You know what my favourite thing about this community is? All the people I got to meet and friendships I got to make. I’ve met some of my bestest friends through my blog, and Laura @ Green Tea and Paperbacks comes on top. She’s the most genuine, caring and loyal friend anyone could ask for and just all around a ray of sunshine so it’s safe to say that I am blessed. And what do bibliophile best friends do? They spend half the time they talk yelling at each other to read the other’s favourite book. This isn’t a joke. Laura and I spend a ridiculous amount of time harassing each other about this.
So she came up with this BRILLIANT idea for a post. One where we make the books we want each other to read public, to keep us accountable. And hence this post, where my best friend picks my TBR. Or more like, 5 books for my 2019 TBR. And since I’ve loved EVERY SINGLE BOOK Laura has made me read so far, I am very excited about this list. You can find the books I’m making Laura read on her blog, here. And without further ado, here are the books:
Book image = Goodreads page.
1- You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman
I absolutely adore Laura Silverman. I know it, Fadwa knows it, I think everyone knows it by now because I cannot shut up about how much I love Girl Out of Water. I honestly had to check Goodreads to see whether Fadwa had read that one yet (I’m incredibly forgetful, oops) but she has so we’re all good. But even if she hadn’t, I still would’ve made her read You Asked For Perfect because I have a feeling she might be able to relate to this one. Something about study-related stress and the fact that there might be a queer Muslim med-student in this book…
I am not kidding when I say that when I read the last part I texted Laura yelling “YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT HAS A QUEER MUSLIM MEDSTUDENT?!!!??!?” so yes, my excitement for this book went through the roof with that one sentence. And since I absolutely adore Girl Out of Water, I’m 99% sure I’m going to love this one.
2- Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
Fadwa and I both love Ashley Herring Blake and have talked about our shared love for How to Make a Wish Before (which Fadwa recently reread, which made me want to reread it as well so yes, thank you for once again adding to my way-too-long TBR) and I thought adding Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World to this list might be a great way to finally get her to read middle grade. Middle grade is one of my favorite genres and Fadwa doesn’t read it a lot, so a middle grade by a shared favorite author sounds like the perfect place to start. Plus, this book means a lot to me because I read it at a time where I really needed it, and I hope this book can come to mean a lot to Fadwa, too.
Laura knows me too well… I am VERY intimidated by Middle Grade for some reason and I vowed to delve into it this year and I had decided that Ivy Aberdeen would be the perfect place to start. Which I believe I said in a post of mine before, so it’s either she has read that post or her best friend powers are too strong. (And you’re welcome for the rereading urge hehe)
3- If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
After reading three Jacqueline Woodson books last year I can safely say that she’s now one of my favorite authors, and what are friends for, other than forcing their friends to read their favorite authors? If You Come Softly is about an interracial relationship, and it’s one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read and I sobbed at the end. I know I cry a lot at books, but this one… Please keep tissues nearby. (Also, I 100% recommend the audiobook for this one!)
I’ve actually been eyeing one of Jacqueline Woodson’s audiobooks for a while now, ever since Laura told me about how much she loves her books. And especially since I’m wanting to read more books written in verse. I was going to start with Brown Girl Dreaming but since this is the one she’s recommended to me, I shall start with it.
4- Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman
Knit One, Girl Two is a book that made me incredibly happy. It features an f/f relationship and it’s super cute and nerdy and soft and just the perfect insta pick-me-up. Seriously, if you’re ever feeling down just pick up this one and you’ll feel better within minutes. So if Fadwa is ever not feeling very well and I’m once again unable to grab my bike and visit her with tons of stroopwafels and cheesy movies to make her feel better, I’ll just force her to read this one instead.
I’m pretty sure this is one of the very first books Laura has told me to read and… I still haven’t *hides*. But okay, since this is the second best thing after having her here with stroopwafels when I’m having a bad day, I will take her advice and pick this up the next time I need a fluffy book to cheer me up.
5- This Is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow
I couldn’t just make a list with books Fadwa should read without including This Is What It Feels Like. This book is about a girl band, has an f/f relationship between two brown girls, has a teen mom MC with an adorable daughter, a recovering alcoholic MC, and explores friendships in such a great way. This book is SO GOOD and it was definitely one of my favorite reads of 2018, and I know Fadwa really wants to read it too so here, now she has even more motivation to pick it up. (And I secretly really need her to read it because not enough people have read it and I need more people to talk about this book with me.)
YES! YES! YES! I was hoping this would be on here because I’ve been DYING to read it ever since it was announced and even more so after Laura raves to me so much about it. And I actually have a copy on its way to me right now so I’ll probably be reading it very very soon (meaning in the next couple of months…).
Now I will have not only Laura to hold me accountable, but also THE WHOLE FREAKING INTERNET…so,uh, i need to make this happen!
That’s it until next time.
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.