Top 5 Wednesday: LBGTQIAP+ Reads

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted on Goodreads. It’s had its ups and down, but this month we’re back with new topics! Feel free to join the group here. The theme for this week was “book with a LGBT+ element” and while I’m REALLY HAPPY about the books that I have picked, I feel like I should do a part two maybe next week, because I’ve discovered so many great books lately!


Crier’s War by Nina Varela

First off, we start with fantasy. In a world divided between Humans and Automae, and ruled by the latest, Lady Crier is the Made daughter of a powerful ruler. When servant Ayla saves her life, she hires her as a personal maid, not knowing the fact that Ayla wants to kill her to avenge her family who was killed by Automae. What she also didn’t expect was the irrevocable attraction that will grow between the two of them. Crier’s War is the F/F fantasy/enemies-to-lovers I didn’t know I needed. And now I’m desperately waiting for the sequel.

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

My second pick is historical! It takes place in 1989 during the AIDS crisis, and follows the fight led by ACT UP. The main character is an Iranian teenage boy coming to terms with his sexuality. It’s a story about first love, friendship, and fighting for what you believe in. It’s a really powerful book, and I abolutely loved it. (TW for homophobia, racism and fatphobia)

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

This is one of my most recent reads and I absolutely FELL IN LOVE with this book. It’s been on my radar ever since I first heard of it, and I’m so glad I finally got to read it. I actually listened to the audiobook, and it was absolutely wonderful. Throughout the story, we follow Michael from high school to college, as he comes to terms with who he is as a mixed race kid and young adult, and also as a gay teen. It’s also a story about drag, and creativity, and I completely fell in love with it. It’s also a short read, and I’d definitely recommend it!

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

This book was a warm hug to the bi and ace community, and I am here for it. Alice just finished her first year of college, and broke up with her girlfriend because they didn’t understand each other. Mostly, because she isn’t into sex, and is still trying to come to terms with it. She starts a summer job at the library, in order to get some independance, but what she didn’t plan on was meeting Takumi. The cutest person she has possibly ever seen before. Let’s Talk About Love is a wonderful coming-of-age story, it’s about friendship and family, and the romance aspect of it is absolutely ADORABLE.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

And last but not least, another book with an asexual main character, because Tash was so damn relatable, on SO MANY LEVELS. I know I’ve talked about it a lot already, but I’m just going to babble again, because it’s worth it. Tash Hearts Tolstoy is a fantastic coming-of-age story, about internet fame, friends, family, and deciding what to do with your life. It’s an absolutely stunning book, and I can only recommend it. Bonus: the romance is hella cute, and it has the boy-next-door trope which I’m always soft for, as well as some unique antics. Do yourself a favour and check it out if you haven’t read it yet!


And that’s it for today! I’ll be back with more of those soon hopefully, and in the meantime, I hoep you have a wonderful day!

Belated Top 5 Wednesday: Comfort Reads

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted on Goodreads. It’s had its ups and down, but this month we’re back with new topics! Feel free to join the group here. The topic for this week is “comfort reads” and my list is a combination of middle grade books, classics and books I’ve read a long time ago that make me feel good.


#1 Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Of course, the first spot is taken by my favourite middle grade book series. It shaped me into who I became as a reader on many steps of my reading journey. It’s a brilliant book series, and I’ve reread at least the first book several times. I will forever think that it’s underappreciated, and will never stop recommending it.

#2 Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Although I read this one much later than the rest of the books on this list, I still think it deserves a spot on this list. When I think about it, I think about baking in a kitchen full of sunlight, picking up flowers in the wilderness, and having a cup of tea with friends (or raspberry cordial!) It’s super heartwarming, and I definitely think it’s an excellent pick up book.

#3 The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Along with PJO, this is hands down one of the best middle grade series that I read when I was a kid. I was OBSESSED with it. When I think about it, I think about Christmas, hot cocoa on a snowy day, friends and family… Okay, so this is mostly an aesthetic from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but it’s fair considering it’s the one I have reread and rewatched the most. Throughout the books, Lucy also turns into a strong, inspiring young woman and I am also here for it. I will always cherish those books, and just thinking about them makes me feel all sorts of comfortable.

#4 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I don’t know why, but when I think about P&P I always think of a rainy day, reading by the window with a hot drink, and overall feeling very cosy. To be fair, maybe it’s because of the aesthetic of the movie. I can definitely picture Jane Bennett doing all of the above. But anyway, when I think of cosy books and comfort reads, this one almost immediately comes to my mind.

#5 Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Maybe it’s because this is one of the first books that I read in English, or because it’s one of the first non YA/kidlit books that I remember reading, but this one will always hold a special place in my heart. But it may also be because of the fact that I love traveling, or because it’s a book about a woman who realised she was not doing what she wanted, took the matter into her own hands, and did amazing things. All in all, I find this book truly inspiring, and that’s why I thought it deserved a spot on the list.


That’s it for today, thank you so much for reading, and please feel free to comment with some of your favourite comfort reads!

Top 5 Tuesday: Summer Reads

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. I can’t believe May is coming to and end already, to be honest. I feel like the confinement robbed me of Spring time (which I love!) and I didn’t have to mentally prepare for summer. And now I’m back to work although the situation is definitely not over, and it’s just a lot to take in. But anyway, this is not what I wanted to talk about today.

I think about “summer reads” a lot for some reason, so when I saw the topic for this week, I knew that I had to do it. For some reason, I associate summer reads with contemporaries. Preferably contemporaries that take place in the summer, but not necessarily. I also LOVE making “summer reads” blog post recommendations, so for today I’m going to first of all attempt picking up books that weren’t on last year’s post, and also books that I have read recently.


Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

When I think summer reads, my mind immediately jumps to Sarah Dessen. Along for the ride will always be one of my favourite books, but for today, I have decided to pick up one that is a little more recent. It takes place mostly over the course of the summer, and despite also lying on heavier topics, it is a perfectly swoon-worthy summer romance. If you haven’t read it yet, maybe this summer is the right time to do so? Bonus if you like weddings, because this book has plenty of them. As for me, I just finished Someone Like You and I will have to find another Sarah Dessen book to read this summer!

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

I’m including this one first of all because it’s a contemporary, and second of all because I’m already thinking a YA “books to read this summer” display at work, and I want to include this one because I didn’t get to promote it that much thanks to the confinement. It’s an adorable coming-of-age story that includes many aspects of a cute romance, and while it doesn’t take place entirely over summer, it does have the “last summer before college trope” and that’s definitely a win. So if you haven’t read Frankly in Love maybe this summer will be the perfect timing for you to read it? I hope so!

Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali

I’m SO GLAD that I found yet another opportunity to talk about this book. It does not actually take place in the summer, but rather over Spring break, and that will have to do, because it actually really have a “summer vibe” with what of Adam’s friends all being back from wherever they are, and Zayneb being halfway across the world to visit her aunt. Love from A to Z also deals with important topics such as racism, islamophobia and grief. And that makes it both an important book, and a great coming-of-age story. The romance is also one of the best I’ve ever read, hands down.

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

I still think about this book a lot, and I’m so glad that I read it last year because it was absolutely excellent. I can’t believe I forgot to include it in my “cute romances” blog post, it would have fitted right in! It has characters bonding over the fact that they are preparing a wedding together, it has tales of the sea, and it also is a great story about family. I absolutely loved that book, and I hope you do too.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Out of all this list, I think this is actually my most recent read. Radio Silence is an excellent queer, coming of age story that also has some more heavy topic such as parental abuse and depression. That broke me a little bit because I wanted to protect these characters at all cost. But it also has the most wonderful friendhips, and some fun summer shenanigans which makes it the perfect read for this summer in my opinion. (And like Frankly in Love and Once and For All, I’m planning on including this one in my YA summer reads display at work. The other two, unfortunately, have not been translated into French yet.)


I also wanted to include Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli because I feel like I haven’t read it in a long time, and this book was so important to me. But we have already reached five books, so I’m just adding it here as an afterthought. It’s also a quality, cute contemporary romance, so you do what you want with that information!

And that’s it for today! Thank you so much for reading, stay safe, and have a wonderful day! May it be full of books if you want it to be, and full of rest if you need it to be.

Top 5 Tuesday: Favourite Opening Lines

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. Feel free to check out her post where she shares all the topics for this month! The theme for this week is “opening lines” and as I’m not really good at remembering quotes, I’m afraid I’m not going to be super original, but it sounded fun, and it’s a bit different from my usual content, so let’s have a go at it!


In no particular order:

#1 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

I remember I studied this book when I was in high school and we literally spent hours on this sentence. But that didn’t keep me from loving the books, and rewatching the movies countless of times. Jane Austen is a queen and master of irony, and we get it from the get go, and I love that for her and for us.

#2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

I warned you I was going to be very unoriginal, and there was no avoiding this one. You can feel the looming disaster that’s about to unfold and change the Dursley’s life forever. It’s irony at its finest, and I love it.

#3 Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life.”

Another brilliant thing about those books, by the way, is the chapter titles. Since I shared about Harry Potter, of course I had to share about my preferred child Percy Jackson. Especially considering we are finally, at long last, getting a long awaited TV show. I’ve always had a soft spot for this book series, and the older I get, the more I enjoy how sarcastic and ironic Percy is as a narrator. From the very beginning of the books. And I am here for it ♥

Let me share a story with you. As a primary schooler, I was a very avid reader, and took pride in it. But it turns out, I was always a bit of a snob. So I refused to read the Harry Potter books because everyone was reading them, and I thought it was too mainstream. Instead, I read the Percy Jackson books, and fell in love with them. But one day, my younger brother started reading them, and suddenly it was impossible for me to not have read a book that he had read, so I started binge reading them under my desk at school. And yes, I loved them, but Percy Jackson will always have a special place in my heart. (Which is why I don’t know why it took me until this Spring to read Heroes of Olympus, but hey, I have read them now!)

#4 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My finger’s stretch out, seeking Prim’s warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover. She must have had bad dreams and climbed in with mother. Of course she did. This is the day of reaping.”

These first few lines are so intriguing, and you can’t help but want to read more. I have read the books a couple of times, and would recognize them anywhere. Am I sharing this because the prequel is just getting released, and I feel nostalgic? Maybe so, but it’s still worth it, and an excellent opening line. I feel like after the Ballad, I will probably end up rereading those once again. If I’m not rereading PJO in preparation for the TV show. Oh my, this is such an excellent year for all the content I used to love as a child, and then a teen.

#5 More Than This by Patrick Ness

“Here is the boy, drowning. In these last moments, it’s not the water that’s finally done for him, it’s the cold.”

This opening line is so intriguing, and really sets up the pace for one of the best and most unique books I have ever read. If you haven’t read More Than This, then I would definitely recommend it! It’s a really good book that makes you think about death and the possibility of an afterlife in a very original way. And truth is, it’s about so much more, but I don’t want to give it away in case you don’t want to be spoiled, but know that: this book is brilliant.


And that’s it for today! Please feel free to share your favourite opening line in the comments, and have a wonderful day!

Top 5 Tuesday: Worst Rulers

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. The theme for today is a bit different, and I love that! The good thing is, I feel like it’s something I never really talked about, AND it’s a fun topic. So without further ado, here is my list of five of the worst bookish rulers ever, all coming from some of my favourite book series.


The first one that comes to my mind would be Balekin from The Folk of the Air by Holly Black. Maybe that’s because I hadn’t talked about The Cruel Prince in a while. But as soon as I read the prompt, I thought about him. He’s more of an antagonist, maybe, but one thing is sure, he WANTS to be a ruler. And he would make for a terrible one. And while I’m at it: if you haven’t read this series yet, do yourself a favour and go check it out. It’s full of wonderful villains, magical creatres, and complex characters ♥

The second pick came to my mind immediately after was one I pretty sure I have mentioned before, and that comes from yet another of my favourite book series: of course I’m talking about the Dane twins from the Shade of Magic trilogy by my queen Victoria Schwab. They are perfectly evil and super cruel. As rulers, they are absolutely horrifying.

As for my third pick: how could I not mention President Snow from The Hunger Games in a list of utmost terrible villains? Especially now that his prequel is going to get released soon. Which I am definitely curious about. I’m not going to make up my mind before I check out the book, but I have to admit his youth was not something I was curious about when I first read The Hunger Games. But I’m going to trust Suzanne Collins with The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents, and hope I am right in doing so!

For my fourth pick, I’m going with yet another terrible queen: Levana from The Lunar Chronicles. Her prequel Fairest showed how deliciously evil she was. What she did was not forgivable one bit, both to her family, and to her people. And actually, to the rest of the world as well. (Bonus, I got to talk about yet another of my favourite series!)

As for my last pick, I’m going to go with one of my latest reads because it’s still fresh in my mind, and not at all because I’m obsessed with this universe: Gaia, the Earth mother from Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. In the beginning of times, she used to rule the world alongside her husband Ouranos, the sky. They were then defeater by their children the Titans, who were in turn defeated by their children the Gods. In Heroes of Olympus she is trying to rise to power again, causing all sorts of havoc. While she is not technically a ruler at the time, she has a pretty strong following, and is still a queen albeit a defeated one, and I think she definitely deserves a spot on the list because damn, she’s cruel and terrifying.


And that’s it for today! I had a lot of fun coming up with this list, and I hope you did reading as well. Feel free to share your picks, and have a wonderful day!

Top 5 Tuesday: Cute Romances

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. The topic for today is “cute romances” and I thought I would give it a try, but it was not as easy as I thought it would be! When I think about my all time favourite books, they would not necessarily qualify as cute romance stories. One Day for example, is an epic love story, and one of my absolute favourite books, but definitely woudn’t work for the prompt. Anyway.

As I attempted to make a list for today’s top 5 I realised that I don’t actually read that many cute romance books? I find it hard to define my favourite genre, to be honest. I like fantasy, and when it comes to contemporaries, I will be more likely to go for books dealing with mental illness, so not necessarily romance. There is also the factor that we are looking for cute romance, so for example books like This Is How You Lose the Time War would not match the prompt. I’m talking about this one because it’s one of my latest reads, and I absolutely loved it. However, while it’s strong on the romantic side, and stunningly beautiful, it would not qualify as cute.

Nevertheless, here come five favourite picks for this weeks topic ♥

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

I’m going to kick off this list with one of my latest reads because I absolutely LOVED it. This book was super cute and sweet. Yes, it absolutely deals with super important topics such as islamophobia and grief. It’s also a book about friendship, and family, and seeing the many wonders of the world. But you can’t also deny that it’s a romance. A very cute and beautiful romance. I binge read it, all the while thinking JUST HOLD HANDS ALREADY.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

This one is one of my favourite books ever. I think it has to do with how much I could relate to the main character. Heck, I’m sure of it. And also I probably read it at a time when I really needed it. The depiction of thought spiralling and anxiety was absolutely on point. And the romance was beautiful and cute. It was realistic and heartwarming in my opinion. This book will always have a special place in my heart.

Once and for All by Sara Dessen

I felt like I couldn’t write this post without including a book by Sarah Dessen, because she does write some amazing YA romance. The last one I read was Once and For All, and it has so many cliché romance elements but I did not care. Both Louna’s first love and current romantic interest make up for cute stories. On top of that, this book contains a numerous amount of weddings. It’s a feel good book that also has some character developments and deals with grief, because that’s how Sarah Dessen seems to like writing her characters. Some of my favourites also include Along for the Ride and The Truth About Forever and I’m pretty sure they would also have worked here but I wanted to choose something that was a bit fresher in my mind!

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Of course I had to include Heartstopper as well. As soon as it had crossed my mind, it became obvious that this adorable web comic more than belonged on the list. It is the epitome of a cute romance.

Let’s Talk About Love by Kathryn Ormsbee

The romance in this book is so pure and cute. Both Alice and Takumi are pure cinammon rolls. Their relationship was full of adorable clichés, and they cared for each other so much. I’m swooning just thinking about it. Yes, I do love epic love stories, but I’d trade them any day for such a cute romance.

Now that I got started with this list I keep getting more and more ideas of cute romance books. Turns out I actually do read some. So i’m going to include two runner ups that were among my favourite reads of 2019: Don’t Dare Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno, and Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon. And that’s it for today, thanks for reading ♥

Top 5 Tuesday: Series I Want To Start

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. The theme for today is series I want to start, and to be fair there are already so many series that I need to finish, I don’t know if starting a new one would be a good idea, but then again I’m pretty sure I can find the answers on my Goodreads TBR shelf and I like the topic, so here we go!


 

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

I have started The Mortal Instruments a few years ago, and while I haven’t read them all yet, I did enjoy them. In addition to that I heard that this particular trilogy was even better. I am certain to like the historical/steampunk aspect of it, and I heard that the characters are really likable, so this one is high on my list of series I’d like to check out.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’m including this one first because I do own it so I’m more likely to read it. In addition to that, I have read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and though I have not read the sequel yet, I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I’m definitely curious about Strange the Dreamer. And of course, I heard it was amazing.

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Asgard by Rick Riordan

Have I mentioned how much I love mythology inspired books and middle grade series? Because I do. I loved PJO and am also thoroughly enoying Roshani Chokshi’s Aru Shah series. I also wrote (a long time ago) an paper about Norse mythology, and to be fair I have no excuse. I really don’t know why I didn’t pick up this one sooner.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I absolutely love her other series, and actually it turns out that I have finished them all, and am always looking for more Victoria Schwab books because I know I’ll enjoy them. I am also really curious about the concept of The Archived because I know it has to do with people and books, and although the series is unfinished, I really want to check it out.

Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy) by Ken Follett

I absolutely adore Pillars of the Earth and its sequel World Without End. I’m a huge fan of historical fiction in general, and I know that Ken Follett does it right. I actually do own those books, but they are huge, and haven’t braced myself yet. However, I do know that I will read them eventually, and I’m looking forward to that day, because I know I will have a wonderful time reading those books.


And that’s it for today, feel free to share some series you’d like to check out, and have a wonderful day!

Top 5 Tuesday: Popular Books I Haven’t Read

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. The theme for today is “popular books I haven’t read”, so without further ado, let’s get into it!


Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I have consistently seen this book on instagram and twitter for YEARS and I hear great things about it. It was quite popular, and still is. On top of that, there were more additions to the series recently, so of course, when you talk about popular books that I haven’t read, I think about this one. However, and like Sara J. Maas books, I don’t think I’m going to read it… We shall see what the future holds.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Another series I have been seeing around for YEARS! To be fair, I own all books in The Mortal Instruments, and have read four of them. I am taking my sweet time, but one day, when I’m done, I will move on with The Infernal Devices. (Yes, I know, in terms of reading order that’s not the best, but by now I’m doing this in terms of the books I own!)

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston

This one is more recent but it’s probably on this list the one I’m the most excited about (which leads to the following question: what have I been waiting for? I don’t know). I have heard only good things and my hopes are high because come on, a queer romance with the fake dating trope? What else do I need to like a book? Hopefully I get around to reading that one soon!

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis

I’ve been back and forth with this one, wondering whether or not I should read it. I did hear many great things about it, but there’s also this little voice in the back of my head that tells me maybe I have outgrown this kind of YA books (I did read TFIOS back in 2012 after all, and that was a long time ago). So I haven’t made up my mind yet, but it’s definitely popular, and on my radar.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

And finally this one! I heard only the best things about it, and I have read Daisy Jones & The Six which I loved, so I’m pretty sure that I will enjoy it as well. I also know that I have it on my kindle, so really, I don’t know what I am waiting for, but I do know that I will read it one day, and have a great time doing so.


When it comes to the books on my TBR, I feel like the more I talk about them, the less I’m likely to read them, so let’s just stop here I think that’s enough. Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day!

Top 5 Tuesday: Sanity Savers

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. This week, the theme is not necessarily bookish related, it is rather related to the current events, which are affecting all of us. “Things that I’m enjoying while in isolation”. Personally, it’s been several weeks since I last went to work, as my workplace is a bookstore which is closed until further notice. Aka until the end of this pandemia I guess? I hope it will be over by the end of April! And anyway, here’s what keeps me busy at home in the meantime!


Books, obviously.

I decided to take this time to catch up with my unread piles of books at home, which was off to a great start when I started Crier’s War but also ended with it because Scribd extended its free period to a month and I’ve been spending most of my reading time on it since then. And it made me really happy because I’m reading REALLY GOOD BOOKS y’all.

Still rather obviously: Netflix.

Of course, as the confinement began, I knew that I was bound to spend some time on Netflix. I watched the new season of Elite, and now the new season of La Casa de Papel is out. What I didn’t know was that I would once again turn back to my comfort shows way of life: kdramas. I used to watch them all the time when I was in high school, and I’m now delighted to see that more and more of them are available on Netflix! The next on my watchlist is Itaewon Class.

Cooking ~

Cooking is obviously something I have always enjoyed doing, my two strong points being curry and chocolate. I’m using this opportunity to try out new recipes, and as a perfectly good excuse to bake cakes: we are all stuck at home, and we might as well enjoy it!

I’m learning Spanish!

It’s been three weeks now and I’m still going strong, so I can proudly share this random  confinement fact: I picked up Spanish on Duolingo! I learnt English and German in middle school/high school, and never regretted that because that’s what allowed me to go a year abroad in Berlin, and I LOVED it. However, I also feel like Spanish is really useful because it’s used in a lot of countries, so I decided to give it a try, and at least stick some of the very basics to my brain. So far, it’s going great and helping me feel productive!

Phone calls with my friends ~

And finally, the very things that refills my energy: I face time with my friends and it really helps!


Thanks for reading & stay safe!

Top 5 Tuesday: Authors from U to Z

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. For the month of March, each week will represent five letters of the alphabet, and for today, we have what remains: from U to Z (which makes six prompts, but basically the hardest ones). I will try to share a favourite author for each one of them, so without further ado, here comes the list!


 

The letter U:

I cannot, for the life of me, think of anyone here. We are off to a great start.

The letter V: Suzanne Van Rooyen with Scardust

As I couldn’t think of anything else, we shall go with this one for the letter V. Scardust is a new adult sci-fi set in 2037 (which is actually not that far away now that I think of it, the book was published in 2016 and oh wow, has it already been four years?) around a project that is supposed to send people into space. Two boys meet and it feels like that will change their fate forever…

The letter W: Kasie West with P.S. I Like You

This is the book I discovered Kasie West with. It seemed like nothing much at first, but it had great romance tropes and I couldn’t resist. I have also read Love, Life and the List and really enjoyed it, and plan on reading more of her books. Maybe not all of them because she has written A LOT. But definitely some of them, because they’re great! Did I pick Kasie West because I met her last year and she complemented my hair? Maybe so. She was super sweet ❤

Also beloved: Jesmyn Ward with Sing, Unburied, Sing and Alice Walker with The Color Purple, obviously. I did not expect W to have so many good books.

The letter X:

I am sure there are a lot of authors whose last name starts with an X. I’m just not sure I have read any of them.

The letter Y: David Yoon with Frankly in Love

For this one I have chosen one of my latest reads! By now I’m pretty sure I won’t make a full review of it but it’s still nice to talk about it, because I enjoy it very much. The book follows the life of Frank, who is a senior in high school, as he falls in love, and has to decide what his future will hold. His parents are Korean immigrants who of course, have their expectations for him. The book was both beautiful and moving, and also extremely realistic, and I would definitely recommend it!

Also beloved: Nicola Yoon with The Sun is Also a Star and Jane Yolen with Finding Baba Yaga.

The letter Z: Markus Zusak with The Book Thief

How could I not pick this book. Like many other people, it’s one of my favourites. It’s absolutely beautiful, and heartbreaking, and all of the pain is worth it. It’s a historical fiction set in Germany during WWII. We follow a couple who adopted the daughter of a communist, and are hiding a Jewish man in their basement. Already with that premise, you have to know that you’re going to cry. And it will be worth it. And of course, I really want to check out Bridge of Clay.


That’s it for today! I had a lot of fun with the prompts this month, and I can’t wait to see what we will do in April!