Top 5 LGBT Books You’ll Love to Read

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Hi everyone!

June is pride month and what better way to celebrate love and oneness in the world than books. I try to read diverse as much as possible. LGBT books are a great way to read about love and friendship and find out how it feels to sometimes be lonely.

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Never ever apologize for who you love!

 So here are my favorite LGBT books.

1. Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Read this way back in 2015, did a re-read last month and loved it equally. Becky Albertali does LGBT like a pro! Her writing is fluid and breezy. This is a story of Simon, a high school boy who hasn’t come out and emails a fellow student. One day his email conversation is leaked and someone starts blackmailing him and how he faces the world and his fear of opening up.

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Sometimes it seems like everyone knows who I am except me.
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The story talks about bullying, race, body shaming, and sexual diversity. It’s presented in a light and fluffy way and doesn’t get preachy at all. If you’re looking for a warm and happy LGBT story, this is for you.

2. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life – Benjamin Alire Saenz

Benjamin Alire Saenz is my new favorite author. I cannot describe how much I adore Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (his other book). But then this book happened and my love just grew exponentially.

It’s the story of Sal, who is adopted by a gay man and is welcomed in his Mexican American family; and Samantha – Sal’s best friend. Exploring and questioning their identity, they try to understand the logic of life. The story has all the elements that make a contemporary – relationship, emotions, life lessons, friendship, and love!

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Love wins, always.
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3. Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

This coming of age story is a favorite of many, and you have to read it to find out what the hype is all about. The story is about Charlie, who’s more of a wallflower and is learning the acts of blending in.

It is funny and emotional, is simple yet complex, and makes you think. It talks about sexuality and finding your identity! Even though it is a YA contemporary, it’s more mature and serious. Bonus points because the movie adaptation is absolutely fantastic.

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Equality – Love – Pride
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4. I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson

A poignant LGBT story about relationships, love, and loss, I’ll Give You the Sun will leave you teary eyed.This is a story of Jude and her twin brother Noah! They’re inseparable until something happens and then both aren’t talking to each other. It is told in a unique way – the first half is Noah’s perspective and other half is told by Jude.

A long due re-read awaits!!

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Love is too beautiful to be hidden in the closet.
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5. History Is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera

To get all the #feels, you have to read something by Adam Silvera. My favorite is History is All You Left Me. This is a story of Griffin and his ex boyfriend Theo, who’s now dead. Griffin meets Theo’s current boyfriend, Jackson at his funeral and his world seems to turn upside down.

It’ll get you bawling, will break your heart, and then heal it magically. It talks about love, loss, and grief in such a beautiful way. You get an emotional rollercoaster – from cutesy mushy feels to heartbreak everything you need in a YA!

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Keep tissues handy when reading this one!
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Some of the other LGBT books that I’ve heard great things about are –

  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Meckinzi Lee
  • They Both Die At the End – Adam Silvera
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green
  • Leah on the Off Beat – Becky Albertalli
  • If I Was Your Girl – Meredith Russo

Hope these recommendations encourage you to add a lot more diversity in your TBR pile. Let me know if you have a good LGBT book recommendation!

Until next time, Happy Reading!! And spread the LOVE….

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May Favorites

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Half the year is almost gone and how?? But the best thing about start of a new month means – monthly favorites. I love compiling them. It’s so hot that this time I don’t have a lot of make-up products, but have focused on skincare.

May favorites
Back to writing monthly favs and I couldn’t be happier.

Diving straight into my list of May favorites.

1. NYX Intense Butter Gloss

As much as I love matte red lipstick, in summers I sometimes steer away from it. Over the past two months I’ve been crushing on NYX Intense Butter Gloss. I have (actually I was gifted) the shade – Tres Leches (IBLG 11). It is a pastel pink color.

NYX Butter Gloss Tres Leches
Such a pretty pale pink color. Perfect for everyday wear.

It is the perfect gloss with just the right amount of color.  Even though this is a light shade, it isn’t patchy and spreads evenly, has a thick texture (doesn’t stick which is a great plus). You can wear it on its own as a tint, or top it on a lipstick. Goes very well with Mac Please Me lipstick.

Price –575/- for 8ml

2. The Body Shop Rice Chinese Ginseng & Rice Mask

Summers are so harsh on the skin making it dull and lifeless. The Chinese Ginseng & Rice is a clarifying polishing mask. On days when you want to give your skin the much needed brightness, this mask works best.

The Body Shop rice face mask
Say goodbye to dull skin with this amazzzing face mask.
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It has a creamy texture with rice grains, great for gentle exfoliation. Ginseng revitalizes, rice extracts softens and illuminates the skin and essential oils make your skin supple and soft. You can use it twice a week, but make sure to do a patch test.

The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice face mask review
Love the texture, slightly exfoliating yet not too harsh on the skin.
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Price – 1995/- for 75ml

3. Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation

If you’re someone who doesn’t like to put layers of make-up and are good with just a sheer coverage, then this is what you need. Lakme 9 to 5 powder foundation is a great drugstore product for everyday use.

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When the packaging and the product are cohesive, it makes a super hit combo!
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Since it has primer, you don’t need two separate products. The powder is finely milled, and you can almost feel the silicone like primer texture. Use it with the sponge that it comes with for best coverage.

Lakme 9 to 5 powder foundation review
If you’re a NC -35 in MAC, then Natural Light will be the perfect shade for you.

Comes in a pretty rose gold packaging, gives sheer to medium coverage (you can build it up), gives a shine-free matte look, blends easily, doesn’t look patchy, and is perfect for touch ups on the go. I’m in the shade – Natural Light.

Price – 550/- for 9g

4. Forest Essentials Lip Scrub

Matte lipsticks are pure love! But you have to pay a price for love, and here it is dry flaky lips. Using a lip scrub will change your lipstick game. The Cane Sugar lip scrub by Forest Essentials is delicious and does the job perfectly. It is made up of all natural ingredients, is gentle on your lips, and makes them super soft.

Forest Essentials lip scrub
no more flaky dry lips with this delishhh Forest Essentials lip scrub.

Needless to say, it smells divine and gives a feel good vibe! It is slightly expensive, but then brand loyalty. (Forest Essentials isn’t sponsoring this, the products are great quality and deserve all the love)

Price – 500/- for 5g

5. Garnier Micellar Oil Infused Cleansing Water

Talked about getting dolled up, now it’s time to clean up. Micellar waters are a rage in the beauty world these days. Off late I’ve loved the Garnier Oil Infused version. It takes off all the make-up in one swipe.

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Makeup off in one swipe, now that’s real power. Loving the oil infused variant.
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Have used the Maybelline Micellar Water in past, and this one is a lot better. Doesn’t sting while taking off eye makeup, it’s quite light and does not leave an oily residue. For this price and quality, it a good budget friendly option.

There is another version (non-oil one) also available, so if you have oily or acne prone skin, you can try that.

Price – 225/- for 125ml

Let me know what all did you love all through May. Share your favorite make-up or skincare product in the comments below. And I’ll see you soon! Bye….

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5 Must Have Dresses for Summers

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In this scorching heat all we want is comfort! But on days when you have to step out and look a little presentable, dresses come to rescue. Whether it is an airport look you want to ace, dress up for a party, or just heading out for coffee, these pretty dresses would be your perfect companions for instaworthy #OOTD.

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Browse through these 5 must have summer dresses, and pick your fav! Source –

5 must have summer dresses

1. Maxi Dresses

Starting with the epitome of summer fashion – maxi dresses. They are cool, easy breezy, and perfect for this blazing heat. A big plus if you get them in breathable fabrics – mul, linen, and cotton.

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Summer staple – Maxi Dress 🙂 Source –

The good thing is, you can dress ‘em up or play casual. Accessorize with silver jewelry for a fusion look! Wear them with block heels to a lunch meeting or with slip-ons for a casual day outing.

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Effortlessly chic in a maxi dress!
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2. Shift Dresses

This is just a fancier name for straight boxy dresses. They are perfect casual wear, but you can give them a semi-formal look as well. Pair a breezy shift dress with a big tote, sneakers, and tassel earrings – there I sorted your airport look.

how to style shift dresses
Easy – breezy and oh so comfy! Shift dresses are pure summer love.

If you’re someone who is a little conscious about your body, then a shift dress would be a great pick for you. It isn’t body fitting, so you can look stylish and also keep the sweat at bay in this heat.

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A little red is always a good idea.

3. Bodycon Dresses

A bodycon dress is an ideal way to flaunt your summer body. It sits on your curves beautifully and accentuates them to make you look super sexy! Wear it to work with kitten heels and a printed blazer on top.

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Don’t shy away if you’re a plus size. Flaunt it with confidence.
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You can also style your fav bodycon dress with sneakers or tie-up flats, messy bun, and boho accessories for a movie date or brunching with your girls.

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Let this be our inspiration for the next summer!
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4. Shirt Dresses

Cruising through summers one shirt dress at a time!! Cotton and chambray shirt dresses are a savior. Pair them with heels and statement earrings for a well put-together look. Or style them with flip flops and beachy curls for a fun shopping day out.

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Shirt Dress + Stripes – What’s not to love in this outfit!
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Out of the 5 must have summer dresses, shirt dresses are my favorite. They look good on all body types, so ladies go on and look stunning.

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Crushing over my faavv shirt dress!

5. Skater Dresses

For the perfect date night look, a skater dress is what you need. It is chic yet cute, indeed raising the style quotient.

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Bringing sexy back with skater dresses!
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For a more formal look, pair a skater dress with heels and a structured bag. Wear this look for a day event or at work. You can also pair them with sneakers for a more chill vibe!

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Movie date outfit inspiration!
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Hope these looks inspire you to add a lot more dresses to your summer wardrobe! Let me know which of these are you crushing on the most!!

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