Top 8 Books to read during PMS

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On those grumpy PMS days you can’t underestimate the superpowers of a jar of Nutella or Pepperoni Pizza. But then those extra calories! Arrghhh. Here’s a low cal method to kick away PMS blues – books.

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PMSing it right!
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Trust me when I say that one of the best remedies for those PMS days is a pile of books and of course eternal bae – hot water bag. Stories to make you feel fuzzy, happy, and emotional. Make yourself a cup of hot chocolate and bundle up.

8 books to read when PMSing like a pro.

1.Handle with Care – Jodi Picoult

It is that time of the month when you crave for something warm and heart touching! Handle with Care is the perfect PMS read. It is deep, emotional, and poignant. It’s the story of Willow, who’s born with a severe case of osteogenesis imperfecta and her mother Charlotte.

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Kept my favorite on top of the list this time.

It’s also the story of relations and traces a beautiful journey between a mom and daughter. Will get you super emotional and teary eyed and pull the strings of heart just right.

2. Looking for Alaska – John Green

Reading a John Green book certainly gives you ‘the feels’. Looking for Alaska is a beautiful and heartbreaking story. It traces a deep treacherous friendship between rebel, Alaska Young and Miles Halter, Mr. Keep it safe. What follows is a rollercoaster of emotions, laughs, and wit. It is more than just a fuzzy summer contemporary and will surely impact your heart deeply.

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

3. Before I Die – Jenny Downham

Keep tissues handy while reading this one. It’s the story about Tessa, a teenage girl who just has a few months to live. Struggling between hospitals and medications, she makes a list of all that she needs to do ‘Before I Die’. It is emotional and romantic in the right amount. Doesn’t get too cringy which is a good thing.

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For all those days when you dont want to move from the bed – this is the perfect companion. Source – theunfinishedbookshel

4. One Plus One – Jojo Moyes

Such a happy heartwarming read! Perfect for those heartbroken PMSing days. Cuddle up with a cup of chai, chips, and this book to say goodbye to mood swings and cramps for a little while at least.

It’s the story of a single mom, her chaotic family, and a quirky stranger. Perfectly weaved love story with a sprinkling of fairy tale romance, that’s One Plus One for you!

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A book recommendation cannot be complete without Jojo Moyes.

5. Baaz – Anuja Chauhan

PMS is not just about mushy feels. There are times when those badass vibes are on point. For all those times, Baaz makes the best read. Anuja Chauhan knows uses wit and sarcasm in such a positive way. The handsome Indian Air Force hunk Ishaan Faujdaar will get you drooling. It is indeed a humorous and witty tribute to the men in uniform.

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Perfect PMS Setting.

6. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

For all you lovers of fan-fiction, family ties, and first love, Fangirl is a superlative read. The premise is that of twins Cath and Wren at college. It traces their journey, their struggles, their romances, and their life! If you’re looking to uplift your spirits, this is what you should be reading.

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Rainbow Rowell sure knows how to melt the heart.

7. The Sun is also a Star – Nicola Yoon

One of my current fav YA, The Sun is also a Star breaks your heart and mends it in the best possible way. It is the story of Natasha, who’s family is being deported back to Jamaica, and Daniel, who wants to prove himself to his parents. It spans over 24 hours and is perfect for a quick read.

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If you’re looking for a deeply touching diverse read, then this is a good pick.

The story has many elements of diversity which are put together so well. There are a few clichés, but the amazing writing style compensates for it. Finding yourself, believing in the signs of universe, and just going with the flow can sometimes lead to best decisions, find out how in this one.

8. All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

Last but certainly not the least on the list of PMS book recommendations is All the Bright Places! This one is an exhilarating love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. Finch and Violet are #goals.

The underlying theme is tragedy, but I love how it is weaved with threads of hope, romance, and love. Be ready for a lot of introspection after finishing it though!

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Its not what you take, its what you leave.

I hope you like these PMS book recommendations and they make those grumpy days a tad bit better. Let me know if you have a lovable read that I can pick!

Happy reading…

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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.

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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’.

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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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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.
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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.

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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.

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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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