First things first, I have always been an avid reader. While I started reading very young, my affair with books didn’t become a full-fledged passion until I was around 13. Fun fact: I used to make excuses while doing homework with my mom just so I could go to the bathroom and finish reading Harry Potter (the book was hidden under the laundry basket). So, you can imagine my utter disappointment when I started college at 18 with a lot of studying, clubs and associations and, okay, okay, partying as well. Reading took a backseat and honestly, I was not happy with that choice at all.
Nevertheless, I graduated last year and in the wake of this newfound freedom, I rediscovered my love for reading. While I cannot go to my office bathroom and sneak in a good 30 minutes of reading, I have allotted my weekends for it, LOL. 2019 was a year of some amazing reads for me, and a word of caution: not all of these books came out in this year itself. So, here are the top 7 books I read this year that highly impacted me in more ways than one.
Genre: Non-fiction Autobiography
The book narrates the life of the former First Lady of The United States of America from a small-town girl with big dreams to becoming the wife of the POTUS. She details the highs and lows of being in the public eye, while at the same time relating to her audience through the way she portrays her life as nothing but ordinary as well.
Genre: Fiction, Romance
This a lighthearted fun read for those of you who love a good laugh! The story revolves around the hatred shared between two people whose siblings are respectively getting married. When their siblings get sick and can’t go on their honeymoon, these two decide to take their place. And a lot of comedy and love ensues!
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“I can appreciate my body in a bikini and still want to set fire to the patriarchy.” -Christina Lauren, The Unhoneymooners • • • REVIEW: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren @christinalauren 🌺 • • • Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in pretty much everything. However, her identical twin sister, Ami, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her love life is something out of a rom-com and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests. Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man. When the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs. Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky. • • • Everything you could want from a romance book is in this story! I completely devoured this book and I still wanted more! It was just the right amount of cheesy and I found myself giggling almost the entire time at the awkward situations and sarcastic jabs between the characters. It was a quintessential enemies-to-lovers story that was witty, funny, and heartwarming. • • • TL;DR- A light and breezy love story that will satisfy any romance craving! Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 Check out a full review on my blog (link in bio)! • • • #theoverflowingbookshelf #theunhoneymooners #christinalauren #romance #hawaii #lovestory #autoboyography #twiceinabluemoon #booksparks #booksharks #hollydays #booksharkshollydays #honeymoon #loveandotherwords #myfavoritehalfnightstands #books #reading #bookreviews #bookblog #booklover #bookstagram #read #review #bookreviewsbyabooklover #happyreading #bookshelf #bookobsessed #no
For all of you peeps who love a good murder mystery novel, here’s what you should do: Go to the nearest bookstore. Head to the Thriller section. Buy Ragdoll. Thank me later. This novel is a masterpiece, to say the least.
Genre: Science Non-Fiction
Are we really made out of stardust? What is time? Is there more to space? The answers to all these mind racking questions can be found in this book. Kind of a ‘Science for dummies’ edition for those who are curious and often find themselves questioning reality.
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☄️ 📘عنوان: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry 🖋نویسنده: Neil deGrasse Tyson 🔺ژانر: علمی ✨امتیاز گودریدز: 4.10 . 💫یک سال تمام به عنوان پرفروش ترین کتاب "نیویورک تایمز" با فروش میلیون ها نسخه . ذات فضا و زمان چه چیزی است؟ جایگاه ما در این جهان چگونه است؟ چگونه در این دنیا جا شده ایم و چگونه دنیا در درون ما جایگاهی یافته است؟ هیچ راهنمایی بهتر از این کتاب مختصر و مفید و علمی نوشته " Neil deGrasse Tyson" وجود ندارد که بتواند به این پرسش ها پاسخ بدهد. اما امروزه، تعداد اندکی از ما زمان کافی برای تفکر درباره کهکشان و نجوم داریم. به همین خاطر "تایسون" جهان هستی را به طور واضحی به زمین آورده و با نثری گیرا و زیرکانه و در فصول کم حجمی، همه چیز را توضیح داده است. وقتی که اول صبح قهوه تان را هم می زنید، یا منتظر اتوبوس و مترو یا هواپیما هستید، کتاب " Astrophysics for People in a Hurry" تمام چیزی که شما درباره هستی و نجوم را می خواهید به شما توضیح می دهد؛ از انفجار بزرگ گرفته تا سیاه چاله ها، از کوارک گرفته تا عملکرد کوانتوم و از جستجو برای یافتن سیاره گرفته تا جستجو برای حیات در کره دیگری. . به کتاب های علمی علاقه دارید؟ . #انتشارات_جنگل #معرفی_کتاب #علمی #اخترشناسی #Astrophysics #AstrophysicsforPeopleinaHurry #science
An account of human history dating back to 70,000 BC till present. Harari gives you a low down of how we evolved into who we are today, while the language he uses is user-friendly, thus appealing to a wide range of audience.
The much-awaited memoir accounts the real-life story of Chanel Miller, previously known to the world as Emily Doe, the Stanford student who was raped in January 2015. Her struggles to achieve justice for herself against the rapist, a fellow student, Brock Turner, and details of the case People v Turner are narrated. This book moved me to tears, and I can only applaud Miller’s strength and will.
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Hands down the best book I’ve read all year. Chanel Miller is a phenomenal writer and she wrote a beautifully eloquent book about a very tough, but important, issue right now: rape culture, particularly rape culture on college campuses. She puts a voice and a story behind to the headlines that captured the country’s attention. EVERYONE. NEEDS. TO. READ. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
Genre: Thriller, Romance, Suspense
No yearly book round-up of mine can ever be complete without a Colleen Hoover novel mention. And this year, Hoover surprised her fans with one of her best works till date. Verity revolves around a 20-something girl with a deadbeat career who takes up an opportunity of a lifetime to ghostwrite for a best selling author due to the latter’s physical disabilities. Things unravel and we find out more and more about this so-called disabled writer: Who is she? Is she really unable to move? What is her motive? Sprinkle in some romance here and there with a dash of psychopathic tendencies and we have a perfect read.
It’s so hard to pick a favourite out of this list, which one was yours? Let me know!
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