Hey guys! As you probably already know, throughout the month of November I’m shining a spotlight on thirty wonderful book bloggers 😊📚 If you’re not already following them, then I’d definitely recommend that you check them out – these guys are all such wonderful bloggers and all incredibly kind and supportive.
Today is the turn of the wonderful Dezzy (from The Thoughtful Voice) who posts some fab reviews of teen and YA books as well as some wonderful recommendations!
Hi everyone! 😊 I’m Dezzy, and I’m a teen book blogger at The Thoughtful Voice. I started blogging in June of this year, not that long ago! (It honestly feels like I’ve been blogging for much longer than that, haha.) I post book reviews, book tags & awards, and an assortment of other bookish posts, which mostly consists of me screaming about books. (I’m sure you all can relate. 😌)
I’m an INFP (a mediator, according to 16 personalities), Hufflepuff, and Chinese American. I absolutely love reading (obviously), and I always try to read diverse and own voices books, because representation is so important! Being able to see yourself in a book is such a powerful and incredible feeling. 💞
Of course, I can’t finish introducing myself without mentioning my favourite TV shows: Brooklyn 99, The Good Place, and One Day at a Time. I love these shows with all my life, and you can always expect to see B99 gifs in any one of my posts. 😉
I blog about books because how else can I share my endless love for books with the world? Every time someone comments on my blog that they picked up a book because of me or that they loved a book as much as I did, my heart explodes with happiness.
I also love blogging about books because of YOU, the book blogging community! This is one of the sweetest and most supportive communities I’ve ever been a part of, and being in this community brings me so much joy every day. I absolutely love talking (or screaming) about books with all of you. 💓
Where did your love of reading come from?
Honestly, I’m not quite sure! I’ve loved reading ever since I was young. My love of reading probably came from my mom. Although she’s not an avid reader, she has always encouraged me to read and brought me to the library every week when I was younger. I always looked forward to those library visits and I remember borrowing 30 books (the maximum limit) at a time. It was great. 😂
What is your favourite book that you’d recommend to anyone and everyone?
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren! I was captivated by this book from the very beginning and basically, read it in one sitting. I smiled, laughed, squealed, and cried because of this book. Autoboyography is both a heartwarming and emotional book, and it completely destroyed me. (Yes, I hate myself because I love books that bring me pain. 😂) I also loved the bi rep in this book! 💖💜💙
And can we just take a moment to enjoy this BEAUTIFUL cover??? AHHH the colours! 😍
Which author (dead or alive) would you love to meet and why?
I’d love to meet Rick Riordan someday and tell him how much his books (specifically PJO and the Heroes of Olympus series) mean to me. His books were the first to introduce me to the importance of diversity and representation, and they were also the first book series I ever fell in love with. And for these reasons, the PJO/HOO books will always have a special place in my heart, along with Percy, Nico, and Leo (my favourite demigods). 💙
What is the most memorable/sentimental book you’ve read?
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. It was such a heartwarming, relatable, wholesome, and charming book, and it honestly made me laugh and smile so much. And oh my gosh don’t even get me started on the characters!! I’ve never seen a more lovable cast of characters in a book (except maybe PJO/HOO). I have so much love for every single one of the characters!! 😭 Foolish Hearts deserves so much more hype than it has; it’s one of the best YA contemporaries I’ve read. If you want a lighthearted, feel-good read that makes me smile, laugh, and squeal over the characters & romance, PLEASE read Foolish Hearts. 💞
If you want to read more of my thoughts about this lovely book, I wrote a review of it here!
What is your favourite genre to read and your favourite book from it?
If you couldn’t already tell, my favourite genre is YA contemporary, hehe. I already named some of my favourite contemporaries (Autoboyography and Foolish Hearts), but another one of my favourites is Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. (I also loved the movie, Love, Simon!) It’s such a cute and lighthearted book that gave me all the feels, and I adored the romance between Simon and Blue. ️ 💗 Their emails made me laugh quite a few times. 😂
What are your top tips/tricks for fitting reading around a busy schedule?
I’m definitely not the right person to answer this question since I’m the biggest procrastinator ever and I struggle a lot with balancing school & life with reading. 😅 (I also get into reading slumps a lot. 😶) But one tip that has worked for me is setting a specific time during the day/night just to read. For me, that’s usually right before bed. This way, I can ensure that I can read a little bit every day. Plus, it’s a great way to unwind & relax after a long day!
What are you reading now? Are you enjoying it?
The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood. (And before you ask, yes, it’s a contemporary. 😂 What can I say? I adore contemporaries.) I’m about halfway through this book, and I’m enjoying it SO much. It’s told through four POVs (four sisters), and each of the characters voices are unique and distinct, so the changes in perspectives aren’t confusing at all. I love reading through all of the sisters’ points of view, but my favorite sister is Vi, the youngest. She’s out and proud, and she has such an adorable crush on her friend, Cece. I LOVE HER. 💖
I hope you guys are enjoying reading this month’s series of posts as much as I’ve loved organising and collaborating with so many amazing bloggers to create them! 💖 Check back tomorrow! x