Summer, hiatus, and books


I was going to abandon this blog for good. Yet for some reason I came back. It’s been four months since I’ve been here and I feel amazing today. I didn’t realize how much I loved blogging and reading until I stopped doing it.

I missed blogging so much.

I have one more week of school and then I’m on a two month break. (Well, I have summer school in July, but let’s ignore that.) I’ll try to devote most of my time to reading and blogging because I barely get to do these anymore. Can you believe I have only read 8 books this whole year?

I’ve been on sort of a reading slump for the past few months and I have started so many books but never finished any of them. Hopefully posting reviews and being here again will motivate me to finish them! I have Six of Crows, The Book Thief and Queen of Shadows on my currently reading and I am so tempted to return to them and write reviews for them.

To all my followers who see this post- thank you for sticking by with me, and with this blog. Here’s to hoping there will be a long July TBR. Here’s to a new beginning.

Cheers,

Parneet

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Lost by Donnielle Tyner


After the meteorite crashed on Earth, it released a mist that changed the DNA of some soldiers in the second World War. They are known as Caelians and have different powers called Talents, and they live along with Norms- Talent-less humans. Sadie is an orphan and doesn’t have the ability to harness her talent yet. Until one day, she meets Kian.

It started off at a good, easy pace and I enjoyed it until around the middle. The beginning of the story was great and it felt like it was gearing up and a surprise would come later on in the book but it all just fell a little flat. I did like reading it but it wasn’t captivating or

The writing was simple but I found the conversations between the characters to be forced and even sometimes, awkward. Most parts of the book felt dull and I couldn’t bring myself to be as invested in the story. The plot line had great potential, though, and the history of the Caelian magic was very interesting even if there wasn’t a lot of it.

I didn’t buy the romance between Kian and Sadie, though. It might be because of the time in the story and how it spans over a few weeks, but it wasn’t convincing enough. They only met about two times before she started falling in love with him. I didn’t particularly connect with Sadie’s character either. She was likable, yes, but she is very ordinary and lacked the traits that makes a good main character. I found it hard to relate to her.

Despite all my little complaints, it was a good book with a great background story. I especially liked the prologue piece and it drew me in from the first page. I would have liked the book to be longer! I was just beginning to distinguish the characters and recognize them individually.

Please don’t be discouraged by my low rating for books. It was a good read. It is just that after book blogging, my rating and views have changed and I tend to unemotionally rip its different components apart when reviewing. 🙂

A copy of this book was given to me by the author for review.

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January Wrap Up and February TBR


I’m not dead. Just dying. There’s not even that much work to do or tasks to complete for the day—I blame it all on Tumblr. It clutched me in its sharp claws and stole my soul. All those half-sleepless nights spent finishing work at midnight because only then had the devil called Tumblr released me from its grasp, are for naught.

I don’t even want to do a wrap-up. Only three books, albeit great ones.

JANUARY WRAP UP

    

★★★★ 4 stars              ★★★★★ 5 stars           ★★½  2.5 stars

FEBRUARY TBR

In school, we have so many days off this month. I think all four weeks are four school days only! Of course this means more time to read.

    

I’ll leave the rest (if possible haha) on my mood. I might read another fantasy or take a break from it and pick up some contemporary.

Hopefully some reviews will be coming soon 🙂
Happy reading everyone x

The Infinity Dreams Award


I have no excuses for my absence this time. I could say high school stress, homework and not being able to read enough, but let’s face it—it’s actually procrastination that gets the best of me each time.

I’ve been putting off blogging and reading (the things I love to do) but it’s time to get back on track. I’m going to finish Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas after this post. Let’s do this.

A massive thanks to Cherry @Read Forevermore and Jenna @Lost Within Words for tagging me to do this award. They both have amazing blogs that are definitely worth following 🙂

Rules

  1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you
  2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself
  3. Answer the blogger’s questions
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and set some questions

11 Facts About Moi

  1. I am extremely competitive. It is mostly competition against myself and trying to beat my own expectations and striving for the best, but I have been known to get a little carried off in sports and tend to focus more on the winning aspect.
  2. I am learning German online at the moment and loving it. Although the der, die, das and den can be rather confusing.
  3. My favourite colour is blue like the colour of the sky on a summer morning.
  4. I am a Gemini.
  5. I am pretty short in height—about 5’3.
  6. My favourite movie ever is Jurassic Park and I’ve watched it about ten times.
  7. I love horror movies but can never find any that I love.
  8. I’m a bit of a nerd in that I like studying (not homework though, just learning new things) and get good grades, but I don’t really study for it.
  9. My dream university is McGill, one of the best medical schools in the world.
  10. I love all the seasons and can’t choose one. Spring is not my favourite but I love summer and fall a lot!
  11. I find it hard to say “no” to people but I’m trying to change that this year.

Cherry’s Questions

1. Who is your number one fictional boyfriend and why?

How can my poor heart choose? There are so many sweet and lovable characters out there, but Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices will eternally be my soulmate. Also, in the past few days, I’ve grown to love Dorian from the Throne of Glass series.

2. What is your favorite opening line from a book?

Hmm, it’s been so long since I’ve read a particularly great opening line.

“The demon exploded in a shower of ichor and guts.”

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.

Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.

Ooh now isn’t that interesting! I’ve only read The Raven Boys but I really hope Gansey is not killed.

3. If your life could have a soundtrack, what songs would be on it?

Ride by Twenty One Pilots, Drag Me Down by One Direction, Kid In Love by Shawn Mendes, Infinity by One Direction.

I really need to listen to more songs out of the same genres.

4. What are some of your other hobbies besides reading?

Listening to music, playing the flute, playing badminton and volleyball, Tumblr, worrying about IB (academic program) and watching movies.. Somehow I always forget what I do when this question comes up.

5. If you were your favorite book character, what would a typical day in your life look like?

Celaena Sardothien would probably slay anyone who crossed her. If I was her, I’d kick some royal ass and sneak into broom closets with Chaol all day. I would eat chocolate cake in my bed with truffles and all sorts of candies and curl up with a book.

On second thought, can I sneak into the closets with Dorian instead? This sounds a lot like me.

6. What do you love the most about blogging?

The bookish community! Everyone in the book blogging community is absolutely amazing and it’s what keeps most of us going! Also, it’s a good excuse to read all the time.

7. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Paris, London, Frankfurt, Brussels, Maldives, Rome, Lisbon, Tokyo. Anywhere and everywhere.

   

8. Favorite kind of ice cream? (:

All kinds. Ice cream is a blessing. Rocky road (I’m having it right now 🙂 ), chocolate, Oreo, mint and chocolate chip.

Jenna’s Questions

1. What is your all time favourite book?

The Infernal Devices trilogy. The Tiger’s Curse series. The Throne of Glass series.

2. How many languages can you speak?

Almost three. English and Hindi fluently and I am learning French. I have also started learning German.

3. Which Hogwarts house are you in?

I’m proud to be a Slytherin. Yesssss!

4. Top 3 bookish pet peeves ?

Mismatched covers and cover changes. Faces on book covers. Love triangles in which the character chooses the wrong person.

5. What is your favourite scent?

The smell of baked goods. Food.

6. Where do you buy most of your books?

At the library. Haha just kidding. I don’t normally buy books. There was a Chapters in walking distance from my house but they closed recently so probably online.

7. What is your favourite holiday?

Christmas! All of winter break. It didn’t snow much this year but I usually spend all my time outdoors. I love the onset of winter and the crispiness in the air left over from fall. Hot chocolate and marshmallows is all you need.

8. If you can switch lives with a fictional character, who would it be?

Celaena Sardothien. Yes, she has about a thousand enemies that threaten to murder her and she barely escapes getting killed. But she also does more in a single day than I have ever done in my life 😉 And oh boy does she slay. (haha see what I did there?)

My Questions

If you’ve made it this far into this long post, then these are my questions 🙂 I’m using a couple from above because they’re awesome!

1. Who is your biggest inspiration?
2. What is it about your favourite character that you love?
3. What is your favourite book and why?
4. If you were your favorite book character, what would a typical day in your life look like?
5. What would happen if you were to transport into the book you are currently reading?
6. Give a quote from a book that has influenced you or changed you as a person.
7. What is your favourite kind of dessert?
8. How much do you love books? (More than people, more than the internet?)

I tag all of you! You don’t have to do it if you don’t want to 🙂

Ayunda @Tea and Paperbacks

Bree @Literary Hellion

Samantha @Reed’s Reads and Reviews

Dee @The Bookish Khaleesi

 

The Book Courtship Tag


One of my resolutions for this year was posting frequently, but I guess I failed at that 😉 It’s been almost two weeks since I posted?! Reading hasn’t been too great either; I finished The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima and I am currently reading Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas and loving it.

Initial Attraction

A book that you bought because of the cover

I’ve added this book recently on my TBR. I admit it was mostly because of the cover, but I do plan on reading it because the premise of the book sounds so intriguing. Time travel books always confuse me but I’ll give this one a try.

First Impressions

A  book that you got because of the summary

An alien apocalypse. Doesn’t that sound like the most interesting book ever? The movie came out yesterday, January 15, so that is even more motivation to read it! The second book, The Infinite Sea, is even better.

Sweet Talk

A book with great writing?

All the Bright Places

Not necessarily great writing, but I like the writing style and it fit in well with the book. There are so many beautiful phrases:

“I know life well enough to know you can’t count on things staying around or standing still, no matter how much you want them to. You can’t stop people from dying. You can’t stop them from going away. You can’t stop yourself from going away either. I know myself well enough to know that no one else can keep you awake or keep you from sleeping.”

First Date

A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

“It totally lived up to the hype. It was so unpredictable and I kept catching my breath, not wanting to know what horrors awaited, but I couldn’t not turn the pages. I flew through the book—it was captivating.” My feels have been laid out in this review.

Late Night Phone Calls

A book that kept you up all night?

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

It might be because I read this during a readathon and I wanted to read it fast, but this book is really amazing. The characters are the best part and even though the story is a retelling of the Arabian Nights, it has a nice plot twist and a strong story line that I enjoyed. Plus, Shazi is unbelievably clever and snarky.

 

Always on my mind

A book you could not stop thinking about?

If you’ve read my review of this book, you know that I went totally crazy about it. I loved every single part of this book and I might even start learning programming just because this book is so freaking COOL!

Getting Physical

A book which you love the way it feels?

  

I don’t own many books, but the hardcover of Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella feels really smooth and nice. The letters are beautifully embossed and it is such a vibrant colour! And the two coffee cups on the back are so cute 🙂

Meeting the parents

A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?

I would recommend all the books on this page, but mostly Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. It is a brilliantly written book that covers many themes like politics and manipulation that I think everyone should be aware of.

Thinking about the future

A book or series you know you will re read many times in the future?

  

I would have liked to say Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff for this one too. I love the Throne of Glass books so far too and people have so many great things to say about them. Also, The Infernal Devices.

Share the love

I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this but I’d love to tag some people. If you have already done this tag, you can ignore this but go ahead if you’d like to 🙂

Giovanna @Book Coma

Brittany @The Grisha Lieutenant

Beth @Reading Every Night

Prima @Panda Hearts Books

Okay, okay, I agree. This was a lousy post and most of my answers feel like I wrote them in my sleep. Is this a blogging slump? I hope not. But anyways, I promise I’m not abandoning you guys 🙂

The Ambitious List of Reading Challenges 2016 + Goals


I decided to make a list of the reading challenges I want to attempt in 2016. Should I do 16 for 2016? Ha, I probably can’t even do 6, so I’m going to try to keep this list realistic. But I do love challenges, so…

Goodreads Reading Challenge

This is my personal favorite because it’s still a challenge but doesn’t limit you to a specific type of books.
I’m going for 65 books this year. I aimed for 50 books last year (we’re calling it last year already?) and I ended up reading 54, so if I push it a little I can do 65. And of course, there’s summer.

Netgalley and Edelweiss Challenge

I have over 20 arcs from Netgalley to read, so this challenge is definitely a must. Let’s get our NetGalley ratios up this year to 80%. (Ha.)
I’m aiming for bronze (10 books) again.

New Release Challenge

So many good books coming out next year! Yes, I still haven’t read some of the best ones from this year, but we’ll make it somehow. Together. Okay? Okay.
I’m aiming for new release pro (16-30 books) but I think I will barely make it. We’ll see 🙂

2016 Fantasy Challenge

This is a no level challenge so I’m going to go for 15 fantasy books. The books will be: Throne of Glass series, Seven Realms series and some more.

Reading Goals

  • Read at least 65 books this year and try to complete the reading challenges.
  • Try other genres. I used to read mostly contemporary but now it seems like all I read is fantasy, so I’ll try to branch my reading out.
  • Review more books. In 2015 I read 54 books but only reviewed maybe 15-20.

Blogging Goals

I have 374 followers right now, and about 300 of those are from this year. So that means a lot to me. Thank you so much! All of you guys are so wonderful 🙂

  • Reach 500 followers. Followers and stats don’t mean to me as much as real essence of blogging—the people and the atmosphere—does, but this is just a goal.
  • Post more often. I haven’t been the best lately but I’ll make up for it this year though. I’ll try to post at least every 3 days 🙂
  • Reach out to other bloggers. Especially newer ones. I remember when I started out, the community was so friendly and it would be nice to pass the kindness on.