Top 10 Tuesday: If our future kids don’t read these books we’ll disown them!


You know how sometimes you read a book and you just know that this book will forever hold a special place in your heart? It’s such a strong feeling that being the loners that we are we also vow to make everyone read it including our unborn children. And so this Tuesday we would like to share with you, a list of 10 books that we would definitely be making our kids read.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books n’ Tunes

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Sometimes, as it happens, you’re listening to a song. And that song paints a lovely picture in your head. And sometimes, it happens to fit perfectly with the picture a book puts in your head. And then, ta-da, you get the song and the book married off!

I have wanted to do this type of a post for a while now. When a song fits for me, I have an intense need to tell people about it. Intense.
So, beware, for this post will be intense and, will not follow the first T5W rule (i.e. It’ll be above 5). Let’s bang on:

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Top 5 Wednesday: People like us

“I see you.
Because in you, I see me.”
~Lisa Schroeder, The day before.

It’s not always that we are fortunate enough to read books that have characters that are relatable in their personality. But when we do find them, we cherish them the most.

A lot of time I feel that writers write characters in a way that we make space for our own voices so we feel like them, but then there are the characters we see our traits in and we recognize ourselves in.

On today’s T5W we talk about 5 characters that have a bit (or maybe more) of our personality.


Raven’s top 5:

#1 Hermione from Harry Potter

I want to say that I am smart like her but really I am just super into reading and researching like her. When I was a kid, I would beg my parents to buy children encyclopedias and then I would read every word in it. I still have them back in India.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Least favourite book from our favourite series

There are so many series out there that we love as a whole but to be honest there is always that one book from your favourite series that was not as good as you would have liked it to be.

This is a list of 5 books from our favourite series that we didn’t like the most.

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#1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets from The Harry Potter series

Raven: This was a good book too I mean, I love ALL of Harry Potter but if I HAD to choose then this will be the one.

Beez: Yeah same as Raven. I think one of the reasons is that we didn’t know a lot about what it was building to, and we learnt about the significance later on. But it was still good.

#2 The Sea of Monsters from Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

Raven: Just like Harry Potter, I loved ALL of Percy Jackson but yeah…

Beez: I can’t remember what happened… I’m growing old.

#3 None from The Raven Cycle

Raven: Don’t question us.

Beez: Maggie Stiefvater is god.

#4 Crocodile Tears from Alex Rider series

Raven: I haven’t read the entire series yet.

Beez: I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much. I don’t remember it so clearly but I remember not being so attached while reading it.

#5 Mockingjay from The Hunger Games series

Raven: I loved Hunger games and Catching fire because there was so much going on! And I loved the ending of Mockingjay but the beginning felt sooo slow. That’s the only reason I chose this.

Beez: The starting of this book was getting nowhere. I still liked it very much but in comparison to the action packed blind racing other parts, this pales. The end was brilliant though.

That concludes our list of books we did not like as much as compared to the rest of the fabulous series. Tell us yours in the comment below or leave a link to your post so we can check it out!

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

[Top 5 Wednesday was created by Booktuber named Lainey at Gingerreadslainey and you can find other T5W-ers, the topics and guidelines on the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group.]

Carry on by Rainbow Rowell

Carry onPublication date: October 8, 2015

Publisher: Macmillan

Pages: 517

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal

Blurb: Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

In the beginning, I won’t lie, this book was giving off serious Harry Potter vibes. Simon reminded me of Harry, Penny as Hermione, her family was like the Weasleys, Baz reminded me of Draco and Watford reminded me so strongly of Hogwarts (which brought about a serious feels attack).

But there are a few differences as well. Their spells are phrases and not words, the magick (this is how it’s spelled) has a ‘feeling’, a ‘reserve’. They play football in their school and NOT quidditch, the mage is nothing like Dumbledore and the villain who is named the Humdrum is nothing like Voldemort.

Now the story is about Simon who is attending his last year at Watford. They have been terrorized by a being named the Humdrum, who sucks magick out of a place. This Humdrum is hell bent on killing Simon, who is the chosen one, who is destined to save the magickal world. Then we have Baz who is “supposedly” out to kill Simon, and Penny who is Simon’s best friend.

The book takes some time to pick up speed but once Baz appears everything becomes interesting (x10). Needless to say I love Baz’s POV. He is very snarky and cynical and just fabulous.

The romance between Simon and Baz didn’t really interest me. It was cute but that’s about all I felt. Their romance actually reminded me of all the Drarry fanfics out there.

The Humdrum was a very interesting villian. He was one of the reasons why I kept reading in the beginning because I needed to know what he was all about. And in no way did he disappoint me. I think Rainbow Rowell has done a fabulous job on making this character so unique and different.

This book is actually more like a mystery book set in a fantasy world. But the problem I had with this book was that it felt like it was going nowhere in the beginning. I mean, I picked it up because:

1. It’s a Rainbow Rowell book.

2. It’s fantasy.

But this book had way too much romance and I just don’t really prefer reading romance. You see the problem here? This book had so much Simon and Baz romance that it felt a little random to me. Which is probably why I like the ending the most because there is some really good action and mystery reveal happening.

I guess the fact that we were just catapulted into Simon’s last year at Watford was also another reason why I was a little on the sidelines with the whole inside joke/revenge thing that had been going on.

I did not love this book but neither did I hate it. It was just okay. I didn’t FEEL anything for any of the characters. And the entire time I felt disconnected from the Watford world. I just couldn’t imagine it looking any different from Hogwarts.

I guess you could say that by the end, this book did not remind me of Harry Potter. It was similar yes, but also very different (if that makes any sense).

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a light fantasy read and also a good mystery and a lot of fantasy romance.

Ratings: 3/5 not one of the best books I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell.

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Lots of love and Pasta,


Top 5 Wednesday: Biggest Book Hangovers

There are some books that leave you hollow, that suck your soul out and leave a pleasant emptiness, the kind of emptiness that lets you know that yes, you just read the best book ever. So this is a top 5 list of the books that left us feeling like we couldn’t function anymore.

#1 The book thief by Markus Zusak

The Book ThiefRaven: This book is on #1 for a reason. After reading this book I felt like I wanted to do something, anything to make this world a better place. And honestly, this is the only book that made me to go to the washroom by the end to read the final few pages because I was wheezing and weeping and there was snot all over my face… it was bad.

Beez: This book left a gaping hole in my heart. It was so beautiful and the words are so precious that you never want it to end, but when it does, it’s so heartbreaking.

#2 Looking for Alaska by John Green

LFARaven: This book didn’t make me cry a lot but yes it did make me go ‘WHY???? WHY MUST YOU DO THIS TO ME JOHN GREEN??’

Beez: The first time I read this, I couldn’t enjoy it so I wasn’t affected. But the second time, I liked it and after reading the book, I did spend a few hours just thinking…


#3 Split second by Kasie West

Split SecondRaven: … I liked Pivot point better…

Beez: I sobbed so much for this book. It was a mixture of hormones, exam stress, late night reading blues and a happy book series ending.

It’s funny because this book was not sad at all and the ending was quite happy and I actually don’t even remember the contents of this book very clearly. But I was very emotional at the time I finished this and it was very late and I was feeling very nostalgic and the burdens of life had gotten to my soul, so I couldn’t stop sobbing.

#4 We were liars by E. Lockhart

WWLRaven: This book didn’t make me cry at all but yes when I found out what happened in the end… I was left incapable of performing my daily functions (which is to survive life) because I had not seen that plot twist coming and when it did, it hit me pretty hard right in the feels.

Beez: This book shocked me. I talked to Raven after reading the shocked part and she could tell from my voice. I didn’t cry either, but I was definitely shaken up and had to collect my feelings and thoughts and take a step back and just think.

#5 The Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling

HogwartsRaven: We were not going to mention this series because we seem to mention it in almost every list but COME ON! When I was done with this series I texted Beez asking for forgiveness for anything stupid I had done to hurt her feelings because DAMNIT! I FELT LIKE I HAD LOST A FRIEND.

Beez: I absolutely don’t remember how I felt at the end of the book.

I loved this series to death but the way I remember reading it was- inhaling the books without a seconds thought.

Although, I remember reading Deathly Hallows a second time and I finished it in the middle of the night and then I don’t think I slept that night.

And that is how we wrap this top 5 Wednesday list! Tell us your biggest book hangovers in the comments below so we can fangirl together.

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

[Top 5 Wednesday was created by Booktuber named Lainey at Gingerreadslainey and you can find other T5W-ers, the topics and guidelines on the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group.]

Books I’d time travel to read again

This post has been inspired by Jesse’s video: Books I’d time travel to read again

I think the title is explanatory enough. So, here is a list of books that we would love to time travel (into the past of course) to read them and experience their amazingness all over again.

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling

Hogwarts.jpgRaven: I guess this one is pretty obvious. No matter how many times I read the Harry Potter series again and again, it will never feel like it did the first time. When I first read this series I felt like I had found a new amazing home that accepted me as I was and now when I read it it’s all so familiar, it’s like returning home after a long summer vacation. Of course, I love the feeling of familiarity but I wish I could relive the wonder. (Also who is excited to read the Cursed Child? Give me a WOOHOO in the comments!)

Beez: When I read Harry Potter, I wolfed it down hungrily. I spent whole nights reading because I couldn’t put it down and then grabbed the next one. I don’t think I ever fully appreciated the masterpiece I was reading except for reading it like it deserved to be read. And can you ask more of a good book? So yeah, I’d like to read it like that again, high on the story and taken away by the action and just so engrossed, without ever thinking of the world about. #Iwascoolbeforeitwascool (?)

2. Fangirl and Landline by Rainbow Rowell


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Raven: I don’t really wish I could go back in time to read Landline but I totally wish I could read Fangirl all over again. We read this book when we had just entered into the whole fangirling world I believe so naturally this book holds a very special place in our hearts and also because of LEVI!

Beez: For me, Landline was all about getting to know Neal and knowing this in-explainable feeling that pained for him, yet loving him and Georgie together and their world and it giving me life and making me traumatized at the same time. The last time I read it (second time), I was reminded of how much I loved the story and all its quirks. Oh how I’d like to go through it for the first time again. (I’d cry) (I cried the first time too).

Fangirl was like knowing a book that is me yet I never knew it was there. All of Fangirl was wonderful, the characters, the story, the relationships, the everything, and it spread this feeling of warmth and home through me. I resonated with Cath so much and I fell in love with Levi and all of it was so precious and hence I want to live it again, for the first time.

3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

raven boysRaven:  This book was absolutely magical when I first read it. There was a whole new world opened up to me about Welsh Mythology and the ley lines. Her writing was so gripping. The details and the characters! Dayum, I would give anything to time travel in the past to read it again and feel those FEELINGS!

Beez: I remember reading the first book of the series (Raven can attest) and falling in love with ALL of the characters. I would kill to meet all of them all over again and go through the process of getting to know them and inviting them into my heart and making them a place in it.

4. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

FlippedRaven: This book was just so cute and heartbreaking that I would love to live it all over again… that doesn’t sound masochistic at all.

Beez: I read Flipped long ago and I remember loving it so much and it being so special and giving me butterflies in my stomach. I wasn’t all that formed in the brain and yet I knew this book was a treasure. I’d sure love to relive that, especially with my younger self’s innocence (or even now).

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book ThiefRaven: I went through my entire ‘feelings reserve’ while reading this book and I honestly don’t mind doing it again. This book was written from the POV of Death, it’s set during the World War 2 and it’s about a girl who learned to read and fell in love with books. There is nothing in this book that I didn’t love.

Beez: The Book Thief is a book that breaths life into you and kills you at the same time. I’ll treasure and prize the story and hold it on an extra-high pedestal, but reading those words for the first time (before the movie), would be amazing (who am I kidding? I need it!).

So those are the five books that we would love to relive (reliveread?) through. Tell us yours in the comments below! Or consider yourself tagged and make a post about it and put your link in the comments for us to check it out.

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

Our Valentine is fictional… and are many.

This Valentine’s day we have zero plans to go out and have some fun with someone we love because our boyfriends/husbands live in our house, within the pages of books we so dearly love.

Today we talk about our book boyfriends… /husbands.

:Characters we love (in no particular order):

1. Neal Grafton from Landline by Rainbow Rowell


Did someone say Mark Ruffalo as Neal??


Raven: HUSBAND! And why wouldn’t he be? He is a stay at home dad who supports his wife through almost everything. And he painted the house! I mean I don’t know about you but this man… I need him in my house.

Beez: Neal Grafton is mine. He stole my heart and even though he also stole Georgie’s, Neal will always have this place in my heart which will forever need him. And whenever I read Landline again, I’ll go back to wanting him more. I love each and everything about him, even his heart beat and his ears.

2. Will Traynor from Me before you by Jojo Moyes


I know that in the movies Sam Claflin plays Will but we always wanted Hugh Dancy to play him

Raven: Will Traynor is the kind of guy that one would see on the front cover of a business magazine and think ‘Hmm he must be a rich prat’ but then when you talk to him you would be like ‘yep I was right’ but this character grows on you and once you get to know him you would just want to hug him because you don’t him to be sad anymore. *cries because remembers the ending of the book*

Beez: Well, I disagree with Raven. I think Will Traynor is definitely that rich prat but he’s got so many layers and he’s real and he’s an alive living human and his circumstances sort of puts him in a twisted situation. And, he’s pretty.

Raven: I’m not saying he is a bad guy, I’m just saying that he is not the kind of person you would fall in love with right away. It takes time to get close to him because he is very reserved and bossy.

3. Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Beez: Come on, Everyone wants a Levi. You can want nothing more.

Raven: Levi is the sweet guy I always dream about falling in love with. He is just a big ball of sunshine and rainbows who would go to every extent possible just to make their loved ones happy and just the thought of someone being so sweet makes me crazy with love.

4. Levi from Attack on Titan by Isayama Hajime


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Beez: This Levi, is hilarious – because he flies on his fart! And he’s extremely hot and his sound track is amazing and he fights like he’s after my heart (har har).

Raven: Levi is a short, sadist cleaner… That is literally all I can think about him right now. I’m not exactly sure how to describe why I love him, maybe it’s because he looks SO HOOOOT! I’m sorry but someone who looks that good and kills titans like he is been doing it since he was born just looks super attractive to me.

5. Leo Valdez and Percy Jackson from Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan


Beez: I like these babies cause they’re small and tiny and fabulous and funny and who wouldn’t love them??

6. All of the Raven Boys from the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater


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Beez: These boys got a huge residence in my heart and it’s because of the myriad of reasons that are them.

Raven: The review about the Raven boys that we posted makes it pretty clear how much in love we are with Ronan, Gansey, Noah and Adam.

7. Jem Carstairs from the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare


Jem and Church by Taratja

Beez: Well, do I need to say anything?

Raven: Jem is the nice guy of the book and I always fall for the nice guys. Also, Jem is chinese AND EXPRESSES HIS LOVE IN CHINESE!!! AAAAAAH! *whispers* I love him soo much.

8. Hector “Jesse” de Silva from the Mediator series by Meg Cabot


Beez: I’ve always wanted to marry him?

Raven: Jesse is such a gentleman. He is super nice, super sweet and also super hot! So yeah… Beez says there are new Mediator books are out, can’t wait to read them.

9. Peeta Mellark and Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Raven: Who doesn’t love Finnick and his sugar cubes? I mean the guy fights with a trident!! And who can possibly hate the most adorable bread in the world? The bread who went through so much yet still helped Katniss fight on.

10. Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling


Raven: This power couple was one of the best things that had happened to me when I read Harry Potter. I love the idea of them and even though I don’t dream about getting married to them I love them a lot and *sniffles* they will always be with me. *wailing*

Beez: I don’t imagine marrying Fred and George but I so badly want to be a team with them.

11. Chaol Westfall from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maass


Beez: He’s so distant and brooding and mysterious that you kinda want to frickle frackle with him.*Go eat dirt Celaena!*

Raven: Chaol is not romantic and that is why I am madly in love with him. He has trouble expressing his love verbally which for some reason makes him so desirable?? I don’t understand how my brain works really. I love him so much that I don’t ship him with anyone but me AND NO BEEZ, NO ONE FRICKLE FRACKLES WITH MY BABY BUT ME!

12. Oliver from Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer



Raven: A lovely dragon slaying prince literally taken out of a story book? Two words: Hell yes!


13. Kelsier and Lord Elend Venture from Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Raven: (Beez hasn’t read the book but I still have to mention these precious souls!!) Kelsier is just perfect in every way. I have this weird problem where I fall in love with men who act as father figures… Why you ask? I DON’T KNOW!! And Lord Elend is a nobleman who reads books at balls!!! *flails spaghetti noodle arms* Isn’t that reason enough??

14. Mori Senpai a.k.a Takashi Morinozuka from Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori


Beez: He is the guy of my dreams.

Raven: Another character who is mysterious and brooding… I want to ride on his shoulders like how Honey Senpai does…

~Special mentions!~

1. Guys from Sarah Dessen books…

Raven: Almost every guy from Sarah Dessen’s books is on my “summer flings I want to have” list.

Beez: Um, no. You haven’t read all Sarah Dessen books Raven so don’t speak. But I have, so yeah, most (most) of them are boyfriend worthy (ELI)

Raven: Alright, okay all the boys from her books I have read so far, specially Eli.

2. Rudy Steiner from the Book Thief by Markus Zusak


The little shit who broke our heart

Beez: I’ve got a huge soft spot for Rudy. I can’t imagine him as boyfriend/husband but i love him nonetheless.

Raven: Yes, we know he is just a kid but COME ON! YOU KNOW HE WOULD MAKE AN AMAZING HUSBAND!! I mean he is the kind of kid who you fall in love with because he is just super sweet. I love him like my little brother. *cries*

3. Glenn from The Walking Dead


Raven: Umm… excuse me but my little jelly baby is PRECIOUS!!! His character development was so good! (Also I CAN’T WAIT TO FINALLY WATCH IT AGAIN. Who else is excited for tonight’s episode??)

4. Rory Williams from Doctor Who (There are DW books so it’s acceptable)


Beez: Rory is adorable.

Raven: I’m sorry but I can’t hear you over the sound of MY LITTLE CENTURION WAITING AND PROTECTING THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE FOR 1,894 YEARS!!


5. All the guys of S.H.I.E.L.D. except Ward


Beez: This might be a post about book boyfriends and husbands, but I’m going to be straight up honest here and just say that currently, I am married to Leo Fitz or the real life version, Iain De Caestecker. And you know, every other guy from SHIELD except for Ward. Go back to being dead with crushed ribs Ward. Also, the Coulson I marry, wears glasses.


Raven: Like the Raven boys I love every guy who appears in this brilliant T.V. show! Fitz, Coulson, Hunter, Mack, Lincoln and Triplett *tries to keep self together despite overwhelming feels*. Fitz is this adorable science nerd who has a super sexy accent and Coulson is this hilarious guy who acts like an amazing father figure to Sky and I have already mentioned my problem with falling in love with father figure guys. Hunter is a British cute butt, Mack is absolutely amazing, Lincoln is asadagfzbj and TRIPLETT IS MY SWEET LITTLE CHOCOLATE PIE!

And these are the people we spend our Valentine’s with. Go ahead and tell us if you agree with us or if you have someone else in mind.

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

The Quote Challenge- Day 2

Okay so I know that we sorta missed day 2 (I was studying so I forgot all about it and then I remembered when I was just about to hit the bed which was at 1 in the morning… I am sorry) but we will still continue it so here is day 2 quotes.

We were nominated by The River of books blog.

The rules are:

  1. Post for three consecutive days
  2.  You can pick three quotes per day
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day

Our quotes:


“I don’t know how long he kept on like this, hating to go on, not daring to stop, on, on, until he was tireder than tired. It seemed like all the way to tomorrow and over it to the days beyond.”

-J.R.R.Tolkien, The Hobbit


“I feel myself diminished, parts of me spiraling away into the darkness, that which is good and honest and true – if you hold it away from yourself long enough, do you lose it entirely? If no one cares for you at all, do you even really exist?”

-Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince.


“Humans have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.”

-J.K.Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

And that concludes our quotes for today.

We would like to nominate:, and

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~


Narnians in Hogwarts

TLTWATWI had read the lion, the witch and the wardrobe about a year ago so naturally I didn’t remember half the story when I decided to read the whole series for once and for all in the right order.

While re-reading this book, I came across this one part which made me think that maybe I’m turning into one of those English teachers who dwell too much on the colour of a curtain in the book…

This was the paragraph (it’s in the first chapter) that got me thinking:

“It’s an owl,” said Peter. “This is going to be a wonderful place for birds. I shall go to bed now. I say, let’s go and explore tomorrow. You might find anything in a place like this. Did you see those mountains as we came along? And the woods? There might be eagles. There might be stags. There’ll be hawks.”

“Badgers!” said Lucy.

“Foxes!” said Edmund.

“Rabbits!” said Susan.

I think it’s pretty clear what I’m hinting at but I want to give a huge lecture on it anyway.

As you just read, the animals Peter mentions are animals that are mostly identified with honor, royalty and independence, clearly hinting that that is how Peter’s personality is.

The same goes with the other characters.

Badgers are said to be loyal, honest and truthful creatures and we know that Lucy is exactly that way.

Edmund mentions foxes, cunning creatures who will do whatever they can to get whatever they want.

Susan says rabbits. Now, at first I thought she said rabbits cause they are very pretty and cute creatures so maybe it was her physical characteristics that was being referred to but that would be unfair as the other characters respective animals described their personalities.

So I did a little googling and found out that rabbits are identified as creatures that provide comfort, abundance (of love?), nurture and fertility. (I also ended up watching bunny videos for about an hour because of this)

This also got me thinking that maybe I could classify them into Hogwarts houses.

Peter obviously belongs in Gryffindor, Lucy in Hufflepuff, Edmund in Slytherin and Susan in Ravenclaw (I had doubts about her being in Ravenclaw, I thought she also might be Hufflepuff but she is the only one that provides most of the smart suggestions)

So there it is, my little weird and random post about how I’m going to start tutoring people in literature.

Lots of love and rabbits,