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Down the TBR hole | Sorting through goodreads TBR shelf

Being lazy about doing such blog posts is nothing new for me. But every once in a while, I try to kick off the laziness by realising how fun such posts can be. Now that I’ve decided to do one, I’m very excited for me. When I was sorting through my goodreads TBR, I found that there are so many good books I’ve totally forgotten about. I feel great now, knowing that great books await in my TBR for me. 

‘Down through the TBR hole is created by Lost in a story

The Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

My books are (I’m not sure they are in any order at all):

1. IT by Stephen king

I mean, c’mon! How can I not read it? This year I was so hard on myself for completing the goodreads challenge that I didn’t pick up big books in the second half of the year. But next year, I’ll reduce the number of books to read so that I can pick up big books and classics. 

Verdict: keep

2. Where the red fern grows

Seems like I’ve had this book on my TBR shelf forever. I don’t think I’m going to read it in near future. Well, I may decide to pick it up 30 years later, but I’ll discard the thought of reading it for now!

Verdict: discard
3. Neverwhere

The synopsis made me eager to read it. No, I won’t discard it at all, as I’m too interested to read it now that I was reminded of this book. Yeah, I totally forgot about it. 

Verdict: keep

4. Here be dragons

I must say, I was going to discard it. But the reviews were too good. So, I’ll keep it and try to get to it soon. 

Verdict: keep
5. Keys to success

Self-help books are something I don’t read much: I believe it is all so subjective that one may even get confused. I think even I can write a self-help book myself. But I’ll keep it as I want to know what the fuss is about. 

Verdict: keep



6. The guide

Mr, Narayan, I’ll get to you real soon!!

Verdict: keep



7. The secret history

There’s no point discarding such a brilliant novel. It’s in my priority list of books. 

Verdict: keep



8. The locket

Again, great reviews and I couldn’t bring myself to discard it. 

Verdict: keep
9. You can win

Another self-help book! A good friend of mine recommended it and I want to know why it is a bestseller. 

Verdict: keep



10. Mrs. Dalloway

One of my most anticipated reads in classics. I won’t let it go, no matter what. 

Verdict: keep



11. The heart is a lonely hunter

Again, great reviews. So I decided to Keep it. Lol, I wasn’t even aware such a book exists. 

Verdict: keep
12. The book Thief

My next book purchase will contain this book. Period. 

Verdict: keep
13. The second sex

I what to read a book on feminism. And this one is just brilliant, I’ve heard. All I’ve read in the name of femism is handmaid’s tale and mom &me&mom. 

Verdict: keep
14. The princess bride

Interesting synoposis and great reviews. And it’s staying in my TBR!!

Verdict: keep



15. The mist

Well, there are better SK books. So, I’ll remove it for now. 

Verdict: discard
Even though I could discard only 2 out of 15 books, I’m so happy to go through them. I feel like I’ve discovered 13 Amazing books and I can’t wait to read them. 

P.S: I’ve college exams next month and it’s all so boring. I won’t be able to read much. I feel exams waste so much of my time. I mean, I can read 20 books in this time and all I get to do is study for exams. Anything to cheer me up?

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Thinking too much…..

A majority of us humans have a tendency to overthink. We do it so regularly that it has become so normal for us. But we need to realise that it does nothing but complicate things for us and hamper our potential of doing things. 

I’ve seen myself do both: think a lot and not giving much thought. I’m telling it from experience that the former has done nothing to help me while the latter has made life so much better. 

It is certainly not possible to give up overthinking abruptly. It may take a while, but once you start trying, it’ll lead you to having a better life. Just think it this way: how much productive we can be if we spend the time working instead of thinking a chain of thoughts and getting lost in them. And, at the end, these thoughts lead us to nothing but more restlessness. 

It is not simple, yes. But for once try to be logical with yourself. For once, think: what is the benefit of overthinking? What is the benefit of worrying so much? Working upon something will solve your problem, not merely thinking about it. 
In short, think limited and work more than you think. 

Stay happy guys, life is too short to be wasted on overthinking. 

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[Book Review] UNNS: the captivation by Sapan Saxena

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Genre: fiction, romance

Number of pages: 244

Published on: march 18th, 2016

Published by: Inspire India publishers

Goodreads blurb:

“Of course you know about the seven stages of love, but have you ever lived them?”

Atharva Rathod and Meher Qasim. 

Lovebirds since adolescence. Bonded by love, separated by circumstances. They part ways only to meet again. But this time, he is on a secret mission…

Are they in control of their own destiny, or its their destiny which is making them dance to its tunes? Only time would answer, as Atharva and Meher unwillingly and unknowingly transcend the seven stages of love. 

A quintessential tale of love and romance marked beautifully by its own rustic old school charm.

My take:

I finally found a romance book written by an Indian author, which I’ll recommend whole-heartedly to others!

This book was so much refreshing to read. It had that old school romance, but some modern elements were added, which balanced the romance in such a way that the reading experience was nothing less than pleasant. 

The description was so vivid and that high school romance is something every Indian kid would relate himself to. The simplicity of the book enthralled me. I couldn’t keep it down. I just wanted to read it forever. 

Let me clear you one thing, there are seldom any moments of direct romance in this book. There are many more indirect instances which were perfect for me to enjoy it. You know, sometimes adding mystery to something enhances its charm. That’s what happened in this book. As too much romance in a monotonous way throughout the book can bore, putting the same thing in a different, indirect manner is such a pleasant change. 

The story is very close to my definition of a perfect story. It has romance, drama, feelings, action and the thrill. So many factors are thrown into the story that I always looked forward to what will happen next. 

The book has an aura about it. The scenes feel vivid. For me, it was like watching a good movie. Sometimes, even with a not-so-great story, one enjoys the book because of its aura. But this book had both of them. I was reading it so fast that even my eyes complained. 

I had only one issue with the book: the editing part. The scenes were not separated for the reader to identify that there is a chance in scene now. It took me a moment to realise that now the writer has switched to another scene. 

Apart from this tiny flaw, I think the book was a great read. I’ll recommend it to anyone who wants to read romance that comes with a bit of action and drama, without anything cheesy but enough to satiate your hunger for a good fiction book. 

My rating: 4.5/5 ⭐️

*I thank thebookfever for providing me this book in exchange of an honest review. My views are by no means affected by this. *

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[Book Review] Flying without wings by Rishabh Puri

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Published on: 6th October, 2017

Published by: Black ink and HarperCollins publishers India

Genre: Fiction, romance

Number of pages: 200

Blurb (copied from AmazonIN)

For Milli Bajwa, life is at a stand-still. Grounded in the Chandigarh airport where she works day after day, she watches flights leaving for destinations she knows she’ll never visit. Loveless and luckless, she would rather bury her nose in a book than face her grim reality. And then, on a whim, she swipes right on a new dating app, and finds the man of her dreams – someone who can sweep her off her feet and teach her how to fly. But the mysterious and charming Karan Singhania has secrets of his own, and a heart damaged in more ways than one. This is the story of two people about to find out how far they’re willing to go for the promise of true love.

My take:

This book is an ideal read for them who prefer to read light romance. A person like me, who seldom picks up romance, found myself enjoying it in bits and parts. 

It was a quick read, I’ll give that to the author. The writing style is not bad either. I think the writing style is the author’s strength. One doesn’t get stuck up or wishes to put the book down. All because of the writing style!

The story is not so happening, if you ask me. It is a simple one, powerful to an extent, but nothing unique. ‘A heart damaged in more ways than one’ gives in a hint of something inside the book. The pain the characters felt made me also feel it to some extent: the author succeeded in doing that. It is somehow the reminiscence of what the author actually went through and was took by me sensitively.

I loved the characters! They were all cheery, bearing up with their pains in their own jovial manner. Their positivity sure did touch me. Some of them were messed up, some beaten up by luck. But I enjoyed reading about them all and I cared for them. 

Most of all, I appreciate how the characters coped up with their respective pains in their lives. One particular thought in the book taught me a lot: why frown when you can smile?

Right! So there were so many good things about this book. The cons for me are that not much is there to the logic of falling in love. The love Millie and Karan gain for each other didn’t feel natural to me. It was rather abrupt. There were similar more instances which defied logic. 

So, read this book with your heart and don’t think much about why it is happening. You’ll find yourself immensely enjoying the book. 
My rating: 3.5/5 ⭐️

*I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange of an honest book review*


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[Book Review] Sinful crossroads by Gaurav Tanwar

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Genre: travel, romance, philosophy

Published on: February 10th, 2017

Published by: Srishti publishers and distributors

Number of pages: 144

Goodreads blurb:

Two college friends are gearing up for their first outstation trip together, but the adventure starts much before the journey. One of them seems to be getting it all – he meets his ex in an auto, makes out on a train, becomes the love interest of another guy on a ropeway and ends up in the arms of a stranger – while the other is left wondering why. Come, travel with two immature friends whose casual trip turns into an experience of a lifetime. They lie to their parents, make friends on the way, get stuck in a haunted building, meet beautiful girls and spend their evenings listening to breath-taking experiences of strangers. But when they finally breathe after a series of adventures, they aren’t the same anymore. Sinful Crossroads is a story of how random things sometimes add up to make for the most important life-lessons.

My take:

What you give away in terms of passion or urge or the strong and never-ending feeling with enthusiasm to satisfy yourself in every possible manner is love. 

This was such a happy book!

I can’t say that I did not enjoy this book. Because, this thin book has a lot to offer. 

When two friends go on an expedven, nothing less than utter craziness can be expected. But this craziness was also about learning something in life. 

There were such small and cute incidents which I enjoyed more than I can think. Even though they were not related to the story (many of them were just there, devoid of any purpose, or at least that’s what I felt), they certainly did keep me interested in the book. 

The life lessons given in the book contain some interesting concepts. Even though most of them are known to us all, the author provided a gentle reminder of some basic things in life. This philosophical part towards the end of the book surely added to the weight of the book, but I felt the context here was lacking.  I felt like some theories were inserted out of the blue as many of them came in without any need of continuation. 

This was, nevertheless, a read which I won’t regret. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a light read with traveling, romance, friendship and philosophy thrown into the mix. 

My rating: 3/5 ⭐️

*The author provided me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. *

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[Book Review] The devil’s prayer by Luke Gracias

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Genre: historical fiction, horror, mystery

Number of pages: 369

Published on: August 8th, 2016

Published by: Australian ebook publisher

Source: Readers Cosmos

Goodreads synoposis:

A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago. 

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul. 

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors. 

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it. 

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction? 

Explicit Content Warning: “The Devil’s Prayer” is a historical horror thriller that contains brutality, rape, sex, drug abuse and murder. Readers may find its content offensive and confronting. 

My take:

This book gave me the chills I seldom get even when reading a book full of horror. The devil’s prayer is a historical fiction based on the thirteenth century conspiracy between the Mongols and the Papal inquisition. So, if one is interested in this particular aspect of historical fiction, this book is just the one for them. I read the book without having any knowledge of the history mentioned, but I think I enjoyed it a lot. 

Just after a few pages, the story became very interesting and kept me on edge whole of the time. The events were so horrifying, and I was impressed. My heart was beating fast wondering what dreadful event is about to happen in the book. I was awed and horrified at the same time. At that point, this became one of the very best books I’ve read. For me, it had everything I want in a good fiction book. At the top of it, it managed to scare me a lot. My only warning regarding these scary situations is that weak hearted people may not be able to bear with them. 

However, towards the end of the book, there are a lot of historical references. These references, as much as being important for the story, puzzled me. I was at the loss of knowledge there, anyhow. But yes, those few pages slowed down my read of this book. Moreover, for a novice in the history on which the book is based, it becomes difficult to grasp all the facts stated in a very few pages. 

As much as I was confused for a few pages, I think I enjoyed the most part of it. The richness of the content made it such a great it. ‘The devil’s prayer’ has a class, which is the book’s biggest strength. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a rich and great read. The depth of the book makes one also learn some things spiritual. I’m sure it can keep anyone on edge! But it is my duty to remind the readers about the brutality in the book. I request weak hearted people to stay away from it. 

My rating: 3.5/5 ⭐️

*This Book Review is a part of The Readers Cosmos Book Review Program and Book Promotions. To know more log on to http://thereaderscosmos.blogspot.in/.*

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[Book review] Adventures in Farland by Moshank Relia

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Publication date: October 19, 2017

Publisher: Rumour books India

Number of pages: 95

Genre: children’s fiction, fantasy

Goodreads synoposis:

Mira Rawat has heard tales of Farland all her life from her mother, who has described the magical place of gnomes, fairies, mermaids and animals, and especially its wondrous festival, the New Moon Party. Now, Mira has been informed by a man named Bushy that she has been invited by Princess Harmonica to attend the party. Bushy also uses a spell to turn her two friends, the mischievous and vexing boys, Bira and Vira, into rats so that they will not disturb the other party guests with their constant fighting and misbehaviour. At midnight, Mira, with Bira and Vira snuggled in her pocket, climbs Gunhill and is picked up by the pilot Starhead and flown in his plane to the party. However, the flight is cut short by a terrible wind, and Starhead is forced to land his plane near the Lost Forest. There, Mira discovers that Farland is in great jeopardy. Another Farland resident, Windman, has been generating great windstorms to prevent the Queen of Witches from reaching Dragon Hill. She intends to release the Dragon of Underhill, chained in its den beneath Dragon Hill, so that Farland will be burned and completely destroyed.

My take:

This book gave me everything I seek in a children’s book. It has often been said that a great children’s book is the one which adults enjoy as well. And I’ve to say that I enjoyed this book a lot. 

Adventures in Farland had fantasy, some great happenings and, of course, a great adventure. There is an imagination which is sure to trigger the creativity of a child who reads it. Nor is it extremely simple, which is something very great about the book. With a simple book, a simple story and extremely simple vocabulary, there is nothing to be learned by children reading a book. 

I really appreciate the author’s ability to write a book which is simple enough, yet not so simple that there is nothing new to it. This book, accordingly to me, can easily be one of those tales which can be told again and again over the generations. 

I recommend this book to all. Parents can easily choose this book for their children. Adults too, can read the book for a light and happy read. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. I’m sure I’ll gift this book to some kids in my family, as a great book is the best gift. 

My rating: 4/5 ⭐️

* Note: I thank the author Moshank Relia for sending me a copy, not for the review, but just because I wanted to read it. *

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An Indian online paradise for book lovers

Being a book lover makes buying books an important and pleasing task. I have myself tried buying books for various different places. None of them have ever pleased me as much as much as Bookish Santa. They are an online portal bookishsanta.com and sell pre-owned books and ship them throughout India. One need not worry about the quality of the book as all the books are nearly as good as new books. And the prices are very reasonable as well. Some books are sometimes not available now but you may find it in great condition from bookishsanta. 

I recently ordered a couple of books and the order when received made me wonder why I didn’t make a purchase from them before. 

You can see for yourself that the quality, the bookmarks and the handwritten note are the very reason that I am more than pleased with them. You can buy from anywhere, but it seldom happens that a seller makes you feel so special!

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