Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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Title: When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Published: May 3, 2017

Pages: 380

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

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Goodreads Description: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

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


Indian American Protagonists.

If I had to summarize in two words why I picked this book up, it’d be just that: Indian American Protagonists.

Being half Indian myself, this book immediately sparked my attention when it blew up in the blogosphere last year and people were celebrating it for being a refreshing young adult novel. Because I grew up in such a diverse community with many unique Indian Americans, I was personally keen to see how they would be portrayed in the story. On top of that, I hoped that I could learn something new about the Indian side of my blood—particularly arranged marriages. Maybe it’s my fault for placing so much on the book, but I didn’t love When Dimple Met Rishi Continue reading “Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon”


My Post-Midyear Freak Out Read-a-thon

I am five books behind my Goodreads Reading Challenge.

It’s a little concerning considering that we’re three-fourths into the year and I’m a self-proclaimed slow reader.

This mess all boils down to how unexpectedly busy this first semester of school has been for me. Thankfully, I have few to no academic-related responsibilities this upcoming week, so I can play catch up on my reading goal for this year—again. I’m *trying* to be extra ambitious (but realistic) this read-a-thon since I don’t know when I’ll get another chance to read for recreation this semester 😢.


  1. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – I’ve been *reading* (I use the term very loosely) this book since the end of July. I can feel myself losing interest in it, but I want to finally see it through because I was really enjoying the series so far. This book is the second book in the fantasy series, An Ember in the AshesI don’t want to spoil anything about the book just in case any of you are interested in or are reading the first book. As usual, I linked all the titles of books mentioned in the post to their Goodreads page for those who want to learn more about them 💫.
  2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – This is actually a re-read, and that’s not something I usually do. This book follows an Andalusion shepard, Santiago, as he journeys to the pyramids of Giza in search of a treasure that he feels is calling for him.
  3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – This book has been on my TBR for forever, and I was finally able to pick it up at a book sale last month. From what I understand, this is a science fiction book following five characters and how their lives interconnect through time.
  4. Minority Report by Philip K. Dick – This book is set in a world where the police have a technology that identifies people who will commit a crime before the crime is committed. When the  Precrime System pinpoints its creator and police officer, John Anderton, as the next criminal, the whole system is put into question. I picked this book up on a whim at the same book sale as Station Eleven, so I have no expectations.

And with that, let’s beginContinue reading “My Post-Midyear Freak Out Read-a-thon”

Dear Authors, Please Write More About… (Part 2)

Well, well, well. Look who’s finally continuing her creatively named series after half a year.

Honestly, you know just by looking at my blog title that anything I name won’t be groundbreaking at all. I’m sorry, future child (aka John Smith).

ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜɪs sᴇʀɪᴇs: There are certain topics, tropes, and types of characters that make me gravitate towards a book. In this series, I’ll share those items with you all in hopes that an author will come across these posts and answer my pleas for more books about these thingsHere’s to screaming into the void (because let’s be real, this series is futile.):

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My First Book Haul

I never thought that I would do a book haul.

It’s largely because I rarely read physical books, and hauls are something I associate with tangible objects (although I know people do book hauls with their ebooks 🙂). However, I visited a giant book sale yesterday and managed to find ✨three✨ books that interested me.

Let me also add that since there were sooo manyyy boooks, I definitely judged them all by their covers, and I judged them HARD.

Since I haven’t post in over a month (school is much more hectic this semester than I expected) and have no spare mental energy to write one of my backed-up reviews (school is also requiring more of my dwindling brain power this semester than I expected), I thought a haul post would suffice. In no particular order, here’s what I picked up: 
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The Sunshine Blogger Award

This is a first.

I’ve had my fair share of tags, but none have ever been the award type. I’ve seen this particular award around quite a bit—The Sunshine Blogger Award seems almost like a rite of passage into the bookish community. So, thank you, Book Orbit, for nominating me! She’s relatively new to the blogging scene so do drop by her blog and say “hi” 😊.  Continue reading “The Sunshine Blogger Award”

Summer Romance Mini Book Reviews

Summer is coming.

With the season of unrelenting heat and inevitable death by radiation sun, beaches, and travel fast approaching, I find it odd that I’m no longer reaching for fluffy contemporary romances. After all, they usually make the perfect read for those indulgent summer days spent lounging around the house. They also tend to be easier to comprehend and therefore mindlessly read while I’m dying of dehydration fun.

While I’ve found solace enjoyment in other genres for now, I know that some of you may be hopelessly searching for a distraction from your pain FUN. Luckily for you, I’m due for a few reviews of books that I’d constitute as summer romances—and some are definitely more mindless than the others.  Continue reading “Summer Romance Mini Book Reviews”

Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu


Title: Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Published: September 12, 2017

Pages: 353

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

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I am so mad right now. I’ve ruined myself.

For some reason, I went into Warcross thinking that it’s a standalone, BUT IT’S NOT‼️ And now it has ended in a cliffhanger and I can’t binge-read the series because the second book doesn’t come out until September 😤.

🍃 Deep breaths, Belle.

Honestly, I brought this upon myself because I kept thinking to myself that the book seemed so predictable and would need a good plot twist to spice it up. Little did I know that I DID WANT THIS PLOT TWIST.

Breathe in, breathe out. 🍃

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