Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Blogging Again and Reading Slumps...


Hello Everyone! Hope everyone is doing great, it's been a while. I thought I would make a comeback post and explain why I was on a blogging hiatus.

I wasn't blogging because of a couple of reasons the main one being I was in a reading slump and didn't have anything to talk much about books. I was watching a lot of tv shows, studying for my finals, discovered a new Kpop group BTS and love their music and them but there was no reading involved. 
I am now reading everyday and finally think I am out of the slump so I felt like blogging again hence I am back! Since I'm out of the slump now, I thought I would share some tips to get out of the reading slump which helped me. 
*Note: These are not guaranteed tips or anything so I am not sure these will work for everyone but these things did help me so give it a try. 

1. Talk with the fellow readers. If you have a book club or book best friends online or in real life, I suggest you keep in touch with them and talk about what they are reading. You may end up discovering a story you have to absolutely read. If not immediately, you can add it to your TBR and someday you will feel like picking it up. I actually ended up reading Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken immediately because my friend loved it.

2. Stay on social media if you like a particular site or something. I didn't post a lot or spoke about books but I love Instagram and Twitter so I stayed in touch with the bookish people. Besides it being fun, I got inspired to pick up a book once and got hella inspired to study because I follow some studygram accounts.

3. REREADING! This helped me majorly. There are quite a lot of books I always want to reread but never have enough time. So whenever the mood struck me to reread, I did. I didn't read books properly at first but just went through them and then I actually ended up rereading few books from my favourite series called Psy-Changeling by Nalini Singh.

4. I haven't tried this but I will if I go into a reading slump next time, watching stuff. Either a book to movie/TV show adaptations or videos by booktubers. This might help to get into reading.

So these are my tips. If you have some of your own tips or if you have already tried this let me know! I would also like to know if any of these are new to you and plan on trying them. Thank you for reading this post!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

CAN'T WAIT WEDNESDAY / WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #47 | INFRACTION (PLAYERS GAME, #2) BY RACHEL VAN DYKEN


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books that we are excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they are books that are yet to be released as well. It's based on "Waiting On" Wednesday hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

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Title: INFRACTION (PLAYERS GAME, #2)
(Click on the title to know more about it on Goodreads.)
 Author:  Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: New Adult, Sports, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:  January 9th, 2018

Goodreads Summary:

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken proves that everyone scores to win. But off the field, a fumble can change the entire game.

Pro footballer Miller Quinton would do anything for his best friend and teammate—including “fake dating” his friend’s sister. What no one knows is that seven months ago in Vegas, Miller and Kinsey did a whole lot more than just kiss. Miller knows that this cheerleader is off-limits to him and any guy on the team. Still, he can’t stop himself.

Kinsey’s whole world is on the verge of crumbling. Her dad has cancer. Her overprotective brother is falling apart. Dating Miller may be a fake-out, but he’s the one guy who can make her forget about everything—including all the reasons she stayed away from football players. With each heated moment, Miller feels more like a safe place…even though he’s not safe at all.

Now temptation is testing every rule in the game of love. But how long can they go on playing when winning is a harder goal than either of them imagined?


I'm waiting because...

I hadn't read any book by this author before reading the first book in the series and I was very doubtful of it by reading the synopsis. My friend seemed to LOVE it and I went for it and boy was it a sweet sweet surprise?! I LOVED the first book! It was one of my top favourite reads this year so I can't wait for Miller's book because he so deserves one hell of a story and so does Kinsey!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

TOP TEN TUESDAY | TOP TEN FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2017


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017(in no particular order)!!


1. SILVER SILENCE BY NALINI SINGH:

I keep mentioning that Psy-Changeling is my favourite series, I love every book in this series, so this book is definitely top ten! I heart bears!! I can't even begin to describe how much I admire Nalini Singh for work because she always blows my mind!

2. ADDICTED SERIES BY KRISTA AND BECCA RITCHIE:

I try to read one big series every year and this year I decided to read Addicted series because it was on my tbr since 2013. This series HUGE but I loved it just as much if not more. There aren't enough to express my love for this series.

3. CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE BY JILL SHALVIS:

Jill Shalvis is one of my top favourite authors and any book by her is just a promise for a good time and it delivers that and more. Its a guarantee that you fall for all her characters! I LOVED Spencer and Colbie!

4. DEVIL IN SPRING BY LISA KLEYPAS:

When it comes to historical books, Lisa Kleypas is a genius, isn't she? You have got to read this book to enjoy a good romance and a historical book, sure but also to read about the struggles women had to go through in the olden times to come on top and they did!

5. THE THING ABOUT LOVE BY JULIE JAMES:

I am always waiting for her books. Whenever I get to read her books, it feels like a special treat. They are filled with all kinds of awesomeness! And this book was no exception.

6. WHEN IT'S REAL BY ERIN WATT:

This year I have been only talking about When its' Real in the YA genre because it is one of my top favourite reads in YA. I didn't think I would love it as much as I did from the synopsis but once you start reading it, you get immersed into it from chapter 1 itself! I LOVED the characters, the plot, the ending and the writing, everything!

7. FRATERNIZE BY RACHAEL VAN DYKEN:

From the synopsis and the cover I was like, this book is not for me, but my friend kept praising it and I had to read and I SO sweetly surprised!! I LOVED LOVED everything about this book! Everything!

8. AERIAL ETHEREAL SERIES BY KRISTA AND BECCA RITCHIE:

Umm have you heard of any book set in Las Vegas about the members in circus? No? I hadn't either and I didn't know it would be this FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!! I seriously recommend this book to everyone! Everyone has to know about this unique plot!

9. CHERISH HARD BY NALINI SINGH:

I can't even describe how much I fell for the Bishop boys in Rock Hard and then reading this was like the best Christmas present. This book is made using all the amazing writing ingredients!

10. EVERNIGHT BY KRISTEN CALLIHAN:

Another series I started and completed this year is Darkest London. Its a historical and paranormal romance. I could from fom the genres only that this series was going to be a success for me and boy was it a whopping success?! I loved the series but this book is definitely my top favourite!

So there you go. These are my top ten. What are yours?


Friday, 8 December 2017

FRIDAY READS #9 | ROCK HARD (ROCK KISS, #2) BY NALINI SINGH



Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share the first sentence (or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.
This week’s book: 

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In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past… 

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

BOOK BEGINNINGS:

Charlotte closed the final updated folder with a smile. Pushing back from her desk after shutting down her computer, she stretched to loosen up the kinks, then decided to visit the restroom before heading out to catch the 6:15 bus home. It was a good bet it’d be blissfully empty this late on a Saturday since most people were coming into the city while she was heading in the opposite direction. 


FRIDAY 56:

“I can’t work late on the fourteenth.”
Gabriel raised an eyebrow. “Ervin?”
“Ernest. And yes.” When he snorted, she’d had it. Slamming down her tub of ice cream, she glared at him. “He’s a very good friend, and since you know nothing about him, I’d appreciate it if you kept your opinions to yourself!”
Gabriel’s eyes—that steely gray that could almost be silver when he laughed—glinted. “You’re dating him and you still call him a friend?”
So maybe it was a teensy bit her fault he thought she was still dating Ernest.


MY THOUGHTS:

I reread this book this year and I loved it! The characters, the story, the writing everything gets an A+! You can find my review of this book here.


Which book features in your Friday Reads below? Comment the links below, I would love to visit your blog!


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

TOP TEN TUESDAY #22 | TOP BOOKISH SETTING I WOULD LOVE TO VISIT


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is Top Ten Bookish settings I would love to visit:


1. PSY-CHANGELING SERIES BY NALINI SINGH:

I have to choose this first because the setting in this series is worldwide, the main events don't take place in one area but I would love to visit DarkRiver and SnowDancer territories now even StoneWater's territory!

2. LUCKY HARBOR SERIES BY JILL SHALVIS:

I started loving small town romances and asult contemporaries because of this series. Lucky Harbor is an ideal town for me and I would LOVE to visit it.

3. NARNIA BY C.S. LEWIS:

I mean who doesn't want to go to Narnia?!

4. HEARTBREAKER BAY BY JILL SHALVIS:

After Lucky Harbor this setting Jill Shalvis in San Francisco is becoming my fast favourite. Would love to visit O'Reily's pub and meet this amazing group of people!

5. HARRY POTTER BY J.K. ROWLING:

WHERE IS MY LETTER FROM HOGWARTS?

6. HEATHER WELLS MYSTERIES BY MEG CABOT:

I actually want to visit New York but this series makes me want to visit it now!!!

7. FBI/US ATTORNEY SERIES BY JULIE JAMES:

After New York its Chicago stop for me! Ugh I heart this series so much! I want to see this city because of this series so bad!!

8. AERIAL ETHEREAL SERIES BY KRISTA AND BECCA RITCHIE:

I had kind of a different image of Las Vegas but these books have shown me different side of Las Vegas, so I want to visit Las Vegas and meet the Katovas!

9. CHERISH HARD BY NALINI SINGH:

Oh after reading this and hearing about New Zealand from the author so much, I seriously want to visit this heartstopping beautiful place.

10. THE RAVENELS BY LISA KLEYPAS:

Can I go back in time and visit the historical world to meet the Ravenels?

So there you go. These are my top ten. What are yours?


Sunday, 3 December 2017

BOOK REVIEW | CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE (HEARTBREAKER BAY, #4) BY JILL SHALVIS

Goodreads Summary: 

Meet cute...

Run for the hills—temporarily. That's Colbie Albright's plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie's so over it that she's under it. She's also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she's pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won't be a stranger for long.

Make merry...

Spence's commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn't have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot chemistry—he's got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she's gorgeous and a great listener just because she gets Spence immediately doesn't mean he won't be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock's ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.



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My Rating - 5 stars!


My Review:

I first read Jill Shalvis' books back in 2013, it was Lucky Harbor series and I have been a fan of her stories since then. Her books are my happy place so I am always waiting for them. I was especially waiting for Spence because he so deserved a book.

We meet Spencer in the previous books and he is this hot genius who hasn't found any luck in the relationship department. We meet Colbie in this book as she is trying to escape her reality to find some inspiration to write her stories. She ends up in San Francisco. As she is trying to leave New York in the packed flight schedule, that's during Christmas time, so she goes where the destiny takes her. The destiny wants her near the fountain where Pru's, Willa's and Elle's wishes came true(hehe). 

Spencer always has been alone then he meets this group of people, cue in Finn, Pru, Willa, Elle, Archer, Joe and everyone, who have become his family and he works with his best friend Caleb. So Spencer is all about settling down and making a home as he finally has a family.

Colbie has always worked very hard to take care of her family like an adult. Looked after her mother and her brothers after her father left. But thankfully her book series Storm Fever takes off. But there's a problem, the chaos of her family and the pressure of the desires of her management for the series, she has a writer's block. She is looking for some scenery change and some inspiration thus ends up in San Francisco and meets Spencer and his group of friends.

Colbie's stay is temporary but Spencer and Colbie can't seem to keep their feelings at bay. Even though I am not a believer of coincidences, this story made me believe in them and thoroughly enjoyed these events taking place because of some coincidences. They were all very believable and relatable too. That's the beauty of the writing I feel. Because not only I LOVED Spencer and Colbie as characters, I LOVED their story as well!

All the side characters deserve a special mention because they were all so lovely! Elle and everyone else is worried about Spence and they look after him. I loved seeing them, they are all my favourites, Finn and Pru, Willa and Keane, Elle and Archer, Joe and even his best friend Caleb. And Eddie! His relation with the group brought his character in full circle! I so can't wait for Joe and Kylie! 



 Some of my favourite quotes

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“Close out the world,” he said in her ear.
“Close out everything but this.” 

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“Colbie looked at Spence. “Are you sure you’re not in a relationship with Elle?”
“No, I’m in a relationship with bad judgment.” 

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“You’re taking a stray cat but leaving behind your man?”
Colbie’s heart twisted. Her man… “He doesn’t fit into the cat carrier.” 

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“Look at you… You’re perfect."
"Not… perfect."
"Perfect to me…” 

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

STACKING THE SHELVES #11



Stacking The Shelves is hosted by  Tynga's Reviews and it's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Hello Everyone!

Since I am lagging behind in my Goodreads goal, I thought I would add some novellas this week to catch up with the goal. So here's my haul of some novellas and novels.

(Click on the links to go to the Goodreads pages of the mentioned books)


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I love this series so I can't wait for this one! I love reading historical this time of the year.


                       
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I loved the synopsis of this and like I said I need them novella haha


          
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I like A.L. Jackson so I thought I'll start reading this series with this novella!


                       
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I just wanted to read some Christmas-y books this season haha. Love the description!

          
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I love this author and it's a Christmas book! An easy addition to my haul!

          
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I LOVE this author since I read Archer's Voice. This book sounds nice and look at that pretty cover!!

These are the new addition to my shelf. I would love to know about yours so comment your post links down below!