Finding Nostalgia Through Books.

Hello, Bookworms! Do you ever think about a time when you read a particular book and were so engrossed in it, loving the world, the vibes, and the characters? That feeling was so good in the perfect weather, that you want to relive the time.

Personally, this happens to me frequently. I often find myself searching for ways to relive that time by re-reading that book or just spending time remembering those days.

Some books really get stuck with you even when you don’t realize it. As human beings, nostalgia is triggered when something reminds you of a particular time.

When I am going through my bookshelf and I see a book that I really liked, I go back to the time and I remember what was going on in my life when I had read this particular book. It is really interesting to see that books have so much power in our lives.

Personally, books are a medium that transports me back to the past, to relive those days. I really enjoy doing that. I recently read City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare because I wanted to go back to those days when I was obsessing over shadowhunters after watching the series and then receiving the book series on my birthday back in 2020. I was recalling the days when I used to write character biographies in my very older posts! I was really missing that time and after reading City Of Bones, I felt very happy.

This post is short because I want to hear about your experiences of finding nostalgia through books in the comments 😀
Happy Reading!

My Perspective On Book Community.

Hello, readers. Come out of those worlds you are immersed in, because we will be discussing something today!

I have been a part of the book community for a few years now. It is the most exciting community having passionate readers, recommending books and sharing their thoughts. If you think of it, we all are a bunch of people gushing over non-existent characters together! Here, people bond over similar book tastes or characters. It is the most beautiful and welcoming community ❤

Over the years, the community has increased and evolved. It came on TikTok as Booktok. Regarding Booktok, I still have mixed feelings about it. Even though it is known for recommending the same books and only romance genre most of the time, there are still many accounts that recommend really good books. I feel that the book community was also formed because books are an investment, monetary and time-wise. People recommend books so that it shows the readers that this particular book is worth their time and money. A coin has two sides similarly the book community has its own pros and cons.

I often find myself watching booktubers doing reading vlogs and recommending books. Some of my favorite booktubers are:

  1. Jessethereader
  2. Haley Pham
  3. Anchal Rani

Book blogs are another platform where people express their thoughts on books through writing. They are very enjoyable to read.

Here are some of my favorite blogs:

  1. Whispering Stories
  2. Random Reader’s Rambles
  3. Quirky Pages
  4. A Curly Sue’s Ramblings
  5. Down The Rabbit Hole
  6. Vee_Bookish
  7. Books Of Brilliance
  8. Bookworm Blogger
  9. Confessions of YA Reader
  10. Past Midnight

This is a short post, but I just wanted to say that I am very grateful to be a part of this community ❤
Happy Reading!

The Naturals Series Book Review.

Hello, Bookworms! Hope you all are well. In mid-January, I started the first book and finished the whole series in mid-February! Also, don’t read these books at night, they give you the chills. I have been there and done that and it honestly scared me XD

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Books: The Naturals, Killer Instinct, All In, Bad Blood
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult, Romance, Crime
Age-Limit: 16+
Pacing: Fast-Paced
Trigger Warnings: Murder, Death, Violence, Death of a Parent, Child abuse

Goodreads Summary.

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

Review of all the books.

I started reading this series without expecting anything and it is one of the best thriller series I have ever read. It is about a classified program where teenagers having powers have to solve cold cases under the FBI. In the first book, Cassie joins this program because of her ability to understand and classify people’s behavior. The character-building is phenomenal. The author has differentiated the characters so well from their personalities to their backgrounds. Coming to the writing style, there are chapters throughout the series that are written from the perspective of the serial killer and it’s written in first person, which makes it so chilling to read. The story’s pacing is fast and everything is happening one after the other smoothly. Also, there is a kind of love triangle in this series, which was exciting to read.

Usually when you read a sequel, most of the time it is a flop show. Unlike this series, every book I read, I loved it even more. In every book, the characters are dealing with different serial killers. The second book was a bit slow but, it was worth reading as there are few character developments and a different case to solve!

The setting of the third book is very interesting as it is set in the casinos of Vegas! The third book opens doors to a big plot twist which is explained in the final book. The vibe of the third book is very different I think because from solving the cases it shifts to something that has been discussed once in the first book.

Coming to the final book! This is my favorite book in the series. The ending is unimaginable and messes with your mind. You will feel that the story will take this particular direction, but it changes its whole course!

I have to answer this question:

Which series is better- The Inheritance Games or The Naturals?

The famous Inheritance Games series is written by the same author. The Naturals was written in 2013, so it’s pretty old. Coming to the question, hands down The Naturals series is much better than The Inheritance Games series any day. If you are a huge fan of The Inheritance Games and also want a love triangle, then you have to pick up The Naturals Series.

Bonus Book!

Yes, there is a novella that takes place after a few years when Cassie is 23 years old. It is so short but still has a witty mystery case! The characters are mature and older, which made it even more interesting to read.

Music Recommendation

While reading the series, I had curated a playlist that I accidentally deleted (sorry). But there were two songs that I listened to on repeat:

Overall Rating.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I assure you all that once you read this series, you will love it! If you are in the mood for a dark YA thriller, then this recommendation is for you. Let me know in the comments if you have read these books.
Happy Reading!

Hello, it’s been a long time :)

Hello, my favorite people! Hope you have been immersing yourself in different worlds when I was long gone. I am back here on the blogosphere because I missed writing and most importantly you all ❤

My life lately.

I just finished giving my board exams in March. I then went on a week-long vacation in the first week of April, which was splendid. Right now, I have holidays for two months (could be three). These days I either end up going out or am at home reading or watching movies and series. The feeling of having no stress is the best!

Reading goals.

I realised now, that I didn’t share my reading goals for this year. It has been very hazy since the start of 2023. So, here are my reading goals:

I have kept a goal of reading 50 books and am doing pretty well so far. This is a problem, I tend to read a lot of books during my exam time because I get so bored with academic books, which is kind of concerning, but who cares XD

In 2023, I aim to start and finish many book series because I want to immerse myself in the same world for a longer period. So far I have finished two series. A detailed review will be coming soon on those.

I also want to start reading literary fiction more. I feel that I tend to like that genre more as some books can be more character-driven and also literary fiction has more meaningful stories I think.

This year I want to read books by queens and kings of the book industry. For example, I want to start reading books by Stephen King, Agatha Christie, and Sidney Sheldon.

Blogging schedule.

I will try my best to write two posts a week. So, you will start seeing me active and post two articles every week! From Monday, there will be something new to read for you all 😀 Stay Tuned!
Happy Reading!

I Fell In Love With Hope by Lancali #bookreview.

Hello, everyone! I am back with yet another book review. I have been reading so many books lately, despite my exams nearing. I am a bit concerned, but there is no harm in reading during breaks! Thank you to Lancali for sending an e-book in exchange for an honest review.

Book: I Fell In Love With Hope
Author: Lancali
Genre: Romance, Fiction
Age Limit: 13+
Pacing: Medium-pacing
Trigger Warnings: Self-harm, chronic illness, death, eating disorder, child abuse, mental illness

Goodreads Summary:

Against the unforgiving landscape of a hospital, I fell in love with a mischievous, sun-eyed boy who became my only joy in that desolate place. That’s what made it all the more soul-crushing when he committed suicide in front of me.

Since then, I’ve sworn never to love anyone again. With three exceptions: My friends, Sony, Neo, and Coeur, a little gang of rebellious, dying kids. Sony leads the charge with the air of freedom and only one lung to breathe it. Neo, a bad-tempered and wheel-chaired writer, keeps track of our great deeds from stealing to terrorizing our nurse. Coeur is the beautiful boy, the muscle, the gentle giant with a failing heart.

Before death inevitably knocks down our doors, my thieves and I have one last heist planned. A great escape that will take us far from abusive parents, crippling loss, and the realities of our diseases. So what happens when someone else walks through the door? What happens when a girl joins our party and renders me speechless with her mischievous smile? What happens when she has suns in her eyes, and as terrified as I am to lose again, I start to fall?

My Review:

I am so glad that I read this book. It touched my heart in so many ways. The author has beautifully written about how five friends tackle their illnesses in the hospital and are each other’s pillars. She conveys how a sick person is seen through the eyes of sympathy. I really liked the friendship element, her writing made the friendship between the five characters very intimate and deep. Coming to her writing style. It has a poetic style with the normal narrative style. In the starting, it was hard for me, but as I read further I understood and got used to her writing style. The story is so purely written, it is raw, and as I read I could feel the pain the characters went through. The characters are so lovable, they have a charm to them.

Coming to the narration. The main character, sam is narrating the story. But in the ending, something is revealed that elevated the whole story. The author discussed many aspects of life in the book such as the support of family and friends and giving your heart out to someone. Personally, I learned so much about life, relationships, and sickness. The author did a great job of pouring down the emotions. Also, if I had a physical copy, I would have annotated almost every other line. There are so many beautifully written sentences that convey everything!

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Have you read this book? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Happy Reading!