Waiting on Wednesday #33

rishiTitle: When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Blurb (GR):

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
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I’ve heard soo many good things about this DIVERSE book! All of my favorite reviews are rating this 4 stars, and above. The story also sounds interesting. What are you waiting for? Link me your WoW below! 

Reading Challenges – Friend or Foe?

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Hello everyone <3!

For today’s discussion post, I’m going to talk about reading challenges, pro’s and con’s, and my stance on them! This post was inspired by Marie’s post about readathons and other challenges , you should definitely check it out because it’s such a interesting, and well-written post 🙂 .

Before we go onto the discussion, let’s talk about what a reading challenge is.

A reading challenge is basically a challenge in which you try to read the most books possible for a certain read (for instance, to conquer your TBR). These can come in many different forms like

  • Readathons – Reading a huge amount of books in X amount of time.
  • Bingo – Every time you read a certain book that fits in with the bingo’s topic, you earn a mark. It’s like regular bingo, but with books (soo sorry if my explanation is trashy, I’m not familiar with book bingo 😅)
  • Reading Challenge – Just a challenge to read the mist books as possible (like the Goodreads 2017 reading challenge)

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Pro’s 

  • Brings a competitive spirit to everyone – Challenges like Beat the Backlist challenge, can bring a sense of competitiveness to you, and others.

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  • Actually works – Sometimes a challenge to conquer your TBR, WORKS!
  • Spread different types of books – Challenges like, #AsianLitBingo encourage more people to read diverse books, with an Asian character! This can spread awareness, and lead to discoveries of more books. And who doesn’t like a good book?
  • Reading!! – Reading Challenges, bookish bingos, readathons are all their to encourage reading! And who doesn’t like reading?

 Cons

  • Too much pressure – Along with a competitive spirit, comes with a lot more pressure. The reason can vary, but it’s mostly because one can’t feel like it can’t get ahead. And too much pressure can also lead to a reading slump, and that is never a good thing.
  • Not enough books – Sometimes there are not enough books revolving around the topic your reading challenge. Even the TBR takedown challenges, because you have too have those books on hand. Sometimes that’s not possible. You could go to a library, but for some of us a library is not always there. Buying could be out of the question because money is an issue.
  • Not enough time – Time is also another factor in reading challenges. As a student, and a person who has a, *gasp* a social life, I don’t have all the time in the world to read a bunch of books. I know, bibliophile problems ya’ll.

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My stance on reading challenges

To be honest, I’m on the no side of these challenges. I find them really time-consuming, and while not a hassle, still a lot of work to do. I know all you have to do is read a book, but there is a time-frame, and WOULD IF I DON’T WANT TO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!! And then there is sometimes the point system, which I can be too lazy to do.

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Capture what’s your opinion on this reading challenges? Would you do it, or are you rather a moody reader (like me)? Have you participated in one before? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree with me? 

5 Reasons Why I Would Follow A Blog

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Lately, I have been following a lot of blogs (not just book blogs, a variety of them) and I have seen that most of them have a lot in common. So today I’m writing about the things that me follow any blog! This can help you improve your blog, and give you some ideas.

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1.) Pretty Designs

The first thing a person does when they click on another persons blog, the design usually is the first thing they see. If they don’t like what they see, most likely they will close that tab. Some key essentials in a blog design, I look for are:

  • Specific Theme Color – Colors that show up in the blog, that accent each other (ex: purple and gold)
  • Header – I usually think the header is really important in a blog because it represents their their website. If it’s really pretty, or classy I’m more prone too look for the follow button
  • Sidebar – Another important factor. A sidebar should have a neat spacing, showing things like SOCIAL MEDIA, and THE FOLLOW BUTTON. Also, goodreads if they are a book blog.
  • Featured Images – Featured images that have a consistency, meaning they have sort of a same style. While some people might think: “that’s not original, that’s boring!” I think it shows that the blog is professional in it’s designs.  Oh, and it also has to match the theme of the blog as well.
  • Fonts – I usually like the brush/script fonts, and I know a lot bloggers do too.  I love scripty fonts soo much, and love blogs who have them too!

2.) Content

Of course the main part of a blog, is what they WRITE in a blog! After seeing the design, I go on too just reading what him/her is posting about. I like blogs that delve into unique topics that are not widely talked about in the world.

  • Discussion posts should be interesting, and organized
  • Regular posts should also be interesting/organized with a writing, in which I get to see the personality of the blogger. It should also be able to teach me something (but this doesn’t have to be all the time).
  • ALSO in the end of section, I like it when there is a commenting prompt, as it encourages me to comment.

and speaking of comments…

3.) Comments

I really like it when bloggers have a strong relationship with their  . I really get that bloggers are busy, and won’t have much time to reply too comments, but it’s not impossible. It’s also important to this in case, someone has questions.

4.) Easy Navigation

Some blogs have no widget/menu option that takes you to the ‘home’ place where there latest posts are. Usually there is a welcome post, but there is no last posts page. How am I supposed too know what they wrote, and such?

5.) Consistent Posts

I don’t expect a full on schedule, but I like blogs to at least post 2 times a week. I used to be very strict on my schedule, but I got really stressed about it. So now I try to post as consistnetly as possible. Using book memes like, waiting on wednesday helps.

Soo I like blog who also posts consistently, because who likes an absent blogger?

 

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Soo that’s what I look for in a blog. What do you look for in a blog? Do you agree with my list? Do you disagree? How many blogs do you follow? Why do you follow my blog? What’s an important factor to you when it comes to follow a blog? 

Heartless Book Review // A Beautiful Tragic Book About the Queen of Hearts

18584855Title: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating: 4 stars

Blurb (GR): Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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Pro’s 

  • Cover – The cover is absolutley gorgeous. I know we’re not supposed to buy books based on their cover, but I dropped that rule years ago.
  • Story – The sTORY JUST TOOK MY HEART, AND SQUASHED IT WITH  5 INCH HEELS!

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Even though it did murder my heart, I admit that this book was soo good. I loved Catherine’s transition, and applaud Marrisa Meyer for coming up with such a beautiful storyline. The plot twist broke my heart, but the way it was played out was impressive.

  • Setting/World-building – I didn’t really read the blurb, so I didn’t know it was a fantasy retelling, but I instantly recognized that this book took place in Wonderland. And I loved it. It was bizarre, and crafty, but it wasn’t perfect. However, I will get onto that later.
  • Romance – Catherine, and Jest were such a good couple. I really enjoyed Jests’s laid-back, but protective attitude, and Catherine’s paranoia, but kindness. Too bad they were doomed.
  • Ending – The ending was tragic, but I’m grateful for that. If  this was all happy-go-lucky stuff, I’m sure I would’ve given it 3 stars. I think the tragedy was the best part of the book, even though it broke my heart.

Problems 

  • Setting/World building – Like I mentioned above, Marissa Meyers Wonderland wasn’t as wonderland-y as I thought/hoped it was. Even the Mad Hatter (Hatta) wasn’t mad enough. I wanted really kooky stuff happening, but everyone was really stupid, or evil, and it was a letdown. 

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  • Catherine – I HATED her. I don’t throw that word around often, so that’s how you know she was bad. I found her character really dumb, and not that intelligent. And if you read the book, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I didn’t find her predicament interesting, she was just running away from an unwanted marriage. Not that I don’t thing, forced marriages are a small matter (because they are), but I felt that she was overreacting.  I also thought she was a bit uppity, saying that she “was the best baker in Hearts”.
  • Jester – He was a really fine character, but I did have fine expectations. I thought he was a bit obsessed with Catherine though, and then he dropped that wretched “your not like other girls” line at Cath, and I was like giphy1  I mean he was great, until he said that. #sorrynotsorry
  • Chesire Cat – I LOVED HIM. This might be one of the few things that was totally Wonderland-ish. He was just perfect.
  • Raven – Why are all the good characters in this book animals? Raven’s character was awesome, and I loved that he represented “justice”. He was such a complex character.

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It was just Marissa Meyers way of writing. It wasn’t as mad, or flowing as I’d thought it would be. It wasn’t rocky though.

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FLYTIP_V1_Black_4starCapturehave you read Heartless? What did you think about it? If not are you planning to read it soon? Do you also hate it when guys say “your not like other girls”? Do you agree/disagree with me review? Was this review helpful? 

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday #32

lanternsTitle: Forest of A Thousand Lanterns

Author: Julie C. Dao

Blurb:  An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

 
Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?
 
Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute. 
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So I’m excited because A) East ASIAAAAA B) I adore the cover and C) This sounds so exciting to read about!! What are you waiting for? Have you ever heard about this book before? 

3 Ways To Get Out of A Blogging Slump // My Comeback Post!

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Hello everyone, it’s been awhile since I have been actually writing, up a post because I recently fell into a hiatus. This was because of the dreaded blogging slump.   

I really hate blogging slums btw, for the following reasons

  • It gives me the worst feeling ever
  • I feel extremely guilty
  • Ugh, it also makes me bored.

You get me????

So for today’s post I’m going to talk about how to conquer this dreaded sickness. But first let’s talk about the symptoms.

  • Not wanting to write anything
  • staring at the computer screen for 2 hours straight
  • instead of replying to comments, and reviewing your watching funny cat videos.

If you experience the following symptoms YOU maybe falling into a SLUMP!

Now let’s talk about how to get OVER a blogging slump!

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1.) Wait it out

I’m a firm believer in letting things wait out, because I don’t want to end up resenting it. Especially with blogging, which was never meant to be chore. It was just went to be an outlet to express your ideas!

Pro’s

  • It actually works
  • less stressful

Cons

  • it takes too much time
  • boring

2.) Get Inspired

If you think waiting it out is wayy to much time than let your world inspire you!  You could come up with another post disscussion post based on what your reading. Or you could go to Pinterest, We Heart It, Bloglovin’ for more inspiration. As a third option, you could get inspired by other people’s blogs. However, make sure not too copy!!

Pro’s

  • Fresh new ideas!
  • Sparks up discussions

Con’s

  • I don’t get inspired easily
  • TOO TIME CONSUMING

3.) Get Organized

One way I got out of my blogging slump, was get organised. Now I could write a whole post about the importance or staying organized, and how to do it, but the basics are

  • Keep your priorities in check – Don’t allow blogging to take over your life. Make sure family, friends, school are first. Than other things
  • Set up a schedule – I think keeping a schedule is good, and all. But keeping a schedule you know you can keep, and fits to your needs is the best. Set up something that you know you can follow, or it will be a waste.
  • BUJO SON – Ask anyone who owns a bullet journal. It’s the best. It’s suitable for YOUR NEEDS, and customizable.

Pro’s

  • More easier to keep track of things
  • It helps you in other areas of life.

Con’s

  • LAZY.
  • too much time.

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What are some ways you use to get out of a blogging slump? When was the last time you feel into one? How did you get out of it? What was your favorite method to get out of a blogging slump? AND DO YOU LIKE MY NEW DIVIDER!!! 

A Brief Hiatus // Taking a (temporary) Break From Blogging.

I think I’m having one of those mid-life crisis.

Except it has to do with blogging, so maybe a ‘blogging-life-crisis’, I don’t know. The thing is I’m going to go on a brief temporary break from blogging. I don’t exactly know the reason for this, but I think it’s because of exams, and also I recently fell into a blogging slump.

Aaaaaand it’s the worst think ever, but I’ll promise I’ll be back with fresh ideas, book reviews, and a whole buncha other stuff!

Also I’ll still be commenting around the blogospere, and taking part in Mahriya’s Typewriter Project! You should all join, like right now because IT’S WONDERFUL! There’s WRITING INVOLVED! If that doesn’t make you rush over to the link then,  you’re a very boring person.

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have you ever been in a blogging slump?? Isn’t it the worst? PLEASE TELL ME IT GETS BETTER!?? What did you do to combat that horrible feeling? See you in two weeks! 

Girls In Books // Reality Portrayed in Books V.S Reality, Reality.

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Hello everyone 😀

Today I’m going to talk about girls in books. This will be discussing how girls are portrayed in books, but the situations are actually very different IRL. The way books see us, differs to what we really are.

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Books – All the nerds hang with each other, and end up getting bullied. The outcasts band as one, and have lunch behind the trash cans. All above it is the most popular girls who are the meanest, but super well dressed. Usually dating half the football team.

Reality – I’ll admit a school is not a school without cliques. But they are not as strict books, and movies (like Mean Girls) portray them. I even have a personal example. My group of friends have multiple personalities per person. We have me, a bibliophile, but also loves sports, and trying on new clothes. And another one of my best friends love both fashion, and books. We fangirl a lot together.

And the “popular girls” in school aren’t hateful towards any other person. Just don’t be on their bad side, but I think that goes for everyone.

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Books – There’s one girl who is super quiet, one who is super loud, trying to get the former out of her shell.

Reality – Wrong again. Like stated above, there are so many personalities in one friendship. They can both be quiet, and nerdy. Or be both loud, and outgoing. And it doesn’t even have to be two girls. You could have a 3 or even 4 best friends!

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Books – Sleepover, school dances, and lot’s of shopping. Fan girling over guys.

Reality– This is really common in books. Girl bonding usually happens when they are shopping, or something. This, of course does not happen in the real word. It can happen anywhere, and be about anything (not just romance). We talk about serious thing too, like family matters.

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Books – Average, quiet, sensible, sometimes prone to gossiping, sometimes badass, but only in fantasy novels.

Reality: Uhhh, we’re human, people. We all have flaws, and we’re all different. I don’t see a lot of that in books. For some reason Cait from Dreamland sounds exactly the same as Alice from Windfall. They are to different books, written by two different authors, but they sound almost the same.

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That is my long/not so long post about the common misconceptions about girls in books. I feel like authors don’t really get how teenage girls lifestyle are. What do you think? Do you agree? Do you disagree? Would you like to add-on? What are some more misconceptions girls face? 

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Waiting on Wednesday #31

25092254Title: Cold Summer

Author: Gwen Cole

Blurb (GR): Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future.
Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

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Look at the cover. NO JUST LOOK AT THE FREAKING COVER! It’s so pretty I want it on my shelf. THE BLURB HAS TO DO WITH WORLD WAR II!! The guy can freaking TIME-TRAVEL! THE COVER!!!

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Can we just talk about that cover? No? Okay then, what book are YOU waiting for? Are you excited for this book, as much as I am (probably not)? Link your WoW down, so I can check it out!