TOP TEN TUESDAY : Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

Happy Tuesday, guys! The topic for week’s TTT is characters I’d follow on Social Media, something I really found interesting!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


Disclaimer: Okay, if I had the choice I’d definitely follow all Harry Potter characters on my social media. But I’m just picking the top three characters for this list.

Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)

The thought of Ron Weasley and his sarcastic and witty quips to lighten up my social media makes me so happy!

Fred & George Weasley (Harry Potter)

I have a feeling that the Weasley twins would be the Meme king and post the funniest prank videos.

Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

Anyone remember that one time Luna Lovegood did commentary for the quidditch match? What I wouldn’t give to find commentary like that regularly on my social media feed!

Karou (Daughter of Smoke & Bones)

Karou would post her amazing art and fill my feed with awesome aesthetics!

Calla (The Simple Wild)

Aesthetics. Aesthetics. Aesthetics. She lives in Alaska and would give me travel goals!

Rhysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

I’d love Rhysand and his brand of humor on social media. Besides, I’d also get great pics of the gang!

Lucy Hutton (The Hating Game)

Lucyyy! Okay, to be honest, as much as I love her, my prime reason for following her would be getting glimpses of Joshua because I really don’t see him ever getting a social media or being active on it.

Anabelle (Bringing Down the Duke)

Anabelle would be lovely to follow on social media. I’d not only get updates on her suffrage movement but also get to see glimpses of her life with my favorite duke!

Emma (Emma)

Out of all Austen characters, I think Emma would be the most fascinating on social media.

Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl)

As much as the books suck, I will forever be grateful to them for the character of Blair Waldorf. She’s someone I’d obsessively stalk on social media!


 

DNF Diary – January 2020

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Hello all! So, I’ve refrained from talking about my DNFs (books that I ‘Did not Finish’) on this blog thus far. That’s because I used to always try to finish a book no matter how painstaking it was. And I just never saw the point of talking about things I hate.

But I’ve consciously decided recently to be selective about what I read and be a little more nit-picky about my time. And I could only post one review in the last two weeks because the other books I read I had to DNF. If I can’t review them, I can at the very least talk about why I could not finish them!


Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey

DNF’d at 30%

Reason – A caveman who thinks that all a husband needs to do is provide for his wife and have sex with her. And voila! Happy marriage!

No attempts at meaningful conversations to try to learn why his wife left. But plenty of attempts at seduction and talks of providing for her. And she also conveniently melts into a puddle of goo with just a few dirty words. The reactions of all the characters were just unreal. I had hoped for a poignant story. It read like a shallow romcom. What a waste!

Enemies

 

Enemies by Tijan

DNF-d at 20%

Reason: I don’t even know why I picked this shit up. Reads like an angst-filled fanfiction I would have gobbled up when I was 14. No lie.

 


Would Like To Meet by Rachel Winters

DNF’d at 60%

Reason – This one’s definitely a case of ‘It’s me, not you’. It’s not necessarily a bad book. The protagonist basically goes out on blind dates to help the author in her agency get out of his writer’s block.

The plot was a little too outlandish and the protagonist insufferable. Her decisions and actions just got too much for me at a certain point. And I had to stop.

 

Inappropriate by Vi Keeland

DNF’d at 10%

Reasons – This was not my first read by this author. I wasn’t a fan of her writing style. So it’s not like I didn’t know what to expect. But I was in the mood for something light, funny and breezy. This book seemed like the obvious choice when I came across it. I had my reservations though. My reservations were right. Definitely not my type. It’s just a little too silly and unreal for my taste.

But clearly I’m not to be trusted here because loads of people love it. Another case of “It’s me, not you.”


So I think I was a little reckless in my reading choice in January. I wouldn’t have picked half of these books normally. This is what I get for feeling adventurous. Meh.

UPDATE: I’m Back From the Unannounced Hiatus


Umm, hello guys!

So in case you didn’t notice, I was AOL for the past month or so on my blog. And I’ve got a thesis submission, a last-minute family trip and a flu to thank for that. But thankfully, life’s back to the same old stability right now.

I plan to go back to regular updates to the blog. Now I have a enormous backlist of books to catch up to. But it’s good to be back. I missed the community. I missed reading all the amazing bloggers.

So yeah, that’s all for my update.

 

 

BLOGVERSARY : ONE YEAR OF MY BLOGGING JOURNEY!

Hello all! So it has now officially been a year since I started my blogging journey! I started blogging with a some apprehension, a little hesitance, and lots of nervousness. It was an impulsive decision and I was clueless about what would come of it.

I still remain clueless. But with each day, I only grow gladder that I decided to take the leap of faith. And it’s only because of you guys! This community has been so welcoming and inspiring since day one! I couldn’t be any more grateful.

Blogging hasn’t always been easy. It’s been a struggle at times to come up with reviews on books, or posting regularly at times. But at the end of the day, blogging has only made me a better reader. It’s made me more introspective about the books I read.

The best thing about this journey has been that I could share my reading experiences with everyone. I’ve learned a lot about myself, gotten some great book recommendations, and got acquainted with some amazing people!

I still have a lot to learn and much to improve, of course. And I hope you guys will be there to keep inspiring me throughout it all.

Now some GIFs to express what words can’t!

 

 

Happy reading, everyone!


 

TAG : 20 QUESTIONS BOOK TAG

Tag Time! Brianna tagged me to do this a while ago. I’ve been meaning to do this but just couldn’t find the time! I miss doing tags and really enjoyed doing this one. The questions were really creative!

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1. How many books are too many in a series?

I’ve read series with 10 books and wanted more. I’ve also read duets which I felt would’ve been better off as a single book. If there’s a story to tell, I am fine with as many books needed to wrap it up nicely.

As long as I don’t feel that the writer is just churning out new books in a series just for commercial reasons, and doesn’t take ages between each book *cough* GRRM *cough*, I don’t mind.

2. How do you feel about cliffhanger endings?

I think if a book can wrap up its own solitary arc, and a cliffhanger is there just to give a glimpse of what’s waiting for us in the next book, I’m fine with it. But if it leaves you with none of your initial questions for the book answered, then it’s a big no.

3. Hardback or paperback?

Both! I have a weakness for hardbacks. But paperbacks are easy to carry when I’m traveling. And I always feel  like something’s missing if I don’t carry a book with me when I’m holidaying!

4. Favorite book?

How do you even answer that? But if I had to really choose one, I’d just choose the Harry Potter series because they’re what started it all for me!

5.  Least Favorite book?

Veronica Roth’s Allegient, maybe?

6. Love triangles : yes or no?

No. Unless they’re written really compellingly. And that rarely happens.

7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

Well, I did lose my interest through one-third of Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez. Although I plan to get back to it, I’m still a little disappointed because I was looking forward to it and wasn’t as taken by it as I thought I’d be.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

Valencia and Valentine.

9. Last book you recommended?

All the pretty monsters.

10. Oldest book you’ve read?

The only book I can think of is The Quran.

11. Newest book you’ve read?

Fix Her Up.

12. Favorite author?

There are many. But I’ve been craving Jane Austen recently. So I’ll say her name!

13. Buying books or borrowing?

I prefer buying. Borrowing can be stressful. And yet the easy option.

14. A book that you disliked that everyone seems to love?

Any book by John Green or Colleen Hoover.

15. Bookmarks or dog ears?

The blasphemy! Bookmarks. Although I’m pretty good at remembering the page I’m in and don’t need either of these.

16. A book that you always reread?

Harry Potter. But I have a knack for rereading any book that I like.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

Yep.

18. One POV or multiple POVs?

One POV. Because if I happen to dislike the character with another POV, I tend to not pay as much attention to the story when they’re narrating. And sometimes, I like to be kept guessing about the intentions of the other characters. It keeps things interesting.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

One sitting. In fact, I rarely start a new book if I don’t have the time at hand to finish it soon.

20. Who do you tag?

Sara, Alyssa, Mogsy, and anyone who’s interested to do it!


 

Wrapping Up April ’19

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April Reads :

ARCs :

Suddenly Single ★★☆☆☆
The Time of Our Lives ★★★☆☆
Have You seen Luis Velez ★★★★★
I am Fine and Neither Are You ★★★★★
A Lily In the Light ★★★★☆
The One that Got Away ★★★★★

 

Non- ARCs :

The Girl He Used To Know ★★★★☆
Famous In a Small Town ★★★★☆
Don’t You Forget Me ★★★★★
You’d Be Mine ★★★☆☆
Field Notes on Love ★★★☆☆
The Place on Dalhousie ★★★★★
Lovely War ★★★★★
The Flatshare ★★★★★

 

Non – Review Posts

Top Ten Tuesday :
Do These Things Make Me Pick A Book?
Rainy Day Reads
First 10 Books I Reviewed
Thought Provoking Posts

QOTW – Quote(s) Of The Week :
Love, War & Loneliness

Tags :
The Zodiac Challenge


April has been a splendid reading month for me. And I couldn’t be happier about it! I don’t know whether I’ll be able to read as much in May as Ramadan is upon us, and fasting slows my reading down. But I have quite a few ARCs pending and I hope to make progress with them. Happy May, you all!

TAG : THE ZODIAC CHALLENGE

Sara tagged me for the Zodiac Challenge. While I don’t believe in zodiacs but I still like to have fun with them. Moreover, this challenge is Disney movie themed. Who can say no to that?

The one thing I learned from this tag is that Sara hates being late and isn’t a big fan of Alice in the Wonderland. Well, I guess that makes two things!


Rules:

  • tag the creators @bookprincessreviews
  • share one thing you learned about the person who tagged you
  • for each prompt say who matches your zodiac and if they fit your personality/likes/dislikes
  • tag at least two other bloggers you want to get to know better

WHO AM I?

Moana! I’m not as adventurous as Moana. Nor am I as headstrong. But I have a fear of disappointing my family just like her.

WHO DO I LOVE?

Prince Charming! That works, I guess. Because he’d be committed to me just after one meeting. And what girl doesn’t want a committed guy? I’m also loyal to the fault!

WHO’S MY BEST FRIEND?

Pegasus! Pegasus is an extremely protective friend. That works for me because even I have a strong sense of protectiveness towards my friends.

WHAT’S MY BIGGEST WEAKNESS?

Doctor Facilier. I’ll be honest. I watched The Princess & The Frog ages ago and although I remember the villain, I couldn’t remember his name. Meh! But I do also remember that he was a cunning and power hungry. I’m neither. But I am afraid of being powerless or helpless like him. So I guess that’s my weakness!


I Tag

Brianna |


I had fun doing this! So if you wanna try it too, go ahead and let me know!

TAG : 25 Bookish Facts About Me

Hello everyone! I’m back with a tag. And you know how much I love doing them? This time, it’s 25 Bookish Thoughts About me. I was tagged by the lovely Rebecca @ bookishlyrebecca. I love her blog! She always comes up with really interesting posts in addition to her amazing reviews. You absolutely should check out her blog if you haven’t!

Before I start, fair warning – I might get carried away with my rambling.


1. I was primarily a comic fan when I was young. I used to love Tintin, Asterix and even Archies!

2. My love for books started with Harry Potter. My brother first handed me Prisoner of Azkaban when I was in grade 6. I couldn’t make head or tails out of that book and returned it to him with disdain. The next day, he gives me The Sorcerer’s Stone. The rest as they say is history.

3. I confess to having been a avid fanfiction reader. In fact, after falling in love with Harry Potter, instead of moving to new books, I moved to Harry Potter fan-fiction. I specifically got obsessed with Dramione. Don’t judge me! I was an angsty teenager, okay?

4. I grew my affinity for enemies-to-lovers trope mainly because of Dramione. It was through Dramione fanfics that I discovered or rather grew my love for the enemies-to-lovers trope even till this date.

5. I went through an obsessive Manga reading phase for a year or two. I think I read 10 manga that year. I slowly lost interest due to the long waits between the chapters and some manga being dragged too much. I’m looking at you, Naruto.

6. I used to love detective novels growing up. I was a sucker for Sherlock Holmes and other local detective novels.

7. I could never get into Agatha Christie for some reason even though I loved detective and suspense novels so much! Something that my friends gave me a lot of grief over.

8. I have grown this habit of reading mainly e-books and being selective about physical copies. I only buy paperbacks whose e-books I have already read and enjoyed a lot. I also pre-order books by my favorite authors who I trust to never disappoint me.

9. I buy hardbacks only for collection. I end up giving away my paperbacks for books that I liked but not wouldn’t care to hoard.

10. I need a paperback with me when I’m traveling. For some reason, whenever I’m traveling, I can’t make do with e-books only. I need a paperback with me. My backpack always feels incomplete without a book. So, at the cost of pissing my mother off, I always carry a book when I travel.

11. I’m very lazy about updating my bookstagram. I opened it with so much enthusiasm and I wonder where it all went. It’s probably been more than a month since I last updated it.

12. I can never sustain interest for dark romance or eroticas. I sometimes get these moods to read dark romances or erotic novels but if I cave in to those moods, I end up losing interest halfway through the book, most of the times. So now I rarely ever read those genres.

13. I never start a book if I have a short window of time for reading. I don’t like taking very long to finish a book unless it’s so boring that I can’t help myself. I am a fast reader and more often than not, can finish a book in one sitting.

14. A foolproof way of getting me to start a book would be to get me to watch its screen adaptation and enjoy it. If I like a movie or TV show, then there’s 101% chances of me checking out its book right away.

15. It’s tough being a reader of foreign literature in my country. One of the biggest things I dislike about living in my country is how troublesome it is to find some books locally or how expensive they are. If I want a new book that’s not too hyped or the author not too popular then it’s very difficult to find them in the bookshops here. We don’t even have Amazon here, but rather third parties who we have to order through and the shipping costs are unbelievably high! Another reason, I don’t usually buy physical copies of all the books I read. Reading is an expensive habit for sure.

16. Because of this habit being expensive, I had a phase in my teenage years when I would illegally download e-books to read them in my desktop. I know. That was horrible of me. But I think as a punishment for that, I ended up being the only person in my family who has to wear glasses (as I would stay up late and secretly read those e-books with lights turned off). Also, I ended up owning paperbacks of those e-books later on. So I hope that makes up for it.

17. I have started refraining from starting series that are not finished. It’s a torture starting unfinished series and waiting for the next books to come out.

18. Witty banter in a book is my weakness. Nothing gives makes my heart leap in joy than seeing characters engage in banter in a book. In fact, that’s what made me fall in love with a book like Gone with The Wind, in the first place. That banter between Rhett and Scarlett makes me want to pick up the book again.

19. I can read a book at any place but it needs there needs to be silence. I hate it when there’s talking in background when I’m reading. I need it to be totally silent or maybe at times, music of my choice playing in the background.

20. My favorite reading position is lying down. I love nothing more than lying on my bed and reading.

21. I rarely DNF a book. I might skim over some parts if it bores me. But I rarely DNF it. A book has to be absolutely horrible for me to DNF it.

22. I always start writing a review right after I’m done with a book. That’s one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place because I needed a platform or medium to vent about my feelings about a book right after reading it.

23. I like flawed characters. Characters with grey shades always interest me more than characters who are written to be perfect or self-righteous.

24. I can never say no to a friends-to-lovers trope. I used to love enemies-to-lovers initially. But I grew to prefer friends-to-lovers more. There’s something about the feeling of longing and confusion that appeals to me about this trope.

25. I love buying books as gifts. Books are the best gifts, okay? Both for giving and receiving. Well, next to chocolates, of course.

I won’t be tagging anyone. But please feel free to do this post if you’re interested. What’s the biggest bookish fact about you? Do let me know in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

 

Fall is here and so is Top Ten Tuesday list of ny TBR of Fall 2018. It’s a weekly thing hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl. So this list will include both upcoming releases I plan to read as soon as they come out and also already released books I hope to start this Fall.

Fingers crossed!

So, without further ado, here goes my list –



Upcoming Releases That Actually Come Out This Fall

 

                            

Vengeful| V. E. Schwab : Is there anyone who is NOT excited about this release?

Release Date: 25th September, 2018.
Get it here – Amazon

Muse Of Nightmares | Laini Taylor : I love Laini Taylor. I loved Strange the Dreamer. And I need a happy ending for Lazlo and Sarai.

Release Date: 2nd October, 2018.
Get it here – Amazon

Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Mass : I’ve been low-key following this series. I’ve probably even forgotten half of what happened in the first few books. But I do plan to give a reread to the previous books. Because I’m sorta looking forward to the conclusion.

Release Date: 23rd October, 2018.
Get it here – Amazon

Consumed| J. R. Ward : I love books about firefighters. Make it a female firefighter and I’m sold.

Release Date: 2nd October, 2018.
Get it here – Amazon

That Night | Amy Giles : I was really intrigued by the synopsis. Hopefully this book will live up to the expectations that I have.

Release Date: 2nd October, 2018.
Get it here – Barnes & Nobles

A Year Of Extraordinary Moments | Bette Lee Crosby : I actually received an ARC of this book. I hope to be reading this in the coming week. I have liked what I’ve read by Crosby so far and hope to like this one too.

Release Date: 16th October, 2018.
Get it here – Amazon



Books Already Released That I Intend To Start Soon

               

The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah : I’ve heard such good stuff about this book and the author in general that I can’t wait to dive into this!

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine | Gail Honeyman : I’ve been meaning to start this for months now. Hopefully, putting it here will give me the kick I need to start it!

Children Of Blood And Bone| Tony Adeyemi : Another book I’ve been delaying to read. I have no excuses for not having started it yet. I really need to start it asap!

Vicious | V. E. Schwab : You can’t make me start a book I’ve been delaying if a sequel has been announced. That was the case for Vicious. But now that the sequel is almost here, I’ve got no excuse to not start this soon.


So, there you go! I hope I can actually read all these books and enjoy them! Can’t wait to see everyone else’s lists!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

Helloooo peeps! I’m back with my entries for Top Ten Tuesday. I sadly missed doing it last week. I’ll try my best not to repeat that as I really enjoy these things.

The topic for this week Top Ten Hidden Gems (AKA the books that I think deserve more recognition and wasn’t marketed or talked about much).

Without further ado, here goes my list.



 

Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

This 10-book series is criminally underrated. Kate Daniels is one of my all-time favorite badass heroines. This urban fantasy series is like a mixture of Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If only they were marketed better. Look at half of these covers and tell me if you’d check them out without hesitation. It still surprises me that I did. Thank God I did!


 

Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

I’ve rarely seen such beautiful world building and brilliant writing in a fantasy series. Lumatere Chronicles and its diverse ensemble of characters – with their own arcs – are very close to my heart. It’s a mystery that Lumatere Chronicles is not as popular as it should be. Is it because the author is an Australian or was it the timing of the publication? Whatever it is, this series deserves all the accolades and love.


 

From Sand And Ash by Amy Harmon

This book about a Jewish girl and a Catholic priest during the World War II deserves a lot more love and buzz than it received. It’s not the most intriguing historical fiction you’ll ever read and romance is the more focal-point; but the emotions it invokes in you are no joke. Amy Harmon did her research and delivers with a masterstroke.


 

How to Kill A Rockstar by Tiffany Debartolo

Contrary to its name, this book is not for aspiring-murders. It’s for lovers of love stories, music, and writing so beautiful that every line strikes a chord with you. Tiffany Debartolo needs to write more books.


 

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Not only Foolish Hearts, every book by Emma Mills is a hidden gem. She writes female friendships like nobody else. She writes YA like nobody else.


 

Angie Pallorino Series by Loreth Anne White

                                     

I randomly discovered this series recently and was intrigued by the cover and blurbs. I ended up devouring the books in 3 days. I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of these books before. It’s a gritty and hard hitting series with an edgy heroine. Perfect for fans of mystery, suspense and crime thrillers.


 

Love Me With Lies Trilogy by Tarryn Fisher

Okay, I wouldn’t call these books unpopular. But I feel that they’ve been boxed into a certain category by general readers. This series feels so much more than a Contemporary Romance to me. This was not even a mere love triangle like I assumed it to be when I saw the synopsis at first. It felt like a character study on what people can do for love. I’ve never enjoyed unlikable characters as much as I did here. I wish everyone could read this series.


 

Hydraulic Level 5 by Sarah Latchaw

This little known gem apparently started off as a fan-fiction. But don’t let that deter you. This is no 50 shades of grey. It is about two lost souls. This book deals with issues like mental diseases, grief, and of course, extreme sports.


 

Transcend Duet by Jewel E Ann

                                                     
I feel like I’m the only one I know who’s read these books. I’d like more of my friends to read this series, and if that’s impossible, then I’d want to make new friends with people who’ve read this series.


 

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one, considering that it was a spontaneous pick. There was a freshness to it that I appreciated.  A sequel was released very recently. I plan to start that soon.



 

So, this was my list of books that haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly, that I think deserve some recognition, in my opinion.

A few of these books have admittedly done well but not as much as they deserved, in my opinion. Interestingly enough, while making this list, I was thinking of all the books that I found to be overrated. Now, that’s another list I wouldn’t mind making! =^-^=

 


 

I hope you enjoy this list. Let me know what you think about it. Do you agree with any of my choices? Leave your thoughts below. I’m also interested to look at your lists too! So join in on the fun!