Favorite Books of 2018 // My best year of reading diverse books

Hi everyone! ✨

I hope you all had a merry Christmas (if you celebrate it) and are enjoying your holiday season! Sending you all my love and good vibes. 🌟

I’m so sorry for my unplanned blogging hiatus – it’s been stressful and overwhelming over the past month, due to school and finals and life in general. 🙃 But no worries! I’m finally on winter break (actually, I’ve been on break for over a week now), and I’m so grateful for this three-week vacation from school. 😌 i really need it

With only a few more days until the new year (how???), I’m going to share my favorite reads of 2018 with you all!! I’m SO excited about this post, because 2018 has been such an amazing year for me, bookish wise. 📚

This year, I discovered so many new favorite books & authors and read more diversely than I’ve had in previous years. I read books that made me feel understood and represented, as well as books that expanded my perspective of the world. Books not only helped me escape from my problems and stress (even for just a little while), but also allowed me to understand my identity and myself better. Books have given me so much, and I couldn’t be more grateful for their authors for quite literally giving meaning to my life. 💓

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Something I wrote on Twitter about how much I’m thankful for books

This year, I also did something I never thought I would do: I created a blog and joined the bookish community, and I’m so happy that I did. I’ve made so many new friends here; this community is honestly so supportive and kind. I don’t want to get too sappy (lol too late), but I can’t thank you enough for all the support and love you’ve shown for my blog. I love you all SO much!! 😭💖

Page BreakAt the time of writing this post, I’ve read a total of 43 books this year, which means I’ve surpassed my Goodreads goal of 40 books. Yay!! My goal was originally 50 books, but I lowered it to 40 books a few months ago when I realized I wouldn’t be able to hit 50. I’m going to aim for 50 books in 2019, though! ☺️

Out of the 43 books I’ve read this year, I chose 6 favorite books, ones that I absolutely enjoyed myself reading, and love & recommend with my entire heart. 💞 i read SO many amazing books this year, and it was honestly SO hard to choose only 6 books for this post, i quite honestly almost died. (no, i’m not being dramatic at all, what are you talking about)

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Chidi’s indecisiveness is a MOOD

(This list will be in order of date read.)

Page Break1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Date finished: January 23, 2018

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This book was one of the first books I read in 2018, and it definitely started off my year on a high note. I reread it a few days after finishing it, and I usually don’t reread books, so you can see how much I truly enjoyed reading this book. SVTHSA is definitely a rollercoaster of emotions, from hilarity (Simon and Blue’s emails are honestly SO funny) to anger (UGH don’t even get me started on Martin, or Martrash as coined by my friend Jordan 😏) to pure joy (omg I literally DIED of happiness and shock when I found out who Blue was!!). Oh, I love this book and its cast of characters so much. 💌🎭❤️

 

I also loved the movie adaptation, Love, Simon!! (I watched it a grand total of four times, and counting. 😊) Obviously, I still thought the book was better, but the movie captured the essence of the book very well and was equally hilarious. I laughed, grinned, and cried so much throughout the movie, and AHHH. I just have so many great memories from watching this incredible movie four times with my friends (different ones each time, haha). 💓

“People really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”

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2. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Date finished: April 12, 2018 (Reread)

289190581It’s honestly so hard to articulate my love and adoration for Autoboyography. This book was the reason why I finally created a Goodreads account in October 2017, because I absolutely had to rate this book five stars and read what other people thought about it. This book is also one of the few I’ve reread – I’ve actually reread it more than once, but just my favorite parts, haha. Even though it’s insta-love, Tanner and Sebastian’s relationship just clicked with me and moved me SO much. I felt SO many emotions, mostly pain (but yes, joy was there too), from reading this book. And the bi rep!! 😭💖💜💙 My heart quite literally belongs to this book and Tanner & Sebastian. 📝⛪️💓

“But this is your life, and it will stretch out before you, and you are the only person who can make it whatever you want it to be.” 

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3. I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

Date finished: August 5, 2018

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IWBFT is such a genuine, emotional, and relatable book, and I honestly can’t express how much I enjoyed reading it. 💕 I loved how casually diverse it was, with a questioning Muslim MC and a gay, trans, & biracial MC with anxiety. IWBFT is a book about fandom, boybands, and online friendships, and it takes an important look at the good (and bad) sides of all three. This is truly a millennial/Gen Z book, and I adore it so much. I can’t thank Alice Oseman enough for writing such a diverse and beautiful novel that made me feel so represented and understood. 🎶🎤🧡

“But despite everything in the world being terrible, we choose to stand by The Ark. We choose hope, light, joy, friendships, faith, even when our lives aren’t perfect, or exciting, or fun, or special…In an otherwise mediocre existence, we choose to feel passion.”

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4. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Date finished: September 18, 2018

11250317Ok so I absolutely LOVE this book for two main reasons: one, because it destroyed me emotionally and made me an absolute wreck, and two, because it marked the beginning of my friendship with Brianna, who is now one of my closest friends in the book blogging community. 💞 I first messaged her because I had just finished TSOA and I NEEDED to scream about it and my pain (I’m sure that anyone who has read this book can relate). I know I’ve yelled about this book so often on my blog, and it’s because I still haven’t gotten over it, ok? :’)

Ugh, I love Patroclus and Achilles with all of my heart; they deserve so much better (especially Patroclus). 😭Madeline Miller broke me with her beautiful writing in TSOA, but I love her so much for it. ☀️✨💛

“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”

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5. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Date finished: September 30, 2018

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If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you should already know how much I adore this contemporary, hehe. Claudia, Gideon, Iris, Noah, and every single character in Foolish Hearts deserve all the love in the world (and more); I honestly love them SO much, especially Gideon. 😍 Gideon is the definition of pure and hilarious; I laughed to my heart’s content whenever he appeared in the book. Foolish Hearts gave me so much joy and made my heart warm with love and contentment. (If you want to read more of my thoughts about this wonderful book, check out my review here!) 🎭🎮💞

“It’s like a snort,” I say. “Like a snort chortle. It’s a snortle.”
He moves a little closer. “Is that a Pokemon?”

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6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Date finished: December 2, 2018

32075671I FINALLY read The Hate U Give at the beginning of this month, and I’m so disappointed in myself for not reading it sooner. It definitely deserves all the hype it has gotten (and more), and I can see why it’s been on the New York Times Bestselling List for 95 weeks and counting. THUG is such an important and empowering read, and I wholeheartedly encourage everyone (even if you don’t read contemporaries) to read it. It broke my heart to read about what Starr, Khalil, and black people in our society have to go through because of racism. Things have to change, and reading this book is the first step to educating yourself to advocate for change. Black lives matter.

This book is not only powerful and inspiring, but it’s also funny. Like, absolutely HA-HA-hilarious. I love Starr and her family so much; their family dynamics were the BEST and I could really feel how much love they had for one another. I’m so happy I finally read this book, and I’ll remember Angie Thomas’ words for years to come. ❤️

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

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Side note: I reached 200 followers during my hiatus, and I honestly can’t believe it!! Thank you all SO much; your love and kindness means the world to me. Y’all are the best. 😭💞

This is probably going to be my last post of 2018, unless I suddenly get inspired to write another post (aka I stop being lazy, lol). Thank you again for all the support you’ve shown me in 2018! 💓 I’m so excited to see what 2019 brings. (Like all the incredible 2019 releases. 👀)

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What were some of your favorite books of 2018? Do we share any in common? (Please tell me, so we can scream about them in the comments!) And can you tell I really like contemporaries?

How many books did you read this year? Did you reach your Goodreads goal? (Did you change your goal like I did? Hehe.)

Happy New Year! 🎉

 

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50 thoughts on “Favorite Books of 2018 // My best year of reading diverse books

  1. This year I read THUG too and I also regretted not reading it sooner😹 and Simon vs the Homosapiens agenda is super cute and beautiful 😻ahsshbwsnjs

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  2. ahh I still need to read I Was Born for This, Autoboyography, and Foolish Hearts! I have been dying to read all of those but I keep putting them off but your list makes them all sound so amazing

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  3. It’s always good to read one of your blog posts and I’m glad to hear you are on a break from school, yay! ❤
    I love so many of your favorites here, as you know I Was Born For this is one of my favorite books from this year just as well, it was so relatable and overall amazing! I also really love Simon vs. and The Hate U Give, both are such good books. I can't WAIT to read Foolish Hearts, it sounds like the kind of book I'd adore and I can't wait to get to it 🙂 ❤

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    • Awww thank you so much Marie; I always love reading your comments & blog posts as well 😍 Yesss it makes me so happy that we both love IWBFT; it truly is an amazing and moving book 🧡 And omg I’m honestly SO excited for you to read Foolish Hearts; I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I did, seeing that we enjoy so many of the same contemporaries 😊 I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season, Marie! 💓

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  4. OMG DEZZY YOU PUT THE HUGEST SMILE ON MY FACE. I’m literally so grateful that our shared pain over TSOA was the start of our friendship lol. I love that book (and you) and we should totally buddy reread it sometime in 2019 :’) it will cause us more suffering but this story is too beautiful!!

    I‘m absolutely determined to read Foolish Hearts, IWBFT, and THUG next year! And to yell with you about how good these are! I just have to get back in to contemporary😅 ahhhh

    Also, congrats on finishing your reading goal this year! 🎉🎉🎉 AND a huge congrats on joining the blogging community (I’m so happy that you did💕) and for reaching 200 followers! you deserve it so, so much.

    I hope you have an amazing rest of the year Dezzy and THANK YOU for always being such a wonderful friend❤️

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    • AWWW BRIANNA OMG I HONESTLY LOVE YOU SO MUCH 💖💖 this comment also put the hugest smile on my face, haha. Ahhh yes we should totally reread TSOA together and relive the pain 😂😭 I’ll always be so grateful for TSOA for starting our friendship!!

      Yesss I’m SO excited to yell about them with you!! And when you get back into contemporary (aka the best genre 😉), I’ll try to get back into fantasy, haha (and maybe start Cassie Clare’s books, finally).

      Aahh thank you so much for all of your support, Brianna!! I honestly wouldn’t have made it this far in blogging without you and your friendship 😭 You’re the best!! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season ☺️ And I’m so excited to experience 2019 with you through books & blogging!

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  5. This post is full of such amazing books!! The only ones I haven’t read are Autoboyography and Foolish Hearts, both of which are already on my tbr and now I want to read even more! All the others, though, are some of my favorites as well 😊 Especially Simon vs! I completely agree that reading diversely creates incredible opportunities to learn about and experience different ways of life, which is the best thing about reading!

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    • Ahhh I’m so happy that we share a lot of the same favorite books!! I’m excited for you to read Autoboyography and Foolish Hearts; I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did 💓 And yes, reading diversely is so important, and I love learning more about the world in the process. I’m so glad you agree! Thanks so much for this lovely comment, Margaret ☺️

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  6. AAAH FOOLISH HEARTS IS SO GOOD. it is the only book where I have ever finished reading it then immediatly started again. I read THUG in 2017 when it came out and loved it too (I actually have a physical copy, I gotta reread). And I Was born for This wasn’t as much my favourite as Radio Silence but I enjoyed it too. Muse of Nightmares was maybe my favourite book this year? but it’s so hard to remember haha

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    • OMG YES I’m so happy you love Foolish Hearts!! I want to reread it now too, haha 💞 And yesss THUG is amazing. Oohh I also enjoyed Radio Silence a lot; it’s such a beautifully written and relatable book. Have you read Alice Oseman’s webcomic Heartstopper?

      Ohh I’ve heard such great things about Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares, like how gorgeous Laini Taylor’s writing style is. I definitely want to read it in 2019! Thanks so much for commenting, Shanti 😊 I hope you’ll have a great 2019!!

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  7. Great post! ✨ I too finally got round to reading THUG this year, and regretted not reading it sooner – it’s such an inspiring book with lovely characters! 💞 (I can’t wait for On The Come Up next year!) Have you watched the THUG movie? I missed it at the cinema but can’t wait to watch it! Love, Simon is also a great book, but I have to say I preferred the movie… 😂 Great post, Autumn x

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    • Awww thank you so much, Autumn! 💓 I’m so glad you loved THUG too – I completely agree! And yes, I’ve watched the movie (I should’ve mentioned it in the post, whoops), and I LOVED it as well. I teared up so many times, ahhh. I hope you’ll enjoy the movie whenever you get to watch it ❤️ And yes, Love, Simon was such a great movie adaptation! It was so funny yet emotional – the perfect balance. Thank you so much for commenting! I hope you’ll have an amazing 2019 😊

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  8. Aaaah I agree with everything you said about Autoboyography! Even though it was a little insta-lovely… it just totally worked for the story, you know? And I also learned more about Mormonism from the book, so I enjoyed how there was an educational aspect to the story as well. I’m definitely adding The Song of Achilles to the top of my TBR now — your love of this book makes me so excited to read it! Great list! 😊

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    • Yes, EXACTLY!! I’m so glad you understand my love for Autoboyography 💖 I enjoyed learning more about the Mormon faith as well! And omg yay!! Hehe, I’m so excited for you to read The Song of Achilles (and maybe get your heart broken in the process). Thank you so much for this lovely comment, Zoie! I hope that you’ve had a great reading year and that you’ll have a wonderful 2019 ☺️

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  9. Such a wonderful list… I’ve only read Simon and Autoboyography from your list but loved them so much that I reread them twice 😊😊😊 I really wanna read THe song of Achilles but I just feel terrified every time I think about it 😔😔😔

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  10. There are so many amazing titles in this list! THUG was such a great book, and I loved the movie that came out this year too. I was moved to tears throughout most of it; it’s just as powerful as the book, and definitely a must-see if you haven’t watched it yet.
    To be honest, even though I love diverse books and definitely have a lot on my TBR, I never really stopped to look back and see how many are actually diverse. This year was very slow for me when it comes to reading, so I didn’t think I would have many anyway. But your post inspired me to do so, and out of the 16 books I read on 2018, only 4 of them were not diverse. I was surprised myself with the result, and really happy that I’ve been making more decisions to read amazing & unique books.
    I think my favorite title out of the ones I read would be The Wicker King. Even though it wasn’t a 5/5 stars read, it resignated with me for the longest time and I still think about it every once in a while. I think, at the end of the day, these are the books that matter the most: even though they’re not perfect, they’re the ones that cause the biggest impact on us.
    Have a great end of the year, Dezzy!

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    • Oh, thank you so much for this long and thoughtful comment, Lais! It really means a lot. 💓 I completely agree, I did watch the THUG movie adaptation and I teared up at so many parts. It was incredible and so empowering 😭❤️

      I’m so happy that my post inspired you to see how many diverse books you read this year! It’s so great that you read so many diverse books in 2018. Oh I’ve heard such great things about The Wicker King; I’m so glad you enjoyed it. And I completely agree with that – the books that are the most impactful are definitely the most meaningful. I love books that change my perspective of the world and have a lasting impact, causing me to think about the book even weeks after I’ve finished it.

      Thank you so much for this lovely comment, again! I hope you have a wonderful rest of the year and even better 2019! 😊

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  11. This is an amazing post, Dezzy!❤️

    First of all, I’m so glad you’re getting to have a break from school. I’m on my winter break too, and it’s just so relaxing and I hope you’re having all the free time to read and blog and just chill. Also, I hope you have a very happy new year!

    Simon Vs. was SO GOOD. I really want to own it so I can just read it over and over again forever. I really need to read Autoboyography because I’ve heard so many good things and it just looks amazing! The same goes for IWBFT. So many good books, ahhh. And I adored Foolish Hearts, Gideon is my child and he is forever one of my favorite characters I’ve read this entire year. ☺️ Also, THUG was more than wonderful- I don’t even have the words to describe it!

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    • Awww thank you SO much, Olivia! You’re honestly the sweetest 💓 Ahh yes, I’m so glad we’re both on winter break because it’s so nice to get a break from school. Happy New Year to you too!! 😊

      Omg I completely agree!! I own a copy of it and I definitely should do a reread of it soon, hehe. (And I hope you can obtain a copy of it soon, too!) And YES, I love Autoboyography and IWBFT so much, and I definitely recommend both books to everyone (or at least everyone who loves contemporaries – which I know you do 😉). And I would quite literally die for Gideon; he’s the best. 😭 Thank you so much for this lovely comment, Olivia!! Wishing you the best for 2019. 💖

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  12. dezzy is backkkkk!! 🎉🎉🎉 glad to hear you survived the finals and life mess and GET SOME TIME OFF!! youre so soft omg i’m so happy to hear you got to read books that made you feel represented, what a beautiful way to end the year

    congrats on surpassing your challenge!! that’s so amazing! foolish hearts 😍😍😍 i miss gideon and claudia so much, that book is like a cupcake in book form
    i’m going to have to bump up i was born for this and song of Achilles on my tbr bc YOU’VE BEEN RAVING ABOUT THEM ALL YEAR and i trust your judgement on books v much

    CONGRATS ON HITTING 200!! you deserve all the followers and even more. i hope 2019 is lovely and kind to you and you have an amazing reading and life year. it’s been such a delight to meet you and find your blog! 💖💖💖 lots of love

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    • MAY HAS BLESSED ME WITH HER PRESENCE BY COMMENTING, I CAN DIE HAPPY NOW 🎉🎉🎉 omg thank you so much haha, i’m honestly so glad it’s winter break :’) (although it’s almost over ugh 💔)

      thank you so much!! (but omg you’re more amazing for reading *checks goodreads* 180 books!!) and YES i’ll never get tired of screaming my love for foolish hearts and its characters. i love claudia and gideon so much 💖💖 and omg may that makes me SO happy that you trust my judgement in books 😭😭 i really hope you’ll love TSOA and IWBFT as much as i do!!

      aahh thank you SO much again!! your kindness and support means the world to me, you don’t even know :’) same to you – wishing you all the best for 2019!! i’m so glad i met you through blogging in 2018. love you sm & happy new year!! ☺️

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  13. Congrats on 200 followers! ❤️ Simon VS and THUG are among my all time favourites too (though I didn’t read them this year (for the first time anyway, I did reread Simon)) and IWBFT and Autoboyography just blew me away?? I should definitely look into TSOA and Foolish Hearts 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Michelle!! And oh my gosh yes, I’m so glad you share my love for Simon vs, THUG, IWBFT, and Autoboyography. 😍 I’m so excited for you to read TSOA and Foolish Hearts!! They’re truly incredible books in their own way. ❤️ Thank you so much for commenting! Happy New Year 🎉

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  14. So happy that 2018 has been a great year for you! I haven’t read any of these titles yet (they’re all on my tbr!), but I e heard such wonderful things about them! And congrats on 200 followers! THAT’S AMAZING! You deserve every single one and many more! 💕

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  15. Glad to see you had a great year of reading!
    I also (finally) read Simon vs. & THUG this year and they (of course) made my favorite reads list too! ❤

    And oooh, I haven't read Song of Achilles yet, but I read Circe this year and adored it. Omg, Miller's writing is amazing, isn't it? Half of the review I wrote for that book was just quotes, lol.

    Happy 2019 and happy reading! 🙂

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    • Aww thank you so much, Keri! I’m so glad we both (finally) read Simon vs. and THUG this year, haha. I definitely get the hype now ❤️ Oh I read Circe this year too, and I completely agree – Miller’s writing is so beautiful. 😭💕 I hope you’ll love TSOA whenever you get around to it! Wishing you the best for 2019 💓

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  16. 43 books is amazing, Dezzy! You should be so proud of yourself. And yess, Simon Vs is a favorite book of mine as well (though I reread it this year so I’m not counting it haha). And hearing about how much you love Emma Mills and Foolish Hearts REALLY makes me want to read her books — I’ve been meaning to read Foolish Hearts for a long time now and I think I definitely will be doing it this year! And aahh yes TSOA was absolutely amazing. It’s like a favorite of mine, but not a favorite of the year if that makes sense? 😅 I am definitely rereading it this year, though!!

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    • Aww thank you so much, May!! Ahhh yes Simon vs. is such a heartwarming and wonderful book; it’ll always be one of my favorites ❤️ And oh my gosh, I am SO excited for you to read Foolish Hearts!! It’s such an adorable, genuine, and well-written contemporary. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it ☺️ And haha yes, that makes sense! I definitely want to reread TSOA this year as well. 💓

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    • AHHH IKR, Simon vs. is such a great book and gave me all the feels too 😭💓 Oohh yeah, THUG came out in 2017, and I’m so glad you loved it as well! It’s such an important & empowering book. And thank you so much; I hope you had a great reading year last year 💖

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  17. skjdflksdjdfdsln u have chosen such amazing favorites && Autoboyography was so special????? + not enough people talk about how amazing simon v. (no amount will ever be enough) but it was SO WHOLESOME and Blue was exactly the boy i was hoping for????? & simon was SO RIDICULOUSLY CUTE, i wanted to kiss his smol button nose and congratulate him for the level of adorable he has humbly accomplished.

    also i’m STILL not ready to discuss pat + achilles,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,there are tears in my eyes

    +++ the quote you gave us for the Alice Oseman book made me so emotional, i need to read it immediately c: c: c: if i could choose any power it would be to see a book mentioned in a post, then make it appear before me irl

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