Book Kulture: Exploring Bookish Corners #1

Hello, Bookworms! I am starting a new series called Exploring Bookish Corners! I will be visiting libraries, local bookstores, and unique bookish places. I will share some information and my experience of those places. Once or twice a month you will see these posts on my blog as I have to hunt for these places.

My main reason for starting this series is that, as the technologies have advanced and we have varieties of mediums in which we can read and shop. Very few people visit libraries these days and a part of the population is also not aware of those local bookshops! Including some bookish-themed places, that are always so beautiful and aesthetic, you all will explore these places with me!

PS: This is not sponsored or not for any promotional purposes.

About The Book Kulture.

Book Kulture is not a reading library, but a library where you can issue books. They have a variety of children’s books and some adult fiction books. In the starting, they take 600 rupees which is refunded in the end and the monthly fee is 500 rupees where you can issue three books at a time. They have an entire collection of Geronimo Stilton, Dork Diaries, Tom Gates, Enid Blyton, Classics, and many more!

My Experience.

This was actually my second time visiting this place. They have been there for five years and three years back when I visited this place, it was an entirely different experience then vs now. They have renovated the place and it looks so beautiful and aesthetic now. Here are some pictures I clicked.

When I went to Book Kulture, I noticed that the collection had entirely changed. Three years ago, when I visited they had adult and young adult novels only. They had a very minimal collection of children’s books. But it is the complete opposite now. I asked about this to the owner and he said that teenagers and adults didn’t visit, children used to visit a lot so they shifted their collection entirely to children.

I didn’t take their subscription but explored their children’s collection. It felt nostalgic to see some old books that I used to read as a child. Overall a beautiful place with a great collection!

Let me know in the comments if you would like to see these kinds of posts on my blog!
Happy Reading!

The Classmate #ARCreview.

I was sent an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Book: The Classmate
Author: Will Mcintosh
Publication Date: June 21, 2022
Pages: 170
Genre: Middle Grade, Sci-Fi

Goodreads Blurb:

Thirteen-year-old Benjamin is pulled from his old life and forced to attend a special boarding school in the middle of nowhere. That’s confusing enough. Then, he’s fed instructions through an earbud and thrown into etiquette classes alongside an angry, spike-covered creature. Despite wearing purple dresses and having the unassuming name of Eve, the creature is horrifying and, as Eve quickly demonstrates, dangerous.
With the help of his new friends Lorena and Persephone, Ben must overcome his own anxieties and uncover the truth about Eve’s origin. But he learns that the school’s agenda is much bigger than he ever thought possible. Ben needs to earn Eve’s trust, and fast. The fate of the world depends on it.

My Review:

This story gives a message of acceptance. As it is for middle-grade readers, accepting everyone is very important and this book covered that. It also talked about anxiety disorder which I felt that could have been gelled into the story naturally but it was mentioned separately. As it is set in a fantasy world, it was interesting to read about the topics covered.

Coming to the plot line, it could have been more developed, although the world-building was done well, the story plot wasn’t in-depth. At first, it went slow, but it was a quick read as I went into the story. There could have been more character development as well. Overall it is a good story about friendship, adventure, and acceptance.

As this was a middle-grade book, It is suitable for them as they will like the characters and the story’s world! They will learn a lot of values with some interesting adventures!
Happy Reading!

The Bookaholics Anonymous Book Tag!

Hello, bookworms! Hope all are doing well. I found this tag over at ReadRantRock&Roll and decided to do this tag! I recently got some books and I am finally getting a bookshelf so I am doing this tag at the right time! Let’s get into it.

What do you like about buying books?

Whenever I buy books whether online or offline, it gives me a sense of comfort and balance. Also when I see my favorite books on the shelf in the bookstore, I will be smiling like a maniac seeing them XD. Overall, the happiness and excitement I get when doing book shopping is the best feeling ever…

How often do you buy books?

Last year, every month a book or two was popping up in front of my home. This year I decided to control, so after six months I brought seven books! The time span is always uncertain as it depends on how much my tbr is full at that moment.

Bookstore or online book shopping – which do you prefer?

Till last year, I used to keep blabbering that online book shopping is pocket friendly and is great. However, I was surprised to see that I have started venturing out and bringing books from second-hand bookstores and other book shops! At this moment I prefer both in different ways.

Do you have a favorite bookshop?

The lockdown lifted up this year so I started venturing out recently. There is this local second-hand bookstore, I loved the collection there! They have all kinds of genres and they also give books for rent. I got books from there at a cheaper price and in a good condition!

Do you pre-order books?

No, I have never pre-ordered a book, but I do want to have that experience one day!

Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

Yes, I do. Some months I don’t buy anything and then out of the blue, I will buy some 4 to 6 books!

How big is your wishlist?

I don’t really update my wishlist, but I keep adding books to my tbr list that I wish to read. The tbr pile is so long that I can’t maintain another list.

The questions were really good! I am not tagging anyone, but please feel free to do this tag! I will be posting a book haul soon so look out for that! Do you prefer online or offline book shopping? Let me know in the comments!
Happy Reading!

Mood Reader!

Hello readers, happy Tuesday! I have been meaning to write a post about mood readers. Well for starters, I am a mood reader! Let’s dive deep into this topic!

Who is a mood reader?

A person whose feelings determine what they read. They are always on a hunt for genres that their feelings speak to and it keeps changing according to seasons, events, festivals, or the phase they are going through momentarily. Mostly it depends on the emotions and feelings the person goes through.

What are my reading habits as a mood reader?

I keep switching up my genres. There will be a point where I will be binge reading murder mysteries or only romance books. My reading tastes are also changing and lately, I prefer fast-paced books. Whenever I pick up a book, I usually end up binge reading 3 to 4 books at a time. But then, there will be a time when I won’t read anything! A month ago, I had started 7 to 8 books and did not finish any of them. I felt so guilty that I wanted to bring it to a balance. The books that I didn’t want to read at that moment, were temporarily DNF’ed, and the books that I was interested to read were prioritized.

Sometimes when I feel low, I read contemporary books to make myself feel better. And when I am on cloud nine, I will be flying through murder mysteries and young adult books!

Being a mood reader is complicated because emotions control what you wish to read! I feel that in some or the other way we are mood readers. What kind of a reader are you? Let me know in the comments!
Happy Reading!

Authors I Preferred When I Started Reading VS Now.

Hello everyone! I am so sorry for being not active on the blogosphere as I was in writer’s block. I have planned my content for this week so you will be getting some exciting posts to read! My friend recommended this idea, so let’s get into it!

Authors I Preferred When I Started Reading.

John Green.

If you have been reading my blogs for a long time you would know that the first book that started my reading journey was by John Green. I remember that John Green obsession era, loving everything he wrote. Turtles All the Way Down, The Fault in our Stars, and Looking for Alaska were my top favorites by him!

Rainbow Rowell.

I haven’t read many books by this author but when I read Fangirl two years ago, I fell in love with that book because of the sisters and romance trope. Later, I read Almost Midnight, a short story collection, and loved its illustrations!

Jennifer Niven.

All the Bright Places was a heartbreaking read. I remember finishing the book and then watching the adaptation crying even more. I later read Holding Up The Universe, which was on body positivity. Reading about a character being body-shamed was an important aspect for me at that time.

Cassandra Clare.

I had watched the shadowhunters show before reading the books and was obsessed with the show until I read the books… I fell in love with the mortal instruments series and the infernal devices series and loved the characters! I have read the dark artifices, but haven’t finished the last book in the series XD.

Veronica Roth.

When I read the Divergent series by this author, I fell in love with the first book. Four became my absolute favorite character at that time. We don’t talk about the third book, but the relationship and the worldbuilding in those books gave me comfort somehow…

E. Lockhart.

We Were Liars is still my all-time favorite book and after that book, I read other books by her and loved some of them. I am a huge fan of her hazy writing style as it completely hooks you to the story!

Authors I Prefer Now.

Maureen Johnson.

Truly Devious series is the most underrated series and I highly recommend reading that series to you all! I finished the three books in four days and was absolutely in awe. Her world and character build-up are top-notch and her writing style is addictive. I cannot wait to read her upcoming companion book i.e. Nine Liars!

Mary H.K. Choi.

When I read Emergency Contact, I stepped into the YA Contemporary genre because of this author. Her realistic writing style is so good as when I read her books, It feels relatable. She weaves stories around real-life problems and makes it feel like the reader is the one who is experiencing those emotions. Yolk was a heartbreaking read and at the same time, I loved reading about the relationship between the sisters.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

The Inheritance Games and The Hawthorne Legacy are my absolute favorite books! I like reading thrillers and I would love to read more by this author as she brings up interesting scenarios and lovable characters!

Karen M McManus.

One Of Us Is Lying and Cousins were such great books! I could not predict the plot twists at the end and was shocked when I read the ending in both books. I am currently reading Two Can Keep A Secret and so far it’s good! I look forward to reading other books by her!

My reading tastes have certainly changed and after two years when I will write this post again it would have changed again! Lets chat in the comments about some of your preferred authors before vs now!
Happy Reading!