Blogtober Day 27: Top 7 Book to Movie Adaptations

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Hi y’all! Welcome to the last weekend posts of #blogtober. And Happy Karvachauth ladies.

After a day of fasting,  a stay in Saturday night with chilling and movie marathon, sounds a good idea. For all you movie buffs and booknerds, I got something special today – books to movies that you’ll love.

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They say never judge a book by its movie. But these book to movie adaptations are really great.

7 book to movie adaptations that you’ll love

1. Me Before You

If there’s one love story you want to read, then watch, sob, and get all the feels, Me Before You is the perfect pick. I’ve lost count for the number of times I cried while reading and watching the movie. It’s super cute, emotional, and so romantic. The chemistry between Emilia Clark and Sam Claflin is sizzling. You need to watch this on those shitty PMSing days to make life better.

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Cuddle up with bae and have the perfect romantic movie night with Me Before You.

2. Room

The story of a mother-son duo that are held captive in a room. The story of their escape and the story of courage and hope, Room is such a deeply moving book to movie adaptation. If you haven’t read it or seen it, I highly recommend it. But don’t blame me if it leaves a void in your heart. I cried re-watching the trailer, so you can imagine. Brie Larson as the mother and the little boy Jacob Tremblay are beyond exceptional.

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Falling short of words to describe how good this is!

3. One Day

For all you romantic buffs, One Day reminds you of old school charm. Both the book and the movie have that vintage vibe! I have to admit that I was a tad bit biased towards the movie. The story traces Dexter (Jim Strugess) and Emma (Anne Hathway) who decide to meet every year on 15th July and see where their life is heading. Spread over 18 years the story is funny and emotional in a seamless way. Watch this with bae tonight and let the romance soar.

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Is there any way you cannot like Anne Hathway?

4. 7 Years in Tibet

It is based on Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer’s life experiences in Tibet during World War II. How he escapes Chinese prison and reaches the holy city of Lhasa where he’s employed as an instructor for 14th Dalai Lama. Soon their bond kindles and they become friends and close confidants. Watch this for the brilliance of the story, visuals, and of course Brad Pitt.

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Story so enticing, and Brad Pitt so convincing.

5. The Girl on the Train

Based on Paula Hawkins bestselling psychological thriller, the story traces an alcoholic woman who somehow becomes involved in a missing persons investigation. Things take a turn and become messier with each turn. Emily Blunt in the lead role is so convincing, loved her.

I can clearly say that the movie as better. The intensity, that chill, and psychological thriller feel was kept crisp in the movie.

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In the mood for a twisted psychological thriller? Watch this.

6. If I Stay

If I Stay is the first book in a duology and is followed by Where She Went by Galye Forman. The book to movie adaptation of If I Stay is phenomenal. The drama and tension of the story comes alive in the film and is so enjoyable.

The story is about Mia, who meets with an accident. Although she slips into coma, she has an out-of-body experience wherein she sees life differently and has to make a life altering choice!

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Get ready for a sob fest while watching/ reading If I Stay.

7. The Silence of the Lambs

The movie is based on the novel ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ by Thomas Harris. The story traces Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee who seeks help of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, an extraordinaire psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer to help find another serial killer.

It is creepy, horrific, and gut wrenching. Read it to get the feels and see it for a visual treat that Anthony Hopkins is!

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Best way to describe this – creepy af.

If you’ve read and seen any of these, let me know what you thought of these book to movie adaptations. Also please share your recommendations! I’ll see you tomorrow. Have a great weekend.

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Blogtober Day 24: 5 ways to read more books

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Hello beautiful people! Hope you’re following my #blogtober journey. Today is day 24 and I’m super pumped about this post.

A lot of times people ask me how do you read so much, how do you find the time to read etc. Although sometimes it is difficult to read leisurely at a stretch, I make sure to squeeze in some reading time every day, and that’s what I’m sharing today.

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Reading is my superpower!
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5 ways to read more books

1.Read e-books

Is it just me or do you also feel that reading e-books is a tad bit faster? Whenever I’m reading on my kindle, I’m likely to finish the book much faster.

Many people say that the fun of reading is when you feel the pages, but trust me once you get hooked onto your kindle, it’ll be so much fun. E-book readers give you time estimated to complete the book and a particular chapter, which is motivation enough to keep reading.

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Love reading on my Kindle!
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2. Read a genre that you like

Like we all have a personality type, we also have a reading type. Whether its fantasy, thrillers, non-fiction, or YA romance, find a genre that’s close to your heart and find pleasure in reading that. When you read books of the genre that you like, it’s likely that you’ll read faster and a lot more.

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Booknerd for life!

3. Start with short stories

If you’re a beginner and want to amp up your reading, try reading shorter books or short stories. This encourages you to keep reading and it will help you to read more books. Pick a poetry collection, anthologies, graphic novels, mangas, or essay collection.

Also if you’re a reader with short attention span, then short stories and short books will be enjoyable for you.

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Get more reading with poetry, short stories, or essay collections

4. Try Audiobooks

This isn’t physical reading, but it does count. Having audio books as your companions is a great pastime. You can listen to them while traveling, driving, or just doing household chores. I recommend begin with something light that doesn’t need a lot of attention. Audio books are a great way to get some significant reading done in your packed schedule.

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Audio books are a great way to get reading done!
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5. DNF a book

Don’t be afraid to DNF (did not finish) a book. For the longest time I was someone who couldn’t do this. But this year my reading goals included DNFing a book that didn’t interest me. Give it a try and if you don’t like the plot, character development, or the feel of the book, put it down. There are so many other books awaiting in the world, so go and enjoyyy!

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

Try these tips and let me know if you find them helpful. Also let me know if you want some beginner friendly book recommendations. Happy reading, and come back tomorrow!

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Blogtober Day 20: 5 Historical Fiction Books you’ll love

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Hi y’all!

How’s your day going? Mine was idyllic – curled up in bed with my book, had lots of adrak chai because sore throat, and gossiped with maa!

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Fall is the perfect season to read historical fiction.

And for day of #blogtober I thought of sharing my favorite Historical Fiction Book Recommendations. Fall/Winter for me is the perfect time to read historical fiction books. They’re dark, gloomy, and serious. You can delve deeper into the complex layers and have a fabulous reading experience.

Top 5 Historical Fiction Books to read this season

1.The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – by John Boyne

If this doesn’t make you cry, I don’t know what will. It’s set during World War II and has the backdrop of Holocaust, so be prepared. Bruno comes home one day to find all his belongings are packed and he with his family are moving to a new house far away. In the new home he has nobody to play with. He goes exploring through the backyard and finds an unusual friend across the fence, the boy in the striped pajamas. Their friendship grows but has devastating consequences.

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Had to include the movie plug-in because heart says so!
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The movie adaptation is so good and moving. I have tears while I’m writing this and thinking about the movie!

2. Homegoing – by Yaa Gyasi

Read about African history in this tale of slavery, bravery, and family bonds spread across three hundred years. Homegoing is the story of two half sisters – Effia and Esi born in different villages in 18th century Ghana. While one is wedded to a rich Englishman and lives a luxurious life, the other is sold into Gold Coast’s booming slave trade.

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Certainly adding this to my list of 2018 Best Books.

The story spans across seven generations and ties the thread of family and love. The story is phenomenal. Each chapter is dedicated to one member from a generation. It is deeply steeped in history and culture. You can feel the pain of slaves and it does become depressing at times, but such an eye-opener in today’s world where caste, color, and race is being talked about a lot.

3. Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

Out of the list, this is my least favorite. But I think that a lot of people will like the story. It’s about a Chinese American family based in Ohio during the 1970s. One day Lydia, daughter of James and Marilyn Lee is found dead and her body is found in the local lake. Things take a turn from here as the readers discover family secrets and family dynamics.

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Beautiful storytelling by Celeste Ng
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I like the way she adds elements of caste, race, and amalgamates it with culture to make it look like a pivotal character itself.

PS – I love Celeste Ng’s writing style. Have been devouring her second book – Little Fires Everywhere!

4. The Kite Runner – by Khaled Hosseini

You cannot go wrong with Khaled Hosseini. Out of all his books, my favorite is The Kite Runner. It is an emotional and heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant.

The historical backdrop of Afghanistan, the misery and hopelessness of war, yet the story outshines with hope, love, and family ties. Read it to fill your heart with warmth and sob, and watch the movie to bawl your eyes and heart out. Sooo good!

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Keep tissues handy when reading this one.
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If you’re a sci-fi/ magical realism lover, here are some amazing recommendations.

5. Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray is the story of a 15year old Lithuanian girl, Lina set in the 1940s. She is just like any other girl happy in her small world, until one day when Soviet officers invade their home and Lina with her family and a thousand others are forcefully transported across the Arctic Circle to reach Siberia and work in some of the most inhumane conditions.

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Simple joys of life.

It is a story of courage, hope, and love that triumphs even in the most brutal circumstances. So cathartic yet the thread of hope ties you strongly. You empathize with the characters and can feel their pain. Death and disparity are overpowering, but you still feel hopeful about the characters. You’ll smile with them and surely cry a lot for them.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these. And if you have some historical fiction book recommendations do share them in the comments below. I’ll see you tomorrow! Bye…

 

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Blogtober Day 17: Japanese Fiction Book Recommendations

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Hello booknerds! Welcome to #blogtober Day 17. Today’s book recommendations are something I haven’t done in the past!

Reading is like traveling, but a lot cheaper. You get to visit new places and have vivid experiences. For those of you who want to explore Japan but on a budget, I recommend trying Japanese literature, and of course there’s sushi!

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Until you can visit this beauty in reality, there’s always the virtual world of books.
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5 Japanese Fiction Book Recommendations

1.Memoirs of a Geisha – by Arthur Golden

Find out what happens in the world of geishas, a world where appearances are pivotal, a girl’s virginity is auctioned in a bid, and how women are trained to beguile the most powerful men. It’s a shocking revelation about how this world exists parallel to our world. Emotional, dramatic, and hard-hitting, Memoirs of a Geisha is something that you cannot miss.

A special mention to the movie, its equally gripping and a piece of art.

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Pick this one for an insightful reading experience.
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2. Norwegian Wood – by Haruki Murakami

A Japanese books recommendation list is incomplete without Murakami. Out of the ones I’ve read, this one is my favorite. And yes, a long overdue re-read is awaited. It’s a love story, but in Murakami style – whimsical and philosophical in its own ways.

I won’t say much, read it to experience the magic of his writing!

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Current Mood – Murakami

3. The Devotion of Suspect X – by Keigo Higashino

The Devotion of Suspect X is a murder mystery that’ll keep you highly engaged. The story traces Yasuko, a single mother who thinks she’s escaped her abusive husband – Togashi. But one day he lands up at their door to extort money. The situation goes out of hand and Togashi is dead. Yasuko’s next door neighbor, Ishigami decides to help her in disposing off the body and plotting a fool proof cover up story.

But is the story really fool proof, or are Yasuko and Ishigami making a fool of the police department? Find out in this brilliantly crafted thriller.

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For all you thriller lovers, this is a must read.
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4. In the Miso Soup – by Ryu Murakami

In the Miso Soup is a psychosexual thriller! If you’re looking for something dark, gruesome, and engaging, this will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s the story of Frank, an American tourist who has hired Kenji, a local tourist guide to take him through the alleys of Tokyo. But there’s a lot hidden in these alleys, and Frank’s behavior is so strange that Kenji thinks Frank is the serial killer that the city police is hunting. It’s quite graphic and disturbing in places, so be warned.

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Weekend looks lit!

5. Salvation of a Saint – Keigo Higashino

I read this way back in 2013, and the plot is still fresh in my mind. It was so engaging! Salvation of a Saint is a murder mystery. Yoshitaka, who’s about to leave his marriage and his wife, is found murdered with poisonous coffee. His wife, Ayane, becomes prime suspect. But she was a hundred miles away when the murder happened. So who did it?

Keep guessing through the twists and turns, and trust me you’re in for a shocking ride. Loved it!!

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One of the best Japanese thrillers I’ve read!
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If you’ve read a Murakami that you adore, please share it in the comments below. Also any more book recommendations are welcome. I’ll see you tomorrow for something heartfelt, so do come back! Byeee

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Blogtober Day 14 : My Ambitious Fall/Winter TBR

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Hi everyone… A warm welcome to Day 14 of #blogtober. It’s officially fall, okay not in India, but the rest of the world does celebrate this magical season.

Autumnal leaves, overrated pumpkin spiced latte, the whimsical rusty orange hues, and that slight nip in the air. It’s the perfect weather to curl in bed with a big cup of chai and have an extended reading fiesta.

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Enjoy this glorious weather with some amazing reads!

So here’s my Fall/Winter TBR with a happy mix of historical fiction, spooky reads, and some romance.

1.Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

A story about race, ethnicity, and how every individual chooses different paths in life, Little Fires Everywhere is a great story about strong female characters. If you’re in the mood of something deep, this seems to be a beautiful story.

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Have heard nothing but praise for this one!

2. You – Caroline Kepnes

This is a creepy one and I’m most excited for. ‘You’ is the story of a guy, Joe who starts obsessing over a girl, Beck. It’s the story of Joe and Beck and how he transitions from a stalker to a boyfriend. Told in third person, this one is said to make you quite uncomfortable making it a perfect Halloween style read.

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We all that need some spine chilling reads in fall.
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3. Gemina –Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The second installment in the Illuminae files trilogy. It’s sci-fi mixed with fast paced action, what else can we ask for. Oh, and did I tell you just like the first book this one is also told in an unusual format of – interviews, coded intercepts, military files, emails etc.

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Sci-Fi plus a lot of drama!
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Here are some other amazing sci-fi book recommendations. 

4. The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak

This one is a lyrical story of a forty year old woman, who’s in an unhappy marriage. When she takes up the job of a reader for a literary agent, things are bound to change.

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Mornings at home!

An unusual love story that’s backed by philosophies of Rumi and has a rustic charm, I think this will be a great birthday read. Deep, meaningful, and touching, that’s what I’ve heard.

5. Lying in Wait – Liz Nugent

You can never have enough thrillers for this season, so here’s another one. Have read so many good things about this one. It’s the story of a wealthy Dublin family whose dark secrets and twisted relationships are revealed to create havoc.

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Adding yet another thriller to the list!
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6. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

There’s something about the weather that I’m in the mood for historical fictions. Also the high rating of Goodreads are just the added push.

The Nightingale is a heart wrenching story of two sisters set in the 1940s France, when Nazis invaded. The two sisters are battling their own fears while the world outside is burning. I’ve heard nothing but praise for this one, so keeping my fingers crossed in anticipation.

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Prettiness galore.
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7. Girl Made of Stars – Ashley Herring Blake

I needed a tear jerker, so added Girl Made of Stars. It’s a story of twins Mara and Owen. Mara’s best friend accuses her twin brother of rape and her world comes tumbling down. Mara is torn between her best friend and her twin brother in what seems a rather emotional situation.

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Keep tissues handy while reading this one..
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8. What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

We all need some LGBT romance to devour! And what better way than amalgamation of two amazing LGBT authors? Becky Albertalli’s writing which is full of sarcasm and wit, and Adam Silvera is known to unleash all the feels – this is going to be an amazing concoction. Eagerly awaiting the release later this month.

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Two of my faavvv YA authors.
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9. All the Missing Girls – Megan Miranda

If you’re in the mood for a goth thriller, All the Missing Girls is the perfect pick, or so I’ve heard. The story traces the disappearance of two young women, a decade apart. And the best part, it is told in reverse.

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Supremely excited for this!
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10. Far from the Tree – Robin Benway

After all the historical fiction and thrillers, I needed a heartwarming family tale and Far from the Tree sounds apt! It’s a story of three siblings who’ve been adopted into three different families and backgrounds. And now as teens they meet for the first time to find their biological mother and develop a beautiful bond.

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There’s always place on my TBR for a family drama.
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Let me know what’s on your Fall/Winter TBR or if you’re interested in buddy reading any of these books. I’ll see you tomorrow with yet another post, until then – happiness and peace….

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Blogtober Day 11: 6 must read fiction/ YA books for mental health

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Heyy! It’s Day 11 of #blogtober and today’s post is to join the conversations on World Mental Health Day (it was yesterday).

Mental health is something that often tends to get ignored. But thanks to the various campaigns that have given a voice to this issue, we’re also celebrating mental health in a way I like the most. Talking about mental health, here are some books that highlight and represent mental illnesses and mental health in a new light.

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Talk about mental illness to ease off the burden.
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Top 6 fiction books for mental health/ illness

1.Holding up the Universe – Jennifer Niven

Holding up the Universe is the story of Libby, who was once ‘America’s Fattest Teen’ and Jack, who cannot remember faces. These two land up in a situation that leads to community service and counseling. But as they spend time together, they find out a friend in each other and a support both were looking for!

I bawled my eyes during this one, so you better be prepared. It’s beautiful, emotional, and so relatable.

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This one gets a definite spot in my fav reads of 2018.
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2. Looking for Alaska – John Green

After Turtles All the Way Down, Looking for Alaska is my second favorite by John Green. The story traces the uneventful and dull life of Miles Halter as he enters new school. He makes new friends and meets Alaska Young, and life is never the same. She’s funny, self destructive, sexy while he’s simple and naïve! Read how this friendship is all heart and so is the book.

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If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.

3. Made You Up – Francesca Zappia

Made You Up is a beautiful story of Alex, for whom schizophrenia becomes an everyday struggle. She’s determined to give her mental illness a tough fight as she enters high school. But how do you differentiate between reality and illusion, when your mind doesn’t support what you see.

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Fighting a battle with yourself, read this one and you’ll relate.
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4. All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

A heart-wrenching love story about a boy who’s fascinated by death and a girl who learns to live from this boy, All the Bright Places has all the feels. It’s Eleanor & Park meets The Fault in Our Stars.

Loved the writing style and how tragedy is woven with threads of hope and love. And yes, be ready for a lot of introspection after reading this one. Makes for a great summer/ beach vacay read.

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Its not what you take, its what you leave.

5. Sybil – Flora Rheta Schreiber

Keeping aside the controversy about the book and its authenticity, I really liked Sybil. It’s a true story of a young girl, Sybil Dorsett who is possessed with 16 alter egos. It’s raw and unfiltered. And to read about each character was fascinating and creepy at the same time.

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Set aside the controversy, and get intrigued by the story.

6. Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella

If you’re in the mood of an enjoyable and light hearted read, Finding Audrey is perfect. Our main character Audrey has acute anxiety, cannot step out of the house and struggles through everyday life situations. Enter Linus, her brother’s best friend and that’s when some sanity and romance also makes way into Audrey’s life.

Some reviews say that the anxiety rep wasn’t on point. I agree, but it was dealt in a light hearted way.

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Two things that keep me sane on lowest days – doggies and books.

Some other recommendations 

Apart from these some other books about similar contexts that I’ve loved are –

  • The Woman in the Window – AJ Finn
  • Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
  • When We Collided – Emery Lord
  • Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
  • 13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher
  • My Heart and Other Black Holes – Jasmine Warga
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What is meant to be will find a way.
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If you think you’re alone, that’s not true. There’s always a friend you can talk to. And if you think even that’s difficult, make friends with books and you’ll seldom be disappointed.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these or have any other book recommendations for mental health. And come back tomorrow for #blogtober Day 12. See you…

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Blogtober Day 7: Sci-Fi/ Magical Realism Book Recommendations

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Hi y’all! Hope you’re having a great Sunday.

Today I’m bringing you another book post. I’m not a big sci-fi fan, but then there are some temptations that you just cannot resist. I saw this one book – Illuminae (mentioned below) repeatedly over booktube and wanted to know what the hype is all about. So that’s how I started to delve into the genre and it’s been pretty good until now.

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Sci-Fi/ Magical Realism Book Recommendations…

But since I didn’t have enough sci-fi recommendations, I’m adding a few magical realism ones to make the list more interesting and diverse.

Here are my top 6 Sci-Fi/ Magical Realism book recommendations

1.Illuminae – by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This is the first book in the Illuminae Files Trilogy! Told in a unique format of intercepts, coded messages, interviews, military files, emails Illuminae is one helluva of a ride. The year is 2575, two rival mega-companies are at war about the planet, Kady and Ezra have just had a break-up and are now on opposing spaceships to sort out all the mess! But things get a lot more messier.

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Such a fab read this was!

For some people the format might not work, it isn’t the traditional novel format. But that’s the beauty which makes this series so special. If you want an action packed sci-fi that’s not heavy on scientific stuff, then this is what you should be reading.

2. After Dark – by Haruki Murakami

Cannot say anything more about Murakami books that hasn’t been said before. This one is magical realism mixed with drama and metaphysics. Talks about shenanigans of Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and before dawn.

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Murakami reading is always a good idea.
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Let me admit, this one was the most difficult read out of the list. I need to re-read it to decipher it fully, because you cannot read Murakami books just once.

3. The Astonishing Colour of After – by Emily X.R. Pan

If you want to read a tale that’s woven with threads of culture and heart wrenching emotions, The Astonishing Colour of After is something you’ll love. It is a story of Leigh, a young girl who’s mother dies and she starts believing that her mother has turned into a bird. The bird takes Leigh to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. She explores her culture, roots, and heritage.

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Looks super pretty!
Reads prettier….
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It is such a stunning and poignant story about loss of a loved one, grief, and connecting with yourself. Read it for a beautiful experience and relive the fairy tale nostalgia. Be ready to cry…lots!

4. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James

If you’re looking for a dark, action packed, yet easy to read sci-fi, my recommendation would be The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.

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Don’t go by the petty cover, this gets a lot darker.

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew member on a spaceship travelling to another planet. She’s connected to earth and talks to her therapists and team through email which takes months to transmit. Then one day she finds out about this other spaceship launched from earth with a boy named J, and things just escalate from there. It is not a cliché love story; things get messier and bloodier, so beware.

5. Dark Matter – by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter is a story of Jason Dessen who’s abducted by strangers and taken to an all new world. A world where his wife isn’t his wife, he is not just a physics professor but a scientist who has achieved brilliance in a project. He struggles to find answers in this world and why he’s been brought here.

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For the lovers of a dark twisted sci-fi book.
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I’ll say don’t start your Sci-Fi journey with Dark Matter, because it’s way too scientific and technical which may be a bummer for some. The concept is futuristic almost like watching an action movie, but the overly scientific parts are kinda difficult to understand.

6. Landline – by Rainbow Rowell

For all those who’re too comfortable reading YA, yet want to jazz up your reading Landline is a great pick. It is a magical realism story that reads a lot like a whimsical romantic contemporary.

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You’re never too old for a fluffy contemporary.

Before going have a look at the PMS book recommendations.

If you’ve read any of these or have any beginner friendly recommendations for sci-fi or magical realism, do share them in the comments below!

Until next time, happy reading.

See you tomorrow….

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Blogtober Day 3: Popular hyped books that deserve all the love

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Hii!

Blogtober cannot be complete if we don’t talk about books. So, here’s the first of the many book posts!

If you’re a keen follower of booktube or bookstagram, then you’d definitely understand what hyped books mean. They are blown out of proportion on social media, and everybody seems to be talking to about them. Creating this huge buzz increases the expectations, and then sometimes they come crashing down. But for some books, all the hype and buzz is so worth it.

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Popular hyped books that were actually worthy of the hype.

Here are 5 books that deserve all the hype and love.

  1. The Book Thief – by Markus Zusak

This is a historical fiction set during World War II wherein Death narrates the story of Liesel, a young German girl. As she grows up in warn torn Germany, the book traces her journey of stealing books and understanding life. Be prepared to be an emotional wreck! The writing is amazing, the storytelling is phenomenal, and the way Death is taken as a primary character adds to the overall reading experience.

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Love this one with all my heart!

2. Turtles all the Way Down – by John Green

For many John Green is a hit or miss author. Luckily for me, he’s been a hit for all the works I’ve read. Turtles all the way Down came in 2017 and was one of the most hyped books. With high expectations I started reading, and thankfully it met nearly all of them.

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

It’s an own voices novel about John Green’s anxiety and OCD. The anxiety rep feels on point. I’ll say that I’m not the biggest fan of the plot, but the way it is narrated is superlative. The way characters talk to one another and the time they’re introspecting – it’s beautiful and so emotional.

3. The Hate U Give – by Angie Thomas

Whether you’re a reader or not, this is one book we all need to read. It is so relevant and deals with things that are happening in our world.

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If there’s just one book you want to read in 2018, this should be it.
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THUG is the story of Starr, a high school black girl. It talks about police brutality in USA and how in a police encounter a cop kills Starr’s best friend and she’s the only witness. It is powerful, eye opening, and so intense. They’re so many heavy topics – police brutality, racism, bullying, but all handled in such a sensitive and mature way. Deserved all the hype and much more….

4. Leah on the Offbeat – by Becky Albertalli

Moving on to some fun fluffy contemporary reading! This is a girl – girl romance and I couldn’t be happier. I read it recently after Supreme Court’s epic judgment about abolishing Section 377 and it was such a great time to read a diverse contemporary.

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Girl loves Girl!
Need I say more 🙂
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Leah on the Offbeat takes you back to the Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda world – exciting, enticing, and cute all at the same time. The book is full of diversity and queer love, so if you’re looking for a cutesy summer romance, this is a good pick. Also this one deserves all the hype for all the right reasons.

If you’re interested in more queer books – here’s my list of LGBT recommendations.

5. The Sun is also a Star – by Nicola Yoon

Last on this list of hyped books is The Sun also a Star. This is a story about a Jamaican girl, Natasha and a Korean American boy, Daniel and their not so usual love story. Natasha and her family are being deported the next, and Daniel is trying to prove himself to his family, and they both fall in love.

The Sun is Also a Star
Insta love at its best – both for the book and Romeoooo!

It is highly meet cute scenario, so if you’re someone who doesn’t like insta love then you might cringe at this. Told in a unique format spread over 24 hours, this one’s cute and heartwarming, and sure deserves all the hype.

If you’ve not read these, I highly recommend picking them up. They’ll not disappoint you. Also let me know if you’ve read a hyped book and it lived up to all your high expectations!

Bye. See you tomorrow….

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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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Perfect Spring TBR

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Hi y’all!

Spring is finally here! Crisp sunshine, pastels, fragrant evenings, and of course a lot more reading mood. Although India doesn’t have the perfect spring, but let’s pretend and be happy!

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In Spring state of mind!
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Compiling the perfect Spring TBR today!

1. Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak

Starting the season of love a deep love story. Forty Rules of Love is a highly acclaimed Turkish novel. It tells a tale of two parallel narratives – one in present and the other in 13th century with elements of Rumi.

If you’re someone who likes historical fiction, philosophy, and Asian literature, then this would make a great book to read in spring.

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Looks like spring is in the air.

 

2. Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts – Lucy Dillon

To cheer up the rough phase of life, a book with ‘dogs’ in the title is enough for a crazy dog lady like me. I’ve heard such good things about this one. It makes the perfect fluffy contemporary with chick lit romance and doggies! What else does a girl need in life???

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Flowers, Sunshine, and Doggie Books – life sorted.

3. History is all you left me – Adam Silvera

Including an Adam Silvera book because I wanted my heart to be broken in a million pieces and be happy about it. History is all you left me is the story of Griffin grieving over the death of his ex boyfriend, Theo. It is also the story of Jackson whose boyfriend Theo has just died. The pain connects Griffin and Jackson in a way that nobody realizes!

This has been on so many TBRs and I’m most excited for it. Also if you haven’t read anything by Adam Silvera, I highly recommend it. He writes own voices LGBT books that tug all the right strings of your heart.

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What’s spring without some heartbreak.
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4. Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane

Adding a little thrill to the Spring TBR! Shutter Island is set of the Massachusette’s coast in an army facility turned hospital for the criminally insane. A murdered has been let loose on the island, and there is a killer hurricane waiting to engulf the island, so clearly there is no escaping Shutter Island.

Best books for spring
Spring, Summer, or Winter, what’s a TBR without a thriller.

5. The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

Have been reading a lot of LGBT books and this one got a lot of hype last year. I love Becky Albertalli’s writing style and Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda is high up on my Re-Read list.

The Upside of Unrequited is the story of 17year old Molly who knows all about unrequited love. Molly’s sister gets a new girlfriend. The girlfriend has a hot friend, Will, who seems to be the perfect crush for Molly. But wait, enter Molly’s coworker Reid who seems to be winner her heart as well!

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Contemporary feels on point

This one has a lot of representation – LGBT, fat main character, Jewish main character, main character with 2 moms, Black side character. So if you’re looking for something heartwarming yet deep, I think we should read this together.

Check out Re-Readathon for 2018 here.

6. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer

From a contemporary feel good YA to some historical fiction, this one’s a story of finding oneself on a once in a lifetime journey. Oskar Schell is an inventor, jeweler, explorer, amateur entomologist and detective. When his father dies in September 11 attacks, he finds a key in his father’s closet. He sets out to find the secret to the key leading to many secrets of people and life itself.

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Anxious
Dead
But always well read.

7. Made You Up – Francesca Zappia

There can never be enough YAs on my list. Made You Up is the story of Alex and her daily struggles with schizophrenia. As she prepares for high school, Alex is all set to face her fears and be bold enough to differentiate between reality and delusion.

Spring TBR
Most excited for this one!
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Although it is a YA, there are some serious mental health topics discussed, so I’m hoping this is heartbreaking and thought provoking at the same time.

Let me know your thoughts if you’ve read any of these. Until next time – Ciao!!

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