Change.

The rollercoaster is going up steadily and it is coming to a point where it pauses. You are aware that it will be going down any minute now. The adrenaline is rising in your body and a weird feeling is coming inside your head. You are scared of that feeling. This feeling has been there before and you know that the feeling is Change. Take a Breathe. Any moment, the rollercoaster will take full speed and go down.

But will it always go down?

We all have goals and dreams to accomplish. We wait for the right time, have high hopes and work intensively to achieve it. We also fear, what if, just like the rollercoaster, it all goes down? But in the end, we should be ready for anything. Change is not something to be afraid of, it is something to wait for. To achieve something, we need to go the hard way and in the end, the result will be satisfaction and pleasure. Life will go downhill and it will be the hardest, but one day it will come up.

The rollercoaster goes down, but it will rise at full speed. The weird feeling will be gone, you will feel fearless and nostalgic.

Take the first step, don’t hesitate to start something new. Let that door open and welcome new opportunities and responsibilities! Take that risk and be bold, nothing should stop you even once. Sometimes, you will have to do things that are out of your comfort zone, but it will be worth it!

Happy Reading!

Rabhya.

Books For Beginners!

You want to give a chance to reading, but don’t know which book to pick up that will be the breakthrough. I have curated some books in a variety of genres, that will definitely start your reading journey! If you want to get into reading then you have to find a book by exploring your interests. Here are some contemporary romances, books for teens, adventure, thriller and some mysteries sprinkled at the top! I assure you that, after reading one book from this list, you will crave more stories to eat!

We Were Liars.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Author: E. Lockhart
Pages: 242
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary

This book revolves around a beautiful Sinclair family. They are crazy rich and live on a huge private island. The family lives happy, but there are secrets and lies behind those smiles.

This book has hazy and mysterious writing that will grip you to the story. There is the element of friendship, which is quite interesting to read. It will make a huge impact on you after reading this story. The metaphoric representation of emotions made the story beautiful. While the unravelling of secrets and lies left me shook. After reading this book, you will crave more mysteries and thrillers!

Emergency Contact.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author: Mary H.K. Choi
Pages: 394
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Humour

Penny is heading to college in Austin, Texas for a fresh start. She leaves everything behind and goes to learn to become a writer. On the other hand, Sam is emotionally and financially stuck in his life. He works at a café and sleeps there on a mattress. When these two cross paths, they exchange numbers and become Emergency Contacts for each other. They talk through chats and share their secrets and weird dreams.

I recently read this book and it became an instant love for me. I had good laughs while reading conversations of Penny and Sam through chats! The story is fast-paced, so you will not feel bored. The writing is very realistic and relatable. It was a heartwarming and funny story, worth re-reading!

The Voting Booth.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Author: Brandy Colbert
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Politics

Marva Sheridan wants to make a difference in the world by casting a vote. She wants to help people in casting their votes and make a difference for good. On the other hand, Duke Crenshaw is done with this election. He just wants to cast the vote and focus on his upcoming gig. But a problem arises here, he can’t cast a vote. When Marva sees this struggling voter, she bothers to help Duke. The day starts with skipping school, rushing from poll to poll, and finding Marva’s cat, the most famous kitty on the internet and other huge disasters.

I listened to the audiobook from Spotify. It was a very adventurous story and was set in one day. Everything happened on the voting day. I recommend listening to the audiobook as it is more fun. There was so much happening in one day and the disasters were very amusing to listen to.
[Link to the free audiobook: https://open.spotify.com/album/5kFGIdd8zKIEGXtpMaxXfa?si=GziKq7AlTUaJuabl1Nf2Bg%5D

Any John Green Book!

Disclaimer: These Stories Will Break Your Heart and Mend It Again!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

John Green Books: The Fault In Our Stars, Looking For Alaska, An Abundance Of Katherines, Will Grayson Will Grayson, Paper Towns & Turtles All The Way Down.

Pick up any John Green book and it will instantly make you fall in love with Reading! I say this with experience, as the first book that I ever read was The Fault In Our Stars and it made me start my reading journey. Turtles All The Way Down and Looking For Alaska were the next reads that made me fall in love with reading! His writing is very unique and realistic, which keeps you in the story the whole time. These stories have made a huge impact on me and make me think about it all the time. Don’t hesitate, just read all of his books!

The Poet X.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Pages: 361
Genre: Poetry, Young Adult, Contemporary

Xiomara feels that her voice is unheard. She pours all her feelings and frustration in her leather notebook, reciting the words as prayers. Her mother wants her to obey the rules of the church and has to live a disciplined life. When she is invited to join her school’s poetry slam club, Xiomara worries about how will she attend without letting her mother know. She dreams that people should listen to her poetry.

The whole story is written in verse and it is beautifully written. It will be a quick read and a very emotional one. Xiomara’s struggles will definitely leave you shook and will help you find your own voice. Very relatable read and worth reading this book.

I hope these books will help you start your reading journey. Explore your interests and pick up a genre that you feel is interesting. Reading is good and you should try it!
Happy Reading!
-Rabhya

Writing tips for beginners!

I have been a blogger for two years now and I am still learning and experimenting with my writing. But, I want to give some basic tips for writing. This post will be useful for those who want to start their blogging journey. We all are learners and even when you reach the greatest heights, you should never leave the learning side. Here are some tips to start your writing/blogging journey!

Don’t Hesitate, Just Do It.

Hesitation is a huge barrier that always comes when you want to start fresh. It is up to you, how you have to fight that barrier. Several questions are going in your head that how will people react to my first post or about growing with your blog. Just filter out those negative thoughts and just post your first article. If you want to start your journey, then you have to take the first step. Hesitation will always be there when you want to start something new, but you have to leave it behind and go ahead. When I look back at my first ever article, I just want to delete it at times. But, it also gives me the motivation that how I have improved my writing. Keep exploring your writing, read others works and learn different styles of writing.

Consistency is the Key.

Once you have taken your first step, make sure you are consistent in posting your articles and fix a particular time according to your comfort and post the articles at that time. Being consistent will help to attract viewers to your blog. Share your blog posts with your family and relatives, post them on different social media platforms. The use of hashtags will help people to know about your blog. Consistency will help you to analyze your stats. You have to determine that what people are interested in reading by seeing your stats.

Find Your Stance.

I love writing about books and my life experiences. I keep exploring my interests and do write-ups about them. Similarly, if you know about subjects or agendas (for eg: tech, history, etc), then keep writing articles around that topic or subject. It helps to keep uniformity in your blog. Explore and find your stance. If you do write-ups about technology, but you also have a lot of knowledge about history, then you can combine those subjects and innovatively write about it!

Give Time on Each of Your Article.

When I am writing an article, I don’t jot down points beforehand. Once I start the article, the ideas automatically build up. First, I write the whole article informally and I ensure that I am pouring all my thoughts and emotions into it. Then, I grammatically correct my article and polish it. It normally takes me 2-4 hours to do a write-up. Giving time to each of your work is really important. There should be no pressure on you while writing. Giving time to your write up will help you to polish and tune your writing style! 

Be More than Honest!

This is something I learned from Neil Gaiman’s interview. When you are doing a write up ensure that you are being more than honest. People love to read about things they are not honest about hence they find it relatable, it is human nature. Being little more than honest is difficult at first, but the more you go ahead in writing, the lines of honesty automatically come out. It is up to you, how you want to show your honesty in your writing!

Motivate yourself to move ahead with things that you love! Don’t think about consequences, just move ahead and don’t look back!

Apps Every Reader Must Have!

We readers need apps that will take care of our reading goals and will spoon feed us! I use the mentioned apps daily and it really helps me to keep track of my reading. Some apps will help to take care of the books you read monthly and yearly, while some will help to analyze your reading. Let’s dive into the apps that every reader should have!

Goodreads.

This is the most known and used app that is found on every bookworm’s phone! Goodreads is a very useful app that helps you to keep track of the books that you read each month. It has a yearly reading challenge that helps to set a goal for reading the number of books for the year. There are also Giveaways for books in which you can take part (open for US and Canadian residents only). You can also follow your friends and chat with them in groups. It is a great app for organizing your read and want to read shelves for the year. They also have great newsletters, that recommend the best books based on your recent reads. Goodreads is a very useful app and I highly recommend this app to you all!

The Story Graph.

I discovered this app three months ago and I have fallen in love with this app! You just have to import your Goodreads data into this app and it will analyze your books. It makes pie charts and graphs that show the analysis of your reading. I have found this app very useful as it shows my moods of reading, the pace of reading, average rating and genre monthly and yearly! Highly recommended app! 

Webtoon.

This app is just awesome! You can read thousands of webcomics of any genre for free! Many creators publish their webcomic series on this platform. The comics have beautiful illustrations that will blow your mind. There is also music (sometimes) in a series to bring a good mood while reading. It is very addictive and I just cannot keep my phone down once I start a series. It has genres like Romance, Fantasy, Slice of Life, Comedy, Action, etc. I just love reading webcomics on Webtoon! Some best-recommended series to read on Webtoon:

1. True Beauty
2. Lets Play
3. Stagtown
4. Heartstopper
5. To Love Your Enemy

Wattpad.

Wattpad is a great app where you can read fanfiction and also write one! You can read romance stories, fanfictions and Wattpad books for free. It is a great platform to start your journey as a small author as you can write books and stories. People’s works have been published and also adapted to TV series too! Great platform to start writing and getting inspired!

I hope you found some new apps by reading this post. Let me know in the comments, some apps that you use daily as a reader. These apps have really helped me organize my reading goals, I hope they will be useful to you all as well!
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

Fun Journey of Online Schooling.

2020 has been a struggling year for all of us. All of us have been affected in some or another way. But, the students like me experienced online schooling for the first time. When I had finished my 9th grade in March, I had planned to read a lot of books and was also counselled that my next year is a crucial one! Who knew a virus would hit and the children would be online schooling for the rest of the year? So, we had a break for two months and from June we started with 10th grade. ‘A Crucial Year’ turned into a fun one for the rest of the year! All the students used to sit in front of the screen wearing uniform shirt on top and pyjamas down. The students and teachers were not used to zoom and all of us were learning to use the app. We all had our struggles using the app, one time, the whole class were in the waiting room for ten minutes because the teacher did not know how to admit the students! Sometimes students used to leave themselves unmuted and all the drama could be heard in the middle of a math class! We all had good laughs during our lectures for the first two months. Later, the teachers were trained and the students started getting used to zoom. Some students used to have their breakfast with their videos off during lectures, while some never bothered to wake up from bed to sit for the class as they managed to hold the phone while being half-awake! We had rules, but the students mended the rules in their own way.

Then came the test phase. The school first started with timed MCQ tests, so that the students could be comfortable. Well, when the results came in, the whole class managed to score above 90%! Either the students had gotten smart in the ongoing lockdown or the students are tech-savvy enough to google the answers out! This posed a problem as the school was not able to make out who actually studied and who became friends with Google! They then came up with a written test of 40 marks. The whole class was provided with answer sheets and the question paper was shared. We all were supposed to write the paper in the given time. When the paper reached the teachers, they read an answer and thought that maybe the child has written the answer with his/ her perspective. She then checked other papers and found out that the same answer was seen in those papers! She immediately gave zero marks for that answer to all the students who copied from google! Well, writing answers in a 10th-grade answer sheet that are normally seen in a 12th-grade answer sheet was easy to make out!

We had festival celebrations, birthday celebrations and career counselling online. Some students bothered to bring fun to the online classes by changing their names, for example, Spiderman, tony stark, etc. and played songs in an ongoing class. The teacher then would remove the intruder and continue the class. Well, it is disrespectful to do something like this but the students had lost all the fun that they used to have in offline classes. Some students used to join the class with virtual backgrounds such that they were either sitting on earth or sitting in front of a bridge! Our teachers out of pity would play one song in class to cheer up the students. When we had festival celebrations, the whole class and the teachers used to play games such as Scriblio and some quizzes.

Chapters and concepts were innovatively taught for the whole year. Even though we missed going to offline school and meeting our friends, but our teachers tried their best to keep us entertained. The batch of 2020-2021 of 10th grade has surely been a lucky one, but we still miss the traditional school days. The teachers have done a great job in teaching the students by online method. The positive attitude they had towards everything, definitely motivated all of us. Our parents and teachers have been constant support even in the worst times. Our final exams got cancelled this year due to covid, so we have been promoted. It has been a journey and we will never forget this term. 

#Batchof2020
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

Recommending books based on your mood!

I have been reading a lot of books lately and after analyzing my reads, I classified them based on my moods. We readers are always being moody and need change in our reading goals, so here are some personally recommended books based on moods!


I-need-an-emotional-read-that-will-destroy-me Mood!

Yolk by Mary H K Choi.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Yolk is about two Korean- American sisters who are opposites of each other. Both the sisters live separately. Jayne is enjoying her life in New York, but struggling to live as she has an eating disorder but she is not ready to confront. On the other hand, June is living the perfect life with a great job until she is diagnosed with cancer. When Jayne gets to know about this, they have bonded again after a long time and these sisters try to help each other in bad times.

This book hit me in every way. I loved the sisterly relationship between June and Jayne. The writing in this book is very surreal because the author does a great job describing every minute detail. Even when June and Jayne had fights or arguments between them, the love that they have for each other could be seen. There were a variety of emotions rushing inside me while reading this book. The love interest was good and it was a good addition to the story. I highly recommend this book if you are in the mood for reading an emotional story! 


I-need-a-read-with-twists-that-will-surprise-me Mood!

This Is Not The Jess Show by Anna Carey.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The ’90s is filled with drama and nostalgia. Jess Flynn’s teenage life has always been a messy one. She is struggling with overprotective parents, friends drama, boy stuff and a sister on verge of dying from illness. Nothing is going her way and when a tiny black phone with a bitten apple logo falls from her friend’s backpack on her feet, that leaves Jess confused. (iPhone did not exist in the ’90s) Her friends refuse to tell her about the device and Jess knows that they are hiding something from her. As things start unravelling the picture gets clearer about Jess’s life.

It was an adventure reading this book. In the starting things are pretty hazy, but then a HUGE twist comes into the story and shook my life. The twist in the story was so unexpected and unpredictable. The story after the twist revolves around how Jess is trying to come out of the phase. I can’t spoil anything else as the twist is the diamond, but I feel that I should have dived into this book by not knowing anything about it as from what I had expected by reading the summary, is entirely different inside. This book is filled with adventures and twists and I highly recommend it to you all!


I-need-a-book-that-is-filled-with-adventures Mood!

The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She is in need of cash as wherever she goes, it becomes destruction, hence she makes a babysitters club with her fashionable friend. Esme is really good at babysitting, but lately strange things are happening. Objects are flying in the air and causing destruction around her and Esme feels she is the cause of it. On the other hand, a new girl, Cassandra Heaven has joined Esme’s school but is desperate to her babysitters’ club even though Cassandra is the worst babysitter. They both have a lot in common and they have to discover about their lineage and magical powers as babysitters. Both of them have to protect the world from evil as a coven.

I found the concept of babysitters with witches really cool. The main character is trying to find her footing and her real identity. This book is filled with fun adventures and weird magic spells. Unique concept with fun twists, it was a light read and I enjoyed reading it!


I-need-a-mystery-thriller-vibe-read Mood!

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Six teenagers are invited to a dinner for getting selected for a scholarship. But, the scholarship dinner is a trap. Someone has locked them in a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison and a note saying they have to pick someone to kill or else everyone dies after one hour. All of them are good friends, who have messed up lives and have a bad past. They have to decide either to kill one or all have to die.

Very mixed feelings about this book I must say. The mystery and suspense were at a LEVEL 10 till the end and I couldn’t keep the book down. But, the high level of mystery that was built up didn’t meet the End. I expected a more serious and shocking end but it wasn’t. I really appreciate the fact that being a teenager I read this book because it was moreover based on a phase of life that every teenager faces. Even though it had ups and downs but I learnt something very important life lesson that is:
It is human nature to be deceptive and hide your true colors until a climax comes. Never trust anyone in life.


Above mentioned books are within the age limit of 13-18 years. I hope I could provide you all with some book recs according to some moods. What mood are you in to read? Let me know in the comments and I will try to recommend some books in my next post!
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

When The Wildflowers Bloom. #bookreview.

Don’t try to predict life, try to explore it instead. Even the roughest, most crooked trails can sometimes lead to magnificent places.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book: When The Wildflowers Bloom.
Author: Rupa Bhullar
Pages: 240
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Rupa Publications

This book is about a mom named Tara, who has been publicly shamed by her husband. She spent her 17 years of life with her two children and her husband, but Tej publicly harassed her. Tara goes into trauma after the incident. Her sisters, Mala and Meeta are trying to bring her back. Tara decides to go to her real hometown, Punjab and explore her roots. The simple life and happy moments in the fields of Punjab bring a spark of hope to Tara. The story revolves around Tara finding her purpose and identity in the surroundings of her hometown. The struggles, the love of the people motivate her to find what she loves.

The writing in this book is beautiful. I loved how the main character Tara, is trying to come out of the problems. This book is set in Punjab and being a Punjabi I could relate so much to this book! It is like I found my roots through this book. I could get the feeling of Freedom that the main character was longing for. The author has explained the meaning of love in a very different manner. The relationship between the children and Tara was so surreal. This book has surely taught me how to stop predicting life and just go with the flow. I am so motivated with this book that how Tara came out of all the problems she faced. The biji touch and the traditional Punjabi culture hooked me up! There is always hope and love in this world and I am so happy that I read this book! This book has destroyed me and I can’t wait to read more books from this author!
Happy Reading!
– Rabhya

When Devil Married God. #bookreview.

Author: Shelly Sharma

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Pages: 188

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book has nine stories that are about good and evil. The women in all the stories are facing some life problems and are dealing with their loved ones who have chosen to be devils. Every story has its own message to give. Even though it is a short book, but there was so much in those nine stories that kept me going ahead. Each story has a fusion of Indian traditional thinking with a modern touch. The characters in every story were so surreal and raw. I enjoyed exploring the evil and good side of the characters. The ending of every story gave me goosebumps and the starting of another made me emotional. It is a very inspiring book talking about the two sides of a human soul on earth. It has changed my perspective on life in different ways. I highly recommend When Devil Married God to you all!!   

Happy Reading!
– Rabhya

Tips for Boosting your Reading Goals!

Hello, my fellow readers! Guess what, you took a resolution to read 100 books, but don’t know how to start? Well, that’s where I am here to help! You can still achieve reading 100 books in 11 months! I discovered and followed some tricks from starting of the year and I have currently read 17 books (including the busy and hectic mundane life)! Here are some tips and tricks to boost up your reading goals.

Start with Short Books!

I kick started the year by reading short books. Short books under 200 pages is a good confidence booster to achieve your reading goal. You can start with Graphic novels, middle-grade books and some comics. Here are some books I read in January:

Pro Tip: When you are reading short books under 200 pages, ensure that you are also reading a book above 250 pages, it will help you not to lose the habit of reading huge books!
Example: As you can see I read 12 books in January, among them I read two books above 350 pages.

First Achieve 50 % of Your Goal!

If you are on Goodreads or any other read tracker platform, ensure that you first set the half of your actual goal! My goal for 2021 is 100 books, but as you can see that I have set the goal of 50. Doing this will not build pressure on your mind.

Don’t Take it Seriously!

Reading is something that gives calm to our mind and helps us to zone out of our hectic lives! Don’t take these challenges seriously. This is just a way to give self-satisfaction to yourself and it is not necessary to achieve the goal! Guess what, even I didn’t achieve my 2020 goal as I didn’t know how to go about it! If you want free eBooks you can read this post>> Want Free eBooks?

Just keep reading what you love and keep acquiring happiness and knowledge from books! They do have the power to change our lives!
– Happy Reading!
Rabhya.