Bookish Candles = Happiness

So in India soy candles are VERY difficult to find and quite expensive, book inspired soy candles that is. But I found this AMAZING company called “Booksom” that create and sell high quality book inspired, scented soy candles that are so GOOD and much needed. I was so happy I found them and got 2 bookish candles from them, that smell absolutely wonderful and I light them almost on a dailu basis but now I am really scared to finish the wax and so I am trying to cut down on my use of them. 😬🙈

Look at the pictures of these marvellous scented candles:

Both of these are inspired by indian authors’ books and smell SO GOOD AH!

I reccomend Booksom to everyone. You guys NEED to try buying their candles. They’re wayyy cheaper than the other companies and high quality too.

Review: Pashmina (Graphic Novel)

NAME: Pashmina

AUTHOR: Nidhi Chanani

GENRE: Fiction/Children’s Fiction, Graphic novel

MY RATING: 4/5

BLURB: Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions–the topic of India is permanently closed.

For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.

REVIEW: This book was adorable and the story was absolutely beautiful. I cannot even begin to describe how AMAZING the illustrations were. The author “Nidhi Chanani” has done an exemplary job with the illustrations. They look stunning and very, very real.

The book is about an Indian-American girl who is searching for her past, the reason why her mother left her homeland India and moved to the US and most importantly she wants to know who her father is and why her mother left him. So many questions that her mother refuses to answer. This book is a journey of self discovery, of adventure and most importantly of magic. A lovely book that is perfect for kids of the age group 5-11. But don’t let that stop you from reading this beautiful graphic novel. I mean, I ENJOYED IT SO MUCH even though I rarely read children’s books and I rarely read graphic novels. But this was an eye-opener you guys! I am going to soon start reading many more graphic novels. Pashmina ios book filled with love and so much magic. Reading this book reminded me of all the fairy tales I read as a kid and felt like anything was possible. This book gives you a sense of how beautiful simple things are. Reading book made me so happy. I look forward to reading more graphic novels written by “Nidhi Chanani”, her work is stunning!

I strongly recommend this book to young kids and if you’re just looking to read something light and positive, this book is for you! Don’t hesitate to pick this book up, it’s definitely, definitely worth a read. And the illustrations will for sure, take your breath away! A huge THANKS to the publishers harpercollins Indiafor a review copy of this lovely, lovely novel.

Here are some of the beautiful illustrations from the book:

Review: Turtles all the way Down

NAME: Turtles All the way Down

AUTHOR: John Green

GENRE: YA, contemporary

MY RATING: 4/5

BLURB: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
REVIEW: Okay, so you might not know this but I never really liked John Green. I tried reading The Fault in our stars but I couldn’t finish reading it. I watched the movie and I DID NOT LIKE IT. It just seemed so far-fetched and unrealistic and I don’t know I couldnt connect with the story. But Turtles all the way down on the other hand, WAS REALLY GOOD. I liked it a lot, so say the least and my views about John Green’s writing has changed after this book. And… I might just read his other books!

Turtles all the way down isn’t your everyday cliché romance book, IT IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. To begin with it talks about a very important issue of Mental health and explores this horizon and convey’s its impact to the readers. It makes you understand just how DIFFICULT to handle mental illnesses are and just how deep their roots run. A powerful portrayal of it which impacted me in a huge way.

Let’s talk about the story: There wasnt much going on in the book but whatever was written it was indeed impressive. A friendship, a relationship, love, loss, and so many other things were explored and described in this book. The story was GOOD. It had its ups and downs and was a little slow for me in the beginning and I felt like some aspects could have been made clearer but the stunning writing and beautiful, beautiful use of words made up for it.

One of my favourite things about this book apart from the theme was the protagonist, Aza who suffered from mental illness and just HOW MUCH her character grew during the course of the book. Her mind, her thoughts were described and made clear and I loved her SO MUCH. She was strong and fragile at the same time. The determination she possessed was unbelievable. Sure, no one is perfect and Aza had her share of issues but on the whole, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS CHARACTER.

The book has a very sad and vague ending I would say which broke my heart. It was so amazing and yet so devastating. The way the characters’ lives change, the way they develop all of it was amazing. I wish the book lasted a little longer but sometimes you have to put an end to even the best of things.

So on the whole, This book was quite amazing and you should definitely give it a read. I am sure you wont be disappointed. I really, really liked this book and plan to read more books around the theme of mental health, like thirteen reasons why. I have watched the show but I would like to read the book too!

PS: Would you like me to do a whole post of my favourite quotes from the book? Comment down below and please let me know!

Review: The woman in the Window

NAME: The woman in the window

GENRE: thriller, YA, fiction

AUTHOR: A. J. Finn

MY RATING: 5/5

BLURB: Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

REVIEW: I was blown away by this book. Absolutely. Stunned. What an amazing book! Also, this book made me realize just how long it has been since I read a good thriller. The last thriller I read was Murder on the Orient Express! Anyway, this book is a must read guys. It has it all and if you love thrillers, what are you even waiting for?! GO READ THIS BOOK ASAP.

The plot was well-built and the storyline too was extremely well written. The characters though, ah they were my favourite. The perfect mix of a woman who was agoraphobic, new neighbours who seemed to have a picture-perfect life but later revealed otherwise. A man with a bad temper Alistair, a teenage boy Ethan who was angel-like and a woman, there were other characters too which made the plot even more intricate and mysterious. The protagonist had a bad case of PTSD and was suffering from agoraphobia and couldn’t bear to step out of her house. Her life was sad. She drank wine, was on heavy medication and watched her neighbours through her DSLR.

The story began as a narration of the life of the protagonist all that she does, a little about her backstory and a vague introduction of the characters from the protagonist’s perspective. A beautifully told story, a suspense-filled murder that only one person witnessed or did not. Numerous questions and so many twists and turns that made my stomach turn. Oh, the book was absolutely unputdownable! I read forever, awaiting the next twist the next event I was filled with curiosity and awe!

I CANNOT DESCRIBE this book more or I will give away spoilers 😦 But you have got to read this book. It is SO GOOD. And I am sure that you will enjoy it just as much or even more than I did.

Well, this ticks off one book off my TBR. Also, A huge thanks to Harpercollins India for a review copy.

What ALL I plan to read

My exams are FINALLY OVER. But well 10th grade has already started and everything, the classes and all, all of it has begun. But hey, atleast I don’t have to write exams for another month 🙂 so yeah, I’ve been meaning to catch up on my endless tbr and not to mention, millions of review copies! So here’s what I’ve decided to read for the remainder of March and April.

REVIEW COPIES:

1. The Woman in the window- thriller, sounds super intriguing

2. Letters to my ex- I need a few light reads

3. Children of Blood and Bone- a new fantasy book!

4. Obsidio- ahhhh, mostttt excited about this one.

5. Tell Tale- Jeffery Archer after a long time.

6. Love in Lutyens’ Delhi- a cute romance novel 🙂

They are are 4-5 more review copies pending but I don’t think I ‘ll be able to read them now (with all the classes and school 😦 )

BOOKS I’VE PURCHASED/GIFTED/WANT TO READ:

1. Turtles all the way down- longggg overdue.

2. Lord of Shadows- it’s almost been a year since i bought this 😦 I have got to read this asap

These two are definitely on my list but I’m planning on buying a few new books so they’ll also be added to my list.

Quite optimistic tbr, haha if I finish half of these I’ll be content!

Have you read any of these? Do you plan to? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below

Finally got a Bookshelf

Ive wanted a bookshelf, an aesthetic one for as long as I can remember and you guys, I finally got it. Its so pretty. And now I’ve also arranged my books according to colours. It’s just so pleasing so my eyes. I love it so much. Ahahahyeowpamdvdyel.

I’ve been meaning to tell you why I haven’t posted for a long time. EXAMS. My exams have begun, plus my schedule has changed and now I barely get time to read or blog or do anything fun 😦

But I’ve decided to post atleast one article a week so let’s see how that goes. I’ll be obviously be doing more book realted posts but along with that I want to include feminism, movie reviews, poetry and prose here too! Hope you enjoy. I’m really happy about what I’ve decided, hope you are too.

So, about my bookshelf… Here’s a picture:

This photo doesn’t show the entire thing but it looks somewhat like this. There are a couple more sections below which aren’t in the photo 🙂

I’ll be doing a shelf tour on my instagram soon. My handle is @fangirlalert07_

Review: Genuine Fraud

NAME: Genuine Fraud

AUTHOR: E. Lockhart

GENRE: Thriller, Fiction, YA, coming of age

MY RATING: 5/5

BLURB:

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

REVIEW:
This book was absolutely thrilling and genius. I LOVED it. I’ve only ever read E. Lockhart’s THe bOyfriend list which was a comedy and so, so different from Genuine Fraud which is a thriller. E.Lockhart has beautiful writing and I look forward to reading more books by her. This book though, MIND BLOWING. The writing, characters, story, plot, everything was AMAZING and left no stone unturned.

The story was immaculate yet somehow very unexpected. It took new turns and twists and came circling back to the protagonist, Jule. The story was put into words in an exemplary manner that described every aspect to perfection. Also now would be a good time to mention that this book was written in REVERSE. Can you believe that?! And it made everything tenfold more interesting. The style and manner in which it was written made me love E. Lockhart’s writing and I yearn to read more thrillers by her.

The characters were quite complex and deep. The author gave us an elaborate outline about each of their lives, their background and behaviour. Most importance was given to the kick ass and daunting protagonist Jule. She was good and yet bad, she was happy and yet sad. I loved her in a confusing way.

The end of the book took me by surprise and I NEVER saw that coming. I liked the book a lot and it might even be my favourite book for a long time from now. You guys need to read this book ASAP and know for yourselves why I liked it so much. A huge thanks to the wonderful Bloomsbury India for a review copy 🙂

Review: Reminiscence

So I have never really read poetry, but when I got an offer to review a book of collection of poems I was delighted. For me, 2018 is all about 1. Reading more books and 2. Reading different genres/diverse books

Reminiscence by Devika Das is a collection of poems on differenr topics like Birthdays, New year, Life of a Tree and many other topics. The poems were short and crisp and were rhyming! They have an impact on the reader and the writing style is really GOOD.

If you like poetry abd are looking for something different then this book is for you! The poet has done a commendable job writing these beautiful poems. Do check this book out.

Review: The Nine Chambered Heart

NAME: The Nine Chambered Heart

AUTHOR: Janice Pariat

GENRE: Fiction

MY RATING: 4/5

BLURB: ‘You, though, are as beautiful as light splitting through glass.’ Nine characters recall their relationship with a young woman – the same woman – whom they have loved, or who has loved them. We piece her together, much as we do with others in our lives, in incomplete but illuminating slivers. Set in familiar and nameless cities, moving between east and west, The Nine-Chambered Heart is a compendium of shifting perspectives that follows one woman’s life, making her dazzlingly real in one moment, and obscuring her in the very next. Janice Pariat’s exquisitely written new novel is about the fragile, fragmented nature of identity – how others see us only in bits and pieces, and how sometimes we tend to become what others perceive us to be.

MY REVIEW: This book had me in a trance. It was unique, nothing like I’ve ever read before. Oh, it was exquisite. Nine chambered heart, when I was asked to review this book I was happy because one of my reading goals for 2018 was to expand my horizon read different genres and well, I did exactly that. I would’ve never picked up Nine chambered heart on a normal basis and I AM SO GRATEFUL to HarperCollins India for asking me to review it! I LOVED the book, if the start didn’t make that clear 😉

A book that took me on a journey of discovering and unravelling the protagonist and her life through the people she loved. I was lost in the book, wanting more. So much uncertainty it made it impossible for me to put the book down. The story grew on my as I read more and it was AMAZING! All of it. With every passing chapter and every new lover I couldn’t wait to know more, to see what happens next.

If you love exploring new books, literature this one is for you. And even if you don’t trust me you’ve got to read it! The writing OMG. I cannot believe I almost forgot to mention how exemplary and beautiful the writing was. It was beautiful and flowed like a river absolutely enchanting. YOU NEED TO READ THIS ASAP!