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2018: A Wrap-Up

Hey everyone! It is 31st December and the last day of the year. So, this post is to wrap-up everything that happened to me this year!

I started this blog this year, so yay! That’s why this is a very important thing for me. I am really glad about the progress I made. In a few months, I gained 207 followers and well, to say the least, I am surprised in a good way. Thank you all for being here:) I love you all!

I read 41 books this year and I am proud of myself for doing so. My favourite books this year were The Sun is Also a Star, The Upside of the Unrequited and Leah on the OffbeatYou can click on the name of the book to see my review on them as well. 🙂

I also summarised my least favourite books in a post a few days ago and you all can check it out here

I discussed quite a few topics related to books and otherwise, as well, on this blog and had a lot of fun while writing them as well as reading all your comments. Some of my favourites related to books are Physical Books VS E-Books, Harry Potter Bucket List and What to do when waiting for a Book to Release. One general one that I really like was Netflix VS Studying.

Further, there was Top 5 Tuesday that I barely managed to follow through with, but well,  I hope I do better in 2019!

Moving on, I watched quite a few TV shows and movies. Some of my favourite this year are:

GILMORE GIRLS

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loved this TV Show and watched all 7 seasons in barely 2 months. I have fallen completely in love with it and will soon watch, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. If you still cannot understand why I love this show or well, haven’t watched it and need some motivation to do so, read my fan post about it here.

 

 

BROOKLYN 99

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Oh, how I love this show! It is funny and interesting and I just couldn’t stop watching it. I love all the characters but I think my favourite one is Rosa, because of her fierceness. Overall, this show is really entertaining and I cannot wait for the next season. It is coming soon but soon does not seem soon enough.

 

 

QUANTICO

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This show is another one of my favourites and I am glad I watched it. It is mysterious and interesting and well, I just couldn’t wait to know what would happen next. I wish it returns for a fourth season!

 

 

 

I also started a Journal and while I could only do it for a few months, I look forward to making more in 2019 and using it wisely.

How was your year? I’d love to hear all about it! Tell me in the comments below. 

Peace out cuties ♥

-Jayati xx 

 

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Reading Progress

Hey everyone! The year is coming to an end very soon and so, I thought that it would be a good idea to look at my progress through the year and share it with you all!

So, I went to Goodreads and poked around for a bit. Here’s the result:

MY READING GOAL:

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I have completed my goal for the year, so yay! While it was originally 50 books, I lowered it as I knew I wouldn’t have the time to read so many. Hence, I lowered it to something that was actually achievable and possible. So, I am still happy to have completed it!

Total Pages I read: 15818

Average Pages per Day: 43.3

BOOKS I READ:

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Here are the 41 books I read and how I rated them. Most of them belong to the 5-star category and I think that it because most were reread or highly recommended. I kind of expected it.

I rated 21 5 stars i.e. 51.22%.

Next, I rated 14 4 stars i.e. 34.15%.

I have 2 books each in the 1, 2 and 3-star categories. I wished there were fewer, but well, it is still a small number, only 4.9% each, so that’s really good. I hope I have such a division next year as well. 🙂

The longest book I read this year:

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Though, if I had ended up finishing Kingdom of Ash, it would’ve taken the place of Winter. Sad that I couldn’t :/

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Most books that I read were published in the past 10 years but two belong just a little earlier, one being in 2007 (City of Bones) and one in 2005 (The Lightning Theif).

Lastly, I have one book that was published long ago – Catcher in The Rye. Being the earliest book published that I read this year and also the only classic book I read, it was published in 1951.

So, with that, I come to the conclusion that I did well this year though I could certainly have done a hell of a lot better!

-Jayati xx

 

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Least Favourite Books of 2018

Hey everyone! With 2018 coming to an end in a few days, I thought to share with you al the books that I liked the least in 2018. I am sad that there were books that I did not like but well, we can not like everything, right? On the other hand, I am glad that there are such few that I did not like.

1. HEX HALL

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MY RATING: 2 STAR

I had a horrible time reading this book. I had read this book in 2017 and had like it quite a bit but when I reread it earlier this year, I did not like it. I found it kiddish and well, just not something I liked. You could read my entire review here.

2. MY LIFE WITH THE WALTER BOYS 

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MY RATING: 1 STAR

I despised this book. It was annoying and the protagonist irritated me to no end. I could barely get through it and well, the love story was not too interesting either. This book just wasn’t my type. Sorry.

3. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

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MY RATING: 1 STAR

Ugh! This book was so damn bad. The Protagonist was such a brat and well, I just couldn’t handle it. I just wanted to get over with the book. The only redeeming point was the very end when he goes to meet his sister, Phoebe. The confusion was one thing I related to and liked. You can go and read the full review here.


Have you read the books that I mentioned? Did you like them or dislike it, like I did? Do you agree with my views? Tell me in the comments below. 

Peace out cuties ♥

-Jayati

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Sunshine Blogger​ Award #2

Hey everyone! I was recently nominated by @shadowriverdaleharley for the Sunshine Blogger Awad. Thank you so much for nominating me and well, everyone please go and check out her blog because it is amazing and I absolutely love it! ❤

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog
  2. Answer the questions your nominator has provided
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer
  4. List the rules and display the award

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER:

1. Is your birthday in winter or summer?

It is in September, so that’s fall. Leaning more towards the winters, I guess.

2. Do you like when your birthday takes place?

Yeah, I love it! The weather is a little chilly but not too cold so I can wear dresses but coll enough that I am sweating like a horse.

3. What’s one song you have been listening to on repeat?

‘What your Father says’ by the Vamps. Somehow, it is just stuck in my mind…

4. What’s one book you want to read before the year is over?

The Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. I have been reading it for quite a while and I really hope to finish it before the year is over!

5. Are you in high school college or are you not in school at all?

I’m in high school, a Junior precisely.

6. What is your zodiac sign?

I’m a Virgo and trust me when I say that I relate immensely to all those Zodiac posts.

7. Who/ What inspired you to blog?

I needed a platform to share my feeling and blogging was the best way to do it.

8. What is one favourite childhood memory?

One of my birthdays… I had a huge pool party at my house and well, it was great and I had a load of fun, plus, I don’t really remember much…

9. Did anybody foster your love of reading?

My father. He loved to read too and he read to me every night, so that is how it developed.

10. Do you like to play video games?

Occasionally…

11. What is your favourite movie and why?

NOMINATIONS:

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. What is your favourite season?
  2. Which TV show are you obsessed with right now?
  3. What are you reading?
  4. Any new year plans?
  5. What is your favourite dish?
  6. What is your favourite food?
  7. What was your favourite year in school?
  8. What was your favourite memory in high school?
  9. Any embarrassing stories from school?
  10. One book you long to read?
  11. Paperbacks or Hardcovers?

 

Anyways, what did you all think of my post? Did you like my answers?  Tell me in the comments below. Will be waiting to hear from you all, it means a lot to me.

Peace out cuties ♥

-Jayati xx

 

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Queen of Shadows

“She was fire and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”

MY RATING: 4 stars

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PLOT:

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

MY VIEWS:

This book, once again, was all I expected it to be and more. Aelin went back to Rifthold, the capital of Adarlan. She met Chaol and Nesryn. She also talked to Arobynn who helped her save her cousin, Aedion.

The reuniting of Aeling and Aedion was cute as hell, and I loved it. I love how well Aelin planned everything and saved her cousin from being slaughtered, but all that was nothing as compared to what I felt when Aelin and Rowan were reunited, oh good, that gave me all the feels.

Lysandra reappeared here after we saw here first in the Assassin’s Blade and turned out to be nothing like we expected! She became an unexpected ally and friend and I am so glad that we got to meet her.

Dorian, who had been put in a collar by his horrendous father is also saved! And, gods, am I happy! I was dreading him being murdered but then Manon, who owed a life debt to Aelin, paints ‘Witch killer- the man is still inside him’ on literally every block in the city, she changes the fate that Dorian would have been doomed to otherwise.

Manon had already crawled into my heart but all she did in this book made the place that she occupied in my heart even bigger. I am so excited to see more of her and I really hope that she joins Aelin in the end.

Rowan also came back. I was hating the fact that we wouldn’t see much of him in this book but he defied Aelin’s order and is back! Yay!

But, I hated how Aedion got to know about the blood oath. I felt horrible for him, I mean he was the one who was supposed to take it but instead Rowan took it because of Maeve’s manipulation and now he is left behind. I can feel him hurting, and I hurt for him.

And, we meet Elide, whom I now love. she is brave and intelligent. She knows what people want to see and how to show it to them and use it to her advantage and spy on them that way. Lastly, I am more than shocked about her heritage, but well, she could at least use that to her advantage.

Lorcan also comes to Erilea in order to ‘help’ Maeve against her orders and well, it is fun to see him though I don’t really care much for him.

Overall, this book was as wonderful as I expected it to be. Now, onto the next one!