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

The Feelings Tag and The End of 2020 Superlatives Tag

The Feelings Tag

Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing The Feelings Tag. This tag was created by Jheel @ย fantasybookworm. I was tagged by the lovely Jheel herself (looooong time back, sorry for being late ๐Ÿ˜ž) and also by Esdi @ Esdi Blogs. Thanks to both of them for tagging me, do have a look at their sites, they are lovely! โœจ


The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to the blog.
  • Answer the 5 feelings given to you.
  • Write the reason in 5 to 6 lines of why does that particular book come under that feeling.
  • Nominate between 5-12 other bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 5 feelings too.
  • Notify your nominees once youโ€™ve uploaded your post.

A book that made me cry all day!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I didn’t necessarily cry all day but this book did make me cry and gave me a hangover that lasted for quite a few days both the times that I read it. The last few chapters were just too gloomy, too well-written and too deep.


A book that was not that great…..

I can pick a LOT of books for this one but I’ll just go for this

Tunnel of Bones by V.E. Schwab. This is the sequel to City of Ghosts and I really liked that book which made me have high expectations for this one but I didn’t end up loving it as I had expected. This book felt really flat and obvious, I mean, it did have a fine plot but it wasn’t powerful. I wish I had liked it because I wanted to, but it was not that great….


A book that was next to perfection!

This is me thinking really hard about this question

Umm… I don’t really know. I don’t think that any book that I read, no matter how much I loved it, was just next to perfection ๐Ÿ˜…. This question shouldn’t be that hard but I can’t come up with anything. What would your answer be?


A book that touched my heart deep within.

Here, I’ll mention a book that I don’t talk about much and that is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I read it two or three years ago and I all I can say is that I fell in love with this book and this author since then. This is a deep, dark book with a magical feeling to it. I loved these characters, the illustrations, the writing style that seemed to flow like magic and I loved the ending. This book did indeed touch my heart and I highly recommend it, you should give it a try. I might even do a full book review ๐Ÿ˜‰.


A book that is above all the books ever written

Again, a hard one, so forgive me for choosing something really obvious…


I Tag:


My Questions To You:

  • A book that always gives you giggling vibes.
  • A book that was neither good nor bad.
  • A book character that always made you roll your eyes.
  • A book that was way too deep for you to enjoy.
  • A book you did the mistake of reading during a slump.

End of 2020 Superlatives Tag

I was tagged for this by Alicia @ A Colorful Bibliophile and Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner. Both of them have some *epic* content for bookworms, so make sure to visit their blogs. As for the tag, let’s dive right in!


Rules:

  • Fill out each of the prompts with your answer. Each character/book you chooseย has to be one you read in 2020.
  • Tag as many or few people as you want, but preferably somewhere around 10.
  • Have fun and happy new year!!

Best Villain

Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events. He…aah, he’s such a well written character. From finding him totally stupid to hating him more than anyone to feeling some weird sort of pity for him, I felt a lot of emotions for Count Olaf, and overall he made a perfect and entertaining villain.


Best Protagonist

Magnus Chase!! He makes an amazing protagonist, and a great friend. Oh, and his humor, boy is it awesome.


Best Side Character

Celeste from The Selection series by Kiera Cass. I don’t really know why, but Celeste felt like the finest character that this author created for this series. Especially in The One, I really liked her in that book.


Tough Luck– A character you’re glad you aren’t

Laia from An Ember in the Ashes. She undoubtedly goes through a lot in this book and I would never want to be in her place.


Best Place to Raise a Family– A setting, in another world, you wouldn’t mind settling in

Well, I did reread Harry Potter in 2020 so…๐Ÿ˜œ


Uninhabitable– A setting you would never want to live in

The Hunger Games…pretty self explanatory, I am sure *shudders*.


Most Likely to Succeed– An indie or under hyped book that everyone would like if they just tried it

The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonsek Lee. This is the true story of a girl who escaped North Korea, and it followed her journey into China and beyond. I was utterly mesmerized while reading this book. Like this book, it hit hard man. It really did.


Life of the Party– A book that kept you laughing and having a good time

Big Nate: The Boy with the Biggest Head in the World. This is by far the funniest book I’ve read and that says a lot. I couldn’t control my laughter reading it, so if you haven’t read it, I’m telling you, it’s worth a shot.


Most Unforgettable– A book you couldn’t forget if you tried

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I have read this book four freaking times in the past months, and my love for it has not reduced in the slightest. I’ve gushed about this book so much already, that if you still haven’t read it…how come!?!???


Most Unique– A book unlike anything you’ve ever read before

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. It deals with important issues like death and gun violence. The concept of this book is pretty awesome and the execution kind of brought about the meaning of the book in a more profound way. It’s written in verse and takes place majorly in a freaking elevator. The execution was everything in this book. The fact that it’s so short, and yet conveys such a strong meaning is just mind blowing.


I Tag:


That’s it. I had loads of fun doing these tags ๐Ÿ˜€. Let me know the best bookish villain that you read about in 2020, down in the comments.

Posted in Stories and Poems

Lost her forever …

Maybe she called me a liar,
Maybe she refused to trust me anymore,
Maybe she walked away when I needed her,
But what matters is that I didn’t forgive her.

Maybe she ignored me like I meant nothing,
Maybe she told that me that she didn’t need me to add to her troubles,
Maybe she stopped looking at me like a friend,
But what matters is that I didn’t forgive her.

Maybe her teasing turned to insulting,
Maybe she stopped caring about my feelings,
Maybe she realized her mistakes too late,
But what matters is that I didn’t forgive her.

Maybe she said sorry,
Maybe I felt that it was just too late,
Maybe I was too proud to forgive her.

And maybe, I lost her forever.

~Nehal


Posted in Book Reviews

I slept through the climax of this book, it was that boring ๐Ÿ˜ด. Review- The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

When I say slept through the climax of this book, I mean “literally” slept through it, and not “figuratively”.

Hey Pals!! So today, I am doing a spoiler free review of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab.

Spoiler Alert: I hated it.


Synopsis:

I don’t care about the GoodReads synopsis, so here is all you need to know. This book follows the story of a girl named Lexi in a town where kids start disappearing all of a sudden *yawns* and people are blaming the new stranger named “Cole” *sighs* who has been spotted recently for causing the trouble. Lexi obviously falls in love with this character-less person*dies of exhaustion*.


My Thoughts in a gist: 

I’ve been reading this book since forever, and it seems like it’s actually a big achievement for me for having finished it finally. I should’ve DNFed it, but I love strongly hating a book, so I thought it would be good for a review. So here we are.

There is absolutely nothing that I liked about this book, nothing at all, at least not for now. So I’ll just give a full review as to why I disliked it.


The Narration:

I found the narration awful. This book is narrated by Heather Wilds and I absolutely hated that narration for some reason. I don’t think it was bad or anything, I guess it’s just my personal preference. When I’m reading a book, it usually takes quite some time for me to actually like the narration, and it slowly grows on me. But for this book, it hardly ever did. I hated the accent of the person and the narration was super monotonous and dull.


The Characters:

Ugh, do I have issues! I freaking hate every single character of this book. I don’t understand how Lexi fell for Cole. The guy has zero personality, except for the fact that he can control the wind, he seems to have no individual personality traits. At least Lexi had some personality but I didn’t like her much either. I didn’t care about any of the other characters in the novel either. It was all just bleh.


The Plot:

Unoriginal.

The Writing:

Unoriginal.

The Romance:

Unoriginal.


Was that too short? ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess it was. Here are the lengthy opinions then.

The Plot:

Lexi is just this random girl who thinks that it is her responsibility to solve the mystery of the disappearing kids which I found kinda obvious and cliche, so yeah, you can’t blame me for disliking it.

The Writing:

The writing had some very commonly phrases like “I released a breath I didn’t realize I was holding” so it kind of pissed me off.

The Romance:

As for the romance, I have never hated a romance more, well maybe I have but let’s not talk about that right now. It felt so much like insta-love, when not to mention, the love interest didnt even seem to have any individual personality.


Oh wait, I just realized that this is the debut book of this author, so um…..I didn’t mean to insult the book or the author ๐Ÿ˜ณ. I just disliked it with a strong passion and felt the great need to share it for some unknown reason. I love the author though, and I’m planning to read more books by her. This one just didn’t do it for me.


What I meant by sleeping through the climax:

I had eventually DNFed this book, and I started buddy reading two other books. So at 11p.m. on one day, I had read my share of those two books and like, I as just lying on my bed not knowing what to read and was stressing about the fact that I was wasting valuable time not reading, so reluctantly, I decided to read this book. This book literally acted like a lullaby and put me sleep ๐Ÿ˜‘. Then my father came and woke me up as I hadn’t drank my milk and I realized that the book had finished on a happy ending with people shaking hands and all and I had missed the climax ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. So yeah, I never went back to reading it again, I was just glad it was over ๐Ÿ˜Œ.


My Rating:

Aaah, it feels so nice to give a book a 1 star rating ๐Ÿ˜Œ.


So, that’s it. Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Are you planning to read it anytime soon? Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ˜€.

Posted in Ramblings

It’s my birthday y’all!! Collab with Tiction- where we react to myths surrounding Pisces ๐Ÿงท

HELLO PEOPLE, IT’S ME, TICTION! YE, IT IS A GUEST POST! Basically, as many of you must remember, Nehal did a “WhO kNoWs mE bEsT” post, and guess who won? Guess who knows her best? Guess who scored the h i g h e s t? YE, THAT’S RIGHT, ME! Okay, yeah I can read how enthusiastic I look, but hey there’s a reason for that! TODAY. IS. OUR. DEAR. NEHAL’S. B I R T H D A Y! So obviously we have got a fun post (according to us, anyway)! And that too a guest post (y’all be like: DuH)! Also, uh, I was supposed to add an emoji in the title, and I can’t think of any so I used the weirdest I could- IT’S SO COOL, RIGHT?

N: Thank you so much Ticky ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ญ. You are the best!!

Also, I need to formally mention before jumping into the post the winners of Who Knows Me Best, here they are!

There are actually 2 winners. Two people who know me best! They are: Ipsita- my best friend irl and Tiction- my WordPress bestie.

Both of them secured an 8/10 and I’m so proud of you guys ๐Ÿ˜. According to the rules, I would do a collab with both of them. The collab with my bestie will come sometime later, I’m planning something pretty special for that ๐Ÿ˜. Today, I am collaborating with Tiction.

So I have to say, several of you flunked it pretty bad ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™„. I am disssappointed! But then again, I was super happy with the amount of people who participated. Thanks a ton, guys ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. So now, getting on with the post…….


Hey Pals!! Today, we are going to be reacting to some assumptions and myths people have about Pisces (my zodiac sign). Without further ado, let’s get started!!

Myth 1: Pisces stay away from anything spiritual.

T: Oh well, she is spiritual. She does yoga and stuff.

Myth 2: This zodiac sign is very social.

N: So um, I don’t know about you, but I think even my readers will be able to say that I am a very social person, especially in blogging. I was never much of a person you would associate with lots of friends, I hardly had any true friends until 6th standard, when I finally found my bff. And still it took me a really long while to become a person who can instantly socialize with people. So I guess this holds true for some and not for others.

Myth 3: Pisces are known as the most artistic of all zodiac signs, and they frequently express their creativity in everyday life.

T: Damn, right she is creative! Like I read her posts and talk to her on a daily basis, and trust me when I say that her ideas are absolutely wonderful!

N: I— how did you even come up with that conclusion lah!? ๐Ÿ˜‚

T: IDK, I JUST DID! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Myth 4: They often have a hard time accepting help from others.

T: Hm, to be honest, yeah. I’ve been her friend long enough to tell you that Nehal likes to be the in charge, and I love that about her! And if she ever needs some help, she’d always be reluctant and when you do help her, she is way too grateful!

N: I’m flattered ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‚.

Myth 5: Pisces are overly emotional and moody

N: Hard agree. I wish so much I wasn’t so moody and emotional but I am. I’m glad to know there are others like me ๐Ÿ˜‚.

Myth 6: They are secretly wild and crazy

N: Wait, I’m not wild. I’m not an animal. I am a freaking human being, right? *puppy eyes*

T: You know the truth, don’t y’all?๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™„

N: B—but…..*starts bawling*

Myth 7: Pisces have a dark side you don’t want to mess with

Get your judgy eyes off me

N: I think yeah, I do have a dark side. Don’t worry, I haven’t murdered my neighbours ๐Ÿ™‚ (T: pretty sure she has, if you get a chance please search her garden or something for dead bodies-), I mean, there is some stuff I really want to share with people and get rid of the burden but just can’t. So yeah, I guess Pisces do have a dark side. Though I am not sure about the “don’t want to mess with” part, but yeah, I can relate to the first one.


T: I guess that’s all we had for you, did you guys have fun? Also, if you can, comment down below your own zodiac sign and assumptions you don’t relate to, yeah? AND DON’T FORGET TO WISH MAH GURL A HEPPY BIRTHDEY!

N: Thank you so much Tiction โค๐Ÿ˜€. You totally made my day!! Love you gurl. And yup, happy birthday to me ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜†.


Posted in Stories and Poems

The Unwelcome Visitor

Something walked upto me. It took me a moment to realise that that something was actually a person. But you canโ€™t blame me for taking time to figure it out. That someone was exceptionally thin and he looked so light in colour that he wouldโ€™ve blended in the street easily if he had tried, though it looked like he hadnโ€™t tried because I could see him alright. Well, I could see through him for he was almost transparent. What a queer sight!

He stopped walking when he was about 2 feet away from me. His form seemed to waver in the slight wind, and it was hard to make out anything much of his appearance. โ€œHello,โ€ he said, politely.

I mean, it wouldโ€™ve been rude not to reply, so I did.

โ€œHi,โ€ I said, uncertainly.

โ€œCan you tell me the name of your neighboursโ€™ daughter?โ€ he asked me, pointing to the house to my left.

โ€œYeah, Why?โ€ I asked.

โ€œI will be…. visiting her,โ€ he smiled wickedly at his words as if he meant much more than that.

โ€œOh! Umm…,โ€ I looked at him oddly, squinting to make out anything of his face, then sighed when I wasnโ€™t able to come to a conclusion. โ€œHer name is Alice,โ€ I replied finally.

โ€œOk then, thanks. Iโ€™ll see you later.” And even though his eyes were barely visible, I could just make out a sparkle in them as he smiled that same lopsided grin of his, looking as though he was planning mischief. Then he turned to go. He had almost reached her houseโ€™s front door when I called, โ€œWho are you?โ€

He turned around and looked at me in a way that suggested he thought I was mad.

โ€œDonโ€™t you know me? I am all over the news.โ€ He smiled again, proudly this time. When I didnโ€™t reply, he said slowly, with a hiss, โ€œWhy, I am Corona, of course.โ€

*Awkward silence for 60 seconds*

*60 seconds later*

“K…?” I said awkwardly. He smiled again and turned to leave but I called out hurriedly, โ€œWait!โ€

He turned to look at me again but I didnโ€™t know what to say. I mean, you donโ€™t often meet people like Corona and just know how to make small talk with them.

โ€œYou aren’t here to infect me, are you?โ€ I asked after a lot of thought.

He raised his eyebrows. โ€œYouโ€™re not complaining, are you?โ€

โ€œNo, of course not. Not at all. Not one bit. I was just…curious.โ€ I gulped, suddenly regretting putting forth the question.

He sighed. โ€œNo, of course not. Not for now, at least. Youโ€™ve got your mask on. And I have already observed you. You will wash your hands and face after you go in. So itโ€™s totally pointless to visit you for now.โ€

โ€œOh!โ€ What he said didnโ€™t make much sense to me. My eyes and ears werenโ€™t covered. He could still affect me through them. But since he seemed too dumb to notice, I totally decided against mentioning it.

I saw him reaching her houseโ€™s door, he waved to me excitedly and I blinked, and then waved back, awkwardly. Then he touched her door handle lightly and said, โ€œIโ€™ll just stay here for a while.โ€

โ€œFor how long?โ€ I asked grimly.

โ€œAs long as it takes for her to touch me,โ€ he answered with a huge smile, that could only mean something evil. Then he vanished, mingling perfectly into the surroundings, leaving me staring blankly at the door handle.

*Weird silence for 60 seconds*

*60 seconds later*

I turned round and ran into my house, shutting the door behind me. I took my phone out, and with hurried urgency, dialled Aliceโ€™s number.

~Nehal


Posted in Ramblings

Who Knows Me Best!?

Guess whose back!? Me!!

I missed y’all so much ๐Ÿ˜ญ, even though I know you didn’t ๐Ÿ™‚! But now my freaking exams are over, and I’m gonna have so much fun blogging and reading and laughing and playing and just…..aaaaaah.

So anyways, today when wondering about ideas for fun posts, I came up with this!

This is a challenge for y’all. It’s time to find out which of you knows me the best. Click here to fill out my Google Form.

The winner gets to do a fun collab with me (look at me, trying to sound like a pro).

Now, all you need to do is answer all the questions ๐Ÿ˜. Good luck! Hope you enjoy.