Book Resolution #4: Learn to distinguish between all the Saints and Misfits in your life, and how you fit in other people’s lives as a version of each.
This resolution is based on SAINTS AND MISFITS by S.K. Ali
Reasons why I love SAINTS AND MISFITS:
-Janna is literally hilarious
-like so funny. And so smart, and clever, and just so wholly herself so when you see what pain she’s burrowing inside herself, it breaks your heart because it’s like girl, you are so brilliant and bright and no one should have power over your light
-love the writing
-a look at sexual assault that is heartbreaking and healing
-Yes. Religion in YA. I love seeing this Muslim girl be true to herself and her faith as she sees it
-It grapples with the issue of loving your community but also critiquing it and knowing that those questioning are an act of love and good faith. Seriously, the ask Imam portions were some of my favorites!
Book Resolution #5: Murdering people to get revenge on them for destroying your family is great and all, but the best revenge is your paper
This resolution is based on The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
Reasons why I love The Winner’s Kiss:
-She did it. Marie Rutkoski did it and I will never be the same.
-First of all if you haven’t read the WINNER’S CURSE series. Where have you been! Yes, it’s taken me until now to finish but that was because even after getting the last book on release day I was too afraid to read and see how it ends.
-How foolish. How foolish of me. Because this book doesn’t just deliver. It earns out! Everything seed planted comes to fruition. Everything you didn’t expect, everything you could have expect, everything more.
-Arin and Kestrel are OTP. Plain and SIMPLE.
-HATE TO LOVE has never felt so real. Also, one day I will do my TED Talk about how THE WINNER’S CURSE serious is one of the few that does slave romances (WHICH I HATTTTTE) right. The shifting power dynamics, the questions of consent and cultural awareness to the fantasy world she built. It’s all here folks. It’s all on the page. But for now, hold my drink.
Book Resolution #6: Laugh more. Be who you want to be. Don’t be afraid of changing.
This resolution is based on Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
-I finally read this after watching the movie 6 times (okay at least 4)
-Love Simon. This book is joy. Pure joy. It’s hilarious. I love it. It’s joyful. It’s just great. That is all.
Read about my previous resolutions here