The Coffee Book Tag ☕📚

Hey bookish people!

Its been a while since I participated in a fun book tag. So when I saw this tag which combines the two things I basically survive on at Soph’s Book World I knew I had to participate.

So lets dive into the questions straight away – because COFFEE!!!

BLACK: Name a Series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans

I want to WORSHIP George R.R. Martin for his sheer brilliance. I do not know any other series with such complex and devious characters and marvelous plot twists. This beast of a series is worth all the effort!

Seriously though, if you do decide to take the plunge, be prepared to keep forgetting names and having to constantly refer to family charts.

PEPPERMINT MOCHA: Name a book that gets more popular during winter or a festive time of the year

I love re-reading Harry Potter books close to Christmas. I think they perfectly capture the magical and cozy feelings I relate to that time of the year. I’m sure a lot of you will agree with me on this.

HOT CHOCOLATE: What is your favourite children’s book?

Just thinking about this book makes me wanna curl up in a fuzzy blanket with hot chocolate! I have read it probably a million times, and every time I feel a sense of comfort and joy that can be exactly likened to a mug of hot chocolate.

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

Probably a bit cliche choice given that this is one of those utterly hyped books. But I cannot deny how absorbed I was throughout

STARBUCKS: Name a book you see everywhere

I haven’t read a single book by SJM. Probably because I do not read many YA books. But it is one of those books that I have seen on every single bookstagram account and book blog.

THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout

Unfortunately, I haven’t read many indie books…do Wattpad Books count? If it does, I would like to mention this beautiful and emotional book here. It is a story of a biracial teen in 1950s Albama learning to come to terms with his race and identity. Be warned – it will make you cry.

OOPS! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF: Name a book you were expecting more from

Its not that I did not like Rebecca. But I was expecting SO MUCH MORE. I mean, I haven’t met a single person who hasn’t absolutely loved the book!

But seriously – decaf? You’re joking, right?

THE PERFECT BLEND: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying

I am so mad that I finished it so fast. But I swear I could not think about ANYTHING ELSE for the days I was reading this series. A lot of good people died in the end and I was PHYSICALLY pained at their deaths, but the ending was absolutely marvelous. I’ve just finished it a week ago and I already want to reread it.

GREEN TEA: Name a book that is quietly beautiful

Beautiful is what sums up this book pretty perfectly. I still cannot put it in so many words why exactly I liked this book so much. All I can say is if there is a single book which perfectly captures human vulnerabilities in a perfectly tender manner, it is this one.

CHAI TEA: Name a book or series that makes you dream of far-off places

Sorta odd that this prompt refers to ‘Chai’ as something exotic, when it is made in my house twice a day🤣

The Shadow of the Wind was an instant favourite. The gorgeous imagery of Barcelona by Zafon really made me want to roam around the streets of the city with this book in my hand. Someday, maybe?

EARL GREY: Name your favourite classic

I read Pride and Prejudice back when I associated classics with ancient history and long, boring dialogue. Pride & Prejudice was a breath of fresh air. The characters, the witty AF dialogue, the enemies to lovers trope – I loved everything about it.

I Tag

Elysia | Chhavi | Finn | Jules | Raye | Mayurakshi | YOU!

Happy Reading! And keep drinking coffee!

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020

We are almost at the middle of this year and I think its the perfect time to do this tag! I have seen it floating around in the book blogosphere and was tagged by Nikki @NikkiSwiftReads. Though it is quite long, it is a fun and interesting way to capture my reading journey so far.

So here goes!

How much have you read?

I set my goal at 50 at the beginning of the year, which in itself is usually a fairly challenging goal to achieve. Book blogging has given my reading an unexpected boost in the past few months, so I have upped by goal to 70 books this year! Seems like I am doing pretty good.😄

What have you been reading?

The Henna Artist had been on my radar for some time, especially because it is set in Rajasthan (a state in India), which is my home state.

I am reading The Storyteller’s Daughter for a blog tour in July, and it is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020

Each of these books was a five star read. I simply cannot stop gushing about them!

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

I’ve read very few sequels so far this year, but it was pretty easy to choose.

The perfect second book of a trilogy! Even though it was the middle book, it did not lose its edge or pace. In fact, I found it more enjoyable than the first and the third book. Perfect amount of character development, plot twists and a enthralling climax!

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

I have been hoping to get my hands on these beauties … The blurbs for both sound so cool 😍

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

After absolutely loving The Ten Thousand Doors of January, I am eagerly waiting for another book by Harrow! I just got approved for its ARC on Netgalley and I cannot wait to dive into it😍

Biggest disappointment

Now, I know many many people loved this book, but it simply didn’t work for me. There were too many things happening in the plot, but none seemed to hold my interest. And the author very obviously wanted the readers to idealize and adore Mia.

Biggest surprise

I had almost decided to DNF this one at 15%. But since I rarely DNF books, and it is not a particularly long book, I kept going.

I finished it WITHIN THE DAY….I loved it!

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

Erin Morgenstern!

I absolutely LOVED The Night Circus. I haven’t been able to write a review of it, for the very reason that I fear not being able to do justice to it. Rarely have I been so immersed in a book from the very first page!

Underrated gems you’ve discovered recently

This year has been mostly devoted to catching up on popular reads of last year and ARCs of this year, so haven’t really gotten around to reading any underrated gems😞

I did read an ARC of ‘The Chanel Sisters’ ARC (releasing in Dec 2020) two months back and loved it, and it still has only 8 ratings on Goodreads…maybe not many book reviewers have gotten around to reading it yet.

Rereads this year

I honestly haven’t had the time to re-read any book this year until now. My TBR pile at the moment is HUGE, and I have some ARCs which I need to read and review ASAP as they are releasing very soon 😅

Newest fictional crush

Lucho from The Chanel Sisters! His charm made me swoon💖

Most people would not have read this book as it is releasing only in December this year. It was a marvelous read, with elements of history, fashion and romance all rolled into one thoroughly enjoyable read. Go ahead and check out my review here!

Newest favorite character

This is not an easy question to answer 😂

I’m gonna go with Tyrion Lannister from A Song of Fire and Ice series, known to most people as Game of Thrones. I haven’t watched the HBO series but loved the books.

Tyrion Lannister is one of the grey-est characters I have read in fiction. Even though he did some very questionable things (read: murder his own father), he is one of the most loved character of the series. Not only is he the noblest Lannister, he is also ingenious and quick-witted. Also, his dialogues are THE best!

Book(s) that made you cry

I did not have very high expectations from this book when I signed-up for its blog tour, but it turned out to be beautiful and heart-wrenching. Reading it against the backdrop of the George Floyd incident made it even more relevant and emotional.

Book that made you happy

Heartstopper was the first graphic novel I read, and it was so cute and sweet that I had a huge smile on my face all the time while reading it!

Favorite book to film adaptation

I watched only one book to film adaption this year, which is Little Women. I was really excited for it as there was so much hype surrounding it.

Turns out, it was not that great. I realized that it was unfair of me to expect much out of it anyway. Little Women is a very character-driven book. The plot is concerned with domestic joys and sorrows, which is bound to fall flat in a screen adaption.

I have been watching the Outlander series on Netflix since last year, and though I haven’t read the books, I can safely assume that the series is a wonderful adaption. It captures the whimsical Scottish ambiance beautifully, and I love the cast😍 I have heard good things about the books as well, but am unsure if I would be bored reading them since I’ve watched the series?🤔

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

I haven’t been able to buy a lot of physical books this year due to COVID-19, but amongst the few I bought, I really like the cover of A Dance With Dragons by GRR Martin. It glows against light!

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

There are about a hundred of them, but I will just go ahead and include a few!

Favorite post you have done this year

I will choose the first post of my blog that gained sizeable traction through Pinterest, and made me fall in love with Pinterest! It is a Top 10 Tuesday post titled Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child

I remember designing a pin on Canva and posting it on Pinterest having no clue what I was doing. I woke up the next morning with a notification from WordPress “Your Stats are Booming!”. I had received 650+ views IN AN HOUR! It was crazy! I didn’t have 600 views a month!

Favorite book community member(s)

I am pretty new to the book blogging community and am blessed to have interacted with some very supportive and lovely book community members.

Laurel-Rain Snow @AnInteriorJourney and Lauren Becker @shootingstarsmag: Thank you for always visiting and leaving lovely comments 🤗

Holly @TheWritingFinch: Thank you so much for mentioning my blog in your posts ✨

Zenobia @ thatzenblog Thank you for the blogger interview feature ❣ (to be published)

If you are reading this, consider yourself tagged!

If you do this tag, post your links below and I will check them out.

Books That Give Off Summer Vibes

There is something about summer that makes me wanna read refreshing, happy, sunny reads. With everyone in the vacation mode and the lazy afternoons providing just the perfect motivation to read, summers provide the best atmosphere to kick-back and relax with a light and fun read.

Here are my top 10 picks for books that fit the summer vibe perfectly!

1. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret do …more

2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

A celebrated writer’s irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life.

Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned thirty, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want—a husband, a house, a successful ca …more

3. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would …more

4. The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

Tamara Goodwin has always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. Until a traveling library arrives in her tiny village, bringing with it a mysterious, large leather-bound book locked with a gold clasp and padlock.
What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core.

A mesmerizing story about how tomorrow c …more

5. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six: The band’s album Aurora came to define the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to grow up to be Daisy. But no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979 . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the la …more

6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars …more

7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magic …more

8. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The plot centers round Mary Lennox, a young English girl who returns to England from India, having suffered the immense trauma by losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic. Once when he’s away from home, Mary discovers a charming walled garden which is always kept locked. The Secret Garden appeals to both young and old alike. It has wonderful elements of mystery, spirituality, charming characters and an authentic rendering of childhood emotions and experiences. More…

9. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must …more

10. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends …more

Do you agree with my choices? What are you favourite books with summer vibes? Let me know in comments below!

Stay at Home Book Tag

A big thanks to Mina@Stacked-Reviews for tagging me! I have been thinking of doing a book tag for some time, so I am super happy to do this one.

So here it goes!

Laying in bed — a book you read in one day

I prefer reading longer books, so I have read very few books short enough to be completed in a day. The last one I read was Night by Elie Wiesel – for my love for WW2 books.

Snacking – a book that is a ‘guilty pleasure’ read

This is a tough one…as I’m a picky reader. However, when I am in the mood for a light-hearted and feel-good read, I turn to my childhood favorites such as Heidi and The Magic Faraway Tree.

Netflix — a series that you want to start

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I typically do not read YA, but I am trying to branch out. I have heard so many good things about it, especially about the character development. I adore books which have strong characters and character development aspect, so I am really looking forward to reading it. It is also on my 2020 TBR Reading List.

Deep clean — a book that has been on your TBR for ages

Just one?😅 My TBR pile is growing by the day.
If I have to choose one, it would have to be 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. I have loved most books of Murakami, and though 1Q84 is not deemed his best, it is iconic in its own way. Also, it has references to 1984 by Orwell, which is one of my favourite dystopian book.

Animal Crossing — a book you recently bought because of the hype

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – Almost everyone who read it loved it, and the cover was just too gorgeous to ignore. Although it was not a five star read, I really liked reading this one – it was emotional and beautiful.

Productivity — a book you learned from or had an impact on you

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – It was such a simple but beautiful and heart-warming read. You can read my complete review here.

Facetime — a book you were gifted

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg – It came highly recommended by my uncle, and since I love reading psychology and sociology books, I followed through. It was an amazing read, with so many insightful details and fascinating examples.

Self-care — what is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself

Working out 45 minutes a day – I DO NOT like home workouts, so some days it is a pain in the ass. But given that I am locked up in the house with barely 50 steps of movement a day, I guess this pain in ass is a necessary self-care exercise.

BONUS — An upcoming release you are looking forward to

Sisters by Daisy Johnson (Releasing on 25 Aug 2020) – From the  youngest ever writer to be shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize—for her debut novel Everything Under, a blazing portrait of one darkly riveting sibling relationship, from the inside out.

I Tag:

Tag me in your Stay at Home book tags and I’ll check them out!