Hope Everyone is doing well. Currently my exams are going on and I am not able to post frequently but once they are over, I will start posting regularly. For Now I would love to share 5 books that I want to read before 2020 ends. Almost a month is left for 2020 to end so I am assuming that I would be able to get through a couple of these books.
PS- Most of these books are coming out in 2021 but I got approved for all these titles on Netgalley.
The Beauty of Your Face- Sahar Mustafah
A Palestinian American woman wrestles with faith, loss, and identity before coming face-to-face with a school shooter in this searing debut.
A uniquely American story told in powerful, evocative prose, The Beauty of Your Face navigates a country growing ever more divided. Afaf Rahman, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is the principal of Nurrideen School for Girls, a Muslim school in the Chicago suburbs. One morning, a shooter—radicalized by the online alt-right—attacks the school.
As Afaf listens to his terrifying progress, we are swept back through her memories: the bigotry she faced as a child, her mother’s dreams of returning to Palestine, and the devastating disappearance of her older sister that tore her family apart. Still, there is the sweetness of the music from her father’s oud, and the hope and community Afaf finally finds in Islam.
The Beauty of Your Face is a profound and poignant exploration of one woman’s life in a nation at odds with its ideals.
2. The Good Sister- Sally Hepworth
From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one, with a home and a husband and a fierce desire to become a mother. Fern is the quirky one, the free spirit, the librarian who avoids social interaction and whom the world might just describe as truly odd. But the sisters are devoted to one another and Rose has always been Fern’s protector from the time they were small.
Fern needed protecting because their mother was a true sociopath who hid her true nature from the world, and only Rose could see it. Fern always saw the good in everyone. Years ago, Fern did something very, very bad. And Rose has never told a soul. When Fern decides to help her sister achieve her heart’s desire of having a baby, Rose realizes with growing horror that Fern might make choices that can only have a terrible outcome. What Rose doesn’t realize is that Fern is growing more and more aware of the secrets Rose, herself, is keeping. And that their mother might have the last word after all.
Spine tingling, creepy, utterly compelling and unpredictable, The Good Sister is about the ties that bind sisters together…and about the madness that lurks where you least expect it.
3. Amelia Unabridged- Ashley Schumacher
Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.
In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.
When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with
the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.
4. Call Me Elizabeth Lark- Melissa Colasanti
Twenty years ago, Myra Barkley’s daughter disappeared from the rocky beach across from the family inn, off the Oregon coast. Ever since, Myra has waited at the front desk for her child to come home. One rainy afternoon, the miracle happens–her missing daughter, now twenty-eight years old with a child of her own, walks in the door.
Elizabeth Lark is on the run with her son. She’s just killed her abusive husband and needs a place to hide. Against her better judgment, she heads to her hometown and stops at the Barkley Inn. When the innkeeper insists that Elizabeth is her long lost daughter, the opportunity for a new life, and more importantly, the safety of her child, is too much for Elizabeth to pass up. But she knows that she isn’t the Barkleys’s daughter, and the more deeply intertwined she becomes with the family, the harder it becomes to confess the truth.
Except the Barkley girl didn’t just disappear on her own. As the news spreads across the small town that the Barkley girl has returned, Elizabeth suddenly comes into the limelight in a dangerous way, and the culprit behind the disappearance those twenty years ago is back to finish the job.
5. The Project- Courtney Summers
“The Unity Project saved my life.”
Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo’s sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there’s more to the group than meets the eye. She’s spent the last six years of her life trying–and failing–to prove it.
“The Unity Project murdered my son.”
When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its charismatic and mysterious leader, Lev Warren, he proposes a deal: if she can prove the worst of her suspicions about The Unity Project, she may expose them. If she can’t, she must finally leave them alone.
But as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members, and spends more time with Lev, it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her–to the point she can no longer tell what’s real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn’t know if she can afford not to.
Are you someone who finds it hard to engage with your followers? Are you spending a lot of time but still cannot bookst your engagement on bookstagram? Or are you finding it hard to come up with new QOTDs every time you post? Then you are at the right place because I have 60 unique QOTD ideas for you that almost doubled my engagement on Bookstagram.
First and foremost thing you need to understand is why there is a need to ask Question of the day whenever you are posting?
So, I am a kind of bookstagrammer who wants to interact with other bookstagrammers but at the same time feels shy and uncomfortable (I know it sounds weird). I find QOTDs the best way to interact. Here are some of the questions that you could ask on bookstagram.
Leave a hashtag of the book that you are currently reading so that I can check that out.
Describe the book you are currently reading in three words or three emoji.
What are you looking forward to reading?
What’s your last, current and next read
What is the genre of the book you are currently reading?
What is the weirdest thing you have used as a book mark?
What is your weirdest reading habit?
If someone is willing to pay you 100 bucks for every book you read. How many books will you read in a month?
Which frictional character makes you feel safe and happy?
Are you addicted to a particular genre or you read all sort of genres?
What was the last book you purchased just because of instagram?
Do you make book predictions? How often do they come true?
Which book are you eagerly waiting to start because you know you are going to love it?
Which genre often takes you out of your comfort zone?
Which is that one book you want everyone to read?
How do you choose your next read?
Which book makes you feel happy?
What are your thoughts on classic books?
How often do you read classics? Which one is your favorite?
What was the last book that stunned you?
How often do you read classics?
What is your favorite trope?
Do you take notes while reading?
What are the things you love in romance/thriller/fantasy/your favorite genre?
What book is next on your TBR list?
What do you prefer long chapters or short chapters?
Do you prefer reading books with single POV or multiple POV?
Three female fictional characters you absolutely adore?
Three male fictional characters you absolutely adore?
If you could marry, kill and date frictional character, whom would they be?
Genres that you are looking forward to read this year?
What do you prefer- hyped books or not so hyped books?
Which character from a book is the most like you?
If you could undo the death of a fictional character who would that character be?
If you could be character from a book for one day, who would you be and why?
Which author you would recommend everyone?
What are your favorite opening lines from novels?
Which book would you love to live in?
Which book is at the top of your wish list?
Which fictional character is your least favorite?
Unpopular bookish opinion
Which character’s death hit you the hardest?
Which book made you cry the most?
What are the problems you face as a bookworm/bookstagrammer?
Recent books you read and gave 5 stars.
If you could have a magical power, what would that be?
Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Favorite male author?
Favorite female author?
Which country are you from? Who is the most famous author in your country?
If you could travel to a fictional place, where would you go?
Which genre puts you into reading slump?
Which genre help you get out of reading slump?
If you could choose a group of fictional friends, which characters would be a part of your group?
Describe the last book you read in less than 3 words.
What do you prefer- 1st Person, 2nd person or 3rd person perspective?
If you could go on a date with a fictional character, whom would you choose?
What is your go to genre?
What was the last book you read which shouldn’t be judged by its cover?