Book Discussion: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare.

After reading this book, I can safely say that I am terrified of what’s coming for the characters in this series. Seriously, what was that ending? I am so happy that I don’t have to wait for the next book to release and that I am marathoning the whole series. I can’t even imagine waiting one day to read the next book after that sort of cliffhanger. I want to know what happens next! And I will! But first let’s talk about this book.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.

This one started kind of like City of Bones in the sense that we explore the characters more in the first half of the book. It was a little slow but I didn’t mind that at all. As I said, I love each and everyone of these characters and I love reading about them even when they are not in action. But Jace frustrated me a lot in this book. Yes, I get that he was being attacked and manipulated but that doesn’t make up for the frustration I felt because of the way they handled things. Jace could have handled things a lot better without being the angsty, moody teenager. But then, I can’t blame him for his age.

In the discussion of City of Glass, I predicted who the villain is going to be of the last three books. And I was totally right! I have said before that you can never guess what Cassandra Clare’s twists are going to be. But in this book, I could guess what was coming. Even though I couldn’t guess the part about Lilith, I could guess where the story was going to. And I didn’t like that. I like the frailty and unexpectedness of everything in this series, and I didn’t get that in this book. I think that’s the only negative thing I could say about this book.

We did see a little of Magnus and Alec in this book. But I will keep writing that I want more of them in the hope that in the next book I will actually get to read more. So, fingers crossed! We also saw the beginning of Sizzy in this book. And I think I quite like it. I am looking forward to more. Jace and Clary’s relationship frustrated me to no end in this part and so I automatically focused on the other relationships in this novel. We were supposed to see Jocelyn and Luke’s wedding in this book, but it didn’t happen. So I am guessing that we will get to see that in City of Lost Souls.

That’s all I have to say about this one. I am terrified of what’s going to happen next. So, I am going to start the next book right now! Thank you so much for reading this! Please comment and tell me if I will ever be able to see more of Magnus and Alec. I am still hoping I will. Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 3.5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

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Book Discussion: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare.

After finishing this book, I can safely say that Cassandra Clare has become one of my favourite writers ever. She never disappoints. This was the best book yet that I’ve read in this series. Clockwork Princess, of course, is my favourite book of hers. But this occupies a close second place. I absolutely loved this book. This was the most gripping book yet and I finished it in just two days. Since it’s more than 500 pages, I would say it speaks a lot of the addictive quality of these books.

Goodreads Synopsis:

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

First of all, I found it quite strange how all the arcs came together in this book and everything was resolved. Actually, I found it a little confusing. What about the other three books in this series? Who will be the villain in them? I hope its not someone whose body could not be found, if you know what I mean. I haven’t yet read the synopsis of City of Fallen Angels so that I can write this discussion without any notion of what’s going to come next. But this one felt so much like a finale that I was often weirded out. With each and every book, Cassandra Clare is increasing the epicness of her books. I can’t help but wonder what epic battles she has in store for me in the next book. Or maybe it will just be a simple battle like that in City of Bones. Either way, I won’t mind.

The characters have become such an integral part of me now that I am pretty sure I will read a whole book where they just interact with each other. Which means that I am probably going to read lots of fanfictions about them after I end all these books. Yes, I am one of those weird fans and I am not ashamed. You can’t judge me! Anyway, I have fallen in love with each and everyone of them. So, I must say that I loved Max so much. I would have loved to read about him a little more. I was so impressed with everyone in this book. I feel like I would love to see more of Isabelle. And Alec and Magnus. Together. I would love to see all these characters just relaxing and bantering. But that’s probably not going to happen. Well, a girl can hope!

The thing that I wanted to talk about most is Valentine. I didn’t really hate him. I couldn’t! He was so sure that what he did was right. I don’t know how to hate someone like that. Even though he was an amazing villain. Till the last moment, he was incredibly interesting and I was eager to know what his actions are going to be next. And I must say, that ending was totally unexpected. I never actually expected Raziel to come. I thought there was going to be a different sort of ending. I loved that big epilogue that we got and even though the peace is bound to be short-lived, it felt good to enjoy it for a few pages.

So, that’s all I have to say about this book. Thank you so much for reading it! Please comment how much you liked this book if at all! I would love to talk about it with someone. Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 4.75/5.

My Goodreads rating- 5/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare.

The only reaction I could muster after reading this book is why? There are so many questions that can be asked with that word. But the questions I want to ask are not the ones concerning important events that might take place in the Shadowhunter world. But the questions mostly revolve around why Cassandra Clare is making her readers suffer like this with anger and frustration. But then again, I can’t say that I mind.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

I don’t even know where to start. So many things happen in this book! Okay I want to start with something I said in my previous post. I said that Jace shines in City of Bones and it feels like everyone is revolving around him. Characters like Alec and Izzie feel minor. I am taking my statement back. I feel like this book managed to make all the other characters important enough that they all shine. They get their own parts in the book and it feels like all of them are the heroes of their own stories. And I rooted for each and everyone of them.

Something major happens in Simon’s life in this book. I was already expecting that because I was spoiled by the trailer to the show. Yes, the trailer. For those of you who have read the book, you know what I am talking about! And I loved Simon in this book even though sometimes he really annoyed me. I feel like he grew a lot in this book as a person. I love how Jace and Simon finally made their peace. What Jace did for him, it was amazing! Let’s talk about Magnus and Alec too for a sec, shall we? I totally ship them together. I loved how they took care of each other when needed and even though it wasn’t addressed that much in the book, I totally root for them. I look forward to reading more about them in the future. Jace and Clary were stuck in a totally awkward position throughout the book and I felt nothing for them except frustration.

I haven’t talked about Valentine at all. So, I think that I don’t really hate Valentine. Yet. He did so many horrible things to these characters that he almost feels invincible. When I read the scenes on the ship towards the end of this book, I totally thought that this is the end and everyone is going to die. Of course I knew that they won’t, but I feared for them anyway. He has such an interesting personality that I love reading about him. I love it when other characters like Luke and Maryse talk about him because it helps me piece together his personality. I am yet to find any weakness in him and that is terrifying as well as so interesting! I always feel like I am waiting for what he is going to do next, in a good way.

So, that’s all my feelings about this book. Of course, this book too has lots of humourous dialogues and witty and sarcastic comebacks. This keeps these books interesting even when nothing important is really happening. And I love that! Also, WHAT IS THE ENDING? I am going to start the next book right now! That’s all for today! Thank you so much for reading this. Please comment your feelings about this book! Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 4/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

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.

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.