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My Top Ten Reads of 2021

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

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

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


Honourable mentions:

Since you’ve been gone by Morgan Matson

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

Meet Me At Midnight by Jessica Pennington

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


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

10: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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

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


9: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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


8: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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


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

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


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

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

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


5: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaeladis

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

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


4: The Six Of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

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

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


And now, we have the top three!

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

Whose surprised? Me!

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


2: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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

Wernerrrr!! ๐Ÿ˜

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


1: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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


Done!! ๐Ÿคฉ

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

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

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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 ๐Ÿคฏ! 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 ๐Ÿคฉ.


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 ๐Ÿ˜›. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‚.


I Tag:

  1. Srishti @ The Srishti Blog
  2. Millay @ Millay’s Musings
  3. Cherelle @ A Bolt Out Of The Book
  4. Kira @ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜€.

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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 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ship ๐Ÿ˜ƒ freaking ๐Ÿ˜ƒ rocks ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.
jk
  • 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. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  • 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 ๐Ÿ˜Ž.
  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚.

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 ๐Ÿ˜€!

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

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

Hey Pals!! Today, I will be sharing 5 books that I was not able to read in 2021 (is it weird that I typed this 2020?) but was not able to for no reason other than that I am very moody when it comes to…well, just about everything ๐Ÿ™‚.

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

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

Ghost– You mean yet…๐Ÿ˜

*Nehal has booed the ghost away*

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


1: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

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


2: Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

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


3: On The Fence by Kasie West

This cover ๐Ÿ˜ญโ™ฅ๏ธ. I usually don’t go around raving about book covers on my blog, but this is one of those rare cases where I cannot stop myself. It is so good ๐Ÿ˜ญ. It kills me looking at it because the guy in the pic LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE MY IDEAL CRUSH (which is weird ‘coz I cannot even see his face but that’s not the point). And the cover is so cute! I am so fed up with sad books at this point. I am like- give me something that actually makes me cry or actually makes me laugh, I don’t want to dangle in the middle, it is annoying. I need to read this book for relief from stupid, sad stuff.


4: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

This is the second book in The Maze Runner series, and well, I am clearly not all that good when it comes to finishing book series’. I read the first book which was amazing! Yeah, it was slow at several parts but overall, it was a great read. But I was always so intimidated by the second book. Not that I think about it, I am intimidated by the second book in all series for some reason ๐Ÿง. But yeah, I still think that I should read this one at some point.


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

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


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


So, that was all for today! I hope you enjoyed it! Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? What book were you unable to read this year even though you really wanted to. Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ˜€.

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Spoiler-free Review of The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Hey Pals!! Today, I’m going to be reviewing an entire trilogy ๐Ÿคฉ.

Once again, I have no idea why I used that emoji ๐Ÿ™‚. But maybe it’s just the fact that I’m a little excited about reviewing a series as a whole. We’ll see how well that goes though, let’s get started! Here is- Spoiler-free Review of The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.


Synopsis:

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

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

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


The Plot:

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


The Characters:

Alina sucked ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

Well, not really. I mean she was way too unrealistic, she went from being this sad little girl in the first book to the one who is suddenly so sure of herself when she kisses the Darkling just to rid him of his powers…๐Ÿ™‚. But I’m glad to say the final book made me think of her as a human being and not just a revolutionary brainless, supposedly ugly character.

Then we have โœจThe Darkling โœจ.

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

What do I say? I disliked him at first but I liked him a lot towards the final book. In the first two, he was just kind of meh. Then his character and personality got so much better as the books progressed. We got to see layers behind his motives and actions and it was nice. And I hate to admit it but he’s also kinda…gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜.

Then we have Mal.

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

If you’re waiting for Nikolai…

Pic taken from Pinterest

You’ll be delighted to know I am in the minority here when I say I do not have that many strong feelings for him ๐Ÿ˜’. In the second book, he was just fine, nothing special. In the last book though, when the whole incident with the volcra happened…that changed my mind. I think he’s a great guy! Definitely not swoon-worthy as most people find him, but awesome nonetheless. And a great friend.

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


The Writing:

Ahem, this is the more complicated part of the review. First off, the good thing was that the pacing was just right. Had it been written by some other fantasy author, I would’ve been bored probably. But even the boring parts were written at a fast pace so thank goodness, I was saved ๐Ÿ˜Œ. The bad thing though was that the writing was very repetitive. Phrases like “a chill ran down my spine” and “power coursed through me” were used over and over with slight variations. And I don’t know why but it irritated me more than it should have. In the first book especially! It’s not a major thing really but it was a big turn off factor for me while reading the book.


The romances

Two romance was good! Mal and Alina started from being irritating to being amazing ๐Ÿ˜! Alina and The Darkling were too good too! That ending ๐Ÿ˜ญ!! Genya and David were weird though, I don’t like David much. Also, I’m so glad nothing much happened of that Nikolai-Alina thing, it would have been too weird. At least that was one thing that Alina managed to handle like a pro.


Favourite book in the series:

It’ll have to be the first one- Shadow and Bone, which is ironic because that was the most annoying out of the three and I hated almost every character ๐Ÿ˜‚. But it was a lot easier to read than the other two. I have to say that the other two were better, but I enjoyed the first one more.


Overall:

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


That’s all! I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you read this series? What are your thoughts on it? Is it on your TBR pile? Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ˜€.

I know my book reviews ain’t that good but you’ll have to deal with it. My brain cells to write something interesting have been destroyed by copper sulphate crystals and isotonic elements ๐Ÿคง. #sedlyfe

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The Animal Crossing Book Tag |what is this even supposed to be ๐Ÿคจ?|

Ignore that weird title, and ignore me. I just have no clue as to what this “animal crossing” is supposed to be. It’s a game apparently? Seriously, no idea. When I hear the phrase “animal crossing”, I start thinking of biology and…and hybrids and reproduction and… you know…but let’s not go there ๐Ÿ‘€.

Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing The Animal Crossing Book Tag. I was tagged by the lovely Claudia @ Claudia Reads Books. And it sounded really fun! Thanks a lot Claudia for tagging me ๐Ÿ˜„. Guys, go check out her amazing site, filled with fun book-tags, reviews and much more. She is on a hiatus right now though. As for the tag, let’s begin!!


The Rules:

  • Please link back to the original creator of the tag, Bookish Things and Tea.
  • Answer the following Animal Crossing themed book questions.
  • Feel free to use graphics, but be sure to credit Bookish Things and Tea.
  • Tag some friends to spread the love!

1: Gamecube- A classic that you want to read

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I am not much of a classic fan, I just don’t like the concept of considering certain books to be “classics” but this is the one that I actually really wanna read. It has a great synopsis, it sounds like a shocking, dark and deep, twisted story and I am dying to read it. So, if you have read it, please let me know your opinion of it in the comments.


2: Wild World- Your favorite second book in a series

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld. This is the second book in the Leviathan trilogy and it was just amazing. While the action in the first book took a little time to build up, this one started the story with a bang. I loved the whole plot and I couldn’t put this book down because I was waiting…waiting for something to happen. This was the book where I actually felt like these characters had finally found a place in my heart.


3: New Leaf- The best new release you’ve read recently 

Um, hehehe…

How about none? ๐Ÿ˜ณ


4: City Folk- Your favourite book that is set in a large city

From what I know, Manhattan is a pretty densely populated city in and one of my favorite books, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, takes place in Manhattan. I could be wrong here, about Manhattan being so large, so correct me if I am ๐Ÿ˜….


5: Isabelle- A book that’s been with you through thick and thin

Harry Potter…


6: Bells- A book that’s rich with charcater

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. From the most annoyingly dumb to the most inspiringly smart characters, this book series leaves nothing. There is a wide variety of characters that this series has to offer.


7: Pitfall- A book that you wouldn’t mind never seeing again

The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the Grimm brothers. This is an exceptionally long book and I only read it because my sister bought it for me. It was a really boring read and half way through I had to DNF it. So, I wouldn’t mind never seeing this book again.


8: Fossil- Your favorite history/historical fiction book

I guess it’ll have to be All The Light We Cannot See. I can’t get over Werner ๐Ÿ˜ญ. He’s the best! And this book was such a comfort read. I loved everything about it. World War 2 rocks! ๐Ÿคฉ Wait, no-


I Tag:


That’s it! I hope you enjoyed it! Lemme know a book that’s been with you through thick and thin, down in the comments ๐Ÿ˜€.

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

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

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

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

*Nehal’s ghost has replaced her*

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

*Nehal has kicked the ghost out*

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

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


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

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

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

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


2: The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

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

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

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


3: The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

14 books ๐Ÿ’ฉ.

I’m sorry, has there been a mistake?!

*frantically googles how many books are in this series*

Google- 20 ๐Ÿ™‚.

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

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


4: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

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


5: Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

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


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


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

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The Guilty Reader Book Tag ๐Ÿคซ

Hey Pals!! Today, I am testing just how much of a guilty reader I am (Spoilers: a lot). So, this is me doing The Guilty Reader Book Tag. This was created by a Booktuber named Chami. Her video doesn’t exist anymore because it is private but anyways, it’s a cool tag, so I’m gonna do it today.

Also yeah, I wasn’t tagged by anybody. I’ve had this tag in my drafts folder since last year, when I was new to blogging and didn’t know many book bloggers and just kept writing cool book tag posts I came across. And this is such a cool tag, it would be a shame not to post it when I’ve got it written. Plus, Kathryn @ Kathryn Books kindaaaa tagged me for it, you can say that, I guess. I have other tags that I need to post too that I have actually been tagged for, I’ll get to them too so don’t be mad at me…that being said, let’s dive right in!!

Wow, my intros are getting longer, after all. And it is not a good sign ๐Ÿ˜ž.


1: Have you ever re-gifted a book youโ€™ve been given?

No, that would be bad, I guess ๐Ÿ˜‚.


2: Have you ever said youโ€™ve read a book when you havenโ€™t?

I mean, come on!! I have but not really ๐Ÿคช. I mean I might’ve acted like I have a lot of knowledge about a book someone just said something about just because I have heard a lot about it. And in a sense, I might’ve said yes but still, not really…!! ๐Ÿ˜›


3: Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

I’ve done that ๐Ÿ˜ณ. It’s…it’s a tragic story actually. So right before lockdown happened in India on 22nd March, 2020 (yes, I remember the exact date!), me and one of my friend’s sister exchanged novels. I gave her my Percy Jackson book 1, and she lent me a…well…she lent me a, ahem, *intense coughing*…a Wimpy Kid (HEY, DON’T JUDGE ME! SO WHAT IF I READ WIMPY KID? DO I JUDGE YOU WHEN YOU WAKE UP AT 2 A.M. TO READ EROTICA ๐Ÿ˜ค!?) And the thing is, we never got to meet again because of COVID and now it’s been over a year and we still have each other’s books. So hehe.


4: Have you ever read a series out of order?

For sure! I have read various books in The Famous Five and The Secret Seven and The Naughtiest Girl series by Enid Blyton and The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney and all out of order. I mean, in these series it doesn’t really matter if you read them out of order. You just need to know a little bit about the characters and so after the first book, I read any book in these series without bothering to read then chronologically. But if it is a series like Percy Jackson, Harry Potter and similar ones that follow adventures that could spoil what happened before, I read them in order.


5: Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

Yes, I have ๐Ÿ˜. It’s so much fun to spoil a book to someone and feel satisfaction at the look of indignance on their face. But I usually do that with friends who have already spoiled a book that I am reading so I do it to take revenge. And sometimes, just for fun, with friends. But don’t worry, it’s safe to read my posts on WordPress. I won’t spoil anyone here ๐Ÿ˜‡.


6: Have you ever dog-eared a book?

No, I haven’t. But I don’t think it’s a bad habit at all. I’m perfectly fine with those who dog-ear their books. I mean, they are your books, you can do whatever you wanna do with them.


7: Have you ever told someone you donโ€™t own a book when you do?

As far as I can remember, I haven’t done that.


8: Have you ever told someone you havenโ€™t read a book when you have?

Nah, I haven’t done this either. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME, WHY HAVE I NOT DONE MORE GUILTY BOOKISH THINGS?! ๐Ÿ˜ค


9: Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

Omg, I do this all the time. If I am not enjoying a book or I just wanna skip to the part where things actually start happening, I skip the extra portion. If the author is being really descriptive about the scenery, I skip that too. One time, I even skipped a couple of pages in a book because it was so boring.


10: Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

Nope! I am honest about my opinions towards the books I read ๐Ÿ˜„.


I Tag: Anyone and Everyone who wants to do this tag ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. I would love to read your answers so let me know if you make a post or just comment the answers below of you don’t feel like making a blog of it.

Plus, it won’t be right to tag anyone when I wasn’t tagged either ๐Ÿ˜‚.


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Discussion Post: Renaming Songs by Olivia Rodrigo using Book Titles

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

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

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

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


brutal- Dear Life, You Suck

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


traitor– The Kiss of Deception

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


driver’s license- Since You’ve Been Gone

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


1 step forward, 3 steps back– Ugly Love

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


deja vu- Been There Done That

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


good 4 u– This Savage Song

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

๐Ÿ˜ถ

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


enough for you– Always Never Yours

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


happier– Still Not Over You by Nicole Snow

This person is scary, holy cowwww~*runs*

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

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


jealousy, jealousy– Confessions of a Klutz

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

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


favorite crime– Once Upon a Broken Heart

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


hope ur ok– I Wish You All The Best

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


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


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

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

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

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

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The Currently Reading Book Tag

Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing The Currently Reading Book Tag. I like this tag a lot, it’s fun and even has nice questions. I was kindaaa tagged for this by Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner. Don’t ask why I used kindaaa here, it’s an embarrassing tale ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™ƒ. So anyways, let’s do the tag!


1. How many books do you usually read at once?

Four to five usually because I just can’t stay committed to one book. There would always be other books asking for my attention and I gotta listen to my books because they always behave well with me. But sometimes, I read less when on a tight schedule. I’ll be reading three audiobooks, one physical book, one reread, etc etc ๐Ÿ˜œ.


2. If youโ€™re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch to reading the other book?

I have no particular order. I just read whichever book I feel like in the mood for and whichever one is more close to me (here, I mean a book that is lying close to me, could be in any format). Many times, I focus on the book that I should finish within a particular time because of a deadline.


3. Do you ever switch bookmarks while youโ€™re part way through a book?

No, I don’t. I might’ve done that once maybe but not that I can remember.

These are some of the bookmarks I have made in the past few years.


4. Where do you keep the book(s) youโ€™re currently reading?

My physical reads can usually be found lying anywhere but my bookshelf and my e-books and audiobooks are in my phone ๐Ÿ“ฑ and laptop ๐Ÿ’ป.


5. What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

I have never really thought about that and it’s honestly really hard to say. I don’t know when I read the most because I don’t have a fixed time or schedule. Sometimes, I even read during my online classes ๐Ÿคจ. But I think I read more at any time in the day ๐ŸŒž than in the night ๐ŸŒŸ.


6. How long do you typically read for in one go?

Totally depends on my interest in the book and the amount of time I can spare without feeling guilty for not studying ๐Ÿค“ and the amount of time I can keep the fact that I am reading hidden from my father ๐Ÿคซ. Yeah, coz he knows I read way too much and scolds me from time to time ๐Ÿ˜ฌ.


7. Do you read hard covers with the dust jacket on or off?

Sometimes on, sometimes off. If I feel like the cover is irritating me or is being damaged I remove it. Otherwise not.


8. Which position do you mainly use to read?

If it’s an e-book or physical book, then I prefer to read with my back straight (though I forget and later find myself leaning back ๐Ÿ˜). I read audiobooks lying on my bed or while doing yoga or just sitting and doing… absolutely nothing!


9. Do you take the book youโ€™re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

Mostly yes. I usually take my phone ๐Ÿ“ฑ (which has most of the books I read) with me wherever I go, but not always.


10. How often do you update your progress in the book youโ€™re currently reading on Goodreads?

I don’t, usually. I just mark the book as finished once it’s done.


I Tag: Everyone who wants to do this tag. If you do this tag, let me know. I would love to read you answers ๐Ÿคฉ.

That’s all. I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know how many books you typically read at once, down in the comments.