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Discussion Post: Why I Don’t Read Self-Help Books

Hey pals!! Today I am bringing you a post about why I don’t find myself reading self-help books and why I think my reason, if not right or popular, at least makes some sense.

Not me realizing its high time I post something meaningful instead of full stops for blog names and commas for comments πŸ™‚

Note: I don’t mean to insult anyone’s opinions. I am just sharing my own opinions. Also, this is a discussion posts so feel free to share your views in the comments.


Firstly, they sound hella boring. They feel like a long, tiring lecture that hardly helps. Everything just crowds inside of my brain and nothing makes much sense at all. It’s like getting a thousand pieces of advices all at once. I know there are some wonderful books out there, I might even read them some day. And though I know a few of these books can even make an impact on me, I just don’t find myself interested.

I avoid non fiction. It sounds too real and I read to escape this world, to escape the cruelty of humanity for at least that small period of time. To some point, even autobiographies are interesting because they at least they have a plot, a story. Self help books are completely different. They stretch on and on, with no meaningful story at all. Just hey-this-is-how-to-become-a better-individual stuff.

Mainly, I find the concept kind of weary. All the this-book-will-change-your-life thingy doesn’t interest me and I find it hard to believe. Also, they act as if they are great books when in reality, most of the advice is not even required. They give us advice on things we don’t even think about and that makes me feel useless.

What is believable is instead of giving tips about what to improve and how to be better, I would like to read about it in the form of a story. Basically, it’s like in a story or tale I witness those lessons instead of reading about them. And the concept of reading this thing seems boring while if I am actually going through an incident that will make me learn, that is something that leaves an impact. And story books are the best way to do it.

Okay, this GIF is totally unnecessary, but helllllo, Spongebob!!!

Another major reason is that the main focus of a self help book is to help us become a better person, so these books are filled with tips and tips and tips on self improvement. And instead of feeling like a book they feel like my school’s morning assembly which tries to give so much information that most of it just goes out of the head πŸ˜ͺ.

To summarize, I feel that self-help books give one so much information that hardly any of it sticks with them. On the other hand, if one is reading a random fantasy novel that they are totally loving and it has some random quotes thrown here and there, I feel like that’s what has a profound impact.

Now, I am not saying that these books are bad or that they do not help you at all. What I mean is that they teach us a 100 things and only 10 of those things will actually be able to fit into our little minds.


Now, I want to hear all of your thoughts on self help books. Do you agree with me? Why? Do you disagree with me? Why? Let me know in the comments so we can all chat.

So, that was it! The basic reasons why I don’t read self help books. Don’t forget to share all of your thoughts on this too.


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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 choose 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.

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A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir- Spoiler-Free Book Review

Talk. About. Mixed. Up. Emotions!

Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing a spoiler-free review of A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir.

It’s been quite a long since I wrote a full book review. Hope I’m not out of practice. I just finished this book day before yesterday so we’ll see how I do 😁. So anyways, let’s begin.

Note: This review will have spoilers for An Ember in the Ashes which is the first book in the Ember Quartet, but it will NOT have spoilers for A Torch Against the Night.

Check out my review for An Ember in the Ashes here.


Synopsis:

For those of you who don’t know, this is the second book in the Ember Quartet which is narrated from three perspectives and follows the events after the Fourth Trial, where Elias and Laia are running for their lives as fugitives, trying to escape being caught by Martial Soldiers. Laia’s mission is to break into the Empire’s most safely guarded prison- Kauf, to rescue her brother Darren, and Elias is doing all he can to protect and help her, which obviously includes risking his own life cause apparently, life means nothing to book characters. Meanwhile Helene, who has recently been given the title of The Empire’s new “Blood Shrike” , is given a  mission of her own by Emperor Marcus in which she has to either find and kill Elias and Laia…, or watch her family die.


My Thoughts in a Gist:

I kept on delaying reading this book for as long as I can, but then everybody was raving about this series so much that I finally picked it up, and well….I was disappointed! But the book wasn’t bad, hope that makes sense. Like, I guess it was worth it. It’s worth a shot 😁.


My Major Issue With This book-

Throughout the majority of this book, we are just following the characters on their journey as they try to keep themselves alive and nothing much really happens. Like I for one, listened (yeah, listened not read, audiobook lover here) to several parts of the story without paying much attention, and honestly, it didn’t bother me much as several scenes in this book were not that necessary.

And I’m not saying that any of these scenes were boring or bad, they just felt kind of monotonous, and long and tiring.


Characters:

Laia and Elias! I honestly just freaking find them faaaaine. Like I don’t love them, but I don’t hate them either. I guess I was pretty mad at Elias for basically helping Laia in her plot at the risk of his own life!! Like okay, I get it, you love her. But I’m just…ugh, it just didn’t feel right.

The romance didn’t feel right either. Let’s talk about that then. Elias and Laia were never really my ship even in book one. They just felt like they were put together for the sake of plot. I was always more of a Keenan fan. He had a dark, shady side to him that I really liked. Yeah, hot and mysterious guy lover here.

I totally love Helene though. Like aaaah, that girl has gone through so much. I mean, what’s not to like!? Okay, Laia and Izzy and all the others have also gone through a lot, but I still love Helene. She deserves the world! She rocks. I just hope she has a happy ending. Fingers crossed 🀞🏻.

I also really liked all the other side characters. Izzy and Cook. And I have to say, Tahir did an amazing job at the villains. Marcus, the Commondant and even the Warden! All were amazingly crafted characters.

So yeah, not me liking everyone in the story but the main characters 😐.


What I Really Loved:

The plot twists! Truth be told, I was aleeady spoiled for the “armlet related” plot twist and one more later to come in the series, by two good blogger friends, hope they both know that I’m talking about them πŸ˜ƒ.

Anyways πŸ˜‚, if you’re reading this book, and just in case you are waiting for things to happen, a major plot twist is on the way, so you can wait for that. And the chapters from Helene’s perspectives are also pretty cool.

I also really loved the ending. It was kind of emotional and sweet. Also, I was like OH SO HAPPY that (here comes a one line spoiler, skip to the next paragroah) Elias and Laia had finally stopped pushing each other away 🀩. Okay, I know that I just said that the romance felt kinda forced, but even I can’t deny that the two have hone through a lot and they deserve each other.

The narration was also pretty amazing! This book was narrated by Aysha Kala, Jack Ferrar and Samantha Sutherland. I didn’t like Elias’ narration that much, but the other two were great.


Overall:

This book had a lot of ups and downs for me, but overall, it was worth it, and I’m planning to read the third book soon. I recommend this book to you if you enjoyed the first one a lot. But if you found it kinda meh, I suggest you do not continue the series.

3/5 stars

So, that was it for me. Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Did this review help you in any way? Let me know all in the comments πŸ˜€.


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5 Light and Heartwarming Books to read this Valentine…β€œπŸ™‚β€

Hey Pals!! Today, I am here to share five books that you should read on Valentine’s Day… πŸ˜šπŸ™‚

Note: This list consists of the most light-hearted, fun, sweet and heartwarming books, with amazing love stories ο₯°. It totally does NOT deal with any gory, horror, sad and depressing stuff. I’ll say that again- it does NOT… β€œπŸ™‚β€ . So, let’s begin then!!


1: Animal Farm by George Orwell

This book NAILS it for romance. Don’t believe me? Have a look at the pink cover. A bunch of animals rebelling against their master under the leadership of a corrupt pig? Sure gimme that. What else could you want on this Valentine!?

The romance in this book was epic! From humans being overthrown by a flock of geese to pigs singing songs in the dead of the night, the love story in this book is just apt! A truly must-read on Valentine’s Day ο₯°.


2: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

In this series, three children are trying to flee from the clutches of their evil uncle who decides to show up after their parents’ deaths to be their legal guardian and spends the entirety of the 13 books in the series trying to kill his nephew and nieces. This oh-so-romantic tale will have you swooning 😍.


3: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

See…the list just keeps getting better and better πŸ˜ƒ.

This book follows the story of a girl who has just moved to her new house, and while exploring strange places as is obviously πŸ™„ the habit of every typical YA female protagonist, she finds out some awfully romantic things. Here they are, why don’t I show you πŸ™‚:

See, so heartwarming and sweet 😚

From fake mothers with black buttons for eyes to spirits of lost souls trapped in closets, the romance in this book will have you gushing till you can gush no more πŸ˜ƒ.


4: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Want a light read? Sure. This book deals with the three most non-serious topics of all time- death, grief and gun violence.

The light-heartedness of this book makes me sigh. *sighs dramatically 😌*

The book starts in such a way that you know it’s going to be a love story better than Titanic as…it starts with the main character trying to control his emotions after his brother has been shot to death πŸ˜€.

Throughout the entirety of the book, we encounter the “usual” YA characters like ghost visitors who come to give a piece of advice to this boy on his way to kill his brother’s murderer.

I bet you got your perfect pick for 14th Feb then…if you don’t, I still have one more bomb to drop.


Adding the cherry πŸ’ to the cake πŸŽ‚, I have…πŸ™‚

5: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 😍

If you still haven’t read this book, read it specifically on Valentine’s Day and thank me later 😊.

Yeah so, this book has the usual romantic drama, what with the two main characters falling in love with each other… Oh and did I mention, falling in love with each other on top of battling to stay alive among 22 other kids in an arena where only one can come out alive, and the rest are either killed…or worse.

So be ready to be a part of a world where the oh-so-unclichΓ©d love triangle between the average best friend and the new handsome guy is wrapped up in the most unexpected way possible.

Well then, happy reading The Hunger Games!πŸ™‚


So, those were all the overly heartwarming books to read this Valentine’s Day β˜ΊπŸ’–. Let me know your thoughts on them down below.

πŸ™‚πŸ™ƒ

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Discussion Post: 5 Books I Meant to Read in 2020 but Just Couldn’t

Hey Pals!! Today, I’m going to sharing 5 out of a gazillion books that I had intended to read in 2020, but as is the case with every typical, procrastinating, weird book lover, was just not able to πŸ™„πŸ˜‚.

This post was inspired by Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm . So, thanks for the inspiration. Do check out her post, it was really cool!

Note: This is a discussion post, so feel free to share your views down in the comments so we can all chat.


1: The Girl who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhil

The cover! The title! The hype! Nothing else matters, I really wanted to read this book just because of these three factors. But as soon as I got my hands on it, all my excitement vanished. Please tell me it’s happened to you too and I’m not alone 😭.


2: Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Can I just say that the first two books in this trilogy- Uglies and Pretties, are utterly fantastic! I loved the first book, and I liked the second book too, and I just can’t wait to get to the third one. This is such a thin book, and I really wanted to finish the series, but I just don’t know why I never felt like reading it. Hope to get to it this year.


3: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

At this point, I’m actually really ashamed for not having read this book. Seriously, who am I kidding!? I am already in love with the synopsis, and I haven’t read many fiction books that deal with serious issues, so I’m like really excited to give this one a shot. Hopefully, I’ll end up loving it just as much as everyone else.


4: Save the Date by Morgan Matson

I have been meaning to try this author’s books since a really long time now and I had finally decided to start with Save the Date, but…will it be weird to say that I don’t even have a proper reason for not picking it up, except that I just wasn’t in the mood? I hope not.


5: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I had literally even started this book and was like one or two chapters in when I stopped cause a) I didn’t feel like reading another series cause b) It requires a lot of commitment when c) The first book is pretty long in itself and d) The hate opinions about it kinda turned me off. So, there you go!


Bonus book which nobody asked for πŸ˜ƒ:

6: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I.Love.This.Book’s.Cover 😍! *makes a mental note to buy it on her birthday, so the long wait can finally be over*


So, that was all for me. What are your thoughts on it? Have you read any of these books? What is a book you meant to read in 2020, but were never able to? Let me know in the comments πŸ˜€.

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3 Types of Bookworms

Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing a post on 3 Types of Bookworms.

There are bookworms everywhere in life. It doesn’t matter how many books you read, you are still a bookworm. Today, I randomly decided to break down all bookworms into 3 categories on my observations…you know, just for fun 😁. So here they are:


1: The Bookworm who Reads a Couple of Books a Few Months or so:

These bookworms are the ones that read books from time to time. They enjoy reading and find pleasure in it but not enough that they are usually found reading. There could be various reasons that prevent them to read a lot but still, reading is something they appreciate rather than something they love.

2: The Bookworm who Reads Books as a Hobby:

These bookworms totally love reading books and it is usually what they do when they are free. While they have a lot of other hobbies too, reading is usually in their Top 5. They are crazy for books and always find time to do some reading.

And next, we have the topmost category of bookworms, the ones who…

3: live and breathe books ✌🏻

Bear be like: I don’t freaking caaare about what you wanna tell me, just lemme read in peace!!

For these people, their life literally depends on books, not figuratively. Books to them are what food is to others. They don’t read books, they devour them. Reading to them is not a passion but a necessity of life. Something they do in order to stay alive. A kind of a healthy addiction! These people get awkward when answering questions like: What are you doing? Coz the answer is always the same. They have reached that point in their life where they cannot imagine a future without books. They are never too busy to not be able to read.

Pro tip: Never, never, never, never, never, NEVERRRR in your wildest dreams, disturb such readers while they are reading…unless you want a mortal enemy πŸ™‚.


Note: It’s perfectly okay to be any kind of these bookworms. I’m saying this to make sure nobody thinks I’m trying to be insulting, because I obviously am not πŸ˜‰.

Anyways, let me know in the comments which of these three categories you put yourself in 😁.

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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!!

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Discussion Post: 5 Books That Did Not Quite Live Up To Their Hype For Me

Hey Pals!! Today, I’m going to sharing 5 books that I read and felt like they were a little over-hyped. These books aren’t necessarily bad, but just not as amazing as they sounded either. Let’s begin!

Note: This is a discussion post, so feel free to share your thoughts down in the comments.

Disclaimer: I do not mean to insult these books, or their authors, or anyone who loves them. These are just my personal preferences. I don’t mean to offend anyone.

1: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

This book is a Cinderella retelling. Wow Nehal, nobody knew that! Thanks for stating the so unobvious fact.

So anyways, I went into this book with super high expectations, because I had heard so many good things about it. And I’m not saying that it did not live up to the expectations, the thing is, after I got used to the story, I actually started to feel pretty immersed in it, and I was just swept away reading this book. But as soon as I finished it, I don’t know why but all those love feelings about it vanished. Like, I cannot connect to it the same way now as I did when reading it. It was a good book, a fun read when you’re reading it, but that’s it for it. It wasn’t a book that was memorable or anything…it was just fine.


2: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

And that’s me signing my death warrant πŸ˜ΆπŸ˜‚.

I really don’t know what was wrong with this book, what made me feel like I didn’t absolutely love it, but all I know is that I didn’t. I enjoyed it a good amount when I read it, but I could not find myself connecting to it at an emotional level, or even caring about the characters at all. I guess Elena’s bragging and her inability to act like a normal person kinda pissed me off. The girl has faced so much but for some reason, on top of making her the strongest assassin in the book, the author also made her someone who never cries, never allows herself to be overwhelmed by her losses or just, you know, act like a normal girl who has suffered a lot, and it was done to a point that it got super annoying. I’m currently reading the second book, and from what I’ve heard is that after reading more and more books in the series, the first two don’t even have any significance left anymore, which…I’m just, how can I not be less interested in a book I’m reading if you say that about it to me!?

I am yet to read the rest of the series, so maybe I’ll like it later though.


3: The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Okay, before you freak out, hear me out, okay?

I have never in my life had expectations as huge as I had for this particular series. I was severely disappointed!

Like I totally loved reading the first book, everything was so fast-paced and adventurous, but it never made it to my favorite series list or anything as I had expected it to. Moving on, the series went totally downhill from there. The second book was totally unnecessary and the third book…man, do I have serious issues with it! Like, that book was so freaking long considering nothing was happening. And what the hell is wrong with Katniss! She never feels? At the death of THAT PARTICULAR character, I did not shed a single tear, why? Because we never got to see Katniss’ emotions upon that death. All we got was the dying part, and then Katniss going into shock or something, I don’t know, I just found it was too unrealistic.


4: Paper Towns by John Green

This was another severe disappointment. Well guess what? I have learned not to have high expectations…like ever!! It’s not healthy dude.

There is this mystery in this book where this really popular girl in school- Margo, disappears and the main character- Quentin, whom she hasn’t ever talked to in her life until last night, thinks she has left clues for him to find her…or something like that. Now for the part where I tell you what I didn’t like: it is unnecessarily long and throughout the majority of the book, the characters are just trying to solve the “Margo-mystery” and nothing actually happens but for them failing continuously. I was hooked only because I wanted that mystery to be solved, and believe me, the long wait was so not worth it. The book ended in the most clichΓ©, not at all surprising or plot-twisting way, and it was all just super meh!


5: Tunnel of Bones by V.E. Schwab

This is the sequel to City of Bones and I really enjoyed the first book, didn’t really care about this one though. Looking back on it, both of these were kind of bleh.

These books are middle grade paranormal, what with all the chaotic poltergeists and the ghost best friends…oh, and the dead main character who can see the souls of the dead and has to “send them on”. Jokes aside, I really enjoyed the first book, but it did not have any lasting impression on me, it was easily forgettable. And the second book was just like a replica of the first one, and I was bored of the same plotline, so I didn’t like it much.


What are your thoughts on this? Have you read any of these books? Do you feel the same way about any of them or do you absolute love them? Let me know in the comments, so we can all chat.


That’s all. Thanks for reading. Stay safe. Ciao!!

Ps: If you liked this post, do you want me to a second part too?

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5 Tips On How To Read More #2

Hey Pals!! Today, I am here to share some tips on How To Read More Books. So, I did a really similar post like this a few months back, and I shared some 5 tips on this subject. Today, I will share 5 other tips.


Click here to check out my other post: 5 Tips on How to Read More


1: Create the atmosphere

Choose the quietest place at your home and sit on a comfy chair, just relax, make yourself comfortable and beautify your surroundings a bit so that they make you feel at ease and motivate you to read. Light a few candles, bring a mug of coffee, change the light settings, even click photos of your books and you will feel a sudden urge to read.


2: Watch and/or make Booktube Videos

Booktube is a big community out there on YouTube that uploads bookish content. These people have great videos up there that interest readers worldwide. From monthly TBRs to monthly wrap ups, from tags to challenges, from recommendations to least favourite books, they have bookish videos ranging from anything to everything. Watching their videos will be the biggest motivation you can get.

For a start, here are five cool and popular Booktubers to check out:

  1. Jessethereader (my absolute fav, bubbly and fun)
  2. Merphy Napier (great for writing tips)
  3. Hailey in Bookland (diverse book recommendations)
  4. A Clockwork Reader (honestly, her unpopular opinions are the best)
  5. PeruseProject (another one for good book recommendations)

3: Set a reading goal

This is actually one of the simplest and yet one of the most effective ways to ensure that you read more. Set reading goals for every month of the year or for the year as a whole. Knowing that you still have to read a number of books to finish the goal, you will constantly pick up books and it would become a habit. But make sure that goal is neither too short (otherwise it would be futile to set the goal in the first place) nor too long (otherwise reading would become forced and would cause stress).


4: Make your account on Goodreads

Goodreads is the app that every reader needs (well, not exactly, but it’s helpful). It helps you not only to keep a track of all the books that you have read but also to get personalized recommendations. There are millions of readers on Goodreads writing reviews and having book discussions and you could be one of them. People’s reviews about books will help you decide whether you should read a particular book or not, not to mention that you will be able to establish your own opinions of books. It will make sure that you complete the reading goal for the year by keeping a track of all the books that you want to read and such a motivating platform will definitely help you read more.


5: The art of DNFing Books

DNF stands for did-not-finish. This term is used when you don’t finish a book you are reading. If you are not enjoying a book that you are reading, there is practically no need to finish it. Put it down and pick another book. It would save a lot of time, energy and would allow you get to a book you might actually enjoy. And I know full well how hard it can be to DNF a book, but here is a quote that might help you: So many books, so little time.


And lastly, READ TILL YOUR EYES BLEED…..

JUST KIDDING, don’t do that. LOL!!


That’s it! I hope this helped you πŸ˜€. Do let me know how if benefitted you and tell me if you liked my tips and if you would suggest the same to a friend. Thanks for reading. Stay safe. AdiΓ³s!!

Posted in Stories and Poems

Cruelty of authors

They pen down a great story
But then they end it!

They invent lovable characters
But in the end they kill them!

They make the saddest hearts laugh
But then they break them!

They create fantastic worlds
But we cannot visit them!

They talk about supernatural powers
But we can’t have them!

They make us love their characters
But we know we’ll never meet them!

They create doors to amazing worlds
But we never find them!

~Nehal