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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My Swoon-worthy book List!!

Okay.. I soo wanted to join this Top Ten Tuesdays meme for a long time ..Plzz think it’s Tuesday. I didn’t check Nishita’s blog about this week’s topic yesterday 😦

Tuesday or not, I’m doing this… Its simple… I just have to list out my top favorite swoon-worthy books. Easy peasy for me… Hehehe.. I dwell on these type of books, you know 😉 (Oh, Plzz no Harlequin or ‘that’ type of romance… *gag*)

The following books are some of my favorites and are listed in no particular order..

1) Of course, its Elizabeth Bennet and Mr.Darcy, for me, when I think Romance Novels.. I think Pride and Prejudice is the very first “love” story that i read in my teens.. As a part of English Reading at school.. Kinda stuck to me ever since as my favorite novel.

2) The second book I read, would be Scarlet Pimpernel, again for English Reading… Written beautifully by Baroness Orczy, this book scores amazingly high on my love-o-meter.. Who cannot love Percy Blakeney? *swoon*

“He was but a man madly, blindly, passionately in love and as soon as her light footstep had died away within the house, he knelt down upon the terrace steps, and in the very madness of his love he kissed one by one the places where her small foot had trodden, and the stone balustrade, where her tiny hand had rested last.”

3) I grew up reading Princess Diaries during my teens, and the first thing i fell for was – the epistolary form of writing – which i love, by the way, and started reading similar type of books. The second obvious thing would be – Michael Moscovitz. I cannot forget the poem he writes for her – Tall Drink of Water or how he keeps the snowflake necklace even after Mia and Michael break up, or how Mia always, always smells his neck and swoons.*giggles*.. He will always be favorite book boyfriend.

4) Like i said before, i started loving epistolary novels a lot, and my next favorite after Princess Diaries series was, Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty . I actually read it when i heard “How Opal Mehta got Kissed…” book was copied from the JD series.. I love Marcus Flutie.. and his  “You. Yes. You” t-shirt!!. A perfect coming-of-age novel.

5) I’ve mentioned before, I never read serious, sad stuff.. If i hear/read reviews about a book having sad endings, thats it, I’ll give up reading that book. Forever. All because of “Love Story” by Erich Segal. There’s nothing new that i can say about that book, that hasn’t been already said/talked/swooned over with.

6) All of Rachel Hawthorne’s books. Especially I lurrrrve Parker from “Thrill Ride”.  Suite Dreams, Labor of Love, Snowed in are good too. You know these are definitely books you ought to read when your in your teens and early tweens. You would totally fall for it.

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7) I’m a die hard fan of Sophie Kinsella. And i will never make a book list without her name on it. Shopaholic Series – Luke Brandon and Becky, I’ve got your number – Poppy & Sam are awesome…

8) I kinda like books where the girl and the guy always fight (Like Lizzy & Darcy) and are married against their wishes to one another, and then start liking each other half way through the book, realizing how madly they are in love with each other. One such book is, “With this ring, I thee dread”.

9) Ok, so don’t kill me or mock at me… I do like Bella and Edward, like a lottt… Only the book, ok. Not the movie. It was the first paranormal fiction I ever read, and I fell for Edward very easily. Kinda explains why i love Stefan Salvatore, a little more than Damon. Stefan is way too much like the caring Edward. And I love it when a guy sings. Although you cannot hear, I love that Edward sings her to sleep. I re-read portions of the series way too many times.. Edward’s love is intense, and makes me jealous.

10) Anuja Chauhan’s Zoya Factor.. I read it just recently, and I was waiting to write a kutty review. I lovedddd the book. Being the girlfriend of a crazy Cricket-loving-Dhoni-worshipping guy, its only fair that i fall for this book. I mean, c’mon who doesn’t love a hot cricketer, especially in India? 😉 Obviously, this book would make you swoon. And with all the bickering between the lead pair, Anuja gives you the perfecttt ingredients for a funny, sweet and enjoyable love story.

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See these books (Except one or two) were read years back.. So they might be kind of old or dated. But these books were a part of me growing up, understanding love, and dreaming of sweet happy endings. Some books are sooo into your memory, that they influence your thoughts and actions a lot. These books are sort of like that to me.

P.S. If people (Super-awesome, fantastic ppl :D) somewhere are reading this post, do share your list of fav books too. Would love to know, and read them.

Last week…

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Being a newbie blogger, i think its a sin to abandon your blog.. ^_^

I tried posting from home, but u see that cute kid in the above pic.. she loves gadgets (like, big time LOVES!!) and if she sees anything remotely to having a screen (even a calculator) she MUST have it. And in a desperate attempt to save my laptop from her, i HAD to hide away from blog-o-sphere.. 😦

The hill station in that pic is Kodaikanal, an awesome alternative from hot hot Chennai.. But blame my bad luck, the weather was extremely cold for me (the kid roamed in adam nd eve costume, but me  wrapped in layers *sheepish grin*) and so we couldn’t go out. We stayed indoors and all i could click was the view from the window, that kept changing every minute coz of the mist…

I read some reviews for Bankster, and i bought it online  along with Judy Balan’s first book, Two fates, and 2 more books. On the way home, I started reading Two fates, and its soooo Funny so far… i luurrvee it!! And, oh yes, i finally finished The Krishna Key last week, and i’l review it in my next post. Nishita di of Nishita’s rants and raves is hosting a giveaway of one of my fav authors, Sophie Kinsella’s “The wedding night”, and this is gonna be the  first giveaway i’m participating. Hope luck is on my side >:)

Another kind blogger Reema Sahay, invited me for her giveaway, but unfortunately the rules are u have to like her Facebook page and i deactivated mine few weeks back 😦 I envy whoever gets that book 😛

Apart from playing with the kid and eating mom-made food, my days at home were literally glued to the pinterest app on my ipod (when my niece is busy not noticing what i have in my hand) ohhh i love Pinterest…

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Pretty awesome it is… there was this panoramic camera ball i came across there. if you throw it in the air, it takes a pic out of its 36 cameras and you can view the panoramic pic in your computer.. B-)

Altogether my week was wonderful, apart from the little fight i had with mom.. I hope my tomorrow (Training!!!) starts well 🙂