Procrastination

So, in light of my week back in Uni, I have this wonderful video about how I, and probably the majority of society, get my work done. I’m hoping to change this behaviour. Anyway, I had a ton of work I had to do for Uni and in my personal life but I kept postponing till now, where I have no choice but to do the actual work. In addition to Uni related matters, study for a test that, apparently, will determine whether I will pass or fail my third year. Yes, I only just started my third year and already have a test that is the determinant of whether I graduate or not. Here is a kicker, the said test is on all the things I’ve covered thus far in my major. Can I be honest, I don’t remember the things I did in first year because I hardly remember anything from that year, major-wise. I remember my other courses because they were fun. So, tomorrow night I have a date with my first year marketing text book. Monday night I’m brushing up on global marketing and branding, from second year. Anyway, the reason I’m posting this is because I’ve also been procrastinating on writing the two remaining reviews and reading the one book. And pretty much anything that is paramount for my life as an adult-to-be. However, in my defense, I’ve been making gifts for my friends 21st birthdays. I have one friend whose turning twenty-one in March and the other in April. I’m getting their gifts done now because the chances of forgetting their birthday until the phone reminds me are high. Very high. And I’ve been spending my time on YouTube, which resulted in the cutting of my data bundle quota.

I’d have the video here but there seems to be a problem with inserting the video as my media file. Maybe I’m being dumb, but I highly doubt that. So I have a link for you. Many of you have probably seen the video. If you have, you know why I’ve spent my time on YouTube so much. If you haven’t, just click on the link and you’ll see what I mean.

How I Get Work Done.

P.S. This video accurately depicts my behaviour when I study. My dual-coloured walls look like The Lourve when I have to study.  My nails look like they need to be worked on, mind you, I hardly pay attention to my nails, but when I have to study I wonder what colour I should paint them and I look for nail designs online. And suddenly, I feel like making anyone who is home food and tea; and baking cupcakes. That’s how bad I am. I’m not opposed to studying, I just hate it. I love learning because in learning there’s hunger to know more. But studying is trying to make sure you know that course, and only that course.

Let me know what’s the worst thing you’ve ever done due to procrastination. Also tell me if you’re pro-learning or pro-studying.  And please be kind as to like this post. 😉 Because by posting this, I am pushing the one important thing I’m supposed to do.

Yours Truly,

Duchess♥

 

Beneath Him

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Oh my Lordy, beneath him was everywhere in this book. And get your mind out of the gutter. It’s not beneath him, beneath him. This book is my first from Komal Kant. I’ve sampled a couple of her books but this is my first read. It was not what I was expecting. I’m not even sure what I was expecting. But it was not this.

Beneath Him was such a pleasure to read. A callous rich housewife, a compassionate father and sister and friends that are friends. The collision of Nick and Sky’s world is an absolute delight. It had a nice edge, the banter was amusing and the Matt situation did not go down like I thought it would. Think the Graysons from Revenge. Season 1, Episode 1. With a kid, and Danny having an interest in Emily; but Emily is the nanny.

I loved the Prologue. I’m a fan of any thing unconventional, so this floored me:

-Someone once told me that we are only as good as we believe ourselves to be. I've let myself forget for too long.-

I had to read this three or four times before I actually proceeded to read the book. And at some point I found myself going back to it. Nick also refers to it somewhere in the middle. Now, please read it again. Wait for five seconds to let the words sink in and hover in your brain. Now think about it. How true is that? How often do we forget that? I could write an essay based on this quote. (Cue *eye roll*)

Nick was as callous as his mother. A total jerkface. My favorite was when he kept saying this is not who he is. And saying he was hiding his true self. He buried the old him in copious amount of night stands. He was so tortured and so lonely that my heart cried for him. Of course that was after I realized that he was not exactly who he was acting out to be. Of which, every chapter you see public Nick chipping the exterior giving way to real Nick. Once the façade came off, Nick was definitely worth the fuss. Worth the drama. And man this guy had baggage. The kind I’m not sure I could help carry.

Family played such a big role here. And when I say big, it doesn’t necessarily mean good. It just played a big role. And I liked that. I also like the fact that Komal made Nick have friends from early childhood and they were not stuck-up rich kid. It was proof that Nick was not a stereotype. Hate stereotypes in books.

Sky, dearest Sky, best line from Nick about Sky.

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Can be all be like Sky? Not for Nick or for any guy. For you. I already said I want to be like Helena, but if can’t reach Helena be Sky. Or better yet, be you. The great you.

Sky didn’t have much of a family but she had a best friend. Those one’s you wonder why you even friends with them, let alone best friend. But then they make feel so good, they make remember why you’re best friends. And probably will be forever. Ever had that friend?

Oh, Sky knew how to bake. This part was torturing. The need to eat a cupcake or cookies while reading the parts that had cupcakes and cookies was high. Very high.

Okay back to Sky. Sky had a backbone. And she was passionate and so kind. Love that girl. She had so much to offer, but I feel like she was swallowed by the banter and I didn’t see her grow. She was constant throughout. Nick, however, dealt with some demons.

Nick’s aristocratic mother was scary. I would’ve quit day one after meeting her. But what she said to Sky was so demeaning and horrible she was practically oozing blue blood every time she said anything to Sky.  This woman takes the black out of everyone. She got me so riled that my thoughts were along the lines of, ‘Uh, uh, she ain’t talking to my girl like that, is she? Sky, hold my weave, my earrings and my fake Chanel bag, oh-kay, gurl? I’mma show this blue blood how we red bloods fights.’ Insert appropriate hand gestures and body language. Seriously, though.

There are two things that bugged me:

  1. I needed more Nick. I needed more of his thoughts. I felt like he was still hiding.
  2. I was not happy with that epilogue. I literally would’ve been happy with: They got married, had a child and live down the street. They still drive each other but nothing that ol’ BK can’t fix. I was unsatisfied with that epilogue.

I give three crowns to this book = to three stars. And I recommend it.

Thanks for reading! Now, feel free to send the rolling eyes emoji. Tell me what you thought of the post and if you’ve read Beneath Him, what did you think. Just drop me a comment, I swear I’ll be nice. Don’t forget to like, reblog and whatever cool things you can do here.

Yours Truly,

Duchess♥

Unfamiliar

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I don’t know how I feel about this book. I’m conflicted. I mean I like the big idea behind this book. I really do. But I didn’t connect with book and the characters. You guys don’t understand. I’ve been anticipating this book for so long. I willing to save money to get a paperback. But the more I read, the more wonk, wonk, kept playing in my mind. I mean I finished the book but still. I’m not happy about it.

I love, really love, the idea of music and a band that is trying to make it. And I love that both Chase and Hailey have understanding and passion for music. The kind that I don’t have. I really have no musical bone in my body. I mean, occasionally I have a visit from the musical fairy but she passes me all the time. So, my music talent is more of a spike in passing. But these two are talented. They live and breathe music. Whether Hailey knows it or not.

Chase had potential to grow. He really did. And in the beginning, I thought he was so sweet. So mature. But in the middle? He was exactly what he didn’t want to be. I found his character childish, immature and bratty. Hailey, on the other hand I’m very confused about. I know she shields herself with the planning. Girl, I need you in my life. The clothes, I don’t know if they were a lack of a mother or she really didn’t have fashion sense. And I have no problem with what she wears, I just simply did not see the significant in them if she was going to get an immediate make-over. Peer-pressure alert! Not saying she was peer-pressured. I’m just saying a lot did not align in this story

I also feel like the story was so rushed that the unfamiliar territory was not full unpacked. Both for the individual characters and for their relationship. All I got was that music was common ground for both Chase and Hailey. The only difference was their background and their traits. But then again, so does many couples. And many books have that factor in their books. So what was so distinct about this book? Why unfamiliar? The lack of an answer to that question left me wanting. I needed more. And after reading some from Komal Kant, I anticipated a bang. The kind that left an echo. But there was nothing.

My biggest issue above all else is the epilogue. I can’t read a promising prologue and end with an unsatisfactory epilogue. It doesn’t matter how you begin, what matters is how you end. I know the beginning is important to draw readers in, but the end? The end is heart. If the heart fails, it doesn’t matter that the lungs are drawing oxygen, because the lungs are going to collapse because of the carbon dioxide inside. What I mean is, it doesn’t matter what I read before, how you wrap up the end, the story, is important. Primary effect doesn’t work with recency effect. Recency effect is boss.

I’m sure Erica Cope has written amazing books like Komal Kant. But this was not it for me.

All I can say is this book had a great potential. I rate it two crowns.

If you’ve read this book and you call bullshit, leave a comment. Also if you agree with me, let’s agree together by leaving a comment. Don’t forget to be kind and like this post. Thanks for reading!

Yours Truly,

Duchess♥

 

 

 

#F*CKLOVE

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Where do I start? Gush over F*ck Love or Tarryn Fisher first? As you can imagine that this is my first Tarryn Fisher book. And I hear this book is very different from her previous books. But oh my goodness, this book was epic. I’m going to gush about a few things or a lot of things. But first, let me take a selfie. Title it: Gushing over F*ck Love.

**Side Note: As I was reading this book, I kept asking myself if the story was a love triangle. I don’t think it was. What constitutes a love triangle?

I recommend this book and give it four crowns and another crown for Tarryn. So that’s Five crowns. The crowns are equivalent to stars. Get it and read it. And I’m telling you right now, a Tarryn Fisher weekend is in the horizon. I’m thinking the Love Me With Lies books…

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#F*CKLOVE

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Where do I start? Gush over F*ck Love or Tarryn Fisher first? As you can imagine that this is my first Tarryn Fisher book. And I hear this book is very different from her previous books. But oh my goodness, this book was epic. I’m going to gush about a few things or a lot of things. But first, let me take a selfie. Title it: Gushing over F*ck Love.

**Side Note: As I was reading this book, I kept asking myself if the story was a love triangle. I don’t think it was. What constitutes a love triangle?

I recommend this book and give it four crowns and another crown for Tarryn. So that’s Five crowns. The crowns are equivalent to stars. Get it and read it. And I’m telling you right now, a Tarryn Fisher weekend is in the horizon. I’m thinking the Love Me With Lies books. Yes?


The Gushing

First of all I liked, no loved, how this book started. With a dream and good ol’ fashioned WTF. That dream changed everything, as a dream should. Now, lets proceed to the things I loved about this book. Or what I’d like to call gushing. Helena is unconventional, quirky and weird. Possible twin sister, separated at birth. Can I get a hola for that? Her obsession with socks. Uh, this girl gets me. No, I don’t have an obsession with socks, I just have a sock problem. So, we’re practically twins. Tarryn, the selfie concept? Genius. Including the hashtags. Bloody freaking ge-nuis! Brilliant! A conceited and insecure best friend? Check! Can this be any more real and relatable? Oh and my favorite line “Thank you, Jesus; thank you, Harry.” (Cue in the laughing out loud emoji.) The selflessness. The muggle waiting to be magical. And how can I forget, #BeigeBitch. Oh, I forgot Kit. Kit. Cue in mega swooning. Not for his body or something shallow like that. No, mega swoon for Kit because he can cook. He writes. Books and music. Tarryn, I think you forgot a chapter. Chapter …: #megaswooning, dedicated to swooning over Kit’s traits.

Side question: What kind name is Kit anyway? Is it Irish?


This book reeked unique. Originality. Class. Humanity.


THE REVIEW (Translation: incoherent thoughts, but thoughts nonetheless)

Before I read this book, I read reviews. Tons of them. And there were solely focused on the love story or a girl guide modus. But I saw this story in a different light. When I put this book down, my first thought was: What a selfless person. Ladies, if there’s one character I wish to be at the end of the year or end of my lifetime is to be a selfless beige bitch. Because to do what Helena did for her selfish, self-centered, conceited, insecure and definitely a bad friend best friend takes a special person. One who has a beautiful soul.

I loved the idea of the dream and how Helena forged her new path based on it. Because that’s what we do. Whether it’s a goal, an ambition or a resolution. A concept, an idea, a quote. Whatever it is, we too, forge our life based on it, we constrain and box ourselves based it. We don’t allow ourselves to grow beyond it. Like Helena we lose sight of the dream. In Helena case, her dream was to show her that her capabilities are beyond being the numbers girl. She had more potential than numbers. It was to open her eyes to see the real Neil, to be open to adventures and such. But she was so focused on wanting the dream to unfold itself as is in real life that she got more hurt than she would have. I mean moving in with Kit’s ex? No. Luckily for her it worked out really well with the Fairy. Get the book and you will get that reference. But, like I said, we are just like Helena. We want a cut and paste version of whatever it (dream, idea, resolution). We forget to spread our wings and soar. No, we just want to fly. Ladies, we can soar. We want to be a muggle, instead of being magical. Be magical, ladies. (I feel like Helena is writing here. Not me.)

The introduction of Muslim was interesting. That dream involving him was heart racing. Serious thumping. And various questions of ‘what it is going on’ were roaming in my head. I found myself being pro-Muslim. Just for a few pages. Don’t judge me. Oh, how I wish you knew what I was talking about. Get the book, so you can gush with me.

 Let’s talk friendship before I finish this review. 

Ladies, any friend that says they are prettier than you, chuck them. You do not need that kind of toxic in your life. You already have McDonald for that. Chocolate and ice-cream. Seriously, Della, that’s Helena’s best friend’s name, was that kind. She was the type of friend that sucks the living out of you. Sucks being the operative word. Yoh, Yoh, Yoh. I found myself wishing for the worst…

I repeat, I recommend this book. There’s something for everyone.

If you want gush with me and want me to spoil this book for you, feel free to comment. And if you have anything to say, to call bullshit or whatever, feel free to comment. I’m all ears. And don’t forget to like this post. To show some love. You can reblog, because you know I’m a beige bitch. 😉

Yours Truly,

Duchess♥

I’m back? Oh, and Feb TBR

I’M BACK?

So hi, everyone! Or should I say, Happy New Year, everyone! Is that still applicable even 40 DAYS into the new year? I think it is. Maybe after three months is not applicable. That’s usually when you forget about the new year resolutions. Speaking of resolutions? What are yours? And are you keeping up with them? I don’t have any resolutions this year, thanks for asking. 🙂 No for real, I really don’t have any resolutions, even weird and quirky ones I usually have like not eating chocolate for a year. I kept that resolution till end, if you were wondering. The other one was no eating junk food for a year, it lasted for three months, um, because DORITOS, Mac D and BK. Oh, one year I tried being a vegetarian but that lasted for a month… or less. I wasn’t ready to say good-bye to chicken and chicken wings. Some steak. This year though, I’ve decided to take one day a time. How’s that going, you ask? It’s simply going, with it’s peaks and troughs of course.

So by now you’re probably wondering about the question mark. The mark that poses a question is to simply say I don’t know how long I’m back for because Uni starts next week and I don’t know how’s that going to turn out, in terms of work load and stuff. Plus there are some personal things I’d like to try this year, and they are going to take time. However, if everything goes as I wish it to go, I’ll be here more often and with a schedule. I need routine. I’m chaos without a semblance of routine. I’m finally accepting that fact.

Now, I have to apologize for my leave of absence. Probably should have started with an apology, I have such bad manners. I just went phew out of blog-sphere. So, I’d like to apologize from vanishing into thin air. All I can say is exams, holiday and family. Did I mention exams? Oh and a ton of books that I’m never going to review because I forgot them. I really do not know what I was reading. Do not judge. I have holiday brain syndrome. I am looking forward to catching up with everyone and doing some tags. Don’t forget to tag me.

What to expect from Duchess? Well, this year I’m trying out new authors, to me their new, and non-romance genres. Some may have romance in it but the main genre won’t be. My menu is going to change. I don’t know when but I know it is. Mainly because it’s currently a mess. I’m going to add a new feature called Book Confessions. This year I’m also participating in the PopSugar Book Challenge. Unlike last year, when I said I will but didn’t. This it is happening. And there’ll be more videos as well, and majority are mostly not going to be book-related because YouTube- does that explain it? Okay, let me be clear, because there are so many funny things I’ve recently watched and would like to share them with you.

FEBRUARY TBR

My February TBR list is not long at all. I just wanted light reads to last me till end of this week. Plus as I mentioned above that this year I’m trying new authors and genres, I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with too many books. And because, I don’t have money. Broke. When am I not ever broke? My currency is weak against the dollar so you can imagine how much I pay. And I’m not working so, I’m practically taking a big chunk out of my allowance. And something should be said regarding the fact that I forfeit clothes, underwear and socks for books. And, people, I really need new socks. My socks have holes. All of them. I’m okay with it though, because I believe at some point in the future books are going to be an investment. And to me, right now, they are an investment.

TBR LIST

  1. F*ck Love – Tarryn Fisher (Review Coming Soon)
  2. Her Back-up Boyfriend – Ashley Mallory (Review Coming Soon)
  3. Beneath Him – Komal Kant (Review Coming Soon)
  4. Unfamiliar – Erica Cope and Komal Kant (Review Coming Soon)
  5. Red Hill – Jamie McGuire (Review Coming Soon)
  6. The G File – Hakan Nesser (Currently Reading)

The rest of the TBR list consists of my textbooks.

Tell me about your book resolutions, new year resolutions and your TBR list. Or you can tell me of the most bizarre resolutions or goals you’ve had. Let’s be weird and quirky together.

Don’t forget to like this post. And comment to tell me what a bad blogger I am. Or how awesome I am.

Yours Truly,

Duchess♥