WORST BOOKS OF 2018

I read some great and some not so great books last year. Some of the books mentioned below are my least favorite books while some of the books are which I absolutely hate. AND I DARKEN BY KIERSTEN WHITE This book is in strong competition with my most hated series of all time, The Throne of glass and A … Continue reading WORST BOOKS OF 2018

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FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2018

A little late but a very Happy New Year Everyone! 2018 has been a good and a bad year but I suppose that is the way of life. I focused too much on work and neglected all most everything else. I've been trying to catch up with old friends and hope to continue it in … Continue reading FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2018

MARITAL RAPE IN INDIA

“Marital rape is not a husband’s privilege, but rather a violent act and an injustice that must be criminalized," said a Gujarat High Court. Sexual intercourse with one’s spouse without the consent of the spouse is termed as Marital Rape or Spousal Rape. It does not necessarily involve violence but the lack of consent is … Continue reading MARITAL RAPE IN INDIA

WHY ARE INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS IMPORTANT?

Hey, everyone! In case you are wondering why am I publishing a content entirely different from what I generally publish? I am supposed to write and publish articles for my assignment. I thought of creating a new website but decided it would be too much to handle. I also decided to publish some discussion articles … Continue reading WHY ARE INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS IMPORTANT?

THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD: PART 1

  Sophia nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger award ages ago. So, thank you for nominating me. You all, follow her if you don't already! She is one of the nicest persons I've met and a lovely human being. I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Awards by two fellow bloggers. I'll do the post … Continue reading THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD: PART 1

THE GREAT LIBRARY (#1): INK AND BONE by RACHEL CAINE

Rating: 3 stars "Lives are short, but knowledge is eternal."  Callum Brightwell, a smuggler of rare books, sends his son Jess to the Library to compete for a position as a scholar. As he continues his journey with other postulants, he discovers the dark secrets of the library and those who control it. Through Ink … Continue reading THE GREAT LIBRARY (#1): INK AND BONE by RACHEL CAINE

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE by J.K. ROWLING

Rating: 5 stars “Dumbledore's man through and through, aren't you Potter?" "Yeah I am," said Harry. "Glad we straightened that out.” Dumbledore does not reveal why his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled when he arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry. The war against Voldemort has already begun and Hogwarts is … Continue reading HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE by J.K. ROWLING

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by KERRI MANISCALCO

Rating: 4 stars "No one with that kind of surgical prowess would commit one murder then stop." "I know I wouldn't. One taste of warm blood is never enough, Miss Wadsworth." Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth a daughter of an overprotective Lord Edmund with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her, leads a … Continue reading STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by KERRI MANISCALCO

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (#5): THE LAST OLYMPIAN by RICK RIORDAN

Rating: 4 stars "I hate this place," Kronos growled. "United Nations. As if mankind could ever unite. Remind me to tear down this building after we destroy Olympus." In the final book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday unfolds. Kronos's power only grows with every god … Continue reading PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (#5): THE LAST OLYMPIAN by RICK RIORDAN

DE PROFUNDIS by OSCAR WILDE

Rating: 5 stars With every Oscar Wilde read, my love for him has only grown and I don't think I'll ever read Oscar Wilde and not like it. I don't have much to say except that De Profundis was an intense and emotional read and I loved it. De Profundis is a letter written during Wilde's … Continue reading DE PROFUNDIS by OSCAR WILDE

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIAN (#4): THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH by RICK RIORDAN

Rating: 5 stars “For better or worse, we were back in the labyrinth.” Percy Jackson is attending freshman orientation at Goode High School, where he recognises Rachel Elizabeth Dare from last year, a clear-sighted mortal who helps him fight two Empousai and escape. When they reach the Camp Half-Blood, Annabeth and Percy accidentally find an … Continue reading PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIAN (#4): THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH by RICK RIORDAN

BOOKS I WISH TO RE-READ IN 2018

Hello everyone! We're more than half-way through 2018 and I'm a little late in doing this blog post but since I'm continuously disappointed by new YA releases, I thought I should re-read a few of my all-time favourite books and write a blog post about it. So, here's a list of my favourite books I'm … Continue reading BOOKS I WISH TO RE-READ IN 2018

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (#3): THE TITAN’S CURSE by RICK RIORDAN

Rating: 5 stars “There is always a way out for those clever enough to find it.”  The Titan’s Curse, book three of The Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, begins with Percy, Annabeth and Thalia reuniting with Grover at Westover Hall to find and recruit demigods for Camp Half-Blood before Luke can recruit them to … Continue reading PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (#3): THE TITAN’S CURSE by RICK RIORDAN

MINI REVIEWS: (JANE EYRE & MAURICE)

JANE EYRE BY CHARLOTTE BRONTË Rating: 4 stars “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”  Jane has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at the gloomy and forbidding … Continue reading MINI REVIEWS: (JANE EYRE & MAURICE)

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (#2): THE SEA OF MONSTERS: by RICK RIORDAN

Rating: 3 stars “Does truth have a moral?”  The Sea of Monsters is the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. As Percy nears the end of his seventh-grade, he is concerned about a vivid dream he had of Grover. When Percy and Tyson are bullied by a group of new … Continue reading PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (#2): THE SEA OF MONSTERS: by RICK RIORDAN

Look Around You, Incels Are Everywhere

Sophia Ismaa

Your friendships, your relationships, your relatives, even WordPress; incels crop up even in the unlikeliest of places. Chances are, if you, as a male or female, have to stroke the ego of every supposedly “nice” man who feels they are entitled to companionship or sexual intercourse because of their self-proclaimed “niceness,” then you are highly probably dealing with an involuntary celibate better known as an ‘incel.’

In early 2018, on the 23rd of April in Toronto, Canada, 25-year-old Alek Minassian intentionally drove a rental van into pedestrians on a busy pavement killing 10 people and attempted to kill 15 others. The victims were mostly female. He is now facing charges for premeditated murder and attempted murder. Minassian had shown his support for the incel movement on a Reddit page dedicated to the movement and it is largely believed that the movement and the 2014 Isla Vista shooting in California…

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PRIDE MONTH: BOOKS BY QUEER AUTHORS

Homosexuality has been considered a crime and was punishable by imprisonment or prosecution. However, certain countries have legalised homosexuality, it still remains a crime in certain countries. Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honour the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a turning point for the Gay Liberation … Continue reading PRIDE MONTH: BOOKS BY QUEER AUTHORS

MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF JUNE 2018

A beginning of a new month brings with it hope and a long list of books to add to your to-read list. So, here's a list of books, a few of which I'm looking forward to reading and which are most anticipated in general: (All synopses is from Goodreads.) A REAPER AT THE GATES  BY SABAA TAHIR … Continue reading MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF JUNE 2018

AND I DARKEN by KIERSTEN WHITE

Rating: 1 star “Her spine was steel. Her heart was armour. Her eyes were fire.”  Ever since Lada Dragwlya and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She … Continue reading AND I DARKEN by KIERSTEN WHITE

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (#1): THE LIGHTNING THIEF by RICK RIORDAN

  Rating: 3.5 stars "Poseidon, Earthshaker, Stormbringer, Father of horses. Hail, Perseus Jackson, Son of the Sea God.” The Lightning Thief is the first book in Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan and is based on Greek Mythology. Percy,  a twelve-year-old of Yancy Academy, diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD has trouble focusing on his schoolwork and … Continue reading PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (#1): THE LIGHTNING THIEF by RICK RIORDAN

STORY OF YOUR LIFE by TED CHIANG

Rating: 3 stars “Living with you will be like aiming for a moving target; you'll always be further along than I expect.” Story of Your Life is narrated by linguist Dr Louise Banks. The story, addressed to her daughter, alternates between recounting the past, living the present: the coming of the aliens and the deciphering of their language; … Continue reading STORY OF YOUR LIFE by TED CHIANG

THE VALLEY OF FEAR by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

Rating: 3 stars “The old wheel turns, and the same spoke comes up. It's all been done before, and will be again.”  Fred Porlock, an agent of Professor Moriarty, sends Sherlock a cypher message but decides against sending him the key to the cypher, fearing he would be discovered as a traitor by Moriarty. Holmes is … Continue reading THE VALLEY OF FEAR by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

THE HOUNDS OF THE BASKERVILLES by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

Rating: 4 stars “There is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you.”  Mortimer reveals an 18th-century manuscript and narrates the legend of the Hound of the Baskervilles. Hugo Baskerville was captured and imprisoned at the Baskerville estate located in the remote moor of Devonshire and was murdered by a hound late one … Continue reading THE HOUNDS OF THE BASKERVILLES by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

THE SIGN OF FOUR by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

Rating: 3 stars “You know my methods. Apply them.”  Mary Morstan presents a stimulating case before Sherlock Holmes. In December 1878, her father had telegraphed her upon his safe return from India and beseeched her to meet him at the Langham Hotel in London. Mary when arrived at the hotel, she was informed her father had gone out … Continue reading THE SIGN OF FOUR by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

A STUDY IN SCARLET by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

Rating: 3 stars It's been a while since I last posted a book review as I've been busy with work. I recently took a break from reading YA Fantasy and reading good old authors. To say that I'm disappointed with YA would be an understatement. “To begin at the beginning.”  It's in the initial novel … Continue reading A STUDY IN SCARLET by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE