I finally remembered to write up my tagged posts | Presenting “The Liebster Award” Tag

I love doing tags but I always forget to do them. Lately, I was thinking about writing a non-review post but couldn’t find any fresh ideas and then I remembered that I already had many tagged posts. So, thank you Savannah for nominating me to do the tag!

I finally remembered to write up my tagged posts | Presenting "The Liebster Award" Tag



THE LIEBSTER AWARD RULES

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer



11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. I used to have a library of my own but after a home renovation, it was no more *remembering and crying*
  2. I love learning foreign languages. My mother tongue is Bengali and I am fluent in Hindi, English, Bengali(obvs) and French.
  3. I was a professional dancer . I still dance and would love to act at least once in a movie(idk why)
  4. I am a history geek and I think that’s mostly the reason why I love reading historical fiction.
  5. I used to love books since I could read. I can’t explain why but I always felt a kinship to books.
  6. I am an introvert so it is a struggle interacting with fellow bloggers and on Instagram as well.
  7. I had a fashion blog 2 years before I started my book blog.
  8. I was very afraid of cats and dogs as a kid.
  9. Am starting to run out of random facts.
  10. Biology esp. Neuroscience is my favourite subject and that’s partly why I love reading thrillers.
  11. I’m not a fan of audiobooks.



11 QUESTIONS FROM SAVANNAH

What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

A Curse so Dark and Lonely is probably the best book I’ve read so far.

Which book that you already own are you most looking forward to reading?

I’m looking forward to reading The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden.

Which upcoming release are you most excited about?

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I’m excited not only because I loved The Night Circus but I loved the synopsis of The Starless Sea as well.

What’s your favorite TV show right now?

Two of my favorite TV shows just ended and they were Shadowhunters and Game of Thrones.

What’s the last movie you watched and how was it?

The last movie I watched was Avengers Endgame and it was great. I was an emotional mess after watching it..so, yeah..it was great!

Are there any tropes that you just can’t resist?

Enemies to lovers, I think. I don’t like bullies who “redeem” themselves and then the victim and the bully become lovers. I have read a couple of books way back in high school and it unnerved me to say the least.

If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go?

Scotland first and then all of Europe. I always had wanderlust but my parents never travelled much if it were not for family or office arranged vacations.

What’s your favorite dessert?

I’m a huge chocolate lover so chocolate icecreams, choco lava cake…

Do you have any pets? If so, please feel free to share pictures!

No, I don’t 😦

What kind of job could you never do?

Umm, anything that deals with sketching. I’m decent with taking photos but that is how far my creativity goes.

Coffee or tea, and how do you take it?

Coffee always. I take it with milk and sugar.


MY NOMINATIONS

  Dora – Jessica – Michelle – Sahi – Bibi Sammy’s Shelf  – RejithaSimant – TanviBookishly BrittkneeZenobia




MY QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

  1. What’s your favorite book?
  2. Dogs or cats, and why?
  3. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  4. What book do you think would be best made into a musical?
  5. What’s your favorite book to movie/TV show adaption?
  6. What’s your favorite place to eat out?
  7. What’s your favorite song?
  8. What book would you like to see made into a TV series?
  9. What’s your most anticipated book release of the year?
  10. What do you think is your spirit animal and why?
  11. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
I finally remembered to write up my tagged posts | Presenting "The Liebster Award" Tag

To those, I didn’t tag feel free to answer a question in the comments below! I’d love to hear your answers!

WWW Wednesday #5 : Weekly Reading update

Hi everyoneHappy Wednesday and welcome to my weekly reading update post or the WWW Wednesdays. This is the first reading update for April so you’re going to see some books I ended up finishing last month and a part of my April TBR.


WWW Wednesday: Weekly Reading update
WWW Wednesday is a meme formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking On a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday takes place every Wednesday, where bloggers discuss their 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?
WWW Wednesday #5 :​ Weekly reading update

WWW Wednesday #5 : Weekly Reading update
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

I’m currently reading The Hunting Party by Lucy foley !!! I really hope I like this. Besides reading this, I’m also listening to the audiobook of The Kiss Quotient and I’m dissecting all the dialogues and uhh.. getting turned on at public places so from now on, no listening to smuts in public.

WWW Wednesday #5 : Weekly Reading update
                                Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale            The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

I finished reading Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale  and I loved it very much! I also finished reading The Confessions of Frannie Langton and Northanger Abbey but I haven’t had the time to review .

WWW Wednesday #4 : Weekly Reading update
                 A Curse so dark and Lonely  The DNA of you and me  the Conviction of Cora Burns

After finishing The Hunting Party, I’m going to read two of my most anticipated releases i.e. The DNA of You and Me and A Curse so Dark and Lonely. I’m also looking forward to reading The Conviction of Cora Burns.

Thank you for reading

What are you currently reading or finished reading? Have you read any of the titles I’ve listed? If not, do you want to read any of them? Let me know in the comments below!

A wonderful and unforgettable novel | ARC Review: Things in Jars Jess Kidd

A wonderful and unforgettable novel | ARC Review: Things in Jars Jess Kidd

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 ARC Review: Things in Jars Jess Kidd

SYNOPSIS

London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist.As Bridie fights to recover the stolen child she enters a world of fanatical anatomists, crooked surgeons and mercenary showmen. Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing, and fortunes are won and lost in the name of entertainment. The public love a spectacle and Christabel may well prove the most remarkable spectacle London has ever seen. Things in Jars is an enchanting Victorian detective novel that explores what it is to be human in inhumane times.


Why should you read THINGS IN JARS by Jess Kidd

As pale as a grave grub she’s an eyeful. She looks up at him, startled, from the bed.

– Things in Jars, Jess Kidd

I love reading historical fiction and if it has a hint of mystery and/or fantasy mixed into it, I’ll jump on it right away. This was my first time reading a Jess Kidd novel and I can’t believe I didn’t come across her writing before.

Things in Jars is set in the year 1863 when London was a cesspool of crimes and diseases. We follow the story of a female detective Bridie Devine as she attempts to rescue 6 year old Christobel, the kidnapped child of a Lord Berwick. It certainly doesn’t help Bridie that she is a female in a world of male detectives and that she was unable to prevent the death of a child in her last case.

Christobel is not an ordinary child for it seems that she has extraordinary abilities, can play with others’ memories. Her eyes see too much and she has pike’s teeth that can wreak serious damage. However, Bridie is determined not to fail another child and thus, she with her giant but wonderful maid Cora and the ghost of a prizefighter named Ruby, she sets out on a dangerous path to find Christobel.

The timelines are divided are divided into two as we go back to Bridie’s past and come back to her present. Bridie’s past shows us her coming from Ireland when she was a child, collecting corpses with Gan, her time as laboratory assistant to Dr John Eames at Albery Hall, and wearing the clothes of the dead Lydia. We learn soon enough that Bridie’s past links into her current investigation.

… the low, thick fog that has descended upon the city like an unwashed bedsheet. Oh, the unwholesome colour! Like sinus rot, and dense, like only a London Particular can be. You could scoop it into a tankard and it would mug there.

– THINGS IN JARS, JESS KIDD

I can’t sing enough praises about Jess Kidd‘s writing. Her characters are so lively and colourful that they leap out of the page and you stare at them in wonder. Besides Bridie’s housekeeper/friend Cora, the ghost of a boxer who’s in love with Bridie, we also meet characters such as the predatory and sly Mrs Bibby and the viciously dangerous Gideon.

It had all the elements of a perfect Victorian-era detective novel. There are gruesome murders, double dealing, never ending rains that threaten to tear down a city, and deadly villians that come back to haunt from the dead. In a time when medical profession was bound by any ethics, Jess KIdd immaculately describes the gruesome outcome when the penchant of curiosities knows no bound. She writes about corrupt anatomy collectors who are desperate to acquire living anomalies by any means necessary and preserve them in their jars.

Overall, I highly recommend this book not only because of its encorporation of fantasy and mystery, beautifully alive characters, and the storytelling but also because of the brilliant author who wrote it.

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

Author: Connect with Author Jess Kidd here .

  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • Publication Date: 04 April 2019
  • Paperback(ARC): 416 Pages

Do you think you’ll read THINGS IN JARS? Do you like reading historical fiction set in the Victorian era? Have you read any similar books or Jess Kidd’s previous books namely The Hoarder and Himself ? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Hi everyone! I’m back with my fourth Top Ten Tuesday post and this week’s prompt is to list the Books On My Spring 2019 TBR. Thankfully, I have a big list and I’ve narrowed it down for you in here.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Most of the books listed are review copies gifted by their publishers and some aren’t. While Spring is not my favorite season but I love the books releasing this Spring and here they are:


The Hunting Party
  1.  The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley:  The Hunting Party is the author’s first crime novel and is described as combining elements of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I’m a huge sucker for thrillers so me being “excited” is an understatement.
Finale by Stephanie Garber

 2. Finale(Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber: I liked Caraval but not so much as I did Legendary and the ending made me thirsty for Finale, the third and final book in the trilogy.

Small Town Hearts

3.  Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale: I was provided a review copy for a blog tour and I’m so “hungry” to read it. Get it? Apparently, It has lots of mentions of food *salivating right now*

The Winter of the Witch

4.  The Winter of the Witch(Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden: If you’ve been following my last posts, you might’ve noticed how much I loved Vasya and I’ve been holding back on reading the final book in the trilogy.

Daisy Jones and the six

5.  Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I was so frickin’ happy to get a review copy of Daisy Jones & The Six !

The Doll factory

6.  The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal: The Doll Factory is a debut novel by Elizabeth Macneal and is described as an intoxicating story of art, obsession and possession. Sign me up!

the confessions of Frannie Langton

7.  The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins: This is giving me spooky vibes the likes of The Corset and The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell.

A curse so dark and Lonely

8.  A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer: Another underrated -but highly recommended by some bookstagrammers- series that I’ve added to my cart and on my Goodreads TBR but I’ve never checked it out.

Shades of Magic

9. The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty: The City of Brass has been on my TBR for a while now and this is the perfect time to read both the books in the Daevabad Trilogy.

Muse of Nightmares

10. In the Full Light of the Sun by Clare Clark: This is a historical fiction based on a true story and follows the fortunes of three Berliners caught up in an art scandal—involving newly discovered van Goghs—that rocks Germany amidst the Nazis’ rise to power.


That’s a wrap on today’s Top Ten Tuesday post featuring Books On My Spring 2019 TBR.

Thank you for reading

What books are you looking forward to reading in the spring? Have you read of the books I’ve listed above ? If you have,then what’s your favourite among them all? If you haven’t, then are any of them on your TBR?  Let me know in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday – Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

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Hi everyone! I’m back with my second Top Ten Tuesday post and this week’s prompt is to list the top 10 characters I’d like to switch places with.

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Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

I realized that I don’t really want to switch places with most of the characters I love so I added a twist of my own to this prompt. In this post, I’ll be listing the top 10 characters I’d love to be friends with.


Harry Potter Goodreads cover
  1. Luna Lovegood: Of course, Hermione was in my mind too. However, I love Luna’s character as well. Luna is such a carefree character that one can’t help but want to be friends with her.

Silver Shadows

2. Sydney Sage: Sydney is one of my favorite heroines. She is not only a brilliant woman but is fierce, loyal and brave. I can’t gush enough about her.

The Priory of the orange tree

  3. Tané: I love all the characters in The Priory but Tané who is a dragon rider. I love dragons so I’d definitely want to be friends with her

Cassandra Clare

  4 & 5. Emma Carstairs and Isabelle Lightwood: I love both of these badass women and I’d love to be friends with them

Winter of the witch

6. Vasya: This woman has gone through so much and she never backed down. I badly want to be friends with her.

Sarah J. Maas

 7. Feyre: I don’t love Feyre that much but I definitely want to hang out with Rhysand and the rest of the gang

Pride and Prejudice

  8. Elizabeth Bennet: I’d definitely see her and I becoming the best of friends.

We Hunt the Flame

9. Zafira: Zafira is a huntress in a place where women were forbidden to do so. I love Zafira and the rest of the gang from We Hunt The Flame so I’d definitely want to be friends with her.

The Cruel Prince

10. Jude: Okay, just hear me out. Jude is not one of my top favorite characters but I would love to spend a day in fae land and hang out with some of the characters ..even if I might not come out of there alive or sane.


That’s a wrap on today’s Top Ten Tuesday post featuring top 10 characters I’d love to be friends with. I’m sure there are many other characters that deserve a place in this list but I couldn’t remember them all.

Thank you for reading

Do you like the choices I made? Would you want to be friends with any of them ? or, would you like to switch places with any of them ?  Let me know in the comments below!