Book Discussion: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”

This quote affected me more that I would like to admit. And in a way, it perfectly describes this book. Because in this book, love is the element that drives everyone to react the way they did. I wouldn’t say that I loved this book. But I did like it a lot, and I would gladly continue with this series.

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

The thing I found most unique to this book is its emphasis on the characters. I felt that the story focused more on the characters than anything else. And that’s a definite positive for me. I like that we couldn’t understand any of the characters totally and can’t guess how they are going to react. At least, I couldn’t guess anyone’s reactions to a particular incident. Another thought that I had while reading this book is that Jace is the character that shines through the most. Even though the story is mostly told about Clary’s experiences, Jace is more interesting to me. His sarcastic nature is obviously something I love. The continuous banter better the characters made me laugh out loud so many times. Let me tell you my favourite ones.

“It means ‘Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234’.”

or

“Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?”
“If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”

and even

“It’s so dark,” she said lamely.
“You want me to hold your hand?”
Clary put both her hands behind her back like a small child.
“Don’t talk down to me.”
“Well, I could hardly talk up to you. You’re too short.”

There are so many of these situations. Humour and wit is something I love in books and so it’s no wonder that I liked this one. As I was saying, I felt that Jace took the center stage while all the characters moved around him. I would love to know all the characters in this book and I am pretty sure that I am going to start the second one as soon as I finish writing this.

Also, I was spoiled for this book by lots of people. I know that the thing about Clary and Jace is going to happen and I also know that its not really true. I am interested in how the story is going to play out to reveal that Valentine lied. Or whatever misunderstanding there is that needs to be cleared. I really like the world building in this book even though I have already read The Infernal Devices series and already know about this world. I am not going into particular incidents of this book. I just wanted to share what I felt about this book.

So, that’s all my feelings about City of Bones. Tell me how much you liked this book and also what is your favourite book in this series. Thank you so much for reading this! Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 3.75/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

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Book Discussion: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.

This book is one of the best finales to a series that I’ve ever read. I have never expected this one to trigger so many emotions as it did. Usually, I am very emotionally detached from the characters in a fantasy series. Except series like Hunger Games and Lunar Chronicles where you can’t not be emotionally attached. This series have joined them in my heart. I’m pretty sure that I will remember this for a long time.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

This story broke my heart and shattered it into a million pieces. I thought that the last one was heartbreaking. I didn’t even guess what was coming and I couldn’t imagine what it would do to my heart. When the book ended, I didn’t know whether I was happy or sad. Is it possible to be extremely happy and yet extremely sad at the same time? If it is, then that was what I felt. There are going to be SPOILERS AHEAD.

The book starts with Tessa engaged to be married to Jem. And we soon find out that the Magister has bought all the drugs that Jem need to survive and asked for Tessa in exchange of medicine. I will be honest, I thought Tessa would go off to the Magister on her own and demand for the drugs. But I am so glad that she didn’t. But then he succeeds in kidnapping Tessa through Mrs. Dark. And finally, all the secrets about Tessa’s past are revealed. When he revealed why he wanted to marry Tessa, I immediately knew that couldn’t be it. Something greater was about to come and sure it did. But I underestimated the severity of the situation. And then there was the Consul. He was so damn frustrating throughout the whole book! I don’t think that even the Magister frustrated me as much as the Consul. I didn’t want him to die as he did though. I wanted him to see how everyone goes against him and supports Charlotte. But that didn’t happen. The whole action part of the book was amazing! It was written and described so well that it almost felt like a movie. I don’t think I have mentioned this before but I just love Cassandra Clare’s writing. I can see why she has so many dedicated fans. And the end of the fight, the way Magister died, I couldn’t have imagined it in my wildest dreams! I loved it.

Now, let me speak about the heartbreaks. How did Cassandra Clare manage to write such a wonderful ending? I loved Will and Jem with all my heart. But maybe I loved Will a little bit more. And when I read about his death, I bawled like a baby. But that doesn’t mean I begrudged Tessa for wanting to be with Jem! I loved the ending. I always hate the characters who are left behind as the third wheel and their story is never completed. But this story did come a full circle. Cassandra Clare gave me everything I wanted and also things I didn’t know I wanted. It’s amazing how she wrapped up the story. I laughed and cried at the same time all through the ending. There was great satisfaction in my heart when I finally put down the book.

So, that’s all my thoughts on this series. I will probably start the Mortal Instruments soon and I go in with high expectations. I loved this series so much and it will remain as my favourite series forever. What did you think about this book? Please tell me in the comments! Thank you so much for reading this! Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 5/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

R. J. Palacio’s “Wonder” is one of those rare books that sensitively discusses childhood insecurities without any cynicism or dampening the mood of the reader. “Wonder” is a witty, intelligent book that reinforced my trust in goodness in people and the little joys of life.

August Pullman is a smart and a funny ten year old who won me over through the course of his journey of complicated friendships, family, personal insecurities and his eventual triumph over his fears.

Although Auggie holds his head high in most parts of the story, I’m not sure if I can say the same about myself. My emotions oscillated between sadness and profound joy and also terrible anger at what adults and sometimes other kids inflicted upon Auggie. It is unsurprising to see how adults who are caught up in their own narrow world often pass on their narrow mindedness to their children and thus create a vicious cycle of meanness that is so cruel to people who are slightly different than what we perceive as “normal” .

“Wonder” is primarily narrated from Auggie’s perspective but it also has six other voices to compliment to it for the readers to understand Auggie’s life a little better. In an usual scenario, six voices would have been one too many for the narration of a middle grade book but in “Wonder”, I immensely enjoyed the six different voices that gave me a view into  their lives and their ways of thinking. RJ Palacio with her multiple narrations probably wanted to put forth just one simple thought – never judge a person without knowing their side of the story. The clarity with which all the voices have been handled is indeed commendable.

A book like “Wonder” is only too rare to stumble upon and I’m pretty sure I’m going to force this book into people’s faces so that their life changes for the better. Not even a single sentence is dull and every page is power packed with gripping emotions. We are used to gore and cruelty but oh, how refreshing it was to be surprised with kindness. RJ Palacio’s target audience for this book are mainly young adults. But I’d urge every adult to read this book because all of us need to revisit the innate ability of compassion, empathy and love that all is are blessed with. In August Pullman’s words, “be kinder than is necessary. Because it is not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed”. Grab a copy  and restore your faith in humanity!

Fin!

-Sayari.

BOOK TRAVELLING THURSDAY #16:CHOOSE A BOOK THAT MADE YOU UGLY CRY.

It’s time for Book Traveling Thursdays! This meme is created by the wonderful bloggers from Danielle’s Book Blog and The Girl Who Read Too Much. If you want to participate in this meme, you just have to go to the Goodreads group where the weekly themes will be announced at the beginning of each month. I will link the group here. After that, you have to just select a book according to the theme and explain why you chose this book in a blog post. In that post, you also have to choose different covers of the book you select. To be more specific, you have to post the original cover, the covers from you country, your favourite cover, and lastly, your least favourite cover. So, here goes!

This week’s theme is to choose a book that made me cry. Well there’s a big list to choose from. I will go with the first name that came to my mind and it is To Kill a mocking bird by Harper Lee. It is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. Every time I reread this book, I discover something new about it. By now I’ve memorized almost every scene and I still can’t shake off the feeling that I still have to learn a lot from it. To Kill A Mockingbird is one of those rare books that doesn’t give in to the belief that “deep down, everybody’s actually good.”  There is sadness and happiness, racism and equality, immaturity and maturity, injustice and redemption. Scout was adorable. She and Jem gave me sibling goals. And what can I say about Atticus (please adopt me please)? I feel that this is one of the most brilliant books ever written in the history of English Literature.

Original cover and also my most favorite cover:

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I really really really like this cover. The first edition came out in 1962. This is my most favorite cover, as well.

Cover from my country(India):

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I feel that this cover throws a subtle hint about the dominant theme of racism. Anyway, this cover is indeed an work of art.

Least favorite cover:

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Well, this book is not only about the relationship between Atticus and his children but also it announces the arrival of a new dawn. It is a harbinger of revolution. Don’t restrict this book to just another family drama. This is all I have to say about this cover. These are my personal views. I am really sorry if I offend you in any way.

I hope you like this post. Please feel free to share your views with me in the comments section. Until next time then!

Fin!

Book Discussion: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.

I read the first book in this series last year. I wasn’t in much of a hurry to continue this series after that book. I liked it but I didn’t love it. Since Shadowhunters started, I wanted to continue this series so that I can get to The Mortal Instruments series. So, I picked this book up and I can safely say that I was blown away! I loved it!

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will – the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do? As their dangerous search for the for the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa’s heart is increasingly torn, especially when one of their own betrays them…

I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started this book. I was overwhelmed by my own emotions and I cried so much! A lot of you have already read this book and you know what I am talking about. How can a love triangle be this devastating? I have always mocked them and favoured one person to another. But I can’t decide if I love Jem more or Will! I don’t know how I will react when Tessa ultimately chooses one over the other. The love these three have for each other is infinite and I hate it! I mean I love it but I also hate it because its tearing apart my heart. If you think I am being over-dramatic, trust me, that’s not the case. I was literally face palming since the moment Tessa started engaging with both of them without Jem and Will knowing about the other person’s feelings. Okay, I’m ranting. Let me talk about each person separately.

I like Tessa a lot. Her actions are very understandable and her decisions are reasonable. She cares about everyone in the Institute and her concerns show because she is not always thinking about Jem and Will unlike protagonists of many other books. The thing I like about the characters in this series is that they are multi-faceted. We get to see Jem’s anger too and other parts of his character. But I do think what Will and Tess decide to do at the end will ultimately hurt Jem more when he finds out. And Jem is going to have his heart broken. We also get to see more of Will’s backstory and why he behaves the way he does. I fell in love with Will in this book and I finally understand why everyone who read this series loved him, which I didn’t get when I read Clockwork Angel.

Charlotte and Henry also open their hearts in this book and I loved it. All the characters in this series are so endearing. They care for each other so much and I love it. I can even understand why Jessamine acted that way. I can understand her motivations. I loved Sophie’s plot-line here. In short, I loved each and every thing in this book.

So, that’s all I have to say even though I have a lot of feelings that I can’t express. Apart from being everything I described it to be, its also incredibly gripping. It sucks you in and doesn’t let you go. I don’t think I need to recommend it to anyone as everyone already knows about this. But if you didn’t, please go give it a try. I found it to be amazing! Please comment what you liked most about this book. Thank you so much for reading this! Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 5/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn.

I am a major fan of Gillian Flynn’s work. The first book that I had read by her was Gone Girl and I soon followed up with Sharp Objects and Dark Places. The gory tales of the Midwestern Americans that screw with your senses are immensely enjoyable to me. I adore how twisted her characters are and how pitiful their lives can be. Gillian Flynn has mastered the art of creating characters that you love to hate. So when I heard about this new book (which is actually a short story published in form of a book), I decided to buy a copy instead of reading it online because I’m such a loyal fan and all. I did not have any second thought before ordering it. And when my copy of the book finally arrived, it only took me a few hours to finish reading it.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

Although I enjoyed The Grownup, I wouldn’t consider it one of Flynn’s best works. The story is mildly enjoyable at most. The book consists every Gillian Flynn trademark – a heroine whom you’d rather not know in person, some misplaced characters, a psychological disorder and the kind of dialogue exchange among the characters that’ll make you squirm; but all in all the story fails to deliver its desired effect ie. I personally did not find the story to be dark and twisted enough to be a true Gillian Flynn work. The book falls short in this aspect. I also found the ending problematic because not only was it too hasty, it also failed to leave an impact on me which means I did not think about the characters or what is that they were planning to do once I closed the book. I felt that it’d have been okay if I didn’t bother reading the book in the first place (and I’d never EVER say that about a Gillian Flynn book). In conclusion, I’ll say that read The Grownup only if you are a fan, otherwise give it a miss. You won’t miss out on anything.

Fin!

-Sayari.

Bookish Rant: Problems I Had As A Reader.

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We all know that there are thousands of perks of being a reader. But sometimes there are some problems that come along in my reading life which literally causes me an identity crisis. So many people have influenced me in my reading life. Booktube and blogosphere are two major ones. While I receive infinite recommendations from these things, sometimes I lose my way on what the right thing is. So today, I thought that I will share two of the major problems that I had in my reading life.

New Books

The biggest problems that I had which I’m sure everyone can relate to is the urge to buy new books each and every day. I know that this is perfectly normal. We all want to create our own libraries someday so that we can have an unlimited supply of books. But what is not right is when this need to buy new books becomes an obsessive habit. I went through a phase where I only wanted to buy and read new books. This is something that is not financially possible for me and obviously its not healthy either. I looked down upon used books or library books because I used to think that they are inferior. But now I know better. There are lots of people who have talked about this. And I’ll say it again. The thing that is most important is reading. It does not matter where you’re reading from. Whether you have a torn, battered copy of a book passed down through generations or you have a brand new copy of a certain book, reading is the most important thing. I bought so many used books this year and it doesn’t bother me in the least. They are cheaper and when I do not have enough money to buy the new book, I have no problem in buying an used copy.

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Being a Book Snob

I should mention that I am majoring in English. So, when I first started college, I saw all these people reading classics and literary fiction that have received numerous awards but I’ve never heard of, I was very disappointed in myself. I felt like I have to change my reading tastes immediately and started reading those books only. And that’s not all, I judged people who didn’t read these critically acclaimed books. I basically became a book snob. When I read too many books of one particular genre, a reading slump is guaranteed. So, as expected, I didn’t like the books I was reading after a while, and stopped reading altogether. This lasted for about six months. Eventually, I realized my mistake and started picking up books that actually entertained me. Yes, I still read literary fiction but I read everything else too. So that I take everything in moderation. Being a book snob didn’t help me. Reading only classics or only literary fiction does not make anyone better than those who read only YA or middle school. Again, the only thing important is reading. So, if people criticize your reading choices, don’t pay any heed to them. And don’t be a book snob. Respect the reading choice of other people.

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Your choice is the most important factor that you should consider. If you find something interesting, read that. Even if its got no recognition or prizes. I have many books which I liked but some other people didn’t like. But that doesn’t make that book any less important to me. So, listen to Taylor Swift and shake it off. *inserting obligatory Taylor Swift gif*

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That’s all. I may continue this topic another time another day because I haven’t talked about so many things. But tell me what you think about the things I did talk about. What is a major problem that you’ve faced in your reading life? Tell me in the comments. Also, check out my progress in Around the Year in 52 days Reading Challenge in my post today. Again, thank you so very much for reading this. Until next time then!

Fin!

-Sanchita.

Reading Challenge: Around the year in 52 books.

As some of you may know, I am participating in this reading challenge that is called “Around the year in 52 books”. For this challenge, I have to read 52 books, preferably at least one book a week, around the whole of 2016, while catering to certain themes for each week. If you want to know more about this challenge, I’ll link the Goodreads group here. There you can know a lot more about this.

So, when I started this challenge, I said that I am going to discuss each and every book that I read for it. But soon I realized that it is not possible because sometimes I may read graphic novels or classics, which I really don’t want to write a book discussion for. So, to keep track of the books I read for this challenge, I decided to write this post. I will be updating the books for specific themes as soon as I finish reading a book. It will be very convenient for me to keep track then and for you too, if you want to check my progress.

Here are the themes:

The 2016 List
1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn’t: Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.
2. A book set in a different continent: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North.
3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated): The Sculptor by Scott McCloud.
4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.
5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.
6. The highest rated on your TBR: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.
7. A book about books: The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.
8. A classic book with less than 200 pages: Oroonoko by Aphra Behn.
9. A book that was mentioned in another book: The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.
10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.
11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.
12. A childhood classic: A Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket.
13. Reader’s Choice: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.
14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How) Reader’s Choice: Bird Box by Josh Malerman.
15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago): Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe.
16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.
17. A book with a beautiful cover: All The Rage by Courtney Summers.
18. A book on a summer/beach reading list: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella.
19. A non-fiction book: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan.
20. A book with a first name in the title
21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.
22. The first book in a new to you series: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare.
23. The next book in a series you are reading: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare.
24. A “between the numbers” book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.): Happy Again (This Is What Happy Looks Like #1.5) by Jennifer E. Smith.
25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you: This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (Actor).
26. A book everyone is talking about: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare.
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion): All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir: The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer.
29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name: The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket.
30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own
31. A work of young adult fiction: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West.
32. A historical fiction book: The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber.
33. The 16th book on your TBR
34. A book about mental illness: When We Collided by Emery Lord.
35. An award winning book: City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare.
36. An identity book – a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
37. A book that you’ve seen the movie of but haven’t read: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.
38. A book about an anti hero: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list: Room by Emma Donoghue (Has a child narrator as the main character but is not a children’s book).
40. A novella from your favorite genre: Tales From Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare (Urban Fantasy).
41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction): Atonement by Ian McEwan.
42. A top 100 fantasy novel: The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells.
43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill.
44. A book you’re embarrassed to read in public: One Day by David Nicholls.
45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have: Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour.
46. A crime story: A Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
48. A dystopia: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.
49. A book with a great opening line: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.
50. A book originally written in a language other than English: The Vegetarian by Han Kang.
51. A short story from a well-known author: Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell.
52. A book published in 2016: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken.

Fin!

-Sanchita.

Book Travelling Thursday #15: Choose a book with your bookish boyfriend.

It’s time for Book Traveling Thursdays! This meme is created by the wonderful bloggers from Danielle’s Book Blog and The Girl Who Read Too Much. If you want to participate in this meme, you just have to go to the Goodreads group where the weekly themes will be announced at the beginning of each month. I will link the group here. After that, you have to just select a book according to the theme and explain why you chose this book in a blog post. In that post, you also have to choose different covers of the book you select. To be more specific, you have to post the original cover, the covers from you country, your favourite cover, and lastly, your least favourite cover. So, here goes!

Each book has a special someone. This week’s theme is to choose a book that has my bookish boyfriend. So, here’s the deal! I literally have more bookish boyfriends that I can count. I thought that choosing a book for this theme would be the easiest thing in the world. And then it turns out that most of the books having my bookish boyfriends either have the same cover in every edition or have the crappiest covers ever! Let me give you some examples. Adrian Ivashkov occupies the biggest space in my heart. But all the covers in the Bloodlines series are the worst. Next comes Ian O’Shea of The Host. But all it’s covers are the same. Then there is Noah Shaw of the Mara Dyer trilogy, which again has same covers everywhere. This happened for Baz from Carry On and Levi from Fangirl. So, at last, I decided to use Carswell Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. I decided to use Cress for, well, obvious reasons. Here goes!

Original cover and cover from my country(India):

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All the books in this series have really cool covers. I am totally in love with this cover and would have used it as my favourite cover too. But I forced myself to use something else.

Favourite Cover:

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This Russian cover really brings out the fairy-tale aspect of the story. And it is also really attractive. It was my favourite of the lot along with the original cover.

Least Favourite Cover:

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Does that girl on the cover look like Cress with that confident pose? She doesn’t. And it looks really unattractive even though they’ve got the stars and everything. This Vietnamese cover really doesn’t hit the mark for me.

So, that’s all! I hope you liked this post. Thank you so much for reading it! Please tell me in the comments who’s your book boyfriend. And what did you think of the covers? Until next time then!

Fin!

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Sophie Kinsella book. The last one I read was Finding Audrey and I found it okay. I’ve been craving her writing for a while. If you are not familiar with the author, she literally writes romcoms. So, it’s generally very light and cutesy and fun to read. Her writing makes my heart happy. Recently, there’s an International Book Fair going on in my city. And when I saw Sophie Kinsella books there for very cheap in the used book stalls, I bought two of them. The other one that I bought was Twenties Girl. I think I am going to read it and then write about it soon. This post is not going to be very long so let’s start!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lexi wakes up in a hospital bed after a car accident, thinking it’s 2004 and she’s a twenty-five-year old with crooked teeth and a disastrous love life.But, to her disbelief, she learns it’s actually 2007 – she’s twenty-eight, her teeth are straight, she’s the boss of her department – and she’s married! To a good-looking millionaire! How on earth did she land the dream life??!

She can’t believe her luck – especially when she sees her stunning new home. She’s sure she’ll have a fantastic marriage once she gets to know her husband again. He’s drawn up a ‘manual of our marriage’, which should help.

But as she learns more about her new self, chinks start to appear in the perfect life. All her old colleagues hate her. A rival is after her job. Then a dishevelled, sexy guy turns up… and lands a new bombshell.

What the **** happened to her? Will she ever remember? And what will happen if she does?

As I said, Sophie Kinsella’s books are a lot of fun to read. And this one was no exception. There were so many moments where I literally laughed for like five minutes. The main character, Lexi, is such a fun narrator. She is so naive and awkward that it is fun to look inside her mind. When she first wakes up and learns that it is 2007, there are so many thoughts that she had which are completely hilarious! Thoughts like “Brad and Jennifer broke up! The world is a different place!” or “I have stopped eating chocolate! 2007 is really different!”. And I am just sitting here thinking how weird her priorities are and how amazing that is for me! 😀

Lexi’s husband is another person who cracked me up. For those of you who have already read the book, what did you think about the “Mont Blanc” incident? I found it so gross and hilarious at the same time that I laughed so hard I almost fell off my chair. His “marriage manual” with it’s sections of food and foreplay is totally another matter. I really liked all the characters. They were hilarious and lovable. Even Loser Dave, which is really a person’s name in this book. Her mom got on my nerves though. She may be the only character in this book that I didn’t like.

The only complaint that I may have about this book is that we do not get to see more of Jon. I think I would have liked to get to know him some more. He just came and went for brief periods and as a result, I found the ending to be a little bit abrupt. But that’s okay. I liked Jon as a whole and it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the book.

So, that’s all I have to say about this book. I would recommend this to everyone who loves romcoms or chick lit for that matter. If you want to read a lighthearted, enjoyable romance, then read any of Sophie Kinsella’s book because she is awesome. Her books are bound to make you feel happy. Have you read this book? Please comment if you liked it. Thank you so much for reading this. Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 3.75/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.