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

The Zodiac Music + Book Tag

Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing The Zodiac Music+Book Tag. I was tagged by the creator herself- Pannaga @ Just Dreamland, Rayna @ Ray’s Realm and also by Georgia @ Lost in Neverland. Btw, many many manyyyyy congrats for coming up with the tag, Panna (I know I sound late but I started writing this post long ago). I’m so proud of you 🀩. This sounds so amazing and I’m so glad to be finally doing it! Let’s begin!!


The Rules:

  • Link back to the creator, i.e, Swift Walker @Just Dreamland
  • Link back to the person who tagged you!
  • Answer all the prompts.
  • Use the original graphics and credit the creator (Pannaga).
  • Tag at least 5 bloggers and provide links to their blogs.
  • Name your Zodiac sign!!!!β™ˆβ™‰β™Šβ™‹β™Œβ™β™Žβ™β™β™‘β™’β™“??
  • Don’t forget to add #ItsAZodiacThing tag.
  • You can either do the zodiac book tag/the zodiac music tag or both them. Graphics for separate tags should be given at the end.
  • Enjoy doing the post.

So, my zodiac sign izz….PISCES!!

Did I really just use that GIF!? I need to get a grip on myself…

So anyways, let’s get started, I’m so excited πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜!!

Note: View the post through the site if YouTube videos appear as links. 


Will I ever stop gushing about this book? Apparently not 🀩.

No Body, No Crime by Taylor Swift. This song gives the chills!


Percy Jackson, of course! It nails it for the combination of witty and cheeky.

Usually, when I’m angry and don’t know who to go to, what to do, what to say, Brutal by Olivia Rodrigo is my go to song, lol.


City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. This book will NOT tear families apart, lol. I really enjoyed it though, the tension between the characters due to the supposedly problematic love triangle kept me on the edge of my seat (not proud of that at all). I was spoiled from before hand about the love triangle and the actual chemistry so I just wanted them to end up together (not going to say who “them” are because of spoilerzzz).

Love Soooooooooooong by Why Don’t We!! Yes, if you can’t tell already, I love this song too much, and every single one by this band. So listen to their songs so we can remain friends πŸ™‚. Got it? πŸ™‚πŸ”ͺ


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Do I have a sensitive heart? Hm…when it comes to books, I am not sure anymore. But this book did touch me deep and is one of my favorites now!

Uh, none! πŸ™‚


My Life With The Walter Boys by Ali Novak, a guilty pleasure of mine, I just loved this book. Except of fancy dress, it has all of the above- drama, love and hope.

If We Have Each Other by Alec Benjamin. I’m not a big fan of this song but I like it, the lyrics are awesome.


Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. So y’all probably know by now that I do not like pitch-perfect endings in contemporaries. Hence I liked how this one did not end too happily, it ended with hope, and yes, it has all the above elements too.

Roar by Katy Perry. Oh yes, we all love this song now, don’t we!?


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book was a big disappointment to me, it was not bad or anything, but it was not that great either. What actually blew me was how horribly real it all felt. It was a good insight into the lives of actors.

Perfect by Ed Sheeran. This is one of my favorite love songs!


The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. And whoa, what an intense prompt, Panna! When I read this book, I was mind-blown to another level, it was terrifically awesome. Then I read some rant reviews on GoodReads and I came to know about the various flaws in it, but eh, I still love it. I don’t read thrillers usually, so this was a great start.

Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes. Is it just me or do you also like the tu tu tu TU tu tu at the start πŸ˜‚?


I chose Panna’s answer for this one (and dude, I did not know you have read this series). I have only read the first three books in The Mortal Instruments, and aah, I loved them, I later realized all the flaws and stuff, but I LOVED them to a whole new level when I first read them.

Mic Drop by BTS! This is one of my favorite songs by BTS. It’s not possible for me to not dance on it whenever it plays.


To avoid choosing the most obvious answers, I am going with Boy Underwater by Adam Baron. I vaguely remember this book being about friendship as well as other stuff too that was a little deeper.

Don’t Change by Why Don’t We! This is one of my favorite songs, it makes me feel so happy, I think everybody, especially girls, should hear this one.


I am not sure if I am the right one to go to for unique and quirky books (you don’t need unique and quirky books when you yourself are the most awesome combination of both 😎🀘🏻). But I did find The Worst Thing About my Sister by Jacqueline Wilson to be pretty quirky.

Alone, Pt 2 by Alan Walker and Ava Max. When I think of this song, it reminds of my best friend, the lyrics could just as well be for a lover, but I think they are more beautiful when you dedicate it to a friend.


Usually, I steer clear of lyrical books, I do not like beautiful, ethereal blah blah writing in stories. But The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson provided just an enough dose of lyrical for it to not be overwhelming. It also suited the atmosphere of the story really well. The second book was kinda meh, but this one was amazing!

Two Of Us by Louis Tomlinson. This is such a heartbreaking song (should I be worried that I chose a sad song for my own zodiac πŸ€”). It’s dedicated to Louis’ mother who had passed away, and it’s just heart-wrenching, and yes, it portrays unconditional love.


I Tag (you can do either of the two tags btw):

To all the people I’ve tagged, there’s no pressure in doing the tag, also if you’ve already done it, that’s cool too. And do check out these blogs, they have great content.

That’s all I had for today, this was a super interesting tag. Let me know a song that you would use when you get tongue-tied πŸ˜€.


Posted in Awards, Tags

The Sunshine Blogger Awards πŸŒž

Hey Pals!! I am really happy to announce that I have been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by six wonderful bloggers. Merlin, how did I manage that many!? 🀩

First, I would like to thank Riddhi @ Whispering Stories for the nomination. She has bookish content ranging from tags to reviews and her site is super awesome. Another big thanks to Divya Didi @ The Mindful Homemaker by Divya for considering me worthy for this award. She talks about self help stuff and I can assure you that it’s a brilliant. Thank you so much to Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy for nominating me, the girl is on a hiatus right now πŸ˜’, and it will be an understatement to say that I miss her posts. Thanks to Lilly @ Lilly’s Little Library for nominating me too, she’s back from her hiatus, so do check out her posts out. Next up, thanks to Anushka @ Anushka Stories, she writes some really beautiful poems you should never miss out. And the latest one- Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger, her bookish content is just as cool as any other!

There’s a high chance I’ve missed somebody by mistake. It’s because of the fact that I save all the tags I get tagged for and one day, half of them got deleted when I uninstalled WordPress 😐.

And lastly, sorry if this post is way too late 😭. If it’s any consolation, I had prepared this draft way back, and I edited and updated it today. Also, if any of you ever tagged me for anything, it’s on the way, it’s just taking time. Also, to make this post not too long and bore you to death, I will be skipping the questions are repeated.


The Rules

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Answers to Riddhi’s Questions

When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging on 17 May, 2020. It was the time when quite a few of my classmates had put Whatsapp statuses of the blogs they wrote so that sparked my interest in blogging. My elder sister’s roommate, who also happens to be my first follower here: Aastha Didi @ Parinda suggested WordPress and here, out of boredom, inspiration, interest and a need to make my thoughts known to people, I posted my first blog, a short story names A Haunted Adventure in Broad Daylight. I put it in a link just in case you want to check it out.

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I love making new friends here, sharing my ideas and discovering new blogs. It’s a really friendly community and I love interacting with new bloggers. I find real joy in writing my posts because it’s just way too fun and I like it when people read them, and even comment.

What is your least favorite thing about blogging?

Umm… I guess, I spend too much time blogging and that increases my screen time which is really not good for my eyes that already need spectacles.

What are your hobbies besides blogging?

Listening to songs
Chatting with friends
Reading

What would the title of your biography/biopic be?

Nehal the Apple!! πŸ˜€

Some advice for people who have just started blogging

One: Don’t ever give up… you might think no one reads your blogs, that’s not true. And if it is, go around making blogging friends, it’s a friendly community. Just don’t give up!! That’s the πŸ”‘.

Two: Make sure you utilize maximum features of WordPress, that you are passionate about blogging, that it gives you joy. If it causes pressure, there is no fun in it.

Three: Do not compare yourself with other bloggers (another thing I can’t do at times). Be happy and content with the number of followers you already have. A soul, named me, once said: Strive to be better but do not lose your good in the process.

Yeah, look at me, trying to sound all experienced, *pats herself on the back*.

Describe yourself in seven words (Cause it’s the seveth question)

A girl parrying her way through life.

Dogs or Cats?

Dogs!

A TV show you can binge-watch forever?

Mahabharata… Did I ever tell you that I can never ever get over the beauty of Shaheer Sheikh!!

Just look at him! Just look at him, okay? How can someone not fall in love with him!? He’s the most gorgeous, beautiful and the sweetest Bollywood celebrity of all time.

One of his pics from Mahabharata

And no, I’m not done yet, look at him again. Here:

I am really sorry, but i can’t help it, he’s just so adorable 😍😍.

A song you relate to? / A song you will never get tired of listening

A song that I totally relate to and love with all my heart is Tera Yaar Hun Main by Arijit Singh.

Who is your favorite author?

Neil Gaiman!! I just love his writing style, the way he makes me imagine stuff as if it is happening in front of my eyes. He’s a big inspiration.


Answers to Divya Didi’s Questions:

Do you like to travel? What was the last place you visited?

Oh, I indeed love traveling to new places, exploring different ideas and cultures but I haven’t been to many places actually. The last place I visited was Mukteshwar, near Nainital.

Do you spend time looking at the sky? Or do you find it boring?

I do believe that sky is a really magical thing. I don’t find it at all boring to gaze at the sky, something or the other always catches my attention. But I don’t look up at the sky that often.

Your favorite childhood memory

Though I still like to call myself a child I get the point of this question. I am really fond of playing with my BFF in school. 6th to 8th standard were the best years of my life. I had so much fun playing with my friends until these harsh times took it all away πŸ˜…. There is still hope to make good memories in the future.

What do you do when you feel bored?

What is the important morning ritual you practise to make the rest of your day happy?

I do yoga exercises lots of times though πŸ˜‚, so yeah.

Do you read books? What is your all time favorite book?

Of course I don’t, haven’t read a single one πŸ™‚.

What is your favorite color?

It was always πŸ’™ but recently I have acquired a fascination towards πŸ–€.

Do you have any interesting family ritual?

There is one…umm…πŸ˜…

Do you like to write your goals in a paper or prefer using gadgets?

If they are reading goals like monthly TBRs and stuff, I note it all down in a journal. But if it’s blog post ideas, crazy dreams I had or interesting writing prompts, I put it all in the “Notes” app.

What is one food you can eat all three times a day?

Apple, to nobody’s surprise.

What is the important lesson life has taught you?

That I am lucky and grateful for all that I have been given. Hard times come and go, all I need to know is to never give up (this is such a struggle at times).


Answers to Tiction’s Questions:

What is your spirit animal (And, no, Joey won’t work, if you know what I mean)?

So, I just asked Tiction herself what a spirit animal means. Lol! And from what I figured is that it’s an animal you relate to. I guess that would be a rabbit or a squirrel because I love them, they are so cute I get way too excited at times which I associate with these two cuties.

Do you play a musical instrument? Which one? and, if not, which one would you like to?

Well, I love playing the guitar. And right now, I don’t wanna learn any other instrument apart from drums.

What is the movie you can watch forever?

None, I’ll probably get bored pretty quick.

Describe yourself in six words.

Bookdragon, weirdo, emotional, short-tempered, lazy, hard-working.

What song makes you dance so much that people look at you weird?

Khalibali 🀭!! This is the part where people realize how very weird I can be. But believe me when I say that I practically know all the steps of this song and love to dance like a monkey when alone in a room on this song.

Also, Bala!! If you haven’t gone utterly crazy upon hearing the beats of this song, you are seriously missing out. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Indian or not, you will still love it.Last to last year, all that I did at school was dance like hell at this song (oh, fun times, I want ’em back 🀧)

What memory is the closest to your heart?

Man, where are these deep questions coming from Tiction!? Well, I was extremely happy when I got the Harry Potter series but I have now moved past that feeling. I guess all the fun me and my bestie have had in these last 4 years all combine to form a perfect memory I will treasure forever. Plus, I’ll never forget my time with TWC.

If you could change your name, what would you change it too.

Glad you asked. Here you go:

  • Eleanor
  • Anjali
  • Luna
  • Ishita
  • Caroline
  • Arushi (that’s one of my friends’ names btw. I’ll make sure that I never let her read this post)
  • Hermione
  • Shraddha
  • Cassidy
  • Aditi
  • Jenna
  • Believe me, the list goes on. But yeah, I also really love my name so wouldn’t ever change it 😌.

10: What is your favorite book? (Can be many!)

Last year I would have said Harry Potter, now I guess it’s Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, but honestly, I can’t be sure, there are so many great books to read out there.


Lilly’s Questions:

What’s your favourite book genre?

Historical fiction! Yes, it comes as a surprise to me too, I used to hate this genre, but now I devour these books because I just love them so much.

What’s your favourite blog?

Okay, um…you did NOT just ask that, lol πŸ˜‚πŸ€¨. How do I even say anything!? I love so many blogs I follow, but if I comment a lot on any blog, that means it is one of my favourites.

What is your least favourite book?

This is a hard one. I guess any book I give 1 star rating, for instance- I thoroughly despise A Wrinkle in Time, it went from being my favourite to least favourite.

What point in time would you want to live in?

World War 2, yes, that’s how much I am crazy for historical fiction.

What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

bUTteRcOtcH!


Anushka’s Questions:

What is the best thing about my blog? (Anushka Stories)

I love your poems, Anushka! The visual imagery in them is so good, I wish I could write like that too!!

Who is your favourite character in a story book and why?

Leo Valdez, Magnus Chase, Nate Macauley, Remus Lupin, Rudy Steiner.

Who do you love the most? and why?

Uh…that’s a very *ahem* thought provoking question! Will give it lots of thought and then *ahem* skip it….*runs*

Would you rather help a person or ask a person for help?

I would rather help a person, I kind of have this thing where it is hard for me to let people in to help me, and if I do ask them, I feel very bad and just not tell them what happened. I love helping people out though (and I am not bragging or anything).

Mention some weird things you usually do?

Most of the things I do are pretty weird, I chew on the back of my pen too much, I talk super fast, I laugh at the wrong situations, I use random emojis for sarcasm, lol, the list goes on.

Do you like reading in the library or would you like to read online.

Library!!


Jessica’s Questions:

What is your favourite book you’ve read so far this year?

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. This is one book that I think deserves all the hype it gets and much more, I absolutely loved this book, it was so beautiful and heart-wrenching!

What is one of your guilty pleasures?

Sweets! I can’t live without sweets!!

If you could have any fictional creature as a pet, which one would you choose?

A pygmy puff! Aren’t they just so cute!?

Name a fun fact about yourself.

Hm…πŸ€” Well, I guess most of you might not know this, but I really love taking part in anything related to narration, acting and speaking.

Any authors/books you’ll never read?

I will probably never read any other book by Sarah J. Mass and John Green, not because they are bad but because I guess they are just not my type.

What is the best movie/TV show that you’ve watched this year?

I haven’t watched a single new movie this year, but I have started watching Friends and it’s actually pretty good, I don’t LOVE it like most people do, but I really enjoy it!

If you could switch spots with any character in a book/movie/TV show, who would it be and why?

I would be Annabeth Chase, that way I would have loads of adventures and get to have Percy!

What kind of music do you like listening to?

Pop and country usually.

Name your last 1 star read.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. I feel kinda confused between a 1 star and 2 star for this one, so I’ll say 1.5. This book was very disappointing.

Would you rather have the ending of every book you read spoiled or be able to read a book without being spoiled but never know the ending?

How cruel! I would rather get the end spoiled, the suspense of not knowing what happens would just kill me.


Aaaand that was it, the final edited and updated draft of my Sunshine Blogger Award, I am so so happy that this is finally out. It was about time. If you have actually read this far, I applaud you πŸ˜ƒ, and I love you, for this means a lot for I know how busy our lives are these days.

My Nominees:

These are all wonderful bloggers you should definitely check out. And there is no pressure in doing the award if you can’t for any reason, I totally understand.


Questions for my nominees:

1: What is one talent you would love to have?
2: Who are some of your favorite bloggers?
3: What do you think is the best way to deal with hardships in life?
4: What is the biggest struggle you find in blogging?
5: What would your instant response be if an ostentatiously dressed someone who appears to have authority walks up to you and announces, “You’re a wizard/witch!”
6: Leave a link to your first post.
7: Are you an introvert or extrovert?
8: What, in your opinion, is the secret to happiness in life?
9: Have you ever unfollowed someone on WordPress intentionally?
10: Have you posted a YouTube comment that got more than 1K likes?
11: Share a book recommendation that kept you engrossed.


If you have read this far, I applaud you πŸ‘. Thanks for reading my post. Let me know a big struggle that you come across when blogging.

Posted in Fun Tags, Tags

The Peer Pressure Tag

Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing the very trending- Peer Pressure Tag. I was tagged for this by Pavithra @ Small Talks, Pannaga @ Just Dreamland, Akriti @ Recipe of Life, Krisha @ Krisha’s Twilight, Ananya @ Drawing My Fantasies and Riddhi @ Whispering Stories. Thanks to all SIX of you for nominating me, I’m literally grinning right now, I mean sixxx 😁!! Y’all do check out these blogs, they are really fun. As for the tag, let’s begin!!

Note: I’ll only be answering 3 bloggers’ questions right now, so that the post does not become too long. Take no offense, I will probably answer the other three later.


The Rules:

  • Link back to the creator bluemallowmelt.
  • Provide a link to the person who tagged you.
  • Answer all questions honestly. No lying!
  • Come up with 5 questions of your own. (4 have to be about peer pressure; 1 can be random and about whatever)
  • Tag at least 10 people and provide links to their blogs.
  • Recommend at least 5 books or songs you see everywhere/are very popular that you’ve read or listened to.
  • Use the hashtag #peer pressure tag for easier visibility.

Answers to Akriti’s Questions:

Tell us any one incident of peer pressure that happened in your school?

Hm…I don’t know, lol πŸ˜‚.

What is the most forceful thing you have ever done?

Watched the first episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S 🀐.

What is your hobby? Has anyone influenced it?

Reading novels definitely! All the credit goes to my elder sister- Sona di. She bought me my first novels. She has kept on bringing novels for me. And she has also given me access to an amazing audiobook app 😍.

Have you ever pressured someone to do something that might land them in trouble? If yes, tell us in detail.

Guilty!

Yeah well, I uh…., me and Riddhi have…uh…we have pressured Aanya (potterhead one) into uh…into bunking a class 😳😜. She didn’t bunk it though, so don’t worry. But yeah, as you can see, we are totally providing her with an amazing example and being awesome role models πŸ™‚. 

What is your 2021 goal?

To study harder!


Answers to Panna’s Questions:

Have you ever learnt any bad habits from your friends?

Yeah, basically most of my bad language comes from some or the other friend of mine, so thanks friends for that πŸ˜‘.

What are the good things you have learnt from your peers?

Reading blogs of several people here taught me that I am good the way I am, and don’t need to change, and that difficulties come, but they also go.

Has any friend of yours influenced you into doing something?

Yeah! After years of giving up on playing the guitar, when one of my friends started learning it, that sparked my interest in it again. So, thanks for that.

What would you teach your friend if you could teach anything?

I don’t know, all my friends are amazing the way they are. But I guess I would teach my best friend to be a little more “I accept your dare” kinda person, she never does any dare I give her πŸ˜’. 

Random question – What’s the best Wi-Fi name you’ve seen?

“Chal bhai aage badh” πŸ™‚. I’m not even lying, this was the name of a WiFi I saw one day when I was on the rooftop of my house. English translation: It is a rude way of saying that you won’t find anything here, move ahead.  


Answers to Riddhi’s Questions:

What is your favourite music genre? Has anyone influenced it?

Pop! I began listening to One Direction after being inspired by a classmate. My sister sparked my interest in Taylor Swift. And yeah, basically all other pop songs I listen to have been influenced by someone or the other.

What is your favourite literary genre? Has anyone influenced it?

I am kinda confused as to what literary genre means here, not gonna lie πŸ˜…. Historical fiction, I guess. Does that count as a literary genre? Hopefully. I think research and all just led me to the right books.

Have you ever forced anyone to read a book? Which one?

I have forced quite a LOT of people into reading Harry Potter and Percy Jackson 😁.

What is your favourite colour?

It was always πŸ’™ but recently, I have also acquired a fascination towards πŸ–€.


Imma recommend 5 songs:

  1. For You by Why Don’t We
  2. All Too Well by Taylor Swift
  3. Steal My Girl by One Direction
  4. Blinding Lights by The Weeknd
  5. Let’s All Get The Corona-Virus by Charles the French.

Please listen to the last one. You’re gonna luuurv it 😍😁.


I Tag: Since a lot of people I know have already been tagged, I tag those who have the letters “B” or “C” in their name 😁. And I pass on Akriti’s questions as they were the super fun to answer!

Hope my laziness wasn’t quite obvious by the above statement πŸ˜πŸ˜‚.


Well then, let me know if you have ever pressured anybody into doing something 🀭.

Posted in Fun Tags

For Moi (A Fun Tag) πŸ˜

Hey Pals!! Today, I’m doing the For Moi Tag. Yup, the tag created by my very own fraaand Akriti @ Recipe of Life. Thank you to Akriti for tagging me for it. Here is how it goes: 


The Rules:

  • Display the logo of this tag and the rules on your post.
  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Give a link to the original post.
  • Mention 3 imperfections about yourself and also mention a situation which made you feel insecure/guilty.
  • Very IMPORTANT –> You need to mention “No one is perfect and I’m no exception”.
  • Tag 7 or more people.

Here are 3 of my imperfections:

No one is perfect and I’m no exception. Here you go:

  • I spend a LOT of time reading novels and chatting unnecessarily when I have soooooooo many projects to complete…but c’mon, who doesn’t do that 😜!?
  • I am usually in this weird sort of confidence that I can study one day before exams and still get fine marks, so I do not learn every subject completely beforehand…and suffer later πŸ˜‘.
  • I can be pretty aggressive and I’m one of those who easily loses her temper, something I so want to change about myself.
This is not an accurate description of my anger, but this gif is so cute πŸ˜‚

Here’s a situation that made me feel guilty:

Like, every time I cheat in a test or exam πŸ˜‚.

When I was very young, my sister did something that really angered me, and I don’t remember what it was, but I was so angry at that time that I went and ruined her project by using crayons on it (hey, I WAS pretty young). My sister stopped talking to me for a day or more, but after some time, she and my cousin were able to make the projects look fine again. I remember feeling really guilty and sad about it.


I Tag: Anyone and Everyone! If you want to do this fun tag, consider yourself tagged by me πŸ˜€.


That’s all. I had a lot of fun doing this. Let me know one of your guiltiest memories in the comments, if you don’t mind sharing.

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

The Feelings Tag and The End of 2020 Superlatives Tag

The Feelings Tag

Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing The Feelings Tag. This tag was created by Jheel @ fantasybookworm. I was tagged by the lovely Jheel herself (looooong time back, sorry for being late 😞) and also by Esdi @ Esdi Blogs. Thanks to both of them for tagging me, do have a look at their sites, they are lovely! ✨


The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to the blog.
  • Answer the 5 feelings given to you.
  • Write the reason in 5 to 6 lines of why does that particular book come under that feeling.
  • Nominate between 5-12 other bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 5 feelings too.
  • Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post.

A book that made me cry all day!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I didn’t necessarily cry all day but this book did make me cry and gave me a hangover that lasted for quite a few days both the times that I read it. The last few chapters were just too gloomy, too well-written and too deep.


A book that was not that great…..

I can pick a LOT of books for this one but I’ll just go for this

Tunnel of Bones by V.E. Schwab. This is the sequel to City of Ghosts and I really liked that book which made me have high expectations for this one but I didn’t end up loving it as I had expected. This book felt really flat and obvious, I mean, it did have a fine plot but it wasn’t powerful. I wish I had liked it because I wanted to, but it was not that great….


A book that was next to perfection!

This is me thinking really hard about this question

Umm… I don’t really know. I don’t think that any book that I read, no matter how much I loved it, was just next to perfection πŸ˜…. This question shouldn’t be that hard but I can’t come up with anything. What would your answer be?


A book that touched my heart deep within.

Here, I’ll mention a book that I don’t talk about much and that is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I read it two or three years ago and I all I can say is that I fell in love with this book and this author since then. This is a deep, dark book with a magical feeling to it. I loved these characters, the illustrations, the writing style that seemed to flow like magic and I loved the ending. This book did indeed touch my heart and I highly recommend it, you should give it a try. I might even do a full book review πŸ˜‰.


A book that is above all the books ever written

Again, a hard one, so forgive me for choosing something really obvious…


I Tag:


My Questions To You:

  • A book that always gives you giggling vibes.
  • A book that was neither good nor bad.
  • A book character that always made you roll your eyes.
  • A book that was way too deep for you to enjoy.
  • A book you did the mistake of reading during a slump.

End of 2020 Superlatives Tag

I was tagged for this by Alicia @ A Colorful Bibliophile and Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner. Both of them have some *epic* content for bookworms, so make sure to visit their blogs. As for the tag, let’s dive right in!


Rules:

  • Fill out each of the prompts with your answer. Each character/book you chooseΒ has to be one you read in 2020.
  • Tag as many or few people as you want, but preferably somewhere around 10.
  • Have fun and happy new year!!

Best Villain

Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events. He…aah, he’s such a well written character. From finding him totally stupid to hating him more than anyone to feeling some weird sort of pity for him, I felt a lot of emotions for Count Olaf, and overall he made a perfect and entertaining villain.


Best Protagonist

Magnus Chase!! He makes an amazing protagonist, and a great friend. Oh, and his humor, boy is it awesome.


Best Side Character

Celeste from The Selection series by Kiera Cass. I don’t really know why, but Celeste felt like the finest character that this author created for this series. Especially in The One, I really liked her in that book.


Tough Luck– A character you’re glad you aren’t

Laia from An Ember in the Ashes. She undoubtedly goes through a lot in this book and I would never want to be in her place.


Best Place to Raise a Family– A setting, in another world, you wouldn’t mind settling in

Well, I did reread Harry Potter in 2020 so…😜


Uninhabitable– A setting you would never want to live in

The Hunger Games…pretty self explanatory, I am sure *shudders*.


Most Likely to Succeed– An indie or under hyped book that everyone would like if they just tried it

The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonsek Lee. This is the true story of a girl who escaped North Korea, and it followed her journey into China and beyond. I was utterly mesmerized while reading this book. Like this book, it hit hard man. It really did.


Life of the Party– A book that kept you laughing and having a good time

Big Nate: The Boy with the Biggest Head in the World. This is by far the funniest book I’ve read and that says a lot. I couldn’t control my laughter reading it, so if you haven’t read it, I’m telling you, it’s worth a shot.


Most Unforgettable– A book you couldn’t forget if you tried

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I have read this book four freaking times in the past months, and my love for it has not reduced in the slightest. I’ve gushed about this book so much already, that if you still haven’t read it…how come!?!???


Most Unique– A book unlike anything you’ve ever read before

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. It deals with important issues like death and gun violence. The concept of this book is pretty awesome and the execution kind of brought about the meaning of the book in a more profound way. It’s written in verse and takes place majorly in a freaking elevator. The execution was everything in this book. The fact that it’s so short, and yet conveys such a strong meaning is just mind blowing.


I Tag:


That’s it. I had loads of fun doing these tags πŸ˜€. Let me know the best bookish villain that you read about in 2020, down in the comments.

Posted in Awards

The Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

Hey Pals!! I am extremely happy to announce that I have been nominated for The Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award by Esdi @ Esdi Blogs. Thank you so much for the nomination Esdi. She has a wonderful site with loads of bookish as well as other fun content, don’t forget to check it out πŸ˜‰. As for the award, let us begin


The Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.
  • Make a post of the award (with photo).
  • Post the rules.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
  • Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
  • Follow Vincent Ehindero to qualify for a free blog promotion, shoutout and more blogging opportunities.

Answers to Esdi’s Questions:

1: How much does this award mean to you?

A lot! I have been nominated for several awards on WordPress but I always thought that the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award was something really special because I really appreciate Vincent. I love his blogs, always make me laugh, and his genuine love for all other bloggers is truly fantastic. So yeah, this award means a lot to me.


2: What is the one word that defines your blog?

At least that is what I think. My fellow bloggers would probably have different views on it but I have fun writing my posts and reading them later on so that’s what I decided to go with.


3: In what ways should an ideal blogger inspire his/her followers?

I definitely think that interacting and being friendly with the people who read your posts should be something that every blogger should practice. At least I tend to be more interested in such people because I find them good-natured.


4: What is your secret to gaining followers?

I believe that I have quite a good number of people who follow me, and I am so thankful to them all 😍, I guess it was all a matter of interacting and exploring WordPress that led me to this point.


5: What are your blogging goes for the near future?

Just publishing all the tags and awards I have been nominated for, I guess πŸ˜‚.


6: What will you miss after the pandemic ends?

Yes, I’ll miss my Di. My sister works in Mumbai and she has come to stay with us in this pandemic. So I have gotten so used to her presence that life without her will now be really dull and unimaginable 😒.


7:  Name of country you want to visit.

Greece!! Oh, and North Korea (I know that sounds crazy)!


8: What is your favourite subject in school?

Library 😁!

Oh wait, that’s not a subject, that’s a period, right 😜?

So then, my favourite subject in school will be English Literature. I love English and I love reading stories because they are really interesting and always teach me new words. And okay, I have to admit that I feel that this subject is the easiest of all 🀭.


I Nominate (no pressure at all):

  1. Anushka @ Anushka Stories πŸ’‘
  2. Moksha Di @ Happy Panda πŸ˜„
  3. Cherelle @ A Bolt Out of the Book ⚑
  4. Riddhi @ Whispering Stories ✌🏻
  5. Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner πŸ¦‡
  6. Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal 🌝
  7. Pannaga @ Just Dreamland 🌈
  8. Evin @ A Curly Sue’s Ramblings πŸ¦„
  9. Jheel @ crazypotterhead! ✨
  10. Silver Stone @ The Bored Side of the Phone 😁
  11. Ahaana @Windows to Worlds 🌏
  12. Akriti @ Recipe Of Life 🌱
  13. Sadje @ Keep It Alive πŸ–Š
  14. You!! If you want to participate in this award, I nominate you πŸ˜€.

I badly wish that I can tag more people, but I have to study 😞. So, please consider yourself tagged if I was unable to mention you.


Questions for my nominees:

  1. How much does blogging mean to you and how much joy do you get in it?
  2. Have you ever actually been caught doing something wrong in school?
  3. What quote keeps you motivated during harsh times?
  4. What is a dream you had when you were a child?
  5. Sweet or spicy?
  6. How will you define “COVID-19”?
  7. In your opinion, what came first, the chicken or the egg?

What do you think came first? Chicken or egg πŸ€”? Let me know in the comments πŸ˜€.

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

The Good Times and The Bad Ones Book Tag | An original book tag

Hey everyone! So, me and Riddhi over fromΒ Whispering Stories came up with an original book tag on the albumΒ The Good Times and The Bad OnesΒ which is sung by one of our favourite bandsΒ Why Don’t We. There are tons of Taylor Swift tags flying all around, so we thought, why don’t we (pun intended) make a tag for this album.

Before you read further, open your Spotify or whatever app you listen to music on and play this album. I assure you, you will not regret it.

Rules:

  1. Listen to the original album- The Good Times and The Bad Ones before doing the tag if you haven’t already
  2. Credit me and Riddhi- Riddhi @Whispering StoriesΒ and Nehal @Books and Words
  3. Use the featured image used in this post in your post too
  4. Answer all the prompts (Duh)
  5. Tag at least 5 music lovers and ensure they listen to the album. *Threatens you menacingly to do so*
  6. Have fun!

Prompts:

  1. Slow Down– A fast paced book which you found a little hard to keep up with
  2. Lotus Inn– A book which has a romance which develops overnight
  3. Love Song– A book in which one of the characters writes a love song for his/her love.
  4. I’ll Be Okay– A romance where one of the characters leaves his/her love interest as they think that will be good for both of them.
  5. Look at me– A book with a very explicit romance./ A guilty pleasure romance that you like
  6. Fallin’– A book with a romance that makes you wanna jump up and down with happiness
  7. Be Myself– A book with a character who faces a lot of insecurities
  8. For You– A book with the best male love interest
  9. Grey– A book where a character regrets their decision to break up with their partner
  10. Stay– A book where a character cannot get over their breakup

Check out the full post on Riddhi’s blog- The Good Times and The Bad Ones Book Tag | An original book tag


So, me and Riddhi came up with an original book tag based on the latest album by one of our favorite bands- Why Don’t We 😍. And we are feeling really proud right now. Please take a look at the post, and participate, it would mean a lottttt 😁.


That’s all. Thanks for reading. Hope you like our new tag! Stay safe. Ciao!!

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

Baby It’s C-c-c-cold Outside Boo-oo-ook Tag *shivers*

Hey Pa-pa-pa-pals!! Today I am doing The *aachoo* Baby It’s Cold *aachoo* Outside Book Tag.

I was tagged for this by Riddhi @ Shivering Stori– I mean Whispering Stories and Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy. Both amazing bloggers whose names you might’ve come across several times in my blogs so go check them out. As for the tag, it’s pretty cool (no pun intended, as always πŸ™‚), so I decided to do it. Let’s go!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
  • Display the banner (copy and paste).
  • Link to the original creator: Erin @ Reading On A Star.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag however many people as you want.

1: Snow Day – What’s your β€œcomfort” book?

Without explanation, I’ll just go for Harry Potter πŸ˜€.


2: Snow Angels – What’s a book that you love so much you would want to be buried with it

No point in denying that I love The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman but the fact that’s it’s a “graveyard” will kinda keep up with the atmosphere after death so…I hope that wasn’t too depressing πŸ˜‚.


3: Warm Socks – What’s a book that makes you feel warm inside (The fluffiest, cutest romance you’ve ever read)?

That I haven’t read many romances πŸ˜›. There are several that I really enjoyed like P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han, but none of them makes me feel warm inside so I can’t say…


4: Hot Cocoa – What winter-themed novels have you previously read?

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. This is the only one I remember reading that is winter themed, it takes place in New York during Christmas time and I purely read it because of the Netflix Series, which I’m proud to say, I have finally watched.


5: Sledding – What’s a book with the best plot twists? Who’s an author that always keeps you on your toes?

The book will have to be The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Brcaken as the ending shook me to the core. I haven’t read the last two books yet though. The authors will be JK Rowling and Rick Riordan. Both of them have terrific plots and the constant danger of the death of our favorite characters.


6: Ugly Sweaters – What’s a book with the ugliest cover?

These are a cover edition for The Hunger Games trilogy. I don’t even want to talk about them.

Hold up, do these covers actually exist or did someone play a random joke on me πŸ˜‚!?


7: Movie Marathon – What’s the last book you binge read? 

Paper Towns by John Green. I was super excited to pick up this book and the Margo mystery was so intriguing that I could hardly put it down. It wasn’t a great book, but one of my quick reads.


8: Letter to Santa – What’s a book that’s on your wishlist this year?

Wish he was real πŸ˜•

I think it’s time to finally pick up Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger or its blogger fans might vitually kill me 🀐.


I Tag:


That’s all. Thanks for reading. Let me know if it’s cold at your place too. Stay Warm *aa-aa-aa-choooo*. AdiΓ³s 🀧!!

Posted in Awards

4 more Mystery Blogger Awards 😁 (at this point, I’m not sure I’m mysterious anymore πŸ˜‚)

Hey Pals!! I am pleased to announce that I have been nominated for The Mystery Blogger Award by four cool bloggers.

Thanks to Sanskriti @ Portals into Books for nominating me. She is a new book blogger in the community and has fun posts, so do show some support.

Another thanks to Poorwa @ Poorwa’s Blog for nominating me. She’s a really sweet person with diverse posts, don’t miss them out either.

Thanks to Aakriti @ Recipe of Life for the nomination. My fraaand here has some amazing posts of various kinds, so go check ’em out too.

And finally, thanks to Riddhi @ Whispering Stories. You probably already know her, but if you don’t, now you do. As for the award, let’s begin then, shall we!?


The Rules:

  • Put the logo of the award on your blog. 
  • List the rules.
  • Answer the questions asked.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers three facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 10-20 other bloggers and notify them.
  • Give your nominees 5 questions to answer, with one funny question.
  • Share a link to your best post.

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

β€œThe Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”


Answers to Sanskriti’s Questions:

Who’s your favorite character from all the books you’ve read?

Leo Valdez πŸ’–.

What is something you always look for in books?

Just a story that keeps me on the edge of my seat. A story that completely breaks me. A story that makes me laugh out loud. Just about anything that makes me enjoy and love the book.

Do the covers of the books matter to you?

Absolutely πŸ˜€! *yeah, look at me confessing without any shame* I tend to be interested in books with gorgeous covers and usually don’t read ones with weird covers…weird as in ones I don’t like.

Do you prefer cooking or baking?

None! I only prefer eating πŸ˜‹.

Who’s your all-time favorite author?

Neil Gaiman. I love that he’s not just a fabulous story-writer but also an incredible storyteller.


Answers to Poorwa’s Questions:

What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

Making lovely friends here!

Do you worry a lot?

Yeah, I guess πŸ˜“. I try not to but then again, who doesn’t?

Do you like to take risks or play safe?

I absolutely love taking risks 😁. Just for fun, I sometimes even change my name in school Zoom meetings from Nehal to Spongebob, cause why not!?

What’s the color that reflects your personality?

I literally just took a Buzzfeed quiz to find this out. And it says πŸ’š, says that I am “calm”. Which, if you know me in real life, is not the first word you would use to describe me πŸ˜‚. So I don’t know.

What’s the one thing you don’t like about yourself?

My inability to control my anger.


Answers to Aakriti’s Questions:

Do you want to change your blogging niche?

Hmm… I don’t think so.

What is a perfect weekend in your perspective?

One where I read…and read…read again…read some more…and basically keep reading for 48 hours straight 😍.

Sweet or Savory, what do you prefer?

Sweet πŸ˜‹. Have you ever had balushai? It is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!

Are you productive?

Absolutely not πŸ˜ƒ.

If tomato is a fruit then why isn’t tomato puree a smoothie?

Reveal me thy secrets tomato

Hmm…πŸ€” I guess it’s because tomato puree isn’t tasty like smoothie.


Answers to Riddhi’s Questions:

What is one Christmas themed book you read in 2020?

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

What is your fatal flaw? (Yes, you can take a quiz to find out)

Why take a quiz, when you can take three πŸ˜‚!? Of all the results, the only one that felt even a bit close to reality was: I work alone.

What is you Hogwarts house?

Gryffindor! And a little bit of Slytherin, I guess.

Who is your godly parent?

I guess Poseidon…I love water 😬.

Name three authors whose books you read in 2020 for the first time.

Sarah J. Mass, John Green and Kaise West.


Here are three facts about me:

  • I am a human being.
  • I am an Indian.
  • I am a girl.
  • πŸ™‚

Here’s a link to a post of mine that I like: Six Word Story #7


I Nominate (no pressure, guys):

  1. Kripaa @ Dream Diaries πŸ“’
  2. Sadje @ Keep it Alive πŸŽ‡
  3. Ananya @ Drawing My Fantasies ✨
  4. April @ Booked Till Midnight 🀟
  5. Heather @ Bookish Belongings πŸ˜ƒ
  6. Georgia @ Lost in Neverland
  7. Julie @ One Book More πŸ“—
  8. Tess @ Unbound Library πŸ“š
  9. Bibliobibuli’s Book Blog ✨
  10. You!! Yes, if you want to participate in this award, I tag You πŸ˜€!!

My Questions to my Nominees:

  1. Do you have a tattoo?
  2. Are you the one who humors people or the one who tells them what they really feel?
  3. Share a favorite memory you have of your school.
  4. What do you do when you are angry?
  5. What is the middle of middle and the end of end?

That’s all. Thanks for reading. Do you know what is the middle of end and the end of end? Let me know in the comments. Stay safe. Ciao!!

Ps: If you have ever tagged me for anything, I will get around to it. It’s been a little busy these days, but I’ll definitely do it at some point.

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

The Selena Gomez Book Tag |Original|✨

Guess what! I came up with my Own. Freaking. Book. Tag!!

This only partly conveys the happiness I’m feeling right now

If Taylor can have a bunch of tags, why not Selena, huh 😁!? Selenators and Bookdragons unite!


Hey Pals 😁!! Today 😁, I Nehal 😁, am here 😁 to introduce 😁 a new book tag 😁- The Selena Gomez Book Tag. I created this tag myself, hope I did a fine job 😌. Let me know and don’t forget to participate πŸ˜ƒ. Here is how it works: 

Note: In most of the cases, the questions are related to the lyrics of the songs. Except in Wolves, whose question is based on the fact that this song was released after Selena’s 2 year break from releasing songs (correct me if I am wrong here).


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the tag: Nehal @ Books and Words
  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag at least 5 people.
  • Just have fun! πŸ˜ƒ

Here are the prompts and my picks for them:

Love You Like A Love Song: A romance novel that is clichΓ© but you still love it

Maybe This Time by Kasie West. I could’ve gone for To All The Boys, but I have stronger feelings for this book as I read it pretty recently. This is the same old love romance that was obvious from the very first chapter. But it was just…so…


Rare: A book with a female protagonist unlike any other

Coraline by Neil Gaiman. This character seems a bit weird but she is kind of cool that way. I don’t like her that much but she dealt with all the mysterious stuff in her life really well. She felt a bit unrealistic at times but in a sense that added to the creepiness of the story. She said a few lines in this book that I actually really adore. So I guess she is a fabulous main character.


Look at her now: A character who suffered a lot (physically/mentally) but eventually recovered and is now at the better end of life

Nico from the Percy Jackson universe. Without spoiling anything, I can only say that Nico went through a lot and being the son of that particular god, he had to go though it all alone. He is a brave character and he suffered a lot but he at least got the person he deserved.


Wolves: A book that got you out of a reading slump

I’ll be honest. Most of my reading slumps are ones where I can’t read either because of school or because of the fact that books aren’t available to when I need them. So usually, after my tests are over, I read whatever book I feel like reading. But Wimpy Kid books are always helpful here.


It ain’t me: A character you used to like but not anymore

Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. In the first book, I really liked reading about her but in the next two books, she became one of the most frustrating characters I had ever read. She took insanely stupid decisions, acted selfishly and the love triangle was just…ugh!


Feel Me: A character you can’t bear to see with anyone else but you

Leo Valdez from the Heroes of Olympus. I love this guy a little too much and I can’t help but wish to meet him at least once. I really think we would make great friends, if not more. Love you, Leo πŸ’–.


Same Old Love: A book with an unoriginal and unrealistic romance

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I found this book really boring and the plot wasn’t anything new. It felt like every other fantasy novel out there. Many people love it but it just wasn’t for me. The romance was so unenthusiastic that I had to DNF this book.


The heart wants what it wants: A book you regret finishing because you miss reading it a lot

The Magnus Chase trilogy by Rick Riordan. This series is based on Norse Mythology and I have recently delved into the Norse world (or should I say worlds πŸ˜‰) and I love reading about these myths. They are super captivating and feel so real. This series made me laugh a lot and I recently finished it and I already miss reading it.


Back to you: A book you read again and again even though you have other books on your TBR pile

The Harry Potter books keep on calling to me again and again even when I am reading other books. The Wizarding World is just so fun to read about that I hardly ever get bored of revisiting these books.


Hit the Lights: A book that just made you forget everything else

For this one, I will choose The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee. This is the true story of a girl who escaped North Korea. It shows her difficult journey in other countries  and I love it, this book is fantastic. When I read this book I just got so engrossed in the story that I forgot everything else. It was hard to believe that this book had a real story as it was so amazing that it felt fictional.


Tell me something I don’t know: A book people keep recommending you which you already have it in your TBR pile

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Many people say that it’s a great book and I should read it but some also say that its a bit complicated. So, it is in my TBR but I am just not reading it in the near future.


I can’t get enough: A book series/world you just want more and more of

Like I said before, give me as much as you can of the Norse Worlds. Give me tales of the cunning Loki and the mighty Thor, of the death of Balder and the birth of Kvasir. Give me everything from the beginning of the world to Surt’s fires at Ragnarok. I just need more of these fabulous tales so if you have some cool recommendations, do leave them in the comments for me to check out.


To keep the pages turning, I Tag:

  1. Riddhi @ Whispering Stories
  2. Aanya @ Soaring Firebolt
  3. Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal
  4. Lucy @ Bookworm Blogger 
  5. Rachel @ A Bookworm’s Paradise
  6. Fajar @ The Write Path
  7. Claudia @ Claudia Reads Books
  8. Ahaana @ Windows to Worlds
  9. Angela @ The Cat With A Book
  10. Cherry @ Cherry Blossom Books
  11. Cherelle @ A Bolt Out of the Book
  12. Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner
  13. Jheel @ Krisha’s Cozy Corner
  14. Alicia @ A Colorful Bibliophile
  15. Sam @ Literary Delirium
  16. Amodini @ Amodini’s Musings
  17. Abby @ Beyond The Read
  18. Prutha @ Confessions of A Music and Book Addict
  19. Julie @ One Book More
  20. Madeline @ The Bookish Mutant
  21. Tess @ Unbound Library
  22. Chana and Malka @ Paper Procrastinators
  23. Becky and Kayla @ A Couple of B’s
  24. You 😍!! Please please pleaaaaase do not hesitate to do this tag if you want to, I’ll be more than glad πŸ˜ƒ.

That’s all. Hope you enjoyed the tag πŸ˜€. Thanks for reading. Stay safe. Ciao!!

Ps: Alicia @ A Colorful Bibliophile came up with an awesome way to reduce the books in your never-ending TBR pile. Check it out here.