So. We all know there are books I keep. on. talking. about.
Like, I don’t know, Six of Crows? Or maybe just Leigh Bardugo in general? I may love them a bit too much… just a bit. (Okay a LOT.)
But what you probably don’t know is that there are a lot of other books and scenes that actually mean a lot to me. (Probably because I don’t talk about them as much.)
Today I’m here to acknowledge all the books (and the moments in them) that I loved, or that meant a lot to me. This is basically one long sappy fangirl, so, uh, enjoy!
Six of CrowsHow could I NOT start with this one?! Ever since I read it back in January I’ve been obsessed. My phone background is a quote from there (well, uh, until a couple of days ago. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, I have a Pinterest board with just under 400 pins (It’ll probably be more by the time this post goes up), I’m well and truly a part of the fandom.
The cast is so well rounded, has amazing representation, and I especially loved how all the relationships are diverse. (While I am well and truly #wesper, here! is a great post from May that features another couple who I also adore, and the fan art shown is one I have on my wall 😛)
I’ll stop ranting now, but let it be known that I am always happy to talk. (About anything, but primarily this book 😂)
And I have one more thing to say about this…
There is one line that has always stuck with me, and it’s between Jesper and Wylan.
“Music. Numbers. Equations. They’re not like word. They … they don’t get mixed up.”
“If only you could talk to girls in equations.”
There was a long silence, and then, eyes trained on the notch they’d created in the link, Wylan said, “Just girls?”
Jesper restrained a grin.” No. Not just girls.”
Firstly, as a maths lover myself, this will always be a part of my little geeky heart. Secondly, we all know that I, well, I am obsessed with queer romances. (THE FIRST STEP TO FIXING YOUR PROBLEM IS ADMITTING IT). This was the first page of a book I ever photographed (yes, I do that to remember good lines. I have a folder in my phone just for that.), and while it won’t be the last, I just remover stopping and smiling so hard at this line, and my reaction when I see it now is to either smile or breakdown. Depending on the day.
Girls Of Paper And FireSo this one isn’t the whole book (even though it was amazing! hIgHlY recommend!!!) but its just one scene. It’s where the MC (Lei) doesn’t think it’s ‘right’ for her and Wren to be in love, and when asked if it’s because they were both girls, Lei was quick to say no, and that could never be.
It meant a lot to me for some reason? Just to see that Lei, who is such a strong, fierce character in Girls say that seems to make it very real for me, and, I don’t know, it almost made me cry? I’m a massive believer in representation for marginalised people, especially in books and the media, and this was just so moving and I feel like a lot of people couldn’t read that without crying. (Heck, I practically couldn’t.)
American PandaIn this book, there is a page or two towards the end where Mei and her mum have this massive fight about Mei not being a part of the family because she’s befriended her disowned older brother (let’s just say this was one serious tiger mum) and Mei is saying her mum never sticks up for herself around her father and her mother in-law and I just cried??? so much??? during this???? I just broke down. My mum and I have always been quite close, and lately we’ve been fighting more and it was just so relatable but not at all in a good way???
The Fault In Our Stars (movie)
This was based on a book so like.. IM COUNTING IT.
I watched this on a plane with my mum (its a thing we do, we jointly watch a movie AND OH MY GOSH I’VE JUST REALISED AUGUSTUS AND HAZEL DO THAT TOO WEIRDDDD. some of the ones we’ve seen are: tfios, you’ve got mail, umm… we were going to watch crazy rich asians? but then i fell asleep lol. anyway.) and we were just sobbing for like the last half an hour or something? It’s just something I remember because it takes A LOT for me to cry in a movie or book (even though half of what’s mentioned here features me crying. there are exceptions, okay?! okay.*) and this was full on crying so this has to be in here for sure.
*WHY DID I PUT THAT IN NOW I’M CRYING AGAIN.
LegendLegend means a lot not because its one of my all time favourite books (which it kind is…), but because it was really the first YA book/series I ever read. My parent’s got it for my birthday, and ever since I’ve really gotten EVEN more into reading, especially because I was running out of new middle grade books at my local library!! It just means so much??? And now Rebel is coming out so YAY I’M READY. maybe. ish. if Marie Lu kills us again like she did with Champion I WILL BE KILLING HER ASKFIJIJAD* Also I will be doing a reread around june/july to a) prepare for rebel and b) celebrate my birthday with lots of favourite books (six of crows here i come).
*PLEASE DON’T TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY. I WANT MORE BOOKS FROM THE QUEEN OF DYSTOPIA.
King of Scars
Like everything Leigh Bardugo does, there were just so many good lines in this book. This book is on this list BECAUSE of that. I can flip to almost any page and find some Nikolai snark, or sass from Nina, and bored-out-of-my-mind-because-i-have-to-put-up-with-nikolai quips from Zoya and I freaking love that.
link to quotes page on goodreads, just take a few minutes to scroll through. trust me, it’ll make you smile.*
*IF NOT, COME BACK AND I’LL GIVE YOU FREE MARSHMALLOWS 🙂
The Raven Cycle
This series I was introduced to by Olivia (well mostly, a few other bloggers too) and I gotta say girl, you did your job well. I fell in love with this book like I’m sure many others have, and now I really need Blue Lily, Lily Blue from the library. Or bought. It just makes my day to read and then I can fangirl with so many people about it and then I just feel so !!!!! inside. (Also Ronan gives me serious Kaz Brekker and Jess Mariano vibes and I’m loving it) (Gansey is a full on Logan, don’t deny it. We all know it’s true.) (Look at me shoving Gilmore Girls references in your face)
welllll, what did you think? was it too… sappy? too much fangirl??? i mean, it was more than 1k of me smiling so that’s ALWAYS good, but how are you going? feel like sharing some of your favourites?
❤ have a nice day, i’ll be back soon for more bookishness ❤