Book Review – The House at 758

Title: The House at 758

Author: Kathryn Berla

Genre: Young adult contemporary fiction

Published: By Amberjack Publishing on October 17th, 2017

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Sixteen year old Krista is still grieving the untimely death of her mother when her father’s new girlfriend moves into their home. Distancing herself from those around her, Krista spends all of her time obsessively watching a mysterious house, the house at 758. When a fellow classmate, Jake, takes a sudden interest in her, Krista feels excited for the first time in two years, but feelings of guilt consume her. It isn’t until her grandfather makes a surprise visit from Venezuela that Krista is finally able to confront her grief and begin to let things go.

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The House Cup Reading Challenge TBR

I’m so late to the party, but as soon as I saw that Lia from Lost in a Story signed up for this, I knew I had to as well. It is a month-long competition that helps take on our TBR, hosted by Lauren of Live, Love, Read, Erica of Escape Under the  Cover, Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf and Alex of Booksy Daisy. The rules and how the challenge works can be found here. I’m running out of time to complete my sign-up, so let’s just get into it.


Name: Nandini Bharadwaj
Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw
Wand Type: Sycamore wood with phoenix feather core (10 ¾”)
Pet: Golden tabby cat named Athena
Favourite Subject: Astronomy
Favourite Professor: Professor McGonagall

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Book Review – SeQuence

Title: SeQuence (The Heart of the Ocean #1)

Author: Lorraine M. L. M.

Genre: Young adult fantasy

Published: By Lorraine M.L.M on November 2nd, 2016

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Alessia Appleton is desperate to silence the voices inside her head, but being committed to an island asylum has only made them worse. Water is the one thing that blocks Alessia from hearing the thoughts of those around her. So, when she gets the chance to escape her wardens and the voices, Alessia takes it. She dives into the sea and a giant wave drags her under. When she comes to, one thing is clear–either Alessia’s completely lost her mind, or she’s not on Earth anymore. In Zeneshia sequence takes precedence over chance, and Alessia’s arrival has set off the Foretold Sequence of Hearts, shifting the future to a dire series of choices between Life, Love, and Death.

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Reading 101: Where to Begin?

This post is dedicated specially to all the people in my life who have patiently heard me ramble about books but don’t share in the joy. It is an introduction to the exciting and vast world of literature for those who would like to get into reading. In my experience, many people don’t read because of reasons like time constraints or that they’ve fallen out of touch with current releases or that they’ve read books that haven’t appealed to them, but like the idea of developing a reading habit. If you happen to belong to that category of people, I hope that you find this helpful.

Note: This post is not sponsored by Goodreads.

Reading 101

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Book Review – Salt to the Sea

Title: Salt to the Sea

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Genre: Young adult historical fiction

Published: By Philomel Books on February 2nd, 2016

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

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Intimidating TBR Pile Tag

Every once in a while I like to introduce a little fun into my blog posts with a book tag. There are so many of them that have interesting questions that I’m not sure when I’ll get through them all. For those of you who are new here, TBR stands for ‘to be read’ and is a generic term used by bookworms to talk about the enormous pile (physical or virtual) on their bookshelves that is waiting to be devoured. This tag was created by a YouTuber whose channel no longer exists, unfortunately. I didn’t get tagged by anyone to do this, but found that it fit my state of mind perfectly.

Lately, I’ve been in a reading slump. I’m yet to start a new book in over two weeks, which is starting to freak me out because I’m such a consistent reader. The reason for this is lesser time, lesser energy and the fact that the books I want to pick up are either too intimidating for me or I just don’t feel like getting into at the moment. I’m hoping this tag will give me the push I need to get back into reading again. With that little introduction out of the way, let’s get to the questions.

TBR Pile Tag

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Top Three Thursdays #22 – Ways to Improve My Reading Life

Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.

The topic for today (28/09/17) is: Ways to Improve My Reading Life

It is a universally acknowledged fact that there is no such thing as too many books. As bookworms, we struggle with trying to scale that TBR mountain, find enough bookshelf space and make more time to read. Here are three ways that I’ve come up with to improve my reading life.

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