For several years, High School Musical formed a large part of my identity.
I LOVE these movies (even the third one.)
Where else does one find cheesy, earnest musicals about summer busboys and their romantic dramas?
WHERE, I ASK YOU?
I found this tag over at AceReader, a blog that makes me smile.
Go read some of Elli’s posts.
The Start of Something New: A new favorite genre/author/series
I’ve started reading contemporaries again.
For a long time, I couldn’t get into them.
I’ve since ordered…several.
Don’t tell my dad.
What I’ve Been Looking For: A book that has everything you’ve always wanted
Hungry Hearts gave me everything I could ask for and more.
I didn’t know I could encounter a bi love story, a trans love story, a superhero story, a dark mafia tale, and magic food all in one book.
LO AND BEHOLD.
Fabulous: A book with the biggest diva
Malyen Oretsev suuuuuuucks.
Go snack on some character development and leave Alina alone.
Boys are Back: The best bromance
Jude and Hector from There Will Come a Darkness have my whole heart and soul (though technically theirs is a romance.)
Their subplot, though, is taking a turn I don’t love.
How come the queer couple gets a ton of angst while the boring straight couple gets a straightforward romantic subplot?
CAN JUDE AND HECTOR HAVE A HAPPY ENDING, PLEASE?
What Time Is It?: The best summer read
Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop comes out this summer and looks like the perfect lighthearted read.
I also want to hit The Disenchantments and Ramona Blue this year.
If I’m feeling EXTRA ambitious, I’d love to reread two of my favorite summer books, You Know Me Well and Ship It.
I need something to look forward to this summer.
Everyday: If you had to look at one book cover every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Please look at All Boys Aren’t Blue.
Look at it.
It’s such a perfect work of art.
Scream: A character that frustrated you
Elysium Girl‘s Asa sometimes acts like a confident trickster, other times like an innocent boi.
It feels maddeningly inconsistent.
I don’t like him and wish he’d been more of a side character than an integral presence.
He brought down the book for me.
Just Wanna Be With You: A book you couldn’t put down
I read Roselle Lim’s Natalie Tan’s Book of Love and Fortune in a day, even staying up late to finish it.
It’s RARE that I do this anymore.
The story HOOKED me.
Humuhumunukunukuapua’a: The most ridiculous book/scene/character you have ever read
I had a minor obsession with Jenni James’ YA LDS Jane Austen retellings in 2015.
I still have haunting flashbacks about each novel. (The less said about Persuaded, the better.)
In my FAVORITE Pride & Popularity scene, Darcy’s infamous proposal is rewritten as a confrontation at a playground.
Taylor, the Darcy character, yells at Chloe for rejecting him whilst angrily shaking a child’s swing.
IT’S AS RIDICULOUS AS IT SOUNDS.
Know what’s EQUALLY ridiculous?
In Northanger Alibi, protagonist Claire suspects her cute neighbor of being a VAMPIRE.
(I am not making this up.)
(In reality, he’s a pop star. Obviously.)
His parents are so offended by the vampire allegations, they forbid him from seeing Claire ever again.
I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY THIS IS SUCH A SCANDAL!!
High School Musical: Your favorite fictional school
Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality from Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series sounded like a real hoot.
Between the vampire professor and the tiny French inventor who lived with the Sooties, the school was nonstop whimsy.
Spring Musical Medley: The happiest ending
If your book makes me cry, I will love it for life.
Felix Ever After melted my heart.
Nic Stone put it best:
I’ve never read a book that more perfectly balances hardship, hope, and happiness.
I am positive this book will save kids’ lives.
Order it here if you haven’t already.
Should I read the YA witch books I just ordered OR should I rewatch the entire HSM franchise?