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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Updates // A weekend trip, library haul and shocking news


I’m in a state of pure shock, please help me.

I was planning on posting some news and tags this weekend, but we all went to the capital of the province, Victoria, Canada so I was really busy.

This picture doesn’t even compare to the magnificent architecture and beauty that the parliament buildings here are, but you can see what I’m talking about, right? So utterly beautiful. (And the domes matched the scarf I was wearing that day, so I felt special 😉 )

While there, I visited the local public library, which is a very nice place by the way, and saw some really nice books that I checked out:

        

Both of these books are on my fall TBR, and I was really happy when I found them sitting on the shelves in the YA section of la bibliotheque. But wait, ladies and gentlemen, the story doesn’t end there. There was also a mall nearby and I took a little detour, hoping to grab a quick coffee and peruse the stores because I was getting a little bored.

I found a bookstore, Coles (or Chapters), which is kind of like Barnes and Noble, only Canadian. It had a great atmosphere and even though it was really small, I saw so many books that I could have just RIPPED off the shelves because they were So. Amazingly. Glorious.

Of course, the first thing I did was look for some books that I had on my fall TBR and OF COURSE, I looked for copies of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. (This is the climax, guys!) I searched up, I searched down but I could not find a SINGLE copy of the series that wasn’t paperback. There were no hardcovers! I asked the staff and they confirmed THAT THRONE OF GLASS STOPPED SELLING HARDCOVERS. I’m not completely sure if this holds true for all bookstores, but they don’t have it anymore.

(I wasn’t able to take a picture of the stupid bookshelf but here’s something that’s 2D and cannot be judged by its looks: if it’s paperback or not.)

As a reader-to-be of this series, I. AM. SO. DISAPPOINTED. I’ve waited so long, so long to read this series and now you’re telling me I can’t own my own beautiful copies? Queen of Shadows is in hardcover but the other three weren’t. I’ll probably have to buy it from a used bookstore, but oh well. I NEED HARDCOVERS.

I don’t really blame Chapters/Coles, but seriously, couldn’t there have been an announcement like, “We’re going to stop selling hardcovers of Throne of Glass so if you’re crazy about them, you may want to purchase them right NOW,” They’re probably just a little lazy 🙂

So, let’s end with that note. I’m pretty upset right now (as upset you can be without ever being emotionally attached to a series) and this pains me so much. How was your week? Did you make any shocking, life-changing discoveries?

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon! | Goals and TBR


Yes, I’m doing another one. It’s never too late to start right? Technically, it has already started and there are about 6 hours left until the first day is over, but you know what? It’s just reading. AND READING HAS NO LIMITS! Which is really the best part about it. Just kidding.

This read-a-thon (one that I’ve never heard of before, but will probably do again in the future) is hosted by Wishful Endings and the rules and info are:

The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon begins Monday, September 14th and ends Sunday, September 27th, with a wrap-up (including giveaway winners) on September 28th. You do not have to be a blogger to sign up. Just use your Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Tumblr, or leave a comment stating that you’ll just post updates on my blog commenting on my updates instead (just pick a place you’re going to post updates on). For the linky, you need to leave a link (so if you’re going to post on my blog, then leave the link to my blog, but your email so that I have a way to reach you). When the read-a-thon officially begins, you all will have a chance to add a sign-up/goals post (or leave it in comments in response to mine when that goes up on September 14th).

What can you read as part of the read-a-thon? Anything. It can be an audiobook, ebook, physical book, published, ARC, etc. There are no restrictions. The idea is to lower our TBR piles and any way you want to do that is just fine by me. 

This time, I’m going to try to keep my goals more reading-oriented and less of how much I read. So instead of saying I’ll read 10 books in this time, I’ll say something like I’ll read 100 pages a day.

MY GOALS:

  • Read at least a 100 pages a day
  • Read the ARCs first!—I have so many! I need to focus on these for now.
  • Use any spare time to just sit AND READ.
  • Try posting daily updates (don’t worry, I’ll have normal posts too!)
  • Try to lower my Netgalley ratio by reading and reviewing the ARCs (the reviews might be posted after the readathon)

My Ambitious and Unstable TBR:

   

(Is it just me or these books have the same colour shades? Purple blue purple blue?!)

Are you guys particpating? Let me know what you’ll be reading this week 🙂 Have you read any of the books above? Happy reading!

School, Tumblr and Other Updates


Wow. My school starts in a little more than twelve hours from now. I’m a mess: excited, nervous, happy, not bored for once, busy and a little sad. Correction—a lot sad. Every year, around May, I start planning my summer. It goes likes this:

On the first day, I’ll go to the park to relax and read for a while. It will be so much fun! I can call Jenna and Sara and Katie over and the next day we’ll have an awesome start-of-summer readalong. This summer, I will read 20 books each month. *plans out the exact amount of pages to read every day, accurately* And then we can go to the beach! Ooh.. what should I pick for my beach fluffy read? *searches TBR pile for something “summery”

Yeah. That’s the story of my life. And you bet none of that ever happens. I only went to the park once in summer, the beach not at all, and read barely 15 books in total. So maybe this wasn’t the most fantastic summer ever. But I’m still sad it’s over.

Technically, tomorrow for me is only picture day, and school will last for a total of 3 hours, but summer has officially ended because the red maple leaves outside and fallen leaves are a part of fall.

To cut this short, as I’m sure now you guys are just getting bored, I’ve made a new Tumblr! It’s actually a Studyblr, and I’ll be posting school-related stuff, tips and inspiration photos on it. There will be a lot of reblogs and sometimes I won’t be able to post everyday (forgive me!), but it’s out there.

And the big reason for making a studyblr is because I want to keep myself and others motivated throughout the school year, as I tend to kind of mentally drift away from school around a few weeks in. It’s not a proper cure for my procrastination, but hey, blogging is a lot of work, and hopefully that will keep my spark going!

I also wanted to let you guys know that I will be posting a bit less for a weeks now. I think. I’m still not sure if that will be the case, or if I’ll be able to post frequently (I will try for a post every other day!!). It all depends on my course work load. I’m going into Grade 10 this year and although it’s nowhere as challenging as college/uni, I want to keep myself on track and keep the good habits going because some universities do check grade 10 grades. I have some posts scheduled: some reviews, some tags, and some discussions (it’s a new feature!) and stuff.

I’m so proud of you if you’ve made it this far into this casual, almost meaningless (but not really 😉 ) post. This is just something I wanted to put out there because it concerns this blog as well. I hope you have a very lovely day! And an awesome, interesting, full-of-learning school year 🙂

Study Hard and Inspire – studyhardandinspire.tumblr.com

– Parneet

My BookTube-A-Thon TBR!


Whoa. BookTube-A-Thon is back again. With much harder challenges. This will be my third readathon, but I’m just as excited and nervous as I was with my first! I just did the #TBR Takedown readathon last week, and even though I only read 3 out of 5 books, I think it was a sort of warm-up for this one 🙂 I have a feeling that this will go much better than the last!

Challenge #1. Read a book with blue on the cover.

Perfect. I just received an ebook of this book by the author and I think it’s a good time to read it. Do I get bonus points for “water” in the title because it’s also blue-ish?

Challenge #2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name.

This was so hard to find. Were we allowed to make up a fake last name? Lol. Even Y wasn’t hard.

Love, Lucas

Challenge #3. Read someone else’s favourite book.

This is like everybody’s favourite. So bonus points.

Challenge #4. Read the last book you acquired.

ONE of the few I last acquired:

Challenge #5. Finish a book without letting go of it.

Maybe a short one will do here? I have this one on hold but I don’t know if it will be available so it’s probably not final 🙂

Challenge #6. Read a book you really want to read.

Oooh free challenge! Me likey 😀 I want to read this so bad, but there’s a cliffhanger 😦 *silently sobs

Click here to view eBook details for The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Challenge #7. Read seven books.

Hmm, I don’t know if this is possible. I’m pretty sure out of the 6 books above, I’ll only be able to read 3, maybe 4. Most of this TBR is tentative and subject to change anyways because it is way way too ambitious, but I will read a short story if I can. Preferrably under 300 pages.

Are your reading goals for this week just as ambitious? Or maybe I’m overloading? 😀

#TBR Takedown 2.0 | Readthon TBR


I can’t get enough of readathons! I’ve only done one officially, but I have tried following a few without doing a sign-up post and they went well! I know, I know, I’m a bit late to do the TBR portion of this, but I’m going to go ahead and do it anyways, because who cares! I’m fishing for more readathons and I’ll try to do at least one in August along with Booktubeathon!

This readathon is hosted by Shannon at leaninglights and you can see the announcement here.

I’m going to attempt all the challenges but I can’t be sure that I’ll finish them all 🙂

Challenge 1: First in a series

I’ve been putting this off for a long time! I need to start reading this series, but I can’t wait for Winter! I’m already about 250 pages in, so this will easy to finish.

Challenge 2: A sequel in a series

I’m listening to this one on audiobook and it’s really good! I’m suspecting this is going to be better than The Raven Boys. Again, I’ve already read about 10% of this yesterday. Is this against the rules? 😉

Challenge 3: A book that’s been on your TBR for over a year

This is my only unread Morgan Matson book! I’ve been on a contemporary reading spree this summer, and that included reading her other two books. I can’t wait for the next one 🙂

Challenge 4: A book out of your comfort zone

I don’t read any LGBT books because they make me really uncomfortable. But many people recommend this and I’ve been trying to accept diverse books, so I’ll be picking this up this week.

Challenge 5: Most recently hauled book

I probably won’t have time to get to this so soon will all the other books on my TBR and my slow reading speed, but I’ll attempt it! I just got it from the library today (ebook) so it’s my most recent book 🙂

This readathon starts today, July 25 and runs until July 31st. If you’re participating, good luck!

Finals Week! | Blog Updates


My finals are coming up this week and as much as I’d like to keep blogging and posting, I can’t because I really value my marks. Yes, I’m only in grade 9 but along with my social life, I also want to keep my grades up, and starting early when marks don’t matter as much is a really good way to ensure you get into the university and career of you choice.

I was supposed to start reviewing a few weeks ago, but time flew by so quickly, and there were so many projects and assignments to be done! And of course, I’m a big procrastinator, so when I finally came to my senses a few days ago, I completely freaked out.

I found out that I didn’t quite understand a lot of the material studied this year and I have to review it all over again. So this is an apology post and I’m sorry I can’t blog this week. But the good new is . . .

SUMMER IS COMING!!!

I only have four more days of school before I can finally relax for two months. *does a little happy dance*


I borrowed a copy of Red Queen from the library and was in the middle of reading it when it became due. Trust me, it was the most annoying thing and I had to return it! Now, I’m number 22 in line and life sucks.

I’m going to be reading Something Real by Heather Demetrios instead at the moment. Have any of you guys read it?