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My Top Series of All-Time

Hey guys!

Whenever someone asks me to recommend a book to them, I get so torn between which book to choose because it’s not necessary that what I’ve liked in a particular book work for all. While some books are good, some are great, but a few become memorable, and that last part is completely subjective on how and what you were feeling in real life while reading the story.

For me, the following series come to my mind whenever I’m discussing recommendations. All the series are fictional and are arranged by genres. They are in not in any particular rank and only the first book is linked.

ALSO PRIME DAY IS HERE, which means IT’S TIME FOR A BOOK HAUL!

 

AND let’s not forget that MY BOOK, Shards,  IS ON SALE (July 16-19th)!

 

(Note: This post contains affiliate links)


Genre: Children’s Books

The Famous Five Series

This was one of the very first books I’ve ever read and of course I hold it very dear.

 

Genre: Middle Grade

The Harry Potter Series

This one is obvious, need I explain it?

 

Genre: Young Adult

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series

This series has equal amounts of romance, action, and tragedy and you soon enough care and love all the characters.

 

Genre: New Adult

The Kingkiller Chronicles

This series is heavy. It has unparalleled world building, story telling and is character driven. It incorporates of aspects of a perfect fictional book that you never want to stop reading it.


Worthy Mentions

The Inheritance Cycle

This was the first book I read that made me fall in love with dragons.

 

The Ascendance Trilogy

This series was the first I read which included politics, threat of treason, and a witty-and-stupidly-brave main character. This was soon followed by The remnant The Remnant Chronicles Series and The Winner’s Trilogy.

 

The Loom Saga

It is steampunk. Of course I like it!

 


This list will be updated when (and if) I find books that I love more than these.

Meanwhile give them a read and let me know what you think!

Happy Reading!

🙂 FTK

 

My Five P’s of Managing Time

Every single person is given the same 24 hours, how do you make the most out of it?” – My dad.

I didn’t completely understand the depth of that line when my dad first said it. Now, however, I’m juggling a full-time job, developing my career-oriented hobbies, running a blog and occasionally getting back to my ‘writing’ desk.

Time is a resource that can’t be created, so ‘managing’ your time is the key to becoming more productive. But how does one actually manage their time.

Here’s what most people do: Procrastinate, Panic, Pray, Pay, and Pamper. But that’s usually not very effective for increasing your daily productivity.

Check out My Five P’s of Managing Time published on The Blogging Breakthrough Magazine by clicking here.

 

🙂 FTK

 

*Blogging Breakthrough Magazine is a third-party source. I was a contributor for Issue 21.

 

How Much is My Face Worth?

I’ve seen “How much is my face Worth?” tag repeatedly in my feed. So, I’m joining the bandwagon.

Here I’ll list the products I use for daily work. Of course, there are some changes in the products when I’m dressing up to go ‘out-out’. I estimate it to be around $30?

Note: This post contains Affiliate links.

 

 

Daily:

Sunscreen: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 100, 3 Fl. Oz.  ($8.09)

Foundation: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Broad Spectrum Spf 20, Neutral To Tan 40, 1 Oz. ($9.74)

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Deep, 0.23 fl. oz. ($5.09)

Eyeliner: Maybelline- Colossal Kajal Eyeliner Pencil Black ($5.08)

Lipliner: Prestige Waterproof Automatic Lipliner, Plum, 0.009 Ounce ($7.51)

Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick, Coffee Buzz, 0.26 fl. oz. ($4.99)

Lipgloss: Labello Strawberry Lip Balm ($6.49)

 

Alternatives:

Foundation: Neutrogena Skinclearing Makeup, 80 Medium Beige, 1 Fl. Oz. ($9.79)

Eyeliner: Maybelline New York New The Colossal Kajal - Super Black (2X Blacker) Waterproof 16Hours Intense. ($19.90)

Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick, Possessed Plum, 0.26 fl. oz. ($5.99)

Lipgloss: Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss "PRALINE PARADISE : SHIMMER 25 " MINI SIZE 0.16 Oz. / 4.6ml ($4.50)

 

Total: $46.99 to $60.87

 

Well, wow! I underestimated it by almost half. I didn’t expect to spend so much when “I don’t even do makeup” kinda gal. But, oh well. A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous – Coco Chanel.

 

How much do you expect your face to be worth? Let me know on twitter!

 

🙂 FTK

Taking it Easy

For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been feeling pressurized to post something. Since I started this blog with one-post-a-week, I try my best to keep up with it.
But…

I thought back to why I started writing, why I started my blog in the first place.

Writing for me, is a form of expression, if it’s forced or copied, it loses its essence. So, posting ‘something’ for the sake of posting was out of question. What I post needs to be matter at least to myself and my readers.

Being (crazy) busy with work and ‘freelance’ work, and well, life in general, has me distracted from posting; and the duration of me being ‘on hiatus’ kept extending, until it was a constant nag in my head.

That’s when I realized it’s not something I ‘do’ because I’m told to do so, but because I like it. Same with freelancing, organizing your time and planning ahead is one thing, but beating yourself for not meeting your deadlines is something different.

I’ve seen many content creators that go through this debate. They either ‘give-up’ or turn the tide by taking the wheel in their hands again. Not posting for a while might affect your follower count, but those followers might leave even you are posting great content, so while, yes, analytics is important, it doesn’t mean that you have to constantly fret about it. Creating unnecessary content decreases the overall quality of your posts. So instead, take your sweet time in creating meaningful content is the better option, at least for me.

That being said, I’ll still try to post whenever I can but definitely will try not to stress over it repeatedly.

In the meantime, I’ll be happy to host Guest posts on my blog! – You can always email/tweet to me if you are interested.

 

🙂 FTK

An Ember in the Ashes: Review

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirI was super unsure if this book would be able to live up to the hype. So, I bought a kindle copy and was instantly hooked from the first page. Two chapters later, I knew I just had to buy the paperback, which I finished reading within two days.

The story has all the YA tropes, without being cliche (with I absolutely loved). It made it unique in it’s own way. The story alternates between POV’s of the main two characters, Elias the Soldier, and Laia the slave. It is a character driven story, with each chapter leaving you wanting more.

Laia, being a YA-lead was unlike other YA-leads. Laia would be unsure and lack confidence but she was determined and that is what gave her the fighting spirit she needed to survive.

Elias too, while being good-looking, caring, and what-not, was unlike other ‘brooding YA hunks who are just into girls. Elias wants to be free, but not at the cost of something he cares about.

The side characters are equally likable (Izzi, Keenan) and despicable (Marcus, Commandment). I definitely want to know more about Helene and Cook. I feel those characters were deliberately kept in shadows and can’t help but wonder their backstory.

The romance doesn’t feel forced. It has an awesome buildup that seems natural. The magical element came to me as a surprise but it also didn’t feel out of place. While several plot-points and explanations is saved for the sequel books, overall it was well-written and I can’t wait to start Book 2.

 

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars.