My 5-star reads of 2020

Hi, yes, I have indeed risen from the death and am now writing this blog post. Why? I’m not sure. I just felt like writing it. So here we are, in the hell year that is 2020, writing about books again. I hope you are all okay, for as much as anyone can me in this time. I think the title speaks for itself so let’s just get into it.

Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O’Toole

We started off the year strong with this feminist memoir slash academic non-fiction book that was downright amazing. I actually gave my copy to a friend because I just loved it that much and whenever I love a book that much I need others to read it so I somehow never end up having my own copy. I read most of this on the metro commuting to work (oh I miss it. Damn you, pandemic) and have fond memories laughing and crying about Emer’s stories.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I don’t know why I was a year late to read this book but it was amazing nonetheless. It was sad and hopeful and beautiful and somehow reading it made me feel exactly like what it’s like to listen to the Hamilton soundtrack, if you know what I mean.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I have read this before, back in 2018 and it was one of my absolutely favorite books (still is), and had finally bought myself a physical copy. Reading this is such an experience: it’s intense and emotional and hard-hitting, and it made me cry a lot. Again.

sidenote: please check trigger warnings before reading

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

This book made me so happy, guys. So happy. This book is so cute and the main character is ace and in case you forgot, I am very ace too, so that made it even better. Takumi, the love interest, is absolutely adorable and made my heart squee, and I am not one to have “book boyfriends” but if I was forced at knifepoint to pick one, Takumi would be the one.

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Look, I know I loved this book. But for some reason my brain has decided to crtl+alt+delete all memory I have of reading this or what it was about, and I’m sure that’s not on this book, it’s just that it’s a weid fucking time right now and apparently that means my brain doesn’t function properly sometimes.

sidenote: please check trigger warnings before reading

Slay by Brittney Morris

I haven’t really heard people talk about this book, and I just randomly picked it up while browsing through the Scribd library one night, but it is so good! It’s about this badass Black gamer girl, and it’s basically a celebration of Black culture, and I cannot think of a single thing I did not like about this book. I highly, highly, recommend it.

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

If you haven’t been keeping up with the news very well, you might have missed the many political and socio-economic issues going on in the Phillipines, kinda like Jay. This book was really eye-opening and gave some really good insights, but beside that was just really well-written, and definitely worth the read.

sidenote: please check trigger warnings before reading

Birthday by Meredith Russo

This book was just so important, and so so brilliant. It’s a very hard-hitting story but heartwarming. It’s about these two characters, both born on the same day, who celebrate their birthdays together every year, as their relationship develops. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about the trans experience that was so well-written. Because it followed Morgan from childhood on it got to go deep into the grey parts: the confusion and the complications and the insecurity.

sidenote: please check trigger warnings before reading

second sidenote: Meredith Russo is alledgedly a domestic abuser. Personally, I don’t know whether that means I should not recommend this book, but I did read it and thought it was great so I also didn’t want to leave it out? This is way too much for my brain to handle so I’ll just leave the decision to read this up to you.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

This book is one of those books I want to see more of. It’s smart, funny, relatable, and makes you think about things a little deeper. It’s about Emira (a young black woman) and her white employer (a blogger/young mom) and the little microaggressions that happen in their relation. It’s basically about how white people, in their effort to be “woke”, can actually do more harm than good.

I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

I Wish You All The Best follows the non-binary Ben de Backer as they try to deal with their traumatic coming-out and the mess that followed. They’re a messy character, but they’re so lovable and you just find yourself cheering for Ben all the way through. While it’s a book dealing with rough topics, it’s hopeful and easy to read. Definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already.

sidenote: please check trigger warnings before reading

Loveless by Alice Oseman

I put off reading this book for so long (too long). This is a book about a girl figuring out she is aromantic and asexual. Aka, me, circa 2017. And oh boy was this relatable. Literally, in rough lines, this is exactly my story. I cried, I laughed, I cried some more.

sidenote: this book has gotten some critique on its PoC representation and its aroace representation (the latter I personally disagree on).

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

It is no secret that I am a fan of V.E. Schwab’s work. With this book, that she has worked on for a long long time, I think she really hit that mark. This book is unique and it really shows the way she has grown as an author and story-teller. In my review on goodreads I wrote this, and I think that covers the most important thing: Sometimes you read a book and it is so good, it makes you want to write as well. Sometimes you read a book that is so great, you wonder if there’s any point in writing your own story at all because it will never measure up. This is one of the latter.

I think, after all, 2020 was a quite succesful reading year for me. How was your year? Found any new favorite books? Let me know in the comments!


Little update: my new blog

I know I said I wasn’t going to post here anymore, which is true, at least, with the exception of this post. I have a quick little announcement: I started a new blog, and it’s not going to be solely about books (mostly not about books, actually). You can find it over here, and it’s called Sunflowers & Wonder. If you liked my content here and am excited for what’s next (just like me), you can give it a follow. I hope you enjoy. Have a lovely day. Signing off now 🙂

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Discussion | Romance in Media, Aphobia & Happy Endings

I wanted to talk a little about something that’s personal to me: I’m aromantic and asexual. In case you don’t know what that means, it means I do not experience romantic or sexual attraction. If you want more info, I wrote a post about aromanticism here, I hope that answers most of your questions. What I want to talk about is how romance is portrayed in media and how harmful it can be for aspec people, and share some thoughts on how we can change things.

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Review: Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

Last week I wrote a guest review on Laura’s blog (you should follow her blog because she’s amazing) for Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake, so in case you haven’t seen it yet, you can find it below!

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Girl Made of StarsTitle: Girl Made of Stars
Author: Ashley Herring Blake
Genres: Young Adult contemporary

“I need Owen to explain this. Because yes, I do know that Owen would never do that, but I also know Hannah would never lie about something like that.”

Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex and best friend since childhood, Charlie.

As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely…

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The Power of YA | Simon Spier and the rise of LGBT+ stories

simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda becky albertalliOne of the things I love most about reading, is how it can literally change someone’s life. Books have the power to change things, even if they’re minor things. They can. In this (hopefully) monthly series on my blog I am going to talk to you about the impact and the power YA books have. I’m going to include not just my own thoughts but also other people’s opinions and if I can find them, stats and figures.

This first post will be about Simon Spier (Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli), who has quickly become one of the most iconic LGBT+ YA characters and will probably only gain popularity once the movie (Love, Simon) is released over the world. I have sadly not been able to see Love, Simon yet because it’s not released where I live, but I have seen the impact it has had on many others.

This post does not include any spoilers about neither the book nor the movie it is simply a discussion of the effects Simon’s story has.

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Review | Nothing But Sky: A Badass Female Character in Historic Fiction

I am normally not a huge fan of historic fiction (in the sense that I rarely pick it up) but this book really took me by surprise!


Nothing but Sky by Amy Trueblood

Grace Laffe


rty only feels alive when she’s dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team’s worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract.

No one’s ever questioned Grace’s ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstorming team. With each new death-defying trick, Henry pushes Grace to consider her reasons for being a daredevil. Annoyed with Henry’s constant interference, and her growing attraction to him, Grace continues to test the powers of the sky.

After one of her risky maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a Hollywood studio offers Grace a chance to perform at the Expo. She jumps at the opportunity to secure her future. But when a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether Henry, and her life, are worth risking for one final trick.


The story follows Grace, who is a wingwalker, which means she does tricks on airplane wings while it’s in the air. I was immediately impressed by her daring but also by her character. She is, in many ways, ahead of her time. WWI just ended and wingwalking is not exactly the most common job for a young woman to have. But despite everything, she still gets on that plane, because she wants to and she loves it. She’s strong, independent and fierce and I loved that about her.

“Men loved to use their height to try and intimidate me. It happened at shows across the nation. Whether they wanted an autograph, a photo, or just a chance to show their distaste for the life I’d chosen, it was a tactic that never worked. I battled rain, wind, and thunderstorms at 500 feet; men didn’t frighten me.”

Grace and her crew are trying to earn money participate in a competition, and I loved how the author showed this struggle within the team, but also showed the external struggles and the changing situation in the world. I loved the setting and how the author described it. I could dream away in cloudless blue skies, stuffy hangars, and cigar-smoke-filled bars and I loved it! It makes me want to pick up historical fiction more often!

“This life we’ve chosen is full of risk. Every day we go up into those clouds knowing there’s a chance we may not come down alive.”

A couple of other things I loved were the romance, which wasn’t take a huge part of the story but added to it really nicely and it was so adorable, and the plot twists: these were so well-done, I really didn’t see them coming.

“May your skies always be cloudless and blue, Grace.”

Overall, I’m giving this book 4.5 stars because it was just so much fun to read! I loved reading about Grace and her crew and all that they were going through. The writing was great and the story kept me really interested in the story at all times! I definitely recommend this book if you are a bit hesitant about picking up historic fiction (like me) but want to try to read more! And also for everyone who already loves historic fiction, of course!

IndieAthon | Indie and Self-Published Book Recommendations

I promised you a recommendation post for IndieAthon so here I am. I’ve asked some of my blogger friends for their favourites and their recommendations so a big thank you to everyone who has send me their recommendations! Without any further ado, let’s start the recommendations!

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Books I think I’d Like More/Less if I Reread them

Sometimes I read a book and I don’t like it, and a while later I think, maybe I just read it at the wrong time. Or I just wasn’t in the right mood. Or something like that. I’ve read a very large amount of books in my entire teenage years that I just didn’t like for no particular reason, but also the other way around. Looking back at some books I read years ago makes me rethink why I actually liked them. And sometimes I can’t even remember.

So, anyway, today I want to talk about some books I read and think I would judge differently now then I did back when I read them.

Most of these are from the past three years because I didn’t track my reading before that so I have no idea what I read before that.

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Predicting my Rating for 5 Books on my TBR | How Well am I at Estimating?

I had this fun idea to predict my rating for a book before I read it, so that’s what I’m going to try to do today. I’m going to pick 5 books on my TBR that I want to read really soon, and I’m going to try to estimate what my rating will be based on the synopsis. And then, hopefully, after a month or so, I’ll do another post comparing my estimated rating to my final rating! I’m really curious to see how well I know my own reading tastes and how well I can predict what I will love and what I don’t. So let’s get started!

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Review: The Nowhere Girls | A must-read for every girl (and boy)

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed was a book I didn’t have very high expectations of. I expected to like it, because I like feminist books, but it was surprising me in every way. It was so good!


28096541Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality. Continue reading “Review: The Nowhere Girls | A must-read for every girl (and boy)”