While spring seems like a forgotten dream here, there are so many places still buried in deep winter. Yet, inevitably, the weather will get warmer and the world will come alive with colours again. For all those under the cold weather’s spell, I wanted to recommend some books today that will lift your spirits and remind you that spring is not far away. They all have a common theme of hope and getting out of a dark place or bad situation.
Happy March to all my lovely readers! It’s already reached summer temperatures here in my city and I find myself excited about the change. I seem to have found a renewed energy in pursuing the goals I’d set for myself at the beginning of the year. I also started re-reading an old inspirational book that was a favourite of mine as a teenager, which has helped me cope with all the things life has thrown at me in February. I hope I can keep this momentum going throughout the year! Now, let’s talk about the month that just went by and my plans for the upcoming one.
Author: Sandhya Menon
Age Range: 13+
Published: By Simon Pulse on May 22nd, 2018
Content Warning: Racism, parental neglect, ableist language
Format I Read: Hardcover
Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy – a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.
When mystery man N begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil. Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for February 26th, 2019 is: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit.
The award season fever is back and so am I with this fun and creative tag, thanks to Sahitya @ My World of Books, who kindly tagged me. I haven’t been secretive about my love for her or her blog, so do check it out already if you haven’t! This tag was introduced to the bookish community by the Booktuber Bookadoodles and I can’t thank her enough for coming up with this wonderful idea. I had done the same tag last year, although much later than the Oscar season, as Charvi @ Not Just Fiction had tagged me only in April! If you weren’t around back then, this tag simply asks you to pick your favourite books as winners for Oscar award categories. If that sounds like fun to you, read on to find who I deem worthy from my 2018 reads!
Author: Becky Albertalli
Age Range: 13+
Published: By Balzer + Bray on April 7th, 2015
Content Warning: Homophobia, bullying and underage drinking
Format I Read: Audiobook
Grade: Exceeds expectations
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for February 19th, 2019 is: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads.