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Books I want to read for the FIRST TIME 𝒶𝑔𝒶𝒾𝓃♡

So, here are some books that I wish I could read for the first time once again. I wish I could experience it again, re-live it, get to know the characters again and dive into the world for the first time again. Mostly, because I read these books soo long ago that I don't remember… Continue reading Books I want to read for the FIRST TIME 𝒶𝑔𝒶𝒾𝓃♡

Reading vlog

ʀᴇᴀᴅɪɴɢ #ᴠʟᴏɢɪɴᴡᴏʀᴅs || ᴡᴀᴛᴄʜ ᴍᴇ ᴄʀᴀᴡʟ ᴍʏ ᴡᴀʏ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ᴛʜɪs ᴡʀᴇᴛᴄʜᴇᴅ sʟᴜᴍᴘ + ᴀ ɴᴇᴡ ғᴀᴠ? #𝟷𝟶𝟷

Hello! So, today I thought of trying something new but not exactly. So, I keep watching these reading vlogs in youtube, and usually I hate watching longgg videos BUT I really enjoy watching some of these vlogs and suddenly I got this weird urge to do one too! But I don't have a booktube channel… Continue reading ʀᴇᴀᴅɪɴɢ #ᴠʟᴏɢɪɴᴡᴏʀᴅs || ᴡᴀᴛᴄʜ ᴍᴇ ᴄʀᴀᴡʟ ᴍʏ ᴡᴀʏ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ᴛʜɪs ᴡʀᴇᴛᴄʜᴇᴅ sʟᴜᴍᴘ + ᴀ ɴᴇᴡ ғᴀᴠ? #𝟷𝟶𝟷

BOOK TAGS · BOOK TALK

ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ɪs ʟɪᴛᴇʀᴀʟʟʏ ɴᴏᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴡʀᴀᴘ-ᴜᴘ, ʙᴜᴛ ʜᴇʀᴇ ᴡᴇ ᴀʀᴇ.

And there goes March. Seriously, I am surprised that Covid is not bored of this whole ordeal. I wonder what sort of sadistic fun it's having making all the people stay at home. *sighs* Still don't know how to write a proper intro. I read nine books in March and I know that nine is… Continue reading ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ɪs ʟɪᴛᴇʀᴀʟʟʏ ɴᴏᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴡʀᴀᴘ-ᴜᴘ, ʙᴜᴛ ʜᴇʀᴇ ᴡᴇ ᴀʀᴇ.

LISTS

ᴄʜᴀʀᴀᴄᴛᴇʀs ᴡʜᴏ ᴀʀᴇ ʟɪᴋᴇʟʏ ᴛᴏ ᴘɪᴄᴋ ɴᴏsᴇs ɪɴ ᴘᴜʙʟɪᴄ?

So, this is probably the most random post that you are ever gonna see from me. ...I just keep seeing people pick their noses 👃, like literally everywhere I go.😂 And suddenly, we end up making eye contact, and they remove their hand, and my oh my! If it is not "kill-me-right-now" level awkward! And I swear, I don't go around picking out people in the crowd who do this…I just keep noticing 👀 them. And I don't know if it is something wrong with me or if the quarantine has made people forget that it's weird when you do that in public. And it makes other people uncomfortable? Especially if that hand suddenly happens to reach your mouth, I am like Ewwwwww!!😂🤢 So, I thought of coming up with a list of characters who are likely to do this in public. I know - no connection whatsoever! 😅 But this is what happens when I think of books all the time. Lol. ...Onto the list:-

AWARDS · JUST FOR YOU ♡

THE BEST THING I CAN POSSIBLY CREATE: THE AESTHETE BLOGGER AWARD!

So, I decided to do this really impulsive thing because I just couldn't not do it. ......."This award is to honor every creative person, irrespective of their number of followers and views. Because, as long as you create, that is all that matters. This award is for those bloggers who put an insane amount of thought in each of their posts and for those who spread creativity like wildfire! Just wow!"..... I figured that this would be a kinda friendly and warm way to not only acknowledge creativity but also a great opportunity to connect more with this beautiful community! So, I urge you to spread more of the feels all over the world, wherever you can, whenever you can, because trust me: the world needs your creations.....

ARC REVIEW

Arc Review: Mercurial || it got me out my slump!

Title: Mercurial Author: Naomi Hughes Pages: 412 Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance Release Date: 16 March, 2021 Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ (4.5) Synopsis: The Mercurial Princess Everyone fears the Destroyer. The metal in her blood gives her incendiary powers, and the coldness in her heart makes her the empress’s perfect weapon…until a rebel attack leaves her with no… Continue reading Arc Review: Mercurial || it got me out my slump!

ARC REVIEW

Arc Review: Descent of the Drowned

Title: Descent of the Drowned Author: Ana Lal Din Pages: 360 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Release Date: 15 March, 2021 Series: Descent of the Drowned #1 Rating: ⭐️⭐️ (2.0) Synopsis: She is bound to serve. He is meant to kill. Survival is their prison. Choice is their weapon. As the sacred slave of a goddess,… Continue reading Arc Review: Descent of the Drowned

ARC REVIEW

Arc Review: Vasilisa by Julie Mathison

Title: Vasilisa Author: Julie Mathison Pages: 246 Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Historical Fiction Release Date: 23 February, 2021 Series: Old Rus#1 Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.0) Synopsis: It’s 1919, but in Edenfall, Pennsylvania, the Great War is not over -- not for Vasilisa, at least. Papa is presumed dead on the fields of Flanders, Mama is being… Continue reading Arc Review: Vasilisa by Julie Mathison

BOOK TAGS

February Wrap-Up || (this was bad) + I am back :D

WOOoooHOOooo! Exams over, people of the blogsphere! 💃You have no idea how happy I am. I want to go around smiling like a freak, until my face hurts. Yeah, I am weird like that. I also want to dance around, because this means I am now in the final year of my school! I am… Continue reading February Wrap-Up || (this was bad) + I am back 😀

ARC REVIEW

Arc Review: Playing Cupid

Title: Playing Cupid Author: S.C. Alban Pages: 510 Release Date: 23 February, 2021 Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy Series: Mythical Creatures Collection #1 Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ (3.5) Synopsis: For the past five years, seventeen-year-old Megan Cooper has built a wall around her heart with little room to experience true feelings. However, her entire world shifts the moment… Continue reading Arc Review: Playing Cupid

ARC REVIEW

Arc Review: A Dance for the Gods

Title: A Dance for the Gods Author: E.O. Odiaz Pages: 360 Release Date: 16 February, 2021 Genre: High Fantasy Series: The Last Warrior King #2 Rating: ⭐️⭐️✨ (2.5) Synopsis: King Ewuare is dead; another King has been captured. Now, vultures are circling to devour the once-great kingdom, Mombaka. Across all five kingdoms below the Moon Sea,… Continue reading Arc Review: A Dance for the Gods

A WHIM · QUOTES AND PARAS

Just a lil’ somethin’ for Valentine’s Week ♡

𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺~𝘳𝘶𝘱𝘪 𝘬𝘢𝘶𝘳 She stood in the rain. Little droplets of water drenched her hair, her skin and her dress. With time, the droplets became larger and the rain fell more heavily. She was waiting for him. Soon, the sprinkling turned into a torrential downpour. The… Continue reading Just a lil’ somethin’ for Valentine’s Week ♡

BOOK TALK

For someone who claims to not like romance, I do seem to have a top ten fav romance books + a little discussion on the genre itself

I was wondering about this. THIS, as in the fact that I claim I don't like romance or at least I used to claim that I don't like it and I wondered why? Because, funnily I do enjoy reading romance and maybe it's not my utmost fav genre...but it is something that I cherish.😋 And… Continue reading For someone who claims to not like romance, I do seem to have a top ten fav romance books + a little discussion on the genre itself

GUEST POST

Guest Post: Leon Stevens Interviews Leon Stevens for The Fictional Journal

Hey Guys! I am so honoured to host the wonderful Leon Stevens, here on my online home! Leon, reached out to me a month ago for a book review, but because of my exams I couldn't commit 😦 and he was soo kind to suggest interviewing himself as part of a guest post instead! Thank… Continue reading Guest Post: Leon Stevens Interviews Leon Stevens for The Fictional Journal

BOOK TALK

February TBR || A little bit of drama + a LOT of stress

Disclaimer: LOTS of drama coming your way. Get ready to cringe. As soon as our toes dipped into 2021, testing the limits and boundaries, trying to learn the tones and changes that we must incorporate into ourselves in order to survive in this everchanging world, we are plunged into the deep waters and 31 days… Continue reading February TBR || A little bit of drama + a LOT of stress

BOOK TALK

January Wrap-up || a new fav! + a life update + a little announcement + lots of hugs and tears!

I have no idea how to write an intro to a wrap-up post. I am lost. But I must say, I am off to such an amazing start!!! January was a great reading month for me! I read sixteen freaking books and I am so happy with myself. READING STATS: 𝐭𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝: 16 𝐀𝐑𝐂𝐬:… Continue reading January Wrap-up || a new fav! + a life update + a little announcement + lots of hugs and tears!

ARC REVIEW

ARC REVIEW: Glory Roselyn And The Heart Of Universe || Medieval-A-Thon Update #6

Title: Glory Roselyn and the Heart of Universe Pages: 294 Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy Release Date: 29 February, 2020 ★★★ Synopsis: Glory is an eleven-year-old orphan who has a beautiful heart that never allows hate and anger to step in. Her adoptive mother, Myrtle Willis, died when she was six. Glory lives in painful conditions… Continue reading ARC REVIEW: Glory Roselyn And The Heart Of Universe || Medieval-A-Thon Update #6

ARC REVIEW

Arc Review: Ida and the Unfinished city || Medieval-A-Thon Update#5

Title: Ida and the Unfinished City Author: Carolyn Cohagan Pages: 320 Release Date: 01 December, 2020 Genre: Middle Grade Series: The Lost Children#2 ★★★★ Synopsis: In this long-awaited sequel to "The Lost Children" (Simon & Schuster 2010), con-artist and tough-girl Ida journeys to the Unfinished City to find a cure for her inability to age.… Continue reading Arc Review: Ida and the Unfinished city || Medieval-A-Thon Update#5

ARC REVIEW

Arc Review: The Child Wore Pearls || Medieval-A-Thon Update#3

AUTHOR: MORGAN MATTHEWS genre: MYSTERY/THRILLER MY RATING: ★★★★ Synopsis: June Randolph and her father make the perfect team at their small, family-owned jewelry store. While the pair have always maintained a close relationship, the dynamic she shares with her mother has proven much more challenging throughout the years. Now at seventeen years old, June has… Continue reading Arc Review: The Child Wore Pearls || Medieval-A-Thon Update#3

ARC REVIEW

ARC REVIEW: To Kill A Queen || Medieval-A-Thon Update#2

Title: To Kill A Queen Pages: 446 Release Date: 24 November, 2020 ★★ Synopsis: Raine Blackwood used to dream of magic and adventure. Until the day her sister Alana disappeared and the role of future queen fell to her. She dreads the day her father dies and leaves the kingdom of Altria in her hands,… Continue reading ARC REVIEW: To Kill A Queen || Medieval-A-Thon Update#2

ARC REVIEW

ARC REVIEW: Given by Nandi Taylor || Medieval-A-Thon Update #1

AUTHOR: NANDI TAYLOR RELEASE DATE: 05 JANUARY, 2021 genre: FANTASY MY RATING: ★★ Synopsis: As a princess of the Yirba, Yenni is all-but-engaged to the prince of a neighboring tribe. She knows it's her duty to ensure peace for her people, but as her father's stubborn illness steadily worsens, she sets out on a sacred… Continue reading ARC REVIEW: Given by Nandi Taylor || Medieval-A-Thon Update #1

BOOK TALK

I read 130+ books this year 2020! || tips on how to read more

WoOoOoOHoOoO! I read 130+ books this year! Kudos to myself! I really didn't expect this. It made me question my sanity and wonder how I got all other stuff done. lol. I do realize that there are tons of other people out there who read 200+...500+ books each year - and hats off to them,… Continue reading I read 130+ books this year 2020! || tips on how to read more

BOOK TALK

Medieval-A-Thon🗡️ || I decided to try something new || change of plans!

So, hey! um...I know I had a January TBR and all that but I saw this on Youtube and I couldn't help myself! First, it is hosted by one of my go-to Booktuber🤩 for fantasy recs and because this is mostly for fantasy nerds🤓 BUT the best part is that you can read any genre… Continue reading Medieval-A-Thon🗡️ || I decided to try something new || change of plans!

BOOK TALK

Authors I discovered this year 2020 || you will be shocked (most probably😅)

This list isn't exactly "Authors I discovered this year". I knew that some of them existed, I just never read a book by him/her. In other words - "new-to-me" authors. 🙂 And honestly, I found some of my ALL time favourites this year!! And this goes a long way as to why this was a… Continue reading Authors I discovered this year 2020 || you will be shocked (most probably😅)

BOOK TALK

JANUARY TBR || So, I have decided to make tbr’s from now on…

I have decided to make TBR's in spite of being a mood reader because I keep picking up books I shouldn't. I keep wasting a lot of time searching for books. So, yeah. Why not? My Book Club pick: If you wanna join BOOKS GO BOOM! - (it's a goodreads bookclub) click here. Check out… Continue reading JANUARY TBR || So, I have decided to make tbr’s from now on…

TV TALK

I watched 2 TV SHOWS!🤯 || coming from someone who doesn’t watch shows (at all)!! I AM BLOWN!🤩

Yeah! Yeah! I don't do TV shows (at all!) 😁 I feel like I have said this more than a fifty times here on my blog....BUT December is really proving to be um....different? I don't know. 😅 But whatever it is - I AM LOVING IT!! It's a good different, no doubt. I have read… Continue reading I watched 2 TV SHOWS!🤯 || coming from someone who doesn’t watch shows (at all)!! I AM BLOWN!🤩

REVIEWS

ZENDAR: A TALE OF SAND

AUTHOR: K. T. MUNSON RELEASE DATE: 22 AUGUST, 2022 genre: FANTASY MY RATING: ★★★★ Synopsis: Living in the great capital of Zendar, Sol, Nitya has always longed for something more than her family’s merchant lifestyle. She craves adventure—or at least hopes something remotely exciting could happen. When her best friend, Juni, secures them both positions… Continue reading ZENDAR: A TALE OF SAND

BOOK TALK

9 Books I will (most probably) never re-read because they destroyed me || +3 honourable mentions

All I am gonna say is - " It's one of those books. Those books which you stumble across once in a while. Which makes you cry, makes you feel hopeful, heals you, and then breaks your heart and then breaks it again. It's one of those books which, once you finish reading, you close… Continue reading 9 Books I will (most probably) never re-read because they destroyed me || +3 honourable mentions

AWARDS

THE MYSTERY BLOGGER #1 #2 #3 || I got nominated thrice!

Thank you soo much to Sanskriti @ portals into books , That One Crazy Girl @ Random thoughts of my fandom and Beck and Kayla @ A couple of B's for nominating me! This is my first time and I guess the second and third time being nominated for this award! Thank you once again!… Continue reading THE MYSTERY BLOGGER #1 #2 #3 || I got nominated thrice!

REVIEWS

SHADOW AND BONE || GRISHAVERSE #1

AUTHOR: LEIGH BARDUGO RELEASE DATE: 5 JUNE, 2012 genre: YOUNG ADULT FANTASY MY RATING: ★★★ Synopsis: Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold - a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes… Continue reading SHADOW AND BONE || GRISHAVERSE #1

BOOK TALK · REVIEWS

THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END

I just finished reading this book - 11 December, 2020 at 2.57 am. It's been an hour...almost. And I have finally gathered my thoughts; enough to type this. And I want to say that I literally have nothing to say about this book, that I have no words at all. But that would be a lie. I have so much to talk about. I have so many things that I want to say, but I can't say anything at all. I can't form a single thought. I don't think I can review this book. I couldn't find a single folly, a single flaw. I think I loved it a bit too much. I read this book in a day. "I loved it from here to there." Wonderfully crafted, beautifully written.

ARC REVIEW · BLOG TOUR

ʙʟᴏɢ ᴛᴏᴜʀ (ᴍʏ ғɪʀsᴛ ᴇᴠᴇʀ!): ᴛʜᴇ ᴋɪɴɢ’s ᴅᴇᴄʀᴇᴇ ᴀʀᴄ ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ || ᴀ 𝟷𝟶𝟼 ᴘᴀɢᴇ ʙᴏᴏᴋ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀs♛

Sometimes children and even adults suffer from depression without even realising that they do and sometimes even when they get what's happening to them, people around them don't. People most often than not end up getting judged, misunderstood and even get called names. The story is a re-imagination of the infamous fable - " The Princess Who Never Laughs", and the synopsis pretty much sums up the plot. This is definitely a book that each and every child needs, especially in today's world where depression is, unfortuantely an extremely common occurence. This book makes you realise that just because you are a depressed, doesn't mean that you are not a person any longer. Because you are. You are just a little sad but one day you are gonna be better. Just because you are sad and not in a good mood, and don't feel like laughing, and you are angry and hurt, doesn't mean that you don't belong anymore. You just need a little time, and it's okay if you take it.

GUEST POST

ɪ ɢᴏᴛ ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴠɪᴇᴡᴇᴅ ʙʏ @ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴅʀᴇᴀᴍʟᴀɴᴅ ᴀs ᴘᴀʀᴛ ᴏғ ᴀ ɢᴜᴇsᴛ ᴘᴏsᴛ || ʀᴇᴘᴏsᴛ

The lovely Pannaga a.k.a iamswiftwalker from over at Just Dreamland interviewed me as part of a guest post for her blog and I had planned to reblog it, but we decided that readers can never read reblogged posts, 'cause it's only half visible. So, I am reposting it. Panna is a one of the most… Continue reading ɪ ɢᴏᴛ ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴠɪᴇᴡᴇᴅ ʙʏ @ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴅʀᴇᴀᴍʟᴀɴᴅ ᴀs ᴘᴀʀᴛ ᴏғ ᴀ ɢᴜᴇsᴛ ᴘᴏsᴛ || ʀᴇᴘᴏsᴛ