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The Book Character Awards! (a bookalicious initiative)

I have been planning this for sooo longgg and it’s finally time to execeute! So, I find it unfair that we do not have overhyped award ceremonies for book character like we do for actors who play character. I mean fictional people are only ever the best. So, I came up with this idea to […]

The Book Character Awards! (a bookalicious initiative)

Check out this latest post by Akshita, a treat to all book lovers out there! We finally get the chance to nominate our favourite book characters for awards! So, head over there right away!


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The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag 2022

Ahem, can we just ignore the fact that for people like me, half of this year went by in exams and instead focus on the better aspect of life which is, ahem, offline classes without break for two years?

Yes, life is good! ☺️✨

Hey Pals!! Today, we are doing The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag! Because it is June…already! Just yesterday, I was going through a surreal moment where I got confused when a Booktuber said “in 2022”. For some reason, I was under the impression that we are still living in 2021 πŸ™‚. I need a therapist- my ghost.

*dies unceremoniously*

*Nehal’s ghost has replaced her*

Damn, I was waiting for this! It has been months since you died, I was afraid I might be losing my touch but wow, I am still as gorgeous as before *proceeds to gawk at herself in the mirror*

*Nehal has kicked the ghost out*

I mean, how could it (she?) possibly see anything in the mirror anyway, aren’t ghosts invisible to mirrors or something? Uff, let us move on-

So, as I was saying, it is June already, and I just checked my GoodReads, and realized I have read an embarrassingly less amount of books this year- 25 🫠 (excluding the DNFed ones). This emoji conveys the emotion really well, drowning in its own face, that’s me right now.

Okay, I am not gonna waste more of your time, let us just do this tag! Also for those of you who do not know, this tag is basically a way for readers to analyze how their reading is going halfway through the year. So, let’s start!


1: The best book you’ve read so far in 2022?

For this question, I will not name any rereads (so that choosing gets easy, hehe). So, the best book would be The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (thanks to Naemi‘s motivation and Ashmita’s incessant gushing, I finally read it). It was about time that I pushed my way through it and I have to say once I got far in, I started to enjoy it so much that I could not put it down. I actually skipped doing homework because of this book and that usually does not happen. By the time I finished it, I was in absolute shock. I could not stop thinking about how intense this book was.


2: The best sequel you’ve read so far in 2022?

Champion by Marie Lu. The whole book was not as enjoyable as I had expected but it was a fabulous sequel with one of the best endings I have ever read. The last two chapters and the epilogue were so heart-wrenching! It was the perfect kind of ending!


3: New release you haven’t read yet but want to?

Bridge of Souls by V.E. Schwab. This is the final book in the Cassidy Blake series, and even though I was not a big fan of the first two books, they were not bad. The reason I want to read this book is purely to finish this series lol, but I still haven’t started it.


4: Most anticipated release for the second half of 2022?

I do not usually keep a track of new releases but there is one which is on my TBR- Nothing More To Tell by Karen M. McManus. I have read three books by this author and had different experiences with all of them but I really like the writing style, and if possible, I would love to read this book.


5: Biggest disappointment?

Pretty sure that after this unpopular opinion I will have to change my name to “The Hate I Get” because ahem, people never stop raving about it. Please don’t hate me 😭. I appreciate the concept and the author for writing something this inspiring, but the book in itself was so boring πŸ’€. There was no plot, which is okay except that that’s the thing that bored me. I don’t really think it was my type. Even though there wasn’t anything wrong, I still somehow found it boring, like I didn’t care one way or the other for the characters. They all had personalities but they still felt basic, their emotions and feelings were written all over the page instead of being showed to us. So, not bad, just disappointing…*flees to Hogwarts before readers can find and muder her*


6: Biggest surprise?

Fame, Fate and the First Kiss by Kasie West. The title of this book sounds kind of meh so I was not really expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did but it turned out to be exactly the kind of distraction I needed at the time I read it. The romance was cute and the side plot, with all the movie shooting scenes, was fun to read.


7: New favorite author?

I do not exactly have a new favorite author but if I have to pick one then it would be Marissa Meyer (the author of The Lunar Chronicles), I guess. Her writing style was so good, even with a clichΓ© plot, the way she wrote her story, the characters and the world-building got me hooked and gave me so much comfort to read.


8: Newest fictional crush?

PC: Pinterest

Kai from The Lunar Chronicles 😍. He is soooo freaking cute omgg, and caring, flirty aah!!! Please someone get me a Kai 😍😭.


9: Newest favorite character?

Kelsier from The Final Empire! Whenever I think about this book, one moment returns to my head, the most significant Kelsier-related scene. He makes such a great character and an awesome leader who is flawed but determined, who never gives up, and manages to keep the spirits of the group lively when everybody is seeping in despair.


10: Book that made you cry?

Towards the last page of rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I got a bit teary-eyed. I read the book for the third time and yet…aah, it is so good though, and it hurts to think about even now.


11: Book that made you happy?

I reread Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer and that was hilarious! Uncle Rick’s sense of humor is pretty unbeatable.


12: Favorite book-to-movie adaptation you’ve seen so far this year?

Uh…none actually. I don’t think I have watched that many movies or TV shows this year. I have been focusing more on other stuff and the urge to watch something has been pretty low lately.


13: Favorite review you’ve written this year?

Bold of you to assume that I write book reviews on my so-called book blog. Let me check.

Okay wow, this is embarrassing. I just checked and um…the last review I wrote dates back to 12 December, 2021. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry πŸ™‚.


15: What books do you really need to read by the end of this year?

The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I started this trilogy last year out of nowhere but I just could not finish it ugh! I really enjoyed the first two books, they were not all that great but I had a lot of fun reading them. I tried the audiobook for the third book but I did not like it and I do not want to read the ebook. So I bought the physical copy and I’m hoping to read it soon.


So. that was all for me! Have you read any of these books? What is the best and the worst book you have read this year? Let me know in the comments πŸ˜€.

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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 πŸ™„. 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 SΓ‘enz

Because we love starting with controversial stuff like this that works as an easy way to lose followers πŸ™‚βœ¨.

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 🀩.

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 πŸ’€: 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 πŸ˜ƒ? Or have you already clicked it πŸ˜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 😭.


And last, but not least, I have…

5: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Who’s surprised? πŸ™‚

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 ✨boring✨ and the main characters were freaking ✨annoying✨. 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! πŸ˜€

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The Last Book I…Book Tag

Hey Pals!! Today, I’m doing an awesome book tag- The Last Book I…Book Tag! I came across this tag at Leslie’ blog- Books Are The New Black, she kind of tagged me for it? Not exactly, but well πŸ˜‚. I found it super fun and so I decided to give it a shot! Let’s get started!


1: The last book I bought

The last book I bought was You’ll Be The Death Of Me by Karen M. McManus. I’ve recently ordered two other books but they haven’t arrived yet sadly. As for this book, I didn’t really enjoy it very much unfortunately…


2: The last book I borrowed

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I borrowed it from a friend of mine. We exchanged books for the holidays and I got this in exchange for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. However, both of us haven’t read the books we borrowed yet. I did try reading Pride and Prejudice but I’m not much of a classic fan so I put it down, might pick it up some other time.


3: The last book I was gifted

I was gifted On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous on my birthday by my online buddy- Ashmita @ the fictional journal, such a thoughtful gift 😍! I finished this book too and I thoroughly enjoyed it, it wasn’t the best but it was really memorable, and I’m so glad I got to read it.


4: The last book I gave to someone else

I gave The Cousins by Karen M. McManus to one of my friends this week. Apparently she’s not enjoying it and has decided to DNF it. I mean I wasn’t that big a fan of it either but it wasn’t that bad. So it sucks that she’s DNFing it not gonna lie but it’s fine, I’ll deal with it πŸ˜‚.

*secretly cries in the corner*


5: The last book I started

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. Okay, before anything else, can I just say that this cover is so sexy gorgeous?

I started the audiobook for this. It’s going fine, not mind-blowing yet. But there’s hope. It’s good to be back in the world of Shadowhunters!


6: The last book I finished

Um, the last book I started was City of Lost Souls and the last one I finished is quite predictably its prequel- City of Fallen Angels.


7: The last book I rated 5 stars

I reread Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix recently and gave it 5 stars! 🀩


8: The last book I DNF’d

The last book I DNFed was Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren. I was enjoying it but then I was kinda bored and just wanted the mystery element to be resolved but I figured there’s still quite a bit of time for that to happen. So I quit reading it.


9: The last book I listened to

The same- City of Lost Souls. Thankfully it doesn’t have any male narrator 🀩. I’m so glad because I don’t like audiobooks narrated by male narrators, I have so many issues with them that I can write a whole blog on it πŸ™‚.


I tag: Anyone and everyone who enjoyed this tag and wants to give it a shot! Go for it and notify me if you do a similar post!

That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what book you’re currently reading, down in the comments! πŸ˜€

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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 πŸ’–.

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 😭.

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 🀩.


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 clichΓ© 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 πŸ˜€.

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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.

β€œHelp me,” I whisper desperately to the empty room. β€œI can’t do this.” I want to, I love her, but I can’t bear it. It’s been almost a year. What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I just move on?
My throat chokes up. The tears come in a rush. I don’t bother to stop them, because I know it’s impossible.”

Champion: A Legend Novel, Lu, Marie

This is one of the best breakdown scenes I have read so far πŸ₯Ί. 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 ✨ intimate ✨.


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! πŸ˜€

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The Reading Habits Book Tag

Hey Pals!! Today, I am gonna be doing The Reading Habits Tag! Now, when I read I might look like a typical bookworm, with nothing special, just trying to find a comfortable position to sit and making weird faces from time to time when the characters make dumb decisions, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do a tag to analyse my reading habits!

I was tagged by Rabhya @ Rab’s Bookish Planet. She has an amazing book blog and she posts almost daily which is so cool, go check it out! Now, let’s get started with the tag!!


1: Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

No, anywhere the lighting is maximum is my place to read, but I usually prefer reading on my bed. As for audiobooks, I read them anywhere…except of the bathroom of course, but I would read them in the bathroom too though I don’t think my mom would be too fond of that idea πŸ‘€.


2: Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmarks all the way 🀩! I have this really huge collection of both DIY and readymade bookmarks and I treasure it so much, so bookmarks it is!


3: Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

90% of the time I have to stop at the end of a chapter. It just feels right, you know? But sometimes I don’t mind stopping in the middle of a long chapter at the end of a scene break.


4: Do you eat or drink while reading?

Um, I can do both while reading but I usually don’t eat while reading a physical book. I sometimes eat my lunch/dinner while listening to an audiobook though 😁.


5: Multitasking- Music or TV while reading?

No way! I can’t focus if something else is playing around me. I don’t mind if somebody else is watching TV but I can’t do it myself.


6: One book at a time or several at once?

I can’t even play one Scrabble game online, I need to have more than one. So, you can very well imagine that it is not in me to read only one book at a time. For instance, I need to have an audiobook started even when I am reading a physical book because audiobooks provide good breaks from physical books. And I have one physical book on hold at almost all times so I read more than one book at a time.


7: Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere baby! This one time I literally downloaded the epub of a book on my cousin’s phone while we were standing inside a shop just because I was bored. And I literally read standing there while she bought her clothes. Later, she did do a very good job of making sure I understand just how much of a psychopath she thinks I am πŸ™„, but what do these non-readers know about the struggles of us readers?


8: Reading out loud or silently in your head?

In my head. Until two years ago, I used to lip sync to whatever I was reading and people always looked at me weird but I got rid of the habit, thankfully.


9: Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Y–yes, I do that 😢. But it’s only when the author has started to ramble on and on about the scenery or some other stupid stuff that I couldn’t care less about. And yes, I have skipped pages too, but that happened in only one or two books.


10: Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Until a few months back, breaking a book’s spine used to bother me like my life depended on it. But then sense was knocked into my head somehow and I realized eh, who cares? A book will still be a book no matter if the spine is broken or not. So, it doesn’t matter to me anymore.


11: Do you write in your books?

But it’s there…

I’m gonna assume this question is not supposed to refer to textbooks because ahem, my textbooks have notes scribbled in them like craaazy. My novels though don’t have anything written on them, except of The Final Empire which I have scribbled a little bit on…I kinda regret it now but well, can’t do anything about it now.


I Tag:


That’s all for me. I hope you enjoyed reading this. Let me know if you’ve ever skim read a book or not, down in the comments πŸ˜€.

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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 πŸ˜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 ☺️.

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. 😑


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 πŸ™‚-

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! 😀


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 πŸ™‚.

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 πŸ™„. 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 😩! 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 πŸ‘€, 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 😌.

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 πŸ˜€.

Posted in Book Discussions, Bookish Stuff

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 πŸ™„.

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 😭. 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 πŸ™‚. 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 🀧. 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. πŸ˜•


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 😁. 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 πŸ™‚?). 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 πŸ™‚. 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 🀩. There was so much tension, angst, and heat, oof πŸ”₯. 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? 😁

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!! 😍


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…πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜‚πŸ€©


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 🀨).

Wernerrrr!! 😍

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 😈.


Done!! 🀩

Boy, this post was so draining πŸ₯΄. 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 πŸ‘€.

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 πŸ˜€.

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The Totally Should’ve Book Tag

Hey Pals! Today I am doing The Totally Should’ve Book Tag. Thank you so much Claudia @ Claudiareadsbooks for tagging me. I am really grateful to you. Claudia is a massive bookworm that has some of the best bookish content I have come across, from fun tags to raving about her favorite books, she misses nothing. This tag was created by a Booktuber- Emma @ emmmabooks. Now, without much ado, let’s begin the tag!!


1: Totally should’ve gotten a sequel

The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon. This is the sequel to The Doldrums and I love this book a lot. It was hilarious, fun and mysterious. I love these characters so much, they are all just so full of life and make a great team. I just wish I could read another story about these characters!


2: Totally should’ve had a spin-off series

The Uglies series!! I just want more of this because that’s like my favorite series and just…


3: An author who totally should write more books

Alex Light– the author of The Upside of Falling.

This book was pretty good. Definitely not the most amazing thing out there but it was written really well. I think this author should try her hand at more contemporary books because I think they’ll turn out good.


4: A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else

Katniss from The Hunger Games series. I felt (spoiler alert) like she neither loved Peeta nor Gale and she easily let go of Gale which I didn’t like at all. Come on, that guy was her friend, it’s like she didn’t miss him at all! But at the same time, I think a girl like her is so much better off without either of them, lol.


5: Totally should’ve ended differently

The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. This series went downhill from the 6th book and the last book could’ve been so much better if not for the ending. The last two or three chapters were so disappointing. I felt like the author just couldn’t decide how to end the series, so he wrote whatever he thought would look fine. And don’t even get me started on the very last paragraph 🀯! It was so bad that it was obvious that the author was out of ideas (Sorry that was a rant, I didn’t mean to harm anyone’s feelings).


6: Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

The Magnus Chase trilogy by Uncle Rick. These books would make an amazing movie franchise! I would love to see these characters brought to life, it would be dang good 🀩.


7: Totally should’ve had a TV show

The Uglies Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld. I love it because of the amazing plot and the characters and the twists, just everything about it is awesome. The fact that these characters get an operatiom to look “pretty” forever is such an interesting concept and would make a fabulous TV show!


8: Totally should’ve had only one point-of-view

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney. This book had three perspectives, and I found Adam’s perspective to be useless. I mean, technically all three were needed in the story, but the guy who was narrating Adam’s parts was doing an incredible job of being thoroughly horrible at it. This book in itself pretty much sucked (long story), and I didn’t enjoy Adam’s narration all that much, it would have been better if I didn’t have to read it.


9: Totally should’ve had a cover change

The Soulful Seeker by Poonam Chadha Joseph. This is a poetry book and I have only read a few poems in it. It’s actually my sister’s book so on one boring day, I picked it up randomly. The few poems I read were utterly fantastic. The problem I have with the cover of this book is that the face of the woman just doesn’t work for me and I wish that it was something different. I mean come on, doesn’t it look weird?!


10: Totally should’ve kept the original covers

The Twilight Saga series by Stephanie Meyer. Honestly, what was wrong with those obscure, dark and mysterious covers? Why did they get movie-tie-in editions, which I don’t think suck but they are so cliche! 


11: Totally should’ve stopped at book one

Would you mind if I give an unpopular opinion? The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins πŸ˜›. I just didn’t see the point in stretching the story, I felt like the second book was unnecessary and the third one had a barely-developed plot. The last two books could’ve been combined to form a short little ending and fitted into the first one itself πŸ˜‚.


I Tag:

  1. Srishti @ The Srishti Blog
  2. Millay @ Millay’s Musings
  3. Cherelle @ A Bolt Out Of The Book
  4. Kira @Β Kira Jeanette
  5. Ashmita @ the fictional journal
  6. Suhani @ Random Reader’s Ramblings
  7. Blue @ Territory Of The Blueberry
  8. You!! If you are interested in doing this tag, go for it and don’t forget to notify me. Consider yourself tagged!

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed it! Now I want you to let me know a book series that you think should have totally had a spin-off series, down in the comments πŸ˜€.