Things I Learned After Living Away From Home

I will admit, when it was time for me to move away for college, I was eagerly looking forward to it. Not because I wanted to get away from my family, I have been blessed with an amazing family. I was eager because the idea of living away had a certain appeal like I am sure it does to many. Although, as excited as I was, I was also nervous. The idea of having to pack my life in a few boxes and leaving everything I knew behind, was terrifying.

Yet, I have to say moving out was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have grown in ways I never thought I could. I have learned lessons I probably never would and I wanted to share them with you.

Enjoy Being Alone 

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I have lived alone before but only for a few hours, when my parents were at work. This has, to an extent taught me to enjoy my own company. Yet, I have never been alone for days at a stretch. I do live with a roommate, but roommates go on vacations and you are left with your company in a big lonely house. The first time it happened, it disturbed me but over time I learned to love my own company. Eventually, I learned to enjoy the quiet and realized it was time I could spend on myself. I still have my bad days, but they aren’t as common anymore.

Become Independent

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Now I know, everyone says ‘I want to be independent’, I sure did. It wasn’t until I lived alone that I realized what it means, though. Being independent is so much more than partying and having your own money to spend. Being independent means, washing your clothes, cooking, cleaning your room and all those things mom probably did or nagged you into doing. Now there is no nagging, just you and a messy room. 

Become Money Wise

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Apart from cooking, cleaning and partying you know what else you have to manage? Money. And trust me, if you aren’t really careful with it, it will run out faster than you can say fast. Been there, done that and six months down the line, I am much more careful with the money I get. I still struggle though and have to ask for more when I run out of my monthly allowance in 15 days.

Never Take Family For Granted

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I miss the days when I was blessed to come back to a house filled with family and dinner already cooked. Now, I come back to an empty house and bills. But more than that, though, living away has taught me to appreciate my family. I have always loved my family, but living away from them made me realize just how blessed I really am. Coming back to a house filled with people who love you is a feeling I miss every day. Trust me I am never taking them for granted again.

Learn To Be An Adult 

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Or at least learn how to fake being an adult. There is so much to do in the real world. That bill isn’t going to pay itself and if you forget (which you will if you are anything like me) then well, you’re doomed. Got bit by a dog? Yeah, you better man up and drive yourself to the hospital to get all those injections you will need.  Over a period of time, though, you will stop faking and actually become a fully functioning adult. Or so I’ve heard. 

 

What about you? Have you moved out of home yet? Are you going to soon? 
I have some more wisdom to part if you are willing to listen (Although who am I kidding, I am still hopeless with the whole ‘living alone business’). 
Let me know in the comments below.

You know I love to talk to you guys. 🙂 

 

Where Have You Been?

If you haven’t noticed, I have been MIA for a good 2 months now. Not just here on the blog but on social media as well for the most part. I have good reason to be since my life literally shifted.

If you have been here for a while, you must have read that I was soon starting Uni again. And, that is the biggest reason for me to be away for so long. I left home on the 15th Of August and have only now begun to settle into this new life.

I stayed in the college dorms for about a month and then moved out to an apartment not very far from campus. So, basically all I have been doing these past two months is settling in, then moving to a new place and settling in again. But life’s good now, there are still a few things I need to get done but I have enough free time to blog again. Which leads me to this…

I have said this before, I have plans for the blog to grow. From day one, Fervently Curious has been a blog all about books and I have loved every single moment of talking about the best thing in the world. Why the sudden change you may ask? There is nothing sudden about it since my heart was always set on branching out and writing about more than just books. That’s exactly what I am going to start working on now.Also the fact that I am currently doing my postgraduate in mass communication plays a huge role. I want to use this blog as a platform to grow and learn more as a media student.

You guys have been by my side through this entire journey and I am hoping that you will support me now as well. 

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Book Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

 

this savage songTitle: This Savage Song

Author: Victoria Schwab

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal

Series: Monsters Of Verity #1

Publisher: GreenWillow Books

Format: E-book

Source: Bought

Publication Date: July 5th, 2016

Synopsis: 

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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There are monsters in this book! Need I say more? I have read reviews that say her other books are much better, but this is the first book I ever read so I can’t really compare.

“Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.”
“Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.”

PLOT

It was set in a world where a city is divided in two and they are at the brink of war. While they MC’s are trying to be what they are not. And, oh! monsters are killing folks all around. So, basically, it was just monsters vs humans during most of the book. Therefore, it’s safe to say the plot in the book wasn’t anything very interesting. Yet, I absolutely loved it! What I loved most though was how Schwab showcases how monstrous humans can be.

There were times in the book where I was truly scared. The flesh-eating Corsai, the blood-drinking Malchai, and the rarest, most mysterious of all: the soul-stealing Sunai. It’s enough to terrify anybody! But what scared me most, were not the monsters themselves but the act of violence that occurred BEFORE a monster is created. See, I told you I loved how she showcases how monstrous our race can be (yes, I know I am repeating myself, but I NEED you to know!).

Having said that, though, I also had a hard time understanding and grasping all the terms and the general layout of the town in the beginning of the book. But once that was done, the book flowed quite fast and kept me hooked.

Pace

The writing was decent but the story was very gripping. The descriptions and details just added to the horror.I was instantly sucked into the story and couldn’t stop reading. I read this book within 5 hours. Which means, I was reading till 4.30 in the morning knowing I had to wake up at 6.30. Yes, I woke up at 6.30 and felt like a zombie the entire day. But would I trade the book for sleep? NOPE!   

Characters

I loved both our MC’s. The story is narrated from both their perspective. Schwab also, effortlessly, integrated the issue of identity into this book. For instance,

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Is the daughter of a crime-lord and wanted to be bitter and CRUEL. Which she was in the book, but it was forced. Because she just wasn’t that person. It broke my heart to see her try to please her father by being a person she wasn’t.

August

He is a soul eating Sunai but all he wanted to be was human. And gosh, I love him SO MUCH! He is more human than most humans in the book, tbh. He is adorable, sweet, beautiful and just…ugh so many things all good. So, yeah, you know I love him, right? I hope I made that clear ❤

What made everything even better? There was no romance! None at all. And it worked so well guys, I cannot even begin to tell you.

Overall, I was very very happy with this book. The story was just the right amount of creepy. The ending was very open and I am hoping there will be a sequel. 

Do I recommend it? Hell yeah!

Plot: 3.5/5

Characters: 4.5/5

Pace: 3.5/5

Overall Rating: 4/5

Have you read the book?

What did you think about it?

Let me know in the comments!

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Being Inspired on Creativity

Welcome back besti! I have missed you. Guys, you should definitely read this.

Its been quite a while now, since I have not written anything while at work. Its also been a quite a while since I wrote anything personal.

Or casual.

Or fun.

Makes me rethink if I was writing at all.

Today, I don’t have much to do, new workplace and all. (Who am I kidding, I don’t have anything to do). Figured I should write again. For myself. My boss says, write for the world, that is what advertisement is all about. Sure, that works for work, but what about when I am drained and am left with no creativity at all. At some point, don’t I have to write for myself too?

Adding to that, my boss asked me, what inspires creativity in you? I was stunned and didn’t really answer the question (‘first day of work’ blues).

So, one thought lead to another, and it got me thinking…

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Book Review: Rebel Of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Title: Rebel Of The Sands

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Magic

Series: Rebel Of The Sands #1

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Format: E-book

Source: Bought

Publication Date: March 8th, 2016

 

 

Synopsis:

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

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This book has everything! Desert, magic, rebellion, romance, guns, tattooed guys and headstrong heroines!

PLOT

This book was the perfect mix of western and Arabian. The writing is apt for a book set in the Middle East. Because I expect the language to be really rich when a book is set in the Middle East. And Hamilton gave me what I was looking for. The world was beautifully described and there was so much to discover.I loved the travelling and every other place I got to see. The overall plot was interesting and kept me hooked. However, I was a little surprised and disappointed that the Rebel Prince didn’t play a huge role in the book. I am looking forward to seeing more of him in the sequel.

Pace

The book was a fast read and every chapter always ended in a way that made me want to read more. What is it with authors not letting us sleep? And obviously, I barely got any sleep that night. The writing was engaging and hooked me in from the get-go. However, in the beginning, it did feel a little slow but the pace increased very quickly.

Character

I loved both the MC’s Amani and Jin. As good as they were as a team, they were equally good as individuals. The characters were very well fleshed out and I instantly fell in love with them both. The romance, though! Gosh, it was such a slow burn. But it’s written really well, in my opinion. Jin and Amani were so adorable! There was so much  banter, wit, snarky comments and a lot of heat between these two! I couldn’t get enough of them! I am officially a shipping them ❤ I did from the very start of the book! There were scenes, where I just couldn’t handle their cuteness 😀

The side characters were also very interesting. Even though there were quite a few of them, I connected with a few of instantly. I really want to know more about them in the next book.

For a debut novel, this was very very good! 

Do I recommend it? Yes, please!

Plot: 4.3/5

Characters: 4.8/5

Pace: 4.5/5

Overall Rating: 4.7/5

Have you read the book?

What rating did you give it? 

Let me know in the comments below!

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Ten Books I’d Buy Right Now If I Had A Gift Card

Top Ten Tuesday meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

Ten Books I’d Buy Right If I Had A Fully Loaded Gift Card

In case, you didn’t know, I mostly buy e-books and read them on my Kindle and will only buy a physical copy if I loved it. I mostly buy ebooks and read them on my Kindle This helps me build a collection of books I know can read and enjoy whenever I want. Therefore, this list may also have books that I have already read but do not own a physical copy of.

Six Of Crows

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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Pre-order!!)

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The Raven Boys 

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Red Rising 

Red Rising

The Falconer 

The Falconer

The Alchemist 

The Alchemist Book Cover

Empire of Storms (Pre-order!!) 

Empire Of Storms Book COver

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The Siren

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A Darker Shade Of Magic

A Darker Shade final for Irene

 

I want to buy even more books, but since I could choose only 10 these are the ones I chose!

What are the books you would buy?

Comment and let me know 😀