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The Black Cat Blue Sea Award (Round 2)

Thankssss

Hey Pals!! I am really pleased to announce that I have been nominated for The Black Cat Blue Sea Award for the second time. A massive thanks to Tess @ Unbound Library for nominating me (she doesn’t blog anymore).

So well, I was tagged for this last year. And ahem, I accidentally stumbled across this post while scrolling through my drafts folder and it was completed and I thought that since I have nothing else to post right now and too much stress of exams, I might just post this. So well…telling you this is kind of embarrassing so let’s move on!


What is The Blue Cat Sea Award?

This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”


The Rules:

  • Anybody nominated can nominate seven (lucky number) other bloggers.
  • Anybody nominated answers three questions.
  • The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
  • If any of the questions asked are offending or the nominee simply does not want to answer them, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

Answer’s to Tess’ Questions:

Is there any book/series that has had an impact on your life? If there’s one, how?

Why did I use this-

Being the really obvious girl I can sometimes be, my super obvious answer is Harry Potter. These books kind of opened up the vastness of the world of reading to me. I loved them very much the first time I read them and it was like I had found a haven to escape to when things are going tough.


What would you do if reading or books became banned or if they never existed?

I would…um…die, I guess (but that would be pointless because my ghost will make sure to annoy me enough that I would come back to life 🙄). Well, I suppose if reading gets banned I’ll resort to other hobbies and hopefully turn at least one of them into a passion, because I would need some sort of replacement, some other thing that invests me as much as reading does or I swear I’ll go crazy.


If you could trade lives with a fictional character, would you do it? And if you had to, whom would you choose?

So, I am very lazy person so I’ll just copy paste my answer from my previous post of this award. I’m sorry for the lack of unoriginality. But anyways, here you go pals: I would happily trade places with George Weasley so I could be Fred’s twin (disregarding the tragedy) or I’d be Annabeth because that way, I would be able to date Percy 😍. I would also enjoy living the life of Adèlaïde from The Doldrums as I would have fun time with Archer and Oliver and would get to eat those delicious croissants (the egg less ones, of course).

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And since I am very lazy person as I said, I’ll even add the same GIF, it’s good nobody would even remember since it’s been so long when I did this

I Nominate: You!! You are the most awesome blogger I have come across and You totally deserve this award. So, I nominate You!! Notify me if you do the post.


My Questions to You:

  1. What do you make of the title of this award?
  2. Share some guilty pleasures.
  3. Give a book/movie recommendation to keep us engrossed.

That’s all for me. Lemme know down in the comments what you would do if your passion somehow gets banned, be it reading or some other hobby 😀.

Ps- To all the bloggers out there, who used to follow Pannaga, it’s her birthday today!! Happy birthday, Panna, I hope you have the best day ever 🤩🥳🎉.

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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 👀.


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 🙄, 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 😀.

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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 😛. 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 😂.


I Tag:

  1. Srishti @ The Srishti Blog
  2. Millay @ Millay’s Musings
  3. Cherelle @ A Bolt Out Of The Book
  4. Kira @ 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 😀.

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The Indian Sweets’ Lover Award and The Cookie Lover Award!

Happy Makar Sankranti, guys!!

Hey Pals!! So, today is a popular Indian festival called Makar Sankranti…for more details just Google it, I’m kinda ahem, somewhere between lazy and tired 😶. On occasion of this festival, I’ll be doing The Indian Sweets’ Lover Award!!

I’m probably one of those people who will get diabetes when they grow up because I eat way too many sweets for my own good…but you can’t blame me, sweets are the best 😭🖐️. And Indian sweets are unbeatable!

I was nominated by Prashansa @ Reader’s Alcove (who is also the creator of the award), Rabhya @ Rab’s Bookish Planet, Srishti @ The Srishti Blog, and Dhriti @ The Tomboy Diaries. Thanks to all of them! The first three have awesome book blogs with great tags and reviews, and the fourth one is a younger blogger who writes some really cool poems! I was also tagged by Anjali @ Studio AD, a blog I recently discovered. Go check out these blogs, guys! Now, let’s get started!!


The Indian Sweets’ Lover Award

The Rules:

  • Thank the person/fellow Indian sweets’ lover who nominated you! (or whose blog you found out about this award through)
  • Answer the 5 Indian sweets-related questions and add one of your own!
  • Share some pictures of your all time favorite Indian sweets.
  • Nominate 5 or more bloggers who love Indian sweets and leave an open nomination for every Indian sweets’ lover around the world.

1: What are your top three favorite Indian sweets?

How dare you ask just three?! This is gonna be so hard, uff. Well, okay so I have Rasmalai, Malaipuri, Ghewar and malai chaap (yeah, these are four, sorry cannot choose 3). Oh and also, there is this really popular watermelon-shaped barfi that is often eaten at weddings- I love that too!

2: What’s an Indian sweet you haven’t tried yet but really want to?

Bold of you to assume that I have not tried a sweet. Just kidding, lemme think…hmm, I do not think that I have ever had Shahi Tukda before, so I would love to give it a shot.

3: Name one sweet which is traditionally made in your city/state (This was also Srishti’s question)

Oof, that would mean I would have to reveal my city. Without being explicit, I am just gonna say that the petha of my city is famous worldwide.

4: Which kind of ladoo is your favorite?

I think my favourite are besan ladoo, they always make me drool!

5: Have you ever tried a chocolate flavored Indian sweet? If yes, name it.

Yes, chocolate petha! It is very good, you will not be disappointed!

6: Dhriti’s question- What kind of Indian sweet are you?

I took this quiz to find out and I got Kaju Katli apparently…which is the one sweet I actually find kinda boring, but okay.

7: Rabhya’s Question-  One sweet that you can eat for the rest of your life?

Can I though? I think rasmalai because it is neither too sweet nor does it lack sweetness. And I would be content eating it daily, hehe.

Here is my question- What is your least favorite Indian sweet?

And here are the pictures of some cool Indian sweets!

So this is the famous jalebi 😃
This is malaipuri 🤩
And this is the watermelon-shaped barfi I was talking about 🤤
And these are a combination of various sweets *dies of hunger*

I nominate:

No pressure on y’all, only do the award if you can and want to.

  1. Mokshba di @ Happy Panda
  2. Sam @ Diary of a Dreamer
  3. Khushi and Kunjal @ Duo Disseminators
  4. Siya @The Dramatic Drama
  5. Shivi @ Shivictionary
  6. You!! If you love Indian sweets and want to try out this awesome award, go for it ‘coz I tag You!

The Cookie Lover Award

I was tagged for this a long time ago by Siran @ Far from perfect. She writes fabulous poems, guys, you need to check out her blog! Also Simran, you didn’t specify any questions so I just answered the ones that you answered, lol. Now, let’s do this!!

Also, I can’t figure out who the creator is, so sorry about that.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person/fellow cookie lover who nominated you! (or whose blog you found out about this award through)
  • Answer the cookie-related questions and add one of your own!
  • Share some pictures of cookies you adore! (can be pics you’ve taken or ones from online, just be sure to give credit where credit is due.)
  • Nominate 5 or more bloggers who love cookies and leave an open nomination for every cookie lover around the world!

1: What are your top three favorite types of cookies?

Chocolate-chip cookies for sure, then there are these biscuits called Dark Fantasy which are way too good for anyone’s good. And my sister made some at home once, I do not know what they are called but they rocked!

Fig rolls! They look so yum!!

A Dark Fantasy biscuit, hehe.

I would be an oreo, because people really love them and they are used in almost all kinds of other desserts.

5: Why do you love cookies?

What sort of an absurdly ridiculous question is that 🙂? That is like asking a reader why they love reading or asking somebody who is gonna commit suicide why they love dying (which technically, they don’t, but that is beside the point). I love cookies bEcAuSe tHeY aRe sWeEt !!

6: Have you ever tried making cookies at home and how did they turn out?

Nope never. I do not like cooking…like at all!

My question: What is in the middle of cookies?

And here are is a picture of cookies!

So my mom made these once!

Once again, no pressure if you do not want to do this.

  1. Dhriti @ The Tomboy Diaries
  2. Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner
  3. Ashmita @ the fictional journal
  4. Sahi @ My World of Books
  5. Stara @ The Pool Of Thoughts
  6. You!! If you love cookies and want to try out this awesome award, go for it ‘coz I tag You!

That’s all! I hope you enjoyed reading it! Do you like Indian sweets? Let me know an Indian sweet that is your favorite, down in the comments! 😀

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25 Harry Potter Facts About Me

Hey Pals!! Today, I am going to be sharing 25 Harry Potter-related facts about me. This is inspired by the 25 Bookish Facts About Me Tag. I think the original 25 Bookish Facts post was created by Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek, but I am not sure, so sorry about that. Since I do not have much else to say, let us just get started!


So here are: 25 Harry Potter Facts About Me (beware- major spoilers ahead)-

  • I first read Harry Potter when I was 9 or 10.
  • I am a Slytherdor.
  • My Quidditch position would be Chaser or Beater, because I just do not think I would be good at being any other player…but at the same time I would only play for fun because I suck at sports.
  • I have forced many of my friends to read the first book in this series and a few of them have…hehe.
  • I am an expert at Harry Potter trivia…like literally. Until two years ago, I used to spend all my waking hours taking thousands of trivial quizzes on various websites. I probably won’t remember all the details now, but I used to be a pro back then.
  • If someone walked upto me saying that I am a witch and have a place at Hogwarts, I would totally…not believe them. But I wish it could happen.
  • My favorite book is The Order of the Phoenix and fav movie is The Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • I would love to eat treacle art and chocolate cauldrons and anything sweet of the wizarding world.
  • My favorite ship is Dramione. Love them so so much! Oh and also, Umbridge and a Dementor!! Like please, that 😃 ship 😃 freaking 😃 rocks 😃.
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  • I really don’t like Harry and Ginny together and nor do I like Ron and Hermione together. I just don’t. They don’t fit, at least not for me.
  • I actually don’t mind Peeves being cut off from the movies. He was really annoying.
  • My favorite house is Slytherin.
  • I used to love Harry Potter more than anything. But my love for it has decreased a little bit over the years. I mean, I started rereading the series a few months ago and I left Goblet OF Fire halfway through. 😦
  • I made a few DIY Harry Potter bookmarks from Google and YouTube and I love them.
  • I am still waiting for my Hogwarts Letter to arrive and I’ll wait as long as it takes. It’s just taking a little too much time.
  • I have read lots of Harry Potter fanfictions on fanfiction.net but uh, I only read them for the romance. And believe me, fanfictions take the romance to another level.
  • I have a Harry Potter Calendar that my sister got when 2021 started…wow, I just realized that calendar is literally of no use anymore.
  • I also own a Harry Potter popsocket that I love with all my heart, and a Harry Potter notebook, Harry Potter playing cards, and 7 bookmarks that I got as a gift on my birthday (okay, I sound like a spoiled child but you should see the amount of merchandise some other Potterheads own). I think I own a few other things too but I can’t remember right now.
  • I have not heard the audiobooks for the series though. My sister has and I heard the narration here and there and found it pretty good.
  • There was a chapter in our Hindi book in 7th standard, which was taken from an excerpt from The Mirror of Erised chapter from The Philosopher’s Stone, and as you can very well imagine, I did boast my knowledge about it as much as possible in front of all my classmates 😎.
  • Remus Lupin is my favourite Marauder, teacher, and also like my Harry Potter favourite character in general.
  • I started watching The Reunion but have not completed it yet. Oop-
  • I have not read any other book set in the Wizarding World except of the original series and The Cursed Child.
  • I used to have the unpopular opinion that The Cursed Child was actually an awesome book (yes, I know you wanna kill me but wait). I did used to really like it and I still do not think that it was an utter monstrosity because it was…fun. I mean, it did have very gross moments in it and lots of plotholes, but apart from that, I enjoyed reading it. However, I realized the book was a fanfiction and that kind of changed a lot of my opinions.
  • And lastly, I am finishing writing this Harry Potter post while my teacher is blabbering about the various isomers of Pentyne in the background 🙂.

Click here to check out my other post: 25 Bookish Facts About Me


That’s all for me! I hope you had fun reading this post. Let me know a Harry Potter fact about you. Do you also have an unpopular opinion? I would love to know it in the comments 😀!

Also, if you want to do a similar post, go for it! Just mention that you got the idea from here, hehe. I would love to come across more Potterheads!

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The Aesthete Blogger Award

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

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


The Rules:

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

Asmita’s Questions:

1: What colour is your soul?

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is called dark humor, kids. 🙂

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

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


Priyamvada’s Questions

1: How would you describe yourself in three words?

I’m an apple.

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

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

3: What memory makes you feel the most nostalgic?

My sister’s wedding, hehe.

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

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


Betty’s Questions

1: When do you usually listen to songs?

When I’m hanging upside down from the chandelier-

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

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

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

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

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

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

4: What are you obsessed with?

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


I tag:

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

My questions:

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

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

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The 2021 Book Tag! ft. mood swings~

MERRY CHRISTMAS, GUYS!! 🎉😀

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

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

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

I need new friends 🙂.

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

Talk about mood swings 🙂.


The Rules 🤩:

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

1: A sequel that did not live up to expectations

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


2: A book where everything immediately went badly

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


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

How about every single contemporary romance novel out there ?¿

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


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

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


5: A book with sports or some competition

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


6: A book with a terrifying plot twist

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


7: A book with amazing side characters

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


8: A book with huge consequences to actions/events

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


I tag:

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

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

Posted in Book Tags, Book Tags and Challenges, Tags

The Read-Write Contest

I’m supposed to be busy, but the deadline is today aah 🤪.

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


The Rules:

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

Bookish names for the bloggers who tagged me:

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


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

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

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


2: Which book are you currently reading?

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


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

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


4: Which book character describes you the best?

I think Archer Helmsley from The Doldrums.

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


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

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


6: Write a story with just 5 lines.

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


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

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


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

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

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

The “I Should Have Read That Book” Tag

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


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

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

cAn i gEt a tIsSuE?!


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

I am not on Instagram~


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

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

Posted in Fun Tags, Tags

The Blogger Recommendations Tag ✨|Original|✨

I 🤩. Came 🤩. Up 🤩. With 🤩. Another 🤩. Tag!!!!!! 🤩

I’m gonna “try” to calm down now 🙂.

I can only hope that this one too turns out as well as the others did. For anyone interested, check out my Selena Gomez Book Tag here, possibly my favorite thing I created. And you can also check out GIf-y Love, the tag I co-created with Tiction. I can’t believe I still get pingbacks for this one, and this was created like a year ago. Wait, did that sound like bragging- I–I—I didn’t intend it 😳 *bows her head in shame*

So anyways, more about today’s post:

The Blogger Recommendations Tag is essentially a way for bloggers to share some of their favorite bloggers with their readers. It helps the readers discover more blogs and also brings appreciation to the bloggers mentioned.

Now that I quote it this way, it kind of sounds like an award 🤔. But it is actually very different. The questions are pretty specific, so it’s a tag. Let’s get started then!!


The Rules:

  1. Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
  2. Mention the creator of the tag: Nehal @ Quirky Pages (yup, that’s me).
  3. List the rules.
  4. Share one or more bloggers you think fits into each criteria.
  5. The people you mention will be considered tagged.
  6. Apart from the ones you shared, you can tag other bloggers and notify them.
  7. Just have fun!!

Here’s the list of prompts:

  1. A fascinating blog theme
  2. A lovely home page
  3. Great book reviews
  4. Amazing humour
  5. Mind-blowing poems and stories
  6. The friendliest
  7. The most consistent
  8. The best at sharing tips
  9. The talented artist
  10. Cool site name
  11. The underrated

1: A fascinating blog theme

Okay, so for this one I’ll go with Cherelle @ A Bolt Out Of The Book. I can’t get over how organized her theme and features are! If you’re the kind of person whose very unsatisfied with their blog theme, Cherelle’s place is your way to go to lower your self-esteem even further, it is that good.


2: A lovely home page

Ashmita @ the fictional journal. I mean…how did she do it 😭?! That home page! It is enough to make you follow her because it gives such a home-like and calm aesthetic. And boy, has she worked hard on it!


3: Great book reviews

Hermione @ Portable Magic– Being a person who generally gets bored of book reviews, I find hers to be really amusing. There’s always a slight informal tone to Hermione’s reviews and a little bit of humor that I appreciate a lot.


4: Amazing humour

Okay, so I have a few for this. First up, Moi @ Definitely Moi. She’s got such a weirdly relatable and inspiring sense of humor. It’s so…quirky, but at the same time, it makes me lose it so many times.

Then I have Harshita @ Words on Fleek. Her sarcasm is just on point! And her posts always make me laugh out loud, they have such a Booktube vibe to them.


5: Mind-blowing poems and stories

If you’re wondering why I chose this, it’s coz it rhymes, and rhymes=poems, which fulfills the prompt~ I’m a genius and you can’t tell me otherwise 🙂

At this point there are so many people with amazing poems, it’s so hard to narrow it down, ugh! Let’s see, here goes just a few:

Akshita @ Anthology of Akshita’s Thoughts- I love her poems and stories because they are usually very short and always have some kind of twist at the end that gets my jaw dropping. Vignesh @ World Of Words. His poetry is too good, it touches my heart with its poignancy! The rhymes are always so perfect. Simran @ Far From Perfect– gosh, her sad poems are enough to give you an existential crisis! Panna @ State Of Craze– as much as I cannot believe someone like Panna would be able to write sad stuff, it is true! And it is so freaking deep, you’ll love it! Silver Stone @ The Bored Side Of The Phone– she writes poetry that is often very relatable and the imagery is so nice! Rishika @ The Ethereal Unicorn too writes some crazy deep stuff that gets you thinking!


6: The friendliest

Sam di @ Diary Of A Dreamer– She literally comments on almost all of my posts, and I mean, lots of people do that, but she’s also very active on other’s blogs too. She took a hiatus right now, but she’ll be back, so do visit her site too.

Also, Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner– Seriously, her long comments always manage to make my day. She’s so sweet, she even reads blogs when she’s not active!

Sheri @ Read Betwixt Words– she is really nice and motivating, and her comments make my day!

Khushi and Kunjal @ Duo Disseminators too! We all love those weird long threads of comments!


7: Very consistent

Sep @ Bookishly Yours. I always appreciate bloggers who manage to stay consistent. Sep is a pretty cool blogger who manages to stay consistent despite boards and stuff.

Mokshba di @ Happy Panda. Her posts too keep popping up on my Reader, I applaud her for being so consistent despite being so busy.


8: The best at sharing tips

Because today is a day for bad jokes!

Pooja di @ Lifesfinewhine– A successful blogger, who has been blogging for 6 years, her tips about blogging are always helpful, especially for new bloggers. Do check them out if you need some good advice.


9: The talented artist

I don’t follow many people who have art blogs, just a few, and half of those I forget that I follow them. Out of them, I’ll say the artistic skills of Rayna @ Ray’s Realm are really amazing. And also the tanka art by Soni Di @ Soni Cool is to die for!!


10: Cool site name

Okay, so first there is Anoushka @ Dipped in Ink. This site name sounds so classy, I really love it!

Then I have Riddhi @ Whispering Stories. This is like the kind of blog name that I wish I had come up with because it is so fantastic!

I’ve also got Aayushi @ Ash Radiance. I like the way this title sounds on my lips, you know? Makes me think of starlight, lol.


11: The underrated

Dhriti @ The Tomboy Diaries. Dhriti is a pretty young blogger, and she has really fun posts. I strongly believe this girl deserves a lot more followers!


Aaand….done!!!

So, that was it for the tag. There’s one thing I’m really anxious about, that I still need to discuss. I’ve had the ides of posting this tag since a long time, but I was always hesitant to do so. Mainly because I was worried as to how it would be received. I don’t want to make it as some sort of competition, but just a way for people to discover more blogs. I feel bad for the ones I didn’t mention, even when they have awesome blogs…so yeah, I’m just worried. But please don’t be upset or offended. Someone or the other has to be left out after all when I follow more than a hundred bloggers. I did not repeat any nlAll your blogs are great really!


I tag:

First up, I am tagging everyone who I have already mentioned in this post. So to all those I’ve mentioned, they’re tagged! Apart from those, the others I am tagging are here. Ahem, I’m going to be tagging quite a good number of people obviously, so brace yourself:

  1. Betty @ The box of Wonder
  2. Aanya @ Soaring Firebolt
  3. Siya @ THE DRAMATIC DRAMA
  4. Prashansa @ Reader’s Alcove
  5. Anushka @ Anushka Stories 
  6. Rachel @ A Bookworm’s Paradise
  7. Elli @ AceReader
  8. Rajonya @ Princess World
  9. Cherry @ Cherry Blossom Books
  10. Poorwa @ Poorwa’s blog
  11. Evin @ A Curly Sue’s Ramblings
  12. Lucy @ Bookworm Blogger
  13. Abby @ Beyond The Read
  14. Zainab @ Zainab Chats
  15. Aamy @ Aamy’s Imaginations
  16. Madeline @ The Bookish Mutant
  17. Rabhya @ Rab’s Bookish Planet
  18. Devangi @ Just penning down my thoughts
  19. You!! Please please pleaaaaase do not hesitate to do this tag if you want to, I’ll be more than glad to read your post! 😍

That’s all! I hope you enjoyed it and it helped you find more blogs. What’s an underrated blog that you follow that you think deserves more love? Let me know in the comments 😀.