Faves – Best books of the year…

aka That time that I struggled to make a decision…






This was the hardest decision I’ve had to make all year. I’m sure of it. But, I somehow managed to get it done.


In no particular order, because THAT would have been IMPOSSIBLE to choose, here are my absolute favorite books this year.




If I Die Before I Wake 

I’ve been gushing about this book ever since I read it (see all my gushing here), and honestly, if this didn’t make my list something would be wrong.

Pet Semetary

This was one of those moments where the book and the movie are perfectly in sync, and I truly appreciated that. The spook factor was high. It brought up all the nostalgic feelings of my first time watching the movie and being hooked on Stephen King adaptations.

History Is All You Left Me  

Is this a surprise to anyone who follows my blog? Anyone at all? I don’t think so, because I am the biggest Adam Silvera stan that there ever was, and anything he writes is pure gold as far as I’m concerned. There were tears, but the story in and of itself was simply beautiful. And worth the tears.

They Both Die at the End 

I’m still not over this. It hurts so good. Rufus and Mateo are my new faves tbh. I gushed more here.

Carry On



This one is Becky Albertalli level sweet. Cavities are a guarantee and Baz and Simon are the perfect couple. Also Simon is the best anti-hero ever written. I can see myself rereading this time and again, falling even more in love with their love.






There were so many more amazing books that I read this year, but I couldn’t possibly list them all. What books stayed with you over these 365? Any on my list?





Guilty Pleasure: Movies Edition

Remember that one time when I told you all my favorite TV shows, and said that I might share my favorite movies? Well, you’re welcome!

Grease (1978)



I honestly couldn’t tell you how old I was when I first saw this gem, but I can tell you that I was hooked from the first instance. The singing, the dancing! Danny Zuko in those tiiiight jeans! Rizzo and her hot mess storyline, and sweet, innocent Sandy. I wanted to be a part of the gang.

This is probably why I became addicted to redemption arcs.



Hairspray (2007)



The body positivity and overall message of loving your brother regardless of race, size or social standing just tugged at my heartstrings. This is one of those shows that just stay with you forever.

Plus, it’s a musical and musicals are my weakness…soooo…yeah.



Would it be obvious if I said the HP movies? Yes? Ohhhhh well…

Harry Potter (1 -7)

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To this day there are very few books that I can say have resonated with me as with the HP series, and that love translates as equally to the movies. There is no particular time that I watch these movies, whenever it’s on, I sit there and binge. Or sometimes the mood will hit and I’ll have my own personal marathon.

I even converted mummy, so I feel like my life’s work is complete!



Pretty Woman (1990)



Judge not, lest ye be judged. This movie taught me that lesson in the most real-world way imaginable. Also, the reason I love rags to riches tropes as well. You know what? That’s going to be my next guilty pleasures list.



Pretty much any Molly Ringwald/John Hughes movie

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Quintessential eighties nostalgia wrapped up in a movie. Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles…etc…, I love them all. Molly is the constant underdog who rises to the top…


Honorable mentions

Hocus Pocus (1993)

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When is the second one coming? They’ve been teasing it for ages, and I’m only getting older and pining away. What are you doing to me???


Scary Movie 2 (2001)


Yes, it’s hella problematic, but I just can’t help it. I laugh at all the same places regardless of how many times I’ve seen it. What is wrong with me??

There are so much more than just these 2 but…if I don’t stop here I’ll make a list that’s at least 20 movies long…



Until next time, keep reading/watching


Dee  ^_^


Future Favorites Fri- Monday?

aka the time I could see ‘THE FUTURE’


I can see the future


I saw booksandlala doing this and thought I’d jump on that bandwagon. Th little list is for me to guess which books I’m most likely to rate 5 stars after reading.

Here’s hoping they don’t disappoint…

They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera


Let’s face it, when have I ever hated a Silvera book? WHEN?! Also, I’ve spoken about this book so many times I don’t think I need to add the synopsis again, right?


Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

*no cover available just yet.

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.


Again, when haven’t I loved an Albertalli?



What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons


Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love.


Look at that gorgeous cover. Just…look…at…it. The subject matter seems hard but so important and I want it to be everything it promises to be: beautiful and painful.





Black Mirror Vol 1 by Charlie Brooker


From the creator of Black Mirror comes the first book in an anthology series featuring original stories from leading fiction writers, all set in the world of the cult series.


This TV show is haunting and I fricken love it! Here’s hoping this lives up to the hype.



The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


The subject matter is powerful, and those usually resonate with me. All the reviews have been raving as well so…



Have you read any of these? Did you love/hate them?


Dee ^_^




Book L💞ve

Yesterday was International Book Lovers day so I thought this would be a fitting (short) post for today.


tob 5 childhood books



In no particular order, these are the first set of books that I remember falling in love with as a child:


Moby Dick by Herman Melville:

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Heidi by Johanna Spyri:

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Harry Potter (ofc).

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: 

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Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White:

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What books got you started?



Dee ^_^