September Wrap-Up!

Hello Bookish People! September is over and it’s time for a wrap-up! As I mentioned before that I had my exams going on in September. Even though I was continuously studying, during breaks I would pick up a book and read. Because of that consistency, I ended up reading 8 books which have been the highest number of books read during this year! Consistency makes everything work! Detailed reviews will be out separately for all the books soon 🙂

Let’s get into the wrap-up>>

The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This was on my anticipated list and I was so excited to read this book. That excitement went downhill when I reached the end. I had very high expectations since I had given the previous books 5 stars, so the ending did not meet my anticipations.

Kafka On The Shore by Murakami

I loved this book. It is a beautifully written story, woven with magical and realistic elements with a dash of Japan’s history.

Layla by Colleen Hoover

I loved verity and I wanted to read another paranormal romance by coho. In the end, I was like, “what did I just read?” So thrilling and interesting with a banger of an ending!

Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Such heartwarming and meaningful stories will stick with me forever. They were so impactful with such a beautiful message at the end… I will never forget these stories ❤

Birthday Girl by Murakami

Murakami’s words are a mystery, yet his writing style is so beautiful and comforting. Birthday Girl is a very short story with a meaningful meaning. I couldn’t understand what happens in the end at first, but then I realized after reading it again!

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

This was very raw and heartbreaking. I didn’t have any knowledge about Jennette McCurdy, but when I started reading this book, I couldn’t believe that she had to go through such abuse. Although I would say that coming to the After part, it became a bit slow. But other than that, this book is worth the read.

The Maid by Nita Prose

 I do like the story but the main character gets me every time. Molly the maid is very innocent and sometimes she does not understand things, which kind of bugged me at times. Overall a solid read.

Sputnik Sweetheart by Murakami

This was so mysterious and confusing in a good way. At times I couldn’t make out what is reality and what is not while reading, which was very unique. Really enjoyed it!

I hope you enjoyed reading this wrap-up. Looking forward to a good reading month in October! How many books did you read in September? Let me know in the comments! 😀
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

Why I Switched Genres?

Hello Everyone! I am sorry for my absence from the blogosphere. For the past month, my exams have been going on. My schedule was pretty hectic. Finally, my exams are over now and I am free for some days, so I wanted to get back to blogging again! I really missed writing and I will try my best to be active here again.

Anyway, today’s post is about something that I have been feeling for a long time regarding books, and after Jesse from jessethereader uploaded a video on those same lines, I decided to address these thoughts too!

You can check out the video here: IS BOOK QUALITY DECLINING?

These days when I was reading books, it felt like I was reading the same stories. The books never felt unique and the same repetition cycle used to go on. Personally, I was experiencing this more in the romance and young adult genres. Now, this happens for many reasons. Don’t get me wrong or anything but I feel that books are written for the sake of getting blown up on booktok these days. Everyone is writing romances with those same enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, fake dating, etc tropes. And even if those tropes are used, there is no other element that brings meaning to the story other than the romance part itself. There is nothing wrong with writing romances or using those tropes, but atleast add other elements to the story.

I wanted a fresh start with reading, so I switched genres! Not completely, but yes, for the most part, I read translated books, memoirs, fiction, mysteries, and sometimes young adult now. In September, my reading tastes evolved a lot and I am happy with what I read now. I feel like I am reading meaningful stories. My exams were going on for 10 days and I had so many holidays in between. It’s pretty shocking to say this but I have read the most books in September so far XD. Well, I should be proud or tensed, I don’t know…

It feels good to be back! What are your thoughts on the quality of books? Let me know in the comments!
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

Lost Girl- Book Review.

Hello, bookworms! I am so sorry for being inactive again. I had been sick for almost a month in August. It was pretty bad, I wasn’t in a mindset to write anything. I am better now and back with writing again! This review has been long overdue as I read Lost Girl at the start of the month and had been meaning to post the review. So, today is the day! Let’s get into it!

Thank you Harper Collins for sending a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book: Lost Girl
Author: Sana Shetty
Genre: Young Adult, Murder Mystery
Age Limit: 15+

Summary:

In the nondescript town of Fagu, a few kilometers from Shimla, retired police officer Vanessa and her husband Aidan are coasting through a blissful post-retirement life and running their quaint cafe. One day, on their usual morning trek in the mountains, they notice something in the bushes that shouldn’t be there. At the end of a hidden track, a young girl, barely in her twenties, is badly hurt and unconscious.

Two years later, the lost girl is now called Shanaya, and she helps out at her foster parents’ cafe. Every resident of Fagu knows the mystery behind Shanaya’s past, but she remembers nothing of it.

The residents of Fagu have kept Shanaya’s secret and protected her from harm. She is one of them, and her life is peaceful, until a stranger arrives in town, triggering within Shanaya a flood of memories and nightmares. Determined to learn the truth about her past, Shanaya lets the stranger lead her on a dangerous path of discovery.

My Review:

This has happened for the first time with me where the story starts in a particular mood and vibe but halfway, all of that completely changes. The main character has forgotten everything and has started fresh with her newfound parents who have adopted her in the hills. With her new life, she tries to find the forgotten past, so that element blended well into the story. It created a sense of mystery for me which kept me hooked to the story. I would like to appreciate the world-building that the author did. The beautiful village in the Himachal gave an eerie feeling to the story.

Halfway the story completely takes a turn. It was very unexpected and the author further introduced some more characters in the story which did not disrupt the flow of the story in any way. The ending was bittersweet, yet unpredictable and meaningful. The writing is immaculate and the connection of plot twists is outstanding.

What I Liked:

  • The world-building of the story.
  • Change of events halfway in the story.
  • Forgotten past trope.
  • Unpredictable and meaningful ending.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Irrelevant information in between which made me skim some pages.

What You Should Read Next:

  • Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon.
  • Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

I highly recommend this book for those who love dark, twisty murder mysteries with a forgotten past trope with a dash of romance!
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

The Racing To Read Book Tag!

Hello, Bookworms! I am back with another tag post. I saw this tag at Whispering Stories, check out Riddhi’s blog, it’s fantastic! I am very excited to do this tag, as for the past few months, I have fallen in love with Formula1. So I have been watching races and boosting my serotonin! Let’s get into the tag!

Warm Up: A book that stretches your mind.

Ace Of Spades kept me on the edge of the seat the whole time. The writing style is different in such a way that it gave me anxiety for the characters. I highly recommend this one.

Start Line: What’s a book that you started but never finished?

Lets be real. Many. I get so excited in the moment for a book, that I will read 50 pages of it and not finish it. So, I wont mention one because there are so many books that I have left 😦

Sprint: A book you read really quickly

It took me 4-5 hours to finish this book and it was so enjoyable to read!

Marathon: What’s your favorite long book?

I absolutely loved this book! Its 670 pages long, but every page was worth the read! Cassandra Clare has the magic to do that.

Hurdles: What’s a book that had ups and downs?

This book is filled with ups and downs. It gets slow and then a plot twist comes in.

Finish Line: A book you were proud to finish

I felt so happy and proud of myself when I finished this book as it is the first book I read that started my reading journey ❤

Gold Medal: Best book you’ve read during a readathon

Unfortunately I have never participated in a readathon.

Participation Ribbon: An underrated book you wish got more attention

This book is so underrated. It was a very surprising read and I enjoyed the friendship element with horror setting.

I tag:

  1. @Leah’s Books
  2. @Book Coffee Happy
  3. @Random Reader’s Rambles
  4. @Confessions Of A YA Reader
  5. @Past Midnight
  6. You!

Let me know in the comments if you are a F1 fan!
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

Book Haul!

Hello Bookish People! Today I will be showing some books that I brought and received from January to August. During my summer vacation, I visited a second-hand bookstore and got some books. I haven’t done a haul so I decided to show all the books that I have brought and received since January!

So in total, I have brought 17 books so far, one book is not there in this photo as I have given it to my friend for reading, and the other one I completely forgot to include XD.

January~

I was gifted these books and I have read I Love You So Mochi. I had started The Secret History but I have left it halfway. I received Not Here To Be Liked by the publisher.

February~

I got these books from a book fair that was there near my home. I wanted to start reading self-help books so I brought two self-help books and one murder mystery!

March~

I brought The Cousins from amazon as I was going on a trip to meet my cousins, so I wanted to match the occasion lol. Then I brought the other book when I went book shopping with my friends!

May~

As May was summer vacation, I brought Red, White & Royal Blue, A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder, The Maidens, and Call Me By Your Name from a second-hand bookstore. The Time Keeper and Frankenstein were gifted to me. I received Lost Girl from the publisher.

July~

I have been meaning to read books by Brianna West. I am currently reading 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some books I brought in these seven months. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see this kind of post for the remaining months!
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.