All that I have read this year…

Okay so all that I’ve read this  year is a mere 30 books and lots of textbooks 😦 

Anyway, here’s my 2017 wrap up! 

I surpassed my reading challenge, even if the number is just 30 it’s an achievement!

Goodreads shows that  I’ve 33 books because i read some of them twice but on the whole the total number of “books” I’ve read this year is 30.

This was my 2017 wrap up. I hope you guys also achieved  your Goodreads goals too :)) let me know in the comments how many books did you read this year?

Review: Ramona Blue

NAME: Ramona Blue 

AUTHOR: Julie Murphy

GENRE: Contemporary, YA

MY RATING: 5/5

LET ME TALK ABOUT THE BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVEL I HAVE READ THIS YEAR. 

The book was so well thought of and planned, the story was in perfect sync and there were no confusions. It was Crystal clear and at the same time BEAUTUFUL. The book had deep meaning. I absolutely loved the protagonist, she was a beacon of power and responsibility. Ramona Blue is one of the kickass female characters that I look up to. 

Ramona, her sister Hattie and their dad live in a trailer. Ramona has somehow believed and accepted that she is not “meant” for college and that she needs to stay in the small town of Mississippi and just be there for her pregnant sister and her niece when  they won’t have anyone. Ramona is lesbian and she’s attracted to girls, until the male protagonist Freddie, her childhood friend comes into the picture and everything Ramona believed she was is not anymore. She knows that she likes girls but then she is attracted to Freddie too. The book revolves around  tough life decisions, teenage issues, and the story of Ramona and Freddie.

I LOVED the book. It was absolutely lovely. No detail was missed and the characters were built so well, this book must’ve taken so much hard work and it showed! The plot was well described and explained. Writing style was immaculate  and it felt so very real. I was  so engrossed in the lives of Ramona and Freddie, that I read all night long. I dont know why I  haven’t  read Julie Murphy’s Dumplin yet, I really should. I’m in awe of  her writing style. 

One of the things that stood out was, as I’ve mentioned a gazillion times, the exemplary writing and the focus on trivial coming of age problems. Importance of family, friends, love, relationship, confusion about life, indecisiveness.

You Guys, need to read this book ASAP. A huge thanks to Harpercollins India for sending me a review copy!

All things Christmas

I’m finally doing the post about my favourite Christmas songs, movies, books, all of it! Hope you enjoy.

MOVIES

Okay, so Harry potter is definitely not a Christmas movie but its perfect to have a HP movie marathon during Chritmas. 

1. Elf

2. The Smurfs

3. Home Alone

4. Polar express

5. Serendipity 

I know that most of these are kids movies but you’re never too old to enjoy them. Something else I would reccomend is: every Christmas episode of FRIENDS. That is ideal! Also, high school musical, I dont know why but its fun to watch a few Disney movies 🙂

MUSIC

1. Jingle Bell rock – Mean girls for the win!

2. Last Christmas- it’s a classic and I really like the song!

3. Sleigh Ride- Hillary Duff

That’s it! I don’t really listen to many Christmas songs. But there’s always the carols and classics like deck the halls, etc.

OTHER STUFF:

1. Scented candles: get yourself as many as you can, online will be cheaper but you should definitely try the Instagram shops that sell soy candles. And get them in flavours like Vanilla, Lavender, sandal wood, etc.

2. Sweaters

3. Beanies

BOOKS

Well I  don’t know many Christmas books but you should definitely have a HP marathon! And then there’s “let it snow”, I haven’t read it but I feel like its a perfect Christmas book!     

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU! HOPE YOU HAVE AN AMAZING DAY AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Review: The Whole Shebang 

NAME: The whole shebang 

AUTHOR: Lalita Iyer 

GENRE: Self help

MY RATINGS: 4/5

Okay, so I would never normally pick up a self help book, But well The whole shebang is self help for girls and the cover and the gist looked pretty cool so I decided to read it. And Oh, I was not disappointed at all. You see, self  help is not really my thing but this book it was hilarious and very honest. I could relate to some of it too, but not most of it because well I’m only 15. But I still enjoyed it. 

It talks about life as a girl, the different chapters of your life and what people expect from you when you’re a girl. Societal pressure, judgey aunties, all of it. It’s a very frank and insightful book that I’m  sure most women will love. Lalita Iyer has her own unique style of writing, one that is very easy, comfortable and obviously she has an amazing sense of humour which added flavour to this book.
The Whole shebang is A MUST READ FOR ALL WOMEN. It will make you laugh and have you nodding your head as you relate to all that  is written. Hilarious, insightful and amazing, this book should definitely be on your TBR. Also, a HUGE THANKS to BLOOMSBURY INDIA for a review copy of this lovely book.

Review: Murder on the Orient express 

NAME: Murder on the orient express 

AUTHOR: Agatha Christie

GENRE: Crime, thriller, mystery 

MY RATING: 5/5

MY FIRST EVER AGATHA CHRISTIE BOOK GUYS! 

Yes, thats a confession alright. I don’t know, I just never  really got to reading her books. And I should’ve….way earlier. I mean, I enjoyed this book so much, it was so thrilling. 

A heartfelt and beautiful story. Highly precise description and plot this book vooed  me.  A lovely mix of characters, one’s that intrigued me so much and with the strong plot this book was extraordinarily good. It was so intricate and SO UNEXPECTED. Thrilling and engaging. 

I never, ever expected to be so blown away by the revelation of the murder. I’ve watched countless detective shows and movies, but by far this one shocked me the most. 

The backstory and all of it, it was great. Hercule Poirot is my new favourite detective 🙂 he’s so good. You guys need to read this book of you haven’t already. 

PS: The book is  better than the movie. And I did what a true bookworm would do, read the book before watching the movie because  (duh) My I actually enjoyed the movie too. It wasn’t bad or anything but just that the book was more precise.

Review: Little Black Book (A Toolkit for Working Women)

NAME: Little Black Book

AUTHOR: Otegha Uwagba

GENRE: Non-fiction, Self help

MY RATING: 4.5/5

REVIEW:

I liked this book way more than I expected too, well because for starters it was non-fiction and I don’t really enjoy non-fiction but this book was a startling exception. The only reason I picked this book up was because of the “feminist” in me. I really wanted to read a book that is women-centric!

This book has it all, from advice about networking to managing your finances. Very informative but not so, that it becomes boring. well detailed and precise, I liked how the author didn’t really make the book super long and was concise and brief. A peek into women’s professional lives, this book was brilliant and I’m sure working women around the world could relate to it!

A small little booklet of just about 100 pages, but it contains everything you will need to navigate your professional world. Filled with inspiring quotes by numerous successful women around the world and also useful tips that could save hours of your time. It will mak things simpler and has solutions for daily life work problems too!

On the whole an amazing book, that will help you a lot along the way! Do read it. A huge thanks to Harper Collins India for a review copy 🙂

Review: The Secret History of Us

NAME: The secret History of Us

AUTHOR: Jessi Kirby

GENRE: YA fiction, thriller

MY RATING: 4/5

BLURB:

Olivia wakes up to realize she doesn’t remember. Not just the accident—but anything from the last four years. Not high school. Not Matt, the guy who is apparently her boyfriend. Not the reason she and Jules are no longer friends. Nothing.

That’s when it hits her—the accident may not have taken her life, but it took something just as vital: her memory. The harder she tires to remember things, the foggier everything gets, and figuring out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.

But then there’s Walker. The guy who saved her. The one who broke her ribs pumping life back into her lungs. The hardened boy who keeps his distance despite Olivia’s attempts to thank him.

With her feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t even remember living.  

REVIEW:

I loved this book. It was intriguing, gripping and very interesting! I was so surprised that I literally finished the book in just 2 sittings under 24 hrs. It has never happened before and that is probably why I liked it so much?! I mean, I absolutely hate when books get way too long and monotonous but “The Secret History Of Us’, ah it was a quick an amazing read.

I loved the idea and how the story was played out from the beginning and slowly got deeper into the protagonist’s life. It was a highly fascinating book, which I absolutely could not put down! I expected the book to be so different but it pleasantly surprised me.

WHAT I LOVED:

The best part of the book for me was definitely the fact that it was extremely captivating and I was so into it, that I lost track of time. It was just one of those books, who transport you to a whole new world.

THE ENDING:

Ah, well this is one of the issues I had with the book. Don’t get me wrong, the ending was great but I just felt like it was a bit too rushed. I feel like the author could have kind of emphasized on the events leading to the ending and described them better, but on the whole, still a wonderful read!

You guys should definitely give this book a read if you enjoy light thrillers and mystery. I would highly recommend it if you are in a reading slump, because of the captivating nature of this book, you are bound to finish it quick and enjoy it. A huge thanks to Harper Collins India for a review copy : )

 

Where am I with reading in 2017?

So, I dont know if you guys know  this but my reading challenge this year on goodreads was of a mere 25 books only! Because of school and now that I’m in  the ninth grade, life was getting hectic and I also had a tough time completing my last year’s goal but somehow I managed and so this year I decided not overestimate my reading speed/reading time and I went with 25 books only.

Half of 2017, was spent away from the online reading community and bookstagram. I practically had no free time and was only online to post the reviews of the few books I read. That was it, then school and everything got super hectic with exams so I was behind by 2 books 😬😬 unbelievable yes I know! So when my 20 day holidays began I decided to read 10 books, impossible again but I’m doing it, not very well i might add. I have 4 more books to go and about 3 days, so yeah I’m pushing myself but I’m not sure I’ll be able to complete it.

 But i did finish 6 books, so its not that bad. Anyway, right now i I have one book left to complete my reading challenge for 2017, well that was kinda expected because it was just 25 books. But I really want to finish reading atleast 30 books, you know? Ahh, let’s see.

 What about you? How far have you reached with your reading challenge? How many books did you plan to read this year?

Review: The Dazzling Heights

NAME: The Dazzling Heights

AUTHOR: Katharine McGee

GENRE: Drama, thriller, sci-fi, YA,

MY RATING: 5/5

BLURB:

New York City, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amid high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…

Leda is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden—even if it means trusting her enemy.

Watt just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?

When Rylin wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there also means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him…no matter the cost.

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.

But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.

MY REVIEW:

The Dazzling heights blew me away! It was even better than the first book and that is kind of impossible because the first book was marvelous. I cannot describe how much I enjoyed this book. Full of teenage drama, rich kids doing bad things, dark secrets, all of it I absolutely loved.  The Dazzling heights was my most anticipated release of 2017 and oh, it surpassed all my expectations.

Keeping readers on the edge at all times, huge and unexpected twists all of it was just so good. It was sci-fiction combined with drama, all of it an extraordinary combination that floored me. Impeccable plot, strong character description and amazing writing, this book was perfect! It had it all, love, drama, an interesting story and OH MY GOD an absolutely nerve-racking ending. I cannot wait to read the next book.

Something that sets apart this book and makes it so unique is the captivating characters and their own point of views and the way all their lives entwine and the sudden change in the story and dangerous cliff hangers. A beautifully written and put together story that engrosses its readers, this book was almost impossible to put down. I read for hours at a stretch and because I have horrible attention span, it was surprising. I never normally am able to read a book for long, oh but this one I read and read and read!

I honestly thought that all the characters were very intriguing and loved how each of them was described and portrayed but my favourite, I have  to say was Watt. Watt’s a computer genius who has an illegal quant and he’s trying to get away from Leda, who is forcing him to hack for her and along the way somehow I start to love Watt and his sarcasm and wit! He just is amazing ❤

I have never been more hooked on to any book ever. It was incredible and im really running out of adjectives to describe The Dazzling Heights. Do yourself a favour and go read this series right away, you will not regret it. A huge thanks to Harpercollins India for a review copy!

Update!

READING:

Hey guys. So I just finished reading The Dazzling heights and wow, it was amazing. Everything about it was perfect. Review will be up shortly!

Also, remember that goal I had of completing 10 books in my 20 day holiday, well only one  is left and I’m done with 5 books, do you think I can complete it? I dont know lets see, but I’m trying my best to achieve my goal.

MUSIC: 

So I’m currently obsessed with Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes” and Zayn Malik’s “Dusk till Dawn” and ofcourse Dua Lipa’s “New rules”. You hvae got to check  out these songs guys, they’re golden! ❤

BOOKSTAGRAM:

I’ve been changing my theme, planning   to buy a dslr and so many other things, if you aren’t already following me, you should my username is @fangirlalert07_ (shameless self promotion :*) 

That’s it guys! Also could you please check out my review of Windfall, it is one post behind. Do read it please and let me know what you think of the book!