This Sky review and playlist

This Sky- Autumn Doughton

REVIEW:

Gemma Sayers has spent the last six days rotting in a hotel room, wallowing in a noxious combination of gin, junk food and self-pity. She’s no stranger to disappointment but nothing could have prepared her for the chaos that unfolded when her celebrity boyfriend publicly humiliated her. Now the fairytale is officially over and Gemma is determined to put the past behind her and strike out to find a new dream. Just a few teeny-tiny details to work out: she’s currently broke, homeless and unemployed.

Landon Young has his own worries. Surfer by day and bartender by night, he doesn’t have the interest or the time to be anyone’s happily-ever-after. Weighed down by the memory of what happened two years ago, Landon can barely keep his head above water.

This Sky is the thoughtful and often funny story about broken trust, an unexpected love and the hopes we keep sewn in the linings of our pockets.

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Few things I love about Autumn Doughton:

* Her name. So awesome!

* Her writing style. Its like poetry rains down every night on the pages where she writes down her stories.

* Her song references. Whether she is comparing life to a Katy Perry song or bitching about Justin Bieber- the references are always cool and relevant.

I think by now it is pretty obvious that I’m a really big fan of Autumn’s. Thank you Autumn for teaching me that awkward conversations are not always hopeless. Thank you for teaching me that ANYTHING can be compared to absolutely everything, as long as you let your imagination run wild. Salute to your beautiful imagination, for example, the part where you compare the sunlight streaming through a car window to the light coming “in a kaleidoscope of burning whites, oranges and yellows.” Yes friends, this is exactly why I love her books. I knew poetry can be prose, but I learnt today that prose can be poetry too.

Autumn Doughton, I want to be you when I grow up. ❤  😛

PLAYLIST:

1. Demons- Imagine Dragons (Landon’s POV)

2. I knew you were trouble- Taylor Swift (Gemma to Ren)

3. Bartender- Lady Antebellum (Maybe not perfect, but Gemma DID want to forget Ren by getting a rebound. Plus, the fact that Landon was the bartender kind of helps)

4. Enchanted- Taylor Swift (Every meet cute needs this song)

5. Kiss me- Ed sheeran (Pretty obvious)

6. Secrets- One republic (When Landon reveals his secrets)

7. Clarity- Zedd ft. foxes (When Gemma realises that she loves Landon)

8. Crazier- Taylor Swift (It might seem like a Taylor Swift album threw up in this playlist, but this song gives the perfect fuzzy feeling for the ending)

People who like the kind of books I read and people who like poetry will probably love this book.

🙂

thelonelybooklover.

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In the memory of..

Today in school we had to write some lines about a very recent tragedy which took place in a neighbouring country. Here’s what I wrote…

 

Silence over

A school building

Hatred echoes.

 

Mothers crying

Tears of loss

Over spilt milk.

 

Thousands of people

Candlelight marches

Won’t bring them back.

 

Some broken words

Put together in a poem

Won’t wake them up.

 

thelonelybooklover.

Top 25 books I read this year (2014) – Romance genre

This has to be the most difficult list I’ve ever made. Specially because after getting a new phone this year, I’ve been reading too much. And me being the romance-obsessed person that I am, I had too limit the list to books that I’ve read only this year. 😛 If you want the review or playlist for any of these books, all you need to do is comment in the box below. 🙂

25. Remember When Trilogy– T.Torrest

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I LOVED the first book, liked the second, was disappointed with the third. But this one remains one of my favorite series’ that I read this year.

24. Flipped– Wendelin Van Draanen

Flipped is the most unsatisfactory but sweet books I’ve ever read. I don’t even know whether this counts counts as a romance novel. Probably belongs to a genre called ‘first love’.

23. Seaside series- Rachel Van Dyken

     

Okay, so its melodramatic, unrealistic and cliche. Doesn’t stop me from loving it. Please, all of us need some fictional characters to drool over. Demetri, Alec, and Jamie are PERFECT.

22. Hush, hush- Becca Fitzpatrick

This one isn’t really my type of book, but one word will be enough to justify why I LOVE it- Patch. (You know him if you’ve read the books)

21. Loving Mr. Daniels– Brittany C. Cherry

Very cliche. Very sweet.

20. Dear Adam– Ava Zavora

This book is waaaaaayyy different from all the typical romance novels you read. The concept is freakin’ awesome.

19. Coming home– Priscilla Glenn

A pure romance, but not too cliche. It has a warm fuzzy feel to it, so I’d say its a ‘comfortable’ book.

18. Ugly love – Colleen Hoover

Its Colleen hoover, of course its awesome. Just read it without doubt, if you like romance and suspense.

17. Neighbour From Hell- R.L. Mathewson

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Want a good laugh? Love romance? Find fighting couples cute? This is your series. And all the books haven’t even been published yet, just the four above.

16. Just One Wish– Janette Rallison

Its adorable.. I loved its uniqueness, simplicity, and writing style. But the ending???!!

15. Archer’s voice– Mia Sheeridan

Sweet, unique, heart- touching.

14. 50 Shades Of Grey– E.L. James

Shocked? Don’t be.. If you’ve read it, you probably know why. Putting aside the erotic and insensitive parts, the last two books of this series have quite a sweet bit of romance. And of course, I imagined Ian Somerhalder as Christian Grey, so it kinda increased the love.. 😛

13. Reasons I fell for the funny fat friend– Cassie May

This is like my dream love story, I don’t know about funny, but I am kind of the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), so….

12. Hate List – Jennifer Brown

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Don’t read this if you want a romantic book. This book shows romance from a different, negative side. Dark, haunting, this book will make you THINK.

11. Saving June – Hannah Harrington

I almost disliked it in the beginning, but as I kept reading, it was impossible to put the damn book (or in my case, my phone) down. And, trust me, in the end, you are rewarded for reading the whole thing and not dying of suspense.

10. Collision Course – S.C. Stephens

Search for the blurb on Google, you’ll get a hint as to why I love this book.

9. Annie’s Song – Catherine Anderson

Its old-fashioned, its sweet, its awesome. At least read the blurb.

8. Twenty Boy Summer– Sarah Ockler

Sarah Ockler, you are bloody amazing..*wiping tears from my eyes*

7. Butterfly Weeds– Laura Miller

*contented sigh* God, I’m such a romantic fool…*tears*

6. When It Rains– Lisa De Jong

To read my review and playlist, click here.

5. Take This Regret– A.L. Jackson

Look at the name of the book, guys. It was bound to be amazingly awesome. I’m making the playlist, I’ll post it soon. 🙂

4. The Sweet Gum Tree– Katherine Allred

Some might find the writing style boring, but the story is really good.

3. Hopeless series– Colleen Hoover

 

Just go read the Prologue, you won’t be able to put it down.

2. Slammed series– Colleen Hoover

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Sometimes I hate Colleen Hoover for writing this book and creating this imagery in my head of a perfect romance.

1. Sea Of Tranquility– Katja Millay

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The last two words. You know what I mean if you’ve read it.

So there you go, the best of my entire year.

thelonelybooklover

🙂

The Liebster Award

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THE RULES FOR ACCEPTING THE AWARD ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1) Post the award on your blog
2) Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog
3) Write 11 random facts about yourself
4) Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers
5) Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.

Thank you so much Amy a.k.a cl0udbusting, for this totally unexpected nomination. You gave me a lot of confidence just when I was having a doubt about this whole blogging idea..

11 random facts about myself

1. I’m a 16 year old Indian with very curly hair and glasses, so I look a lot like my Gravatar profile photo (just not even that good).

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2. I write a new quote from songs and books everyday near my wrist, when I’m bored at school (basically, a tattoo that changes everyday)

3. I passionately hate the subject maths.

4. I love singing, been taking lessons for the past 9 years.

5. Sometimes I pretend to be a famous singer singing on stage. My sister acts as the audience and my water bottle works as a microphone.

6. I collect memorabilia like old lucky draw coupons, chits that my friends and I chat on in class, coins belonging to my grandparents, menu cards from parties, etc.

7. I have never changed schools in my life, so I’m kind of creeped out about joining college- you know, whole new place and all.

8. I’m completely in love with Ansel Elgort and Ian Somerhalder. *sigh*

9. I hate pizza, and I don’t LOVE ice-cream or chocolate — strange, right??

10. My favorite color is black.

11. I wish people would always fall in love mutually, so there wouldn’t be any one-sided or unrequited love and it would save a lot of heartbreak.

Nominees :

1. Kendra Hearn : Your blog is diverse, cool, cute and I adore it.

2. silenceisagreatersin– Your writing style has this strange normalcy, which makes me feel like I am reading my own journal.

3. Forever Awkward– Short and compact, your posts always make me think. And I love your site’s theme!

4. As The Time Flows – Something about your carefree writing style is immensely attractive. Keep writing.. 🙂

5. girlintheredraybans– Your writings are deep and thoughtful and I’m dying to see more posts.

6.cl0udbusting– 😛 I know, I know, you nominated me and have already accepted the award, but I love your blog and couldn’t help but mention it. I’d love it if you answered my 11 questions. 🙂

To all those people I follow but didn’t nominate- its either because you have more than 200 followers or because you have too less posts for anyone to judge you, NOT because I don’t love your blogs.

11 questions from cl0udbuster

1. What colour is your bedroom and why?

Pink. Don’t judge me, my bedroom was painted when I was 7. I’d probably paint my room black now. 😛

2. Favourite book, movie and TV show?

Book- If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern

Movie- Tangled (yes, the Disney one), Leap Year, Life As We Know It, How to lose a guy in 10 days, aaaannnd Titanic.

TV serial- A Hindi serial called ‘Udaan’ meaning flight. Its about child labour and stuff.

3. What will you call your children?

😀 No idea..

4. Biggest fears?

I’m afraid of falling. Like from every aspect.

5. Favourite school subject/s?

Biology

6. Where do you see yourself in five years time?

In college studying God-knows-what

7. What’s on the top of your bucket list?

I have given up on bucket lists because I hate planning from before and then being disappointed. I just kind of go wherever life takes me.

8. Someone you really want to meet and why?

Honestly? The ones I nominated for this award, and the others whom I’m following.

9. What do you value most in others?

Honesty and originality.

10. What do you value least in others?

Pretense and deceit. I also hate people who go to any lengths to harm others so that they themselves can prosper. And pity I know too many of such people.

11. Are you happy?

Good question. Apart from typical teenage problems — 9-year-long (and still continuing) unrequited infatuation, too much of studies, sometimes-irritating parents —- I’m happy.

11 questions from me

1. What is your favorite quote?

2. How old are you?

3. Where do you live? (City, State, Country)

4. Describe yourself in 5 words.

5. What do you hate about yourself?

6. Who is your most favorite person in this world and how is he/she related to you?

7. One wish that you want fulfilled

8. Favorite singer, books, movies?

9. What made you start blogging?

10. What’s your biggest regret?

11. Do you believe in love? If yes, then have you ever fallen in love? (Sorry if its a weird and cliche question)

🙂

thelonelybooklover

Thanks For The Memories review and playlist

Thanks For The Memories – Cecilia Ahern

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REVIEW:

How is it possible to know someone you’ve never met?

Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn’t. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair.

Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonely and restless. He arrives in Dublin to give a lecture on art and is persuaded to donate blood. It’s the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time.

When Joyce leaves hospital after a terrible accident, with her life and her marriage in pieces, she moves back with her elderly father. All the while, a strong sense of deja vu is overwhelming her and she can’t figure out why…

I got this book as a gift on my birthday as I had been wanting to read it for ages. And to put in simply- I LOVED IT…I don’t know how Cecilia Ahern manages to make an idea so unrealistic into something that your heart will yearn to believe.. On the cover of the copy I bought, it says that Irish Times has commented- “Cecilia Ahern is queen of modern fairytale”… I totally agree…

I don’t know whether to recommend this to anyone or not.. Because these books are kind of controversial in the sense that not EVERYONE like them…But if you are ready to try out something refreshing, I’d suggest- read this book.

PLAYLIST:

This one was quite difficult as it isn’t strictly a love story..

1. Angel- Sarah McLachlan (When Joyce loses her baby)

2. Distance- Christina Perri (Joyce and Connor’s marriage in pieces)

“I wish we would just give up

Cause the best part is falling,

Call it anything but love”

3. Butterfly Fly Away- Miley Cyrus (From Bea to Justin) (And don’t judge me for putting a Miley Cyrus song- this is her only good one)

4. Fix You- Coldplay ( ❤ )

5. Where Are You- Natalie ft. Justin Roman (When Justin and Joyce are searching for each other)

6. One Great Mystery- Lady Antebellum (The Ending)

Hope you like it..:-)

😀

thelonelybooklover

Help me out guys…..

Okay, so anybody who has been following my blog regularly is probably wondering, what exactly does this girl want to write about?? I have written reviews, made playlists, made top 10 lists, written short stories, changed my blog’s tag line, edited my About page- all in less than 2 weeks. So, I’ll be very honest- I don’t know what to do. I’m getting a similar number of likes for any topic I write on. But then how many short stories, playlists, reviews, or lists can a person create per month when I’m not even sure exactly what people want??

I started out in a very impersonal manner, and would have been anonymous if I didn’t need to share the reviews and playlists with some of my friends. But now I’m feeling this intense urge to make this blog a bit more personal, without bearing my soul to the world.

I’m not here to send out a message or turn the world upside-down with my views. I just need a platform to share my thoughts- no matter what the topic is. So I’m just hoping to get some opinion as to whether or not I should keep writing regularly in my indecisive manner. Or whether my style is just plain boring. Or whether I should just make up my mind ..Aaaaand, now I’m rambling and have probably confused you.

Okay, I don’t know why I’m writing this post.

I don’t know whether to actually post this.

See, indecisive.

I just….hope you get what I mean…

Sigh…

😛 thelonelybooklover