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.

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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.

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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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Re-Readathon 2018: 10 books I’m re-reading this year

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Hello!

Hope y’all are having a great start to the year. 2018 is the year of re-reads! Says who? Says every booknerd. We all secretly wish to re-reads our favorites, but then the ever ending list of new books makes rereading a tad bit difficult. One of my reading goals for 2018 is to reread 10 of my favorite books.

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2018 is the year for Re-Reads. Join me in Re-Readathon 2018

So here’s what I’ve chosen for Re-Readathon 2018.

1.Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park is my favorite Rainbow Rowell book. I adore it no end. Started the Re-Readathon 2018 by devouring this fluffy YA. A fuzzy yet realistic love story, this one has all the feels.

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Starting the year with my favorite!

 

2. The Lover’s Dictionary – David Levithan

Planning to start the month of love, February with this beautiful book. It is written in the form of definitions. I loved it when I first read it and now would be the perfect time to revive the love for words.

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David Levithan is the king of love stories. Worth a re-read.

3. Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Super excited to read the latest book by Becky Albertalli – The Upside of Unrequited. But before that I need to delve into this gem. It is an LGBT YA book. The chemistry and the love story got my heart melting the first time and I want to experience that magic again.

PS – The movie adaptation is releasing this summer, and guess who’s super excited??

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Cutest romance I’ve read in a long time.
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4. Wonder – R.J Palacio

A heartwarming story about Auggie, a boy with facial deformity, his struggles in school, his friends and their #friendshipgoals. If you want to read something deep but not preachy, that’ll remain in your heart forever, Wonder is what you should pick up.

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Tilli and Wonder, restoring my faith in friendship.

5. When We Collided – Emery Lord

You’re never too old for a love story. I read it in 2016 and loved it with all my heart. It’s a beautiful story of Jonah and Vivi that depicts how two broken people who when collide take the universe by storm. The realistic characters, beautiful relationships, and YA feels on point, When We Collided makes the perfect summer read.

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What is meant to be will find a way.
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6. And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

Do I need to say anything by Khaled Hosseini is a gem? It has been close to 3 years since I last read any of his works. Re-Readathon 2018 is the perfect time to soak my heart and soul in his beautiful words. It is a beautiful historical fiction about two siblings and their ultimate bond.

And the Mountains Echoed
“Nothing good came free. Even love. You paid for all things. And if you were poor, suffering was your currency.”
― Khaled Hosseini,

 

7. I’ll give you the Sun – Jandy Nelson

It’s been so long since I read this and ever since I’ve only heard people rave their love about this epic YA. ‘I’ll give you the Sun’ will happen in Re-Readathon 2018. It is the story of two siblings, their life, struggles, and secrets. Told in alternate voices, it deserves all the praise.

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Heartwarming and Heartbreaking, all at the same time.
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8. 13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher

I read ‘13 Reasons Why’ way before it became a TV show. Have heard mixed things about the TV show though. So I thought it’ll be a good idea to give this one a re-read in 2018. It is about mental health, suicide, and grief. So if you’re looking for a sad YA, I totally recommend this.

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If you’ve seen the TV show, please share your thoughts.
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9. Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

I want to get back to Murakami phase, but have been skeptical. The best way, I thought, is to re-read an old favorite. If you also want to start reading Murakami, I highly recommend Norwegian Wood. It is a love story with classic Murakami touch. Best part, it doesn’t go above your head.

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Long time, no Murakami…

10. Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng does historical fiction so good. This one is heartbreaking and heavy, but so worth it. Set in 1970s this one is about a Chinese American family living in Ohio. The daughter’s body is found in the nearby lake and the story unfolds.

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In the mood for a good historical fiction, this one doesn’t disappoint.
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Let me know if you’ve read any of these books. Also would love to know what your favorite books are that you’d love to re-read in 2018!

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5 YA books you should add to your reading list – Part II

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Hello lovelies!

I am all happy and charged up to be writing the part II of the YA books series. Picked out some happy and dreamy YAs that’ll strike a chord and leave a part of them in your heart.

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So many books, so little time.
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Just in case you haven’t read part I, here it is.

  1. Our Chemical Hearts (Krystal Sutherland)

This was the best YA I read in 2016! It is the perfect amalgamation of John Green and Rainbow Rowell. Feels on fleek, I say!!

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She was built for mountains, not rooftops.
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The chemical reaction, or love as they call it between the two main lead characters is heartwarming. Henry and Grace are worlds apart, yet find solace in each other. Happy, sad, emotional, and love struck, you’ll feel it all while reading this delectable story.

2. Room (Emma Donoghue)

Room is a rather bold and strong YA. The book highlights the struggles Ma and Jack go through when they are held captive in an 11X11 room.

Room
Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.

Although the underlying feel of the book is trauma, abuse, and sadness, there is a positivity that radiates. Motherly love overpowers and makes us believe that moms are the real superheroes.

The booknerd in you will be happy to see the movie adaptation. It is phenomenal.

3. The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)

When I was making a list of YAs read, TFIOS was at the top. This is Hazel’s story of battling for life, survival, and love. This is also the story of Augustus being lover boy and bff we all need in our life.

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Maybe okay will be our always.
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Heart wrenching, tragic, yet full of life, you cannot not love The Fault in Our Stars.

PS – The movie is pretty good too. But the book certainly has more depth.

4. We Were Liars (E. Lockhart)

We Were Liars is a modern take on suspense novels. If you’re bored of all those mushy YAs and are looking for something light yet engaging, then this is what you should be reading.

And remember when someone asks how it ends. Just LIE.

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This island is ours.
Here, in some way, we are young forever.      Source – gksisat

5. Ketchup Clouds (Annabel Pitcher)

A simple story told in a superbly effective manner, that’s Ketchup Clouds. Feels are on point. It has grief, sorrow, and misery, yet I’ll call it a rather happy read.

Ketchup Clouds
Sometimes there are good reasons to do bad things.

It’s about a fifteen year old girl, Zoe and her secret. She finds a way to share it with a criminal on death row, and shares her tale of love and betrayal. It is witty and the bouts of humor are more than welcoming!

Have you read any of these? Liked them? Share it in the comments section below.

Love!! XOXO

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5 YA books that you’ll fall in love with – Part 1

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What’s better than reading books? Writing about your favorite ones! Young Adult (YA) has been my favorite genre for a couple of years now and I’ve devoured a big stack of them.

There are so many YAs on my list of favorites that I cannot put them in one post. Thus, made it into a series! Cheers to a whole lot of dreamy book recommendations.

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Adding some extra whimsy feels for the first book post.
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Without much of rambling, let’s just straight dive in – Top 5 Young Adult book recommendations.

  1. Eleanor and Park (Rainbow Rowell)

If there is one YA that I love beyond every other, it is Eleanor and Park. OMG! It is that good. I have all nice things to say about it. It’s a story of two teenagers, Eleanor – the rebel red hair girl, and Park – the cutesy guy who meanders his way to Eleanor’s heart.

Eleanor Park
If you find a book as good as Eleanor & Park, you’ll be my favorite person.

The bromance, love, and spark between these two is something you just cannot get over with. It is happy, positive, and candy flossy! Trust me when I say that Eleanor and Park will raise your expectations! And Park is #boyfriendgoals.

PS – I am still searching for my version of Park.

2. Me Before You (Jojo Moyes)

Cannot stress enough on how much I love this! I am a big fan of Moyes’ writing. Her words come alive through feelings.

Me Before You
If there is only one love story that you want to read, make sure it is Me Before You.

The love story of a quadriplegic and his caretaker! The love story of two opposite souls! Everything about this book is amazing. The characters, story, emotions, and of course lots of mushy romance.

The movie is super cute as well! Cuddle up with bae and get swayed in love….

Spoiler Alert – Keep a box of tissues handy!

3. All the Bright Places (Jennifer Niven)

This is a tad bit serious than the previous two. Finch and Violet meet at the ledge of school bell tower with a common aim – suicide. If you’ve loved The Fault in Our Stars, then this one’s for you.

All the Bright Places
It’s not what you take, it’s what you leave – All the Bright Places

It is heart wrenching. The way tragedy is weaved with threads of happiness and love, is incredible. It makes the writing style so fresh!

It’ll leave your eyes filled with tears and your heart with hope.

4. Finding Audrey (Sophie Kinsella)

Sophie Kinsella always works magic. Warm and fuzzy like freshly baked cookies, that’s what best describes Finding Audrey.

The story revolves around Audrey whose life is disrupted by anxiety disorder. Enter Linus, her brother’s gaming partner. The romance between Linus and Audrey is bubblegum cute.

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Tilli and I say a big hii 🙂

We all need a guy like Linus, who understands, accepts the weird, mad part of our personality, and sends us virtual kisses.

Happy, uplifting, and mushy, Finding Audrey is unadulterated love!

5. Me & Earl & the Dying Girl (Jesse Andrews)

It’s a story of Greg and Earl, two boys who love making movies. And then one day Greg’s mom urges him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel – the dying girl. It’s a story of their friendship, awkwardness, and understanding.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
And then some books encourage introspection!

This one gives YA reading a fresh feel. Even though there is an underlying sadness, it is witty and full of humor. I loved the vivacious writing style.

Have you read any of these? And if you have any YA book recommendations, the comments section awaits you. My heart and bookshelf is always ready for new books. See you soon.

 

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May Book Haul

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Namastay!

Hope y’all are doing well. May was a rather productive month which is always a good thing. Keeping busy in what you like to do is a happy feeling. And then at the end of the month, the bank SMS is a ‘happier’ feeling.

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There is no such thing as too many books.

After a long time, I indulged in some book shopping. If you’re a booknerd, you know the unmatched happiness of new books. These are the books I bought –

  1. After You (Jojo Moyes)

I am a huge fan of Jojo Moyes and her writing style. It is full of emotions and hits all the right chords. This one is no exception.

After You book
I loved a man who had opened up a world to me – After You.

After a lot of speculation (I didn’t want to ruin the ‘Me Before You’ mood) I bought this. Thankfully it didn’t ruin the feel. It isn’t as good as Me Before You, but you can feel the loss, love, and longing. Worth a read!

2. Before I Go to Sleep (S.J Watson)

I am halfway through this, and it is pretty interesting. After reading a lot of YAs over the past few months, this is a welcome change. It is about this woman who has a severe case of amnesia. Till now it has been intriguing enough, I hope the thrill continues.

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I’m halfway through this, and it is quite interesting.

3. Along the Ride (Sarah Dessen)

Have heard so many good things about Sarah Dessen and particularly this book! And then one day Amazon has some random sale and I see the paperback version at a discounted price.

What next – Add to Cart 🙂

Looks like a perfect summer read!

4. The Sun is also a Star ((Nicola Yoon)

Nicola Yoon and her books have become the talk of the town. Last month I’d read Everything, Everything and I am planning to see the movie soon.

The Sun is Also a Star
Romeo being the real star!!

It is YA, and the blurb seemed interesting enough to attract the hopeless romantic in me. That’s why it is in the haul list!

5. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between (Jennifer E. Smith)

Last on the list is Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between. If you want to feel young, relive those teenage years, and want to reminisce that first love, Jennifer E. Smith is what you should be reading.

I’ve read 3 of her books and have loved them all. This is just a small step in completing the author series. If you’re a mad bookworm like me, you know this feeling.

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That happy feeling of reading all the books by an author…

I am so looking forward to reading these and maybe some more in this vacay season. Tell me what did you shop for this May, and what’s on your TBR List.

Until next time, happy reading!!!

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