Daydreaming Discussions: My Favourite reads of 2018 & Most-anticipated reads of 2019!

I just realised out of the 20 books I listed as a must read I 2018, I have only read 5 of them (counting series as 1). *sighs* A tragic fail indeed. But I am 101% determined to complete this year’s list with a positive note. So without further ado, here goes!!

Best reads of 2018:

      

  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde: This was my first read of 2018 and it was oh sooo full of fluffy goodness!
  • Read Player One by Ernest Cline: I did not expect it to love it this much… but well it was different and so very exciting.
  • Wolf by Wolf duology by Ryan Graudin: *sobs* I am still not over this duology. It had a kickass start and left me in pieces. 100% RECOMMEND IT!! I… should not suffer alone!
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: Such a beautiful and mystical read. The flow of this book and world-building had me in awe.
  • Gemina & Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: Need I even say anything about this? Space fighting. Creepy aliens. Intergalactic sabotage plans. A mass murdering AI! What else does a book need!

Books I can’t wait to jump into this year!

Old releases:

 

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: This has been in my tbr for soo long and the hype for book 2 is getting to me!
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson: This book is super fun! One of my friends already has this, so I am planning to borrow it soon!
  • Warcross duology by Marie Lu: I bought this in 2018 book fair. It’s still in my bookshelf. My friend gushed about this book for straight an hour after she finished it. I still haven’t touched it. But I do own book 2. So yup. Gonna binge it!

Releasing in 2019:

        

  • Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff: The Nevernight Chronicles is my best fudging reads. So yup. I am ready to hand over my first baby.
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black: The hype is real.
  • The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu: MALEC!!!! I REPEAT WE ARE GETTING A MALEC BASED TRILOGY!! MY LIFU IS COMPLETEEEEEEEEE!!!!
  • Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare: I am a Cassandra Clare trash. Plain and simple.
  • The Gods of Men by Barbara Kloss: I found out about this bool from Raven @ Dreamy Addictions and I am soooo excited for it!
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He: Have you read the blurb? It sounds so freaking gorgeous and sorcerery!!!
  • Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell: *starts to sing Carry On My Wayward Song* Well… that was my instant reaction the moment I saw this cover. I adooored Carry On, so yep, I am definitely excited for this one.
  • Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: HAHA! TAKE MY SOUL PLEASE!

Soooo guys, what were most memorable reads of 2018?
Which books do you aim to finish this year?
Any particular book/ series/ author you are looking forward to??

 

Daydreaming Discussions: Books I Need to Finish This Year! || Part 2 || Because Part 1 wasn’t enough!! xD

Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today I wanted to talk about-

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand it’s a Part 2!!! Can you guys imagine how far behind I am?! I mean, I deleted a lot of books from my tbr, around 300 I guess which I wasn’t interested in reading anymore but these I couldn’t and I intend to finish it within this year!!

11. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones- The cover is the first thing that dragged me in. Although there are a lot of mixed reviews about this duology, I’m definitely going to pick this one up and if I end up enjoying it, then I’ll proceed to the next book!

12. The Diabolic and The Empress by S.J. Kincaid- Book 3 is supposed to be published in the fall I think, soooo before that, I want to binge read these two!

13. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken- I am torn about this one, I have mostly read negative reviews about Passenger but I already own the copy, so I want to pick it up and see for myself if book 2 is worth reading or not.

14. Cinder & Ella and Happily Ever After by Kelly Oram- Cinder & Ella would be a reread for me but I haven’t written a review for it and I remember looooving this book, so I definitely want to binge read this duology! ❤

15. When We Collided by Emery Lord- This has been sitting on my shelf for eons now. I finally need to finish this!!

16. An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir- First of all, the new cover change is hideous!!! And a lot of reviews say that book 2 was a downfall for them so I will wait and read this two and see if I want to continue or not. But still, the new covers are soooo effing bad!! I don’t know why the publishers do this to us!!! Like seriously!! When will they understand!

17. Dumplin by Julie Murphy- This one too has been sitting alone in my shelf collecting dust. I think I bought this within a month of the release but I don’t know why I never picked it up. So it’s timeeee…

18. Prodigy and Champion by Marie Lu- Champion got spoiled for me.Because someone wrote a review without warning about it!! Since then I haven’t touched them but I own the whole trilogy and I kinda feel for not completing them!

19. What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne- Okay! I looooove this series!! I have read the first two books of this series and they were damn awesome. Feminism, positive girl love and sooo much! I can’t wait to buy this one and devour it!

20. Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor- Soooo, I read the first book in 2015 and I don’t remember a single thing but I soo want to finish this trilogy!! Hopefully, I will be able to tick this off from my list as well!


Sooo guys, do we have any books in common?? Or have you already read all of these?? What do you think about it?? Which books are you looking forward to ticking off from your tbr this year??

Daydreaming Discussions: Books I Need to Finish this Year! // Part I

Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today I wanted to talk about-

Sooo I am definitely guilty of not picking up these books soon. Some of them I already own and some have been in my tbr forever. But I intend to finish the books I’m going to list in this post within this year!! Whose’s with moi?!!

Let’s begin!!

1. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare- I know!! I know. I LOOOOOVE Cassandra Clare and I have read all her books except this one. And Magnus Bane (sooooorry Magnus!!) is my favourite character in the entire universe!! I already own the ebook, I’m going to start this as soon as I finish my current read!! 

2. Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo- I know. *sighs* Most of the bookish people have already ticked off this duology off their list. But, I now I finally have both the books and I can’t waaaait to start them!

3. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray- I was very hyped, well pretty much everybody was when this series came out, especially because of the gorgeous cover but I don’t know why I still haven’t picked this one up despite owning a paperback. I will give this one a try this year and if I love it, then only I’ll continue with the series.

4. Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness- I bought this whole thing together I guess, or pretty near but theeeeey are HUGE and I, unfortunately, read a few negative Goodreads reviews which stopped me from picking this up but I am willing to give these a shot this year.

5. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner- Again. Another gorgeous cover. I couldn’t resist. There are a looot of mixed reviews on Goodreads but I gotta read this one before I decide what to do this series.

6. Wolf by Wolf duology by Ryan Graudin- It is seriously time to pick this duology up. Otherwise Raven will have my head!! XD She has recommended this book countless times and I still haven’t started. Fear not!! I finally purchased the ebooks, now just have to read it…..

 

7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline- I was actually not that interested in this one but one of my ARMY friends was pretty hyped about the movie trailer of this book and after watching it, I am definitely going to read this before going to watch the movieeeee (which will also be in 3D, sooo yaaaaay) !!

8. The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski- Yes. They are still collecting dust on my shelf. Can you imagine?! (You probably can…) I had pretty much given up hope for this trilogy but since I own the first two books, I was going to give these a try. And my same ARMY friend said that she loved the 1st one so it gave me hope. (J-Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooope!!!!)

LOL. Sorry not sorry!!

9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas- Yeah, don’t hit me. Somehow this book slipped by me when everybody was busy reading this one. But I legit will read it asap!! Because I need to! I want to!! And I’ve rarely heard any negative reviews about this book and it’s diverse so yup yup!! I will tick this off my list quite soon.

10. Landline and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell- I looooove Rainbow Rowell to death and these are the only two books I haven’t read by her. I already own Eleanor & Park but I need to complete my Rainbow collection this year. 🙂

 


Sooo guys, do we have any books in common?? Or have you already read all of these?? Which books are you looking forward to ticking off from your tbr this year??

Daydreaming Discussions: Best Reads of 2017!

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

First of all Merry Christmas, you wonderful bookish people!! ❤ I hope you guys are having an amazing December!

I have read a total of 122 books this year, a little less than my previous two years but that’s okay. I was kind of speeding through the books but Godsgrave put me in a biiiig slump but thankfully I’m out of that now but it kind of slowed me down. Anyway, I think I had a good bookish year and I don’t regret reading aaaaall the books this year but some managed to stand out among all of them.

So, today I wanted to list all the books that had been particularly memorable to me. Not all of them are 5 stars reads for me but these books will remain in my heart forever.

Oh and also, these all the books are not necessarily released in 2017, I’m listing the books which I’ve read in 2017!

Poetry:

Aaaah, this was so freaking good. Just so good. Guys, it’s a must-read, even for the ones who usually don’t pick up poetry. This was my first too and oh my, it was the very best. It just took an hour to devour it and I can’t wait for her next book!!! Eeeek!

Best Standalones:

Young-Adult:

New-Adult & Adult:

Best Completed Series:

I actually re-read the first two books of the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy because I had completely forgotten about them and I bought End of Days this year. I ended up enjoying this series more than I did earlier and I had so much fun reading this trilogy!

I’m considering A Court of Wings and Ruin in this category because well, it’s the end for Feyre’s story. Although the ending could have been a little better but I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the story.

Saven Deliverance also brought an end to my favourite science-fiction 5 book series. This series has been the freaking best of everything!! I loved the characters, the unpredictable plot, until the very end. This series will always remain my favourite and I definitely hope to re-read it someday in the future.

Best Ongoing Series:

I am seriously loving this series!! If I had to list the bestest of the best book of this year, I would definitely say The Nevernight Chronicles! They are just so freaking awesome, I can’t even explain… I’m sooo looking forward to the conclusion of this amazing series!!

Have you guys seen the cover of book 3, a.k.a Queen of Air and Darkness? Isn’t it stunning?!! It’s also a relief that instead of coming out in 2019, it’s coming out in 2018, although towards the end of the year but that’s at least we are getting it a few months earlier! Anyway, this series is just soo good and it keeps on getting better. I love the Blackthorn family to death!! And I can’t wait to see how this trilogy wraps up!


So, guys how did this year treat you? Was it bookish good or meh?? What are your favourite reads this year? Don’t forget to list them down in comments or if you have a kind of similar post, then put down your link, I’ll be sure to check it out!

Daydreaming Discussions: The 4 Epic Stages of Fangirling/Fanboying! || Extreme Flailing!!

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today I wanted to talk about-

This is something we fangirls go through freaking every day! You think it’s easy, uh huh? Then you’re in for a ride! Without further ado…

1. The “accidentally falling into the rabbit hole” stage

I think most of us usually stumble upon our destiny and that becomes a part of our lives to stay forever and ever and ever… (If you read that in a veeeeery dramatic way, high five mate!)

That’s how I discover new stuff. Mostly. Be it a new tv show, book or cute Korean guys. Yes, I had to add that one. Anyway, you start a book with expectations or maybe just straight dive in but you didn’t know that the character(s) would have a permanent place in your heart. Same goes for a tv show or movie. For me, Supernatural has a permanent place in my heartu and I loooove the Winchester brothers.

Also, I just watched one video of BTS because my friend was going crazy about them, and daaaaamn, I didn’t know those were my last moments of normal. But I don’t even regret it.

I know you guys don’t either!

2. The “Oh, okay… this is nice” stage

You start getting attached to the character or a person without knowing what’s coming next.

It’s like the calm before a storm.

You start liking this character or person and you’re constantly amazed by them and start rooting for them. When you are sooo into the character, you have a hard time putting that book down or playing the next episode even when it’s waaaaay past your bedtime.

When I first started listening to BTS, I was like yeah, I could listen to this and then I found myself listening to them 24/7. (Eh, I know… but I kinda wrote this with BTS in my mind!! My love for them is beyond the boundaries of this universe.)

3. The “Casually getting to know them” stage

This is the stage where you have already fallen into the fandom without realizing it and you are still busy digging your own grave.

Precisely.

Well, this stage mostly goes for tv shows and stuff but it’s also slightly relatable for books when you constantly talk about your favourite characters and start finding out more about the author and her other books and basically plan your world domination with your books. Yup!

As for tv shows, I have never been kind of into any celebrities so far. I mean I love a lot of them but that’s it. I don’t care what they are up to in their personal lives or what the do outside the set. Here comes the big- BUT with BTS, I am experiencing a whole new level of emotion for the first time in my life. I’m watching Bangtan Bombs, seeing crazy videos, laughing like a maniac all day and watching crazy videos again. It’s like I’ve completely gone off the rails but I totally know other ARMYs can relate to this. ❤

4. The “OMOOOOOOO I’M DEAD” stage

Legit. I’m not even kidding.

This is the stage where you ship everything and nothing. One moment you can’t hold your laughter and in the very next your heart breaks over a single thing and you’re flailing like a banana. (I don’t know where that came from, honestly!). And with all the FEEEEEEEELS you’re drowning!!

You’re are totally into the fandom zone and there’s no getting out!

When plot twist barges out of nowhere and your favourite character is in a do or die situation, it feels as if your life depends on it more than that character. Some characters come out trumping and some leave us, it actually hurts our poor souls and we end up bawling our eyes out. Isn’t that right, guys?

The other day I was reading a How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne and I was sooo sad for a character I kept hugging and patting the book. Non-bookish people might feel weird but for us, that’s what we do for our babies!

Now, whenever BigHit’s notification pops in my phone, or before a new video drops, I’m already flailing. Although I have a whole group in Whatsapp having the same life crisis as me, they still take my breath away. (Do I sound like a lovesick fool?) When Mic Drop remix (Yes, I’m leaving the link and yes, please go and watch the awesomeness!!) came out, me and my friend were in class desperately waiting for the teacher to leave. As soon as he went, I snatched one of other friend’s phone who had an internet connection and finally saw it. It was EPIC!!! Aaaagh. Still, not over it, my mind is continuously playing that in a loop. ❤

Anyway, to conclude you’re are head over heels for the character/person/band in this stage and you’re are never ever getting out of its beautiful clutches again!!!!


So guys, could you relate? Is this how is it every time for you because it is most of the time for me!! When did you fangirl the most? Lemme know in the comments!

Daydreaming Discussions: Favourite Writing Blogs!

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today I wanted to talk about-

Since NaNoWriMo is only a few days away, I wanted to share my top 5 favourite writing blogs with you guys. I’m still not sure if I’ll be participating or not but I might just jump in at the very last moment. I have a tendency to do so… I do have an interesting storyline in mind which is an LGBTQ urban fantasy novel and has grim reaper as the main lead and I have plotted quite a bit but it’s still not complete though but a lot of things inspired me and I reaaaally want to write this one!!

Anyway, I hope you guys check out the following blogs and find them helpful because it definitely helped me! So, here goes:

1. Ink and Quills– This was the first ever writing blog I followed since I stepped into the world of blogging and writing and since then it has remained one of my favourite blogs ever. Kaitlin has many writing tips and tricks which are described in a simple way for anybody to understand and use that in their writing.

2. Well-Storied– Kristen’s workbooks are really awesome! You already have an overview what you need to work on your novel and these workbooks surely make your work easier. I also love her how-to posts.

3. Story Port– I simply love this blog! Brianna’s posts are super helpful and they have the exact points which really helps in the process of writing, especially for the worldbuilding part.

4. Quill Pen Writer– I recently followed Melissa’s blog and I really enjoy her posts. I especially love her “questions to ask” posts because if you are stuck in worldbuilding or character arc, one or the other questions is definitely going to help to overcome that problem.

5. Something Delicious– I love Victoria’s newsletter prompts when you are stuck working on a random prompt really helps your creative juices to flow. Also, I definitely love her list-post advice about writing.


So guys, so you have any favourite writing blogs? Lemme know in the comments!

Also, are you participating in NaNoWriMo??? What genre are you writing? Is it something you have already dabbled in or something absolutely new for you?

Mini Reviews: Contemporary New-Adult 2 Star Edition || The Thing About New-Adult: A Mini Discussion

Title: Royally Matched
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Royally, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 276 pages, Ebook
Published: February 21st, 2017 by Emma Chase, LLC

                  

Henry’s life is a complete mess after his brother Nicholas put the whole king responsibility upon his shoulders. He does not take his royal responsibilities seriously and when he gets to make a choice of his own, he jumps upon it. He gets an offer for a reality tv show where he would get the chance to choose his future would-be-wife but things start to go down the rails when he finds himself falling for Sarah, a contestant’s sister.

I didn’t quite enjoy the first book in this series but I was actually quite looking forward to this one because we were given a glimpse of both Henry and Sarah in the first book which got me intrigued. Anyway, I read a lot of rave reviews for this book but unfortunately, this book failed to impress me in any way. The plot was enjoyable although cliched. Henry is someone who has never taken much responsibility in any matter and he jumps up on the offer for the reality tv show in a whim. As the show proceeds, he finds himself falling for someone who is not a contestant. I, unfortunately, failed to enjoy the chemistry between Henry and Sarah though I did enjoy them together. 

I wanted more depth in the characters. Henry was charming but he failed to sweep me off my feet. Anyway, this book portrayed how actually a reality tv show actually works and in this book it was sometimes quite funny. But I loved when Henry finally manned up! Overall, I somewhat enjoyed this book. However, I did feel this book was unnecessarily long. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book.


Title: #1 Crush
Author:  T. Gephart
Series: #1 series, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]
Heat Rating: Pretty warm
Page Count and Format: 316 pages, Ebook
Published: February 20th, 2017 by T Gephart

             

I received this book as a giveaway prize from Raven from Dreamy Addictions! Thanks again, Raven!

This book was weird. Super weird in a non-realistic way. Here’s the gist- Tia has always been in love with Eric Larsson who is actually a famous Hollywood actor. Whatever she does, she can’t get him out of his head so she decides to meet him in person. She’s sure he’s going to turn out an asshole which will help Tia to flush him out of her heart but when reality proves her wrong, she can’t help but fall for Eric more and more.

To meet Eric in person Tia decides to attend the premiere of his newly launched movie. As an imposter!!! She actually pretended to be someone else to get into the premiere. First of all, who freaking does that! This really bothered me. Anyway, her plan fails because Eric actually turns out to be a decent human being as well as quite charming. For this book, I liked the chemistry between the two characters. Eric meets up with Tia after a few weeks again and thus begins their whirlwind romance. But even after everything, she continues to lie to Eric about herself. Their whole relationship started off on a lie and I really hated that. I really enjoyed Tia as an individual but her tendency to not tell the whole truth put me off. She had plenty of choices to come out to Eric but she always pulled back. The plot twist threw me

The plot twist threw me off-guard. I was so not expecting that but instead of cheering, I was actually disappointed. Anybody would be!!! I mean love is blind but not that blind dude. Anybody in Eric’s situation would be offended and I didn’t get why and how he did what he did. Anyway, the writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I would have surely enjoyed the book more if some of the things were more properly addressed.


Title: Ladies Man
Author: Katy Evans
Series: Manwhore, book 3 [Can be read as a standalone]
Heat Rating: Pretty warm
Page Count and Format: 299 pages, Ebook
Published: April 24th, 2016 by KT Publishing LLC

                            

Tahoe is a player and Gina is a strong level headed woman who knows what she wants. They are both strictly friends yet the more they become close, the more they can’t avoid the undeniable attraction between them. It’s up to them to decide if taking a risk is worth the chance of losing their friendship.

Frankly, I think I have read too many books that have used this trope. I still enjoy if the execution’s well enough but unfortunately, I didn’t feel that way for this book and as a result, it fell flat for me. After Gina’s previous relationship fell out, she’s not ready to be on the dating front soon again but every time she’s with Tahoe her feelings leave her confused and flustered. Tahoe on the other hand, was on a totally different level, although he feels attracted towards Gina, he doesn’t stop being a player and he’s a painful one at that.

This book was too frustrating to read and I just wanted it to be over. For the majority of this book, Gina has a boyfriend who she didn’t even like very much, and Tahoe was well, still sleeping around. They don’t get together until the very end of this book and everything was just on and off and I just didn’t see the point. I definitely liked Gina as a character when I was introduced to her but being such a strong woman, I would have loved to see a bit more of a mature decision at least from her. Anyway, The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. Overall, I enjoyed this book the least among the three.


The thing about New-Adult-

Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

As these reviews and this topic matched I decided to punch them together. Honestly, I hadn’t even though of writing a discussion about this but while writing these reviews I felt the need to voice out my opinion about New-Adult and ask what you guys felt about it.

That cute Chimchim was basically me when I discovered New-Adult. A whole new world opened up to me!!

I didn’t use to enjoy contemporary until I came across New-Adult books, since then I love NA books and I also give YA contemporary a chance as well. But well, let’s not divert into anything else because I have a tendency to do so… like the way cute Jimin is jumping on and off like that and me obsessing over BTS day and night, especially Taehyung…

*Ahem!*

Anyway,  one thing you might have noticed in these 3 mini-reviews that they didn’t have anything extraordinary to make these books stand out.

The thing is that as much as New-Adult can be enjoyable, they can get tremendously repetitive as well. Most of the time I have seen that NA books seem to focus only on sex when it shouldn’t be the main concern at all. As a hopeless romantic, I’m 100% on the romance train *cho chooo* but seriously that shouldn’t be the only factor!

New-Adult books feature characters usually between the age of 18 to 25. This is the age when one steps into college or is trying out for a job and stuff. Basically, it’s the age where you step into adulthood, so there are numerous routes a New-Adult book take other than only romance because let’s be realistic for a second, this age group is freaking tough and sometimes pretty frustrating. I fall into this age group and there’s a whole lot of other struggles like the tension of getting a job, mental as well as physical. Yup, reality sucks!

I want New-Adult books to be more relatable, I want them to feature the daily struggles one goes through during this age group, the different distractions that they might fall into, the inner struggle, battling the inner demons and striving to achieve one’s dream in such a competitive world. Also on the positive side, as this age is the time for stepping into new boundaries, so naturally new friends should also be in the mixture.

Of course, I have found some gems in this category as well and some of those books were really awesome, like Whispers and the Roars by K. Webster (I really can’t say why because that would spoil the entire book) and The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott which was really emotional and beautiful.


So what do you guys think about the whole New-Adult category? Do you enjoy these books or would you like them more if they were more relatable? Also if you have any awesome NA recommendations, feel free to leave them in the comments!

Daydreaming Discussions: Things That Make Me Hit The Unsubscribe Button!

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today I wanted to talk about-

So, there are a lot of things and each differs for a different person that makes us wanna hit subscribe a certain blog and there are also a few things which make us hit the unfollow button or just not follow at all in the first place. So, today I thought why not make a list of the things that makes me say no, nope to a certain blog! Here goes…

1. Cringeworthy Layout

So, of course, this is number one on my list. I love aesthetically pleasing things and if a layout is literally hurting my eyes, I am usually the one to skip. It doesn’t have to be super gorgeous but at least easy on the eyes. Blog design is the first thing someone notices before the content and if that isn’t good enough, people are likely to say goodbye even if the content is good. Of course, there are exceptions if I fall in super love with the content but it’s very rare. I seriously struggled with layout stuff in the beginning and I seriously still cringe when I think about the blog layouts I chose when I was still a newbie. xD

2. No Reviews

Being a book reviewer, I usually follow book blogs. Yup, I think that’s all I follow. xD But I have seen some blogs which are said book blogs but there are literally no reviews, at all. For me, reviews are a must if I want to follow a blog because otherwise what else would be there to fangirl about. There are discussion posts and other awesome tags but if it’s without reviews, then it’s a no for me.

3. No Commenting Back

This is the one I hate the most. I don’t get why somebody won’t reply back, like ever! Commenting is one of the things, that not only I but almost every book blogger loves the most because that’s how basically we all interact with each other. And I have seen a few bloggers who don’t even bother to reply, even on their own blogs. So, you guys can understand what usually happens if this continues…

4. Book Bashing

This is also one of the things I hate the most. I mean of course not everybody is going to like every single book, each of us have a different opinion about a particular book but when somebody instead of stating the issues they have with the book, starts bashing the book and sometimes the author as well, it enrages me. Even if it’s a book you don’t like, it doesn’t mean you can insult the author’s hard work just like that. I usually hit the unfollow button straight away if I find a review on a blog that I am already subscribed to.

5. Posting only book blitz/cover reveals/tags

This is kind of simply too repetitive as there’s no other creative content than the said things. I also occasionally participate in book blitz and cover reveals but if a blog has only that, then it’s just not interesting enough. I love and enjoy reading tags but if a blog only has tags, it is bound to get repetitive one day or the other.


So guys, what are the things that make you tick off a blog from your list? Do we have any in common?

Daydreaming Discussions: Bookish Pet Peeves! || The Bookish Aspect

daydreaming discussions

Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today I wanted to talk about-

In June’s Daydreaming Discussions, I discussed the physical aspects of my bookish pet peeves. So, today I wanted to discuss the bookish aspects, aka the things in the story that can quickly turn me off which also causes me to lose interest in a particular story. So, here’s my list!

1. Trigger Warning

This is of utmost importance. This helps the people who are sensitive to particular subjects an option if they want to read that content or not. I have read quite a few books which dealt with sensitive topics yet there were no warnings before hand and that is not acceptable. Some didn’t affect me and some did and the results were not pleasant. So, I hope that from now on books which deal with such topics should definitely contain a trigger warning.

2. More girl love

#loveyousuperwoman

There are not enough strong and positive female friendships, especially in YA. One of the most common patterns of girl on girl hate is because they have feelings for the same boy and they are ready to go to the utmost limit to get what they what. How about some dignity? *sighs* Anyway, this is something I really hate and it’s pretty much common in every book. Another one is the Queen bee who manipulates other girls according to her own needs. I am seriously sick of this trope. Of course, there are books which have beautiful female friendships but we need more! I need more books where girls are there for each other and who would better understand them than other girls. Instead of using that for negative advantage, this trope should be used in a positive way. I think not only me, but most of us would appreciate it.

3. Love triangles

#notanotherlovetriangle

If you have been following my blog for some time now, you will know how much I despise love triangles. I haaaate it. Usually, I tend to avoid books with love triangles but I can’t rule out all of them. I hate when a person can’t decide who they really love and string along both of them sometimes. I don’t enjoy this particular indecisiveness.

4. Platonic Relationships

A boy and a girl can be friends without falling in love. This is seriously so rare. Most of the time there are multiple boys falling for the same girl because she is just extraordinary, gorgeous, beautiful and blah blah blah. How about some realism? This doesn’t happen in real life at all !! I really, really hate this trope. Why can’t they show a beautiful friendship between a boy and girl without any romantic relationship? And even if there is a friendship like that, most of the time the male character is gay. Is it so hard to be friends with the opposite sex with being straight? I simply don’t get it.

5. Immature/Absent Parents

Why? Oh, why? This is also something, especially common in YA. Most of the times either the parents are dead or they are immature like a 1-year-old. Seriously? I don’t understand how parents can be represented in a negative light all the time. Okay, I understand there are some people who don’t understand their own child but not every freaking one is like that. There is rarely any book where I find a healthy parent-child relationship, though lately I have read a few which had some decent parent-child relationship but we need more!! Anyway, a parent is one of the root cause how a child grows up, they are the building blocks. They help us understand a lot of things and guide us into a whole new world. The parents in the books are either too selfish or too strict to care about their child’s need. But they are an essentially important part in every child’s life and I can’t understand how this crucial aspect can simply be ignored just like that.

6. Killing off the main character

Ugh! The worst! Authors love killing off their darlings but when they kill off the main character, it is simply too much for me. It leaves a sour taste in the mouth and I would never ever pick that series up again. I got spoiled for two series in which the main character is killed off in the end. Whereas I didn’t pick up the one series but I already started the other one but now I am reluctant to continue it.

7. More focus on physical aspect

I do not appreciate when a character falls in love with the other just because he/she is freaking gorgeous. I read quite a few books and that is quite disturbing. What about how he/she actually is as a person? I am someone who suffers from body image issues and when I read this stuff, it makes my self-confidence lower. I particularly remember a book where the girl continued to think how hot the guy was throughout the book and I just wanted to throw away my e-reader. Seriously? It’s not only cliched but not body positive either.

8. Pacing

I am going to end this on a lighter note. XD But pacing is one of the most vital factors which affects my reading in a major way. If the pacing is slow I lose interest quite fast, even if there is something awesome later on but my attention is already wavering, it’ll also end up affecting my rating for that book.


So what do you guys think? Do you agree with any of these? Have you felt the same problem as me?

Daydreaming Discussions: Bookish Pet Peeves! || The Physical Aspect

daydreaming discussions

Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today I wanted to talk about-

So, today I wanted to talk about my top 10 bookish pet peeves considering only the physical aspects. The bookish part will be for some other day. So without ado, let’s jump onto the list!

1. Cover or height change in mid-series

Ugh! These are the worst! The very worst. And yes, my TMI set does not match. 😦 I hate it so freaking much when a cover design or the height doesn’t match the rest of the series. I remember when I was talking about this aspect with some of my (non-bookish) friends, they were like, what’s the big deal and I was left gaping! I mean… you guys get it. When my bookish package arrives, and I savagely tear open my packet, wait no, I don’t do that with my babies. I sit down patiently with a pair of scissors and cut it carefully so that my precious is not hurt at all.

But the moment I see the height or the cover is different, my heart breaks. It’s literally an assault on my heart. Why do these publishers and designers not get that? Why? So now, when I buy books I actually even check the size of the covers before proceeding to checkout. Oh, the things we do for books.

2. Stickers on book covers

Oh, this sucks on a massive scale. They are just a hindrance to the beautiful book cover and the ones that are actually embedded on the cover and can’t be taken off are the worst. Whether they are some kind of movie promotion or denoting the number of books in the series, it’s just unacceptable.

Yes, I know it is the freaking second book. You could’ve just written book 2 under the title or just the number 2 on the spine. But no oh, you had to ruin the cover. Sighs.

3. Broken spines

I once accidentally broke the spine of my Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix book, it is the thickest book in the series but I should have been more careful, I still have nightmares.

Every time I look at my shelf….

4. Movie covers on books

This is another horrific aspect. If I haven’t yet bought a book that I want to read and the movie is announced, I usually grab the earliest opportunity to buy the book before it becomes the latest victim of the movie cover massacre like these were.

  

5. Zoomed on faces

I usually hate faces on book covers, whether it’s an actor/actress or any model’s. And the zoomed in ones are so freaking bad. Just like these…

  

Although I loved the movie cover edition of Before I Fall. It was way better than this one.

6. Ugly Book Covers

The earlier stated factor usually result in this mess. But sometimes there are ones that don’t make a single ounce of sense and it ultimately doesn’t match with the story’s overall motif which is clearly visible in the above three book covers. I mean, what am I supposed to so with these zoomed on faces?

7. Books without a blurb on the back cover

Why? Oh, why do you have a problem just printing a two-three line synopsis on the back cover? I am one of those people who always read the synopsis before starting the book. Now, I am all set to go and boom, there’s no info on the back and instead, it is filled with praises and stuff. And, I have to go to Goodreads all over again just to check the blurb.

And apparently, this doesn’t even have an actual back thingy…

8. The statement “Perfect for the fans of…”

I hate this. Seriously. Each book is unique in their own way and when this statement is there, the whole point of the uniqueness is kind of blatantly disregarded. I don’t know what kind of marketing strategy is that but that usually repels me from a book rather than making it more intriguing and attractive.

9. Dog-eared pages

Horrifying. Just horrifying. The people who do these are monsters. Some may be adorable little monsters but they are still the monsters.

10. Scribbling on the pages

I like my books shiny and clean. I even hate a tiny scratch on a page and it really irks me even I accidentally do that, which maybe has happened for 0.01% of the time. Oh, this applies when eating or drinking. I have to be super duper careful to avoid any kind of stain on the precious pages otherwise I’m a goner…


So, guys what are your bookish pet peeves? Be sure to let me know!