A Little Bit About Me

November 7, 2015


Yes, it was my birthday, and I turned 21 on October 2nd! Have some of that month old cake ;D

I've never been big on birthdays, and I've never even mentioned it here on the blog, but with the 21st, I felt like it called for some kind of acknowledgement.

21 is supposed to be this big milestone in people's lives, mostly because of the legal drinking age thing, I guess? I don't drink, though, and the only other thing that's of significance is that I can now marry legally (the legal age for marriage in India is 21). Yeah, no plans of doing that anytime soon, so I figured I'd do something noteworthy and share some unknown facts about my interesting life (question is, if my life were really interesting, would this be the noteworthy thing I do on my 21st?)

Review: Walk on Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

October 3, 2015

Title: Walk on Earth A Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy #1)
Author: Rae Carson
Publication date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon | Goodreads | TBD
Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Leee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might muder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

After completely loving Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson, I knew I would read anything else she wrote. And so when I got the chance to review Walk on Earth A Stranger, I grabbed it. And I am so glad I did.

In a few words, Walk on Earth A Stranger is the story of Leah Westfall who has the power to glean gold, wherever it might be. In an effort to escape from her uncle who murders her parents to get to her, Leah travels across the country to California at the start of the gold rush. Her rationale is that she would be able to conceal her power in a place where it wouldn't be a miracle to find gold.

ARC August Wrap Up!

September 1, 2015


ARC August is over, y'all! I am so proud of what I managed to accomplish this month, although week 4 hasn't exactly been the best.

ARC August Update: Week Three

August 27, 2015


Week 3 was awesome! I completely rocked the socks off this week :D

Review: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

August 25, 2015

Title: Dumplin'
Author: Julie Murphy
Publication date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Five Things You Should Know About Dumplin'

ARC August Update: Week Two

August 19, 2015


Week 2 has gone by very slowly. I had to really struggle with staying on track, but I still managed to kind of meet my goal.

ARC August Update: Week One

August 12, 2015


Week 1 of ARC August finished a few days back, and I'm very happy to say that I wasn't a complete failure! Yay!

Review: Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff

August 10, 2015

Title: Kinslayer
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publication date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin's Press)
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Steampunk
Rating: 
A SHATTERED EMPIRE
The mad Shōgun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium. The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation’s broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously – by endorsing a new Shōgun who desires nothing more than to see Yukiko dead.

A DARK LEGACY
Yukiko and the mighty thunder tiger Buruu have been cast in the role of heroes by the Kagé rebellion. But Yukiko herself is blinded by rage over her father’s death, and her ability to hear the thoughts of beasts is swelling beyond her power to control. Along with Buruu, Yukiko’s anchor is Kin, the rebel Guildsman who helped her escape from Yoritomo’s clutches. But Kin has his own secrets, and is haunted by visions of a future he’d rather die than see realized.

A GATHERING STORM
Kagé assassins lurk within the Shōgun’s palace, plotting to end the new dynasty before it begins. A waif from Kigen’s gutters begins a friendship that could undo the entire empire. A new enemy gathers its strength, readying to push the fracturing Shima imperium into a war it cannot hope to survive. And across raging oceans, amongst islands of black glass, Yukiko and Buruu will face foes no katana or talon can defeat.

The ghosts of a blood-stained past.
For the first time ever, I'm about to write a review right after finishing a book. I usually wait for a little time to pass, so that I can process everything and think before putting pen to paper, in the interest of objectivity. But with Kinslayer, I highly doubt I will ever recover from the pain this book has wrought on my heart. So there is no point in me trying to be objective, because that is not going to happen.

Just saying, because if you're looking for an objective review, (as much as I appreciate blog traffic), I'd suggest you head elsewhere. 

Also,

There are NO spoilers ahead for those who have not read Stormdancer. Yes. I am a kind soul.

Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

August 6, 2015

Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Publication date: August 27, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen (Harper Collins)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.
Have you ever finished a book and then wondered whether you like it or love it, and haven't been able to make up your mind about either? (or maybe I'm the only one who's so obsessive?) Well, that's what's happening with me and The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Hopefully, by the time I get to the end of this review, I'll have made up my mind.

Also, milestone reached. THIS IS MY FIRST PATRICK NESS BOOK YAAAYYYYY!!! *throws confetti everywhere*

I'm Joining The ARC August Bandwagon!

August 2, 2015

Okay, this is super last minute guys, considering that August has already started, but hey, better late than never, right? 

For those of you who don't know, ARC August is a month long event organised by the ladies over at Read. Sleep. Repeat. where we tackle our piled up review copies. It's pretty chill and low pressure, and a good way to cross out books titles from those page long ARC lists.

I found out about ARC August a few days ago, but had no intention of joining at the time, because of uni and life crisis and stuff. But now, I've got some unexpected free time on my hands (classes at uni have been suspended indefinitely), the 'crisis' has passed somewhat, and after having a look at my Edelweiss pile up of books, I figured I better get my butt moving.

Looking Back: The Halfway Point

July 10, 2015

Guys, the powers that be in the book world have not favoured me this year *cue sad face*. I've had the displeasure of reading one abysmal book after another for a long, long while and it has made me so miserable that the effects can be observed in pretty much every part of my bookish life.

Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

July 9, 2015

Title: Uprooted
Author: Naomi Novik
Publication date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Macmillan
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (NetGalley)
Amazon | Goodreads | TBD
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood's powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost to the wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows - everyone knows - that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia - all the things Agnieszka isn't - and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him.
After a slew of one unimpressive book after another, I finally struck gold with Uprooted. This book is like that person you meet for the first time and know you're going to be best friends with, because it feels like you've known each other your entire lives.

Review Digest: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker + Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

June 20, 2015

Title: The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1)
Author: Virginia Boecker
Publication date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (NetGalley)
Amazon | Goodreads TBD
Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.
In theory, The Witch Hunter sounds pretty good. A former witch hunter with the super-self-healing powers and a worthy cause? Whats not to like?

Why The Darkness Rising Trilogy Didn't Work For Me

June 14, 2015

Title: Darkness Rising Trilogy
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publication date: April 12, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Rating: 
Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town - from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel...different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya's biological parents and it's easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

In The Gathering, New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.
The Darkness Rising series came highly recommended with several accolades and honours to its name. I've seen raves for this series on almost very book blog I frequent, and the books' Goodreads pages are likewise flooded with balloons and flailing. You would think that a series in which every book has a rating above 4.00 out of 5 would be absolutely brilliant, right?

Not.

A New Chapter: Hitch Theory

June 9, 2015

hitch theory new design new blog name
As you can see, things have changed around here. We've got a new name, a new look, and hopefully, a rekindled enthusiasm for blogging, minus the side of slothfulness.

Origin Story

I fell out of love with the name 'I Read, Ergo I Write' a long time back. It felt to me like it sounded narcissistic and very focused on the 'me' rather than the books, which is what its supposed to be about. Also, what was I thinking to have such a long name? It's takes stupidly long to type the damn thing everywhere, and its difficult to remember too.

Obviously, I knew nothing about branding or promoting *shakes head*.

But even though I decided that things needed to change, I didn't know what to change it to. Which is how the search for the perfect blog name began. I came up with some awesome names, and actually made up a really long list of the contenders on Evernote. But in the end, after thinking about what fit me better, and going through Ashley's tips for choosing a good blog name and coming up the perfect one, I ended up settling on 'Hitch Theory'.

Armchair BEA Intro!

May 27, 2015


Hey,everyone! This is my second time participating in Armchair BEA, so I've chosen questions that I didn't get around to last time.

Confession: I was too swamped with stuff to write this post beforehand, and right now, I'm no my way out, so this is going to be short. Sorry! I will try to add to it once I'm back, though :)

How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?
I've been blogging for 5 years, but I've been book blogging for 2 and a half years only, and that's what counts, really, because before that I was just an aimless nomad searching for the light.

Why do you loving reading and blogging?
Reading is my first and longest love. It's something that I got introduced to because of the family of bookworms I was born into, but I've stayed with it because a good book can lift you up and take you away to a more beautiful place, always.

Ten Tips to Write Better Book Reviews

May 20, 2015

ten tips to write better book reviews
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!
See, the thing is, I'm someone who needs clear-cut defined instructions and goals when I set out to do something. So having a freebie post this week really doesn't help, y'all. I just spent the entire day trying to figure out what to write, and finally settled on helping out all you poor souls who try your hands at having a book blog and don't know how to write book reviews. With gazillion years of book blogging experience under my belt, plus over a thousand reviews in my archives, I figured it was about time I shared my expertise with less experienced mortals.

So, book reviews.

Book reviews are to book blogs like ketchup is to french fries. You need to load them on SO MUCH, so that all you can see is a sea of red (aren't I clever with my analogies & alliterations? *pats self on back*). Or reviews, in this case.

And without further ado, here are my little pearls of wisdom!

Part 2: Authorial Intent & Responsibility

May 16, 2015

This is a post that I've been meaning to write for a very long time, and a recent bad experience with a book finally acted as the catalyst. Also, this post contains way too many questions, and too few answers, just so you know. I am a very confused person.

NOTE: Part 1 of this post can be found here.
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I was really enjoying the last book I was reading until I came across a small bit that really took me aback:
"Ladies first."
Right away I wanted to throw my glasses in the nearest trash can and yank my ponytail down. Chivalry makes me want to be the kind of lady who deserves it.
[Before I elaborate further, I just want to note that I'm not going to mention the book's name, because this is not a hate post, and the book isn't the point of this anyway. I simply want to speculate on a few things.]

First of all, what does that last sentence even mean? That only gorgeous women who have their shit together are worthy of chivalry? That simple, normal women who aren't put together all the time don't merit common courtesy? That if you are the recipient of some chivalry you're supposed to immediately assess the ways in which you can improve your appearance so that you *deserve* it? So that... what? You can thank the guy with your appearance?

In a world that's becoming increasingly materialistic and shallow, and placing undue value upon physical attractiveness, is it really a good idea for a book to reinforce the idea that looks are everything? Is that the kind of message that a book targeted at young adults should convey? Aren't young girls faced with enough pressures to fit the narrow definition of beauty that the world has these days?

Ten Books I'll Probably Never Read

May 5, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!
This week we're discussing books we'll probably never read. Admittedly, I thought this would take me a long time to compile but surprisingly, there are a number of books that I'm pretty sure I'll never read. And here they are. Do feel free to dissuade me of this, though, if you think they're worth a read.

2015 Rewind: 1 of 3

May 4, 2015

Rather than do a monthly or weekly recap, which would never work for me because I never have anything to say (I highly doubt I have the dedication to maintain something like that either), I figured it would be interesting to look back every few months and see what's been going on in my life, which is why Rewind is now here.

For The Love of Reading

April 30, 2015

desperate times call for desperate measures
The wanderings of a mind that is wont to ponder. Check out past Between Bookends posts here!


book monster [/bʊk ˈmɒnstə/]
noun
someone who has a voracious appetite for books and is best known for being a serial reader, often consuming multiple books at a time


I think I can safely say that I (along with almost everyone who's part of the book blogging community) am and have always been a book monster.

I read my first book when I was around 3; it was a dictionary. I graduated to Famous Fives in first grade, at the same time when we were having hour long 'reading periods' at school, during which we were given Ladybird Read It Yourself books. Try imagining reading a 10 page book in under 5 minutes and simply staring at the teacher for the next 55 (or until someone else finished a book and you could trade, which would take ages). It was so so bad.

Review: Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

April 20, 2015

Title: Things We Know By Heart
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publication date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.
Things We Know by Heart is the first book in a long time that I read at a stretch, without losing interest in between. I've either been taking forever to read books, or dropping them to pick up later and starting another book, or simply avoiding books in general lately. So this book has been such a relief! I still love books! In three words, I'd describe this book as 'emotional, introspective, and beautiful'.

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

February 8, 2015

Title: Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publication date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Orion
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopia
Rating: 
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
In an alternate universe, I would read Red Queen before I read Red Rising by Pierce Brown, and see if this book still feels like a really long ride of déjà vu.

Mare Barrow is a Red, the menial workers who slave for the Silvers, the super humans with superpowers and actual silver blood (sound familiar till now?) Once they come of age, if Reds are not apprenticed to anyone, they are conscripted and sent to fight an army in the borders of the land. Mare is on the verge of turning 18 and isn't apprenticed, so she's resigned to joining the army just like her three older brothers.

Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

January 28, 2015

Title: Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)
Author: Pierce Brown
Publication date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Del Ray (Random House)
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 
The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.
Last year, something really dumb happened that made me stay away from Red Rising.

Owing to my fascination with book covers, a book's cover usually stays in my head for a long time, regardless of whether or not I've read the book. Sometimes I'll have forgotten the book's name, but the cover I'll remember. Around April last year, I'd started reading Half Bad by Sally Green, whose cover, if you remember, has a similar red & black combination. So after that, wherever I saw Red Rising, I brushed it off thinking I'd already read it.

Yes, this really happened. I am an idiot. -_-

Anyway, thanks to a fortunate turn of events, I did finally read Red Rising. It was the last book I started in 2013 and the first I finished in 2014. And man, what a great start to the new year!

2014 End of Year Bookish Survey

January 1, 2015

The survey is created by the wonderful Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner
I did the end of year bookish survey for the first time in 2013, and I loved it. I cant believe a year's gone by so fast, and here we are again!