The Sunshine Blogger Award-Part 5

Hi, everyone! 🙂

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I’ve been nominated yet again for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I would like to thank Jenna@BookmarkYourThoughts for nominating me. She writes great posts related to books and more. Do visit her blog! 😀

Let’s get started!

  1. What’s your favourite book from your childhood?

    Harry Potter, hands down.

  2. From the best of your knowledge, what is your favourite childhood memory?

    My favourite childhood memory as far as I can remember is a Barbie contest that I had participated in along with my mom. This memory is so vivid in my mind because of the numerous photos that are stored in my album.

  3. What was your favourite subject in school? Why?

    My favourite subject in school was English Literature and Computer Technology. I never got bored of learning new things in these classes.

  4. If reincarnation is real, what would you like to come back as?

    That’s an interesting question! I think I would like to reincarnate as a bird (as weird as it sounds) because I love travelling and exploring new places.

  5. Name one reason why you would want to teleport to the future? What do you think it will behold?

    I’m loving the questions, haha. What would be most interesting about teleporting to the future is to gain an insight on what the future holds for me and who still exists in my life. It might be scary to know what’s going to happen to you, but it would be exciting at the same time.

  6. Who is your favourite hero/heroine in YA literature?

    Oh, that’s a tough one. I have so many favourite YA characters and the list is pretty much endless. If I had to choose one, the hero would be Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower and heroine would be Caddy from Beautiful Broken Things.

  7. You’ve won a million dollars; what’s the very first thing you do with the money?

    Travel! I haven’t travelled to a lot of the places mentioned on my bucket list, so I would definitely spend the money there.

  8. It’s movie watching time; what’s your favourite movie genre that you’re most likely going to watch? Do you have a favourite movie?

    I enjoy watching a lot of movie genres, but my favourites are Sci-Fi and Animated movies. The one movie that I can watch over and over again is Big Hero 6!

  9. You can instantly travel to anywhere in the world; where are you travelling to? Why?

    I would love to travel to Norway just so I can experience the Northern Lights. ❤

  10. You find a genie (with no restrictions) and are the lucky one to have three of your wishes granted; what are they?

    I would wish to get my dream job, unlimited books, and always be able to bring a smile to someone’s face.

  11. What book series or standalone novel would you recommend/do recommend to anyone? Why?

    There are so many books that I have in mind. Some of them are:

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Bernard
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord
  • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! 😀

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The Ultimate Book Tag

Hi, everyone! 🙂

BOOK TAG

I saw this tag the other day on thriceread and decided to give it a go! Do visit their blog, they post great book reviews and tags. 😀

Let’s get started!

  1. DO YOU GET SICK WHILE READING IN THE CAR?

    Not really. In fact, I read very often in the car.

  2. WHICH AUTHOR’S WRITING STYLE IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE TO YOU AND WHY?

    This is a difficult one to answer because I love a lot of authors’ writing style’s. They are all unique and special in their own way. 🙂

  3. HARRY POTTER SERIES OR THE TWILIGHT SAGA? GIVE 3 POINTS TO DEFEND YOUR ANSWER.

    Harry Potter, definitely! Well, I’ve always been a fan of J.K. Rowling writing. Secondly, I love the character portrayal in all of the books. Lastly, it reminds me of my childhood.

  4. DO YOU CARRY A BOOK BAG? IF SO, WHAT IS IN IT (BESIDES BOOKS)?

    I rarely carry a book bag. When I do carry one, I usually have my book, water bottle, a light snack, and other essentials.

  5. DO YOU SMELL YOUR BOOKS?

    I would be lying if I said no…

  6. BOOKS WITH OR WITHOUT LITTLE ILLUSTRATIONS.

    I don’t mind either, to be honest.

  7. WHAT IS THE THINNEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

    Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell.

  8. WHAT IS THE THICKEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

    Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

  9. WHEN DID YOU GET INTO READING?

    Luckily, my parents encouraged me to start reading books from a very young age which helped me to develop an interest in reading books of different genres.

  10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC BOOK?

    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

  11. IN SCHOOL WHAT WAS YOUR BEST SUBJECT?

    English and computer programming.

  12. IF YOU WERE GIVEN A BOOK AS A PRESENT THAT YOU HAD READ BEFORE AND HATED, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

    I would definitely donate it to a non-profit organization.

  13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD?

    Ethereal; extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world.

  14. FULL ON ROMANCE BOOKS OR ACTION-PACKED WITH A FEW LOVE SCENES MIXED IN?

    This completely depends on my mood. Sometimes, I’m totally in for a cheesy romance novel and someday’s I prefer reading something more exciting and thrilling.

I nominate everyone! Feel free to drop a link to your answers in the comments section below. 😀

I hope you enjoyed reading this post!

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ARC Review: Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

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Source: NetGalley

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: June 1, 2017

Synopsis (Goodreads):

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…
Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.
When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…
Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts, Follow Me Back is the first book of a new duology. Written for the online generation, this thriller will keep you guessing right up to the shocking end.

Rating (Goodreads): 4.3 stars/5

Review:

The plot of this story was unique and very different from the books I usually read. What I loved most about the plot is that it was filled with suspense and mystery which motivated me to read more and more until I found out what truly happened. With every chapter, the tension kept increasing and with it, the excitement and thrill doubled. The main characters, Tessa and Eric, were portrayed in a very realistic manner. I also liked the way the tweets were shown because it showed how connected they were while being apart from each other. This may seem weird, but I actually enjoyed reading the police transcripts that were in between some chapters. Apart from being mysterious, the book also had an edge of romance in it which was okay, but I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as the element of suspense. Also, I think the book tries to convey the message of being conscious when one uses any sort of social media. Overall, the book was a good read and I would recommend it to readers who are looking for something new and exciting!

My favourite quote from the book:

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”

Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for the ARC of Follow Me Back in exchange for an honest review. 

What are your thoughts on Follow Me Back? Let me know in the comments section below. 😀

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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It’s about time that I write a review on this book. I read Rebel of the Sands a few months ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. It’s an action-filled adventure with an aura of romance and mystery…my favourite kind of book! 😉

Synopsis (Goodreads):

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Rating (Goodreads): 4 stars/5

Review:

Everything in this book deserves a big round of applause. I really admire the author for being able to vividly describe the setting and plot. This book had me glued from the beginning to the very end. Amani’s journey is inspiring, to say the least. She disguises herself as a boy in an attempt to leave her conservative town, Dustwalk. There are so many reasons behind her decision to leave such as her uncle forcing her to get married and not being able to pursue what she loves. However, the most intriguing part is that she isn’t alone in this journey as she has a companion named Jin, a mysterious foreigner. The words that the author has used to describe the setting makes it seem so realistic. It is as if I were living back in time in a desert and witnessing the adventurous journey of Amani and Jin filled with ups and downs. The manner in which the characters support each other throughout the novel is heart-warming. Of course, adventure plays the most important role in this novel, but the aura of mystery and romance adds up to the excitement of the book. Overall, this was a great read and I would definitely recommend you to read the book if you’re looking for something magical, fast-paced, and adventurous!

My favourite quote from the book:

“I wasn’t up to no good. Then again, I wasn’t exactly up to no bad either.”

What are your thoughts on this book? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section below. 🙂

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

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Quote of the day:

Why I love this quote? 

A lot of us are afraid to speak our mind simply because we are cautious about what other people will think. However, I’ve realized that the best thing you can do is to be yourself and speak your mind because that way, you’ll be able to make new friends who accept you for who you are without any judgement. Speaking from the point of view of fandoms, you should be proud of the fandoms you enjoy being in. Remember, it doesn’t matter what other people think as long as it brings a smile to your face! It’s not uncommon to see people judging others based on their taste in music, TV shows, books, and so on. However, we must realize that we live in a diverse world, and we should appreciate the differences in people rather than judging them for it. Anyway, the point is:

  1. Speak your mind! Don’t be afraid. 
  2. Be a proud fangirl/fanboy!
  3. Be unapologetic because you are entitled to have your own likes and dislikes. 

Since it’s the last day of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge, I want to know your favourite book quotes! Feel free to share your choice of quotes in the comments section below. 😀

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2

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Quote of the day:

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Why I love this quote? 

This quote speaks to a lot of us in reality. Our day-to-day experiences shape us into the person we are today, whether good or bad. We all experience something new every day. It may be making a new friend, being betrayed by someone, learning something new and so on. Collectively, all of this shapes our personality irrespective of our age. In the end, it’s all about learning from our mistakes and engaging in self-improvement. From my personal experiences, I can surely say that I’ve changed a lot since the past year. And, there’s nothing wrong with changing who you are as long as it remains positive.

Can you personally relate to this quote? Let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 1

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been tagged for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge yet again.

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Before I start, I would like to thank mybookfile for tagging me. She posts great book reviews and tags, do visit her blog! 😀

Since I’ve already participated in this challenge twice before, I decided to select my top three favourite book quotes this time. 🙂

Quote of the day:

Why I love this quote? 

First of all, I love Paulo Coelho’s writing style because it’s philosophical yet fun to read. This quote in particular is my favourite because it motivates and inspires me to work hard in order to make my dreams come true. Undoubtedly, we all have dreams be it big or small, but we don’t want our dreams just to remain dreams. We want our dreams to turn into reality, and that only happens with conviction, perseverance, and diligence. In fact, the possibility of our dreams coming true is what drives us towards achieving them. This adds to the zeal of life!

What’s your favourite Paulo Coelho quote? Let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

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October’16 Favourites

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The time for monthly favourites has arrived! Here are some of my favourite things that I bought, read, made, watched, ate and so on during the month of October. 

  1. NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick:

    I love NYX lipsticks! Earlier this month, I bought the ‘Cherry Skies’ shade of lipstick (The first one on the left of this picture), and I absolutely love the color. It’s perfect for Fall!

  2. Mousse Fleur de Lys at PAUL Cafe:


    Yes, this dessert deserves a beautiful photo because it definitely satisfied by sweet tooth cravings. For all the chocolate lovers out there, this is a must try!

  3. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard:


    I enjoyed reading this book so much, and I would definitely recommend all the young adult fiction readers to give this book a shot. Hopefully, I’ll post a review later this month.

  4. Japanese Cherry Blossom Candle from Bath & Body Works:


    The Japanese Cherry Blossom collection from Bath and Body Works has an amazing scent. I have used the shower gel and perfume of this scent, but I’ve never bought the scented candle. It was a really good idea to buy this because once you light it up, it  gives the whole room a nice smell which creates a positive environment.

  5. How to Get Away with Murder:


    I finally started watching the long-awaited T.V. series! All my friends have been pushing me to watch this show since a very long time, and now that I’ve started watching it, I can’t stop! *closes eyes*
    Plot: A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

I hope you enjoyed my October favourites!
What’s your October’16 favourite? Let me know in the comments section below.🙂

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The Stationery Book Tag

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been tagged for the Stationery Book Tag.

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Before I start, I would like to thank Jasmine @howusefulitis for tagging me. She posts great book review and tags. Do visit her blog! 😀

Let’s get started:

  1. Pencils || Favorite MG or children’s book

    Matilda by Roald Dahl.
    I would write Harry Potter, but I believe that it’s fun for readers of all ages and not only children!

  2. Pens || A basic staple for any reader

    Definitely, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. If you haven’t already read this book, please read it as soon as you can. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

  3. Notebooks || What books do you own multiple copies of

    I usually don’t prefer keeping two copies of the same book due to lack of space on my bookshelf, unless it’s an extraordinary limited edition that I cannot resist buying.

  4. Markers || A book with a beautiful cover

    Image result for beautiful broken thingsI love the color and golden detailing of this book cover. It looks so pretty!

  5. Glue || Two characters that work well together even if they aren’t together

    If they aren’t together? That’s a hard one to think about… because most of the characters who work well end up getting together as per my predictions…

  6. Art kit || What completed series do you own

    a. Harry Potter

    b. The Hunger Games

    c. Divergent

Nominees:

I nominate all the book lovers! Feel free to post a link to your answers in the comments section below. I’d love to read them. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! 

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The Book Blogger Insider Tag

Hi, everyone! 🙂

I’ve been tagged for the Book Blogger Insider Tag. 

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Before I start, I would like to thank Jasmine @howusefulitis for the nomination. She posts great book reviews and tags. Do visit her blog! 😀

The Rules:

  1. Answer the questions below
  2. Credit the creator: Jamie @ A Little Slice of Jamie
  3. Tag at least 5 people
  4. Have fun!

Answers to the Questions:

  1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?
    Mostly on my desk, and sometimes on my bed.
  2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?
    Well, that really depends on how much I enjoyed reading the book. It takes me about 1-2 hours.
  3. When did you start your book blog?
    I post a lot of articles on different topics including books. But, I did start blogging in March this year.
  4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
    Uhhh…I can’t really think of anything.
  5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
    The best thing about having a book blog is that you get to exchange your opinions with different book bloggers.
  6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?
    I really enjoy writing my monthly favourites because it’s a great way to recap all the fun things I experienced during the month.
  7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?
    Haha, that’s a difficult one to answer. I enjoy writing all my posts because they’re related to topics that I’m really interested in.
  8. When do you typically write?
    I usually write my posts in the evening.
  9. Do you review every book you read?
    Mostly, yes. However, I do tend to avoid writing reviews on books that I didn’t really enjoy reading.
  10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?
    I write my book reviews with a cup of coffee on my desk because it helps me concentrate better.
  11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?
    Since I’m a quick reader, the number of books I read are comparatively more than the number of book reviews I write.
  12. How often do you post?
    I try to post as frequently as possible!

Nominees:

  1. Beth @readingeverynight
  2. mayathebookexplorer
  3. mysterydatewithabook
  4. Nerdybirdy @ Daydreaming Books
  5. youngadultfictionreviews
  6. Kourtni @kourtnireads
  7. bookslayerreads
  8. TeacherofYA
  9. Kathy @bookishshelves
  10. Sammie @bookshelvesandbiros
  11. Melissa @booknerdmomo
  12. Anyone who’s interested in doing the tag!

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers! I’m looking forward to reading your answers. 😀

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