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5 Popular Books I Gave Up On

Hey Pals!! So, today I’ll be sharing with you a list of 5 Popular Books That I Gave Up On!

The exclamation mark makes it seem like I’m so proud of this ๐Ÿ™„. I’m not, but I’m also not too bothered. I know people find it hard to DNF (do-not-finish) books, but I don’t really have that problem. If I’m truly not enjoying a book at all, I put it down and try to find something better. I know it makes most people feel guilty but I figured life’s too short to read something you don’t like. So anyway, let’s get started!


1: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sรกenz

Because we love starting with controversial stuff like this that works as an easy way to lose followers ๐Ÿ™‚โœจ.

I started the audiobook for this one, and the narration was pretty average. It started good, I thought I would end up loving it. But soon it got kinda weird. In some ways, I could relate to the main character a lot, and when I say this I mean that he was like an actual replica of me in not all, but many, ways. Except for the fact that the things he worried about the most at the age of 15 were the same things I had long since worried about and moved on from. His thought process would have been so relatable for me at one point when I was younger but reading it now just made me feel weird, and wrong for some reason.

The book had a strange, melancholic vibe to it that started to ruin my mood. I hate books that manage to spoil my mood like this without even making me cry. But that was still bearable. I was a little less than halfway through when it just got boring and so I decided I would be better off reading something else.


2: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

This is my most recent DNFed book. It has a promising synopsis, and it even starts great. It basically has this mystery as to why the two main characters, who once meant the world to each other, have not talked at all for a decade. The story alternates between two timelines and it is pretty interesting but the thing is, I don’t have that much patience. I just need to know what kind of fight happened between these two but the author keeps going back to the stuff of their childhood and then comes back to the present where the two just keep meeting and observing each other, nothing happens. It is written pretty well and has an addicting vibe to it except the wait was killing me. So, I put it down.


3: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I wonder how you’re still here after all the books I’m trashing ๐Ÿคฉ.

This is the most loved book by my favorite Booktuber- Jessethereader. So, my expectations were very high. And I did not find this book terrible, in any sort of way. I just don’t think it was my type, you know? I was reading it and I wasn’t feeling anything. More than half the time I was just bored with how slowly things were happening. Also confession time ๐Ÿ’€: I had watched the movie before reading the book and I was pretty annoyed at how slow the book was as compared to the movie. Overall, this just did not work for me and so I DNFed it.


4: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Oh, are you looking for the unfollow button ๐Ÿ˜ƒ? Or have you already clicked it ๐Ÿ˜ƒ?

This was the biggest disappointment to me because almost everybody gushes about this book. I had such high expectations from this book. As always, it started fine, until it got boring. I don’t think either Achilles or Patroclus had any sort of personality whatsoever, except for the fact that they were in love with each other. The writing style was smooth but it also felt kind of flat to me. I tried so hard to keep reading because I thought maybe the ending would be great but there just came a point where I couldn’t. And hey, it’s not my fault, I tried ๐Ÿ˜ญ.


And last, but not least, I have…

5: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Who’s surprised? ๐Ÿ™‚

I didn’t exactly want to read this book when I did but my friend couldn’t stop raving about it so I was like- fine, let’s just do it. Turns out it was no good. There wasn’t anything wrong with this book except that it was freaking โœจboringโœจ and the main characters were freaking โœจannoyingโœจ. I don’t even have any strong feelings towards it to actually criticize something or say that I absolutely hated it because I didn’t. I just found it very bland and pointless. So I stopped reading halfway through.


So, that was it for me! Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know a popular book that you DNFed, down in the comments! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Discussion Post: 5 Popular Books with Awesome Covers

Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing a post where I talk about some of my favorite book covers. So, without much ado, let us begin!


1: The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater

I am so ashamed of not having read any of these books. Seriously, these covers are just gorgeous and you cannot make me think otherwise. I could (figuratively) spend a whole day just staring at them because they are freaking beautiful ๐Ÿ’–.

I love the font, the pictures and even the background. My favorite would either be the cover of Blue Lily, Lily Blue or The Raven King. These books will probably be my next buys because I am dying to put them on my shelf so they can increase its beauty.

Also, if you have read these books let me know if I should give them a try.


2: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

As much as I disliked this book, there is absolutely no point in denying that this cover rocks. I don’t even know what it is that I like about it but it just looks really pretty. I wish it wasn’t that good because it make me feel sad for not liking this book.


3: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Can I just take a moment to say that I only recently finished this series and it was one of the most awesome books I have ever read, these are now my comfort reads for life ๐Ÿ˜ญ.

I read all of these in paperback and I am even rereading Cinder right now. The covers are so gorgeous and the aesthetic could literally kill!


4: The Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Another series I dnfed. I don’t understand why these covers don’t get as much hype as the books do because omg the covers are way too good. The best one is that of The Queen of Shadows in my opinion. Especially in those Booktube videos when people hold them up while reviewing, I just want to smack the screen and snatch it out of their hands ๐Ÿคฉ.


5: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

This book technically isn’t on my TBR even though I haven’t read it yet, but that’s because I am kind of not interested? But I should be dead if I ever say anything bad about this cover because no matter how clichรฉ it looks, it’s still very pretty!


Those were all for me. Do you agree with me? What are some of your book covers? Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ˜€.

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Discussion Post: 5 of My Favourite Kind of Scenes in a Novel

Hey Pals!! So today, I’ll be sharing with you 5 of My Favourite Kind of Scenes in a Novel! These are the kind of scenes that I crave for, that I devour once I get my hands on them, that make their way into my little heart and refuse to leave. These are the most amazing scenes and today, we’ll see how many you find relatable too. Let’s start!


1: The main character who has gone through a lot finally breaks downs

“I lean my arms heavily against the table and press my palms to my eyes.

โ€œHelp me,โ€ I whisper desperately to the empty room. โ€œI canโ€™t do this.โ€ I want to, I love her, but I canโ€™t bear it. Itโ€™s been almost a year. Whatโ€™s wrong with me? Why canโ€™t I just move on?
My throat chokes up. The tears come in a rush. I donโ€™t bother to stop them, because I know itโ€™s impossible.”

Champion: A Legend Novel, Lu, Marie

This is one of the best breakdown scenes I have read so far ๐Ÿฅบ. There have been others, like the one towards the end of The Order of the Phoenix. There is just something so freaking heartbreaking about a character who finally has a breakdown that it just touches me so much!


2: A main character who is not brave and refuses to do what is right

For example- Lia from An Ember in the Ashes instead of helping her brother ran away terrified. Werner in All The Light We Cannot See realized that what he was doing might be wrong, especially when the people he was working for were hurting his friend, but at the same time he could not back away because he was finally doing what he wanted and he was scared to return to his old life. This kind of stuff makes such flawed characters and shows the complexity of emotions. Not everyone is destined to be a hero or do good, and that’s okay.


3: Hurt and Comfort Scenes

I don’t remember any hurt/comfort scenes worth mentioning that I read in a book, but I do love the Hurt Comfort scenes that Dramione fans write in fanfictions, I devour them!

Oh my god, these scenes are so freaking angsty! The main character is a girl who is probably not on very good terms with the male love interest and they either keep bitching about each other or one of them ends up hurting the other one somehow. It could also be that the girl gets injured in a fight or something (in the case of a fantasy novel) and the only person who can help is that particular guy and then he tends to her wounds and things get โœจ intimate โœจ.


4: The main female lead blacks out for days and when she wakes up, her friends tell her how the love interest was so worried about her but the love interest acts like he does not care

KAZ AND INEJ from The Six of Crows!

Is this not awesome?! It makes me wanna scream because the girl is dumb enough to believe the ignorance of the guy and the guy is dumb enough to let her believe it! Idiots they are, but I love them.


5: A bittersweet ending

This sounds very normal but imagine this- It’s been three years since the major events in the novel, and all the main character has been doing is trying to survive, every day is a struggle. Until finally, somehow something changes. A tiny change and yet it’s a sliver of hope, hope that finally, things might change for the better. And it’s so satisfying yet marred by all the terrible stuff that has happened in the novel, it feels more bittersweet than happy.

Novels with bittersweet endings, on the top of my head, are The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.


So, those were all for me! What are some of your favourite types of scenes in a novel? Lemme know in the comments! ๐Ÿ˜€

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5 Annoying Habits of Readers I Can’t Stand

You know, I never thought to consider this, but ranting on WordPress is a great way to let out a lot of typical teen angst ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

Hey Pals!! Today, I am going to be sharing with y’all 5 Annoying Habits of Readers I Can’t Stand. And yes, I may have had a very weird day because this post is gonna be a little aggressive, but I can’t help myself, I think this is going to be so much fun! So, let’s get started with the full-on rant!


1: Readers judging other readers who annotate their books

I am going to be very honest here- if you lowkey have the time to make an entire freaking blog post about how you find those who dog-ear books to be worse than Satan, I think that it’s time you start worrying about possible career choices after 12th standard because girl, you’ve got way too much free time on your hands.

This is the meme that readers seem to absolutely love. Another thing they seem to love is to condescend people who scribble in notebooks or highlight stuff. And ahem…according to my imaginary therapist, coming across such people on social media is not very good for my mental health โ˜บ๏ธ.

According to these people, the readers who annotate their books are hurting them because books are supposed to be “loved” and “caressed” and “treasured”. Well, just so you know, “treasuring” something doesn’t mean keeping it in pristine condition all the time. Sometimes “treasuring” something can extend to loving it so much that you can’t help but want to experience the feeling of having read a book again so you annotate it to remember all the memories you made while reading it! Get that in your head and stop judging people who annotate or dog-ear books! It’s their book, it’s their wish. ๐Ÿ˜ก


2: Readers recommending me books and saying I’ll love them without giving me any insight as to why I’ll love them

This probably should not bother me as much as it does but I hate it when people are like- “omggGG this book is like soooooo good, you just have to read this book. Like just *closes eyes and sighs in exaggeration* I can’t even tell you how great it is, you just HAVE to read this book. Like just haaaveeEEE to read it.”

And I am like ๐Ÿ™‚-

I’m sorry, but there are lots of books that I know I just have to read, like my Maths textbook for instance, and I am not going to read the book you are recommending just because you think I just haveeee to read it.

Just because you love a book doesn’t mean I’m going to love the book too. There is a difference between recommending me something and forcing me to read it just because you love it. I mean, at least tell me what was so good about it! If you don’t know this about me, I am too much of a critique for my good. I can point out something negative about a book without even having to blink. That’s why I have so much pent-up anger and unpopular opinions all the time. So yeah, your choice is probably very different from mine. And unless you give me some good points as to why the said book is the absolute best in the entire galaxy, do not shove it down my nose every time we talk!


3: Booktubers pronouncing every “the” in a book title as “thee”

See, by now y’all probably know that I also have way too much free time on my hands if I have the energy to complain about trivial stuff like this. But forgive me, nothing can stop me right now.

I do not know how many people are aware of this, but there’s a very specific grammar rule regarding the pronunciation of “the” and “thee”. “The” is only pronounced as “thee” when it is followed by a word that begins with a vowel sound. For example- thee apple instead of the apple is preferred. But thee book is never grammatically correct.

So, you see, it kind of bothers me when Booktubers pronounce every single the in a book title as thee, because it’s just not grammatically correct!!! Apparently, The Language of Thorns is now Thee Language of Thorns. And it’s also not The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it’s Thee Girl with Thee Dragon Tattoo *waves air quotes*.

You are ruining the names of perfectly good books just because you think “the” is so replaceable that you can change it to “thee” anywhere you like! I am no Shakespeare but I know for a fact that even he did not use as many thees in the entire Merchant of Venice as you do in a single video! This is just so not acceptable and I am absolutely offended! ๐Ÿ˜ค


4: Book bloggers using short forms for every book

Recently, I read a blog in which somebody casually mentioned how they read a book. What was the name of the book, you might ask? Oh, it’s called TATBILB ๐Ÿ™‚.

Now, that took me about two minutes to figure out. Two freaking minutes! To be honest, it was not that hard. It stands for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, which is a pretty basic book so ๐Ÿ™„. The point is using short forms as pronouns is becoming so common that people don’t even bother using the actual book name once to let us know what book they are going to be shortening later!

Of course it does!

Let me try explaining this calmly. Imagine TATBILB as a pronoun for the actual book name (you do know what are nouns and pronouns, right?). Now the wise thing to do would be to mention the actual noun, which in this case is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and then use its short form wherever you’re too lazy to type the whole thing. Some people however are under the impression that their audience will understand their weird short form even when they do not use the actual book name anywhere in their post.

Not to mention, the number of short forms for books these days is insane! You do realize that 80 percent of your audience will still think of The Vampire Diaries every time you use TVD as a substitute for These Violent Delights? Why? Because that’s just the way most of the population think ๐Ÿ˜ฉ! As long as the short form is not of a book like The Fault in our Stars or A Court of Thorns and Roses (both of which have very popular short forms) nobody will ever guess what book you’re talking about because short forms for books just aren’t that common or widely-used. So please learn to use them wisely!


5: Readers judging subtly condescending people for reading certain stuff

Now, this one does not happen that often, but it has happened a few times. Usually, when I’m reading a blog, I see people referring to certain genres like they might be some disgusting piece of trash. For instance- erotica. And like I said, this hasn’t happened a lot of times but it has happened, and it has been very infuriating because you’re not even judging the person who reads erotica, you’re straight-up looking down on them! The way people say- “I do not get the point behind reading meaningless smut,” they may not realize it but it does sound offensive to those who do read that stuff. And before you get your minds thinking ๐Ÿ‘€, I am not trying to imply that I read erotica, I am just saying in general. Not only erotica, sometimes I see readers being embarrassed for reading too much middle grade or romance, and I just want to ask- who made you feel this way?! You’re allowed to read literally whatever you want without bothering about what people think.

Now that I think about it, I want to ask- why do people even think!? I swear most of the problems in this world are because people “think”. If only people stopped trying to use their hay-filled brains all the dang time to “think” stupid stuff and put their heads to rest instead, more than half the people in this world would be way less depressed than they are.

Now, that was totally irrelevant and according to my imaginary therapist (which, did I mention, is my ghost?) it’s time for me to take some rest. So, I am gonna back away now.


Aah, the feeling of contentment after ranting so much for absolutely no reason ๐Ÿ˜Œ.

I’m done and now it’s your turn. Let me know if you relate to any of the points I mentioned above. Also let me know something you don’t like about readers, down in the comments ๐Ÿ˜€.

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My Top Ten Best Reads of 2021

My brain is seriously messed up. I typed the 2021 as 2032…I mean, typos can only go so far ๐Ÿ™„.

Hey Pals!! Today, I bring to you my list of favourite books from 2021!!

You need to appreciate me making this list because it was so hard to narrow it down to just 10 ๐Ÿ˜ญ. Not to mention that I had to contact so many people asking them if The Silent Patient was better or One Of Us Is Lying, just because I could only keep one of the two in the list. In the end, I got so mad I wanted to not include either of them but that’s just a tragic little story that you can ignore ๐Ÿ™‚. Now without further ado, let’s get started!!


Honourable mentions:

Since you’ve been gone by Morgan Matson

This almost made it to the list until I realized if I put it on the list, I’ll have to remove One Of Us…and I couldn’t do that to my Nate ๐Ÿคง. This book was so good though! It focused not only on romance and friendship but also on self-improvement and figuring out your way in life alone. It was beautiful, sad, and sweet at the same time. I loved it so much!!

Meet Me At Midnight by Jessica Pennington

This is an enemies-to-lovers romance novel. It was so cute!! These characters were awesome, and I loved the execution of the story so much. Another thing I liked was how hopeful that ending was, instead of being very happy, it was just sweet and hopeful, which is something I always adore in books. I feel so bad for not including these in my favorites list. ๐Ÿ˜•


And now, moving on to my favourites list, I have (from worst to best)-

10: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This managed to barely squeeze its way into this list considering I finished it in the last few days of December.

This book surprised me! I did not expect to love it and I was very hesitant to pick it up but it had been on my TBR for a very long time and I just thought- let’s do this now! And it was great! It was an awesome experience! I need to warn you though that this book is not for everyone because it is not anything new and only uses old tropes in a more refreshing manner. Luckily, this book was perfect for me ๐Ÿ˜. I felt myself instantly liking and growing attached to the characters. I loved the plot!! I loved that it was so much more than just a fairytale retelling, and had dark elements to it too, a whole different world! The ending left me a bit hesitant to pick up the second book but I’m can’t wait to finish this series!


9: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This book was beautiful! That’s an easy word to describe it. This is World War 2 historical fiction, and all things considered, that’s one of my comfort things to read about (what does that say about me ๐Ÿ™‚?). It depicts one of the greatest tragedies in maritime history and is written from four viewpoints. The author did not try to overdo the details of the devastation that war can have on people. She left a bit of that for us readers to imagine and feel on our own. This book gave me this calm sort of feeling and at the same time, I just couldn’t stop anxiously turning the pages! It’s both sad and hopeful, and a lovely novel that’s worth a shot.


8: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

I read this book because I wanted to read some really steamy romance. Do you get what I am trying to imply here? I hope so. Think of me what you will ๐Ÿ™‚. This book did not disappoint. The “steamy” scenes I’m talking about were way too good! It’s like they came right out of a Dramione fanfiction and I was all for it ๐Ÿคฉ. There was so much tension, angst, and heat, oof ๐Ÿ”ฅ. It’s not just about these scenes, the story was also very good! The writing style wasn’t boring or too descriptive as I would’ve expected, it was just enough to make me visualize what was happening and feel chills while reading it at times. To be honest, the chapters from Mile’s POV were kinda boring but they still added up to make sense later in the story so I guess I can ignore that. I highly recommend this book if you like contemporary romance.


7: If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund Broka

This one is not surprising to me! The moment I read the synopsis of the book I knew I was gonna love this book, and I wasn’t wrong! I devoured this book because of the main character who was so awesome! She literally didn’t care what most people thought of her. She, as well as the love interest, had their conflicts that got me so invested in their stories. The writing style was fun and easy to read. The ending was a bit weird because the main character had all these life-changing revelations in the last few chapters, which was kinda unrealistic, but apart from that, I had a good time reading this book.


6: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Let’s not keep Nate waiting for too long, now shall we? ๐Ÿ˜

This book! You know my opinions about it, you’ve probably read my review. If not, check it out here. Well, I obviously loved reading it. I suppose that the best thing was the writing style because it kept me wanting to finish it so badly that I just kept on reading. It has an engrossing plot, and a murder mystery with a twist (of course there’s a twist at the end, it’s Karen M. McManus!) But the love interest- Nate Freaking Macauley, is probably the biggest factor that makes me love this book so much because aah, he’s so perfect!! ๐Ÿ˜


5: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaeladis

Leave it to me to add every popular book in this list.

I hadn’t even heard of this thriller novel until my friend gifted this to me on my birthday! And so I had zero expectations going in and wow, was I surprised! This book hooked me and I couldn’t put it down! Those sessions between Theo and Alicia were so scary. There was a way this author had of writing stuff that made me feel chills at times because it was so creepy. And that plot twist- the first time I read it I was so freaking shocked that I almost lost it. But over time, I realized the twist was a little lazy way for the author to end things because there wasn’t enough foreshadowing about it…but I still loved reading the book so I can overlook some stuff. I do only recommend this to people who are new to thrillers because there’s a chance that people who read thrillers all the time won’t like this one. But since I was new loved it!


4: The Six Of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

This one I’m still a little skeptical about, but I think it deserves to be here. I mean, I don’t want its fans to kill me so…๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve read the first book twice, mainly because the politics flew over the top of my head the first time I read it. So I read the Grisha Trilogy and then read Six Of Crows again, and gosh, it was an amazing experience! The book made so much more sense and I ended up enjoying each perspective, while the first time I was kinda bored by all perspectives for some reason. The book’s ending was incredible too! And then the second book- that one was a solid sequel! The author delved so much deeper into the relationships between the characters. That fight scene between Kaz and Jesper was the best, I swear! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฉ


And now, we have the top three!

3: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Whose surprised? Me!

Yes, that’s right! I’m surprised this book made it to this list because the moment I finished it, I was a bit disappointed because I did not love it to the moon and back like I had hoped I would. But looking back, I realize this was a very gripping story and had one of my favourite quotes of all time- If you want something, do whatever it takes to get it. This quote just kind of ended up being a little close to my heart, it’s very basic but it still motivates me, you know? And the story in itself was very addicting and had an impact on me even though I did not realize it at that time.


2: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

See, another World War 2 novel on this list! I’m telling you, such books are my comfort and joy (something is wrong with me, I wonder if COVID messed my brain ๐Ÿคจ).

Wernerrrr!! ๐Ÿ˜

I’ll never stop raving about him! He has such an interesting and relatable character arc. When you read about him, you’ll be like- boy, I get you! This book does not have that much of a plot. It follows two storylines gradually ending up meeting. So, I think you’ll enjoy this book if you love some good long books with devastating endings and amazing writing! Like boy, this writing style hits different. It is so comfortable to read once you get used to it. It made me feel like every sentence, every word was significant!


1: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This has to be my number 1 favourite book of 2021, and one I’ll keep recommending till my throat dries out, because this book has it all! Literally! Action? Yes. Friendship? Yes. Family? Hell yeah. Complex main character with character development? You got it, babe! Romance? I guess, yeah…to some extent. Most people cried reading this book. I didn’t. But this book touched me in a way that no book has. I do only recommend this to people who are 14+. But you need to read this at least once in your life! Go check out the synopsis, but it is kinda mysterious so it won’t do anything except get you intrigued ๐Ÿ˜ˆ.


Done!! ๐Ÿคฉ

Boy, this post was so draining ๐Ÿฅด. I need sleep or I’ll die and my ghost will come and cause a ruckus. I’m gonna head away before that happens and do unproductive stuff now because being productive is so exhausting ๐Ÿ‘€.

That was it for me! Now, tell me about you! Have you read any of these books? What is your favourite book of 2021? Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ˜€.

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚.

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…๐Ÿ˜

*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 ๐Ÿ˜ญโ™ฅ๏ธ. 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 ๐Ÿ˜ญ. 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 ๐Ÿง. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€.

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

It’s LeviOoosa, not LeviosAaa. โœจ

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! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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

N- Heya! I hope this is fun ๐Ÿ˜. Without much ado, let’s get started!!


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

N- Wow, we started this on a rather serious note, didn’t we ๐Ÿ™‚? 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- โ€˜There are all kinds of courage,โ€™ said Dumbledore, smiling. โ€˜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 ๐Ÿคฃ.


S- Haha. Okay next- “Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.” โ€” 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 ๐Ÿ˜‡.


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

N- The same way I was born a crying baby and grew up to become…well, a crying baby ๐Ÿ™‚.


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

N- This is true…for women too though ๐Ÿ‘€. We have equal right!!


S- ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿป Anyways, next- “Curiosity is not a sinโ€ฆ. But we should exercise caution with our curiosityโ€ฆ yes, indeed.” โ€” Albus Dumbledore

N- I agree ๐Ÿ˜ญ. Being too curious only ends up leading to me making bad decisions and trying weird things and regretting later. Uff.


S- I see ๐Ÿ˜‚. 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.

โ€œHermione, Nevilleโ€™s right โ€“ you are a girlโ€ฆ โ€œ

โ€œOh well spotted,โ€ she said acidly.โ€™

N- Amazing ๐Ÿคฃ. 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 ๐Ÿ˜.

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 ๐Ÿ˜€.

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Discussion Post: 5 Popular Book Series I Will Probably Never Read

We all love some unpopular opinions now, don’t we?

Hey Pals!! Today, I am going to be talking about 5 popular series that I do not think I will ever read.

Disclaimer: *sighs* I do not mean to insu-a-a-a *yawns* alt any book *yawns* or autho-o-o-or through my pos– *dies of boredom*.

*Nehal’s ghost has replaced her*

cAn yOu StOp dYiNg uNcErEmOnIoUsLy!? I wAs iN tHe MiDdLe oF tHe VeRy iMpOrTaNt TaSk oF eAtInG cHeEtOs, wHicH bTw, I dOn’T eVeN kNoW wHaT tHeY aRe!

*Nehal has kicked the ghost out*

Thanks for thine help, thou art a disgrace to me ๐Ÿ™‚.

So anyways, moving forward, let’s start the post!


1: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Ahem, so first off, I don’t think I like the covers anymore. They do look great when Booktubers hold them up in their hands but uh, really not my type though. So basically, I watched this video, which if you want a good laugh on a bad day, you should watch too.

But the video has some a lot of crude humour so watch at your own risk. I binge-watched Cindy’s reviews for all the books in this series in one go and laughed my head off and my day got a whole lot better…and yes, I realized that this series is not for me ๐Ÿ˜Œ.

I’ve read Throne of Glass but I dnfed the series in the middle of the second book, not because it was bad or anything, but because I was just not finding it a book that is “of my type”, not my comfort zone basically. I am not a fan of high fantasy and world building. I know most people love it but I don’t usually care for settings and various dangers on worlds that are new to me, for some reason. I also do not feel myself inclined towards fairies as main characters. Acotar has that too and I am pretty sure that there is no point in reading it. Plus it is very smutty, as Cindy has made sure to point out all too well. And these books are so huge! And now I basically know the entire story and I really don’t think I’ll like it. I don’t wanna force myself to read something I won’t like.


2: The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

I know, I know, you want to kill me. But beware, it’ll only end up in my ghost taking over and annoying the hell outta you~

Okay so, I’ve had a bad experience with this author. I tried reading The Final Empire but I’m still stuck at page 100, it’s just so boring ๐Ÿ˜ญ. And people keep saying how great it is, but I’m just sick of Kelsier smiling at every little thing…I mean, how much can anyone smile?! I’m telling you, every time he smiles, I cry. It’s like- Kelsier smiled ๐Ÿ™‚, Nehal cried โ˜น. I will still try to push my way through this book after exams, till then, I’ll remove every single book by this author from my TBR pile.

It’s not even that I do not want to read this series, I would love to give it a shot but I am just so freaking intimidated by the amount of pages. I mean, the first book is over a thousand pages and I know that Sanderson’s writing is really slow and people struggle through this series so I just cannot bring myself to pick it up anytime soon. I wish I could, but I can’t. And seriously, no offense to anyone, it’s just not for me.


3: The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

14 books ๐Ÿ’ฉ.

I’m sorry, has there been a mistake?!

*frantically googles how many books are in this series*

Google- 20 ๐Ÿ™‚.

I’ve officially lost all hope in humanity BECAUSE THIS IS RIDICULOUS!

Something about the ugliness of the cover of the first book in this series intrigues me and makes me want to pick it up. But it’s also giving me Lord Of The Rings vibe and that was another book series that didn’t work for me…I am sorry to all the people who are hardcore fans of this series, but I can’t torture myself by committing to something this long. I’m the kind of person who gets scared when someone says “trilogy”, you can’t expect me to read 14 books, it’ll kill me!


4: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

This series has got some really mixed opinions on GoodReads. Many people think that this was a really slow series and to be honest, the fact that it is high fantasy is just enough for me to not want to pick it up. This was actually on my tbr pile but the only time that I see myself picking this up is if I actually get the physical copy of the series. I am just not drawn to it, you know? Like I don’t feel myself wanting to read it. Maybe this could turn out to be one of the best books I have ever read if I do read it, but I don’t really think that will ever happen.


5: Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

This is the one series on this list that I wish I had read this earlier, like when I was 13 or something. I have no idea if I’ll like it when I read it now or not, and a part of me is dying to pick up the first book and read it right now! But first off, I am not at all excited about reading a long series using all ebooks, second- my bookshelf is full, so my parents ain’t allowing me to buy books too ๐Ÿ˜’, and third- just in case I do get addicted to this series, it’ll be a bad influence on my studies…plus yeah, a bigger part of me just knows I don’t wanna read it because it’s so long and I don’t think it’ll be that good. Who knows though? Maybe I’ll give it a shot someday…maybe.


So, that’s all for me. I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? Should I give them a shot? Is there a popular book that you have no interest in reading? Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ˜€.


Ps– Before ending this post, I would just like to wish my buddy- Ashmita, a very happy birthday! I know she ain’t gonna do much, but I hope she has an awesome day!! Happy cake day, our dear ghost ๐Ÿ‘ป. Love you loads!! ๐Ÿซ๐ŸŽ‚โœจ

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Save One Drop One Book Edition

Hey Pals!! Today, I will be doing the Save One Drop One Book Edition.

Once again, I expect some applauding at the ginormous length of this intro ๐Ÿ™‚.

It’s not over yet, so I expect some applauding for real. ‘Coz it honestly doesn’t feel the same sitting alone at home and applauding yourself at a totally inappreciable thing you did (yes, I have done that).

So, Save One Drop One basically involves me having to choose between two books- which one would I save and which one would I drop. Easy peasy, except…it can get hard! But it’s the first time I am doing it so I hope it goes good. This is a pretty trending video idea on Booktube, which was why I thought to do it too! I asked Riddhi @ Whispering Stories to browse my GoodReads and suggest me some books to choose from, so thanks to her! Now without further ado, let’s get started!!


1: Six Of Crows vs Crooked Kingdom

This one is actually not that hard. I have read Six Of Crows twice because the first time that I read it the politics and stuff flew over the top of my head. So I reread it after reading Shadow and Bone, and boy was it good! The second book was an amazing sequel, but I still prefer the first one because it kind of feels more like home somehow, plus the second one is a bit too long. So, Save Six Of Crows and Drop Crooked Kingdom.


2: The Upside of Falling vs If I’m Being Honest

Another easy one. I found The Upside of Falling to be pretty meh. It had fake dating, and that’s not usually a trope I like, but apart from that, it was good, but definitely not as good as If I’m Being Honest. The latter had a lot more drama that felt refreshing instead of…well, the usual. And I liked the characters more too, it just felt a little more realistic. So yeah, Save If I’m Being Honest and Drop The Upside of Falling.


3: The Cousins vs One Of Us Is Lying

If you knew how much I love One Of Us Is Lying ๐Ÿคฉ! The Cousins was an awesome book too, though. It was the first book by Karen M. Mcmanus that I read, but it does not have the same charm and allure and swoon (NATE MACAULEY, GUYS!) as One Of Us is Lying. So, I am saving that!


4: The Lightning Thief vs The Lost Hero

Hmm…I do really love the way Rick Riordan began The Heroes of Olympus series, unliked by most people. Even though The Lost Hero did not have Percy in it, I enjoyed it a lot because of all the drama that Leo, Jason and Piper had to face, it was super fun. But then again, The Lightning Thief is just so precious to me for introducing me to the world of Percy Jackson, and it was super intriguing! So, Save The Lightning Thief and Drop The Lost Hero. Sorry Leo, you know I still love you though, right? ๐Ÿ˜˜


5: Fangirl vs The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Funnily enough, these books are very different from each other, and yet I have had similar reading experiences with both of them. I had high expectations for both of them, I was fairly disappointed by both of them, and at the same time I could not put them down, and both of them got 3.5 stars from me. I appreciated them and have fond memories of reading them, but apart from that, these are the kind of books I wouldn’t want to reread unless I don’t remember what happened. So, this is a little hard. I guess, that for now, I will just go ahead and Save The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Drop Fangirl…I don’t even know why I am doing this. Maybe because if not for this book, I would never have won the inter-house debate (long story), so I kinda owe it. It was also a lot more inspiring to me than Fangirl.


6: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban vs Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Okay wow, this is so cruel! I mean, this is just so freaking cruel, Riddhi, how could you do this to me!? You just had to choose two of the funniest Harry Potter books now, didn’t you? Couldn’t have chosen Deathly Hallows or Philosopher’s Stone or something now?! This is so unfair!

CAN I SAVE BOTH!??!??!????? PRETTY PLEASEEEEEEEE *insert puupy eyes as my phone doesn’t support it*

Ugh. Okay, so…I choose…um…

Ugh. I can’t do this ๐Ÿ˜ญ. *dies*

*Nehal’s ghost has entered the chat*

Okay, stop it, Nehal. Just choose one of them, it’s not a big deal, you still have the box set. And wrong timing to die too, bruh, I really have to pee, catch you later~

*Nehal has kicked the ghost out*

Won’t ever stop being useless, will you? Anyways, you’re right, I do still have the box set, heh. So, I will Save The Prisoner of Azkaban and Drop The Half-Blood Prince. And you know, I actually never liked The Prisoner of Azakaban that much, it was like one of my least favourites, not for any reason but that I did not have any strong feelings for it. The Half-Blood Prince, however, was one of my favourites, but I recently reread the third book and it made me laugh so hard and made me remember all the reasons why I still love Harry Potter, plus I won’t have to go through the pain of seeing someone die, so there’s that.


7: The Silent Patient or All the Light We Cannot See

I know what you did there! I know it, thou cruel, bood-thirsty, nauseating devil (that was me attempting a Shakespeare reference)!

Both of these were my second and third 5-star reads of the year respectively. I loved them both, and also both were gifted by my best friend (coincidence!). And both are so different!! I would love to save both, this is hard.

But If I do have to pick one, I will choose All The Light We Cannot See over The Silent Patient. I just can’t get over the beauty of that book. While the latter was mysterious and creepy, the former was just so achingly beautiful. Historical fiction is like a comfort genre for me, this book was very heartwarming, and I love the character of Warner too much to drop it.


So, that was it for me! I had loads of fun doing this. Now, I want you to find out which were the last two books you gave five stars to, then I want you to decide which one you want to save and which one you will d.r.o.p. Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ˜€.

Ps– If this post turns out to be well-received by y’all I might do another edition of Save One Drop One. Do you want me to?

Ps 2- Also, I’ve got my Maths exam tomorrow, so if I don’t respond to your comments for the next two days, feel free to assume that I died giving the paper ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

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Discussion Post: Renaming Songs by Olivia Rodrigo using Book Titles

‘Cuz you said forever, now I drive alone past your street. *dies of heartbreak*

What a cheerful way to start a blog post! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hey Pals!! So recently, I posted a blog where I chose some book titles that would make cool band names, and that post was quite a hit, so I decided to do something else that includes both songs and books! That post was inspired by Ashmita @ the fictional journal‘s post- characters who would most likely vibe with ts, and this post is inspired by the band post, so it’s technically inspired by Ashmita’s post…and I sincerely hope that this did NOT make sense at all. So basically, I’ll be renaming songs from Sour album by Olivia Rodrigo based on book titles (not plots, titles). I hope you enjoy. Let’s start!!

Note: This is a discussion post, so feel free to share your views in the comments. Also, I’m not going to be mentioning the authors of these books. I tried doing that, but it took the feel away. I know it doesn’t make sense, but once you read the post…well, it still won’t make sense, so let’s just ignore me and move on.


brutal- Dear Life, You Suck

Don’t worry, even I hadn’t heard of this book until I specifically searched up the word “suck” on GoodReads, so yeah, just in case you thought I’m a very productive person, I am glad to prove you wrong ๐Ÿ™‚. This song is about Olivia rambling on and on about how much she hates her life, so it seemed only fitting.


traitor– The Kiss of Deception

This song is not about kissing, by the way, lol, but it’s about how Olivia feels betrayed by the guy she used to date, how he didn’t cheat, but is still “a traitor”. So, I thought this title depicted that feeling in a convenient way. He deceived her.  


driver’s license- Since You’ve Been Gone

This one was so tricky! Nothing could capture the specificness of this title of the song, so I went for the theme behind it. The song is so raw and sad. I think since you’ve been gone was the only name that could fit and make a little bit of sense as it describes Olivia’s feelings after the guy left her.


1 step forward, 3 steps back– Ugly Love

The relationship Olivia describes in this song is super toxic! Like ugh, it’s just too ugly to be called love, hence the title of this book.


deja vu- Been There Done That

Deja vu is about Olivia singing how her ex is being the exactly same person to his new girlfriend that he was to Olivia, how they have the exact same kind of fun that Olivia used to have with him. And been there done that just sounds so accurate! ๐Ÿ˜Ž


good 4 u– This Savage Song

This is one of the most savage songs that I have ever heard, not just the lyrics but the way she is so vicious, the way she practically spits the words out, oh-so-savage! We are here for it, Olivia, you go, girl ๐Ÿคฉ. Guys, remind me never to break a Pisces’ heart because this sounds scary an–hold up…*realizes she’s Pisces too*.

๐Ÿ˜ถ

Um uh…this just got a litttttle inconvenient, so um, let’s move on.


enough for you– Always Never Yours

Despite the cute cover, the title makes a really sad name. This song is about how Olivia always tried to be enough for the guy she dated, but he never accepted her the way she was. So no matter how hard she tries, she never really managed to be his.


happier– Still Not Over You by Nicole Snow

This person is scary, holy cowwww~*runs*

Excuse me for not including the cover pic here, but that cover is straight up horrendous!! It shows this super manly guy with a buff naked chest and just…no ๐Ÿคฎ! If you’re interested, go search the book up and we can hate on the cover together ๐Ÿ™‚.

As for the book title, it fits perfectly! The song is about how Olivia wants her ex to be happy with his new girlfriend but not as happy as he was with her, because she still lurrrrves him.


jealousy, jealousy– Confessions of a Klutz

No, I am not calling Olivia a klutz. I used this title because it fits the sing so well! I dont know about the book but the song is all about your usual teenager who feels super insecure and jealous of all the pretty little kids with their perfect little lives. WHO ELSE RELATES?! ๐Ÿคง

I’m only kidding, I don’t relate…I guess ๐Ÿค”.


favorite crime– Once Upon a Broken Heart

I feel like more than half of the songs in this album are about heartbreak but for some reason this one relates to this particular book title a little more accurately than the others. While the other songs are more like different kinds of feelings after a breakup, like anger, jealousy, etc, this one just focuses on the heartbreak.


hope ur ok– I Wish You All The Best

I love how this song is a little more positive…not that positive ๐Ÿ™„, but a little. I like how Olivia earnestly misses the people she’s mentioned and how she hopes the best tor them. The title of this song perfectly manages to capture that!


Click here to check out my other post: Book Titles That Make Great Band Names


So, that was all. Mind you, it was hard! I have no idea if these names look good enough but they are fine, I guess. I had fun, so that counts for something!!

Now, I want you to come up with a book title to replace Olivia’s album name- Sour. Comment it down below ๐Ÿ˜€.

Ps– To all Swifties out there, four amazing bloggers- Riddhi, Panna, Sep and Simran started a collab blog- Miss Americana and Us. It’s all about them gushing over Taylor Swift and writing poems based on her songs. Do check it out, you’ll love it!

Update: Just to clear any confusion, I haven’t read all the books in this list. I browsed my GoodReads to find book titles that fit the songs.