Ah, Bookstagram. Singularly responsible for overflowing TBRs and the reason I need a new bookcase. I have always loved reading. Over the years, I have amassed a sizeable collection of physical books (my Kindle library is a story for another day). Since joining bookstagram, my purchases have increased dramatically. I know I am not alone.
A quick search of #bookstagrammademe… (buy it/read it/do it) returns upwards of 106,000 mentions. So, I thought I’d unpick my own “bookstagram made me buy it” and share some notable mentions!
The top award goes to Ali Hazelwood for The Love Hypothesis. This rom-com ticked all the boxes for me, being both sweet and sexy, with a stellar supporting cast, THE ‘book boyfriend’ (enter Dr. Adam Carlsen), and that elusive creature known as an intelligent, relatable, and realistic female lead. Shining a light on women in STEM, The Love Hypothesis hits the well-used grumpy-sunshine and fake dating tropes brilliantly, in a way that feels so very fresh. A winner for me and a new auto-buy author forever.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne also tackles the grumpy-sunshine trope. If I had read it before The Love Hypothesis, I would likely have adored it. Unfortunately, I just didn’t feel the same hype as bookstagram. Thorne’s style of writing is pure magic and brings the protagonist Lucy to life in a very real way, and I did enjoy the read. For me, however, I would have preferred more friction and build-up, as there were hints of insta-love. It made it seem to conflict with the enemies-to-lovers trope as the backbone for the story.
I’ll admit I went into Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi totally blind, having seen the beautiful cover in many, many bookstagram photos. But I knew nothing about it. This was a quick read at just under 250 pages but dealt with some heavy subject matters that may have overwhelmed in a longer book. This story is told through the eyes of Gifty, whose parents migrated from Ghana to Alabama. Through her tale, we experience the devastation of loss and grief and her fight to move forward. This book handles several complex themes, including drug abuse, racism, mental health, and religion. But combined, they made this the most powerful book I have read in a very long time.
One of the first books I purchased as a result of bookstagram was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I appreciate I am probably one of few who have still not read it. The level of hype and adoration surrounding this book is so pervasive that it makes me very nervous, as no book can be that wonderful, can it? For the thousands of reviews praising Seven Husbands, I have seen only a handful providing contrasting opinions. I desperately want to love this book and be one of the cool kids, but what if I don’t? For now, I’m happy living in ignorance!
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