Year in a Nutshell – 2018

Goodbye 2017

I have been meaning to write this post since a couple of days but I couldn’t finish it in the end, so I decided that it would be better to write it down on the last day of the year 🙂

2017 might have been one of the most happening years in terms of a lot of firsts happened this year. I finished my college, entered the world of technology industry, earned my first salary, started living on my own (for few months), and many more such things. The world of book blogging also expanded around me, I got to know so many bibliophiles from around the world. I started my bookstagram too and though I am still a newbie there I want to stick around there and explore it some more.

I haven’t been blogging much (or not at all at times) because I often fall short of time and just couldn’t prioritize the blog over my work. I often felt like this year went by with me trying to juggle with work hours, commute time, reading and then deciding on when to blog. Another aspect of maintaining the blog is coding for it. Honestly after 9-10 hours of sitting in front of the computer to code, it didn’t get me too excited to do it again for the blog and I’m not proud about it. I hope in 2018 I would get at least some tiny amount of time and patience more to code for the blog.

Highlights of 2017 :

  • I shifted to Pune at the end of December 2016 and stayed there on my own till June 2016 for my internship as a part of the Masters degree completion.
  • I worked as a UI developer for 6 whole months and got a good insight into how React.js works which has got me super interested to get into JavaScript development in the near future again.
  • Post July, I started working as a full-time Technology Analyst and so far it has been one good experience in a huge MNC, which also brought me back home to Mumbai.
  • I graduated from VJTI with a degree of Masters of Computer Applications (MCA) and stood 5th in the class.
  • I visited Bangalore city for the first time and had a blast stay there for 5 days with my new Technology Analyst mates in a posh hotel. (Best time of the year!)
  • I bought my first scooter, TVS Wego in September and it has become an essential part of my life these days.
  • I visited the Comic Con Mumbai for the first time and met an amazing lot of folks and even bought myself some Harry Potter Funko Pop Vinyl figurines!
  • I volunteered in a lot of team building activities and fun boosting activities in both places I worked in and I truly enjoyed it.
  • I bought my first ever book subscription box, and now I might be addicted to them. (oh I need to do some unboxing posts!)
  • I went for the company’s year end party and wore a dress for the first time in 4 years (I am very body conscious!)
  • I read 40 books in 2017 (meh!)

Some of the not-so-good things happening in 2017:

  • I met with a small accident while driving my scooter which left me locked down in the house for a week, with a very abraded foot. I even developed a temporary limp.
  • I decided to cut off my ties with some toxic people in my life, whom I was considering really close friends and though it was difficult, I’m glad I took that decision!

Talking about 2018, here are some top of my head goals for 2018:

  • Discover my niche in the technology world. This will be a huge challenge but I really want to start working on something that will excite me, and not just work because I need to, on any random crap thrown my way.
  • Build a healthy lifestyle. I need to incorporate exercise into my daily regime and want to prioritize it the most.
  • Visit at least two new places in India.
  • Read more,blog more, code more.

Just a few short hours left before we step into a new year. Happy New Year to all you lovely readers. I’ll come up with a few more review posts soon. So stay tuned!

 

Book Review : Warcross By Marie Lu

Warcross Book Cover Warcross
Marie Lu
Young Adult Fiction
Penguin
2017
368

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Book Review : Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Eliza and Her Monsters Book Cover Eliza and Her Monsters
Francesca Zappia
Young Adult Fiction
HarperCollins
May 30, 2017
400

Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble. Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds meets Nimona in this novel about art, fandom, and finding the courage to be yourself. Features illustrations by the author throughout. Perfect for readers of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, this is the second novel by the acclaimed author of Made You Up. In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, and Eliza begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart. With pages from Eliza’s webcomic, as well as screenshots from Eliza’s online forums, this uniquely formatted book will appeal to fans of Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.

Yay! a book review after a long time. Today, I am going to talk about my latest read, Eliza and Her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia, and why I loved it so much!

Eliza and Her Monsters is a story of a high school senior, Eliza Mirk, who hates school, who is treated as a nobody and all she want to do is draw. Secretly, Eliza is a creator of the famous web comic, Monstrous Sea and has a huge fandom dedicated to her. Her drawings are exceptional and everyone wants to know who the LadyConstellation really is! Eliza does not think she can survive the fact the world knows about who the creator of Monstrous Sea is and prefers being a nobody. And when the new kid at school, Wallace, turns out to be an admirer of LadyConstellation, and one of the most famous fan-fiction writer of Monstrous Sea, and also wants to become Eliza’s friend without knowing her true identity, Eliza’s life takes a turn for good, and Wallace helps her to be drawn out of her shell.

Eliza and Her Monsters is a story of a typical introvert, Eliza, who no one seems to understand. Her parents think she needs help because she constantly locks herself up in her room, online talking to her “friends”, or with her head in her phone, not having too many friends, not behaving as other kids do. She cannot relate to her outgoing, sporty younger brothers, she doesn’t feel like mixing with the rest of the world. For her, her world is online with her fandom, with online friends to talk to and forums to discuss her web comic on. Eliza is very relate-able to any one who ever had to struggle with introvert nature being misinterpreted as a problem.

I loved the book, Eliza and Her Monsters but I had a little problem with her panic attacks. I mean I get that introverts may go under extreme stress in social situation but I have never experienced it to this level, being a introvert myself. But I totally understood the whole “online universe” which helped Eliza with her own identity though an anonymous one. Also I loved how her best friends where both her online friends and still she was very much in touch with them. I myself have made so many friends here online that i can understand that you don’t need to meet people in person really to call them friends!

I would recommend Eliza and Her Monsters to all the YA lovers out there and also to those who want to get a feel of how an introvert’s world might look like especially if you don’t understand introverts!

Have you read this one? What are you all reading? Do let me know!

Book Review : Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows Book Cover Six of Crows
Leigh Bardugo
Juvenile Fiction
Macmillan
September 29, 2015
480

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone... A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.

 

The Story: 

Six of Crows is based on the same world as that of the Grisha Trilogy series. I have not read that series yet, but basically what I understood about the Grisha is that they are supernatural human possessing special gifts like altering some one’s looks, taking control of some one’s body, and much more. Six of Crows doesn’t tell a story about the Grisha, but it does include them and is set in some places in the Grisha world. Kaz Brekker is a 17 yr old leader of the Dregs, a gang in the city of Ketterdam. He is offered a huge sum for breaking in to the most secure prison, the Ice Court in Fjerda, and getting a scientist out who is making a drug that can enhance the Grisha abilities dangerously. But Kaz needs a group of people he can trust and who are skilled enough to pull this heist off. So the group or the Six of Crows that he gathers are :

  • Inej : A young girl, trained acrobat, who walks without being noticed and can scale any walls with ease.
  • Nina : A Grisha (Heartrender) who joins the quest to save the Grisha from the drug
  • Matthias : A is a former Druskelle from Fjerda. he was caught in another prison in Hellgate, before he is rescued by Kaz and reluctantly joins the quest.
  • Jesper : A sharpshooter, who is part of the Dregs
  • Wylan : Son of the man who hires Kaz for the heist. He is used for his knowledge in demolitions and as a hostage against his father.

The Review :

Six of Crows is told from multiple perceptive, of all six members and some other characters. It is a long story, full of continuous twists and turns, each more shocking than the previous and everything happening at a very fast pace. At times, the reader is treated to a backstory as well, which helps to understand the characters but doesn’t necessarily help the story line at all times. What surprised and enthralled me most was how nothing was predictable in this book. When ever I felt that a particular thing will surely happen, something totally unexpected was thrown at me!

The character development of all main characters was the best. I especially adored Kaz and Inej. Kaz was a completely emotionless and highly witty with mastermind plans up his sleeve, and he has a limp. The only times he did show some emotions involved Inej. Inej is again a very strong character with a difficult past but with a dream to fulfill. I like how Ms. Bardugo hasn’t wasted too much time developing a love story aspect for Kaz and Inej, which would have been distracting to read in this fast paced story. I do ship them like several other readers of this book and I hope the second and final book does have some romance to swoon on.

I did take a hell of time to finish this book, which is not because of the book but because of me not able to dedicated enough time for it each day. Otherwise because of the pace of the story, you can easily finish it in a couple of days even though the book is a little big. It is an engrossing read! I recommend it to all fantasy, thriller genre lovers.

Have you read this? How did you find it? What are you reading currently?

And the blogger returns!

And The Blogger ReturnsFor those who might have been following my blog would be knowing that I had taken a break from blogging two months back. I had a lot of things going on and I just couldn’t find the time to sit and write anything! But now I think, I finally have the time to get back to blogging, or at least I hope so.

What was happening? Like I said, a lot!

  • I was in Pune doing my internship with Dell EMC till June end.
  • I shifted back home to Mumbai at the start of July and then was just trying to reorganize everything (my studies, final submissions, my room, and maybe, my life too)
  • I turned 24 this July. (I’m getting old!)
  • Weight-loss regime (that’s a WIP task)
  • Books and Movies

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