Graphic Novel ‘Mooncakes’ book review

Thanks #NetGalley for the book #MoonCakes !!
This is my first ever book I got and I am pretty excited.
And rightfully so!
I loved this graphic novel so much!
I am new to magic system and fantasy reads but this one is simple to read and follow.The art work gets better with the subsequent chapters. And woah! Who would have thought one of the characters would share my name?!
The chemistry between the characters is strong and all the characters are just too sweet.
What I loved the most was the ‘nerd’ talk right from the beginning. The dialogue bubbles are well put; the art sequences are well maintained. The cover rocks! Those who love manga will know what I mean.
The witches, the wolves, the magic and all the reading they did were like dream come true for a reader like me reading about them, seeing people like me doing exactly what I would do if I was in that world.
I dig the romance as well. It was subtle yet cute.
I love the ending. The action and the ‘togetherness’!I cannot wait to see the final copy with all the pages completely colourful!


Again, But Better by Christina Riccio : Book Review


I don’t know why I feel like I am reading a badly written middle grade book instead of a young adult book. And everything has just been so convenient in this one. And the main character Shane is a bit shady and creepy to be with. I mean being an introvert and awkward is okay but this character is really unlikable.
And I don’t know what’s the purpose of this book.
Is it just to stay away from home because she has to tick off her to-do wishlist of things she couldn’t do as a young girl or is she away from home to college with some other purpose?
I don’t like the writing style at all.
It’s too automatic and feels like ‘too much of sweet and convenient recipes put together’.
After the 3rd chapter, I felt like a little girl is just writing some things in her scrapbook.
Ah, the chemistry! Too sugar-coated and bubbly.
Everything seems too easy. Ok, maybe that can happen. But something does not tick with the writing style. It should be bubbling by the 4th chapter…but too bubbly to hold my interest.
And what’s this obsession to write about the Beatles in almost every chapter?! I know we all worship the inevitable but…it just starts to get annoying.
Why does the 20 year old sound like a 6 year old?
And it doesn’t get better.

(”Can I call you pies?” I blurt into the night. ”Sorry. I wouldn’t ask, but I really want to call you Pies,” I finished hesitantly.)

And something snapped in me. And I rolled my eyes and made the pointed-nose-tombed-lips-burning-eyes face when I am about to kill a book.

Chapter 5. I am done. So done. I’d rather read a children’s book and actually enjoy it.

I struggled for 3 chapters before finally DNFing this one. I had to.

So so so disappointed with this one.
Hope the author would do great if she writes for younger age groups. She has the knack for it.
I wish she did with this one. It would have been really good.

2019 Book Recommendations by an Indian reader: Top 10 Poetry Books

I love poetry for so many reasons: it makes me calm, it makes me feel whole; it takes me to the depths of my soul, it makes me discover the layers of my being; it makes me fall in love with myself, it makes me forgive and forget things I hate; it makes me read more and it kills my reading slumps.

Once you get the thrill of reading poetry, there’s no going back.

Here are my top 10 poet/poetry collection recommendations!

1. Love Songs by Sara Teasdale

2. Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

3. Salt. by Nayyirah Waheed

4. Such Is Her Life by Reecha Aggarwal Goyal

5. Algedonic by R. H. Sin

6. To Make Monsters Out Of Girls by Amanda Lovelace

7. Yesterday I Was The Moon by Noor Unnahar

8. For Every One by Jason Reynolds

9. Her. by Pierre Alex Jeanty

10. Chameleon Aura by Billy Chapata

***Special mentions:

Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

Into The Wildfire by Noor Shirazie

Hope you find these recommendations useful!💌

2019 Book Recommendations by an Indian reader: Top 10 Graphic/Comic/Sequential Art Books

I am a huge fan of comic books.

Recently I have been trying to read more of graphic novels or books with sequential art.

They make me so happy!

And the art!

You are missing something unique and great if you haven’t read any of these!

Hope you love this list of books which I am going to recommend from this particular genre!

1. My Brother’s Husband by Gengoro Tagame

(Manga series, 3 volumes)

2. Hey, Kiddo


3. Romantic Marbling by Han Gyul

(Mahnwa series)

4. Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss

5. Little Moments Of Love by Catana Chetwynd

6. Transparent Cohabitation by Jungsuh

(Mahnwa comics series)

7. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

8. Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick

9. My Dog: The Paradox by Oatmeal

10. Gandhi: A Manga Biography by Kazuki Ebine

There were many such books which I did not enjoy at all either because if really bad script or bad illustrations or confusing sequence or just BAD presentation.

I am so glad I have explored this genre and I am going to read more such books.

I have just started reading manga and manhwa comics.

Hopefully by next year, I will be able to give separate top 10 recommendations of both!

Happy reading!💌

2019 Book Recommendations by an Indian reader: Top 10 LGBT themed books

As a part of celebrating the LGBT rights or the PRIDE month, I am here giving you a list of the best lgbt books I have ever read!

Hope you enjoy them too!

1. Cobalt Blue by Sachin Kundalkar

2. Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

3. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

4. My Brother’s Husband by Gengoro Tagame

(Three volumes)

5. Super Lovers by Miyuki Abe

(Manga series)

6. The Perks Of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

7. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han

(Don’t just think of the main protagonist 😉)

8. Note To Self by Connor Franta


9. The Man I Fell In Love With by Kate Field

10. Addicted series by Chai Jidan

Well, more recommendations coming up next year!

I have read many poorly executed lgbt stories giving only emphasis to intimate scenes.

The books I have mentioned here have much more to deal with rather than just focus on such scenes.

Hope you enjoy reading these!💌

2019 Book Recommendations by an Indian reader: Top 10 Cry-worthy or Sad Books

There are times when you need to cry it all out reading a book, staying hidden in your room; staying away from everyone and everything.

Well, I got you!

Here’s the list of the most saddest books which made me bawl like a lost soul when I read them.

Hope you love them too!

1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

2. The Paintbrush by Krishnasish Jana

3. Granny Dan by Danielle Steel

4. The Poison Of Love by K.R. Meera

5. Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon

6. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

7. Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

8. Fever by Samaresh Basu

9. Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusac

*Special mention:

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Where are the tissues already?!

Or just wear a long sleeve shirt like I do😉

2019 Book Recommendations by an Indian reader: Top 10 YA(Young Adult) Books

Here is a list of young adult books (suitable for ages 13 to early 20s) which have established my reading journey.

There are many such books available and many keep coming out JUST EVERYDAY!

I have read many by now of which I am picking up the best I have read so far.

So here they are!

1. The Room On The Roof by Ruskin Bond

2. Simon Vs The Homo Sapeins Agenda by Becky Albertalli

(LGBT themed)

3. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

(LGBT themed)

4. Veronica Decides To Die by Paulo Coelho

(Mental health/Suicide themed)

5. The Three Mistakes Of My Life by Chetan Bhagat

(Yes, I will always recommend this book. Young adults in this country need to know the serious topics displayed in this book and enjoy all the drama.)

6. Five-point Someone by Chetan Bhagat

(Why do you think the so called new authors in India has copied his writing style and characterization for more than a decade? Enjoy reading this. The adapted movie version is totally different.)

7. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han

8. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

(I feel if you do not read this book during this time of your life, you will most probably will not pick up this book again in the future.

The book is most suitable for your age group in making decisions and how to face life.

This book is particularly aimed for your age group.)

9. The Perks Of Being A Wallpaper by Stephen Chbosky

(Theme: LGBT, educational, reading books)

10. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

These are some of the best young adult books I have read in the past one year or so.

Another list will come up next year!

Until then, enjoy reading!