Thursday, March 19, 2015

Taking the guilty out of guilty pleasure reads

Taking the guilty out of guilty pleasure reads Discussion
Melissa Cassera at Tiny Buddha re-defines a “guilty pleasure” as something that ignites and electrifies you in a way that should be totally illegal, but isn’t. She thinks it's should be something you should enjoy every day, with wild abandon. 

I could not agree more.

Today I have three wonderful readers, bloggers and fellow champions of guilty pleasure reads on the blog. Say hello to Jules from Jules Bookshelf, Mishma from Chasing Faerytales and Sydney from A Daring Adventure!
Taking the guilty out of guilty pleasure reads DiscussionNUZAIFA: The notion that somehow certain books are more worthy than others is utterly ridiculous. The idea that one should be ashamed of reading mainstream books that entertain/amuse readers is silly. If the book that you choose to read is one that teaches you a life lesson, takes a position on social issues or if it is an award winning one, that's all well and good.

However, the snobbery about what constitutes literature and what doesn't needs to end. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Post Reading: Hero - Samantha Young


Title: Hero
Author: Samantha Young
Published: March 5th 2015 by Piatkus
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Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren’t his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets,. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they’re on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again…  

The general consensus among the readers of Samantha Young's On Dublin Street series seems to be highly positive. I haven't had the opportunity to find out what the winning formula of this Goodreads Choice Award winning author is so I was pretty excited for Hero.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Currently: Chapter 2 of 12

Dear February,

Chaos. That's what I would use to describe you. 

I'm happy to see you go and yet I'm grateful for you. Does that make sense? It's been a tough month in every aspect and while I'm glad it's over, I'm incredibly grateful for the clarity that you have brought me. I started off this year hoping to live my life intentionally and be completely present in every moment. But a month later and I seem to have forgotten everything that I had hoped to be. But that is alright. 

Lets hope that this new month brings new opportunities and new beginnings that I so badly crave. 

Here's to change, faith and happiness.

Much Love,

Currently I'm...

Reading Samantha Young's Hero.
February was all about Celaena Sardothien. I read Sarah J Maas's The Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and The Assassin's Blade at a stretch and damn, I'm DYING to get my hands on Heir of Fire. Since that is not happening anytime soon, March is going to be about tackling my huge to-read-and-review pile.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wanderlust: 5 Places To Go + Books To Read

“I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met. ”

Melody Truong

All I ever want to do in life is to travel the world, read the kind of books that enchant my heart & soul and create something amazing every once in a while. While I haven't had the opportunity to see the world yet, as a reader I have had many an adventure in beautiful and sometimes, strange places. My to-travel list is filled with so many gorgeous places to see and wonderful cultures to experience.

Today I've picked 5 destinations I want to visit and paired them with to-read books that are set in these great places.
#01: England: A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray

To see: 
Oxford, heaven to Harry Potter enthusiasts seems to be filled with awe-inspiring architecture. There is nothing more I'd love to do than walk along the same charming cobblestone streets walked by legendary authors and great poets.
I'd love to see Cambridge, Hever Castle, Chinatown, the Big Ben, The Globe, Durham Castle, York Minster, Westminster Abbey, The British Museum, Warwick Castle, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Natural History Museum and Jurassic Coast.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Post Reading: Obsession in Death - J.D. Robb


Title: Obsession in Death 
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #40 
Published: Jan 12th 2015 by Piatkus
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A crisp winter morning in New York. In a luxury apartment, the body of a woman lies stretched out on a huge bed. On the wall above, the killer has left a message in bold black ink: FOR LIEUTENANT EVE DALLAS, WITH GREAT ADMIRATION AND UNDERSTANDING. 

Eve Dallas is used to unwanted attention. Famous for her high-profile cases and her marriage to billionaire businessman Roarke, she has learned to deal with intense public scrutiny and media gossip. But now Eve has become the object of a singular and deadly obsession. She has an 'admirer', who just can't stop thinking about her. Who is convinced they have a special bond. Who is planning to kill for her - again and again...

With time against her, Eve is forced to play a delicate - and dangerous - psychological dance. Because the killer is desperate for something Eve can never provide - approval. And once that becomes clear, Eve knows her own life will be at risk - along with those she cares about the most.

David Baldacci thought Obssesion in Death was a 'gut-searing emotional drama'. Stephen King seems to be a die hard Eve Dallas fan because he thinks Dallas is '....tough as nails and still sexy as hell'.

I wouldn't be lying if I said that Obsession in Death is one of the best murder mysteries that I've read in a long time.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Pinterest For The Visual Lover In You

List of Pinterest Accounts For Design Lovers Enthusiasts

Confession: I am an unapologetic Pinterest addict. 

I easily spend more than five hours on Pinterest every week. For a social network that has very little conversation and actual engagement between readers, Pinterest is highly popular. It is perhaps the lack of chatter that actually attracts a huge number of users. Compared to Twitter and Facebook, Pinterest is super quiet and requires very little community participation. There is hardly any doubt that visuals are a better story telling tool so Pinterest is highly effective in its simplicity. 

My favorite thing about Pinterest is that it allows me to collate all my interests on one site and at the same time makes it super easy to filter the content I want.

For my fellow Pinterest addicts I have curated a list of must-follow Pinterest accounts for the visual lover in you. Most of these Pinners are focused on design but they do share some pretty amazing interest-focused boards ranging from lifestyle, food, DIY to beauty, branding and travel.