Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag 2022 Edition!

Hello Bookish People! Hope all are doing good. I am very late to this tag, but I was very excited to do this tag as every bookish creator shares their reading updates after 6 months! I am not aware of the original creator of this tag, but I found this over at Twirling Book Princess. Let’s get into the tag!

For Your Information:

I have read 19 books so far and my goal is to read 50 books by the end of 2022.

1. What is the best book you have read so far in 2022?

Verity hands down is the best book I have ever read. It surprised and shocked me that an author could write a story like this. I devoured this book in a day, loved it!

2. What is the best sequel you have read so far in 2022?

So I haven’t read any sequels except It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han which I did not like.

3. What is a new release that you haven’t read yet but want to?

I have been wanting to read this book for a long time. Although I have never read a VE Schwab book, somehow I found the summary of this book very intriguing.

4. What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

I am so desperate for these books to come out!
The Final Gambit: 30th August
The Weight Of Blood: 6th September
Nine Liars: 27th December

5. What was your biggest disappointing book so far?

I gave this book a two stars rating. By the end of it, I was so irritated by the story and characters. I had almost dnf’ed this book but then ended up finishing it.

6. What was your biggest surprising book so far?

I did not expect this book to be good. The ending totally surprised me and I enjoyed the summer setting and the relationship between the cousins!

7. Who is your favorite new author (debut or new to you)?

Karen M. McManus is a phenomenal author! Her murder mysteries and thrillers are top-notch! Absolutely love her writing style, story, and character development!

8. Who is your new fictional crush?

Conrad Fisher from The Summer I Turned Pretty is my new fictional crush!

9. Who is your newest favorite character?

None comes to my mind right now. I guess I did not find any character that I connected with or found relatable yet.

10. What books made you cry?

When I read the ending, I broke down. The whole book has shown such a deep relationship between the characters and the summer setting was also so good!

11. What is one book that made you happy?

As this book is about a girl exploring Japan and finding love, it was very enjoyable. It is happy and funny that I always love in contemporary stories.

12. What is the most beautiful book you have bought or received so far this year?

I received this book from the publisher and when I first saw this book, I was in love with the cover!

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

There are so many books I need to finish. The list does not end! XD

So this was the mid-year freakout tag, I enjoyed answering the questions! See you until the next post 😀
Happy Reading!

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!