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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat was hilarious to read. Not because it was funny, but because I guessed the plot before even reading the book. I remember texting my friend what I thought it should be after I read the synopsis. I can’t say what it is because of spoilers.

Anyway, happy feelings aside, this book was different than Simon Vs The Homosapien’s agenda because (besides it being from the point of view of Leah) it wasn’t as happy…or innocent. Unlike Simon liking Blue, Leah liking her crush posed complicated ethical dilemmas. Also, Leah was not the way she was described by Simon. In Simon, Leah was this easily angered friend…whereas here, she was just sensitive (and no wonder, she had to deal with a lot of obstacles).

Leah and the Offbeat also slightly connect to Albertalli’s other book “The Upside of Unrequited” but it is not necessary to read in order to know what is going on.

Because I can’t write more without disclosing spoilers, I will go straight to quotes.

It’s that girlfriend feeling again, not that I’ve ever been anyone’s girlfriend. But I imagine it feels like this. Like I’m this tiny precious wanted thing. I can’t decide if I feel gross about that, or if I only think I should feel gross about it.

This feeling….I have never read it in a book before so it was…cute.

There’s a tug in my chest. Because when Bram says Simon’s name, he pronounces every part of it. Like it’s worth being careful over. It’s really sweet and everything, how wow, I get so jealous sometimes. It’s obviously not just Simon and Bram. It’s couples in general. And it’s not about the kissing stuff. It’s just — imagine being Simon. Imagine going about your day knowing someone’s carrying you in their mind. That has to be the best part of being in love–the feeling of having a home in someone else’s brain.


I think I hate the concept of needing space. What it really means is that the person’s mad at you, or hates you, or doesn’t give a shit about you. They just don’t want to admit it.


I used to think boners literally pointed in the direction of the person you’re attracted to, like a compass. That would be helpful. Mortifying as fuck, but at least it would clarify things.


Let your guts hand out. I don’t even get that. Why would anyone want to live like that? Why would anyone want to live like that? Like it isn’t bad enough I’m always one breath away from falling apart. I’m supposed to fall apart under a spotlight?
It’s too much. And I don’t want to embrace the suck. I want things to not suck. And I don’t think that’s too much to ask.


“Do I want to love him enough that leaving him would wreck me? Yeah”




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2018 Possible Reading List

Over the years, my to-read list gets longer, and my days get shorter. My intention is to finish 2 books every month and write a review. Some months I’ll have more, I hope to never have less. Some books will require a few months of side reading in order to finish. Some books I’ll read because they were part of a book club. Since I can’t anticipate those, these are the books that I do plan to finish reading next year.

  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling. I’ve read them before, I plan to read them again. However, due to my inability to separate my bias emotion from these books, I won’t write a book review on them. I will, however, tweet about it.
  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I’ve heard great things so far. I will try to read it before the movie comes out.
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I liked Aristotle and Dante so I plan to give this a shot.
  • The Stone Virgins by Yvonne Vera. Simply because I own the book and it’s about time I finish a book I own instead of renting out new books.
  • The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett. I started it but didn’t get a chance to finish so 2018 will be the year.
  • The Tiger’s Child by Torey Hayden. This is the sequel to One Child which is a devastating book if you haven’t already read it.
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I have a friend who says it’s a sin that I haven’t read any of her work yet.
  • The Shack by William Paul Young. It belongs to a friend and I really ought to return it. It’s been 2 years!
  • Journey of Souls by Michael Newton. I tried reading this two years ago but couldn’t finish it. I will try again now that I have a friend willing to read it.
  • The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf. I didn’t get a chance to read it when it was the book of the month in Our Shared Shelf (a book club that Emma Watson started on Goodreads).
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. This is probably one of those books that will take months to finish!
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. I was planning not to read it so soon but curiosity got the best of me.
  • Good Omens by Niel Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Also a book a friend lent me….3 years ago. Gosh, I have a bad habit.
  • Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore. Because…I also have to return this book to a friend. Phew, good thing they don’t charge like libraries.

This is reading list plan. Realistically, I’ll get distracted with the many books of the months from the many book clubs that I belong to. If you have any book that you would like me to read and review, let me know and I’ll try to squeeze it in.

Let’s go 2018!