Posted in Stories and Poems

A Letter From Your English Teacher

I have only one thing to say to thee, thou must learn the art of porper puntcuatoin, and grammar skilis. From who” thou asketh; It’s me πŸ™‚. 

Dear students,

It was good to hear from you, thanks for writing to me you totally did not write to me but okay πŸ™‚. I hope this letter finds you in the best of health and spirits, as is the most boring way to start any letter, as any experienced English teacher cough me cough cough might tell you.

I am writing this letter because there is something that struck my pensive mind the other day when I was gazing passively at the stars, reminiscing the golden years I spent as a youth, and as I pondered about the wonderous aspects of life as we see it now, I realized that I might as well share my advanced knowledge to delinquent students, such as yourselves.

And I don’t mean to offend you in any possible way, no, not at all…πŸ˜‡. I’m merely concerned about the fact that what if something were to happen to me this day? Or say tomorrow or the day after that? Who would tell you about the impeccably invaluable things that your misbehaved minds must know at such a tender age?

Now, I won’t bore you with details, and get straight to the point, because in the words of the remarkable Miles Davis-

I suppose it must be quite clear to you that I’m not the person who likes wasting time. That is why when I was correcting your hastily scribbled English papers I got infuriated because that is exactly what I felt I was enduring- time waste. Ahem, you see, your English papers were quite…well, let’s just say that they were…something.

*deep breath* Okay, here goes-

From misspelling “receive” as “recieve”, to using “thought” after “didn’t”, the number of errors in the grammar of the papers was devastating 🀯! I was quite positively alarmed at the absurdity of the blunders you dared to make! Seriously, have I not taught you anything?! Have all these years of teaching you that the word “despite” does not require an “of” been a mere waste of my precious time 😡?! I mean, how hard is it to remember that “year” only has one syllable, and not two!? And why, why would you think that when Bassanio was talking about the golden fleece, he was actually referring to the fleece, when the fleece was just a metaphor for the uNiMaGiNaBlE bEaUtY oF pOrTiA!?

😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀

I am so angry! I have never met a batch of students so utterly thoughtless and imbecile! Not to mention, the number of pupils who put a comma after “nevertheless” was enough to give me an existential crisis! If only my subject was that easy! Do you even know the basic concepts of English!? Because at this point, I am sure you cannot even spell common words like “sesquipedalian”, which for your kind information, means “relating to long words” πŸ™„. The juniors did so much better than you (they did worse actually, but you don’t need to know that). But you won’t study because you think my subject is oh-so-easy. Well if it’s that easy, try answering this ☺!

I’m sure your puny little brains can’t answer that. Do you know why? BECAUSE IT IS NEITHER YES NOR NO 😩! It is the third, secret option, you daft fools! You are too busy thinking about gravity and circles and winds and X and Y chromosomes and anything related to any subject but mine to be able to use your brain in logical matters for significant questions like THIS!

Absurdly ludicrous! Outrageously preposterous! Incredibly insane! Never have I felt the curse so strongly upon the Jewish nation! I am so disappointed in you that I cannot even-

*deep breaths* I’m trying to calm down now.

Well, I’m not so sure this much amount of vexation is good for my blood pressure. So I might as well get to the point of what I wanted to tell you through this letter right away, which is none other than…

YOU’RE FAILING!😑

Yours exasperatedly,
Mrs. Adverb,
Your English Teacher,
From a room in Portia’s house in Belmont.


Well, that was fun to write, hehe.

Check out my other post: A Letter from Your Maths Teacher.

That one was quite a hit, all credits to Akshita’s post- A Letter from Algebra. And so, I decided to do a similar one, and here we are. I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know if you liked it. Do check out Akshita’s post, it was hilarious!

Posted in Awards, Tags

The Aesthete Blogger Award

Yes, I’m doing this award, and you’ll be delighted to know that I don’t even know what the word “aesthete” means πŸ˜ƒ.

Hey Pals!! Today, I’m doing The Aesthete Blogger Award. I was nominated by the ✨creator✨ Ashmita @ the fictional journal herseld, and also my Priyamvada @ #DiscoverYou and Betty @ The box of Wonder!. And since I like the sound of the word “aesthete”, I am going to do this tag (oh btw, I still didn’t google what the word means). Thanks for the tag, guys, do check out these blogs because they have fabulous content!


The Rules:

  • Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Show some love to the one who nominated you!
  • Mention the creator (Asmita@ the Fictional Journal) and link it back to the original post.
  • Tell me a something about this world that you admire.
  • What is your favourite form of creativity?
  • Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
  • Ask your nominees 4 questions.
  • Share something you created. (can be anything!)
  • And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!

Asmita’s Questions:

1: What colour is your soul?

I took this quiz on Buzzfeed to find this out, and they said blue. Hehe, that’s my favorite color too! Apparently, “I have an honorable soul and I strive to always do what’s right.” πŸ˜‡

2: Think about your happiest memory. Then tell me the book/song that you are reminded of?

Okay so, my sister got married recently. And her marriage was of two days, and it was in Ranthambore (a place in Rajasthan, India). And I literally had the time of my life. If I could live any moment of my life again, it would be those days. It was so good! I was so confident about my looks, my clothes, my demeanour, and just about everything.

The book this reminds me of is The Selection by Kiera Cass, because America had to wear all these gorgeous outfits just like I did 😍.

3: Finish the sentence: once upon a time, there lived a turtle in…

…a shell, but you see, the shell was a tad bit too hard for the turtle to be able to break through, so he was never able to hatch because he suffocated to death before even being born.

This is called dark humor, kids. πŸ™‚

4: Do you have an aesthetic?/What is your favourite aestheitc?

Oh, so that’s what you meant by aesthete!! Anyways, after doing lots of research, I think I might fit under either the light academia aesthetic or the indiecore, I am not sure.


Priyamvada’s Questions

1: How would you describe yourself in three words?

I’m an apple.

2: As per you, what’s the best part about being a kid?

Being ignorant. Half the times, you just don’t know what is happening around you, you’re not worrying about making memories or thinking about moments slipping away in seconds, you’re just…living.

3: What memory makes you feel the most nostalgic?

My sister’s wedding, hehe.

4: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I am a little insecure about my body, not gonna lie. So, I would change my constant worrying about how I look, etc etc.


Betty’s Questions

1: When do you usually listen to songs?

When I’m hanging upside down from the chandelier-

Heh, no. I have no particular time. I listen whenever I feel like it.

2: Which book would you recommend to people who don’t read books?

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

This was an addicting read, and it can leave a good impact on you, the kind of impact that you don’t even realize hit you until after a long time has gone since you finished it. It’s got mystery, drama, romance, and overall, it does a great job in depicting the ugly reality of life.

3: What would be your site’s name if not what it is now.

Books and Words, because my genius brain did the mistake of naming my blog that once.

4: What are you obsessed with?

Books, as if you didn’t know that already. But apart from the usual answer, I’m also obsessed with…um…with uh…um…eh, I can’t think of anything other than apples πŸ˜’.


I tag:

  1. Kira @ Kira Jeanette
  2. Sep @ Bookishly Yours
  3. Dhriti @ The Tomboy Diaries
  4. Simran @ Far From Perfect
  5. Devangi @ Just penning down my thoughts
  6. Harini @ Book Spiral
  7. You! If you want to do this award, go for it! I can’t wait to read your answers, so I tag you!!

My questions:

  1. What’s a stereotypical assumption people have of you?
  2. Who was the last person you told a secret to?
  3. If somebody gave you a million dollars to spend for 24 hours, what would you do with that money?
  4. Finish the sentence: I looked at the man in the frock…

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed it? Let me know what you would do if you were given a million dollars for a day, in the comments πŸ˜€.

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

The 2021 Book Tag!Β ft. mood swings~

MERRY CHRISTMAS, GUYS!! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜€

I’m pretty sure you don’t want another person telling you how fast this year slipped by, so I’m not going to do that-

Hey Pals!! Today, I’ll be reviewing my year in book by doing The 2021 Book Tag! I was tagged by Ashmita @ the fictional journal. Thanks for the tag, lah! Usually, I don’t get to tags so quickly, but this one sounded so cool and the time is perfect to do it too!

I managed to read 60 books this year 😭. 60 is not bad considering my goal was only of 50 and this year was a little hectic, but almost all my reader friends read around 100 😭. My friends suck 😭.

I need new friends πŸ™‚.

But I did read 33 of them as audiobooks 🀩, which makes me so happy 🀩! So now enough ranting 🀩, I’m gonna shut up 🀩, so we can get started 🀩!!

Talk about mood swings πŸ™‚.


The Rules 🀩:

  • Link back to the original creator, Phoenix @Books With Wings
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Answer all the questions
  • Tag at least 3 people
  • While the events covered in this tag are mainly centered around the going-ons in the United States of America, if you live in another country feel free to add another question or two to this tag that you think goes with an important event that happened elsewhere!
  • PLEASE NOTE: While this tag discusses events that happened in 2021, it does not at all need to be completed in 2021. This is NOT a time-restricted tag and you may do it whenever you want. (you also do not need to talk about books that you read in 2021! It can be books you read whenever!)
  • Some of these questions are rather vague; these are totally up for interpretation!

1: A sequel that did not live up to expectations

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson. This is the sequel to The Kiss of Deception, and compared to the first book, it was a huge letdown. It wasn’t bad in any way, but it wasn’t all that interesting, and it was so slow! I did like the fact that so much focus was laid on the world-building and character depictions, but I really care more for a fast pace and plot than all of this, so yeah, I was a little disappointed.


2: A book where everything immediately went badly

I’ll go with the same answer as Ashmita- A Reaper at the Gates. This is the third book in the Ember Quartet series by Sabaa Tahir, and God, it was brutal! The final book wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine either, but I still remember this one affecting me the most.


3: A book where things seemed to change for the better

How about every single contemporary romance novel out there ?ΒΏ

I’m not kidding. Almost every contemporary romance novel I read had this happily ever after sort of ending 🀨, which used to be fun until I got bored of it. So I don’t have a specific answer for this.


4: A book where some kind of science thing plays a role

Uh, I haven’t read many. But Extras by Scott Westerfeld is a scifi dystopian, and it had various technological stuff in it, that is related to science, hehe.


5: A book with sports or some competition

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I mean…runner? Minho and Thomas were runners, they did what? They ✨ran✨. And running is a sport.


6: A book with a terrifying plot twist

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I do think that the plot twist wasn’t a very clever thing for the author to do, but had it not been for that, this book would’ve been one of my least favourites, and as much as I wasn’t a fan of that twist, it was indeed very shocking and I’m guilty of not finding it that bad.


7: A book with amazing side characters

Unravel Me by Taherah Maffi. Apart from the main character- Juliette, pretty much every character in this book was awesome. Especially Kenji! Everybody was overshadowed by Kenji 🀩.


8: A book with huge consequences to actions/events

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. If you’ve read this book, you know what happened in Miles’ past that made him so opposed to ever falling in love, and that is something that I consider to be a huge consequence of an a event.


I tag:

  1. Hermione @Β Portable Magic
  2. Naemi @Β A Book Owl’s Corner
  3. Rayna @Β Ray’s Realm
  4. Anoushka @Β Dipped in Ink
  5. Cherry @Β Cherry Blossom Books
  6. Line @ First Line Reader
  7. You!! If you enjoyed reading this and would love to give it a shot go for it. I tag you.

That’s all! I hope you enjoyed reading this! Let me know a novel that did not live up to your expectations this year, down in the comments πŸ˜€.

Posted in Book Discussions, Bookish Stuff

Discussion Post: 5 Books I Meant to Read in 2021 but Just Couldn’t

Because life is filled with regrets, even at such a young age *sniff sniff*

Hey Pals!! Today, I will be sharing 5 books that I was not able to read in 2021 (is it weird that I typed this 2020?) but was not able to for no reason other than that I am very moody when it comes to…well, just about everything πŸ™‚.

Nehal’s ghost– BWahaha, you think that was supposed to be funny!? You need a few tips from me, mistress.

Nehal– How the hell did you even come here? I haven’t even died in this post!

Ghost– You mean yet…😏

*Nehal has booed the ghost away*

Utter disgrace! Absolute humiliation! What, in the name of Merlin’s ghost, was I thinking when I hired this nuisance?! Anyways, moving on, let’s get started with the post!


1: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

I should have read this book in 2020, and yet I didn’t. And neither did I read it this year. This is the second book in The Darkest Minds series, and I read the first book and loved it! But I was not very keen on reading the second book through the e-book and I barely bought any physical books this year, so I wasn’t able to get my hands on it. There is this local library that opened near my place from where I have been renting all my physical reads so buying wasn’t needed. And hence this series remains unfinished.


2: Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

This is the final book in the Cassidy Blake series. This is the less popular series by this author. The first book in this series was also the first book I read by this author. At that time I enjoyed it, but it was not all that amazing. It wasn’t unique or even interesting. And I would have finished the series had I cared, but I kind of forgot about it. Maybe someday I will.


3: On The Fence by Kasie West

This cover 😭β™₯️. I usually don’t go around raving about book covers on my blog, but this is one of those rare cases where I cannot stop myself. It is so good 😭. It kills me looking at it because the guy in the pic LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE MY IDEAL CRUSH (which is weird ‘coz I cannot even see his face but that’s not the point). And the cover is so cute! I am so fed up with sad books at this point. I am like- give me something that actually makes me cry or actually makes me laugh, I don’t want to dangle in the middle, it is annoying. I need to read this book for relief from stupid, sad stuff.


4: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

This is the second book in The Maze Runner series, and well, I am clearly not all that good when it comes to finishing book series’. I read the first book which was amazing! Yeah, it was slow at several parts but overall, it was a great read. But I was always so intimidated by the second book. Not that I think about it, I am intimidated by the second book in all series for some reason 🧐. But yeah, I still think that I should read this one at some point.


5: And Every Morning the Way Home gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

I have heard so many good things about this book, I cannot even remember if I have read any negative reviews about it on GoodReads, all people have to say about this book is how emotionally wrecked it made them feel…and I am just not sure if I am ready for that? I love books that make me cry because of the death of a character, or two characters finally getting together, etc, but not books that are philosophical or discuss serious aspects of life. And this book is probably about life and whatnot, so I have avoided it. I do want to read it, and I will someday, but I don’t think I’m ready yet.


And we are done. Check out my other post: 5 Books I Meant to Read in 2020 but Just Couldn’t


So, that was all for today! I hope you enjoyed it! Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? What book were you unable to read this year even though you really wanted to. Let me know in the comments πŸ˜€.

Posted in Book Tags, Book Tags and Challenges, Tags

The Read-Write Contest

I’m supposed to be busy, but the deadline is today aah πŸ€ͺ.

Hey Pals!! Today, I’m doing The Read-Write Contest. I was tagged by the creator- Betty @ The box of Wonder! herself, and also by Rabhya @ Rab’s Bookish Planet and Srishti @ SRISHTI’S Travel Diary. Thanks for tagging me, guys. Please check out these blogs for awesome content! Now, let’s get started!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you/who’s blog you find this on, give them some fun book-character name (like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, etc)
  • If you have a blog, list down the rules in a post, if not, contact/email the creator (contact page)
  • Add the logo of this competition below the rules
  • Link back to the original post and the post of the one who nominated you
  • Answer the following questions!-Do you like to read? Which book made you like reading?
  • Which book are you currently reading?
  • Which book would you recommend non book-lovers to read?
  • Which book character describes you the best?
  • Which kind of book do you hate a lot and why (please don’t spread hate!)
  • Write a story with just 5 lines (5 because their are 5 letters in β€œstory”, hehe)(you will be given points based on the story you write!)
  • make sure your story is suitable for all ages or your entry will be disqualified
  • After the story, share a cool fact you read! Mention the source too! (OPTIONAL)
  • This competition ends on 20th December 2021, winners will be announced on 1st January 2022.
  • Nominate some regular commenters of your blog to show them how much it means! Also nominate your friends! The questions are fixed, so you don’t need to make new ones!

Bookish names for the bloggers who tagged me:

For Betty, I have the name Becca 🀣from The Upside of Falling by Alex Light. The two names are so similar! I know that is not the reason to give somebody a name but it kind of feels right. For Rabhya, I think I’ll go with  and Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I think when you shorten this name, it would look good on your blog name- Kat’s Bookish Planet. See, I’m so smart πŸ˜ƒ. For Srishti, I have Shirin from A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Taherah Maffi. I think the name Shirin is kind of similar to your name (not really, but well). I think it will suit you well though.


1: Do you like to read? Which book made you like reading?

Absolutely not 😱! What, in the name of Percy’s sword, makes you think that I would like reading?! Reading is the most boring, and the creepiest habit of all.

Lol. The book that got me into reading novels was Secret Seven. Until then, I never thought I would ever read novels (I only used to read kiddish magazines), but then I got Secret Seven for my birthday by my sister, and thus began the reading journey of the girl who would later be popularly known for her amazing humor and morbid poems…and uh, her usual dose of narcissism too ☺.


2: Which book are you currently reading?

I am reading four books actually. I am about to finish Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, and also Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney. I also started the audiobook for This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab today. And I am reading The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson, but it is kind of on hold now. Hehe πŸ˜—.


3: Which book would you recommend non book-lovers to read?

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I know I said this book is overrated, but it was a very enjoyable novel! And it has one of my all-time favorite quotes, which helped me a lot. There is a chance you might find this not that good, but I am sure you will want to finish it the moment you pick it up because of the mystery. And it’ll be a really interesting read!


4: Which book character describes you the best?

I think Archer Helmsley from The Doldrums.

Archer is a boy who hates his oh-so-perfect, monotonous life, and all he craves is an adventure! But he has a very overprotective mother. And I find this a bit relatable.


5: Which kind of book do you hate a lot and why (please don’t spread hate!)?

I do not really “hate” any kind of book. If you are asking for genre, I suppose I can say that I am not a big fan of self-help. And believe me, I have tried a few self-help(ish) kind of books but I dnfed them.


6: Write a story with just 5 lines.

Amelia looked to the left, then she looked to her right. Before moving forward, alone at midnight, she gulped and took a deep breath. She took quick, deliberate steps, trying not to draw too much attention. Keeping her head down, she hugged her arms. She was afraid of silhouetted figures of men, afraid of what the night held in its realms.


7: Share a cool fact you read! Mention the source too.

There is this fact that I read at the back of my notebook, it says that if you hold in a sneeze, it can sometimes lead to brain haemorrhage…and even death πŸ€“. So yeah, now whenever you wanna commit suicide, you know you have a better option than jumping out the window πŸ€“.


I tag: Anybody and Everybody! Today is the last day of the contest, so I am not going to tag anybody specifically and make them freak out, lol. If you wanna do the tag, go for it!

That’s it for the tag! I hope you enjoyed it! Do you know any weird facts? Let me know in the comments πŸ˜€.

Posted in Stories and Poems

Demon in me

So here is something different. This is a poem on a very serious issue in society. It is fiction and not inspired by real events. I would have put a trigger warning but I do not want to spoil what the poem is about. Instead, I will say that the intended audience for this post is 14+.


He knows they can’t take it anymore,
And yet, he’s still torturing them.
When he speaks again, his words cut deep into her flesh,
Sending a jolt through her heart,
As her head snaps to attention.

A cold smile lingers on his face,
As he contemplates his next victim.
His eyes roam hungrily over them all,
Trying to locate the weakest.
She shifts in her seat,
Dread seeping through every pore of her body.

She can feel the waves of collective terror,
Radiating from each of them,
As they inwardly pray to be spared from his wrath.
And just when it gets hard to breathe,
He says her name,
A smug look flashing across his face,
At the panic in her eyes.

She swallows hard, knowing the worst has come,
Wishing so badly for it to be a dream.
She rises slowly,
Trembling from head to foot.
He drags her, then he pushes her,
Into the dirty, cramped room.

Her breathing quickens,
Till the air seems to be squeezed out of her lungs,
And she desperately tries to push him away,
But it doesn’t work.
He slams her down hard against the cold floor.
She’s gasping, wailing, she’s close to fainting,
But he doesn’t care.
They never do.

And then he does it.
The moment he enters her,
He has unleashed all the demonic cruelty
Anyone can ever possess.
She doesn’t gasp now, doesn’t say a word anymore,
For something inside of her breaks,
Shattering into tiny pieces she can’t put together.

She breaks, in a way she’s never broken before.
She lies there, hurt and shivering in the dark,
The sound of his maniacal laughter,
Burning itself into her memory.
She closes her eyes, and waits,
The only freedom that she is allowed.

And when it’s over, she walks out,
Into the same group who are still holding their breaths,
Dreading the inevitable, dreading what she had just faced.
They notice the lack of tears on her face,
The lack of emotion on her face.
She does not cry, not yet.

But there will be nights,
When she would muffle the howls that escape her throat with her blanket.
There will be days,
When she won’t see the sun and feel its heat,
But feel the dark closing in on her.
There will be times,
When she won’t recognize who she is anymore,
Used and twisted by a monster, lost whatever she used to be.

Lost her essence,
Lost her laughter,
Lost herself.
She thought she knew how to handle pain,
But it turns out,
That numbness is a worse feeling.

Some wounds are just too deep to be healed.

~Nehal


This poem depicts a group of girls who have somehow been trapped by a rapist. The girls are powerless to prevent what the man intends to do them. The poem is inspired by a similar event that I read in- All The Light We Cannot See.

Rape is an issue I never thought I would ever write on, or have the guts to publish, but looking back on the poem I wrote- The Cold Wait, I realized I can twist the ending and it would be a great way to make a poem to address this issue. If I have a blog and a voice, if I have content that people read, and if I have the power of being heard, it would be a shame to not use it to create awareness. THIS CRIME MUST STOP! Rape isn’t just physical torture, it is something that ruins a girl forever in ways I don’t ever want to imagine. So please, spread awareness, show support! This crime just has to stop!!

I don’t have much else to say, but I’ll link a blog post. Rape- A henious crime by Riddhi @ Whispering Stories. Please read this!! Also, thanks to Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy for coming up with such a great title.


Posted in Book Discussions, Bookish Stuff

7 Great Harry Potter Quotes |Collab with Srishti @ SRISHTI’S Travel Diary|

It’s LeviOoosa, not LeviosAaa. ✨

Hey Pals!! Today, we have Srishti @ SRISHTI’S Travel Diary here with me to do a Harry Potter related collab! She is gonna be sharing some of her favorite quotes from the books and I’ll be reacting to them! πŸ˜ƒ

S- Hey Nehal!! Thanks for having me over!

N- Heya! I hope this is fun 😁. Without much ado, let’s get started!!


S- “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ― Albus Dumbledore

N- Wow, we started this on a rather serious note, didn’t we πŸ™‚? I am just kidding, as usual. Anyways, I like this one! But it kind of also depends upon the situation, you know? If you’re dwelling on the right dreams, you might work hard to accomplish your goals. But sometimes, it is indeed better if we let some stuff go, so…


S- Hmm, true. Here is next- β€˜There are all kinds of courage,’ said Dumbledore, smiling. β€˜It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.’

N- Indeed, this is true, I mean, I just…who am I kidding? I’m sure it’s easier the other way round for me 🀣.


S- Haha. Okay next- “Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.” β€” Hermione Granger

N- I couldn’t agree more.

Quote of the dayOvercoming the fear of the name of something is the first step towards getting over the fear itself.

Said by Nehal the Apple, all rights reserved πŸ˜‡.


S- “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” ― Albus Dumbledore

N- The same way I was born a crying baby and grew up to become…well, a crying baby πŸ™‚.


S- Loll, okay so the next is- “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” β€” Sirius Black

N- This is true…for women too though πŸ‘€. We have equal right!!


S- 🀦🏻 Anyways, next- “Curiosity is not a sin…. But we should exercise caution with our curiosity… yes, indeed.” β€” Albus Dumbledore

N- I agree 😭. Being too curious only ends up leading to me making bad decisions and trying weird things and regretting later. Uff.


S- I see πŸ˜‚. And for the last one, I have a really cool one:

But Ron was staring at Hermione as though suddenly seeing her in a whole new light.

β€œHermione, Neville’s right – you are a girl… β€œ

β€œOh well spotted,” she said acidly.’

N- Amazing 🀣. I loved this scene, made me crack up so hard.


So, that was all! And it was fun! How did you like it, Srishti?

S- Yup, I agree, it was really cool 😁.

I hope you enjoyed it! Now let me know a Harry Potter quote that is your favourite, down in the comments. And don’t forget to check out Srishti’s post here, where she reacts to some of my favourite quotes from Harry Potter πŸ˜€.

Posted in Book Reviews, Bookish Stuff

Spoiler-free Review of The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Hey Pals!! Today, I’m going to be reviewing an entire trilogy 🀩.

Once again, I have no idea why I used that emoji πŸ™‚. But maybe it’s just the fact that I’m a little excited about reviewing a series as a whole. We’ll see how well that goes though, let’s get started! Here is- Spoiler-free Review of The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.


Synopsis:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his lifeβ€”a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.


The Plot:

I have quite mixed feelings about the plot. While it does have the “chosen one” element to it, I don’t think it was…bad. It was fun to read, and the pacing was really good. In each of the books, the characters try to find a certain significant animal, and yet it wasn’t too repetitive. Something or the other kept happening to make each book a little different from the one before. So, I must say the plot of well-executed.


The Characters:

Alina sucked πŸ˜ƒ.

Well, not really. I mean she was way too unrealistic, she went from being this sad little girl in the first book to the one who is suddenly so sure of herself when she kisses the Darkling just to rid him of his powers…πŸ™‚. But I’m glad to say the final book made me think of her as a human being and not just a revolutionary brainless, supposedly ugly character.

Then we have ✨The Darkling ✨.

I know I’m using the gifs from the show but well, desperate times call for desperate measures-

What do I say? I disliked him at first but I liked him a lot towards the final book. In the first two, he was just kind of meh. Then his character and personality got so much better as the books progressed. We got to see layers behind his motives and actions and it was nice. And I hate to admit it but he’s also kinda…gorgeous 😍.

Then we have Mal.

I don’t have that many strong feelings for him, except that I love him as a person. He’s so kind and yeah, he was kind of weird in his relationship with Alina at first, but he got better. He was really sweet.

If you’re waiting for Nikolai…

Pic taken from Pinterest

You’ll be delighted to know I am in the minority here when I say I do not have that many strong feelings for him πŸ˜’. In the second book, he was just fine, nothing special. In the last book though, when the whole incident with the volcra happened…that changed my mind. I think he’s a great guy! Definitely not swoon-worthy as most people find him, but awesome nonetheless. And a great friend.

As for the rest of the characters- Genya and Baghra would be my favorites. They felt so real. And for the rest, I think they were well-written too.


The Writing:

Ahem, this is the more complicated part of the review. First off, the good thing was that the pacing was just right. Had it been written by some other fantasy author, I would’ve been bored probably. But even the boring parts were written at a fast pace so thank goodness, I was saved 😌. The bad thing though was that the writing was very repetitive. Phrases like “a chill ran down my spine” and “power coursed through me” were used over and over with slight variations. And I don’t know why but it irritated me more than it should have. In the first book especially! It’s not a major thing really but it was a big turn off factor for me while reading the book.


The romances

Two romance was good! Mal and Alina started from being irritating to being amazing 😍! Alina and The Darkling were too good too! That ending 😭!! Genya and David were weird though, I don’t like David much. Also, I’m so glad nothing much happened of that Nikolai-Alina thing, it would have been too weird. At least that was one thing that Alina managed to handle like a pro.


Favourite book in the series:

It’ll have to be the first one- Shadow and Bone, which is ironic because that was the most annoying out of the three and I hated almost every character πŸ˜‚. But it was a lot easier to read than the other two. I have to say that the other two were better, but I enjoyed the first one more.


Overall:

This was a 4/5 stars series for me. In fact, I would give each book 4/5 stars. It was thoroughly enjoyable despite all its flaws. This is the kind of series I recommend to those who are new to fantasy, and I specifically recommend it to people who do not mind some overused tropes. These books are fun, but not the best, and there are definitely things that could have been improved upon, but they are worth a shot.


That’s all! I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you read this series? What are your thoughts on it? Is it on your TBR pile? Let me know in the comments πŸ˜€.

I know my book reviews ain’t that good but you’ll have to deal with it. My brain cells to write something interesting have been destroyed by copper sulphate crystals and isotonic elements 🀧. #sedlyfe

Posted in Ramblings

5 Blogging Pet Peeves Of Mine

Number 1: Not responding to comments 🀩.

Hey Pals 🀩!! Today, I’m bringing you a post in which I share some of my blogging pet peeves! 🀩

I don’t know why I used that star-eyes emoji, it’s not like I’m overjoyed at the concept of some unpopular opinions that will probably be frowned upon and make me come across as condescending, now am I? πŸ™‚ So anyways, enough stupidity, let’s get started!!

Note: What follows are personal opinions. I don’t mean to insult or hurt anyone’s feelings.


1: Overuse of words like- honestly, personally, seriously, definitely, absolutely, literally etc.

I literally have no idea how I can explain this point enough. This is one that definitely annoys me the most, and personally, I think we would honestly be so much better off without it absolutely ruining our lives.

Ahem, ahem, now wasn’t that a very pleasant sentence to read? πŸ™‚βœ¨

I understand when people use these words to emphasize, but sometimes I see them being used more than twice in a sentence! I’m so annoyed! Like I can’t understand why people have to emphasize these words, I mean, we get you’re being as honest as a…um, as a…uh…as an…apple (?), you don’t have to shove it in my face 😡. Not just book bloggers, I see this in so many of my favorite booktubers as well. It’s not even that it’s a bad thing, it’s just very overwhelming. I seriously don’t know how I can make people understand this well enough.


2: People going on unannounced hiatus’

I am pretty sure this shouldn’t bother me as much as it does, but I have this weird theory in my mind that when people go on unannounced hiatus, they just want attention πŸ˜’, which I know is not true. If I, all of a sudden, realize a said someone has not been posting much since a long time, I usually go and comment on their post to see if they’re alright. But you know, you can save me the trouble by just posting a blog about how you have exams going on and hence won’t be much active, just how hard is that?! It clears up all the confusion and worry, and most importantly, iT gIvEs Us hOpE tHaT tHeRe iS a poSsIBiLiTy tHaT yOu mIgHt dRaG yOuR ButT bAcK iNtO bLoGgInG aT sOME pOiNt In tHe fUtUrE !!


3: The WordPress Reader not showing enough blogs

This is the worst! I follow over a hundred bloggers and my WordPress Reader doesn’t even show me like half of their latest blogs! I mean, why!? Why would you do that, what did I ever do to you 😭?! It’s so annoying when I realize I have missed so many bloggers’ posts just because my stupid Reader didn’t do the courtesy of showing them! You had one job, you abominable betrayer! One freaking job!!

So if anyone was wondering why I don’t read their blogs, here’s thine reason.


4: People not using enough dividers in their post

By dividers, I do not necessarily mean separators. I mean headings, bold text, or any other similar thing that distinguishes a part of your post from the rest. You probably do not know this about me, but I have a phobia- longpostophobia πŸ˜”. I cannot read a long post without being hopelessly bored. I have lot of trouble reading a long post written in that tiny font that WordPress offers. I really appreciate it when people divide such a post into various sections so that I know which one is interesting enough for me to read. And not only does that help the reader, but it also makes the post look so much better in itself!


5: Using too many strikethroughs in a post

You need to calm down, girl~

I think strikethroughs are awesome! They are so good when you want to emphasize a point in that weird way that makes it seem like a secret. But then there are people who use it too much, like more than 10 strikethroughs in a single post. It takes away the purpose of a strikethrough. And it is frustrating! Some people use it at places where it is totally unnecessary. I mean, are you really just using it for the sake of using it? Because I sure as hell am not reading your post just for the sake of reading it, so you better appreciate that and sToP!


I literally hope you enjoyed this post, because I honestly worked so hard at making this, you know… absolutely good! πŸ˜‡

Lol, that was all! I hope you enjoyed it! Do you relate to any of these? Let me know a blogging pet peeve of yours, down in the comments πŸ˜€.

Ps- It’s my pal- Riddhi @ Whispering Stories‘ birthday today 🀩. Happy birthday lah, hope you have the awesomest day ever!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ†βœ¨

She started a new blog- Human Book Club. It’s a place where you can share your worries or traits to get some advice from her, or even just to get things off your chest, and that too anonymously. I think it’s a great initiative and it’s going so well and helping so many people! Don’t forget to follow the blog!

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

The “I Should Have Read That Book” Tag

Hey Pals!! Today I am doing the… Well, you read the title, of course, soΒ  I am not gonna repeat, coz I am lazy. Just kidding!! This is the “I Should Have Read That Book” tag. Obviously, I’m doing it even though I wasn’t tagged, but that’s because it’s a fun tag and it has been in my drafts since last year and I’m too busy to write new posts right now what with boards going on 🀧. So, let’s do this!!


1: A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

One of my blogger friends, Ashmita, has been begging me to read The Inheritance Games, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, since ages! And I can’t say that I’m not tempted, I’m just not in the mood to read the ebook and the paperback…well, I won’t be able to buy the paperback because, ahem, boards πŸ™‚. Yes, I do live a happy life, don’t worry *sniffles*.

cAn i gEt a tIsSuE?!


2: A book that’s been on your TBR forever and you still haven’t read the hell out of it

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. This is just such a terrifyingly long book that it intimidates me. It is really popular but it was written by an author who lived so long ago that I am reluctant to pick it up. Yeah, judging books, I know! I can’t help it though. I do think it would be a fantastic read though if I read it eventually.


3: A book in a series you started but haven’t finished

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. This is the sequel to The Darkest Minds. Once again, I haven’t read it because of the paperback-unavailability thing. I am excited for it because the first book was very good!


4: A classic you have always liked the sound of but never really started

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I have no idea what this book is about but its title, cover, and popularity interest me. So one day, I will read it and know why it’s so freaking loved.


5: A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read

You better not unfollow πŸ™‚πŸ”ͺ. Yeah, I haven’t read The Fault in our Stars by John Green. I haven’t read any of his books except for Paper Towns and one other that I dnfed. And I see this book everywhere. Everybody loves it so much it does indeed feel like I am the only one who has not read it yet.


6: A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet

The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot. I absolutely lurve the movies even though the second one wasn’t based on any book. I still don’t know why I haven’t read these books. Hope to get to them soon.


7: A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

I am not on Instagram~


I tag: Anyone and everyone who wants to do this tag! This was really fun to write and so I would love to read all your answers too!

That’s it. I hope you enjoyed it. Have you read these books? Do you have any of these books on your TBR? too? Let me know in the comments πŸ˜€.