Hey everyone! So, today, in honour of the lovely Esme’s birthday, I’m going to looking at books that she loves! What you’ll find below is a list of 23 books – one for each year that she’s graced this planet! – that I know she loved, and that I’m dying to read! And who knows, maybe i’ll even get around to some of them this year! We’ll see. So, happy birthday, Esme! And here’s to you and your favourite books!

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BOOK HAUL, BOOK HAUL, BOOK HAUL!!!! Okay, okay, I’ll calm down. Today, I thought I’d throw up a quick January Book Haul post, as a little nod towards the lovely Becca’s more recent one! I’m a little forgetful, so hopefully I cover every basis, but I thought it would be a little bit of fun to share some of the books I’ve accumulated this past month! That said, from what I can remember (and feel free to call me out as a lying liar if you know this to be untrue!), I was fairly well behaved this past month as far as book-buying goes! Some of the books that won’t be mentioned were gifts for others, so those don’t count – at least, not anywhere else other than the gaping hole in my bank balance – but I think I did well in that I managed to get a fair few late Christmas gifts throughout January, as well as some deals, bargains, and discounts (thanks to damaged books, Jenny’s discount, and gift cards!). Overall, I don’t think I did too badly as far as spending went last month.

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Okay, so, admittedly we’ve already reached the very end of the first month of 2019, but is it ever too late for some resolutions? Now, at the end of 2018, and at the start of 2019, my friends and I were contemplating which books we’d like to get around to in the new year, and any challenges we’d like to set ourselves within our reading. Naturally, one of the most consistent issues that came up is that we all agreed we’d like to be a little more diverse in our choices. While I’ve definitely tried to broaden my horizons by way of genre over the past few years, I think that anybody with a little sense can see that all forms of media – be it literature, television, movies, etc – are severely lacking by way of good representation. Last year I was lucky enough to read some really excellent books featuring an array of different LGBT+ characters, as well as some seriously gorgeous pieces like Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, which not only featured a black leading lady, but also tackled some incredibly important issues such as racism, police brutality, and so on.

**full disclaimer** i’m deeply sorry for the length of this blog post. I absolutely had no intention of blathering on for so long, but here we are!

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