Things I learned from my time away from blogging

Hey everyone,

I took the last few months off to really focus on school and I learned some really important things about myself and blogging. I wanted to share these things with you because whether you’re working, studying or just aren’t happy with your life (or maybe you’re doing great and if so, this is just a cautionary tale and also, good job! I’m really happy for you!), you may find some of these really helpful.  Continue reading

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Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee

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Author: C. B. Lee
Published by: Duet Books
Publication date: 8th September 2016
Pages: 283
Genres:  Young Adult, LGBT, Fantasy, Superheroes
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

“We can’t just sit on our asses and not live our lives while trying to expose a corrupt government!”

There are so many things to love about Not Your Sidekick. It’s #ownvoices, it’s creative, it’s funny, it’s real, it’s full of love and adventure. I’ve never been a huge fan of superhero stories but this one felt different to me for some reason. This is the first book I’ve finished in the last four months due to university and I’m just glad I picked it up all those many months ago because it was such a sweet story and I’m very ready for the sequel! Continue reading

My triumphant return to the world of blogging

So I may or may not have just returned from the four most grueling months of my life. This school term has fully and completely gutted me, similar to when your favorite character dies and the book ends in a cliff hanger and the sequel isn’t set for release yet. And you know what? I’m going back in January to go through the same tumultuous emotions all over again. Why? Good question. Continue reading

Signs You Need a Break From Blogging

Hey everyone, how are ya? I hope things are going good for you and that your skin is glowing and the sun is shining (or maybe it’s autumn, in which case I hope you’re enjoying fall flavors and colors).

I’ve not been very active recently and I’ve been debating going on hiatus for a while but didn’t want to let go just yet. Hiatus sounds more daunting than it should be. Continue reading

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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Author: Sandhya Menon
Published by: Hodder Paperbacks
Publication date: 13th July 2017
Pages: 384
Genres:  Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

“I feel like I need to speak out, because if no one speaks out, if no one says, this is me, this is what I believe in, and this is why I’m different, and this is why that’s okay, then what’s the point? What’s the point of living in this beautiful, great melting pot where everyone can dare to be anything they want to be?”

Headstrong, feminist Dimple isn’t surprised when she finds out her parents only agreed to send her to a six week long tech program at SFSU so she could meet up with a boy they’ve arranged for her to marry. She’s not surprised, but definitely angry. It’s enough that she has to constantly argue with her mom about what a woman’s interests should be but now she can’t even escape finding an ‘Ideal Indian Husband’ for her career? “Dimple thought of Insomnia Con, of Jenny Lindt, of SFSU, of Stanford. Of all the things she’d jeopardize if she called Ritu auntie a backward, antifeminist blight on democratic society.” Continue reading

The Best Things About Bookstores

I think we can all agree that going to the bookstore or the library is one of the greatest adventures one can go on. My mom and I are massive book worms and we like to make it a properly planned day, spending hours in the bookstore and then taking our new books to get food. It’s a ritual and so I thought that today we could talk about the best things about bookstores! Continue reading

ARC Review: On the Spectrum by Jennifer Gold

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Author: Jennifer Gold
Published by: Second Story Press
Publication date: 12th September 2017
Pages: 336
Genres:  Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: E-book
Source: Netgalley

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review

“Did you just use ‘artisanal’ to refer to nachos?”

So I’m not one to give five stars to contemporaries. Ever. But I might just have to for this one. I loved every aspect of it. It’s been such a long time since a book has kept me up at night and I was so pleased with this story. Also, isn’t this just the prettiest cover you’ve ever seen? Continue reading

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

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Author: Renée Ahdieh
Published by: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 9th September 2016
Pages: 388
Genres:  Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Retelling
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”

The eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, Khalid, takes a new bride every night and each girl ends up dead by morning. Shazi, intent on getting revenge after her best friend joins the unsettling number of dead brides, volunteers to be the next Calipha of Khorasan. To stay alive, she weaves enchanting stories for Khalid and always stops at dawn, asking him to spare her another day to hear the rest of the story. As each day passes, events start to unfold and the murders of countless young girls start to gain some backstory. When Shazi realizes that Khalid isn’t the monster he portrays himself to be, she ends up falling in love with the man she’s meant to kill. And things get complicated, for obvious reasons.
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How I Organize My Bookshelves

Now I know organizing books by color was (is?) all the rage at one point, but if there’s anything that makes me cringe in the book world, it’s color coded bookshelves. Color coding books separates series and books by the same author, books you hate are next to ones you love, genres are all mixed up and it’s just all wrong in my head. Continue reading