Books I Always Recommend

top three thursday

Top Three Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Acosyreader.

Hello guys!

If you didn’t know already, Mel from @acosyreader is starting a blog meme! I’ve decided to join her this week and I hope you guys check it out too!

So this week’s topic is top 3 books I recommend to people.

Now, I LOVE this topic because I LOVE recommending books to people!* Seriously it’s all I do. So much that I sometimes sense it’s starting to become annoying.** But I can’t help myself because these are so good okay?

Without further ado, here are top three books I always recommend!

*Usually with a knife to their throat but shhh…

**I don’t blame them. Imagine being yelled at by a random lady to check out some AMAZING books while casually walking, minding your own business. Not fun. But you should always listen to me.


1. Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Do you like heists? Romance? A bit of murder? Sass? Badass characters? Well, Six of Crows is definitely the book for you!

What I love about this duology are the well-rounded characters. There are 6 main characters (that’s right 6 POVs !). That IS a lot, I don’t really like more than 2 POVs. But Leigh Bardugo handles it so well.

Apart from each character having a unique voice, they also have such rich personality and history.

Rarely do I ACTIVELY ship something, but I’m willing to sell my soul for Kaz and Inej. It’s my favourite kind of romance, awfully subtle and has you screaming and crying for them to be together.

I’m more than halfway through the second book (Crooked Kingdom) and I have to say, this duology is one of the finest I’ve read in a while. I actually had to stop reading it because I was fangirling too hard and couldn’t concentrate on my exams.

It is a bit violent and has morally questionable characters *cough* Kaz *cough*, but that’s what I love about these books.

Overall this is an amazing series and you should definitely pick it up!


2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

Another one of my favourites I discovered last year. The Raven Cycle is one of the most magical books I’ve read in a while.

It reminds me of those rainy June mornings, when the sun hasn’t risen yet, the birds are chirping and its drizzling, and it feels like if you look hard enough, you’ll see Fairies going about their business and perhaps find a magical doorway.

What I love about this series is the writing. It’s not something you can read in one sitting. You have to give it your time and savour it.

While I didn’t exactly love the first book, the series just got better. It might not be for everyone, but please give it a try!


3. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

I LOVE fairytales and I LOVE fairytale retellings. The Lunar Chronicles (TLC) is basically a light science-fiction fairytale retelling set in space, with the main cast trying to overthrow the Lunar Government. Sounds amazing right?

It basically has four retellings- Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast. What I love about this series is how sci-fi is so perfectly integrated with fantasy. And it is a proper fairytale retelling! You can see the original plot of each tale in motion yet it is different and manages to surprise you!

And the romance! It is *swoons*. Also I found my one true love Captain Carswell Thorne because of Lunar Chronicles.

It is fast-paced and action packed. I basically gobbled it up. And I love all the characters to bits.

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So these were the top books I recommend most to people. Have you read any of these? Do you plan to? What books do you recommend? Do you plan to participate in these meme? Tell me in the comments below!

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The Time I Went On a FUN Study Tour

Hey guys!

Do you know what I absolutely loathe about being a student? Exams.

I hate exams. I hate studying for them. And it’s stressful.

Also, I get really creative around that time? Like, throughout the year, I’ll be wasting my time away barely having energy to even brush my hair. Then when exams come rolling around, I suddenly have the energy to do a full sketch, learn a new language,make origami (eventhough I suck at it) and start a revolution.

Anyway, I’m in the middle of my finals and blogging is a good way to procrastinate. (Also, the wonderful feeling of getting a good 8 hours of sleep? I don’t know her).

So, I realised I’ve never told you guys about the time I actually went on a fun study tour a month ago. The last time I took one(in December), I had 12 hours of classes on taxes. Yes, it was fun as it sounds (You can read all about that here).

About a month ago, our class went on an environment tour to this nature reserve. And it was the most fun I’ve had in a while.

I was happy because there were so many trees, the air was clean and the water cold(even under the burning sun).

Technically, like my Professor said “This is NOT a leisure tour, it is a study tour!” But we basically lazed around the whole day. A few of us even went swimming in the river (not me tho. I WISH I could swim).

There was this huge swing too. Usually, the swings I find are for kids, but this was really big. It was tied to a tree and I had to literally jump to get on it. Swings are really fun okay?

This tour was also our last event of the year. College closed a week after this tour.

And I can’t wait to go back there.

What’s the most fun school trip you’ve had? Tell me!!

Ps. I’m going to see Infinity War tomorrow and I AM FREAKING OUT.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone Reread

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Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 2011

About The Book

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

– Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

I reread Daughter of Smoke and Bone (henceforth referred to as DOSB) with the lovely @orangutan librarian. It was so fun, mainly because she’s so amazing! (Go give her a follow here).

I first read DoSB 2 year ago. I loved it so much then. I remember being drunk on the lyrical prose. I remember wanting to be like Karou, get my hair dyed blue and eye tattoos on my palms (In fact, I used to draw them on my palms with pen and pretend they had real magic).

For some crazy reason, I didn’t continue with the series.

A few months ago, I was going through my Goodreads list, looking for books to reread. When DoSaB came up, I was shocked to find that I remembered nothing! NOTHING! I didn’t even remember the character’s names! Appalling, I know!

I love rereads because I feel I’m able to relax and enjoy the books more. I’m not rushing through it, dying to know what happens.

So I was able to enjoy DoSaB more this time.

My favourite is of course the writing. It’s so, so pretty! Taylor’s world of Angels and Demons is vibrant and alive because of her beautiful prose.

I really want to visit Prague after this (@orangutanlibrarian has and I’m so jealous). I remember this kid from my class got to go to Prague as part of this student exchange program. I was dying from envy lol.

My favourite part was the back story, the flashbacks surprisingly. I enjoyed it more, while the last time it was my least favourite part.

My only problem was that the romance was a bit rushed. I was annoyed and it put me off. But after all the flashbacks and stuff (Madrigal and Akiva’s story), I fell in love with it.

Again, Madrigal and Akiva’s romance is instalove. But the way it is told makes all the difference. Like, you don’t question why the prince needed Cinderella’s shoe to find her. Hadn’t he seen her face? (or am I missing some part of the story?). Taylor’s writing makes Madrigal and Akiva’s story seem like a fairytale.

I LOVED this book so much! I’ll be picking up the rest of the series soon!

My Rating-

5 stars

Quotes

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”

“It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry ‘Monster!’ and looked behind him.”

“Happiness. It was the place where passion, with all its dazzle and drumbeat, met something softer: homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort. It was all those things, intertwined with the heat and the thrill, and it was as bright within her as a swallowed star.”

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Have you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone? What did you think of it? Do you plan to read it?

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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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