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 Not-so Perfect life – Book review

I’m a big fan of Sophie Kinsella and I’ve read ALL of her books! I love her writing style because its easy, fluff, fun and lighthearted.

Book Blurb

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.
Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.
But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?
Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.
Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

My thoughts:

I was expecting something like Can you keep a secret and Shopaholic where the female protagonist is clumsy, dumb and prone to making silly mistakes (I like both those books, still). But this book was different and should receive credit for the fact that Kate Brenner is bright and ambitious. I’ll let you know why :

  • You can totally relate to her, she is just like us, a small town girl who comes to the city chasing her dreams , trying to fit in, trying to live the ‘perfect’ city life. I’ve been there and I know how it is to survive in a city.
  • When Kate (or Cat, as she calls herself in the city) posts Instagram pictures of food she doesn’t eat or places she hasn’t visited but still want to project a perfect life to her best friends and family, I wasn’t the least bit bored or found it ridiculous. Because, we’ve all been there. We know how social media pressure works out for us and the need to compete, show off and fit in become the primary goals.
  • Cat doesn’t let her Dad (single parent) know how much she is struggling for a breakthrough in her career and paints a false picture to him that she is the most irreplaceable person in her company. Because her father, one of the most sweetest person in this book, is worried about the big bad city and just cannot understand what’s wrong with staying with him
  • Demeter, the boss from hell -insensitive and a nightmare to her employees. She has the perfecttt life that Cat dreams of – the dream job, handsome husband, big house, fancy car and cute kids and designer clothes. Her characterization throughout the book is brilliant. From being portrayed as the most horrible boss or later in the book as a person with “hung ups and problems and flaws like the rest of us”, she is brilliant.
  • I did for a moment think that after Alex, the partner’s son who is also ‘brilliant, smart, full of wit and charm’ asks Cat on an impromptu discussion, it was going to be something similar to ‘Can you keep a Secret’. But no, God, no, this book is ruled only by women and there’s no big part for Alex. That’s when i started liking it even more. Because how many books have we seen this storyline where the office girl marries off the boss and that’s it her career is thrown down the path with happily ever after. This book is about how Katie gets her perfect, not so perfect life on her own.
  • The sweet revenge that Katie gets to have on Demeter is just so much fun. How we wish we can do that to our bosses.!!! 😉

I can go on and on about this book, but 2 simple words – Perfectly done!

My review will be 5/5. Even if i’m not a Kinsella fan, i would have gone with 4.5/5. The extra 0.5 is for me being her ardent fan and that she never disappoints. (Except the last shopaholic book, i like all of her works :D)

You can get the book from Amazon.in. The review is in there as well as Goodreads 🙂

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Every time you see someone’s bright-and-shiny, remember: They have their own crappy truths too. Of course they do. And every time you see your own crappy truth and feel despair and think, ‘Is this my life?’, remember: It’s not. Everyone’s got a bright-and-shiny, even if it’s hard to find sometimes.

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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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Good times ahead..

Well, when things do happen your way, they happen all together I guess.. A whirlwind of events… all good ones..

And I was travelling to and fro to Chennai and home, every weekend, for a whole lot of wedding shopping. My last post about the wedding shopping saw me at a state where I was sulking about nothing wedding-y happening. But that was totally in the past. With the amount of shopping and all related preps, I’m desperate for some peace. That chain of good things – first of which was – parents and the rest of the family warming up to the fact that I’m marrying someone of my choice. Then I got promoted!! Then the stats in my blog started booming (which i hate to admit was because of the Half-girlfriend review.) And then my favorite author’s book was released on Oct, and the pre-ordered copy reached me on time, Also I couldn’t stop smiling from end-to-end when I got a mail to review a book at the exact same time I got the author signed copy of God is A Gamer from BlogAdda. Not to mention the runner up badge i’m flaunting in the blog for the Indiblogger contest. Andddd in 10 days I’m getting married. Phew!!. Too much happiness.. Touchwood!!

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Happily dreaming,

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