Top 5 Wednesday: Authors we look up to for inspiration!

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As hardcore bookworms we always come across great books. But how often is it that we come across many books by the same author that are equally amazing? And the authors also tend to be super cool people? The answer (for us at least) is “rarely” but that doesn’t mean there aren’t enough to be put into a top 5 category.

So here’s our list of authors we look up to. Because if we can write stories like them, our life would be set!*

*Completely ignores the fact that just writing really good books doesn’t mean fame because the publishing industry is a fire maze.

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#1 Maggie Stiefvater

Tell me the truth! Did you really think she wouldn’t be on our list?? Honestly, this is such a recurring theme and we don’t regret it one bit. The way she writes her characters and her writing style is just so mesmerizing. You should totally study her books.

#2 Rick Riordan

He’s been our all time favourite. An author who does diversity right because he knows just HOW important it is for young kids to see themselves in books. We love you Uncle Rick!

#3 J.K.Rowling

We love her! Who doesn’t? Harry Potter is the kind of book that has stuck with an entire generation of kids and it will continue to do so. Being able to learn the way she puts together her characters and plots would be of so much help!

#4 Brandon Sanderson

Again, no surprise here. But still, he deserves a special mention for all the amazing author tips and videos he has out there on the wide web. He’s always happy to give budding writers useful advice when it comes to writing.

Here’s a link to where you can find some for yourself!

#5 Elif Batuman

This Turkish-American author is a special Beez request. She is absolutely in LOVE with The Idiot by Elif Batuman and keeps ranting about how she aspires to write books like her. Needless to say, I’m super pumped to read and review them for you guys soon.

That’s our list! Let us know if you agree and if you’ve written your own T5W then don’t  forget to drop us a link down in the comments~

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

[T5W was created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more about the topics and the guidelines]

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

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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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Book Fangirling Award

We were nominated by three fabulous book bloggers- Acciopadfoot, Journeyofangie and Lunireads for this award so THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU GUYS! But that also means that this is going to be a loooong post but we will try our best to keep it interesting.

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Up-close n personal: The Raven boys

So by now I expect you will have heard about the *ahem* great series called The Raven cycle by *ahem* the great Maggie Steifvater.

(If you haven’t, um, what?)

(YOU HAVEN’T??)

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So like I said, the series is *GREAT*, which is basically me containing all my feelings for this *somuchgreat* series. If I let my heart unleash the real meaning of *great*, that’s all this post would be about.

But because of a different objective, I have just used the *ahem* great.

This post is basically about how it’s so *great*. I read the first book in the series and I just noted my favorite and most liked parts and the little things that make the series so *great*! So follow me (into a list that is infinite):

[Basically, I took notes while reading parts of the book. Read only if you’ve read the book, it’ll only make sense then. I hope this list reminds you of them, the Raven boys and you remember the little things you forgot and the whole magic of it.]

Did you know that Blue needs sleep for quality spikes (for Noah to pet)?

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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.

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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: Authors We’d Want To Meet at Book Expo America & Bookcon

We don’t live in America. We live in a country with a population of 9 million people and that means that… I don’t really know where I am going with this sentence. My point is that we are not fortunate enough to attend things like Bookcons or Book Expo America because it is in AMERICAAAAAH!

So instead we sit on our beds with our laptops warming our legs as we talk about the 5 authors we would have been able to meet IF we were in AMERICAAAAAH!

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#1 Maggie Stiefvater

Raven: I am crazy about the Raven Cycle. The last book released on 26th last month and I am currently not in a position to read it and it frustrates me to no end. If I meet her I’ll probably just collapse and cry. What frustrates me even more is that SOME people started reading her series just a couple of months ago and they have ALREADY FINISHED READING RAVEN KING!!! I want to desperately call them fake fans but it’s not right or fair and aaaargh I’m just so angry.

Beez: Maggie Stiefvater is queen. Maggie Stiefvater is queen. Maggie Stiefvater is queen. I love her, I adore her and I will pass out if I meet her.

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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.]

The TBR Book Tag

We were tagged by Milou from Simplyabookdrunkardblog to do the TBR (To Be Read) Book Tag. Do go and check out her fabulous blog because she is just amazing!

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1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Raven: Most of the time it’s Goodreads but when I go to bookstores and see books that I’m interested in but don’t want to buy without any prior research, will be included in my phone as a ‘Note’. 

Beez: I also use Goodreads and I usually take pictures of the books I want to read when I go to a bookstore. And then those pictures are forgotten…

2. Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

Raven: It’s mostly eBook since I don’t technically have a shelf and I don’t like spending the little money that I have on books that I’m not sure I’ll like.

Beez: I’m in the same boat as Raven. Hella broke.

3. A book that has been on your TBR pile the longest

Raven: Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz. I added this book on November 12, 2013… and I don’t think I am ever going to read it because it just doesn’t sound like something I’ll be interested in. It just shows how much my likes and dislikes have changed over the years.

Beez: I have wanted to read The Outsiders S. E. Hinton by since forever. We both came across it in Fangirl and since then I’ve wanted to read it. (I read it when I was 13 and I LOVED IT SO MUCH!)

4. A book you recently added to your TBR pile

Raven: I added The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner on March 20, 2016. I decided to add it to my TBR after reading Yourdaughtersbookshelf amazing review on it.

Beez: Just today, I put Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh in my tbr (in my head) because I read an interview with the author and it sounded amazing.

5. A book in your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover

Raven: I don’t ever decide to read a book ONLY because of it’s cover so I’m just going to mention a book on my TBR that has the most beautiful cover (according to me) and that book is ‘A natural history of dragons’ by Marie Brennan. I love it so much! It is one of those very rare books that I saw on a Booktubers (Sanaa from InkBoneBooks) shelf and went “Oh my god! What book is that?” 

Beez: I’m going to pick We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson. On a funny note, I used to want to read The ghost and the goth series by Stacey Kade because the cover looked completely hilarious to me. I never read it and I think it’s because the start wasn’t really that good. Also, This is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp

6. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading

Raven: Again, this would be Blue is for nightmare.

Beez: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell because it’s good but I still won’t read it… Also One day by David Nicholls because I just can’t.

7. An unpublished book on your TBR that you are excited for

Raven: That would be THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater!! It is the final book to the Raven Cycle series and it is releasing next month and I’m sooooo excited I can’t control myself.

Beez: SAME AS RAVEN!

8. A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read but you

Raven: That’s going to be a LOT of books because I always avoid books that are being hyped about on all kinds of social media. I DON’T KNOW WHY I DO IT! I just do and I hate it! But since I have to mention one I’m going to say Legend by Marie Lu. I own a physical copy of this book but I’ve yet to read it.

Beez:  I hang my head in shame- House of Hades by Rick Riordan.

9. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you

Raven: A darker shade of magic by V.E.Schwab… AGAIN! I am for some weird reason avoiding it when the hype is on it’s peak. I HATE myself.

Beez: The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson. I own a physical copy of it but I still haven’t read it and I plan to correct that soon.

10. A book on your TBR that you are dying to read

Raven: The Martian by Andy Weir. I’ve heard so many good things about it and I really want to read it but I want to own a physical copy of it so… that’s gonna be some time since I’m so broke.

Beez: I’ve heard terribly nice things about Why we broke up by Daniel Handler and I really really want to read it. And also the book Raven mentioned.


 

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Some of these are our amazing recent followers and we love the content they post so definitely go check them out. This is just our way of saying that we really appreciate the fact that you guys found us decent enough to follow 😛

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

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~