♡ My Summer Reading List ♡

This summer, I’ve (finally) had a lot of time to catch up on my reading. My list had been growing pretty long before that, so thank god summer came ’round. Here are the books I’ve been loving this summer, and hopefully, you will too.

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1. Ignite Me

The third book in the ‘Shatter Me‘ series by Tahereh Mafi, this book was jaw-dropping. From heart-warming romance to thrilling adventure, this book left me reeling for more. I can actually and truthfully say that it was un-put-down-able (that’s probably not a word). I read it from cover to cover in just 24 hours and let me just say, my feels have not yet recovered. Definitely the top on this list.

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2. Mad About The Boy

Another Bridget Jones book, finally! This is the third one in the series by Helen Fielding and was the perfect summer beach read (which is, incidentally, where I read it). Jones is back almost 2 decades later with two kids and several more misadventures. All in all, amazing.

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3. 12 Years A Slave

Until this years’ Academy Awards came about, I had no idea that a book like this was ever written, not to mention over a century ago by Solomon Northup! So of course, I ended up reading (and loving) it! Written by a free black man in America, this book will give you the shivers (of delight, of course).

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4. Landline

This book by Rainbow Rowell was surprisingly good. I was of the opinion that there are only this many tragic divorce books you could read before getting sick of them, but I was (not for the first time) mistaken. An amazing read about a woman who realizes that her love for her husband is not enough to save their marriage.

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5. The Book Thief

A mind blowing novel by Markus Zusak, this book had me totally caught. It is, in short, the story of a young girl who is sent off to a foster family in Germany as World War 2 breaks out. Being a great lover of books makes her ‘The Book Thief’. Truly a well-written masterpiece.

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6. Revenge Wears Prada

This long-awaited sequel to ‘The Devil Wears Prada‘ by Lauren Weisberger did not disappoint (unlike most sequels which are a diluted mush of their more famous prequels). The claws-out rivalry is back, and its wearing high-end designers.

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Stay lovely!

Deliya x 🙂

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The Fault In Our Stars : A Review

Following the release of the film adaptation of this book and it’s worldwide success, I thought it was about time I did a review of the Fault in Our Stars.

Being a bookworm myself, I have way too many books on my Kindle, and, having read the book in late 2012 (and having cried like a baby at the ending), it’s resurfacing this year could only mean ecstasy for me.

The story’s protagonist, witty, realistic and quirky Hazel Grace, is a cancer patient who meets her love interest, the gorgeous Augustus Waters at a Cancer Patients’ Support Group at the basement of a church in Indianapolis, where the story is set.

The whole sordid tale, laconically, is basically about a sick and dying girl meeting a hot boy, resulting in the two falling in teenage love and going on adventures together. In an abhorrent twist of fate, however, the sick girl manages to live while hot boy dies. End of story.

Or so you would think. But it’s so much more than that. To me, it was like a rose-coloured reminder that we all still have our whole life ahead of us, even though we’re all dying. That’s sort of beautiful, if you think about it.

This book was definitely a heart-breaker (because of obvious reasons) but, to be sure, it was definitely filled with little nuggets of wisdom, humor and warmth. Human-scale fortitude is so refreshing once in a while, wouldn’t you agree? This book evokes such rare and tender emotions such that I have rarely found it as hard to hold back from sobbing uncontrollably at a book.

From wishes to tragedies, from love to life, from eulogies to metaphors, this book has it all. Most of all, it is a dexterous, earnest story, filled with witty realism. It’s all about the time in your journey when life goes awry. It is a must-have on the shelf of every soulful reader and, if, for nothing, you must buy it for a laugh.

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂

♡ My Bittersweet Relationship With Nicholas Sparks ♡

OK, confession time – unlike most peoples’ (and teenage girls’) opinions about this beloved writer of our generation, I have strongly mixed feelings about where I stand on the issue of ‘OMG How much do you love Nicholas Sparks?’ Now calm down, don’t get your panties in a twist, I didn’t say I hate him (yet), and I haven’t said otherwise either (yet). I’m just here to tell you about my love-hate relationship with our darling N.S. and hope you end up as confused as I feel.

(Yes, raining on your romance-squeal parade just might make my day, so what, don’t judge me. Oops, sorry not sorry.)

Raising the Bar a little too high there, Sparky boy

All your lovey-dovey unrealistic shit and basic lack of new plots is making me sick Sparks, so stop it. Just freaking don’t. That stuff is too damn cute even though it’s all kind of similar and it’s not fair that I’ll never get a kiss or a romance like that if I live a thousand lives. Ruining peoples’ lives ain’t funny business and it’s not good to make people doubt there’s something wrong with the way they get their flirt on and get relationships to work. Why would you do that to someone, that’s just mean, plain and simple! I’ll see you in hell, Sparks. In. Hell.

2. But We Love It

Yeah, I’ll be the first to admit that my oh-so-soft-and-romantic heart sighed and cried 4 times the first time I read ‘The Notebook“. So what? Don’t pretend you didn’t tear up. We hate his guts for making our relationship status at an all-time ‘single’ but god damn, we want that shit. We want to read about that beautiful, impossibly tragic love and how those broken hearts made it work against all odds. We live for that. We. Want. That. Shit.

3. Stuff like that JUST doesn’t happen in real life

Yeah, sure. Like even after losing your wife to 9/11, finding new love and loving her after her she gets cancer would ever happen (not to us anyway). What, Nicholas Sparks characters don’t get bogged down by pressurizing parents, social status and leukemia? Bullshit. And unrealistic. So unrealistic.

You should be kissed everyday, every hour, every minute.

Yeah, I don’t think that’s gonna happen. Or that anybody’s got the time for that sappy line. I mean Come. On.

But we totally wish it did

I mean, Come. On. Don’t you, though? Sparks has got this way of making us feel warm and fuzzy inside, no matter how many times he throws out similar-looking plots at us. He sets the mood for you, and you better be ready with a big-ass tub to cry yourself a river when you’re done. God, that man will be the death of us all with his old-school romantic gestures and kisses in the rain. Jesus Christ. Who doesn’t love a guy who holds us when we cry and look like shit?

*self-consciously raises hand slowly*

So yeah, that’s how I feel about it. Uh huh. I’m gonna go now, and do something…you know, arm wrestle crocodiles, the usual *tries too hard to act cool*…oh alright you know what I’m going to be doing.

Stay amazing!

Deliya x 🙂

Author of the Month : Malcolm Gladwell

This week, I’ve had the good fortune of not one, but two books being gifted to me – my favourite kind of presents. My boyrfriend, who’s doing a course in psychology, gave me these because he thought that I’d enjoy them. Both books were authored by the same person, Malcolm Gladwell. And believe me, it changed the way I look at things in life. They really open up your conscious brain to a whole bunch of unlocked doors and make you realize a lot of things you weren’t even aware of about yourself.

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The first book, and my personal favourite of the two, was called “Blink : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking”. The entire book is about his research and psychological study on the adaptive unconscious – basically, mental processes that happen automatically and instantaneously without our recognizing it, based on little to no information that help us make surprisingly accurate snap judgments. It isn’t one-sided, however – while it celebrates the strength, accuracy, and uniformity of the unconscious mind, it also elaborates on its pitfalls such as its effects on stereotypes.

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Blink” concentrates on the fundamental concept of “thin-slicing” – our ability to take out the most important or relevant details from a small and narrow window of experience or information provided. He uses examples from art, music, sales and shows us how our ability to thin-slice can be corrupted by stereotypes.

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The next book is called The Tipping Point : How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference”. This one’s a bit different. It’s all about strange and mystifying sociological processes that take place in everyday life. In “The Tipping Point“, the author tries to put across his idea of the ‘3 Rules of Epidemics’. In other words, the three things that can cause something to become a social epidemic – The Law of the Few, The Stickiness Factor and the Power of Context.

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Both these books are amazing reads, and worth spending your weekend on – and your pocket money. You’ll never think about yourself and the world around you in quite the same way again. Malcolm Gladwell is one of the contemporary world’s most prized thinkers, and is something of a genius when it comes to looking at things in a way never thought of before.

That’s all for now; I hope you guys will love these books as much as I did! You can always contact me if you want me to review a specific book for you on my blog.

Stay beautiful!

Deliya x 🙂

Catching up : Of Freedom & To-Do Lists

Hello everyone!

So I haven’t been posting very often recently and I’m sorry about that. I’ve been having exams up until now but they’re finally over (as of today) so YAY!!! I have NO idea how they went but I’m just glad 1 entire month of studying is finally done with. Time to let my hair down and have some fun.

I’ve got a lot of stuff to catch up on – my blog, for one; shopping, completing ‘How I Met Your Mother’ season 7, watching all the anime I’ve been piling up for later, cleaning my room (total freedom was never even an option, was it mum?)  and of course, birthday celebrations (my own and one of my best friends’!)

First things first, how is everyone? I hope you’re all just as glad as I am right now! My to do list’s just been piling on so here I am, cleaning up my bookbag, sorting through my stuff and thinking about the things I need to do. I just noticed that September’s just flown by hasn’t it? All this while, I’ve been studying and I hardly noticed it pass by (darn you exams!). Even so, its been a great month and I’ve a lot to be thankful for – my uncle survived his operation, my birthday was great, my brother got into college and everything is just perfect. September’s been good to me and I hope October will be even better.

I also have a big announcement to make – I’m going to be writing a book. Well, trying to anyway. I had this really great idea about what it would be about while I was busy daydreaming when I should’ve been studying (figures) and I jotted it down, thank goodness, and here I am, already putting my thoughts to ink! I can’t wait!

Stay beautiful!

Deliya x 🙂

 

A Stop at the Bookshop : Thoughts and Favourites

So, since school’s only just started and we’ve been having holidays all this while, I’ve been reading a lot. New additions to my bookshelf are very exciting for me, because most of the time, my pocket money is always over before I know it, and I havent managed to buy more than a book a month. Luckily, September was birthday month so all my aunts and uncles and grandparents gave me enough cash for more than a couple of books, and knowing me and my lack of social skills, I sat at home and read them all before school began.

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The first book on my book-list for you guys is Insurgent by Veronica Roth (the second book in the Divergent Series) and I think the Kindle Edition of the book is just 2 pounds or so. I was so glad that this wasn’t like one of those books where the first book is amazing and the sequel was terrible comparatively. This book was extremely interesting to read – Tris Prior continues trying to save everything and everyone she loves and cares about. Thrill, grief, loyalty, love, betrayal, forgiveness and politics are splattered on every page and is a must-have on the book shelf of every book lover.

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The next book is the long-awaited sequel to ‘Shatter Me’ by Tahereh Mafi – ‘Unravel Me’ definitely did not disappoint. The passion, the fear, the hopes and dreams, decisions, consequences and the importance making a stand – its all over the pages of this amazing book. People are not always as they seem – its the thing you learn every time you turn a page. Julliet Ferrars’ gifts find new boundaries, her heart explores new-found love and her mind battles with her choices and her morals as everything breaks down and comes together once again in this ground-breaking sequel.

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If youre an obssessive Percy Jackson fan like I am, then this book The Mark Of Athena (Book 3 in the Heroes Of Olympus) is an absolute must have on your shelf. Seven brave demi-gods set out to find and close the doors to Hell. Can they do it? Can Annabeth find and save Percy or will she lose him again? Find out in the amazing sequel to The Son of Neptune where Rick Roirdan works his magic again. Oh and the next book the Home Of Hades is coming out some time next month (I cant wait!) so be sure to check it out when it comes!

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The last book I’m going to write about (there are more but I’ve got to go soon) is the City Of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (the fifth book in the Mortal Instruments Series). Is there a price that is too high to pay, even for love? Clarissa Morgenstern is about to find out when the one true love of her life Jace Lightwood is bound with her evil brother Sebastian. As she sets out to find him, and set things right, things get complicated, love is tested and questioned, the past becomes a bit less blurry and a the hope of a happy future a bit more out of reach – or so it seems. Its an amazing follow up of her previous book and now I just cant wait to find out how it all ends and comes together in her 6th and final book City of Heavenly Fire (thats releasing some time next year).

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Thats it for now. I’ll probably get to the rest of my September Reading List later, but for now, Happy Reading!

Deliya x 🙂

What is your favourite book series?

Random Thought #4: Roald Dahl

I’m not sure if I’m the only one, but all through my pre-teens I read almost nothing but Roald Dahl. The man is my childhood (apart from J.K. Rowling, of course). So, I thought it only fair to dedicate this one for him on Roald Dahl Day, for the world’s No1 Storyteller on his birthday.

If you have’t heard of Roald Dahl, then I’m sorry, but you need to get your behind off that chair, log off, and READ. And if for some strange reason you don’t own a copy of one of Dahl’s finest tales, make sure to go and purchase them from Amazon. He is one of the best known novelists of all-time and his writing style is humorous and very engaging – it ranges from pure made-up fiction to dreams-come-true and ever lasting friendships. I truly enjoyed reading every one of his books.

I think my favorite, as a kid,(apart from Charlie and the Chocolate factory) was Matilda. The story’s about a young girl who’s a genius since birth but her parents dislike her and are too wrapped up in their own lives to see it. When she starts school, however, her teacher, Miss Honey notices her extraordinarily talented brain right away and is ready to help her get where she deserves, but add a scary and mean headmistress (Miss Trunchbull), an uncertain past, and some groundbreaking newfound supernatural powers, and you have one messy situation. I’m not going to give the story away, but I just loved this book as a kid. Of course, now I’ve outgrown it (its probably for 8-11 year olds) but its still worth reading.

All in all, he was an amazing writer and his name is a must-have on every bookshelf.

Happy reading!

Deliya x 🙂