TTT: Books that Made Me Swoon

Top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by that Artsy reader girl.

Gosh, I haven’t done TTT in such a long time! I know it’s only been like 4 months, but it feels like years!

We have all read books that has made us swoon, right? Like the romance is so cute/ heartbreaking it feels like your whole soul is happy?

This brings me to this week’s topic- which is a love freebie in honour of Valentine’s day.

So I thought I’ll list out my fav books that made me swoon.

I’ve always thought I was a hardcore shipper, but boy did I struggle to choose 10 books where I loved the romance or actively shipped a couple. There were books where I liked two people together but didn’t exactly obsessively ship them or I liked the plot better than the romance.

Also, even though I like a bit of romance in my books, I do feel we take shipping wayy too seriously. But that’s a discussion for another day.

Anyway, here are my top 10 swoon-worthy reads!

Note: Potential spoilers for the following books. 

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1) To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys is my comfort read. It’s such a happy book! This book also did the ‘fake dating’ trope PERFECTLY.

Peter and Lara Jean is so goddamn adorable! I had a silly grin on my face the whole time and I could feel my heart melting with all the cuteness!

I think the only downside was that I craved SO MANY cakes (but is it a bad thing?Is it reaally? Important question to ponder).

2) Fangirl

Honestly, I don’t remember the number of times I’ve read Fangirl. I first read it in 2016, and I’ve been in love with it ever since.

Of course, what made me swoon was Levi and Cath. They were so cute together! ( I was squealing like a Whale whenever they were together). Also, I want a Levi.

3) The Lunar Chronicles

I’m pretty sure Cresswell is the first ship I actively shipped. It was also the first time I fell heads over heels, “PLEASE MARRY ME” in love with a character (*cough* Thorne *cough*).  I LIVED for all the scenes between Cress and Thorne. (Spoilers: For those who understand, that scene at the ball in Winter… *clutches heart*).

While I shipped Cresswell when I first read TLC, now after my random rereads I’m leaning more towards Kaider.

4) Lola and the Boy Next Door

Honestly, it’s been quite sometime since I have read Lola and the Boy Next Door, so I don’t remember if I actually ship Lola and Cricket?

But Cricket Bell has my heart and soul, okay? I just love him so much! (We”ll be married in June!).

5) Cinder and Ella

I kinda hate this book because it makes me look like a hypocrite.

It has the cheese, the really unrealistic romance, the maybe unrealistic plot, the mean girl, kinda love triangle…everything I intensely dislike.

Yet, I love it??

It was so cute and made my heart flutter! Frankly, one of those books which made me eat my words.

Disclaimer: Though I love this book, I don’t really know how well the issue of mental health was handled. If you have read this book, please tell me what you think of it in the comments!


6) The Forbidden Wish

Like I said, I hate romance-heavy books. They usually fail to hold my interest.

The Forbidden Wish is an Aladdin retelling which has a lot of romance. But I loved Zahra and Aladdin so much! Maybe it’s because of how the story is told, but The Forbidden Wish is such a magical book.

7) Six of Crows

For a book about a heist, a book which has a lot of violence and morally grey characters, I have a lot of ships. I have yet to properly read Crooked Kingdom but  Kaz and Inej, Jesper and Wylan, Inej and Nina…they are my OTP.

My favourite is Kaz and Inej. I wasn’t really feeling them at first, but the scenes at the end of Six of Crows made me dive head first into intensely shipping them (am I using that expression right?).

I kinda like Inej and Nina together too. I read a little bit of Crooked Kingdom, Jesper and Wylan are so cute!

I’m sure Crooked Kingdom is going to break my heart and I’m scared.

8) Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I don’t really know if I ship Karou and Akiva together. But I LOVE their backstory. Even how they first fell in love is a typical case of insta-love.  But the way the story is told makes you root for them.

9) Carry On

Carry On is sort of a spin-off to Fangirl. It is a full length novel of the fanfiction Cath writes in Fangirl.

Carry On started a bit slow but as soon as Baz was introduced, I started enjoying it. I actually read Carry On before I read Fangirl, so I was able to enjoy the little scenes in Fangirl more. It maybe a little meta for some people, but I loved it.

Simon and Baz deserve to be together forever, okay? I desperately want a sequel. I want more Simon and Baz! *sobs*

Also,Carry On gave me intense craving for scones even though I have no idea what they are.

10) Pride and Prejudice

I first read Pride and Prejudice when I was 13. I didn’t like it. Then I read it again and kinda liked it. By my 4th reread, I was completely in love.

Pride and Prejudice is also another comfort read. I love the 2005 movie so much too. So I usually listen to its soundtrack when I’m in need of a little bit of cheering up.


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So we come to an end of another Top Ten Tuesday. Which books made you swoon? Do we have any in common? Have you read any of the books in my list? Which are your OTPs? Leave you thoughts in the comments below!(leave a link to your TTT too!)

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January Wrap Up!

Is it just me or has January been a weird month? Jan felt like a whole year and just a week simultaneously?

This is going to a quick wrap up of what I read in January.

I read 10 books in January, which is HUGE for me. I don’t remember the last time I read so many books in a month.

So in no particular order, the books I read in January…

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  1. Prisoner Of Azkaban

Prisoner Of Azkaban was my first read of 2018. I knew I might fall into a reading slump if I started with a new book. So I decided to read something I love first.

I buddy read this with Zainab @abibliophilesobsession, which made it more fun!

I feel like rereading the whole series again. I think I’ll make it an annual event maybe?

Find my review here.

My Rating: 5/5 stars

2.  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Again a reread. I’m just randomly rereading books now. It’s not even on my reread list!

I had my internals at the start of January and I was procrastinating so much! So instead of studying I was obviously reading this (Shhh…don’t tell my parents).

I just LOVE this book so much! It’s so goddamn adorable. It gave me such happy vibes!

Also, this book made me so hungry. I had insatiable cravings for cupcakes. It’s the only reason why I ate so many cakes this month.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

3. P.S. I Still Love You

Another reread. What a surprise.

I had read this series almost 3 years and I remember not really loving it. I read To All the Boys I’ve Love Before and was shocked, because it’s such a cute book! Why didn’t I like the series before?

The Answer: The sequel.

I did like P.S. I like you, but it was nowhere good as To All The Boys… Why was there even a love triangle? I also felt like everything could’ve been wrapped up in the first book.

But I got more Kitty and Peter ( My favourite characters), so no complains there I guess…

My Rating: 3/5 stars

4. P.S. I like You

I LOVE The Distance Between Us and I’ve been planning to read more Kasie West books.

I liked P.S. I Like You. It was cute. It was sweet.

Also, there are too many books starting with P.S.. It’s confusing okay?

The problem I had with this one is kind of spoilery. It’s a little thing. I would have liked it more if *spoilers* had happened instead *spoilers*.

Okay, I know I’m not really being helpful here…

I liked it, but I like The Distance Between Us better.

My Rating: 3/5 stars

5. The Fill-In Boyfriend

I liked this one better than P.S. I like you.

Gia (our main character) was annoying in the beginning. But I love how her character developed.

It was cute. It was sweet. I know I’m repeating here, but Kasie West books ARE cute and sweet okay?

I loved the dynamic between Gia and Hayden and  how Gia’s insecurities were handled.

I loved the realistic ending too.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

6. The Hidden Oracle

I really liked The Hidden Oracle.

Apollo’s narcissism takes some time to get used to. It was quite funny seeing Apollo as a mortal.

I also liked the flashbacks, which gave more depth to Apollo.

I know I gave this 4 stars but I still like the original Percy Jackson series better.

I had started Heroes of Olympus (I read the first 2 books), but it was nowhere as good as the original series. Have you had this problem?

My Rating: 4/5 stars

7.  Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades

This was a novella I probably should have read before Battle of the Labyrinth. I didn’t because I didn’t know it existed. This was sort of the extra , like a bonus story my copy of The Hidden Oracle had.

We have Percy, Thalia and Nico sort of on a quest to retrieve Hades’s stolen sword.

I was exciting and fun, I didn’t realise how much I had missed Nico and Thalia.

Yeah, Nico was there in The Hidden Oracle, but I wanted more!

My Rating: 4/5 stars

8. The Dark Prophecy

I liked this better than The Hidden Oracle. It had more action and Apollo got a lot of character development.

We also have a bisexual Apollo! Apollo falling in love with almost everyone he meets was funny and adorable.

Leo and Calypso is also in this, which is great.

I probably should have finished Heroes of Olympus before I started this series tho…

My Rating: 4/5 stars

9. The Forbidden Wish 

I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! This was a recommendation from Zainab @abibliophilesobsession (thank you so much!).

IT’S SO ADORABLE OKAY!  The Forbidden Wish is an Aladdin retelling and I loved it so much! I loved Zahra, the jinn (who is the narrator), she felt young and ancient at the same time. I love her so much! My precious cinnamon roll deserves all the happiness in the world!

The Forbidden Wish is heavily centered on romance, which I don’t usually like. But this time, it was done right and it was so adorable!

My Rating: 5/5 stars

10. Rebel of the Sands

This was the most surprising read this month for me. Taylor (Go give her a follow!) gushes about this so much (literally never shuts up about how amazing this series is), I decided to give this a try.

I was apprehensive of giving this a try ,it was on my ‘maybe’ list. The blurb didn’t draw me in and it didn’t really seem like my kind of book.

But I’m so glad I gave this a try cos it was SO GOOD! I LOVED IT SO MUCH! There was never a dull moment!

I made my mom read it and she said it ” felt like watching an old bollywood film”(she didn’t like it as much as i did tho).

The only sad thing is, the last book in the trilogy only comes out in April? And I don’t start the second one till the trilogy is completed. You see, this is exactly why I don’t start an unfinished series. THE AGONY FOR THE WAIT.

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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I loved all the books I read this month. I also discovered two new favourites- The Forbidden Wish and Rebel of the Sands.

If you haven’t read these yet, PLEASE ADD IT TO YOUR TBR! If you have, COME FANGIRL WITH ME IN THE COMMENTS (help, I’m desperate).

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How was January for you? Did you do anything interesting? Tell me what you read this month (and if we have anything in common!).

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Prisoner of Azkaban Reread

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Title: Prisoner of Azkaban

Author: J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: July 8th 1999

About The Book

“Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transportation for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.”

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves… But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss…

-Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

I reread Prisoner of Azkaban after so many years! This time it was more fun, as I read with the lovely Zainab from @abibliophilesobsession.

I first read Harry Potter when I was 13 ( Yes, 13 years too late). I read it during the summer holidays, and I became quite obsessed*. The whole year, I only read Harry Potter. Honestly, I don’t remember the number of times I’ve read the books.

Prisoner of Azkaban was my first read of 2018. I wanted to start the year with a bit of magic and happiness. That plan obviously backfired cos I was crying and wailing the whole time reading this.

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The Time I Went on a Study Tour

Hello my lovelies!

I know I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks now.

Well, I guess I have to admit it. I’ve been reading too much and I lost track of time. I read like 8 books this month which is HUGE for me.

TrivandrumAlso last week I had a study tour which I had to prepare for. Did I actually prepare? Of course not! Procrastination, my old friend, dropped by for a visit. But did I spend every minute dreaming of studying and preparing?Obviously I did! (and that counts, okay?)  ( I still dream about the day where my ‘studying’  isn’t going through the book an hour before the exam).

Anyway, as you guys know, I am an economics student. But that doesn’t mean I love all parts of economics. I love microeconomics (cost, production, etcetera). I hate Macroeconomics. I hate budgets and taxes. They make my eyes hurt!

Now, I had to attend a budget awareness program in Trivandrum (for 2 days) with my financial journalism class. It sounds fun, right? 5 hours on the train with your friends?

But I also had to attend 12 hours of classes on taxes! It was such a specific form of hell (and I’m kind of impressed?).

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Author: Leslye Walton

Publisher:  Candlewick Press

Publication Date: March 2014

About The Book

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Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

– Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

First off, let’s appreciate that title. Say it out loud. Doesn’t it make your heart flutter?

I know you cannot say if a book is good from the title, but I knew I was going to love The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Henceforth referred to as TSBSAL, because it’s a loongg title).

I have never read any magical realism books before. Frankly, it is an intimidating genre (for me).

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Happy 2018!

Happy New Year! 

2017 has gone by so fast (Thank god). 2017 felt like a few months rather than a year*.

I’ve had a weird year. At the beginning of 2017, I was in high school preparing for my 12th board exams, which was very hard (the stuff of nightmares).

But now, I am in college! And my 2nd semester has already started! And I’m 18! Legally an adult! (*muffled sobbing*)

2017 was a wild year.

I came back after a loong hiatus (I’m glad I did). I only read 31 books in 2017, but almost all of them were good. So I think I can say I’ve had a good year in terms of reading.

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Also I joined Instagram and Twitter (and obviously I have sort of become addicted)** .

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Reviews: Girl Online

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Title: Girl Online

Author: Zoe Sugg

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: August 2015

About The Book

GIRL ONLINE is the stunning debut romance novel by YouTube phenomenon Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella.
I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has – I can’t believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! – and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes…
Penny has a secret.
Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.
But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

– Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

If you’ve been wondering what Girl Online is about, it is this-

Introduction to our main character Penny’s life, embarrassing things happen, Penny meets cute boy, they fall in love, they do happy stuff, the obvious twist and finally a happy ending.

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