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“for angels to fly” // winter reading list + playlist

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Winter. Is. Here. Christmas shopping has begun, the lights have been hung up, it has begun to snow in some places, and in my land of very boring weather, it’s actually slightly cold *impressed face*. I hope you have a cup of hot, steaming coffee or chocolate beside you, ’cause here’s a list of books and songs for you to check out this season while chilling out during the holidays.

READING LIST (basically a list of books that are sure to put you in a winter-y mood if IG wasn’t enough):

(These books are all of different genres; I hope you’ll find at least some you’ll like. Click on the book names to go to their respective Goodreads pages)

1. Comfort and Joy – Kristin Hannah

Very Christmas-y, very sweet. Mostly classified as romance and women’s fiction, Comfort and Joy is a cozy tale about relationships with a hint of magic.

2. The Grisha Trilogy – Leigh Bardugo

A series belonging to the genres of fantasy and romance, Bardugo’s books are a delight to read. The Grishaverse is cold and tumultuous, the central nation Ravka inspired by Russia. Although it is classified as YA, I believe it’s equally appealing to many older readers as well.

3. Landline – Rainbow Rowell

A super cute book based around Christmas, Landline has a rather mixed variety of characters, who are not always likeable, but very real all the same. A must-read for fans of Kristin Hannah, John Green, and Cecelia Ahern.

4. The Gift – Cecelia Ahern

Another book based around Christmas, The Gift is a typical Ahern novel – magical and filled with twists and turns. If you want a book that will truly make you introspect as well as put you in a mood for Christmas, this is perfect.

5. No Ordinary Star trilogy – M.C. Frank

Perfect for fans of Ray Bradbury and/or dystopian novels, M.C. Frank’s trilogy No Ordinary Star is the must-read for this winter. The connection to winter and/or Christmas is something you need to find out from the book πŸ˜‰ Also, the third and final installment just came out yay! πŸ˜€ Here’s my review of the first book of the series (I have reviewed all three books on this blog if you want to check them out). Plus, these books have the most gorgeous covers ever.

6. The Gift of the Magi – O. Henry

This is actually a short story, for all you busy people. You have no excuse for getting out of this one. I promise you won’t regret reading it.

7. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas – Agatha Christie

Where are all my fellow Christie fans? This one is my favourite Christmas-y murder story, not to mention one of my top favourite Poirot mysteries.

8. Devil In Winter – Lisa Kleypas

This book is not for everyone. However, if you like an occasional historical romance as a guilty pleasure, this book is one of my favorites. The hero is one of my all-time favourite anti-heroes, and the story is just so sweet :”) You can read it as a standalone, but I’d recommend reading the entire Wallflowers series for full effect.

9. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

If you haven’t read this book, winter is a good time to wrap yourself up in a blanket and speed through it. And if you have read it, this is the perfect season for a re-read, is it not?

10. Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

Yes, yes, most of you Potterheads have probably started reading this again already. After all, what better time to visit Hogwarts than winter? :”) A winter reading list is incomplete without some HP, it seems.

PLAYLIST (songs to remind you of winter):

http://8tracks.com/mixes/8733662/player_v3_universal

“it’s too cold outside, for angels to fly” // winter playlist from Sripurna on 8tracks Radio.

  1. Winter Things – Ariana Grande
  2. The A Team – Ed Sheeran
  3. Fix You – Coldplay
  4. Silent Night – Taylor Swift
  5. Home – Ramin Djawadi (Stark theme from Game of Thrones)
  6. Mary Did You Know – Pentatonix
  7. Come Away to the Water – Maroon 5
  8. More Than This – One Direction
  9. Take Me To Church – Hozier
  10. Hallelujah – Pentatonix / Leonard Cohen
  11. Last Christmas – Ariana Grande / Taylor Swift
  12. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

I hope you are having a great winter, and Merry Christmas!

-Sreepurna.

 

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“like pieces into place”// fall reading list + playlist

21715002631_5a8b4cb481_bWith technically only one more month left of it, autumn is almost over here in the northern hemisphere. Where I live, it won’t make much of a difference. The sun and the rain will fight as usual, and only a slight chill will settle in over the next few months. However, the internet has finally pulled me into its fall-worshipping madness, and truly, I’m going to miss everyone talking about back-to-school, pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween, and seeing photos of brown and orange leaves on people’s Instagram feeds. So here’s a list of books and songs that I always associate with fall, to celebrate the season that I mostly enjoy vicariously.

Fall Reads:

1. The Raven Cycle (Maggie Stiefvater)

2. Dracula (Bram Stoker)

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas)

4. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)

5. The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Michelle Hodkin)

6. Macbeth (William Shakespeare)

7.Hallowe’en Party (Agatha Christie)

8. Lord of the Rings trilogy (J.R.R Tolkien)

Fall Playlist:

Here’s the link to the 8tracks version of my playlist :http://8tracks.com/mixes/8715936/player_v3_universal

“like pieces into place” // fall playlist from Sripurna on 8tracks Radio.

 

  1. Youth – Daughter
  2. Skinny Love – Birdy
  3. I See Fire – Ed Sheeran
  4. Running With The Wolves – AURORA
  5. Autumn Leaves – Ed Sheeran
  6. All Too Well – Taylor Swift
  7. Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
  8. Run – Snow Patrol
  9. Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
  10. Safe and Sound – Taylor Swift
  11. The Night We Met – Lord Huron

I hope you have the best fall!

Also, if you liked this, please let me know, I’ll make a winter version of this soon then!

~ Sreepurna

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Autumn Book Tag

I saw this tag in The Worn Bookmark and decided that I haven’t done one in a long time! πŸ˜€ And plus this one seems super-short and I’m super-lazy, so you can do the math πŸ˜›

What is your favorite thing about Autumn?

We don’t really have the typical “autumn” here in India. WE have really unpredictable during this time period, and I love that as well as hate it. ^_^

What book reminds you of your school days?

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I read this book AGES ago as a kid, and it isn’t even really good, but it very school-ish.

And:

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Errr, lots of memories. I’m sure my classmates will understand. πŸ˜‰

What book cover reminds you of Autumn?

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Obviously, this one will be a very common choice.

And:

What is your favorite horror or Halloween film?

Ummm, I hate horror movies. I haven’t watched ONE. Sorry. The scariest ENGLISH horror movie I watched was The Monster House (they gave it on Cartoon Network). Its a very cute movie. πŸ˜›

Can I mention Hindi movies? Then its:

Uggh, creepy..

What Fall book release are you most looking forward to?

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πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ CoHo!!!!

What Autumn movie release are you most anticipating?

None. I’m not a movie person. And waiiiiit a second, I thought this was a BOOK tag!

What are three books you plan to read this Autumn?

Any three?

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I’m in a historical romance genre reading spree. πŸ˜›

So that’s it !!!! If you want to do the tag, just comment below! πŸ˜€

R.I.P It Or SHIP It Tag

I don’t remember who (sorry!!), but someone had tagged me to do this tag, and obviously, this is one of the coolest tags I’ve ever done. The rules are simple:

1. Write downΒ the names of characters from different books on scraps of paper. You can do as many as you like, but I did 20 (10 girls and 10 boys)

2. Put them in a container of your choosing.

3. Pull out two names at the time to form your own couples.

4. Decision time! Do you ship them or do you want their relationship to die a peaceful/painful death? Tell the world!

Note: I love all the original pairings, so lets forget them for a while, and focus on the characters as single individuals. πŸ™‚

  1. Nastya (Sea Of Tranquility) πŸ’— Four (Divergent)

I’m going to SHIP them, because Nastya’s troubled past, volatile temper and strong personality will cause an explosive, dramatic but passionate relationship with Four.

2. Hermione (Harry Potter series) πŸ’— Cedric Diggory (Harry Potter)

πŸ˜€ I love them both, so yeah, I’ll ship this!!!! Strange that both are actually from the same world, so it can only be called the work of Fate. πŸ˜€ Imagine, Hermione in all her Hermione-y awesomeness and Cedric Diggory being all cute and understanding and all… *sigh* πŸ˜›

3. Augustus (TFIOS) πŸ’”Β  Layken (Slammed)

They just won’t work. Somehow. I cannot imagine them together. I say, R.I.P it !!!!

4. Etienne (Anna And The French Kiss)Β πŸ’” Tris (Divergent)

LOL.. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ R.I.P It!!! This can’t happen!! Can you imagine?? πŸ˜€

5. Day (Legend series) πŸ’— Annabeth (Percy Jackson series)

Match made in heaven!! They’d be so cute together! She’s intellectually badass and he’s just crazily cute and amazing, not to mention badass too.. Ship it!!

6. Christian Grey (50 Shades)Β πŸ’” Hazel (TFIOS)

Uh, no. Just NO!! R.I.P it!!!!! Heh, Hazel would take none of the initial crap from Grey.

7. Daemon (Lux series)Β πŸ’” Anastasia Steele (50 shades)

I can’t fathom these two together. Daemon is one of my all-time favorite characters, and Anastasia is….not.

8. Sebastian (The Mortal Instruments series) πŸ’— Anna (Anna And The French Kiss)

What if she manages to change him? You never know. So being the ultra-optimistic person that I am, and because I always felt that Sebastian (or Jonathan) should be given a chance of redemption, I’ll ship it!

9. Finn (Trylle Trilogy) πŸ’— June (Legend series)

Ship it!! They’d have a highly intellectual and serious relationship, and they’d make a beautiful couple.

10. Patch (Hush, Hush series) πŸ’” Katniss (The Hunger Games)

As much as I love Patch, he’s too alpha and casual for Katniss. She’d just kick him out of her life at first meeting. R.I.P it!!!

This was sooooo fun!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ If you want to do this tag just comment below, and I’ll tag you. πŸ™‚

P.S.: I sort of stole the cute heart images from AlexTheShadowGirl .. πŸ˜›

Totally Didn’t Book Tag

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Thank you Find Me At The Library for tagging me here!! πŸ™‚

1. TotallyΒ didn’t need to have a sequel/sequels

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This book could have been ended in one. I didn’t even like the next books so much. But the concept BLEW my mind.

2. Totally didn’t need to have more than one point of view!

I’m sorry, I ADORE dual povs.. They change the entire dynamics!

3. Totally didn’t need to change cover art through the middle of a series!

I’ve never come across a massacre like that! Sorry for another non-answer!

4. Totally didn’t need a love triangle!

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As if Edward and Bella’s drama weren’t enough, she shows us Jacob and then snatches him away. 😦

I can’t resist saying something negative from this book.. πŸ˜›

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Why was Gale even there????

5. Totally didn’t need this book to be included in this series!

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Err.. I’m aware that the series would be incomplete without this book, but c’mon!!!! I DID NOT like it.

6. Totally didn’t need a cliffhanger!

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The next book wasn’t worth finishing. I don’t know, I might try again someday. But my expectations were soaring very very high.

7. Totally didn’t need to have just one point of view!

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I wanted Christian’s POV. What could be so wrong with his head????? I’m glad to have Grey now, but I wish it was all in the same book. 😦

8. Totally didn’t need that much hype!

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SURPRISE!!!!!! Dude, what’s so special about a sparkly vampire?????

9. Totally didn’t need a relative book reference! (e.g. Hunger Games fan would love Divergent.)

I agree with Find Me At The Library. Nothing wrong with references.

10. Totally didn’t deserve my time!

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I COULD have named any bad book, but this book.. its just special. *sarcastic smile*

Tagging:

Tasha@ Head in the clouds, heart in the books

Mrin@ Dreamer Of Improbable Dreams

Bhramori @thecrazyperfectionist

CKReads@ CK’s Reading Corner

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Song Title Book Tag

Finally!!!!!! I haven’t done a tag for sooooo long!!! πŸ˜€ And songs+books= awesomeness!!! So here we go…

1 – Guns N’ Roses – November Rain – Pick a book with a sad/tragic ending

As predictable as that ending was, it WAS pretty tragic. I mean, just put yourself in the shoes of ANY character in that book.

2 – Queen – Another One Bites the Dust – Pick a book which a lot of killing in it

Enough said.

3 – Britney Spears – Oops!… I did it again – Pick a book you read more than twice

Because I am a stupid person..

4 – Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here – Your currently most anticipated book

Never Never Part 3 which doesn’t even have a cover yet!!!!!! I HATE (love) Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher.

5 – Florence + the Machine – No light, no light – Pick a book that was just so bad you’d like to lock it away in a dark corner and never look at it ever again

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You can decipher the cover??? You think its bad???? Multiply it by 100000, you’ll get how bad the book is.. P.A.T.H.E.T.I.C…

6 – Skylar Grey – Final Warning – Pick a book with a kick-butt protagonist you’d not want to tickΒ off

I’m finally reading this book, and I don’t wanna tick off Bella simply because she isn’t worth my precious time. πŸ˜›

7 – My Chemical Romance – I’m not Okay – Pick a book that deals with a hard topic like loss or bullying

I loved this book so much… :’-(

8 – Linkin Park – Breaking the Habit – Pick a book you read which was outside of your usual comfort zone yet you still enjoyed reading

I usually don’t read such realistic fiction, that too by Indian authors, but this book blew my mind.

9 – Troye Sivan – Happy little Pill – Pick a book that makes you happy

Its so adorable!!!! How can it not be a happy pill?? πŸ˜€

10 – Ladyhawk – Dusk Till Dawn – Pick a book you read in one night/sitting

It was so cute I couldn’t resist… πŸ˜€

The Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag-

Thank you so much Tasha for tagging me !! πŸ™‚ I wanted to do this ever since I saw it on Danielle’s blog If We Shadows Have Offended…

Moving on..

TheΒ Rules

  1. Pick 5 books (preferably ones you’ve read or know the characters).
  2. Write the name of the books on pieces of paper.
  3. Put the pieces of paper in a hat or container.
  4. Pull one piece of paper out to choose your first book.
  5. Open to a random page and use the first name you see to answer question 1 (under β€œYour Zombie Team”).
  6. Use the same book for question 2, but turn to a different page.
  7. Pull one piece of paper out to choose your second book.
  8. You will use your second book to answer questions 3 and 4.
  9. Your third book will answer questions 5 and 6.
  10. Forth book with answer questions 7 and 8.
  11. The fifth book will answer questions 9 and 10.

The books I choose:

So here’s my team.. πŸ˜€

1. Who is the first person to die? (Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone)

Dumbledore.

No.

Noooooooo.

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Don’t worry, i won’t let it happen.

2.Β Who is the person you trip to get away from the zombies? (Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone)

Hagrid.

Do you have a gun? Can you shoot me?

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3. Who is the first person to turn into a zombie? (Hush, Hush)

Jules.

Yessssss. I’m awesome. I know.

4.Β Who is the person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies? (Hush, Hush)

Patch.

Uhhhhh..

You know what, I’d happily be tripped by Patch..

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5.Β Who is the idiot of the team? (Divergent)

Al.

I have noting to say.. *shakes head*

6.Β Who is the β€œbrains” of the team? (Divergent)

Tori.

I’m happy.

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7. Who is the team’s medic? (Anna And The French Kiss)

Etienne St. Clair.

Thank you Patch for tripping me. Now I’ll get to visit the team medic.

8.Β Who is the weapons expert? (Anna And The French Kiss)

Anna.

I’m dead. We’re all dead. Goodbye team.

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9.Β Who is the brawler? (Legend#3- Champion)

Day.

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10. Who is the Team Captain? (Legend #3- Champion)

June.

Hurray!! Party, party!!

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Although I often felt like slapping June while reading Legend, I love her.



I loved this tag so much *content sigh*

I tag all of you to do this, its super-fun πŸ˜€