The Joy Luck Club || explores mother-daughter relationships

Title: The Joy Luck Club
Author: Amy Tan
Genre: Fiction
Series info: Standalone

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The first time I ever heard of/saw this book was when I was going through book lists for a 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt. The prompt was to read a book set in a country starting with “C” and this book fit because it’s set in China during some parts.

It was only after I read the book that I found it being mentioned everywhere. It is quite popular! Unknowingly, I had read a book which is revered as a classic.

THE PLOT

The book tells the stories of four pairs of mothers and daughters. The elder women lived a part of their life in China and migrated to America through different circumstances. Their daughters are born in America and grow up with very different values and ideals.

This book explores the differences in these women’s lives and the divide between them due to vastly different upbringings.

MY REVIEW

Let me preface by saying that this review consists of my opinions only and my reading experience might not be the same as many others.

The Joy Luck Club is a beautifully written book that explores Asian-American mother-daughter relationships where the mothers and the daughters barely know each other.

And it is possible for all of them to barely know each other because the parenting style of Asian moms is very different. The thing I found common is that mothers concentrate so much on giving to their daughters and raising them well that they miss out on talking about their own experiences.

The mothers are basically trying to pass on the learnt lessons without putting their daughters through knowing of those experiences that taught those lessons. Children shouldn’t have to go through the hardships of their own to learn the same things.

“Then you must teach my daughter this same lesson. How to lose your innocence but not your hope. How to laugh forever.”

But in fact, this is what causes the divide between the mothers and daughters. The American born and bred daughters do not understand why their Chinese mothers say things or demand that they do certain things.

“So this is what I will do. I will gather together my past and look. I will see a thing that has already happened. the pain that cut my spirit loose. I will hold that pain in my hand until it becomes hard and shiny, more clear. And then my fierceness can come back, my golden side, my black side. I will use this sharp pain to penetrate my daughter’s tough skin and cut her tiger spirit loose. She will fight me, because this is the nature of two tigers. But I will win and giver her my spirit, because this is the way a mother loves her daughter.”

The book shows us the experiences of these eight women in different stages of their lives. We read about the mothers’ lives back when they were in China and how they came to America. We also read through the daughters’ points of view where they are only exposed to American ideals.

Each of their lives are full of meaning, mistakes, overcomings and fights for freedom. It was very interesting to read about them not only because each experience was intriguing but especially to realise just how different their lives are.

I especially loved reading about the mothers’ lives. The way they show emotion, the way they react to things, and even simple opinions differ so much because of how their life was in China.

“Now you see,’ said the turtle, drifting back into the pond, ‘why it is useless to cry. Your tears do not wash away your sorrows. They feed someone else’s joy. And that is why you must learn to swallow your own tears.”

Although each chapter was interesting to read and was beautifully written, I was not able to enjoy the book as a whole. These very different stories are not part of a whole. They’re completely different narrations and lives that are interlocked by thin threads and these threads don’t have much substance to them.

The way these stories are connected is not important because the point of the book is the stories themselves, individually and as part of their respective mother-daughter duo.

And because of that, I cannot really review taking the entire book into picture. I liked the individual stories themselves but as a book, where they are all supposed to a part of something, it fell short.

At no time was so I interested in the book that I left everything else to continue reading it. Or I wasn’t entranced enough to get back to it really fast. In fact, the book took me quite a while to read.

“There’s no hope. There’s no reason to keep trying.
Because you must. This is not hope. Not reason. This is your fate. This is your life, what you must do.”

The best feature of the book is the writing. The writing is so beautiful that each sentence is infused with meaning and emotion. There is no sentence, no word, that is useless or out of space.

And there are so many lines that are teachings. There are several quotable sentences that I had a hard time picking what to show in this post.

“Wisdom is like a bottomless pond. You throw stones in and they sink into darkness and dissolve. Her eyes looking back do not reflect anything.
I think this to myself even though I love my daughter. She and I have shared the same body. There is a part of her mind that is a part of mine. But when she was born she sprang from me like a slippery fish, and has been swimming away ever since. All her life, I have watched her as though from another shore.”

OVERALL

It’s definitely a lovely book but I was not able to enjoy it as much as I’m sure a lot of other readers would.

If you’re interested in books that explore complicated relationships, have beautiful writing and also show a lot about cultures, you will probably like this one.

I rate this book..

3/5 stars

The School for Good and Evil || the best fairytale

Title: The School for Good and Evil
Author: Soman Chainani
Genre: Fantasy
Category: Middle Grade
Series info: Book 1 of The School for Good and Evil series

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This book was #1 in my Goodreads TBR which means I added it back in 2013. I was actually in 9th grade then so I was very close to the target audience.

It’s a shame that it took me this long to actually read this book. If I had read it back then, I would have loved it so much more.

THE PLOT

The book follows Agatha and Sophie who are two girls in a village.

Sophie is ambitious and wants to go to The School for Good to become a princess and marry her prince. Agatha is the ugly girl of the village who lives in the graveyard.

Sophie is kind to Agatha as part of her good deeds and according to her, Agatha is perfect for The School for Evil. Agatha doesn’t care about that though, all she cares about is her friend Sophie.

So when they both are chosen and whisked away, Sophie is happy at first. Until she is dropped at The School for Evil and Agatha is dropped into The School for Good.

The book follows them trying to go back home or switch places into what they think is the right school for them.

MY REVIEW

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK.

It’s a shame that I didn’t get my hands on a copy of this back in school!

I got the chance to finally read this book as an audiobook as I have a Storytel subscription. And I’m so glad. The audiobook was really fun to listen to.

So let’s get to why exactly I liked this book:

  • The concept.

In the book, there are two schools—one for Good and one for Evil. Students who graduate from these school become heroes and villains in their own stories respectively.

The author brought in students who are children of well-known heroes and villains from fairtyles as well as other acquaintances. The students have to do well in their classes in order to get high marks and get their own stories.

The book was super fun to read because of the concept. I imagined it all while listening to the narration and it was great.

  • The moral.

Until Sophie and Agatha, all the characters were easily split into Good and Evil. There are easily distinguishable traits in students so there was never an issue.

It should have been the same for Sophie and Agatha but they’re put into the wrong schools which sets off the book’s main plot.

Sophie and Agatha showed how Good and Evil is not so clearly separate. A person can be both and just because you like pink, you’re not Good. You are divided based on morals and thoughts, not what you think you are.

This moral was subtly shown throughout the book. It definitely has something to teach to younger readers.

  • The characters.

Sophie and Agatha were so fun to follow! We read from both of their point of views so we have a complete view of their adventures.

They are also complex characters without a straight moral compass. This clear but also subtle way of showing what truly matters as a person was brilliant.

The other characters in the book were interesting enough but they were not as interesting as our main characters.

  • Friendship > love.

This book is more focused on friendship than love. The friendship in limelight is Sophia and Agatha’s but we also see other friendships in the book.

I loved the friendship focus. Sophia and Agatha have a complicated friendship which is tested during this book. It was interesting to see how they manage it all.

There is some focus on the love aspect but it’s mainly only to show how love is expected for Good students while Evil students are always alone as villains.

  • Good vs Evil

Through this book, the author questions some fundamental things about Good and Evil. Why does Good always win? Why does Good get love while Evil doesn’t? Why does Evil have to be ugly in appearance? Why can’t heroes be ugly and villains be beautiful?

The questions I really loved were: why do villains have all the character while heroes are bland with some morals? Why does Good have no sass and cleverness? Why do they depend on love and companionship while Evil can do everything alone?

These are all questions that kids usually think about and question as they read fairytales. I questioned these things myself.

It was wonderful to see how the author takes these questions and spins a whole storyline around it. Some things are questioned and taken apart while others are answered through the story.

  • The ending.

If this book was a true fairytale like the ones we all know of, it would end with the Good student finding love and winning over Evil. But this book turns things around.

I really like how the ending was different and showed the true meaning of a happy ending.

I won’t say anymore because spoilers.

OVERALL

If you are looking for a middle grade book to read or recommend, pick this! Especially if you’re recommending to middle grade or younger students.

I rate this book..

4/5 stars

(would have been 5/5 if I was in the target audience because I’d have enjoyed it more.)

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WWW Wednesday // 20th May 2020

It’s been a slow week of reading.

Remember how I was reading 3-4 books a week for the last couple months? Well, it slowed down a little this week. Instead, the number went to another section.

You’ll see what I mean.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading MANY books currently. And that’s why I haven’t finished more.

#1

I’m still listening to Pride by Ibi Zoboi on audiobook. I did make progress last week and am 65% into the book. Even though I didn’t get a chance to listen to it more than once, I couldn’t help but think about where I left off multiple times.

#2

I started reading The Color Purple by Alice Walker early last week. I didn’t read the blurb and jumped right in so I was surprised about the story. I didn’t know that it dealt with heavy topics and is not easy to read.

I only read it for about a day before I put a pause on it. I will get back to it slowly over time because it’s not a book I can read at once.

The book actually reminds me of The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison because of the themes and language.

#3

The last book that I’m currently reading is Emma by Jane Austen. I started it just last night actually and am less than a chapter in.

I joined a book club through twitter with a few others and we decided to read Emma so that’s why I picked it up. It has been on my TBR for a long time so its good that I finally have the motivation to read it.

What did you recently finish reading?

I managed to finish two books last week.

#1

The first was I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver which I finished last Wednesday.

I’m really glad that I finally read it. It gave me perspective on some things especially since it is my first book with a non-binary main character.

It was really nice. Definitely recommend it.

4/5 stars.

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#2

The second book that I managed to finish was Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. I finished it just last night.

It’s honestly a GREAT book. I like how the author told multiple perspectives of Indians who settle in other countries hoping to provide more for their children. But the best part was obviously ripping apart the stigma around sex and talking about it.

4/5 stars.


What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t think I should plan my next reads because I’m currently reading three haha.

That being said, the books I really want to read next are Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar and Beach Read by Emily Henry.

Of course, there’s also The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins which just released. I’m not sure I’ll be reading it very soon though. I haven’t even gotten the book yet.


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if we were having tea… // 17th May 2020

It’s tea time!

I was confused on what to post today since I had multiple ideas. As I couldn’t make a decision, I put up polls on Twitter and Instagram. In both places, this post got the most votes so here we are.

I got myself a hot cup of tea as well to set the vibe for myself. You might as well get a cup of something too.

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If we were having tea… I’d first comment on how time seems to fly by. A new week starts and by the time I keep up with work, college, and blogging, the week is almost over. If it’s like this with me being home, I wonder how I would have managed in normal life without the pandemic.

If we were having tea… I would say that deadlines are catching up to me. They’re creeping up out of nowhere leaving me flustered and overwhelmed. I can think of two major deadlines for college as of now which need to be worked on ASAP.

Along with the major deadlines in college and work, small deadlines like assignments and small goals are also adding to my stress. Every few days I find that there are multiple assignments left to do that are due within a day or so. Once they’re done, I take a break to focus on other things. Repeat.

It’s starting to become overwhelming, especially since our situation with finals is also up in the air. I’m worried that we’ll have to write finals without having written even one internal test. Those internals are the ones that help in the end because they give familiarity with the topics. I learn about what and how much to write through them. Without internals to guide me, I don’t know how I’ll do in finals.

According to our seniors, the last semester is the easiest and we’ll score the best. But with the current situation, who knows.

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If we were having tea right now… it would probably be a video call and you’d hear loud music and noise coming from my side. It’s because the people in the house that my room’s window faces (in the apartment next to ours) play everything SUPER LOUD.

I am SO ANNOYED. We’ve tried calling out to them through our balcony and reaching out through other means but haven’t been able to successfully so far.

I think they have a home theatre system and they use it a lot. If we consider both the apartments, they’re the ONLY ONES who turn up the volume so much. They have to be deaf by now.

It’s the worst when I’m trying to get something done or when I’m in class/a work call. As I write this, I’m literally listening to lofi music through headphones in a high volume to drown them out. And I don’t turn the volume up this high usually but I have to because of them.

From spying through the window, I know that a couple live there. I assume they also work from home because every weekday during the afternoon they play LOUD MUSIC or watch television for an hour. Which I assume is their lunch break. It’s so loud that I know what they’re watching, what the characters are saying, everything.

As you can see, I have a lot of frustration built up.

These are also the people who had multiple friends over for a SLEEPOVER lasting THREE DAYS right after the lockdown was announced. And you bet they had a great time because we heard the party music.

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If we were having tea… I’d talk about how I’m really enjoying lofi music right now. I play it in the background when blogging and working. It’s really nice.

I made a playlist of my favourite lofi mixes so check it out if you want to! The third and fourth videos are my favourite.

Recently, I also found a 24/7 lofi beats livestream titled Quarantine Vibe. It’s quite nice too but I find that its beats do not suit my timings, which is sad.

If we were having tea... continuing from the previous topic, I’d talk about the new Discord servers that I joined (after searching for days). I was looking for Discord servers where people listen to music together and maybe chat. In the last tea hangout post I had mentioned that I missed listening to chatter which is what led me to looking for these servers.

I found them only yesterday and I really like one called Medium Cafe because of 2 things:

  • there is music playing 24/7 through their custom for-the-channel bots. One of the bots plays really good lofi which takes the problem of finding mixes out of my hands.
  • there are multiple voice channels broken down as “cafe tables” and “cafe booths” to chat and listen to music together with other people.

So yeah, nice stuff.

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If we were having tea… I would mention that my friends and I are almost done with Orphan Black. By that, I mean we have only a few episodes left. I am so glad to be finishing it because I’ve been curious about the ending for YEARS. Its been fun to watch with friends.

If we were having tea… you’d have another watching update from me. A few friends and I watched Anohana together. Anohana is a BEAUTIFUL and HEART-BREAKING ANIME that I first saw a couple years back. Since it is only 11 half-hour episodes, I had binged it in a day and sobbed my eyes out.

This time, I’m re-watching with friends and as it’s hard to coordinate times, we spread out watching the anime over two weekends. We watched the last 7 episodes yesterday though. AND IT’S STILL SO GOOD. Even though I knew what’s coming, it blew me away.

100/10 recommend.

If we were having tea… I’d talk about how I’m super inspired to blog even though I don’t have the time. I usually post thrice a week but for the last two weeks I posted four times. And blogging takes TIME, especially when you’re doing 500-1000 words a post.

And I have so many ideas. Lately I’ve been coming up with more chatty posts where I talk about my perspectives on things. And they are posts that will have 1k words* easily because I have so much to say. Although they might not be popular, they would open up discussions too.

My only problem is finding the time to write them all haha.

I’m happy that I’m not having a blogging slump, though! I usually get them when things are too hectic in real life.

*Oh hey look this post is already over 1k words. Thanks for sticking with me, y’all.

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If we were having tea… I’d hit you with another watching update. Yes it’s a lot of watching but I have the time now! And I’m mostly watching in small doses.

I’m currently watching the Kdrama The King: The Eternal Monarch which stars Lee Min-ho and Kim Go-eun. Netflix is releasing two episodes every weekend. A friend of mine is also watching it as it releases which is great because I have someone to discuss with.

Being a fantasy show, it does have many aspects that start discussions. The plot, the science-fiction elements, and especially the plot holes. I will (hopefully find the time to) write a review* on it once the Kdrama is over. But one thing I can say is that I don’t like the romance. And the show isn’t directed/edited well. My friend and I have been confused at parts and totally dislike the romance.

*Although I forget things easily, I have the chats with my friend to look back on and remember by opinions. So this review will turn out good.

If we were having tea… you’d hear about how I’m back to being (somewhat) active on Instagram. I wrote a whole post on my mixed feelings towards the app and the bookstagram scene a while back. In fact I was considering deleting the account recently. But that’s giving up, so I thought why not give it one more shot. This time just not at all looking at the numbers.

Let’s hope I can do it lol. If I can’t, I’ll probably go on hiatus over there.

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With The Fire On High // a lovely read

Title: With The Fire On High
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Genre: Contemporary
Category: Young Adult
Series info: Standalone

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I’ve looked forward to this book ever since I heard about it. The Poet X was SO GOOD and cemented the author as one of the really good ones for me. And I expected quite a bit from it because it has gotten a lot of praise among my reader friends.

THE PLOT

Emoni Santiago is in her final year of high school but her future looks shaky. She is a mother to a toddler, lives with her grandma, and is barely making ends money-wise.

The only place she can let go of worries is in the kitchen where her hands move with almost a brain of their own. The kitchen is where the magic happens. Cooking has been her passion since she was a kid.

Senior year comes with new changes in the form of a new cooking class (with an optional trip abroad!) and also a cute new boy. Emoni has to handle all the pressures while also raising her kid.

MY REVIEW

This book did NOT disappoint me. I had expectations from this book and it met all of them, and some more.

  • The story was wonderful to read.

It’s not a specific plot. The book follows Emoni through her senior year of high school and we also see flashbacks. Almost half the chapters were flashbacks where Emoni talks about important moments in her life that make the person she is.

While it didn’t have a specific plot line, the book was very enjoyable. I read the book in about two sittings. It’s easy to read fast and get immersed into.

  • Emoni was really nice.

The book follows Emoni navigating her complicated life. On one hand, she is a teenager with dreams of getting into culinary school. On the other hand, she is a mother and almost an adult, and she has to work to support her child with her abuela’s help.

“I’ve had a lot of things to feel ashamed about and I’ve learned most of them are other people’s problems, not mine.”

It was really interesting to read about her life especially because Acevedo seamlessly brought together all the different aspects and problems life.

  • All. The. Food.

Emoni is super gifted in the kitchen and her hands just pick up ingredients in the process. She even makes combinations that most people wouldn’t think of.

All the food descriptions made my mouth water. I can only imagine Emoni’s dishes in real life.

“My Aunt Sara says it’s in our blood, an innate need to tell a story through food. ‘Buela says it’s definitely a blessing, magic.”

  • The writing was really good.

Acevedo is a very good writer and her lyrical writing was present in this book as well. Some of the lines and paragraphs gripped me with feelings. The writing easily pulled me into the book’s world.

“I feel like I’m being pulled in a hundred different directions and my feet are stuck in cement.”

  • Artful showing of complicated relationships.

We see so many relationships in this book. Emoni’s relationship with her daughter, with her abuela, with her best friend and so many more.

My favourite relationship was between Emoni and her Cooking class teacher. They are two very different people who learn from each other through a love for cooking. It’s a unique and lovely representation of how teachers can influence your life.

Another relationship that I found interesting was between Emoni and her daughter’s father who is also a teenager. They fooled around as typical teenagers which ended with her pregnant. It was interesting to see how they navigate waters as parents and also teenagers.

  • The love aspect of the book had something to teach.

The book is not about Emoni falling in love and finding the perfect guy for her. That is not the book’s purpose which I really appreciated. There is so much more to show through Emoni and the author took the chance to do that instead of focusing on a romantic relationship.

That being said, there was a romance part in the plot.

Malachi is a transfer student who likes Emoni and tries to befriend her. But she is definitely extra cautious and has a jaded view of boys which means Malachi had to try harder to even befriend her.

It was interesting to see how Emoni reacted to being pursued, especially after her one and only previous relationship which her daughter was born out of.

“That’s what I learned, about him and most guys: who they are when they’re giving you flowers and trying to get in your pants is not who they REALLY are when it’s no longer spring and they’ve found a new jawn to hang out with. And I know the past isn’t a mirror image of the future, but it’s a reflection of what can be; and when your first love breaks your heart, the shards of that can still draw blood for a long, long time.”

  • What I liked the most about this book:

My favourite aspect of the book was that Emoni was not restricted to one part of her life. Her story was not just about being a teenage mother or about love or just about following her dreams.

Young adult contemporary books mostly focus on one thing in the book but it’s not reality because life is made up of many paths. I really liked that this book showed all the sides of Emoni and spent time on every aspect of her life.

“Everything changes. I’ll learn to be fine.”

OVERALL

Really enjoyed this and highly suggest it! It’s a beautiful book with great writing and great characters.

I rate this book..

4/5 stars

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WWW Wednesday // 13th May 2020

Hey everyone!

Okay so I wasn’t actually going to update my reading this week. Mostly because I posted just yesterday and also my eyes are STRAINED this week. Like, my eyes are kinda red as I type this right now.

But I’m on the laptop anyway right now as I’m chatting with my friends on Discord. I was doing my assignment but since that’s done, I thought why not blog.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m still in the middle of Pride by Ibi Zoboi on audiobook. I made some progress but not much. Reading has been more my thing.

The ebook I’m currently reading is I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver. This book first caught my eye when I was going through 2019 releases back in end of December 2018. So it’s been over a year!

I’m really enjoying it so far. I think this is the first time I’m reading a book with a non-binary main character. It’s sad that it’s my first, but at least I’m getting to it.


What did you recently finish reading?

I read two books in the last week. It’s half as much as the week before, but oh well. Work has been hectic, and I blogged more and spent time blog hopping as well.

#1

The first book I picked up was Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. I actually meant to pick up Truth or Beard by Penny Reid but I chose Darius the Great is Not Okay on Kindle by mistake. I didn’t realize the mistake until almost a whole chapter in so I just continued.

It was such a nice read! I loved Darius, first of all. The book also introduces us to Iran and their cultures which was super interesting. Darius’s relationship with his family was also interesting to read about. I always love family focus.

4/5 stars.

#2

The second book was what I initially meant to pick up. Truth or Beard by Penny Reid has been a book I’ve looked forward to for a long time. I remember loving the Knitting in the City series so I had similar expectations for this.

Unfortunately, the book disappointed me. It was nowhere near my expectations and I’m SO SAD.

It definitely had some good parts but it wasn’t much on the whole and there were multiple things that annoyed me. I tried to like it but I couldn’t. I feel sad. Not sure if I’ll continue with the series soon.

2.5/5 stars.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Honestly, no clue. I’m not going into the next week with any plan because I know I’ll have a lot of work to do for both college and internship. Let’s hope I have time to read in the first place.


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The Last Ten Books I Abandoned // and why

Hey everyone!

I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post in a long time but today’s prompt is one that I’m excited about. I need this chance to talk about books that I abandoned and all my opinions on them.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

[1] Tempt the Boss by Natasha Madison

Now, romance books with boss-employee relationships is NOT my comfort zone. In fact, I kind of hate it. I just don’t see a way it would be acceptable, for me. It stands in the bottom of my preferences, only preferred over teacher-student relationships.

But I tried to give the trope a chance in April. Only because the romancetheque book club chose this trope for their April books of the month.

I actually liked the first book so I downloaded the extra reads as well and Tempt the Boss was one of them.

I HATED IT.

Usually I mark abandoned books in my DNF* shelf on Goodreads and not as “read”. But I marked this one as read just so I could write a rant review for it. My review, as I had written on Goodreads:

I’m sorry but putting a laxative into your boss’s drink is going TOO FAR. It’s not just a prank anymore. It’s not professional, especially when it’s your SECOND day at work. I stopped reading right after that. The prank and further (lack of) consequences were unbelievable.

*Did Not Finish

[2] Happily Ever All-Star by Sosie Star

I picked this up like all my random romance reads. From Goodreads recommendations or lists.

And it was okay in the beginning. It was not bad. But I just couldn’t like it past a certain point??

It was trying too hard to be humourous and the chemistry between the main characters was weird.

The book wasn’t for me.

[3] The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

This book is actually quite popular in the YA community! I’ve heard some praises for it. And since it is a fake dating trope story, I was looking forward to it.

But the beginning was so rushed. Everything happened in a short time. And there wasn’t a proper reasoning or story arc to START fake dating.

It was as if the author took parts of other fake dating YA books and mixed them all together here. It was weird and if the beginning of such an iconic trope can’t interest me, the rest of the book definitely won’t. Hence, I abandoned it.

[4] Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennet

This is another sort-of popular book in the YA community. Some of the people I follow on bookstagram really liked it. And it has an interesting synopsis so I picked it up.

I actually have nothing against this book. I just was not interested in it, personally. The story was fine, the characters were fine, and the writing was okay too. But my interest in the book was zero. And that’s why I abandoned it.

[5] Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

I read and abandoned this book back in December 2019. I cannot remember why I didn’t like it.

Now that I look at it again, the premise sounds good enough. It has the fake-dating trope. I think I DNFed it because it was not delivering like I expected from the synopsis. Pretty sure it was boring and that’s why I gave it up.

Who really knows. Not me for sure.

[6] Until Fools Find Gold by Mary B. Moore

I have good patience with bad romances. Not sure if you know that but I do. Proof is the fact that I barely DNF books. I abandoned only 4 this year and I’ve read 57 books. So either I have patience or I just have really good luck at picking books. I’ll claim the former.

There was this point where I was picking random books set in the same world as Aurora Rose Reynold’s Until series. I have no clue why but some of them were free on Kindle so I tried them. And I read previews for some others, just to see if they were nice.

This was one of them and it was VERY annoying. The male lead was too much of an alpha-male. The female character was annoying as well. Overall, not a good read and I gave it up pretty quickly.

[7] Until Merri by Suzanne Halliday

Another one like the previous book I mentioned. I cannot remember why I did not like this one but I guess it annoyed me? In fact I’m pretty sure I only read the preview on Goodreads for this one and gave it up.

*shrugs*

[8] Until Midnight by Gwendolyn Grace

By this point, you must have realized that these spin-off books by other authors just were NOT nice. I think I liked only one of them.

This book also does not exist in my memory. I don’t know why I DNFed it, but I did. That’s all.

[9] Do Not Disturb by Layla Frost

I marked this as DNF in SEPTEMBER 2019 so forgive me for my lack of memory. It seems that after a while I just push these books out of my brain.

This one is also HIGHLY rated in Goodreads and has many praising reviews. I cannot figure out why I abandoned it lol.

[10] Deep by Kylie Scott

Now, I actually do really like this series by Kylie Scott. The first book was really good and I liked the next two books as well.

Deep is book 4 in the series and when I realized I hadn’t read it, I picked it up. And.. it was bad. I remember exactly where I stopped reading this book and why.

This romance involves a surprise pregnancy. And when the pregnancy did get revealed, the scene was very cringey and unrealistic and confusing. It was done badly and I couldn’t figure out whether it was meant to be funny or heroic or .. ??? I don’t know!

It turned me off the book so I abandoned it. I was disappointed that the last book of the series was sour for me.

me reading a book

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Have you read any of these books? What causes you to abandon books usually?

Verity || twisted, creepy, addicting

Title: Verity
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: Thriller
Category: Adult
Series info: Standalone

Goodreads

I’ve read many Colleen Hoover books and almost all are feeling-heavy romance books. The next Colleen Hoover book I was considering was Regretting You but after many negative reviews, I decided not to read it.

Verity showed up in my radar when I was looking for books to read for the 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt “book with an upside down image in the cover”. Verity was listed in the book recommendations list for this prompt and I decided to try it.

I did not even read the synopsis so I expected a romance book. This book blew me away though.

THE PLOT

Lowen’s mum just died after battling cancer for several months. Being a writer is hard but being a writer with an unpopular book out, no job and lots of bills? It’s a dead end.

When she’s just about being evicted from her place, she gets an offer to write for a popular series instead of the real author Verity. And it pays a lot.

So she moves into Verity’s house where she’s barely functioning after a car accident, trying to understand the series and make an outline. But all is not what it seems in the huge house.

Verity and her husband’s twin daughters died one after the other, and soon after that Verity crashes into a tree? Either it’s just really bad luck or there’s something else going on. And Lowen is about to find out.

MY REVIEW

This book was SO ADDICTING, y’all.

I expect romances and touchy feely stories from Colleen Hoover so this blew me way. She should really write more books in this genre!

Let me describe my emotions as I read this book:

  • first confused, because the vibe was not like a romance book.
  • intrigue.
  • more intrigue.
  • straight up SHOCKED.
  • a d d i c t e d.
  • reading as fast as I can because THIS. BOOK. OMG.
  • more shock.
  • also disbelief?!

And that was until only about 50% through.

Let’s talk about my feelings in a list because I need structure to talk coherently.

  • the plot was so cool.

I loved how it began and introduced us to the characters. The charm to the characters immediately drew me in. The random setting in the beginning was actually a really good hook.

The story progressed so well. The way things were unveiled kept me hooked in every chapter.

  • the writing.

The story follows Lowen in the current time but when she reads Verity’s autobiographical manuscript, we’re transported back to that timeline as well. And let me tell you, the manuscript chapters are the most adrenaline-inducing.

Colleen Hoover just managed to GRIP me.

  • the characters.

They were complex and had layers which got peeled back slowly as the story goes on. It’s not a book where the characters are perfect, but they’re perfect for the story.

And they’re quite interesting, especially Verity.

  • mystery and thrill ON POINT.

Honestly, this is the best book by Colleen Hoover that I’ve read so far. Forget the romance books, I want more books like this from her.

My heart was stuck in my throat around the end. I could not lift my eyes from my Kindle and I was sitting in a tense position while reading it. For the last hour I was pretty much locked in place.

The experience was too good.

  • the ending and aftermath.

The ending was TOO DAMN GOOD. For TWO nights after I finished the book I was just thinking about it before sleep. As in, I was trying to sleep but took an hour extra to fall asleep because this book wouldn’t leave my head. The scenes, the dialogues, the characters, the ending kept playing on loop in my head.

It gave me a proper book hangover.

OVERALL

The book blew me away and you should DEFINITELY read it.

It’s not a long book either so it’s good as a thriller book to read in one or two days. And I guarantee that you will get hooked in as well. The characters, the plot, and the vibe from the writing all fit together so well to create a headspace when reading it.

I rate this book..

5/5 stars

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May 2020 // Reading Challenges Update

Hey everyone!*

My initial plan was to update y’all on my progress with the reading challenges every month. And I kept it up for two months before forgetting about it.

To be honest, I thought I had missed posting an update only for one month but turns out I missed it for two months. It makes sense, though, since March and April were a haze together and were like one single month.

Anyway, I’m back with some solid updates now!

*side note: I accidentally turned off my keyboard while thinking about how to start this post. I was holding down the right Shift key (ready for capitalization) while thinking and apparently held it for 8 seconds which disabled my keyboard. Thankfully my trackpad still worked and using that and voice search on google, I figured out how to enable it again. But yeah, such are the adventures of my life 🙂

GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE

This time at home has been really good for my reading. The reduction of travel time meant that I could read more. And my reading status shows that.

I’ve finished reading 57/100 books!

And all of these are good reads, not just ones that I pick up as fluff to make myself happy.

Although I am 23 books ahead of schedule (according to Goodreads), I’m still striving to hit 150 books which was my original goal. I had reduced it after realizing that with work and college and blogging I would never hit that goal.

I’m still not on track to hit that goal but I will try my best.

SOUTH-ASIAN READING CHALLENGE 2020

This is a challenge hosted by my friend Fanna and I was super excited to participate. But like many things, it went away to a distant island in my brain in March. I did not read the chosen books for March and April.

But, the ultimate goal is to read as many South-Asian books as possible and I think I’ve done well enough for that? Basically I’m reading books for other reasons and they fortunately fit into this challenge. Hey, I’m trying my best.

But I am planning on reading the book picked by the hosts for May which is Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar. There has been so much praise for it and it sounds super cool. I’ve already read the backlist pick Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali so I won’t be reading that again.

#StartOnYourShelfathon

The purpose of this challenge is to prioritize reading books that we already own before picking up/buying new ones. Considering my physical shelf doesn’t have that many unread books anyway, it was never high priority. I pick them up when I feel like it.

My ebook shelf is not too bad either.

In the past two months, books I read that fit this challenge are:

The first 4 are physical books and last two are ebooks. Not bad progress, I think. Especially since 4 were paperbacks.

2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge

This is the one challenge that I’ve been ON TOP of. I even made a list where I matched whatever prompts I could to books already in my TBR or ones that caught my eye.

But yes, it has also got me to try new books. Ones that I wouldn’t look at otherwise. And I welcome it in doses.

My reading plan is mixing comfortable books (that I know I’ll like or am excited to read) with books out of my comfort zone. This way I don’t bring on a book slump by clubbing all the out-of-comfort reads together.

And I’ve definitely made progress on it! I shared how I plan my reads on my latest WWW Wednesday post so you can see that for details.*

I’ve finished 26 out of 50 prompts!

GIF od Michelle Tanner from Full House doing a happy dance

When I last updated, I had finished just 11 prompts so this is REALLY good progress! I’m going to smash this challenge.

I don’t think I’ll share all the prompts that I finished here since this post will become REALLY long. But I’m considering making an entirely separate post with them and mini reviews on each book.

Not sure if I should do this now or only after I (hopefully) finish all. Let me know what you think I should do in the comments.

*P. S. I also post mini reviews and frequent reading updates every week through WWW Wednesday posts so do check them out for all the opinions.

And that’s it for my updates! I think I’ve done pretty well so far.

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WWW Wednesday // 5th May 2020

I have had a GOOD reading week y’all, and I can’t wait to talk about it.

WWW Wednesdays were posts that I used to do occasionally when I read enough book in a week to talk about. But since I started social distancing, it’s been working out so well.

It’s a good thing y’all get my opinions through these posts because I can not review all the books I read in detail. I read more than I can review haha.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
bright picture of an open book

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently listening to Pride by Ibi Zoboi. This has been on my TBr for a while now but mostly as a “maybe” read. But I saw this while browsing through audiobooks about a month back and wanted to read it.

Fortunately it also works for multiple 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompts too. I’ll be checking off “a book with the same name/title as of a movie/TV show but is unrelated to it” with it.

It’s also narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo which I did not realize before. It’s a coincidence, which you’ll realize in the next section of this post.

I’m not reading anything else as of now.


What did you recently finish reading?

It was a good reading week and I have A LIST so settle down for this.

#1

The first book that I read was With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo. And yes, this is the coincidence that I was talking about. Reading a book by her and listening to a book narrated by her in the same week without intention? Good coincidence.

I really liked With The Fire On High. It’s kind of a wholesome book. The main character Emoni was really nice to read about. Her growth throughout the book as she goes from a teenager to an adult while also being a mother was wonderful to see. I loved the story.

4/5 stars.

#2

The next book that I read was What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter. I added this to my TBR before it released and was reminded of it through Tiffany’s recent review.

Although I didn’t have high hopes for it, especially after that review, I still wanted to read it. Halle is a book blogger and also a cupcake enthusiast. It was nice to read about the book blogger experiences, especially about all the Twitter drama which I actively avoid in real life.

Overall, not that impressed but it had some good parts. The family focus was lovely.

3/5 stars.

me with a high stack of books.

#3

I finally finished The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani! The audiobook took me FOREVER i.e. a whole month. I’m sure even y’all got tired of me saying that I’m still reading it every week in these updates.

If only I had the opportunity to read this book back in middle grade. I would have loved it even more. It’s such a good book, with the different take on fairytales that we all wanted. Especially the ending.

4/5 stars. (Would have been 5/5 if I was in middle grade)

#4

My last read of the week was The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. I found this book while going through the Goodreads list suggested for the 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt “a book set in a country starting with C”.

It caught my eye in the list and the premise sounded interesting too. The book is about 4 sets of mothers and daughters. All the mothers are women who grew up in China and immigrated to America and formed a “Joy Luck Club”. All the daughters are Americans at heart.

The book shows the lives of both generations and the divide between them. How they almost talk different languages and barely know each other.

It was a wonderful read and I liked the stories. I did find it hard to read fast, though. It took me a whole week to read because I took breaks to read other books that caught my attention more.

3/5 stars.


What do you think you’ll read next?

picture of a cafe I visited. there's also my Kindle on the table.
this is an old picture, don’t worry lol.

There’s a subtle plan I’ve been following for the past few weeks. For every three books, I read:

  • one which is easy to read and will make me happy. (usually romance/YA contemporary)
  • one for a reading challenge. (and I try to make it work for multiple challenges)
  • one random book either from ones I already own or a new one.

I don’t choose the all the books in advance, but it’s how I’ve been keeping my reading consistent. Picking up books that I can read fast and will mostly like regularly helps in keeping book slumps away.

Sometimes I try to combine them too!

So for this coming week, I’d like to read Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for a while now and I’d like to read it. It’s also praised a lot by some of my bookstagram friends, so I’m excited to see what it is about.

It will be for my #StartOnYourShelfathon challenge.

Another book I’d like to read is Truth or Beard by Penny Reid. Although I absolutely love the author’s works, I haven’t tried her Winston Brothers series yet. It is highly praised by many in the romance book world so I’m excited to finally pick it up!

If I read something other than these two, it’ll be a random choice according to mood.


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What are you currently reading? What did you finish reading recently? I’d love to know!

May Bullet Journal Setup

Hey everyone!

How is it month 5/12 already? My brain is not ready to accept that I have to write dates with 05 in the month area. March and April pretty much did not exist.

My bullet journal is not used so much anymore since I’m staying at home with no events. Mostly I use it to keep track of assignments and blog work. My habit tracker page is the most used. But my dailies have highly reduced.

But I don’t want to stop using my bullet journal because it feels like giving up on normalcy and routine. So I’m using it as much as I can, especially through the trackers. Lately, I’ve taken to doodling instead of making daily to-do lists.

page 1 with the month's dates and events. page 2 with the habit tracker.

Since I had time on my hands and felt like doing an elaborate and filled spread, this is what I came up with. I channeled my January setup, added those boxes in the bottom for decoration since I had space, and viola! It became a cute spread. I love it.

page 3 with washi tape, stickers and leaf doodles. page 4 with blog schedule planner.

Due to the “habit” in the previous spread, the ink showed quite a bit in the next page. I had to hide it with washi tape and the only thick washi tape I had was this metallic one. It’s actually quite cool.

But once I used it, I was clueless on what to do with the page since I’ve never worked with this washi tape before. Eventually after considering many different things, I added stickers and completed the page with doodles.

The doodles were very satisfying to do and I listened to an audiobook while doing them. Win-win.

I know that the two spreads look like they’re from two very different themes. But I seem incapable of maintaining the same theme past one spread.

And that’s it for my May setup! I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

You might notice that I didn’t do an expense tracker. It’s because I’m barely spending. My March expense tracker of two pages STILL has enough space to hold another slow month. So I’m going to continue using that instead of wasting a page.

As an update, I posted a casual flip-through of my 2020 bullet journal so far on Instagram which you can see below!


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Can you believe that we’re already in May? Are things looking better where you stay?

Circe || WOW!

Title: Circe
Author: Madeline Miller
Genre: Mythology, Fantasy
Series info: Standalone

Goodreads

This book has always been in my mind as a “future maybe read”. It wasn’t on my TBR explicitly until my book club gifted me this book for my birthday last year.

Coincidentally, my book club also picked this book as our Book of the Month for April. Hence all of us who haven’t read it yet got to read it together. This motivated me to finally read Circe.

It also checks off a prompt for the 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge: “A bildungsroman”.

THE PLOT

Born as the daughter of the Titan Helios and Titan Perse, Circe has always been looked down upon because of her shrill human-sounding voice and “ugly” features. And she has always lived under everyone else, hoping for some permanent companionship.

It all changes when she discovers witchcraft. After casting a vengeful spell while in love, she is cast away by her father to live in exile. Although she can’t leave, anyone is allowed to visit.

And so we read Circe’s story from start to finish. Her struggles, determination, love, and triumphs.

MY REVIEW

I know that this book is really popular and loved by many. But I never really read it’s synopsis or considered it much. Hence, I didn’t expect anything when going into it, and was pleasantly surprised.

This book enraptured me. Reading it was such a good experience. And I’ll tell you why.

  • The character Circe.

I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard of Circe before. In all my Greek mythology knowledge, she was not there. And hence, reading this book was like reading from a different point of view.

Usually all we read about are famed characters who have accomplished a lot. Who are legends. We don’t read about the lesser known, less ambitious characters. And Circe was one of them.

She is an underdog who is not the most beautiful, not the smartest, nor the most ambitious. And her journey was very interesting.

I couldn’t like her in the beginning and didn’t understand why we had a book on a uninteresting character. But boy was I shown otherwise.

“The thought was this: that all my life had been murk and depths, but I was not a part of that dark water. I was a creature within it.”

  • The world was really nice to read about.

I’m super glad I read the Percy Jackson books as a kid because reading Circe was like going back to a familiar world. I caught many references early and knew a little extra than what was explained in the book. That made a good experience.

Even for readers who are not familiar with this world, it would be very interesting. Miller has done a great job at writing this book.

  • The story was so interesting.

Even though Circe did not lead a very eventful life, it did not bore me. It took me a while to settle into the pace of the book but once I did, I was not bored.

And once when eventful things DID happen, I was glued to the book. The time and number of pages did not matter as long as I kept reading.

Stories about one’s life (like a biography) is not something I usually like in books but this puts everything I’ve read like it before to shame.

  • The difference between mortals and Gods/Titans.

It was super interesting to see the differences in lives through Circe. She is not a usual God who enjoys torturing humans but she is also not someone with a mortal life. In many different scenarios the difference was shown really well.

I was so into it.

“This was how mortals found fame, I thought. Through practice and diligence, tending their skills like gardens until they glowed beneath the sun. But gods are born of ichor and nectar, their excellences already bursting from their fingertips. So they find their fame by proving what they can mar: destroying cities, starting wars, breeding plagues and monsters.

  • The writing was brilliant.

HATS. OFF. To Madeline Miller for her writing. The way she writes is almost lyrical but story-wise. Her pacing is a work of art. She has done so well writing this book. I love it.

  • The different elements in the story.

The book is not just about one thing. As it is about Circe’s life and life is always made up of many different things, it was interesting how they were brought together and shown in this story.

Everything from loneliness, isolation, love, motherhood, how a woman’s life is something only in relation to a man, and so much more was incorporated in the book. And they were shown really well.

OVERALL

I’m totally blown away by it. And I definitely recommend it to fantasy and mythology lovers.

Someone told me that The Song of Achilles is even better so I added that to my TBR immediately. Looking forward to read that.

I rate this book..

4/5 stars


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Have you read Madeline Miller’s books? Do you like mythology as well?

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if we were having tea… // 2nd May 2020

It’s been a while since I last posted a life update… and I have quite a bit to update on.

At least, that’s what it felt like in the last few weeks. Every time I want to post a life update, I don’t get the time to sit and write a long post. I end up doing a book review or something which is easier to write.

But it’s a long weekend this time, and you can bet that I have things to share.

So get a hot cup of your favourite drink and settle in to chat with me for a bit.

P. S. I’m just typing as I think and I’m not proof-reading in order to not edit my thoughts. So if there are typos or things that don’t make sense.. go with it lol.

a steaming cup of tea gif

If we were having tea… the first thing I’d update you on is my blog’s status. I FINALLY got a custom domain! Getting a custom domain to take my blog a little further has been in my mind for at least two years. I started becoming more serious about it around a year back, and I researched about WordPress plans and tons of different options.

The number of options and each of them meaning different things got me confused and nervous. At this point my blog has a good SEO ranking for some of my posts, and I get most of my views from search engines. I was worried about losing my SEO ranking because it’s a huge thing for me to get views from search engines.

I hesitated because of that and pushed it away saying that I will consider it again when I start to earn. Well, I started to get a stipend in January. And I procrastinated on this decision again.

A couple days back I was randomly looking at advice websites and asked a couple questions to bloggers on Twitter. It led me down to the same rabbit hole again. Eventually, I got tired of it and decided to push it away. AGAIN.

But at around 11pm I realized that if I don’t finally do something, I will never do anything. And I did the thing with the least amount of risk. I signed up for a Personal plan on WordPress which gives me a custom domain.

My blog is no more residing at thewordyhabitat.wordpress.com! It’s thewordyhabitat.in now. I have to say, I’m so excited about a smaller URL. It looks much better.

And now that I’ve done this, I won’t be going back. So it’s only forward from now on. I’m considering getting a host, migrating, and will be figuring out my next steps soon. Not immediately, but I feel like I am on that path now. That’s better than nothing.

If we were having tea…I’d talk about how I miss conversations and voices. I’m not a very talkative person in real life but I do like listening to conversation. No clue why but I like listening to people to speak without having to contribute myself. I do speak as well, but just listening in feels good too.

So during this lockdown (which has now extended until May 17th at least), that’s what I’ve been missing about people the most. Conversations. Listening to people speak.

I do have video calls with my friends sometimes. There was a video call with my book club last week and a voice call with some of my friends two days back. My best friends just called me and now I’m talking with them as I’m writing this. It’s not the same but it helps.

Not going to lie, I crave some small connection at all times. Like listening to music with people while doing our own things. I don’t want to talk but I want to stay connected with people, you know?

If we were having tea… I’d talk about how I’m losing touch with people. You know how you expect that you will lose touch with some people after college personally, but not in a group setting? Just individual relationships? It’s happening already and I’m not sure how to feel about it. There are friends I haven’t spoken to in two months and have no clue about.

I’m not big on personal texts. I text about two people casually, that’s it. So group conversations are when I actually find out things and talk to people. Without that.. I don’t know. I miss group conversations where everyone’s present. That’s all.

If we were having tea… I’d vent a little. It’s quite expected that our senior year events and activities would get cancelled. I expected it. But it’s really hitting me only now and I’m sad. I wanted a farewell, a graduation. I don’t know if we’ll have them now.

As far as I know, the university is planning on keeping our exams as soon as possible and finishing with the finals within a week (since we have only 3 theory subjects). The other 3 which don’t have written exams will be evaluated later. The point is to get it all done quick so we can start our jobs and further studies on time.

We literally did not have a final semester. It’s basically over at this point. Even on the online classes, almost all the subjects are done teaching. I’m not someone who is nostalgic a lot but.. that has been my mood for the last few days.

If we were having tea… you’d find out that I’m finally missing outside food! I don’t crave outside food a lot, especially since my gluten free diet time. I just.. don’t care about junk food like all of my friends anymore. I don’t miss pizza or burgers or ice cream. Anything.

But a few days back I saw a poster of tacos and just ?? missed tacos ??? I don’t even LIKE tacos! It didn’t last long, though. And now I’m back to being indifferent about junk food.

If we were having tea… I’d talk about how managing college AND work is not happening. I have classes from 9am to 12pm Thursday to Saturday and my work starts at 11am during the week. So for two days every week, I have to juggle between the two.

So what happens is that on Thursdays and Fridays, I spend a lot of time looking at screens. And for one hour on both days, I have two laptops open. One where the class is going on and one on which I’m working. I hate this, it’s not productive. I don’t even listen to the classes half the time because I have to go bath or eat breakfast.

The classes are not useful, especially when many topics are ones we’ve studied before in previous semesters. What’s the point in classes? I don’t want to attend them but they’re counted towards attendance??

And there is no concession for students doing internships like before lockdown. We had concession before since we can’t be in two places at once but now since we’re at home and can do both, we have to attend classes.

Yes I’m ranting. I need to rant. Bear with me.

If we were having tea… I’d talk about how I’m losing sense of time. Every day kind of feels the same. The only difference between weekday and weekend is whether I’m working and have classes or not.

Sometimes it feels like time is going slow and other times days pass before I notice. I’m barely keeping up with posting here as it is. Am I the only one feeling this way?

If we were having tea… I’d say that I’m currently watching Orphan Black season 4 with a friend. Back when I watched the show for the first time, season 5 was still airing so I stopped after 3 to concentrate on school and thought I’ll watch once the show is done. But I never got back to it.

The show keeps giving twists lol. I’m honestly watching it because I want to know how it ends. It’s not that great anymore.

If we were having tea… I wouldn’t say much more and would listen to you. I thought I had a lot to say and at the moment maybe it felt like things I wanted to share, but I don’t remember many of those things anymore. It’s all blurring together and feel inconsequential.

Honestly every time I want to connect with people I read blogs. I read the blogs I follow and find new ones on Twitter. Reading books and blogs keep me afloat nowadays.


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If we were having tea, what would you tell me?

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WWW Wednesday // 29th April 2020

Hey everyone!

I have to say, these WWW Wednesday posts are really nice to write. They allow me to write small reviews for every book that I read (even ones that I don’t write full reviews for).

Compared to the number of books that I read, I don’t review all that much. I probably review about one in three books. Not every book gives me enough thoughts and points to write full reviews on.

So these posts are quite helpful to share my thoughts.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you reading?

Yes, I am STILL reading The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani on audiobook. But at least I made some progress this week. I listened to it for about an hour.

I’ll probably take another month to finish it at this rate.

The book I’m actually reading is With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo. It’s quite interesting, and all the food descriptions make me drool. I’m liking it.

What did you recently finish reading?

#1

I finished reading Verity by Colleen Hoover. I’m used to romances from her so this was quite different, but it was good different. The book was creepy, mysterious, and kept me on the edge.

I took an hour longer to sleep for two nights after finishing the book because I just couldn’t stop thinking about the plot. The ending is one that still leaves some things to ponder upon. It was great.

5/5 stars.

#2

The next book I read was Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavours by Sonali Dev. I was actually unsure on what to pick and remembered that I marked this as something I should finish last week. What do you know, these posts actually keep me responsible!

The book was a long read but it was good. The family aspects and storylines were my favourite. This book portrays a complicated Indian family so well.

3.5/5 stars

What do you think you’ll read next?

Honestly, no clue. I want to read a book for the 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge. If not Room by Emma Donoghue (I’m not really in the mood for this book now), something else from my planned reads.

I made a plan with certain books for some of the prompts, so I’ll read one of them. Other than that, I’m in the mood for another romance so I may try Beach Read by Emily Henry which was recommended by someone on Twitter.


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What did you read in the last week? What are you currently reading?

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Songs On Repeat // April 2020 edition

Hey everyone!

Normally time goes really fast. But now it’s fast and slow at the same time. This is so weird. I haven’t stepped out of my house in 6 weeks and I am losing sense of time and routine.

But music is always there, and I had a few favourites this month.

Say So (Japanese Version) by Rainych

I was never a fan of the original song Say So by Doja Cat. A lot of people were obsessed with and it was some tiktok trend as well, but I just did not care for it.

Then one day I saw this tweet going viral that Doja Cat reacted to Rainych’s Japanese version of Say So. I was intrigued so I listened to it and I loved it immediately. It’s such a bop.

Start by Gaho

I was obsessed with this song from the first time I heard it in Itaewon Class. You just can’t help loving it. It’s such a good song, and it always manages to pump some energy into me.

Stone Block by Ha Hyun Woo

Of course my Itaewon Class favourites aren’t going to stop with one song. Stone Block is another really good song but this one is all about grit and determination. Love it.

Someday, The Boy by Kim Feel

This song has such a raw feel to it. The singer’s voice straining in the high notes just.. hits me with feels. I want to sit in a corner and cry and let everything out. It’s like a hug for when you’re sad. It’s the song that I’m currently listening to on repeat.


And that’s it for this month. I know it’s less but I spent a lot of time going back to old favourites looking for comfort. Songs like Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran, Auditory Hallucinations by Jang Jae In, and Stay With Me by Chanyeol and Punch were my go-tos.

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What songs were you obsessed with this month? Recommend me some in the comments!