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

one of us lying book cover
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


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.







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.


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.

Thank you for reading!

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

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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!

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

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!!!!♥♥


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

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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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!

Your Name 2


||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!



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



||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!”



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.  



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…” 



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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