Hi there, friends!
Fun fact: this is my 100th blog post! How did it happen? Quite frankly, I have no fucking idea! But I do know one thing: the journey to get here has been a long, rocky road, but I could not be more grateful for all the amazing friends I’ve made along the way! ✨
I wanna thank all of you for being a part of this journey with me, and to all those who’ve shown me support! Every like and comment, every retweet and like, it means the damn world. At times, it feels impossible to exist as a teen in the YA book community, even though YA is written for teens. How ironic, right? Finding my voice hasn’t been easy, and there are still ways in which I want to grow and change, but I’m proud of where I am and confident and happy with the platform I have built! 💖
So to celebrate, of course I wanna scream about books! This wasn’t meant to be my 100th post, but hey, I think it’s fitting to talk about some books I’m dying to reread and also love with my entire heart, cause why not?
Rereading can be a hit or miss for me, but often times, I just long to reunite with my favorite characters, jump back into my favorite worlds, and lose myself with beautiful words. It’s truly an amazing feeling.
So I present to you 14 books I wanna pick up again this year! There are some here I’ve already reviewed, but many I haven’t, so I’d like to change that too and share all my complex thoughts on these throughout the rest of 2020!
Let’s get started!
1. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
(Check out my interview with Kacen Callender here, where we chatted about their writing process and more!)
If you know me and follow me on my socials, you know I STAN this book and is one of my absolute favorite reads of the year. It was the first time I saw myself seen as a genderfluid teen and felt so represented with a non-cis main character since figuring out my gender identity. It released yesterday (May 5th) and I cannot wait to reread it and reunite with Felix, take some notes, and weep once again, so I can finally write the review this book rightfully deserves.
2. Warcross by Marie Lu
Fun fact: I’ve read this twice already! The first time around, I fell in love with Emika and the vibrant world of Warcross, and the second time, I picked it up so I could read the sequel, Wildcard, which I was so excited about I preordered it! But then, I just… never finished it. And it’s been almost two years. So this May, I’m determined to dive back into this world so I can finally find out how the story ends and I’m very much looking forward to getting my heart broken by Hideo again. 🤩
3. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
This is one of my favorite fantasy books EVER and one of the first enemies-to-lovers romances I ever fell in love with. It’s very special to me because it was also one of the first times I truly stepped out of my comfort zone with my reading. It’s been two years since I marathoned the duology, and I really want to revisit it soon and have my soul ache thanks to the stunning writing.
4. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
It is no secret that the To All the Boys trilogy is one of my favorite series. These books are like home to me. When the trailer for P.S. I Still Love You dropped, I picked up for the first two books for a reread after having read them back in 2018, when the trailer for TATBILB was released, to kind of maintain a tradition, of sorts. But then when I finished my reread of PSISLY, I just, never picked up Always and Forever. So yes, I’m determined to finally pick up my physical copy for the first time this year! And also, cause I tremendously miss LJ and Peter.
5. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
I read the first book in the DC Icons series back in 2017 and remember really adoring it, even as it took me two weeks to read. I’d like to pick up the graphic novel adaptation this year so my brain needs a refresher on the story so I can accurately compare the two. And even though it’s not related in the slightest to Batman: Nightwalker, I still wanted to reread it before picking that one up. My brain is weird, carry on.
6. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Another one I want to reread so I can FINALLY pick up the sequel! Seriously, if I don’t pick up Bruja Born soon, a LOT of my friends will hunt me down, and at this point I deserve it. But it’s been two years since I read the first installment in the Brooklyn Brujas, so I’d like to refresh my mind, especially with the release of Wayward Witch coming so soon as well. This book really helped spark my love for witches and it was the first time I saw myself represented as a bi Latinx teen, so it holds a very special place in my heart. I am dying to go back to Los Lagos!
7. Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes
Another 2020 favorite! I barely read this during the last week of March, and I still think about it almost everyday, and I just NEED to reread it. It instantly became one of my favorites this year, and it burrowed itself into my heart in a way I still can’t accurately explain. It broke me and mended me back together all at the same time and I just want to experience this coming-of-age story about family, self-love, and fake-dating as soon as possible, and I cannot wait to get my hands on my own hardcover copy!
8. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
The first book I read in 2018, an absolutely brilliant sci-fi novel about gene-coding! I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of the sequel, This Cruel Design, passed on to me, but I never read it in time and I feel terrible about it to this day. And now, two years later, the final book in the trilogy, This Vicious Cure, is already out in the world and I STILL haven’t read the second book. I seriously need to get my shit together and finish the reread I had started of this one last year and continue with my annotations.
9. The Only Thing Worse than Me is You by Lily Anderson
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My favorite contemporary read of 2019! Seriously, I adored every second of this geeky, nerdy contemporary retelling of Much Ado About Nothing! It’s so funny and solidified Lily Anderson as one of my auto-buy authors, and also impacted me so hard that because of it, I picked up the Saga comics! The power it has! I remember wanting to reread this the moment I turned that last page and that feeling hasn’t left me since, so I’d love to pick it up and experience that angelic banter all over again.
10. Time Zero by Carolyn Cohagan
This is an indie YA dystopian novel I remember really loving and read THREE years ago! So it’s been a long-ass time. I remember how I found out there was a sequel coming out and immediately preordered it, but it’s still gathering dust on my shelf, sitting there unread. Truth is, I have grown A LOT since I read this book, and I am definitely excited to read it from a fresh perspective and if it lives up to what 13-year old me loved and rated 5-stars.
11. I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
(Read my post on five reasons why you should preorder this release here!)
Another 2020 favorite! This was such a delightful YA contemporary about a fat, bisexual singer and dancer who enters a kpop competition to get the chance to become the next kpop superstar idol! It had amazing discussions of fatphobia in Korean culture and the music industry, and great explorations of fame. This is another one I haven’t reviewed yet, which is why I wanna reread it this Asian American Heritage Month because I would like to take notes and also cause I miss my babies, Skye and Henry! 🥺
12. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Sandhya Menon’s debut became a true staple and instant classic in the YA contemporary genre and was a total game-changer. I adored this one when I originally read it in 2018 but unfortunately don’t remember much from it, which is why I haven’t continued on with the Dimpleverse books. But with Sweetie and Twinkle both out, and Pinky releasing so soon, I really want to revisit this romcom and get all up in my feels again! This one’s actually available to read for free on Riveted, so if you haven’t picked it up, now’s the perfect opportunity to do so!
13. The Resolutions by Mia García
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One of my underrated faves and favorite books of all time, even though I feel like I don’t talk about it enough! This story is so special to me and really touched me as a queer Puerto Rican teen, seeing this group of themselves trying their best and figuring themselves out while dealing with love and heartbreak. It’s SUCH a good novel, and I can’t wait to reunite with my queer babies soon! 😭
14. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
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Honestly, who would I be if I didn’t mention my favorite book of all time, seriously? I think about this book every single day. It’s the most special thing to me. I wanna continue building my shrine of copies, and annotate and tab one of them someday, and just cry over my disaster children for the rest of eternity. It’s pure perfection and the cure to all my pain! READ! 🗣 IT! 🗣