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

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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.

The book thief
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.
Image Source – black and bookish

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 🙂
Image Source – study breaks magazine

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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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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