Wildflowers – A Blurb||thebookofjess

Wildflowers – A Blurb||thebookofjess

|Wildflowers|

𝙸𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚎𝚗𝚍, 𝚠𝚎’𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚏𝚕𝚘𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚜, 𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚗’𝚝 𝚠𝚎?” 

Growing in a field beyond our control. We sway to the way of the wind. Different and beautiful, we’re wild and free. 

We wish on the stars, if in vain, we don’t care. For the stars are companions who have always been there.

We cry over the ones we’ve lost and smile when a new flower is born. We’re aware of the tricks of life, yet it makes us weep. 

We’re all a little lost in our ways and awed at the world before us. Trying to find our way beyond the field where we grew. 

We learn the weight of words, said and unsaid. Sometimes we wish we took that road and sometimes repent.

We celebrate when our dreams come true and flinch when a nightmare does the same.

We remain wildflowers throughtout our life. Albeit a little bruised, hurt and tainted, we never lose the light inside.

Sometimes we meet other wildflowers and pray that if any harm were to befall, it wouldn’t be upon them.

Looking for a place to breathe, looking for someone to love, looking for happiness.

Hoping we wouldn’t have to say goodbye again. We wait for the inevitable day we’ll be picked and pray it’ll be gentle.

We’re none the same.

In the end, we’re all wildflowers, aren’t we?

– Jess Pandey


Hi everyone! It’s been a while…again! But now I am back for good. And I’m really excited to be posting again. I hope you enjoyed reading this. Any feedback (positive or negative) is appreciated!

Until next time.

Jess. xx


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Birthday Book Tag – 17th birthday!

Birthday Book Tag – 17th birthday!

I am back! After months of absence, I am back. And yesterday, the 7th of May 2021, was my 17th birthday. It’s become a sort of tradition for me to do this Book Tag, so I decided this would make a splendid “I’m back” post! I didn’t want to make a whole post about what’s been going on and how I’ll be regularly posting now. Things have been weird the past couple of months, juggling school and finals and life in the pandemic. The point is I’m back, and I’ll be posting consistently. Let’s start the questions for this tag!

Count your birth date along your bookshelf and then subtract your birth month. What book does it land on?

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. This is one of my all-time favorites! Also, whilst counting I noticed I’ve dropped a couple of books behind the shelf. I promise I’ll pick them up after writing!

Which character would you like to spend your birthday with?

I would spend it with Jude from The Cruel Prince. I am currently reading it, and I feel she would be a good person to show me around the Faerie land. (I feel like a lot of the answers in book tags are heavily influenced by my current read.)

Find a book that takes place in the season you were born in.

The Great Gatsby. The summer of 1922.

Find a book that is the colour of your birthstone.

Birthstone = emerald = green

One of the first book series I fell in love with. Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief.

Is there a series with the same numbers of books as your age? If so what is it?

A book series with 17 books? I haven’t got a clue.

Pick a book set in a time period, a world or country you would like to have been born in.

The Lunar Chronicles. I cannot express how much I love this series.


So, that’s the end of the Birthday Book Tag. Just a quick update on how I plan to post now. I’m going to be posting on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. And I am really exicted to be back on here, I really missed it. Now, I’m off to catch up on the possibly thousands of posts I missed during my ‘hiatus’. (I’m also going to pick up those books, don’t worry!)


Until next time.

Jess. xx


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Autobiography of a Pen||thebookofjess

Autobiography of a Pen||thebookofjess

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a good day. Today I’d like to share a little something I wrote. ♥


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||Autobiography of a Pen||

Sitting on the display in the shop, I couldn’t help but feel a little smug and excited. I was the newest edition and I couldn’t simply wait to meet the human who would accept me. Although I would be glad to be just accepted; it didn’t stop me from having preferences. What can I say? You try sitting in a display case for days.

From the shop, I have a decent view of the street. I see different kinds of people pass by here every day. After observing these humans, I have managed to categorize them into certain groups.

The first group consists of total lunatics, who have no fear of death and live life as if there’s no tomorrow! I am talking about kindergarteners. A few mothers come to the coffee shop every day with those little mean creatures. (Well, they are fairly cute; but they are vicious!) How you may ask? The other day, I saw them have a pen fight, where they pretended their pens were swords! Oh, I can’t imagine what those pens went through! They also have an annoying habit of chewing the ends of the pens! The nightmares I have of those pen-murderers. I shudder to think of a day I might end up in their hands.

Next, come the housewives. They come in here from time0to-time to get school supplies and when they get around to the counter for payment; I witness The Handbag Horrors. Their handbags are ENORMOUS. They are Mary Poppins…all of them. Perfume, stickers, little papers and cards, makeup, books, pens, The Alps Mountain Range, you name it. I do know one thing for sure. If I was accepted by one of them, then I’d have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure in there! 

Next come the group, who is the greatest mystery of mankind. Teenagers. Riddle me this: Why do they bother buying beautiful pens if all they do is twiddle on those little boxes of theirs…what do they call it again? — “A PHONE!” Lexi, the handbag shouts from the other shelf” — She’s trying to fool me, there’s no way they’re called PHONES. Silly Lexi. 

The next group is a rather sweet one. The grandparents. They always carry a pen with them and keep it in their pocket. They are, what one might call, old-fashioned. They buy a pen, and when the ink dries out, they buy a refill and give us a new life! I would absolutely adore being accepted by them.

The last group consists of businessmen and women. To be their pen would be a dream come true. Attending official meetings, writing important documents, their fancy signatures! If I was a human, I would be drooling right now…

“Ed, wake up! Stop drooling on the pillow!” someone shouted in my ear. I woke up with a start. My wife was frantically getting ready to go to some party.

I looked down at my hands, as though I couldn’t fathom the fact I had been born with them. Did I just dream I was a smug, judgmental pen sitting on a ledge in a shop!?

I repeated this to my wife. She sighed and said, “You clearly don’t want to go to the party either. Let’s just stay at home. I’m going to get some reading done for my book club.”

I agreed, firstly because to oppose my wife when she wanted to read was equivalent to begging The God of The Underworld to give me eternal damnation. And secondly, I had an idea. Instead of retelling this absurd dream at the Sunday Brunch, I could make something of it.

I sat down at my desk and began to write. The Autobiography of a Pen…


I hope you liked it. Any and all feedback (critiques are welcome!) is appreciated! 

Also, sorry for being inactive, I have a lot of exams going on, and I’m trying my best to post more! (I have over 9 stories to edit!) 

Thank you for putting up with me! I am so grateful for your support. Love you. x

Stay safe. Take care.

All the love,

Jess.


Smokes Valley – A Short Story

Smokes Valley – A Short Story

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||Smokes Valley||

It was a warm July morning, and the people of Smokes Valley went about their business. The children laughed gaily as they scampered off to school. The women went to the market with baskets tucked under their arm. And as per usual, Mr. Donald was watering his flowers.

There wasn’t much to admire in this little village. It seemed to be made of love and the scent of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. It was the perfect place to stay in if you wanted to live a simple and fulfilling life.

The only thing which seemed out of place was the fence of barbed wire all around the village.

It was by chance that Mr. Green stumbled upon this place. Or so he thought. You see, he was on a nature hike and went off-trail in pursuit of a rare butterfly. He never did find the beautiful slippery creature, rather he found himself on one side of a barbed-wire fence. He climbed a tree, admittedly after many failed attempts, and to his surprise saw that a little village lay ahead.

He had no idea how far he had come in the pursuit of the butterfly, so he decided to approach the village and get one of the village-folk to help him. It was difficult to get past the fence, but being a thin reedy man, he managed.

After walking for a short while, he saw a sign which read “Smokes Valley”.

It was Mr. Donald who first noticed him, wandering into the village. He dropped his watering can in a frenzy and approached the confused looking gentleman.

“Oh! What have you done? How did you get in here?” he positively screamed in Mr.Green’s face.

Mr. Green found it rather odd, being approached like this. But he maintained a calm composure and replied. “Good sir, I was on a nature hike and foolishly went off-trail in the pursuit of a rare butterfly. I don’t know how far I have come and would appreciate some help.”

“Oh, you poor, innocent man! People don’t stumble across this place on accident. This means that once again the earth is hungry.”

Now Mr. Green was more confused than ever. This perplexed him more than the time his wife attempted to explain a romance novel to him.

“Sir, whatever do you mean? Pray, talk some sense!” he replied, rather frantically.

“Oh, you’ll see. You’ll see.”

And he did see. After wandering about for a few minutes, fruitlessly trying to gather information, he looked up at the sky and saw it fill up with clouds darker than night.

He, and all others, stood there staring at the sky, as it became darker by the second. It became so dark, Mr. Green could not see his own hand.

Silence reigned for a few seconds when suddenly a blood-curling scream was heard.

The clouds cleared as fast as they had appeared. And to his horror, Mr. Green saw a big gaping hole in the center of the village.

Nobody moved for several minutes until suddenly, as if by magic, the hole disappeared and the earth became flat again. The people seemed to come out of a reverie and acted as though nothing had happened.

Mr. Green approached the only person who had been kind enough to speak a few words to him. The old man was once again watering his flowers. He looked up as Mr. Green approached him. Unprompted he said, “I came here like you a couple of months ago. What you just saw, “ he gestured at the sky, “happens every time someone new appears But the people never remember it. They never remember the ones who are taken.”

Mr. Green looked around. The children laughed gaily as they scampered off to school. The women went to the market with baskets tucked under their arm. And Mr. Donald was watering his flowers.

It was a warm July morning, and the people of Smokes Valley went about their business. Unaware.



 

The Lost Young Love – A Short Story.

The Lost Young Love – A Short Story.

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||The Lost Young Love||

“Grandma, what’s in that box?” 13-year-old Betsy asked.

“Old photographs and books. You can go through it if you like.” Her grandma replied smiling.

Betsy opened the box and sat on the floor for hours as she looked through pictures of her mother as a child, and old yellowing books her grandmother had kept from her school days. She was about to close the trunk when she saw a small piece of torn paper at the bottom.

Curious, she took it out and precariously opened it. It looked like a 5-year-old had written it.

And it read: “Will you marry me?”

                                “Yes.”

Betsy went to find her grandma and questioned her about the note.

A flash of emotion passed her grandmother’s face and she replied: “Not all love stories have a happy ending, sweetie. “ After a pause, she added, “The meaning of love was just much more than we thought.”



 

The Mystery Blogger Award (#2)

The Mystery Blogger Award (#2)

Hi! Hope you’re all doing well. I was nominated by the lovely FrappesAndFiction. Thank you for the nomination! ♥ Go and check out their amazing blog.


Description: 

The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.


The Mystery Blogger Award


Rules:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (Okoto Enigma)
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. Answer the questions provided by whoever nominated you.
  7. Nominate 10 – 20 people.
  8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  9. Ask your nominees any 5 questions.
  10. Share a link to your best post(s).
Phew! That’s a LOT of rules!

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Three things about me!

  1. I have glasses! I don’t wear them as much as I should, but I have ’em.
  2. I have a stack of blue books on my desk. I love blue and I love books. What can I say?
  3. I love the song “Bennie and The Jets”.

Questions:

Do you like to read? If so, what is your favourite book genre?

I love reading. (I tend to live by the quote: Reading is breathing in, writing is breathing out. They’re two sides of the same coin.)

I am open to all genres. (Having conquered the horror genre whilst in quarantine!). If I HAD to pick a favourite genre, I would pick Young Adult.


How much time do you put into your blog?

It depends, mate. Lately, I’ve not been spending a ton of time on my blog. I try to do my best. I have to juggle school, writing, reading, blog, housework, and well, life.

To me, having a blog is somewhere I can express myself and I try to not let it become a burden. I love my blog and over the months it has become one of my “safe” places. 🙂


What is your favourite hobby (besides blogging or reading)?

Some might expect me to say writing. But, writing is much more than a hobby to me. Reading and writing are as important to me as breathing.

My favourite hobby is designing, editing, and photography. I am pretty good at it, and I really love it.


How long have you been blogging?

Dear readers, it is story-time. I started blogging in 2016, stopped because of bullying, and started properly blogging about a year ago. By properly I mean I started writing what I wanted to write and was proud of it.

Now, I love blogging and wouldn’t give it up for anything!


If you could go back in time to one year ago, what advice would you give yourself?

Screw others. Do what is right for you. It’s better to think about your future rather than pleasing people who won’t be in your life after a few years.


I Nominate:

Maggie

Book Beach Bunny

Kristin

D.Wallace Peach

Books Of Magic

I know I nominated 5 people! I am just a little (lot) behind on catching up! Sorry..!


My Questions:

  1. What would you describe your aesthetic as?
  2. What is your favourite romance novel?
  3. Headscarfs, headbands, or bandanas? And why?
  4. Do you like Marvel?
  5. Summer or Winter? Why?

My Best Posts: (all from this year)

The Silent Observer

Thoughts of a Coffee Mug

Book Review: Reckless by Cornelia Funke

Feminism In My Life

A Poem: The World In Its True Form


Thank you for reading! Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to receive some feedback.

Stay safe.

Until Next Time...3

 

The Silent Observer

The Silent Observer

Hi! Hope you’re all doing well. Today I am going to share a short write-up.

Hope you like it.


The Silent Observer


||The Silent Observer||

My life went by in looking at everything. I saw a woman screaming for help, but I chose not to be involved. I saw a child getting slapped by his father for wanting a candy, and I just walked by, choosing not to interfere. I saw a colleague being denied a promotion because of which gender he loves; I chose to stay quiet in the fear of losing my own. I used to laugh at those who said we needed change. I chose to stay away and created blissful oblivion for myself. A world where everything was alright. A world I had crafted to keep myself uninvolved.

Now, I am here and I see everything. The oblivion I had crafted, shattered to bits. My life long wish of being The Silent Observer has been granted.

I look at her as she scrounges for food in the garbage. I look at him, as he is denied job after job for his skin color; with no money to feed his little daughter at home. I look at the boy as he runs away from home, for he’d rather wear a dress. I look at all this and it pains me to know I never did anything, and now I can’t. The oblivion I lived in was made of poison.

What further horrifies me is the fact there are millions who have crafted oblivion just like mine. And every day, it grows stronger.

You see so much around you and you wonder. You have the power to make changes, but you hope somebody else does it. You have the capability to make things right, but you chose to stay away from the trouble.

Don’t make the same mistakes as me. No matter how little, try to make a change.
Don’t become The Silent Observer.


Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to get some feedback! ♥

Until Next Time...3


 

Monthly Wrap-Up||May 2020

Monthly Wrap-Up||May 2020

Hi! Hope you’re all doing well. Yet another month has passed, so it’s time to bore you with yet another one of these posts! (haha)


Monthly Wrap-Up May 2020


May is over! WOW! This month was a rollercoaster. To be honest, that is an understatement. So much happened this month and I can’t wait to rant talk about it.

First things first, I want to get the most important issue out of the way. The whole case in Minneapolis, and in many parts of the world as well. It was one of the most horrific and traumatizing things that could happen. If I hear one more person say “All Lives Matter not just Black Lives” I am going to flip out. Yes, all lives do matter, but not everyone suffers the things some people due just because of their skin color. I have immense respect for those police officers who put their lives at stake and are fair. But, police brutality has become a real issue in the world. I did my small part by signing various petitions, and although I wish I could have done more, I am happy I did something rather than keeping silent. #blacklivesmatter #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforbreonnataylor #justiceforahmaudarbery

It has been hard being in quarantine for so long, especially with a sudden spike in the cases. It takes a toll on you mentally and sometimes it’s hard to keep yourself distracted. My reading is desperately suffering. It hasn’t been entirely unproductive. I have been preparing for my board examinations next year and the pressure of doing well has helped me remain sane.

I cut my hair. Yes, that is right. I cut my own hair. Well, my sister made sure it was straight and that it didn’t look like a raccoon. It was not an on-the-whim decision. I had been meaning to get some length off since pre-lockdown and I just couldn’t wait anymore. I thought of cutting it around 10th May and sat on it till the 27th. And on the 27th, the long-awaited deed was done.

I had my birthday in quarantine!!  I wasn’t expecting much but it turned out to be a pretty good birthday! Thank you to everyone who wished me!

I managed to get into a good sleeping schedule – and boy am I glad I did that! Now I need to work on how to make a rough schedule for the whole day. There are some blank periods where I simply waste time, and although I am working towards filling them in with something productive, I’m not pushing myself too hard.

There was a HUGE storm here on the 20th. It raged on for a good few hours, the streets were flooded, trees were uprooted. There was a very, big, bushy, beautiful tree we could see from our sitting room window and unfortunately, it fell down. L All the lights were out, the windows rattled like someone was shaking them and in all it was terrible. According to the news, it was the worst storm in 21 years.

I have not been very active and that is because I am preparing for a lot of exams and need more time than usual to balance it with my life, blog, and now lockdown issues. I hope you understand. I am a few days behind on catching up to your amazing blogs and I’ll do my best to check them out as frequently as I can! 🙂

In all, this month crawled on and as we progress onto the 6th month of the year, I feel like I have been in lockdown for decades. I know everyone is struggling and I want to say great, motivational things; but all I’ll say is hang in there. Just be.


Books Read:

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Death Cure by James Dashner

That’s all the “new books” I read in May; now for the re-reads

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (How can I not?)

Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

6 books. I have betrayed the book Gods.


Movies

Iron Man 3 (10/10)

Aladdin (10/10)

We are the Millers (8/10)


Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to talk with all of you.

Stay safe.

Until Next Time...3


 

Poems From My Journal||Part 3

Poems From My Journal||Part 3

Hi! Hope you’re all doing well. This is Part 3 of Poems From My Journal. Enjoy! 🙂

I have a habit of writing short poems in my journal(s). Recently, I was going through some of them and wanted to share them. Since there is quite a bit, I will post them in parts.

I get inspiration for these poems from the people around me, from books I’ve read, songs I’ve listened to, movies I’ve seen, people I’ve met. They are not related to my own personal life.


Poems From My Journal


||Now That You’re Gone I See||

Now that you’re gone I see,

The blame I took on my head.

Now that you’re gone I see,

The weight of the worlds on myself.

Now that you’re gone I see,

How I wasted my life;

On someone good at framing a lie.


||In The End||

In the end, we’re all little kids staring at the sky.

In the end, we all cry ourselves to sleep at night.

In the end, we all made the decision of getting back up.

Deep down, we’re all a little awed at the big world before us.


||Night Time||

Night-time was her kingdom,

When everything was quiet and dark,

When the birds didn’t chirp and the crickets could be heard.

The glare of the sun never pleased her.

It was the tenderness of the moonlight that brought her home.


Thank you for reading! Hope you liked it.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to get some feedback!

Until Next Time...3


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My Favourite Characters In Quarantine Book Tag!

My Favourite Characters In Quarantine Book Tag!

Hi! Hope you’re all doing well. I saw this tag over at Sophie’s blog and decided to do it! Go check out her blog for many, many more fun tags!


My Favourite Characters During Quarantine


Rules

  • Take 5 or more of your favorite book characters and imagine what they would be doing if they were quarantined with us in the real world.
  • You can have them be in their own squad if you want, or working on their own.
  • Tag 5 friends.
  • Link back to this post and credit Reader Voracious.

1. Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase  (From Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan)

Percy would probably be happy to spend time at home with his family and Annabeth. He would also be pretty worried about monsters seeing this as an opportunity to attack humans. He would also be the one to disasterously bake blue bread…!

Annabeth would just shake her head and help him bake! She would also spend the free time to design some architectural stuff.

As a couple, I think they will spend some time together. When neither of them are on the verge of death, or in hell, or on a death-wish quest.


2. Artemis Fowl (From the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer)

Let’s face it, quarantine would not be the hardest thing for Arty. He basically never goes out of the house.

And! He will probably also be the one to find a cure. I can just hear his brain whirring with the possibilities.


3. Hermione Granger (From Harry Potter by J.K.Rowilng)

She would read 24/7. To her it will seem like a golden opportunity to read everything she has ever wanted to!


4. Thomas (From The Maze Runner by James Dashner)

He would laugh his guts out and say, “We survived a shucking maze, the bloody relievers, the scorch and the death of several loved ones. We would shucking kill to stay at home. THANK YOU!”

[P.S. My favorite character from The Maze Runner is Newt, but as he is dead (I know, it hurts) I went with Thomas instead.]


5. Lara Jean (From To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han)

Bake, bake, crafts, bake, Netflix, bake. That seems about right.


6. Katniss Everdeen (From The Hunger Games by Suzzane Collins)

I feel quarantine will really take a toll on her mentally and she would have quite a hard time adjusting being indoors all the time. If she is near the woods, then perhaps she might be able to hunt. Nevertheles, she will always have her family to support her.


7. Augustus Waters (From The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

He would make a lot of jokes to lighten the mood. Even if he was suffering mentally, he would try to be cheery.


I TAG:

Whit |Erik|Carly |booksadndbakes1Christina | YOU!


Thank you for reading! Hope you liked it!

What would some of your favourite characters do during quarantine?

Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until Next Time...3


 

Thoughts of a Coffee Mug!

Thoughts of a Coffee Mug!

Hi! Hope you’re all doing well. The coffee trend has been going around for a while now. So, I thought I would contribute something a little creative. Thoughts of a Coffee Mug! Read below.


Thoughts of a Coffee Mug


||Thoughts of a Coffee Mug||

My human is NOT an early bird. She wakes up at – well, I don’t know when! I’m a coffee mug for goodness sake! I have to wait so long! You see, being a coffee mug, you are taught to be early and bright. But unfortunately, humans are not taught the same principles in a factory.

Most days are pretty ordinary. I wake up, wait for my human to wake up, wait for her to finish doing whatever she does in the room with the big white bowl. And then, at long last, she makes coffee! Ah! How that warmth wakes me up!

Then she takes me to her desk, where she proceeds to press buttons in front of a lit-up screen. Apparently, that’s her job! Ha! Can you imagine that!? Having to do nothing but to sit in front of a screen pressing buttons! It cracks me up! I wish my job was that easy.

As soon as she finishes the coffee, she rinses me out and sets me on a shelf. She’s pretty good that way. You didn’t hear it from me, but Lindy (the potted plant near the shelves) bets that the neighbours leave the mugs in the sink for days on the end! I shudder to my core thinking about it.

You must think, that’s pretty much my life. No, sir! I hate to burst your bubble, but my life is a complete rollercoaster!

Let me tell you something about last Tuesday. Well, I think it was Tuesday. It’s the only day I know. (Lay off me, I’m a coffee mug for the last time). Lindy calls me dramatic sometimes. She’s a potted plant; don’t listen to her.

Anyway, that day was perhaps, my worst day ever! She got up early for once and made coffee. As soon as she finished pouring, she violently set me down on the table, and rushed out of the house with her kid; while yelling to her husband, “It’s an EMERGENCY!”

Can you imagine the audacity!? She just left me! I tried to stay optimistic and hoped she would come back before I would have to experience the horrors of cold coffee! But she didn’t and I grew bitter and colder (literally!) by the second.

Her husband entered the kitchen twice whilst she was gone. But he didn’t even glance at me. He’s one of those green tea people, anyway.

Finally, she had the guts to come home and face me. I decided not to be angry at her. After all, I badly needed a wash. But she didn’t even come into the kitchen; she went straight to bed!

If I had eyes, they would have definitely sprouted water like humans. I don’t exactly know what it’s called. It’s when their eyes become watery and their face goes all red. Lindy tells me it’s called crying but I don’t think so. She’s a potted plant; don’t listen to her.

I sat there the whole night, wondering if that is what the neighbour’s coffee mugs felt like. I wasn’t sure if I was ready to forgive her.

At last, morning came and she came into the kitchen. She looked at me and said “Oh no!” I decided to forgive her. (Between you and me, I also really needed a wash!)

One time, I had a near experience with death. It all started with my human’s kid deciding to take me off the shelf and make “pretend coffee”. I am lucky that my human saw me and placed me back on the shelf. Or by now, I would be pieces of ceramic in a dumpster.

One night I was sleeping and dreaming about Lindy. (NOT because I like her! If you tell her I dreamt about her; you are dead to me. I will never hear the end of it! Oh, I can just hear her smug voice…)

Back to the point. I was rudely awoken by my human. And she didn’t even make her regular coffee. She made a DARK one. But I didn’t complain. I could see red circles around her eyes. After my years of service, I know that red circles around the eyes mean that humans are tired.

She took me to her desk and began pressing those buttons again. I realized she needed me to keep her awake and I puffed my, well, (hypothetical) chest. I tried my best to keep the coffee warm as long as I could. I felt pretty smug to know I could help her. I mean, what could Lindy do? Look pretty? A fat lot of good that would do.

In all, being the coffee mug of a human is hard. You have to deal with their terrible sleeping schedules. Sometimes you have to endure being left with cold coffee inside of you. But there are perks to this job too. You see them smile a genuine smile every morning when they take the first sip of coffee. They hold you tight in their hands; as if you are their whole world. You are the thing they turn to when they need to stay awake. (They don’t turn to a potted plant now, do they, Lindy?) You get to watch those moving pictures with them sometimes. (I absolutely love  those times!). But most importantly, you know your human loves you.


Thank you for reading!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to receive your feedback!

Until Next Time...3


 

Birthday Book Tag! 🎉💕

Birthday Book Tag! 🎉💕

Hi everyone! Hope you’re doing well. Today is my 16th birthday! 🎈🎉💕

The Birthday Book Tag has become somewhat of a tradition, so here we go!


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Count your birth date along your bookshelf and then subtract your birth month. What book does it land on?

Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie!!! How ironic is that?!?


If you could spend your birthday with any fictional character who would it be and why?

Newt from The Maze Runner. I am currently re-reading TMR and he is my favorite character!


Find a book that takes place in the season you were born in.

I can’t think of any. Most books I read seem to take place over many seasons, instead of just one. I can think of many winter ones, but not one summer book. Let me know in the comments if you can think of one.


Find a book that is the colour of your birthstone.

My birthstone is emerald. And as I said, I am re-reading The Maze Runner.

So…downloadIt’s kind of green…


Is there a series with the same numbers of books as your age? If so what is it?

I don’t know of any. There might be.


Pick a book set in a time period, a world or country you would like to have been born in.

Harry Potter. ( Like I was going to choose anything else…)


So, that’s all! Have a great day! I plan to read all day and make the most of a quarantine birthday!


Until Next Time...3

April 2020||Wrap-Up

April 2020||Wrap-Up

Hi everyone. Hope you’re all doing well! Today I am going to be doing an April Wrap Up post. I managed to do it early this time. Hooray for me!


MONTHLY WRAP-UP
Those are stars, not snow. 🙂


This month felt like 20 minutes. March seemed to drag on and on. Whilst, April went by just like that. It was not very eventful. There were good days, bad days; days I just did school work, etc. etc.  It took me a while to realize that the current world situation is having a stronger impact mentally than I thought.

It is impertinent to keep your mind occupied. Feeling bored, I feel, often leads you down a never-ending spiral of thoughts. To keep my mind occupied, I mainly read, write, or watch a movie or TV show.

I love photography. It is one of my favorite hobbies. I had sort of given up on it in the last 3-4 years, and now I have taken to it again. I have a good collection of photos on my laptop now and am thinking of posting a few in a while. J

The “project” that I have been working on, (last mention in the March wrap-up post) is still going on. The main aspect of creating something of your own is the right motivation. And some days, the old motivation tank is just empty. In short, it’s going on. It’s a slow process but it’s taking a shape.

I have been having online classes. And although I deeply appreciate and respect my teachers for going the extra mile, I am still not ashamed to admit the fact: it feels terribly weird to study classroom material in a non-classroom environment. We are having a one month break from the 10th of May. That’ll give me some time to catch up on everything properly.

The main bookworm highlight of this month (towards the end) was my renewed love for The Maze Runner. I had read the books a long time back when I was not very into YA, dystopian books. Recently, I watched all three movies and am re-reading the books again. And I will say it every chance I get, “Newt should not have died.”


Books I Read:

Reckless by Cornelia Funke

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Reckless by Cornelia Funke

Re-reads:

Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (again…)

Yeah, only 5 books this month. Despicable Act.

Movies:

Little Women (10/10)

          Maze Runner (10/10)           

 The Scorch Trials (10/10)

Death Cure (9/10)

Les Miserables (9/10)


Top Songs:

Something Just Like This – Chainsmokers and Coldplay

Hey Brother – Avicii

1000 ships – Rachel Platten

Some things never change – from Frozen 2 soundtrack.


Blog Posts

March 2020||Wrap-Up

Feminism in My Life||A Teenager’s Thoughts

She’s gone…||Short Story

Poems From My Journal

Faith – A Thought

A Little Life Update…!

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Book Review: Reckless by Cornelia Funke


I am quite looking forward to this month. It is my birthday on the 7th, and I am curious to know as to how it’ll go. I am also hoping this crisis we are in lessens and this month brings good news for us all. 

I am ever so grateful to the people who are working during these times. Thank you! 

Stay at home. Stay safe. Take care. 


Thank you for reading! Let me know you’re thoughts in the comments!

Until Next Time...3


 

An interesting and heartwarming discovery.

An interesting and heartwarming discovery.

Hi everyone. Hope you’re all doing well! I love browsing through Pinterest. Often, I read very beautiful real life incidents and it warms my heart. Today, I’d like to share with you one of such stories and my thoughts on it.

Santa Claus. When I was younger I believed with all my heart in him. I have always been a believer of imaginary, magical things. Even to this day, I really do believe that, in some crazy alternate reality, Santa Claus does exist. What’s wrong with believing anyway, eh?

I always found it rather cruel whenever I saw people burst the bubble for their children by claiming there is no Santa Claus. In this story, a son asks his father the question and the answer given by the father is beautiful. This is, perhaps the best answer to the question, “Is Santa Claus real?”

The story I read goes something like this. A son approaches his father, argues he is now old enough to know, and demands to know whether or not Santa Claus exists. The father agrees he is old enough but poses a question before his son. “The truth is a dangerous gift. Once you know something, you can’t un-know it. Once you know the truth about Santa Claus, you will never again understand and relate to him as you do now. Are you sure you want to know?”

The son hesitates but replies in the affirmative. To his surprise the father says, “Yes, there IS a Santa Claus.”

“He is?” the son asks , incredulously.

Father: “Yes, there is. But he is not an old man with a white, fluffy beard in a red suit. That’s what we tell little children.  They are too young to understand the true nature of Santa Claus, so we explain to them in a way they can understand.”

“What is the true nature of Santa Claus?” the son asks, now deeply curious.

“The truth about Santa Claus is that he is not a person at all: he’s an idea, a concept. Think of all those presents Santa gave you all over the years. Those were actually bought by me. Did it bother me that you thanked Santa and not me? Of course not! In fact, it gave me great pleasure. You see, Santa Claus is THE IDEA OF GIVING FOR THE SAKE OF GIVING, without a thought of thanks or acknowledgement. When you help a woman who has fainted on the bus by calling an ambulance for her, you are being Santa Claus. She will never know that it was you who summoned the ambulance.”

You have to look for opportunities to help people and make them happy.

I love browsing through Pinterest. Often, I read very beautiful real life incidents and it warms my heart. Today, I’d like to share with you one of such stories and my thoughts on it.

Santa Claus. When I was younger I believed with all my heart in him. I have always been a believer of imaginary, magical things. Even to this day, I really do believe that, in some crazy alternate reality, Santa Claus does exist. What’s wrong with believing anyway, eh?

I always found it rather cruel whenever I saw people burst the bubble for their children by claiming there is no Santa Claus. In this story, a son asks his father the question and the answer given by the father is beautiful.

The story I read goes something like this. A son approaches his father, argues he is now old enough to know, and demands to know whether or not Santa Claus exists. The father agrees he is old enough but poses a question before his son. “The truth is a dangerous gift. Once you know something, you can’t un-know it. Once you know the truth about Santa Claus, you will never again understand and relate to him as you do now. Are you sure you want to know?”

The son hesitates but replies in the affirmative. To his surprise the father says, “Yes, there IS a Santa Claus.”

“He is?” the son asks , incredulously.

Father: “Yes, there is. But he is not an old man with a white, fluffy beard in a red suit. That’s what we tell little children.  They are too young to understand the true nature of Santa Claus, so we explain to them in a way they can understand.”

“What is the true nature of Santa Claus?” the son asks, now deeply curious.

“The truth about Santa Claus is that he is not a person at all: he’s an idea, a concept. Think of all those presents Santa gave you all over the years. Those were actually bought by me. Did it bother me that you thanked Santa and not me? Of course not! In fact, it gave me great pleasure. You see, Santa Claus is THE IDEA OF GIVING FOR THE SAKE OF GIVING, without a thought of thanks or acknowledgement. When you help a woman who has fainted on the bus by calling an ambulance for her, you are being Santa Claus. She will never know that it was you who summoned the ambulance.”

You have to look for opportunities to help people and make them happy.



Thank you for reading. Hope you liked it!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear from you’ll!

Until Next Time...3


 

Book Review: Reckless by Cornelia Funke||thebookofjess

Book Review: Reckless by Cornelia Funke||thebookofjess

Hi everyone. Hope you’re all doing well. Today I am reviewing Reckless by Cornelia Funke. A masterpiece.


 “Set against a huge enchanted landscape between men and monsters, Cornelia Funke has created a brand new fantasy mirror world and a powerful contemporary fairy tale about love, loyalty and blood ties.”


Reckless


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I LOVE this cover!

Book Name: Reckless (1/3 of the Mirrorworld Series)

Author: Cornelia Funke 

Genre: Young Adult (YA), Fantasy, Mystery, Fiction

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

Jacob Reckless was twelve when his father mysteriously disappeared. Every night, he sneaked off to his father’s study to find the answers his mother was reluctant to give. It wasn’t long before he discovered the secret of the dark mirror his father had hung on the wall.

The mirror casted back a warped image of everything John Reckless had left behind: his desk, the old pistols, his books, – and his sons.

Jacob finds a note in one of the old books. THE MIRROR WILL OPEN ONLY FOR HE WHO CANNOT SEE HIMSELF.

Through the mirror was a dangerous world. A world of deceit and treachery. A world of magic and murder. A world where fathers killed their own sons as soon as they discovered the stone in their skin, the curse of the Goyl. 

For years, Jacob kept the treasures and secrets of the world through the mirror to himself. But not anymore, his younger brother, Will, has followed him, and now the dark magic is turning the boy into a beast. The jade stone is replacing his human flesh and changing the boy to a monster who only knows to kill without fear.

The dark magic will turn the boy into a beast, break the heart of the girl he loves and destroy the world within. Unless Jacob can stop it.

You thought you knew about fairy tales? Think again.


My Favorite Quotes From The Book:

“Jacob loved the night. He felt it on his skin like a promise. Like a cloak woven from freedom and danger.”

—♥—

“Escaping the clutches of a Bluebeard or searching for the hair of a Devil forges a bond not easily broken.”

—♥—

“He said her name as if he had pearls on his tounge. Will had always taken love too seriously.”


My thoughts.

You know the books that you read late into the night, fall asleep with it in your hands, wake up, and instantly reach out for it? This is one of those books. Achingly beautiful.

-thebookofjess


Thank you for reading. Hope you liked it.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear from you’ll!

Stay Safe

Until Next Time...3


 

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen||thebookofjess

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen||thebookofjess

Hi everyone. Hope you’re all doing well. Today I am going to be reviewing a novel that has fast become one of my favorites. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.



Name: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Genre: Romance, Drama, Classic

Rating: 5/5

Summary: 

Pride and Prejudice remains one of the most sought-after romance novels since the early 1800s. Jane Austen referred to it as “her own darling child”. It follows the complicated love story of the quite opinionated and headstrong Elizabeth Bennet, and the proud, high-class Mr. Darcy.

Mr. Darcy and Lizzy first meet at a ball, whereupon, she finds him to the most non-agreeable creature to have walked this planet. Against his own will, he is attracted to her, but his pride makes him behave insultingly towards her due to the connections of her family. 

How her prejudice and his pride is overcome is the essence of the book and one of the most wondrous character developments in history.


Thoughts.

I have heard a lot of conflict regarding this novel. Some people consider that Elizabeth is settling for Darcy after she visits his mansion and that she shouldn’t have agreed to marry him after he had behaved so insultingly with her.

The thing is, this story is from another day and age. This book was written in a time where people of different social positions hardly ever got married. Also, to blindly state that the time is the only factor is also wrong. Along with the time we have to consider other factors, such as the environment they grew up in as individuals, their psychology, family trauma, etc.

Things done differently in the old ages sometimes seem barbaric to us. But, the things that we, as a society, do today may seem barbaric to our future generations.

Elizabeth develops a prejudice for Darcy based on her few meetings with him and a not very reliable source (in the form of Wickman).

Lizzy and Darcy overcome their prejudice and pride respectively, through communication. Communication is what helps them overcome the barriers of pride and prejudice between them.

We must learn to appreciate classics for their beauty, instead of finding faults.


The Unique Characters

The characters in this book, even the ones who seldom appear, are deeply thought through by Jane Austen. The characters in this book amaze me like no other. To properly justify my views on each character, I shall be doing a character analysis on the following in separate posts in the days to come.

  1. Elizabeth Bennet
  2. Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy
  3. Mr. Bennet
  4. Mrs. Bennet
  5. Jane Bennet
  6. Lydia Bennet
  7. Mr. Collins
  8. Mr. Wickman
  9. Ms. Darcy
  10. Ms. Bingley

These are the characters I am most intrigued by and feel like I have a lot to say about. So, stay tuned to read what I think about these characters.

If you have or haven’t read the novel, you can still read the character analysis posts I shall be doing. If you haven’t (or would rather not…) then you can have a little more insight into the book. And if you have, then you can read them and express your own views.

I am very excited to write and share them.


Thank you for reading. Hope you liked it!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear from you’ll!

Stay safe. ♥

Until Next Time...3

A Little Life Update…!

Hi everyone. Hope you are doing well. Today, I am going to just talk. This week has been quite productive. I am quite caught up with online schooling (although, it’s STILL terrible). I had three blog posts scheduled for this week, and I want to thank you’ll for the support and kind words. 🙂

I am journaling more than ever (due to the intense amount of time I suddenly have!). I am also reading (currently I am reading Reckless by Cornelia Funke). I have been binge-watching the show “The Good Place” and I love it!

I also had three live classes this week and honestly, it was quite exciting!

Not gonna lie, my sleep is so affected by this. Going to try to establish a good sleeping routine from Monday.


I certainly do not have everything together, but I am trying to be happy and not letting my mental health getting affected by this.

But here’s the thing, it’s okay if you are or are not productive during these times. It is okay how you are managing to cope with all that’s going on.


I am also WAYYY behind on catching up on all your wonderful blogs. I am going to be scheduling some posts for the coming week, so I can spend some time catching up on all the blogs I’ve been missing out on!


That is pretty much what has been happening in my life. I am a teenager, so I have my doing-nothing-but-staring-at-my-phone-or-book-phases. But that’s just how it is!

How are you coping up? Let’s talk! 🙂

Poems From My Journal||Part 2

Poems From My Journal||Part 2

Hello everyone. Hope you’re doing well and are safe.

I have a habit of writing short poems in my journal(s). Recently, I was going through some of them and wanted to share them. Since there is quite a bit, I will post them in parts.

I get inspiration for these poems from the people around me, from books I’ve read, songs I’ve listened to, movies I’ve seen, people I’ve met. They are not related to my own personal life.


Poems From My Journal


||Both||

The sun shines on them both.

Both look at the moon and wonder what might be.

The stars are lovely to them both,

Both stare at the sky and think of the day they’ll be free.

-Jess


||All Along||

You dream of a day when someone will come.

And in your dreams you forget,

The one who’s been there all along.

-Jess


||Thunder||

The lightning flashes across the soft lavender sky.

In its heart, there is rage,

and in its roar, there is a message,

from the times, lost long ago.

-Jess


Thank you for reading. Hope you liked it.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear from you’ll!

Stay strong and stay safe.

Until Next Time...3


 

Faith – A Thought

Faith – A Thought

Hi everyone. Hope you’re all doing well. I have been sitting on this post for a while and decided that it was about time I shared it. This post is about my thoughts on Faith.


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I don’t know how many of you actually know about this. This is something I was told about when I was little. It goes like this: If one of your eyelashes falls, you take it and put it on your hand, close your eyes and make a wish, open your eyes and blow the eyelash away.

Even as a child, I always had a tendency to question why. So, I asked my grandmother why was it done? She said that an angel carried our wish to God. Being the skeptical being I am, I asked how was it that God could only hear our wish in this particular way. She had no definite answer and wavered away from the topic. And to this day, I have no answer as to why this is done and yet when I see a fallen eyelash on my cheek, I make a wish. Always. Why? Because it’s beautiful to have something to believe in. To have faith in.

To have faith in something, anything is so necessary for life. It’s beautiful to think fo something or someone and think, “Yes, I have complete faith in it/them!”

I have faith in little things in my life that have remained constant (like the eyelash wish), I have faith in books (Reading has been one of the best things in my life. In happy times, hard times, always.), I have faith in my sister, I have faith in God.

It’s okay if you don’t have faith in God, or don’t believe. Just be you.

In what or whom do you have faith in?

In these times, we should all have faith that we will rise from these hard times, united and stronger.


Thank you for reading. Hope you liked it.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear from you’ll.

Stay strong and stay safe.

Until Next Time...3


 

Poems From My Journal.

Poems From My Journal.

Hello everyone. Hope you’re doing well and are safe.

I have a habit of writing short poems in my journal(s). Recently, I was going through some of them and wanted to share them. Since there is quite a bit, I will post them in parts.

I get inspiration for these poems from the people around me, from books I’ve read, songs I’ve listened to, movies I’ve seen, people I’ve met. They are not related to my own personal life.


Poems From My Journal


||She||

In her heart, there is rage,

in her tears, there is a call.

In her voice, there is a strain

and in her mind, there is a war.

-Jess


||Truth||

The truth is a cruel thing,

It could break or build you.

It could be a weapon,

Either to wield or to yield to.

-Jess


||Walls||

I’ve lived my life in walls,

They’ve shackled my soul with chains and locks.

I try to escape, but reality sinks in,

I don’t know how to live without these walls I am trapped in.

-Jess


Thank you for reading. Hope you liked it.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear from you’ll!

Stay strong and stay safe.

Until Next Time...3


 

She’s gone…||Short Story

She’s gone…||Short Story

Hi everyone. Hope you’re all safe and doing well. A brother-sister relationship is one that I am not blessed with. But, I have always thought it to be quite beautiful. The endless banter, yelling and yet the unrequited love.

So, today I am going to be sharing rather a sad story about a brother and a sister.


She’s gone…

He sits down on the floor of their childhood bedroom. The frayed picture of them eating ice cream in the spring fair is still stuck firmly to the wall. It had been quite a day. He runs his hand over the carpet they used to sit down on in the evening to complete their homework. It all seems so surreal now. She feels so near yet so far away.

He gets up and walks over to the shelves. There are numerous trophies won by them both. He gently picks up a “Good Conduct” trophy and gazes fondly at it as he remembers how proud she had been when she got it. She had clutched it to her chest all way from school. Her bed looks impeccably made up. It’s like she’d just made it and threatened him not to mess it up. He’d never cared about it and used to always plop down on it to make her mad. But now, he runs his hand over the light blue covers, hardly daring to touch them. Shamelessly he lets the tears fall as he sinks down onto the floor.                                  —     

He remembers the day she had had her first attack and had to be rushed to the hospital. He remembers waiting outside her room, praying that if she got better, he would never sneak out of the house.

“I’ll fight it, don’t worry. I’m not a wimp like you,” she had joked. And she fought, for years. But the attacks only got worse. And not all battles are won.

It was impossible to believe that she would never come back. His sister was gone.

By: Jess Pandey


Thank you for reading. Hope you liked it. If it made you sad, I am sorry…

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear from you lovely people!

Until Next Time...3


March 2020 ||Wrap-Up

March 2020 ||Wrap-Up

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all doing okay. Today I am going to be doing a March Wrap Up post. I know we’re already almost a week in April, but I really wanted to do this, so here it is!

P.S. I would love to get some feedback on the image I designed below. It’s a step forward in my designing abilities and I really hope you like it!


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This month was a whirlwind and definitely one that I will remember forever. To be honest, it started out great for me. I had just finished my annuals and was ready to begin a month of reading and writing before my new session started. Alas, just as I was getting out of my short break of doing nothing but reading and watching movies all day long, this happened.

Now, I will be completely honest and say I am not good at dealing with stress. I don’t think anyone is good at that. What happened caused my worrying scale to rise up and my reading to plummet.

After my annuals, I was awaiting the results. I had given the exams and was confident about my results and was quite looking forward to it. 13th March was the last day I went out of my house. We were supposed to go to collect our results on the 16th but instead got them online on the 27th.

And needless to say, online classes began for me and all fellow students. And I won’t lie, they are a pain.


But, on a more positive note, there were some good things that came out of all of this. First, I made an Instagram account at the ripe old age of 15. It was one of the “YES!” moments in my life. I had previously not been allowed to go on social media. Any child who grew up in a strict environment can relate to me here. I just can’t explain the happiness. Username: thebookofjess2004

I got into reading a whole new genre. Murder Mystery. It was a genre I did not divulge into previously. But, during this time, something changed. I promise I did not become mentally unhinged. I just really wanted to try something new.

I finally had the guts to watch two horror movies. I watched the Quiet Place and Better Watch Out. I am also a major fan of Doctor Who. While watching the fourth season I had skipped two episodes because they fell into the “Horror” genre. I finally watched them.  I have finally reached the stage where I can watch horror movies without internally screaming. So, that’s really good! Nothing with ghosts though, they are terrifying.

I reached 500 followers! Thank you!!!

I am currently working on a Project. It is my own personal project, not school-related. I am proud to say that I have progressed but you will get to know in a few weeks. Just a hint, it was inspired by a short story called “Venturing” which I wrote on my Stock Images Inspired Stories post. Here’s the link if you want to check it out! – Click here!              I am really excited for everyone to read it and I promise it’s going to be worth the wait.


Books I read:

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus.

The Couple Next Door by

Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling. (No surprise there.)

In my short break (when I had just finished my exams and the world was normal) I had read these five books my friend had given me for my birthday:

The Secret of the Old Clock

The Hidden Staircase

The Bungalow Mystery

The Mystery at Lilac Inn

The Secret of Shadow Ranch

By: Carolyn Keene. (Nancy Drew series.)


Movies:

A Quiet Place (9/10)

Better Watch Out (6/10)

Frozen 2  (10/10)

Spider-man Far From Home (again…) (10/10)

Spies in Disguise (9/10)

Onward (10/10)

Bad Moms (7/10)


Top songs:

The Man – Taylor Swift

You Need to Calm Down – Taylor Swift

Rise Up – Andra Day

No Judgement – Niall Horan

Counting Stars – One Republic

Dancing Queen – (Mamma Mia soundtrack; originally by ABBA)


TV shows:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (10/10)

Doctor Who (10/10)

The Good Place (7/10) – I have only watched two episodes.


Blog Posts:

The Book Snob Tag

Here’s to the…

Stock Images Inspired Stories

Your Name

Milestones- 500 Followers

How To Manage Stress During the Pandemic.

Quiet||A Thought

It’s going on…

One Of Us Is Lying – Karen M. Mc.Manus||Book Review||


In brief, this month was…unexpected.

I am very grateful to the people who are working so hard during this time. We all appreciate you and are so very very thankful to you. I know bloggers out there who have family members working, some of them are in direct contact with the virus. I want you to know the blogging community is a family and we all got your back!

Be safe, stay home, be healthy. We’ll get through this. Let’s hope this month is better for all of us. Lots of love to everyone.


Thank you for reading.♥

What were some positive highlights of your month? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you’ll.♥


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One Of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus||Book Review||

One Of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus||Book Review||

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all healthy and safe. These past few days there has been a bit of hope and positivity in the atmosphere, and it really feels good. Stay home and stay safe. I’ve finally caught up with the online homework and we have a short break till the 2nd of April, for which I am very grateful. It’ll give me some time to prepare myself and surrounding for what seems a few more weeks worth of online schooling.

Today I am going to be reviewing the book “One Of Us Is Lying” by Karen M. McManus. This is a murder mystery book, and also is a type of book I’ve hardly read up until now. Self-isolation led me to read books outside of my comfort zone. I’ll come back to that in a bit. Now, here’s my review and thoughts:


One Of Us Is Lying


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The cover is very creative.

Book Name: One Of Us Is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Genre: YA, Murder Mystery, Coming of Age, Mystery, Fiction

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

On September 24th, five Bayview High students walk into detention after cell phones mysteriously appear in the bags of four of them. Things take an inevitable mysterious turn when Simon Kelleher

dies from peanut butter oil in his water, to which he is allergic. Now, the four of them are under investigation for a possible murder.

Everyone in the school has a reason to hate Simon, because of his Tumblr page, About That. Where he posts everyone’s dirty secrets using their initials. Nothing goes amiss from Simon, the creator of About That. Upon discovering their secrets online, people have even tried to commit suicide. Everyone had a reason to want him gone.

Everything seems planned to the last detail. A car crash outside the window, the EpiPens missing from the nurse’s office.
But, the question is, why those four? How did the four people with the most well-kept secrets end up in detention together?

The nerd, the jock, the criminal and the princess. One of them is a murderer. Who is lying?


Personal Thoughts.

I came across this book a couple of months ago but put it aside because I wasn’t really into such books. The. only murder mysteries I had read were Agatha Christie’s books (whom I love). Due to self-isolation and quarantine, I found myself moving away from my comfort reads (the books/genres I love). So, I decided to read something outside of my comfort zone. I downloaded a bunch of e-books that were out of my usually preferred genres, in hopes I would fall in love with a new genre.

And I did! I will be posting a TBR for the books I plan to read whilst in isolation.

So, my little advice for being in quarantine would be: Try something new, you never know you might come to love it. And if. not, stick with the things that make you happy. Find ways to keep yourself entertained and happy. 🙂


Thank you for reading. Hope you liked it!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I love to hear from you’ll! ♥

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It’s going on…

Hi everyone. Hope you’re all healthy and safe. Today is just going to be a little update post!

My online school started the day before yesterday, and I’ve been struggling to complete the pile of homework. As I am typing this, I have two chapters to read, English homework and a few worksheets.

It is the second day of lockdown here, but we’ve been self-isolating ourselves for the past week or so. Everyone in my family is doing well. My grandmother has body aches but those are persistent for the past two years and she hasn’t gone out of the house even longer than that, so we’re not worried.

And for perhaps the first time in my life, I am bored. Completely unmotivated to complete anything or do anything. I did push myself to complete homework and clean my room, and I’ve been partly successful.

On a positive note, I am starting to read more again. My reading just went downhill in March. This is perhaps the first time I’ve only read 3 books in a month. I’ve also read books quite out of my usual genre preference, which would surprise people that know me.

I am also realizing the utter lack of book reviews on my blog in the last few months. First, I had exams, then this happened. So, I am going to be posting something good tomorrow or the day after, once I catch up with all the schoolwork.

The very honest truth is, no matter how you try to keep yourself calm, deep down you are worried. Not just about yourself and your family, but everyone. And it’s okay to embrace that. It is okay to feel a little unmotivated. Just embrace it and try to accomplish something every day (but stay home!)

Let me know in the comments what type of post you would like to see: story, book review or recommendations or thoughts.

I hope you and your loved ones are doing well. Stay strong. Take care.

Love,

Jess.

 

 

 

 

Quiet||A thought.

Quiet||A thought.

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a good day and are healthy and safe. Today I’d like to share some of my thoughts with you.


QUIET


We’ve all come across quiet people. Eventually, we come to know why they are quiet. I have come across many people who used to be very talkative and, for some reason, became quiet.

If nobody wants to hear you talk, then you stop talking.

As she packed up her things, she heard two girls talking. “She doesn’t speak much, does she?”

She thinks of the time she used to prance around the house, singing on the top of her voice. She thought of the constant flow of words that erupted from her mouth as she narrated the world to her sister in the car. She remembers the time when she bored her friend’s ear off by talking.

She remembers how she got brushed off and felt unwanted. She is reminded of the time when she was told to keep quiet. She remembers how her opinions set her aside. She remembers when no one wanted to listen to her.

She smiled mirthlessly and said, “You would too if no one heard you.”

-Jess Pandey

I was once the very quiet kid in the class. And it took me time to find my own voice and own it. It feels horrible when someone ridicules your choice to be quiet when they don’t even know what you are going through.

So, take some time. Think of that very quiet person in your life. Talk to them. Get to know them. Sometimes, all they might need is for someone to listen. Lend an ear to them.

And if they are inherently quiet, then don’t try to change them. Treat them as you treat everyone else.


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How to Manage Stress During the Pandemic.

How to Manage Stress During the Pandemic.

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all having a lovely day and are healthy and safe. Today I’m going to sharing some tips about how to manage stress during this time. I do have problems managing anxiety. Anxiety and panic are the very things you should NOT have during this time.

So, I would like to share with you the various ways I try to manage my stress and anxiety.

  1. Don’t watch the news 24/7. You MUST watch/read the news (local and global) to keep yourself updated. But looking at the news every other minute will just add to your stress. Try to take some time to relax.
  2. Relax! Read, or watch a movie, listen to music. Play board games, video games. Take your mind off things. To my fellow bloggers out there, take this quarantine time to learn new ways to improve your blog.
  3. Avoid doing stressful tasks. This includes working yourself too hard on anything. Whether it is cleaning the house, cooking, studying, working (job) too much.
  4. Music helps. Listen to the music you love. Any music. Music really helps. My favorite songs/artists include- Kacey Musgraves, Bridget Mendler, Wes Reeve, One Direction, “Believer” by Imagine Dragons. I like to listen to quiet and sweet songs. And sometimes I listen to the few loud songs I like to drown out everything.
  5. Take precautions. This way you will be sure that you are doing everything you can to be safe.
  6. Talk. Don’t keep all your fears inside. Let them out Talk to family or friends. There are numerous free online therapies where you can just talk to people. Talk. Don’t keep it all in.
  7. If you don’t want to talk, don’t. Sometimes people are much happier not talking about things excessively. If you think talking adds to your tension, don’t.
  8. Eat properly. It’ll give you energy. Eat, stay hydrated.
  9. Take some offline time. Staying on the Internet, you will see the news, people talking, etc, etc. And that’s good. But take a break from it. Just be for a while.
  10. Write your fears. If you think that talking about them makes you uncomfortable, or that you’d rather keep some things to yourself, then write it down. It’ll make your mind lighter.
  11. Exercise. (Indoors.) It stretches your body and you feel at ease.
  12. Meditate. You know it works. 🙂

And that’s all. If I’m able to help anyone, I’ll be very happy. Anxiety is not a choice but never, ever let it define you.

If you have more tips then please share them in the comments! 🙂


Thank you for reading! Hope you have a great day!

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Stay healthy and safe!

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Milestones – 500 Followers

Milestones – 500 Followers

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all having a lovely day! Also, I hope you’re all healthy and safe.

Today I am rather excited. I reached 500 followers just a few days ago!!!!♥♥


Milestones


First of all, THANK YOU!! I couldn’t be more grateful to the blogging community for the love and support I received in the past year and a half. I’ve always said it, and I’ll say it again, my blog is my safe place. I have not been the most regular blogger as I have to juggle the blog, school, reading, home tasks and what little socializing I do! So, thank you to everyone for always being there.

I recently made my very first Instagram account and I would like to thank everyone who has followed me on there! Here’s the handle: thebookofjess7504


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Your Name||A Short Story

Your Name||A Short Story

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all having a lovely day! And I really hope you’re healthy and safe!

Today I am going to be writing a story…with a certain ‘twist’ at the end. Hope you like it!


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||Your Name||

-Jess Pandey

“Good Morning, class! Today we have a new student with us, this is Mia. Mia is the child of one of my very close friends,” he added, somewhat proudly.

“Hi everyone,” Mia said in a soft voice. There was a chorus of welcome.

“Okay, Mia. You can sit there beside Luke.” He said gesturing to the only empty seat in the class.

“Hey,” Luke said as Mia reached the desk.

“Hi,” Mia replied in the same soft voice.

“Ok, class, settle down. Today we are going to study the laws of…”

The class droned on and by the end of it, almost everyone was almost flat on their desk. Almost everyone. Lucy, Wellington was sitting perked up in her seat. Not because she liked the class, God no! She was staring at Luke, her best friend, as he stared at Mia. Mia was trying to be the polite new student and just slumped on the desk. Meanwhile, Luke was practically laying down on his desk, staring at Mia.

As the bell rang, Mia shuffled off without saying a word. Luke meanwhile was staring transfixed into the unknown and had a goofy smile on his face. Lucy made her way to his desk and slapped him hard on the head.

“Hey! What did you do that for?” Luke half-yelled, rubbing the back of his head where she’d hit him.

“Don’t hey me! Hey Mia!” Lucy said, barely able to control her smile, as it escaped from the side of his lips.

“What do you mean?” Luke asked, turning a deep shade of red.

“Oh come on, Luke!” Lucy said, exasperated. “You like Mia! Go and make a move you stupid human!” “Also, we can finally go on double dates!” she added.

Luke sighed. Lucy had always wanted him to go on a double date with him but he never really had anyone to go with him.

“Lucy, I’m not going to ask Mia out so you can fulfill your dream! It’s only the first day! I need to know someone to take them out on a date!” Luke said.

“Well, go and make friends then! You have got to invite Mia to sit with us at lunch today!” Lucy said.

Luke sighed. “Ok, fine! But first, let’s go to English, the bell’s just about to ring!”

In the next three classes, Luke did not pay any attention. He was usually the one who always took notes and listened to the professors. But today, his mind was preoccupied with how he could ask Mia to sit at lunch with them. How would he start the conversation?

“Hey Mia, nice to meet you, wanna sit with us at lunch”

Yes, that seemed pretty good, but would ‘wanna’ be a good choice. Mia seemed to be a little posh, maybe he should refine the sentence a bit.

“Hello, Mia. Want to sit with us at lunch? We’d be delighted….NO NO NO…

He decided to go with the first one. It was him and it would feel less weird. He hoped the latter was true. The lunch bell rang. Lucy gave him a significant look from across the room and rushed out. Her locker was on the other side of the building and he knew she didn’t want to miss his awkward talk with Mia.

“Better get on with it!” he said to himself and went out of the class.

As he made his way towards the mess hall, he felt sweat on his brow and his breath started quickening. Was he nervous? It couldn’t be! He hadn’t been nervous playing football in front of 300 people but here he was, getting nervous over asking Mia.

“You need to calm down, Luke!” he said to himself.

As he took his tray from the lunch lady, he looked around the hall. Mia was standing next to an empty table, looking rather hesitant about sitting alone. Luke walked over and said, “Hey Mia! Nice to see you again! Would you like to sit with us?” (That wasn’t so bad Luke thought)

“Yeah, sure. Thanks, Luke” Mia said.

They walked over to the table where Luke, Lucy, Brenda and Samuel (twins)sat. Just as they reached the table, Lucy came running and said, “Oh!  I missed it!”

“Missed what? “ Brenda and Samuel chorused.

“Noth..nothing,” she said breathlessly, as she sat down.

Luke cleared his throat, diverting attention away from here. “Everyone this is Mia, the new kid. Mia this is Lucy, Brenda, and Samuel.”

“Hi!” Mia said, in a slightly louder voice than before.

“Where are you from, Mia?” Brenda asked.

“I’m from Washington. My parents got divorced and my mum and I moved here.”

“Oh, I’m sorry about that,” Lucy said.

“It’s okay. We’re quite happy and they divorced with mutual understanding, so there were no fights or anything.”

They talked more for a while and the bell rang. Brenda, Samuel, and Lucy rushed off to P.E. Lucy shot him another significant look before leaving.  Luke rolled his eyes and smiled.

“What class do you have now?” he asked Mia.

“History,” Mia replied

“You and me got a lot of History,” Luke sang, laughing.

“You like One Direction? I absolutely love them” Mia asked, surprised.

“Yeah! They’re like the best band in the whole world!” Luke said. “I was trying to say we have history class together, by the way.”  He added.

“Understood” Mia replied, laughing too.

They made their way towards History. It was on the other side of the building and was quite a walk.

“Hey, Luke?” Mia said, rather hesitantly stopping him.

“Yeah?” Luke said.

“I know I’ve known you for a few hours but would you mind coming over to my house for dinner this weekend. My mum would really like it if she thought I am making friends.”

“Yeah sure,” Luke replied. “Would you like to hang out sometime, maybe, you know…just the two of us?” he added, blushing slightly.

“Yeah, sure,” Mia replied, turning a delicate shade of pink.

“But I have a question,” Luke said.

“What?’ Mia asked, curious.

“What’s your full name? Like what is Mia short for?”

“Oh, it’s short for Michael. My aunt nicknamed me and it sort of stuck.”


Thank you for reading! Hope you have a lovely day!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you’ll!

Stay healthy and safe!

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Stock Images Inspired Stories||thebookofjess

Stock Images Inspired Stories||thebookofjess

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all having a great day! And I really hope you’re all healthy and safe.

Today I am going to be doing something I saw over at Maggie’s blog. I am going to be writing short stories inspired by stock images.

Photography is beautiful. Sometimes you see so much more in a photo than just what is visible. You see the stories behind the photos. Today I’d like to share with you what I see behind these pictures.

Source of Stock Images: Pixabay


Stock Images Inspired Stories


 


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||The “Cat”||

“Dad! I want that kitty!” squealed the little curly-haired boy, as he rushed forward to take a closer look. 

“But bud, you sure you don’t want a dog?” his dad asked. 

“No, no! I want this kitty! I want the kitty!” the little boy nearly yelled. 

“Okay, buddy! We’ll get it for you!” the dad consented. 

The boy smiled and turned to stroke the kitten. Most peculiarly, the kitten smirked and said in an almost whisper: “You’re in for some adventures, kid!”


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||Venturing||

Maria pursed her lips as she saw her youngest son wear his boots. She had reluctantly consented him to go out into The Fog, alone for the first time. 

“Well, he HAS to learn. I can’t protect him forever,” she thought, trying to console herself. 

“Now you listen to me, Harry. Don’t obey the voices. Ignore them and walk straight on. Remember The Fog changes the course of everything except the rock path. Stay on the rock path, okay? Once you reach the tree, turn around and walk back. That’ll be enough for today. You get me?” she said, shaking his shoulders slightly. 

“Yes, mum.” her son replied. 

She hugged him and opened the door. She was greeted by the cold shaft of air. Harry took a deep breath and walked out.

Maria watched him, hoping she wouldn’t lose another child to The Fog.  


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||Imagination||

Children are wonders. They see the world in a special light. To them, anything is possible. There is no limit to the imaginations of a child. 

“But, Mama. Why can’t the balloons be planets?” she asked, curiously. 

“Sweetie, they just can’t,” her mother replied placidly. 

“But you can imagine they are…” 


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||Hope||

You can lose everything. You can lose worldly possessions. You can lose people. But you never lose one thing. It remains with you even through the hardest and darkest of times. 

The only thing that binds everyone in this universe together. The only emotion that remains constant. Hope. 

You can make it through even the darkest times, if only you have hope. 


Thank you for reading! I hope you have a lovely day!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you’ll!

Stay healthy and safe!♥

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Here’s to the… ||thebookofjess

Hi! Hope you’re all having a great day! We see so many little things around us. Little things that we appreciate, but then forget. Personally, I feel that I need to acknowledge them. So this post is dedicated to all the little things that come my way.


Here's to the...


Here’s to the lady who takes morning walks every day. Here’s to the mother who drops off her children to the school each morning. Here’s to the plants that grow in the cracks of the sidewalk. Here’s to the people who don’t hide their scars. Here’s to the people who accept their past. Here’s to the brother who bought chocolate for his sister with his last money. Here’s to the neighbors who say hi to each other. Here’s to all those people who miserably fail at an Aussie accent but keep on trying. Here’s to the fragile, delicate young love. Here’s to the ones who never lose hope. Here’s to all the beautiful, little things that come my way.


“The little things?

The little moments?

They aren’t little.”

– John Kabat-Zinn


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The Book Snob Tag|| thebookofjess

The Book Snob Tag|| thebookofjess

Hi! Hope you’re all having a great day! Today I am going to be doing The Book Snob Tag. I saw this tag a few weeks ago and screenshotted the questions, so I do not know which blog I stole it from…! If you do know, do let me know in the comments!


The Book Snob Tag


Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?

 I try to definitely. But sometimes it just so happens I do not know that a book adaptation exists. This has happened only 4 or 5 times. I have also watched movies of books that are in another language. 


Format Snob: You can only choose one format to read for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical, ebooks, or audiobooks.

PHYSICAL!! I do, admittedly read a lot of ebooks and have listened to a few audiobooks, but physical books are THE BEST!! No arguments! The feeling, the joy of holding a book is incomparable. 


Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

My friends have asked me this before and I think that I would. If the person is ready to listen to my rants about books, and be okay with my reading, then it could work out. They have to LISTEN.


Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

HORROR. I am sorry to horror fans but I am not a very brave person when it comes to ghosts or dolls… I have gotten into reading a bit of horror but so far I have read only 5 books. So, if I had to ditch a genre forever, it would be horror. 


Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

This is so hard!!!! Hmm…I’m going to say..fiction? That’s a very big genre. Hopefully, I could outsmart the question…? 


Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

ROMANCE! I get a lot of hate for liking Twilight and Me Before You and a hundred other books. People think it is very sappy and soft. But they do not know the absolute joy of reading these books. The hate, the love, the peril that you feel…I’m going to stop now. I will literally go on for years…lol! 


Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or reading in general?

Yes! I get snubbed for reading on a daily basis but I mostly get snubbed for reading autobiographies. I love autobiographies and people, in general, don’t. I’ve gotten pretty used to it and let their words fall on deaf ears. Everyone in the book community has been snubbed about their books at some point. 


Thank you for reading! Hope you liked it! 🙂

Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you’ll! ♥

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Happy Women’s Day

Happy Women’s Day

There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish. -Michelle Obama.

The world in its true form|| thebookofjess

The world in its true form|| thebookofjess

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all having a lovely day! Today I am going to share a poem I wrote.

The world in its true form.

The rain; as it splatters on the window,

The wind; as it rattles the very soul,

The clouds; as they cast a mystic shadow,

The sun; as it attempts to shine through,

The people; as they scuttle to the safety of their homes,

In the fear of seeing the world in its true form.

By: Jess Pandey


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Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you’ll! ♥♥


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Q/A||thebookofjess

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all having a lovely day! Today I thought I would do a Q/A to let you’ll know to know me a bit better. Most of these questions I found on different Pinterest posts (Pinterest never fails you!) and some of them I came up with myself.


Q1. What did you learn a little too late?

I think the fact that even when you are willing to go the extra mile for people, most of them don’t even want to take an extra step for you. You need to recognize the people who are appreciative and loyal but they are hard to find.


Q2. What habit do you have that you think not many other people have?

I collect little things that seem extremely insignificant. A little note that someone writes to me. A pen that I love. The tag from a piece of clothing that I love. I keep these small things in a journal and currently, I have 3. (And 5 writing journals)


Q3. What are you too hard on yourself for?

I always have the feeling that I have to make things perfect. I am, admittedly, too hard on myself sometimes if things aren’t perfect.

Also, I wish that I was the type of person who doesn’t get affected by what others say. But I do. So, I guess I am a bit hard on myself when I get affected by trivial things.


Q4. What do most people underestimate about you?

I am a shy, quiet person. I used to hate talking in front of an audience. And people generally think that I am incapable of being a powerful speaker. I also sing, which hardly anyone has heard, except my sister. I do sing in school sometimes but not in my real “singing” voice. I have quite a shrill voice when I talk but while singing it’s quite deep. So, in general, people tend to think I am not an assertive speaker.


Q5.What’s the biggest sign of weakness in a person?

I feel that a person is weak if they are not able to make a sincere apology. Making someone feel bad is no achievement and it is something quite despicable. I consider a person to be weak-minded if they are not able to express their opinions, apologize for their mistakes, and cry.


Q6. If you dropped everything and went on a road trip, where would you go?

I would love to go to the Grand Canyon. I have always wanted to hike up the Grand Canyon.


Q7. What makes you angrier than it should?

The fact that I make a promise to myself to wake up and go to sleep early, but failing to do it every time just drives me up the wall!


Q8.What is the favorite part of your daily routine?

At night, when I’m done with everything, I crawl into my bed with a book and read for an hour (…or two..!). That’s my favorite part of the day.


Q9. What’s the ideal weekend for you?

The ideal weekend for me is when I don’t have the pressure to complete some of the other work for the coming week and when I’m just able to write and read.


Q10. What did you want to be when you were younger?

I badly wanted to be a detective. I don’t know why. I am a person who would like a creative and safe job. A detective’s life (though amazing) is a bit too risque for me.


Q11. If you could identify with one fictional character, who would it be?

Hermione Granger or Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter.


Q12. What are the ten things most important to you? (thing, not person)

  • My memory journal(s)
  • My writing journal
  • Books
  • My mother’s ring
  • Laptop
  • Mobile phone
  • Spectacles
  • My pillow (sounds weird but I can’t sleep with my pillow!)
  • Food ( I love food…)
  • My whiteboard

Q13.What is your favorite physical and non-physical attribute about yourself?

Physical: Hair Non-physical: My thoughts.


Q14. What do you daydream about?

I create an unnamed character and put them in a scenario and think about how it would go on. I tend to watch it in my head. Also, I am a light sleeper but a heavy daydreamer. If I start daydreaming, it will take a marching band to wake me up again!!


Q15. If your life was a novel, what would the title be?

Writing My Way Through Life. (I just typed the first thing that came to my mind!)


Thank you for reading! Hope you have a great day!💕

Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you’ll!💞


Blog Segment “My Thoughts Tuesday” Introduction||thebookofjess

Blog Segment “My Thoughts Tuesday” Introduction||thebookofjess

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I am sharing a most exciting idea that I am so, so, so thrilled about. I am going to be introducing a blog segment called “My Thoughts Tuesday”!

The reason I am doing this is quite simple. I am a very opinionated person and feel that I have to give my opinion about everything. (Considering the situation, of course!) Mostly I write them down in my journal and that gives momentary satisfaction. But, I sometimes feel that by doing this, I am suppressing my voice. And nobody should feel that they are not heard.

So, I decided to start doing this blog segment. I’ll be posting my thoughts on any random subject every Tuesday. I’m open to any suggestions anyone may have! If you do, let me know in the comments down below.

Also, I will be doing this weekly along with my normal posts, this won’t be a replacement for my normal posts.


Thank you for reading! Hope you have a lovely day!

If you have any suggestions let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you’ll! ♥♥


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Sometimes it’s you||thebookofjess

Sometimes it’s you||thebookofjess

Sometimes it’s you

“…near the old school, yeah! Cap has urgent business to talk about!” shouted that imbecile being yet again. Ugh.

“Why? What happened, eh? I ain’t got no time! There’s this shop that opens up early downtown and they keeps their stale bread on the counter to throw away! What a waste is what I say! I wanna be able to geddit before them customers come.” said that greedy old git.

Scavengers. That’s what they are. Always screeching around, eating trash or nicking the human’s stuff. Humans were so irritated by them. Even the kind ones, who put out food and water, shooed them away when they saw these barbarous creatures gobbling the whole thing up.

Me? No, no. I was sweet and charming. People liked me. I woke up early in the morning to catch the worms and then flew from garden to garden, picking at the little grains people threw on their porch and catching up on the latest gossip! No one ever shooed me away, instead, they praised me for my quiet, mellow voice. Every day, I took some food and stashed it in the little crook of my nest. You know, for winter.

They never stored anything. Their preparation for harsh weather was just as much as a human is prepared for a tornado. Yes, some humans have built basements and put away commodities for hard times, but some are just thick or have too much faith. Humans are messed up.

I tried to go back to sleep. It was nowhere near my waking time. But the voices of those scroungers kept me awake. When I had built this nest, I had been sure to keep a few things in mind. A big, shady tree, safe from storms and rain, kind humans…and no crows. But, a few months ago, after a calamitous storm, these two douchebags came out of nowhere and settled themselves in the next tree.

They were pretty oblivious and dull and didn’t bother us small birds. Some might think that was because they were nice and kind but no such thing! There were only two of them and about 50 of us. They were afraid. Cowards.

Usually, they went scrounging for food by themselves. But, all of them belonged to a group. That group only worked when they had to loot a huge dump yard or something. (Their idea of a party. I know, so primeval.) Every group had a Captain, or Cap, as these vulgar, uneducated creatures called him.

“This ain’t no common thing, pal!” I heard the first one screech.

“Why? Its just gon be another dump, ain’t it? I rather settle for stale bread, thank ya!” the second one replied.

Ha. Choosing stale bread over a dump yard. What an…amusing menu.

“No, no, no, pal! Cap needs help with somethin’! He says it’s important and whoever don’t turn up, gonna be clawed off the group.” the first one said, a tone of urgency in his voice.

So, that’s how they worked. Bribe and threats. And for the humans that might be reading this, clawed off is the bird equivalent of kicked off.

“Clawed off! No way! Jeff missed so many adventures. He ain’t kicked off!” protested the second one.

Adventures…really?

“Yeah. But this ain’t no other adventure. Cap says its urgent n’ he needs every bird on their claws in the field behin’ the old school at dawn” the first one said.

Silence…

“Look, if you ain’t gonna come, don’t ‘spect me to hang ’round with ya! I don’t wanna get clawed off. Cap always gets the best places to eat and if he needs us to be there one time, I’m gon be there for him!” said the first one, dutifully.

Ha. So they were faithful. To a garbage eatery group…but at least faithful.

I cracked my eyes open and saw them sitting on opposite branches on the next tree. The second one was hesitating. (I’m sorry I keep calling them by that, but honestly, I never bothered myself to know their names.)

At last, the second one surrendered. “Oh! Al’ right! I’ll go, I’ll go…”

For a while, they sat in silence and I just lay there, too eager to know what happened next to go about my normal business.

At last those one brain celled creatures spoke.

“Don’t tell no one where we’re goin’, okay? Cap wants to keep it a secret. Says that if anyone knew, all birds would see us differently and that would cause problems.” the first one said, his lack of English comprehension hurting my ears.

The fool. He should have said that to himself before he screeched out the entire plan.

But his words intrigued me. Why didn’t their “Cap” want anyone to know? What were they up to? No good. That was for sure. So I decided to have a small breakfast from my stash and follow them. I knew the school they were talking about. There were plenty of hiding spots there. I could easily fly to one that gave me a good view and where I could hear every single one of their uncivilized, caveman-ish words.

I quickly ate and hopped down to a low branch and flew from there, so they didn’t see me. I was a quick and skilled flyer, so I managed to hide from sight as I made my way to the field. There were already two crows waiting there, so I had little time to find a good hiding spot. I found one between two trash cans filled with crumpled pieces of paper used by the Kindergarten kids.

Slowly, slowly, more and more crows flew into the field. I saw the pair who had accidentally leaked the information. Well, how did their “Cap” expect the plan to remain a secret when with beings possessing such a small brain? I wonder…

The archaic creatures were creating a racket. It was so irritating. Didn’t they know their voice was not in the least pleasant and peril to anyone’s ears!

“Okay group! Listen up!” their Cap shrieked louder than the others to be heard.

The group surprisingly quietened and listened attentively to their Cap. I did too, attempting to not go over their improper use of English way too much.

“There is a fellow bird who needs our help,” the Cap addressed the assembled crowd. “We are greater in number than most birds. Others are too self-absorbed to notice the crisis other birds might be in,” he said.

Crows helping fellow birds?? That is unheard of! They usually go about bullying smaller birds and stealing from humans and birds likewise. What was the Cap talking about? Us small birds being self-absorbant? I was so busy fuming over his introductory words that I almost missed what he said next.

“There’s a little hummin’ bird nestled in the tree behind the park. She broke her wing and wasn’t able to fly for a good couple ‘o days. Jimmy and I,” he gestured to his second in command, “…have been helping her and her younglings to survive. Their father died in that storm.” he said. “Quiet! I know this is all new information to y’all but keep calm and listen!” he added, as the crows had started their usual ear-splitting racket again.

“She looked like she’d be okay in a handful days but her wings are worse now and I’m not sure if she’ll be able to see the next season. She’s in a terrible condition and she knows it. Yesterday she had me promise that if anything happened to her, I would take care of her younglings.”

“I wouldn’t have needed you lot’s help with only her young ones but it so happens that the hummin’ birds in that area aren’t so well off,” he said. “In fact,” he added ruefully, “No bird in that area doin’ fine.”

“We need to help ’em. We’re the largest group ‘mong the crows. We need to help them or soon or later the birds in that area will be no more.”

A deafening silence fell over the crowd. But the sounds of cheer and encouragement broke the silence.No, I was wrong. A deafening silence had fallen over me. Crows all around me were excited and shouted out encouraging words and plans on how they could help.

All this time I had been living in oblivion. And I came to realize something. It is not always the other person who is faulty. Sometimes you are the prejudiced one. Sometimes you are the villain.

Jess Pandey


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Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder||thebookofjess

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder||thebookofjess

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.

There’s this funny thing about the universe. One thing or quality that might appear revolting or ugly to one may be the reason for living to another.

There’s someone who loves the crinkles by your eyes, the scars that you’ve had from when you were a wee little child. The dimple that sneaks up on the side of your cheek when you smile. The way your eyes twinkle when you talk about something you love, the stutter of your voice when you get embarrassed. The unnoticed wasps of hair falling on your face. The way little things in life have an effect on you. The look in your eyes when you daydream. There’s someone who loves your little quirks and faults. There is someone to whom you mean the world.

Indeed, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.

Jess Pandey


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…just live|| thebookofjess

…just live|| thebookofjess

Just live

She flung her feet over the sofa arm. There seemed absolutely nothing to do. Everything was in its place and all that needed to be done was done. She felt the urge to just do something. Her body had become used to constant movement, mind used to always focus on something.

She had long forgotten what it was like to do nothing and maybe look at the clouds. Doing nothing and just reading for the sake of reading. Do nothing and staring at the ceiling, weaving all the magical thoughts at the back of your head.

Long forgotten the delicious slumber that stole through you as you just lay there, imagining all sorts of wondrous scenarios that could never in a million years come true. Long forgotten the beautiful and elegant form of nature when looked at it through open eyes. Long forgotten what it was live without a task. Long forgotten what it was like to just live.

Jess Pandey


2019 A Year in Review||thebookofjess

2019 A Year in Review||thebookofjess

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing really well! Today I’m going to be doing a 2019 A Year in Review post. Sorry, this is quite late, I was really busy with school, my exams (for now) just ended and I thought, “Well, better late than never!” So here I am!


2019


2019 did not start well. I was very sick and did not go to school. I missed a good few months of school and I got to know the reality of some people whom I called friends. I decided to re-do, restart my life because I felt it falling to pieces. I decided to start over 9th grade and paid more attention to my health, life, relationships and started to repair the broken parts. I will be describing each important aspect and how it changed for the better.

Reading: I went into what one might call a reading slump but really I was just afraid to start new books during my sickness. I came over that fairly easily as reading has always been an integral part of my life. I did introduce some changes: a) I bought real books. I had gotten into a habit of reading e-books, and although e-books are great and I still read them, I developed a habit to read more actual books. b)I started reading classics and autobiographies. c) I developed a love for the second-hand book store. I don’t know why but buying a book someone has read just makes me feel that there is more than just one story. In my book store adventures, I have found books that were printed in the 1940s – 1990s. You can see the books that were printed during the peak of WWII were printed on thin paper and with quite cheap ink indicating the economic situation. I just loved introducing these changes and felt much better.

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Blogging: I did not blog a lot, as I had to concentrate on a lot of things. But I can say that this year really blogged what I loved, I blogged about things I was interested in the most and I can say that I was myself in all of those posts. The blogging community was amazing and supportive as always.

School: Not much to say. I made better friends, overcame my fear of mathematics. I used to be very afraid of public speaking and stuttered a bit, I overcame that and am much confident. I’m a very opinionated person and have an opinion about a lot of things, and it feels good to be able to voice my opinions.

Writing: I matured a bit, I feel, in this field. I guess you can tell that if you compare my previous posts with the more recent ones. My father has seen my writing since the day I started scribbling on my bedroom wall and he agrees with me.

Family: We recently moved and the new house is much more open to fresh air and peaceful. I feel that discussing my opinions at home and then projecting them to the world, helps me win many arguments or questions that might be raised against it.

Blogging community: The blogging community has been amazing. I made even more friends this year and I am thankful for each and every one of you! It really makes my day when I see a comment. It really means a lot to me to know that someone took the time to read what I wrote. heart-700141_640

Me: I have developed. I have gained more confidence. I have overcome fears. I have developed a thick skin to criticism and learned to stand up for myself and what I believe in. I have become very aware of the world around me and have become a feminist. Or rather discovered that I always was one. I went against everyone to repeat a year to bring my life in order. And I am really happy to say I succeeded.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! May you have a lovely year! Have Courage and be Kind! Love all of you! Thank you! 🙂


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Happy New Year 2020!! 💕😘

Happy New Year 2020!! 💕😘

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all doing well! The New Year is here! 💚💜

Wishing all of you wonderful people and your families a Very Happy New Year! 💙💕💞

I will be having exams in the second week of January, so I’ll be seeing you all next on the 10th with a Year In Review post! 💙💙(But I will reply to comments!)

Peter Pan inspired: Lost Boy||thebookofjess

Peter Pan inspired: Lost Boy||thebookofjess

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all having a lovely day! A few days ago, I came across the song “you can fly!” on YouTube and it took me down memory lane as Peter Pan was one of the first few books I ever read and one I love to this day.

It revived the question I had when I was the mighty age of six. As someone grows old, do they lose the ability to notice magic as quickly as a child? It was a very whimsical question paired with my want to go to Neverland (…and I still do…) but it still was a question that haunted me for a good year at least.

So I decided to write a little something from the point of view of Wendy Darling. (A quick recap for those who have forgotten the story: Wendy and her two brothers, John and Michael, go on adventures with Peter Pan, but there comes a time when they must go home. Upon reaching home, Peter makes a promise to Wendy that he will take her back to Neverland every spring for a week. The promise is kept for a year and after that he is never to be seen. He does appear again, when Wendy has a daughter, and he takes her to Neverland. My theory, if I may, is that Wendy didn’t see him because she was growing up. However nothing concrete could be based on this theory.)


Lost Boy

And I grew blind

To the stones you threw,

The signs you left,

The pain you took.
Because how

Could a lost boy,

Ever be found?

By: Jess Pandey.


Thank you for reading! Hope you’ll have a great day! 😊

Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you’ll! 💕💕


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Hello there! Hope you’re having a great day! Merry Christmas!! 🎄🎄🎄💕💕💕🌹🌹💚💙💜🎄💞💞

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas to you and your family! 😘

I know I have been away but I’ll be posting a little something later today! Can’t wait for you to see that! This was just a short post wishing you wonderful people Happy Holidays!


Let me how your day is going in the comments! I’d love to hear from you’ll! 💙


Not a moment without you.

Not a moment without you.

Not a moment without you.

14:56. Two babies came into this world at the same time.

Playing in the playground, their mothers thought they’d make a cute couple.

And cried silently into their napkins when the “cute couple” stood at the altar on their wedding day.

The lucky pair said to each other: “We came into this world together. We leave together. I don’t want to spend a moment without you.”

And as if a last gift from the gods, their heartbeats stopped together. So neither had to live one moment without the other.

By: Jess Pandey

Photography.

Photography.

Hi! I hope you’re all having a lovely day! So, as some of you might know, I recently moved and my new house is pretty high up. I can see a vast expanse of the sky from my bedroom window and at dusk, it gets so beautiful, that I am literally addicted to taking photos of the clouds! Here are some of the best pictures that I captured! Hope you like them!

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After a long day of studying,I looked out to see this! It’s like cotton candy.

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This looks like an entrance to something magical!

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Wow.

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This was quite a storm!

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These were storm clouds as well, but they passed.

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Yes, I know my finger is visible…I’ve done it on purpose…totally


Hope you’ll liked it!

Let me know in the comments if you love taking pictures sky too! 💕💕

Hope you’ll have a smashing day!


Blushed and stuttered…

Blushed and stuttered…

Blushed and stuttered

He remembered the day when he first met her. She was sitting in a park, simply looking at the people passing there. The next day, she was there, and the next and the next. On the fourth day, he went up to her and asked, “Is that seat taken?” gesturing to the empty seat beside her.

“Yes, sure,” she replied, without taking her eyes off of an old couple having a picnic. She was watching them intently as if taking in every word they said to each other as they munched their sandwiches. He had had enough, so he decided to ask her the question he had since he first set his eyes oh her.

“Why do you stare at people?” he asked, in what he hoped was a casual tone.

She slowly turned around and looked at him, a wistful smile forming on her face. She had dark green eyes, that seemed to hold all the secrets of the world. They sparkled as she spoke.

“Well, I observe people,” she started, a bit defensively. ” People are strange, fascinating. A man may argue with his wife over something as simple as a loaf of bread, the other might worship the ground she walks on. People are different, they have different personalities, hair, skin, way of speaking, fashion, style of living, everything around them is different. I like to observe them because it’s like reading a book…all the characters are their own person and you never know what they might do next. Like, what were the odds of you, coming to sit beside a girl and ask her why does she stare at people.”

He was rather taken aback at her answer but recovered quickly and asked, “But, you can’t possibly hear what the old couple back there are saying. How does -”

“Well,” she said interrupting him. “I sort of create conversations in my head, observe people, write about them. It’s my thing, I guess”

He looked at her in awe and admiration. He was beginning to like this girl with beautiful dark eyes, small smile, way of speaking and her strange ideas.

They sat in silence for a while, until he suddenly said, “You’ll make a great author someday”

She just blushed and stuttered.

He looks proudly at the book on display in the bookstore. He went over and took one off the shelf. Turning to the back cover, he saw gorgeous dark eyes that he had fallen in love with all those years ago.

He heard footsteps and looked up and met those eyes yet again. Looking deep into them he said, “I told you…” and hugged her.

She just blushed and stuttered.

By: Jess Pandey

Maybe someday.

Maybe someday.

Maybe someday

“I’ll write a letter.” she thought. Sitting down at her desk, she was contemplating the best way to express herself. After a moment or two, she could not restrain herself and she just wrote.

Finishing the letter, she sealed it, put a stamp on but could not bring herself to post it. So she put it in a small ornate box and stored it away in the attic.

“Will you ever post it?” asked a little voice in her head.

“Maybe someday…”

“Granny, what’s in this box” cried the little child as she zoomed around the attic, thrilled on discovering so many of her Granny’s treasures.

“Which one, love?” the older lady asked.

“This one,” the little child pointed out a small ornate box.

Her grandmother took the box, opened it and smiled. The child peeped into it and saw a yellowing paper envelope.

“It’s a letter, Granny. Why didn’t you post it?”

“Maybe someday…”

By: Jess Pandey

Little things.

Little things.

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Little Things

They asked her, “Don’t you love anything?”

Yes. Yes, she did.

She loved the dark sky, she loved the dark night, she loved the feeling of being loved, the feeling of having trust, she loved that morning rush, she loved his easy blush, she loved the trees as they swayed, she loved the plants that crept up on sidewalks, she loved the smell of lawns, she loved the sound of the wind as it whistled and teased, she loved the little things that no one saw.

And when they saw her, they thought she loved nothing at all.

And one day, she hoped someone would see the little things she loved the most.

By: Jess Pandey. 



Me Before You: Book and Movie Review||thebookofjess

Me Before You: Book and Movie Review||thebookofjess

Hi! I hope you’re having a lovely day! Today I am going to be reviewing Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I read the book in late September and even though it made me cry a river of tears, in the end, it is one of the best plots ever created. It turned out that my sister had the movie on her hard drive, so I watched it too and well, it made me cry more than the book did if you can believe that! Today I am going to be reviewing both the book and the movie. Let’s go!


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Book Name: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes 

Rating: 5/5 

Genre: Drama, Romance 

Summary: She walked the 180 steps from the cafe to her house, clutching the letter containing her last salary, she did not know how this unexpected turn of events was going to lead her to know who she really was. Louisa Clarke is a particularly unusual woman, who loves to wear outfits that might look like they’ve been put together by a very bright and enthusiastic kindergartener who aspires to be a fashion designer! She is described by others to be very chatty and lively. After losing her job at The Buttered Bun, she walks the 180 steps from the cafe to her house, clutching the envelope containing her last salary. Having spent 6 years working at The Buttered Bun, she was quite lost. 

After trying out some jobs that don’t quite appeal to her, she stumbles upon a six-month contract that requires her to take care of a man, Will Traynor, who suffers from quadriplegia, a condition in which one is unable to move his four limbs and torso.

Do you imagine living 28 years of your life filled with adventure, jumping off cliffs and surfing big waves and then, after an unfortunate accident, being restricted to a chair, where people have to take care of every aspect of your life? Well, that is what happened to Will Traynor. After two years of living in pain, he asks to end his life through Dignitas (a Swiss non-profit members’ society providing assisted/accompanied suicide to those members of the organization who suffer from a terminal illness and/or severe physical and/or mental illnesses, supported by qualified Swiss doctors.) His mother asks him to wait for six months, during which she makes up her mind to make ends meet if it meant for her son to have a desire to live again.

She hires Louisa Clarke as a carer for her son, thinking that the presence of a lively, young girl, would help him build a desire to live.

Once a very intelligent, witty, young man; after his impairment, has become quite moody, angry and bitter, with practically no goal in life. During the first days of her employment, Louisa finds it very hard to connect with Will, as he is adamant about sneering her and avoiding her on all costs.

But slowly, Louisa becomes pretty much the only reason Will gets out of bed in the morning. Louisa soon gets to know about Dignitas and helps Will to find a reason to live by taking him to concerts, horse races, and vacations. The question is, will she be able to save the person she has slowly fallen in love with.


Before reviewing the movie, I would like to gush about it a bit first! First of all, the movie was very similar to the books! That is rare in book adaptations. Secondly, this movie has Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter), Sam Claflin (Finnick from The Hunger Games), Jenna Coleman (Clara from Doctor Who) and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys from Game of Thrones; which I am not allowed to watch, being a minor). So this movie has the cast of three of my favorite fandoms (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Doctor Who). That…that was what drove me to watch this movie in the first place! Now, onto the review!


Movie Name: Me Before You (Based on the book “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes)

Genre: Drama, Romance 

Director: Thea Sharrock 

Starcast: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Mathew Lewis, Jenna Coleman 

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary: The book and the movie are pretty similar and even though, the movie does not include some aspects of the movie, I really liked the way they portrayed the story. I understand that the movie cannot have all the aspects and details of the book. (even though we would all love that, wouldn’t we?)

The casting of the movie was also pretty immaculate. The book gives you more of an insight into what the characters are like, their morals, the story of their life. So, although the movie did not do injustice to the characters (like a few books to movie adaptations I could name*cough* Percy Jackson *cough*), I would recommend reading the book before watching the movie, because a) you’ll have the thrill of having your story come to life and b)you’ll get to cry over Will’s death again…”Yay,” said her readers, in a sarcastic tone….sorry!

If you’re the type of person who doesn’t watch a book to movie adaptation, then this movie is not for you. Reading the book, I imagined the castle, the gardens, will’s house mentioned in the book to be much more magnificent, but the movie did not exactly meet my expectations. So, if you have come to terms with the fact that nobody can actually turn a book into a movie, you’re good!

The movie, by itself, is very well directed and the cast is amazing and I would say it’s a must-watch, whether you are a book person or movie person.


Thank you so much for reading! Hope you’ll have a great day and a great week ahead! 

Let me know you’re thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you’ll! ♥♥

P.S. I got my laptop back! I can even describe how happy I feel!


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…besides the one written in ink…

…besides the one written in ink…

Besides the one written in ink…

The little girl was tired of playing in the garden. She went in and grumbled to her mother: “Mommy! I am so bored…”

Her mother replied: “How about you read something for a change, love?”

The little girl looked at the forlorn bookcase in the room and rolled her eyes.

“But they’re old books, mum. They’re not interesting!

Her mother replied: “How can you say that, dear. You’ve never read one have you?”

So the little girl went to the bookcase and began to look for a book.

At long last, a book with a handsome leather cover caught her eye and she took it out with some difficulty.

The book was titled ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. She opened the book and found a single dry rose inside. She took it to her mother.

“Mommy, I found this old, dried rose inside this book.” She held up the old rose gently in her little hand.

The older lady smiled and looked at the photograph of a handsome young man on the wall.

She said softly: “Sometimes books hold stories besides the one written in ink…”

By: Jess Pandey.



And the moon laughed…

And the moon laughed…

And the moon laughed…

They say that when you feel lonely look at the moon. Someone, somewhere is looking at it. The general message is: You are never alone.

She looked up at the moon and thought: “If only I knew who it was…”

He looked up at the moon and thought: “I wish…”

And the moon laughed, knowing how their fates would soon collide…

by: Jess Pandey.



Happy Halloween! + Quick Updates!

Happy Halloween! + Quick Updates!

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a really great day! Happy Halloween!!!!!💞💞🌟🌟😱😈👺🌌🌌🍭🍬🍫(Ok that’s a lot of emoji’s!)

Now a real quick life update!

I am typing on my phone because my laptop got attacked by a virus and had to go to get repaired. It’s a whole formatting process and the company will take no less than Early December to Late November to return it! So I am doomed! That is the reason I stooped blogging so abruptly! Please forgive me but I really hate typing on my phone! I will be posting once or twice a week. Just know that nothing has happened! Everything is going great and IM ALIVE! Today I got my mid term results and they were amazing! Thank you for all your wishes! Now I am diving headfirst into prep for finals and A LOT OF WRITING(which I am low-key excited to do!!). I am so busy and with my newfound interest in Shakespeare and old classics has not helped!! I have a few draft posts that I could edit ob my phone in my free time and spend November somehow until my laptop comes back home! Thank you so much for coping with me literally jumping back and forth!

I wish you all A VERY HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!! Hope you have/had a smashing day! Keep smiling!! 🎶🎶💞💞

Also I am terrified with the amount of Pennywise costumes this year! Oh I hate clowns so! What were you for Halloween?


73 Questions with Jess (Vogue Inspired)

73 Questions with Jess (Vogue Inspired)

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all having a great day and a great week! Today I am going to be doing this really fun tag I saw over at Maggie’s blog and felt that I had to do it. So, Vogue does interviews with celebrities and asks them 73 Questions. I always love to see those interviews and had always wanted to do them and I got the perfect opportunity! This tag was created by Dawn@ Drawing Closer to Christ.

73 Questions [Vogue Inspired]


  1. What’s your usual Starbucks order? I don’t go to Starbucks.
  2. What does your work station look like? Very neat, practical and a lot of papers (arranged neatly!).
  3. Favorite food? Pasta.
  4. What do you think of open relationships? No comment.
  5. What is your favorite video game? I don’t play video games. I used to when I was 6 or 7, and I loved time management games.
  6. Guilty pleasure treat? Chips. You see, I have a sensitive stomach and don’t really eat outside stuff a lot.
  7. Your favorite movie? Bride Wars. 
  8. Favorite author? J.K.Rowling, duh.
  9. Favorite book? I don’t want to pick one…but I guess, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
  10. Twitter or Instagram? I don’t have either nor do I support them very much.
  11. Desktop or laptop? Laptop.
  12. Best advice you’ve ever received? Be Yourself. 
  13. What project are you working on right now? Writing.
  14. Favorite color? Powder blue.
  15. Did you get good grades in school? I am still in school and I get good grades in English and Social Studies and average in others.
  16. Dream job? Writer.
  17. Play any sports? I took part in a lot of races. That’s all.
  18. Do you have a degree? Not yet.
  19. Nationality? Indian.
  20. What is your favorite kind of blog post? All of them, really.
  21. What’s something that can always make you smile? Books. 
  22. Describe yourself in three words? Creative, Dreamer and Stargazer. 
  23. If you were a rapper, what would your stage name be? I don’t know…Elsa maybe. I would SO not be a rapper!
  24. Who was the last person you DM’d? I don’t have an Instagram.
  25. What’s on top of your wish list right now? A new phone.
  26. Sorting house? Ravenclaw.
  27. How many tattoos do you have? None.
  28. What are you most grateful for this year? New Opportunities.
  29. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month? I made a new friend.
  30. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today? Designing my bookshelf.
  31. What’s the best thing ever? Life.
  32. Favorite season? Winter.
  33. Favorite holiday? Christmas.
  34. What fictional character do you relate most to? Annabeth from Percy Jackson.
  35. Do you like surprises? I like the fact that someone took the time and energy to arrange it for me! But I do not particularly like being shocked. I do get over it very soon.
  36. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had? When I got my first laptop.
  37. Which surprise made you cry? I’m too surprised to cry.
  38. What’s the best surprise you’ve given somebody else? A surprise party.
  39. Do you like muffins? Yes, I’m not a monster!
  40. Do you cook often? About 10-15 times a month. I love to bake, which I do about 3-4 times a month, depending on how much time I have with school, writing, blogging, and other day-to-day activities.
  41. What’s your favorite dessert? Ice-cream. Chocolate Ice-Cream.
  42. Is there a dessert you don’t like? None that I can think of right now.
  43. Cake or pie? Cake!
  44. What’s your least favorite food? Cottage cheese…hate it.
  45. What’s your favorite condiment? Mayo.
  46. It’s 4 AM on a random Saturday. What are you eating? I am sleeping, dear!
  47. If you could teach a college class, what would it be called? Reading and Writing 2. (I don’t know why! I just like it for some weird reason!)
  48. Best animated film? Frozen.
  49. What has a guy done or said to impress you? Nothing.
  50. The best thing to do on a first date? Talk and get to know each other.
  51. The worst thing to do on a first date? Be ignorant.
  52. What’s the last video you watched? A lyric video.
  53. Best comic book character? Spider-man.
  54. Name three things that can always be found in your purse? My phone, purse, and keys.
  55. Favorite drink? Coke.
  56. If you could play a historical character in a movie, who would it be? 
  57. Kittens or puppies? Both!!
  58. Favorite sushi roll? I have never eaten it.
  59. What lipstick do you use? When I do…Revlon.
  60. What foundation do you use? When I do…Maybelline
  61. Blow-dry or air-dry? Air-dry.
  62. Who is your fashion icon? I don’t really have one. I like Bohemian style but I don’t really follow anyone in particular for fashion.
  63. Favorite Disney character? Rapunzel.
  64. What are you doing tomorrow? I will be doing a bit of cleaning tomorrow. That’s all I know for sure.
  65. Movie you laughed the hardest through? Home Alone.
  66. A movie that made you cry? Titanic.
  67. If you could sing a duet with anybody, who would you choose? Bridget Mendler.
  68. If your life was a song, what would the title be? Something related to books…like “I read it all” or something cheesy like that.
  69. What’s your favorite animal? Dolphin.
  70. Favorite illustrator? 
  71. The person you want to have coffee with? J.K.Rowling and make her hate me by asking a million questions…hehe…
  72. What country would you like to visit? The United Kingdom.
  73. Best way to decompress? Write it all out.

I tag anyone who wants to participate! Be sure to link me, so I can read your answers! If you don’t feel like doing the tag, but like a few questions, you are free to share them in the comments below! I’d love to read it! 


Thank you’ll for reading! Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Have a great day and a great week ahead! ♥♥


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The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag||thebookofjess

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag||thebookofjess

Hi! Hope you’re having a lovely day! ♥ Today I am going to be doing a tag I saw over at Sofii’s blog! And it looked really fun, so I decided to do it! Hope you like it!

P.S. I know I mentioned in my last post that I am going to be posting “Me Before You review” and “Recommended Reading”, but this was the only post in my Drafts for a very long time, so I decided to let it out!

So, Book Bloggers, I’m about to reveal all our secrets! Haha! Just kidding! I would never betray you! (Honestly, I am so weird! Lol!)


BOOK tag


How long have you been blogging?

That is comp-li-cated! I opened my blog back in 2016 but was very insecure and anxious about what I should post. Discouragement from my peers resulted in me just leaving it. Two years later, on May 2018, I finally decided to come back and let’s just say it was one of the best decisions I ever made! ♥ So, I have been properly blogging for about 1.5 years now!


At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

…NEVER!! My ghost will come back to the blog! I’m sure of it…! I might take little breaks occasionally as I juggle a lot of things and it is impertinent to take a break from certain things to keep everything in order. But I would never altogether stop blogging! I love it way too much!


What is the best thing about blogging?

The fact that I get a platform to express myself is the best thing about blogging for me. In real life, I am a weird, quirky, awkward teenager who reads books and is basically just missing the nerd glasses. (In fact, I do have glasses, just hate wearing them!) Here, on my blog, or any written media actually, I am still that weird person but I am me. I feel right.


What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

The pressure of blogging is somewhat of a stress-causing element. The feeling that people will read this and will think about it, leaves me a bit anxious.

But, this was the reason why I stopped blogging in 2016. So, I don’t let this affect me now. To make it okay, I just blog. It helps me ease my mind. In the past year, I have mentally made my blog one of my ‘safe places’ and it’s a great feeling!


How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?

Mostly I use book covers, which I usually download from Google. I use a lot of Canva to design Featured Images and Header Images. Canva is amazing! I love to design and it has really useful tools which I can use!


Who is your book crush?

Percy Jackson. It’s impossible to not have a crush on Percy if you have read Percy Jackson!


What author would you like to have on your blog?

I read Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire a few months ago and I absolutely loved it. I would love to interview him, as I think it’s a pretty underrated book. It is one of the best books I have read that is based in real life.


What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

I wear PJ’s literally ALL the time! Except for school and the rare days, I leave the house are the only times when I have not worn PJs! What can I say? They’re So comfortable! Do you feel the same about PJs?


How long does it take you to prepare?

A book review of a book I’ve recently read takes me about half an hour to write as I am literally full to the brim with ideas! Other types of posts take me about 2-3 hours; designs and writing all included. I mostly write on Friday/Saturday in school time and just any day of the week during holidays!


How do you feel about the blogging community?

It is literally like a family. The blogging community provides encouragement and constructive criticism, both of which are crucial to growth, in the right proportion. Exploring other blogs has also helped me to better understand the views and interests of people better than I would have if I learned about people in real life! So, a big THANK YOU to all of you!!!


What do you think one should do to create a successful blog?

I am about to say something really cliche and cheesy. BE YOURSELF. If you become successful by pretending to be someone you are not, it no purpose. Be you and that’ll attract the kind of people that like your weird, quirky self!


Thank you’ll for reading! Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you’ll!

Have a great day! ♥♥


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Hi Again! + A Conversation: Writer’s Block.

Hi Again! + A Conversation: Writer’s Block.

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a really great day! I am back from my break. I had my mid-year exams…and they went surprisingly smashingly! I had my Spell Bee but sadly I did not make it to the next level. Ah well, next time! My holidays started on 2nd October and till now I’ve just been reading and watching a lovely show called “Young Sheldon”! But now, I am back to rant to the world about books!!!

Today I am going to talking about something that affected me for almost a year and how I got over it. Writer’s block.

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Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown. The condition ranges from difficulty in coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a work for years.

-via Wikipedia

My experience.

Writing is the way I express myself. I am not a very confident speaker in front of an audience, I am not a skilled dancer or musician. I am not exemplary at math or science. (Frankly, I hate math and science; no offense.) I write. I started writing at a very young age. Most children draw on the wall, I used to attempt to write. Yes, I did admittedly ruin a wall in my childhood house by drawing wildly with crayons and whatnot but there was a fair share of ink on there too. I wrote my first “story” at the age of 3, I guess. I certainly don’t remember what it was about (I can guess it was about Mickey Mouse; I was obsessed with it), but I didn’t show it to anyone and it eventually got lost. Over the years, I wrote stories and hardly showed them to anyone. When I went in third grade, I started writing stories that one could actually follow and understand the plot of. The first story that I showed to anyone was about a little girl who did something in her garden. Undoubtedly it was inspired by some stupid cartoon. But over the years, I began to weave my own worlds instead of borrowing others. But it was those Cartoons-That-Just-Seem-Silly-Now which sparked writing in me. I also got into reading when I was in fourth or fifth grade and it really broadened my writing skills. So it went on. I loved writing and I continued it for a good many years until I just couldn’t one day.  Well, to be honest, it was quite a few things that led up to it. Discouragement and ups and downs in life just led to staring at a T.V. screen for the length of the day last year. Last year was NOT at all a good year for me, in many perspectives. However, I came through that. I proved to MANY people that yes, I was capable of making a decision…a decision that hardly anyone would take of their own free accord and I repeated a year in High School. I repaired my life, academically, physically and mentally. I will of course not say that I am perfect…far from it. But I am starting to become me. I faced writer’s block for more than a year and let me tell you, it is real and although it feels like you’ll never be able to write again…you will. I still have brief spells where I don’t want to write but I push myself to do it and I don’t let myself go back into that slump of not writing again. I will be sharing some tips on what you can do to overcome this. Guaranteed it is hard work but if you just think that one day I will write again. You will.

P.S. This was also the reason I rarely posted a story on my blog. I felt afraid, judged. I am going to start posting my stories soon. Just give me some time. I feel like I need to just let out all the words in me onto paper first. I will post them soon!


How I Overcame Writer’s Block.

1. Keep your drafts to yourself. 

Yes, I know. You wrote something with a spark of inspiration and you want someone to read it and tell you their opinions. From experience, I can tell you that except for a very few people like your mum or dad or siblings, people may do the following things: If you’ve written it in a hurry, just as inspiration struck you and you just let the words flow out of you, you are bound to make either grammatical errors or spelling errors. If you’ve hand-written it, your handwriting may be haphazard with you being the only person who can decipher each word. When you edit something out, you notice these things that you correct them and you actually feel proud of yourself. BUT, if other people point it out to you, you feel self-conscious or embarrassed. If someone makes fun of your handwriting, you do get hurt. You may not realize it then. But when you sit down to write something next time you feel odd. You start pointing out the silliest mistakes. You basically feel uncomfortable writing. By all means, show your amazing work to anyone you want but love, edit it out first! Remember, a magician never reveals his secrets! And you, are no less than a magician, words are magic.


2. Don’t feel like writing today? Walk it off!

There are times when you just don’t feel like writing. All you might want to do is curl up and watch Netflix or just sleep. Yes, we all need those breaks once in a while. But if you feel opposed to writing in general, and you love writing…you need to get up, grab some paper and a pen and write about anything. And I mean ANYTHING! Write about why you don’t want to write, about your day, about someone you love/hate, about your school/work, about your bowel movements for all I care! Just pick something about which you can go on writing. Tip: Write about something that frustrates you, people generally are VERY opinionated about things they hate. Just WRITE. Write it off!

If you can think of ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to write, write random words on a piece of paper!

“Walk it off” can also be an option or a complementary idea. Fresh air will help you think, and may also present something for you to write about.

Also, “Walk it off” was a Captain America quote. Call me a nerd, I’ll answer!

3. Read.

If you love writing, chances are you are also an avid reader. Read. Expand your horizon. Experiment with new genres that you may have been opposed to earlier. Try reading Classics. They are, by far, among the most beautiful books written ever. Try reading some Shakespeare, the original one, not the abridged one. Yes, it’ll be hard to understand but it will introduce to a new perspective of language. You’ll be interested in something again! It can do wonders for you! My personal favorite classics are; Bronte Sisters books, William Shakespeare, Harper Lee, Arabian Nights, LOTR. If you don’t feel like braving them yet, then try reading something from the wide spectrum of Young Adult books. I’ve observed that Young Adult appeals to most people regardless of their age. You can also try reading romance novels or sci-fi. Experiment.


4. There’s a fine line between constructive criticism and discouragement.

Some people in our life do help us improve our work by providing constructive criticism. Yet there are some people who just plain discourage you. Learn to distinguish between them. Check whether they say something in a sense to mock you or whether they genuinely want you to be better. If it is unclear to you, and you cannot decipher it, question that person. Ask them why do they make this suggestion? What makes them think that their suggestion can make your writing better? By doing this, you can also understand what appeals to people, the ideas of a particular age group, etc. Plus, it will help you realize who you can go to for some constructive criticism.


5. Atmosphere and Stationery.

Some people have no problem writing sitting in the middle of a ballroom, for god’s sake! But for some, silence and privacy are crucial to their writing. (I belong to the latter group) If you feel a block developing, just drop everything and write. Write until you feel satisfied.  One trick I tried was that I went and saw some really nice pens. So, I bought them and I LOVE THEM! Go out or online and look for some stationery that makes you feel something.


6. Listen and Observe.

Listen to songs you love. Songs you can relate to. Your favorite artist, boyband, acapella group. Music has this amazing power to evoke emotion. Quite similar to words. I would say that to me, music and books are complementary. Songs have helped me write stories about…well, I could tell you stories that they made me write! Also, listen to people around you, listen to the sounds of nature, listen to weird noises in the early morning or at night (if you’re not scared). Sometimes, people may say something. A line. For example, “At 2 in the morning, I went to water…”. Random lines are like lifeboats! Observe. People do funny, quirky, (things that are actually adorable sometimes). Capture those moments. They are true gems for a writer.


There you go! Those are the things I used to overcome my writer’s block and still use if I feel it within ten miles of me! I will be SO happy if reading this helped anybody. Even if it helped someone to write an essay for school, I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!


Upcoming posts:

Me Before You: Book and Movie Review.

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Recommended Reading

Thank you’ll for reading! Hope you have a great day! 🙂 ♥♥


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Planned hiatus…

Hi! Hope you’re having a great day! I know I haven’t been posting in a while. I have been very busy. I Recently moved and it has been odd living in a new house after so many years! A couple of weeks ago, I received the news that I was selected for State Level Grand Finale spell bee and have been preparing for it. I am studying as I have yet another examination in the middle of September, ending on 30th September. So, I have been juggling a lot of things at once! And believe me, it ain’t easy!!! Anyways, I also let things get to me sometimes, like I get stressed out about stuff unnecessarily and am eventually vale to do nothing productive. Although it is not a burden, my blog is a responsibility. I know I have been very irregular for the past few months, but give me till October. My exams end in October (the next one is in January and February) and the entire month of October, I am free! I shall be getting back then. My blog is something which I want to develop but it is not right to continue something hastily, because like that I won’t be able to post content that I like. It is impertinent to post content that I am happy with and right now, I don’t think I could handle that pressure. So, instead of feeling guilty that I will not blog till October, I decided to make a post about it. I shall be completely absent from the blogging community till October to pay attention on other aspects of my life. I will really miss reading all your posts and will be sure to catch up on as many as I can when I’m back! I love you’ll! You’ll have always been so supportive and understanding! Thank you! See you soon! 💙💜💜💙💞💞

Recommended Reading #2 ||Books for your Winter TBR!

Recommended Reading #2 ||Books for your Winter TBR!

Hi! Hope you’re having a great day! And I know, you might have read the title and thought, “Umm…which planet have you been on?  Fall is the next season, honey.” The reason behind it is I just finished an amazing book, A Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire. And I loved it! It’s a love story and it is oh so beautifully written! Now, I read a lot of genres but I LOVE to read a good love story in winter! It feels so…right.So, I decided to make a recommended reading on romance novels for you’ll to put on your winter TBR! Let’s start!


A Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire.

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Abby Abernathy is the perfect image of a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear has perfect grades and the same boyfriend for all the four years of high school.  Looking at her nobody would guess her dark past. Wanting to distance herself from her toxic parents, she moves across the country with her best friend, America, to Eastern University. She thinks it’s the start of a new beginning and it is. But not exactly in the way she thought. 

Travis Maddox, lean cut and covered in tats, the college charmer who wins money fighting in a floating fight ring, is exactly the kind of boy Abby steers clear of. Used to having girls, especially freshmen, crowd around him, he can’t help but notice Abby’s resistance to his appeal. He manages to convince her to be his friend. But, wanting to get closer to her, he places a bet – if he loses, he has to stir clear of all girls for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for a month. 

Abby is the one who sees the REAL Travis, without his faults and flaws, as someone who would make ends meet to make someone he loved happy. And Travis sees the Abby who is hidden…even from her own self. 

Beautifully Broken. Perfectly Imperfect. All Together A Beautiful Disaster. 

Recommended Age: 14+


Twilight by Stephanie Meyers.

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If you haven’t read it, you should! Because you might either love it or hate it! It introduces Bella Swan, a seventeen-year-old, who moves from Phoenix to the small town of Forks, Washington, and finds her life in danger when she falls in love with a vampire, Edward Cullen. It is followed by New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.

Recommended Age: 14+


Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars, published in January 2012, is the sixth novel by author John Green. The title is inspired by Act 1, Scene 2 of Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, in which the nobleman Cassius says to Brutus: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” The story is narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old girl with thyroid cancer that has affected her lungs. Hazel is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she subsequently meets and falls in love with 17-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee

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I read this book a while ago and couldn’t recall all the details, so I used the summary off of Wikipedia to give y’all a brief description of the book.

I loved the book! I read the title of the book when I was 10 years old but I had to wait three years to read it. It was worth the three-year-long wait! It is a beautiful book with a sad ending that has me in tears even after two years! I would recommend reading it with a good ‘ole box of tissues…

Recommended Age: 13+


Trylle by Amanda Hockings

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“What if your entire world was built on a lie?”

Wendy knew she was not normal. Her mother had never been fond of her. On her sixth birthday, her mother tried to kill her and accused Wendy of not being her daughter. Little did she know her mother had been right. Since then, she has lived with her older brother, Matt and their aunt, Maggie. They are the only people who love her and care about her.

But there is one secret she cannot tell anyone. Not even Matt and Maggie. How could she? They wouldn’t believe her! She can influence other people’s decision just by staring into their eyes. But she doesn’t like to use unless it’s absolutely necessary. It makes her feel dirty and manipulative.

There is one mystery that’s almost eating her up. Finn Holmes. A dark and handsome newcomer at school who stares at her every single minute. And has no legitimate answer as to why he does so.

One night, after a disastrous dance at her school, Finn Holmes turns up at her bedroom window confirms all the suspicions she had been harboring. All the horrible things her mother had told her were true. He tells her that she is a changeling who was switched at birth with a human child – and he has come to take her home.

He knows who she truly is, the answer to her strange power and holds the door open to a place she never imagined could exist. Förening, the home of the Trylle.

Now Wendy is about to journey to a magical world which holds both beauty and fear. She must leave her old life behind if she wants to save those she loves and discover who she is meant to be.

The best things in life happen unexpectedly! I bought this book without having any idea what it was about and I have been urging others to read it since!

Recommended Age: 14+


 

The Selection by Keira Cass

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I was recommended this book by a school friend. It was a rainy day (a pretty stormy one at that!) and I wanted to read something new and exciting. I decided to put aside my TBR and read this book instead. And I ended up reading all the five books in the series. (So we all know how that went…!)

So, this book is based in the future where the world is even more messed up than now!  In the country of Illea, the Prince chooses his wife by selecting 35 women from all over the country and chooses one of them to be his wife for a few months. It’s like a longer version of Cinderella with more details and where Cinderella has a secret lover and does not actually want to marry the Prince! Yes, people! You read that right! America Singer, our main character is in love with a boy named Aspen and only entered her name in the Selection because Aspen told her to. She considers the Prince to be a allow, self-absorbed, snobbish person, but in reality, he turns out to be a sweet, caring and a rather handsome person. And America feels herself falling in love with him. She is at battle with herself with these thoughts when Aspen turns up at the palace as a guard. Yeah, it’s complicated.

Based in the future, which has problems similar to ones faced by us in today’s world and also problems faced in the past in some countries. For instance, there is a system of castes. From One to Eight. The Ones, Twos, and Threes are the most privileged, Four are the middle class, Five, Six and Seven are the poor sections with Eight being the banished and poorest of the poor. I was really drawn to this book as it was pretty relatable to our world. It had no concept of magic or anything supernatural. I love to read that kind of books but it was a nice change to read something like this!

Recommended Age: 13+


To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Lara Jean wrote a letter to every boy she loved in her life and kept it in a vintage hatbox that her mother gave her. One day she finds out that all those letters (five) got posted and are now with all the boys she wrote about! Wow, imagine that! Now, she must figure out what to do!

She ends with a “fake” relationship with one of the boys, Peter. I am not going to say anything about that as I am sure I will give spoilers that might ruin the books for you if you haven’t read them!

My favorite character has to be Lara Jean. She is so… me. Loves reading, baking, have one parent, is Asian, loves crafts, loves to keep trinkets and souvenirs, has an awesome big sister!

The best thing about this book was the way I felt instantly at home with it. After reading a few pages, I felt like I have seen Lara Jean’s house and I have seen these people in real life. That is one thing that I absolutely adore in books!

Recommended Age: 14+


For people below 18:
I would strongly advise following the Recommended Age for all the books. If you have any doubts, you should consult an adult before reading. Thank you!

Thank you for reading! Hope you have a great day!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you’ll!


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Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award

Hi! Hope you’re having a great day! ♥ I was nominated for The Mystery Blogger Award by Ink’em Down and it’s very fun and I am super psyched to do this!


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What is the Mystery Blogger Award?
“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.” – Okoto Enigma


Rules:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. List the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
6. Nominate 10-20 people.
7. Notify your nominees.
8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, specifying one weird/funny question.
9. Share a link to your best post.


Three Things About Me.

  • I have four journals. I keep things like little paper notes passed in class, things written on napkins, little trinkets from occasions or from a day that I spent with someone special or a good day…you get the idea.
  • I am somewhat of a workaholic and worrier. I get anxious about things a lot. It has gotten better, though. But, I have come to see that I can actually use this anxiety and worry to my advantage. I always get things done on time…way before time actually. In the past few months, I have been pretty positive and I hope to continue it!
  • I listen to songs. But, I am the kind of person who listens to the same batch of 30 songs for a good few years. I do listen to new songs but not more than 5 times. Those 30 or so songs are CONSTANT! (I’m not ashamed to add that my list also has Let It Go from the 2013 movie Frozen because (a) I feel in love with it 6 years ago and (b) that song is freaking awesome!).

My Answers

What makes you laugh hard?

So many things. As of now, I would go with the show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It’s so funny! I can’t wait for the seventh season! Let me know in the comments if you’ll have heard of this show?

What is the one fruit you can’t survive without?

BANANAS!!!!! LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!

The biggest change in your life over the past year?

I sort of re-arranged my life in the past year. Last year was, there is no other word for it, crappy. A lot has changed since then, my classes, my house (we recently moved) and my general attitude towards things, the type of people I hang around with (I had some pretty bad “friends” all last year). So, a lot has changed and I think it would be difficult to put it in a paragraph because honestly, as simple as it seems, it’s not.

A book you’ve read more than once?

I always read a book at least twice if I really like it. I have read the Harry Potter books at least 15 times.

But…

I always reply to these questions with Harry Potter. this time, I’m going to give a different answer. I have read The Hunger Games books a good couple of times! I absolutely LOVE The Hunger Games!

If you could ride one wild animal, which would it be?

A lion! Ever since I read The Chronicles of Narnia, it has been my dream!


My Questions

  1. What is your favorite band?
  2. What is your favorite song?
  3. Would You Rather: Never be able to use a laptop ever again or never be able to use a phone ever again? (Sorry, I know it’s HARD!
  4. What is a melodramatic thing that you do?
  5. How healthy do you think your lifestyle is?

I Tag:

Ashleigh | By Hook or By Book | Sara | Jeyran Main | Justine Little Fears | Shalini | Ris | Maggie |

To the ones I’ve tagged, feel no pressure to do it soon, or at all! Just know that I absolutely think you are worthy of this award! ♥♥


Best Post

I think that my best post would be My Thoughts On Hermione Granger’s Behaviour in Philosopher’s Stone and Why She is the Main Hero.

Admittedly, it is one of my least viewed and liked posts. In my eyes, it is my best. Hermione is an extremely misunderstood character. People see her as a know-it-all and a stickler for rules and goody two shoes. But she is actually much more and inside, she is, after all, a girl who is scared of discovering the world. It is her attitude and skills that save Harry and Ron from the beginning. I put a lot of passion and work into this post and I would like it if you could pop over and give it a read!


Thank you for reading! Hope you have a great day!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you’ll!


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Poll #1: What type of Recommended Reading should I do next?

The Pancake Book Tag!

The Pancake Book Tag!

Hi! Hope you’re having a lovely day! ♥ | I was tagged by Anna @ RoseandThornBooks for The Pancake Book Tag! She’s probably very mad at me as I’m doing this literally months later! Sorry, Anna!

Also, this is my third post in the past three days! Wow! Who is this!?! Lol!


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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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How can this book not come to your mind when you think of prose and descriptions! Love this book. Just no words.

But can we take a moment to admire the cover…it’s so perfect for the story.


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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

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Artemis Fowl is the youngest criminal mastermind, who has exploited the fairy civilization living under the earth. He is the description of sharp wit and intelligence. How can you not pick him!?


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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (duh…)

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I have already “devoured” it about 20 times. And I’m still down to re-reading it! Don’t underestimate me where Harry Potter is concerned!


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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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It is such a homely book! I really admire the author’s writing style!


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The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupery

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The Little Prince may seem like just another Peter Pan to some. But only by reading can one interpret the deep meaning behind it. The meaning of Life and Death. The character Little Prince has a mysterious yet familiar history.


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The Selection by Keira Cass

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In the first few chapters, I totally shipped America and Aspen and it broke my heart when they broke up and she got Selected. Then, a few more chapters into the book, I shipped The Prince and America. And then, when Aspen got recruited for the royal guard and came to the palace, I got…torn. And this whole freaking series just kept me guessing! Nonetheless, I loved it!


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Ascend by Amanda Hocking

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Loki and Wendy from Ascend (#3 in the Trylle Trilogy). Loki just came out of the blue and at first, I absolutely despised him but ended up shipping those two! (And admit to a friend that yes, they were the perfect match.)


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Percy Weasley from Harry Potter. He was a brat in the fifth and sixth book and although he had his “turn over a new leaf” moment in Deathly Hallows, I still can’t forgive him fully. I am just happy he made peace with his family before Fred’s death…


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Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

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This book has everything. The Greek Gods, Demigods, Hunters of Artemis, Amazons and what will all the characters accepting who they were. This book just has a little bit of everything…love, action, drama, YA, Paranormal, contemporary…even horror if you get scared as easily as I do!


I Tag:

Anyone who likes pancakes! Or if you just think it’s a fun tag! (Which it totally is :3)


Thank you for reading! Hope you have a great day!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you’ll!


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Book Review: Beautiful Disaster||Jamie Mcguire

Hi! Hope you’re having a great day! I am the type of person who goes through quotes on Pinterest A LOT! The reason being that I love to cover things in quotes. My journal, my textbooks, notebooks…and my desk…is another story. Anyways! I came across a quote from the book and then literally hundreds “beautiful disaster quotes”. So, I decided to dwell in it and find out their origin. Then I discovered this book, read the short description and immediately downloaded the ebook and started reading! and boy did I love it!


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Book Name: Beautiful Disaster 

Author: Jamie Mcguire 

Genre: YA, romance, contemporary 

Rating: 5/5

Summary: Abby Abernathy is the perfect image of a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear has perfect grades and the same boyfriend for all the four years of high school.  Looking at her nobody would guess her dark past. Wanting to distance herself from her toxic parents, she moves across the country with her best friend, America, to Eastern University. She thinks it’s the start of a new beginning and it is. But not exactly in the way she thought. 

Travis Maddox, lean cut and covered in tats, the college charmer who wins money fighting in a floating fight ring, is exactly the kind of boy Abby steers clear of. Used to having girls, especially freshmen, crowd around him, he can’t help but notice Abby’s resistance to his appeal. He manages to convince her to be his friend. But, wanting to get closer to herhe places a bet – if he loses, he has to stir clear of all girls for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for a month. 

Abby is the one who sees the REAL Travis, without his faults and flaws, as someone who would make ends meet to make someone he loved happy. And Travis sees the Abby who is hidden…even from her own self. 

Beautifully Broken. Perfectly Imperfect. All Together A Beautiful Disaster. 


Thank you for reading! Hope you have a great day!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you’ll!


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My Second Blog! I’m so excited!!

Hey guys! OH. MY. GOD. I still cannot believe I did it. I just published my second blog. The name of the blog is A Bookworm’s Tales and you can check it out here: A Bookworm’s Tales. I am going to be posting fanfiction on books I love. I am going to be posting the chapter one a crossover between Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Twilight tomorrow. So be sure to check it out as I am SUPER nervous about how the reactions will be!

I have been designing, thinking of ideas, names, taglines for this blog for about a month now! It was also one of the reasons I was away for a long time. But I wanted to keep it a secret!

I would love it if you would check it out and follow A Bookworm’s Tales for new chapters twice a week! Thank you! ♥♥

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Recommended Reading #1

Hi! Hope you’re having a lovely day! Today I am going to be doing my first recommended reading post! Today’s topic is…


 If you like Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling…then you may like…

Harry Potter is a classic! But alas, there are only 7 books! Here are some books you may like!


Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

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Homework or fighting monsters? Tough choice. Our protagonist Percy Jackson faces this decision every day after learning that he is a demigod son of Poseidon, The Greek God of the Sea. This is a great way to introduce kids to mythology and history in general. And if you think that mythology is too complicated for you, read the first book, The Lightning Thief, and think again!

No. of books in series: 5

Recommended Age: 9+

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Katniss Everdeen has been chosen for the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is an annual tradition in the city of Panem where twelve boys and twelve girls between the age of 12-16 must fight to death. She must rely on her hunting skills to survive. But, how could she kill Peeta Mellark, the boy she fell in love with years ago.

No. of books in series: 3

Recommended Age: 12+

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

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Artemis Fowl is a child prodigy and the world’s biggest criminal mastermind from Ireland. The Fowl family lost its status of billionaires with the disappearance of his father, Artemis Fowl Senior. After he discovers a fairy civilization underground, he sees it as a golden opportunity to restore his family’s fortune. Knowing, and blatantly not caring that he may start a cross-species war between humans and The Fairy People. He was twelve years old at the time…

A.K.A. A MUST READ

No. of books in series: 9

Recommended Age: 9+

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

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Three years ago on her thirteenth birthday, Sophie Mercer discovered she is a half-witch. She has done many “weird” spells before but none as disastrous as the prom spell she did for a friend which landed her in a school for witches, warlocks, shapeshifters, and faeries known as Hecate or Hex Hall for short. So it’s safe to say that it didn’t go well… Oh her very first day Sophie manages to befriend the school outcast( who is also a vampire and her roommate!), make enemies with the three most popular girls and have a crush on the most popular boy in the school. That and she gets detention for the whole term! But this isn’t just any high school drama story, no no no! Sophie learns about some very mysterious things as she learns more about Hex Hall. The year before, a girl named Holly was killed and Jenna(her vampire friend) is suspected of the murder. This year, two girls are attacked with two holes in their necks and a lot of blood drained out from their bodies and both times Jenna has been near the crime scene. Is Jenna behind these attacks? Who is this ghost who stares fixedly at Sophie when she’s alone? How is it that she is the weakest witch there? Or is she something more?

No. of books in series: 3

Recommended Age: 11+


Thank you for reading! Let me your thoughts in the comments! ♥♥

Hope you have a lovely day! ♥


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A Quick Update

Hello guys. I am here. I know I said I’ll post soon. But there has been such a rollercoaster. Today was the day that I finally shifted my house and wow was it hectic! I did not post after my “Present” post but I am going to be posting my first Recommended Reading post tomorrow.

I have learned to prioritize things. Lately, I have been paying more attention on how I am doing, mentally, physically, emotionally. Which I did not do for a long time, which lead to a particularly bad year last year. One by one everything is being figured out. And soon, my blog here, will too have a pattern. I want to thank all of you for your support and for putting up with me!

Also, IT’S Harry Potter’s Birthday today!! 😘💕💕💕And J.K.Rowling of course!!! 💖💖💜💜(She’s my queen!) 💙💙

I did a elaborate post last year. But since I have to time to do one today, I am going to link last year’s post below! Hope you like it!

Happy Birthday Harry Potter! (2018 post)

See you tomorrow!

(P.S. This was typed on my phone at 12 in the night! So, please excuse any spelling or grammatical errors. I’ll correct them ( if any) by tomorrow! )

Present!!

Present!!

Hey guys. It’s been a while. As far as I remember, I posted last on 1st June! I missed wishing all of you a Happy 4th of July! And I really missed reading all your posts! I have been so busy. As you might know, I decided to repeat a year as I fell sick for the last three months of the year and missed out the finals. I rejoined school in April and had a little trouble adjusting but things are smoothing themselves out now. What with all the drama going on, I found zero time to blog as I spent the little free time I had to read or watch something and try to unwind (BTW I am horrible at unwinding because I am either a workaholic or Lazy Bones; I don’t see gray!)

The thing is I’ve been trying to hold it all together at all times but guess what? I can’t hold everything together and have it all together. No one can. I really thought that I could manage to study, read, write reviews and other blog posts, and do all the other things in one day. I am great at making schedules but not so at following them. So, I took a break from blogging. And I’ve decided to completely eliminate the concept of book reviews for a while. Instead, in my mini hiatus, I actually gave myself time to think and write…my own stories. I am really excited (and a bit nervous) to share them with you all! Secondly, I am going to be introducing something new to my blog, posts of recommended reading. I often find that people have a hard time deciding what to read and maybe they search google or Goodreads for hours to find that one book which suits them at the time. I know, I am no magician (I’d love to be a wizard though; “forever the HP Geek!”), I have a general idea of what people my age would like to read. I will be including a short paragraph of what I think of the book. It will also be useful to parents or grandparents who want to interest their kid in reading (well, maybe not at the scale I do, because I’m not entirely sure it’s healthy to read 10 books a month…lol!) Recommended Reading will be my next post (in one or two days), so be sure to check it out!

There are some things which I need to learn things in my life. I speak of this as things that I don’t know about the world and the things that I must learn to make myself happy and to not feel trapped. I..say “yes” a lot. To people and it turns out that when I need them, no one cares. I know, people love posting these things on FB and Instagram. But this is true. Someone asks me for help and I always say yes. I realized that it has to stop as it is NOT healthy.  I am mocked (not by my family of course; they are amazing), for being “old-fashioned” as I prefer not to cheat in exams, to follow rules and have the decency to be ashamed when any teacher scolds me. It may seem like I take it pretty lightheartedly but I don’t. It took me time to realize, but thank god I did, that these people don’t dictate my life,  I let people trample all over me last year and it was NOT a happy time. These people will be in my life two to three years tops! The whole last year, I went into a sort of slump. It takes time to come out of it, but thankfully, I know how to.

The breaks that I take from my blog are pretty hard for me because over time, it became a sort of safe place for me, the place where I can express myself. Writing is the way that I can actually express myself. I will be posting some stories soon, and I am looking forward to seeing all of your reactions!

Also, I didn’t edit this out much, so…it’s a little messy, I guess. But thanks for reading. It means a lot. :)♥

P.S. I can’t wait to catch up on so many blogs! I have missed SO much!!



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June 2019 TBR

June 2019 TBR

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a lovely day! Today I am going to be sharing the books I plan to read this month. Last month’s TBR was thrown in the trash as I read only one book off it! I read 9 books, 5 of which I didn’t know about till last month!

This month, I am going to stick to my TBR. That is not because I trust myself to follow a plan but the reason being that I went out and bought these books before making the TBR for the month! So, with the books staring at me in the face, I’ll have no option but to read them! I’m a freaking genius! Lol!!


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Becoming by Michelle Obama

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I started reading this last month but couldn’t finish it. I love reading autobiographies but I am very very slow with them. It takes me about two months to finish a 400-page autobiography. People my age don’t generally go for autobiographies, and when I took the book to school, people were like, “What the hell are you reading? Are you out of your mind?” I am! Screw them! I love reading them and that’s what I’m gonna do!

Autobiographies are a bit tedious but very enriching. I have always admired Michelle Obama and looked up to her and it’s mind-blowing the things she went through to reach where she is now!


Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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I read Fault in Our Stars by John Green a few months ago. (And did I cry!!) I saw this book in the bookstore and brought it home to give it a home in my bookshelf! Very excited to read it!


Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer

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Jeffrey Archer is a new author to me. I saw many of his books at a local library months ago and had thought of reading one. I picked this one up at the bookstore as the story on the back cover is very intriguing and definitely a new branch of books to me.


Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer

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This was on my TBR for last month. I feel really bad for neglecting the Artemis Fowl books for a whole month. I’m coming back, Arty!! Lol!


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling

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I re-read not a single book last month!?! So, I am going to be reading one from the best series in the world!!


City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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This was also on my TBR for last month. I want to read this so bad, but something is holding me back. This feeling usually means that the book is good, as I had this feeling towards the HP books and now I love them!


Invisible People by Harsh Mander

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This book is on my summer reading list. So, I HAVE to read this… I have no idea what it is about. I purchased it on Kindle and with the size of font I’ve selected, the book is about 700 or 750 pages long! Just thinking about answering a paper on it gives me a headache!


I am only going to be listing 7 books, as I am unsure of what I might like to read in during the course of the month. Also, I am doubtful I will be able to read more than 7 with all the other things this month. But 7 is a good number considering that my school opens this month, we’re moving, so it’s a whirlwind in my house, and I’m studying like a mad person! So yeah.


Thank you for reading! Hope you have a great day and a great week ahead! ♥

Have you’ll ever completely disregarded your TBR like me? Have you read these books?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you’ll! ♥♥


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