Best Ways to Overcome Reading Slump

Are you struggling to get into any book? Trust me, we have all been there.

Even the biggest of the bookworms land up in a reading slump. So, do not worry! It may take some time for you to overcome your reading slump but remember that beating a reading slump is not so challenging. You need to keep a couple of things in your mind in order to get out of your reading slump.

I know you must have tried picking up a book but no matter hard you try, nothing seems to be working. Right? Sometimes the reading slump may last for a couple of days and sometimes even for a couple of weeks (Even for months in the worst case scenarios)

Let me begin by saying that reading slump has various phrases. The first and foremost being a phrase where you DO NOT feel like reading any book at all. I would suggest you not to force yourself into reading if you are at the first stage.

The next stage is where you are ready to pick up a book and you will end up reading just a couple of pages. Do not feel bad or guilty about it. Feel good because you are at least able to read. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a couple of pages. Be happy because at least you are making some progress.

Here are some of the best ways through which you can overcome the reading slump.

1. Take a break and do not force yourself to read

The first and foremost thing you need to accept is that you are going through a reading slump. I would mention this time and again that IT IS OKAY TO BE IN A READING SLUMP but forcing yourself to read a book that you do not feel like reading would be the worst course of action.

Try to channelize your energy in some other hobby or simply watch series/movies on Netflix, do bullet journaling, learn some new skills. I assure you that within a week you would feel refreshed.

2. Set achievable goals

When you are in a reading slump, it becomes very important to set achievable goals because if you are setting high goals for yourself, trust me you will not be able to achieve them. Do not force yourself to read a 300-400 page novel. When I was in a reading slump. I used to read 10 pages every day and at the end of the day when I used to achieve this goal, it used to provide me with a sense of accomplishment.

3. Try to make reading fun for yourself

The first thing you need to keep in mind is to make reading fun for yourself. Do not read just for the sake of reading. If you are not in the mood to read, let it be. Do not stress yourself to read a particular book if you don’t feel like reading it.

Try not to leave home without a book even if you know you aren’t going to read it.

4. Create a reading atmosphere

I would love to share that a couple of weeks back, due to my tests and assignment I was struggling to go through a book. I was looking forward to DNF that book but a part of me still wanted to read it. Then I found some relaxing Videos on YouTube which had the sound of rain and some sort of relaxing music.

And you won’t believe that with the help of that video, I was able to read 125 pages that day!!!! If it helped me I am pretty sure that it would help you as well.

5. Read at least one chapter before bed

Even if you are not reading the day long, try to read at least one chapter before bed. It will not just help you overcome your reading slump but also is very beneficial for sleep as well.

6. Step out of your comfort zone

I completely understand that for some readers, this is how you ended up landing into the reading slump but still I would suggest you to try stepping out of your comfort zone.

I’ve always been a person who loves watching thrillers/horror but never thought of picking up any thriller book. Last year, when I was in a reading slump, I ended up picking “The Good Daughter” by Karin Slaughter and ever since then, I am recommending it to everyone. I think, stepping out of my comfort zone helped me a lot to overcome the reading slump.

7. Go for short story collections

I think short story collections have always helped me overcome the reading slump. It would help to get you back into the feeling of reading and the moment you’ll finish a story you will be motivated to finish the rest of the stories in that particular book. In the end, the accomplishment you’ll get by finishing the book would be so satisfying.

8. Re-read your favorite novel

This is the simplest way to overcome reading slump but sometimes you might not want to read the book since you have already read and know the ending.

Whenever I am in a reading slump I read any book by Jane Austen. Believe me, I have read Pride and Prejudice 7-9 times and every time I read it I have some different opinion about the various characters. I even came up with various ideas and decided to prepare a guide to Jane Austen wherein I have focused on various things like- Why every man needs to read Jane Austen, My take on the Jane Austen couple, Why I fell for Mr. Darcy at the first place etc.

9. Do not go for a thick fat book

It is better to pick a book that you feel would take just a couple of days to get through. If you are not able to read more than 20-25 pages in a reading slump then I would suggest you not to go for lengthy books. It is very important to understand that when you are at a stage where your reading is very slowed down and you do not feel like reading much finishing even a single book can be a great accomplishment.

Sunkissed by Kasie West [Book Tour]

SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK

After being betrayed by her best friend, Avery is hoping for a picture-perfect summer. Too bad her parents have dragged her and her sister to a remote family camp for the entire summer. And that’s not even the worst part. Avery also has to deal with no internet, a cute but off-limits staff member, and an always-in-her-face sister.

But what starts as a disaster turns into a whirlwind summer romance as Avery embarks on an unexpected journey to figure out what she truly wants and who she wants to be.

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Kasie West is the author of many YA novels, includingThe Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, Lucky inLove, andListen to Your Heart. Her books have been named ALA-YALSA Quick Picks, JLG selections,and ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. When she’s not writing, she’s binge-watchingtelevision, devouring books, or bury-ing her toes in the sand of the Central Coast. Kasie lives inFresno, California, with her family.

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MY THOUGHTS

My Rating- 4.5/5

The story revolves around Avery Young who spends her summer at an activity camp with her family. She had recently broken up with her boyfriend “Tent” because her best friend “Shay” kissed her boyfriend and she never expected this from her best friend.
The story starts when Avery meets Brooks at the activity camp. He was a sort of member of the staff and works as a lead guitarist. His band plays every night at the dinner. At the camp, Avery made a lot of friends and had a lot of fun.

As far as the writing style is concerned, I loved it and I could totally relate with the characters and I felt as if I am a part of their life. I have never read any book that takes place at a camping resort and I think that is why I loved the plot. I really liked how the character of Avery progresses in the story. We see her as a teenager who was betrayed by her boyfriend and best friend. Avery is a kind of girl who doesn’t perform tasks by stepping out of her comfort zone but at the camping resort she made a lot of friends and she was successful in achieving what she thought was out of her reach. (I am not gonna give any spoilers but you should def read this book. It was very cute)

𝐓𝐨𝐩 𝟓 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝
– The book was soooo fast paced and the characters felt so real to me.
– It is perfect for those who are into Romance and Young adults.
– This will definitely help you overcome your reading slump.
– It is a perfect summer read and I felt that the storyline was really cute.
– The chapters were short and that is the reason why it took me just a couple of days to finish the book

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He [Book Tour]

SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK

Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for three years without any recollection of how she arrived, or memories from her life prior. All she knows is that somewhere out there, beyond the horizon, she has a sister named Kay. Determined to find her, Cee devotes her days to building a boat from junk parts scavenged inland, doing everything in her power to survive until the day she gets off the island and reunites with her sister.

In a world apart, 16-year-old STEM prodigy Kasey Mizuhara is also living a life of isolation. The eco-city she calls home is one of eight levitating around the world, built for people who protected the planet―and now need protecting from it. With natural disasters on the rise due to climate change, eco-cities provide clean air, water, and shelter. Their residents, in exchange, must spend at least a third of their time in stasis pods, conducting business virtually whenever possible to reduce their environmental footprint. While Kasey, an introvert and loner, doesn’t mind the lifestyle, her sister Celia hated it. Popular and lovable, Celia much preferred the outside world. But no one could have predicted that Celia would take a boat out to sea, never to return.

Now it’s been three months since Celia’s disappearance, and Kasey has given up hope. Logic says that her sister must be dead. But as the public decries her stance, she starts to second guess herself and decides to retrace Celia’s last steps. Where they’ll lead her, she does not know. Her sister was full of secrets. But Kasey has a secret of her own.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joan He was born and raised in Philadelphia but still will, on occasion, lose her way. At a young age,she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that storytelling was her favorite form of expression. She studied Psychology and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the Delaware River. Descendant of the Crane is her debut young adult fantasy.

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MY THOUGHTS

𝐌𝐲 𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞- Science Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery & Thriller, Fantasy

🌟𝘽𝙊𝙊𝙆 𝙍𝙀𝙑𝙄𝙀𝙒🌟

The story is told from two perspectives. Cee, who wakes up as an inhabitant three years ago and she has no idea why she ended up being there and how she got there. All she knows is that she has to find her sister Kasey. On the other hand, we have Kasey who lives in a city called “eco city” which is a floating city. The description of each and every thing was amazing.

I felt that the initial chapters were a bit confusing and for a moment I thought of DNFing this book but I am glad I did not because without any doubt, it was one of the best novels I have ever read. IT LITERALLY BLEW ME AWAY. The mysterious aspects associated with this book was just mind blowing and the twist was… I do not have enough words to express my feelings for this book. This book kept me on the edge of the seat throughout. I highly recommend this book not just to sci-fi readers but to everyone in general. While reading the book, I felt as if I am on a journey with both the characters and the description felt so real. I am definitely going to re-read it very soon. Another thing I loved the most about this book was that it was fast paced. I was able to finish more than 50% of the book in one sitting and to be honest, I could not sleep for days. I wish I could give this book all the stars in this world.

𝘛𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘞𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨- suicide, death, violence, parental death (off page), drowning, terminal illness,

𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐐𝐮𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐬
➖The problem with oceans? They always seem smaller from the shore.
➖It was the perfect place for hiding secrets.
➖When I linger in the memory, though, the water around us trembles.

Sita: Now You Know Me by Sini

SYNOPSIS

Set in the vedic times of ancient India, Sita narrates the story of her terbulent life intimately, detailing her deepest despair, grief and horrors and her profound love for Ram. This is a spirited and and enduring Sita calmly recollecting her transformation at various stages of her life, from an abondant infant to a cherished princess, a delightful bride to a dissolute hermit in exile, a captive of an enemy, to a queen and culminating as a poor, homeless woman of twin boys in an ashram, ancient India’s geographical, social, Intellectual and cultural portraits accompany Sita gracefully, throughout her journey.

MY REVIEW

My Rating- ⭐⭐⭐

The story is told from the perspective of Sita and from the very first page she takes us to a journey that includes all the significant events that happened in her life. For me it started out as an amazing read but as the story was progressing, I felt as if I wanted the protagonist (Sita) to be portrayed more powerful and self-righteous. As a child, my mother used to narrate a lot of stories from Ramayana but the storyline wasn’t as powerful in my opinion. No doubt, I got to know a lot of things that I didn’t know earlier.

I really appreciate that the author has done enough research before writing the story. But a couple of times I felt that the direction in which the author is taking the story is not going hand in hand with what actually happened in reality according to Ramayana.

As far as the writing style is concerned, it was easy to understand but I could not connect with the character. To some extent, I did but I think that’s entirely because I have already heard stories from Ramayana.

Thanks to Rupa Publications for the review copy.

I found shop on Etsy which is a Hidden Gem for bookworms!!

Earlier it was easy to shop for bookworms but gone are the days when bookworms were given books and sometimes it can be really monotonous to buy books for yourself or your friends who prefer being in a fictional world. I am assuming since you’ve decided to read this article, you are intrigued to know more about the shop I referred to in the title of this article.

Who doesn’t need bookmarks for books? Don’t tell me you are someone who folds the edges of the pages. I hope I’ll help you get rid of that habit by the end of this article (I was one amongst you but then I found bookmarks hahaha!!) Recently I found a shop on Etsy named “Cartofleur” which sells handmade flower pressed bookmarks and thought of sharing my view on the bookmarks I received with other bookworms because I can’t even describe how beautiful were the bookmarks I received. I literally gasped when I opened the package. Talking about the product, I would recommend any reader to go for these bookmarks since the finishing was impressive and on top of that, the bookmarks were handmade.

Do read the article till the end because I will be giving insights about this shop and why you should consider buying these bookmarks.

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ABOUT THE OWNER

Cartofleur is run by Emilie Bodin, who is French but have been living in England for more than ten years. Emilie was born in a small town in the French Alps in a loving family of artists. She learnt the pressed flower technique from watching her mum from a young age. She came to the UK to pursue a career in the hospitality industry in the first place but it is when she had her first daughter that she decided to start her own business. She made her first sales at a local crafts market in London and it was when she opened her Etsy store.

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PRODUCTS/SERVICES “CARTOFLEUR” IS OFFERING

  • Pressed flower bookmarks
  • Glass pressed flower art frame
  • Handmade pressed flower lampshades

Apart from offering these products, Emilie enjoys making customised invitations, announcements, cards and bookmarks as well as working with bridal bouquets upon request.

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WHY YOU SHOULD CHOSE CARTOFLEUR

  • First and foremost, these are handmade bookmark with pressed flowers including autumn leaves and meadow/garden flowers.
  • These bookmarks are best for all sort of events whether it be someone’s birthday, mother’s day or simply genre-specific bookmarks. That’s only because you can get your bookmarks customized as per your wish.
  • Emilie (the owner of cartofleur) grow flowers in her garden on her own and pick flowers/leaves in her local area. Then she follows a long process of pressing to naturally preserve the flowers. Once they are ready and through her daily inspiration, she designs cards and floral inclusions for a variety of events.
  • An ultimate gift for a bookmark hoarder or people who love collecting bookish accessories.
  • The efforts that Emilie puts into making the bookmarks are commendable and trust me you won’t get disappointed by the bookmarks.
  • The finishing of these bookmarks are literally praiseworthy.
  • These are simply adorable and I am not saying it out of words. I have more than 70-80 bookmarks but these bookmarks are literally the most beautiful bookmarks I own.
  • The owner of this shop is so polite and understanding. I am not saying it out of words I mean it. Feel free to message Emilie in case you have any queries regarding the bookmarks. Click here to view her instagram handle.
  • Every now and then you can expect some new designs coming out. Even a couple of days back, Emilie listed a bunch of new bookmarks and all of them were literally got sold out like hotcakes and that’s because of the quality one is getting at such an affordable price.

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A picture that I posted on my Instagram of the bookmarks I recevied

Turn A Blind Eye by Jeffrey Archer (Cover Reveal)

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I am so thrilled to share the cover of Jeffrey Archer’s upcoming novel “Turn A blind Eye” which is the thrild installment in the story of Detective Inspector William Warwick. This book will be out on April 1st 2021.

SYNOPSIS

William Warwick, now a Detective Inspector, is tasked with a dangerous new line of work, to go undercover and expose crime of another kind: corruption at the heart of the Metropolitan Police Force. His team is focused on following Detective Jerry Summers, a young officer whose lifestyle appears to exceed his income. But as a personal relationship develops with a member of William’s team, it threatens to compromise the whole investigation.

Meanwhile, a notorious drug baron goes on trial, with the prosecution case led by William’s father and sister. And William’s wife Beth, now a mother to twins, renews an old acquaintance who appears to have turned over a new leaf, or has she?

As the undercover officers start to draw the threads together, William realizes that the corruption may go deeper still, and more of his colleagues than he first thought might be willing to turn a blind eye. 

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5 Books Every Capricorn should read

I’m assuming since you are here, YOU ARE A CAPRICORN (I am a Capricorn tooooo!!)

Are you hardworking? Are you dedicated towards what you do? Are you passionate about achieving your goals and feel like nothing in the world can stop you? Are you progressive? Do you feel you are workaholic and you can work for hours at a stretch and still won’t get tired? Then, believe me YOU ARE A TRUE CAPRICORN.

Capricorns are considered to be one of the most hardworking and down to earth signs who do not go on telling everyone about their plans rather they will get things done, achieve what they wanted to and then they might tell you.

Here are 5 books that I want every Capricorn to read at least once in their life.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work “her own darling child” and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, “as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.” The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. And Jane Austen’s radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England.

2. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

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Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind.

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father—Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney—devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, Charlotte has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself—the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized, Charlotte is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress–because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever. Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling. 

3. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

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With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, family, and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…. But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend; a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world; a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… and she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

5. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

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Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura. Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of eighteen she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of “Smile Mart,” she finds peace and purpose in her life. In the store, unlike anywhere else, she understands the rules of social interaction ― many are laid out line by line in the store’s manual ― and she does her best to copy the dress, mannerisms, and speech of her colleagues, playing the part of a “normal” person excellently, more or less. Managers come and go, but Keiko stays at the store for eighteen years. It’s almost hard to tell where the store ends and she begins. Keiko is very happy, but the people close to her, from her family to her coworkers, increasingly pressure her to find a husband, and to start a proper career, prompting her to take desperate action…
A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.

WWW Wednesdays

Hello fellow Bookworms!! Today I’ll be doing WWW Wednesday. I have seen a lot of book bloggers doing this every Wednesday thta’s why I thought of doing it as well…

WWW Wednesday is all about What I last read, What I am currently reading and What I will be reading next.

WHAT I LAST READ

The last book I read was The Importance of Being Earnest. It was a re-read since I was going through a reading slump. I think that happened because of my internal examinations and presentations. But somehow I was able to overcome reading slump.

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Oscar Wilde’s brilliant play makes fun of the English upper classes with light-hearted satire and dazzling humour. It is 1890’s England and two young gentlemen are being somewhat limited with the truth. To inject some excitement into their lives, Mr Worthing invents a brother, Earnest, as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind him to pursue the object of his desire, the ravishing Gwendolyn. While across town Algernon Montecrieff decides to take the name Earnest, when visiting Worthing’s young ward Cecily. The real fun and confusion begins when the two end up together and their deceptions are in danger of being revealed. 

WHAT I AM CURRENTLY READING

So, currently I’m reading What We Talk When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver. It is a collection of 13 short stories that talks about love, loss and companionship.

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This powerful collection of stories, set in the mid-West among the lonely men and women who drink, fish and play cards to ease the passing of time, was the first by Raymond Carver to be published in the UK. With its spare, colloquial narration and razor-sharp sense of how people really communicate, the collection was to become one of the most influential literary works of the 1980s.

WHAT I AM PLANNING TO READ NEXT

The next book I am planning to read is Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce. I got approved for the book on Netgally.

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On a brilliantly sunny July day, six-year-old Ruby is abandoned by her father in the suffocating dark of a Tennessee cave. Twenty years later, transformed into soap opera star Eleanor Russell, she is fired under dubious circumstances. Fleeing to Europe, she marries a glamorous stranger named Orlando Montague and keeps her past closely hidden.

Together, Eleanor and Orlando start afresh in LA. Setting up house in a storybook cottage in the Hollywood Hills, Eleanor is cast in a dream role—the lead in a remake of Rebecca. As she immerses herself in that eerie gothic tale, Orlando’s personality changes, ghosts of her past re-emerge, and Eleanor fears she is not the only person in her marriage with a secret.

In this thrilling and twisty homage to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, the story ricochets through the streets of Los Angeles, a dangerous marriage to an exotic stranger, and the mind of a young woman whose past may not release her. 

What was the last book you read? What are you currently reading and What are you planning to read next?

5 Books Every Aries should read

I’m assuming since you are here, YOU ARE AN ARIES then you are at the right place but I want you to ask a few questions to yourself.

Do you feel you are a confident leader? Do you feel you are highly competitive and can achive whatever you want? Are you unstoppable? Believe me YOU ARE A TRUE ARIES.

Aries are considered to be very Enthusiastic, Romantic, Dynamic, Optimistic yet a bit impatient. They are considered to be the most responsible zodiac sign amongst all the zodiac signs.

Here are 5 books that I want every Aries to read at least once in their life.

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. 

3. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

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“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

4. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right? 

5. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

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Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast begins the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories…until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.

Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. It is a story of miracles and emotions that will stay with you forever.

March TBR

It’s March already!! February has been really hard for me in terms of reading. I was in a reading slump and I didn’t feel like reading anything but I was able to overcome my reading slump a couple of days back. For the month of March, I’ve planned that I’ll read only 5 books. I am not keeping the number too high because I know if I will set such big goalsss I won’t be able to achieve them.

1. With the Fire on High By Elizabeth Acevedo

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With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.

2. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

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Anna Fox lives alone, a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother and their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him…. 

4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. 

5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.