The Bedtime Book Tag!

It has been a long time since I was tagged to do THE BEDTIME BOOK TAG by Raven @Dreamy Addictions. I read her post and I was sure this wasn’t going to be easy for me. I don’t like to categorize my books, I am actually bad at it, deciding which book made me feel what particular emotion is a difficult job for me because there are so many emotions to a book that I can’t tone it down to one. I am bad at differentiating.

Yet I typed out half the post and let it sit, thinking I would get around doing it soon but then just kept pushing it. :/ Then, Rosema @A Reading Writer tagged me again for this tag. Reminding me that I had to do it. But I still didn’t.

Yesterday, Maryan @1booklife tagged me for this tag and then I decided this was it, no more reasons and no more putting it off. I told Maryan that I was going to do it yesterday but went to sleep.

Thank you Matt @ Matt and his cats for tagging me again and reminding me how much this particular tag made me think. 😛

I am hopeless! :/ I am so sorry for being a lazy bum. 😛 Thank you so much, you three lovely ladies, for tagging me though! 🙂 😀 ❤ I will try my best to answer these questions. (I know I am too bad at it but it is supposed to be for fun, right? 😛 )


 

1. A Book That Kept You Up All Night Reading

There are many, many, many books because well, I mostly don’t put down my books easily. So, I will select the most recent one, that is Deception Point by Dan Brown. (This is actually the last book I have read this month because then college happened and I haven’t got time for reading since then. 😥 😥 )


2. A Book That Made You Scared To Sleep

To be honest, there’s no such book because I haven’t ventured into the paranormal genre yet and then too I doubt I would ever be scared to go to sleep because of a story. I am the kind who laughs during horror movies. 🙂 😛


 

3. A Book That Made You Go To Sleep

I will select the most recent book for this too. It is The other side of midnight by Sidney Sheldon. It was less because of the book and more because of me being tired I guess but I surely wasn’t eager on completing it either.


4. A Book That Left You Tossing and Turning All Night in Anticipation of its Release

Umm… I have never exactly tracked the dates down for any of the book’s release. But there’s only one book I was waiting for. Not because of the book, there was no news about the book actually. It is Bellman and Black. The only reason for my eagerness being the book is written by the author of my favorite novel, The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield.

I didn’t come to know about the book when it was released because it was released almost after 7 years from the first book by the author. I haven’t read it yet because of the reviews but I think the reviews are unfair, everyone is comparing the book to the first book by the author. You can’t judge a book based on another. Every book has its own flavor!


5. A Book That Has Your Dream Boyfriend

I don’t have a dream boyfriend but for the fun of this question, I will select few of the books that according to me have pretty decent guys. 😉

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Garrett

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Landon

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Noah Calhoun

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Augustus

 

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Cal


Seems like I like the guys from Nicholas Sparks books. 😛



 


6. A Book That Would Be Your Worst Nightmare to Live In

The diary of a young girl Anne Frank.

The Diary of a Young Girl


 

7. A Book That Reminds You of Nighttime

This is a book that I read 5 years ago. My first science fiction: Breakfast with the ones you love by Eliot Fintushel. 

Breakfast with the Ones You Love

And also one of my recent read: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

 

 

 

 


8. A Book That Had a Nightmarish Cliffhanger

I am not that into series, I mostly read series when I have the whole series so that I am not left hanging but I guess I will go with Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

red queen


 

9. A Book That You Actually Dreamed About

None, to be honest. :/


10. A Book Monster that You Would Not Want to Find Under Your Bed

Umm… more than monsters I am afraid of people. I wouldn’t want any of the backstabbers and double-crossers, from all the books that I’ve read, anywhere near me.


 

Many people have already done this tag, so it was difficult to search people to be tagged but yet I checked out a few blogs to see if they have done it or not. If you have already done it then I am sorry I may probably not be so good at researching. 😛

 

Happy Book Lovers Day!

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So, I was on Facebook discussing about my college admission with my friends when I stumbled upon this picture on my newsfeed.

I had no idea there was a day dedicated to us, so out of curiosity I googled it. 😛

❤ ❤ ❤ Happy Book Lovers Day to all you guys! ❤ ❤ ❤  

This was the thing that made my day today. I haven’t had a chance to post anything in 3 days, today being the 4th and I missed my blog so much. I missed reading your posts and comment chatting with you guys. :/

The days have been damn hectic… 2 days ago college listings came out and I came to know the college I will be studying in and the admission processes have been a mess since then. I have been running here and there, getting this document, searching that document and I am kind of frustrated right now.

I have 3 tags pending and my August Bingo Book-a-thon is going nowhere, my reading is suffering. 😥

I wish for this to get over soon, so that I can get back to my reading and blogging and not to forget getting settled in college. 😛 I am not that anxious for the start of a new college life because I have some of my old college friends with me here. 😉

My birthday is in 4 days and all the chaos are going to get the best of my day.

I started this post to share my love with you guys and ended up ranting. 😛 I am an idiot! 😛

Book 2 | August Bingo Book-a-thon!

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IMG_20150728_144203Let me grab my mug first, please. Okay so let’s follow my ritual… cover the mug with one hand… shake the mug violently… throw the chits on the floor… close the eyes… breathe… feel the chits… pick one up… unfold it… open your eyes and read after letting out the breath that you have been holding of course!

 

The second book I got is… drumrolls please… Deception point by Dan Brown. 😀  

 I haven’t read a Dan Brown yet so this book made it on my list and I actually wasn’t hoping for it but if not for this I wouldn’t have probably picked it up even by the end of the year. (I sometimes possess the quality of shamelessness. 😛 I should have read it, list or no list, right? )

Let me cross out the block first. 😛

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There, done! 😀 😉

To my dismay, I didn’t read after completing The Little Prince on August 1st and then yesterday, august 2nd was also not utilized completely, I ended up reading only 100 pages. :/ But that’s okay, this is my 2nd book for this month and the month has just started so I won’t be hard on myself. 😛 😀

What are you guys reading and has any of you participated in this book-a-thon? 

 

 

 

Book 1 | August Bingo Book-a-thon!

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Time to reveal the first book I got for reading this month. As you all know I am participating in my first Book-a-thon (if you don’t, then click here 🙂 ) I was pretty much excited because I love surprises and this was surely going to be a pleasant one. ❤

IMG_20150728_143800Some of the books in this chart are the one’s that I wanted to read and some are the one’s that I
have been pushing back in my TBR pile. I got the first book from the latter.

But whatever, if they are on my TBR pile I have to read it someday so why not now?

Can you guess what I got? That’s ridiculous, you obviously can’t. 😛 (Don’t worry, I couldn’t either. 😉 )

 

IMG_20150728_144203First things first, I grabbed my mug and my tablet, to obviously click a picture. (Though the mug’s picture is from my yesterday’s post. 😛 )

After throwing the chits on the floor (for some dramatic effect 😛 ) I closed my eyes and picked a chit.

I didn’t even realize that I was holding my breath until I unfolded the chit.

 

And I got… drum rolls please… The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  

 

I know, I know, it’s Children’s literature and I should have read it way back but I didn’t. Don’t kill me please. 😛 Anyways after those hectic 5 last reading days of July (you might know what I am talking about if you read my posts) this was just what I needed, a light and easy read. I sailed through it. I gave it 5/5 stars because why not? It is a literally good book. ❤

 I sailed through it. I gave it 5/5 stars because why not?
It is a literally good book. ❤  

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I crossed out the number 14 block and felt damn good! 😀 No exact reason for me behaving like a 5 year old. Maybe I will be able to answer it in my birthday post. Yes, this is my birthday month and I am planning on doing a pouring-the-heart-out post. Stay tuned for it! 😉

After finishing the book, I decided that I should see what my next book is, it didn’t turn out what I was hoping for but hell, that’s the fun, right?

I started reading it but then decided that I should officially call it a day and just laze around internet watching my latest obsession of cake decorating videos because why not? I deserve a break after giving up sleep and food to complete my reading goal and I didn’t exactly have any goals for this month. 😀

You will get to know what book I got next tomorrow. Watch out. 🙂 😀

The pleasures of walking !!

When I was younger, I liked using vehicles more than using my own feet. How nice it would feel reaching places with next to no effort. If you used public transport then you just had to reach for the vehicle and if your parents drove you around even that effort wasn’t needed.

“Why walk when you can ride” was my motto. I dreaded the times I had to walk but now when I look back I have enjoyed walking since the start but never really realized it unless walking started seeming like a privilege.

Now-a-days I prefer walking anytime I get the chance. I am always early to places so I always have an option of walking. I realized how much I have started loving walking, I started walking even in afternoons, in the harsh summer afternoon without any means of protection, no sunscreen, no goggles but sometimes I cover my head with stole. Although it protects from the direct heat but with that sweat decides accompanying me for the walk.

I never think of the route actually and always get shocked when my legs turn right or left as if they are programmed with the correct route, I even manage to cross the road without seriously thinking about it. Here I am walking on the left lane and the next moment I am crossing the road. It amuses me how we are indulged deep in our thoughts to even notice that we have reached our destination.

It’s like you keep a file to download and while it is being downloaded you watch a movie. You know that there is an activity going on in the background but you choose not to pay attention to it. The same happens when we walk. We know the directions, we are aware of the surroundings, we check the road before crossing yet we fantasize or have serious thoughts that are the center of our attention for that instance. No matter how long you have walked, you will never be tired if you are accompanied by your thoughts. I, as a matter of fact, always feel kind of disappointed when such walks end.

the peaceful country side walks

the busy city lane walks

As I start nearing my destination, reality kicks in and I realize the self-finding walk is about to end and always plan that someday I will go on a long walk alone, doesn’t matter if it’s the peaceful country side or the busy city lane. But on second thoughts, I shun the idea every time because you can’t plan such serene moments… they just happen. These walks in the busy schedule are the time you get for yourself, the purity of these walks can’t be defined in words. Some feelings are so divine that you sometimes question your lifestyle. But if it wasn’t for this lifestyle I wouldn’t have ever learnt to appreciate small things like going on a walk.

Walks for me are one of the ways for disconnecting myself from the world while still being a part of it. My physical entity is present but my soul wanders to far away lands, to lands I dare not visit in this world; I have conversations that are too controversial; I think about my dreams, the dreams that I am scared to discuss with any of the people I know; I justify my ignorance to ignorant people; I rant about people who have done me wrong (saying some bad words in mind ain’t gonna be hurting anyone, so why not?); I motivate myself with words which seem to be coming from a wise person to a struggling soul. Eventually my walks turn out to be the time I connect with myself, I get to know myself more, explain myself the righteousness of my acts, look deep inside the reasons of my decisions and in the end feel content with my life and my choices.

I am not talking about the daily walks you take after having dinner or for work but the once in a while walks. Daily walks are routines that we follow, so the thoughts we have are either planned or are of something that won’t matter in a few years span. You think about how your day went, how irritating people were, how much you need to go on a vacation and all those negativity lined things in the daily walks but the walks you take randomly help you discover yourself, the thoughts you have can prove to be life changing and it will surely be beneficial in the upcoming years.

Walking helps clear my head, like people take power naps, I take power walks. While I am studying or surfing the net, cleaning my room or listening to songs… I prefer walking. Strolling in the house is the break I take from whatever I am doing, it helps me start things afresh.

Walking while listening to music !

Walking while eating !

Walking while reading !

Walking and talking is a pretty deadly combination for me. That are two of the things I love and if you combine them then Gosh, I feel like I am the most peaceful person alive. I even stroll while talking on phones, I just love it !! ❤

Walking has thought me that these little pleasures are what counts in life… these just happen, you can’t plan them. Planning makes things mechanical and the feelings are not meant to be mechanical.

For a girl who started taking her first steps in seven months, walking has to be dear…!! 😉

P.s. Happy walking !!! 😀 😀

You choose perplexity or competence – Your problem isn’t what needs to be dealt with and overcome but the way you take your problem is.

As we grow up, we face many situations that change our personalities. Some people learn to deal with circumstances with as minimal fuss as possible while some create a lot of fuss over the minimalist things. Some learn to help themselves while some can’t help asking help from others. Some tend to avoid problems while some invite problems. Some turn optimists while some pessimists. Some grow with their problems while some become more miserable. Some open up while some shut up. In all, experiences change us. Every misery we deal with has an effect on us, whether we realize it or not but we do change.

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Most of the times, we go through good changes. Bad changes do not come with problems, problems are meant to train our brains like gyms are meant to train our bodies. If there’s a bad change in you after a hard phase is over then it is you who has failed to learn from it, it is you who made wrong choices, it is you who dealt with it in a wrong way or it just may be your company as well because all the problems in your life are meant to be lessons and like your school times you may feel that some problems are as useless as finding the x in maths but it will teach you something. That’s for sure. No knowledge is useless unless you know how to utilize it.

I have learnt a great deal of things from my bad experiences. Those experiences have polished me. I am grateful for those experiences more than the good ones because the good experiences become memories and bad experiences become a part of you.

Your scars reflect the battles you fight. Some encounters may give you wounds that leave scars when it heals, those scars will always remind you of what you went through and how you survived it. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself because of it, make it your pride. Make it your strength; whenever tough times come, show yourself your scars and prepare yourself. If that can pass then this can too.

handling-problemsWhen in a problem, observation of facts and events have always helped me out. Sometimes the ways you think would be the easiest to solve the problems seem reasonable but when you think about it in long run it doesn’t look great. So before acting on a solution why not give it a thought. Analyze it and think about it with a different perspective, think about how it will affect you now and would this thing actually matter in future. If you don’t get both the answers just flush your idea and think of something else.

Knowledge gained by actually doing or living through something is the most valuable knowledge, treasure it for it will show you the light in your dark times. Don’t ever hate your problems. Always love them. Loving the problems won’t solve them but hating doesn’t solve them either. Loving your problems solve half of your problems. Think of it as an opportunity to learn something new, to grow, to find yourself and to become a better person. When you don’t think of your problem as a problem but a learning experience it no longer remains a problem.download

It’s all in our mind. It can solve thousands of existing problems and also create lakhs of non-existing ones. How you behave in hard times reflect your personality. Staying calm amidst all complications is what proves you to be a strong person.

A matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful haunts our peace of mind, provides our mind with an unwanted guest who is a pain in the you-know-where but when it is regarded as a tenant then it leaves when the lease expires and pays in the form of knowledge and experience. Your problem isn’t what needs to be dealt with and overcome but the way you take your problem is.

Your bewilderment, lack of comprehension, bemusement result in perplexity; your inability to deal with a situation. Sometimes being oblivious is a better option than actually dealing with the problem and being stupefied. Every problem doesn’t need to be solved some mend themselves when you move on. Like when any of your relations break, you consider that pain as your problem; you cry, you rant, you plan revenge, you abuse, you curse but that doesn’t solve anything. What solves it is leaving it as it is and moving on. When you ditch a problem, its grip gradually loosens.

When your thoughts are muddled up, go to bed; don’t go to sleep, just go to your bed and get inside your blanket. Blankets have this tremendous power of making you feel safe and careless. That feeling is what you need to straighten up your mind, to clear the mess and tidy up your thoughts. When you come out of that blanket you should have a solution.images (6)

If not then you need to find a way of your own. A way that lets you think clearly, without any knowledge of what you are supposed to do and what not. Just close your eyes and go on.

Staying strong doesn’t clear the obstacles but helps you do it yourself. Believe in yourself and see wonders happen.

My Advice –  Whether to pause your life with perplexity or cherish it with competence is your choice. Make your choices the backbone of your solutions and you shall live a life of eternal bliss.