when it goes up. Don’t get confused lol.

1. What was the last book you marked as read?

I finished rereading Prodigy by Marie Lu, which is part of one of my favourite dystopian trilogies.

Since I’ve been in a book slump for a few weeks, I started rereading books that I like and own in an effort to get out of this slump. I’m going to read my way out of it. It’s slowly working because I’ve finished rereading quite a few books and have started on one new one as well. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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2. What are you currently reading?

I’m rereading Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (finished rereading the first two books in the series) and I’ve also started reading A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas which released only a few days back in my country.

3. Which was the last book you marked as TBR?

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan. I’ve seen it being praised quite a bit online and it’s also one of the books of the month my Goodreads club is reading this month so I marked it. I don’t often join in on reading the books of the month because I’m a mood reader and I can’t stick to a TBR for the life of me, but I DO usually mark them because I know that if so many people chose it, it should be good.

4. What book do you plan to read next?

Well I’m a mood reader AND I’m currently in a book slump so who knows? I do want to get to the following books soon though:

  • Champion by Marie Lu (reread)
  • Cast Long Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan (new release)
  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (if I can get it)

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5. Do you use the star rating system?

I do! I always rate the books I’ve read. I wish we had a feature to rate half stars as well though. I usually end up marking the higher star rating and write my actual rating in the review.

6. Are you doing a 2018 reading challenge?

Yes I am! I’ve participated in the reading challenge for the past few years and I’m doing it this year as well. I’ve set my goal as 150 books and I’m really proud to say that I’ve finished reading 80/150 books at this point! A lot of it was read during my semester break when I had nothing to do. For the last month I’ve been in a slump because I don’t have time to read and when I do, I ended up watching Korean dramas. Now it’s taking a while to get back to reading.

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7. Do you have a wishlist?

Not really. I have books that I want to get but it depends on the availability in my country and the prices. I mostly just go with the books I can afford at the moment, whether they’re in my TBR or not.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

No clue! I’ve been wanting to go to the bookstore for the past three weeks but I turned out to have plans on all of my Sundays. (I only have Sunday off since I have college six days a week) I’m hoping to go this Sunday but let’s see because something else might pop up during the week.

I usually decide after going to the bookstore depending on what I can find that I’m interested in reading and if I can afford it.

9. Do you have any favourite quotes?

Okay so I know that book lovers usually have some favourite quotes but I don’t. While I’m reading a book, I get immersed into it and I might notice and acknowledge a good sentence but I won’t mark it or remember it. I concentrate more on the story than the lines.

This always puts me in a spot when I’m asked for quotes or if I want to doodle a quote in my book because I have to google for some.

10. Who are your favourite authors?

  • Cassandra Clare
  • Tahereh Mafi
  • Sarah J. Maas
  • Marie Lu
  • Colleen Hoover

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11. Have you joined any groups?

I’m always enthusiastic about joining groups but the fact is that I’m just better off alone doing my own thing. I ALWAYS join groups, join in for maybe the first week, and forget about it.

Right now I’m in three groups and the only group I even look at regularly is Addicted to YA. I only converse in the group once in a blue moon.


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How I Choose My Books Tag

Because obviously everyone is interested in how I choose books to read.* I saw this tag over at Ash’s blog For The Love Of Books Blog and found it super nice so I decided to do it.

I’ve been reading way more books this year and I’m really happy? I’m making such good progress on my Goodreads Reading Challenge for this year. I’ve also been liking more of the books that I read than before so obviously I need to document how I’m doing this. More for myself to refer back later than anything else.

*let’s pretend that’s true for my sake

Find a book on your bookshelves with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

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Because this is one of my most favourite books and I LOVE IT. ACOMAF is bae ❤

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

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The author reached out to me to review this book and the synopsis was very vague, hence making me think that I won’t like it. I’m really glad I gave it a chance, though! I ended up giving it five stars!

Read my review here.

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

Sad I have to stand up and go to my shelf for this. I’m sitting on the floor and blogging. (I’m very lazy ok.)

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I found this book through the book blogging community! I saw it on social media and read a few reviews on it. When I read that it’s about a magical carnival, I was immediately interested. In fact, my tweet about it is actually printed in the UK paperback version! I went and bought the book after it released because I’m in it lol.

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

My best friend had been trying to get me to read The Name of The Wind for over a YEAR and I finally read it when he lent me his copy. First of all, isn’t this version really pretty??

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I thought it was nice but I wasn’t blown away by it. It’s my best friend’s favourite book and I just didn’t like it that much. I rated it 4/5 stars.

Pick a book up that you discovered through booktube/bookstagram/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

Truthwitch

NO Truthwitch did NOT live up to the hype. I STILL see hype around it and I don’t understand why. I didn’t like the characters, the plot was simply okay and nothing was explained properly. I don’t even know the concepts properly and I’ve read TWO books of the series. I believed in the hype naively and bought both of the books. My biggest regrets and I since then I don’t buy books based on hype online.

Find a book on your shelves with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

Hmm I already spoke about Caraval and Truthwitch.. let’s go with Legend by Marie Lu.

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Nothing specifically drew me to this book. Back before I knew the book community online, I used to randomly pick books in the library or just buy some. I read the synopsis for Legend on Amazon after I saw that it was on a discount and immediately ordered the whole trilogy. Now I realise that if I didn’t like it, I would have wasted a lot of money but fortunately I really liked it.

What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I don’t have this one on my shelf as I read it from the library.

I found the movie randomly and ended up REALLY liking it. I only realized about a couple years later that it’s a book and then read it. I like the book better lol.

Think of your all-time favorite book(s). When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine which I randomly picked in the library when I was a pre-teen. I will reread it any day and still love it.
  • The Other Daughter by Lisa Gardner was also a random pick at the library. It was my first book in the mystery genre and it was the one that got me into the genre.
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass. I don’t like the other books of the series as much, tbh I hate books 4 and 5, but the first book will always be dear to me. I can reread it dozens of times and still like it. Maxerica forever.

 


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10 Books I Loved But Probably Won’t Reread

It’s more likely that if you like a book, you’ll want to reread it at some point later in your life. I go through my day and random things remind me of books, making me want to read them again. But books that I liked but WON’T reread? That’s rare.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s topic is Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read. Now, I know it says WILL never but who knows? One day I might actually brave up to rereading them? I don’t see it happening though.

FYI I rated all of the following books 5/5 stars.

[1] The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

I read this and really liked it because it had a lot of info on things and it was pretty geeky but I also realize that it’s a little far-fetched. I loved it but I’m 99% sure I won’t reread it.

It’s about a computer geek who makes up an app called “The Boyfriend App” for a competition that awards a college scholarship. She desperately needs the funds and jumps on the opportunity. Basically she makes an app that makes a guy fall in love with you when you point your phone at him. Wow, right?

[2] The Partnership by Charlotte Penn Clarke

I read this book for review and really liked it! It’s a really nice New Adult romance set in college that follows two really different people as they help each other overcome something.

What I loved most about the book was that the characters were NOT the usual cliche.

Click here to read my review.

[3] Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan

If I could sum up this trilogy in one word, it would be sad. Right from the start you get that vibe and it stayed with me until the last book. I DEVOURED the books within two days because I just HAD to know what was next.

This book should come with a proper list of trigger warnings because there are a LOT of things that could be triggering. One thing that is prominent is abuse. Emma is hurt by her guardian quite often and she’s not treated well at home.

I wouldn’t mind rereading it but I don’t think I can go through all that heartbreak again and I would just rather not.

[4] The Gravity Of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

After reading the book, I could NOT stop singing praises about it. It brought together two complete opposites in a slow burn love story that takes time to build up. I loved the pacing and the pairing.

Saying that, I don’t think it’s a book that would hold the same charm when rereading. I don’t want to reread and end up liking it less and so I won’t be picking it up again.

Read my review here.

[5] Eliza & Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Most of the book community has been singing praises of this book after reading it and I’m no different. BUT. I did not like the ending and I really did not like how the story went and I’m just really mad.

I will NOT put myself through that again because I know I’ll get mad again.

Click here to read my review.

[6] All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I really want to reread this! But I mostly won’t. The first half of the book I spent trying to get through because it was SO SLOW. Only later it picked up and after that it was brilliant. I don’t think I can stick through the slow parts again though.

I definitely recommend it if you want to read about WW2 and can stick through slow parts, though.

[7] Burned by P.C. and Kristen Cast

House of Night is the LONGEST series I’ve read. Honestly, even I can’t believe that I stuck through TWELVE books. Especially since now that I look back, the plot wasn’t even that big or intricate.

I was going through my Goodreads read list and saw this rated as 5 stars and I honestly don’t even remember why. It’s the seventh book in the series and I will never read it again. I’m not reading the series again.

[8] Swear On This Life by Reneé Carlino

I read this after reading her book Sweet Thing, which I hated, so I had low expectations. I tried it only because I really liked another one of her books called Before We Were Strangers. I ended up quite liking it!

There’s a lot of backstory and reading that but it’s captivating and kept me interested.

I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it THAT much to reread it. I don’t think I’d enjoy it as much since I know the whole story.

Read my whole review here.

[9] Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never is actually a trilogy made up of three small books that takes you on a WILD ride. I made the mistake of reading them as they were released and hence was dying in suspense.

It was pretty wild and I really enjoyed it but I didn’t really like the ending much. And I’m pretty sure I won’t enjoy it as much on a reread so I won’t be picking it up again.

[10] How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

I read this recently and I quite liked it, but I didn’t enjoy it all that much. I liked it because of the characters and their lives but I didn’t like the romance very much. It was okay.

I still gave it 5 stars because the plot was REALLY nice.


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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe || honestly BLEW me away

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Author: Lauren James

Genre: Science Fiction

Category: Young Adult

Status: Standalone

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Synopsis:

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

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I’ll admit, it’s been quite a while since I read this book and I don’t remember the minute details. But I really wanted to write a review for it because it deserves every good review it can get. This book is really underrated?? I haven’t heard nearly as much talk about it as it deserves!

The Plot

The book is written in Remy’s POV, who is the last crew member left on a spaceship which is on the way to another galaxy. The journey will take 55 years and years after she becomes the last one, she’s still trying to accept a lifetime of loneliness and having the success of the mission on her shoulders.

Right at this time, she receives a message saying that another spaceship has been launched, which is of better technology, and that it’ll catch up to her in a while. She’ll finally see another human being, someone called J! Soon, they’re emailing back and forth, which takes years to send and Remy starts really liking J.

The book was pretty slow in the beginning but later when it picked up, it blew me away! The twist was A+ and I was exhilarated just reading the last quarter of the book.

The Characters

Remy was written so well! All her fears, worries and anxiety of being alone and not doing a good enough job with the mission, her loneliness and her hopes of seeing another human being—everything was written brilliantly.

When the book ended, I was completely in tune with her feelings and I HAD TEARS. It takes a while but you will become one with Remy and the book will just suck you in.

J was written really well as well. Even though we’re mostly concerned with Remy, J is the only other character we read about a lot and he was perfect. (I can’t say anymore in fear of spoilers.)

Overall

WONDERFUL book that I think everyone who loves YA should DEFINITELY read. There are so many hyped books and I honestly want to see this as one of them. I want to make this one of them. It deserves it.

Stick through the slow beginning and I promise you, you’ll be on the adventure of your life.

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20 questions book tag

Book tags are the best tags. There’s an almost abundance of them, they’re fun and they talk about B O O K S. What else do we need?

This tag was created by buydebook over on Goodreads and I was tagged to do this by Rebecca—thank you so much for tagging me! I’m finally getting around to doing it over two months later, lol. #timeliness Go show her some love y’all, she’s awesome.

1. HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A BOOK SERIES?

More than 5! Two is a little less, three is PERFECT, 4 is manageable, 5 is a little over and more than that is definitely over. If a series has over 5 books, you can be sure that I will not reread it unless I have nothing else to do.

2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS?

I have a love-hate relationship with cliffhangers. I absolutely HATE them for the same reason everyone else hates them—the suspense is too much and we cannot wait until the next book releases.

BUT. I love cliffhangers sometimes because it gives me ALL. THE. FEELS. and I love nothing more than having a bunch of feels. It’s reason #5204* of why I love books.

*just picked a random number there

3. HARDCOPY OR PAPERBACK?

This is an ongoing debate for everyone and I know that most book-lovers pick hardbacks. But I pick paperback.

I can almost here you saying whaaaaaat but let me explain. Harcopies are durable, look good both with and without the cover, their spines don’t break while reading and they genuinely make you feel good.

On the other hand, paperbacks cost less. I wish I could afford all the books that I wan’t, but I can’t be spending like that. Nowadays I’ve taken to selling back books at the second-hand store and buying others. So being a practical person who prefers reading more books than owning them, I choose paperback.

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4.  FAVORITE BOOK?

Petition to ban this question from being asked, EVER. don’t do this to me. I’m just sitting here, listening to music and answering harmless (or so I thought) questions about books. Don’t make me choose unless you tell me specifics like my favourite in a genre AND category.

Whatever book I choose, I’ll feel like I’m betraying my other favourites and I can’t do this. There are too many.

Not answering this bye.

5. LEAST FAVORITE BOOK?

Hm… Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino. I also really didn’t like Too Late by Colleen Hoover even though I like all other books of hers. I can only remember these two that I ranted about A LOT immediately.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

NO A HUNDRED THOUSAND TIMES NO.

I’m a b s o l u t e l y done with the trope and I will be happy to never read a book featuring it again. It’s been way overdone and almost always the girl goes for the non-reliable bad boy! I try to stay clear of books that have love triangles.

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7. THE MOST RECENT BOOK YOU JUST COULDN’T FINISH?

It’s a book that I DNFed not one chapter in. I heard a good review on #nerd by Cambria Herbert on Goodreads and decided to check out a sample first. On a hunch. GOOD THING GUYS BECAUSE I HATED IT.

It has the common athletic popular guy and nerdy shy girl, which I don’t mind on occasion. BUT he was only in college for the sport and women and I?? just?? hate that??

Picture this: it’s his first tutoring session with the female MC* and what does he do? Say “I’ll be back in a few” and ends up doing stuff with another girl in the corner of the library for a long time, keeping this poor girl waiting. He’s an absolute jackass and I don’t care about his character arc, I’m done bye.

*main characters

8. A BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?

At the time of writing this post (which is about a week before it’s published), I’m reading The Belles by Dhonieele Clayton. It’s really interesting and I’m LOVING the concept and world-building.

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9. LAST BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO SOMEONE?

I recommended The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss to a friend of mine while reading it, and he actually finished reading it before me! He’s well through the second book at the moment while I just finished it about a couple hours ago.

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10. OLDEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?

Um? I don’t know? I usually don’t tend to go far back, though? It’ll probably be one of the few classics I’ve read..

*shrug*

11. NEWEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi! It released earlier this month and I read it as soon as I could! I devoured it in a short span of time, probably shouldn’t have done that since I’m pretty sure I would have missed small details, and I actually got a friend hooked onto it as well. I told her the story and now she’s as invested into it as I am hehe.

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Click here to read my review on it!

12. FAVOURITE AUTHOR?

So how do I break this, by genre? Category? Just like I can’t pick one favourite book, I can’t pick one favourite author!

Okay I know, I’ll just mention the top auto-buy authors that I love:

  • Colleen Hoover
  • Sarah J. Maas
  • Penny Reid
  • Mariana Zapata (new fav!)
  • Mia Sheridan
  • Marie Lu
  • Cassandra Clare (my longest fav author)

13. BUYING BOOKS OR BORROWING BOOKS?

Borrowing! I’ve taken to buy books only after I’ve read them because I haven’t had the best luck with buying new books and loving them. I can name at least three books on my shelf that I wish I didn’t buy.

The best solution I found, which I stick to now, is buying books from a second hand bookstore. If I don’t like the book, I sell it back for half the price or if I like it, I keep it. Simply and easy.

14. A BOOK YOU DISLIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEM TO LOVE?

TRUTHWITCH! Believing the hype, I bought the first two books and I regret it now.

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15.  BOOKMARKS OR DOG-EARS?

Bookmarks! It’s not just the dog-ear hate that most of book lovers have, but I generally hate folded pages in any books be it novels, notebooks or textbooks. I hate the crease it leaves.

16. A BOOK YOU CAN ALWAYS REREAD?

Only one? Bruh, no. I’m mentioning multiple.

  • Lady Midnight/Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass

17. CAN YOU READ WHILE HEARING MUSIC?

When I was younger, I was baffled at the concept. I saw a picture of a girl reading while listening to music in the newspaper and I told my mum, “how? how is she doing that? how is she concentrating?” because I used to give my music all the attention whenever I listened. But in the last years of high school, I started using slow music to tune out other sounds and now I’m actually okay with it.

I don’t prefer it but I would more likely listen to music while reading if I’m in public.

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18. ONE POV OR MULTIPLE POV’S?

Depends on the story. If it’s romance or contemporary, I would prefer one POV because we’re focusing on one character mostly. But in other genres, I prefer multiple POVs so I can know what’s happening with everyone and keep up instead of having “catch-ups”.

19. DO YOU READ A BOOK IN ONE SITTING OR OVER MULTIPLE DAYS?

If I get totally immersed into the book, I read it in one sitting if possible (usually isn’t). But for huge books that I’m not completely into like The Book Thief and The Name of The Wind, I take my time. I don’t like them enough to breathe it in ASAP but it’s enough to make me want to finish reading them.

I generally do better reading books that I’ve picked up myself than recommendations or reviews. I usually take longer for those.

20. ONE BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE OF THE COVER?

The Crown by Kiera Cass! After the disaster of The Heir, I did NOT want to read the last book. I was regretting reading The Heir itself. But when I saw the cover of The Crown? SO BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL, GUYS. I WAS IN LOVE. I ordered it immediately and read it later.

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I still catch myself admiring the cover on my shelf.


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Why I changed my rating of Until Lilly from 5 to 3 stars

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Let me begin with saying that, at first, I rated Until Lilly by Aurora Rose Reynolds 4 stars. Later, I made it 5 stars after realizing that it’s one of the few books in which the secret-child trope is done well. But during my third read of the book, I couldn’t ignore the problematic elements anymore. They nagged me and I eventually changed my rating down to 3 stars.

I wrote a review on the book after my second read, talking about everything I liked. You can read it here. I recommend reading it first so you can get a proper low-down on the book.


What the book is about, in short:

Cash and Lilly dated for a month. One of the girls he used to have a casual fling with tells him she’s pregnant and that she will have an abortion unless he puts her first. He breaks up with Lilly. Only, later Lilly finds out that she is pregnant too but receives a bad text from him when she told him. She ends up having the baby. Years later, they meet while out with their kids and wade through issues to get to each other.


But today I’m here to talk about why I dropped my rating down by 2 stars.

[1] The alpha-male, possessive male main character

Honestly, I’m far too done with alpha males in romance books but Reynolds takes it a notch higher. This was the first book of hers that I read but I noticed in EVERY book of hers that the male character is almost the same.

They take decisions without asking the female, they are VERY possessive and jealous, and they’re quick to pursue what they want. Which is the girl.

What irked me is that Cash, the main character, immediately thought of Lilly as “his”. At their first meeting, she was skittish and he smoothly typed his number in her phone, taking hers as well, without asking her. I would have just found that creepy.

[2] The amount of cursing

Cash cursed way too much and almost none of it was warranted. I’ve noticed this across Reynolds’ books and it irritates me every single time.

Don’t get me wrong, I use curse words myself, but I use them to embellish or emphasize something and not every 10 sentences. Cash used the curse words A LOT. And he didn’t have to!

[3] “Push her”

Cash’s brothers BET on how long it would take Cash to get Lilly to move in with him. They actually bet on it. And they also tried in their own ways to influence Cash with their “advice” so he’ll act in their favour.

Not like it’s an important relationship, right?

Later when Cash said that he does want Lilly to move in with him soon but doesn’t know how to make it happen, one of his brothers actually told him to “push her”. Meaning pressurize her with his “love” and the circumstances until she caves in. That is NOT how you move up a step in your relationship! NO.

They don’t even consider her taking that choice on her own because she loves Cash and I’m just??? Indignant??

[4] Lilly deferring to Cash

In the epilogue (it’s a romance book, obviously they’ll end up together) (not much of a “spoiler”), Lilly doesn’t weigh in on some parenting thing, letting him handle it since he’s the one with the problem, and Cash argues with her on it. He says that she has to support him on these things and that they have to be a unit when it comes to the kids, which I completely agree with.

My problem is that Lilly just shrugged and agreed. She didn’t say a word or defend herself or even argue with him on his parenting choice—she just agrees nonchalantly! Woman, have a spine! She’s the exact opposite of the alpha-male that Cash is and it unsettles me. I don’t feel like their relationship is balanced!


So I’d like to conclude saying that I was biased when I gave it a 5 star rating. I read many other books with the secret-child trope and most of them were HORRIBLE. Comparatively, this is really good but I need to judge it on it’s own and it’s a little problematic, so I changed my rating to 3 stars.

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Restore Me || CAN YOU HEAR ME SCREAMING

restore meTitle: Restore Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Genre: Science-Fiction, Dystopia

Status: Book 4 of Shatter Me series

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Synopsis:

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

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There may be spoilers for the first three books.

HELLO I HAVE BEEN SCREAMING ABOUT THIS BOOK EVER SINCE IT WAS ANNOUNCED.

AND THERE’S NO SIGN THAT I WILL STOP.

Back when it was announced? I cried THANK YOU. After Ignite Me, I’ve been living off fanfictions and I’ve read fanfictions so much that at this point I’m a little muddled on what is canon* and what isn’t. And guess what I did? I went on to read Restore Me without reading the first three books (I reread only book 3) because my TBR is huge. And I’ll admit, I was confused in some places BUT. That did not stop the book from UTTERLY TEARING ME APART.

You can understand how much I love the series by the fact that just by narrating half the story to her, one of my friends is into it. I stopped half-through the second book and she’s dying to know the rest but we haven’t met since. I feel sad for her.

But! I flail about it so much! And Warner is bae.

When the excerpt was released, I actually wrote a not-planned post of my reaction to it and somehow it’s been getting so many views?? I should do immediate posts more often.

*canon=official. used to refer to what is in the books originally.

The Plot

The story picks up 16 days after Juliette declared herself Supreme Commander and everything is in lingo. She’s been waiting for the other shoe to drop, for the other sectors to go against her. But there’s been nothing, and she worries.

Ignite Me had a very open ending and we see Tahereh Mafi making full use of it in this book. Honestly, none of the fanfictions I read came even CLOSE to this plot. We see characters from other sectors, our characters going through changes and Juliette finally coming to realization that being Supreme Commander is not a small thing.

I honestly cannot say more without accidentally spoiling it for y’all.

The Characters

Somehow I forgot that Juliette is 17 and is very much a child? Especially since she’s never had proper human contact, she’s not exactly picture-perfect to be Supreme Commander. She goes through moods so much in this book that even I felt unhinged. And the thing is, it didn’t feel as if it’s not written well. It’s been written perfectly because no one who has been through everything Juliette has can be normal and confident.

On the other hand, we get to know Warner a lot more. Especially because half the book is in his POV*. I always felt like we knew way too less about him and that point is stressed upon in this book since the reason we don’t know is because Juliette doesn’t know. And she finds out so much in this book.

I’ll be honest though, reading the beginning I actually felt the characters being off from before? Especially Warner. And Juliette’s moods gave me a smol whiplash and these two reasons made me take off half a star from the rating.

Then there was my baby Kenji who didn’t change and stayed awesome ❤

Also!!! NEW AWESOME CHARACTER NAMED HAZEERA who I can’t speak more about!

*point of view

Overall

I am NOT even close to being over this book. I read it a few days back and if someone came up to me and asked how was Restore Me I would talk non-stop for at least an hour. I actually expected way less proper sentences in this review because inside I’m all muddled up. It’s literally like this in my head:

  • ASDFGHJKL WARNER
  • KENJI MY BAEEEEEEE
  • WHAT
  • I LIKE THIS NEW CHARACTER OMGGGGG
  • HI BAE I SEE YOUUUUU
  • AWW WARNER ❤
  • AW WARNER AND JULIETTE ❤ WHY ARE YOU TWO SO CUTE AND ADORABLE AND JUST KJKLJHHG
  • NAZEERA THO CAN WE JUST
  • HELLOO DIVERSITY
  • THERE’S SCARY JULIETTE THERE’S CUTE JULIETTE THERE’S CLUELESS JULIETTE THERE’S BADASS JULIET AND JUST WRGRWHGHGSK
  • AND WARNER LOVES ALL OF HER
  • YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE LOVE WHEN WARNER HAS HAD A HAIRCUT AND JULIETTE STILL THINKS HE’S HOT LIKE OOOF MY HEART

I really should stop typing in capitals but dO yOu SEe how my head is?

Wow I’m breaking all sentence structures and language rules in this post. It’s a surprise I can even manage so many words tbh I’m so proud of myself.

You can understand how much I needed to talk about this by knowing that I have TWO tests tomorrow, for which I started learning literally two days back, and I’m writing this review. It’s 10:07pm and instead of revising I’m writing this review.

If you haven’t been convinced to read Restore Me yet, I don’t now what will. But please READ IT.

 

four-and-a-half-stars

 

Hannah Carmack: Building the Ultimate Book Playlist

Hey everyone! I’m so pleased to announce that we have Hannah Carmack, author of Take Your Medicine, here to guest post today. She’s written a post on making book playlists which is super helpful so I’m going to sign off here and let you read her words.


If there’s one thing besides books that writers love to talk about, it’s music. Most writers have some kind of playlist that to listen to either while they write or in order to get them pumped up for writing.

In recent history, authors like Sarah J. Maas and Marissa Meyer have started putting together playlists inspired by their novels. (Thank you, Spotify!) These are not only super fun to see, but also gives the reader an extra bit of insight into the world.

For my new release Take Your Medicine I followed in their footsteps and created a playlist. However, I took things a step further and made an immersive, read-along playlist you could listen to while enjoying the work. Spending all that time working on the playlist got me thinking about how wrong it could go. A few poor choices and the whole mood of the tracks could be thrown off.

So here I’ll breakdown how to build an awesome book playlist.

First things first, you need to pick the atmosphere/tone you’re going for. Sure, while writing you may have listened to Diablo Swing Orchestra, Ellie Goulding, and Franz Ferdinand, but at the end of the day those three artists definitely do not transition well into each other. So pick your tone and start whittling down your choices.

Second, consider how you want your playlist set up. Do you do 1-song per chapter? Per
section? Just put the songs in any order? Chronological? By character? The more precise your direction, the easier it will be to put your playlist together.

Third, get to work! Just like writing, your playlist will require some edits, so the sooner you have a first draft the better. Once that’s done, give it a listen, edit away. Enjoy your playlist the way you would anticipate your readers to. If at any point you’re thrown or feel the playlist isn’t working. Change it up. Play around until it’s perfect.

And last but not least, wrap it up short stuff. Playlists are fun, but they shouldn’t be crazy long. Your readers will only be interested so long as it’s engaging. Better to be in-late and out-early, rather than drone on and on.

Speaking of droning on…


Take Your Medicine releases today, 5th Feb 2018, so make sure to check it out!

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