about us

Shar and Shanti are sisters and co-bloggers.
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Hi! I’m Shanti. I’m a eighteen year old student who currently lives in India. I love to read, obviously, but I also play music (viola/piano), go running, craft (knitting! Paper!), writing for fun (so much angst), cooking, travelling, and spending time with my lovely family. Getting me to go outside without a book (let alone 2 or 3) is almost hard as getting me to leave historical places. I talk too fast, don’t eat meat, terrorise my newspaper minions (I’m an editor), spontaneously cartwheel, wear skirts and plaited pigtails,and make literary references that only I understand.

I come from New Zealand and India, and I love both places (don’t make me choose!). I’m perpetually busy (and mostly happy about it). I believe in messes (and tidying), friendships, forgiveness, fiction, reality and redemption.

Some of my favourite books are: The Boy Most Likely To, The True Meaning of Smekday, Code Name Verity, A Sense of Style, The End of Night, and The Wrath and the Dawn

Some of my favourite series are: The Lunar Chronicles, The Old Kingdom Chronicles, Protector of the Small, Chanda’s Secrets, The Starbound Trilogy, The Spinster Club, Seraphina, and The Montmaray Journals.

Some of my favourite authors are: Laini Taylor, Jenn Marie Thorne, Beth Revis, Tamora Pierce, and Rhiannon Thomas.

(but the list never really ends)

I’d love to hear from you! find me on goodreads,  twitter, or comment on Virtually Read (I don’t bite!)


Shar is a lover of books, animals, the outdoors, her friends, her family, India, New Zealand and a lot of other things besides. She spends far too much time being a student but far prefers doing other things like reading and baking and talking and reading and playing the flute and singing Disney songs untunefully and reading and playing board games and cuddling her dog and reading and playing the piano and running and writing and doing craft and reading. She is a renowned for being a toothpaste connoisseur, hater of cucumbers and extremely forgetful munchkin.

Some of her favourite genres are contemporary, sci-fi, dystopia, and fantasy. Her (current) favourite books are The Book Thief. Fahrenheit 451, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Other books she loves include the Harry Potter series, the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series, Paper Towns, the Lunar Chronicles, the Inheritance Cycle and a lot of others she can’t think of right now (see: forgetful munchkin)



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