American Horror Story Season 7: Cult (My thoughts)

Before starting off let me just say it is not a review. If you haven’t watched the first episode that aired on 5th September then I would say don’t read it maybe, I haven’t really decided if I’m going to put some spoilers here or not. So let’s just say go watch the episode and maybe then come and read it if you really have an interest in knowing what I thought of it. Without wasting any more time, let’s get started.

Okay, so Evan Peters (in every other season of AHS) had been so charming even when he played a psychopath in Murder House (Season 1). But this season he gave us a whole new level of insanity (I mean, the guy can REALLY creep you out). Also, I didn’t know Billie Lourd was also going to be in this season *shocked* and she gave off the same vibes in this episode -at least half of this episode- which she gave off in Scream Queens (Fun fact: I was waiting for Scream Queen Season 3 to air this month but yesterday I got to know that the show got cancelled). Really love how she acts. The episode focused on so many issues. Not only on the surface, where the whole episode consisted of President Trump being elected and its impact on the public but also on multiple other issues like self-harm, the dark side of the internet, children’s minds, et cetera. Sarah Paulson, as always, delivered amazing performance but still her performance in Season 4: Freak Show will always be my most favorite amongst all.

Now coming to the negatives, this episode gave me the worst anxieties. Trypophobia is one of the widely found phobias amongst people yet choosing to show it in such widely watched show is a big risk because those producers can consequently lose their audience suffering from this phobia or Coulrophobia. I was literally afraid throughout the episode not because of the themes of it but because of visual representation of Trypophobia. Somehow, I managed to watch the whole episode but I really don’t think I will be able to watch any more episodes of it. Can’t risk my anxiety when my plate is already filled with it.

The conclusion is, I found the episode interesting and to be honest I didn’t plan on watching it because I DNFed the last season after watching the first few episodes. And if it weren’t for my trypophobia I would have considered watching it but at this point, I really think that the AHS franchise either needs to bring back Jessica Lange or it needs to make its seasons more interesting like the first few were.

With that being said, these were all my thoughts and if you disagree with me on any of it then please feel free to comment below and also tell me if you liked the episode or not? and the things you liked/disliked?

Thank you for reading.

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The Ruler of Books Tag

So this book tag was created by the booktuber Ariel Bissett and because I’m lazy I’m attempting to do it after a year.

The tag basically opts the question, if you were a ruler of books what kind of world would you create? So here go the questions and my answers;

  1. What book would you make everyone read?

I would definitely make everyone *forcefully* read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

2.  What would you abolish in book construction?

I have so many pet peeves when it comes to book construction but one of my biggest problems is way too small fonts. It just makes it hard to read the book and it annoys me so much!

3. What author would you commission to write you any book?

A few months ago if I had asked the same question to myself I would definitely, without thinking twice would have said Kasie West because I LOVE HER BOOKS SO MUCH!!! But 3 months ago I binged read Shatter Me Series and I fell in love with Tahereh Mafi’s writing instantly. She writes so well and her stories and everything about her books is just phenomenal. So I would commission Tahereh Mafi to write me any book (and by any book I would only ask her to write as many books as she can about Warner :D)

4. What book would you demote to the library basement to make room for new books?

Okay, so there are so many books and books series which I would rather not have in my world but if asked to keep some of them and to demote them to library basement, I would say Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. And I know a huge amount of people would disagree with me but this book is simply so problematic that I would rather it stays away somewhere in the basement.

5. What cover artist would you commission to make a mural?

Penguin classics because I love those editions of Jane Austen’s novels and they all are so pretty and cute. Besides that, Alison Klapthor, who designed the covers of Firebird series by Claudia Grey. I haven’t read the books yet but the covers are so beautiful.

6. What characters face would you put on a coin?

I want to say Mad Hatter but then I really want the face of  Warner from Shatter Me Series to be put on the coins of my world. And I also want Hermoine Granger From Harry Potter series also. So this question is really tricky for me to be honest.

The last question in the tag is, What book would you award the “Ruler of Books” 2016 Prize to? and since I’m doing the tag in 2017 so I don’t know if I should include the best book of 2016 or 2017. Simultaneously, I’m not sure if I came across any new releases in both years which should be granted with the said award. So, I’m not going to answer this question and I really apologize for it. But if anyone of you wants, you can also do this tag and don’t forget to tell me in the comments below what kind of world would you create if you were the ruler of books?

 

 

“Over Hyped Books”

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I have been so much mislead by the hype of some books that I no longer read books based on their hype. I will be making a list of why I find under hyped books are sometimes way better than over hyped books and honestly one of my favorite books are the ones that never got any recognition. Also the reason of some books not to meet the expectations is the hype they get before their release or during their release. If I talk about myself, I start expecting so much from those books that when I finally read them, I don’t find them as good as I previously thought they were going to be. Especially it happens with dystopian or Sci Fi books. In future, I will be making a list of over hyped and under hyped books but this post is going to be about over hyped books only. These are not necessarily my reviews for these books. I might post the reviews in future but right now these are only the reasons of not liking these books as much as I anticipated liking them. So without further ado, let’s get started.

  1. Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard

When this book first came out, almost everyone on booktube and goodreads was talking about it. I bought this book immediately and read it after 3-4 months because of my busy schedule. I was expecting so much and everyone was talking about the “plot twist” in this book. For me, the plot twist was quite predictable. Also the general idea or this book was quite generic because I feel like almost every Sci Fi, Fantasy or Dystopian book these days has almost the identical main lead and plot. So this was a let down for me.

2. The Crown By Keira Cass

I have already talked about this series in one of my previous posts. I really liked the first three books in Selection Series regardless of the characters but The Heir and The Crown I believe are unnecessary installments in this whole series. When these books first came out I read some of the goodreads reviews and judging from them the books seemed quite good but when I read them I was highly disappointed. For this, I don’t think the hype was a complete reason of why I couldn’t like the books but partly the characters were also the reason why I just couldn’t bear with them.

3. The 5th Wave By Rick Yancey

This book is really good. I actually enjoyed reading it and the plot was actually read good too. I read this book in 2015 when the news of its movie adaptation came out. Everyone was talking about this book and honestly I was pretty intrigued with it as well. But I don’t think the book was as good as everyone was saying. I really liked the idea of multiple POVs. I liked how it portrayed the siblings bond but to be honest I just couldn’t develop any feelings towards the characters. For a time being, I did think that I really liked the characters of Cassie, Evan and Ben but now that I think about it, the characters were pretty much like every other YA novel. There was nothing special or new about the characters. For me the characters were really basic (not that it is a bad thing but the characters were almost exactly like every other YA book) but the plot really had the potential. I still haven’t read the other books in this series but I’m definitely going to read them in future.

4. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

When I first found out about Colleen Hoover’s books I felt like she was going to be my most favorite author (I only read the blurbs of her books at that time). The thing with NA books is that the characters are always over the top. They’re too perfect, either in looks or personality. This makes it really hard for a reader to connect with them. You can have crush on these characters but you can never feel connection with them. I do believe that Colleen Hoover does bring potential story lines in her books and for some part the book made me emotional but at the end I don’t believe that this book is as great as I thought it was going to be. For a time being, I also fangirled over Miles Archer character but as you grow up you start to see that the book needs to have more than a pretty perfect boy in it. Same is the case with Hopeless which is why I’m not including this book in this post but yes I do think that Hopeless was also overhyped for me.

5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

When this book came out, almost every other person was talking about it. At first I was reluctant of reading it because the title felt too cheesy (even for me) but then I gave in and read it. I’m going to be honest, when I read it I was a teenager and for me the ‘cutesy’ thing which was going on in this book was enough to like it but now that I think about it I realize that the book consists of bunch of dumb characters, with stupid life choices and it actually promotes cheating! This book really infuriates me not because of the plot (I mean also because of it) but because why I liked it at the first place. I actually prefer the second book in this trilogy, “Lola and the Boy next door” simply because the main character was more relate-able and less dumb than the previous book. I still haven’t read Isla and the Happily Every After and I have no plans of reading it in the future as well.

6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I do think this book is overhyped. I really liked reading it but I just couldn’t develop the empathy I anticipated for it. The idea of this book is really good but the characters are ‘eh’ for me. Also the way this book ended really felt like a rush to me. I’m not saying that it should have had more pages or the writer should have dragged the story I just felt like I couldn’t accept the ending or I didn’t get the closure I wanted from this book. The second book in duology has also come out but I’m pretty sure that I will never read it.

7. Anne Henry by Dawn Ius

OH MY GOD! This book was the biggest let down of 2016 for me. I was so anticipating this book because I’m really interested in the history of Henry the 8th and Anne Boleyn and I kind of knew that this book would fail to meet the expectations because of the whole high school drama but still I couldn’t wait to get it and when I started reading it, at first I thought hey it’s just the starting it will get better but it kept getting worse and I had to DNF it after putting up with it for 60 pages.

So these were the books which were overhyped for me by booktube, goodreads or any other social media. Comment down below, which book you think is overhyped?

Also this post is not a mean to offend anyone.

 

“Struggles of being a Reviewer”

I don’t solely review books on this blog. But I do sometimes talk about different books and I will continue to talk about the elements of various books. Basically this post contains reasons why I find it difficult to review book(s).

  1. I cannot simply keep track of every single line while reading books and make notes of it. I feel like it would make it hard for me to enjoy the book at its fullest if I start making notes about things I liked or disliked about it.
  2. I believe if I start reviewing books then I would (a) either roast it to a point where people will literally start hating me or (b) praise it to the point where people will literally not read it.
  3. I have no idea how to write a review. Doesn’t mean I can’t talk about it, it is just I find it difficult to follow these ‘rules’ in writing reviews.
  4. I don’t know how to review a book simply without spoiling it. I get overly excited while talking about it that I kind of spill the things which I’m not supposed to.
  5. Whenever I sit to write a review of a book I instantly go blank and forget what I read in the book.
  6. I sometimes lose motivation to write one. For instance I finished reading Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi this morning and I sat down to write a review but I lost motivation even before I started writing it.
  7. I can’t keep track of the quotes in order to use them in my reviews.
  8. I don’t know how to make my reviews look attractive (I know there are some sort of techniques to make your review look good!)
  9. I don’t know when, where or which kind of gifs to use in the reviews.
  10. Lastly, I sometimes cannot seem to force myself to read the books writers want me to read in exchange of a review because even if the book had been in my TBR for so long however if someone tells me to read it then I wouldn’t be able to make up my mind to read it.

So these were the reasons why I find it difficult to review books. I have massive respect for the reviewers and I believe they should be given the credit and respect they deserve. I might try to write reviews including one of Shatter Me since it is my recent read and then I will decide if I want to continue writing it in future or not.

Comment down below if you review books or if you also think that it is difficult to review them.

Until next time.

Sincerely,

A Bibliophile. ❤

“Why I’m A Reader (Book Tag)”

Greetings. 🙂

 I don’t know who created this tag and it is also quite old, I suppose. All I know is some publishing company created it. I found it on booktube & I thought maybe I should post it. Without further ado, let’s get started.

1 Choose one word that describes you as a reader?

I’d say ‘antsy’ I guess. Because no matter what book I’m reading, even if I’m hating it I still get so antsy and get so much into it. I don’t know, it was the first thing that came in my mind.

2.  What’s the very first book you fell in love with?

So, I’m a Pakistani and in Urdu literature we have these short children story books which are so interesting. I don’t see them now a days (I guess they got extinct or something  Idk :/ ) Well kids these days will never know the beauty of those old days. Coming back to the point, those stories were about beasts, mermaids and basically so many mythical creatures and I used to love reading about those books (I suppose I was 7 or 8 when I started reading them). I guess those were the first books I fell in love with.

3. Hardcover books or Paper bag books?

Obviously Hardcover books because hardcover has this ability to make every trashy cover look better in my opinion. But paper bag are easy to handle while reading. But still if I had to choose, I would say hardcover and the funny thing is I don’t own that many hardcovers because they are soooooo expensive in Pakistan.

4. How has reading shaped your identity?

Oh God! I believe I have an identity only because of books. I started looking at things quite differently when I started reading more frequently. I would rather choose books over anything in this world. I have become more reserved when it comes to connecting with people because I trust, respect and love books more than I can trust, respect and love people.

5. What book do you read when you need to be comforted?

Any YA, NA contemporary. Because I can’t read Sci-fi when I’m upset because it takes a lot of energy to comprehend it, linguistically speaking (Yes I do learn something from university). And YA or NAs are always easy to read and they manage to take my mind off of things pretty easily.

6. Who taught you to be a reader? Or did you do it on your own?

I think I have mentioned this in some of my previous posts that my maternal side is quite into literature but I don’t think this was what made me a reader. I figured it out myself that I’m a reader. It took me some time to realize it but I kind of did it on my own. 

7. Describe your dream reading lounge?

A cozy library that I will own someday with snowfall outside and a comfy blanket with all the books I love in the world before my eyes.

8. What book changed the way you act? Or changed the way you see the world?

I believe every single book that I have read has left some impact on me, no matter if I liked it or not but I believe I’m a combination of everything that I have ever read. But if I had to choose I would say The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This book really taught me and made me realize so many things in life and I guess every historical novel has this quality of changing you completely.

So this was the very first book tag that I have ever done. Yaayy for me! 😀

If you are interested in doing this tag then please do it so I would know why you are a reader. 🙂

Sincerely,

A Bibliophile. ❤

“A Break…”

Greetings 🙂

I recently started this series of posts where I would rant about the things I hate in YA or books in general and I actually have a list of 10-15 things that I really hate and I was not planning on taking a break from posting those ‘complaining series’ because I didn’t want to be inconsistent with the flow of my blog posts. BUT it doesn’t matter if I take a break or not because literally no one reads my posts LIKE LITERALLY NO ONE! So I can post whatever I want whenever I want because I don’t have any audience (I can’t decide if I should cry over this thing or laugh at my own stupidity)

So I guess I won’t stop writing because why should I? 😛 But I will post whenever I want without being consistent in whatever I want to write (Perks of not being famous :D)

I actually contemplated writing about some philosophical ideas but then I thought I already have to go to university every day and study those things every single hour, why should I make my self suffer through those ‘academic’ things at home also? It doesn’t mean I won’t write about those things but I won’t write about those things as much as I initially decided. I actually don’t know why I’m writing this post or what I’m going to write after this post (SHOCKER, RIGHT!) but I know one thing that I will write something!

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FYI, I always knew I had some elements of Andy Dawyer in me but this is a whole new level.

So this is it. I don’t have anything else to say write now but I guess I will post about something sooner or later.

Until the next time (whenever it is going to be)

Sincerely,

I want to write ‘Someone Clueless’ but I don’t want to embarrass myself any more than what I have just done in this post. So…

One of the Blessed Ones. ❤

“The Love Triangle….”

Greetings to all… 🙂

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This is a second post in my “Complaining Series” and as the title already tells it is about the love triangles in books. Let me start by saying I love reading YA, NA et cetera but whenever I’m going to add a book in my tbr the first thing I do is check its ‘shelves’ on Goodreads and if it has a love triangle category in it, that’s my cue on closing that tab. Trust me no matter how much I love a book by its blurb I cannot force myself to read it. And I have read my fair share of love triangles (sometimes they are love square, octagon or whatever)

It mostly happens in series and our protagonist keeps on running  into someone new “who brings out something unknown or hidden out of them” I mean COME ON! normal people don’t meet new people every other day and develop new feelings towards them every other day. And the most amusing thing is they don’t believe in telling their significant others that ‘hey, you know what? I just met a new person who I think is better than you and I’m going to stick with them for a while’. What percent of decency would you need to say things like that and when things start to go south or get messed up they will blame it on situations and timings (SERIOUSLY?!) All I want to say to these characters is, “Make up your mind already!” ( I just realized that I get so aggressive while writing these posts 😀 )

The thing is we all love to root for certain teams. We love shipping our protagonist with our favorite love interest but everything in between, the cheating, the dumb decisions, the cringy moments are what make these books frustrating and drive me crazy.

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This was one of the reason why I find some books so annoying even if I want to read them and love them, but sometimes I fail in relating to these characters and liking some books.

Comment below of what do you think about love triangles in books/ tv shows/ movies.

Until next time.

Sincerely,

A Bibliophile ❤