Desert Island Discs Blog Tag

This is slightly different from usual book tags – sounds so much fun and perfect to shed some lights to bloggers’ unknown facts and tastes!

Thank you so much for tagging me, Nel@Reactionary Tales, you’ve always been so nice, broad-minded and inspirational! I highly recommend you all check out her blog!

 

The Rules:

  • Link back to Bookbum’s original post, so she can see all your answers! (Remember to do this via pingback, she won’t get a notification if not!)
  • Thank the person who tagged you… show some love!
  • Come up with your answers
  • Then tag others to keep the tag going!

 

The Premise:

You are cast away onto a remote desert island:

You can bring 5 albums – what are they?

Nooo, only 5 albums??? So hard to narrow down! But I’d pick…

  • TOTO XIV – TOTO
  • Chicago Twenty 1: Chicago
  • Meteora – Linkin Park
  • Fallen – Evanescence
  • 90125 – YES

 

I have no idea how many times I listened to these albums. I could keep them going on all day, every day. These are literally the soundtrack of my life. I love them in different ways.

However, there’s actually one more song I’d desperately love to share with you.
Jon Anderson ‘Top of the World’ from In the City of Angels. You gotta listen to this – it’s SICK!

 

You can bring one book – which is it? You are provided with a Bible/other religious text if you want it, as well as the Complete Works of Shakespeare. No series!

Another tough one… it is nearly impossible to decide which book to take with me, but if I were to be on a desert, inhabited island for an extended period of time, I’d need to stay positive, so it would seem appropriate to pick up my favorite book. YET the excitement of reading a new book – a sense of unknown – would definitely lift my spirits. So, I think I’d go for Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. Very summery cover would definitely lighten me up, I’m sure!

Words in Deep Blue

 

You can have one luxury item (it had to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island) – what is it?

Suppose there was no electricity available on the island, it would seem ridiculous to bring my Kindle/laptop/iPhone, so I would bring my bed with me. Sounds idiotic, but it’d be always nice to sleep in your comfy bed rather than directly on the sand, wouldn’t it?

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I tag:

If you don’t feel up for doing this tag, feel free to skip. If you do this, have fun with it!
Cannot wait to read your answers!

As always, it’s been so much fun coming up with my own answers. I hope you enjoyed this!
Thank you so much for reading and I’ll talk to you all again soon! 😀

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi

 

The arranged marriage YA romcom you didn’t know you wanted or needed…

Meet Dimple.

Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.

Meet Rishi.

He’s rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she’s got other plans…

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works even harder to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

As joyfully refreshing as Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han and Nicola Yoon, When Dimple Met Rishi is a frothy, funny contemporary romance told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists. While Dimple is fighting her family traditions, Rishi couldn’t be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents – could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail?

‘Menon wrote an utterly delightful novel and broke my heart by writing an ending because I want nothing more than to keep reading about Dimple and Rishi forever . . . I’m looking forward to it being a huge hit of 2017.’ (Book Riot)

 


 

This is one of my most anticipated reads in 2017 and I am glad that I finally got around to actually reading it.

This is basically a cute YA romcom with a solid main plot where two young Indian Americans, Dimple and Rishi, meet for an arranged marriage which Dimple initially adamantly refuses, but then gradually fall in love with each other.

First, let’s talk about the writing; it’s very simple and straightforward yet it possesses a strong ‘draw’ that pulls the readers into the story and keeps them engaged throughout the book. Once you pick up the book, you want to read non-stop. Short chapters also make this book a fast-paced page turner, it’s pretty unputdownable.
Her sense of humor is also wonderfully displayed in her writing. In particular, the first 10 chapters or so are Oh So HILARIOUS. It’s been a while since I laughed over a book so hard – I don’t know what it is, but her diction and the choice of words amplify the hilarity even more and hit right at my funny bones, making me completely cracked up.
Not only being funny and hilarious, like I said, her flair in evocative writing is apparent; The main two characters’ inner conflicts, nervousness, concerns, hurt, dejection and joy are well reflected in the writing, making this book emotionally engaging.

The characters are interesting and well fleshed out, too. Although some of the subcharacters seemed underdeveloped and didn’t leave much of an impact, the fundamental differences in the two main characters – Dimple and Rishi – and their family’s characteristics are well-developed. Especially, the stark contrast in Dimple and Rishi’s beliefs and perspectives toward tradition, culture, and gender role in society give the book a lot more depth, I was curious to know how and when their paths ever cross and how they develop themselves as the story goes.

Personally, I found Dimple a bit unrelatable; she’s really goal-oriented, independent, and unconventional. She knows what she really wants in life and is full bent on getting it no matter what. Despite her mother’s wish for her getting married young, she aspires to leave her mark in the world as an App developer and shows absolutely no interest and even thinks that’s exactly what gets in her way. With her little respect to her culture and tradition she was born in, I found it a bit difficult to fully connect with her. She seemed a bit too selfish at least to me.
On the other hand, Rishi is incredibly mature and accepting. As opposed to Dimple, he accepts his role and obligations as the first son and show respects to everything he’s surrounded with – to his parents, to the culture, tradition, etc, etc. Most importantly, he is gentle and so adult in the way he handles things. Although he is born to a wealthy family, he isn’t reduced to be a despicable, stuck-up show off. When he displays his opulence, he does so for good cause. And this is the quality that makes Rishi an endearing, relatable character that you want to cheer on.
They seem completely different and would never get along, but what they have in common is their passion; Dimple’s for coding and Rishi’s for comics. They are both really talented yet Rishi is resigned that he has to ditch his dream to be a comic artist knowing it’s not what his parents want.

The chemistry between these two main characters, especially how the dynamics shift as they develop their friendship is such a joy to read. As they keep hanging out together and working on their project for Insomnia Con, the love starts to blossom despite Dimple’s initial rejection, and she finds herself gradually drawn to Rishi and feels comfortable in his company.
This transition is done in a very subtle, gradual way and it speeds up as the story develops. It may come across predictable, yet it doesn’t spoil the fun. The whole romantic scenes are just heart-melting and even sensual. They are simply breathtaking and beautifully written, striking a perfect balance with a healthy dose of sweet romance. It’s romantic, but not overly sugary nor saccharine. Simply swoony, gentle and beautiful. I enjoyed it a lot.

That said, there are some parts that I found sloppy in the latter half.
Basically, Dimple’s oscillating feelings toward Rishi and her reservations are well depicted and pretty gripping, but some scenes felt a bit of a letdown.
For instance, the talent show, a part of Insomnia Con competition falls into this category. Given the amount of pages spent leading up to this event, given all the fuss that has been made up to this point, the very scene, the talent show sequence is way too short and underdeveloped. It was like starting a minute ago and then finishes in the brink of an eye. That’s how I felt about the scene and I found myself quickly losing interest.
The ensuing scenes also came across too neat and convenient.
What’s supposed to be a moving reconciliation-followed-by-a-big-confession felt too predictable and generic. The change in Ashish’s perspective toward Rishi arrives too quickly, not convincing enough. How could the long-sitting sibling hostility be solved so easily??
I understand Ashish became pretty opened up to Dimple, but he wasn’t to Rishi, he hasn’t lowered his defensive guard against his big brother completely. In this regard, I felt it a bit too convenient and dull.

From then onwards, it kind of felt like a sandwich made of sloppy, too convenient scenes and moving, amazing cute scenes. You have a very convenient, clichéd scene where things go way too beautifully and then the next minute you have a very touching, engrossing scene where you find yourself on the edge of your seat; eager to find how the story unfolds.
These two come almost alternatively which is probably the reason why I got to stick to the book till the end. I seriously thought this book would only go south from the talent show scene that I mentioned above.

But you can rest assured; this book probably won’t disappoint you.
The exhilarating, cute, moving moments are in store for you in the end.
It’s kind of predictable and a bit dramatic, but again, it hangs in the perfect balance; it doesn’t come across overly dramatic nor too sweet, it won’t gross you out.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this. Despite some issues, flaws, and loopholes this book has, it is quite an enjoyable, cute YA romcom.
I appreciate this book being written by an Indian author and is about an Indian American boy and a girl. It brings diversity to a potentially typical YA romcom book and provides us with a glimpse of Indian culture. I bet you’ll find it interesting and refreshing, too.

If you are into cute, YA contemporary books, I recommend you pick this up.
In my eyes, this book lives up to the hype and is worth you time.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you so much Jo-Ann@Inspiration Pie for nominating me for The Sunshine Blogger Award!
Doesn’t it just have a wonderful ring to it? It’s kind of humbling to think of myself being ‘the sunshine’ to others, but I am so, so honored to have someone even think of me when choosing the nominees.

What I really like about Jo-Ann’s blog is the posts titled “Daily Walk.” With beautiful photos of flowers, her dog, and beautiful views, they literally make me want to take a walk. It would be so much fun walking and chatting with her (and her dog)!
If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you check that out!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

(Oh my gosh, #humbled)

 

How Does It Work:
  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Jo-Ann’s Questions:

What is your ideal vacation?
I don’t have any specific idea of ‘ideal vacation,’ but as an introvert and a bookworm, I’d be pretty much happy anywhere if I could spend the entire vacation doing nothing other than reading and chilling out with people whom I feel comfortable with.
In summertime, I’d prefer somewhere cool; not so warm or HOT because I tend to get so hot so easily. I basically hate sweating lol
Reading at the beach under the sunshine seems really enticing, but… We’ll see.

What do you love about yourself?
Tough question! I’ll be perfectly honest with you all here – I don’t think I have ever ‘loved’ myself, meaning, I have never thought of myself being particularly loveable nor anything special. On the other hand, although a certain degree of inferiority complex constantly nags at me, I have never absolutely HATE myself either. I don’t love nor hate myself.
But I were to name one thing that I would take pride in (sort of), is not being judgemental and relatively empathetic. I don’t think my parents spent so much time to instill in me the importance of compassion or empathy toward others, but I think this might have been something I was born with and I want to keep the way I am now.

What do wish you could change about yourself?
This totally contradicts what I’ve just said above… But I can be quite short-tempered and impatient toward people who are not cooperative and think they are the best and the world is orbiting around them. So, I would love to get over this and also, I would want to be more confident in myself. I don’t know how, but I think I’ll just need to keep working on my shortcomings.

And oh! I would love to be a better cook. I cannot wing it in the kitchen, so there’s that.

What book are you reading now?
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandya Menon. I’m 53% in the book now and quite enjoying it!

What keeps you blogging?
My love of reading and writing (not in a creative sense, by the way. I have absolutely no creativity whatsoever). Most importantly, the joy that the connection with you all has brought to me. Honestly, I cannot thank you enough, it’s been quite a ride.

You are having a relaxing evening. What are you doing?
Lying on a couch, reading. With some snacks and coffee, of course!

Do you have pets?
No, I don’t have pets. I used to have a Shiba-dog mix when I was little, but we all failed to train him, he ended up being quite rambunctious and he would often wander away… lol

Favourite pizza toppings?
I love potatoes. So, potatoes and bacon!

Coffee, tea or wine or other?
I love the first three, but I’d say I’m a coffee drinker. I love tea and I have some wine every now and then, but it’s not an everyday occasion. Basically, I get sleepy after a few glasses of wine, so I try to avoid having alcohol at weekdays. Otherwise, I cannot function at all lol

What is your favourite season?
Fall (Autumn) hands down. I love spring, too. Sakura cherry trees lining the riverbanks or sides of the roads are definitely beautiful and I love the sense of ‘life springs up’ that can be associated with spring season , but for someone who tends get HOT, Autumn is the best. Also, I get to wear a lot of brown and purple which are my go-to colors in Autumn.

What is your favourite book genre?
To be honest, This is something I have never thought much about. I basically read anything as long as the plot seems interesting. I think my favorite genre would be psychological thrillers, yet I do love historical fiction like ‘The Book Thief’ and ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ and I do love YA, too…  I sometimes have a hard time pigeonholing a book into a certain genre.
I would say ‘anything that emotionally breaks me,’ that says it all!

 

My Nominees:

If you have already done this or choose not to, feel free to skip it!
This is just to show you how much I enjoy your blog. Congratulations and keep inspiring us ❤

 

My Questions:

You all know how crappy I am at coming up with a new set of questions, so rather than me asking you my new 11 questions, I’d love to hear your answers to Jo-Ann’s 11 questions! Because, let’s be real; these questions are great.

The questions are :

  1. What is your ideal vacation?
  2. What do you love about yourself?
  3. What do wish you could change about yourself?
  4. What book are you reading now?
  5. What keeps you blogging?
  6. You are having a relaxing evening.  What are you doing?
  7. Do you have pets?  
  8. Favourite pizza toppings?
  9. Coffee, tea or wine or other?
  10. What is your favourite season?
  11. What is your favourite book genre?

 

There you have it, these are my answers and I hope you enjoyed reading them and got to know a teeny bit more about me 🙂
Thank you so much for reading and I’ll talk to you again soon!

Norin

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#WeekendReads & Emojiathon Weekly Wrap-Up #3

Since a lot of things happened yesterday (overtime work, award nomination, coming down with a bit of a cold, etc, etc…), I almost forgot to do this. Phew! So close!!

Every Friday, under this hashtag I keep you updated on my weekly reading progress and share with you the books that I’ll be reading over the weekend.

Without further ado, let’s start with my Emojiathon weekly wrap-up.
Since last update, I read:

The keeper of lost things

I finished this book last Sunday; 5 down, 2 more to go on my Emjiathon TBR.
Then, I picked up When Dimple Met Rishi a couple of days ago – maybe around Tuesday or Wednesday and I’m really enjoying this.

As for my weekend reads, I’ll continue to work on the biography book and When Dimple Met Rishi.

When Dimple Met Rishi

As for the biography, as I told you in my last update, it’s really, really DENSE. As I stopped jotting down every single historic events and instead started noting down only things that I find very important or caught my attention, I got to pick up speed a little bit this week. I’ve got only 50 pages left in the book and I think I’ll get to finish this book today (Saturday) if I focus on this book. Then, I’ll start working on my thoughts for a review which may take a while (sigh…). But I’ll start doing it next week. NOT during this weekend. I want to take my mind off, I need a bit of a break lol

As for When Dimple Met Rishi, I think this is an engaging, hilarious fast read.
Once I finish the biography, I’ll see how far I can go over this weekend.
With less than a week left, I wonder if I can complete all the challenges that I had set for my very first Emojiathon, but I’ve finished five books on my TBR, I’ll take it as a victory 😛

That’s it for today.
Thanks for reading as always, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Love,
Norin

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The Unique Blogger Award

Thank you so much, Nel@Recreational Tales, for nominating me for this amazing award – The Unique Blogger Award – I just can’t wrap my head around how this could have ever happened to me. Me? Being Unique? OH. MY. GOSH. That was my initial response to this nomination.
Thank you so, so much, Nel, once again for nominating me – it’s been such a pleasure to read her inspiring, eclectic posts ranging from beautiful pics to thought-provoking posts on endangered animals. Her posts really reflect what a great person she is. I know you already have, but if you haven’t, go check out her blog! It’s really enlightening and inspiring.

The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

 

Questions:

If you could pick a book to turn into a movie adaptation, what would it be?

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I would pick Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I read this Sci-Fi thriller last October and was literally blown away. It is so mind-bending and toppled my world and conception upside down. Funny thing is that, this is exactly what Naty@Naty’s Bookshelf and I talked about a couple of days ago. We both enjoyed this book so much and discussed this book would definitely make a fantastic Sci-Fi movie if realized. I really want to see how film production teams visualize the mind-bending, earth-shattering scene that arrives in the last 100 pages or so. (If you have read the book, you probably can guess what scene I’m talking about).

What inspires you most about your blog?

I am not quite sure if I got this question right, but what really inspires me about this blog is my love of reading and urge to share my thoughts with like-minded people all over the world through English. I’m Japanese and have never lived nor studied abroad. I’m a complete self-taught learner of English (I ditched the idea of painstaking study a long ago though) and simply LOVE writing in English. Those two passions keep me motivated and inspired to continue blogging. Last but definitely NOT least, what really keeps me going is the interactions that I get to have with all of you – you readers! Every single comment, every single ‘like’ you’ve given me brought me this far – I’m extremely happy and glad that I started this blog.
Thank you so, so much for your support. It means so much to me and I cannot thank you enough.

What author inspired you (doesn’t have to be a book; can be film director or music composer)?

As I said in my June Book Haul post, I haven’t read as many authors’ books as you have, so I would go for my all-time favorite musician, Steve Porcaro and his late brother, Jeff Porcaro. Steve Porcaro, a great keyboardist from TOTO has been my music hero since I was in high school. Although he left the band after the release of their sixth album, ‘Fahrenheit,’ he kept working and touring with them up until their seventh record, ‘The Seventh One’ (He later got reinstated in the band in 2010). Steve’s composition, chord progressions are simply beautiful and very introspective. There’s always something that grips my heart. (Sidenote: he wrote Michael Jackson’s ‘Human Nature’). Only three of his songs made the cut in TOTO’s catalogue until he left the band, but all of those three songs, in particular, the first two, ‘Takin’ It Back’ and ‘It’s a Feeling,’ are pretty haunting and addictive to me. I swear I could keep them going the entire day. As for Jeff Porcaro, I don’t think I need to go on explaining what a great drummer he was. There’s nothing like his groove and his execution on hi-hats; they’re very distinct and I loved every single piece of his work; there’s no drummer like Jeff for me. It’s so sad he left this world from pesticide-induced heart failure on August 5th, 1992. It was the saddest day of my life but I will never forget the legacy he left for us.

What’s your favorite Disney Song???

Tough question!! A big confession to make; I didn’t grow up with Disney films nor have I ever been a big fan of Disney because of the lack of exposure. I’ve only watched a handful of Disney films such as The Lion King, The Lion King 2, Tarzan, Hercules, Mulan, Atlantis, and oh, Frozen! That’s pretty much everything I’ve watched.
So the question is… what is my favorite Disney song… I think songs in Disney films are all pretty awesome and well composed, but I would go for ‘He Lives in You’ from The Lion King 2.
I could tell the overall quality of the movie kind of pales in comparison to The Lion King. I enjoyed The Lion King 2 a lot. It’s still a nice, moving film but it didn’t hit me as strongly as the first one did.
That said though, despite its slightly lackluster quality, I loved this song. Again, it doesn’t hit me as much as it did when I first watched this film, but I still like this A LOT. The whole ‘Mufasa watches over Simba from high up in the sky’ thing never fails to move me.

 

My Questions:

  • Out of five senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch), what is the most important to you and why?
  • If you could recreate one food from your favorite books/films/TV shows etc., what would it be and why?
  • What was your favorite and least favorite subject in school and why?

 

My Nominees:

I nominated the bloggers that I recently got connected and have a very distinct ‘voice,’ in my eyes. As I don’t want to inundate my fellow bloggers with so many tags (and I am kind of guilty about that), I’ll cap the number of my nominees at seven this time.
That said though, you – my dear readers are all ‘unique’ and lovely to me. Please remember that ❤
(To my nominees: If you’ve already done this tag or don’t to tags, feel free to skip it. Please do not feel pressured to do it!)

Thank you so much for reading as always, I hope you enjoyed this!
I’ll talk to you all again soon 🙂

June Book Haul

Hello, everyone! This is not technically a book haul, this is just a monthly book-buying which ended up being way over my budget (again, yes), but I’m going to share with you the books that I bought this month. I’m pretty much certain that I’ve bought all the books that had been on my radar or I had been meaning to buy, but we’ll see…

Here are the images of the books that I’ve bought this month (so far):

I completely lost track of the number while I was buying them, but I ended up buying 17 books… this is plain crazy lol  But only five are physical copies (paperbacks) and most of the Kindle books were on special offers (or incredibly low-priced), so the number itself is pretty staggering, but as far as the bottom line goes, it didn’t put me in much of a strain.

Totally unexpected was this:

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Yes, my new Kindle Fire 7 which came out on June 7th. I didn’t even intend to buy this, but I noticed what had stopped me from reading on my Kindle was the colorless, black-and-white display of my Kindle Paperwhite. As you guys know, I do AN AWFUL LOT of cover buy. I am an epitome of ‘judging-a-book-by-its-cover’ reader, so not being able to appreciate beautiful covers means quite a downside to me 😦

It’s been more than a week since I got this baby and I’m really enjoying the reading experience. This won’t change my preference for physical books but I’m now more inclined to read on my Kindle than before unless physical books seem more appropriate than e-books (For instance, I don’t think books like ‘Everything Everything’ and ‘Illuminae’ will work well with e-book formats; they do contain a lot of graphics and I’m not quite sure how truthfully e-book formats can recreate and visualize them.) If you have such e-books and think they work perfectly well, definitely let me know. I might change my mind about e-books in general 😀

In addition to those books, my dear Twitter friend (she likes reading English books, too) got me Jane Green ‘Summer Secrets’

I asked her to get ‘Summer Days & Summer Nights,’ a collection of short stories by popular YA authors on behalf of me and then she decided to throw in that book, too!
I don’t know if you can tell from the pic, but the SPINE IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS with an alternative stripe pattern of different shades of blue, I fell in  love with it.
This is going to be my very first Jane Green (as a newbie, there are so many authors whose books I have never read…), and I am so excited to read it this summer!
Thank you, my friend! I know you’re reading this, I cannot thank you enough for all the love toward me ❤

 

That’s it for today. Those are the books I recently bought and plan to read during this summer (not everything, but hopefully).
What are the books you’re planning to read or you’re anxiously waiting?
Let me know in the comments and I’ll talk to you all again soon 🙂

Soul Ripping Romance Tag!

Hello, everyone! Here comes another Tag time!
Thank you Jo-Ann@Inspiration Pie for tagging me for this fun tag created by Nel@Reactionary Tales. You guys know how much I love heart-shattering books, so this tag is right up my alley,  I know it’ll be so much fun doing this.
If you haven’t already, go hurry check out Nel’s and Jo-Ann’s blogs. They are both amazing bloggers and have great, inspiring, fun content, too!

Without further ado, let’s dive right in! 🙂

The Guide:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and create a pingback to the original author Nel@Reactionary Tales.
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heart strings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas.
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own)

 

My Take on Soul-Ripping Romances:

 

Neal and Georgie from Landline

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Let me say this out loud – I LOVE Neal in Landline. He’s quiet, reticent yet once he speaks, whatever word comes from him just rocks my soul to the core.  I don’t know exactly what it is, I just can’t put my finger on it, but something about Neal enthralled me.  What broke my heart while reading Landline was Georgie’s angst and desperate want to get a hold of Neal. Her desperate craving for his voice and reassurance that they’ll be OK tugged at my heartstrings and I couldn’t help but root for Georgie. I love them.

 

Marie-Laure and Werner from All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light we Cannot See

I know I keep bringing up this book over and over again, and Marie-Laure and Werner might not fall into the category of ‘romance,’ yet I swore I felt something beautiful and special sprang between them and I simply adored it. This is the reason why THE FOUNTAIN OF THE EARTH thing shattered my heart to bits and rendered me momentarily dysfunctional. I cannot gush enough about how shocked and broken I was. Oh, man. Anthony Doerr… 😦

 

Ben and Felicity from Felicity (TV show)

I love this couple. This might date me (who cares, anyway?), but when I first watched this show long time a go, I fell in love with the budding romance between them and literally gritted my teeth with frustration every time a third character gets in the way and splits them apart.
I haven’t watched the final episode yet, but I bought the complete DVD box series last summer so I could always indulge myself whenever I’m in the mood for a healthy dose of heart-tingling romance 🙂

 

Cinder and Kai from the Lunar Chronicle Series

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I know all too well (yes, ‘WELL,’ thank you) I’m a bit too old for having my heart flutter over a YA series, but this couple had me in their clutches and filled me with happiness when they finally get reunited in Cress. Their mutual attraction is nothing but the obvious right from the beginning, so it was almost agonizing that I had to read how emotionally conflicted they are in Cinder and Scarlet. Kai is still a teenager but his demeanor and maturity embody what I look for in a man and I absolutely adore Cinder for being mentally strong and a kick-butt heroine, not being reduced down to be a saccharine cutey-girly type I personally don’t like.

 

Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars from Sense and Sensibility (Film)

I haven’t read the book yet I’ve watched this adaptation so many times, and the last scene (shown in the Gif) never fails to get me all welled up. Emma Thompson’s performance is simply stunning; she beautifully expresses the moment when Elinor’s bottled up feelings and emotions toward Edward finally gush out. It’s simply breathtaking and rewarding. I love this film. I cannot get enough of it.

 

I tag…

I’m sorry if you’ve already done this tag. If you haven’t been tagged, feel free to participate and keep this chain going. Let’s be real; we could always use a little romance in our lives 🙂

Thank you so much for reading and your support! It’s been fun!
I’ll talk to you again soon 😀