Posted in Stories and Poems

A Monotonous Exam

I tap the back of the pen against my forehead,
And glance over to the clock.
The boredom and tension of the room is palpable,
Every student is looking around,
Hoping for something even mildly interesting to happen.
I lean back on my chair,
My feet start tapping on the ground,
I hastily scribble a line of Simon Commission,
Marvelling that highlighting points did help after all.
I lean further back and the chair’s front legs get lifted from the floor,
I think hard and another line comes to my head,
But just as I’m about to write,
I realize that I’ve pushed the chair too far,
And the next thing I know the air is knocked out of me,
And BAM!
I hit the floor,
The thud of the fall snapped kids to attention.
A round of muffled laughter erupts from the classroom,
Everyone glad for the distraction,
I get up, slightly flushed, and sit back down,
Surprisingly finding myself fighting a smile.
The teacher bangs her duster on the table,
Demanding β€œpin-drop silence”.
In just a moment, the glee is gone,
And a hush falls over the class,
As everybody starts wracking their brain for non-elusive answers,
Slipping once again into the surrealism of the exam.

~Nehal


Credits for the prompt go to Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy! Thanks, lah πŸ˜ƒ. So, I wrote this without giving too much thought, and it turned out fine. It would have been much better as a short story, I guess, but I am too lazy to change it now. I’m just mostly glad that there’s still a part of me that can write poems and stories that aren’t all sad πŸ˜‚. I hope you liked it!!


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

The Just Some Bibliophilic Things Tag

Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing The Just Some Bibliophilic Things Tag. This used to be a weekly tag hosted by Riddhi @ Whispering Stories. She then converted it into a one time tag. I’m sad to see it go, nevertheless this is going to be just as fun. Thanks to Riddhi herself for tagging me. Do check out her post through the above link. Let’s begin (I wrote this intro months ago, when it had only been like a day since she had tagged me)!!


The Rules:

  1. Link to original creator of the tag here: Riddhi @ Whispering Stories ,so that I get a pingback every time someone does the tag.
  2. Use the header image I used in doing the tag, display the rules in your post and use the tag JSBT in your post.
  3. Answer the bookish questions given below and add an original bonus bookish question
  4. Add a random fact to the post
  5. Tag 5 or more book blogger friends of yours
  6. Have Fun!!

1: How many books do you think should there be in one series? Which book series is your favourite in that particular format?

I am just not a fan of series in general. But I’ve read a good number of them and well…I still think people shouldn’t write series πŸ˜‚. It’s always intimidating for me start a series, especially when authors write all these big, ginormous books. But if done well, three books is enough, and even sounds nice.

My favourite series in that format would be The Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld, which is a scifi dytopian. The author added on an extra novella, but I still consider it a trilogy. This series was super cool, I really loved it. I loved all the twists and turns. This was the book that made me realize that dystopian is one of my favourite genres.


2: Which book format do you prefer: Paperbacks, eBooks or audiobooks?

I prefer physical books! Audiobooks have really helped me, but they aren’t the same as physical books, really. And e-books are just meh.


3: Organized bookshelves or outrageous bookshelves? If outrageous, then do you feel like organizing them but are too lazy to do so?

Organized bookshelves, please! I see all these booktubers having color-coded bookshelves, or shelves arranged according to authors…aah, they’re so pretty! I don’t have that many shelves honestly, but the ones I do have are kind of arranged.


4: Which Rick Riordan series do you like the most? The original Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Heroes of Olympus or Magnus Chase?

Okay, this is hard! I love all the three series, but I prefer Heroes of Olympus and Magnus Chase over Percy Jackson. I can’t get over the humor of the latter, and I can’t get over Leo from the former one, so this is like really hard! I will just go ahead and choose Magnus Chase because that really made me laugh. I STILL LOVE HoO THOUGH!


5: Which bookish fictional land you would want to travel to? Why?

Hogwarts, for sure! It’s the most amazing place ever, magical and away from our horrible reality! I am still waiting for my Hogwarts letter…I mean I have finally got the Platform 9 3/4 ticket, but without the letter it’s really no good, is it?


6: One book related memory that you love.

Hmm…πŸ€”

Okay so, when I was like 12 years old or something, I only used to read books that were age-appropriate. I would look the age ratings on Common Sense Media before reading a book. So my 12-year-old brain was always fed-up as to why I couldn’t read the same books as my sister. It was the time when my bookshelf was filled with her books- Twilight and Chetan Bhagat stuff, lol. So, when I was really bored, I would go to her shelf and pick out books like that and flip through the pages to find something…adulty (if you know what I mean). Okay, I mean stuff related to romance (but hey! I was 12!). And the few times that I did come across such stuff, those would be like the glorious, victorious moments of the day. Hehe πŸ˜›.


7: Which genre do you not read? Why? Would you like to read any book from that genre?

I don’t read much of paranormal and horror. I am not a fan of paranormal, I easily get bored of stuff like monsters, poltergeists, variations of known mythical creatures. I like them in mythology, but not otherwise. As for horror, I am just a big scaredy-cat, so…


8: Which genre is your absolute favourite? What draws you to it? If demanded, would you be able to stick to it for the rest of your life?

Right now, I would say historical fiction. I find comfort in books that are historical fiction, there is something so wonderful about reading about people’s lives in our own worlds, except in a twisted version of our reality. Though I would not stick to it for the rest of my life, because I know I will get bored by it.


9: Who is your favourite author? Why? Which book is an absolute favourite of yours written by that particular author?

I would say Neil Gaiman, even though I have only read three books by him, but I loved 2 of them with all my heart. My favourite book by him would be Norse Mythology. I have legit listened to the audiobook of it five times now! It is that good! I know the title sounds pretty meh, but give it a shot, you will not regret it! You will fall for the characters, the writing style, Loki, the world-building, Loki, oh and also…Loki!


10: Which fictional character (s) would you like to date? Why?

Leo Valdez! He is such a caring friend 🀩.

You know, over time I have started to think my crush for Leo has reduced to just I-want-to-be-your-best-friend thingy. I hope it’s not true though. Let’s just think that it’s because I haven’t read the heroes of Olympus series in a long time now.

AND ALSO… Nate Macauley!

He is so hot gorgeous and has the bad-boy vibes 🀩.


11: What are your views on Read-a-thons? Have you ever participated in one? If yes, then which one? And if no, then do you wish to?

I think Read-a-thons are fun! I have only participated in one, that was the Taylor Swift Read-a-thon, and I took part in it last year, and it was lots of fun! They can be stressful and stuff, but I think they are great ways to read more books.


I tag:

To all those I’ve tagged, there’s no pressure, only do the tag if you can, and if you want to. And if you’ve already done this tag, that’s fine too. And yeah, anybody else who wants to do the tag can feel free to do it.


That was all for today! I hope you enjoyed this post, I know I did the tag late, but I loved doing it anyways. Let me know what are your thoughts on organized and messy bookshelves, in the comments πŸ˜€.