Liebster Award!!

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I was nominated for this award by Norin. Check out Norin’s amazing blog – Diary of a Bookfiend. Thanks for nominating me!! ❤ 🙂 ❤

What is the Liebster Award? (Excerpt from Norin’s blog)

I was nominated for this award by Norin. Check out Norin’s amazing blog – Diary of a Bookfiend. Thanks for nominating me!! ❤ 🙂 ❤

“Liebster” is a German word meaning beloved, dearest, sweetheart, or darling.

For bloggers, the Liebster Award is an online recognition given by other bloggers to new bloggers for enjoying or appreciating their work. It highlights up and coming blogs.

Once nominated, a blogger is asked to answer 11 questions provided by the nominating blogger. They are then expected to nominate 11 other favorite new bloggers and come up with a list of 11 new questions for those nominees.

The Rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  3. Nominate 11 blogs.
  4. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer.

Questions given by Norin:

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

My love for reading (obvious) and love got from Goodreads readers. When I joined Goodreads, I honestly didn’t know I could write a good review. I still remember the first review I wrote on Goodreads, how short it was, just few sentences! And that is too because I participated in a group (few of members might know) – “YA Buddy Readers’ Corner”. In that challenge I needed to write a detailed review after reading a book to get points. I seriously didn’t know how to do that. (Reading and writing review was not something I was taught since childhood. In fact, I started reading mainly to improve my English, and my English was pathetic before)

So, I started following few Goodreads members and saw how they are writing, how a proper review should be, did a little research. I realized how big this community is. When l started writing review properly and saw that fellow readers liked that. It encouraged me more, I improved a lot after that. And then I received my first ARC through that group too. So, yes I really like being a part of it. After I guess 6 months of writing reviews on Goodreads, I thought I should start a blog. And I have lot of free time so, here I am. Pheww!! This answer is too long. I hope it’s not boring.

2. Other than blogging, what are your passions in life? (name the top 1)

Umm, I was passionate for badminton, hand embroidery, craft- paper quilling before. But I stopped doing all that, I don’t know why.

Reading. It’s part of blogging so if it counts… I’m reading English book since last 2 years, as I keep mentioning . But, I read Gujarati (my mother tongue) books intermittently before. My grandparents had a mini library of all Indian tales, mythology, and history books. Passion for reading was always there, I got proper hold now.

3. Suppose you won a huge windfall that would surely last the rest of your life, what would you do with the money?

I will open my own bookshop. I guess I will read more than sell. So I know I’ll be in loss, but with lot of money, it won’t affect. 😀

4. What is your favorite place to read?

My Living room- It’s airy and comfy.

5. Give me your tips to stay awake and keep reading at night when you’re awfully sleepy.

No tips! If I’m sleepy I sleep, I can’t stay awake. Though my reading time at night is not fixed. If I can’t sleep, I read till 4 or 5, one or 2 times I read till morning 6. If I’m tired I sleep at 11 or 12 while reading. 12 is normal sleeping time.

6. Which of the following do you see yourself fit as a reader – having multiple books going at the same time or single-mindedly focusing on one book?

Mostly 2 at a time. One on tab and when my tab is getting charged I read on laptop.

7. How would you describe yourself in a few words?

Straightforward. Active- I find one or other thing to spend time, I utilize time in teaching myself something. I won’t spend my time gossiping. Never! Sarcastic- my husband always complain about this.

My attitude is always based on how you treat me.

8. Are you athletic or good at sports? (because I’m NOT; I’m curious!)

No! I’m not athletic. I did all those swimming, skating, summer camp activities during school days. Ha! Long time. Now I just do home exercises and walking. 😀

9. What is your go-to method to vent your stress?

Read a book. Or a good movie, specifically Marvel or animated movies.

10. Tell us the name of the city (or place) you have never visited but desperately want to.

Leh Ladakh, Kashmir, India. Want to see and feel the beauty of this place.

11. Give me one thing that is on your bucket list (or thing you really want to do in your lifetime).

A house in woods, or near woods. Just like in novels but for real.

 

I’m rule breaker. Did I mention that in few words about yourself? So, here I’m breaking rule. I’m not going to tag anyone. It’s open for all who come across this post. Consider yourself nominated. Same questions. All my followers are beloved, dearest, sweetheart, or darling. 😉

Happy Reading!

–BT&R

The Unpopular Opinions Tag

 

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Hello everyone! I was thinking to start doing book tags once my reading and posting reviews balance a little bit. And I don’t have review to post today. So, here is the my first book tag- The Unpopular Opinions Tag. I hope it won’t make me unpopular. 😛

I was tagged by Naty for this. Check out her cool blog.- Naty’s Bookshelf.  You can read her answers on this tag HERE.

1. A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE

Ohh! People don’t hate me please. The Chronicles of Narnia. It’s been a long time I read I liked only one book of the series, Lion Witch and Wardrobe even movie was good, but I didn’t like rest of the books in this series. I don’t know what’s the reason, it’s simply I couldn’t digest this series. The Time Traveler’s wife that was another one I didn’t enjoy that much.

2. A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE

Pass. Everyone seems to have different options. So, I don’t know which book everyone hate. Give me a list, I will read and tell if I like it or not.

3. AN OTP (ONE TRUE PAIRING) THAT YOU DON’T LIKE

Hazel and Gus in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. I liked the concept and story of this book but I didn’t feel anything “romantic” between this two. Even though Hazel and Gus were best friends in this book, I would have liked it.

4. A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR

I don’t know whether you call it popular or not but I give least preference to EROTICA. It’s just because I haven’t read any and I don’t know whether I like this genre or not until I read one. So, I’m going to try this genre.

5. A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE

Jacob in Twilight series. His actions were so in whole series. You can’t just force your love on someone, please! And then you start loving her daughter!!! Any sense behind this? I know it was not in his hand being wolf and all but nope, I don’t like him.

6. A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO

Umm, I don’t know honestly. First of all, I pick a book by its story. If blurb interest me I take a book then I check who is author and publisher, it doesn’t matter they are popular or not. Second, It’s not like I’m reading since 10 years and have read all books by all popular authors. I just started reading like 2 and half years ago. So, I haven’t come across any author whose writing didn’t interest me till date.

7. A POPULAR BOOK TROPE (OVERUSED PLOT DEVICE) THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING

I’m not tired, I liked these books, but plot does look same. –Divergent, Hunger games, Maze runner.

8. A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING

Game of thrones.. I know many people love this show and series. As it was so much popular, I went to store took out first book of the series and read little bit to see if it interest me. As soon as it came to a scene where character’s brother was touching her parts. Grrrooosssss!!! I don’t want to read those kind of thing. Thank you! I don’t care whatever you think about me, but sorry I can’t read this.

9. THE SAYING GOES “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE”, BUT WHAT MOVIE OR TV SHOW ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK?

I have a guess because I read the book and by writing itself I could say the movie might be better than book and also have heard the same, but I haven’t watched that movie myself. If you’re wondering which one I’m talking about- it’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

I’m keeping this tag open for everyone who come across this post.

Happy Reading! 🙂

BT&R

Wandering Witch (Diary of Anna the Girl Witch #2) by Vic Connor

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Published: January 9th 2016 by Helvetic House

Read date: June 18th 2017

Stars: 5/5

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This is total coincidence that I’m reviewing this book on father’s day. 🙂 The book in which Anna is going on adventure to save her father.

Wandering Witch is second book of the series ‘Diary of Anna the Girl Witch’.

Blurb (in my words):

Just after the few weeks of saving children of orphanage, while she was enjoying her vacation in Tuscany, Anna receives a letter from her uncle Misha saying that her father is in danger, only she can save him and for that she needs to return Siberia, her birthplace. Never met or known anything about her father before, family love she craved for all her life, leads her back to Siberia. And this time Lauraleigh, her best friend accompanies Anna on this adventure.

On arriving back to his uncles’ little cabin, she discovers that her father is captured by her evil granny, and come to know more about her father and her tragic family.

Will she able to save her father? How far Anna will go to save her loved ones? Will she let darkness take over her she was afraid of all this time?

My view:

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Yama’s Lieutenant by Anuja Chandramouli

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Published: June 8th 2016 by Random House India

Read Date: June 15 2017

Stars: 4.5/5

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Yama’s Lieutenant is mind-blowing Indian mythology fiction.

First of all, those who doesn’t know Indian mythology, little clarification for them- Yama is ruler of underworlds, Hades in Greek mythology. Seeing that cover above? That’s how he look in Indian mythology.

Let’s get back to story and my review.

Blurb (in my words)

Twin brother and sister, Agni and Varuna, inseparable in childhood are now separated by death. Agni is having a hard time after his sister’s death. When he is appointed as Yama’s lieutenant, his already grief struck life become difficult with great responsibility.

Prisoners of Yama’s kingdom, hell, are escaping Yama’s stronghold, wreaking havoc all across the three realms. And a powerful necromancer is releasing the dark forces, Narakyamayas, to destroy the world.

Agni is assigned a mission by a goddess to find a person who can help in saving the world. And then there is book written by his sister on the mythical world, about Yama.

How his sister knew so much about Yama? Will Agni be able to stop the destruction in the world? Who is that person destined to be salvation of the three realm?

My view:

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