Posted in Book Tags, Book Tags and Challenges, Bookish Stuff

The Good Times and The Bad Ones Book Tag | An original book tag

Hey everyone! So, me and Riddhi over from Whispering Stories came up with an original book tag on the album The Good Times and The Bad Ones which is sung by one of our favourite bands Why Don’t We. There are tons of Taylor Swift tags flying all around, so we thought, why don’t we (pun intended) make a tag for this album.

Before you read further, open your Spotify or whatever app you listen to music on and play this album. I assure you, you will not regret it.

Rules:

  1. Listen to the original album- The Good Times and The Bad Ones before doing the tag if you haven’t already
  2. Credit me and Riddhi- Riddhi @Whispering Stories and Nehal @Books and Words
  3. Use the featured image used in this post in your post too
  4. Answer all the prompts (Duh)
  5. Tag at least 5 music lovers and ensure they listen to the album. *Threatens you menacingly to do so*
  6. Have fun!

Prompts:

  1. Slow Down– A fast paced book which you found a little hard to keep up with
  2. Lotus Inn– A book which has a romance which develops overnight
  3. Love Song– A book in which one of the characters writes a love song for his/her love.
  4. I’ll Be Okay– A romance where one of the characters leaves his/her love interest as they think that will be good for both of them.
  5. Look at me– A book with a very explicit romance./ A guilty pleasure romance that you like
  6. Fallin’– A book with a romance that makes you wanna jump up and down with happiness
  7. Be Myself– A book with a character who faces a lot of insecurities
  8. For You– A book with the best male love interest
  9. Grey– A book where a character regrets their decision to break up with their partner
  10. Stay– A book where a character cannot get over their breakup

Check out the full post on Riddhi’s blog- The Good Times and The Bad Ones Book Tag | An original book tag


So, me and Riddhi came up with an original book tag based on the latest album by one of our favorite bands- Why Don’t We 😍. And we are feeling really proud right now. Please take a look at the post, and participate, it would mean a lottttt 😁.


That’s all. Thanks for reading. Hope you like our new tag! Stay safe. Ciao!!

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Posted in Ramblings

11 Reasons Why You Are Good Enough

Hey Pals!! Having a bad day? Here is my attempt at making you feel better 😀.

You are a good person…

1: Because it’s true and no one can make you think otherwise.

2: Because I say so.

3: Because you need to believe it, and you don’t need others to tell you this.

4: Because thinking the otherwise will make you feel sad, and life is too short to feel depressed about stuff like this.

5: Because you worked hard to reach this level of goodness and saying that it’s not good is like insulting all your hard work.

6: Because thinking that will make you happy and you deserve to be happy. Everyone does!

7: Because you are unique in every aspect and it is this uniqueness of yours that makes you good enough.

8: Because you are, in no way, a bad person.

9: Because other people’s opinions about you do NOT matter.

10: Because self love brings confidence and confidence will make you hold your head high wherever you are.

And lastly,

11: Because you always want to be better but you forget that you can’t be better unless you are good 😄.


Believe me, you are good enough! Thanks for reading. Stay safe. Have a good day. Ciao!!

Posted in Book Discussions, Bookish Stuff

Discussion Post: 5 Books That Did Not Quite Live Up To Their Hype For Me

Hey Pals!! Today, I’m going to sharing 5 books that I read and felt like they were a little over-hyped. These books aren’t necessarily bad, but just not as amazing as they sounded either. Let’s begin!

Note: This is a discussion post, so feel free to share your thoughts down in the comments.

Disclaimer: I do not mean to insult these books, or their authors, or anyone who loves them. These are just my personal preferences. I don’t mean to offend anyone.

1: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

This book is a Cinderella retelling. Wow Nehal, nobody knew that! Thanks for stating the so unobvious fact.

So anyways, I went into this book with super high expectations, because I had heard so many good things about it. And I’m not saying that it did not live up to the expectations, the thing is, after I got used to the story, I actually started to feel pretty immersed in it, and I was just swept away reading this book. But as soon as I finished it, I don’t know why but all those love feelings about it vanished. Like, I cannot connect to it the same way now as I did when reading it. It was a good book, a fun read when you’re reading it, but that’s it for it. It wasn’t a book that was memorable or anything…it was just fine.


2: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

And that’s me signing my death warrant 😶😂.

I really don’t know what was wrong with this book, what made me feel like I didn’t absolutely love it, but all I know is that I didn’t. I enjoyed it a good amount when I read it, but I could not find myself connecting to it at an emotional level, or even caring about the characters at all. I guess Elena’s bragging and her inability to act like a normal person kinda pissed me off. The girl has faced so much but for some reason, on top of making her the strongest assassin in the book, the author also made her someone who never cries, never allows herself to be overwhelmed by her losses or just, you know, act like a normal girl who has suffered a lot, and it was done to a point that it got super annoying. I’m currently reading the second book, and from what I’ve heard is that after reading more and more books in the series, the first two don’t even have any significance left anymore, which…I’m just, how can I not be less interested in a book I’m reading if you say that about it to me!?

I am yet to read the rest of the series, so maybe I’ll like it later though.


3: The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Okay, before you freak out, hear me out, okay?

I have never in my life had expectations as huge as I had for this particular series. I was severely disappointed!

Like I totally loved reading the first book, everything was so fast-paced and adventurous, but it never made it to my favorite series list or anything as I had expected it to. Moving on, the series went totally downhill from there. The second book was totally unnecessary and the third book…man, do I have serious issues with it! Like, that book was so freaking long considering nothing was happening. And what the hell is wrong with Katniss! She never feels? At the death of THAT PARTICULAR character, I did not shed a single tear, why? Because we never got to see Katniss’ emotions upon that death. All we got was the dying part, and then Katniss going into shock or something, I don’t know, I just found it was too unrealistic.


4: Paper Towns by John Green

This was another severe disappointment. Well guess what? I have learned not to have high expectations…like ever!! It’s not healthy dude.

There is this mystery in this book where this really popular girl in school- Margo, disappears and the main character- Quentin, whom she hasn’t ever talked to in her life until last night, thinks she has left clues for him to find her…or something like that. Now for the part where I tell you what I didn’t like: it is unnecessarily long and throughout the majority of the book, the characters are just trying to solve the “Margo-mystery” and nothing actually happens but for them failing continuously. I was hooked only because I wanted that mystery to be solved, and believe me, the long wait was so not worth it. The book ended in the most cliché, not at all surprising or plot-twisting way, and it was all just super meh!


5: Tunnel of Bones by V.E. Schwab

This is the sequel to City of Bones and I really enjoyed the first book, didn’t really care about this one though. Looking back on it, both of these were kind of bleh.

These books are middle grade paranormal, what with all the chaotic poltergeists and the ghost best friends…oh, and the dead main character who can see the souls of the dead and has to “send them on”. Jokes aside, I really enjoyed the first book, but it did not have any lasting impression on me, it was easily forgettable. And the second book was just like a replica of the first one, and I was bored of the same plotline, so I didn’t like it much.


What are your thoughts on this? Have you read any of these books? Do you feel the same way about any of them or do you absolute love them? Let me know in the comments, so we can all chat.


That’s all. Thanks for reading. Stay safe. Ciao!!

Ps: If you liked this post, do you want me to a second part too?

Posted in Ramblings

Creativity Wins Contest-By Anushka |Reblogged| Check it out- a fun writing contest!!

Reblogged post 👇: Originally posted by Anushka @ Anushka Stories:

Hey all!! I got some exciting news for you all and I can’t wait to share it with you guys. So I decided to host a 1 month competition with you all. Well this is going to be really fun!! And I know you would love doing it. Now let’s come to the rules of this competition.

Rules:-

  • Reblog this post on your blog with the title Creativity Wins(Or any other)If you reblog this post you get 2 points already.
  • You have to score the maxium points to win this contest. The one with the lowest points will be eliminated. There will be 2 challenges.
  • I’ll be giving you very fun topics to write on every week. You will either write a poem or story it’s upto the challenge I give
  • Even if you don’t have a blog you can still participate.
  • I will be judging your entries and I will be equal with everyone.*I promise I will be very fair. No cheating allowed. If done you will be disqualified.
  • I will be judging on the basis of 1.Creativity 2.Content 3.Idea . All the best participants. I will be announcing the first challenge on 5th feb and you will exactly have 2 weeks to write.

Award:- There will be 1 WINNER

1st place- A guest post with me or maybe a collab and a certificate.

Here is a form you have to fill. If you can’t then it’s ok.


Check out the original post to fill the form- Creativity wins Contest-By Anushka.

So, this is a competition of writing hosted by Anushka. And…I’ve decided to participate 😀. Do check it out please and show some support, it sounds soooo fun!!!!!!!


That’s all. Do check out the original post to fill the form, and also participate. Thanks for reading. Ciao!!

Posted in Book Discussions, Bookish Stuff

5 Tips On How To Read More #2

Hey Pals!! Today, I am here to share some tips on How To Read More Books. So, I did a really similar post like this a few months back, and I shared some 5 tips on this subject. Today, I will share 5 other tips.


Click here to check out my other post: 5 Tips on How to Read More


1: Create the atmosphere

Choose the quietest place at your home and sit on a comfy chair, just relax, make yourself comfortable and beautify your surroundings a bit so that they make you feel at ease and motivate you to read. Light a few candles, bring a mug of coffee, change the light settings, even click photos of your books and you will feel a sudden urge to read.


2: Watch and/or make Booktube Videos

Booktube is a big community out there on YouTube that uploads bookish content. These people have great videos up there that interest readers worldwide. From monthly TBRs to monthly wrap ups, from tags to challenges, from recommendations to least favourite books, they have bookish videos ranging from anything to everything. Watching their videos will be the biggest motivation you can get.

For a start, here are five cool and popular Booktubers to check out:

  1. Jessethereader (my absolute fav, bubbly and fun)
  2. Merphy Napier (great for writing tips)
  3. Hailey in Bookland (diverse book recommendations)
  4. A Clockwork Reader (honestly, her unpopular opinions are the best)
  5. PeruseProject (another one for good book recommendations)

3: Set a reading goal

This is actually one of the simplest and yet one of the most effective ways to ensure that you read more. Set reading goals for every month of the year or for the year as a whole. Knowing that you still have to read a number of books to finish the goal, you will constantly pick up books and it would become a habit. But make sure that goal is neither too short (otherwise it would be futile to set the goal in the first place) nor too long (otherwise reading would become forced and would cause stress).


4: Make your account on Goodreads

Goodreads is the app that every reader needs (well, not exactly, but it’s helpful). It helps you not only to keep a track of all the books that you have read but also to get personalized recommendations. There are millions of readers on Goodreads writing reviews and having book discussions and you could be one of them. People’s reviews about books will help you decide whether you should read a particular book or not, not to mention that you will be able to establish your own opinions of books. It will make sure that you complete the reading goal for the year by keeping a track of all the books that you want to read and such a motivating platform will definitely help you read more.


5: The art of DNFing Books

DNF stands for did-not-finish. This term is used when you don’t finish a book you are reading. If you are not enjoying a book that you are reading, there is practically no need to finish it. Put it down and pick another book. It would save a lot of time, energy and would allow you get to a book you might actually enjoy. And I know full well how hard it can be to DNF a book, but here is a quote that might help you: So many books, so little time.


And lastly, READ TILL YOUR EYES BLEED…..

JUST KIDDING, don’t do that. LOL!!


That’s it! I hope this helped you 😀. Do let me know how if benefitted you and tell me if you liked my tips and if you would suggest the same to a friend. Thanks for reading. Stay safe. Adiós!!

Posted in Stories and Poems

I’ll Miss You

Those fights and cries make me smile.
Those smiles and laughs make me cry.


Clean, little miss perfect that you are,
The house is spic and span.
Not one pen is out of place,
Not one item litters the rooms.
That’s when I notice:
Every object is shoved into my cupboard.

I dash into your room,
Desperate for revenge.
I ruin the perfectly made bed
And smile with satisfaction
At the look of anger on your face,
But a little unexpected guilt can be felt.

I wonder now as I look at the house:
It won’t remain so clean when you leave.
I wonder if I would feel elated
When I see the house devoid of its sickening tidiness,
Or if I would feel a sense of tidying it up myself
Just to make sure your essence still lingers.

You don’t like me sharing your bed,
Well, it’s not like I am a fan of it either.
I desperately want to sleep more comfortably
Alone, without you controlling the room’s temperature
Or constantly opening the light,
Indifferent to my indignant protests.

I realise now what an impact your long presence has had.
For years, we only get to see you after months.
But now as it’s a pandemic, we stay together for months.
And suddenly the heart warming idea of having my own bed
Sends shivers down my back,
When I think how much your reassuring presence next to me had meant.

As always you are on your phone right now
Quite oblivious to the fact that I am writing about you.
People marvel at the fact that you are my big sister,
I mean, there is a whole 13 year difference between our ages.
That’s the reason why you can buy me novels, you’re older,
But that’s also the reason why you usually stay apart.

You are a true beauty,
I love fighting with your pretty face.
That’s the time I can always say that “I Hate You”.
But what I hate is when we don’t talk for days.
It’s frustrating that in the end,
It’s always me who wants to be friends again.

I’ll miss you for sure
Now that we have stayed together for so long.
Every time I say that you are the worst person ever,
I know it’s not true.
Every time I swear that I won’t cry when you leave,
I weep harder.

And all of a sudden, I feel
That I could bare a  thousand chilling nights
Just to be able to sleep by your side.
One hug from you and I know I’ll have sweet dreams.
One “choooozaaa” from you is enough for the night
And I’ll try to ignore that you will be on your phone until 3 a.m.

Oh! How much I love you!
So much that it actually hurts.
So much that since as long as I can remember,
I’ve been making “Welcome Home Di” cards for you.
Something seems to be stuck in my eyes and I blink hard,
I frown at the person who makes me feel this way,
And all of a sudden, I feel better.

~Nehal


Posted in Book Tags, Book Tags and Challenges, Bookish Stuff

Baby It’s C-c-c-cold Outside Boo-oo-ook Tag *shivers*

Hey Pa-pa-pa-pals!! Today I am doing The *aachoo* Baby It’s Cold *aachoo* Outside Book Tag.

I was tagged for this by Riddhi @ Shivering Stori– I mean Whispering Stories and Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy. Both amazing bloggers whose names you might’ve come across several times in my blogs so go check them out. As for the tag, it’s pretty cool (no pun intended, as always 🙂), so I decided to do it. Let’s go!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
  • Display the banner (copy and paste).
  • Link to the original creator: Erin @ Reading On A Star.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag however many people as you want.

1: Snow Day – What’s your “comfort” book?

Without explanation, I’ll just go for Harry Potter 😀.


2: Snow Angels – What’s a book that you love so much you would want to be buried with it

No point in denying that I love The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman but the fact that’s it’s a “graveyard” will kinda keep up with the atmosphere after death so…I hope that wasn’t too depressing 😂.


3: Warm Socks – What’s a book that makes you feel warm inside (The fluffiest, cutest romance you’ve ever read)?

That I haven’t read many romances 😛. There are several that I really enjoyed like P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han, but none of them makes me feel warm inside so I can’t say…


4: Hot Cocoa – What winter-themed novels have you previously read?

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. This is the only one I remember reading that is winter themed, it takes place in New York during Christmas time and I purely read it because of the Netflix Series, which I’m proud to say, I have finally watched.


5: Sledding – What’s a book with the best plot twists? Who’s an author that always keeps you on your toes?

The book will have to be The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Brcaken as the ending shook me to the core. I haven’t read the last two books yet though. The authors will be JK Rowling and Rick Riordan. Both of them have terrific plots and the constant danger of the death of our favorite characters.


6: Ugly Sweaters – What’s a book with the ugliest cover?

These are a cover edition for The Hunger Games trilogy. I don’t even want to talk about them.

Hold up, do these covers actually exist or did someone play a random joke on me 😂!?


7: Movie Marathon – What’s the last book you binge read? 

Paper Towns by John Green. I was super excited to pick up this book and the Margo mystery was so intriguing that I could hardly put it down. It wasn’t a great book, but one of my quick reads.


8: Letter to Santa – What’s a book that’s on your wishlist this year?

Wish he was real 😕

I think it’s time to finally pick up Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger or its blogger fans might vitually kill me 🤐.


I Tag:


That’s all. Thanks for reading. Let me know if it’s cold at your place too. Stay Warm *aa-aa-aa-choooo*. Adiós 🤧!!

Posted in Awards

4 more Mystery Blogger Awards 😁 (at this point, I’m not sure I’m mysterious anymore 😂)

Hey Pals!! I am pleased to announce that I have been nominated for The Mystery Blogger Award by four cool bloggers.

Thanks to Sanskriti @ Portals into Books for nominating me. She is a new book blogger in the community and has fun posts, so do show some support.

Another thanks to Poorwa @ Poorwa’s Blog for nominating me. She’s a really sweet person with diverse posts, don’t miss them out either.

Thanks to Aakriti @ Recipe of Life for the nomination. My fraaand here has some amazing posts of various kinds, so go check ’em out too.

And finally, thanks to Riddhi @ Whispering Stories. You probably already know her, but if you don’t, now you do. As for the award, let’s begin then, shall we!?


The Rules:

  • Put the logo of the award on your blog. 
  • List the rules.
  • Answer the questions asked.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers three facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 10-20 other bloggers and notify them.
  • Give your nominees 5 questions to answer, with one funny question.
  • Share a link to your best post.

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”


Answers to Sanskriti’s Questions:

Who’s your favorite character from all the books you’ve read?

Leo Valdez 💖.

What is something you always look for in books?

Just a story that keeps me on the edge of my seat. A story that completely breaks me. A story that makes me laugh out loud. Just about anything that makes me enjoy and love the book.

Do the covers of the books matter to you?

Absolutely 😀! *yeah, look at me confessing without any shame* I tend to be interested in books with gorgeous covers and usually don’t read ones with weird covers…weird as in ones I don’t like.

Do you prefer cooking or baking?

None! I only prefer eating 😋.

Who’s your all-time favorite author?

Neil Gaiman. I love that he’s not just a fabulous story-writer but also an incredible storyteller.


Answers to Poorwa’s Questions:

What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

Making lovely friends here!

Do you worry a lot?

Yeah, I guess 😓. I try not to but then again, who doesn’t?

Do you like to take risks or play safe?

I absolutely love taking risks 😁. Just for fun, I sometimes even change my name in school Zoom meetings from Nehal to Spongebob, cause why not!?

What’s the color that reflects your personality?

I literally just took a Buzzfeed quiz to find this out. And it says 💚, says that I am “calm”. Which, if you know me in real life, is not the first word you would use to describe me 😂. So I don’t know.

What’s the one thing you don’t like about yourself?

My inability to control my anger.


Answers to Aakriti’s Questions:

Do you want to change your blogging niche?

Hmm… I don’t think so.

What is a perfect weekend in your perspective?

One where I read…and read…read again…read some more…and basically keep reading for 48 hours straight 😍.

Sweet or Savory, what do you prefer?

Sweet 😋. Have you ever had balushai? It is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!

Are you productive?

Absolutely not 😃.

If tomato is a fruit then why isn’t tomato puree a smoothie?

Reveal me thy secrets tomato

Hmm…🤔 I guess it’s because tomato puree isn’t tasty like smoothie.


Answers to Riddhi’s Questions:

What is one Christmas themed book you read in 2020?

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

What is your fatal flaw? (Yes, you can take a quiz to find out)

Why take a quiz, when you can take three 😂!? Of all the results, the only one that felt even a bit close to reality was: I work alone.

What is you Hogwarts house?

Gryffindor! And a little bit of Slytherin, I guess.

Who is your godly parent?

I guess Poseidon…I love water 😬.

Name three authors whose books you read in 2020 for the first time.

Sarah J. Mass, John Green and Kaise West.


Here are three facts about me:

  • I am a human being.
  • I am an Indian.
  • I am a girl.
  • 🙂

Here’s a link to a post of mine that I like: Six Word Story #7


I Nominate (no pressure, guys):

  1. Kripaa @ Dream Diaries 📒
  2. Sadje @ Keep it Alive 🎇
  3. Ananya @ Drawing My Fantasies
  4. April @ Booked Till Midnight 🤟
  5. Heather @ Bookish Belongings 😃
  6. Georgia @ Lost in Neverland
  7. Julie @ One Book More 📗
  8. Tess @ Unbound Library 📚
  9. Bibliobibuli’s Book Blog
  10. You!! Yes, if you want to participate in this award, I tag You 😀!!

My Questions to my Nominees:

  1. Do you have a tattoo?
  2. Are you the one who humors people or the one who tells them what they really feel?
  3. Share a favorite memory you have of your school.
  4. What do you do when you are angry?
  5. What is the middle of middle and the end of end?

That’s all. Thanks for reading. Do you know what is the middle of end and the end of end? Let me know in the comments. Stay safe. Ciao!!

Ps: If you have ever tagged me for anything, I will get around to it. It’s been a little busy these days, but I’ll definitely do it at some point.

Posted in Ramblings

Our New Collab Blog 🤩 – That Weird Club

First up, a Very Happy New Year Pals!!  Thanks to all my lovely blogger friends here for making it such a success 😍.

So on this New Year, TictionRiddhi, Aanya and me have launched our new collab blog site- That Weird Club, in an attempt to make you all have some fun through out combined weirdness. Please check it out and show some support 😀💖.


That’s all. Hope you like our site 😍. Thanks for reading. Stay safe. Ciao!!