Reading Highlights 2018

Reading Highlights 2018

Young Adult Fiction Highlights

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins | While this is one of many rereads, the story will never get old!

Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley | I love the character development and all the quirky interactions that make up this world.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | I found this story addictive, perfect for a binge-read if you’re craving something fast, funny, and epic.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour | This sweet and fresh romance sparked my love affair with Nina LaCour as my new favourite queer author.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan | While the ending was a tad too corny and predictable for me, overall I found this book heartwarming and hilarious.

Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia) manga series by Kohei Horikoshi | This series has some of the most impressive character development and pacing ever, stringing me along for a wild ride.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour | The beautiful atmosphere of reflection and melancholy always leaves me feeling emotional and inspired.

Everless by Sara Holland | The worldbuilding was smoothly paced, luring me into the twists and turns of the story.

Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simone Howell & Fiona Wood | Told through three perspectives, this team of authors did a lovely job of portraying the struggles of choosing life paths as a teen.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell | It may have taken a few chapters for me to get into the story, but once I was in, I gave my heart and soul to this book.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson | This is just such a fun and creative take on the old goodies vs. baddies trope.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell | Goodness gracious me, could this book get any more charming?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | My first reread of Fangirl had me falling even deeper in love with it!

Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars) manga series by Yuto Tsukuda | This series kept me hooked and laughing my head off for a long time.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green | While this is a slow-paced, modest book, it has so many quotable lines that inspire me to reflect on the process of constructing identity.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini | It’s kind of a sad story too, but I enjoyed being taken on this journey.

Heartstopper Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman | Too cute, can’t handle it, gimme volume 2 already!

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Junior Fiction Highlights

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend | Over the course of her enchanting adventure, Morrigan has become so important to me.

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend | The continuation of Morrigan’s story is much darker, but at its heart is the integrity and beauty that made me so emotionally invested in the first place.

Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet | I accidentally learnt a lot while losing myself in Noah’s unique way of seeing the world.

The Sinclair’s Mysteries series by Katherine Woodfine | While Book Two, The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth, was my favourite, the entire series is delightfully detailed and adventure-filled.

The School for Good and Evil trilogy (The School Years) by Soman Chainani | The character development in this crazy series blew my mind, leaving me ravenous to read the follow-on trilogy.

The Secret of the Night Train by Sylvia Bishop |Filled with humour and sweetness, this mystery was a fun nod to Murder on the Orient Express.

The Orchard Underground by Mat Larkin | I laughed out loud so many times throughout this mysterious and charming story.

The Hotel Between by Sean EasleyI was knocked out by how special and intricate this incredible magical world is.

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Nonfiction Highlights

My New Gender Workbook by Kate Bornstein | I’m not sure how useful I found the activities in the workbook for my own life, but I enjoyed the insight and perspective it provided.

Brazen by Penelope Bagieu | Reading about amazing women in history in this graphic format was vibrant and charming.

Shout Out to the Girls by Penguin Random House Australia | As an Australian, I got a big kick out of learning more about women from Aussie history and was surprised how little I actually knew beforehand!

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson | By far the most confronting and funny book I’ve ever read, and I will definitely be revisiting it many times.

Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin | I appreciated how accessibly written and relatable this memoir about Nevo’s nonbinary gender identity is.

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Delve into the Past!

Reading Highlights 2017 | Young Adult & Junior Fiction

Reading Highlights 2017 | Adult Fiction & Nonfiction

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My 2018 Top Winter Reads

When I think of winter reading, I picture snuggling up with a cup of tea and a cosy book. But this is not a cosy book reading list! Some of my favourite winter reads are books that are best enjoyed with the weather outside is grizzly and inhospitable. Sure, some of them are snuggly books, but others aren’t so friendly. What are your favourite books to read in winter?

My 2018 Top Winter Reads

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2018 YA & Junior Releases I Can’t Wait For

When I was a teenager and read a lot of classics, I never knew the agony/joy of anticipating a new release because all my favourite authors lived decades or centuries ago. But since falling in love with YA and junior fiction and becoming a fangirl of a handful of contemporary authors, all that has changed. I restricted myself to listing only 2018 releases. Here are my highest anticipated releases in chronological order!

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5 Books You Should Read on Transgender Day of Visibility 2018

March 31st is a day to respect and support transgender people in our community (people who have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from the biological gender they were assigned at birth). 

You want to be an ally?  Be a good listener!  So here are 5 books written BY people from the transgender community.  There’s something here for every age reader, no matter what sort of journey you’re on – be it a journey of awareness and acceptance or self-discovery.

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2018 Diverse Voices Reading Challenge

Happy New Year book lovers!  When you make your New Year’s resolutions, try injecting more diversity into your reading life. 

Diversity is all around us, but we often fail to find it in books and other media.  Check out my 2018 Diverse Voices Reading Challenge and recommendations to kickstart your journey.  This challenge is for readers of all ages!   

If you want more information about reading about diversity, please leave a comment or check out my Own Voices Book Recs page.

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Reading Highlights 2017 Part Two | Adult Fiction & Nonfiction

Dear bloggers and book lovers, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  I know this time of year can be both relaxing and stressful, so I hope you are practicing good self-care.  One of my favourite things about the holiday season is reflecting on the books I’ve read.  I covered YA + junior fiction and adult fiction + nonfiction in two separate posts, since I simply had too many favourites this year!

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Reading Highlights 2017 Part One | Young Adult & Junior Fiction

Dear bloggers and book lovers, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  I know this time of year can be both relaxing and stressful, so I hope you are practicing good self-care.  One of my favourite things about the holiday season is reflecting on the books I’ve read.  I covered YA + junior fiction and adult fiction + nonfiction in two separate posts, since I simply had too many favourites this year!

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Books I Plan to Reread in 2018

Next year I want to take the time to revisit some of my favourite books.  I chose titles that I can’t get out of my head recently (must be a sign I need to reread).  Have you read any of these books or are they on your to-read list? 

Ps. I also plan to reread Harry Potter.  But since an annual dose of J.K. Rowling is good for everyone’s health, you probably don’t need me to explain this one.
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