To-Be-Read List

When you finally finish an amazing book or series, all you really want to do is go back to immersing yourself in the world of another amazing book. You confidently stroll on down to your local library,  determined to find the perfect book….but then you set your sights on the never-ending rows and rows  of books. ‘Tis both a reader’s dream come true, and worst nightmare. So many books to chose from, but which will you chose? Which will carry you away from your problems? Which will set you free… of, you know, the restraints of reality and such.

I can relate. I’ve been in that situation, but what has always come through for me is my TBR (To Be Read) list. One look at this, and I know what exactly I need to look for. For you, my fellow book lovers, I have complied a list of books that I still need to read, with hopes that you too can benifit from it and know what to look for in the library. Without further ado, here is my current TBR list.

1). Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – (Comes out May 23, 2017)

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BREIF SYNOPSIS (courtesy of GoodReads) 

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

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As I have just recently finished its predecessor, Lady Midnight, (and became an emotional wreck), number one on my list is definitely Lord of Shadows. This book spotlights some of the characters whose stories and struggles were shared with the audience in Clare’s previous series, The Mortal Instruments. Not only does it seem totally exciting, but also new and revamped, from the point of view of newer, younger characters. If you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices series, I suggest you do that before trying out this series. This book is meant to follow the events that had taken place in TMI and TID and will undoubtedly reference the occurrences and characters from that series.

I’ll read this when I’m in the mood for RomanceAction/Adventure, and (because this is a Cassandra Clare book) Soul-Crushing Devastation and Tragedy.

2). The Siren by Keira Cass

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BREIF SYNOPSIS (courtesy of GoodReads) – “You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”

The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.

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The Siren is the first of a brand new series by Keira Cass. I am über excited to get my hands on this book, as it not only sounds like a totally exciting book, but also has one of the most gorgeous covers ever. I’ve read a tiny sample of this book, and it sounds amazing. The characters are exciting and compelling, and from the first page I could tell that once again, Cass went all-out with a no-doubt awesome plot!

I’ll read this when I’m in the mood for Romance and a little Adventure.

3). Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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BRIEF SYNOPSIS (courtesy of GoodReads) – Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

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The Heir of Fire is the third book of the Throne of Glass series. Quick warning: if you can’t handle intensity, excitement, and mind-altering  plot twists,  then stay FAR AWAY from this series, because it is literally awesomeness in the form of literature. It is completely the opposite of what I had expected, and there has never been a time when I could accurately guess what was going to happen! Sarah J. Maas truly has talent when it comes to crafting the perfect characters, the craziest storylines, and most terrifying world. She has surpassed my every expectation for her series, and I’m excited for this book, and I want it so freaking bad!

I’ll read this when I’m in the mood for Romance, a lot of Action/Adventure, and some Mystery.

4). Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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SYNOPSIS (courtesy of GoodReads) – 

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 sister, 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 fan fiction, 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 fan fiction 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? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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Normally, I don’t read a lot of contemporary books, because they can’t hold my attention very long, and sappy love stories are not my thing. But everything about this book excites me, and it makes me feel like I could probably understand the main character. Besides the cover being SUPER cute (which is a definite plus), the idea is so cool to me, and for people who like to read, it seems like it could be easy to relate to. I’ve never read anything by Rainbow Rowell, but I’ve heard good things about her writing, so this seems like a good choice to be on my list. I have high expectations for this book, so I hope its not all just hype.

I’ll read this when I’m in the mood for Romance, Comedy/Relatable Moments and the Real World.



5). Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 

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SYNOPSIS (courtesy of GoodReads) – A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
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This book looks awesome, and I am actually pretty excited to read it. From what I’ve heard, it’s a pretty creepy story, and as the story goes on, the book includes some freaky vintage pictures. Plus, GoodReads.com describes this as a “spine-tingling fantasy” which sounds pretty cool to me. And, to add to the excitement, its movie came out in September. I haven’t seen the trailer yet, but I heard that the main character is played by the amazing Asa Butterfield, so I am even more excited than before. I’m guessing that if you’re in the mood for a creepy, thrilling adventure, then this would be the book to pick up

I’ll read this when I’m in the mood for Action/Adventure and Horror.

6). Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (Comes out October 3, 2017)

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BREIF SUMMARY (COURTESY OF GOODREADS) –

Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?

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Magnus Chase is one of my favorite stories that Rick Riordan has ever written. Though some of his books are known to be for kids, the Magnus Chase series is darker and more exciting than any other book he has written, making it perfect for teens and even adults. It features Norse mythology, but takes place in the same universe as Percy Jackson, so we get to see little snipets of Percy and Annabeth’s lives after the whole saving-the-world-for-the-SECOND-time business. ANDDDDD its pretty much guaranteed that Percy Jackson, the sass master himself, will be in this book. Need proof? WELL, if the last sentence of of Magnus Chase: The Hammer of Thor doesn’t clue you in, ( Annabeth smiled. “I don’t know the ocean very well, but my boyfriend does. I think it’s time you met Percy.” )  I don’t know what will. Unfortunately, I think this might be the last book of the series, which means there will be many tears when I finish.

I’ll read this when in the mood for Fantasy, Adventure, Humor, SASS-MASTER PERCY JACKSON, and pure awesomeness.

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So anyways thats it for my TBR list! Comment below if you have any book suggestions, or any ideas about what else you guys want me to post about (or just for fun – lol I don’t care). That’s all for today! BYE!

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – Book Review

Hey everyone, its Divya! Its FINALLY May, but for some reason, Mother Nature hasn’t gotten the memo, and the weather is 60*F FOR TODAY, and 51*F AND RAINY TOMORROW! WHERE IS THE LOGIC?!?

But anyways, here on my blog, we like to keep it chill and with the current book-related-news, and recently I’ve read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. In almost a week, Everything, Everything will also be coming out in theaters, starring Amandla Stenburg and Nick Robinson (and not gonna lie, this movie looks super cute). I’m going to try REALLY hard to make the non-spoiler section as ‘non-spoiler-y’ as possible, but this is a short book with a lot of really cute scenes. All my favorite parts are going to be hard to avoid.

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Summary (Courtesy of GoodReads)

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I don’t know much about Yoon’s other literary works, but judging from this book, she is a really strong author! I loved this book, and all the cutesy (but relate-able) moments that a person gets when crushing on a hot guy. Well, in this case, an extremely hot guy. Its short, its sweet, and its definitely memorable and different from the normal Young Adult books that are filling library shelves and are stacking up on tables at Barnes & Nobles. I give this book a 3.8/5 stars, and that concludes the non-spoiler section! Go do yourself a favor and READ it, then come back to thecookiecrumblr to discuss! See ya

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After seeing trailers for a movie that looks absolutely amazing, and hearing many of my friends rave about Everything, Everything, I did everything in my power to get this book in my hands ASAP.

And this book was good! Especially in the beginning and middle. The main character, Madeline, was funny and sweet, and her relationship with her mom basically embodied the relationship I wish I had with my mom. And of course, her relationship with the incredibly attractive (fictional ;( ) guy next door made me jealous beyond compare. (I’ve been exposed to the world outside my house for more than 16 years now, and I am unbearably shy and awkward around people. Especially guys.  How is Madeline so suave?).

The love story amidst all the craziness and excitement is what really made this book shine. I died a little bit every time Madeline and Olly secretly met up. I felt constantly on edge, each time thinking that Madeline’s mom would just walk in on them kissing, and forbid Madeline and Olly from ever seeing each other again. And when her mom did finally find out, I WANTED TO SLAP THE LADY. Though I knew that her mom had a good point, and that Madeline’s health should be above this crush on a guy, I still wanted them to be together. It killed me to see Madeline be forced to fit back into the neat schedule of the same nothingness that she’d been living her entire life. And beyond that, it killed me to see Madeline forgive her mom so easily when her mom was taking away the first bit of freedom Madeline had ever been granted. But at the same time, it made me smile to see her not want to cause her mom any unnecessary pain.

But then of course Madeline decides to go to HAWAII. I understand the reasoning behind the inner-workings of her mind; that actually living a few days and dying happy is better than waiting the rest of her days in essentially a super-clean fish tank to die one day. To me, it sounded like an extremely poetic way of saying she either stopped caring or was suicidal, but I was still super excited for it. The fact that she was about to go on a journey with a guy she loved, to a place she’d only dreamed of was crazy exciting and I was oblivious to the obvious danger in the situation.

This brings me to the part of this book that i did not really like all that much. For all its cutesy moments and excitement, I couldn’t bring myself to love it. My only problem with the entire book was the ending.

It wasn’t sad, but I might have almost preferred it if it were. This book left me feeling kinda annoyed. I’m not saying it was bad, because it really wasn’t! It just felt so unreal. The fact that Madeline had been living completely isolated from the world, believing she was plagued with a disease that would kill her if she left the confines of her home, but suddenly she’s actually completely fine at the end and she can live happily ever after; it felt sorta like a cheat ending. The fact that this is a real disease, and in the real world, no one is lucky enough to have this disease washed out of their lives with one simple discovery. At first I thought this book would be one to promote awareness for a disease that few people in this world are forced to live with, but then it kinda turned into an ideal I-broke-the-rules-and-now-I-can-live-happily-ever-after. On top of all that, the person she trusted the most, her mom, was the one who was to blame for the waste of her life? All of that just made this book so much weaker in my mind. And it was all discovered in the end, where the book should be its most powerful.

However, I love how Yoon made the story come full circle, back to books and connecting Olly’s and Madeline. Their reunion at the end was just so perfect. Not too detailed, but enough for the reader to fill in the blanks. I hated how Madeline shut Olly out, and it made me incredibly mad, as she tricked him, and Olly did nothing wrong. But at the end, its clear that it was all water under the bridge, and (as a book lover) I can appreciate the cuteness and romantic tension in that bookshop.

Unfortunately, Everything, Everything was only a stand-alone novel, which depresses me because it was so short and I want to see more!! But luckily for us, its movie is out in theaters on May 19th! So dont forget to catch it in theaters!

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Thanks for reading my review. Comment below if you have any book suggestions, or any ideas about what else you guys want me to post about. That’s all for today! BYE!

Book Nerd Christmas Wish List

Hey everyone! It’s Divya, here to be not only your reliable source for book reviews and fangirl-ing, but also to be your source of relief. Christmas is right around the corner, and you know what that means. Its time to get the people that you care most about in your life some presents. Now if you are like 99% of the world, then you struggle with getting the perfect gift for your friends and family, especially if their niche of interest lies in a field you yourself are not interested( aka: mundanes/muggles to nerds of every kind). Luckily for you, I am in that group of nerd and fanigrls, and I know some of the most perfect gifts to get.

This is my list of the best gifts to get your fangirl/ book nerd friend for Christmas.

  1. Books – Duh. Now don’t just go about buying any book, or something that’s “popular amongst teens” because chances are the person you are buying for has already read it, or doesn’t like that style/ type of what book is popular. I remember when The Fault in our Stars was popular. While I thought it was ok, I didn’t love it or even care all that much at the sad ending that had pretty much everyone else in tears. The characters’ sense of humor didn’t translate well to me, and I didn’t really take a liking to the characters themselves either (I did, however, love Isaac). But because all my friends and family knew I liked reading, at least 4 or 5  people gifted me with a brand-new copy of The Fault in our Stars that year; a book I had already read and decided I didn’t like. My advice is to BE SUBTLE and ask your friend about their favorite authors and genres, and try to figure out what book they’d like based on that information.
  2. Money/Gift-Cards – If you’re really stressing out because you don’t know what to get a friend, why not just leave it up to them? money-giftMoney and gift-cards are the way to anyone’s heart really,  as it is up to them what they can get. It’s the less personal gift, which is why I try to avoid giving only gift-cards and money, but its still a great present for anyone. If you do decide to give your friend a gift-card or money for Christmas, try personalizing it by making a card with inside jokes or a small side gift, like lotion or fuzzy socks.
  3. Fan Merchandise – Nothing will make a fangirl or book lover happier than to strut around in their brand new fan merchandise. When you wear fan merchandise, whether it be a t-shirt with a quote or a bracelet with a symbol, you feel a special connection to the story you love so very much. And nothing is cooler than meeting other people who understand the reference from your fan merchandise and sharing your love for the book/show/movie. I wear my Teen Wolf hoodie practically every few days, and every time I do, I high five a new friend who sees me and understands. Its glorious.
  4.  Cute N’ Comfy Clothes – There is nothing I love more, especially on a colonsied winter day, than to cozily watch some Netflix in some snuggly sweatpants or chill with friends wearing cute soft sweaters. During this time of year, when it’s too cold to wear my normal lazy-day clothes, my soft, comfortable clothes have become my best friend. My favorite thing to wear around the house, or when I’m hanging around with my buds, is my onesie. I LOVE my onesie so much. Its cute and plush, making it totally Instagram-worthy. My friends and I hang out while all wearing our onesies, and we just feel so tumbler and cute, its the best feeling ever.
  5. Floating Bookshelf – So if your book loving friend is anything like me, then she struggles when it comes to storing and displaying her hundreds of belovefloating-bookshelfsd books. There is simply not enough room on one shelf to display all your books and keep them safe from the elements. A floating shelf is on my wish list too, as it is a small, not very visible shelf that you can attach to your wall and stack your books on, giving the illusion that they are floating on your wall. It offers more space for storage and looks really cute, making it an awesome gift for any book-lover in need of space.

That concludes my book nerd wish list. Sorry its so short, but I’m only human; I cant do all your work. Leave a comment if you have any suggestions as to what you want me to post next, or if you have any good book or TV show suggestion. Thanks. Merry Christmas, guys!