I hope everyone is doing well and taking care of themselves during these terrible times. If you don’t know I’m doing a sort of series on my blog where I keep a track of all the things I read and watch during Quarantine. You can check out the first one here if you want to.
📗 Books 📗
Say hi to a new addition to my favorites shelf. This book represents everything I like in stories-It’s twisted, horrific and beautiful but in a sad way. Unfortunately I cannot tell you much about it because this book is very easy to spoil. However I will tell you this- a) It is a psychological thriller, b) It follows a couple going to visit the guy’s parents who live in a spooky rural farm and c) this is the most clever thriller I’ve ever read. However I’ll also say that this book is not for everyone. If your taste in books is anything like mine you’ll love it. I loved it. A lot. I thought everything was so well done. I don’t usually expect a thriller to make me think so much but this one did. I still cannot stop thinking about it. Also I highly recommend the audio book for this, I promise It’ll be the most bizarre listening experience. 5/5 stars. Read more on goodreads.
- Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi : Final installment in the shatter me series. I love Warner too much to hate this book but I still pretty much didn’t enjoy it. The plot was a mess. There were so many things that didn’t have a satisfying resolution and there were barely any moments between Warner and Julliete. The epilogue made my heart happy because it was the most sweet thing I’ve ever read but apart from that- I’m pretty upset and disappointed. 3/5 stars.
- The worst-best man by Mia Sosa : I didn’t like the characters, hated the pop culture references on every page. The intimate scenes were pretty awkward and there was barely a plot. The only good thing I can point out is that it had a heroine as a woman of color and great Brazilian representation. The family dynamic was interesting. 1/5 stars.
- Stalker by Lars Kepler : Drum roll for me because I figured out who-dunnit before the great reveal. It was an okay book. I probably would have liked it better if it wasn’t so unnecessarily long. Joona Linna is a pretty awesome detective, I have got to give him that. 3/5 stars.
- The Great Gatsby : Yes, I reread my favorite book. No, it is not a surprise that I loved it. You can read a review I wrote two years ago here. 5/5
- Far from the madding crowd by Thomas Hardy : This is a 19th century novel set in the lovely Wessex. I really liked this classic. I’ve always loved reading books set in the English countryside so naturally that aspect of the book appealed to me the most. Hardy’s writing style, though beautiful, is incredibly wordy and often difficult to read. However I have to comment that I found the book ahead of its time because of the characters -Bathsheba Everdeen and Gabriel Oak. Although quite annoying, Bathsheba was fiery, stubborn and devoted to her job and Gabriel was the coolest, sweetest, most helpful person ever. I’ll probably watch the movie sometime soon. 3.75/5 stars.
- Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris : Firstly I’d like to point out that this is not a thriller, try women’s fiction and bam, you’re closer to describing it correctly. Behind Closed doors delves into a relationship which seems perfect from outside but is horrifying from within. I enjoyed the book, it was fast paced and I finished it in one sitting. However, our protagonist got on my nerves a bit because of some of her rash decisions and the plot felt too convenient to me. We’re not explained why a certain character is the way they are. The book could have been better. 3.5/5 stars.
- The Dark between stars by Atticus : This is a poetry book. And it was disappointing. The poems were bland and did not speak to me at all. The photographs in the book were the only things I enjoyed looking at. 2/5 stars.
🎞 Movies 🎞
- Whisper of the heart (1995) : Hello. My new Obsession is Studio Ghibli movies. I watched Spirited away last month and this month I watched Whisper of the heart and I loved it. It was a beautiful coming of the age movie. These movies transport me to a completely different world, it has almost a hypnotic quality. Watching Whisper of the heart felt like 2 hours of uninterrupted peace and magic. I’m probably going to watch all of Studio Ghibli movies now especially since all of them are now on Netflix. I highly recommend it. 9/10 stars.
- Black Mirror (2011-) : Another new obsession. I am surprised that I waited so long to finally start watching this because I live for dark twisted depressing stories set around technology. I’m not watching it in order. My favorite episodes till now are- Nosedive, Shut up and dance and White Bear. Cannot wait to watch more. 8/10
- Badla (2019) : This an Indian thriller movie set in a very short span of time. Follows a Lawyer and a woman who’s been accused of murder of this man she had an affair with. It was very interesting, kept me on the edge of my seat and managed to engage me. However the ending felt over the top and unrealistic. There’s a trope I hate in books and movies and that particular trope was used in the movie. Nonetheless, it was a good movie in terms of experience. 6.5/10
- Guilty (2020) : A very important movie concerning the #metoo movement. I honestly do not understand the negative reviews for this one. I agree that it was a little sloppy in certain places and it is not a masterpiece like Pink or Thappad but even still it manages to make a strong impression, especially towards the end. Loved it. 8/10
💛Other Thoughts 💛
- I am very close to hitting a milestone on my follower count, and I’d love it if I could get a little help on that.
- Please feel free to chat with me in the comments section or my twitter inbox about anything at all. And do leave links of your recent posts as well. I’d be delighted to read them.
- I was not accepting E-book review requests for a while but I want to be able to support self pub authors as much as I can right now. So if you are one and you need help, please mail me. I’m not making any promises but I’ll try my best. Please read this first.
- Some productivity tips : (because why not)
- Something about Pinterest really motivates me. I have a study board on there if aesthetic pictures of notes and study tips inspire you to work too.
- Another thing that has helped me a lot is Lo-fi music and Ghibli music. It’s the most soothing thing ever. And it works perfectly with completing your homework or assignments because it is not distracting at all. I have a playlist for that too. Surprise : I love making lists, boards and playlists. Deal with it.
- I found the perfect organisational app -Todoist. I’ve always preferred Bullet journalling over doing things digitally but Todoist is so much more convenient. I highly recommend using it.
- You probably know this but take a day or two off and do absolutely nothing. Do what you need to cope.