Hey, loves! Like many people in the book community, I consume a whole lot of Booktube! I love that this week’s topic is all about giving back to the community and putting a spotlight on other people that do so much to make the book world a much better place! So, needless to say, I couldn’t only pick ten! So here are my thirty favorite Booktubers of all-time! You should watch, (hopefully fall in love,) subscribe, and follow all of them! 💗
Okay, my loves! I hope you enjoyed! Seriously, these thirty people are putting in and doing the Lord’s work every single day. I not only love to watch them, I admire them. And I’m forever thankful for everything they do for this community! Who is your favorite booktuber? Let me know! And I hope you’re all having the happiest of reading!
Hey, friends! This is such a fun topic this week! I’m about to tell you about ten different books that I love with my whole entire heart and soul! And I think all of these books are so very deserving of the hype that has been placed upon them by the book community!
➽ The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Okay, apparently, we are just getting all the favorites out of the way at the very start! Holly Black is an author that means so much to me. Her books are the reason I love fae stories so much, and The Cruel Prince is my favorite of her works yet. This book and The Wicked King are nothing short of masterpieces in my eyes.
➽ The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang
So, this is the newest book on this list, but it has been generating quite the buzz. And with good reason, because this is one of the best romances I’ve ever read. I truly believe that this is such a heartwarming summer read that will be perfect for anyone.
➽ The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
I always say that if Harry Potter was my childhood, then The Raven Cycle is my twenties, and I mean that. These books not only captured my heart, but teleport me each and every time I open one of them up. I know this is a really hyped series, but I do know some people that couldn’t get into it, but for the most part I think this is a series most readers would enjoy.
➽ The Secret History by Donna Tartt
I had a person tell me that you either will love either The Secret History or The Goldfinch, there is no in-between. I haven’t read The Goldfinch to confirm if this is true, but I loved The Secret History with every fiber of my being. This is still the most haunting book I’ve ever read.
➽ Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
A classic? Right? Who am I? But I reread Jane Eyre this year, and it completely made me realize why it is one of the most beloved books in the entire world. I don’t love the romance like many, but I love the themes. I still can’t believe how much of a badass Charlotte Brontë was.
➽ Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah Bancroft
This one is probably the least popular on the list, but every friend I’ve ever had that has read this has loved this. I also think it’s one of the most popular independently published books, ever. (It did get picked up by Orbit this year!) This still is unlike anything I’ve ever read in my entire life. And if you’re a fantasy lover, you have to pick this one up!
➽ The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I kind of think this is “the book” of Booktube right now. I’ve never seen anyone dislike it, and it feels like everyone talks about. I had so many friends that put this on their “best of 2017” lists last year, and I know it’s going to make so many other’s “Best of 2018” lists this year. I was a little apprehensive going into this one, because I wasn’t sure it would be worth the hype! But it is, it is so worth the praise, love, and hype.
Okay, loves, that’s it! I have given each and every one of these books five stars and I truly do recommend with my entire body! Please, add them all to your TBRs and pick them up! What book do you think is worth the hype? Please, tell me, I need a reason to read more backlist titles! And I hope you’re all having happy reading! 💛✨
Hey, loves! This week’s topic is actually “Books with Sensory Reading Memories” but what better memories than the ones of when I look at a certain book and think of the friend I read it with. The only (amazing) problem is, I have too many friends! So, this week I am talking about fifteen different books that remind me of fifteen people who bless my life each and every day! 💖
Okay, loves! I hope you enjoyed! Also, all these people are so very lovely, and you should follow them on all their platforms! I buddy read with so many lovely people, but I really wanted to just showcase a few that I can’t help to think about when I pass a certain book on my shelves! Tell me a book that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy thinking about it! And I hope you’re all have the happiest of reading, loves! 💖
Wow, this week’s topic feels like it was handpicked for me! Like, you all know how much I love novellas and short story collections! I feel like this was actually really hard to narrow down! But I loved writing up this post, and I hope you all enjoy reading it! And I hope this helps celebrate all the wonderful short works of literature that are out there just waiting to be read, loved, and reviewed.
I love this entire series, but this installment just happens to be my favorite. I truly loved the Moors and wasn’t ready to leave. I loved the village and the feel of this magical world. I loved seeing Jack grow into what she wanted to be, while seeing Jill grow into what could happen if your needs and wants are repressed to a dangerous point. I loved the representation and all of the feelings that Seanan McGuire was able to evoke from me. I loved this book and these characters, and I will cherish this story forever, while trying to get everyone I come in contact with to read it.
The Armored Saint centers on a village of people who live subservient lives to the Order. The Order is a group of religious tyrants that do horrible things to the wizards in this world, or to the people that are protecting and/or harboring the wizards in this world. The Order follows the word of the Writ, which has lead them to believe that wizards have a portal in their eye, that can open the very gates of hell itself and summon devils. And love is such a driving force in this very character focused story. The love between families. The love between friends. And the love between two young girls who are just trying to learn who they are.
Within 100 pages, this book was able to create a beautifully diverse cast, talk about some pretty important issues, showcases a homeless main character, show the beauty of unconditional-loving found families, and it even gave me some pretty gothic spooky animals. This was amazing, and I think truly believe so many of my book friends would love it. This is such a unique story too, because even though it is set in modern day times, with Instagram, the internet, and iPhones, it still feels and reads dystopian. But I loved this, I loved the aesthetic, I loved every emotion this short book was able to evoke from me. This was nothing short of a treat to read. Also, give me all the books about summoning demons, especially monster deer. Thanks.
➽ All the Time We’ve Left to Spend by Alyssa Wong from Robots vs. Fairies by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe
Oh my word, this was utter and pure perfection. I will never forget this story, ever. This story is centered around an alternate future where we have realistic cyborg celebrity robots, who have many memories stored, working in pleasure hotels, where you can spend time with them for money. Our main protagonist, Ruriko, is obsessed with spending time with a kpop group that passed away ten years ago, while trying to learn all the information she can about their memories. This story is beautiful. This story is haunting. This story is oh so heart-wrenching. I loved this. I loved this so very much. Easily my favorite in the entire collection.
I thought this was going to be good, but it ended up being perfect. This is an awesome Robin Hood retelling. And Robin in this story is a trans boy, who is in love with our main protagonist, who ran away from a father that didn’t accept him. And this m/m romance had me swooning. Also, our main protagonist is hearing impaired and seeing him sign on page was something so magical to me. And the ending? I still feel absolutely gutted. But the heart of this story is about love; the love we have for others, but also the love that we must find in accepting ourselves for who we are. This was so brilliantly done and was honestly perfection in every way, and I loved it more than any combination of words I can come up with.
I cried through 80% of this story. Easily, this was one of my new favorite short stories of all time. I will never forget this story for as long as I live. And I am immediately buying everything E. C. Myers has created. This is a story about a gwisin (ghost), and a girl that is still dealing with the death of her mother, five years later. It doesn’t help that she’s still living with her father and her mother’s father (her grandfather), who reminds her of her mother’s presence constantly. But it is undeniable when the MMO that was her mother’s life, and the reason her parents met, is being shut down forever, but has drawn Sunny into playing again. And Sunny has just found out about a new private server that will preserve the game, and maybe the memory of her mother. I loved this more than words. MMORPGs have meant so much to me during my life. I have played them since high school, and I have some of my very best friends and loved ones to this day because of them. And this short story is a love letter to video games and the impact they can make on your life. And video games are such a huge part of Korean culture, and the significance and importance shined through this story so very brightly. This story just had such a profound meaning to me, because it made me realize that one day I’m (hopefully) going to be a mom that is a gamer, and a con lover, and a writer, and so many of the things that Sunny viewed her mom as. Like, I promise, I was bawling through almost this entire story. This was beyond words beautiful. I have no word combination to string together to let you all know how perfect this was and how much this story meant to me.
I finished this one weeping and sobbing. I immediately reread it, aloud, to a loved one. Immediately. It was that important to me. And the second time around, I was still crying. Ugly crying. Truthful crying. I cried for every woman out there, whose voice has been silenced. Whose voice will continue to be silenced until things change. This is about a girl who is sent to work in a forest, lumber, labor camp, because of her sinful ways. There, she is one of thirteen girls, all from different walks of life, but all of them have sinned for just being a woman, therefore a witch. This is about found family, and sisterhood, and reclaiming your identity, and gaining a voice. This was so beautifully structured, and so beautifully written. And it has such great representation, from different races, to a beautiful F/F story, to a trans character, this was just exceptionally crafted. This story should be required reading. I don’t see how anyone who reads this anthology’s life isn’t going to be changed just from reading this short story. And the editors were genius for making it the closing story. This short story is probably the best thing I’ve read all year. I am in awe, I am speechless, but I’m begging you to read this short story. This was feministic perfection.
➽ The Lightning Tree (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.4) by Patrick Rothfuss from Rogues by George R.R. Martin
The Lightning Tree is a short story that is set in Patrick Rothfuss’ world from The Kingkiller Chronicle. You can find The Lightning Tree and other short stories that are curated by GRRM himself in a bind-up anthology titled Rogues. This story is set in Kvothe’s innkeeper days, and surrounds his mysterious friend Bast. For the record, I absolutely adore Bast, so when I found out that there was a short story that starred him, I literally jumped for joy. Also, The Name of the Wind is my favorite book of all time, so I am absolutely biased with this review.
I can’t recommend you read it enough, because this short story actually shook my entire world. This is such a perfectly woven and absolutely haunting tale about a village who is mourning their lost girls, while also trying to endure very hard winters. And the ending of this story is beyond words, and turned me into a crying, melted, weeping, puddle on the floor. Also, this one should probably have a few trigger warnings for abuse (physical/sexual) and just violence in general, even though these things are very vague in the story they are still there, just woven in quietly.
This story is very feminist and very sexually explicit, but so damn important. It’s about the life of a woman, who gives everything to men and never is allowed to keep anything for herself. It’s about life’s expectations on women, and how society shapes the choices we do and do not have. It’s about how, no matter what, giving everything will never be good enough as a woman. It’s about enjoying and exploring your sexuality, yet trying to cope with the shame. It’s about never fully being able to become the person you are, but becoming the person your husband and/or family require you to be. It’s about having children, who will just repeat the same vicious and unfair cycle. This is my favorite short story of all time and it deserves all the stars that Goodreads and every other book rating site has to offer.
I honestly feel like I could add at least ten more short stories or novellas to this list. And I can’t wait to read everyone else’s answers to this week’s prompt! Please, tell me below what is your favorite short story, novella, or anthology! And I hope you all are having the happiest of reading!
Hey, loves! I really wanted to do this week’s prompt because I tend to put such a big emphasis on books that are being published the year I’m reviewing them. Because of this, I normally don’t get to backlogged books, and I feel like I just don’t show them enough love. And on the other end of the spectrum, I feel guilty already boosting 2019 books I’ve read. But this week’s Top Ten Tuesday just felt like the perfect opportunity to just type up this post with my heart and let you know the top ten books I’ve read this year that aren’t, and will not be, published in 2018!
➽ 10.) Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai (2017)
Don’t get me wrong, I always want my romance books to have consent in them, but I never knew consent could be so sexy. Alisha Rai is a master at writing not only compelling stories, but some of the sexiest scenes I’ve ever read. Also, I think I have a crush on every single character in this book. #pangirlproblems
➽ 9.) Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake
I was so scared to pick this up for the longest time, but I fell completely in love with this world and these sisters. Even though I think I like the sister no one else likes, but that’s okay because Katharine is bae.
➽ 7.) The Abyss Surrounds Us (The Abyss Surrounds Us #1) by Emily Skrutskie
(2016) Elise is smiling if she’s reading this. This blew me away. I have never read better w/w angst in my entire life. There is a scene in this book that had me honestly losing my damn mind. I loved this, and it was completely different than anything that I was imagining. And it blew my expectations away.
➽ 6.) Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
I didn’t think I’d enjoy this after seeing everyone and their mother compare this to Harry Potter. And even though I don’t feel that comparison as much as some, this still was such a magical and heartfelt story about belonging and being the person you want to be. I can’t help but smile just thinking about this book.
➽ 5.) Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
This book not only restored my faith in audiobooks, it restored my faith in humanity. Lord, I don’t even know what I was expecting going into this book. Truly. I don’t. But this book blew me and my expectations out of the water. I cried during at least 50% of this book while playing videogames, but the ending was everything I wanted and more.
➽ 4.) The Secret History by Donna Tartt
We are in the last half of 2018, and I don’t think a single day has gone by that I haven’t thought of this book. This is something magical, something haunting, something I don’t have words for. You know, other than that I think Donna Tartt has to be a witch, or vampire, or goddess, or some magical deity that has cast a spell upon me.
➽ 3.) Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
I am not a big contemporary fan, but this book completely shattered that fear. This is the best contemporary I’ve ever read, and it was able to evoke emotions in me that I didn’t even know I had. I love this more than words.
➽ 2.) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I’m hard-pressed to think of a book that made me feel more seen than this one. This is a book I will cherish for the rest of my life. And I’ll be forever salty that I didn’t read it in 2017, so it was unable to make my “best of 2017” list. I recommend this to every reader in the entire world.
➽ 1.) The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black
Did you all think I wouldn’t stay on brand? But for real, this isn’t only the best book I’ve read in 2018 that isn’t a 2018 publication, this is just the best book I’ve read all year. It’s honestly a masterpiece in every single way, and the ending haunts me every single night. Perfection.
Okay, those are my picks! Gosh, this post feels so weird! I feel like I’m just conditioned as a book reviewer to only want to talk about that year’s publications! And the more and more I think about it, the more and more I realize how gross that is. I would recommend all of these books with my whole heart, and if I wouldn’t have taken the chance to read them this year, I would have been missing out so very much. I think this post has really inspired me to read more backlisted book. What’s your favorite book that’s not a 2018 publication?
Okay, friends, that’s all! I hope you all have a safe Independence Day celebration tomorrow, to all my American friends! And I hope you all enjoyed seeing these ten books, all of which I absolutely love, which help make me who I am! Happy Fourth of July (tomorrow) and happy reading (always), loves! 🇺🇸 🇵🇭 🏳️🌈
I hope I love all of these, and I hope if you give any or all of them a try that you will fall in love, too! And I hope you all have the most amazing Summer, that’s filled with unconditional love, pure happiness, good health, and amazing books! Happy reading, friends! ☀👙🍦