My Favourite Trope!

Hello guys! Welcome to my first real post after my hiatus! The title tells you everything, doesn’t it? This is quite a big commitment, to be honest. Obviously there are a lot of tropes I love, but I have been coming across this particular one in some books I read recently, so…yup. I think it is safe to say that it is my favourite trope for the time being.

Okay, okay. No more suspense, all right? I am declaring my newly-found favourite trope now. It is – when a character pretends to be downright evil and apathetic, but is actually quite decent and tries his/her best to help people out, and then pretends he/she did it for some selfish reason.

Whoa. You hadn’t expected it to be so specific, did you? And I guess there will be some shorter way to describe this trope, but I don’t know it if there is one🤷‍♀️. So please bear with my ignorant self. Coming back, this trope is not as rare as you might think. Let me list some popular books with this trope, and I am sure you will see what I mean.

Fenestra from the Nevermoor series by Jessica Townsend

Ah, dear Fen. Fenestra is a side character, and though she likes to act as if Morrigan and Jupiter are none of her business, she actually is quite concerned about their well-being and has shown (grudgingly) compassion towards them throughout the books. Oh, and I forgot to mention that she is a giant cat. Yes, the one behind the girl in the Hollowpox cover.

Raphael from Cassandra Clare books

More of you will be familiar with this one, right? Raphael is a vampire who plays little roles here and there throughout the Mortal Instruments series, but I came to develop a fondness for him after reading The Red Scrolls Of Magic in January. He became my favourite character in the book, and fits this trope SO well. Those who have read the book will definitely understand, but those who haven’t, I can suggest that you read the book, if only for Raphael.

Kaz from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Haha. Ultimatum! I actually thought it was a good idea putting this one at the end. What if this entire post was just an elaborate excuse to gush about this book once again? I mean, I wrote out that entire trope with Kaz in mind. And it might have become my ‘favourite’ trope after reading the duology. “I protect my investments”. Seriously, Kaz?

Okay, for those you don’t know, Kaz is the main character of the Six Of Crows duology, and he pretends (and he is quite good at it) that his heart is stone and money is the only thing he cares about, but he does do some selfless deeds in the book. (Remember when he somehow managed to pay enough money to free Inej from her indenture?)

What is your favourite trope? Do you have any recommendations for me which have my favourite trope? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Let me know in the comments!

Songs that remind me of certain books (or vice-versa!) 🎵🎶

Hello bookworms! Some of you may know that I am fond of listening to music. So I am doing something completely random and unique today. You know how you perhaps listened to a song while reading a book, and then whenever you listen to that sing again, you get reminded of that particular book? Or maybe, while reading a book you get reminded of a particular song? Yeah, that’s what I am going to be talking about today. Maybe you’ll get some book and song recs from here as well!

I will be embedding the songs as well, so if you are lazy like me you need not go and search for those, you can directly play the video right here. With that said, let’s start!

Faded – Reminds me of Sons Of Fortune by Jeffrey Archer
Sons of Fortune by Jeffrey Archer - Pan Macmillan

Of course this is on the top of my list! Every time, EVERY single time I listen to this song, a running movie-kinda scene from the book begins playing in my mind, the moment of the accident and when the MCs got to know they were twins.

My brain has a very good reason to associate this song with this book. Ready for a long story of my life? (well, a small part of my life actually, I can be dramatic🤷‍♀️) This was 3 years back, when I was in 5th grade (yeah, I read an adult book in 5th grade, and anyway my father had to explain me some things from the book). We have this Sports Day event every year in school, and there’s a lot of practice for that. But that year, I wasn’t able to take part in the Sport’s Day because I was going to my grandmother’s place on the scheduled Sports Day date. So when I was not going to be there on the day of the final event, why bother practicing under the hot sun? After a LOT of convincing, my teachers allowed me to skip practice, and sit in a corner doing whatever I like. And what more do I like than to read? I used to sit for a couple of hours reading Sons Of Fortune everyday (well its a thick book, it took me time) while the others practiced. Basically, for all the stunts and other sports events that my classmates would be doing, there was a background song that was to be played, and they had to match the beat. Kinda like a dance. And no surprise there, this song was none other than Faded. After reading the book while listening to the song for so many days, now my brain automatically makes the connection.

What do you mean? – Reminds me of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth
Book Notes: Divergent Series by Veronica Roth - Girls Leadership

In this case, the vibes were pretty much the same in the book and the song. There are these lines in the song, they go something like, “When you don’t want me to move but you tell me to go” fit into the book so perfectly because I remember there was something about Tris telling Four to go away when actually she didn’t want him to leave.

Believer – Reminds me of Orion Lost by Alistair Chisholm

I remember there was something in the book along the lines of Ship constantly reminding Beth a mantra-kinda thing like “I am the master of my own ship” and this reminded me of the lyrics of one of my all time favorite song, Believer.

Something Just Like This – Reminds Me of The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

I don’t really know why, though I suspect that it may be because the soft and longing voice of the song reminds me of Jem from the trilogy.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post! Also, I have been running out of ideas to blog about, so your suggestions would be much welcome.

What songs remind you of books? Do you like any of the songs or the books mentioned above? Let me know in the comments section!

P.S I know I have been blogging very infrequently nowadays, and my previous post was more than a week ago. Its because of too many exams, but I will be back to normal soon!

Predicting my top 10 books of 2021

Hello bookworms! Today I am doing something I have never done before. Ranking books before I’ve read them! Actually, I have never even ranked books after I have read them😅, but yeah, you get the point. (and this is about to change this year btw, I am determined to do a “Top 10 books of 2021” post at the end of the year and compare it with this list.)

This post will be about me trying to predict the books I think would become my new favorites this year. It’s all very tentative, though. I don’t even know whether I’ll even read all of these this year but, they are obviously very high up on my TBR.

As to how I am ranking these books, it’s on the basis of either their synopses, or recommendation by others.

Aurora Rising, Six of Crows, Unlocked, Renegades, An ember in the ashes, KOTLC 9, Iron Trial, The Flame Of Olympus, Story Thieves

#10 Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renegades

#9 Story Thieves by James Riley

Story Thieves:

#8 An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

 An Ember in the Ashes

#7 The Fire Within by D.K Holmberg

The Fire Within (Elemental Academy #1) by D.K. Holmberg

#6 Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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#5 Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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#4 Unlocked by Shannon Messenger

#3 The Flame Of Olympus

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#2 KOTLC book 9 Shannon Messenger

Yeah, so this book is still untitled and it’s coming out in November this year. So I am pretty much predicting my second best book without even knowing the title, let alone the cover or the synopsis. That’s how much I believe in this series.

#1 Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

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That was really hard, but also really fun. Anyway, how do you like my predictions? Have you read any of them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

First Line Friday | Three Line Tales

Hallo bookworms! Its Friday, which means it is time to do another First Line Friday post. Today, I am going to be doing another weekly tag called Three Line Tales which I am super excited about.

First Line Friday

So this is a weekly tag hosted by Hoarding Books . All we have to do is pick any book, it can either be our current read, or a book on our TBR, or just something random, and open it to the first page, and share a snippet from there.

Today’s first line is

There was a ship, in space, lost.

Very vague, I know. But what a intriguing first line it is, right? Anyways the book is

Orion Lost by Alastair Chisholm

After a catastrophic Unknown Event leaves the colony ship Orion stranded deep in space, it’s up to thirteen-year-old Beth and her friends to navigate through treacherous and uncharted territory and reach safety.

But a heavily damaged ship, a mysterious alien species, space pirates, and an Artificial Intelligence which Beth suspects may be lying to her mean that getting home has never been so difficult.

Hugely gripping, with incredible twists and a fast-paced, action-packed story, this is an unputdownable science fiction adventure – perfect for fans of Mortal Engines and Star Wars.

This book is on my January TBR. Actually, now that I come to think of it, I really need your help with something. I have to choose between Orion Lost by Alastair Chisholm and Tin by Padraig Kenny, to read in January. If anyone has read either of these, please let me know what you thought of it, and if you have read both, well, your views will be really really helpful.

Three Line Tales (Week 255)

Today I found this, and it looked really interesting because I love writing stories, especially short ones. And word or picture prompts for the story make writing one even more enjoyable.

This has been created by Sonya @Only 100 Words and here’s some basic rules-

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

For more details, visit Sonya’s blog!

Today’s photo

three line tales, week 255: a girl in front of an empty canvas getting ready to paint
photo by Ashley Byrd via Unsplash

The white blank canvas sat on the easel, and waited.

The magician in front waved her wand, she let her imagination run wild, she painted.

And the canvas was filled with colours of joy, as everything came to life.

How did you like my three-line story? What comes in your mind when you look at the picture? Let me know in the comments!!

3 things I learnt after reading ‘The Wave’ by Morton Rhue

‘The Wave’ by Morton Rhue was a book that left a lasting impact on my mind, and I am sure it will do the same to you as well. Perhaps if you check out my book review of this very novel The Wave by Morton Rhue (Review) you will get a better understanding of what I am going to talk about in this post.

Here are the 3 main lessons that this amazing novel taught me –

  1. Past horrors can repeat themselves : Though we may believe that horrible crimes, like those done by the Nazis, are purely historical, that is not the case. These behaviors are human, and instead of fading with time, such impulses have only grown within us. The high school students were sure that they would never succumb to and blindly follow the orders of a dictator, like the Germans followed Hitler. But they were wrong. Even on knowing so much of history, they became what we can call a ‘mini Nazi army’.

2. It is very easy to become a part of a group, but very difficult to come out of it and regain your lost individuality : The students in the book had become one unified group, with actions so co-ordinated that it felt as if they were joint together with some invisible bond. They lost their individuality and forgot that each one of them was unique. It is very difficult to overcome group-thinking, and this was what was the main idea of this novel.

3. Not all quick reads are brief and boring : I always used to steer clear of short novels, because for some reason, I felt that they got over too quickly, without narrating the actual story. The Wave begs to differ. The story was comprise, and surprisingly detailed at the same time. After reading this book, I have begun to think that perhaps the length of the novel does not matter as much as the impact the story leaves behind. Yes, not-so-lengthy books, prepared to be devoured!

These were some things I learnt after reading this book. What did this novel teach you? And do you think, like some others, that the Wave did more good than bad? And if you have not read this novel yet, do you plan on reading it now? Do let me know your views in the comments section.

See you in my next post. Till then, happy reading!