Thursday, 19 March 2015

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Publication date- 18th March, 2014

My rating- 5/5 stars


At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbour, Ridge. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.

My thoughts:

While reading this book:

I LOVED this book. I'd heard a lot about Colleen Hoover and wanted to read some New Adult so i finally decided to read this one as it's one of her most recommended books. 

Let's just say this book ripped my heart right out of my chest.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Publication date- August 17, 1945

My rating: 4.5/5 stars


Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan becomes: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." This 1945 satire addresses the socialist/ communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union.

My thoughts:

This book is a political satire on not only the Russian Revolution and Stalin's era but also politicians and governing bodies in general. 
The animals of Manor Farm are sick and tired of being ruled and ordered around by the owner of the farm and so take it upon themselves to rid themselves of him and be their own leaders and live freely. In an epic battle that follows, Mr. Jones loses and runs for his life. The animals rename it 'Animal Farm' and adopt Seven Commandments which they have to adhere to.

After Old Major, the old boar dies, Snowball and Napolean, the two young pigs assume command but soon there is a fallout between them as they both want to adopt various policies for the benefit of the farm. Napolean through his tricking ways, makes the gullible animals turn against Snowfall who eventually leaves making Napolean their sole master.

As the years pass by, things at the farm keep changing. Old Commandments are forgotten and replaced by new ones thanks to the animals' short memories which Napolean uses to his advantage. The animals are made to work for grueling hours to build a windmill which keeps getting destroyed. They do not get enough food and are deprived of their freedom but they accept it all as they deem it necessary for the welfare of their farm. Napolean slowly takes over Mr.Jones' house and starts wearing clothes trying to resemble humans. The earlier Commandment of 'All animals are created equal' is in a sick turn of events, modified to 'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others' and the name 'Manor Farm' restored.

The novella ends with the animals witnessing Napolean having a dinner party with animals and human allies where they can't differentiate between the two.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma


Publication date - 27th May 2010 by Definitions

My rating- 5/5 stars

She is pretty and talented- sweet sixteen and never been kissed.
He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future.
And now, they have fallen in love.
But.... they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

My Thoughts:

My physical state after finishing this book-
The first thing you need to know about this book is that it revolves around the very dark and controversial theme of incest. If that topic makes you uncomfortable in any way, i suggest to let this one go even though i personally didn't find myself squirming at any point of time; something i was expecting to do a lot in this book.

This book is an emotional roller coaster and when i read the summary on Goodreads and saw so many people rave about this book, i just had to pick it up. The best thing about this book for me was the way the author drew us into the story and made us witness their home life and everyday travails which helped to justify the relationship between Lochan and Maya. Tabitha didn't force their love on us but very effectively made us realise how in their situation it was not only possible but also their only option. 

The ending of this book made me wail for two hours straight and i couldn't function properly for a long period of time.

Favourite Books of all time.

Favourite Stand-Alone books:-

                                               Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Outsiders by S.E Hinton

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

A Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Favourite Series/Trilogies:-

                                        Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

(hideous, i know)

Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Hiiiiiiiii! =)

My name is Sheelalipi Sahana. I'm from India and this is basically me trying my hand at blogging. I've been following Booktube for quite some while now and many of them have blogs too where they share their opinions and ratings on the books they've read.

I don't know if this is silly but every time I finish a book, I have this overwhelming urge to share my thoughts and views on it. I do have a Goodreads account where I rate books and post short reviews but I mostly just use it to discover new books, keep a track of my reading challenge and follow my favourite accounts.

I feel like it is my duty to warn you beforehand of the kind of content that's gonna be posted. I'm no professional. I'm just your regular college girl majoring in English Literature. So yeah.. 

Please bear with me because I will make stupid mistakes as that is the story of my life =D

Thank you and happy reading! xx