The Sunshine Blogger Award

What better time to do this post than on a summer evening, right? I got tagged by The Readers Bay and Charvi from Not Just Fiction. The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given by one blogger to other bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. I don’t know what I did to deserve to get tagged twice, but thank you so very much to them for doing it! 🙂 They have some really amazing blogs with superb content, so do check them out and show them some support! Before we get into the actual post, I’d just like to talk about how things have been recently for me.

Sunshine Blogger Award

I know I was absent for about 3 weeks on here and it was completely unplanned, so I am sorry for that. Things got very hectic and I just didn’t have time to keep up with blogging and bookstagramming for a while. However, now that I’m back on both the platforms, I’d just like to let you guys know about a few things. During my hiatus and in the past week, I was in a position where I felt really underappreciated as a blogger and content creator. I was even reduced to tears because I don’t really get much support in real life for what I do. The only thing that has kept me going is my limitless passion for books, blogging and the support I receive from the wonderful online community of bookish people, be it on Twitter, Instagram, the comments section of my blog or the blogger groups I’m a part of.

If you’re one of those people and I haven’t shown you much support in return, please know that I’d love to but it’s going to take me a little time to get everything together. I will surely make it my priority to do so the second it’s possible. Your support has kept me going through some tough times here and I really appreciate every like, comment and share. It honestly means the world to me that there are people out there who actively consume my content and actually enjoy it. This blog and blogger would definitely not be here without you and I’d like to thank you from the core of my being for all the love you’ve shown.

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Unique Blogger Award

Well, this is quite unexpected, to be completely honest. Since restarting this week, my views have shot up, people have been commenting on my new posts and I even got nominated for a blog award. So far, 2018 has been treating me and this precious gem of a blog very well. To add more cheer, I will be getting a lot more free time in the upcoming weeks because my travel time will be reduced to mere minutes as opposed to the five hours it is currently. If you’re a seasoned reader, you know how much this means to me. I have so many plans for this blog and I can’t wait to share my ideas with you all. Now let’d get to the award, shall we?

Unique Blogger Award Post

I was nominated by Jade from Pay Me in Tea for this award. Thanks a ton! 🙂 She has a beautifully designed book blog and is a fellow tea-lover who also happens to enjoy reading fantasy and young adult books. Do check her out and give her some love.

Let’s go over the rules quickly:

  1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  4. Ask them 3 questions.

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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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Day #1 – Summer Biannual Bibliothon Book Tag

The Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2017 is upon us! I’m excited to be a part of it mostly because they have blog challenges this year and bonus points to them for thinking of us book bloggers as well. If you don’t know what this is about, you can check out this video. As a part of the blog challenges, I’ll be posting this entire week. The challenge for Day 1 is being hosted by Nana from 4teenliars. Check out her blog for other fun bookish posts!

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

This is a tag created by Chami and Ely from A Book So Fathomless. They also introduced it to Booktube, which is how I found out about it. It seems like loads of fun, so I decided to do it on here. This also marks the beginning of Saturday posts on my blog. Until now, I was only posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I had so much more content to share than just reviews and a (not even famous) book meme, so I added an extra day of posting. Rejoice, non-existent fans of my blog! 😛

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1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

This is hard to pick because I’ve read some extremely good books this year, but I think I’ll go with A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (read my review here). It is a fantasy book inspired by Indian mythology and I thought it was expertly executed. The characters were fantastic, I loved all the little food mentions and I’m so happy this book exists as an Indian myself. 10/10 would recommend it to everyone! However, do note that some other wonderful books I’ve read fit other questions in the tag better and that’s why this is my pick.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017

This one goes to The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan (click to read my review). Honestly, if I’m going to continue this tag in the future, expect books by him as the answer to this question every since year. I love him as much as I did when I was 13 and that’s quite a long while (9 years, to be exact). He still continues to put out the most amazing books and the diversity rep in them gets an A+ from me.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

I guess this would be The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I’ve seen people give it rave reviews and I’m trying to read more diversely (the proof of which is here), so I’m looking forward to reading this one quite a lot! Also, it just came out on June 27th and, therefore, fits the bill perfectly.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

If you thought I was going to answer with anything other than The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3) by Rick Riordan, you’ve got to be delusional (I’ve been talking about this since the beginning of the year, where have you been?!). Rick himself upped the excitement I had for this book x1000 by doing this. Yup, I’m totally blaming him! It comes out on October 3rd.

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5. Biggest disappointment

I was approved to review Quests of the Kings by Robert Evert over on NetGalley. The blurb was very promising, but I just couldn’t get into this book. I had such a hard time reading it and I generally hate being negative about books, so I’ll just say this wasn’t for me. For more detailed thoughts on this book, click here.

6. Biggest surprise

The House at 758 by Kathryn Berla was a book I expected to like a lot less than I actually did. I’d read another by the same author previously and wasn’t as impressed, so my expectations going into it was quite low. I received an ARC of this, so I won’t be talking about it until closer to its release date on my blog.

7. Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)

I loved When Dimple Met Rishi with all of my heart, so I’d have to say Sandhya Menon. This was her first book and I can’t wait for more by her! It’s an #ownvoices novel about two Indian American teens and tackles some sensitive themes such as arranged marriage, career vs. relationships and respecting one’s culture. (I promise to have a review for it up soon.)

8. Newest fictional crush

Rishi from the afore-mentioned When Dimple Met Rishi (insert a lot of heart-eyes here). Can someone bring this boy to life so I can marry him? #KThxBye

9. Newest favourite character

This is without doubt Apollo from The Trials of Apollo series. I did like him from the first book itself, but he got so much more adorable in the second book. I just want to hug him and keep him safe from all the trouble his enemies are out to cause, okay? He’s my precious.

10. Book that made you cry

This would be hands-down Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This broke my heart into a million pieces, because, if you didn’t know, it is based on the biggest maritime disaster of World War II. Of course I knew it would give me some serious feels, but I was bawling towards the end. (Review coming your way soon.)

11. Book that made you happy

This is definitely Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I loved this book to bits and it’s such a feel-good summery romance with a very honest portrayal of geek culture. It’s a Cinderella retelling and since that’s not my favourite fairy tale, I was expecting to like this much lesser than I actually did. (Need more convincing to pick it up? See my non-spoilery review of it here.)

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year

Um… I haven’t watched any. *ducks* I hope to catch Murder on the Orient Express when it comes out and to read the book before that. I’m pretty sure I’ll end up liking it. (Here I talk about some others on that list.)

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year

I don’t have a favourite, so I’m going to randomly choose a review for a book that I wish would get more attention. Book Review – In Truth & Ashes

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

I coerced my friends into buying this gorgeous book for me. I cannot tell you how much I love it! Literally no words. (That’s because I’m going to talk about it in more depth in the next Saturday post, so stay tuned for more aesthetically pleasing photos.)


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

Haha, there are so many that I feel like I’ll drown under the weight of them all. Look, I wrote an entire post about this. Read it here.

Phew, that was one really long tag! If you’ve made it all the way to the end, you deserve a cookie. Have a great weekend! 🙂