Bookish Happiness: Chocolate Book Tag

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Hi there!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day. I’m amidst some serious planning and prepping, and the best way to keep up with my writing is to do an amazing Book Tag. So today I’m doing a fun one – Chocolate Book Tag.

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The Super fun – Chocolate Book Tag.
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1.Dark Chocolate

A book that covers a dark topic (abuse, suicide, bullying etc)

Sadie – by Courtney Summers. I heard the audiobook recently and it is fabulous. It deals with sexual abuse, drug abuse, murder, and a lot of heavy topics. But is handled so beautifully.

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Sad, compelling, and so moving, this is a must read/listen.
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2. White Chocolate

Your favorite light hearted/ humorous read

Don’t have a particular book, but I think anything by Jojo Moyes or Rainbow Rowell should be perfect for this category. I love their light whimsy writing.

3.Milk Chocolate

A book that has a lot of hype and you’re dying to read

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi. I’ve bought it, now just need to find time to read it. Think this will happen on my next travel now!

4. Chocolate with Caramel Center

Name a book that made you feel all gooey and mushy

Can I say an old favorite! Me Before You – Jojo Moyes. I love her writing, and this one especially has all the feels. The movie is equally fluffy, but keep tissues handy!

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An evergreen faaav of mine!
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5. Wafer-free KitKat

Name a book that surprised you lately

Starfish – Akemi Dawn Bowman

As I write this I’m almost halfway through the book and it has been great so far. Talks about race, finding your identity, family dynamics, and mental health in the most positive manner.

6. Snickers

A book that you’re going nuts about

  • One that I’ve read – The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. OMG such an amazing strong story that will remain in your heart!
  • One I’ve not read, but am obsessing over – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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    Finds a place on most of my TBRs.
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7. Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows

What book would you turn to for a comfort read?

It has to be Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I loved it beyond words and am waiting to re-read it.

8. Box of Chocolates

A series you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone

Illuminae Files Trilogy – Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff.

It is a sci-fi trilogy with elements of thrill, mystery, and sprinkling of romance. It is fast paced and I think a lot of people will enjoy this series.

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Sci-Fi plus a lot of drama!
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I found this tag on – Coffee, Cocktails & Books. Consider yourself tagged and let me know what are your answers.

Also don’t forget to come back for more amazing posts on fashion, books, and lifestyle.

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Books I’m reading for Re-Readathon 2019

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Hello y’all!

After slacking through the first month of 2019, I’m super pumped to bring out new and fresh content. So today’s post is dedicated to Re-Readathon 2019.

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10 Books that I’m reading for Re-Readathon 2019.
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Re-reading books is totally my jam! I started this last year and thoroughly enjoyed. So thought of doing it in 2019 as well. Went through my messy bookshelves and read list on Goodreads, and have finalized these 10 books.

10 books I’m reading for Re-Readathon 2019

1.Wonder –R.J. Palacio

You always need something happy and heartwarming, and this suits it all. It’s a wonderful story of friendship and family and I cannot get back into it.

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Tilli and Wonder, restoring my faith in friendship.

2. Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

Have already read this for January. Was in the mood of an eerie thriller, and who better than Gillian Flynn. Highly recommend it! Although it is not for the faint hearted.

3. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

A re-readathon isn’t complete if I don’t read something by Khaled Hosseini. I love his writing and how it breaks your heart in a million pieces. So for 2019 it’s going to be A Thousand Splendid Suns (in all its glory).

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Cannot wait to re-read this gem.
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4. I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson

There’s always space for YA on my reading list. Read this back in 2016 and don’t remember anything. So 2019 is the year to re-read this amazing gem. I plan to listen to this one on audiobook, because have heard so many good things about it.

5. Devotion of Suspect X – Keigo Higashino

Years have gone by and I need the magic of a good Japanese thriller. So Devotion of Suspect X will surely be a part of re-readathon 2019.

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For all you thriller lovers, this is a must read.
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6. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Lately I’ve been in the mood of historical fiction and what better than going back to your favorite. It’s been quite some I read this gem of a book, and I’d love to have my heart broken by The Book Thief this year!

7. Chronicles of a Death Foretold – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The first time I read this, I’ll be honest I didn’t understand it. So in 2019 I thought to make this one a part of the Re-Readathon and enjoy this amazing classic.

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Have read the book and watched the movie, but it’s now time to re-read and get back in this world. Also it is such a short book, so great for a quick read.

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A gem that deserves a re-read.

9. The Truth about Forever – Sarah Dessen

Don’t remember anything of this story, and have heard people rave about Sarah Dessen. So I though it is time to go back and give this one a re-read!

10. Paulo Coelho

I’m mentioning Paulo Coelho instead of the book, because I still have to decide which ones I’m re-reading this year. Will go with the flow and see what my heart desires. It should either be The Alchemist or The Zahir.

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You can never get enough of Paulo Coelho’s amazing writing.
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Let me know what’s on your reading list for 2019. And if you’re re-reading any of your favorite books this year! See you soon!

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2019 TBR: 19 Books I want to read this year

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Hi everyone!!

Almost 2 weeks into the New Year and I’m still confused with so many good books that I need to read this year. Every year I do the Goodreads reading challenge and for 2019 I’m aiming for 40 books. Add to that a few (5-10) re-reads. My TBR list keeps changing as per my mood, but these 19 books are for sure happening in 2019.

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Hoping to have a great reading year!

Here are 19 books that I sooo want to read in 2019. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  1. Children of Blood and Bone – by Tomi Adeyemi

Have heard the world rave about this one all through 2018, so I thought might as well find out what the hype is all about. It is a west African story set in a fantasy world full of magic, romance, and drama!

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How stunning does this look???
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  1. Summer of Salt – by Katrina Leno

The TBR list is incomplete if there isn’t any queer romance, so here’s my share for 2019. Summer of Salt is a YA story with contemporary and magical realism flavors! Its based in a beach town and will be a perfect summer read.

  1. Gemina – by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
  2. Obsidio – by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina and Obsidio and books 2 and 3 in the Illuminae Files Trilogy. I read Illuminae in 2018 and absolutely loved it. Cannot wait to dive back into this sci-fi series.

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Sci-Fi plus a lot of drama!
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  1. A Little Life – by Hanya Yanagihara

For days when I need my heart to be shattered into a million pieces, this mighty book will come handy. A Little Life is one of the top priorities for 2019 TBR.

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Finds a place on most of my TBRs.
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  1. A List of Cages – by Robin Roe

I don’t know how many TBRs have seen this one. But I’m surely reading A List of Cages in 2019. It’s a super emotional and touching story on mental health and brotherhood!

  1. The Chaos of Standing Still – by Jessica Brody

The e-book is downloaded which means this will be read soonish! It’s the perfect blend of YA and romance. A girl and a guy are stranded on an airport and their fates cross paths when their phones are exchanged. How exciting does this sound???

  1. Radio Silence – by Alice Oseman

Radio Silence has been on my TBR since the start of 2018. It’s a contemporary story about a high school girl and one fragile moment changes her entire life. I’ve heard a lot of praise about the audiobook, so that’s what I’m probably getting.

9. Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This has been on so many people’s best books of 2018. It’s a story of an old Hollywood actress and her seven husbands! The premise seems quite interesting and it is so hyped, so I need to find out myself.

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So hyped up! I need to get to this one ASAP.
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10. The Poet X – by Elizabeth Acevedo

OMG so excited to read a book that’s in verse form. I’ve heard this one’s a brilliant story and the poetry is fabulous. I’ve got my copy and planning to hear it on audiobook as well, because that’s highly recommended.

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How stunning is this cover!!
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If you’re looking for some amazing audiobook recommendations, do check these ones out.

  1. Starfish – by Akemi Dawn Bowman

This is going to be my next read. It is a YA story based on romance and mental health, two of my favorites. It traces the story of a girl who wants to go to art school, and I’ve heard so many good things about the story and the writing style!

  1. A Spark of Light – by Jodi Picoult

Haven’t read something by Jodi Picoult in a couple of years and this one seems to be an emotional ride. True Jodi Picoult style where the heart and head is always in a conflict!

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This cover has my heart!
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  1. One True Loves – by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One can never have enough love stories on their TBR and I’m surely devouring this one this summer (fingers crossed though). It’s sad, emotional, and so romantic; all that I need with a Pina colada maybe!

  1. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Eva Lavander –by Leslye Walton 

Magical realism meets lyrical prose and an abundance of pain and sorrow! This one is a beautifully written story and a lot of my favorite booktubers have raved about it, so super excited.

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Hello Beautiful!
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  1. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – by Hank Green

We all know and love John Green. In fact Turtles All the Way Down was one of my favorite books of 2018. So I thought it’s time to see what magic his brother weaves through his writing. This one’s a sci-fi, thriller story, and I’m always up for it.

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Super excited to read this!
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  1. Bird Box – by Josh Malerman

People have read it, and even seen the Netflix adaptation. But I’m clearly slacking in my reading, so Bird Box needs to be read in 2019 and shivers need to be felt!

  1. Truly Devious – by Maureen Johnson

Truly Devious is a thriller that follows two timelines and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The booktube community went gaga over it in 20108, and I’m clearly late to this reading party. But then, better late than never.

  1. The Kiss Quotient – by Helen Hoang

After a lot of heavy reading, when you need a fluffy and emotional YA, this will be greatly helpful. I’ve heard nothing but praise for The Kiss Quotient and cannot wait to experience it myself.

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It’s always a good time for a steamy romance.
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  1. Salt to the Sea – by Ruta Sepetys

Lately I’ve been drawn to historical fiction a lot, so this seems to be a perfect pick. It’s a story based around World War II and I need not know more!

Let me know what are the top 3 books on your 2019 TBR in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading!

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Blogmas X: 11 Best Books of 2018

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Hi!! How’s everyone doing….

In high spirits today because guess who’s writing about her favorite books of 2018! Finally that time of the year when I let my emotions flow freely and ramble about the best books of 2018.

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Books make me happy!!!

Here are 11 best books of 2018

1.Turtles All the Way Down – by John Green

Started 2018 with Turtles All the Way Down and I haven’t regretted one bit. The anxiety rep is so good, you have to read it for that! One of the best YA books on anxiety and OCD representations, I’ve read in a long time.

It is an own voices novel where John Green has taken pieces of his OCD and anxiety and moulded them into this beautiful and poignant story.

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Turtles all the way Down has a special place in my heart and bookshelf.

2. The Astonishing Color of After – by Emily X.R. Pan

This was such a stunner! The story is about Leigh Chen Sanders, who’s certain that her mother has become a bird after she commits suicide. She travels to Taiwan to meet her grandparents and finds out her mother and her culture.

It is magical realism mixed with YA and the amalgamation is seamless. You get all the feels, the writing is lush and lyrical, and the characters feel so real. Loved the way grief and sorrow is depicted in the book through colors. It’ll break your heart and then heal it in the most wonderful manner.

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Looks super pretty!
Reads prettier….
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3. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

I read this in the beginning of 2018, and haven’t stopped gushing about THUG ever since. This is one story that everyone needs to read because it’s so relevant in today’s time. The story is inspired by #blacklivesmatter movement.

The story traces Star’s journey as she is the prime witness to her friend being shot dead by a police officer. It teaches us all that each of us have a voice that matters and can make a difference, we just need to speak up.

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If there’s just one book you want to read from this list, make sure it is THUG.

4. When Breath Becomes Air – by Paul Kalanithi

OMG, if I cannot even begin to tell how much I cried while reading this book. It is a memoir of a doctor who’s diagnosed with stage 3 of lung cancer. From being a doctor to a patient himself, it talks about his strength and feelings. It touched me at a personal level because my dad passed away from cancer and I could feel that pain and every little nuance.

Also a special mention about the epilogue of the book. The words still resonate with me and are so moving, you must read it for that brilliant epilogue.

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I couldn’t function after reading the Epilogue, that’s how powerful it is.
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5. Still Me – Jojo Moyes

This one’s the third installment after Me Before You and After You. The story continues with Lou as she moves to New York to start a new life. She meets Joshua, and sees hues of her past in him. But is she brave enough to take on this new life and let go of the memories. You need to read it to find out!

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Jojo Moyes never disappoints.

When you’re craving something mushy and romantic, yet deep Jojo Moyes is the best pick. I loved all the books by her, and this one was also heartwarming and super cute.

6. Illuminae – by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

If you’re a sci-fi fan, then the Illuminae Files Trilogy will be your jam. The book is in the form of mixed media – emails, transcripts, interviews, coded messages and a lot more. This is the first book in the series and it gets you hooked. The story is fast paced and full of action. Loved it and cannot wait to continue with the series.

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Reading in the garden – pleasures of Delhi winter.

7. Little Fires Everywhere – by Celeste Ng

This one’s a strong female centric book that revolves around a family who moves into a small house of a close knit neighborhood. When one of the families tries to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle begins and the entire neighborhood is divided into two parts. It talks a lot about family secrets. Loved the writing style, the story, and the strong female characters.

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Little Fires Everywhere, a strong literary fiction!

8. Girl Made of Stars – by Ashley Herring Blake

If you’re looking for a YA book that moves you, this is what you should be reading. Girl Made of Stars is the story of twins Mara and Owen. Mara’s best friend Hannah accuses Owen of raping her, and Mara is torn between believing her best friend and twin.

Its emotional, heavy, and moving. After a long time a YA with a heavy topic struck a chord and I highly recommend this one!!

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Keep tissues handy while reading this one..
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9. Homegoing – by Yaa Gyasi

For all you historical fiction fans, Homegoing is one book you cannot miss. The story is about two half sisters, Effia and Esi in 18th century Ghana. One is sold as a slave and the other is married to an Englishman.

The story feels a lot like a non-fiction memoir, and it’s evident how much research the author did. Tracing three hundred years of Ghana through history, Homegoing is beautiful, heartbreaking, and empowering all in equal measures.

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Historical Fiction is becoming my new favv!

10. Sadie – by Courtney Summers

Sadie by Courtney Summers came out and suddenly became a phenomenon on booktube. It’s Sadie’s story as she goes on the hunt to find the truth when her younger sister is found murdered. Trigger warning for – Sexual abuse, drug abuse, pedophilia

The story is told podcast form and I highly recommend the audio book. It was a wonderful experience listening to it.

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Sad, compelling, and so moving, this is a must read/listen.
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11. Darius the Great is Not Okay – by Adib Khorram

A coming of age story of a Persian American boy who’s travels to Iran to meet his grandparents. A beautiful story about family, love, friendship, and identity. I heard the audiobook and it touched my heart in so many places. Its character heavy and transports you to Iran. Read it to restore your faith in friendship and for a feel good book!

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Such a heartwarming story this is!
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Special Mentions 

Also had to share some honorary mentions. I liked them a lot, but a tad bit of something was missing. Consider them 4 star reads.

  • Leah on the Offeat – by Becky Albertalli
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Queer romance, body positivity, and YA feels, what’s not to love.
  • All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  • The Inexplicable Logic of my Life – Benjamin Alire Saenz
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My new favorite author of 2018.
  • History is all you left me – Adam Silvera
  • Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner

Hope you got some great recommendations to add to your 2019 TBR.

Let me know the top 3 books that you read in 2018 and share this with all your book lover friends. Also come back for the last installment of #blogmas! Bye for now.

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Blogmas IX :Christmas Cracker Book Tag

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Hello there you lovely people! Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season…

Its Christmas time and we booknerd always wish for books as gifts under the tree! Now whether you buy them for yourself, or bae spoils you, or your parents treat you, its ultimate bookish Christmas cheer that we’re celebrating.

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Missing my Santa!!
But I know he’s always with me 🙂 
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Sangria and books making my Christmas merrier.

Spreading joy and happiness with this Christmas Cracker Book Tag

A book with wintery cover.

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts (by Lucy Dillon). I need to gather courage to read this one soon though, because I know its going to be a sob fest.

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The warmth of winter sun and Romeo’s memories keeping my heart warm.

Pick a book you’re likely to buy as a present.

It’ll actually depend who am I buying this gift for, but the two picks are – The Hate U Give (by Angie Thomas) and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (by Benjamin Alire Saenz)

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This one has a piece of my heart. I love it so much!!

Pick a festive themed book

I’ll say The Forty Rules of Love (by Elif Shafak). Its heartwarming, takes you on a journey of discovering love, and celebrates the biggest festival – LIFE.

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Mornings at home!

Pick a book you can curl up with by the fireplace.

Well, it can be any! But from my current TBR I’ll pick Sleeping Giants (by Sylvian Neuvel). Its sci-fi, thriller, perfect for a chillin’ cozy reading session.

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This is the first book in the Themis Files trilogy!

Pick a book you want to read for the festive period.

Let’s choose a happy romance one for this – The Kiss Quotient (by Helen Hoang)

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It’s always a good time for a steamy romance.
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Pick a book that’s so good it gives you chills.

Second Chance Summer (by Morgan Matson). It’s a summer contemporary, but I could relate to the story on such a deep personal level that it left me sobbing and emotional!

Pick a book going on your Christmas wish list.

Its on my wish list since a couple of months now – A Little Life (by Hanya Yanagihara). Cannot wait to read it and get my heart broken into a million pieces, or so I’ve heard.

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Finds a place on most of my TBRs.
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Share your picks in the comments section below and let’s celebrate a bookish Christmas together virtually. Hope you have a great day! Love…

And yes, come back for more amazing #blogmas posts. See you soon.

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Blogmas VIII: 7 Most Disappointing Books of 2018

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Hello y’all! It’s that time of the year when I share the highlights of my bookish journey of 2018 on the blog. For this edition of #blogmas I’m sharing the most disappointing reads of 2018.

These books weren’t bad, but for me they were meh! Or maybe my expectations were so high that when they came tumbling down, the crash was heard louder than what I expected.

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Listing the top 7 disappointing books of 2018.

So here are the Top 7 Disappointing Books of 2018.

1.Genuine Fraud – by E. Lockhart

I read at the beginning of the year and it was such a disappointment. Had heard some nice reviews, so my expectations were high, but sadly Genuine Fraud was no good. It’s a mystery thriller about a girl.

I wasn’t invested in the story and was so not interested about the characters. It is told in a unique format, like it starts at the end and goes in reverse. Maybe that was a major reason I couldn’t understand it.

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Made a fraud of my emotions and fell flat!

2. The Serpent King – by Jeff Zentner

I read Goodbye Days by the same author and kinda adored it, but this one on the opposite was so bad!  It is a YA story about friendship and bonding, but I just couldn’t connect to any of the character or the plot. Add to that that the protagonist’s father is a snake handler and there’s a lot of mention about venom and snakes makes it awful! The writing was lush and lyrical, but it was too long.

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All my expectations crashed!
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3. Not if I See You First – by Eric Lindstorm

This one’s supposed to be a contemporary with a deep emotional touch. For me though, the story and the characters didn’t strike a chord. It’s the story of a blind protagonist, Parker and her life. There’s a love interest and a love story mixed with teenage drama. Just didn’t work. The story lacked feels and dragged in many places.

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Don’t go by the bright poppy cover, the inside is so bad…

4. Sometimes I Lie – by Alice Feeney

The only thing I can say after reading this one is – what just happened? That ending leaves you with so many questions in your head. I loved the premise, it is based on all lies, but the ending is so confusing. I remember finishing this one late into the night and scanning the internet for opinions to match mine.

The story is about Amber Reynolds who’s in coma, her husband doesn’t love her, and sometimes she lies. All the characters are in the grey spectrum, which I liked. The build up was amazing, plot twists on point, and then boom – the ending just nosedived.

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It was all good, until that ending! Arggghhh…..

5. After the Crash – by Michel Bussi

Why have I made all the wrong choices this year?? This one’s a thriller and starts with a bang. In a plane crash out of 169 people, 168 die and the only survivor is a 3 month old baby girl. Two families claim the girl as their grand-daughter and there begins all the action, or not really.

The story sounded so interesting and was going at a great pace, some amazing revelations were made throughout the book. But the ending was like soda, all fizz and at the end no taste. The ending just fell so flat that I felt my time wasted after reading this.

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Crashed right at the end!

6. Big Little Lies – by Liane Moriarty

Do we see a pattern here?? I and thrillers didn’t have a cordial relation in 2018. I hardly read any good ones this year. Big Little Lies was also highly recommended and talked about, but for me something was missing.

I always have an issue with the pacing of Liane Moriarty’s books. For me personally, they are too slow as a mystery thriller. You’re never on the edge of the seat or in a nail biting tense situation.

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Slow and uneventful, that’s how I’ll describe this.

7. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – by Jonathan Safran Foer

I never DNF a book, but this one changed that for me. Had to DNF it at around 55% because nothing was happening in the story. I felt los and couldn’t connect to the protagonist at any level.

The story is about a boy (a prodigy) named Oskar. His father is killed in the 9/11 attacks and he sets out to discover the secret of the keys that he found in his father’s closet. I had such high hopes and seeing people rave about it on goodreads, I was sure to love this. But on the contrary, I was on the other end of the spectrum!

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This one didn’t strike a chord so added to DNF pile.

Let me know what’s your most disappointing read of the year and if you’ve read any of these and out opinion differs, do share your thoughts in the comments below.

And come back for more posts in #blogmas. I’m planning a best of 2018 series for the last week, so stay tuned for that! Bye…

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Blogmas VI : TBR Book Tag

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Hello y’all! The weekend is almost here and its time to cuddle up in bed with chai and book (well, when am I not doing that). For this installment of #blogmas I’m doing a book tag!

Book tags are so much fun! You get to know a lot about your fellow booknerd friends and sometimes the questions put you in a spot. It is pretty much the Rapid Fire of Koffee with Karan, but bookish version.

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TBR Book Tag for #blogmas

So brace yourself and here’s the TBR Book Tag.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Thank god for Goodreads (a booknerd’s faavv app)

If your TBR mostly print or e-books?

It’s actually a mix of both (whatever I get sasta)

A book that’s been on your TBR for the longest.

The Sense of an Ending – by Julian Barnes

A book you recently added to your TBR.

A Little Life – by Hanya Yanagihara

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Cannot wait for my heart to be broken into a million pieces by this one!
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A book on your TBR that you never plan to read.

Insomnia – by Stephen King

It’s way too long and the last couple of Stephen King books didn’t click, so this aint happening.

A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

Children of Blood and Bone – by Tomi Adeyemi

Have heard so much on booktube that I want to see what the hype is all about. Its fantasy, so I’m kinda skeptical going into it, but this needs to happen in 2019.

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How stunning does this look???
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A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

There’re so many. To name a few gems –

  • Unexpected Everything – by Morgan Matson (It has cutesy doggies on the cover)
  • A Spark of Light – by Jodi Picoult (those pastel hues have my heart)
  • Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends you.

The Nightingale – by Kristin Hannah

A beautiful historical fiction based in France during World War II. And this one has been praised no end, so he expectations are high!

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One of the most anticipated from the TBR Tag
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A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read.

Gemina – Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

This is the second book in the Illuminae Files Trilogy, and I cannot wait to see how the story progresses and all the sci-fi action.

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

185 and adding more almost every week!

TBR Book Tag was originally created by Coffee Cocktails and Books.

Tell me what are the top 3 books on your TBR. Comment down below and you’ll make me super happy! Also guys do follow #blogmas journey. I’m posting 4 blogs a week!

I’ll see you soon with another post, until then – have a great day and happy reading!

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Blogmas III: Best Audiobook Recommendations

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Hello there! Welcome back to #blogmas. Today we talk about one of my new found love – audiobooks.

Audiobooks are a great way of getting considerable amount of reading done if you’re always on the go or find hard to concentrate while physically reading a book. Also audiobooks do count as reading, so let’s just end the debate.

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Sharing my favorite audiobooks for #blogmas
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My top 4 audiobook recommendations of 2018

  • Sadie – by Courtney Summers

This latest release is generating a lot of buzz, and for all the right reasons. The audiobook is narrated by full cast and it is a surreal experience.

The story traces Sadie, as she goes on a hunt to trace her dead sister Mattie. Sadie has always had a rough life and her only solace was her sister. But when she dies, Sadie’s world comes crumbling down and she’s determined to find the killer even if it means risking her own life.

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Sad, compelling, and so moving, this is a must read/listen.
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This one’s dark, grueling, and content warning for – abuse, pedophilia, drug abuse, murder. Pick up when want to read something impactful, and it’ll not disappoint.

  • All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

For all you historical fiction fans, this one is a must read. I started reading it and was casucally browsing through my audiobook app and there it was. And OMG thank heavens, it was such a wonderful experience. To read and listen to it side by side.

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Perfect weekend scene – read some, listen some!

The story is about a blind French girl, Marie Laure and an orphan German boy, Werner Pfenning during World War II. When she was twelve, the Nazis occupy her hometown and she had to fled with her father. The story traces these Marie and Werner, and then how their paths converge. It’s a beautiful story of will power, how people do good, and the spirit of life.

It is a tad bit slow and reads a lot like a classic, so I highly recommend the audio book.

  • Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire

Magical realism mixed with fairy tale vibes, that’s what Every Heart a Doorway is about. The story traces children who’ve returned from fantastical worlds like Narnia etc. and are now finding it difficult to adjust in the real world. These children go to a special institution and that’s where this story is based.

It is the first book in the Wayward Children Series. The other two books are Down among the Sticks and Bones; Beneath the Sugar Sky. The good thing is that they’re all available, so enjoy binge reading/ listening.

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Finished the first one, and diving straight into the second book.
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Although the books are short, they’re enticing and so engrossing. The world building is impeccable and so are the characters. They’re flawed, grey, yet seem so real! You’ll love this series.

  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Tahereh Mafi

This is a memoir/ semi autobiographical novel by Tahereh Mafi, who is the author of the super popular Shatter Me Series. This one is the story of Shirin, a 16 year old Hijabi Muslim girl who has to go to a new high school just 2 weeks after 9/11. She’s fighting the world and finds solace in break dancing.

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For YA with a lot of depth this is a great choice. Source – epic reads

It traces her struggles against racism and Islamophobia. Although the book deals with heavy topics, there are a lot of fun elements. Strong friendships, bubbling romance, and a very strong female lead makes this a powerful read. I could imaging Tahereh Mafi all the time while I was listening to it (go check her Instagram to know what I’m saying).

Hope these audiobook recommendations help you and you pick one up soon! If you have a favorite audiobook, do share it in the comments section below.

And don’t forget to come back every week for 4 posts all through December for #blogmas! See you soon.

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Blogmas Day 1: Rapid Fire Book Tag

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Hi everyone! Hope y’all are having a fantastic weekend..

After such a fulfilling experience of #blogtober, I took a break and now back with the holiday spirit. Time to get going with some more blogs and this time its #Blogmas.

#Blogmas is a series of blog posts till Christmas, although I’m extending it all through December. So for day 1, I thought of doing a fun bookish tag. Usually these posts have to be Christmas theme, but I’m tweaking them somewhat.

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Welcome to day 1 of #blogmas!

Rapid Fire Book Tag is a set of 21 bookish questions that you need to answer rapidly and keep them super fiery! So let’s go.

Rapid Fire Book Tag

E-books or Physical Books?

Both! Kindle and Chill is a thing for booknerds

Paperback or Hardback ?

As much as I want to say hardbacks, my wallet and bookshelf will curse me no end, so Paperbacks.

Online book shopping or In-store shopping?

Online book shopping – because sasti books and sales! Okay, sometimes in-store shopping, coz posin’ with books for the gram!

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Finding love in the aisles of a bookstore 🙂

Trilogies or Series?

Trilogies – lesser commitment.

Heroes or Villains?

Heroes obvio!

A book you want everyone to read

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

It’s so relevant and is based on #blacklivesmatter movement. Talks about race, identity, police brutality, and community in such a beautiful way.

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If there’s just one book you want to read in 2018, this should be it.
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Recommend an underrated author

Benjamin Alire Saenz. He’s the author of two of my most favorite books – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe; The Inexplicable Logic of Life. I think a lot more people should read what he does with words and how he weaves magic! Surreal and blissful are the best to describe his writing.

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This one has a piece of my heart. I lobe it so much!!

The last book you finished

All the Light You Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark

Spectacles, Romeo’s tail (munchkin I miss you), my phone…. The list is endless

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Insta love at its best – both for the book and Romeoooo!

Used books – Yay or Nay?

Yay! when they’re in good condition. Remembering all the book fairs I’ve visited.

Top 3 favorite genres

YA Fiction

Contemporary

Historical Fiction

Borrow or Buy?

Buy because Imma rich gurl! Hahaha! No buy book buying is like a therapy and makes me so happy.

Character or Plot?

Both please!

Long books or Short books?

Short ones,  but not too rushed.

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For all you Japanese literature fans, this is a must read.

Name the first three books you think of right now

Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire)

A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)

Starfish (Akemi Dawn Bowman)

These are the next three on my latest TBR

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Books that make me cry – sob with all the feels, happy tears thanks to cute romance, or weeping when the dog dies! I’ve done it all.

Our world or fictional

Fictional forever

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Always! Cheers to impulse cover buys and regretting later.

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Thankfully didn’t have to regret this buy! One of most favorite reads of 2018.
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Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Hell Yeah!

I’ve discovered the joy of audiobooks recently and they’ve become an absolute favorite. It is so calming and you can get a lot more reading done.

Series or Standalones?

Standalones, because that commitment for a series isn’t happening!

Book to movie adaptation that you loved

I haven’t seen many this year, but from last year I totally adore Me Before You and Room!

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Cuddle up with bae and have the perfect romantic movie night with Me Before You. 
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Falling short of words to describe how good this is!

Rapid Fire Book Tag was originally created by thebibliophilegirl.uk. If you’e a booknerd like me do this tag and tag me! Also come back all through December for some amazing blogs! See you soon.

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Blogtober Day 30: 5 Books that’ll definitely make you cry

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Hello y’all! It’s Day 30 of #blogtober and let’s end (almost) this journey with a teary eye. Yes quite literally this time!

For times when books give your heart that slight tug, for times when you think the book will emotionally break you but you feel stronger after sobbing – the best feelings for a bookworm.

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Hi-Fi to all those 4am booknerds.
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If you’re looking for cry worthy books, all in good sense, then check these top 5 recommendations.

1. Holding Up the Universe – by Jennifer Niven

The story of two broken, battered people looking to find sense in life. Libby was America’s fattest teen and struggling with her body and weight. Jack has prosopagnosia – the inability to identify faces. The friendship and romance between Jack and Libby is vivid and so emotional.

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This one gets a definite spot in my fav reads of 2018.
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The character development throughout the story is so good, you can feel their raw emotions. The book talks about grief, body shaming, death, and body positivity in such a heartwrenching and beautiful manner.

2. Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrets of the Universe – by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Benjamin Alire Saenz is one of my current favorite authors. I’ve devoured both his books and am looking forward to a re-reading them.

Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrets of the Universe is an LGBTQ story of boy-boy friendship. And before you stereotype it like any other gay YA romance, let me tell you this one is a lot deeper and emotional than you expect. It traces two boys, their family dynamics, and how they find not just themselves but also each other’s friendship and love throughout the book. The lush lyrical writing and the emotional feel is so good. I’ve recommended it to so many friends and they’ve all loved it.

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This one has a piece of my heart. I lobe it so much!!

3. Marley and Me – by John Grogan

A book has doggies – I’m sold at that. Marley and Me is an awwdorable story of Marley, a naughty Labrador. It’s beautiful, heartwarming, and super emotional. Reading it as a pet parent was so relatable, but then some things didn’t go as smoothly and it was all snort and ugly tears!

I remember bawling my eyes and heart out; hugging Romeo and then crying some more after reading Marley and Me. Also watch the movie, if you have extra tissues!!

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For all you doggie lovers!
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4. When Breath Becomes Air – by Paul Kalanithi 

I don’t remember crying in any book as much as I did in this! This is an autobiography of a doctor who’s battling stage IV metastatic lung cancer. That transition from a doctor to a patient, that hospital feel, needles and pain, it was all so relatable at a personal level. My dad suffered from cancer and reading someone else describing that pain and helplessness was so emotional.

Special warning for reading the Epilogue. Trust me if this doesn’t break you, you’ve nailed emotional zen in life!

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I couldn’t function after reading the Epilogue, that’s how powerful it is.
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5. Handle with Care – Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is known for her emotional writing. This was one of the first books I ready by her, and it still resonates that catharsis. The story is about a young girl, Willow, who has Type III Osteogenesis imperfect (brittle bone disease). For Willow’s parents life is a constant struggle – caring for Willow, mounting hospital bills.

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PMSing it right!

On a trip an unfortunate accident happens, and the family files a wrongful birth lawsuit on the doctor who’s a close friend of Willow’s parents. It’s an emotional story of a family as they see their daughter fight for life every step, while the parents try to understand what’s right and wrong, and just how to survive!

If you have a cry worthy book recommendation, do share it in the comments below. And come back tomorrow for the last day of #blogtober. See you!

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