Blogmas X: 11 Best Books of 2018

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Hi!! How’s everyone doing….

In high spirits today because guess who’s writing about her favorite books of 2018! Finally that time of the year when I let my emotions flow freely and ramble about the best books of 2018.

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Books make me happy!!!

Here are 11 best books of 2018

1.Turtles All the Way Down – by John Green

Started 2018 with Turtles All the Way Down and I haven’t regretted one bit. The anxiety rep is so good, you have to read it for that! One of the best YA books on anxiety and OCD representations, I’ve read in a long time.

It is an own voices novel where John Green has taken pieces of his OCD and anxiety and moulded them into this beautiful and poignant story.

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Turtles all the way Down has a special place in my heart and bookshelf.

2. The Astonishing Color of After – by Emily X.R. Pan

This was such a stunner! The story is about Leigh Chen Sanders, who’s certain that her mother has become a bird after she commits suicide. She travels to Taiwan to meet her grandparents and finds out her mother and her culture.

It is magical realism mixed with YA and the amalgamation is seamless. You get all the feels, the writing is lush and lyrical, and the characters feel so real. Loved the way grief and sorrow is depicted in the book through colors. It’ll break your heart and then heal it in the most wonderful manner.

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Looks super pretty!
Reads prettier….
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3. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

I read this in the beginning of 2018, and haven’t stopped gushing about THUG ever since. This is one story that everyone needs to read because it’s so relevant in today’s time. The story is inspired by #blacklivesmatter movement.

The story traces Star’s journey as she is the prime witness to her friend being shot dead by a police officer. It teaches us all that each of us have a voice that matters and can make a difference, we just need to speak up.

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If there’s just one book you want to read from this list, make sure it is THUG.

4. When Breath Becomes Air – by Paul Kalanithi

OMG, if I cannot even begin to tell how much I cried while reading this book. It is a memoir of a doctor who’s diagnosed with stage 3 of lung cancer. From being a doctor to a patient himself, it talks about his strength and feelings. It touched me at a personal level because my dad passed away from cancer and I could feel that pain and every little nuance.

Also a special mention about the epilogue of the book. The words still resonate with me and are so moving, you must read it for that brilliant epilogue.

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I couldn’t function after reading the Epilogue, that’s how powerful it is.
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5. Still Me – Jojo Moyes

This one’s the third installment after Me Before You and After You. The story continues with Lou as she moves to New York to start a new life. She meets Joshua, and sees hues of her past in him. But is she brave enough to take on this new life and let go of the memories. You need to read it to find out!

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Jojo Moyes never disappoints.

When you’re craving something mushy and romantic, yet deep Jojo Moyes is the best pick. I loved all the books by her, and this one was also heartwarming and super cute.

6. Illuminae – by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

If you’re a sci-fi fan, then the Illuminae Files Trilogy will be your jam. The book is in the form of mixed media – emails, transcripts, interviews, coded messages and a lot more. This is the first book in the series and it gets you hooked. The story is fast paced and full of action. Loved it and cannot wait to continue with the series.

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Reading in the garden – pleasures of Delhi winter.

7. Little Fires Everywhere – by Celeste Ng

This one’s a strong female centric book that revolves around a family who moves into a small house of a close knit neighborhood. When one of the families tries to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle begins and the entire neighborhood is divided into two parts. It talks a lot about family secrets. Loved the writing style, the story, and the strong female characters.

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Little Fires Everywhere, a strong literary fiction!

8. Girl Made of Stars – by Ashley Herring Blake

If you’re looking for a YA book that moves you, this is what you should be reading. Girl Made of Stars is the story of twins Mara and Owen. Mara’s best friend Hannah accuses Owen of raping her, and Mara is torn between believing her best friend and twin.

Its emotional, heavy, and moving. After a long time a YA with a heavy topic struck a chord and I highly recommend this one!!

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Keep tissues handy while reading this one..
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9. Homegoing – by Yaa Gyasi

For all you historical fiction fans, Homegoing is one book you cannot miss. The story is about two half sisters, Effia and Esi in 18th century Ghana. One is sold as a slave and the other is married to an Englishman.

The story feels a lot like a non-fiction memoir, and it’s evident how much research the author did. Tracing three hundred years of Ghana through history, Homegoing is beautiful, heartbreaking, and empowering all in equal measures.

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Historical Fiction is becoming my new favv!

10. Sadie – by Courtney Summers

Sadie by Courtney Summers came out and suddenly became a phenomenon on booktube. It’s Sadie’s story as she goes on the hunt to find the truth when her younger sister is found murdered. Trigger warning for – Sexual abuse, drug abuse, pedophilia

The story is told podcast form and I highly recommend the audio book. It was a wonderful experience listening to it.

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Sad, compelling, and so moving, this is a must read/listen.
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11. Darius the Great is Not Okay – by Adib Khorram

A coming of age story of a Persian American boy who’s travels to Iran to meet his grandparents. A beautiful story about family, love, friendship, and identity. I heard the audiobook and it touched my heart in so many places. Its character heavy and transports you to Iran. Read it to restore your faith in friendship and for a feel good book!

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Such a heartwarming story this is!
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Special Mentions 

Also had to share some honorary mentions. I liked them a lot, but a tad bit of something was missing. Consider them 4 star reads.

  • Leah on the Offeat – by Becky Albertalli
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Queer romance, body positivity, and YA feels, what’s not to love.
  • All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  • The Inexplicable Logic of my Life – Benjamin Alire Saenz
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My new favorite author of 2018.
  • History is all you left me – Adam Silvera
  • Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner

Hope you got some great recommendations to add to your 2019 TBR.

Let me know the top 3 books that you read in 2018 and share this with all your book lover friends. Also come back for the last installment of #blogmas! Bye for now.

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Blogmas VIII: 7 Most Disappointing Books of 2018

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Hello y’all! It’s that time of the year when I share the highlights of my bookish journey of 2018 on the blog. For this edition of #blogmas I’m sharing the most disappointing reads of 2018.

These books weren’t bad, but for me they were meh! Or maybe my expectations were so high that when they came tumbling down, the crash was heard louder than what I expected.

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Listing the top 7 disappointing books of 2018.

So here are the Top 7 Disappointing Books of 2018.

1.Genuine Fraud – by E. Lockhart

I read at the beginning of the year and it was such a disappointment. Had heard some nice reviews, so my expectations were high, but sadly Genuine Fraud was no good. It’s a mystery thriller about a girl.

I wasn’t invested in the story and was so not interested about the characters. It is told in a unique format, like it starts at the end and goes in reverse. Maybe that was a major reason I couldn’t understand it.

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Made a fraud of my emotions and fell flat!

2. The Serpent King – by Jeff Zentner

I read Goodbye Days by the same author and kinda adored it, but this one on the opposite was so bad!  It is a YA story about friendship and bonding, but I just couldn’t connect to any of the character or the plot. Add to that that the protagonist’s father is a snake handler and there’s a lot of mention about venom and snakes makes it awful! The writing was lush and lyrical, but it was too long.

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All my expectations crashed!
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3. Not if I See You First – by Eric Lindstorm

This one’s supposed to be a contemporary with a deep emotional touch. For me though, the story and the characters didn’t strike a chord. It’s the story of a blind protagonist, Parker and her life. There’s a love interest and a love story mixed with teenage drama. Just didn’t work. The story lacked feels and dragged in many places.

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Don’t go by the bright poppy cover, the inside is so bad…

4. Sometimes I Lie – by Alice Feeney

The only thing I can say after reading this one is – what just happened? That ending leaves you with so many questions in your head. I loved the premise, it is based on all lies, but the ending is so confusing. I remember finishing this one late into the night and scanning the internet for opinions to match mine.

The story is about Amber Reynolds who’s in coma, her husband doesn’t love her, and sometimes she lies. All the characters are in the grey spectrum, which I liked. The build up was amazing, plot twists on point, and then boom – the ending just nosedived.

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It was all good, until that ending! Arggghhh…..

5. After the Crash – by Michel Bussi

Why have I made all the wrong choices this year?? This one’s a thriller and starts with a bang. In a plane crash out of 169 people, 168 die and the only survivor is a 3 month old baby girl. Two families claim the girl as their grand-daughter and there begins all the action, or not really.

The story sounded so interesting and was going at a great pace, some amazing revelations were made throughout the book. But the ending was like soda, all fizz and at the end no taste. The ending just fell so flat that I felt my time wasted after reading this.

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Crashed right at the end!

6. Big Little Lies – by Liane Moriarty

Do we see a pattern here?? I and thrillers didn’t have a cordial relation in 2018. I hardly read any good ones this year. Big Little Lies was also highly recommended and talked about, but for me something was missing.

I always have an issue with the pacing of Liane Moriarty’s books. For me personally, they are too slow as a mystery thriller. You’re never on the edge of the seat or in a nail biting tense situation.

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Slow and uneventful, that’s how I’ll describe this.

7. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – by Jonathan Safran Foer

I never DNF a book, but this one changed that for me. Had to DNF it at around 55% because nothing was happening in the story. I felt los and couldn’t connect to the protagonist at any level.

The story is about a boy (a prodigy) named Oskar. His father is killed in the 9/11 attacks and he sets out to discover the secret of the keys that he found in his father’s closet. I had such high hopes and seeing people rave about it on goodreads, I was sure to love this. But on the contrary, I was on the other end of the spectrum!

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This one didn’t strike a chord so added to DNF pile.

Let me know what’s your most disappointing read of the year and if you’ve read any of these and out opinion differs, do share your thoughts in the comments below.

And come back for more posts in #blogmas. I’m planning a best of 2018 series for the last week, so stay tuned for that! Bye…

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Blogtober Day 31: A heartfelt wrap up!

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Hey everyone! Welcome to #blogtober wrap up. It’s been such an overwhelming journey. A month ago, I decided on whim to do #blogtober, i.e. one post a day all of October. With apprehensions and anxiety, I started and thankfully things went pretty well.

The best part about October has to be my birthday in the hills. It was whimsical, filled with lots of sunshine and good food, just the way I wanted.

Forever craving mountain sun! 
Life looks better in the mountains!

 

Have a look at Mcleodganj Diaries – part I and Part II to have a closer look at the celebrations!

A month of churning content and sticking to a schedule has made me feel so productive and happy. And true that, it’s not the journey that’s intimidating but that first step. Gathering courage to take that first step is the most difficult, and I’m so thankful to y’all and especially maa, for being such a support!

Was so happy to do #blogtober! Thanks for all your support.

Oh, you can also read my birthday special post – 10 things I’m grateful for in life.

Hope this month long blogging helped you in some way. I talked about my favorite things – mountains, books, and fashion. Let me know which post was your favorite from #blogtober.

Always up for book recommendations.

Wishing you love and light for the festive season ahead. Don’t burn crackers, don’t burn hearts, don’t break hearts! Bye and see you soon!

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Blogtober Day 20: 5 Historical Fiction Books you’ll love

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Hi y’all!

How’s your day going? Mine was idyllic – curled up in bed with my book, had lots of adrak chai because sore throat, and gossiped with maa!

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Fall is the perfect season to read historical fiction.

And for day of #blogtober I thought of sharing my favorite Historical Fiction Book Recommendations. Fall/Winter for me is the perfect time to read historical fiction books. They’re dark, gloomy, and serious. You can delve deeper into the complex layers and have a fabulous reading experience.

Top 5 Historical Fiction Books to read this season

1.The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – by John Boyne

If this doesn’t make you cry, I don’t know what will. It’s set during World War II and has the backdrop of Holocaust, so be prepared. Bruno comes home one day to find all his belongings are packed and he with his family are moving to a new house far away. In the new home he has nobody to play with. He goes exploring through the backyard and finds an unusual friend across the fence, the boy in the striped pajamas. Their friendship grows but has devastating consequences.

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Had to include the movie plug-in because heart says so!
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The movie adaptation is so good and moving. I have tears while I’m writing this and thinking about the movie!

2. Homegoing – by Yaa Gyasi

Read about African history in this tale of slavery, bravery, and family bonds spread across three hundred years. Homegoing is the story of two half sisters – Effia and Esi born in different villages in 18th century Ghana. While one is wedded to a rich Englishman and lives a luxurious life, the other is sold into Gold Coast’s booming slave trade.

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Certainly adding this to my list of 2018 Best Books.

The story spans across seven generations and ties the thread of family and love. The story is phenomenal. Each chapter is dedicated to one member from a generation. It is deeply steeped in history and culture. You can feel the pain of slaves and it does become depressing at times, but such an eye-opener in today’s world where caste, color, and race is being talked about a lot.

3. Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

Out of the list, this is my least favorite. But I think that a lot of people will like the story. It’s about a Chinese American family based in Ohio during the 1970s. One day Lydia, daughter of James and Marilyn Lee is found dead and her body is found in the local lake. Things take a turn from here as the readers discover family secrets and family dynamics.

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Beautiful storytelling by Celeste Ng
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I like the way she adds elements of caste, race, and amalgamates it with culture to make it look like a pivotal character itself.

PS – I love Celeste Ng’s writing style. Have been devouring her second book – Little Fires Everywhere!

4. The Kite Runner – by Khaled Hosseini

You cannot go wrong with Khaled Hosseini. Out of all his books, my favorite is The Kite Runner. It is an emotional and heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant.

The historical backdrop of Afghanistan, the misery and hopelessness of war, yet the story outshines with hope, love, and family ties. Read it to fill your heart with warmth and sob, and watch the movie to bawl your eyes and heart out. Sooo good!

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Keep tissues handy when reading this one.
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If you’re a sci-fi/ magical realism lover, here are some amazing recommendations.

5. Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray is the story of a 15year old Lithuanian girl, Lina set in the 1940s. She is just like any other girl happy in her small world, until one day when Soviet officers invade their home and Lina with her family and a thousand others are forcefully transported across the Arctic Circle to reach Siberia and work in some of the most inhumane conditions.

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Simple joys of life.

It is a story of courage, hope, and love that triumphs even in the most brutal circumstances. So cathartic yet the thread of hope ties you strongly. You empathize with the characters and can feel their pain. Death and disparity are overpowering, but you still feel hopeful about the characters. You’ll smile with them and surely cry a lot for them.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these. And if you have some historical fiction book recommendations do share them in the comments below. I’ll see you tomorrow! Bye…

 

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Blogtober Day 17: Japanese Fiction Book Recommendations

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Hello booknerds! Welcome to #blogtober Day 17. Today’s book recommendations are something I haven’t done in the past!

Reading is like traveling, but a lot cheaper. You get to visit new places and have vivid experiences. For those of you who want to explore Japan but on a budget, I recommend trying Japanese literature, and of course there’s sushi!

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Until you can visit this beauty in reality, there’s always the virtual world of books.
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5 Japanese Fiction Book Recommendations

1.Memoirs of a Geisha – by Arthur Golden

Find out what happens in the world of geishas, a world where appearances are pivotal, a girl’s virginity is auctioned in a bid, and how women are trained to beguile the most powerful men. It’s a shocking revelation about how this world exists parallel to our world. Emotional, dramatic, and hard-hitting, Memoirs of a Geisha is something that you cannot miss.

A special mention to the movie, its equally gripping and a piece of art.

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Pick this one for an insightful reading experience.
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2. Norwegian Wood – by Haruki Murakami

A Japanese books recommendation list is incomplete without Murakami. Out of the ones I’ve read, this one is my favorite. And yes, a long overdue re-read is awaited. It’s a love story, but in Murakami style – whimsical and philosophical in its own ways.

I won’t say much, read it to experience the magic of his writing!

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Current Mood – Murakami

3. The Devotion of Suspect X – by Keigo Higashino

The Devotion of Suspect X is a murder mystery that’ll keep you highly engaged. The story traces Yasuko, a single mother who thinks she’s escaped her abusive husband – Togashi. But one day he lands up at their door to extort money. The situation goes out of hand and Togashi is dead. Yasuko’s next door neighbor, Ishigami decides to help her in disposing off the body and plotting a fool proof cover up story.

But is the story really fool proof, or are Yasuko and Ishigami making a fool of the police department? Find out in this brilliantly crafted thriller.

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For all you thriller lovers, this is a must read.
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4. In the Miso Soup – by Ryu Murakami

In the Miso Soup is a psychosexual thriller! If you’re looking for something dark, gruesome, and engaging, this will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s the story of Frank, an American tourist who has hired Kenji, a local tourist guide to take him through the alleys of Tokyo. But there’s a lot hidden in these alleys, and Frank’s behavior is so strange that Kenji thinks Frank is the serial killer that the city police is hunting. It’s quite graphic and disturbing in places, so be warned.

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Weekend looks lit!

5. Salvation of a Saint – Keigo Higashino

I read this way back in 2013, and the plot is still fresh in my mind. It was so engaging! Salvation of a Saint is a murder mystery. Yoshitaka, who’s about to leave his marriage and his wife, is found murdered with poisonous coffee. His wife, Ayane, becomes prime suspect. But she was a hundred miles away when the murder happened. So who did it?

Keep guessing through the twists and turns, and trust me you’re in for a shocking ride. Loved it!!

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One of the best Japanese thrillers I’ve read!
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If you’ve read a Murakami that you adore, please share it in the comments below. Also any more book recommendations are welcome. I’ll see you tomorrow for something heartfelt, so do come back! Byeee

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Blogtober Day 14 : My Ambitious Fall/Winter TBR

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Hi everyone… A warm welcome to Day 14 of #blogtober. It’s officially fall, okay not in India, but the rest of the world does celebrate this magical season.

Autumnal leaves, overrated pumpkin spiced latte, the whimsical rusty orange hues, and that slight nip in the air. It’s the perfect weather to curl in bed with a big cup of chai and have an extended reading fiesta.

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Enjoy this glorious weather with some amazing reads!

So here’s my Fall/Winter TBR with a happy mix of historical fiction, spooky reads, and some romance.

1.Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

A story about race, ethnicity, and how every individual chooses different paths in life, Little Fires Everywhere is a great story about strong female characters. If you’re in the mood of something deep, this seems to be a beautiful story.

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Have heard nothing but praise for this one!

2. You – Caroline Kepnes

This is a creepy one and I’m most excited for. ‘You’ is the story of a guy, Joe who starts obsessing over a girl, Beck. It’s the story of Joe and Beck and how he transitions from a stalker to a boyfriend. Told in third person, this one is said to make you quite uncomfortable making it a perfect Halloween style read.

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We all that need some spine chilling reads in fall.
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3. Gemina –Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The second installment in the Illuminae files trilogy. It’s sci-fi mixed with fast paced action, what else can we ask for. Oh, and did I tell you just like the first book this one is also told in an unusual format of – interviews, coded intercepts, military files, emails etc.

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Sci-Fi plus a lot of drama!
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Here are some other amazing sci-fi book recommendations. 

4. The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak

This one is a lyrical story of a forty year old woman, who’s in an unhappy marriage. When she takes up the job of a reader for a literary agent, things are bound to change.

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Mornings at home!

An unusual love story that’s backed by philosophies of Rumi and has a rustic charm, I think this will be a great birthday read. Deep, meaningful, and touching, that’s what I’ve heard.

5. Lying in Wait – Liz Nugent

You can never have enough thrillers for this season, so here’s another one. Have read so many good things about this one. It’s the story of a wealthy Dublin family whose dark secrets and twisted relationships are revealed to create havoc.

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Adding yet another thriller to the list!
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6. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

There’s something about the weather that I’m in the mood for historical fictions. Also the high rating of Goodreads are just the added push.

The Nightingale is a heart wrenching story of two sisters set in the 1940s France, when Nazis invaded. The two sisters are battling their own fears while the world outside is burning. I’ve heard nothing but praise for this one, so keeping my fingers crossed in anticipation.

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Prettiness galore.
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7. Girl Made of Stars – Ashley Herring Blake

I needed a tear jerker, so added Girl Made of Stars. It’s a story of twins Mara and Owen. Mara’s best friend accuses her twin brother of rape and her world comes tumbling down. Mara is torn between her best friend and her twin brother in what seems a rather emotional situation.

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Keep tissues handy while reading this one..
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8. What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

We all need some LGBT romance to devour! And what better way than amalgamation of two amazing LGBT authors? Becky Albertalli’s writing which is full of sarcasm and wit, and Adam Silvera is known to unleash all the feels – this is going to be an amazing concoction. Eagerly awaiting the release later this month.

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Two of my faavvv YA authors.
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9. All the Missing Girls – Megan Miranda

If you’re in the mood for a goth thriller, All the Missing Girls is the perfect pick, or so I’ve heard. The story traces the disappearance of two young women, a decade apart. And the best part, it is told in reverse.

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Supremely excited for this!
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10. Far from the Tree – Robin Benway

After all the historical fiction and thrillers, I needed a heartwarming family tale and Far from the Tree sounds apt! It’s a story of three siblings who’ve been adopted into three different families and backgrounds. And now as teens they meet for the first time to find their biological mother and develop a beautiful bond.

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There’s always place on my TBR for a family drama.
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Let me know what’s on your Fall/Winter TBR or if you’re interested in buddy reading any of these books. I’ll see you tomorrow with yet another post, until then – happiness and peace….

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Blogtober Day 7: Sci-Fi/ Magical Realism Book Recommendations

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Hi y’all! Hope you’re having a great Sunday.

Today I’m bringing you another book post. I’m not a big sci-fi fan, but then there are some temptations that you just cannot resist. I saw this one book – Illuminae (mentioned below) repeatedly over booktube and wanted to know what the hype is all about. So that’s how I started to delve into the genre and it’s been pretty good until now.

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Sci-Fi/ Magical Realism Book Recommendations…

But since I didn’t have enough sci-fi recommendations, I’m adding a few magical realism ones to make the list more interesting and diverse.

Here are my top 6 Sci-Fi/ Magical Realism book recommendations

1.Illuminae – by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This is the first book in the Illuminae Files Trilogy! Told in a unique format of intercepts, coded messages, interviews, military files, emails Illuminae is one helluva of a ride. The year is 2575, two rival mega-companies are at war about the planet, Kady and Ezra have just had a break-up and are now on opposing spaceships to sort out all the mess! But things get a lot more messier.

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Such a fab read this was!

For some people the format might not work, it isn’t the traditional novel format. But that’s the beauty which makes this series so special. If you want an action packed sci-fi that’s not heavy on scientific stuff, then this is what you should be reading.

2. After Dark – by Haruki Murakami

Cannot say anything more about Murakami books that hasn’t been said before. This one is magical realism mixed with drama and metaphysics. Talks about shenanigans of Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and before dawn.

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Murakami reading is always a good idea.
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Let me admit, this one was the most difficult read out of the list. I need to re-read it to decipher it fully, because you cannot read Murakami books just once.

3. The Astonishing Colour of After – by Emily X.R. Pan

If you want to read a tale that’s woven with threads of culture and heart wrenching emotions, The Astonishing Colour of After is something you’ll love. It is a story of Leigh, a young girl who’s mother dies and she starts believing that her mother has turned into a bird. The bird takes Leigh to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. She explores her culture, roots, and heritage.

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Looks super pretty!
Reads prettier….
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It is such a stunning and poignant story about loss of a loved one, grief, and connecting with yourself. Read it for a beautiful experience and relive the fairy tale nostalgia. Be ready to cry…lots!

4. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James

If you’re looking for a dark, action packed, yet easy to read sci-fi, my recommendation would be The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.

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Don’t go by the petty cover, this gets a lot darker.

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew member on a spaceship travelling to another planet. She’s connected to earth and talks to her therapists and team through email which takes months to transmit. Then one day she finds out about this other spaceship launched from earth with a boy named J, and things just escalate from there. It is not a cliché love story; things get messier and bloodier, so beware.

5. Dark Matter – by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter is a story of Jason Dessen who’s abducted by strangers and taken to an all new world. A world where his wife isn’t his wife, he is not just a physics professor but a scientist who has achieved brilliance in a project. He struggles to find answers in this world and why he’s been brought here.

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For the lovers of a dark twisted sci-fi book.
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I’ll say don’t start your Sci-Fi journey with Dark Matter, because it’s way too scientific and technical which may be a bummer for some. The concept is futuristic almost like watching an action movie, but the overly scientific parts are kinda difficult to understand.

6. Landline – by Rainbow Rowell

For all those who’re too comfortable reading YA, yet want to jazz up your reading Landline is a great pick. It is a magical realism story that reads a lot like a whimsical romantic contemporary.

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You’re never too old for a fluffy contemporary.

Before going have a look at the PMS book recommendations.

If you’ve read any of these or have any beginner friendly recommendations for sci-fi or magical realism, do share them in the comments below!

Until next time, happy reading.

See you tomorrow….

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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??

Simon vs the Homosapiens agenda
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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