Daydreaming Discussions: Reading multiple Books at a Time!

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today I wanted to talk about-

So, I have developed a habit of reading multiple books at a time. When I started blogging, I saw so many people reading 2-3 books at a time, some even 5, so definitely that was quite shocking as well as surprising. I couldn’t even imagine how some people could read so many books at a time and I was like:

Okay, so not this dramatic but oh well sometimes I quite can be…. But that’s a discussion for some other time. Or maybe not. 🙂

If you had asked me about this five years ago, my answer would have been oh hell no! But my perspective has changed over the years. Now, I can easily accommodate 3 books at a single time, sometimes even squeeze in a fourth one. I mostly read one paperback along with 1 or 2 e-books. A few days ago I was discussing this with my friends in college and their reaction was something like this:

And I was like ding ding ding… new discussion topic(ing!).

Yeah. I know. -.-

Anyway, list most of my discussion posts, this will have a pros and cons list as well. So here goes,

Pros-

🔹 First of all, I’m a very moody reader, I love fantasy and science fiction but in the midst of the death and drama, I sometimes need a little break or two and that’s where a second or third book comes in.

🔹 There are times I need to finish a review copy but I am not feeling like it, so adding another book alongside that works wonders for me. It kind of gives me the necessary break from that book so that I end up enjoying both of them!

🔹 When a book fails to hold my attention, I put it down and gorge one or two others before picking it up, or sometimes I read a chapter of that book along with the other books if I really want to finish that one and yup, I’m in the end before I know it.

🔹 It saves time. Duh! When you have a HUGE tbr pile like mine, reading multiple books at a time helps to catch up with that enormous pile of books just sitting there waiting and calling your name…

Cons-

🔹 One (and only) of the major setbacks of reading multiple books at the time is when you have got a brain of a squirrel! Sometimes when I read a book and jump to the next one, the information tends to mash up which leads to utter chaos and confusion. Oh well, you get what I mean.

But seriously, there are quite simple methods to solve this one, if you go through the same problem like me (which I tend to forget 99% of the time… but shush!)

🔹 Make notes while reading.

🔹 Or you can also read one chapter at a time. It helps to remember things more clearly. But hey… when have you seen us bookish people just leave it at one chapter?

You guys know what, this post should have been up an hour ago but I was searching Supernatural gifs which led me to Pinterest and then…. I got lost! And before you guys ask any questions regarding this, I’ll just leave this here…


So guys, what are your thoughts on this matter? Do you love reading multiple books at a time or prefer to give your full attention to a single book?

Daydreaming Discussions: Favourite fictional couples whom I adore to death!

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today I wanted to talk about-

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First of all, happy Valentines day guys! ❤ I hope you all are having a great day so far! I spent my day binging on the show: Full House (Thai version) when I should actually be studying for my exam on Friday! Nonetheless, I looooved it so much! It was seriously so cute and I loved the storyline and the acting although I wanted to murder everybody at one point but let’s forget about that, shall we? But there was definitely cuteness overloaded moments! I think…. I will start reviewing shows and movies and stuff like that, that I recently watched. What do you guys think?

Well, I digress. Let’s come back to our today’s discussion. Here is my list of favourite couples! So without further ado…

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Jace and Clary: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare- Clace is one of my the most favourite couple ever! Forbidden romance is one of my favourite tropes and I absolutely loved how it was executed in the book. The chemistry between them is crackling and I loved how they were always there for each other, no matter what. While we are on this topic, anyone watching season 2 of Shadowhunters?

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Alec and Magnus: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare- Do I even need to say anything? I probably will. Sooo… I always shipped Malec and in Shadowhunters, Malec is just perfection. Utter perfection. I couldn’t have wanted a better cast than those two in the show.

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Simon and Izzy: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare- Their relationship evolved gradually within time and I loved every second of it. Although I love bad boys but Simon is the exact kind of guy that I would love to date in real life. And Alberto Rosende is… ❤

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Logan and Sadie: Saven series by Siobhan Davis- The relationship between Sadie and Logan is goals! I simply adored these two. They went though so freaking much, yet their love for each other never faltered. I loved how much they trusted and respected each other.

Feyre Rhysand

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Feyre and Rhysand: A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas- Ah… I shipped Feysand from book 1 and I was simply ecstatic when my ship actually sailed! I can’t wait to read book 3 in this series, May puhleeease come soon!

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Levi and Cath: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- I loved Fangirl so much and Levi and Cath were just so cute together! Yes, they had their ups and down but I loved how their relationship was portrayed.

Ron Hermoine

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Ron and Hermoine: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling- Isn’t this picture just so cute! 😀 I can’t give enough reasons to convey how much I love these two! Ron and Hermoine are two unique characters and together they were simply epic.

Ezra Kady

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Ezra and Kady: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff- Ezra and Kady were just asdfghjkl!! Even after their breakup (which of course they actually didn’t want to!!), they were ready to do anything to save each other. I simply loved the friendship between them.

Lily Rowan

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Lily and Rowan: Worldwalker series by Josephine Angelini- I recently read this series and I absolutely loved it! I loved Lily and Rowan sooo much!

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Heath and Zoey: The House of Night series by P.C and Kristin cast- I really, really hated Heath in the first few books but I didn’t realize when I had actually fallen for him. (I sound so cheesy right now!) A lot of people hate Zoey for the boy drama which is pretty huge but in the end, I shipped her with Heath, although I loved Stark but Heath was just Heath, nobody could replace him, and even Stark knew that. Stevie Rae and Rephaim were another couples in this series whom I simply adored!


Lets Chat

Sooo, guys do we have any favourite in common? And if they are not on this list, then who are your favourites?

Daydreaming Discussions- Top 15 books I can’t wait to read!

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today I wanted to talk about-

DD: Top 15 books I can't wait to read!

So here goes my list:

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1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas- I can freaking wait for this book! The first two books in “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series were pretty awesome and the way book 2 ended, I am in dire need of this one.

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2. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare- I am of the biggest Cassandra Clare fans and I freaking love the Shadowhunter universe. Though I haven’t read Lady Midnight yet (*looks adoringly at the bookshelf*) but I binge read once I have this in my hand.

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3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber- I really enjoy reading books which have siblings and this book has them plus the blurb sounds totally intriguing.

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4. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo- It’s about Wonder Woman guys!! I caaaaaan’t wait to read this one!

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5. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones- This one sounds too interesting to pass it up and it also has goblins and stuff…

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6. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco- That cover though! Also, this book has witches, necromancy, and siblings… all the things I love!

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7. Cold Summer by Gwen Cole- I love me some time travel! And this one sounds interesting as hell.

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8. Traveler by L.E. DeLano Colour me interested when I heard that this is another time travel with elements of fantasy. Yay!

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9. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi- I really enjoyed The Star Touched Queen, it was one of a kind and I have high hopes for this one.

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10. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard- This book sounds exception. A love story between a girl who can’t hear and a boy who can’t talk, I absolutely can’t wait to read this one!

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11. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon- Indian Americans. Arranged marriage. Need I say more?

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12. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli- I LOVED Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by her and this one sounds equally as awesome!

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13. The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle- A girl with epilepsy.A cute boy. One project.

14. The Illuminae Files- book 3 (Untitled) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Illuminae was a freaking fantastic read, I still haven’t read Gemina yet but I shall recover that soon enough.

15. Saven Deliverance by Siobhan Davis- This one is the last book of the Saven series, as much as I am excited to read this book, I am sad this series is going to be over because it’s one of the best series I have ever read!


Lets Chat

So guys, do we have any books in common? Which books are you the most interested in reading this year? Share your thoughts with me!

Daydreaming Discussions- Best books of 2016!

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

First of all Merry Christmas guys!! ❤ I hope you had a great day or is currently having one so far. I definitely enjoyed today. It was one of the best days ever!

So, today I wanted to list down all my favourite reads this year. Although it was mostly a crappy year for me but bookishly it was quite awesome. It was obviously quite tough to choose from 155 books! (I’m still reading the 155th book but oh well…) I freaking can’t believe I have read this much this year when my original goal was to reach just 70! Nonetheless, here are my top favourites-

Best Standalones:

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Best Completed series:

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare- I only had book 5 and 6 to finish this year and oh my gooood, MI is the one of the best series ever! I love this series so god damn much and the last book in this series was simply mindblowing!

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The Royals trilogy by Erin Watt- Well… what’s to say about this, I really enjoyed this trilogy. I loved Reed and Ella and well all the Royals. It was definitely a juicy and entertaining read.

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Worldwalker trilogy by Josephine Angelini- I sooo needed this trilogy in my life! I still need to finish the last two chapters of book 3 but well I can already tell I am going to love it. The plot is so intriguing and I love Lily! And Rowan too!

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Best series that are ongoing or I’m still reading them-

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Lets Chat

So that’s pretty much it! Hope you guys enjoyed this short post. Don’t forget to let me know what your favorite reads were this year!

Daydreaming Discussions- Thoughts on Rereading.

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today’s topic is-

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Today I wanted to discuss how rereading affects our bookish life. So hear goes…

Pros-

1. Reignites our love for the book

When we reread a book, we fall in love with that book or series once again. Re-exploring those worlds, meeting our favourite characters is such a wonderful feeling.

I reread the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare a few months ago and boy I freaking loooved it so much!

2. The next book in the series is coming out

It’s the most common reason to reread a book, sometimes we can’t remember what actually happened in the previous book and the sequel is coming out pretty soon. It’s a good reason to reread the other books in the series because it jogs our memory otherwise the sequel feels like a jumbled mess of confusion.

Oh it happened to me before. I couldn’t find a single review or anything to remind me of the key ingredients of the previous book and I was mostly confused through the sequel. If you are like me and you easily forget details about a book, it’s better to reread the previous book(s) rather than be in confusion which stops us from enjoying the sequel as well.

3. Old favourites can surprise

If you are in a book slump or perhaps don’t have any new books by your side (I know… this rarely happens! but…), it’s a good time to reread an old favourite. It brings back a level of comfort and also our happy place.

4. More Insight

Before I started blogging, I don’t think I used to read critically but after I joined the bookish community, a lot of my bookish habits have changed, so reading a book the second or third time definitely gives a different perspective about the book and we can look at it with a new insight.

5. Movie adaptation is coming out

I usually read the book just before the movie comes out and it’s so much fun to watch after reading the book. But if a book has been read a long time before the movie, rereading helps to refresh our memory.

Cons-

1. You already know what’s coming next

Even if we have forget most of the part, when we start rereading some parts start coming back so it doesn’t remain as thrilling or exciting as the first time.

2. You may end up disliking it

Unfortunately this happens. Sometimes rereading a book after a lot of years may not give you the same feelings that you felt all those years ago and you may end up disliking the book or even hating it. 😦

For example, I want to reread the House of Night series but seriously it’s sooo long, it’s twelve freaking books but I am also afraid I may not harbour the same feelings towards the book I did all those years ago, so I don’t think I am going to be rereading that series anytime soon.

3. Time Consuming

Reading is time consuming and rereading is definitely more so. Who has the time to reread a book when there are countless books joining our TBR pile every day? It’s such a valid reason and I have used this one as well because seriously soooo many books, so less time.

Conclusion-

It all comes down to our personal preference. I reread a book if it’s my absolute favourite and if reading that book again brings me a certain amount of joy. This is also a big reason why I prefer binge reading a series because then I don’t have to reread, so my time saves and I don’t forget the key details as well.

But if I loved a book, then I’ll definitely come back to it, no matter what.


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So guys, what do you think about rereading? Do you love rereading or do you rarely do it? What are the some books you would love to reread?

Daydreaming Discussions- What do We Bloggers Love the Most!

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today’s topic is-

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We bloggers love a lot of things. And of course we loooove books! But today I thought I would share a few things that makes us book bloggers go ballistic crazy other than books. At least makes me go cray cray! So let’s jump in right in!

1. Sharing the bookish love

The reason I became a book blogger was because I had nobody in my real life with whom I could share my bookish craziness with. That’s why I ended up creating a blog and I am having an awesome journey so far! We bloggers get to share our bookish love with each other, it’s such a relief to talk to bloggers who have read the same book and love the same genres. Of course, diversifying in new genres is an added bonus!

2. Fangirling together!

Ah, one of my most favourites! Don’t we just love fangirling together! When both the parties have read the same book, we can go on and on about that. I love having those conversations. And all those bookish feels!

3. Comment love

I personally loooove comments! I think for us bloggers, comments do play a vital role. Comments let us know that we are not alone in this bookish community and that people are actually reading your posts. That means a lot to me. When I started out new, I did’t think people would read my blog, let actually follow it but comments proved that I am  not alone. Which brings me to my next point…

4. Followers

How much we say that followers don’t count, they kind of do. Even if it’s only a teeny-tiny bit. Who doesn’t love getting that notification saying that we have got a new follower! I know I blog for myself but I feel so happy when someone follows my blog, it makes me feel all the hours I spent writing a post is so worth it!

5. Getting recommendations

This is such a wonderful feeling isn’t it? 😛

But I seriously love getting recommendations. Discovering new books and then ultimately falling in love with them is one of the “bestest” feelings ever. And when people say they loved your recommendations, that’s a total whole new level of feels!

6. Making new friends

The thing is… most of my friends are internet friends. By joining the blogging community a gained a lot of bookish friends which is sooo awesome! Thank you guys for being here for me! It seriously means a lot!

7. And of course, new book releases!

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Anyhoooow, I am always eagerly waiting for new releases, even though I am pretty broke. Well almost 99% broke. Nonetheless, even when I get to buy the book a year later, I am always enthusiastic about a new release. There are a lot of books that have released this year and a lot are going to be released, I don’t have the money to buy all the new books immediately because they are too pricey sometimes but the exciting feeling doesn’t ever go away if it’s a book I reeeally want to read. What about you?


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Sooo, what do you guys love the most as a book blogger? Lemme know in the comments!

Daydreaming Discussions- How I Rate My Books!

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Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

Today’s topic is-

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Rating a book includes a lot of factors and sub-factors. Today I’m going to list all the things that affects my rating of a book in a positive or a negative way. To view my rating system click here. Okay, now let’s jump right in!

1. Plot-

It’s a no-brainer that plot plays one of the most important role for us in deciding how to rate a book. For me, it’s the same, it plays a super important part because if a book lacks a solid plot, then there’s no point. I mean it’s the plot that structures how and where a story is going and maintains our interest otherwise all is lost my friend, all is lost.

Now there are some sub-factors under this which I also consider while rating a book as well.

i. Plot Twists-

I love unpredictable plot twists! I’ve seen many bloggers experts in determining the plot twists  (not me unfortunately!), I think it’s because it becomes familiar after a time because we read a lot of books and usually the guesses are on point. I usually try to refrain myself from guessing them but when a plot twist fails to surprise us, it’s a downer. But if it’s the opposite, then it becomes a HUGE plus point.

ii. World-building-

Mostly in fantasy/sci-fi/dystopia novels world building is a big factor. Like VERY BIG. Through world-building we become familiar with the world of the novel, it’s generally enjoyable and we become more interested about that particular world it but sometimes too much overdoing results in info dumping and it starts to seem the novel is moving at a too slow pace.

iii. Tropes-

Trope is  described as a commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works (yes, I kind of pasted this from wiki cause I’m lazy!). Like for example, the Mary Sue character, the tortured hero (I kind of love this though!) and the different kind of romantic tropes (click it to see my discussion post on the various romantic tropes). This sub-factor mainly depends on personal preference of every reader. For example, if a book has a love triangle (although I tend to avoid those) then I already loose some amount of joy because it’s my most hated trope although there are exceptions.

 

2. Characters-

The second most important factor or it’s better to say it plays an equally important role for me in deciding a book’s rating. I love it when a character is relatable or at least some aspect of his/her life is. I also love when the character knows what they want or they are not dependent on anyone. These are some of the points among others that I enjoy seeing in a character. And then there are some I feel like hugging to death…

 

3. Writing-

This undoubtedly plays a part because… uh you have to read it! I love when the writing is smooth and easy to read and follow what is going on. For example, I did not enjoy Tahereh Mafi’s writing in Shatter Me (black sheep here… blahh bhah!)  because it kind of felt I don’t have an exact word but bricky?  And  it also felt a little scattered to me which lowered my enjoyable factor a lot.

 

4. Pace-

Pace plays an important factor for me. I love fast paced novels, where something or the other is always happening and I have seen that I usually enjoy a book lot less if the pace is slow.

 

5. Enjoyment/Soul crunching factor-

This factor also varies for everybody as I might find something interesting but someone else might find it predictable. So it usually depends on personal preference. The enjoyment or the soul-crunching factor is absolutely necessary for me. Like if an incident occurs that tugs at my heart or… you get the point, then it results in me rating the book 5 star!

Like if something heartbreaking happens… or I might have just wanted to use this picture…

 

6. Expectations-

Last but not the least, expectations play a factor as well. Usually for hyped books, our expectations grow a lot but every book differs for everybody, so when it doesn’t meet our expectations then it’s a huge disappointment. Although for some books or authors that I’m trying for the first time, I try to go in low expectations and sometimes when it surprises us (in a good way that is) it’s an added bonus!


So here are my list of factors that affect my rating of a book!

What about you? What are the most and least important factor for you?