Debut authors I Read in 2017

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Just popping by, dusting up the blog and making promises to myself that I will frequent it more 😁

This post is actually based on this week’s top ten Tuesday.

I read merely 38 books last year and I’m not exactly proud of it. 😐 I used to read so much more. The first half of 2017, I made great progress and read books of new authors I’ve never tried before. I’m used to having a comfort zone with certain authors/genre but I’m slowly coming out of it. So below’s the list of the authors I’ve started reading in 2017 for the first time.

Tricia Levenseller

I read Tricia’s Daughter of the Pirate King in October 2017 and I really loved the book. I’m definitely positive about the sequel and cant wait to read it in 2018.

Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things was such a cutesy read and I loved the way it was written. Julie has become one of my default buy authors. Although I didn’t enjoy What to say next as much as the TMTT, I still love her writing.

Wendy Brant

I read Wendy Brant’s debut book Zenn Diagram through NetGalley. I loved the book overall, not sure why many people haven’t heard or read it but I’m looking forward to more books from her.

Jandy Nelson

I’ll give you the Sun is very much liked by every bookworm I know. Though I personally didn’t like the book very much, thanks to the flowery language used throughout the book, this was the first time I read her work and I think maybe I would give a second chance.

Emery Lord

When we Collided by Emery Lord was a hell of an emotional rollercoaster and I’m not sure if I’m ready for the author’s other books.

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Stacey Lee

There was something beautiful about The secret of a heart note that I cant help myself from liking it. Stacy Lee’s Magical realism was flawless and the concept of a aromateur was very good.

I still read few more debut authors but these are the ones that I’d like to list out for now. Happy reading 🙂

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Ten Authors I’m dying to Meet (Top Ten Tuesdays)

Ok let’s get real, I read YA fiction mostly and most of my favorite authors don’t even tour my country 😥 But this week’s Top ten Tuesday (hosted by Broke and Bookish) topic is about the 10 authors you are dying to meet/already met.

So the ten authors I’m dying to meet even though it’s not a possibility are :

  • J K Rowling

Anyone would understand, right? 😉

  • Meg Cabot

She gave me my first “series” addiction and I love her for that ❤

  • Sarah Dessen

Ahhhh.. the feels you get while reading a Dessen book.. she has this amazing pull that keeps me forever hooked to her.Top Ten Author

  • Colleen Hoover

Same as Sarah Dessen. She wows you away with her words. Some of my favorite quotes in recent times are from her books and i absolutely love Confess.

  • Sophie Kinsella

I have forever been a Kinsella fan, and all my lists include her somehow 😉

  • Sarah J Maas

I want to meet her if only to steal her manuscripts 😛

  • Anuja Chauhan

Now she is an author I actually have the chance of meeting. She is from my country and is like THE most favorite-est author of mine  among Indian writers. She is amazingly funny and is like the Sophie Kinsella of India.

  • George R R Martin

This great man, the only man to be featured in my list, I guess.. How can he create such amazing fictional kingdoms and kill everyone mercilessly. I need to ask him that!!

And last but not the least….

  • Stephenie Meyer

When Twilight hit the stores, I picked it randomly without even checking the description. That was my first paranormal fiction and I was blown away. LITERALLY!! I know the movies spoiled everything especially Kristen Stewart, but Bella and Edward were THE pair for me for a long time. I was lovestruck with Edward Cullen and his intense love. This was the book that made me watch The Vampire Diaries and fall in love with Stefan Salvatore. I blame Stephenie for the misery she caused me with the TVD finale.

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That’s it.. 🙂 I know I don’t have life-changing authors in my list, because I’m never into serious reads, there’s enough seriousness in life and I prefer books that make me feel light, happy and fun to read. Reading for Pleasure, always.

Please leave me a link to your blogs – I know i’ll be all green-eyed when i read about the fantastic authors you have already met. If you haven’t and wish to meet, well, i’m here with you sailing that same boat 😉

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My Spring TBR (Top Ten Tuesdays)

We don’t have Spring here, it’s either hot or too hot. 😛 But still in the spirit of not spoiling the theme set by the Broke and Bookish for this week’s Top Ten Tuesdays, I’m going to list out the books I will be reading in the next two months.

  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

There’s so much I keep hearing about this book and I’m still unable to find time start it. I will be doing it the coming weekend, *fingers crossed*

  • The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Again, another book that’s been hyped and raved so much that I gave into peer pressure and bought it. I love the pages of this book.. so beautiful!!!

  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

This book came in my Feb book box (TBB Box) and is waiting for me to pick it up.

  • The Muse by Jessie Burton

I fell in love with the book cover and bought it in a whim. Will be reading it once i finish the first two 🙂

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber – Haven’t got it still, planning to
  • Hunted by Meagan Spooner – If it releases in two months, in India
  • A court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – Releases on May 2nd and will be happily in my possession because of Story Trunk Book box that I pre-ordered.
  • WindFall by Jennifer E Smith – Again, waiting for it to be released here 😦
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – I’ve talked about it my previous posts 🙂
  • The Bonne Witch by Rin Chupeco

Have you read any of these already? Leave me a link to your blogs so that i’ll hop in to know your TBR 🙂

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February Book Haul

I spent waaaay more than i thought for books this month. But I haven’t touched them as i’m still reading off my Kindle. It’s easier as the only time I’m free to read a book is before dozing off and paperbacks are out of the equation.

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  • By Your side by Kasie West (Kindle)
  • Half Boyfriend by Judy Balan (Paperback)
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (Penguin Vintage Classic Edition, Paperback)
  • Emma by Jane Austen (Penguin Vintage Classic Edition, Paperback)
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (Penguin Vintage Classic Edition, Paperback)
  • My Not So perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella (Kindle)
  • The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro (Kindle)
  • I’ll give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Paperback)
  • How we met by Katy Regan (Paperback)

Apart from these I have received three books as part of my Feb book box. 

So how many new books have you bought? 🙂

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5 Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would

I normally don’t “hate” books but this week’s topic at Top Ten Tuesdays (A weekly meme created by the The Broke and the Bookish) was Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would (recently or all time). And I couldn’t get 10 books and i have just listed 5.

These are books for which I had great expectations owing to hype created by other bookworms or they were written by favorite authors.

I know some of the books that i didn’t like might be a big shock for a majority of YA lovers. Some of these are bestsellers, but still these are the books that I didn’t finish reading because I wasn’t hooked or simply didn’t like it.

  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating

I’ll admit i picked the book for its pretty covers. And it did seem a bit intriguing with the title but threw me off with all “meets in dream- meets in real life” crap. Hellooo, they made a movie in Tamil in the 90’s where a guy meets the girl who he dreams of in real life and tries to woo her. Atleast that movie wasn’t this bad.

 

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  • Heartless by  Marissa Meyer

Don’t know what the hype is all about in here, i felt like the first half was like watching Merida.

  • Shopaholic to the stars by Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors and i was beyond devastated at this 7th book in the shopaholic series. The series should have just ended with book 5.

  • Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries #11)

Another series that i loved, grew up reading with and became a part of my teen years was Princess diaries. And when i heard there was a 11th book after so many years, I did have some doubts and I was right. The book was nothing like the first 10 books. I didn’t like it at all.. 😦 I did manage to read it fully though.

  • The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass

I have already rambled enough about how this book was a huge disappointment. Ms.Cass should have just stopped with book 3.

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What were the books that disappointed you recently 🙂 Just to have a fair warning..

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Last in the series..

2017 will be the year where many book series and TV series are coming to an end. *cringes*

You never know how to get out of that bubble once a series ends, and I for one, am very bad at it. I know you can re-read and binge-watch the series again n again. But still, the feeling of doom *eye rolls, i know* is inevitable. Here’s a look at the list of most anticipated books/TV series that bid goodbye this year.

To all the boys I loved Before by Jenny Han

This trilogy (hopefully) is coming to an end with the third book ‘Always and Forever, Lara Jean’ hitting the stores in May 2017. It’s a cheesy, cute high school romance novel that starts out with a teen writing letters for all her crushes but doesn’t send them. I’m a Peter-Lara shipper and i’m just praying that the final book doesn’t throw in a big bucket of water on-my-face by shipping John and Lara Jean. I know the terrible series endings of Jenny Han previously experienced in “Summer” trilogy and “Burn for Burn” trilogy. 😦

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I fell for the book covers first ❤

ACOWAR by Sarah J Maas

I LOVE SARAH J.MASS. I love RHYSAND!!!! Period. Enough said, let’s see what book three is gonna bring.

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Untitled book 3 of The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman

I haven’t read this one but i’m hearing rave reviews about it. The trilogy is based on life in a different planet, interstellar and all that. Annndddd its in epistolatory format which i love.. Should pick this one soon..

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The Vampire Diaries

I’ve been watching this all these years and it breaks my heart to bid goodbye to Stefan Salvatore, favorite-st TV boyfriend *shudders*. I know people go gaga over Damon, i do too. But Stefan is THE boyfriend i love, i adore, i would kill for *heart eyes*

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I just hope they end the series with both the brothers alive.

The Originals

Omg, this one!!! Only for KLAUS!!! Still have to wait sooooo long for the next and final season to be aired in March. My husband and i just love KLAUS… There’s something deep about him that’s beyond words. Really angry with the show producers for finishing it off soo soon 😦

Mikaelson family, cant wait to see you!

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Game of Thrones

Yes, this majestic and beyond brilliance series will be ending this year and with just 7 episodes. Why oh why!!

Highlight of last season was Sansa Stark meeting Jon Snow. *happy tears* And this season lets wait to see whether the Starks are getting back together. Go Arya!!!

Pretty Little Liars

I once loved this series and then they turned it round n round n round and i don’t know who killed who or who slept with who or who’s father is who 😛 Why can’t they just be honest and go to the police or their parents and save ourselves another murder.

But i still watch it 😀 just to know how things are gonna wrap up.

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All good things must come to an end and sadly another book/TV series will be there to fangirl about says the wise owl in me 😛

 

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Indian Book boxes

Wait what, there are book boxes based out of India..here ? like really here?..

I was totally living under a rock for over a year I guess, because last year saw a surprisingly increasing number of book boxes in India. During some random Instagram search I came across one of them and there goes the first line of the post. Then i started digging for other such boxes and surprisingly there are many and they are good and reliable too.

So this list is for all those people like me who are not-so blissfully ignorant of these subscription boxes.

Firstly, what is a book subscription box. Some of you might have know about Owlcrate or similar bookish subscriptions that are majorly operating overseas, some ship to India but the shipping charges and subscription add up to a whooping big amount *sad eyes*

A book box is a monthly subscription service that allows you to choose a plan, suitable for your pocket and based on your plan sends out cute packaged boxes with one or more books *mostly recent ones* along with bookish and fandom items like funko pops, bookmarks, bookish charms, mugs etc. Sometimes there is a theme and you have to be totally open to any book they might send. So, Owlcrate , Illumicrate and all other crates 😛 are mostly suitable for book nerds all over the world except Mera Bharat, that is if you are poor like me 🙂

Some super cool entrepreneurs have now started out to fill this huge void for our desh‘s bookworms and are making us all bookishly happy. In no particular order, here goes..

This is a Bangalore-based book subscription service that sends out monthly boxes catering to every genre out there. You can contact them through email or Facebook/Instagram page and they immediately send out the process details and pricing list. If you are opting for a monthly box, they send out the list of books they are planning to include, so that you will be able to let them know if you already own any of the items in it. But the final book they send you out is a total surprise (from the list, still). They have plans starting from INR 1350  for one month plan (2 books + bookish items ) and more. February theme is “Unbound Love”.

They do special customized boxes on request and check out their Insta page for more on that.

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My December box.

I received Persuasion by Jane Austen and My true love gave to me an anthology by Stephanie Perkins  and 11 other authors. A bookish journal, calendar, a beautiful card, a memory jar and loads of bookmarks were inside the box.

This is a bi-monthly book subscription box that sends you Young-Adult books along with bookish items. They have two kinds of boxes – Young Adult (INR 1399) and Supreme YA (INR 2999). The first one has 1 new release book and 2- 3 bookish goodies. The latter has 2-3 new release books and 2- 5 bookish goodies. Their theme for February is ‘Lazy Sunday”. The December box boasted a magnificent hardcover of Nevernight and pretty bookish items that include a MockingJay pin, bookish tote bags and beautiful bookmarks and posters.

Edited- May Box review is here

This book box has monthly and quarterly book subscriptions that are priced out at  INR 1200 and INR 3000 respectively. They also do customized boxes and i recently saw a really cool Legal Book themed box that was beautifully designed and curated by them on their Instagram page. The theme for February is Fantasy and i hear that “Carve the Mark” is on the list. A newsletter is to be started very soon by these guys and they are lookinbg for book nerds to contribute to it. Go check their page for more.

Edited: May Box review is here 

This was recently launched and they ship out their first boxes from February. They have stirred up quite a lot of anticipation among their followers in Instagram, me being one among them. They have named their different subscription plans after Coffee because what goes well with books, right? They have monthly, quarterly and six month plans as well as one Cafe Mocha Limited Edition box that has 3 books (I’m guessing collectibles)and 8 Bookish goodies for a price of INR2999. The Frappe box starts at INR 999, the Espresso box from INR 1599 and The Cappuccino box at INR 2199  per month. Check out their pricing for further details. The February theme is “Romantic Indulgence”.

Edited – review is here

This is also a pretty new startup and have 1,3 and 6 month subscriptions. They are priced at INR 999, INR 2899 and INR 5699. The Facebook page has a form that you need to fill out and you can choose your favorite genre. They have a giveaway that is going on right now, so you can participate for some cool introductory offers. A theme is not yet available in their page.

The nerdy box delivers some really cool bookish items along with a popular and recently released book. Their plans start out from INR 899 for one month, INR 2200 for 3 months and INR 4600 for 6 months. Bookings are open only till 15th of the month and each box contains one book and 3-4 goodies.

If you feel all the above subscriptions are a bit heavy on your pocket, then this one’s for you. Their price range starts from INR 799 per month and if you go for the 3 (INR 2299) and 6 month subscriptions (INR 4494) , per box price is very low as INR 749. The first box was launched in January and had good discounts too 🙂 February theme is “Ready for Anything”.

Oooh i like their name 😉 Their first box included 2 Books (one of it is being made into movie), a PulpyPapaya handmade notebook a Bookmark, a big Note Card for writing your novel ideas and a hand Written Letter all priced for INR 1200. The coming months will include 3-4 books and 10 bookish items !!!.

Books are mostly by South-Asian authors and promote Indian book merchants. They also do customized boxes 🙂 Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur and looking for inspirational books or a travel lover, they customize your boxes based on your interest. Not just limited to Fiction.

A new startup, this one, and they are two months old this February. The themes are “A Lyrical Affair” which goes without saying that it will be poetry and the second one is “Love in A Different Era”. Also their boxes are One Storyed (INR 900, 1 book and goodies) and Two Storyed (INR 1600, two books n goodies).

 

I hope i have included all the subscription book boxes out there to the best of my knowledge. There is also a Pakistan based book box named The Book Shook, if you wanna give them a try.

*And the disclaimer*

I was in no way “asked” to do this, and the opinions are all mine. If you want to purchase, (please do as they are new startups ) please go through reviews of book bloggers who have already purchased them. Some of them are hosting really good giveaways. Again i would like to make it clear, I’m just putting up a list of boxes available for other bookworms’ benefit.

If you are a new start up and I haven’t listed your name, please drop an email  or comment in this post. Also, bookish merchants out there, this is a great opportunity for associating yourself with the above Book boxes.

I have tried Biblio Box and they are prompt in their delivery and good. I have purchased one box from The Big Book Box and its on the way. I will be trying a new box every month to give a proper review. (Also one per month because I’m poor and not “yet” adopted by the Rothschilds :D)

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6 Annoying things to wake up to

So yesterday I had posted about 6 beautiful things to wake up to every morning. I should have added that they were all fictitious and I hadn’t experienced all of them. 😜 So let me point out six things to not wake up to, which happen almost all the time to me.

* The phone ringing on any weekend as early as possible in the morning. An office call for an urgent issue can downright be the most annoying thing to wake up for. 

* Some maniac, somewhere blasting a kuthu song at unearthly  hour of the day. 

* Mothers screaming at the top of their lungs at babies, school going kids in the nearby flats. I don’t blame the moms, but the walls are thin and every word is distinctly heard in our bedroom. 

* that part of early morning, where the AC temperature has just set perfectly, the bed is warm, you are sound asleep and nothing could go wrong. Except, power cut! I hate early morning power cuts, I hate power cut any time of the day. I NEED the fan’s soft sound to sleep. Yes, I’m the kind of person who needs both Fan and air conditioner. I can live without the latter but never without the former. 

* B sleep talking or all of a sudden throwing his leg at me. This happens anytime between 3-5am and enough to make me lose my sleep. 

* I never wake up before 7 and B sometimes is an early bird. At such rare occasions- Oh my god – the noise he makes with closing doors and digging for something in a pile of washed utensils.🙈🙈🙈

6 beautiful things to wake up to..

Best kind of mornings..

* When the early morning light slowly falls on your face, you open your eyes only to find your partner looking at you with love

* the pit patter of raindrops falling on the window sill, that awesome smell of wet soil… Rains are the best especially when the sun has just popped.. 

  
* waking up to the aroma of hot coffee, extra awesome if it’s made from freshly ground coffee.. 

* Waking up to your phone beeping with a text that it’s a local holiday and you can take off. (OK, not a fat chance of this happening in Private sectors )

* Someone somewhere listening to your favourite melody.. And throughout your day, you keep humming it.. 

* Biggest of all, your partner rolling over to your side of the bed, whispering all beautiful lovey-dovey things and finally tells, Don’t need to cook today! 

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