We Hunt The Flame Quotes As Real Life Moments!

I am officially obsessed with this duology. There, I said it.

Remember a stormy July evening when I wrote something along similar lines – Six Of Crows Quotes As Real Life Moments!, I believe it was called? Yes yes that does ring a bell. Since declarations of my love for a book shall now be decreed in the form of such posts, I am writing this post in honour of my newest favourites – the We Hunt The Flame duology.

For those of you are are wholly and truly confused so as to what exactly is going on, believe me, you’re not alone. I have no idea either. (what? did you think I was actually going to explain the concept of this entire thing? do my ideas even have a concept? ughh fine, since you insist.) Essentially, the gist is to relate some quotable lines from this duology to moments in my life, only, the contexts are ~slightly~ different. You’ll see what I mean in a moment. Onto the first quote!

“A thousand leagues and a thousand sands. For you, a thousand times I would defy the sun.”

Deen Ra’ad (aka the most sensitive and pure boy to ever exist on this earth. The world didn’t deserve him.)

(side note: this line makes me tear up every. single. time.)

This would be me to my Kindle. Do you know the pain of giving up a cozy reading spot in the balcony under the sun, and instead go to some dark, gloomy corner to read my Kindle just because I can’t read with sunlight falling on the screen? I have absolutely no wish to defy the sun but – ah, the things we do for books…

“He came here for one act alone: murder.”

Nasir Ghameq (aka the good assassin)

The ‘he’ in question being authors who, for no apparent reason at all, like to cause us readers literal pain by killing off characters we’ve come to love. (you get what I’m hinting at, eh Faizal?) Murderers.

“Knowledge without action is vanity, but action without knowledge is insanity.”

Benyamin (aka our sweet, arrogant immortal)

Truer words have never been spoken. This does lead my mind to very philosophical roads of thought… but, putting that on hold, how does this fit into my real life? Oh, what about when I get overexcited whenever I see a blog tour sign-up for one of my anticipated releases and happily go sign up for it – until later when I realize my assigned date is not far off, and I have to read a couple more arcs before that one. Insanity, right?

“Sometimes, when you live a life of captivity, trapped for so long, freedom becomes a thing to fear.”

Oh. My. Gosh. This is my exact life situation put very eloquently. I have stayed home due to lockdown for nearly two years now, and still have online schooling where I live, so I’ve got no idea how I’ll adapt to physically attending school again, once the restrictions are eased. Or going anywhere else, for that matter. Yes, I fear my freedom.

“Well,” Altair said with forced cheer. “It’s just the two of us again, and my, what a couple we make.” Nasir gifted him a look that could wither crops. “Keep up your endless yipping and only one of us will be left.”

Nasir & Altair (aka the best grumpy-sunshine duo ever!)

Back when I used to attend offline school, I always got extra cheery partners – be it a lab partner, a partner in a project, picnics etc. It was like Nature’s running joke on me. Anyway, while I used to studiously do whatever we’re supposed to do, my various partners would rather just chat with me, which annoyed me to no end and I’d usually end up snapping at them. In hindsight, that was rather harsh of me, but I couldn’t help it, you know? I’m a lot like Nasir than I ever thought.

“There were moments before moments, in which the world was framed in startling clarity, a defined before hurtling toward a horrible after. Moments in which the powerful were powerless, in which promises became failings.

This was such a moment.”

Okay, this is going to sound really silly, but the first thing that came to my mind after reading this was that moment on a roller coaster when you are right at the top and are just about to go down at top speed. There is that sudden feeling of thrill and fear, anticipation and tension. You know you’re about to drop but can’t do anything about it. This was such a moment.

“Wars could wage and swords could cut and arrows could pierce. None of them compared to the pain of a well-poised word.”

The word in question being the most dreaded word in the history of dreadful words – “rejected”. Few weeks back I requested my first ever Netgalley arcs, and a few days later, I get an e-mail. I am soo excited and close my eyes and then peek out of one eye – for what? To see that word?? Definitely not what I was expecting. I would have rather have a war waged in front of me, a sword cut of my head, an arrow pierced through my heart. Okay that’s gross and overdramatic but you get the point.

Huh. My life is so much similar to that of Zafira and Nasir, Altair and Benyamin, isn’t it? Anywayy that was all for today and the ulterior motive of this post was totally not to show-off these beautiful lines from the beautiful books.

Which is your favourite quote from the duology? Which are some quote-worthy moments in your life? Share with me in the comments!

And on a final note, my blog reached 200 followers a while back and I want to host a Q & A session in honour of that! Visit this post and leave me questions in the comments section if you haven’t! Oh, and don’t forget to fill this feedback form too –  https://forms.gle/CYkBpZXUm4hsuJQm8!!

~Rachel

8 Things I Look For In Books // does it show that I am desperate for recs?

Excellent news alert! I just found out I got selected for a blog tour for one of my most anticipated releases of 2021! *happy little jig* Pretty good, right?

Soo what are we going to talk about today? That’s right, Rachel is going to list certain things that generally (pfft what a joke, the correct word is always) make her fall heads over heels in love with a book. And since short (what an understatement) introductions have become somewhat of a trend on this blog, we get started immediately.

Presenting – The 8 things that I love in books!

#1 Found Family. Let’s face it. Found family is THE best trope to ever exist, and I know I’ll never in my life get tired of it. After all its no coincidence that on Goodreads my ‘found family’ shelf is pretty similar to my ‘best books ever’ shelf, right?

#2 Banter. Come on, give me all that (friendly, or not?) rivalry with the sharp retorts, the stupid (sometimes actually funny, admit it) puns and the hiding of smiles at witty remarks.

#3 Sass. What is a book without at least one sassy character? We all know and love the fearless badass females who never seem lost for words and have the most incredible way of doing or saying even the most mundane things.

#4 Grumpy-Sunshine trope. I realize I can’t call this the best trope ever since I already did that in #1. BUT this is a very close second. It provides for plenty of banter, and who doesn’t love seeing the classic ‘grumpy’ character pretending he’s annoyed but is secretly enjoying the quirks of the ‘sunshine’?

#5 Characters who like to read. Ah well I like to know I’ve atleast something in common with fictional characters, and since I am never going to be brave enough wage battles against the evil, my love for reading will have to do.

#6 Mr. Narrowed Eyes who walks with a flashing neon sign that says “I am evil with no emotions” but is actually a sensitive marshmallow. I actually made an entire post about this trope earlier this year(I still have no idea what it’s called so I made up a name). So these are basically characters who for some incomprehensible reason keep trying to prove to the world just how evil they are but they are the exact opposite.

#7 Mind-boggling endings. It might seem a bit out-of-the-ordinary but I actually enjoy books ending in a way that makes my mouth hang open trying to process everything.

#8 Lots of things happening all at once. It’s no secret that I like to see lots of action and fast paced reads are generally my type (though I have been proved wrong on more than one occasion).

As you probably may have gathered, it would not be inaccurate if I would have titled this post as “Things I Loved In Six Of Crows”, but we’re going to ignore that. Please and thank you.

What are some things you love seeing in books? Let’s chat in the comments!

Missed my previous posts? Click on the links below to read them!

Books As Road Trips // a random post that emerged out of the void

The Young Elites vs The Hype-o-Meter!

Books As Road Trips // a random post that emerged out of the void

I went on a road trip today. To the dentist.

Well yeah, that’s the closest thing to a road trip I have had in the past two years, and since I had nothing else to write about (*subtly ignores the 14 posts ranging from ‘barely started’ to ‘nearly finished’ sitting in the drafts folder*) I decided to let the impulsive me overrule the overthinking me, and as a result of all this, you’re seeing this extremely random post in front of you.

The idea is to basically compare some of my recent reads to (completely imaginary, I assure you) road trips. Do I realize that doesn’t make any sense? Yes, I do. But I hope the rest of this post makes up for my sub-standard explanation skills.

The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Your ride is the most gorgeous car (read: book cover) you have ever seen in your life. One look at it, and you know that your journey (the story) is going to be an amazing one. But as you’re going to find out, appearances can be deceptive.

The driver is a grumpy man well into his sixties whose worst nightmare is apparently to be caught speeding. He drives at less than half the speed limit (pace of the book) and you watch on skeptically as a jogging woman overtakes your car. You have half a mind to tell the driver to drop you back home (DNF) but something stops you from doing so. The people you meet on this trip (the characters) aren’t that bad after all, and perhaps your destination (the ending) will be worth it. Then, at about 60% into your trip, something changes. The driver throws back his head and laughs, and then accelerates so fast that you fall backward into your seat. Amazement lines your features as the car is suddenly moving at a tremendous pace. The rest of the trip is thoroughly enjoyable, and you’re almost a tiny bit sorry when it ends.

Where The Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace Lin

You do not pay much attention to how your car looks like, just get in and are eager to start. The driver is a cheerful young fellow who drives at a good, average speed, the smoothness of the journey makes you feel as if you are not moving at all. You fall in love with all the people you meet, however ‘out of the ordinary’ some of them may be (a dragon who can’t fly? “buffalo boys”? talking lion statues? yes we have them all)

You soon discover that the driver is quite talkative and friendly. As you progress through a country that is new to you, he tells you about the places, the cultures, and conjures up endless stories on any subject. At first you’re a little surprised at all the stories, which are inspired from folktales that you’ve never heard of, but soon you become comfortable and begin anticipating and even looking forward to the little impossible-sounding tales he weaves. Your destination is just as beautiful as you had hoped it would be. Overall, a soothing, refreshing ride that you needed.

Bloody Spade by Brittany Walters

The car started moving even before both your feet were inside. You yelp, but finally manage to hoist yourself in. For the first 10% of the journey you are trying to just get seated and get comfortable in the speeding car, whose driver is oblivious to your struggles. But to be honest, your adventure-loving spirit is kinda relishing the chaos of it all. You soon settle in and get the hang of it (“it” being the ability to not fall outside the car or get jerked backward every time the driver decides to speed up) and are thoroughly enjoying yourself.

The second half of the trip is not nearly as impressive. After such an exciting build-up, you are disappointed by how predictable the way and the destination turned out to be. A good ride, but the last few parts of the journey could have been better. An enjoyable one, all the same.

Supernova by Marissa Meyer

No sooner did you get in than the car started moving. You barely have time to take a seat and the person who designed this car had never heard of seatbelts. But who cares? You are having the time of your life. There are sharp turns along the way (plot twists), moments when it feels like your heart may pop out of your mouth, times when you have to clutch your seat for dear life. And so much tension and unpredictability. People might call this reckless, maybe even dangerous, but you’re always up for something like this. Anything to escape the monotony of life, right?

It was a wild, wild ride, but you enjoy every second of it. You’d do it all over again if you got a chance.

Aaand we’re done! I had a lot of fun writing all of this…whatever this was (come to think of it, would these count as reviews? mini-reviews, at least?). Anywayy let me know what you thought of this post in the comments section. See you there!

Six Of Crows Quotes As Real Life Moments!

You know a book was truly unforgettable when it persists in Rachel’s memory (who doesn’t remember what she ate this morning) after nearly 4 months of her having read it. The constant reading of memes and quotes and the S&B show were quite helpful too. Therefore I present to you SoC nostalgia because I am evil that way quotes from Six Of Crows and Crooked Kingdom as moments in my life!

“Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.”

I have probably given about a million speeches in front of small, medium, large, huge, and extremely huge (ugh why do I sound like I am naming dress sizes) audiences but my knees still shake and there is always a slight quiver in my voice when I start speaking on any kind of raised platform with hundreds of people staring at me. Stage fright on an epic level, right? And then after the speech, every single time, I get that smug feeling which says that this will be the last time said phoenix attacks me. And every single time, that feeling is wrong.

“Better terrible truths than kind lies.”

Me to my friends/classmates in any group project/literally anything else that they are making extremely ~mediocre~ : No. I hate this. This is not acceptable at all.

My mom/teacher: *insert admonishing tone* Rachel! Don’t be so insensitive!! You’re discouraging them.

Me: *deadpan* Better terrible truths than kind lies.

My Aries self is one with this quote. Period.

“Always hit where the mark isn’t looking”

“Who’s Mark?” asked Wylan.”

Me when I (very rarely, I assure you) zone out during my online classes and the teacher asks me a question. Different context, same energy.

Brick by brick, I will destroy you.

Lower the intensity please, but this is me to every fictional villain who hurts/tries to hurt my precious favourite characters. Grit teeth, clenched fists, totally in character.

“Would it kill him to smile every once in a while?” Jesper asked.
“Very possibly.”

Me when I am trying to keep a straight face in my online classes when some of the hilarious SoC memes I read a day back make a dramatic entry into my helpless mind. Seriously, very bad timing.

“Do not be afraid. Fear is how they control you.”

“They” being most teachers who take often take sadistic pleasure in describing how extremely difficult the examination paper is going to be. So, to all my fellow sufferers students – do not be afraid. You know why, right?

“You’re our chemist, Wylan,” said Nina hopefully. “What do you think?”
Wylan shrugged. “Maybe. Not all poisons have an antidote.”
Jesper snorted. “That’s why we call him Wylan Van Sunshine.”

I feel sorry for Wylan because I get this so much myself. Why is it that I come off as pessimistic when I am only trying to be practical? Like isn’t it a good thing to take all the ways something good go wrong into consideration? Just me? Umm okay, I’ll show myself out.

No Mourners. No Funerals.

This will be future me to myself when I finally muster enough courage to reread the Six Of Crows duology which I know will wreck me all over again.

Do you remember any quote-worthy moments of your life? Share them with me in the comments!

New Project In The Works // drumroll please

Hey guys! What’s up? 

Today I am here to introduce a new blog series!! (never saw that coming, did you?) It is a collaborative project with our very own April @Booked Till Midnight *applause please* and I am so pumped for it! 

Okayy…so. Those of you who have come here after reading April’s post probably already know what this is about (to the rest I’d advise you to please read her post first before coming here!) but here’s the gist – basically we are going to read some hyped up books and through reviews and alike, are going to give our opinion on whether or not they deserve the hype! (wow that makes me feel so important)

Most of the basics have been covered in April’s post and everything else that you need to know has been organized into a Q & A format below.

#1 Uhhh what even is this? 

Very good question, love the eloquence of it. Rachel and April are going to be reading six popular books and deciding if they are worth the hype. To do this, we will be posting a review or alike that basically compares the book to the criteria of what we fondly call the Hype-o-Meter.

#2 Hype-o-Meter??? Is that a made up word??

Yes, indeed it is (name credits to April!). We created the Hype-o-Meter to gauge to what degree the book is worth the hype. We will be using certain criteria to measure it against the said meter. Rather than a definitive yes or no, we will be balancing all of the components on a wider scale (from 1-10, to be exact) that accommodates for disclaimers or so-so responses. 

#3 When is this happening?

If everything goes according to plan, this starts in August and goes on till mid September.

#4 Do I have to do anything? 

Nope! Just sit back, grab some snacks, watch the ultimate showdown of books everyone loves, and possibly add (or subtract, though we hope you don’t have to do that) books to your tbr!! (And also…umm…maybe fill that suggestion form at the end? Pretty please?) 

#5 Why should I care?

Well, both Rachel and April are all knowing bookish goddesses whose words are straight up sunshine, so there’s that. Kidding. 

We can’t really make you care, but let’s try framing it this way… (read this in the same sort of voice you’d hear in a commercial, please and thank you)… Are you tired of bookish disappointment? Have expectations let you down far too many times?? Well never fear, the Hype-o-Meter is here! Scientifically proven to balance the overwhelming weight of expectations vs reality, this nifty tool will help you pick up your next (non-disappointing) read! 

Aaand that’s it! Yes, that’s all you need to know (at the moment, at least) and we’ll definitely keep you updated if anything changes. Before you leave, click on the link below and suggest us some popular books to read and review besides the ones we have already chosen!

https://forms.gle/WeggR41nTqVwd2Fs6

Does this seem like something you’d be interested in reading? Which popular books, according to you, are worth the hype? Which are not? Chat with me in the comments!!

This blog turns 1 year old! + An A to Z of me

You heard it right, last week was my first blogging anniversary! I have been blogging for one whole year now guys!! (well technically not a full year, since I took a few months to figure out how everything works before I started posting actively, but you get the point).

One year since a barely-teen decided she could not hold all her thoughts in that overfull mind of hers, stumbled upon wordpress and created a little space of her own, where she could talk all day about the thing she loved most – 📚books📚. (will she stop talking in third person now? Yes, she will.) So that’s how A Bookworm’s Paradise came to life. I had never ever ever dreamed that I would actually get such a wonderful audience like you all, and that I would actually commit myself to my readers like I have. It’s amazing, right? I know I don’t say this very often, but I feel at the top of the world whenever any of you take some time to read and appreciate my content.🥰 It is YOU who have made this journey possible, because I would have quit a long time back had it not been your encouragement.

Okay, that’s enough cheesiness for today (I spoiled the moment, didn’t I? You had just begun getting all puppy eyed). So I was thinking about it the other day, and I realized that most of you don’t know much about me apart from the fact that I am a bookworm (and you just need to see my website’s name to know that much). One year’s a long enough time to get acquainted, but now we should be friends, right? And friends should know little things about each other. That is why, today I will be introducing myself from A to Z, meaning that I will have a word beginning from each letter from A to Z, which describes me, or is a particular favourite or something along similar lines.

This idea is not original, I saw this post over at Asic’s blog and requested their permission to do a similar post. So without any further ado, lets get started!!

My zodiac sign is Aries, and I am what you’d call a typical, hardcore Aries! Competitive, aggressive, bold, will-say-it-to-your-face, impatient, impulsive – that’s me!

Duh. So obviously you know this, but books complete me and make me who I am.

I love chocolate!! Who doesn’t? But dark chocolate is the closest to my heart!!

I often zone out and day dream about the most ridiculous things. Seriously, my train of thought is not one anyone would like to travel by.

Most of you may know this as a faction from the Divergent series, but it is a real word and it means to have or show great knowledge or learning. While I would not like to say that I completely match the definition, I think out of the 5 factions in Divergent, this one would be the best fit for me.

Fire is my element, which is pretty obvious, since I am an Aries and I am so hotheaded and short-tempered. One touch and I ignite…

I think I have mentioned before that I really enjoy learning new languages. While I might be casually teaching myself other languages, German is the one I have been seriously pursuing. Not bragging here, but I gave the Fit 1 exam when I was 11, while the appropriate age for it is 15. And even now, I am learning the A2 level (from a European teacher!) alongside students double my age. So yeah, I like to consider myself kinda fluent in German.

History nerds, raise your hands! *raises both hands* Unpopular opinion among my peers, but I really like history in general. In school we had been studying Indian history for the past 3 years, and while I liked that, this year we have French, German and Russian history and that is so much more interesting! And also, historical fantasy is one of my preferred book genres.

My MBTI is ISTJ, but tbh I did not need that personality test to tell me that I am an introvert. Many of you would find it hard to believe that I have only one IRL friend who is actually a real friend of mine (not a “badminton friend” or “a classmate friend”), and I haven’t talked to even her since almost a year (I have Covid to thank for that). Hence proved that I am terrible at making friends and a completely antisocial person.

I am often very quick to judge people and I am so stubborn that I am not very likely to change my judgement of anyone. Just another glimpse at my ISTJ personality.

My Kindle has been my constant companion during the lockdown, as most of the books I have read in the past two years were e-books. My Kindle (not really mine, I share with my dad) is a regular old paperwhite with a dark blue external cover.

While I have absolutely zero musical talent, I do have a knack of memorizing lyrics of songs I hear, and I hardly ever forget them. This includes both Hindi and English songs.

March is my favourite month of the year. I love the March weather, and my birthday fall in March too!

I am a nature lover. It does help that my house faces a big trove of tall trees, and I have the most amazing view from my room window or my balcony. I took up bird watching as a hobby quite seriously last year (yup I have these hi-fi pair of binoculars which can sometimes show me even the eggs in the different nests!) and though I quit a couple months back, I still am very interesting in casual bird spotting and plant growing and other similar stuff.

I am a pretty good observer and often pay attention to small details which are mostly overlooked by others. But then again, at other times I am so focused or distracted that I don’t even notice what someone is doing or wearing 🙃

Aha, another one of my many interests! I enjoy writing huge codes and working out logic and debugging my programs. I also used to take programming courses before the lockdown and made a pretty impressive multi-functioning robot (I used Arduino, if you’re curious)

I like doing quizzes in general, but history quizzes and math quizzes (and of course, quizzes on books!) are particular favourites of mine!

I like to think of myself as a rational, practical and logical person, as I generally look for reasons behind things and try to verify stuff with facts rather than assumptions.

Okay so you certainly don’t need another reminder of how much I love the SoC duology, but it can’t not be on a list of my favourite things, right? It is a big deal for a book to make it to this list, and that’s how much I am obsessed with this.

I hate travelling. I don’t like eating anything that’s not homemade, or waiting for hours in airports or train stations, or dragging my suitcase behind me, or sleeping in an alien bed. I also get homesick really soon (no place like home, right?) Add to all this the fact that I am terribly motion sick, whether I am in a car or in a plane. That means, I can’t read while travelling!! Do you even need another reason?

I pride myself on being absolutely fair and unbiased in all situations. I play by the rules and don’t like somebody who doesn’t.

No not the icecream flavour. I do not like wearing dresses or wearing makeup. I have never worn heavy jewelry or put on nail paint in my life. A plain-Jane if you want, but I have no problem with it.

I think I win over people quite quickly (especially my school teachers lol) with my oh so charming words and often succeed with getting someone to warm up to me. A useful skill for getting out of trouble, right? I really hope my teachers don’t find out about this

I have had a love-hate relationship with the colour yellow. When I was little, yellow was by far my favourite colour. But something changed and about 3-4 years back, I started really disliking the colour. At present, my feelings toward yellow is almost neutral.

And that was me in 24 words! (Yeah, I couldn’t find anything that started with an x and z). Hope you got to know me a little better after reading this!

Can you pick up some words that describe you? Let’s chat in the comments!

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman || Mini-review, some art, and a little “book scavenger” game of my own!

Hello you guys!! Hope you’re having an amazing day so far!

Today’s post is going to be all about Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, which is a (brilliant, if I do say so myself) middle grade fantasy that I read last week. I didn’t want to write a full review on it because I have no idea what to write so I decided to just to a mash-up kind of thing, which, as the title suggests, includes a mini-review, a Book Scavenger-inspired piece of art, and a fun game at the end! Let’s get on with it, shall we?

Book Scavenger (Book Scavenger, #1)

A hidden book. A found cipher. A game begins . . . .

Twelve-year-old Emily is on the move again. Her family is relocating to San Francisco, home of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger, a game where books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles. But Emily soon learns that Griswold has been attacked and is in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold and leads to a valuable prize. But there are others on the hunt for this book, and Emily and James must race to solve the puzzles Griswold left behind before Griswold’s attackers make them their next target. 

(If you click on the cover image above, it will take you straight to Goodreads, so you can add this book to your tbr!)

My Rating :

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The concept of a game with hidden books and clues to find them was so cool! What more could a bookworm like me possibly want? (except now I am left praying that this game existed in real life and I could play it ☹🥺)

I think this story was more plot-driven than character-driven, and though I usually favour the latter, its good to know that there are a whole bunch of amazing plots such as these out there!

I also admire the research the author has put in on different kinds of ciphers and stuff. It really showed, and I like puzzles in general, so I enjoyed reading whatever snippets of information was there about decoding different ciphers.

The character development through the book was executed wonderfully. Emily finally reassessed her priorities (being a good friend definitely beats finding an epic new game😉), and Matthew was a completely different (in a good way!) big brother than he had been at the beginning.

I would definitely recommend this book to all of you bookworms, but if you additionally like a good mystery or deciphering clues, you HAVE to read this!!

(This book is actually first in a series, but it can totally work as a standalone, so for those who avoid series in general, don’t hesitate!)


I think I have mentioned before that I am terrible at all things aesthetic, and that naturally includes drawing. But I had nothing much to do that day, and I had just finished reading Book Scavenger, so I drew a little something in my bullet journal inspired by it.

Yup, it’s our main character, Emily who has found a hidden book wedged between the branches of a tree. There is no exact scene in the book as such, I just invented one, considering that I wanted to keep my work really simple and minimalistic. And to be honest, I actually enjoyed working on this. Who knows, maybe I’ll do this more often!


Time for what you all have been anticipating!! Presenting…Book Scavenger 2.0, created by yours truly!

It is in no way similar to, or as huge and amazing as the Book Scavenger game in the book. It is just a little quiz that I made up. And don’t worry, you don’t have to literally go out and “scavenge” books, all the book scavenging is going to happen in your mind😉

Here’s how it will work :

  • Below is a link to a Google Form that I have created. When you click on the link, you will be taken to the Form.
  • I have written the names of three characters each from 8 different books. It could be main characters, side characters, anything.
  • All you have to do is rack your brain (or maybe Goodreads, though that would technically be cheating😉) and write the name of the book/series in the blanks given
  • (The books I have chosen are pretty popular to reduce the difficulty level)

All the best, book scavengers!! Click HERE to access the Form.


Have you read Book Scavenger? Is it on your TBR? Do you have any ideas for me if I want to do (very simple) journal spreads for some books?

I read my first audiobook!! | Busting myths about audiobooks

Hello everyone! As the title tells you, I read my first ever audiobook!! Cool, right? Although the actual book was a little disappointing (more about that in the review), the new experience of listening to a book rather than reading it was really great!

I was seeing so many people across the bookish community reading audiobooks, but I never felt the inclination to do so myself tbh. So what finally made me read this? There was this particular book I desperately wanted to read (The Mystwick School of Musiccraft), but unfortunately (or should I say fortunately😉) it was not available in the print format at all! You see, this book is an Audible Original, so it can be read, or heard actually, only on Amazon Audible. I kept putting it off, until last month I finally decided to give it a try, and ended up loving it.

Which brings to the question, why was I hesitant to read audiobooks in the first place? This is the question I will be answering in the second part of my post by busting different myths, which had taken over my mind (okay, that came out creepy😅).

First I would like to highlight what I personally liked and disliked about reading an audiobook.

What I loved about the experience :

  • For the first time ever, I did not need my eyes to read. Hence no constant grumbling from my mother that I wasn’t paying attention to my plate during meals, because now, I could read with my eyes on the food. Also, I avoided reading during meals earlier for the fear of accidentally spilling something on my book and ruining it, but now I can do so without hesitation. Yay multitasking!
  • I have the worst condition a bookworm like me can have – motion sickness! This means I cannot read in a moving vehicle without giving myself headache and nausea. But the audiobook solved this! I had to travel for almost an hour by car one day for an appointment, and I used up that time to make progress on my book. Goodbye boredom!
  • The audiobook really helped me give a break to my poor eyes. Whenever my eyes felt completely exhausted (which is happening so often now thanks to online school) I would put on my headphones, lie on the sofa and listen to the book (what a pretty picture of leisure!). No more tired eyes!
  • This point is not for audiobooks in general, but only for this particular one. The Mystwick School Of Musiccraft was completely about music, so guess what, there were so many background tunes and melodies. Not all the time, but like when the protagonist was playing some note, we could actually hear it! It really added to the experience.

What didn’t resonate with me that much :

  • I took nearly 20 days to finish listening to this one book😱! According to goodreads, it is around 380 pages which is not much at all, and if I had read this as a physical book, I am sure it would have taken me not more than 4-5 days. It was around 11 hours of the audio, but somehow, 20 days…that’s too much! And while I was reading this one book, I finished reading 3 other physical books side by side, so it is not as if my reading speed has changed. So yeah, this was a major drawback, because if I continue reading audiobooks, and at this pace, I will have no chance of meeting my Goodreads goal of 65 books.

Alright, now its time for some myth busting! This is for all those of you who, like me, are reluctant to try audiobooks.

MYTH #1

I’ll miss out on something if I don’t read the print.

This was the biggest reason I was not very enthusiastic to read audiobooks. Even when I started, I had this constant worry that I was going to zone out and miss important details. But as I got comfortable with it, I realized that this was not happening at all. Even when I was, like doing my homework or something, I found that I could easily concentrate. And to all those who are like me, I have another thing to say – sometimes it’s fine if you miss a sentence or two. There is absolutely no need to get paranoid or worried. And if you’re still not okay with the thought of missing a few words, I would suggest that you decrease the narration speed. Trust me, it helps.

MYTH #2

I have no reason to listen to audiobooks when I can just read the print.

Well, there are plenty of reasons. As I mentioned earlier, it is really helpful for those diagnosed with motion sickness. It allows you to read without straining your eyes. It helps you in multitasking. And it allows you to experience the joy of listening to the story. Do you really need another reason?

MYTH #3

It is too hard to follow what’s happening in an audiobook.

This was the other reason I did not want to try audiobooks. I was afraid that I will probably not follow if the narration is too fast, or too slow, or too accented. But surprise surprise, none of these things happened. Initially, I felt like I was losing the thread of the narration, that it was going a little bit too fast, so I simply slowed it down a little. Yes, most audiobook apps allow you to do that! My preferred speed was 0.80x throughout. All the pronunciations, intonations and punctuations were extremely clear, and I was very comfortable with the whole thing. Myth busted!


I hope you had as much fun reading this post as I had writing it. And hopefully I also eased your worries about audiobooks a little. TLDR: You should definitely give audiobooks a go, if you haven’t yet.

Do you read audiobooks? Do you prefer them over print copies? What do you remember about your first audiobook? Let me know in the comments!

Birthday Book Haul!

Today is 28th March, which means it is finally my birthday, folks! I turn a full 14 years today! Eeek!!

(Too many exclamation marks? Wait till you read ahead 😉)

And guess what my parents gifted me? Boooooooks!! (yeah, you don’t have to be so dramatic Rachel, what else have you ever asked for?) So obviously this was no big surprise, I myself had previously chosen the books and then my parents ordered them for me and arranged for them to arrive today in the early morning. So now I will be showing you all the books I received!

With better lighting!
In a stack!
The two MOST gorgeous covers from my stack!

These were the seven physical books I got as presents! They look absolutely stunning, don’t they? And you won’t believe it, but my father also took a membership of Audible for me, which means I can now listen to audiobooks as well!

Sorry for the abrupt end, but I have a lot I want to do today! Bye!

3 ways to decide a book’s rating

If you’re anything like me, sometimes you finish a book but have no idea how many stars to give it. At times you are not even sure whether you actually liked the book or not. Happens with me really often. So of course you rate a book according to the plot, the character-building, the world-building and all that, but here are 3 weird unique but effective ways (tried and tested by me!) to decide whether you really enjoyed reading the book or not.

I decided to start with the weirdest one first😂. So what you have to do is, keep the book you are reading aside for some time, and sit some distance away from it. Then you may or may not feel a sort of ‘pull’ coming from the book. I know it sounds totally crazy, but listen to me completely. It doesn’t have to be you staring at the book across you in a creepy manner. It can be you doing something else, and then the extent of the feeling of how much you want to go back and continue reading the book, will determine whether you are enjoying the book or not. Like, for nearly all the books in the KOTLC series, I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything else, the ‘pull’ of the book was so strong. That’s how I knew the series deserved five stars.

Another way to decide the rating is to note how many times you got distracted while reading the book. If you get distracted frequently, means you are probably not enjoying the book very much. When I was reading the Divergent series, I was so completely engrossed in it that I kept reading for hours without a pause (that’s unusual for me, as I generally read for short time spans, many times a day), and I don’t think I would even have noticed if an earthquake occurred beneath me then (thank god it didn’t😅). This way of rating helped me a lot, because after finishing the first book, I was totally lost, and had no idea whether I loved it or not. But looking at the way it kept me engaged told me that I loved it and should rate it 5 stars.

The third way I use to rate books is I check how much I remember the story after finishing the book. I don’t mean immediately after you finish the book, but after a couple of hours, or a day. This shows how deep of an impact the book has left on you. Sometimes, the day after I finish a book, I can’t remember much of the plot, no matter how hard I rack my brains. So even if a felt I liked the book a lot, I don’t give it full 5 stars, I settle for a 4 maybe.


That was it for this post! So now you finally know how I rate my books😉. Hopefully these methods will help you rate books too.

P.S. – I made my first attempt at writing fanfiction in my previous post (An epilogue to the Six Of Crows duology!), and that too for the Six of Crows duology! Do check it out and leave some feedback!

Do you use any of these methods to rate books? If not, on what basis do you rate books? Let me know in the comments!