Goodbye 20Gayteen, Hello 20Biteen / 20Prideteen // My Favourite Books of 2018 Part II

It’s time for part two of my favourite books of 2018! And look, it’s still January, meaning even with two posts, I’m still faster than last year when I posted my favourite reads of 2017 in February. Go me! As I said in part one, this is in chronological order.

The Ship of the Dead – Rick Riordan

The perfect ending to the Magnus Chase trilogy, even though I did not want it to end at all. Despite not immediately falling in love with the series during the first book, I fellΒ hard during the second and now I’m so sad to see it ended. But who knows, there might be a sequel series at some point. There’s definitely enough Norse mythology left to explore. I just really miss my kids?? Give me my sunshine pansexual son, my genderfluid – oh my god as I was thinking of a description for Alex I realised,,, green and pink, is her aesthetic, just like,,

I’ll see myself out

We all know Alex would DEFINITELY kill me if he saw this sdjghd

Anyway give me my kids back Rick Riordan

I Was Born for This – Alice Oseman

So I still have no words to describe and explain my love for I Was Born For This? There is just something so profound about Alice’s writing that is so hard to put into words, especially when trying to do it justice. I already said it before, but IWBFT should be a classic as it portrays teenagers in such a realistic way, deals with gender, sexuality, the internet, fame, fandom culture, mental health and so much more. IWBFT touched me in a way I just can’t explain.

Alex, Approximately – Jenn Bennett

Probably my surprise of the year, as I thought it would be a cute, fun, light Summer read. Which it was, but it was also so much more. Great father-daughter relationship, best friends, banter, working at a weird museum, silly adventures, enemies-to-friends-to-lovers and so much more. But best of all, is how both Bailey and Porter had their own trauma to deal with and found comfort in each other, yet neither of them was magically healed. Read my review here

Ace of Shades – Amanda Foody

So?? Underrated?? There was some hype back when it was released, which is how I found out about it, but?? Where’s the hype now?? Ace of Shades is so intense?? And so good?? And the main characters are a black bi boy who pretends to be a ruthless gang leader but in actuality is Very Softβ„’ and a seemingly naieve, posh, nice girl who uhhh, is actually more ruthless? And kick-ass? The worldbuilding is so intriguing and I just want to know more?? Please read it??

The Brightsiders – Jen Wilde

SO!! QUEER!! God thinking of The Brightsiders just makes me tear up because I felt so loved, supported, embraced and empowered. I loved how The Brightsiders is such an iconic queer band, looking out for their young queer fans and writing songs for them and just making them feel loved. Meanwhile it also tackled so many other issues, like abusive relationships, abusive parents, addiction, and so much more. I especially appreciated seeing an abusive relationship portrayed as unhealthy and toxic, as it’s still often not just normalised, but even romanticised (stop romanticising the stalker in Netflix’ You!! It ain’t romantic folks!!) Jen Wilde is such an icon and I can’t wait for her next book.

Sadie – Courtney Summers

*awkwardly laughs as she brings up Sadie again* I mean, I know I bring Sadie upΒ a lot (even in my latest review) but how could IΒ not mention it in my favourite books of 2018 post? It’s been a few months since I read Sadie, but it made such an impact that I’m still not over it. It’s an incredibly important read so if it’s not triggering for you I definitely recommend you pick it up. It’s gruesome and chilling, but not because it’s graphic*, but because it’s true. I’ve been yelling about Sadie so much lately, I don’t even know what to say anymore without repeating myself, so instead I’ll just refer you to my review.

* Because it’s not!

A Thousand Perfect Notes – C.G. Drews

A Thousand Perfect Notes felt like reading Beck’s real, raw thoughts, as if he had been pouring them on the page instead of Cait. While Beck’s situation is a lot worse than my childhood ever was, I still related to him a lot, giving this book a close place to my heart.

My Whole Truth – Mischa Trace

Oh boy where do I even start. My Whole Truth was awful, heartbreaking, gripping, yet also warmed my heart, seeing how Seelie’s friends stuck by her through thick and thin, never doubting her, always standing by her side, willing to do everything for her. Of course they had their ups and downs, but their friendship persisted. There’s also a very cute f/f slowburn. The friendship and romance definitely helped getting through My Whole Truth. Although it is incredibly well-written and it’s hard to put down as you want to know what happens next, it’s still a heavy subject. Read my review here

Summer Bird Blue – Akemi Dawn Bowman

Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I was going to love this one when I first started reading it. I found it quite repetitive and wasn’t really enjoying it much. But at some point there was a switch, and now I can say Akemi Dawn Bowman has done it again. While I loved Starfish more, Summer Bird Blue is a very real, gritty and raw take on grief. Maybe that’s the reason I didn’t immediately like it that much, as it was a bit too real? I don’t like dealing with my grief. I’d rather ignore it and distract myself, so I guess it just got a little bit too close? I’m glad I kept reading though, because Summer Bird Blue is beautiful, touching and really gives you hope that you’ll be okay despite your grief.

Special mentions: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, All American Boys by Jason Reynolds, A Step from Heaven by An Na, Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

I hate that I never made any aesthetics for the last few books because now the end of the post looks so empty and boring but I have no inspiration and energy to make them now rip

Have you read any of these? Are they among your favourites as well? What were your favourites of 2018? Let me know in the comments!

20 thoughts on “Goodbye 20Gayteen, Hello 20Biteen / 20Prideteen // My Favourite Books of 2018 Part II

  1. You are the queen of aesthetics wow I adore them all SO much and they’re so on point and wow, I just LOVE them. <3 I'm so happy to see IWBFT on this list, I love this book so much, it made me so happy and I don't know, I just love it ahah. I also really, really liked The Brightsiders, such a fantastic book! <3

  2. These aesthetics are EVERYTHING!! Congrats on reading so many wonderful books (esp Alex, Approximately ;) ) I’ve been going on a Rick Riordan reread, and I haven’t read the Magnus Chase series yet, but I think I should look into picking it up <3

  3. The aesthetics are gorgeousssssss. And thanks for the Fairly OddParents reference; I didn’t know how much I needed that comparison to Alex until now, hahah. Their relationship with Magnus is absolutely my everything and I miss them already. I should probably re-read this trilogy soon!
    All American Boys is my next read, so I’m glad you enjoyed it! I predict it will break my heart, which I’m kind of excited about? Probably because the last few books I read have all been quite heart warming, so I’m looking forward to the change, hahah.
    My favorite books of 2018 were: A Hero at the Fall – the conclusion to one of my favorites & most underrated book series of all times – and The Wicker King – which totally broke my heart and made me cry halfway through Math class. Yay!
    Hope 2019 is an amazing reading year for you! 😊

    • Thank youuuu! ❀️ Haha I can’t get it out of my head now though, I keep seeing Cosmo and Wanda when thinking of Alex πŸ˜‚ Sameeee I’m probably going to reread it at some point soon too! I miss my kids

      Oh it will DEFINITELY break your heart but it’s so worth it. Such a good, underrated read.

      I haven’t read either of them – I haven’t even heard of A Hero at the Fall? I’m going to look that one up! Oh no! Crying during Math isn’t good haha. If anyone saw they probably thought you were crying because of Math though πŸ˜‚

      Thank you, I hope the same for you! ❀️

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  5. YOUR AESTHETICS πŸ’—πŸ’•πŸ’• IM IN LOVE 😍 BUT OMG I NEED TO READ SO MANY OF THESE BOOKS (the brightsiders!!) I wasn’t acc a fan of Alex Approximately???? It was a bit eh for me??????? BUT ALL THE OTTHERS I WANT TO READ SO BAD!!!! Great wrap up, I LOVE IT πŸ₯° I hope that you have a fab 2019 :)

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  7. I was on a hiatus so I haven’t sad it yet, but I’m so happy to see you back on my Reader 😍 I also soo agree on the books you featured! I mean: The Ship of the Dead, I was Born for this, The Brightsiders, all one of my faves as well! And ACE OF SHADES!!! It’s so underrated, so I’m very pleased that you loved it too πŸ˜πŸ’–

  8. If you know any amazing stories with ace characters, tell meeeee lol. One of my internet BFFs is a lovely ace lady, and there’s just so little of it (that I can find). I got excited when I saw Ace of Shades but I assumed you would’ve mentioned that if it were :)

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