A Time To Dance

Title: A Time To Dance 

Author: Padma Venkatraman

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult

Country: India



A Time To Dance is a story about a girl named Veda who knows nothing but dance all her life. As a child, her ma and pa took her to temple of dance where she was told that Shiva, the god of dance, dances in all of us.

She put her all into dance and strived in it despite her mom wanting her to do her very best in school. After winning Bharatantym finales, a big important dance to her dance school. On her way home from the dance competition, the dance school’s bus was in an accident Veda leg was severe hurt so much so her leg had to be amputated. What happens when a dancer’s worst nightmare takes place, missing a leg and probably never to dance again.

I’ve truly enjoyed this book like no other. To me, it was extremely realistic. It was so beautifully put together you can feel all of the characters and their emotions. When she dances during her performance you can see it picture as if it was in high definition. It will leave you absolutely speechless.

I felt this book is particularly weak when it came to Veda recovery from her accident. It would have been nice to see her work on the process to see her over come hurdles in physical therapy and have a bit of a overcome triumph in this frame of her life in the book. Also after reading the book now it seems to be a more self-discovery thing, however, I wish to see her Ma and Pa helped out a bit more.

I would like to point out that in the book the aftermath of Veda and the dance team accident there are details of her injuries and what has happened. Also while in the hospital, there are details of her leg after amputation and process of her getting her prosthetic leg. Also someplace in the middle of the book, there is a relationship between two characters unsupervised which seems to not happen in the India culture so I want to point that out. Later in the book, there is a small child with a visible birth-defect.

I especially appreciated the characters they were all three dimensional no matter how small their role. Even though the setting does in deed takes place in a real world place. It still is a made up world and the world building was amazing. The dance and spiritual aspects merge together so effortlessly it enchanting. I’ve loved how the book has everything has a place and falls together as smoothly as possible. Our main characters and many of the others changed and grew so much so they were a whole new person but still one in the same. It simply breathtaking.


To everything, there is a season,

and a time every purpose under Heaven;

A time to be born, and a time to die;

A time to plant, and a time to reap;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

A time to break down, and a time to built up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn, and a time to dance…



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Unfinished Fun

It officially over. As sad as it the week long readathon have come to an end. The important this is we all had fun. I know I did, even when I didn’t have time to read I got the notification to come straight to my phone. So I got to at least enjoy the fun, games and the progress everyone was making during the twitter sprints. I especially like during the BookTubeAThon they had like a mystery game they played where the twitter sprints host was “kidnapped” which lead everybody to read for clues in their book to find out exactly what happened. It was all plenty going on. All of the motivation that I had for myself and everyone pumping up the week. I had a very ambitious TBR for the week which came to a grand total of at least 11 book I want to have finished in the week. I had everything planed and strategies to have it done. But what you know it life got in the way. Work. Kids. Family. Craziness. All didn’t fail though I did indeed found a little time to read a bit. So for the Biannual Biblioathon I finished three challenges

  • Read a host favorite genre- Emmmabooks Diversity
  • Book to move Adaptation
  • Throwback: Graphic Novel

Then for the BookTubeAThon I have three challenges completed

  • Read a book with a person on the cover
  • Finish a book in one day
  • A book with a character different from you

Now I know I kind of cheated with this. In all reality I only read two books during the week I double up books for challenges just so with the little time I had I got the most fun and accomplished out of what I could in that time frame. So all in all I’ve read two out of eleven books in the incredibly week.

So during the amazing busy the books I have read are

I’ve written reviews for both of these amazing book so look out for that.

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Two For One Readathons and To Be Read Piles

Summer is an awesome time but this week just made it better. This week of July we have have two fun readathons. First up is the Biannual Biblioathon July 23-29 with a live show on Sunday the 30th. Then BookTubeAThon is July 24-30.
Each readathon comes with a different challenges a day, twitter sprints and events for many of the social media platforms so the book community can all be one.

Biannual Biblioathon

Group book for the live show is A Flame in The Mist by Renée Ahdieh
Then the book challenges start with

  1. Host favorite genres
  • Magical Realism
  • Historic Fiction
  • High-Epic Fantasy
  • Diversity
  • Dystopian
  • Paranormal
  • Urban Fantasy

2. Book to movie adaptation
3. A book that you hear or seen somewhere other than BookTube
4. Throwback Challenge
5. A book that’s been banned or still is.

Now I’m made my TBR flexible so I can change my books around but for now I have

  1. A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
  2. The Shack by William Paul Young
  3. How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  4. My friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
  5. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  6. Simon vs Homosapines addenda by Backy Albertalli

Then for the BookTubeAThon

The group read is going to be Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

As always there’s challenges

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover
  2. Read a book that was hyped on BookTube
  3. Finish a book in one day
  4. Read a book with a character completely different from you
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors
  6. Read a book because of the cover

My TBR is also flexible for this readathon as well

  1. When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  2. Simon vs the homosapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli
  3. The girl in 6E by A.R Torre
  4. A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
  5. How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  6. Everything,Everything by Nicola Yoon
  7. Read seven books [This is an option ]

Now many of my books can over lap from both readathons because we all know life gets in the way so I want to at least get my challenges done.

TBRs Book Summary

The Flame in The Mist by Reneé Ahdieh:Only daughter of prominent samurai, Mariko life since she was born was to marry. At seventeen Mariko was sent to her betrothed. Her convoy is viciously attacked by the black clan.

Everything,Everything by Nicola Yoon: Seventeen year old Maddie has a rear disease where she is allergic to the world. She has no one but her mom and nurse, Carla. So when the new neighbors moved in next door caught her eye. Olly makes her forgets about her disease but what can you do when literally everything can kill you.

When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: Dimple just graduated she was happy for this break from school and her wedding crazed family. At her summer program for aspiring web designer. Little does Dimple know the very man her family wants her to marry. Rishi is an hopeless romantic who believes in tradition so when he find out he has to woo his wife to be at the summer program he was all for it.

The girl from 6E by A.R. Torre: She has locked herself in her apartment for the last three years. Working over the internet with two hundred member fan club, making almost seven figures and men lining up for her attention. Satisfaction for them a distraction for her cause the real reason she hiding is she can’t stop herself from thinking about killing others.

The Shack by William Paul Young: When on a family vacation in the woods of Oregon taking in the wilderness. Mackenzie Allen Philip’s youngest daughter is abducted. When searching for her they find that she’s been brutally murdered in a near by shack. While wallowing in his great time of sadness he gets a note from “God” inviting him to come back to the very shack his daughter’s was found.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel: 65 days after Juniper’s sister, Camilla, is killed she finds a love letter written by her sister addressed to ‘You’ in Juniper’s journey to find the person the letter goes to. She loses a card from her happiness index a ritual journal her sister Camilla made up logging positives each day. However this lost index card is anything but positive it hold a dark secret one no one else can know now she need to find ‘you’ and her dark secret.

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman: Veda is a beautiful classical dance prodigy who grow up dancing getting applause for her prowess and flexibility. All until an accident lives her leg amputated from the knee below. Now she had to adjust to life with a prosthetic leg even now she won’t let this stop her dreams.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: Speak up for yourself–we want to hear what you have to say. From the beginning Melinda knew that was a lie she was an outcast isolated her freshman year all cause she got the end of the year summer party busted by calling the cops. No one will even listen to why she called she was raped by an upperclassman who go to the same school. With no one in her corner her art class is her only outlet she need to stand up for herself.

How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon: when sixteen year old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds the community is in a uproar especially since the killer was a white man, Jack Franklin. Everyone has something to say but nothing is adding up. Tariq’s Friends, family, and community comes together and grapple for away to say without certainty this is How it Went Down.

Simon vs Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: Sixteen year old secret gay like to live the drama for school musical but when one of his e-mails get to the wrong person his secret isn’t so safe anymore and the blackmail begins.

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf: Jeffery Dahmer is the most notorious serial killer since Jack The Ripper. To everyone he is a monster who did unthinkable things. To Derf he was a high school friend who struggled with morbid urges from deep within. He was just a shy teen alcoholic, goofball who never fit in.

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YouTube,BookTube, Tubeular


Image result for Youtube Booktube and tumblr logosHave you ever gone onto YouTube in search for one particular video? {MANY HOURS LATER} You’ve been sucked down a black hole of unrelated videos and have no idea of how you got there.

I have thousands of times. One time it took me to a world I didn’t even know existed. BOOKTUBE. No, it’s not some kind of a rip-off website it’s an awesome community hiding on YouTube. Just like all the other channels that sprout out of nowhere. BookTube sprouted up in 2009 with a Booktuber and her channel beautyisntskindeep. Seven years later and the community is still growing with many more channels and booktubers like some of my favorite, Sasha from abookutopia, Emma from Emmmabooks and Katy from Katytastic. The community has grown and it is no longer hidden. They’ve grown so much they have conventions now called YallFest, Bookcon, and even Vidcon.

BookTube is part of a vast book lovers community we call the bookternet which is another book loving communities on many different social media platforms like Bookstagram, Book podcast, book bloggers, reblogging book clubs on Tumblr, and last but not least Goodreads.

The bookternet has so much to offer especially BookTube. BookTubers make tons of videos on so many different topics.
From book recommendation to book hauls and un-hauls. Book reviews some with spoilers some spoiler free. Book wrap-ups, TBRs, book discussion and even bookshelf tours.
However, my favorite part is the readathons. Readathons events are where we all read together over a defined period of time. They also include different reading challenges on all kind of social platforms. Hashtags, reading sprints, and sometimes give aways where the host of the readathon giveaway books or bookish items. There are many readathons that take place like Booktubeathon, Bookbuddyathon, Dewey’s 24hourreathon, AroundTheWordAthon, BoutofBooks, 24in48readathon, and the BiannualBiblioathon. As a matter, a fact two of these amazing readathons are taking place now. The Biannual Biblioathon July twenty-third through the twenty-ninth with a live show on the thirtieth. Then the Booktubeathon takes place on July twenty-fourth through the thirtieth.

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Shh, Everyone Has a Secret

Everyone has a blog even the old lady down the street, so what about me?

I want to be in the loop so let me tell you a bit about myself. I’m not the old lay down the street. I am just a girl, you know the kind. Twenty years old not sure what to do with my life. Still living at home hanging out. But I also have a little secret.

I’m let you in on that little secret. I have an addiction. Now the first step is to get help but this addiction has and needs NO CURE except maybe a good community of friends. So I’m seeking that out. You know what they say seek and you’ll find. This is me searching.  Now you’re probably wondering what this incurable addiction is well… I’m addicted to books.

Now I know some people are going to say that’s how is that an addiction. Well, let me tell when you need something all day every day. Join and form a book club for everyone and just to have something to read. Take and give book recommendation everywhere you go. Talk about books to everyone and anyone. To get non-reads into something new.

If you have the same problem or just seek the same community as I follow my blog.



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Blog Virgin, Call Me a Newbie

Nowadays everyone and their best friend has or had a blog of some kind. Hell, even my nine-year-old cousin has a blog with her friends. So it only made sense that I’d have one too.  Now I’m new to this but I’m sure that what I have to say is important and entertaining even. Basically, this is like a first date we just get to know each even though this can be very boring.  I’m twenty-year-old nanny living in a small town. With it being a small town there’s not much to do. With that being said not only do I need something for the kids to do but me as well. Or we’ll all die of boredom I’m sure.  So as a kid I lived in the library so that was the place to start. Armed with a library card and a bunch of adventurous kids we were bound to find something to pass the time. Well, let’s just say we stay until the library was closed, drove librarian crazy, left with over fifty books, five book clubs, and me with tons upon tons of ideas of what to do next.

I live for reading it something both me and the kids can do. My name is Jadalynn and this how books save live. Follow my blog and see how we keep from dying of boredom.


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