Books I Read in 2018

In 2018, I read a total of 30 books! I set a goal to read 24 books this year, so I’m very pleased I was able to not only meet that goal- but surpass it. In 2017 I read 18 books, which means I read 12 more books this year than I did last year.

Here are all of the books I read in 2018:

  1. How to Make a Wish by: Ashley Herring Blake 1/2/18
  2. Keeping You a Secret by: Julie Anne Peters 1/2/18
  3. Ramona Blue by: Julie Murphy 1/5/18
  4. Seven Ways We Lie by: Riley Redgate 1/7/18
  5. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by: Becky Albertalli 1/9/18
  6. Kissing Kate By: Lauren Myracle 1/11/18
  7. Milk and Honey By: Rupi Kaur 1/11/18
  8. The Lies About Truth By: Courtney Stevens 2/20/18
  9. You Know Me Well By: Nina LaCour & David Levithan 4/6/18
  10. The Scorpion Rules By: Erin Bow 4/15/18
  11. Queens of Geek By: Jen Wilde 4/20/18
  12. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By: Sherman Alexie 4/24/18
  13. Fan Art By: Sarah Tregay 4/25/18
  14. Hate List By: Jennifer Brown 4/26/18
  15. We Are Okay By: Nina LaCour 4/29/18
  16. Dumplin’ By: Julie Murphy 5/1/18
  17. Leah on the Offbeat By: Becky Albertalli 5/2/18
  18. The Miseducation of Cameron Post By: Emily M. Danforth 5/6/18
  19. Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel By: Sara Farizan 5/7/18
  20. Side Effects May Vary By: Julie Murphy 5/8/18
  21. Hold Still By: Nina LaCour 5/15/18
  22. The Gilda Stories By: Jewelle Gomez 5/18/18
  23. Unbecoming By: Jenny Downham 5/20/18
  24. The Inside of Out By: Jenn Marie Thorne 5/24/18
  25. The Sun is Also a Star By: Nicola Yoon 5/30/18
  26. Little & Lion By: Brandy Colbert 6/4/18
  27. Ash By: Malinda Lo 6/8/18
  28. If I was your girl By: Meredith Russo 12/15/18
  29. Of Fire and Stars By: Audrey Coulthurst 12/30/18
  30. Every Heart a Doorway By: Seanan McGuire 12/31/18

My DNF’s:

  1. My Best Friend Maybe By: Caela Carter
  2. Afterworlds By: Scott Westerfeild

For the first half of this year my reading was pretty good. Then I took a summer class and read less, after that I moved to university and my reading became abysmal. For some reason I have a really hard time reading for fun when I’m in school because I always think that I should be reading my textbooks or notes or research papers instead, and that reading for fun is not the best use of my time. I’m hoping to be able to let myself read more during school this coming year. My goal for 2019 is to read 50 books!

Some of my favorite books I read this year were We are Okay, How to Make a Wish, and Little & Lion. I tend to forget what happened in books unless I really love them, but overall I remember enjoying the majority of the books I read this year. Most of these books have some sort of LGBTQIA+ representation in them, and I really want to continue to read more LGBTQIA+ books in 2019. For Christmas I asked for quite a few books, so here are the books I’m looking forward to reading in 2019:

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A Stack of Books (top to bottom): I’m Judging you By: Luvvie Ajayi, Girl made of Stars By: Ashley Herring Blake, Radio Silence By: Alice Oseman, What If It’s Us By: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, The Hate U Give By: Angie Thomas, Becoming By: Michelle Obama

What were some of your favorite books you read in 2018? What are you looking forward to reading in the new year? As always I’d love suggestions for books you think I should read, as I have yet to be steered wrong by any of ya’ll!

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year, and your 2019 is full of good books 🙂

 

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Pride Month TBR

Something I haven’t talked much on my blog about is how much I love reading. LGBTQIA+ books especially have a special place in my heart, so that’s why for Pride I’m reading only queer books in the month of June. Some of these books may have more queer representation than I’m aware of since I haven’t read them yet! This month I’m planning to read…

  1. Little & Lion By: Brandy Colbert

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What is it about?: In Little and Lion, the main character Suzette just came home from boarding school, and is being reacquainted with her family and friends. Shortly before she went to school, her brother was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Suzette begins to have a crush on a girl that her brother Lionel is in love with, but the girl is detrimental to Lionel’s mental health.

How is it LGBTQIA+?: The main character Suzette is queer (the blurb doesn’t specify a more specific identity.) Multiple other secondary characters are lesbians.

2. Ash By: Malinda Lo

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What is it about?: Ash is a fantasy novel that is a retelling of Cinderella. Instead of a prince, Ash falls in love with Kaisa, the King’s Huntress.

How is it LGBTQIA+?: Ash and Kaisa are lesbians

3. The Swan Riders By: Erin Bow

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What is it about?: This is the second book in the Scorpion Rules duology. The Swan Riders is a science fiction book, whose main character Greta was a hostage in a futuristic world, where every country designates a hostage that is a related to the ruler of their country, and if their country starts a war then the hostage is killed. I don’t want to spoil the first book, so I’m going to keep it pretty vague. Greta is going on a cross country journey with the leader of the United Nations, who set up the hostage system. I really enjoyed the first book is this duology, soI’m really excited for this sequel!

How is it LGBTQIA+?: Greta is queer, most likely bisexual, but that isn’t explicitly stated. Other secondary characters are also queer / possibly bisexual.

4. Almost Like Being in Love By: Steve Kluger

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What is it about?: Two boys fall in love their senior year of high school, but they separate when they go to college. Twenty years later, Travis realizes the thing missing from his life is Craig, and he begins to try to get back in touch with him.

How is it LGBTQIA+?: The main characters are gay men.

5. Tales of the Lavender Menace By: Karla Jay

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What is it about?: Tales of the Lavender Menace is about the group of radical lesbian feminists in the 1970’s, who protested the exclusion of lesbians and their struggles from the feminist movement. The author was a member of the group, and wrote this book as a memoir.

How is it LGBTQIA+?: All about lesbian history!

 

I’m super excited to read exclusively queer books this month! Although who am I kidding, I mostly read queer books every month. Are you reading any books with LGBTQIA+ rep in them currently?

Happy Pride!