Netflix Adaptations and me.. let’s talk about the upcoming adaptation of Julia Quinn’s The Duke and I

Netflix Adaptations and me.. let's talk about the upcoming adaptation of Julia Quinn's The Duke and I

Hello everyone! Lately, I haven’t felt like blogging and have been putting all my energy into my Instagram(and reading some). Now that finals are over, I really wanna kick procrastination’s a** , so here I am. This blog post – i am hoping – will be the start of a series of posts where I talk about TV shows or movies I’m excited about.

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ARC Review: The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

ARC Review: The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

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The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

Stephanie and Jamie are meant to be. The problem is they’re both with other people…

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has.

Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…

Ten years. Two people. One epic love story.


Why should you read The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper? 

You don’t take enough risks, that’s your problem. Put everything you have out there. Your problem isn’t that you’ve failed … your problem is that you’re afraid to fail.

– The Day We Met, Roxie cooper

THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper is not an H-E-A romance as I had expected. Stephanie and Jamie meet at an art workshop. When Stephanie and Jamie meet over drinks and get to talking, they discover that they have an instant chemistry. What’s the problem? The problem is that Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart and Stephanie is engaged.

They agree to remain as friends and meet again after a year and so forth, but they can’t help but think of each other every now and then. At this point, I was thinking that Jamie and Stephanie are clearly not happy with their partners. So why not divorce? Because life is rarely as simple as it was asking this question. A year later after that fateful meeting at the art workshop, Stephanie is now married and Jamie is well, still married and slightly frustrated but eager to see Stephanie.

Question is, do they cheat? No, they don’t cheat i.e. if you want to be technical, they don’t have sex.

Years go by as Jamie and his partner have a baby and so does Stephanie. Fate, it seems, intervenes again when Jamie moves near Stephanie’s home because of his partner’s work. At this point, it starts to get more difficult for the two of them to resist each other. What happens next ? You’ll have to find out for yourself.

What I didn’t love : Keeping in mind that I was reading an ARC, I felt some of the dialogues were unnecessary. I don’t like books where characters cheat on one another so this was extremely hard to read. I constantly fretted over the fact that they couldn’t divorce their spouses sooner and lied to them whenever they met.

What I loved: However, as the story progressed almost to the 75 or 80% mark, I started to understand them – their story – slowly. The author’s goal was to write about characters that are so unflinchingly broken and human that it’s difficult to remind myself that what I was reading was fiction or was it? Maybe it’s someone else’s story somewhere. When I finally got to read what I wanted, the story turned around and smacked me right in the face. The twist was brutal and I kept rooting for the couple as tears ran through my eyes.

Overall, I highly recommend this book If you’re looking for imperfect humans, character with depression, broken but beautiful romance “Nicholas Sparks” style, then I highly recommend you read The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Verdict: 4 out of 5 glowing stars.

Author: Connect with Author Roxie Cooper here .

  • Publisher: Ebury Press(Fiction)
  • Publication Date(Paperback): 07 March 2019
  • Paperback(ARC): 464 Pages
ARC Review: The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

Do you think you’ll read The Day We Met? Have you read any similar books? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

I spent International Women’s Day watching Captain Marvel and writing down some bottled-up thoughts

Is this my first non-bookish post ? Why yes, it is. I must warn you the further you go it gets a little personal as my thoughts on Captain Marvel movie transitions into my thoughts as a woman on this day.

I spent International Women's Day watching Captain Marvel and writing down some bottled-up thoughts
Image credit: Pyramid International.com; Quote: from movie

8th of March has been an extra special day for me because of three reasons:

  • It is International Women’s Day!
  • It is the day after my birthday ! *I’ll explain below*
  • Captain Marvel releases today!

First, I’m gonna ramble about Captain “badass” Marvel movie starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Gemma Chan, Lashana Lynch, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, Mckenna Grace, Clark Gregg You may consider it my spoiler-free review.

“Have you ever seen a little girl run so fast she falls down? There’s an instant, a fraction of a second before the world catches hold of her again…A moment when she’s outrun every doubt and fear she’s ever had about herself and she flies. In that moment, every little girl flies.”

Captain Marvel Vol 8 #1

It was pretty significant to watch a first day, first show of this epic superhero movie. Not only Cap Marvel is the first movie in the Marvel franchise to have a female lead but she is said to be THE most powerful superhero in the franchise.

#NotreallyaSpoiler The beginning will make you super emotional as it is a tribute to Stan Lee and you’ll probably bawl your eyes out like I did. After the montage, we see Brie Larson waking up in a new world with a new name “Vers” and immediately after we see her wake up the commander (Jude Law) to spar. I love Brie Larson’s moves here and I know my girl has trained so much for this role and it shows! What also shows is her glowing fist..*Now, this is the point I imagined Iron Fist scowling and saying..Hey girl, you’re coping me..* Well, Iron Fist, watch the rest of the damn movie to see that the glowing fists are nothing but the beginning of the show.

The movie progresses on really well and I have no idea why I heard someone complaining that it was a bit lengthy. Captain Marvel might be touted as a feminist movie but it also shows us what happens when A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) controls an entire nation. It is scary as hell and you will know why when you watch the movie.

When Cap Marvel ‘literally’ lands on Earth, she is questioned and semi-arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D agent Fury (JUST Fury). Fury is looking so young and good looking and Coulson too..like the entire hall screamed and whistled at their appearance. Then, there are the “evil” Skrull’s who she has to hunt down because she’s a Kree “noble” warrior. Not only she has to track down rogue Skrulls but find a scientist whom she knew in her past life and become the victim of catcalling.. And SHE handles all of her problems as ALL FEMALES do ..effortlessly to the tune of Gwen Stefani singing Just a Girl .

Maria Rambeau: Thought we’d show these boys how we do it. You ready?
Carol Danvers: Higher, further, faster, baby.
Maria Rambeau: That’s right..

– Captain marvel movie

This is the moment when viewers will see a woman driving away with a stolen bike and I thought I would love to do the same. You see, when I asked my uncle to teach me how to drive a “bike”(a motorcycle), he responed with a hefty dose of sexism: ” Girls can’t ride a bike. You won’t be able to sit without falling or make turns or move.” I was like, ” Uncle, you do know there are bikes of different sizes right ? I am SURE that I can one capable of riding but thank you for refusing to teach me because I’m not a boy.” Watching Brie Larson riding a bike and smoothly making her way through a highway reminded me of this moment and I vowed that someday I’ll be riding one too.

Back to the movie discussion. Vers/ Brie Larson/ Carol Denvers(that’s Cap Marvel’s real name) along with *Call me* Fury goes on a journey to help recover Carol’s memories and along the way, not only she gets back all her memories but she opens her eyes to some hard truths too. You need only wait a couple more excrutiating minutes to witness the glory of CAPTAIN MARVEL’s powers. Thanos is screwed and he’s about get a real hefty dose of this women’s wrath soon.

I loved the movie and its showcase of feminism in such an epic way but, come on writers! Was the anatomy joke in the autopsy scene necessary ? *ughhh*

Beside that cringe-y moment, Captain Marvel made me emotional, made me feel empowered, happy..no ..ecstatic and hopeful. Little Carol Denvers childhood scenes reminded me of my own childhood and her present scenes reminded me of my own present state…when I would run too fast for the boys, when I would play with the boys, every time I had to REGRET that I was a woman. I thought back to the days I was ashamed of having my period or wearing a LBD or my “revealing” bra strap. I thought of the countless times men would look at my breasts before making eye contact -or sometimes even forgoing eye contact- or my butt like it was a pretty art to inspect and buy. I thought of the times I had to PROVE myself because I was a woman, I was too feminine ..I was too much this or that. I thought back to the day when my brother told me that I was too emotional to be a doctor. Really? You think I’ll cry or *oh my god* faint when I’ll see someone in need. Get real. Yeah, I said that through tears in my eyes and report card in my hands.


Now, back to the bullet point no. 2 . WHY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IS IMPORTANT TO ME. Because of what i went and still go through as a woman, because my birth someone felt even more significant to me…like I had a purpose. Well, I do have a purpose as a human and a woman to support women, encourage women and help people understand that FEMINISM means equality for men and women. International Women’s day is even more significant when I hear that every day 137 women are killed by a member of their own family; that eeveryday 848 rapes are “reported” in India alone; that 300 million women alive today have undergone genital mutilation; that 15 million adolescent girls have been forced into sex; 650 million women today were married before the age of 18; that 82% of women in parliament have experienced violence, harrassment, or abuse of a sexual nature; that 87,000 women were murdered last year – 30,000 of them by their partners. I haven’t included numbers and statistics on female infanticide, trafficking, pay gap or education yet . If I did, you’d dicovers more horrors in the shape of numbers and stats.

I had to debate with myself a lot about posting this. No matter how hard I tried to post an objective review or discussion of the movie, I couldn’t do it. I don’t think many people will read this but if YOU are reading this and understanding me then talk to me in the comments below. Tell me why INTL. WOMEN’S DAY is significant for you or talk to me about your experiences as a woman or your frustrations or expectations.

LITTLE REMINDER DUE TO WOMEN’S DAY BUT FOR EVERY DAY : YOU’RE NOT JUST A LITTLE GIRL OR JUST A WOMAN. YOU’RE UNSTOPABLE, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL ( yes, whatever the colour of your skin, scars , moles , freckles, strech marks and everything), YOU’RE LOVED. THERE IS NO DEFINITION OF BADASS. YOU KICK ASS WITH YOUR SHYNESS, WITH YOUR SMARTNESS, WITH YOUR WORDS, YOUR ACTIONS, YOUR HUMOUR, YOUR CLEVERNESS. YOU ARE CAPABLE.

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019 [Sign-up post + Progress Tracker]

FINALLY! I have already read two books by Asian authors and never could find the time to write up this post . After watching so many blogger friends putting up their sign-up posts, I decided to kick my procrastination’s ass. *Phew! That was a wordy sentence(I think)*

Since I am an Asian, I have vowed to read more books by Asian authors this year. Anyone can participate, really. The books you will read for the challenge doesn’t have to be new releases or ARCs; you can read backlist titles( released in 2018 or earlier). You can also read in any format, any genre or any length you like! Of course, there is a prize but it shall remain a mystery.

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Now, there are badges too! There are different badges in relation to the number of books each person chooses to read, and I’m going with the Giant Panda (cutie pictured above ), which means I have to read 31-40 books. If you want to sign up , you can use this link over here.

This wonderful reading is hosted by  CW from The Quiet Pond Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams Vicky from Vicky Who Reads and Shealea from Shut up Shealea

So, let’s have a look at all the books I’ve already read and the ones I am planning to (hopefully, this year). I will include links to my blog and/or Goodreads review as well.

Progress Tracker

BOOKS I HAVE READ

The Rose and The DaggerDecendant of the CraneNewcomers

 

       Review links:

BOOKS I HAVEN’T READ a.k.a MY YARC TBR

Spin the DawnTiger at MidnightTha Candle and the flameWe hunt the flameGirls of PaperMiragePoppy warBride TestTahereh MafiSonali DevNatali TanLove from AZ

The BeautifulGilded wolvesFlame in the mistDragonsAstonishing colorTahereh Mafi

Thank you (2)

I will be updating my progress here (if I can manage it as captions). I have also made a YARC 2019 shelf on Goodreads and I’ll add a link soon.


Are you participating in #YARC2019? What challenge level are you aiming for? How many books in this list have you read so far? Do you have other books you want to recommend me? I would love to know your answers in the comments below!

My (revised) January TBR and other books I read

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If you have read my Christmas post then you know that I had posted a tentative January TBR there too…so why am I posting it again? Because I have changed my January TBR and in this post, you can read about my REVISED January TBR! Read on ……..

I am a mood reader so, besides the ARCs I receive, I usually pick up books on my whim….meaning, I buy or borrow them. This year, I treated myself with some Penguin Clothbound Classics but I am afraid to touch them with my bare hands. Here they are :

I have already read Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights so I have yet to read Villette and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Now, without further delay, let’s us get into my January TBR and other books I read while ignoring my TBR >>>>

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