Sunday, September 13, 2015

Post Reading: What We Saw - Aaron Hartzler

What We Saw Aaron Hartzler Review

Title: What We Saw
Author:  Aaron Hartzler 
Published: September 22nd 2015 by Harper Teen
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Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?

This story—inspired by real events—from debut novelist Aaron Hartzler takes an unflinching look at silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.


If you read one book this year, let it be this one.

I have always gravitated towards the very books that make me uncomfortable. The ones that make me question everything that society has deemed acceptable. The ones  that take root in my mind. The ones that drive me to think.

Aaron Hartzler's debut succeeds on all of these accounts. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Post Reading: The Moment of Letting Go - J.A. Redmerski


Title: The Moment of Letting Go 
Author: J.A. Redmerski 
Published: August 11th 2015 by Piatkus
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You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart...

Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she'd always craved - until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.

Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he's convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can't deny the deep connection he feels. But there's a reason Luke doesn't do long-term. He can't promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .

I hated it. I loved it. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Blogging Rituals That Make Me A Better Blogger

I'm a slave to my moods. 

This makes me an inconsistent blogger despite my best efforts to stick to a schedule. From planners to apps, I've tried everything to beat this inconsistency with no luck. Coming back from my hiatus, something I learnt was that writing was not the hard part. The hardest part for me, was starting
“I couldn’t write. I grew tense. I was strangled by my own ego, by my petty desire for what I perceived to be the literary brass ring. I was missing the point, of course. The reward is in the doing.”
Once I do start writing however, it's like a massive endorphin rush. That feeling of contentment and accomplishment is unlike anything I've felt.
“To forget oneself-to lose oneself in the music, in the moment- that kind of absorption seems to be at the heart of every creative endeavor.” 
I  have always scorned writing rituals as something for the eccentric [never mind, that I'm pretty eccentric myself ;) ]. But this realization that my problem lies at the commencement and not the actual process of writing, motivated me to look more closely at blogging and writing rituals. Writing/blogging rituals are those small feel-good acts that help you write without much conscious thought - The small acts that eliminate the self-doubt, crush the writer's block and spur one to start writing. Today, I'm excited to share a couple of rituals that I adopted to make my blogging life a little easier.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

August Must-Reads: Fanfiction and Retellings

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)
Author: Renee Ahdieh 
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 12th 2015 



My love affair with YA has been going on for over two years. But it was starting to lose its appeal.
Thankfully, Renee Ahdieh's The Wrath and The Dawn came along and revived my love for YA literature.

How does one even begin to articulate the kind of feeling a book like this evokes? But I'll try.

Monday, August 3, 2015

10 Truths No One Tells You About Blogging

Starting a blog is possibly one of the best decisions I've ever made. 

Over the years, I picked up and dropped a variety of hobbies but the most life changing one is blogging. It started out on a boring afternoon as  an effort to entertain myself during my first job. Two years later, it has evolved into a platform to meet and inspire people across the globe while growing as a person. Not only has blogging forced me to become a better writer but it has also opened up countless windows of opportunities for which I'm thankful. Waking up to a positive comment on the blog or a simple word of encouragement on Twitter is undoubtedly the highlight of my day. But like everything else in life, there are definitely some less than amazing aspects to blogging. 

Today's post is an attempt to give aspiring bloggers a peek behind the curtain while also sharing how bloggers can embrace these daily struggles.

Spoiler: Blogging is not for the faint-hearted.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Post Reading: The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) - Kate Winter


Title: The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)
Author: Kate Winter
Published:  May 21st 2015 by Sphere 
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Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you're dead.

When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world's worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she's actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she's still here.

Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn't all it's cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .

In this hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter's afterlife, she shares the ghostly tale of how she lived, she died, and she loved (in that order).

When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning to a trashed bedroom and zero recollection of the previous night, she knows something has gone terribly wrong. She assumes the odd feeling is just the world's weirdest hangover.

Turns out not only is she wrong but she's also dead.