Blogger Interview with Rachel!

Hello guys! Go check out my interview with Riddhi on her blog!

Whispering Stories

Hey guys! Welcome or welcome back to my blog!

Today I will be interviewing a blogger whose posts I very much like, and I am stoked to have her here! It’s Rachel from A Bookworm’s Paradise! Do give her a follow since her posts are super entertaining and fun to read!

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Me – Tell my readers a bit about yourself and your blog. Why do you blog about the topic you blog about?

R – Umm hi (*awkward hand wave*) I amRacheland I am an alien. Kidding. (my introduction skills are sub-standard at best) I am just another teen – Asian by ethnicity, ISTJ by personality, Aries by zodiac and book lover by nature. My hobbies apart from parentheses-ising(yes, as a verb) are reading (duh), watching TV, playing badminton, doing math etc etc. Soo, I run a book blog and it’s…

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25 thoughts I had while watching Lord Of The Rings #1

People talk about Harry Potter. I say (in quite a condescending tone sometimes), “Yeah, I had read all the eight books AND watched all the movies 4 years back.” People talk about Percy Jackson. I say, “Yeah, I read the series and have seen the movie too. No big deal.” People talk about Lord of the Rings. I say, “Uhh sorry I’ll get back to you.” (which translates to – I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about but I am too embarrassed to admit that I haven’t seen OR read LOTR when everybody else in the world seems to have read and re-read it and then watched and re-watched it)

It was this embarrassment (+a little pushing from one of my relatives who is a fan) which compelled me to pick up my remote and start watching the first movie in the LOTR trilogy – The Fellowship Of The Ring. (and what better time to watch “one of the greatest fantasy books/movies ever made” than the month of Wyrd & Wonder, a celebration of all things fantasy?)

So since I really don’t do movie reviews, I have put down my thoughts while watching the movie here. Hope you enjoy!

  1. I like history, but can someone please tell me where exactly this is going?
  2. Oh man, so we do have a Voldemort here too, and the ring is just a Horcrux kinda thingy.
  3. So does Gandalf mean grandfather or something?
  4. Wait, the entire village is calling him Gandalf. So that definitely can’t be the word for grandfather. (though imagine if it was!) Maybe that’s his name. Whatever.
  5. I am beginning to have serious doubts about this Gandalf. Is he good or bad or somewhere in between?
  6. Aww Frodo is too small and cute to have this kind of responsibility (namely, safekeeping an ancient evil and supposedly alive ring who WANTS to be returned to its evil master). Shame on you, Gandalf.
  7. Sam seems like a nice fellow, doesn’t he? He is taking his responsibility of serving as traveling companion to Frodo seriously.
  8. My doubts have been cleared. Gandalf is one of the good guys (bad guys don’t get beaten up until the end😃)
  9. Where is Strider when you need him?
  10. Oh there he comes!! That will show you, evil black-veiled-thingies (I forgot what they are called😅)
  11. Too close, too close! Faster, elf lady!!
  12. Is this going to be one of those moments when somebody is about to die and the person holding them cries and a tear falls and heals the dying person?
  13. I am having a bad feeling about this. Whenever a large troupe like this Fellowship of the ring (9 of them!) set out on a dangerous quest, atleast one dies. I don’t want any of them to die…
  14. WHAT? How’s that possible? He was just stabbed deep in the chest by a creature 20 times bigger than him, and he is saying he’s alright?
  15. Ohh yes, the suit.
  16. So Gandalf is going to sacrifice himself so the others can get away? Very noble.
  17. Okay no, he is running away with them too.
  18. Okay yes, he just did. Sacrifice himself, I mean. 9 little boys going on a quest, one fell down, probably for the best. 8 little boys going on a quest…(yeah I actually made that up while watching the movie😜)
  19. Is Boromir one of the bad guys? ‘Cause he is looking away and is sweating when the sorceress lady is reading his mind.
  20. Oh I was wrong, that was because of something else.
  21. Wait, what? Is she talking about Legolas?? Pity. I kinda liked him.
  22. I never cared much about Pippins and Merry, but now suddenly I love them.
  23. no, NO!! Not Boromir too! What’s the point if everyone dies?!
  24. Okay, I hereby declare that I will NOT accept any more deaths of the members of the Fellowship.
  25. Huh, okay. *starts watching the next LOTR movie*

Have you seen the LOTR movies? How did you like them? Chat with me in the comments!

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

I am so sorry guys, I forgot to include the ‘name’ blank in my Form! It is updated now, but for those who had already filled the form, would you mind putting a message in the comments section please?

A Bookworm's Paradise

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…

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We are now a family of 100!! 🎉 + Introducing a proper posting schedule (finally!)

Hello you guys! I am not sure what to say without sounding extremely soppy. Let me just say it straight. This blog now has 100 followers! Yes I know, I couldn’t believe it either. Thank you so much all of you for all the love and support you have shown this little piece of the internet which is so close to my heart 🥺. I love each and every one of you for showing your appreciation for my content through likes and comments, and even for simply taking the time to read through my posts🥰.

Since a lot of you have been with me for quite some time, I would like some honest feedback about my blog from you all. Even if you are a relatively new follower, your feedback would be much welcomed. To keep everything more organized, I have created a Google Form for the same, so please do fill it out, I would really appreciate it. I am linking the Form below!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVbNV5zrqc9fXt2gud74QqzyW8RrEENWDzkvNcBHFpsRFT8w/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please let me know in the comments if you’ve filled the form, so I can check!


Another thing I wanted you all to know is that I am working towards making my blog more organized (like that’s ever going to happen😏), so I have decided that from now on, I will not be posting whenever I like. Instead, I will be posting twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I will be following this schedule for atleast this month of April, then I might change the days. Let’s see how it goes.


That is all I wanted to say. Thank you once again for being the reason I have reached this important milestone of 100 followers! And don’t forget to fill the form! See you in my next post on Wednesday!!

Guess who’s back?!

That’s right, I am! I finished my last exam (in a while, at least) half an hour back, and now I am back where I belong. Right here with you guys!

I think I had mentioned in the previous post that hectic studies were not my only reason for the hiatus. I was also not feeling like posting regularly. But now that’s changed! Looks like a break was all I needed, because right now I have a million ideas about the posts I want to do (but I haven’t started writing any of them, so don’t expect to see them very soon😉). I really missed interacting with you guys, although I did try my best to read some of your posts whenever I got any free time during my hiatus.

Other news is that I have also designed a new header image for my posts (you will be seeing it from my next post onwards), and this time I plan on sticking to it (you know how difficult that will be for me😜).

Alright, so do wait for my next post, which will be coming up in a couple of hours. Till then, comment below the links some of your posts from last month that you are proud of, so that I can read them in case I missed them. Bye, see you in the comments section!

I have some little things to say!

Um…definitely not my best title. But I couldn’t think of anything else, because today’s post is not about any one topic, it is basically a pile-up of all the different posts I’ve been wanting to do, but had simply no time or energy to do so.

Medieval-a-thon Wrap-Up

I had taken part in this readathon, which ran from 10th January to 10th February. I wanted to do a separate post on this, but as stated earlier, I couldn’t. So I won’t bore you with the details, I’ll just share my bullet journal spread for the readathon, which will pretty much tell you how I fared in this readathon.

Yes I am a princess, bow to me everyone!! And the crow illustration is for Six Of Crows😊

Trope-ical Readathon

I had participated in the previous round of this readathon in August last year and it was a lot of fun. Now there is a new round coming up in March. You can see all the information about it in the host’s blog post here. I don’t know for sure whether I will be participating this time, but you should definitely join this! And please do consider joining Team Non-Fiction/Poetry as it is running low on members.

Hiatus Anouncement

So here it is. The thing I have been delaying since the end of January. You may have noticed that my last post was around 13 days back, and how I keep saying I don’t have time and stuff. I am really facing a big time constraint, what with so many exams coming up in the end of February and most of March too. Plus, Idk why, but I have not been feeling like posting anything lately. I mean, I get ideas, but then I can’t seem to process them and put them down here. I have decided that a hiatus is probably the best thing for me at the moment. I am not sure exactly how long I’ll be away, but most probably, I will be back around the last week of March (I’m looking forward to that birthday post!). But this does not mean I will forget that something called WordPress exists, so I will still read your posts and comment on them as I usually do (unless of course, I drown in the sea of textbooks surrounding me😱).

Goodreads

I am now on Goodreads!! *dramatic bow* Better late than never, right?

So I joined Goodreads in January this year, and I was giving myself a little time to get used to it before I told you. The thing is, given the huge number of people who use Goodreads, I am unable to find any of you there. That’s why I have a request. Can you please add me as a friend on Goodreads? THIS is my profile.

Alright, that was all I wanted to say to you! Don’t forget to add me as a friend on Goodreads! See you next month (hopefully!).

My August TBR for Trope-ical Readathon!

So I am officially announcing my participation in the Trope-ical Readathon! This month-long readathon has me all pumped up and ready to do some reading! (Wanna take part? Click here to know all about it- Trope-ical Readathon Info)

Without further ado, I would like to declare my TBR for this amazing readathon!

Now, a little close-up on the books from my TBR-

Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, for the trope – Strange Name

I really couldn’t find a book in which a character had a strange name, so I decided to go with the alternate prompt, which was to read a book whose title starts with the same letter as my name.

Racing in the Rain, as you can see, has ‘R’s in both the prominent words of the title, which made it the obvious choice for this trope. This one’s for all the dog-lovers out there!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, for the trope – Absent/ Dead Parents

I just completed the Mortal Instruments series, and now I find myself immensely drawn to the world of Shadow hunters. So right now, The Infernal Devices trilogy seems perfect (I plan on reading the entire trilogy in August, as you will see ahead in my TBR).

From what I know after skimming through the pages of Clockwork Angel, the main character, Tessa, lost her parents way back, and she and her brother were raised by an aunt.

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, for the trope – Outbreak/Pandemic

This book is for the alternate prompt, which was to read a book that is part of a series. This is the second book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, and I can’t tell you much about it right now, because I myself don’t know a thing about it! But, all the same, I can’t wait to read it!

The Seven and Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, for the trope – Amnesia

Come on! Amnesia? Which is the first book that comes to your mind when I say that? Pretty sure more than half of you will say it’s Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. So it was a pretty obvious choice, don’t you agree?

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, for the trope – Artificial Intelligence

I am not a very artificial-intelligence-type reader (although I love AI movies!) so I am reading this book for the alternate prompt, which was to read an E book. Since none of the bookstores near me are open, most of my books for August are E-books, so this was a pretty easy one. With this I will finally finish the Infernal Devices trilogy!

And for the Team Challenges, I am going to go for –

The Keeper of Lost Cities, for the Magic Academy trope

This book is going to be a start of a new series, which, after reading all the reviews, I am really excited for. I had been told there was a magic academy in this, so straight away I picked this for the trope.

Fate and Magic, for the Time Travel trope

This is the only book on my TBR which I am not very enthusiastic about. The reason is that I did not find its prequel, Blood and Snow, the first book in this series, very interesting. But, from experience, I know books are capable of surprises. Let’s see.

From what I know, in this book, the main character Snow gets trapped in the mind of a queen who existed several hundred years ago, and is forced to live in her time until she finds a way to free herself from the queen’s mind.

And that, my fellow bookworms, was my TBR for August. What are you planning to read? Are you participating in any readathons? Let me know in the comments!

PS – This is actually the first time I have ever planned and written down my TBR. And maybe it was not that great and interesting, but I am slowly learning. Your suggestions would always be welcome!

The Wave by Morton Rhue (Review)

Ben Ross, a history teacher in a high school, was tired by sleepy students and sloppy homeworks. So he created new system in his class, called The Wave, which he hoped would improve the students’ discipline as well as help them understand the situation of many German citizens after World War 2, and to address questions like why they went along with Hitler’s plans and did not resist him.

What Ben did not know was that his little movement would spread from his history class to the entire school, turning normal teenagers into chanting, saluting fanatics, with the motto – Strength through discipline, strength through community, strength through action!

The other main character in the book is Laurie Saunders, a student from Ben’s history class, who was one of those who felt that The Wave was going too far and it had to be stopped real soon, before it was too late.

I know, I know. It sounds very far-fetched, doesn’t it? But believe me, it is not. It was one of those books which after reading, I was like, “What? It is over already? But I have so many questions!”. What actually shocks me is that this book is based on a true episode which took place in the 1960’s in a Californian high school, though of course, many events in it have been fictionalized. The book hooked me right from the first page, and I finished the entire novel in a day.

I must admit, the movement started by the Ben Ross in the book was pretty impressive. Even the ‘loser’ of the class began actively participating in academics as well as sports. Overall, The Wave made a perfectly disciplined community, but the price was very high. The students lost their individuality, and began to look for a leader, or even a dictator, to always guide them.

So do read this amazing story about something that had begun as a simple history experiment, but turned into a craze that was taking over the students’ lives.

By the way, if you like this book, you should certainly watch a Netflix series titled ‘The Unlisted’. Though on a completely different concept, the series deals with high school students as well, who were being controlled by people with bad intentions.

Let me know your views on the book as well as on the Netflix series by commenting below. Goodbye until my next post, and happy reading!

Let’s Talk Villains! 😈😈

Villains are perhaps the most important part of any novel. They may not be very likable in most cases, but if everyone did the right thing all the time and never hurt anyone, literature wouldn’t probably exist, right?

Anyway, there can be several types of villains. The most common types can be called (for all the Potter heads out there) the ‘Snapes’, the ‘Voldemorts’ and the ‘Malfoys’.

Let’s start with the ‘Malfoy’ type of villains. These are the people that I dislike the most. They are merely puppets of the evil mastermind, and are so stupid that they actually believe that they are going to get some benefit out of whatever they are doing. Of course, sometimes such types of villains are forced to do the dirty work because a member of their family has been kept hostage or something like that, but in most cases, it is done voluntarily. Almost in all the books I have read, the ‘Malfoys’ are easily defeated by the protagonist, and the mastermind himself has to fight. So there.

Next come the ‘Voldemorts’. These are portrayed as people in whom all the evil in the universe is residing. We hardly find any good traits in such characters. It is such type of villains that make us realize the protagonist’s goodness. Usually, they are equally or perhaps even more skilled than the hero of the story, and make the readers respect them, without wanting to. What? I don’t like Voldemort, but he is pretty talented with his wand, you have got to admit. Generally a novel ends with an epic battle between the ‘Voldemort’ of the story and the protagonist.

Finally, the ‘Snapes’. I know, I know, many of you would be crying out that he wasn’t actually a villain, but wasn’t he?

Such villains are the ones who are the most difficult to understand. Often, as in the case of the real Snape, they are double agents, with loyalties on both the sides. Even after you put down the novel, you think, “Was he the good guy or the bad guy?” If we try to think about it, we find several justifications for all the actions of such people. Everything they do, is for a reason, however complex, known only to them. Betrayal is a common trait associated with such characters.

So are there any more types of the ‘bad guys’ you have read about? Who do you and whom don’t you like? Comment below and let me know your views.

Bye, and happy reading!

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Review)

Ten people stranded on an island. One murderer. Haunted by a nursery rhyme, one by one, they begin to die.

Agatha Christie, the queen of crime, really outdid herself this time. This is one of those unforgettable titles that stays with you forever, and whenever someone asks you about your favourite book, you find yourself saying that name. Throughout the book, one keeps asking himself, “Could he/she be the one?”. Though suspense is a common factor in all Christie novels, this one was different somehow. You keep ruling out suspects as they die, only to find none left in the end. I actually felt the apprehension and tension that the ten characters felt knowing there was a murderer in their midst, while reading the book, and I am sure you will too. Such is the brilliance of Christie’s writing.

Each character is portrayed as a unique individual, and after completing about half the novel, I felt as if I had known them my entire life. These were ten people from completely different walks of life, and this little group included a doctor, a judge, a governess and others from equally various occupations. The only thing common was that each of them were harboring a dark secret.

If I tell you any more, you will end up knowing the identity of the murderer. So it is better I stop here. Let me know your views on this novel if you have read it, and if you have not, what are you waiting for?

I will see you in my next post. Till then, happy reading!