Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish> in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for June 19th, 2018 is: Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach. As you all probably know by now, I live in India where the monsoon has set in and the warm summer days are long gone. So I changed up the prompt and decided to give you reading recommendations that go really well with a cup of tea and a warm, comfortable reading nook by the window when it is pouring outside. The feel I’m going for is something that is dark and hard-hitting like the violent thunderstorms but leave you feeling wholesome and good at the end just like the rain is good for the earth. ‘Read a book perfect for a rainy day‘ is one of the prompts of the Indian Lit Readathon that is being hosted by myself and three other Indian blogging friends, Shruti @ This is Lit, Charvi @ Not Just Fiction and Aditi @ Dreamy Reads, so you can add the ones written by an Indian author to your readathon TBR! For more details, check out the announcement post here.

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Challenges of Being an Indian Bibliophile + Indian Lit Readathon Announcement!

Sorry for going off the grid for the past two posting days! I was in a bit of a blogging slump and I didn’t feel like starting any blog posts because I didn’t have the time to make them of the usual quality. But I promise I’m finally back on track and will be more active than ever from July. This time I definitely mean it! I was on Twitter this afternoon when I saw Avalinah’s tweet about today being International Blogger Day. I’ve been meaning to talk about the this topic for a while now. Today being a super special day for me personally and after reading this amazing post on Vicky Who Reads, I thought it was finally time to voice my opinions. This is difficult for me to write (which is why the post isn’t essay length) because it is deeply personal and sometimes thinking too much about it can really put a dent in my confidence, but this needs to be said. I hope that someday, somehow, things will change to a degree where none of the things in this post will be valid. But until then, let’s pledge to do better each day, shall we?

Indian Bibliophile Problems and ILR Annoucement
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Reader Confessions Tag

It seems like the people of the book blogosphere have been noticing my existence off-late. I have been tagged by the lovely Kate from The Backwards Bookshelf for this tag. I would strongly encourage you to check out her blog because she’s an amazing blogger from Philippines who reads and reviews a lot of diverse and #ownvoices books. This tag features a bunch of questions where I reveal shocking truths about my bookish life and then tag my friends so I can get them to confess too. Since I’m an impatient person every time someone mentions the word ‘secrets’ around me, I’m going to spare you the wait and get right to it!

Reader Confessions Tag
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Book Review: The Smoke Thieves

Title: The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves #1)

Author: Sally Green

Genre: Young adult fantasy

Format: Kindle e-book

Published: By Penguin Random House on May 3rd, 2018

ISBN13: 9780141375397

Grade: Exceeds expectations

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

The Smoke Thieves (Book Review)

Synopsis

A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict.

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our four heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I’d DNF-ed

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for June 5th, 2018 was about DNF-ed books. DNF stands for Did Not Finish for those unfamiliar with this term. Since I have DNF-ed maybe a book or two in my entire life, I thought I’d change up the topic to talk about some of the books I wish I had stopped reading because they were either not worth my time or I ended up not liking as much as I would have if I had read it another time.

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April & May Wrap-Up + June Reading Month

I’m so glad to be alive and posting on the blog again! It’s been raining steadily for the past one month now and my favourite month of the year has arrived. I can’t wait to get back into the blogging rhythm again and finally have the time to visit all the lovely people who follow me and chat with me here. Without further ado, let me talk about how my reading went in the month of April and May. After that, I’ll delve into my plans for June. Since I’m a bit more free from this month onwards, I’m attempting to read more than I have ever before and challenge myself, which is exciting and scary at the same time. Hopefully I’ll have only good news to share in my next wrap-up post.

Apr-May Wrap-Up 2018

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Book Review: La Belle Sauvage

Title: La Belle Sauvage

Author: Philip Pullman

Genre: Young adult fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Published: By Random House Children’s Publishers UK on October 19th, 2017

ISBN13: 9780385654081

Grade: Outstanding

La Belle Sauvage (Book Review)

Synopsis

Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy…

Malcolm’s father runs an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his dæmon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue. He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust – and the spy it was intended for finds him.
When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, Malcolm sees suspicious characters everywhere; Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a dæmon. All are asking about the same thing: a girl – just a baby – named Lyra. Lyra is the kind of person who draws people in like magnets. And Malcolm will brave any danger, and make chocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through the storm.

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