February Favorites

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Hey guys! It’s almost March, and although February has not been a very great month for me, it still deserves a run down of random things I loved about this month! Wanna know what they are? – then just keep reading!

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First up on my list this month is my new found love for Poetry. ❤ I have never been a very big reader of poems ever since the history of me being a reader. I mean, yeah – I do appreciate them but I haven’t really developed an inkling interest, until now. The recent poetry books I got is Milk and Honey and Chasers of the Light – which I both LOVE.

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If you know me (well not all of you do obviously, haha) you’ll see that I am always inside the four corners of my room being the introvert gal that I am. I rarely go out these days which is something that I am trying to change. So my few escapades this month really made me want to see more of the world, lol. Seriously though, life is too short to spend in bed. (but bed days are great too of course 😁)

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Well if you’ve been a frequent visitor of my blog you probably noticed that I regularly post and update weekly spreads. I’m quite proud that i’ve been keeping up with this so crossing my fingers that I continue to do so until this year ends. Love love love journaling.

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OMG I love my bluetooth earphones like SO MUCH. I use this every single day. Music is my daily dose of vitamins so this gift from Sudio Sweden is just perfect – perfect for my iPhone which for some reason does not have an audio jack, like wth. But seriously, this earphone is life. Check out their products here.

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Speaking of music, well this song is on repeat for the nth time most of this month! It’s not a new song, but I just recently appreciated it so..

Anyway, I just love it so much. And yes, my playlist’s name is “PlauUntilIHateIt” – lol, because that’s what I do. I play a song a gazillion times until I realize i’m hating it already. I am so weird, I know.

 

 

 

 

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Okay. Can I just say that I literally do not know what to do with my life after i’ve finished all the seasons of Game of Thrones. I mean I literally cannot function as a human being. I swear this show took over my life. I just love it! I cannot believe I waited this long to watch it – but yeah, better late than never because Jon Snow is bae.

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I am not a big mobile gamer (is that a thing? lol) but as I said, I need to divert my attention to something after my GoT addiction so I asked my friends from Instagram to suggest to me a game I can play and one of them suggested this one. I have downloaded a bunch of games that they suggested but this one made me really hooked. I loved it! Won’t be too long now until I abandon it and look for something else though, haha. My attention span is short. Btw, you can download this from the App store for free. I think Android has this game too 🙂divider2

And there goes my February Favorites! None super exciting so far but still it has been a pretty good month to me, and I hope you had a lovely one too!

Talk to you soon!

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Pick a favorite: Agatha Christie Book PART 2!

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Hello guys! If you are new to my blog or isn’t following me on Instagram, then let me just tell you that Agatha is my queen! So as tribute to her great works of literature, I have made a segment on my blog wherein I write a mini review of her books and “pick a favorite” out of those novels i’ve read to help you decide which AC book to read (if you haven’t tried one yet).

See my first Pick a Favorite AC here.

I will be giving mini review/reaction post on two of her books and then decide in the end which one I liked better. The two books that I have for you now are:

  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4)
  • The Big Four (Hercule Poirot #5)

Without any more delays, let’s get to it!

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This book is another of Hercule Poirot’s Mystery. Poirot is a Belgian detective whose wit and clever ways have gained the trust of many in solving hard and even impossible mysteries. In this particular story however, Poirot has retired. He is now living a discreet life and spending his days gardening in the village of King’s Abbot where a death of a widow sparks rumors that she murders her own husband. She was being blackmailed for this and not only that, she is also having a secret affair with the wealthiest man in King’s Abbot – Mr. Roger Ackroyd. The following evening after the widow died, Ackroyd was murdered in his own study. The latter’s niece sought the help of Poirot to find out who really killed his uncle and it is now up to Poirot to find out who did it and why.

I fear my words on this one because I strongly DO NOT WANT to spoil this masterpiece for you. OKAY. This book is just WOW. OMG, WOW. I can’t even begin to tell you how freakingly SHOCKED I was after reading this. This is one of Christies TOP book for a goddamn reason! (sorry for swearing). I hope you will be one with me when I say that I WOULD’VE NEVER guessed how will this book could’ve ended. It’s crazy dude, I just want to re-read it again to see if i’ll have a different reaction but author got mad skills for pulling this off. Absolutely one of the best! This feels – it’s Agatha Christie feels!

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big42 In this particular story, Poirot is facing an organization who stands in the name of “Number 4” whose purpose is to post an anarchy and rule the world – or that sort of thing. Poirot desperately wants to find out who is behind this big group while the Big Four is also decided to keep Poirot out of their way – whatever or WHOever it takes.

Okay, you know by now how much I love Agatha but this particular book, well I am not so sold. I mean I adoooooooore the character of Poirot and I still did enjoy reading all about his funny little erratic ways of solving whatever puzzle there is in this book, but this story is somehow different than the rest I’ve read from Christie. Yes, it still has that charm, that page-turning-I-can’t-stop-till-I-know-who-did-it kind of vibe is still there that’s for sure, but the overall plot of this book had me wondering WHY this book is kinda different. I feel like Poirot here is some kind of a man stopping big evil villains and that particular style is probably not for me, or YET at least. I assure you though that there are still elements of surprise and crazy twists because Christie never fails on that. Still a far cry better book than most half bake mystery novels out there – it just wasn’t what I was expecting. divider2verdict

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd:    5/5 ⭐s

The Big Four:   3.5/5 ⭐s

I couldn’t have made it more obvious right? 😁  Winner is THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD by a mile!

Definitely, absolutely, most surely recommended! Love every minute of it and I hope you will too!

Till next Pick a favorite, I’ll try to make it not as obvious. lol.

Talk to you soon! ❤

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Book Review: The Trespasser by Tana French

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Being on the Murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she’s there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she’s getting close to the breaking point.

Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers’ quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There’s nothing unusual about her—except that Antoinette’s seen her somewhere before.

And that her death won’t stay in its neat by-numbers box. Other detectives are trying to push Antoinette and Steve into arresting Aislinn’s boyfriend, fast. There’s a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinette’s road. Aislinn’s friend is hinting that she knew Aislinn was in danger. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the glossy, passive doll she seemed to be.

Antoinette knows the harassment has turned her paranoid, but she can’t tell just how far gone she is. Is this case another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?

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This is the first book that I finished this year, but I started it last year, so.. lol. It probably took me a month to finish it. I was actually buddy reading this with a dear friend  and it’s not like the book is all that bad, but I’ve fallen into a slump and I guess this one couldn’t save me from it. This is my first one from Tana French – and my first read about Dublin Murder Squad series as well – and although it didn’t climb up my top fave books last year, I can say that this didn’t disappoint either at the very least. I’ve seen a few say though that I would’ve appreciated it more if I have read the rest of the books before this one to have a better understanding of the characters and the setting, I guess I should.

Anyway, from what I picked up, Antoinnette Conway is a bit of a newbie in Murder Squad along with her partner Stephen Moran. Her colleagues who are considered veterans on the squad is giving her a hard time in the team and her one way to either redeem herself or a way out of this pool is solving the murder of Aislinn Murray – a pretty girl with a perfect life.. or so it seems. Conway is sure she’d seen the victim before but wasn’t sure where or when or how.

The first few chapters of this book really had me entertained. I like the characters, Conway in particular is smart, strong, witty if she wanted to be, knows what she wants and gets it. I admire the attitude that even though being bullied by the guys in Murder Squad, she’s thriving and still doing what needs to be done and not sulk like some girl need of saving. I also looooove Steve! He’s a direct contrast to Conway in terms of attitude but there’s something about their partnership that blends perfectly well and I enjoy reading about them.

It wasn’t at all predictable during at least halfway through the book but some scenes during the latter part gave the twist away. Although I did enjoy a little diversions here and there, I knew it after reading a particular scene, who the suspect is. So that is why I kind of fallen into my indifferent phase a couple of chapters in the story. I felt that it was dragged on for far too long when it was already so obvious who murdered who. A few chapters before the ending though the story redeemed itself and began a bit to be a little exciting – not enough though for me to consider tagging it as one of the best mystery/crime novels I’ve read so far.

Still recommended though if you love mystery and crime novels, and I think I’ll have to read the rest of the series to see if it’s as good as the reviews are telling.

Talk to you soon! ❤

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Book Review: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.

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4.5/5⭐s!

If you didn’t know yet, this book is actually one of my top 10 books last year! It just took me somewhere else! I have to admit though that I had a pretty hard time getting into it. It’s interesting yes, but it’s freaking complex! it’s a murder story – but definitely not the typical plots of finding out WHO killed who, but moreover WHY they killed who.

This is a story about 5 college students – Henry, Francis, Camilla, Charles and Bunny, who isolated themselves from the rest of the world along with their charismatic professor, Julian, until Richard, a troubled student who desperately wants to belong decided he wanted a way in in this eccentric group of people. Everything is going normal – as far as “normal” for them is concerned until one of the students died. That isn’t even a spoiler so don’t be mad at me, okay?

This book is freaking twisted, it pulls you into the story deep that you’ll have a hard time detaching yourself the moment the characters slipped into darkness. I don’t relate to the characters – that’s for sure, because that would be creepy if I do. But the way the story went and progressed, you’ve also developed an attachment to each and every one of them. Also, saying that the characters are peculiar would be underrated, NO – they’re something else. They’re the type that we don’t usually hear of or see, or talk to – and they’re creepy in a way that you don’t exactly know why. If I were to be asked though, I’d love a POV of Henry – Richard, the MC and narrator is a tiny bit lacking for me. In fact I was actually annoyed at him for quite some time. I just think there would be so much more interesting concepts if Henry was the one who narrates the story – OR an exchanging POV would be awesome. Either way though, the story telling is as good as what the author intended it to be.

Another factor that I love about this book is that it takes you right where the story happens and leaves you there. The vivid descriptions, the intellectually written passages that makes you feel smart after reading so. It’s an exceptional experience I haven’t had with any other book.

Lastly, I do appreciate the author giving us a sight of what happened to the students after everything had passed. I appreciate that it was somewhat a lesson that whatever you’ve done in the past will ALWAYS haunt your future. I have to say though that although I do find the ending a little NOT in league with the greatness of the rest of the story, thinking about it, I also do not know how would it have ended if it were me writing the book. After finishing the book, I just sat there, thinking about ways the story could’ve ended but they all just didn’t sum up.

So yeah, with everything that it made me see and feel, this book is undeniably one of the best I had last year and I’m glad I picked it up. Definitely not the last one from Tartt. Have you read it? Thoughts? Let me know!

Till next book! ❤

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Illumicrate November Box Unboxing

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So thrilled that my Illumicrate November box is finally here! Can’t wait to show you guys what’s inside so let’s get straight to it!divider2

Illumicrate has one of the most gorgeous box out there because of it’s white color – which is not very common in subscription boxes:

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that is why I love taking pictures of this box ❤

I also love the new addition inside the box to keep the contents more secured!

and yessss! Illumicrate does brighten up my day :)
and yessss! Illumicrate does brighten up my day 🙂

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The first item that caught my attention is this reusable tumbler sleeve from Sparrow + Wolf.

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Book design! You could never go wrong with that! 😀

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Next item is this Aidan candle from Meraki candles..

I swear it smells amazing!! Not too strong, just right!
I swear it smells amazing!! Not too strong, just right!

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I also got this cute Evil Plans notebook from House of Wonderland:

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Journaling 101

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Aaaand a very stripey pair of socks from HappySocks!

Another one for a #socksunday photo! XP
Another one for a #socksunday photo! XP

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And we’ve got a few more cute extras inside the box!

Six of Crows card holder, Caraval post card and Wolf by Wolf Tattoo
Six of Crows card holder, Caraval post card and Wolf by Wolf Tattoo
Replica mini poster, Unconventional post card, and I'll be home for Christmas bookmark
Replica mini poster, Unconventional post card, and I’ll be home for Christmas bookmark
The One Memory excerpt by Flora Banks
The One Memory excerpt by Flora Banks
All the Bright Places, Holding up the Universe cards
All the Bright Places, Holding up the Universe cards

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And the most awaited item, the book inside this box is…..

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

The Diabolic is a story of the future where humanity is ruled by the galactic empire and a unique protagonist navigates a ruthless political web to protect a senator’s daughter at all costs. The gorgeous book also comes with a bookmark and a signed book plate!divider2

That is everything inside this box! Make sure to check out Illumicrate at the following links to know more about them:

Website: http://www.illumicrate.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/illumicrate/

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Happiness ❤

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Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer (4th and final book in The Lunar Chronicles series)

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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

From Goodreads.com

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5/5 STARSSSSSS!

Oh gosh! OH MY LUNAR GOSH! This book is awesome! I would not have it any other way! This is exactly how I wanted this series to end! No bad blood for this book, at all!

Like all of the other characters and books in the Lunar Chronicles series, Winter is also an adaptation from a story that our childhood is all so familiar with – Snow White. But what’s interesting about it is that unlike Snow whose skin is – well, snowy white, Winter is dark. And see, that’s what I love about this entire series, it embraces all race.

Winter is such a lovely, funny, charming and not to mention a beautiful person inside and out. I love her crazy antics even though this is considered her “sickness”. It makes her all the more interesting and lovable.

So like Snow White has her Prince Charming, here goes a closer look
6175e6820cf2a5ce1295dec2583ac848at Jacin as well, her childhood friend who is now a royal guard serving Queen Levana. I love how Jacin’s feeling remained for Winter despite what was happening to her. I love that Jacin feels like it’s his utmost responsibility to protect the girl and make her happy.

And I read this one on Goodreads, that if Winter is based on Snow White then the rest of the gang – Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne and Iko – are the seven dwarves? 407167

What I love more about this book is that every single one of them has been given their fair share of limelight. I missed all them so reading about them in this book made me feel extremely giddy and happy.

Cinder was as awkward as she is but her will and determination shines through in this book. There are times here that I cried a bit because of the realization that she is about to take away what’s rightfully hers. Kai on the other hand remained the charming Asian guy that we all swooned for in the first book.

What Scarlet and Wolf has is unique though – their attachment to each other, the connection. It’s a different kind of love which makes it more interesting. Here we are girls, thinking (and wishing) we could all have our own Wolf who would love us just as much.

My favorite parts are well of course of Cress and Thorne. Stars they Tangled-gif-tangled-17160594-500-230are just so real. I love both their personalities and I can quickly relate
to Cress about being unsure about herself and all that so that’s probably why their story is closer to me than the rest of the characters.

And who could forget the darling android, Iko. I love this gir.. well adroid. But I cannot be blamed, you would never think she is not earthen or lunar all through out the book. Someone as charming and as funny as her could pass for any being there is.

Of course though, this amazing story would not be as gripping as it is if its not for this downright wicked Levana. Oh God, this girl is so evil I was only wishing for her to die the entire read! tumblr_inline_n70qk3H6si1r8b1ta

I was getting emotional though towards the last pages because stars, it’s ending… And I am gonna miss each and everyone. But as I said, this ending is what I have really hoped for.. At least there’s a break from someone dying and me crying in agony for days.. This books just made me cry happy tears and smile like a stupid fangirl the hours after. You could say that it was predictable, but who cares? Who doesn’t want a happy ending after all?

In fact, I cannot get over that easily with all of them that I collected a bunch of pictures in the internet and make this collage:

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*drawings not work of mine.

I haven’t made one for the boys though, it’s harder to find images that resembles them. Lol.

So yeah, this series is just amazing, if you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles yet – what the stars are you waiting for?! It’s really amazing. You would definitely love it if you enjoy retellings.

Till next review!

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3 months (or more?) worth of BOOK HAUL!

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It’s been a few months since I last did a book haul post and it’s because I don’t haul as much anymore. Yeah I know, it’s probably hard to believe right after my 30+ bought books stunt in a month but I’ve been really sticking to my self-imposed book buying ban, and I think I did a pretty good job. 😉

So presenting… my 3 months worth of bookhaul!!!

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1 – So starting from the top is the ONLY book these past few months that I actually bought with my own money. Yep. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I’ve heard so many great reviews on this one so I broke my ban a bit and went ahead and buy this gem. It doesn’t cost that much either.

2 – 5 The next four books which are looking all worn out is from a second hand bookstore in Abu Dhabi. 3 of them are Agatha Christie’s books and my sister got them from me. I have The Mysterious Affairs at Styles, Miss Marple Complete Short Stories, and The Mousetrap all by Christie, and It’s the Little Things by Erica James.

6 – 7 Next in pile is of course the Stars Above by Marissa Meyer which my bf bought for me just a few days ago. I also had Winter by Meyer as well and again thanks to my boyfriend. Both these books are unexpected buys, but ironically, the most anticipated. Does that makes sense?

8 – 9 The next two books are from author friends – I have Storm Front by Diana Robinson who sent me her books along with a couple of items. So sweet! And I also received the next book in Lauren Salem’s Eternal Feud series which is the Revenge of Rivals. 

10 – 11 Next two books are again from my boyfriend – I think i’m rather spoiled. He bought me After Alice  by  Gregory Maguire.  And just a few weeks ago, he surprised me with Pride, Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith adapted from Jane Austen’s original novel of course. I actually posted a heartfelt gratitude posts about these on Instagram. Haha.

12 – 14 The next three hardbacks are from subscription box/bags that requested for my unboxing reviews – I got The House by Christina Lauren and The August 5 by Jenna Helland along with A LOT of awesome goodies from The Lovingly Bookish subscription bag. These two books are part of their November and December bags.  Then I got Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliot also with a lot of cool stuffs which is the December box of OwlCrate’s subscription box.

15 – 16 The last two gorgeous books are again, for the nth time – from my boyfriend. I am such a LUCKY girl :)) He got me Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass and Illuminae by Kaufmann and Kristoff.

It’s overwhelming (and funny) that I still have such an amazing haul even if I am dutifully fulfilling my book buying ban. Thank you people of the earth for not letting me down! XD I will probably share my tips on how to stick to your own book buying ban – soonish!

Hope you like my haul!

Till next time!

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