Top 5 Books I Read In 2018

This year I read a total of 25 books, which is great considering I’ve read maybe a handful of books total in the 3 years before 2018. Several of them I read for school and because they were educational books my step mom and dad bribed me to read. So because of that I will be making a list of my top 5 books I’ve read this year.

And yes, they’re all queer reads. Surprise, surprise.

These are in order read, not based on favorites because I don’t think I’d be able to decide which was better than the others.

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This book means a lot to me. 

Even talking about it, I know I still wont be able to convey how important this book was to me during this part of my life. I just love it so much because when I was having trouble with my sexuality, it was the first book with a queer main character I read and it was the voice I needed to hear and the story I need to read at that exact moment.

The voice and story that showed me it would be ok and that what I was going through wasn’t just a ‘me thing’. That other people deal with the same things.

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This one is one of my favorites because it’s queer, set back in time where women wore petticoats (which we should totally make a thing again.) , they’re on a trip, it’s a mess, the main character has had a tough life and a rough relationship with his parents, pirates, and the trio own my whole heart and I would die for each of them.

I didn’t think I was going to like this book but I ended up loving it. It’s now one of my top favorite books and I can’t wait to reread it once I finish my never ending tbr :’)

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

 A kickass f/f story about a girl trying to escape a demon king while also finding love? Check.

This story was hard to read at times but it was needed. You don’t see stories that talk/deal with sexual assault like this one does and handles it so well. 

Plus Natasha did such an amazing job crafting these characters, especially the character development. And she was fantastic at creating the world they live in and describing it so vividly without it feeling like she’s feeding you too much information.

Heartstopper (the web comic) by Alice Oseman

 I discovered this little gay web comic over on Tapas and let me just say, I WISH I HAD FOUND IT SOONER. It’s the most fluffiest cute shiz I have seen in a while with gay and bi main characters and I am all for it. 

It’s still on going and gets updated (I believe) every ten days.

The queer graphic novel I need in my life and I wish it would never end.

plus Alice Oseman’s art is absolutely amazing and stunning. I love her style.

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

 Can I just say that this book broke my heart and ripped it to shreds and then mended it? Because it did.

I’m surprised at how quickly I finished it because it was definitely a tough read. This story with a lesbian main character trying to fight for her future and what she wants while also not wanting to hurt her family and wanting them to understand. It is like a punch to the gut. It put my soul through the wringer, but it was worth. It made me feel things I’ve never felt and I absolutely loved how raw and heavy the whole book is.

What were your top 5 reads of 2018?