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.

2017 Recap

So well, as per  book blogging and bookstagramming 2017 was not VERY SUCCESSFUL. But it was a nice year. 

Half of 2017 was spent in school, being busy with classes and exams. And then I just really needed to get back to bookstagram (during this period, I used to post reviews of books here on my blog and then go back to being inactive. But I hardly ever posted on instgaram) ! By now I had lost wayyy tooo many followers. But i still continued, I love the bookstagram community. 

Here s what i accomplished

1. I hit 200 followers here on my blog (THANK YOU GUYS, I LOVE YOU) 

2. I hit 2000 followers on my instagram  ( @fangirlalert07_ )

3. Even though i was quite inactive, I read a lot during holidays and surpassed my mere goal of 25 books on Goodreads, but it is still an accomplishment!

4. I received many, many, many books. 

5. I started reading more of self help and stepped out of comfort zone to read memoirs, non fiction and even thrillers.

It seems like a pretty good year, but I want  to  accomplish so much more in 2018. But then, next year is going to be super busy with 10th grade plus classes and extra curricular stuff. 

But I am going to try my very best to hit 500 followers next year, hehe that’s quite a goal 😉 

Expect many holiday posts soon guys, movie reccs, holiday songs, books and all of it.

What about You? How was your year? 

PS: REVIEWS COMING SOON, STAY TUNED. ALSO, A WHOLE RECAP OF BOOKS I READ THIS YEAR.

Books….and?

What excites  me as much as books excite me?

Answer- Very few things. But yes, I do love some specific things and they give me immense happiness.

I’ve never done such a post in my entire time of blogging, but I just really wanted to share this.

 1. Food 

Yes I love that pizza, my tasty cheese fries and huge burgers so much. I’m  a sucker for tasty food. And I also have a sweet tooth so I can EAT A LOT OF CAKE, AND ICE CREAM AND ANYTHING SWEET. Food gives me so much happiness, ah. Food was there for me when I was sad. Food is life.

 2. Clothes 

 Clichéd girl?! Maybe… but I love clothes. New clothes, New outfits, exciting pieces of fashion. Accessories, and obviously I love shopping 🙂 Hehe. Do You?

 3. TV Shows

 When the new season of Riverdale came out, I was freaking out. I watch every new episode. I love tv shows. Sherlock, Pretty Little Liars, Big Bang theory, FRIENDS, How I met your mother, Suits, Gossip Girl, Stranger Things, Riverdale. The list of tv shows i watch is endless. Let me know if you watch any of these in the comments below 🙂

3 it is. These things are my life. They make me feel alive. I love all of these so much. Did you like this post? Or should i just stick to book reviews? Be brutal, be honest, comment down below. 

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.

My new Obsession- Stranger things 

Ahhahhahahahhha. I’m currently watching Season 2 and Oh, my God. It is freaking amazing. Probably my new favourite show and kinda my most loved show after Sherlock. Yes, people it is THAT GOOD. 

I binge watched season 1 and it felt like I had waited a lifetime for season 2; it was worth the wait. I’m about halfway through season 2 and I cannot stop?! It s so good. And everything  that’s happening is blowing my mind. 

Season 2 is even better than season 1, can you imagine?!!!!!! I cannot wait to see what happens, DO NOT SPOIL it for me of you’ve watched it and if you haven’t watched, what exactly are you doing with your life. 

I clearly am OBSESSED WITH STRANGER THINGS. I cannot even. Please go watch it guys. Also if you have watched it, how amazing is Steve. 

Steve in season 1 <<<<<< Steve in season 2 

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 : )