2018 Wrap-Up // Favorite Books, Wonderful Friends & Blog Awards

Happy New Year, everyone! 🎊🎆

… I say, apprehensively eyeing the title of this blog post, and dreading talking about “awards” I received, because impostor’s syndrome is real, and in addition to it, I’m still trying to find the ever-elusive part of me that can confidently talk about having accomplished something, without feeling like I’m bragging.

Confident Lily is,,, a work in progress, I guess we’ve established.

I hope you all had a wonderful start into 2019! And if not, this is your gentle reminder that how 2019 begins by no means sets the precedent for the rest of the year (!!)—despite numerous infamous sayings. Plus, I have to believe in that myself, because my start wasn’t exactly riveting.

I’ve been on somewhat of a mini blogging hiatus since the holidays, because I’ve been really busy with my studies, and I wanted to spend more time with my family as well. Maintaining a blog can be very time-consuming and exhausting (even if I love it), so it was a relief to be able to take a break, if only a little one.

If you ever miss me, know that I’m only a tweet away, though! ☺️

Anyway, to start off the new year with a clean slate, I’m wrapping up 2018 in my first 2019 blog post, and sharing my favorite books with you!

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Total score 📚: 241
ARCs 💌: 11
Re-reads 📖: 26
Graphic Novels 🖌: 42
Poetry 🎨: 13
Short Stories 📘: 21
Audiobooks 🎧: 16
Buddy Reads 👭: 32

Avg. Rating ⭐: 3.0

Middle Grade: 31
Young Adult: 164
Adult: 28
Non-Fiction: 18

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Despite the fact that it’s genuinely a rarity for me to find books I whole-heartedly love, I still had the hardest time narrowing down my favorites. 2018 was such a great reading year for me (I’m sure that an average rating of 3.0 seems very low to most of you, but I always averaged at 2.7 before :’)), and I fell in love with so many new books and authors. I’m most definitely wrapping up my reading year with a glowing smile on my face.

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I already gushed about these three books in my post about books that are gorgeously written, so it should come as no surprise that they made my favorites list. They’re genuinely always the first ones that come to my mind, when I think of favorites. These are all books that I’d without hesitation recommend to anyone regardless of their preferred genre, and regardless of whether they even (think they) like to read.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor [mini review]

Circe by Madeline Miller [mini review]

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern [mini review]

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Girls of Paper and Fire, The Rose Society, and The Fever King are books that I don’t “just” love because they’re objectively brilliant (or as objectively brilliant as art in any shape or form can ever be), but because they are subtly, but powerfully relevant in ways that are so immensely important—reading them has made me feel seen, and understood in ways I hadn’t before, and they’ve made me feel less alone with my experiences, growing up.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan [my review]

The Rose Society by Marie Lu [mini review]

The Fever King by Victoria Lee [mini review]

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Wholesome books that warm my heart are what I need from time to time, and even though these books are by no means made up of sunshine and rainbows, and twirling through life without a care in the world, they all emit a glow of joy that reverberated in me long after I finished reading them.

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta [mini review]

This Winter by Alice Oseman [mini review]

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills [mini review]

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Non-fiction books sustain my knowledge-hungry-self, and these four are so high my list of books-to-buy-when-I-have-my-degree-and-have-joined-the-work-force, which means a Lot, because as you know, being a income-less student and all, I only buy physical books when I’ve read and really enjoyed them.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie [my review]

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon [my review]

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo Lodge [my review]

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This is sorted in no particular order!!

special unicorns in my life

✨ Tal; my soul sister, and the person who knows and understands me better than some of my real life friends, even. You’re so kind, and funny, and smart, and always know the right thing to say when I have one of my bad days, whether it’s funny, loving, supportive, all of them simultaneously … or just a rant that makes me smile. You’re one of the best people I know, and I love you so much.

✨ Christian; we exchange the longest messages ever, and yours genuinely always make me smile?? Even though we haven’t talked to each other regularly in a while, you have a really special place in my heart.

May; you’re one of the first friends I made in the book community, and I value your love and friendship so much. You make the best puns, and will insult me and boost my ego in one breath—we usually don’t do sap (or, didn’t, to be more accurate), but you deserve all the happiness in the world, and more!!

✨ Fadwa, we only met a few months ago, but it feels like we’ve known each other for an eternity?? Thank you so much for all your support, and advice, and fangirling with me, you’re such an inspiration, and I love you to pieces.

✨ CW, your wisdom and the unwavering positivity you project has helped me so much, and I wish only the best things in the universe for you. Your artistic talent and skills always make me swoon, and I hope all your dreams come true this year!

✨ Emma, my critical reading twin, you’re way too clever and witty and all-around amazing for this world, and that is all.

✨ Marie; you’re always here to bless my days with a sweet message, and encouraging words, and I’m so thankful to have met you through blogging; your friendship has been a true gift.

✨ Mel, if I consult the dictionary, your name will describe what sweetheart means. I adore you, and I can’t wait to see you conquer BookTube ✨ Hannah, thank goodness I decided to join Bookstagram, or else I would have missed out on your wonderful presence in my life ✨ Mal, a real life unicorn if there ever was one  May, my fellow Marchetta stan (and first Ever follower)  Lili, my name twin, your generosity and kindness are unparalleled, and I’m so glad we found each other this year  Tiff, I love screaming with you about anything and everything—Taiwanese blogging sisters for life 💗  Dezzy, my B99 partner in crime, thank you for being a source of happiness, always  Laura, you’re a wonderful soul, and I’m so lucky to know you ✨ Sophie and  Steph (forever bonded as fellow O.W.L. survivors); Chaima, you just radiate all the cool and wholesome and fabulous vibes in the cosmos, and I’m so glad we got to know each other better this year!  ZoëI love chatting with you, you’re so kind, and your thoughtfulness always warms my heart  Hamad, my favorite person to roast, I’m so happy we started this blogging journey together  Kat, I love how we just get each other sometimes, without even having to say much?? Magic 

I’m also so incredibly glad to have joined Twitter a few months ago, because I wouldn’t have met ✨ Victoria (I just realized that we’ve pretty much been talking everyday?? In case I jinx it with putting this in my blog post, they were Good Times), ✨ Katie, and ✨ Joan, otherwise.

Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure that I forgot someone, because this post was written after getting merely five hours of sleep, followed by six hours of revision, and sitting through one hellish exam, so please accept my deepest apologies!!

I would like to thank every single one of you for reading my blog, always leaving the sweetest and most supportive comments, and likes, and sending me messages (even outside of my blogging platform), and in general for all the kindness and support! It means the world to me, and I’m so thankful for each and every one of you. You kept me going, when blogging (and real life) were tough.

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I’m going to stop being a sap in a minute, but I genuinely can’t believe so many of you thought of me for even one single award, let alone multiple. Words can’t accurately depict how much it means to me. THANK YOU.

 

Out of This World Book Blogger Award

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We’ve arrived at the end of this post, and I have a little announcement to make—I’ve signed up for the Amazon affiliate program! If you’d like to support me (I’d love you forever!), you can use the Amazon link in my sidebar, whenever you choose to purchase something there, or the links I will add in my posts going forward, when you decide to buy or pre-order a book I feature.

As someone who’s still a student, and whose schedule unfortunately doesn’t allow her to work part-time, because all lecture attendances are mandatory, I would be thrilled to see all the love I put into my blog help contribute to paying expenses like commuting, and textbooks (which we all know are so. expensive. rip 😭), and avoid amassing huge piles of student debt. :’)

Here’s a little widget you can use—I think I need at least three sales in my first month to keep my affiliate status, so I’d appreciate it a lot if you used this link the next time you shop on Amazon. 💗

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How has the new year been treating you? 💗
Do you have any reading goals for 2019? Are you taking part in the Goodreads challenge?
What’s on your January TBR? (Tell me everythinggg.)

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85 thoughts on “2018 Wrap-Up // Favorite Books, Wonderful Friends & Blog Awards”

  1. Circe and The Night Circus were on my list of top books for the month as well! I’ll definitely shop through your affiliate link 🙂 It would be lovely if your blog did pay towards your expenses / life costs 🙂

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  2. HELLO THIS IS THE SOUND OF ME TEARING UP AND SHOWERING YOU WITH LOVE ❤ I am so so thankful to have met your through blogging and also so honored to be included in your wonderful list with great company! (Taiwanese Blogging Sisters 🙂 ) You truly deserve all the awards and even more because 1) you're an amazing person all around and 2) you put out quality content and it deserves to be shown love!

    Congrats on reading 241 books AKA are you even human?? Please teach me your ways ❤ and um I'm also horrible because the only book I've read on your list is GoPaF, but that means I know which books to pick up this year 😉 My January TBR are to finish Descendant of the Crane (of course), The Fever King, Girl King, You Asked For Perfect, and hopefully whatever else I'm able to get to.

    Happy 2019, and Sending you all my love!! ❤

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    1. Hi hello yes YOU DESERVE ALL THE KIND WORDS!! And I guess it was your turn to make me tear up. :’) I’m so, so happy that we’ve talking even more recently, and I can’t wait to buddy read more books with you. ❤

      Ahh that was mostly before uni started—I read like 60+ books during the summer (and I can't believe it myself, tbh). I'm planning on reading Girl King soon as well!! I’m a bit apprehensive after reading some reviews, but still mostly excited. You already know that I absolutely adore TFK ❤ & I'm curious what you'll think about YAFP, because it gave me all the anxiety in book-form that I already feel irl.

      I wish you the happiest of new years as well, Tiff!! xx

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  3. Happy 2019! I love Muse and The Night Circus + I’m super excited to read Circe. Girls of Paper and Fire meant so much to me and it was so beautiful. Ah I’m also actually reading Foolish Hearts this month so I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I hope you love Circe, it’s truly such a masterpiece. And I agree about Girls of Paper and Fire, of course, I can’t wait to read its sequel. :’) & ahh I hope you enjoy FH as much as I do! 💗

      Thank you for your sweet comment, Cindy, I hope you’re having a wonderful week! ☺️

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    1. Aww Elise, thank you so much, that means a lot, coming from you! 💗

      The Rose Society is such a brilliant book & I’m always astonished, when people tell me that it (+ the series) isn’t even on their radar??

      I hope your 2019 is absolutely fantastic, and you slay college and everything else you touch! ✨✨

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      1. Young Elites weirds me out so much because it feels like a lot of people have read it and it’s fairly well-loved, and YET no one ever talks about it?? The way Rose Society processes cliches and tropes and villainy and heroism is so incredibly nuanced and interesting. I think it’s Marie Lu’s best, honestly, and she’s great.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this wrap-up, Lily!
    Your blog is so beautiful and such an inspiration! I’m glad your 2018 reading plans went well (241 is so much higher than my 26! 😂) Almost all of your favorite books (particularly Girls of Paper and Fire, The Night Circus, and The Fever King) have been on my TBR for a while, I just haven’t gotten around to them!
    I hope your studies go well this year! It’s been hard for me to be a student blogger as well, since blogging takes up SO much time :/

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    1. Ahh omg thank you so much, Xandra, that’s so sweet of you! I’m going to cry. 😭😭

      Aw don’t compare yourself to me tbh, everyone has different reading speeds and priorities! I hope you can get to them soon, they’re amazing. 😍

      Thank you so much, I hope so too. ✨ I relate so much & I hope that we can both find a good balance. Have a lovely new year! 💫🌸

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  5. LILY! I love you.. more than words! And I am so thankful for your friendship! I hope 2019 is filled with so many buddy reads for us… and hopefully we will have a five star read together soon! 💖xx

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  6. agsdhjasghj i LOVE LOVE LOVE you. also i think it’s just gorgeous that we both averaged exactly 2.7 last year and around 3 this year. both of us critical, both of our hearts opening up?? anyway “meeting” you and reading your lovely blog and just basically any moment that had anything to do with you brought a lot of joy into my year. i can’t wait to continue the same in 2019 ❤ ❤ (also shoutout to foolish hearts!!!)

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    1. LOVE YOU. Ahhh that’s incredible?? I mean,,, it would be lower, if I’d actually taken the half-star ratings into account, but Goodreads says 3.0, so who am I to nitpick, I guess?

      I feel the same way about you!! I’m so happy we met last year, you’ve been a sunbeam in my life. Here’s to another year of friendship (and sharing unpopular opinions, and critical analyses.) 💫

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  7. Lily, this post and your wonderful and kind message (which was INCREDIBLY timely tbh) really moved me. Thank you so so much for this. *adds it to my things-to-look-at-when-i-feel-sad folder :’)* I’m so glad that we met this year; you are a blessing and light.
    I hope 2019 will be an incredible year for you, one that’s fulfilling, exciting, and kind to you. 💛

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    1. You’re such a wonderful soul, CW, and I meant every single word. 💛 And … you’ve already contributed to my own rainy-days-folder numerous times, so I’m glad I could return the favor. :’)

      Thank you so much for this kind message, wishing you only the best for 2019 as well. 💫

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  8. LILY I LOVE YOU 💖💖💖 you’re like the sweetest, creative, most articulate blogger ever and to know you?? im honoured. im so proud of your blogging this year and the amazing response you got from it, totally deserved

    I cant believe you read 241 books this year, how did YOU DO IT?! and im sobbing to see saving Francesca and foolish hearts on the list of favs :’)

    I hope 2019 is a more amazing year for you and you find even more favourites and are happy and healthy 💖💖

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    1. Ahhh May, you’re going to make me cry. 😭 I love you, and I will never forgot how supportive and encouraging you were when I told you about wanting to start my own blog. 💖

      241 will never happen again ahah, but I had the best time buddy reading Saving Francesca with you!

      Thank you for your kind message and I wish the same for you!! Here’s to another year of friendship 💖🥂💫

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  9. This is such a heartwarming, beautiful post Lily and thank you so, so, so very much for your sweet words and for mentioning me here, this means so much, you are way too sweet I don’t deserve you 💖💖
    I’m so happy you had such a good reading year and I can’t wait to read some of your favorite books, hopefully this year I will get through some of them, especially The Fever King, Girls of Paper and Fire and Foolish Hearts!
    I hope that 2019 has started off greatly for you and hope that it will be an amazing year overall with tons more awards and most importantly, a whole lot of fun blogging 💖

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    1. NO you deserve all the best things and people in the world, Marie, and I consider myself so incredibly lucky to be a part of your (blogging) life. :’)

      I really hope you’ll love these three books, but I’m also very certain that you’ll adore Foolish Hearts, because it’s the kind of lovely and heartwarming book that just,,, seems like it was written for you?

      Here’s to a new year filled with joy and happiness and laughter & friendship for us both!! 💖

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      1. You’re going to make me cry, you’re way too sweet I don’t deserve you 💖💖💖
        I’m ALL for heartwarming books and can’t wait to read Foolish Hearts, fingers crossed I get to it soon 💖

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    1. It’s such a gorgeous book! I still can’t believe we get another book of hers this year. :’)

      Ahhh Ilsa, it’s so gorgeous and beautiful and just,,, please feel free to scream at me about it as much as you want!! I adore it with all my heart.

      Sending you the warmest thoughts and vibes for 2019! 💫💜

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  10. Happy New Year, Lily! YOU READ SO MANY BOOKS IN 2018. Props!

    I love the way you separated your favourite books into categories. Whenever I’m recommending books I find it really hard because there are often ones I LOVE but are not perfect? So I often give a written or verbal preface with many recs except for a select few, so your sections on recs for everyone vs recs for x, y and z really resonated with me!

    Here’s to reading many more amazing books in 2019. 😀

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    1. Happiest of new years to you as well, Becky!! 💙☺️

      Ahh true, I’m so glad to hear that someone relates—I totally get what you mean, because I feel the same way. And thank you so much, it really was quite a successful reading year for me. :’)

      Yess + blogging love!! 💞

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  11. Such a wonderful wrap up, Lily! You’re such a lovely individual and I’m glad you had so many great reads in your year! Of the novels you showed, I love Circe as well! I hope your 2019 is absoluteky amazing! 😊

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  12. LILY OMG YOU’VE MADE ME BURST INTO TEARS WITH ADORATION & FRIENDSHIP ❤ ❤

    u are just one of the best people i've ever met and i love you so much, i literally feel honored to be your friend c: c: c:

    *presents you with a bedazzled friendship bracelet that looks v much like Fever King merch*

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  13. What a lovely wrap up Lily.. as usual, it’s always a pleasure to read your posts since they seem so personal and feels like you’re talking to a friend or family😊
    I hope 2019 brings you more friends and lots of money via the affiliate program! Wink!
    I have a lot of challenges that I’ve signed up for this year, so here’s to us!

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    1. Ahh that’s such a wonderful compliment, thank you so, so much, Prachi 💓💓

      Ahah I just hope it can help a little bit with paying for study materials, but the commission is really small, so I don’t expect much. Ohh what kind of challenges have you signed up for? (Are you planning exercising more, still?)

      I hope 2019 is most kind to you! 💝

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      1. I’ve signed up for four reading challenges, buying a car, learning to drive and driving it this year lol and of course exercise via running . Have signed up for my first 10k that’s in March this year, so pretty excited and nervous! Haha

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  14. Ahh I absolutely loved reading this post, Lily (but no surprise haha, your post always leave me happy and content ☺️ your blogging voice is so lovely). And oh my gosh, I’m very honored to be included in this post!! This completely made my day; you’re so sweet. I appreciate you and our friendship (and our mutual love for B99, of course) so much. 💓

    I’m SO happy to see Foolish Hearts among your favorite books!! Foolish Hearts is the definition of “wholesome” and I truly adore it with all of my heart. (The friendships, the romance, the characters, AHH. 😭) Wishing you the best for the new year – I hope it’ll only get better from here! 💖

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  15. Aww this is such a lovely post! I’m so happy that 2019 was such a great blogging year, and that you’ve found such a supportive community here.

    I love you 2018 favourites! I haven’t gotten around to Foolish Hearts yet, but I loved Emma Mills’ first 2 books so I really should. Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race has also been on my TBR forever – I will do my best to actually read it at some point in 2019.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lydia, that is so kind of you! 💖

      I think you’ll adore Foolish Hearts, especially if you loved her other two books! And Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race is such an eye-opening and important read, I hope you’ll find the time to get to it soon!

      Wishing you a wonderful year! 💫

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  16. Aw I hope you have the best 2019 ever, Lily! I was sorry to see you around so little but I was rooting for you to do well with your exams and everything, so I was comforted by that fact and knowing you’d be back soon 🙂 Admittedly everyone was a little bit busy with their holidays so it’s okay!
    You did a wonderful job last year and I imagine you’ll do even better in this one. Thank you so much for doing the OWLs with me and the gang, it was such a pure time for me and I loved sharing it with all of you lovely girls ❤ I hope we can do something similar this year as well! It'd be great to have that companionship again ^^
    Wonderful post, hon, keep it up!

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    1. You’re so wonderful, Sophie, and I’m so happy O.W.L.s brought us together!! ❤ I really hope we'll all get together this year as well, I had so much fun! 🙂

      Thank you so much for your sweet message and all your support, I appreciate you so much! ❤ I hope you have a wonderful year. ❤

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  17. AAAAAAAAAAAA HOW DID I NOT SEE THIS UNTIL NOW NDFFASFASKFALKFMLSDMDSLKSFLMFSKSDKFNSKFNFLMSFL IM SO MAD AT MYSELF FOR NOT SEEING THIS UNTIL NOW THIS IS WHAT I GET FOR NOT CATCHING UP TO MY EMAILS

    ILOVEYOU ILOVEYOU ILOVEYOU ILOVEYOU ILOVEYOU

    getting to know you was one of the BEST parts of my 2019, im sososososososo grateful to have you and your friendship and your support in my life and to have someone that understands me so intricately well. I honestly think we’re made of the exact same atoms and that’s why we get each other so well, and it’s after years of having to omit parts of myself to people, it’s so refreshing to have someone who knows EVERYTHING, the good and the bad, and who gets it, and who supports me regardless and ILOVEYOU.

    ok now that im done with all the sap:

    THERE’S SO MANY GOOD BOOKS IN YOUR FAVES OF 2018 CIRCE FRANCESCA THIS WINTER FOOLISH HEARTS ROSE SOCIETY STOP MAKING ME WANNA REREAD EVERYTHING

    yay for upping your rating by .3 points!!!!!!!!!!! I hope that trend continues in 2019 and hopefullyyyyyy we’ll have many more BRs to come *all the sap emojis im too lazy to post because im typing this from my laptop*

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    1. I LOVE YOU SO SO SO MUCH AND I HOPE 2019 WILL BESTOW UPON YOU ALL THE MOST WONDERFUL THINGS IN LIFE.

      Yes to more buddy reads with you, always!! Can life please pause for a few months just so we can spend more time talking and buddy watching Friends and buddy reading our favorite books. 😭

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  18. I can’t believe I didn’t see this any sooner, but THIS IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL POST, LILY! I’m so glad I met you, talking to you always puts a smile on my face and never fails to make my day 🌸 I wish you all the best in 2019! (Also, I just started reading Circe and seeing that it’s one of your favourite books you read in 2018 makes me all the more excited to continue reading it)

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  19. OMG bless your beautiful heart. I adore you ❤️

    I feel so lucky to have met (not face to face unfortunately) you and Sophie this year whilst sitting our OWLs. You’re an angel and I feel blessed to call you my friend. Thank you for mentioning me in here babe.

    Keep doing your thing boo, I’m 100% here for it.

    Steph 💕

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  20. You seem to have read so many amazing books this year! I haven’t started Strange the Dreamer yet since I want to get myself a copy of Muse first hahaha but Circe is on my list of reads this year!

    I set my goals a little lower this time since I’m going to have quite a busy year ahead. Besides the Goodreads challenge, I’m joining the Year of the Asian challenge as well! I hope your 2019 turns out to be even more amazing!

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  21. I’m so happy 2018 brought you so many good things to your life! I’m taking part of the Goodreads reading challenge for the first time this year and I’m aiming for just 12 books 😄

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