Hello! You already know my name, but anyway, I'm Snigdha, a slightly socially awkward 13-year-old bibliophile who's obsessed with proper punctuation (I sound weird, right?). I am a Potterhead (a proud Ravenclaw), Demigod and Little Women fan. When I'm not working, you can catch me reading and sleeping.
Sorry for writing after so long!!! I had forgotten that my regular workday schedule could be so busy. I had literally forgotten where the ‘Write’ button was. *embarrassment*
And also, Happy Dussehra to all those who celebrate it!
I managed to devour about a lot of books since exam preparation time, considering I was under strict instructions to focus on studies from my mother.
Truly Devious (3.5 stars out of 5): I have mixed feelings about this book. When I issued it, my friend, SH, was all “OH MY GOD YOU ISSUED IT I WANT TO READ IT SO BAD IT’S MY FAVOURITE BOOKTUBER’S FAVOURITE BOOK”, so naturally I went in with a lot of expectations. To be honest, this book let me down a bit, because it wasn’t as exciting as my friend had said it would be. I mean, there was a lot of drama, but stevie seemed a bit, idk, hollow? she didn’t have much personality outside mysteries? same for other students at ellingham. they were a bit boring. But at the same time, it had some unexpected twists and turns, which made it better, i guess.
Trials of Apollo and The Burning Maze (4.5 stars out of 5): This book kept me on my toes from start to beginning. One thing that I loved about this book was that Grover played a huge role, and he’s one of my favourite characters in the entire Riordanverse. Also, 🚨*SPOILER ALERT*🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨JASON’S DEATH? I MEAN, I ALREADY KNEW HE WAS GOING TO DIE, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT I DIDN’T GET A HARD PUCH IN THE GUT WHEN I READ THE SCENE. and when leo cried, i started crying, which is a big deal for me, because only 4 books have made me cry in my entire reading career till now. (Order of the Phoenix, House of Hades, Blood of Olympus, and Burning Maze). *SPOILER OVER* This book brought me both sorrow and joy.
Aru Shah and the End of Time (4 stars out of 5): Speaking as somebody who’s grown up hearing stories from Hindu mythology, this book was a cool twist to all the demons and the gods and the beings I’ve heard of. It has its own plot twists that I couldn’t have seen coming. One thing about this book, though, was that maybe it would have left somebody who’s unfamiliar with Hindu myths feeling a bit confused.
Camp Half-Blood Confidential (5 stars out of 5): NICO SINGS IN THIS BOOK. DO I NEED TO EXPLAIN MYSELF FURTHER AS TO WHY I GAVE IT FIVE STARS? Also it basically made me revise all of Camp Half-Blood. So that’s cool as well. To be honest, I got so much nostalgia reading this book. BUT THE HIGHLIGHT IS NICO SINGING.
Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (5 stars out of 5): I wanted to read this book so bad, because of Alex Fierro. Needless to say, it met my expectations. The plot in itself was so awesome that it kept me hooked on from start to beginning. AND ALSO I’M IN LOVE WITH ALEX. BEST. CHARACTER. EVER. 🚨SPOILER ALERT 🚨 LOKI GETTING FREED FROM HIS CHAINS. WHAT THE HELL? DID NOT SEE THAT COMING. SAMIRAH NEARLY GETTING MARRIED? WHAT. WE ALL KNEW HEARTH’S FAMILY WAS CRAP, BUT THEM BEING THIS BAD? NO. WHY. WHAT IS GOING ON YOUR MIND, RICK.🚨SPOILER ALERT OVER 🚨
Magnus Chase and theShip of the Dead (4.5 stars out of 5): I expected more, but it didn’t let me down. PERCY HAS A CAMEO. DO I NEED TO JUSTIFY MYSELF FOR GIVING IT 4.5? Also, Magnus’ sarcasm in this book is at an all time high. I live for Magnus’ sarcasm. This book also gives closure on Hearthstone’s family, which is so bittersweet when you take a look at what Mr. Alderman has become. And we get to know about the mystery that is Mallory Keen. You wouldn’t see it coming. AND ALEX AND MAGNUS. OH MY GOD. *faints* This book is a lot more than what I’ve written, but these are my favourite parts.
I started reading Catching Fire but there were 8 PAGES MISSING FROM THE BOOK. 8 FULL PAGES. And I’m currently reading Daughter of Empire: Life as a Mountbatten. I know, it sounds boring, but it isn’t. I’ll be reading the Song of Achilles next and then Atlantis Rising. I’m so excited ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Well, that’s it! It was great writing after such a long time.
Bye! If you’ve read some great books, let me know their names in the comments. PLEASE. I AM DYING FOR NEW BOOKS.
It’s my birthday todayyyy!!!!!! I had the most amazing, wonderful day thanks to my amazing friends who made me feel special and cared for today (including Kaashvi and Snigdha from Admist). It was absolutely wonderful and I couldn’t have wished for anything more.
Since, it’s my birthday, I decided to do something special. I have been thinking of getting back in writing stories and all for a while now and, what better time than the present? (lol no i waited for my bday)
I have decided on 5 writing prompts (some I found on the internet, some not) and will be writing stories based off of them. Some of the prompts are proper prompts, some are dialogue prompts, others are just one-liner story bases and some are just story titles (idk but titles of stories and songs inspire me a lot). The order in which I’ll be attempting the prompts…
Keeping with the theme of 15th August, here’s a six word story:
Cheers to India’s freedom and glory!
A very Happy Independence Day to my fellow Indians 🇮🇳🤩. It’s been 75 years of independence for our nation, and I feel so lucky to be a part of this country. I hope India gets all kinds of success in the coming years, and its citizens bloom and bring pride to our motherland!
I’ve had a lot going on. So we’ll catch up on that, first.
My summer vacations ended on 14th July. During my holidays, I went to a few places in South India! It was super fun. Then I got a library membership on 27th June. So, so happy with that. And school started all too quickly…
But I read a lot of books during my holidays! Here are the reviews of some:
1. Faces in the Water: A book on female infanticide in India. Ranjit Lal wrote on a highly repressed topic of Indian society with great sensitivity. Definitely worth a read. ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑/⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
2. Karna’s Wife: This book is told from the point of view of the Mahabharata (an epic from Hindu mythology) character’s Karna’s wife, Uruvi. To be honest, I never thought I would read such a book. The author, Kavita Kané, executed the idea perfectly. ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒/⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
3. One of Us is Lying: If I had to sum up the book in one adjective, it would be: mind-blowing. The characters are cliché, but the unusual thing is that Karen McManus did is openly acknowledge it. And made it a bit more unique for me. And the ending left my jaw hanging. If you haven’t read it, you definitely should. ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑/⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
4. The Bone Sparrow: This book tackled a topic I’ve never read about: the lives of refugees in camps. The special thing: It was told from the perspective of a nine-year-old child named Subhi. Zara Fraillon gracefully fuses the two different lives of Jimmy and Subhi into one beautiful and crazy adventure. ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑/⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
5. The Hunger Games: OH. MY. GODS. I AM ABSOLUTELY MINDBLOWN. This book beautifully describes every single place Katniss is in, what she’s wearing and what she observes. And the storyline, oh my gods. I got absolutely addicted to this book. So much that I stayed up till 1:45 a.m. finishing it. That might not seem much to you, but it is a lot for me. 😀
Since my birthday was yesterday I got a ton of books:
From perspectives of fairy tale characters to haikus, it’s been one hell of a journey.
My current stats are:
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It just seems yesterday that Kaashvi texted me on Google Chat on 26th May last year, that
But anyway, I accepted. Kaashvi uploaded my first ever post, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. And the next day, The Three Little Pigs. And then I got an idea: a perspective from a supposedly negative character. And that’s how Draco’s Diary was born. I, however, abandoned the project because of the increase in schoolwork. Then I dabbled in a little bit of art.
And then, I READ LITTLE WOMEN!!!!! And I created a story, The March Sisters. It’s my favourite story till now.
And then, well you guys know what I’ve been posting. Haikus, Books Worth Reading, a book review, interviews with fictional characters (Voldemort’s remains a favourite 😂), Harry Potter and Percy Jackson stuff, among other things.
It’s been an incredible journey, and I wish it will go on forever! 🙂
(WAIT, that sounds like I’m going away, but I am not. I repeat, I am NOT.)
Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.
Edward Bulwer Lytton
Music. After the pandemic, music has become a bigger part of me then I could ever imagine. Honestly, bands like My Chemical Romance, One Direction, 5 Seconds Of Summer, singers like Machine Gun Kelly and like a million other bands/singers mean so, so much to me. I just think that it’s so amazing that when you can’t deal with the emotions, and the emotion is just flooding inside of you and you feel like no one around you could relate to it, I bet there’s a song that could. Maybe that’s just me or maybe there are other people who feel the same way, but anyway here’s a 100 songs that I think are one of the best ones out there. If you happen to hear…
SORRY, I’D WORKED ON THIS POST FOR A LOOOONG TIME, BUT I COMPLETELY FORGOT TODAY.
Also, I apologise for not posting often. School has kept me slightly busy. And maybe I’m just a little bit lazy. BUT! I did write this post.
I am not going to place them in any particular order because you can’t just rank moms, come on! And I’m going to write about them as actual people, and not just as moms.
Isabel Pullman, Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Isabel was incredibly brave, caring and supportive. Watching your little boy go through twenty-seven surgeries must be no easy task. She left her job as a children’s book illustrator and homeschooled Auggie all by herself. Homeschooling couldn’t have been easy (she was also hopeless with fractions. Sorry, Isabel). She definitely wrestled with her protectiveness for August while deciding to let him go to middle school or not. She’s always tried to hide her negative emotions from her kids and always tried to show optimism.
Molly Weasley, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Molly Weasley was a queen. She knew her family so well, that she has prison as one of the whereabouts of her family clock. She was a brilliant cook and excelled at household spells. That is an art in itself (Tonks would agree). She also knew her healing spells. After all, she did live with Fred and George. Even though she had four kids to raise, she still found time to play an active role against Voldemort. Mrs Weasley took in Harry and stuffed him with her awesome food. Hermione and he were welcome at the Burrow anytime. She knows how to keep her seven kids in line (though I doubt her third son, Percy, created any trouble). That, everyone, is a talent.
Sally Jackson, Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
Sally Jackson is Percy’s real godly parent, and no, I will not be taking any arguments against this. Though, who will? She 1. refused Poseidon’s offer of living in an underwater palace 2. raised Percy, a chaotic demigod, all by herself, 3. married a disgusting and abusive man so her son could be safe, 4. turned that man into a literal STATUE, sold the statue and used the money for putting down a deposit for a new apartment, made a payment on her first semester’s tuition at NYU, and make a deposit at a good school for Percy, 5. successfully got her son to camp when there was a Minotaur, 6. put up with her son going to life-threatening quests, 7. USED A SHOTGUN IN THE BATTLE OF MANHATTAN WITHOUT ANY TRAINING, 8. wrote a book (honestly, I worship nearly anyone capable of writing books), 9. didn’t go out of her mind with worry when Percy was missing for six months (more for Sally because nobody told her about her son being found). Wow, I am so out of breath. After all these reasons, I think everybody agrees when I say, Sally Jackson is a goddess.
Marmee, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Marmee was welcoming, warm and supportive. Her daughters went to her before anyone else when they were going through times of despair and distress and always listened to her daughters’ problems patiently. She also managed to keep her temper in check, which is a great feat in itself, because temper is rather difficult to control. She was a great listener and would not care about her own comfort for others.
Jennifer Honey, Matilda by Roald Dahl
Miss Honey is awesome. Even though she had an inhumanely cruel aunt (a bit like Dolores Umbridge, when you think about it) and was made to live with her, who she knew had most probably killed her father, as a little girl who was made to do chores all day long, she, unlike a certain Professor in Harry Potter, was not venomous towards her students because she had an abusive childhood. (Not a Snape supporter, sorry not sorry.) She moved out of her family mansion at the age of 18 and lived on a small salary in a tiny cottage. That, readers, takes courage. Let’s be honest, not many of us could be able to do that. Also, she taught small kids. You have to be ultra-ultra patient for that. All in all, we all agree, that Miss Honey rocks. *cue clapping for her* 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Who are your favourite (sadly fictional) mother figures or mothers? Let me know in the comments! 🙂