Help me out, I have books to give away!

Hi guys! For those of you who don’t know, I’m moving back to my country, which means I’ve been getting rid of my books for weeks now. Now I’m only 6 days away from flying home, but I still have over 40 books left on my shelf. 

This is why I’ve decided that giving some of them to one of you would be a great idea! I want absolutely nothing in return, all I ask is that whoever wants the box of 19 books I’ve packed pays for the courier (which should be below £10, depending on where you are).

The box is 7kg, and it contains 19 books, most of which are YA, contemporary and fantasy. Most are in great condition, but a few have suffered a little cover damage, or a coffee spill in case of Misery by Stephen King. The only “out of order” books in the box are the two Harry Potters (The Half Blood Prince, and the Deathly Hallows) which are both different editions. 

I would be sending the box with Hermes courier service, which will deliver it straight to your door. The quote tells me that a delivery within England would cost only £7.30, but if you’re from anywhere else in the UK or within Europe and you’re willing to pay a little more for the courier, please DM me so we can arrange it.

19 books, for as little as £7.30, and you would be helping me out so much! Please DM me if you want them!

For those not interested, I would appreciate it so much if you could at least reblog this post for me and for all the bookworms on a budget out there. Thank you so much!

I’m honestly so scared for the day I’m “too old” to read YA/ I don’t relate to the characters anymore. I just can’t stand the thought of being older than these incredible characters and the thought that I’ve passed their age - like I don’t want to be 40 and reading them but I love it so so much. You feel?

How beautiful is this cover?

I had a look around Gayโ€™s The Word today, which Iโ€™ve read is, sadly, the only surviving LGBTQIA+ bookshop in the UK. It was great being around so many fiction and non-fiction queer books all in one place and I discovered so many I want to read! And it didnโ€™t just have gay, lesbian and bi reads, but also sections for other sexualties like asexuality and ace ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

Do you ever get really thankful for all the books you’ve read? For all the worlds and stories and characters that have become a part of you? That there’s just this space of nostalgia inside you where you remember plots and twists, love stories and deaths, journeys you’ve taken between the spaces of a page and it just makes your heart swell. It’s part of why I love reading. You always get to carry pieces of those stories with you.

I know that the YA genre has still a ways to go before becoming truly perfect (if that’s even possible) but can we just acknowledge how far it’s come in just a few years? When I first got into it, when I was around 12/13, it was full of books like Twilight, Hush Hush, Vampire Academy, or The Fault in Our Stars: completely white and heterosexual, a lot displaying abusive relationships, misogynistic ideals, and/or racist tropes.

Now some of the most popular young adult novels are about a Black Snow White and a Chinese Cinderella, or women like a bisexual plus-size girl that’s still considered beautiful and badass by everyone who meets her and a brown girl with an incredibly deep backstory that’s usually reserved for white girls. A bisexual black guy with “superpowers” and a disabled boyfriend. We also have lesbian!Cinderella, lesbian!Hades and Persephone, a disabled MENA anti-heroine lead with a black romantic interest, a Chinese dystopian heroine, and another dystopian couple that includes two geniuses: a Native American girl and a Mongolian guy. A series inspired by West-African culture and religion. A reimagining of London where it’s brown/black people ruling. A magical, dystopian society where the heroine is a brown latina.

And that’s just off the top of my head! I’m not even thinking a lot about it! I read like half of those only this year. I KNOW that a lot of them are far from perfect, but do you guys know just how much all of this means?

Young Adult literature is always looked down on because it’s just that thing nerdy teen girls enjoy, and it’s hilarious to make fun of them, but do you know how much more enjoyable and relatable it’s becoming now, for TONS of them? YA lit has become one of the most diverse types of media out there, and despite the very real need for improvement, I’m just so happy to see it get better all the time! ~mod ara

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books come to life  → The Raven Cycle

The church enveloped Gansey in an incense-scented pocket of air, a rare enough smell that it instantly evoked half a dozen memories of family weddings, funerals, and baptisms, every one of them summer. How strange that a season should be held captive in one breath of trapped air.

“Ronan?” The word was sucked into the empty space. It echoed off the unseeable ceiling far overhead so it was only his own voice, in the end, that answered him.

- Maggie Stiefvater, Chapter 9, The Raven Boys

you can’t tell but they’re smiling