I can think of every single one of these books without even trying, and they’re all going to be stupidly predictable. Like, y’all have seen me talk about every single one of these books, with one exception, at least once, and most of them several times. Yes, Emergency Contact is on this list, and yes, I’m rereading it right now for the fourth time, and no, I will not be stopped.
PS I Love You by Cecila Ahern is probably one of the most heart-wrenching books in the world. I so remember watching the movie and thinking that nothing could ever possibly be worse than that, could ever make me cry more, and then I read the book. It’s so well done, too, it’s not even just making you cry for crying’s sake. It’s expertly woven, and every time I think about it, I just want to curl into a ball and weep.
Is Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender one of the best books I’ve ever read? YUP. Am I also rereading this right now? YOU BETCHA! I mean, how could I not? RWRB is on this list somewhere, obviously, but Felix Ever After has joined its ranks, along with Emergency Contact, as a book that I just consistently reread every half year or so. It’s so damn good. Like. I’m never, ever going to get over how much I love it, and how mad I am at myself for not having read everything Callender has ever even glanced at.
Heyyyy, look! It’s the book I talk about every February because it’s my favorite Valentine’s Day read! No lie, I guarantee Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi has shown up on every February wrap-up post for the last three years because I am a hot mess when it comes to this book, and even though I practically have it memorized at this point, I’m never going to stop reading it. I feel like a broken record right now because I just want to talk about how so damn good it is, but like? Yeah. Choi has a new book coming out this year, and I am so ready.
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver absolutely destroyed me at the end of last year. Like, I had to rearrange my entire top ten contemporary reads; hell, not even just that, I had to turn it into a top ten because it was a top five originally, but there was zero chance of me moving any of the ones I already had out, and Deaver’s debut had to be on there. And so, here we are, with a book that I’m unlikely to ever forget because I have never felt so damn seen in my entire life.
I’ve somehow forgotten every time that I read Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston just how good it is, and I’m, like, weirdly startled all over again? There are so many outgoing texts of me just being like “IT’S LIKE FANFICTION I’M DYING!!!!!” as though I haven’t already read it three times and should know by now? Anyway, this book lives rent-free in my brain, and it can stay there forever.
I AM SCREAMING. I was literally speechless–SPEECHLESS–when the news about the Netflix adaptation dropped, and I can’t wait to reread Heartstopper by Alice Oseman this spring when the fourth volume comes out, as has become tradition for me now. This is definitely going to be one of my most anticipated adaptations, and I’m even more hyped because Oseman is writing it, so you just know that it’s going to be amazing, and UGH! IT’S HAPPENING! MORE GAY EVERYTHING!
Gosh, it’s been so long since I first read When My Heart Joins the Thousand by AJ Steiger, but I can still remember it so clearly. It was such a powerful little book, and it hit hard in so many different ways. I definitely want to reread this and revisit why I love it so much, but the quiet, delicate nature of it has left behind so much fondness and sweetness that I’d recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat.
I really wish I’d discovered Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell while I was still in college, or even immediately post-college, but alas, I didn’t until at least a year after. Even still, it held my heart in such a way that I knew, without a doubt, that I’d never been alone in my life, even if I thought I had, because there are always other weirdos out there who get you. And though college was still in the don’t talk about it fanfiction phase, and it’s insanely weird to me that we do talk about it now, this book is so special to me.
It wouldn’t be a romance post if we didn’t talk about Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater! I love how she’s always referred to this one as a capital k Kissing book because yeah. It’s the coziest and fluffiest of all of her books, and it remains, to this day, my favorite. I’ve got he was just Sam tattooed on me, and Sam Roth will forever be in my top favorite characters, and there’s just nothing that I don’t wholeheartedly love about this entire series. I recently reread it–I’ve reread Shiver more times than I can remember, but not Linger & Forever–and it just reminded me, all over again, why they’re my favorite.
Annnnd, closing out the list is none other than Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas! The most perfect spooky book ever, which I will 100% reread this coming October and not a second sooner, and which, as someone hilariously pointed out recently, features the and there was only one bed trope throughout the ENTIRE book and manages not to let it be a source of stress, which is just incredible. I’m a devout Julian fan, which should surprise no one, given the type of characters that I like, and the romance between him and Yadril absolutely slays me in all the best ways.