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Liebster Award

Now I really can’t believe it! In two months (or so) I went from being an anti-social nobody, to being nominated for superb awards like these! Thank you so much to everyone who had nominated me for the previous awards I have done, and of course, thank you Lilly @Lilly’s Little Library for nominating me for this award.

And I have some wonderful news to share. My blog crossed the 200 likes mark a couple days ago! Once again, this would not have been possible without the support of you all, so thank you once again.

All right, let’s get back here *cracks knuckles* and let’s start!

The Rules
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions
  • Notify your 11 nominees
Lilly’s Questions

If you could live anywhere in OUR world, where would you live?

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I am not much of a travel freak. So I don’t really have one of those ‘dream cities’ like most people do. So I won’t be naming a place, instead let’s just go with 1. A bungalow 2. With enough space for all the pets I’ll have then 3. With a huuuuge library 4. by the side of a forest

Huh. That does tell you a lot about me, doesn’t it 😂

What’s your favorite food?

Okaaay. So I am not much of a foodie either. In fact, I am a really fussy eater. I guess I’ll go with the universal favourite – chocolate. To be specific, dark chocolate. After all, who in this world doesn’t love chocolate?

If you could choose to be any magical creature for the rest of your life, what would you be?

Maybe an alicorn (from KOTLC) or a niffler (from Fantastic Beasts)

Would you rather live 100 years in the past or 100 years in the future?

In the future! I have read so much about the past in history, and tbh, all those things are better in a textbook, not in real life. I don’t think I would be able to survive without the Internet. So thanks, but I’d go into the future. Think about what all would have been invented by that time!!

What character’s life would you most like to live?

This one’s difficult. The only one I can think of is Morrigan from the Nevermoor series because 1. I am currently obsessed with that series 2. I would love any reason to know the marvellous Jupiter!

On second thought though, I think Jack from the same series will be fine too. Both the above reasons apply for him too(he is Jupiter’s nephew) and on top of that I won’t have to be ‘cursed’ like Morrigan is!

What battery percentage is your device on right now?

55%

If you could only have one hobby from here on out (besides reading of course, how could anyone live without reading?) what would it be?

Playing the guitar. I think it is really cool, when you can just walk up to someone and say, “I play the guitar”, you know? And I used to play the guitar till last year, but then my sir had to get married and he moved to somewhere else. Since then, I barely practiced what I learnt, and my guitar is gathering dust on the top of some cupboard now.

What is your current favorite song?

I have quite a few current favs. One would be Up & Up, because oh my gosh, the lyrics are just so wonderful and inspiring! Then Memories by Maroon 5, ’cause I really like the tune and the singer’s voice. Next would be The Spectre, the tune is just so addictive and I drove my mother mad by humming it the entire week when I first heard it. You know what, I’ll just put these songs below so you can listen to them right now.

If you could change your first name right now, what would you choose?

First of all, I love my name. Though Rachel is a very common name in Western countries, it is very rare where I live, in India. And having an uncommon name does have its advantages (it has disadvantages too, of course).

If I had to change my name, it would probably be something like Michelle, or Rachelle, ’cause I like that ‘chelle’ part which is pronounced like ‘sher’.

What book got you into reading?

I remember, when I was 3 or 4, my mother used to read me out a story from a comic book everyday. The same story, everyday, for I think about a month or so. To be specific, the comic was Tinkle, and the story was a Suppandi one, I don’t remember the name exactly. So yeah, she read it out to me everyday, to the point when I had it learned by heart. Then there was another book, “Grandpa’s Tales”or something like that, and that was the first book I read all by myself. These books were what got me into reading from a very young age.

What’s your favorite book?

This I just CANNOT answer! Instead, I will bend the question a little bit and tell you about some of my recent favorites.

The Keeper of Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Thank you for such lovely questions, Lilly!

My Nominees

Tiction @Fictionally Crazy

Cherelle @A Bolt Out Of The Book

April Lee @Booked Till Midnight

Nehal @Books And Words

Ashmita @The Fictional Journal

Riddhi @Whispering Stories

Rebecca @Bex The Bibliophile

Ahaana @Windows To Worlds

Leah @Leah’s Books

Evin @A Curly Sue’s Ramblings

Holliehocks @My Thing About Books

My Questions
  1. Which Hogwarts house do you think the Sorting Hat will put you into?
  2. A series you wish you’d never read?
  3. If you were to have a familiar (which is kinda like a pet) with your personality and attitude, which creature do you think you’d get?
  4. First line of your current read?
  5. A childhood memory you’re fond of?
  6. If a Boggart came in front of you, what form would it take? (in other words, your worst fear)
  7. Reading during day or at night?
  8. Where would you rather live – in the sky or under the sea?
  9. Which is your favourite month?
  10. What is the thing you cannot live without? (nah, this is not a trick question, so don’t say food, water or air)
  11. If you were to design a city, what all would it have?

That was amazing to do! Thank you once again Lilly for your wonderful questions.

And hey, in case you did not know, have started a new weekly tag called Character Chat! Click HERE to know more about it!

With that said, see you in my next post!!

Character Chat (Yes, I created a weekly tag!)

Hey bookworms! I am so excited to be starting a weekly tag/meme called Character Chat! I have always wanted to create a tag of my own, and today I had the perfect idea for it (yes, today, this is kinda an impromptu post) After all, what’s a book without characters!

So here is how this is gonna work –

  • Every Sunday, I will be asking a character-related question on my blog. I will also be answering it based on my opinion.
  • While answering the question, you have to name the character, the book which the character is a part of, and also tell us a little more about the character, and why he/she was an appropriate answer.
  • You can either put your answer as a comment on my post, or create your own post with the answer. The latter would be much preferred, as comments are hard to keep track of. If you decide to do a post, don’t forget to ping me back!

So this might sound quite confusing, but once I put today’s question and my answer, it will make more sense.

This week’s topic-

A character you do not want to get on the bad side of?

At the moment, I can think of Thaddea from the Nevermoor series. So she is basically a fighter, and an awesome one at that. She fought(and defeated) a troll with her bare hands. She was the undefeated champion of Nevermoor, but lost a fight on purpose to a boy she hated, to prove her loyalty to her unit. She also regularly offers to bash in somebody’s face. So thanks, but I think I’d steer clear.

And yes, you’re most welcome to use any of the graphics in this post! Looking forward to see your Character Chat posts!!

This Or That Book Tag

Hello there! As the title of my post tells you, today I am going to be doing the ‘This or That’ book tag. Thank you to my fellow blogger April Lee @Booked Till Midnight for tagging me. Can’t wait to get started!

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Tag other people to do the tag and spread the love!

Reading on the couch or on the bed?

This one’s easy. The couch! I have tried reading on the bed a lot of times, but either I have to lie on my stomach to do that (I used to do that a lot a couple years ago, reading from such a less distance was why I got spectacles) or lie on my back and keep my arms at 90 degrees, both of which are quite uncomfortable.

Sweet or salty snacks while reading?

None, actually. I am very particular about maintaining my books, and given how clumsy I am, I am very likely to spill something on my book. So thanks, but no thanks.

Trilogies or Quartets?

I guess I prefer Quartets so that I can read a series for a longer time and stay connected with the characters.

First person or Third person POV?

Third person POV. For some reason, I have never found first person narrations very interesting. They don’t allow you to know anything apart from the narrator’s thoughts, and I like to keep tabs on all the characters and connect to them equally.

Night or Morning reader?

I can read anytime. But since I don’t have much time in the mornings, I read in the afternoon or at night.

Libraries or bookstores?

This is way too hard. Both have a equal place in my heart 😀

Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

Books that make me laugh. I am not a very emotional person, so I have rarely come across books that make me cry. While those who make me laugh, let’s just say I love any reason to laugh.

Black or White book covers?

Neither. I prefer covers of colour, like blue, green etc, you know?

Character driven or plot driven?

Character driven, maybe. But both are equally important for me.

Alright, I am tagging a few bloggers who might be interested in this tag

Ashmita @The Fictional Journal

Katie @ The Storybook Sisters

Kristin @Kristin Craves Books

Laura @The Corner Of Laura

I had a lot of fun doing this tag! Thanks once again April, and see you all in my next post!

The Outstanding Blogger Award

I cannot believe my luck! Or is it the goodness of my fellow bloggers? Either way, I am doing another award today! Thank you Ashmita @The Fictional Journal for calling me outstanding nominating me for this award.

And hey, did you notice, I changed my featured graphic image for my blog posts yet again! I can’t seem to settle on one, and I keep making new graphics. As they say, ‘change is the only constant thing in this world’ 😂

Anyway, here are the rules for this award.

Rules:
  • Link to the creator’s original award post.
  • Answer the questions provided.
  • Create 7 unique questions.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers. Neither the award’s creator nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated.
  • At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

Okay, without further ado, let’s get started answering Ashmita’s questions!

  1. What 3 GIFs would you use to sum up the last book you’ve read?

The last book I read was Nevermoor : The Trials Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend.

Okay, so the last one happens to me in every single series I read, but you get the idea, right?

2. What is your favorite word?

There are just SO many amazing words in the English language (and in other languages too, of course😅) so I am just going to tell you the ones that are coming to my mind right now. The basis of my favoritism is mostly the sound of the word or its meaning.

  1. Blossom
  2. Twilight
  3. Mallowmelt (Yeah, I know this is probably not a real word, but KOTLC fans will understand)
  4. Anchor
  5. Accent

3. If everyone was like a food item and had an ingredient label, what would yours contain?

Um…not very sure, to be honest. But this would definitely be written – “Comes in all flavours. Pick yours wisely 😉”

4. Who is your favourite person in THIS world?

I am not sure whether this has to be someone I personally know or not, so I am going to go with the most obvious choice – my mother.

5. What do you think is the colour of your soul and why?

If you would have asked me this question, say, around 6-7 years ago, my instant answer would have been yellow. I used to LOVE that colour. Coming back to the present, I’ll say it’s probably blue, because it represents the high and limitless sky and also because I love all shades of blue!

6. If you could teleport to anywhere in THIS world, where would you go?

First I should tell you that I hate travelling. I mean yes, I like seeing new sights, but I just can’t stay away from home for too long. If I could teleport, that would atleast get rid of the ‘travelling’ part ’cause I’m assuming I can teleport instantly. With that said, I would probably like to go anywhere that has a lot of wildlife around, and I can see flora and fauna everywhere. But after a couple of hours, I would teleport back home because, there is no place like home after all 😉.

7. What is your element?

I just browsed the internet and found out that I’m Fire, because I am an Aries. Actually, before I knew this, I have always considered myself to be Fire, as my mother is always telling me, I am VERY short-tempered and tend to flare up for little things. Apart from my short-temperedness, a lot of characteristics of Fire given on the internet match mine – Confident, Enthusiastic, Tempermental (oops! already mentioned that), Passionate, Creative, Enthusiastic etc etc.

Even though I am definitely Fire, I have always wanted to be Earth since I saw the series “The Nowhere Boys” and Jake was my favourite. Anyway, I am what I am😀

My Questions
  1. What are your other hobbies besides reading?
  2. If you could write a book about ANYTHING, what would you write about? (you’ve to assume people WILL read your book, even if the theme is a little weird different)
  3. Which is a series you could binge-watch forever?
  4. Spell your name out with books that you loved. (Eg. I would start with R- Ravaana by Amish Tripathi and continue with A C H E and L)
  5. If you could time travel either to the making of the earth/beginning of life or to the destruction of earth/ending of all life, which one would you choose?
  6. What would the name of your autobiography/biography/biopic be?
  7. Which is your favourite ice cream flavour?
My Nominees

Lilly @Lilly’s Little Library

Evin @A Curly Sue’s Ramblings

Leah @Leah’s Books

April Lee @Booked Till Midnight

Rafaela @The Portuguese Bibliophile

Tessa @Tessa Talks Books

Riddhi @Whispering Stories

Sofii @A Book A Thought

Nicole @Nicole’s Book Thoughts

Madeline @The Bookish Mutant

With all of that done, I am pretty much exhausted (but in a good kind-of way). Thank you once again Ashmita for nominating me. I had a lot of fun doing this! Signing off!

My Believathon progress so far (+Mini reviews of the books I read)

Hey y’all! As many of you already know, this month I am participating in this super cool readathon called Believathon, wherein we have to collect clues from the Manor of Make-Believathon, and return the stolen Maleficarum to its rightful place. If you didn’t know about it, you can check out my November TBR + BuJo spread for Believathon blog post.

So, I have to share some exciting news regarding my reading progress this month, which is….I have completed my TBR! Yes, you heard it right, I have read all the 5 books on my TBR, with 10 more days to go until the month ends! This is seriously a huge achievement, considering I didn’t get anywhere close to my previous 2-3 months’ targets. This was precisely why this month I had set my TBR to only 5 books, in hopes that I might be able to read all of them. And now here I am!

What I am going to do for the rest of the month, you ask? Sit back and relax, most definitely NOT. I am going to be reading even more books, so that I can contribute to the 1 million pages mark that all of us Believathon-ers (I am referring to my fellow Believathon participants) are trying to achieve. Anyway, here is a little something about each of the books I read in these 20 days.

Legacy by Shannon Messenger

Okay, this is the last you’ll hear about this series for a while, I promise😂! I haven’t been able to get hold of book 8.5 yet, so you’ll definitely get a break from me blabbering about KOTLC. But not for long!

Anyway, this was obviously a five star prediction, and it definitely deserves those five stars(obviously!). Although, the cliffhanger!! Though I had expected this after reading all the previous books (all the books in this series end in cliffhangers, in case you’re wondering), this. Was. The worst. Cliffhanger. Ever. Or should I call it the best? Either way, it has left me dying to know what happens next!

Frostheart by Jamie Littler

This was the book nearly EVERYONE was reading for Believathon, so I decided to give it a try too. The book was great, and Tobu is my favourite character (he is an exiled yeti, by the way). Still, I feel the book is a little overrated, and there wasn’t anything too mind blowing or anything. I guess I’ll give it 4 or maybe 4.5 stars.

The School For Good And Evil by Soman Chainani

This book has been on my TBR for what, three months now? I finally read this this month, and I think I would have been better off if I had left it unread. I mean, the plot was great, two separate schools for Good and Evil, and pink-loving Sophie and black-loving Agatha are put into the ‘wrong’ schools. So yeah, a really good story could have been made out of this. But I’m afraid this was not the case. Most of the time I hated Sophie, she really was the worst mc. Yeah, I know she is supposed to be ‘Evil’ and a witch, but did she really have to be that bad, that too towards Agatha, who never wanted anything else other than both of them to be safe? Anyway, when I was halfway through the book, I had made up my mind that I would definitely not continue reading this series. But the ending was better than the whole story put together, so maybe I will read the next books after all. Let’s see.

The Haunting Of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes

As I have mentioned before, I am not a big fan of horror. Even the slightest mention of ghosts and spirits gives me nightmares for a couple of days😄. But I desperately wanted to collect all the 13 clues for Believathon, and two of them went like – “book that features ghosts” and “book with supernatural element”, so I decided to put aside my fears and try this one out. And it was pretty good (though, as predicted, it did give my nightmares 😂) and I think I’ll be reading the sequel – The Bewitching Of Aveline Jones too. 4 stars to this book!

Nevermoor : The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

I, uh…wow! I finished this book this afternoon itself and just…wow! I think this might just become my current favourite series after KOTLC. A girl with amazing powers, a magical world full of wonder (literally! There is this substance called Wunder which apparently holds a lot of importance throughout the series), a prestigious society who holds difficult trials, what’s there not to like?! My favourite character is Jupiter North, Morrigan’s patron. He is kind, witty, humorous and a whole lot of other things whose combination makes him an awesome person. I actually laughed out loud a couple of time while reading, earning me strange looks from my mother. This book was a five-star prediction, and five stars it gets. Looking forward to reading the next book, Wundersmith real soon!

Those were the books I had in my TBR and have read so far this month. Any middle-grade books you read recently and loved? I would love some recs from all of you. So I guess that is it for this post, let me know your views on these books in the comments. Bye, until my next post (which hopefully would be real soon!).

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

Hello guys! I am soooo happy right now, I got nominated for my second blogging award! A big thank you to Tiction @Fictionally Crazy for nominating me. (psst! do check her blog out if you haven’t, it’s awesome!) I am hugely obliged.

What is the award all about?

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award is a non-official Award to the bloggers as a reward of wonderful work on their blogs. It’s just as important because it really reflects the good impact we can have on other people’s lives. It is important for the inspiration towards the success journey of our fellow bloggers and especially newbie’s to become the future Stars.

Rules

  1. Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog
  2. Answer their questions
  3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions
  4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog 
  5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo
  6. Provide the link of the Award creator of the Ideal Inspiration Blogger award as Rising Star from:  https://idealinspiration.blog

Let’s move on to answering Tiction’s questions-

  1. You are granted three wishes, what would you ask for?

Hmm..this is a difficult one. So the first one would be that I live in a huuuuuuge library filled with the kind of books I like (I myself am not sure what kind of books I like, so counting on the library to know😉) and I spend most of my day reading (and a little blogging). Next I would wish for a pet, preferably a dog, preferably not-black, preferably a Labrador Retriever or a Golden Retriever (okay, I know that’s a lot of preferences, but I am specific 🤷‍♀️) Finally, I would wish that I get to write a full-length novel, and that it is published, and people all over the world read it. Ahh, the feeling when you see your name on the book cover…

2. What book would you love to be a character of?

Currently, my answer is definitely going to be The Keeper of Lost Cities. I would get to meet Sophie, Keefe, Dex, Linh(nah, not so enthusiastic about meeting Fitz after all that stuff about ‘matchmaking’) and of course I want to meet Wynn and Luna!

3.Who is your favourite author and what is it about their books that you adore?

As I said in one of my earlier posts, I simply cannot name a favourite author, in fact I won’t be able to name even top ten. There are SO many brilliant writers out there, and I cannot do injustice to them by naming others. And also, I am not really that person who reads a lot of books by the same author. I only do so if it is a series. But, in recent months, I loved KOTLC series by Shannon Messenger, several books by Agatha Chrisitie, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, short stories by O’Henry, amongst many others.

4. If you could have a single super power, what would it be? Why?

I guess I would want the power to know, as soon as I pick up a book, whether it is going to be super interesting or not. I know it is pretty strange, and I am sure I would want a whole lot of other superpowers, but this is the only one I can think of right now 🤷‍♀️

5. What is the thing that would have been different than now had pandemic not been there?

Okay, be ready. If the pandemic had never happened….you wouldn’t be reading this blog right now. Seriously, I started blogging during this lockdown, because the urge to share my feelings on all the books I read grew stronger, until I just wanted to have an outlet where I could interact with like-minded people. And this was also the period I was introduced to all the amazing readathons that happen on Twitter and other places. Actually {don’t hate me please} I do think I am a tiny bit grateful to this situation. But yeah, now I just want everything to go back to the way it was.

My Nominees

Leah @Leah’s Books

IdleEmma @Rambles by the Puddleside

Nicole @Nicole’s Book Thoughts

Ashmita @The Fictional Journal

Bex @Bex The Bibliophile

Becca @Toastie Books

Laura @The Corner Of Laura

Hollie @My Thing About Books

Evin @A Curly Sue’s Ramblings

My Questions
  1. A song whose lyrics are currently stuck in your mind, and are replaying continuously?
  2. What is your favourite reading spot?
  3. If you could exchange your life with anyone, be it a real person, or a book character, who would it be?
  4. What would be the first place you’d visit if you discovered you could teleport?
  5. Have you ever started reading a book in the book shop or library itself, because you find it so interesting?

Thanks again Tiction, and goodbye, and goodnight (or good morning or afternoon or evening, if you’re in a different timezone 😉)!

Finally Fall Book Tag

Hey there bookworms! As the title of my post tells you, I am going to be doing this super-fun tag today. Thank you to the amazing April Lee @Booked Till Midnight for tagging me. Oh, and I nearly forgot! This blog that you’re reading now hit the 100 likes mark a couple days back! A big thank you to all of you fantastic bloggers, who have showered me with loads of love and support 🥰. I am immensely grateful.

Without further ado, let’s begin with the Finally Fall book tag!

IN FALL, THE AIR IS CRISP AND CLEAR: NAME A BOOK WITH A VIVID SETTING

I am really bad at settings 😅 I don’t pay as much attention to them as I ought to. But still, the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare did have quite a vivid setting that I could picture clearly in my mind. I think I have also written a little about the setting in my Review of this series.

NATURE IS BEAUTIFUL… BUT ALSO DYING: NAME A BOOK THAT IS BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, BUT ALSO DEALS WITH A HEAVY TOPIC LIKE LOSS OR GRIEF.

This book is set during the World War II and describes the horrific killing of Jews during that period. A heavy topic like Holocaust is portrayed from the eyes of two nine year old boys, one a German, a son of a Nazi commander, and the other a helpless Jew. The most heart-wrenching thing was that both the children were too young to understand their differences, and did not have the slightest idea about Germans and Jews, and even about the ongoing world war.

FALL IS BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON: SHARE A NON-FICTION BOOK THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING NEW.

Um, I don’t really read non-fiction. I guess I must have read only three or four non-fiction books in my life. So I am going to name the one I liked the most, which was The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank.

IN ORDER TO KEEP WARM, IT’S GOOD TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH THE PEOPLE WE LOVE: NAME A FICTIONAL FAMILY/HOUSEHOLD/FRIEND-GROUP THAT YOU’D LIKE TO BE PART OF.

The Sophie-Keefe-Fitz-Biana-Dex-Tam-Linh (and others) group from Keeper Of Lost Cities!

THE COLOURFUL LEAVES ARE PILING UP ON THE GROUND: SHOW US A PILE OF FALL COLOURED SPINES!

To be honest, at first, I kinda panicked because I thought orange books would be nearly impossible to find in my bookshelf, but then I did find some! I had a library membership for 2 years until last year, otherwise I would have had lots of orange books to show y’all! Anyway, we’ll make do with what we have.

Featured in the image are –

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate factory
  2. The Family at Red Roofs
  3. The Riddle of the Hidden Treasure
  4. The Haunting of Aveline Jones
  5. The Mystery of The Invisible Thief
  6. Twice Upon A Time
  7. The Burning
  8. The River Of Wind
  9. The Best of O’Henry

FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR SOME STORYTELLING BY THE FIRESIDE: SHARE A BOOK WHEREIN SOMEONE IS TELLING A STORY.

This was a book that I simply adored, and even though it was quite lengthy, I still never wanted it to end. The story here is narrated by {drumroll} Death itself! It was an amazing concept, and an amazing story.

THE NIGHTS ARE GETTING DARKER: SHARE A DARK, CREEPY READ.

Nah, I don’t really read horrors and thrillers as such. I mean, I may have read a couple, but I can’t seem to recall right now.

THE DAYS ARE GETTING COLDER: NAME A SHORT, HEARTWARMING READ THAT COULD WARM UP SOMEBODY’S COLD AND RAINY DAY.

This is not really ‘heartwarming’ (of course, there is FROST in the title!) but it definitely make a dreary day feel better.

FALL RETURNS EVERY YEAR: NAME AN OLD FAVORITE THAT YOU’D LIKE TO RETURN TO SOON.

Again, re reading is not my thing. But if I have to reread, I guess it will be The Wave by Morton Rhue.

FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR COZY READING NIGHTS: SHARE YOUR FAVOURITE COZY READING “ACCESSORIES”!

I don’t really have a ‘reading accessory’, but I like reading in my room, next to the turtle!

I had a lot of fun doing this amazing post! I am tagging a few bloggers now-

Tess @Unbound Library

Becca @Toastie Books

Nehal @Books And Words

Riddhi @ Whispering Stories

Bex@ Bex The Bibliophile

And YOU!! If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me!

What do you love the most about autumn? Which books remind you of autumn? Let me know in the comments!

Lost In Translation Tag

Hey guys! So this is a fun new tag created by Love Your Shelf. I was tagged by Cherelle The Bibliophile and I am really grateful for that. So thank you, Cherelle.

Here is how this works-

  1. Pick the last book you read.
  2. Put that book in Google Translate and translate it into 3 different languages, then back to English. (Please put which languages you used to translate them!)
  3. See how close (or how far) it is to the original book title.
  4. Lastly, put the original book title at the bottom and talk about your last read!

Let’s get started!

Here’s how my language translation chain went – ENGLISH – ITALIAN – PORTUGUESE – SPANISH – ENGLISH

TRANSLATED TITLE

Heritage

Since that is not very far from the original title, can you guess what the original title is? No worries if you can’t, you will know the original title very soon 😊

🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁 drumroll 🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁

ORIGINAL TITLE

Legacy

Yup, I know, Google Translate didn’t mess this one up too bad. But at least that means we can rely on it, right?

ABOUT THE BOOK

Yeah, I know, all of you are probably bored to death because of me yapping about this series all the time. But the rules did say “last book you read”, so you will have to bear with this again 😂. Anyway, for those of you who don’t know, this is the eighth book in the Keeper of Lost Cities series (which is an AWESOME series, by the way) and it was as amazing as I had expected it to be. I finished this just three days back, so I have still not got over the fantastic plot. And I can’t believe I have to wait till November 17th (probably even longer, it’s not like I will get my hands on it as soon it gets published😀) for book 8.5! Although it’s less than 10 days away, it seems like an eternity!

I TAG

Kristy @Confessions Of A YA Reader

Ahaana @Windows To Worlds

April Lee @Booked Till Midnight

A Page Of Words and Wishes @A Page Of Words And Wishes

Lisa @ Way Too Fantasy

Sean @ BookBlogggingBooks

YOU!! If you would like to do this tag, considered yourself tagged by me!

That was all for this tag, and I am getting really sleepy right now, so goodbye and goodnight!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Okay, so I still can’t believe it. I, for the first time ever, got nominated for a blogging award! Thank you so much Riddhi @Whispering Stories for nominating me. It is a really big deal for me.

What is The Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a blogging community-driven award wherein bloggers nominate their fellow bloggers. Its primordial intent is to bring recognition to bloggers, especially those who fly under the radar, for their inspiring, creative, and motivational blogs.

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

Here are the answers to Riddhi’s questions

  1. When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging in July (I think) this year. I didn’t have a lot of people around me who share my love for books. I started blogging so that I could talk about books with others who have the same interest.

2. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

As mentioned above, I could finally connect with other bookworms, who understood my love and my obsession with books. Blogging also gives me a sense of accomplishment whenever I achieve a reading milestone.

3. What is your least favourite thing about blogging?

Hmm, I guess it is just that for new bloggers like me, who don’t have a lot of friends on social media, it is difficult to get a good audience. Since there are so many blogs on WordPress, mine often goes unnoticed.

4. What are your hobbies beside blogging?

Reading, of course. I also like to listen to music, and I used to enjoy playing the guitar, but I am quite rusty at it now. Other than that, languages interest me a lot. I am currently learning German and French (and a tiny bit of Spanish) and am always looking for ways to improve my English grammar and vocab.

5. What would the title of your biography/biopic be?

It would definitely be something book-ish. “Between The Pages”, perhaps? Aghh, I am SO not good with titles.

6. Some advice for people who have just started blogging?

I have just started blogging myself, so I think it would be safe to say this – Be original, write about what interests YOU the most. You should write selfishly, only for yourself.

7. Describe yourself in seven words? 

Bookworm, Introvert, Achiever, Self-Centered, Confident, Creative, Animal-Lover

8. Dogs or Cats?

Dogs.

9. A TV show you can binge-watch forever?

There are so many! Greenhouse Academy, Just Add Magic, Trollhunters – Tales Of Arcadia will be the top three. Oh, and I just started watching The Bureau Of Magical Things, and I think that might be added to this list too.

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

A Head Full Of Dreams song, which is part of an album of the same name. You should listen to it too.

11. Who is your favourite author?

As much as I wanted to answer all of the questions, I will have to abstain from answering this one. There are so many amazing authors out there, it would be unfair to pick one. But a few of the many authors I admire are – Agatha Christie, Shannon Messenger, Markus Zusak, Enid Blyton etc.

Okay, it was a lot of fun answering those questions. Thank you for these amazing questions, Riddhi!

My Nominees

Nehal @Books and Words

Annemieke @A Dance With Books

Cherelle @Cherelle The Bibliophile

Stephanie @Adventures Of A Bibliophile

M.T. Wilson @The Last Book On The Left

Sofii @A Book. A Thought.

Ahaana @Windows To Worlds

Tiction @Fictionally Crazy

Iris @Countless Words With Iris

Kay @ Hammock of Books

Evin @ A Curly Sue’s Ramblings

My Questions
  1. Which is the book that has a main character who is a lot like you?
  2. Which is the most gorgeous book cover you’ve seen?
  3. If you could invite five book characters to dinner, who would they be?
  4. Which would you prefer- Physical book or E-book?
  5. Whom would you like to meet – An author or an illustrator?
  6. A TV show you could binge-watch forever? (Sorry Riddhi, this question was just too good)
  7. What is your favourite reading spot?
  8. If you are at a gathering, would you rather talk to people, or sit in a corner reading?
  9. If you could wish for any one magical ability, what will it be? (Eg. Teleporting, Becoming invisible etc.)
  10. A song whose lyrics are currently stuck in your mind, and are replaying continuously?
  11. A book you could re-read again and again, and still enjoy it?

To the people I have tagged, there is certainly no pressure for you. But if you do decide to write a post, do ping me back, or post the link in the comments. I will love to read your answers.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!

November TBR + BuJo spread for Believathon

Hi bookworms, and welcome to the start of a new month! November is going to be a really hectic but also an amazing month. For starters, I am taking part in Believathon for the first time! It is a middle-grade readathon hosted by an amazing person, Mr. Gavin Hetherington. You can find all the information about it here.

Since Believathon is a middle-grade readathon, I will be reading only middle grade books this month. That won’t be a problem at all, since middle grade is my favourite genre (I am 13 years old after all!) and I am always ready to explore new middle grades.

Without further ado, I present to you my TBR.

Legacy by Shannon Messenger

After just having finished Flashback, I just. Cannot. Wait. To read this! I want to know who Sophie’s parents are. I want to know whether Tam will come back. I want to know more about Wynn and Luna. And I want to see Alvar dead.

Wow, so the last one was pretty dark. But anyway, you get the point.

With this book, I will be getting The Key and The Crown for Believathon.

Frostheart by Jamie Littler

I have heard lots of good things about this book. And by the way, this is the only book I don’t have with me yet. I had ordered it two weeks back, and they sent me Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets last week! Hopefully, I will get the replacement by tomorrow.

This book will help me get The Fingerprints, The Dagger and The Backpack.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

This is one of those books I feel that everyone has read, except me. The concept of the book really attracted me, and I hope it will live up to my expectations. Gorgeous cover, isn’t it?

This book counts for The Footprints, The Handmirror, and The Chain.

The Haunting Of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes

Horror is not really my genre. I have hardly a couple of horror books in my bookshelf, none of which I really liked. But I still decided to give this book a try because (1) Everybody who has read it has appreciated it, and (2) I really needed a book with ghosts and supernatural elements to fulfill the prompts for Believathon.

This book will work for The Torn Page, The Spilled Ink, and The Shadow.

School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

This book has been on my TBR for quite some time now. I hope I finally get around to reading it this month. It is the first book of a series, and I am a series person (I just made that up, it means I love reading books that are part of a series 😀) so hopefully I will like the book.

This book will help me in collecting the clues The Scream and The Flash Of Lightning.

And that was my TBR. If I manage to read these five books, I will be able to collect all 13 clues and solve the mystery of the missing maleficarum!

I have also made a Bullet Journal spread for Believathon. It looks like this

Let’s chat in the comments! What is your TBR for this month? Have you read any of the books on my TBR? How did you like them? Let me know your thoughts and views. See you in my next post!

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