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!

Spring TBR 2018
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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5 YA books you must add to your reading list – part III

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Hi there!

Hope you’re all good. After all the festivities and falling ill, it is now time to catch up on reading. Young Adult or YA as it is popularly known as, is my favorite genre of recent times. It is sweet like a cheesecake, sometimes intense like pie, but always so delectable and fluffy.

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You are the books you read.

Here’s presenting part III of my top 5 YA books.

1. Looking for Alaska (John Green)

John Green is best known for The Fault in Our Stars, but Looking for Alaska is a wonder that deserves more praise. He manages to capture the best of your emotions and how!

The story is about Miles, who bids goodbye to his inhibitions and goes to a new school. New friends, new life, and new adventures await him. And down the hall is Alaska young – gorgeous, clever, self destructive, and screwed up. She pulls Miles into her world of friends, steals his heart, and then everything is changed. Its deeply emotional and has the perfect dose of YA feels.

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

2. The Sky is Everywhere (Jandy Nelson)

This one is a story of love and loss. After Lennie’s sister Bailey dies, she finds herself torn between two boys – Toby (Bailey’s boyfriend) and Joe (the new boy in town). Lennie is constantly battling to balance her heart and head.

It is heartbreaking, romantic, and warm all in the right amounts. The overall feel of the book is tragic, but I love the way hope triumphs over tragedy.

The Sky is Everywhere
The sky is everywhere. It begins at your feet 🙂

3. Love Like Crazy (Megan Squires)

Love  Like Crazy is a fuzzy warm YA read. Love, soul, happy vibes – everything is on point. Eppie and Lincoln are the main characters (and they come quite close to my Eleanor & Park benchmark of mush). It positive, happy, and romantic, but with an undercurrent of sadness.

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Love like crazy and you’ll know the power of love.

The story highlights how it’s okay to be broken and sad. Collecting broken pieces and making life beautiful, that’s what every character in the book teaches. The romance between Eppie and Lincoln is charming at a new level.

4. The Truth about Forever (Sarah Dessen)

This was my first Sarah Dessen read and I was quite impressed. Loved the writing style. The story is about Wes and Mac; both are on a break from their respective relationship, but find a new friendship and companion in each other. The story is somewhat clichéd, but the freshness in writing makes it worth a read.

5. Wonder (R. J. Palacio)

Saved my ultimate favorite for the last! Wonder is a story about a boy, Auggie with facial disability. After being home schooled for years, it is time for him to finally go to a proper school. It plays well with your emotions, one minute you’re laughing out loud and the next minute your heart melts.

The journey is about Auggie, the challenges he faces, the friends he makes, and the lessons he learns. It restored my faith in friendship. Wonder is ‘feel good at its best’.

Wonder RJ Palacio
Its not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.

You can also read part I and part II for some other amazing YA recommendations. And if you have a favorite YA recommendation, do share it with me in the comments below.

Until next time, happy reading!!

 

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