This week I’m talking about books that make me smile! And I only just realized, but nearly every single on of these books has a character that lands somewhere in the LGBTQ+ community!
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
God, the last 30% of this book? All that trans joy? Made me so happy.
The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert
Really, I could’ve put any of Talia Hibbert’s novels here, but I read this one most recently and the love interest, Ruben, was so sweet!
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
The relationship was really cute, but there’s a sequence at the end that really got me grinning because it’s such a love letter to science and science communication.
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
I loved Esther’s character growth, but again, that romance had me grinning like a fool.
Sadie by Courtney Summers
This is a weird book to include, considering the themes of murder, kidnapping, poverty, and rape, however, I really enjoyed the podcast parts and if you listen to the audiobook version, it blew me away how it felt just like an episode of This American Life or similar podcast. That’s why I was smiling, because of the production on the podcast parts of the audiobook.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Oh man, what part didn’t make me smile? Every part of this was done so well, so just… everything. There’s a reason why this was one of my favorite books of the year.
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
These boys!! Are so cute!!! And deserve the world!
Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson
It was just really cute seeing Amara walk around New York and discovering her personal and ancestral history. It also gave me a whole new list of places to go to when I eventually figure out the NY subway.
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
No book is perfect, but this book got so much right about being nonbianry that I was smiling at Ben’s growth.
Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
The dialogue is so funny and again, that romance was so wonderful, I couldn’t help but smile.