Ha. Re-reading The Great Turkey Calamity reduced me to stitches yet again. I'm certain this is comedy gold. *Gobble* 👑🦃
Keeping track of the Osemanverse timeline, Solitaire takes place in the middle of Heartstopper Vol. 4, and introduces us to Nick & Charlie! Centre stage is the notoriously pessimistic Tori Spring as she navigates woes, stresses, friends, family, & mental health in her self-deprecating pithy narration. Especially excited for her aro/ace-coded identity to become a canon in Vol. 5. I swear Oseman rooted around in my brain for gloomy inspiration 🍃.
I think I might have found my personality twin in Tori Spring! 🌬🌧🖤
As a side note, I'm already majorly heartbroken for Charlie and had to take a break to patch up my weeping heart!
Cute, cute, cute. As a side note, how dare they almost break up & make me worry about them?! 😂🍃 This novella from the beloved Heartstopper & Solitaire universe is short but so incredibly sweet. Brimming with Oseman's wholesome prose, rich in all the feels & romance, I only wish it lasted longer! Also, meeting Henry the pug made me smile like a fool, but since it's Nick & Charlie, I carried on smiling dopily most of the way through anyway 🍃.
Honestly, I need some serious time to recover after reading this psychological horror! Palpable with tension in a throat-gripping, edge-of-your-seat kind of way, this book is darkly desolate, purposely ambiguous, propulsive & almost suffocatingly foreboding. The readers' scepticism over the potential collective psychosis or apocalyptic scenario was as inconclusive as it was thought-provoking. In all the controversy over the ending, I LOVED it!
Kinda book related, but I just finished Heartstopper 2, and I officially need to gush! Ooh, my goodness 🍃. I loved it MORE than the first season! All the feels (a literal emotional roller coaster) bundled into something joyous, wholesome, and so meaningful, with serious themes handled with care. Words can't express how important these graphic novels/ shows are! The representation is above & beyond. How can we wait a year after that cliffhanger?
First off, how is this film adaption so freakin' perfect? It remained so incredibly true to the novel, I'm obsessed . All the feels wrapped up in an excellent cast (Henry was utter perfection, and Alex grew on me once his character softened), and it was all laughs and pride and sappy love every step of the way!! I'm not usually a fan of romantic films (books are a different matter entirely - I love them). I'm literally begging for a sequel 👑.
The Spirit Bares It's Teeth is one of the best books I've read this year!
I devoured the pages so quickly and then had the audacity to bemoan finishing it! 🖤🏳️⚧️
Hideously beautiful in prose, The Spirit Bares It's Teeth is a peculiar combination of the odious, macabre, and deeply transgressive Victorian era rife with medical experimention & a puissant patriarchal society. Hide-under-the-covers-kind of scary, this gothic horror will twist the usually unflinching gut into knots, challenging a readers' grit with every page turned, a strikingly ethereal trans love story simmering beneath the grisly narrative.
A totally wonderful, slightly bonkers and oh-so potent story. Forever influential to me, I rejoice in reading about a character with anxiety and depression who learns to navigate the world at his own pace and fulfils his dreams despite crippling self-flagellation. Whenever I feel hopeless and alone, I seek this book out. Quincy Moore is my hero, and I only wish I existed in a universe he had a real voice in. And Josy - he is human sunshine! ⭐️
What started off as an indulgent romantic read with a guaranteed happily ever after became something far more outrageously funny, sentimental, and surprisingly political than I ever imagined. With characters that jump off the page and light up the room and a glimpse into a somewhat nicer, more accepting world, to say I loved this book would be a massive understatement. Light and fluffy with undertones of angst, this love story is unforgettable .
Sorry (I'm not sorry at all for posting so many RWRB quotes), but I love this book so much 👑. This is my all-time favourite quote out of the entire novel 🏳️🌈🌈. Literally don't want this romance to end, but luckily, I have the film to watch next! 👑
This scene made me giggle and snort until it literally hurt! 😂🦃
I was not expecting to laugh this hard when I first picked this book up!
Literally. The. Best. Scene. Ever!
Loving this story so much 🏳️🌈👑🌈 (it's making the delayed delivery of Heartstopper Vol. 4 a little more bearable 🍃🍂).
Ooh, my goodness. The Heartstopper gang take a trip to Paris (♡ the City of Love - okay, that's dumb | courtesy of Nick Nelson's diary). Vol. 3 was a little angstier at times, but the balance between serious topics, which were handled with great care and the fluffy romance, was executed beautifully. Charlie's eating disorder broke my heart, but I love Nick for how he spotted it. Also, Mr. Ajayi and Mr. Farnouk's romance subplot was so sweet 🍂🍃
And, of course, I teared up reading this part 🍃💕🍂. Nick coming out to his mom as bisexual was beautiful 🍂💕🍃.
My favourite moment in Vol. 2 🍃💕🍂. This made me sooooo happy 🍂💕🍃.
I'm officially full to the brim of the warm fuzzies 🍃💕🍂. Charlie's and Nick's love story just gets cuter. I absolutely adored Vol. 2 to the point of actually getting teary at the end. Oseman's characters are a bunch of AMAZING people (bar Harry - I hate that guy!), and I'm certain the world would be a brighter place if they actually existed! I loved getting to know Elle and Tao better and hanging out with Charlie's friends. Vol. 3 next 🍂💕🍃
My heart has melted! Ooh, my goodness. This is the most adorable m/m romance I've ever had the pleasure of reading. My favourite part was that Charlie's and Nick's relationship is just so realistic and supportive and soft (no over the top drama). Just two boys who fell in love and make each other feel safe and happy. And that mini-comic! I died when I saw the puppy! The art was beautiful, the story oh-so cute, and the characters... ADORABLE! 🍂🍃
Juggling two beautiful LGBTQIA+ romance stories at the minute! Heartstopper vol. 1 and Red, White & Royal Blue! I'm loving both of them and am equally looking forward to the new tv adaptations! 💙
Flew through the sample, and now I'm impatiently waiting for my physical copy to arrive tomorrow! Until then, I'm stuck making pretty quotes 💓👑 x
I've heard so many people gush over this book; couple that with the release of the film adaptation, and I am finally jumping abroad the Red, White & Royal Blue sensational bandwagon!
I can't wait to start reading this beauty.
I've been in a pretty bad book slump lately (read: I read too many sad books that made me cry that I now need to emotionally recharge with something fluffy and romantic) and this seems ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! 👑❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🎉
This cry fest, poignant love story with a watery tragedy, lingers still. The tears stung when I read the last line. Hussey's prose is a balm to my soul. Please read the trigger warnings before reading, though, as the subject matter can be heavy 💔. I can't resist a re-read shortly X