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Own yourself like Dumplin’ !

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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

I’ll be honest with you guys ; i don’t think myself as a pretty girl or a smart one either.I’m just a normal girl with a love for books and passion to pursue mathematics. I happen to fluctuate weight so i get fat sometimes and being 5’9″ and fat is a horrible reputation cause then everyone expects you to be spectacular , which i know I’ll never be. But after reading this novel , i got this new sense of confidence , a new feeling of acceptance. It doesn’t matter if i’m thin or fat or i have good friends who’ll click good pics of mine anywhere at anytime or no friends so i end up being a selfie addict (I’m so not, trust me). I just wanna be happy and feel good about myself. Yes I’m undergoing some painful procedures at this moment but that’s not for the world.These are for my own happiness and Willowdean Dickson aka Dumplin’ is one hell of bad ass character I’ve read so far ! She inspires me in so many ways i just can’t imagine !!!! She likes this hot guy and he likes her too , not caring on the outer surface but the interior beauty . She stood up for herself . She is in every way what I wanna be , the confidence, that boldness. Man , this novel had me totally wrapped around the concept and idea. You just have to be happy in your own skin and totally own it ! Live like there is no one else to judge you or call you by names. Be your own Queen !

My mom usually asks me what I’ve learned from reading this book. Well mom , I accept who I am and I’ma make my dreams come true no matter what.

Go ahead and buy DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy and i guarantee you it’s gonna be worth your while 🙂

Happy Reading ❤

Urvashi 😀

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INTO THE WATER , Paula Hawkins

Do you trust the people around you ?

Do you believe your loved ones ?

Do you think everyone is innocent ?

Jules Abbott is broken when she discovers that her sister Nel Abbott was found in the river . That river . The river which also claimed Anne Ward , Katie Whitaker , Lauren Townsend and Libby. Nel leaves behind her 15 year old daughter , Lena , who is really tough to handle. Jules haven’t spoken to Nel for years , since the incident. Nel’s obsession with the river and the Drowning Pool may have led  her to her death .

DI Sean Townsend , along with his wife Helen and father Patrick find it hard everyday , not knowing how his mother Lauren , really died. He keeps having nightmares but everything is a blur , a complete picture isn’t formed . His affair also creates an awkward situation between him and Helen and know they just want to make the days pass , with Patrick being the glue holding him but his own secret is on the verge of being disclosed.

Louise Whitaker looks around her daughter Katie’s room , looking for a reason for killing herself. Louise regrets not being involved in her daughter’s life more, rather giving attention to her son Josh . She had no idea of Katie’s inner secret , a secret which could change everything. Louise blames Nel and Lena for everything and wants to make sure they paid the price for it.

Nicola Sage is going crazy with all the dead speaking in her mind , telling her how they dies. Jeannie , Nicola’s sister , also the policeman who took care of Sean when his mother died , revealed how Lauren really die . Jeannie is long gone but her story remains today. The whole town thinks she’s crazy but only Nel believed her , saw through all the craziness and fraud nature of hers.

Mark Henderson discovered Nel’s body while out on a walk with his dogs. He didn’t care about her , only her death reminded him of a certain someone . His secret couldn’t be exposed , in any form , because if it did , his life is over . And he’ll do anything to make sure it doesn’t come out but he has no idea that someone knows this secret . and she won’t back down.

Beckford is a small town but full of secrets. And Nel’s death threatens to expose all of it. Jules , Lena , Louise , Sean , Helen , Nickie (Nicola’s pet name) , Patrick , Mark and Erin Morgan are all involved in some way or the other in all these deaths and it’s time they are revealed.

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This book gave me the chills. I mean you might think it’s confusing and all but it’s not.You gotta have a lot of patience to read this book. Being one of the most awaited , promising and must read book of the year , it’s too good ! The river is the central part , with everyone describing i according to their own perspective. All the characters are connected to each other in some way or other and it’s so gripping ! It’s chilling and basically the best psychological book describing a human instinct.

Paula Hawkins has outdid herself again ! Hands down ! This book is a step above A Girl On the train and I just want everyone to read it if you loved her first novel and understood her impeccable writing !

If you want a break from all the adventure and action , INTO THE WATER is a deal breaker ! A MUST READ !!!!

  Beware a calm surface – you never know what lies beneath it

Good Night , U ❤

 

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WISHLIST for the kind of person you are.

There is nothing wrong in being the kind of person you are.You are unique beyond ways you can imagine.These 8 books happen to be such insightful books which will help you grow into the kind of person you want to be, express yourself freely and let your thoughts be open wide.

1.  THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR , Nicola Yoon
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2. SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA , Becky Albertalli

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3. RAVEN BOYS, Maggie Stiefvater

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4. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US , Kasie West

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5. I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN , Jandy Nelson

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6. DUMPLIN‘ , Julie Murphy

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7.WE ARE OKAY , Nina Lacour

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8.QUEEN OF GEEK, Jen Wilde

 

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Hope you find these novels click with your life and thoughts !

Urvashi 🙂

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The world within the core : Artemis Fowl

Whenever I mention this novel , maximum friends of mine say that it's one of their favourite and I won't blame them. It's actually amazing.

Artemis Fowl is a story about an Irish boy , Artemis Fowl , who belongs from a criminal family from Dublin , lives in a mansion and has a personal secretary called Butler who was appointed to him the second he was born in the family.
What's special about that boy ? Well he is literally the most evil genius present , who would do anything to be the best.

Now Artemis or "Arty" had his suspicion that there exists mythical creatures below us , near the core of the planet 🌎. Well , in order to get more proof , he travels to China where an old fairy , disguised as an old woman , gives him the most important book among the fairies, elfs , dwarfs. Artemis translates the language and comes to know everything about the world that lives beneath the foundation of his mansion. So the great Artemis devices a plan to trap one of the creature and in order to gain more , he would blackmail that creature for gold.

In the meanwhile, down below , we have Captain Holly Short , waking up , going to work at the LEP ( Lower Element Police , the police community ). Like any other day , she is given a chance to go on the "surface" for a mission. Holly lives for such missions. So as ususal , Holly reports to one of the shuttle bay and is sent of to Spain , where a troll attack has happened.

While trying to solve everything, Artemis captures her and takes her with him back to Dublin and imprisons her. Hence , the unlikely friendship/enemity strikes gold. Now if there is ever a situation where if any LEP officer is ever taken hostage , there is a hostage fund specially kept. Artemis was basically behind this.

So Commander Root and technician Foaly make plans to cause minimal harm to Artemis and get Holly back without emptying their hostage fund. And from here onwards starts the epic journey of Artemis and his involvement in possible every major attack in Lower Element.

Artemis Fowl combines mystical creatures + technology no one can imagine about + round the world trip. And to imagine all of this is a hats off effort. I'm at the 4th book and by a mistake which i have never made in my entire life , i missed onto the 3rd book. I'll buy that later tho.

If you love Harry Potter , Percy Jackson or any novel involving magical invasions and powers and everything, please please do read this novel. AMAZING!!!! This novel has been on my wishlist and I finally got to read it this year ! Plus it's helping with my GRE prep for the graceful words a 13 year old boy says much ahead of his age.

I can guarantee you it's completely worth your time. Do read.
Also sorry for not writing any post in the recent times. I've been busy with my internship and GRE prep.
Do share your thoughts about ARTEMIS FOWL SERIES by Eoin Colfer.

U 💕

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DARK MATTER

Have you ever regretted a choice you ever made ? Me? I have made some pretty bad choices but i see now that i don’t regret them. Just that they have taken me into a direction i never saw myself going in. I have always though ,”What if I didn’t go to Pune to study ?” or “What would have been if i hadn’t chosen science ?” The last question actually shaped my future that i am living right now. Our choices defines us the kind of person we are , the kind of person we become towards the general public .

Jason Dessen made a life changing decision when he left his research , which was a front runner to win the most prestigious scientific award and research funding to be with the woman of his dream, Daniela  and the son, Charlie, he loved to death. That decision turned out to be a tree which led to many other of his decisions to become the branches of this tree. Now his decision is going to haunt him forever. When he decides to congratulate his friend Ryan , who wins this award instead of him , Ryan makes sure that he makes jason regret his decision of leaving his study behind and go and teach in a local college in Chicago instead. But little did Jason know , it was going to be more than a regret.

The last line that his abductor told him before knocking him out of his consciousness and sending him to a world where he is famous and Daniela is not his wife and charlie isn’t born was

“Are you happy with this life ?”       

Of course Jason was . But the abductor happens to be Other Jason from the universe where Jason chose his research instead of Daniela and Charlie and built a cube which would help him travel multiverse . But every decision , every choice Jason makes , comes to reality when the Original Jason finally reaches  his family , only to find that Many Jasons (nearly 109 , since its mentioned int he book) have done the same and they want to reach to Daniela and Charlie before anyone else can. These Many Jasons happen to be the choices the real Jason didn’t make while he was exploring different Chicagos of different universe to find Daniela and Charlie. Find out how Jason fights for his decisions and wins int he end (obviously !)

This novel is like AMAZING ! It has every scientific term trying to persuade the reader about a theory that the scientists are actually working on. If anyone has seen Stranger Things , it’s like many Upside-Downs but without any Eleven and the monster tho. So anyways , what keeps Jason moving is his love and determination to see Daniela and Charlie . He has to go through so much different scenarios but in the end these scenarios are the outcome of what Amanda Lucas ( Other Jason’s therapist , who helps the Original Jason escape from the world that would have been his but is not) and Jason feels and the roller coaster of emotions they go through.

Though it’s sad they did’t mention what happens to Amanda but the story is gripping , thriller and life-changing. It’s a MUST READ ! I  didn’t know it would be this good actually , i just read the synopsis and thought “Let’s just try this one “ but Damn , it’s too good. It made me realize that our decisions can have such drastic effect on our life in ways one can never imagine and also the possibility that there exists parallel universe where every decision we make opens up a new universe, a new opportunity of what we could have done if we chose something else…

So get your hand on the copy of DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch , who is the reclaimed author of the Wayward Pines Trilogy ( Have to read that one too , not see the show but meh..show ill work till i get my hands on the trio.). Dark Matter is in works to be a movie so let’s just wait and see when it comes out ..

Good Night 🙂

U ❤

 

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KANE Chronicles : The Red Pyramid

You know what sets apart Rick Riordan from the rest of the writer (no offense i love other writers too!) :

  1. The comprehensive study he does regarding the ancient history behind every civilization , be it Egyptian , Greek , Norse or Roman.
  2. The Fan base is because he has the perfect sense of mixing literature , humor , emotions, thriller , romance , everything.

Anyways , I just completed reading the first part of the series and have ordered the remaining 2 also. After coursing through Greek (Percy Jackson) , Roman ( Heroes of Olympus) and Norse (Magnus Chase) , I landed on another civilization , Egypt , with Carter and Sadie Kane , child with the blood of pharaoh. Well , basically I had a bit of idea about Egyptian gods. If you don’t , i have a little something ..

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So Ra is the Sun God and in the book , it’s said that he is no longer active as he should be. Then there is Geb and Nut (Don’t laugh. Sadie laughed too and i did too because well..). Geb is Earth and Nut is sky. They are a married couple but in order to give birth to her 5 children , they were separated by the Wind god. Anyways , their 5 children are Isis , Osiris , Set , Horus and Nephthys. Now god take human as their host so their relationship is kind of crazy. Osiris and Isis are married and Horus is their son. Set and Nephthys are married but Set is evil. Their exists a House of Life (in real life too) , who train special kids who have a very rich bloodline like Sadie and Carter. Well , Sadie and Carter’s parents , Julius and Ruby Kane are individuals who come from 2 different pharaoh bloodline , Kane ( Julius ) and Faust (Ruby) so their kids are the most powerful children the world has ever seen and gods are scared of it. Then you have Amos Kane , Julius’s brother , who sadly gets possessed by Set in the end but survives.

The book is about how Julius and Carter land in London to get Sadie ( Carter and Sadie have been separated  from each other since their mother’s death and also because together they are veryyyyy powerful). So in London , these 3 unite and head to Britain Museum to find the Rosetta Stone , which helps in yielding power . What Sadie and Carter didn’t know is that their father had unleashed   5 gods (Isis , Osiris , Set , Horus and Nephthys) , with Set being the one to immediately capture Julius ( who has the spirit of Osiris) and send him back to the Duat ( Spirit world of gods and magic ). Sadie and Carter try to escape but then 2 warriors of House of Life , Zia and Michel Desjardins. Then Amos finds them and takes them to Brooklyn ( yup. London to Brooklyn ). Their there is a mansion which has a baboon names Khufu , a crocodile name Philip from Macedonia and Sadie’s cat Muffin , who happens to be a host for Bast , the cat goddess. Basically , Sadie , Carter , Bast and Amos travel the world to finally end up in Phoenix where Set is building a pyramid which would make him powerful on his birthday , which lies on the third Demon Day. These 4 have to stop them but in their journey they realize that Carter is a host to Horus , Sadie is a host to Isis , Amos becomes a host for Set  and Zia becomes a host from Nephthys. Find out how carter and Sadie overcome their compulsion to merge with Isis and Horus and defeat Set.  

You know , in this novel , what really touched me is when Anubis ( god of funeral and Sadie’s crush) asks Sadie if she would sacrifice her father for the world . The struggle the poor girl faces is heartbreaking. And she did sacrifice her father ( sorry for the spoiler) but in the end , Anubis takes Carter and Sadie to the Room of Judgment where they meet their parents , who say the most beautiful lines:

” As a parent , our dreams becomes secondary to our children’s dreams. We would do anything for them to make them come true , even if we have to sacrifice our self . “

 *crying in one corner.*

So , do read this novel, KANE CHRONICLES : THE RED PYRAMID and tell me how you feel about it.

Goodnight 🙂

U<3

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Shoot for the Stars..

Once in a while , i enjoy reading a kiddie novel; not exactly kiddie , but a novel 16-17 year old would read and STARGAZING FOR BEGINNERS is one of them.

It’s a beautiful novel, on how Meg , a teen with a rebellious mother and a sister form another mister (literally.) Meg was born from an Australian man while her half-sis , Elsa, was born from  a Spanish man named Angel ( don’t ask. I think her mom made up all that :P). So Meg dreams about going to NASA one day and she is basically from England and she doesn’t have enough money. They hardly make their ends meet. She has a Grandpa who , from the beginning have supported her love for space and science behind it and a dog named Pongo. She is an introvert , mostly into herself , but her life changes when her mom boards a flight to Myanmar , leaving her alone to take care of her young sister and to prepare herself for a competition through which she can visit the NASA center , USA. A young girl with bog dreams. So , the whole story goes around this and then there are Bella , Raj and Ed King , who constantly make fun of her but what Meg doesn’t know that Ed likes her a lot and poor Meg starts feeling the same later on.

There are some sad parts also , where there is an earthquake in Myanmar and Meg rushes out of her school and when everything is alright , she gets a sweet text from Ed. Awww…. if only such things existed in real life.So anyways , the biggest part is when Ed gives up his chance in the contest for Meg to rescue her Grandpa , who happen to meet with a accident while out for a late night bike ride. That is beyond the best scene of the book. I mean he literally just walks away and he knows how much his mom would kill him but he does it for Meg . Too good. Anyhoo , Meg ends up winning the trip and Ed also. They have their very first date under the stars and misses the school dance.

You know why i like this novel ? Because it’s all about young love and young dreams and everything is falling apart around Meg but she does’t give up. That’s the strength everyone must have . She follows her dream and makes them happen. Basically , don’t give up if a few things are creating problems. They are just the beginning but the beauty is after crossing those hurdles. Nothing comes easy.

Do read STARGAZING FOR BEGINNERS by Jenny McLachlan , a novel published on April 6 , 2017. Beautiful novel.

Good Night !

U<3

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AFTER everything..

In my 20( soon to be 21) years on this planet , I’ve been conscious about my surroundings for the past 8-9 years but they became sensitive around the time i joined college.We all know one couple who would eventually make it till the end. I somehow don’t know anyone yet cause around me , including me, most of us are technically keepers and believe strongly in a stable ,  strong , non-casual relationship. And that’s why i haven’t been in a relationship so far :P.

But my point is that every girls has her own prince charming and would obviously wouldn’t stray from that path but some of them may find love in the strangest and the most unexpected people and guess what , they also love you back , no matter how much you have to bear the consequence of past of both of them.Such was a girl called Theresa/Tessa/Tess Young , created by Anna Todd in her now a super-hit , going-to-be-a-movie-god-knows-when novel series After.

what’s unique about this series ? Well…

1.It was originally a Wattpad story(https://www.wattpad.com/after).She used to write from her phone and later did she know , it became an instant hit, like raking more than 1 billion views !!! Yup , 1 billion !

2.It’s a fan fiction about One Direction members , where Tessa romances the bad boy Harry Styles and Liam Payne turns out to be her best friend forever.

3.It’s addicting , learning, intoxicating novel.

4.It’s a full published series , along with Before which is a novel based from Harry’s point of View and goes along with the very first novel of the series and Nothing more and Nothing Less, which are based from Landon’s (Liam but name changed for the sake of publication) point of view and how they survive New York.

5. UTA has also begin the talk of turning into a movie but when will it come , god knows !!!

I’ve read so many novels but then again this novel touches me. The way Hardin ( names were changed for the sake of publication) just cannot keep himself away from Tessa, they pain , embarrassment , the hurt , probably all sorts of emotions and feelings he has hurled towards her is so perfectly described , it cringes to one’s heart unless someone decides to read another strong novel series like this. I would have never thought i would say this but after reading this series , my tolerance for romantic novels has increased a little.It’s just the way Mrs.Todd has described the turmoil these 2 characters face within themselves and for themselves is like too much ! Although it’s an R-rated novel , so 18+ only please , but what i really loved id that they didn’t give up on each other.Na-uh.They just couldn’t.

Sometimes it’s more than love that keeps you connected to someone.It’s trust, honesty , generosity , pain , anger,sadness , happiness, basically sharing and communication and space.This novel is like two opposite worlds colliding into one and how this new planet is trying to be stable, happy and worth living for.

If you do have time, a smartphone , laptop, tablet, kindle , whatever…do install Wattpadd and read. Or else purchase on kindle and start binge reading cause it’s one hell of a roller coaster ride of emotions, happiness and patience.

Goodnight peeps. Do tell me how you feel after reading this amazing series.

U<3

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Gone Girl …

Sorry for not posting any recent book because i was busy with exams and some personal problems but I’m back and my 3rd year is over and i have an Internship for 6 months so I’ll be going to college in January 2018 ( Thank god !) .

Anyhooo this one novel is kind of creepy and amazinggggg because it’s one of the best thriller and mysterious novel I’ve ever read ! Because it has a gripping story and though there are like 2 sides , one is from Amy and one from Nick, their POV (point of view) is perfectly in sync and there is like no gap between their story. Just speechless.

So , most of you must have seen the movie but it’s the book which can perfectly describe what Nick and Amy go through. It’s both of them’s fault that they have to face so much. Horrible , vicious plots that Amy plots for Nick , God ! The book describes it perfectly ! Plus the way Amy lives and then traps her ex with her mind games and that poor guy falls for it.. it’s sad . But then after making Nick look bad to the entire town , making him the killer (they think she is dead), she returns and then announces she is pregnant which is weird because , you know well,.. anyways everyone is happy but internally Nick and Amy are fighting, they are trying to love each other but they can’t , the passion that was between them has evaporated and so many obstacles has come between them, including Nick’s affair with his younger student about which Amy get’s to know ( she see’s them together and that kills her and THAT’S WHY she plots the whole thing).

Sorry for the spoilers , i have avoided a lot of small details but you’ll get to know eventually as you read the book . Do read it, if you like suspense thrillers and superrrr into it ! 

Goodnight 🌌

U ❤️

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A Walk to Remember

Nicholas Sparks is one of the finest storyteller when it comes to romance. And this is certainly one of his best works, after all its bases on the life of his own sister!
Whenever we talk about a love story, we always talk of the love that it taught us. But we seldom talk about its characters. Today I want to share about not the book, but it’s two leads, who taught me not only about love but trust, patience, fate and purity of heart and soul.

The story is narrated by Landon Carter, a popular guy with cool friends. He is a brat, no doubt, shares not at all good bond with his father and always tries to act cool (just to fit in).

But then he meets Jaimi Sullivan, Reverend’s daughter, naive, calm and faithful, but motherless. Landon and Jaimi are forced to act in a drama, from where begins their friendship. At first, Landon tries to hide it from his ‘cool’ friends, but after certain incidences, he falls for her instead. Eventually he starts to change into his good self.

The best part of the novel is Jaimi and the way she treats everybody- Equally and with love. She is pure at heart, devotional and helps anybody in need. She also teaches orphan children and brings them gifts!😍 Her goodness certainly takes over the reader. She taught me, just like Landon, how much this world needs goodness and love. There’s a dialogue from the movie where Landon says Jaimi saved me. He said this because this is exactly what she did! Because she believed that with kindness anything can be won.

Movie is as good as the book, but a few things have been changed. Still, it’s a must watch if you love romance and want to watch in flesh what happens to Landon. Shane West is superb with his role! So is Mandy Moore (I fell in love with her, I must say)❤

At last, a few quotes–

  • Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.
  • First you will smile and then you will cry don’t say you haven’t been warned.
  • You have to promise you won’t fall in love with me.
  • Book’s last line– Knowing there’s one thing I still haven’t told you: I now believe, by the way, that miracles do happen.
  • And the one which gives the title to the book– It was, I remembered thinking, the most difficult walk anyone ever had to make. In every sense, A WALK TO REMEMBER…

Happy reading 🙂

Parijat.