3 Bookish Things Tag + The Feelings Book Tag

Hey people!

My exams got over today!! So I am hoping I’ll have a little more free time to devote to books and to this blog for a while before life catches up again (though to be fair I have managed my blog pretty well during this trying period. Scheduling ROCKS.)

I am always looking to diversify my content, and when I realized I haven’t done tags, awards or anything of the sort since quite some time, I thought I’d catch up! We have two tags in hand today, so let’s get started!

The 3 Bookish Things Tag

I saw this one on Madeline’s blog and it looks so much fun. I got lots of new recs from her post, so I am hoping you’ll get some from mine as well. As always, the cover images will take you to the goodreads page of a particular book!

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  1. TJ Klune (Author of The House In The Cerulean Sea)
  2. Grace Lin (Author of Where The Mountain Meets The Moon)
  3. Markus Zusak (Author of The Book Thief)
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)

The Worst Witch (TV Series 2017– ) - Series Cast & Crew - IMDb

  1. A Series Of Unfortunate Events (Well, still watching this one)
  2. The Babysitters Club (it was good, though a little over-dramatic, if I do say so myself)
  3. The Worst Witch (this was superb, but it did get a little repetitive after the first season)

Hmm I don’t really binge a lot of series (especially not in one day or one sitting) so there is only one answer for this. The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare

Just a clarification, I have chosen these three characters from recent reads, and they are in no way my only favourite characters. (had to say it in case any of them are reading this 👀)

  1. Glerk and Fyrian from A Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill (yes they are technically two but you can’t stop me)
  2. Julian from Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  3. The “buffalo boy” from Where The Mountain Meets The Moon
Under the Whispering Door
King of Scars (King of Scars, #1)
Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, #2)
  1. Under The Whispering Door by TJ Klune (this is my MOST anticipated 2021 release, and I am looking forward to reading it as soon as it comes out!)
  2. King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (I had ordered this a while back, and my copy arrived just yesterday…and omg it is even more beautiful in real life!)
  3. Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (This is the most beautiful book cover ever, you can’t convince me otherwise)
  1. A bookmark (duh)
  2. My finger/hand (weird and uncomfortable, but efficient. And I don’t lose my hand as often as I lose a bookmark)
  3. Those little tags on new clothes (honestly some of them are so pretty, once you cut out the barcode and price part ofcourse)
  1. Matthias Helvar from Six Of Crows isn’t as bad as most of the SoC fandom makes him out to be. Like he was raised in a stereotypical environment and sincerely wants to change?? In fact, he might have been one of my favourite characters in the duology (along with Kaz and Inej obviously)

2. The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman was infinitely boring. I totally get that the concept was cool, but did you not pay attention to the repetitiveness?

3. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is quite overrated. Of course, it was a decent book, but I don’t understand all that hype.

  1. To complete my GR goal of 65 books. I think I am doing pretty well on that, I am currently 7 books ahead of schedule.
  2. I was doing some stats the other day, and found that fantasy is making up more than 85% of my reading. So my goal is to read more of other genres too, especially sci-fi and historical fiction.
  3. Review at least half of the books I read, either on my blog, or on Goodreads.

I tag:

Aria @Book Nook Bits

M @Inking and Thinking

Kaya @A Fictional Bookworm

April @Booked Till Midnight

The Feelings Book Tag

I was tagged for this by Rania @Rania’s Rambling Reads! Shout-out to her!!

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to the blog.
  • Answer the 5 feelings given to you.
  • Write the reason in 5 to 6 lines of why does that particular book come under that feeling.
  • Nominate between 5-12 other bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 5 feelings too.
  • Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post.

Rania’s prompts:

A Book You Had To Stop Reading Because You Got Second Hand Embarrassment
Bloody Spade (The Cardplay Duology, #1)

Like I didn’t necessarily stop reading it as such, but omg, I got so much second hand embarrassment from Bloody Spade. We have this cat-boy Iori as one of our mc, and sometimes he reminded me of a bratty 10 year old (there was literally a scene where he throws a tantrum and runs away, only to come back a little while later) and made me cringe inwardly. But I still love him with all my heart.

A Book That Gave You Butterflies

We talking about happy butterflies? Or nervous ones? Or something else entirely?? Anyway, that pure tension and anticipation in Supernova definitely matches with this.

A book with a ship you will support till the day you die

Okay, that is quite intense. But if I had to choose, I’d say Kanej from Six Of Crows.

A book you knew you would love after reading the first chapter

I am cheating a little here because I knew I would love this book even before starting it. But still, it starts right in the middle of an action sequence, and for me that is the perfect beginning to any book.

A book you knew you would hate but read it anyways

Nope. I do not do that. However, I was to bend the prompt slightly, The Girl Who Drank The Moon was something I thought I’d dislike after reading the first few chapters, but I ended up liking it afterwards.

Here are my five questions!

  • A book which blew your mind?
  • A book which gave you nightmares?
  • A book that made you think and reflect? (on existence, deeper meaning of life etc)
  • A book you rolled your eyes at?
  • A book that has been etched into your memory?

And the five people I tag!

Birdie @ Birdie’s Booktopia

Janhavi @ A Cottage of Words

Pheonix @ Books With Wings

Emily @ Frappes and Fiction

Sofii @ A Book A Thought

What are your bookish goals for the year? Which is your most anticipated release of 2021? Let me know in the comments!

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2021

Is it weird that ever since I became a blogger, I’ve wanted to do the Mid Year Freak Out Tag without knowing what exactly it is? Yes, definitely weird🙃 But now that has changed since I did my homework and read lots of Mid Year Freak Out posts by other bloggers from previous years.

True to the name of this post, I am freaking out. Like seriously, when did time sprout wings? Just yesterday I was getting tired of the new year wishes and memes, and we are halfway through already? Whoa.

Till 25th June, I’ve read 37 books and a total of 14348 pages which are both mind blowing, when compared to previous years (I didn’t track my reading before this year, but I know I got nowhere close to these figures). I am doing quite good on my goodreads goal of 65 books, considering that I am 6 books ahead of schedule. Without further ado, let’s start with the tag!

Best Books So Far In 2021

Surprise surprise! Six Of Crows and The House In The Cerulean Sea. Linked below are my reviews for the same.

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | Book Review || Book Review: The House In The Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Best Sequels In 2021

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

Supernova was by far the best book in the Renegades trilogy! Read my review here

I love the Aurora Cycle series with all my heart, but somehow Aurora Burning was even better than Aurora Rising! Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | Review

Crooked Kingdom does not need any explanation as to why I am willing to die over it. Period.

New Releases I Want To Read

There are SO many of them, but I’ll go with the top 3.

The Ones We're Meant to Find

The Immortal Game

Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations, #1)

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of 2021

Aurora's End (The Aurora Cycle, #3)

Definitely Aurora’s End, the final book in the Aurora Cycle duology-soon-to-be-a-trilogy. After THAT cliffhanger in Aurora Burning (which is THE worst cliffhanger in the history of cliffhangers, if I do say so myself) I can’t wait to see how this turns out. (Also, can we please scream about THAT GORGEOUS COVER?!)

Biggest Disappointment of 2021

The Infinity Courts (The Infinity Courts, #1)

There have been quite a few books that did not live up to my expectations, but the one that hurt the most has to be The Infinity Courts. I rated it 1.5 stars. Shocking, isn’t it? What’s more is that this book had so much potential with such a cool concept *cue the sighing and head shaking* Read my review here.

Biggest Surprises Of 2021

Malamander and Book Scavenger. Both these lovely books reminded me why I love middle grade so much. Linked below are my reviews!

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

Favourite New Authors

Well, Leigh Bardugo and Marissa Meyer probably?

Book That Made You Cry

The House In The Cerulean Sea all the way. It takes a lot for a book to make me cry, and this one had it all and much more.

Book That Made You Happy

Is it cheating if I say The House In The Cerulean Sea again? Because yes, this book gave me ALL the feels. I laughed, I cried, I smiled through my tears.

Most Beautiful Books You Got In 2021

These were both part of my birthday book haul. I am currently reading The Girl Who Drank The Moon.

Books You Need To Read By The End Of 2021

A Dark and Hollow Star (A Dark and Hollow Star, #1)
The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)
Sweet & Bitter Magic
King of Scars (King of Scars, #1)
The Gilded Ones (Deathless, #1)
These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1)
It Ends in Fire
The Ones We're Meant to Find
Legendborn (Legendborn, #1)
The Immortal Game

I just picked some books from the top of my head, and though I definitely want to read these books asap, they are in no way the only books I want to read this year. Also if you’ve read any of these, I’d love to hear your opinion!

Which are your best reads of 2021 so far? What are some new releases that you haven’t read yet but want to? Let me know in the comments, and feel free to link your mid year freak out post if you’ve made one!

Get To Know The Fantasy Reader Tag

Hello everyone!

I’ve been having so many great (and mostly original) ideas for blog posts, but somehow I have lost the energy to form coherent words from my thoughts and type them out (hence the 18 barely-started-except -for-the-heading drafts just sitting there staring at me). It is at this time tags come to my rescue (cue heroic tune).

I was looking for tags related to fantasy (since its Wyrd And Wonder month) and I came across this one at Chonky books and it looked fun, so I decided to do it! Let’s get started!!


Rules:

  • Make sure you give credit to the original creators of this tag – this tag was originally created by Bree Hill.
  • If you want to, pingback to the post you first saw this tag
  • Have fun!

What is your fantasy origin story? (The first fantasy you read)

Huh I never thought about this actually. I guess it must be either Harry Potter or Charlie Bone or something.

If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?

Well, since we’re already talking about dreams coming true, I think I would very much like to become the author of this fantasy novel😂. The one trope that just HAS to be there would be found family, or ragtag crew of mifits.

What is a fantasy series you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?

My favourite fantasy series this year so far are the Six of Crows duology and the Aurora Cycle duology-soon-to-be-a-trilogy, but I guess a lot of people have read them already since they are pretty popular. So I’ll go with the Nevermoor series by Jessica Townsend, which was one of my favourite fantasy series last year. It is so underrated and underhyped, but I’m sure you’ll love it if you just read it.

What is your favourite fantasy subgenre?

I can’t really name a favourite, it all depends on how it is executed. But in general I like futuristic, dystopian, epic, MG and YA fantasy. And I also enjoy the occasional mythological fantasy, especially Indian (Amish Tripathy’s novels are fab!!) and Greek.

What sub-genre have you not read much from?

A lot of them actually😅. I haven’t read any fairytale retellings, and I have read very little of Paranormal Fantasy and Medieval Fantasy.

Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?

I don’t buy books just because I like other books by that author (I used to do that but ended up disappointed most of the time) so I can’t answer this one.

How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram…)

Mostly I get recs from my fellow bloggers’ posts (thank you, y’all!) though since I have joined Goodreads I get some good fantasy recs based on my tastes from there too.

What is an upcoming fantasy release that you’re excited for?

Aurora’s End (the final book in the Aurora Cycle trilogy) which is releasing in September and Keeper of the Lost Cities 9 (still untitled, but 9the final book in the KOTLC series) which comes out in November.

What is one misconception about fantasy that you’d like to lay to rest?

All fantasy is not magic spells and goblins and fairies. Yes, it does have some magical or supernatural element, but it is still very different from a fairy tale. (Go read Six Of Crows if you doubt me!)

If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?

Hmm…I’d say Divergent, Percy Jackson and any Cassandra Clare would be a good place to start…? They are all quite different from each other, so you can try them out and see what sticks.

Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across and would like to shout out?

Not a content creator, but I would like to tell you about Wyrd And Wonder, which is “an annual geekout about all things fantasy”. And that’s right, its taking place in May, right now! Oh, and its not too late to sign up even now (click here for all the details!).

I tag Ashmita @the fictional journal || Cherelle @a bolt out of the book || Kristin Kraves Books


Another thing before ending this post – did y’all see that my blog has a brand-new blog button now? All the credit goes to Evin @A Curly Sue’s Ramblings. Thank you Evin for the stunning blog button!!


Are you a big fantasy reader? Any great fantasy recs for me? What is an upcoming fantasy release that you’re really excited for? Chat with me in the comments!

20 Questions Book Tag

Hey there, I am doing a tag today! I was tagged for this by Georgia @Lost In Neverland. Thank you so much Georgia for tagging me, this looks so much fun!

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

Earlier I would probably have said that 7 or 8 is the limit for me, but now that I have found favourite series which have 9+ books (looking at you KOTLC!), I can only say that if the author can make it interesting, no number of books are too many books in a series.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

Ah, cliffhanger, my old frenemy! Cliffhangers definitely encourage readers to pick up the next book in the series, though WHY CAN’T A WHOLE SERIES BY REALEASED ALL AT ONCE SO I DON’T HAVE TOO GO THROUGH THE PAIN OF WAITING?!

3. Hardback or paperback?

Paperbacks! I love hardcovers too, but I find paperbacks more comfortable to hold while reading, and also while stacking on my bookshelf.

4. Favourite book?

The question I was dreading is finally here! Ahem…(don’t worry I am not going to go into my usual monologue of how ‘its unfair to the other books’😂) so it is for questions like these that I have updated my “About Me” page. It now includes a (rather long) list of some of my favourite books and movies. You can find it HERE. And of course, all my favourite books are there in my profile on Goodreads, so go check that out as well!

5. Least Favourite Book?

Eh I don’t really know. But the most recent book that I disliked was The Middler.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

Mostly, no. But it depends how it works out.

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

I don’t remember dnf’ing a book recently, but last year I was reading this book “It’s all about Treo” which revolved around a military dog, and it was all right at first, but then I lost interest and dropped it for something else instead.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

I am nearly finished with Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Well I have forever been recommending Six Of Crows on my blog, so I think that counts!

10. Oldest book you’ve read?

According to Goodreads, it is The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie. It was published in the year 1920.

11. Newest book you’ve read?

A Wilder Magic by Juliana Brandt. I received an ARC.

12. Favourite Author?

Abstain🤐

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

An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I don’t think I have ever come across a negative review for this. And though ‘disliked’ is a strong word, I certainly did not like it as much as I had expected to.

15. Bookmarks or dog ears?

Bookmarks, of course! *looks horrified* I would NEVER dog-ear my precious lovelies!!

16. A book you can always reread?

Well I am not such a fan of rereading…

17. Can you read while listening to music?

I haven’t tried to, but I don’t think I will be able to.

18. One POV or multiple POVs?

Recently I have discovered my love for books with multiple POVs *cues Six Of Crows and Aurora Burning and Unlocked and Renegades*

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

How I wish I could read them all in one sitting!! But sadly, no, it takes me about 4-5 days to finish a medium sized book.

20. Who do you tag?

April @Booked Till Midnight

Madeline @The Bookish Mutant

Laura @The Corner Of Laura

Which book are you currently reading? Which are the oldest and the newest books you’ve read? Chat with me in the comments!

Julie and the Phantoms Book Tag

Four months into 2021, and I am doing my first tag of the year! Yeah, I know apologies are due. All of you amazing people have tagged me for so many amazing tags, and I love you for that, but I am really sorry that I wasn’t able to do them. I stopped doing tags and awards completely in December last year, as I felt that my blog was becoming flooded with them. But I have decided to start posting tags once in a while from now on. So I found this tag at Living, Loving and Reading, and I have had Julie and the Phantoms on my Netflix watchlist since ages (I really should watch it soon), so I thought, why not?

Rules
  •  Link back to the original post (and also Sarah’s booktube account)!!
  •  Thank whoever tagged you!!
  •  Answer the prompts!!
  •  Tag some friends to share the awesomeness!!
  •  Go watch Julie and the Phantoms on Netflix (and sing every song like it’s your last performance on stage)!!

I just got this as part of my birthday book haul, and I have also recently discovered my love for novels set in space (thanks to the Aurora cycle) so Skyward by Brandon Sanderson is pretty high up on my TBR.

This was my first Christie book, and also my first crime novel. My father, who was a big Christie fan at the time, kept recommending this to me, but I was a little reluctant because this was something completely new to me. But it turned out to be so good, and it still remains one of my favourite crime novels.

Yeah, I was completely in the KOTLC zone then, and I think I read all the books by September, and then Unlocked got released in November, but I got to read it in January.

Yeah, I don’t speak about this a lot nowadays, but there was a time when I was totally fascinated by the HUGE twists in Jefferey Archer books, and Nothing Ventured is quite a favourite of mine.

Ha! You didn’t think I would write an entire post without mentioning SoC, did you? Anyway, I have always said that one of the major reasons I love the Six Of Crows duology is because it is really fast-paced and full of action. I mean, there aren’t many of the classic ‘combat’ scenes as such, but aren’t Kaz’s schemes a full-fledged war by themselves?😉 I will leave you to ponder on that.

Another KOTLC book! The entire series basically has pretty much the same characters, so my answer for this one would be the entire Keeper Of the Lost Cities series.

We love you Dex! You are the best friend there ever is!

I think I fell into a slump in the beginning of March, but somewhere in the middle I started reading Aurora Rising, and it got me out of my reading slump!

The Aurora Cycle is once again my answer! I have always said that the major reason this duology has me impressed is because of its amazing characters.

*spends half an hour staring into the book shelf before going with the one she had already thought of*

This was a very tough decision, believe me. (I am so sorry Kal, I know your face looks gorgeous on the cover, but I didn’t want all these people thinking I have become obsessed with the Aurora Cycle, which I actually have, but anyway I love the Burning cover, and I am so sorry not for choosing you).

I know there is this weird golden circle, some medal or something, in the image, but that is not there in the paperback copy that I have, and yeah, the book looks so much better without it. Also, I still haven’t read this, and I need to read it soon.

Uhh…I really can’t decide as such. There’s Kaz-Inej from SoC, Laia-Keenan from An Ember In the Ashes (Yeah, they seem a better fit than Laia-Elias), oh and Nova-Adrian from Renegades.

Nah, I really don’t have an answer to this, sorry!

Look, I am not the kind of person who cries after the end of most books. It takes a LOT for a book to affect me so much, as to make me cry. So I am not blaming the books, I am blaming myself. I might have been close to tears in a couple of books, but that has not happened recently, so I don’t really remember.

Marcus from AEITA. That guy disgusts me so much that I love hating him.

I had got goosebumps while reading this. I am not a big fan of the horror genre in general, and even the smallest think spooks me out, so its no big deal actually.


Since I have not seen many people do this tag, I am going to tag some of my friends :

Ahaana @Windows To Worlds

Ashmita @the fictional journal

April @ booked till midnight

Nehal @Books and Words

Madeline @ The bookish mutant


Have you seen Julie And The Phantoms? Or have you listened to these songs? What about the books I mentioned…have you read any? Let me know in the comments!

Liebster Award #2 | The Mystery Blogger Award #1 #2 | The Outstanding Blogger Award #2

Hey there bookworms! Today I am going to be doing 3 blogging awards – The Liebster Award and Mystery Blogger Award and The Outstanding Blogger Award. So thank you for showing your love everyone and nominating me for these awards🥰.

Liebster Award

I have already done this award earlier, and I got nominated a second time! Thanks to Laura @The Corner Of Laura for nominating me!

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
Laura’s Questions
  1. Would you rather have seven dogs, seven cats or seven birds as pets?

Easy! 7 dogs!!

2. What is your least favourite season and why?

Spring, because well, my birthday falls in Spring, and the season is just so beautiful and pleasant.

3. What have you discovered this year (e.g. great TV show, hidden talent, etc)?

I have discovered….new friends, right here on WordPress! It is a very special feeling to finally have friends with similar interests!!

4. Is there anything from 2020 that you’re going to miss? Anything at all?

Umm…no. Ok, maybe I am going to miss all the free time I have right now to read and blog, because once real school starts, I don’t think I would have this much time. Other than that, I am happy to see 2020 go.

5. What song describes your life right now?

I am not sure about ‘right now’, but A Head Full Of Dreams describes me and my life in general.

6. If you could turn yourself into an animal for an hour every day, which would it be?

No, thanks. I love animals, but I’d much rather stay human😂

7. Which fictional character would you love to move in with?

Can’t really think of one right now🤷‍♀️

8. Which book would you love to experience for the first time all over again?

All the books of Keeper Of The Lost Cities series! Those big reveals…just awesome!

9. Which show from your childhood would you love to see a reboot of?

I wasn’t much of a TV fan when was little, but I am still in my childhood in a way, so all the animated series I love now would also definitely be loved by me when I am older!

10. Would you rather be given your weight in gold or your weight in books?

If I get my weight in books, will it be books of my choice? If not, I’ll go with gold, and buy books of my choice with that gold 😉

11. If you could live anywhere in the world (fictional places included), where would you live?

There are so many places (fictional only!). Atlantis from KOTLC, Hogwarts from Harry Potter, Nevermoor from the Nevermoor series etc

My Questions
  1. Which author would you like the most to interview?
  2. Do you prefer reading one book at a time or several?
  3. An intimidating book you are too nervous to begin?
  4. Your favourite fictional villain?
  5. Would you rather befriend a dragon or a mouse?
  6. How do you choose your next read?
  7. Series or standalones?
  8. Hardcover or paperback?
  9. Describe your current read in emojis.
  10. Use a GIF to describe your current mood.
  11. Have your reading habits changed since you started blogging?
My Nominees

Ashmita @The Fictional Journal

Nadia @The Journeying Bibliophile

Nehal @Books And Words

Pilar @The Bookworm Shelf

Bookwormbloggerweb

Lilly @Lilly’s Little Library

Amy @ A Fangirl’s Opinion

Jasmine Nicole@ Curly haired Bibliophile

Shalini @Shalini’s Books and Reviews

Rukky @Eternity Books

Stormyreadsgirl @Stormy Reads

The Mystery Blogger Award

I got nominated for this award by not one, but two bloggers! Thanks a ton to Riddhi @Whispering Stories and Ashmita @The Fictional Journal for the nomination.

Rules:
  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

3 things about me:

I am really good at memorizing lyrics of songs, sometimes I can learn all the lyrics even if I listen to the song only once, (English songs! Hindi lyrics are too tough) but I am not very good at singing.

I love animated movies and series – Boss Baby (the movie as well as the series), 3 Below, Trollhunters, The Emoji Movie, Over The Hedge, and of course Zootopia, are some of my all time favourites.

I don’t know how to cook. At all.

Riddhi’s Questions

1. What is one Christmas themed book you want to read this year?

The Miracle On Ebenezer Street. I have heard loads of good things about it and I so want to read it this Christmas, but I can’t find the book anywhere 😭

2. What is your fatal flaw? 

Like Riddhi suggested, I took a quiz for this. Several of them actually. In one I got Selfishness, in another Curiosity (seriously? how is curiosity FATAL??) and in one I even got “you are an Other. You are a special person, and it is recommended you take another quiz” 😂😂

3. What is your Hogwarts house?

Ravenclaw. I think.

4. Who is your godly parent?

*rushes to google to take another quiz, or quizzes* Apollo!

5. Name three authors whose books you read this year for the first time.

Lots of them! This was the first year I participated in readathons and stuff so I got a lot of new recs from there. Anyway, some of them are- Shannon Messenger, Jessica Townsend, Phil Hickes, Jamie Littler, Cassandra Clare etc etc.

Ashmita’s Questions

1. What do you hate/love about Christmas?

Ehh…I love listening to ‘Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’. And most christmasses are spent at my grandparents’ place in Kolkata with my cousins and we have a lot of fun.

2. Which song are you currently listening to on repeat?

Oh, lots! Yesterday I heard ‘Waving Flag’ and am obsessed with it. And I also listen to ‘Up & Up’ on repeat.

3. Just one quote.

Alright, let me tell you that I LOVE book quotes, but I don’t often end up forgetting them by the time I reach the end of the page 😅. So I am going to tell you a quote I saw a couple days ago on the internet, and I remember (thankfully!)

“Worrying is pointless. It is like holding an umbrella, and waiting for it to rain.”

4. Whisper/secret/cloud. first thing that comes to your mind on hearing these words.

Whisper, I think of somebody leaning to whisper in somebody else’s ear

Secret, and I think of Hush!

Cloud, I think of it like a extra-fluffy pillow.

5. Favourite avenger (marvel) character.

Sorry (don’t hate me please!) but I don’t watch Avengers. Never have 🤷‍♀️

My Questions
  • Which book do you wish had a sequel?
  • Would you rather re-write the beginning of your favourite book, or the end?
  • Are you a fast or a slow reader?
  • What was the last book you read that you didn’t like at all?
  • Share a snippet from page 69 of your current read.
Favourite post of mine

Recently I did my first ever Discussion Post. I felt I made some good points and did quite well, considering it was a first. You can read it HERE.

Now its time to nominate people!

My Nominees

Cherelle @A Bolt Out Of The Book

Krysta @Pages Unbound

Literary Lion

Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books

MT Wilson @Last Book On The Left

Becca @Toastie Books

Way Too Fantasy

Stephanie @Adventures Of A Bibliophile

Tiction @Fictionally Crazy

Annemieke @A Dance With Books

Ashley @Infinite Library

The Outstanding Blogger Award

I got nominated for this award a second time! Thank you Tiction @Fictionally Crazy for nominating me.

RULES

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post.(very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. 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!
Tiction’s Questions

1.What is that one country you’ve always wanted to go to?

Pretty much all countries, since I have never been outside my own 😅 But I have always wanted to visit Spain, Spanish is my dream language!

2. Tea or Coffee?

None. I don’t drink beverages. Only milk.

3. Share a favourite quote!

As I mentioned before, I really appreciate and love reading quotes in books, but hardly remember any. So I googled some of Jupiter’s dialogues from the Nevermoor series (of course they are quote-worthy!), and came across this –

“Death is boring. Life is much more fun. Things happen in life all the time. Unexpected things. Things you couldn’t possibly expect because they’re so very… unexpected.”

I remember reading this line and immediately starting to adore Jupiter

4. If you could master one language, what would it be?

As I said before, Spanish!

5. What’s your book of the month?

Umm *racks brain and then checks Kindle library to see what she has read this month* Hollowpox! I didn’t have much of a choice actually, I have read only three books in December so far😀

6. Would you rather read just one perfect, no-fault, long, long book in your life or read unlimited standalones with cliffhangers at the end?

No preference.

7. Tell us a Dad Joke.

What did the Baby Corn say to the Mama Corn? Where’s PopCorn?!

Hah. Definitely groan-worthy, right?

My Questions
  1. Share the first line of your current read.
  2. Have you ever belonged to a book club?
  3. Have you ever buddy-read a book?
  4. What is the funniest book you’ve ever read?
  5. What attracts you to a book? The cover? Blurb? Recommendation from others?
  6. What’s your favourite reading place?
  7. Has a book ever made you laugh out loud?
My Nominees

April Lee @Booked Till Midnight

Abby @Beyond the Read

Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books

Stephanie @Adventures Of A Bibliophile

Amy @ A Fangirl’s Opinion

Stormyreadsgirl @Stormy Reads

Sabrina @Notes From A Paper Plane Nomad

Lilly @Lilly’s Little Library

Ashmita @The Fictional Journal

Ashley @Infinite Library

And we are done! That was a loooong post, wasn’t it? So thanks once again to the bloggers who nominated me, and to the ones I nominated, no pressure at all guys! Bon adieu!

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!!

First Line Friday

Hello bookworms, and happy Friday! This is my second First Line Friday post. 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.

As I had mentioned in my previous First Line Friday post, I will be sharing the first line, and then I will be revealing the name of the book.

In a field full of wild flowers, a boy and a girl stood side by side beneath and ancient oak tree. The sky was angry, the thunder growling like an angry beast.

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, it begins to stir beneath his feet…

Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn’s grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new Keeper will rise.

But, deep underground, someone has been waiting for Fionn. As the battle to become the island’s next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war.

This book is on my current TBR, and it is also most probably going to be my next read. The synopsis looks intriguing, and I can’t wait to get into it!

What is your first line?
Open the book nearest you and post the first line in the comments below…or you can also create a post on it!

To see others’ First Line posts, and add your post’s link, head over to Hoarding Books!

‘School for Good And Evil’ book tag | The Memez Tag | GIF-y Love

Hello there, bookworms! First of all, some exciting news. We reached 50 followers last week 🎉! Thank you to all of you who are following this blog, I am really really grateful for your support.

Today, I am doing three tags – The School for Good An Evil book tag, The Memez tag and the GIF-y Love tag! Let’s get started!

School for Good And Evil book tag

I was tagged for this by Riddhi @Whispering Stories. Do check out her blog guys, she does some amazing posts!

The Rules

  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post!
  • Link to the original tag’s creator: Sabrina @ Notes From a Paper Plane Nomad!
  • Please credit if using these graphics, these eyeballs didn’t dry out squinting at a screen for nothing 👀👀
  • Pick a book that fits each prompt.
  • Tag whoever, as many or as few as you like!
  • Post these rules and list of prompts in your tag post. If you copy-paste the rules, it should automatically pingback to me so I’ll see your tag post!

Like Riddhi, my answer is also the first Agatha Christie book I read – And Then There Were None. My father was obsessed with Agatha Christie at that time, and was always telling me to read And Then There Were None. After much reluctance and hesitation, I did, and now, when I have read almost 15 Christie novels, that one is still my favourite.

The School for Good and Evil! Well, yeah, the prompt itself says “Agatha” and however much I disliked the book, at least it did give the message of self acceptance through Agatha’s character.

A lot of books I have read were ‘unforgettable’, but when you say ‘unique’, the first book that comes into my mind is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It was just exploding with originality.

Fairytale? Well, I don’t remember reading fairy tales since I was 6. But Keeper Of The Lost Cities series did have elves and other magical creatures so…

I am not sure what exactly is meant by a ‘sweet’ book and since I don’t read romance, i am gonna skip this one.

I love the short story collections by O’Henry. They are witty, humorous, and ALWAYS end in really unexpected twists.

Anne of Green Gables!

I want to say Frostheart (the illustrations are amazing!), but the author and the illustrator of Frostheart are the same person, so how about I say I love the collaboration of Jamie and Jamie😉

The most obvious choice – Harry Potter!

Helped me? The Boy With The Striped Pyjamas, since a chapter out of the is in my school syllabus this year, and it helps to know the entire story😂. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that the question probably meant “helped me psychologically or emotionally” or something, but duh, I am 13 I don’t really have a lot of stress or anything.

No book has ever felt like a ‘punishment’, and if it has, I DNF’d it.

This is obviously going to be The Keeper Of Lost Cities series. I don’t know how Shannon does it, but she tortures us with cliffhangers at the end of every book in the series!

I tag

Lilly @Lilly’s Little Library

Tiction @Fictionally Crazy

Ashmita @The Fictional Journal

Cherelle @A Bolt Out Of The Book

Pilar @The Bookworm Shelf

The Memez Tag

I wasn’t tagged for this, but I came across this tag at Lilly @Lilly’s Little Library and Nehal @Books And Words blogs, and it looked really fun so I decided to do it myself!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Add a meme for all the topics given (the nominees can take any topic)
  3. Nominate minimum 5 bloggers
  4. Add the link of the creator (i.e. Aaliya’s Nook)
  5. And Don’t forget to put the following tags: #thememeztag, #amemeforeverything

A Harry Potter Meme

A Bookish Meme

OMG! I say this exact same thing all the time to my mom😂

COVID Related Meme

Animal Meme

Dog rebellion!!

Spooky Meme

Pin on Funny Seasons memes

Cartoon Character Related Meme

I Can Has Cheezburger? - funny cartoon - Funny Animals Online - Cheezburger
This happens all the time! And the worst thing is that my mom doesn’t even care when I give her my biggest angriest glare😂😂

Subject Meme

Memebase - math memes - All Your Memes In Our Base - Funny Memes -  Cheezburger
This is one meme I don’t relate to because I am really good at math and get 100% in exams most of the time. Not bragging😀

Exam Meme

60 Exam Memes That Will Make You Laugh Instead Of Cry

Random Meme

Need a Laugh? 15 Hilarious Memes To Get You Through This Week
Netflix literally has become my best buddy after books and my Kindle!

I tag

Riddhi @Whispering Stories

Ahaana @Windows To Worlds

Madeline @The Bookish Mutant

Shanessa @ My Days In Montana

And YOU!! If you like the look of this tag, consider yourself tagged by me!

GIF-y Love

This tag has been created by Nehal @Books And Words and Tiction @Fictionally Crazy I was tagged for this by the creator herself. So this used to be a weekly tag, but even though I never did this tag (sorry, don’t hate me but I prefer emojis over GIFs), I am sad to see it go. Anyway, thank you Nehal for the tag, and here we go!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you and leave a link to their blog.
  2. Mention the creators (Tiction and Nehal).
  3. Make a post, do list the rules.
  4. Use the tag #gif-y-love and choose a GIF you love for each of the provided prompts.
  5. Tag at least 5 people.
  6. That’s it! Make sure you laugh a lot in the process too.

I’m Bored 

Current Mood

Reading

Sarcastic

Spongebob 

Angry

Scared

Laughing

I tag

April @Booked Till Midnight

Evin @A Curly Sue’s Ramblings

Amy @A Fangirl’s Opinion

Rebecca @Bex The Bibliophile

And YOU!!

Aha, so that was one long post, wasn’t it? Alright, so I would like to end this post by promoting my own weekly tag called Character Chat. You can see my latest Character Chat post (its only the 2nd one actually) HERE.

I do not want to make this post any longer, so tschüss (which means goodbye in German) and bis bald (which means see you soon)!

First Line Friday

Who doesn’t love Fridays? I most certainly do (although days now mean nothing because of the pandemic…but that’s a discussion for later) so I decided to start doing this very famous tag called First Line Friday which is hosted by Hoarding Books.

Basically we just have to 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.

So what I am going to do to make this a little more interesting is, that I am first going to share the first line, then I am going to tell you the name of the book I have taken the line from. Let’s see if you can guess the book by reading the first line!

“A person can survive on sixty pounds of beans and three hundred pounds of rice a year. Dinner in the Bloom home tonight is beans and rice for the 365th night in a row. And we ran out of pepper yesterday.”

The book is –

Cured by Bethany Wiggins

Synopsis

Now that Fiona Tarsis and her twin brother, Jonah, are no longer beasts, they set out to find their mother, with the help of Bowen and a former neighbor, Jacqui. Heading for a safe settlement rumored to be in Wyoming, they plan to spread the cure along the way–until they are attacked by raiders. Luckily, they find a new ally in Kevin, who saves them and leads them to safety in his underground shelter. But the more they get to know Kevin, the more they suspect he has ties to the raiders. He also seems to know too many details about Jacqui and her family-details that could endanger them all. For the raiders will do anything they can to destroy the cure that would bring an end to their way of life. Bethany Wiggins’s reimagining of our world after an environmental catastrophe won’t fail to stun readers.

This is my current read (I am at 77% of the book) and so far the story is okay, although I think its prequel, Stung, had been better.

What is your first line?
Open the book nearest you and post the first line in the comments below…or you can also create a post on it!

To see others’ First Line posts, and add your post’s link, head over to Hoarding Books!