[#RapplerReads] Are these popular books worth the love?

Jet and Mariana, hosts of the ‘Fiction Friends’ podcast, give their take on these bestsellers

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Being a bibliophile is both a blessing and a curse. Thousands of words are enough for us to conjure up picturesque scenarios in our own heads, but in doing so fill us to the brim with so many emotions that can sometimes be overwhelming.

Friends Jet Luga and Mariana Varela decided to let some of those feelings out into the world by chatting about all things book-related on their podcast. Friends of Fiction, which they consider a “book review and explainer” show.

“It’s for the kind of reader who, after reading a book, seeks out other readers to have deep and expansive conversations with for an added sense of closure surrounding the completion of a book,” Jet said.

Both are no strangers to the arts; by trade, Jet is an all-around writer, while Mariana is a social media manager and painter. And when they pondered the idea of ​​getting into content creation, they found it appropriate to collaborate on something that both of them are passionate about: literature.

FRIENDS OF FICTION. Jet and Mariana prepare for another recording session.

As of this writing, they’re wrapping up the second season of their show, with a third slated for later this year. Jet and Mariana are also considering other creators, storytellers, and bookworms to collaborate with in the future (the guest #RapplerReads team, perhaps?). But first, they’ll spend Valentine’s Day quietly with their loved ones, and perhaps, “immerse themselves in a leisurely book marathon.”

Do you think of a couple read-treat too? Or just hoping to get you in the mood on your own? Jet weighs in on these bestsellers, which display different forms of love, complete with reviews:

The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller

The Song of Achilles shines with its prose and immense character development. Although there have been many retellings and reimaginings of classical Greek myths throughout history, Miller took a more vulnerable approach in telling the story of mighty Achilles. The novel was told from the perspective of Patroclus and the relationship he shared with the leader of the Myrmidons as they prepared for the impending doom that awaited them in the Trojan War.

The Auschwitz Tattoo Artist by Heather Morris

The Auschwitz tattoo artist was largely inspired by the real-life love story of two people who found themselves fighting for their lives in the midst of one of the darkest times in human history. The novel bears witness to the act of finding, pursuing and preserving love in the midst of great tragedy and despair.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads sing is not just a love story; it’s so much more than that. It’s a coming-of-age romance that packs healthy doses of murder mystery, racial identity, and young love, all wrapped up in a beautifully woven story arc. More than anything, it conveys to readers that love doesn’t always have to be adorned with fancy clothes and grand gestures. There is beauty in a love rooted in pure simplicity and innocence.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

There’s a reason why The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo constantly makes rounds on “bookstagram” and “booktok. It’s a story that spans seven decades as it follows the life of young Hollywood starlet Evelyn Hugo and her journey to becoming one of the world’s biggest celebrities. The book is an ode to old Hollywood and all the glitz and glamor associated with celebrity life. At the same time, it’s done a great job of weaving intricate relationships between even more complex characters who are driven by their own personal issues and ambitions.

At the heart of it all is a story about the struggles of staying true to yourself while finding love in the form of the people around you.

The House in the Azure Sea by TJ Klune

One of the biggest misconceptions most people have about love is that only the romantic type qualifies as one. The House of the Cerulean Sea is the perfect refutation of this sentiment. The story’s protagonist, Linus Baker, is tasked by his bosses at work to inspect an orphanage that houses peculiar and potentially dangerous children. During his stay, Linus comes to discover some truths about himself and the feelings he has for the people at the orphanage.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

When it comes to classic love stories, who can ever forget that of dashing Mr. Darcy and charming Elizabeth Bennet? Nowadays, Pride and Prejudice remains an essential novel, especially for lovers of classic literature. With a beautifully rendered romance told against the backdrop of 18and century in England, there is a certain charm that makes it such a hit with generations of readers.

Do you have any other books on love to suggest? Let us know! – Rappler.com

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