My Reading For Pride Month

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful pride month this June, because I sure did. Every year Pride Month is celebrated during June to spread love and awareness about the LGBTQ+ community and every year I eagerly wait for Pride Month because during this time the bookish community bursts into rainbow colours and everyone […]

YA Books Starter Pack

A while ago my bookstagram friend Vijitha @d_three_broomsticks tagged me in her post wherein she talked about how sometimes readers struggle from going to one genre to the other. Like suppose you love reading fantasy but you want to try out science fiction for a change. Where do you start? Do you start with the […]

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

You know what we booknerds love? Freaking out. The main characters always put themselves in danger, the books we lend come back damaged, our favourite characters always die, WE CANNOT READ ALL THE BOOKS IN THE WORLD – SO MANY REASONS TO FREAK OUT!!! So naturally there is a tag for this. What are we […]

JUNE MONTHLY WRAP UP

Hi everyone! I’ve been a very lazy person so this wrap-up post is kind of delayed but oh well. Better late than never! LOTS of stuff happened last month! June is Pride month, as you all know, hence one of my favorite months. It doesn’t hurt that I didn’t have to go to school for […]

My Name in TBR Books Tag

Hiya everyone! I’m emerging from my pile of books to finally attend to this wonderful and exciting tag that I was nominated for by Shealea @That Bookshelf Bitch. Thank you so much! This was such a long time ago so I had to dig it up from the dead but here we are 😛 Now as […]

April Wrap Up

April was crazy jam-packed with lots of interesting stuff. It was my birthday month so there were many new books, bookmarks, blog tours and Dewey’s 24hr Readathon! So let’s not waste any time and get straight to it!

I read a total of 7 books this month, which accounts for a humongous amount keeping in mind all the other things that had been going on. Here are some of my favourites!

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5/5

This was an amazing book and I was literally drunk on this one, I just couldn’t put it down! This is a must read for everyone, especially all the artists out there

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4/5

I’ve been drooling over this book ever since I read it! You can find my full review here

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5/5

I have no words for this book, it simply left me numb. Such a magical and powerful book, I finished it in mere hours and am already halfway through it’s sequel. This is one series that is definitely worth all the hype!

On my birthday I received some really gorgeous gifts including-

  • a journal that is so aesthetically pretty that it might blind your eyes woow
  • accompanied by cute bookmarks that seem to be telling me to stop reading like a lunatic but ahahahaha that’s never going to happen
  • THE CUTEST POCKET SIZED EDITION OF THE ALCHEMIST BY PAULO COEHLO WHICH IS NO BIGGER THAN MY HAND. DO YOU SEE THE KIND OF POWER I HAVE? I CAN CARRY IT EVERYWHERE
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins which I have a long history with but have basically never read. I will not let it out of my sight this time!
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie that my mom has repeatedly been telling me to read and now I finally own it!

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I also received a giveaway copy of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda movie tie in edition and eeep it looks gorgeous next to my original Simon version! Do I use ‘gorgeous’ too much? I can’t help it, it’s a gorgeous word.

The only downside of all this is the fact that I’m running out of space in my makeshift bookshelf which is basically two shelves in my study table. Even Hercules can’t fit one more book in there!

Looks like I need to find a new home for my babies…

Not to mention I am expecting an April book box from Booklings Crate anyday now which means even less shelf space.

But does that stop me from dreaming about getting my hands on the upcoming releases?

NOPE!

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Click on this picture to go check it out on Goodreads if you haven’t heard of it before because this is a MUST READ! I mean do you not see the title? Do you not see that this screams fangirl? It’s releasing on May 1st, which is technically today but hushh let’s pretend that I didn’t mess up with this post.

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Is there anybody who isn’t excited for this one? You sure are living under a rock if you don’t know about this beauty! Releasing May 22 which seems so far away 😥

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I’m screaming because I hadn’t realised this was releasing in May- SO CLOSE. 29 May, be on the look out!

Me: So many shiny books to look forward to!

My pocket: I’M EMPTY ALREADY

On to the topic of Dewey’s 24 hour readathon, I wasn’t able to get in as much reading as last time due to unexpected circumstances. I was really grumpy for a while because I had been waiting for this day since a long time but then I realized what really mattered were the fun interactions with all the participants and the fact that despite my hectic schedule, I carved out time for myself to read. And I got hooked onto A Court of Thorns and Roses series so it’s a win-win!

Also, some of you might also have noticed that I was posting much more vigorously this month as I had been trying out a new format. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been working out and has left me all the more stressed. I’ll be going back to one post per week with the occasional tags and reviews popping up whenever I feel like it.

I just don’t want blogging to become another chore or end up going on a hiatus, I love this book blogging community! Lately I haven’t found the time to go blog hopping at all and I have plenty of blog posts opened in google, waiting for me to get to them. Does Google have a limit on the number of tabs you can keep open? I might end up finding out this way…

So yeah, hopefully this will give me more time to visit more lovely blogs 😀

Emphasis on hopefully because school has been a struggle lately.

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That’s a wrap! How was this month for you guys? Super productive? Boring? Crazy fun? Tell me all about it! And what book release are you looking forward to the most for this month? Don’t forget to comment below 🙂

The Weekend Bucketlist: Review + GIVEAWAY

I’ve always been highly irked by the fact that most if not all YA books are centralized on the theme of romance. Friendships always get sidelined when a love interest appears which is really frustrating and unfair!

This is why as soon as I read the blurb for ‘The Weekend Bucketlist’ I knew this was one book that I simply had to get my hands on! And wow, this book did not disappoint at all.

The Weekend Bucketlist is all about the bond of friendship and how friendship is much stronger than love. I received and e-ARC of this book as a part of a blog tour organised by YA Bound Book Tours for which I’m eternally thankful!

 

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Official Goodreads Summary:

High school seniors Cady LaBrie and Cooper Murphy have yet to set one toe out of line—they’ve never stayed out all night or snuck into a movie, never gotten drunk or gone skinny-dipping. But they have each other, forty-eight hours before graduation, and a Weekend Bucket List.

There’s a lot riding on this one weekend, especially since Cady and Cooper have yet to admit, much less resolve, their confounding feelings for one another—feelings that prove even more difficult to discern when genial high school dropout Eli Stanley joins their epic adventure. But as the trio ticks through their bucket list, the questions they face shift toward something new: Must friendship play second fiddle to romance? Or can it be the ultimate prize?

 

This book was absolutely amazing and heartwarming and I give it 4/5 stars.

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REVIEW

 

This book screams friendship.

Cady and Cooper have been best friends since as long as they both can remember so they’re as good as brother or sister…okay not really. They fall for each other or maybe that’s just what they think? Either way their journey is full of fights, adorable moments, arguments and daredevil plans so you simply can’t stop reading. It may seem like a cliche friendship in the beginning but trust me when I say that it’s one of a kind. And when Eli joins the two of them we get a rocking trio that nobody can ever forget.

They’re all such sweeties I want to cry.

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Cooper and Eli are such cute little boys that I want to wrap them up in a blanket and keep them safely with me. The author can have them back when she stops treating them badly. Seriously, they get hit the worst, especially Eli, a homeless kid with a golden heart which ends up getting crushed multiple times. I’m not saying that I didn’t like Cady, I loved her. She’s a feisty and bossy girl who’s scared on the inside but hides away under her badass demeanor. Aren’t those kinds of characters the best?

Each member of this beautiful trio had their own complicated past and stories that were beautifully spun around The Weekend Bucketlist. I’m being honest when I say that the reason that I even gave this book a second glance was thanks to that word ‘Bucketlist’

BECAUSE I LOVE LISTS

It’s just a great way to organise stuff and whenever lists are involved in YA novels it’s bound to be a fun journey!

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Plus, it had great LGBT representation! Eli is bisexual and even though Cooper used to identify as gay later on in the book he discovered that he was bisexual as well. And everybody knows I’m a sucker for good LGBT teen books 😛

I loved the plot as a whole, especially when we reached the second half of the book because that was where they finished off the list. I remember thinking, what next? Does the fun end here? Will it go downhill now? What else is left to talk about?

But it only got better.

The pace was very comfortable and every event was written down beautifully without any information dumps or lengthy descriptions. Not to mention, it’s very quotable. I’ve taken so many screenshots, my gallery is flooding! In short, this book is everything that you need.

So next time instead of picking up another cheesy romance novel, pick this book up.

It will be a wonderful change.

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And it’s giveaway time! You can win a $15 Amazon gift card by simply entering in this giveaway here.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

 

 

 

Question time! Do you like reading books about friendship? Which was the last book you read that had accurate portrayal of friends and didn’t lean too much on the romance? And lastly, have you added The Weekend Bucketlist to your TBR list yet? What are you waiting for, get going! See you next time 🙂

 

 

March Monthly Wrap-up

It’s true when they say time flies because this month absolutely breezed by and before I knew it April has dawned. It’s time to wrap up with March and recap all that happened as well as let you know what all I’ve planned for April. I’ll also be giving you my life update and there’s a short surprise in the end, so stay tuned!

I read quite a few good books this month and while some stole my heart others left me rather disappointed. But we’re not here to talk about negative things! My top three books of this month were-

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5/5

I simply cannot stop gushing over this adorable book! You can read my review on it here.

 

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4/5

This was another beautiful book following a teenage Indian-Muslim’s life and touching upon deep topics like Islamophobia

 

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4/5

I finished this one only a couple of days ago and it simply left me reeling. Don’t hesitate to pick up this book at all!

 

Besides reading, I also ended up reformatting my blog’s outlook and making a Bookstagram account, that I’m currently struggling to keep up with. Instagram is a wonderful platform but as a person with zero photography skills it’s a constant struggle to maintain it. So please tell me how you feel about my blog’s new look and go check out my Bookstagram account here!

I had just wrapped up with my final exams in the first week of March so the rest of the weeks were a bliss as I allowed myself to curl up in a corner with my huge pile of books, but unfortunately it didn’t last long when I got some heartbreaking news. Love, Simon- the movie adaptation of my favorite book, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda- won’t be released in India until 1 JUNE.

ARE YOU KIDDING?!

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In the meantime I signed up for what seems like a million book tours and review arcs and even got accepted for some so you’re in for loads of reviews the coming month! Not to mention that for the first time an author contacted me through my blog for a book review, something that I felt super proud of! The last two months have been slow and frustrating in terms of stats but now it finally feels like my blog is picking up some speed.

In terms of other non-bookish stuff I finally decided to pick up my rusty guitar and go for some classes which are turning great, apart for the fact that my fingers might get mutilated in the process! And that also means I have less and less time on my hands and thanks to the amount of sleep I’m getting it won’t be long before I turn into a zombie…

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But, I have a lot to look forward for next month! Since April is my birthday month I finally got my sister to order me a book box from Booklings Crate which includes a copy of Children of Blood and Bone which I’ve been DYING to get my hands on!

Also, birthdays means tons of books!

I’m really looking forward to some of the book releases of April!

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AND SOMEHOW THEY ALL COME OUT ON APRIL 24

Wow, these books are really plotting my death!

So click on their pictures and go add them on your Goodreads list if you haven’t because I’m not going to die alone.

There’s a lot of good stuff coming up on my blog this April including a discussion on whether we should savor the good books or just gobble them up and a super exciting guest post about the myths of the blogging community. I can’t wait to see all your reactions!

And now we finally come to the surprise!

Dun dun dun….

If you follow me on twitter and/or instagram(which you totally should) then you might remember that I had recently posted a poll regarding the inclusion of some of my writings in my posts. I was swarmed by a huge positive response from everyone that left me giddy with happiness. So… I’m quite nervous about this but I’m going to include one of my poems in this post. This is slightly different from the stuff I usually write but constructive criticism is highly appreciated and welcome!

 

 

An Abundance of Canvas

~inspired by fat shaming & eating disorders~

 

Fingers brush across the smooth,

Soft and silky canvas pale,

In abundance, over time accrue,

Wide eyes and fixated stares entail.

 

Sharp, protruding nails grip,

Pulling and squeezing the drooping mass,

Staining it with pink chagrin,

Poking into the mounds to harass.

 

Standing in front of the glass,

Her eyes pour over every inch in disdain.

Hanging pouches like repulsive carcass,

Shaping her body, marking its reign.

 

Her hands clutch at it in despair,

Too much skin, present everywhere,

Peeking and bulging through all she wears,

Centre of all, mockery and shame to bear.

 

Inhale, it’s gone, the fantasies persist,

Exhale, the ugly reality returns.

No denying the labels that exist,

She lets the unshed tears in her throat burn.

 

The metallic point runs its course,

Her canvas blossoms bright red.

It immerse the tears, a masterpiece emerges,

Spread over every inch, the canvas never ends.

And as the color flows through every pore,

She finally accepts her fate to dissipate.

 

 

I’m really questioning the choice of merging my light and fun filled blog with this dark poem so this might get deleted? I don’t really know.

And I’m actually participating in NaPoWriMo- National Poetry Month which begins next month, you can find more information on my Instagram stories and Twitter feed. Go check their official site out here!

 

With that we come to the end of this post! Let me know how your reading progress was this month and which all books you’re looking forward to this April? And what are your thoughts on the poem? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Lending Books + Recommendations for New Readers

It is every bookworm’s dream that all their friends and family read the millions of books they love so that they can rant  hold long discussions on how the book ended on a cliffhanger yet again!

But when they come up to us to borrow that book… we actually get a mini heart-attack. I’ve had plenty of long discussions with fellow booknerds who desperately do not want to give their soul books to other people.

Because lending books is a life-changing decision and there should be proper one-on-one interviews before we even think of giving away our precious books.

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