Simon v/s Homo Sapiens Agenda

Rating 5 stars

The first 5 star book of 2017 and it is a contemporary my least read genre. I just don’t like reading about normal people and their romances. But safe to say  Simon’s story was defiantly not the normal boy meets girl, run of the mill contemporary. It was a coming of age novel with Simon dealing with his coming out and falling for his secret email pen pal. The best thing about this book was it focused not only on Simon and Blue but also, everyone around Simon . His parents, sisters, friends and even to an extent even his teacher featured regularly  and formed a part of the story.

The thing I hate the most about contemporary is that it turns the MC and their love interest turn into islands with absolutely or minimum human contact with people other than their other half’s. But nothing of that sort happens in this book which I’m thankful for.

Simon was a really funny and teenage sounding narrator (He kinda gave me Percy Jackson feels with the snarky narration and pop culture references)  Also he earns brownie points by being a potterhead and dressing up for Halloween like someone/something from Harry Potter universe.

It’s not just about the characters who are funny , the cirumstances and plot is also very engaging. The mysterious identity of Blue and it’s revel was also kinda unpredictable  (well atleast I didn’t suspect who it was but that is nothing great since I usually don’t)

This review is a week or two late(or a month) but anyways I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs a feel good and genuine book.

Also this book will make your crave Oreos, so stock it up before starting.

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Upside of Unrequited

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by breaking the spine  which features upcoming books to be excited about( Because everyone knows being a bookworm means 10% reading and 90% fangirling)

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Blurb

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

Release date : April 11th

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Reason for the excitement

Even though there is going to be a love triangle in this book I’m kinda digging the hipster v/s nerdy-nerd face-off. Also let me just reveal a secret, that I haven’t read the LoTR books nor seen any movies even though I’m a fantasy super fan ( Shame on me )

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(P.S. Any cricket fans here who got this reference )

Becky Albertali writes the most real relatable and genuinely funny characters that I’m ready to read anything by her (Isn’t it rumored that  Blue and Simon appear in the book for a blink-and-miss scene, ARC readers please attest to this) even her shopping lists if it is narrated by Simon.Also isn’t the cover just enough quirky and kinda in the same theme as Simon v/s The homo sapiens agenda. Maybe it is illustrated by the same person or so.

So who else is excited for this book ? and Are Simon and Blue appearing in this book ??

Return from Hiatus

Hey, It has been long time since I’ve posted anything ( 20 days to be exact) but now I’m back and I promise to post continuously( or at least try to )

So where was I these past days?

  •    I was anticipating my C.A. IPCC result and it was stressing me out a lot. ( CA is the equivalent of the American degree CPA) The result was supposed to be out on Jan 31st and I was really scared of a negative result.
  • I passed the exam and spent the next 10 days celebrating ( Pretty long party esp. fr an introverted book loving shy girl) so that was the other reason for my hiatus. 2017 is turning out to be pendulum with it’s high highs and low lows.

Also I visited Imagica during the republic day holidays and it was a blast. But I didn’t really take much photos because OMG the rides! They were the best and that’s coming from  a really scaredy cat who is not particularly fond of roller coasters.

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In the books front, my books read count isn’t really that hot (Even though I’m just 1 book behind schedule) but i hope to remedy that whit my favourite genre fantasy and a massively hyped up  ‘Darker shade of magic’ . So pumped to read about alternative dimensions and looting pirates and sassy,take-no-shit characters

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The lesson I’ve learnt from all this is that I really like book blogs and I missed reading them and missed writing them too. Even my blog reader is feeling very neglected (I use Feedly , if anyone is curious)

Also there is this thing when you spend a lot of time away from something, coming back to it seems very far and laborious and writing reviews feels a little dry right now.

I am actually motivated to post this today because I received a mail reminding me about the upcoming Love-a-Thon ( whose schedule and all that jazz post will follow shortly) and I was like ohh I have a bookblog to tend , so thank you to the hosts of the Love-A-Thon.

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So what did I miss in the blogosphere and book community ? Anything special? Leave a comment below and help me be updated once again.

Waiting on Wednesday : When Dimple Met Rishi

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by breaking the spine  which features upcoming books to be excited about( Because everyone knows being a bookworm means 10% reading and 90% fangirling)

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Blurb

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.
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.
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.

Thoughts on this book

I’m so pumped up about this book that I’m actually planning to pre-order this book (something that I’ve never done). I live in Mumbai and this book about arrange marriage rom-com is something what I wish to have someday in the future. Also it is pretty cool that arrange marriage and it’s awkwardness is getting the limelight and exposure.(2017 is going to be the year of representation and own voices) Also check out the full dust jacket (Isn’t it so fluffy, summery and swoon worthy?)

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Have you read this book? What are your thoughts about it?

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature by broke and bookish.For future or past prompts visit her.

This week’s topic is basically about me making excuses  giving reasons about the books I didn’t read last year

  1. Lady Midnight

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       This book must’ve featured in everyone’s most anticipated books list for 2016. It featured in mine at least. But here I am in 2017 and I still haven’t bought a copy, let alone finish reading it. But 2017 is the year when I’ll buy the book and read it on the spot. Also I really want that cover to grace by shelf.

2.My lady Jane

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           I had started this book back in July-August but then I wasn’t really feeling it so I put it back. So the next time I’m in a mood to read historical or books from some other time period this one will get it’s chance.

3.Three dark crowns

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            The theme of three sisters and a competition to become the queen grabbed my  attention but then I heard a lot of reviews from book bloggers and reviewers complaining about it’s ending. So I decided I will read this only after the next book is out.

 

4.Bright smoke cold fire

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          This book looked creepy enough with it’s ritual thing-y going on in it’s cover, to be part of my Halloween TBR. But then Diwali season started ( Diwali is like the Hindu equivalent of Christmas) and books took a backseat. So at least 75% of my Halloween TBR is still lying unread.

5.Hammer of Thor

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          I had read mango cheese( Magnus chase) as soon as it was out and planned to the same with this one. But the same thing involving Diwali happened (Ref.above) and now I don’t even remember the story of the first book and this will not move forward without a re-read

6.Midnight star (The whole Young elites series)

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      I had planned to binge read the young elites once the final book was out but I couldn’t because of my book slump in December. Now I’ll read it once monsoon is here since it seems like the perfect stormy season read.

7.Holding up the universe

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      I’m still near the halfway mark of All The Bright Places by the same author and I’m liking it but finding it pretty sad( Just what the book is supposed to be) I’m actually just putting away the book to read it in the comforts of my home because crying in a packed train is something I most definitely don’t look forward to. Once ATBP is over Holding up the universe will be my next read-at-home-secret-book.

Which of these books have you read? Also which are your books carry forwarded from 2016?

Link your TTT post and I’ll check it out.

Bookish Resolutions And Reading Challenges

A brand new year is here and you know what new year brings along with it, Resolutions.     So here are some of my books and reading related resolutions

 

  1. Read more diversely

This is my no.1 goal of the year and especially reading #own voices authors. Also I want to branch out and read not just a certain stream of diverse read. So to remedy my sporadic diversity reads I’m taking part in the Diversity Bingo 2017 

2.Blog consistently 

I’m not really known for my consistency and ability to focus on one thing at a time (I’m a serious multitask-er who likes audiobooks for the same reason) so this year I’m not going to let anything come between me and my blog( That sounds like a dialogue from TV serial) To be more consistent  I’m going to plan posts and write them in advance.

3.Engage more on Social media

I’m really shy when it comes to conversions whether online or offline on the other hand I also hate being out of the loop so it is really a catch 22. I don’t like commenting on ongoing conversions since it feels like I’m intruding. So yeah I hope to be more social this year and shed all inhibitions about ‘what will people think?’                                                                         Also I would love to buddy read a book with someone (maybe anyone is up for a raven cycle re-read?)

4.Juggle work and  reading better

I joined my internship in December and hit the lowest books read in a month count (just 4 books and 2 of them during the holidays) so there is a problem which needs to be sorted out by utilizing the commute time and breaks. Also a major part was also played by the meh books I picked up so it’s also the book’s fault (and the blame game continues)

5.Update my Book tracking spreadsheet regularly

            For 2017 I am using the bookish spreadsheet by xCrini to track my books read or purchased along with the usual goodreads. I would love to look back on the infographics and pie charts of the genres read and ratings like a real statistician ( I am in accounts so it is natural that  I love numbers and maths)

6.Read more comics and graphic novels

         Last year I read the graphic novel series Saga and absolutely love it. It has made me curious to try out more graphic novels like Nimona and Lumberjanes. The only problem is finding them in Mumbai. So if you have any recs of places selling or renting comics and graphic novels please do tell, it’ll be lifesaving.

 

 

 

Reading challenges I’m joining for 2017

 

  1. Goodreads

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My goodreads goal for this year is to read 100 books which is a number I haven’t ever reached but I think I’ll be able to do it this time.

2.Diversity bingo

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I couldn’t participate in the December diversity bingo due to the above mentioned internship but I’m really excited to try out the year-long challenge to fill out the 36 squares. I have some recs and pairings of books and prompts in mind so i might do a post later only about this challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

Any more reading challenges you would recommend ? Especially contemporary based ones . Also I would love to hear your bookish resolutions, so do share it in the comments or link up to your resolutions post.

TTT :Books I wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under the tree

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature by broke and bookish.For future or past prompts visit here

1.Six of crows duology (Boxed set) by Leigh Bardugo

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I currently own the eBook version of these two books but I would really love getting the boxed hardcovers with its stained pages.They are serious bookstagram goals. Also it makes sense owning my favourite books of 2015-16 in physical formats.

2. Fallen Kingdom

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The last book will be coming out next year and I want to be caught up by then.And also it wouldn’t hurt receiving the spin off series too (The book of spirit and thieves)

3.An ember in the ashes

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I have heard just good things about this series and anyways fantasy is my go-to genre so owning this series is natural. Also I could probably use it for any upcoming diversity challenge.

4.The school of good and evil

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It is a middle grade book with elements/ popular tropes of fairy tales and childhood stories (I guess, I should’ve read the blurb on goodreads before posting this.)

5.Replica

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The concept of two stories in one book and read in three different way makes me really curious to read it. The cover colour combination is also very eye catching and would look good on my bookshelf.(ohkayyy I admit it, I’m a little vain over bookshelves and their aesthetics)

6.The diviners

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A clairvoyant and New York city during 1920s sounds really fun. It also helps that it is a very big book and would make a perfect cozy winter-y read.(Even though winters in Mumbai are a big joke)

7.The bone season

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Pitched as the new age harry potter, it definitely makes me excited to read this. But I’m waiting for the series to conclude or at least reach near its end to start with it.

8.Illuminae

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I’m debating buying this book in hardcover or to buy it in audio.                          Reasons to buy in Hardcover                                                                                                                                         – The format of the book is really cool with its letters and whatnots.                               Reasons to buy an Audio book                                                                                                                                       – I have never tried audio books and this seems like a good place to start.                                   – It is a dramatized audio book i.e with background scores and songs

9.The foxhole court series

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I’ve seen mood board and graphics about this series float about in tumblr a lot and it seems a little like the raven cycle series so I’m intrigued and want to try out this book.

10.The serpent king

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I want to read this book solely based on Cait from paperfury’s review. As I don’t really read much contemporary, I’m forever looking for recs to buy more contemporary books.

So what about you? which books do you all wish to receive from santa? Link me to your Top Ten Tuesday post and I will definitely check it out.  

Also help me choose Illuminae in hardcover or in audio?

 

More happy than not: Mini review

  • Genre- Contemporary 
  • Rating- 6 stars .   A

    ll the fucking stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟(pardon my French )

Most brutal book I’ve ever read. There was a point where I couldn’t read anymore because this book was killing me. Like I legit kept the book on my nightstand and took a 3 hour long nap. 

I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone because I  dont want to wish upon pain on anyone and also I hate lending my babies 5 ( ‘coz you know, people cannot be trusted to treat them the same way I do)

Adam silvera made it to my auto buy list and now I’m waiting eagerly for history is all you left me with (as already mentioned in the previous TTT.

Best book I’ve read in 2016 dethorneing crooked kingdom ( not really, it’s a tie actually because how to compare between High fantasy and contemporary) .

The middle and end of the book is written so well and elevated the book from four star to a solid six stars. Also the past, present and futures blend together to create a perfect narrative. My favourite part(excluding the sad portions) would be the games described in the book. They sound like a fun thing and lend a touch of playfulness and fluff to the otherwise heavy book.

If you haven’t read it, I recommend that you go into the book completely blind (I.e without reading the synopsis or discussion-y reviews). 

Ultimately, the moral of the story is that I need to read more contemporary books.

Have you read more happy than not ?? Any book recommendations similar to this book??

DA Readathon TBR

DA Readathon is a readathon created by Antee from readatmidnight focusing on diversity especially #ownvoices. This giveaway is going to run from 1st January to 15th January. Even though I have my exams during first week of January, I will try to complete all most of the prompts. Now onto to the prompts.

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A retelling of Mahabharata from the point of view of Draupadi. It is an #ownvoice and a family favorite book which I still haven’t read. (Much to the annoyance of my mom)

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Transgender main characters is something I have never read about and I hope to rectify that. Also the reviews are also generally positive.

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An over achieving college student  and her quest to get into her dream college, that  sounds more  like my life’s summary than the book’s summary.

 

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It is about a girl deciding to wear a hijab full time and drama that occurs afterwords.

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I am here only for the Oreos( jk, jk). But seriously it is unacceptable that I still haven’t read this book.

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A diverse book + Hype= Ari and Dante                                                                                                         RHS=LHS

 

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I acutally decided to read this after  reading readdiversebooks DA Signup post, so thanks for the recommendation.

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Top Ten Teusday -Books I’m looking forward to for the 1st quarter of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature by broke and bookish.For future or past prompts visit here

  1. History is all you left me with by Adam Silvera

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After reading more happy than not, I’m very excited about this. It features boys and death so obviously keep those tissues close and say goodbye to your other TBR books.

Release date January 17th

2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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This book is giving me serious night circus feels with it’s cover and whole competition vibes. It is highly recommend by book bloggers and the arc of this book was swapping like hot cakes. TBH I am a slave to hyped up books. No seriously, I love to read what everyone else is loving and recommending.                                                                                                 It revolves around two sisters and a game show (There is magic involved too, I think. I need to start reading the blurbs more often than to make up these one lined maybe blurbs)

Release date January 31st

3.Strange  the dreamer by Laini Taylor

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It is written by laini Taylor ’nuff said. I feel like I have waited for 26794 years for this book (It was going to release in September ’16 but then it got pushed back to march). I have missed Laini’s writing and magic.Since it is a duology I’m considering binge reading it once it’s sequel is out.

Release date March 28th

4.King’s cage Victoria Aveyard

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The last book in the red queen trilogy, a series I haven’t read yet but heard a lot about. and with the first two books lying on my TBR I am going to binge read this series (Anyone interested to read along?)                                                                                                                                  P.S. Doesn’t the cover drip with political intrigue.

Release date  February 7th

 

5.Carve the mark by Veronica Roth

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I was really excited about this book when news about its release and synopsis came out. But the recent controversy about themes of racism being present makes me hesitant to read it and also the similarities to ‘The Continent’ do not help.. I’m still on the fence  about this one and I’ll probably borrow a copy rather than buying one.

Release date January 17th

 

6.Rose blood by A G Howard

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With the mere mention of phantom of opera modern day retelling makes me ready sign up. Also it is based in a Victorian Gothic, French boarding school and I have a serious weakness over boarding schools. And bonus it is a standalone and that is such a breath of fresh air  because lately  all I read are trilogies and series so a stand-alone( which is not a contemporary) sounds fun.

Release date January 10th

 

 

7.Wires and nerve by Marissa Meyer

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A graphic novel spin-off of the lunar chronicles featuring Iko. Iko was one my favorite character from the series because she was the sassiest and funniest character out of the whole group. But finding this book in Mumbai is really hard and reading graphic novel e-books is not really appealing so if you have any recs about places or sites to buy and get it delivered to India please do tell.

Release date January 31st

8.Hate you give by Angie Thomas

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An #ownvoices novel about the black lives matter and also an upcoming movie. I am very interested in this because the #BLM was such a major part of 2016 and as somebody not directly witnessing any of it, reading it  will show a different perspective

Release date February 28th

9.Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

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I had read  Passenger in Jan 2016 and I honestly don’t remember any plot details. On the other hand I don’t really want to re-read Passenger to prepare for wayfarer. But one thing I do remember, that it ended on a cliffhanger(with a literal life or death situation) and I need answers.

Release date January 3rd

10. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

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One of my most anticipated book of 2017 and also I will finally (Finally!) read this series and meet Kell, Lila and the gang.

Release date February 21st 

 

 

If you have read any of these books do tell me how they are??

Also link me to your TTT post in the comments and I’ll definitely check it out.