Blogmas VI : TBR Book Tag

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Hello y’all! The weekend is almost here and its time to cuddle up in bed with chai and book (well, when am I not doing that). For this installment of #blogmas I’m doing a book tag!

Book tags are so much fun! You get to know a lot about your fellow booknerd friends and sometimes the questions put you in a spot. It is pretty much the Rapid Fire of Koffee with Karan, but bookish version.

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TBR Book Tag for #blogmas

So brace yourself and here’s the TBR Book Tag.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Thank god for Goodreads (a booknerd’s faavv app)

If your TBR mostly print or e-books?

It’s actually a mix of both (whatever I get sasta)

A book that’s been on your TBR for the longest.

The Sense of an Ending – by Julian Barnes

A book you recently added to your TBR.

A Little Life – by Hanya Yanagihara

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Cannot wait for my heart to be broken into a million pieces by this one!
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A book on your TBR that you never plan to read.

Insomnia – by Stephen King

It’s way too long and the last couple of Stephen King books didn’t click, so this aint happening.

A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

Children of Blood and Bone – by Tomi Adeyemi

Have heard so much on booktube that I want to see what the hype is all about. Its fantasy, so I’m kinda skeptical going into it, but this needs to happen in 2019.

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How stunning does this look???
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A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

There’re so many. To name a few gems –

  • Unexpected Everything – by Morgan Matson (It has cutesy doggies on the cover)
  • A Spark of Light – by Jodi Picoult (those pastel hues have my heart)
  • Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends you.

The Nightingale – by Kristin Hannah

A beautiful historical fiction based in France during World War II. And this one has been praised no end, so he expectations are high!

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One of the most anticipated from the TBR Tag
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A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read.

Gemina – Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

This is the second book in the Illuminae Files Trilogy, and I cannot wait to see how the story progresses and all the sci-fi action.

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

185 and adding more almost every week!

TBR Book Tag was originally created by Coffee Cocktails and Books.

Tell me what are the top 3 books on your TBR. Comment down below and you’ll make me super happy! Also guys do follow #blogmas journey. I’m posting 4 blogs a week!

I’ll see you soon with another post, until then – have a great day and happy reading!

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Blogmas III: Best Audiobook Recommendations

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Hello there! Welcome back to #blogmas. Today we talk about one of my new found love – audiobooks.

Audiobooks are a great way of getting considerable amount of reading done if you’re always on the go or find hard to concentrate while physically reading a book. Also audiobooks do count as reading, so let’s just end the debate.

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Sharing my favorite audiobooks for #blogmas
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My top 4 audiobook recommendations of 2018

  • Sadie – by Courtney Summers

This latest release is generating a lot of buzz, and for all the right reasons. The audiobook is narrated by full cast and it is a surreal experience.

The story traces Sadie, as she goes on a hunt to trace her dead sister Mattie. Sadie has always had a rough life and her only solace was her sister. But when she dies, Sadie’s world comes crumbling down and she’s determined to find the killer even if it means risking her own life.

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Sad, compelling, and so moving, this is a must read/listen.
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This one’s dark, grueling, and content warning for – abuse, pedophilia, drug abuse, murder. Pick up when want to read something impactful, and it’ll not disappoint.

  • All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

For all you historical fiction fans, this one is a must read. I started reading it and was casucally browsing through my audiobook app and there it was. And OMG thank heavens, it was such a wonderful experience. To read and listen to it side by side.

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Perfect weekend scene – read some, listen some!

The story is about a blind French girl, Marie Laure and an orphan German boy, Werner Pfenning during World War II. When she was twelve, the Nazis occupy her hometown and she had to fled with her father. The story traces these Marie and Werner, and then how their paths converge. It’s a beautiful story of will power, how people do good, and the spirit of life.

It is a tad bit slow and reads a lot like a classic, so I highly recommend the audio book.

  • Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire

Magical realism mixed with fairy tale vibes, that’s what Every Heart a Doorway is about. The story traces children who’ve returned from fantastical worlds like Narnia etc. and are now finding it difficult to adjust in the real world. These children go to a special institution and that’s where this story is based.

It is the first book in the Wayward Children Series. The other two books are Down among the Sticks and Bones; Beneath the Sugar Sky. The good thing is that they’re all available, so enjoy binge reading/ listening.

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Finished the first one, and diving straight into the second book.
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Although the books are short, they’re enticing and so engrossing. The world building is impeccable and so are the characters. They’re flawed, grey, yet seem so real! You’ll love this series.

  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Tahereh Mafi

This is a memoir/ semi autobiographical novel by Tahereh Mafi, who is the author of the super popular Shatter Me Series. This one is the story of Shirin, a 16 year old Hijabi Muslim girl who has to go to a new high school just 2 weeks after 9/11. She’s fighting the world and finds solace in break dancing.

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For YA with a lot of depth this is a great choice. Source – epic reads

It traces her struggles against racism and Islamophobia. Although the book deals with heavy topics, there are a lot of fun elements. Strong friendships, bubbling romance, and a very strong female lead makes this a powerful read. I could imaging Tahereh Mafi all the time while I was listening to it (go check her Instagram to know what I’m saying).

Hope these audiobook recommendations help you and you pick one up soon! If you have a favorite audiobook, do share it in the comments section below.

And don’t forget to come back every week for 4 posts all through December for #blogmas! See you soon.

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Blogmas Day 1: Rapid Fire Book Tag

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Hi everyone! Hope y’all are having a fantastic weekend..

After such a fulfilling experience of #blogtober, I took a break and now back with the holiday spirit. Time to get going with some more blogs and this time its #Blogmas.

#Blogmas is a series of blog posts till Christmas, although I’m extending it all through December. So for day 1, I thought of doing a fun bookish tag. Usually these posts have to be Christmas theme, but I’m tweaking them somewhat.

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Welcome to day 1 of #blogmas!

Rapid Fire Book Tag is a set of 21 bookish questions that you need to answer rapidly and keep them super fiery! So let’s go.

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E-books or Physical Books?

Both! Kindle and Chill is a thing for booknerds

Paperback or Hardback ?

As much as I want to say hardbacks, my wallet and bookshelf will curse me no end, so Paperbacks.

Online book shopping or In-store shopping?

Online book shopping – because sasti books and sales! Okay, sometimes in-store shopping, coz posin’ with books for the gram!

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Finding love in the aisles of a bookstore 🙂

Trilogies or Series?

Trilogies – lesser commitment.

Heroes or Villains?

Heroes obvio!

A book you want everyone to read

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

It’s so relevant and is based on #blacklivesmatter movement. Talks about race, identity, police brutality, and community in such a beautiful way.

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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

Recommend an underrated author

Benjamin Alire Saenz. He’s the author of two of my most favorite books – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe; The Inexplicable Logic of Life. I think a lot more people should read what he does with words and how he weaves magic! Surreal and blissful are the best to describe his writing.

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This one has a piece of my heart. I lobe it so much!!

The last book you finished

All the Light You Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark

Spectacles, Romeo’s tail (munchkin I miss you), my phone…. The list is endless

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Insta love at its best – both for the book and Romeoooo!

Used books – Yay or Nay?

Yay! when they’re in good condition. Remembering all the book fairs I’ve visited.

Top 3 favorite genres

YA Fiction

Contemporary

Historical Fiction

Borrow or Buy?

Buy because Imma rich gurl! Hahaha! No buy book buying is like a therapy and makes me so happy.

Character or Plot?

Both please!

Long books or Short books?

Short ones,  but not too rushed.

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For all you Japanese literature fans, this is a must read.

Name the first three books you think of right now

Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire)

A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)

Starfish (Akemi Dawn Bowman)

These are the next three on my latest TBR

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Books that make me cry – sob with all the feels, happy tears thanks to cute romance, or weeping when the dog dies! I’ve done it all.

Our world or fictional

Fictional forever

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Always! Cheers to impulse cover buys and regretting later.

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Thankfully didn’t have to regret this buy! One of most favorite reads of 2018.
Source – expan

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Hell Yeah!

I’ve discovered the joy of audiobooks recently and they’ve become an absolute favorite. It is so calming and you can get a lot more reading done.

Series or Standalones?

Standalones, because that commitment for a series isn’t happening!

Book to movie adaptation that you loved

I haven’t seen many this year, but from last year I totally adore Me Before You and Room!

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Cuddle up with bae and have the perfect romantic movie night with Me Before You. 
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Falling short of words to describe how good this is!

Rapid Fire Book Tag was originally created by thebibliophilegirl.uk. If you’e a booknerd like me do this tag and tag me! Also come back all through December for some amazing blogs! See you soon.

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Blogtober Day 30: 5 Books that’ll definitely make you cry

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Hello y’all! It’s Day 30 of #blogtober and let’s end (almost) this journey with a teary eye. Yes quite literally this time!

For times when books give your heart that slight tug, for times when you think the book will emotionally break you but you feel stronger after sobbing – the best feelings for a bookworm.

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Hi-Fi to all those 4am booknerds.
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If you’re looking for cry worthy books, all in good sense, then check these top 5 recommendations.

1. Holding Up the Universe – by Jennifer Niven

The story of two broken, battered people looking to find sense in life. Libby was America’s fattest teen and struggling with her body and weight. Jack has prosopagnosia – the inability to identify faces. The friendship and romance between Jack and Libby is vivid and so emotional.

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This one gets a definite spot in my fav reads of 2018.
Image Source – sprinkleandbooks

The character development throughout the story is so good, you can feel their raw emotions. The book talks about grief, body shaming, death, and body positivity in such a heartwrenching and beautiful manner.

2. Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrets of the Universe – by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Benjamin Alire Saenz is one of my current favorite authors. I’ve devoured both his books and am looking forward to a re-reading them.

Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrets of the Universe is an LGBTQ story of boy-boy friendship. And before you stereotype it like any other gay YA romance, let me tell you this one is a lot deeper and emotional than you expect. It traces two boys, their family dynamics, and how they find not just themselves but also each other’s friendship and love throughout the book. The lush lyrical writing and the emotional feel is so good. I’ve recommended it to so many friends and they’ve all loved it.

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This one has a piece of my heart. I lobe it so much!!

3. Marley and Me – by John Grogan

A book has doggies – I’m sold at that. Marley and Me is an awwdorable story of Marley, a naughty Labrador. It’s beautiful, heartwarming, and super emotional. Reading it as a pet parent was so relatable, but then some things didn’t go as smoothly and it was all snort and ugly tears!

I remember bawling my eyes and heart out; hugging Romeo and then crying some more after reading Marley and Me. Also watch the movie, if you have extra tissues!!

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For all you doggie lovers!
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4. When Breath Becomes Air – by Paul Kalanithi 

I don’t remember crying in any book as much as I did in this! This is an autobiography of a doctor who’s battling stage IV metastatic lung cancer. That transition from a doctor to a patient, that hospital feel, needles and pain, it was all so relatable at a personal level. My dad suffered from cancer and reading someone else describing that pain and helplessness was so emotional.

Special warning for reading the Epilogue. Trust me if this doesn’t break you, you’ve nailed emotional zen in life!

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I couldn’t function after reading the Epilogue, that’s how powerful it is.
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5. Handle with Care – Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is known for her emotional writing. This was one of the first books I ready by her, and it still resonates that catharsis. The story is about a young girl, Willow, who has Type III Osteogenesis imperfect (brittle bone disease). For Willow’s parents life is a constant struggle – caring for Willow, mounting hospital bills.

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PMSing it right!

On a trip an unfortunate accident happens, and the family files a wrongful birth lawsuit on the doctor who’s a close friend of Willow’s parents. It’s an emotional story of a family as they see their daughter fight for life every step, while the parents try to understand what’s right and wrong, and just how to survive!

If you have a cry worthy book recommendation, do share it in the comments below. And come back tomorrow for the last day of #blogtober. See you!

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