and we’re back with the book recommendations!!
and we’re back in lowercase!!
and we’re back to being emotional!! i’m honestly just here with a bit of a more emotional post, i guess, and i felt like this fit the mood more. as i write i’m definitely not having the best week, so why not do this and talk about books to get some serotonin pumping!!
speaking of moods,
not only is alex claremont-diaz continually a mood, today i’ll be recommending one or two books for some common moods/things people feel!! a couple are specific to readers/bloggers (tbh i don’t remember if i ended up including those ones…. it’s a surprise i guess), but mostly they’re just feelings. (yeah, those things. i’m looking at YOU)
i also saw nimika do this a while back, and while this post was already written…. hers is too good for me not to shove in your faces as well :DD
….so basically this is just me looking for yet another reason to recommend my favourite books. you’re welcome. (can you tell i might be going slightly insane and that i’m not really coping)
for the sad vibes that you want to wallow in
aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe & summer bird blue
look… sometimes when you’re sad you want to be cheered up in which case… i’d head to the next one. however, sometimes i know i just want to feel like i’m not the only one and i like to make myself cry even more because that way i’m crying over a book, not my own things!!
aristotle and dante is definitely a sad book. it’s very sad and very gay but i love it with all my heart.i am not really sure what else i can say about it, since i kinda covered it all in that review linked above (and some kind person said i should blurb the book and i kinda died??) but just. it’s incredibly written, probably going to make you cry and Feel Things, and there’s a sequel coming!!!!
summer bird blue is another one that i talk about less, but it’s just as sad. i know there’s been a lot of controversy about the writing but honestly? i was too busy crying to notice. rumi’s story is written in a way that makes you feel so strongly about it. i am quite affected by mentions of grief and death in books, and so i cried so much in this. i’ve wanted to go back to it but honestly? i’m scared. someone give me strength.
i also adored and cried in girl made of stars!! i barely talk about this book but i love it quite a lot and honestly!! one of the most!! beautiful!! books!! i!! read!! last!! year!! everyone is so soft and lovely and the rep in this also was so well done </3 my heart broke!!
(also these three covers work So Well together i love it!!)
for the laughs and iconic lines
red, white, and royal blue & the brightsiders & foolish hearts
fluffly contemporaries are often just what you need!! if you’re sad, if you’re happy… whatever mood. these are three of my top favourites for fun, happy books ❤
red, white and royal blue is one everyone’s top humour rec, but i have to be basic like everyone else and say it!!! i laugh in so many scenes, and while it goes into a couple of slightly darker topics too, most of it is a light and fluffy romantic vibe that i fell for hard. casey mcquiston’s writing is incredible (And i couldn’t be more excited for their next book coming out next year, one last stop!)
the brightsiders i haven’t read in a LONG time but from what i remember (after referring back to my mini-review) it’s a bit geeky, very queer, and they make me happy!! she talks about some important issues in there too, but coming out of it you feel happy still. it’s genuinely so cute and fluffy that i don’t think anyone can hate it too much ❤
foolish hearts….. emma mills made me laugh and like a straight couple…. who am i turning into. this book has theatre kid banter, people who are roped into things they don’t want to do, a snarky lesbian couple…. honestly nothing horrible happens in this and it’s great?? sometimes you want a break from all the world-falling-apart that happens??
for the ones who want to feel seen
the stars and the blackness between them & the seven husbands of evelyn hugo & final draft
all of these of these feature strong, queer, women of colour, and i’d be lying if i said i wasn’t a little bit in love with each of them.
not only does the stars and the blackness between them have beautiful black girls in a sapphic romance, it represents so many. black people. queer girls. the ones moving away from home. dealing with a terminal illness. it has so many nuances, but it isn’t trying too hard. it doesn’t feel token, it feels magical. the story and the characters are truly amazing, and i love love love them, as well as that coverrrr aaaaaah </3
the seven husbands of evelyn hugo i read pretty recently, but oh my goodness it was incredible. evelyn is so unapologetically proud of everything, and i am literally speechless as i write this about half an hour after i finish the book. coming back to this a couple days later i can say honestly this is a beautiful book with beautiful characters and beautiful twists.
final draft is one of my favourite books of all time, and while the main reason it used to be a favourite was because of the stress, it’s now based on something else. there is a wonderful f/f romance that develops throughout the course of it, and idk exactly why but it means so much to me. i saw so much of myself in laila (and a bit her LI too hehe) and i’m sure i’ll keep discovering new parts of her story and mine with future rereads.
for something to lose the world in
legend & the fever king & warcross
i have days where i want to escape. i think we all do, and my school librarian said something very nice the other day – readers have that. we can read and we can go to other places, and i think that’s quite true. however, some worlds – like fantasies or dystopias – are easier to disappear into because they’re so different to our current situation.
marie lu’s books are a comfort to me – especially legend. it has it all – a good romance, and incredible world, a nationwide pandemic (uhhh) – regardless of what you’re liking for, it’s worth a read.
warcross is another one of marie lu’s books i adore!! the duology makes me happy to think about – and emika has some awesome rainbow hair, if you needed more convincing.
the fever king is another intense one….. victoria lee has crafted a beautiful world. noam and dara are so angry and so passionate, yet i love the story and characters SO MUCH. the sequel came out recently, so this is the perfect time to read it! ❤
for the ones who aren’t sure where they fit in, and the lonely
darius the great is not okay & the weight of the stars & six of crows
i know when i’m feeling a little lonely or unsure of where i fit into the world, books can often be the greatest comfort, and found families are the best way to do that. it’s no secret i love them – i talk about them a lot – but they’re truly the best trope out there in my opinion. darius the great only features a minor found family, but i love it so much regardless. the weight of our stars is beautiful… and six of crows has to be here.
darius the great is not okay means the world to me, as i’ve probably talked about before (just a bit. only a small amount.) i read it and i found something that i could relate to so much. the ache of not feeling enough of either culture, of not needing to be okay all the time…. i love it so much, i really do. darius isn’t quite sure where he fits, and while that’s only a fraction of the story as a whole, it’s a large fraction and i can’t recommend this more than i already have. trust me. the casually queer part of it also maks my heart soar, and i can’t wait to see that develop more in book 2.
the weight of the stars is another i love! i read it pretty recently and… i adored it. it’s a story of love and hope, but it also features a found family that is pure gold. the comedy, the sadness – it’s all a beautiful part of this insanely good story. (you also don’t see many contemporaries with found families so please!! check it out!!)
six of crows… features a beautifully, casually diverse found family that is truly one of my favourites in YA. it’s hard-hitting and funny and has lots of banter, but tackles tough topics too…. plus they have to pull off an impossible heist. please read it from that alone!!
for the people who are slumping
heartstopper & the henna wars & the falling in love montage
heartstopper is such a cute read that i sped through, and i honestly haven’t come across a person who hasn’t liked it. alice oseman’s writing style is easy and beautiful – and the art!! it’s all available to read for free online too ❤
the henna wars i read in a day! you won’t want to put it down, trust me. it’s a sweet, engaging story that is angsty and important, yet also full of quips and style. it’s a favourite of the year, and i love it so much.
the falling in love montage is like the above… although while it deals with chronic illness and the stress of university, it’s cute and fluffy and fun!! both the girls saiorse and ruby are super super adorable and i love them (plus i lowkey predicted the endinggggg aaaaa)
jsdhgkjs what did you think? mind i’m in lowercase a bit more? (it’s just my mood right now i think) should i write more casual recommendation posts like this?
also two things…. i matched book cover colours so well in this post, i’m very proud, and the other thing is that this post got pretty long and i’m SUPER sorry