10 Books Bookstagramers Made Me Want To Read

Thursday, April 15, 2021

I always liked to know what others are reading and which books are on their TBR pile. While scrolling through Instagram bookish posts are always showing up. I follow a lot of bookstagramers so it is not strange that I end up seeing so many posts about current hottest books. 

Whenever I see a book that sounds like I would enjoy reading I immediately mark it as "Want to read" on Goodreads. Now my Goodreads wishlist is full of books waiting for me to pick them up. I decided to share with you the top 10 books that bookstagramers made me want to read. 

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#1 Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert 

"Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items? 

• Enjoy a drunken night out.

• Ride a motorcycle.

• Go camping.

• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.

• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.

• And... do something bad. 

But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job. Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. 

He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit. But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what lies beneath his rough exterior."

I saw this book on Beth's Instagram @booksnest. It sounds like such an interesting read. After reading the summary I immediately thought that I never read anything similar. 

#2 The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri 

"Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo--until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. 

On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their unspeakable loss but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all, they must journey to find each other again."

Anika from @chaptersofmay mentioned this book in one of her blog posts. I read her amazing review and knew that I need to read this book. With the description of the characters, this book caught my attention. The reason behind that is the fact that my father is a beekeeper and my mother paints.  

#3 Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo 

"Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood. Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends, and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic, and utterly irresistible."

This is the book I've wanted to read since I first saw it on Instagram. I thought about buying it at the beginning of this year but ended up opting for another book.

#4 The Midnight Library by Matt Haig 

"Between life and death, there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything differently, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?” A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well-lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time. 
Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe, there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?"

This was a book pick for Jenn Im's book club Curl Up Club. Whenever I see that the story is set in a library, I'm sold. I just love fictional books that have a deep plot and this one seems like exactly that.

#5 Normal People by Sally Rooney 

"At school, Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers - one they are determined to conceal.

A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years in college, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. Then, as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other." 

This book that I wanted to borrow from my local library last month but it was already borrowed so I couldn't. I'm trying again this month. I've heard so many amazing things about this blog.  

#6 Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 

"When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. 
He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her. Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford."

I know that I'm so late with this one. I have a thing when a book or movie becomes famous I just don't read or watch it for a few years. It is mostly because I feel like it won't rise to the expectation that the media created. So I still haven't watched the movie or read the book. 

#7 You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry 

"Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She's a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car shares home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year, they live far apart--she's in New York City, and he's in their small hometown--but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.

Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven't spoken since.

Poppy has everything she should want, but she's stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together--lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.

Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could go wrong?"


I enjoy light-hearted and easy-to-read books. This is mainly because for uni I need to read a lot of philosophical books and I need some balance with romance books. I'm putting this book on my romance-to-be-read pile. 

#8 The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart by Margarita Montimore

"If you knew your future, would you change your past?
Brooklyn, 1982. Oona Lockhart is about to celebrate her 19th birthday and ring in the New Year. But at the stroke of midnight, she is torn from her friends and boyfriend, finding herself in her fifty-one-year-old body, thirty-two years into the future. Greeted by a friendly stranger, Oona learns that on every birthday she will enter a different year of her adult life at random. Still a young woman on the inside, but ever-changing on the outside, who will she be next year? Wealthy philanthropist? Nineties Club Kid? World traveler? Wife to a man she's never met? 
While Oona gets glimpses of the future and thinks she knows what's to come, living a normal life is challenging. As she struggles between fighting her fate and accepting it, Oona must learn to navigate a life that's out of order - but is it broken?
Margarita Montimore's whip-smart debut is an uplifting joyride through an ever-changing world that shows us the endurance of love, the timelessness of family, and what it means to truly live in the moment."

I've marked that book as "Want to read" on Goodreads as soon as I saw it on bookstagram. I haven't read this kind of book in such a long time and I knew that it would be a fun read during the Spring and Summer. 


#9 Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

"For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.
But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life's lessons from the land, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of fireflies. But while she has the skills to live in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens.

In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a profound coming of age story and haunting mystery. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the child within us, while also subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman, who like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. The clues to the mystery are brushed into the lush habitat and natural histories of its wild creatures." 

Another book that I wanted to read last month but didn't. I'm going to try my best to read it till the end of this year haha. The summary gave me To Kill A Mockingbird vibes and I enjoyed that book. 

"OLIVE is many things, and it’s ok that she’s still figuring it all out, navigating her world without a compass. But life comes with expectations, there are choices to be made, boxes to tick and – sometimes – stereotypes to fulfil. And when her best friends’ lives start to branch away towards marriage and motherhood, leaving the path they’ve always followed together, Olive starts to question her choices – because life according to Olive looks a little bit different.

Moving, memorable and a mirror for every woman at a crossroads, OLIVE has a little bit of all of us. Told with great warmth and nostalgia, this is a modern tale about the obstacle course of adulthood, milestone decisions and the ‘taboo’ about choosing not to have children." 

I love books that I can relate to and this one sounds exactly like that. I know you should not judge a book by its cover but how beautiful is the cover of this book. I've been seeing this book on Twitter for such a long time and it's about time I read it. 

Have you read any of these books? 
Are there any book bookstagramers made you want to read? 

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