Life Update + Get To Know Me tag

Hi everyone! Wow it has been almost a year since I have posted here! You all probably think that I fell off the face of Earth and I have no idea how to respond to that. Anyways, I thought I could write a post filling you all about my life  and other stuffs. You would be knowing most of this if you are following my Instagram. I am also doing a “Get to know me” tag because you can know a bit more about me and I have got some new followers as well. Welcome!!

However I can’t say that I am fully back to blogging, as I am not sure whether I will have be able to post regularly but a post now and then won’t hurt! Gosh I missed you all and this wonderful community!!!


Life update

In December 2016, around the time of my last post, my life became somewhat of a nightmare. My brother was admitted in the hospital for 6 days with typhoid and pneumonia. My dad had a kidney stone in his ureter, which thankfully was gone after a few weeks, but it was excruciatingly painful for him especially when the stone moved. Gosh it was just unbearable to watch him in pain. Then, there were my IGCSEs which started the first week of May and lasted an entire month! I got my results on August, 6 A* and 1 A – the A was for computer science and I am kind of disappointed about that, nevertheless I was happy about my results. But before that in June 2017, my dad was diagnosed with umbilical hernia and he had to undergo a key-hole surgery. We were in my home country when this happened and once we got back, our house was under renovation which was awful because it started the same day as my school. They were opening up the ceiling and blah blah, we had to pack away our stuffs and live somewhere else for a week. It became extremely hectic for everyone those days! Soon, that was over – whew!

During school days (I am in Grade 11), I am just really busy and my time is mostly occupied with doing school work. Now, my school exams are over and my term break of a week long has started which is awesome because I get to relax and finally read! Yayy! Also, earlier today I trimmed about 2 inches of my hair, which was awesome.The ends of it were kind of in a straight line and I hated that, now it’s sort U-shaped. Only about two years ago, I was in love with my long hair, now I just love cutting it short – it’s easier to style in the mornings and much more simple to take care of. 🙂


Get to know me tag

1. What is your middle name?: Ah I don’t have one, I really wish I did. 😦

2. What is favorite subject at school?: Hm…. I absolutely love Maths! Then comes Chemistry and Biology, Physics could be the next and English as well. Gosh I am such a nerd.

3. What is your favorite drink?: Water!! But I really enjoy fresh juices, mainly strawberry and avocado.

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?: Well currently, I love listening to Perfect by Ed Sheeran and Treat you better by Shaw Mendes. These two artists has g

5. What is your favorite food?: My mom’s food is the absolute best! I love chicken! And ice cream is bae!!

6. Favorite book(s) of all time?: I am dreading this question because there are so many answers to it!!! Well I have narrowed it down : The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (just finished the third book), Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (review), Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking, Flawed by Cecelia Ahern (review) and The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid

7. Favorite Color?: Honestly, I love blue, black, red, purple, aquamarine and turquoise.

8. Do you have any pets?: No, but I really wish I had a dog, preferably Husky! ❤

9. Do you speak any other language?: I fluently speak English and my native language, I can speak a bit of French. Did I mention that I am no longer studying it at school? Tragic, really tragic. :(((

10. How many siblings do you have?: I only have younger brother, he is seven.

 

11. Favorite Blog?: Omg I have a lot of favorite blogs, so I’m not just going to mention one 🙂

12. Favorite Movie?: My favorite movies are Vampire Academy, Divergent, Frozen and Bend it like Beckham (who else have seen it?)

13. Favorite TV shows?: I have only watched Pretty Little Liars and I really like it. I finished until season 3, and now it’s on pause because of school work/

14. PC or Mac?: PC

15. What phone do you have?: I have a Samsung Galaxy Note II

16. How tall are you?: Gosh I am short, 155 cm aka  5’1


Well that was fun! Hope you enjoyed reading it! I will try posting something again this week!

If you read this whole thing, then you’re AMAZING!!! ❤ Tell me one interesting thing about you in the comments. Until later, byee 😀

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Book Review

Hi everyone! How are you all doing? Wow it’s been terribly long since I wrote a blog post and I sincerely apologize to you all for that.

The Alchemist, one of the most well-known books written by the incredible writer, Paulo Coelho. This book has a very special place in my heart as it is one of those books, that I believe left an impact on me.  The Alchemist is also the first book I had ever written a review on.
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Author : Paulo Coelho
Genre : Adventure, Fantasy
Language : English
Publication date : 1988
Published in English : 1993
Original title : O Alquimista
Country : Brazil
Original language : Portuguese

This book is about a boy from Andalusia named Santiago who has forever had the dream of travelling around the world. His father had once told him that shepherds were the only people who travelled amongst them and therefore he became a shepherd. Lately he had been having a weird dream and decided to visit an old woman in Tarifa who was known to be capable of interpreting dreams. This Gypsy woman told him that a treasure awaits him in the Pyramid of Egypt. From his home in Spain, he travels to the crowded markets of Tangier, works in a crystal shop and finally to the Egyptian Deserts. During his journey, he meets some interesting people – a king, an Englishman and finally an alchemist. His encounter with the alchemist was one that he would never forget.

This book is about a simple boy following his dream to realize his destiny. His belief in recurring dreams and omens had truly helped him in finding his treasure. Little did he know that he was going to learn a lot on the way. Understanding the universe and the language of the world is not a easy thing but he had managed in accomplishing it.

Reading this book was a completely new and overwhelming experience for me as it was unlike any other books I had previously read. I found this book to be profound and it teaches us meaningful life lessons. It is a quick and a very easy read, enjoyable yet physiological. It is about fulfilling one’s dreams and wishes as they continue this magnificent journey called life. Now who wouldn’t want? Isn’t that what we all strive to do? Making our dreams a reality.

If you are the one to ponder about life and its meaning, then this book is the one for you.


Some of my favourite quotes from thus book : 

When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it.”
“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor being severely tested”
“Luck and Confidence. It’s with those words that the universal language is written.”


Rating – 4/5

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Have you read The Alchemist? If so, what did you think of think of it?

Hope you enjoyed this post! See you all later!

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Book Review

Hi everyone!! How are you all? Hope you are having a fantastic day!
I have seen Fangirl all around bookstagram for a long time and hearing incredible things about it, I decided to give it a shot. I didn’t expect to like it this much!! Here is my review :

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“To really be a nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”

Author : Rainbow Rowell
Genre : Contemporary, YA,
Publisher : Pan Macmillan
Publication date : September 10, 2013
Pages : 461

This story follows Cath Avery, an introverted girl, as she begins her freshman year in college, discovering new things on the way. Her love for Simon Snow books and movies led her to be a Simon Snow fanfiction writer who got thousands of hits which only increased as each day passed. Cath is not your average teenage girl, she is socially anxious, awkward, shy and nerdy and prefers to write fanfiction all day long, which is what mainly distinguishes her from her twin sister, Wren. Wren is bold, confident and can be found partying hard all night long.  The twins had always done everything together, Wren had even been a co-author for the Simon Snow fanfiction along with Cath for some chapters. Their obsession with Simon Snow had begun since their youth and still continues on, it’s the one thing they will always have in common no matter what.

Before college started, Wren had demanded that Cath and her shouldn’t be rooming together as she wants to explore and experience college life the way it is known unlike Cath who would just lock herself up in her dorm, writing fanfcition. This request had completely shocked and disappointed Cath because she has always been dependent on her twin for her social life. Now she felt like a complete wreck and she got roomed with an intimidating (yet spectacularly understanding) older student, Reagan. Though they had their differences in the beginning, their blossoming friendship was obvious as the story progressed.

This is the first book I have read my Rainbow Rowell and I absolutely loved it, I enjoyed every minute of reading it. This book is like a roller coaster of emotions which can keep anyone hooked to it, and I certainly was. There is a cute love story which was simply amazing to read. Rainbow Rowell had eloquently described emotions and I loved Cath’s character, she was truthful, friendly and everything else you would look for in a protagonist. Fangirl has now become one of my all time favourite books!

Completely satisfying a multitude of readers is not a simple task but it is something that every author wants to achieve. This book has definitely managed to do that for a lot of us. It is a page turner and anyone would gobble it up in one sitting. Now I can see what all the hype was about. This book is just that fascinating!

Rating – 4.5/5

Have you read Fangirl? What did you think of it?
I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Bye 🙂

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern – Book review

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! How is your day going? Today I am going to be reviewing Flawed, a book that I found to be truly captivating and entertaining. I read this one a few days ago and I immediately knew that I had to write a review on it. I really hope you enjoy reading this.

*No spoilers are given*

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“Sometimes what you’re afraid of losing is the very thing that will set you free”

Genre : Dystopian, YA
Publisher : HarperCollins
Publication date : 22 March 2016

Celestine North is your typical teen, she is a young, intelligent, beautiful girl living her life of what she considers to be perfect. The people in the society is divided into two distinct groups – the normal and the flawed. The flawed haven’t done anything illegal in their lives but have made bad decisions which caused them to be branded. They are the ones who are looked down, mocked and harassed by others and they must live their lives under certain regulations. One day Celestine does the right thing in a wrong situation and she is brought to trial where it will be decided whether she will become one of them. Whatever happens, her life will fully changed and she can never go back to being her usual self. She thought her parents could protect her, keep her safe but she soon realizes that her life is in her hands.

I loved reading this book as it portrayed a whole new world we are not familiar with. The extremely strict rules and regulations could most likely get anyone into trouble for even the slightest of mistake. I really liked the character Celestine because of the undeniably determination and strong courage she showed during her toughest times. She stood up for what she believed and followed the path to what she knew was right.

There were some heart-breaking scenes in this book in which Celestine had endured unimaginable sufferings but this was what that had given her the strength to be brave and speak up later on.

Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors and I have read many of her other books. This one is quite different from the others but I had enjoyed it just as much, if not more.  This thought-provoking book managed to keep me engrossed from the first page till the very end. Flawed is a duology and it is said that her second book would be released on 30th March 2017. I can’t wait!!

Rating
5/5
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Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it?

I hope you enjoyed this post! Until next time! Bye! 🙂

Well hello there!

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Hello everyone!! Nice to meet you!!

This is my first post on this blog and I will start by telling you a bit about my myself.
I am 15 years old girl, will be turning 16 this January, thus the name bookishcapricorn. I love chocolate (Yayyy) and ice cream is everything to me. However I don’t like chocolate ice cream… weird right? During my leisure time, you will mostly find me reading books. Watching are also very enjoyable but I only tend to do that during my holidays. I enjoy spending time with my family.

I am in the 10th grade meaning I will be taking my IGCSE’s this year. I have already started preparing. 😀 I won’t blog a lot but I will most likely post every Saturday. I am not a big fan of a cheese and I hate tomatoes. My favourite fruits include mangoes, strawberries, apples, etc.

I had a blog before this one (aspiringbluecat) and I had met many wonderful people. This WordPress blogging community is great indeed. I kind of stopped blogging there but decided to not delete that blog, it was truly an amazing experience and I had enjoyed every bit of it. Then why did I discontinue? I started getting bored with it…somehow, there were some technical errors which prevented people from seeing my posts on their feed. I stopped blogging regularly and I knew I wanted to start fresh. So here I am.

Well that’s all about me. If you do wish to contact me, here is my email and Instagram.

Instagram → @bookishcapricorn

Email → bookishcapricorn@gmail.com

I hope you enjoy my posts! Happy blogging! Have a great day!! 🙂