CAITLIN READS: 2020 Releases with F/F Romances // ft. The Midnight Lie, You Should See Me in a Crown, & more!

I really had to speed-read in order for this post to go up before the end of Pride Month, and I’m so happy that I made it!

This month’s Caitlin Reads is Pride-themed. As you can tell from the title, I’ll be reading f/f books that were released this year. I’m so excited, because I absolutely love boosting f/f books. It sucks that so many people say that there there are no f/f books, or that there are no good f/f books. I’m excited to prove them wrong in today’s post! (Also, I’m so sorry there was no Caitlin Reads in May. I wasn’t able to finish the books in time. 😔)

In case you missed it, Caitlin Reads is a feature I started in the beginning of 2020. For every post, I read a couple of books that fit a certain theme. I give updates as I’m reading the books, and also include pictures from my real life in order to give the post more of a “reading vlog” feel. Check out previous Caitlin Reads posts here.

Book #1: The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

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Out of all the books in this post, this is the one I’m most excited to read! While the Winners Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski isn’t perfect, I still look back on it fondly. I’ve heard mixed reviews for this, but I am tentatively optimistic.


2%– I have never updated so soon before, but HELP, I am already bored!! The writing is so atmospheric and descriptive, it hurts. I have no idea why Marie Ruktkoski felt the need to describe the dough Nirrim (the main character) was baking and the cherries that she and her people aren’t allowed to eat. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Anyways, for a quick summary: Nirrim is a member of the Half Kith, the lowest caste in Herath. The highest caste is the High Kith, and the Middlings are, well, you guessed it. The story is about what happens after Nirrim is thrown in prison and meets her cellmate, an enigmatic traveler named Sid.

39%– I’m loving this?? Going into it, I was so wary because of the mixed reviews, many of which criticize the lack of plot. Maybe it’s because the Winners Trilogy’s first book also doesn’t have a clear plot motivation, or the reviews helped me lower my expectations, but I actually think that this has a plot?

In the first few chapters, I, too, was confused about where it was going, but after Nirrim met Sid, the plot (though still far from being action-packed) started moving forward. Also, I’ve gotten used to the writing already, which is helping me fly through this book.

Sid is so mysterious and charming. She’s like every flirty male love interest who has his fair share of secrets, except she’s a girl, so she’s automatically 100x better than them. Her chemistry with Nirrim ~sizzling~, and I’m rooting for their relationship so hard!! I can already tell that their romance isn’t gonna be fluffy and soft, something that most people criticize sapphic romances for always being.

My biggest complaint so far is that even though the story is in Nirrim’s first person perspective, I somehow still feel like I don’t really know her. If I were more invested in her, I’d be so much more invested in the story.

FINISHED.

I’m rating this 3 stars, but it’s a very solid 3 stars!! I absolutely recommend that you read this book. The sapphic romance is so steamy, and has the potential to be as angsty as the one in the Winners Trilogy. I’m so ready for the pain.

I know I said that I got used to the writing, but that was a lie. I mean, not really. I did get used to it, but I didn’t like it. In fact, it was what took away most of my enjoyment of the book. It was dense, and I constantly had to reread lines because I didn’t understand what they mean the first time.

That being said, Nirrim is in an abusive relationship, and I loved how that was explored. This book perfectly illustrates how abusers gaslight victims and make them believe things that aren’t true.

This world isn’t homonormative in the slightest, and I like that we saw characters grapple with not being straight in a fantasy setting. In Nirrim’s case, she is unsure if she can even be attracted to girls, and in Sid’s, she’s constantly had to tell the people in her life that she’s not attracted to men.

Lastly, if you’ve read the Winners Trilogy, you have to read this!! This is set in the same world, and the references to the characters and events in it will make you Feel Things.

Book #2: You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

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I initially wasn’t interested in this because of the premise, but the amount of positive reviews changed my mind. Plus, it’s important to read and boost (not just buy) books by Black authors!!


33%– I’m already getting all the Black joy vibes from this book!! Liz Lighty is poor, Black, and queer in a high school where being all of those things aren’t the norm. When the financial aid she needs to attend her dream college falls through, she has to enter the running for Prom Queen in order to win a scholarship.

Even though Liz is in a negative predicament and her life definitely isn’t easy, I love that the book still has a light-hearted and joyful tone. Liz’s friends are so supportive of her, and it’s so fun to read about her campaigning and volunteering in order to have a shot at winning prom queen.

Liz is crushing on the new girl at school named Mack, who’s also running for prom queen. Their relationship is progressing so well and it’s so cute! I’m all for angsty slow burn romances, but this is one case where I prefer fluffiness and softness. Liz Lighty and the sapphics deserve it okay. 🥺

FINISHED.

What is it with queer books and outing scenes? Why are they becoming so prevalent? Is there no other way to spice up the plot? 😭 I’m not mad that there’s an outing scene in this, but I do wish they’d be written less, because they can be triggering, and they’re just not fun to read

I ended up rating this 4 stars. All of the characters and character interactions are so funny. Usually, I don’t like it when there’s a mean girl who’s there just to be the villain, but this time I didn’t mind, because Rachel wasn’t coming after Liz for no reason. They’re rivals when it comes to grades and other achievements. Plus, Rachel’s friends are nice to Liz and acknowledge Rachel’s mistakes, so that was a nice trope subversion.

P.S. In regards to representation, in addition to being Black and queer, Liz struggles with anxiety, and though I’m not sure, I think the representation is #ownvoices.

Book #3: The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska

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I don’t know much about this besides the fact that it’s a villain romance? The love interest is apparently a witch who sacrifices boys regularly. 👁


48%– This book is set in an island where the witch queen regularly sacrifices the boy she loves to prevent the dark tide from rising and engulfing the island. The current witch queen, Eva, has been sacrificing boys to the dark tide, but her attempts aren’t keeping it at bay, because she doesn’t actually love the boys she’s sacrificing. This year, Eva takes the main character Lina’s crush, and Lina trades places with Thomas in order to save him.

First of all, I love the atmosphere and setting!! If you love small, magical island settings, then I suggest reading this book. At first I was unsure whether this is set in our world or a secondary world, but I’m pretty sure it’s the latter.

I wouldn’t recommend this if you need in-depth worldbuilding in books. I wouldn’t say that I do, but I do prefer harder magic systems, so the magic system in this isn’t doing it for me.

So far, Lina is coming across as a stereotypical main character. You know, not very special, but headstrong and will sacrifice herself for her loved ones. But I’m not complaining! Even though there are many characters like her in YA, she’s three-dimensional, and her personality is such a nice contrast to Eva’s. Eva is so snarky and sure of herself. She’s the opposite of Lina in many ways, and I can’t wait for them to fall in love. 🥺

I’m not enjoying the story as much as I want to though. I feel disconnected from it, and I don’t care about what’s going on. I don’t know if it’s the book’s problem or mine, because I’m forcing myself to finish it as soon as possible.

FINISHED.

Sadly, I’m rating this 2 stars. I don’t think it deserves 3 stars, because 3 stars means “I liked it.”

I regret saying that I wasn’t complaining about Lina being stereotypical, because she was, and it just added to the mediocrity of the story. Eva could’ve been interesting, but her character wasn’t explored more. Their romance also lacked transition from irritation to “Oh, no I have feelings for you.” (That one kiss scene was a little spicy though. 👁)

To sum my thoughts on this book up in one word: forgettable. You might enjoy it more than I did, but I’m pretty sure that there are better sapphic books—and books in general—to spend your time on. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Book #4: The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

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To be honest, I don’t have high hopes for this. YA contemporary and slice of life stories just aren’t what my fantasy-loving heart prefers, and this seems like it’s gonna be very slice of life. But hey, it’s sapphic. Plus, that cover 😍


30%– This book follows Saoirse (she actually mentions that her name is pronounced Seer-sha, not Sur-sha like Saoirse Ronan in the first few pages of the book lmao). Saoirse is still dealing with heartbreak from a breakup. Her mother also has dementia, something that Saoirse is likely to also be diagnosed with when she gets older, and no longer recognizes her. Because of these things, Saoirse no longer believes in love. When she meets a girl named Ruby at a party, they have an instant connection. Ruby suggests that they enact a falling in love montage from a romcom, only without the actual falling in love part.

From the summary, you can probably tell how the book is gonna go: they’re gonna fall in love anyway. But the funny thing is that Saoirse acknowledges this, and says that their plan is akin to a person from a horror movie saying, “I’ll be back.” 😂

Saoirse is such a cheeky narrator, and I’ve actually laughed out loud at some of the things she said. Because of what she’s going through, it’s easy to understand why she doesn’t long for a relationship and her anger at her father for pursuing a relationship with another woman.

I also like that she’s a lesbian—the word lesbian is explicitly used on-page—and it isn’t a big deal. This book isn’t a questioning or coming out story (those stories are important too, but so are others).

Pretty much everyone in Saoirse’s life already knows about her sexuality, and absolutely nobody has a problem with it! Maybe this is unrealistic, but I don’t really care. I’m just happy to be reading a gay book where the characters don’t have to worry about being gay. 😌

FINISHED.

I rated this 3 stars! Again, 3 stars isn’t a bad rating—I still recommend it. I just didn’t enjoy it enough to rate it higher. I feel like a terrible reviewer for saying that, but I’ve accepted that my rating system is extremely subjective. 😭

There’s no question about it, The Falling in Love Montage is a lesbian romcom. I’m pretty sure Ruby and Saoirse themselves call it one. I love how, despite the fact that it’s clearly inspired by romcoms, it also pokes fun at the problematic and questionable elements in some of them.

If you like romcoms, you have to read this, because it references so many!! I’m pretty sure the only movie I understood the references to was 10 Things I Hate About You. :((

Side note: I just watched 10 Things a few months ago (very late to the game, I know), and I really enjoyed it! It had some questionable and cringe-worthy moments, but I still had fun watching it for some reason. 😭😭

The characters are all well-developed, and Saoirse’s friendship with Oliver is the BEST. More boy-girl friendships please! As someone who’s unsure about what’ll happen after she graduates, I loved seeing them grapple with what they want to do after high school.

Lastly, I loved the ending! It was both realistic and happy, and it gives you enough closure but not too much.

I’m so happy with the results of this Caitlin Reads!! I enjoyed all of the romances I read about (even Lina and Eva were sorta cute). And most of my problems with the books did not lie with the romances. I’m still a sucker for slow burn and angst, but sapphic insta-love just Hits Different.

Based on the ratings, You Should See Me in a Crown is my favorite book I read for this post. But my favorite couple is undoubtedly Sid and Nirrim. Their relationship is the angstiest out of all of these, so no one’s surprised.

Also, I’m sorry I only took pictures of food and Gordon. I got really lazy, and these two things are the only interesting things about my life…

Have you read any of these books? What are your favorite f/f books? Are there any f/f books that you’re anticipating? What theme do you want to see a Caitlin Reads dedicated to?

62 thoughts on “CAITLIN READS: 2020 Releases with F/F Romances // ft. The Midnight Lie, You Should See Me in a Crown, & more!

  1. Yesssss, Caitlin Reads is back!! As usual, I love all your pictures of food, everything looks delicious, and omg Gordon!! 😍😍 I just read You Should See Me in a Crown a few days ago and it was so good! I also loved how the mean girl trope was written and how Rachel’s friends actually turned out to be nice! I just like the fact the Liz was able to see that just because these people are “popular” it doesn’t mean they’re all the cliche mean girls that you usually see in high school YA novels. The Falling in Love Montage is actually next-ish on my TBR! It sounds cute, and I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it.

    For F/F reads, I’m currently in the middle of reading The Never Tilting World and I’m planning on reading Tell Me How You Really Feel and The Falling in Love Montage next! I really enjoyed this post, I can’t wait till the next Caitlin Reads! 💕

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    1. Thank you so much, Chana!! 😭😭💕 You’re so sweet!! I’m glad you enjoyed You Should See Me in a Crown! & you put it perfectly! I’m so happy that you’re gonna read The Falling in Love Montage! I feel like not many people are giving it attention, & that really has to change 🥺

      I hope all three don’t disappoint you!! TNTW’s worldbuilding was a little hard to understand, but it was so creative, & i adore Lan x Odessa. I’m not sure if I’m ever gonna pick up TMHYRF, because the reviews and premise aren’t intriguing me, but I hope you love it ❤

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  2. Omg I love this post so much!! (Also, Lucky Charms are so good 😭😭😭) I’m planning to read The Midnight Lie soon and seeing you were bored by the first part of the book, I’m a bit scared ghjkhjk but I’m glad you liked it!! I’m currently reading You Should See Me in a Crown and I’m so excited to get more into it. And yeah, I hate the popular-mean-girl archetype – it’s so annoying 😤 Also, I had recently read the first 100-or-so pages of The Falling in Love Montage and I can’t wait to get more into it, so I’m glad you liked it!! I didn’t get so far into the part where their romance starts to develop and I’m so excited to finish it. I know I already said this lmaoo but I really love this post!! It’s so creative and fun to read 😭

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    1. thank you!! i’m so, so happy to hear that
      🥺🥺💕 (i know right? i legit eat them for breakfast everyday & i’m not complaining)
      the first part was so jarring, but i hope you can push through & enjoy it along with you should see me in a crown!! ahh, i hope you can pick the falling in love montage back up soon! the romance in it didn’t really receive development imo though? it was very instant connection, but it was done right for me!

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  3. I’m looking for some new books to read! I love your honest reviews and I definitely need to check these stories out, especially The Falling in Love Montage. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  4. Ahh, I really loved reading this post!! Not only were your reviews amazing, but I loved the pictures of your dog (🥺) and your food, haha. I’ve been wanting to read both You Should See Me in a Crown and The Falling in Love Montage, and this has convinced me that I definitely have to read them. I can’t lie, slice of life contemporaries and rom coms are kind of my favorites, so I feel like I’ll enjoy it, haha.

    Even though fantasy isn’t usually a genre I read a lot of, you’ve got me interested in The Dark Tide!! It was when you said “if you love small, magical island settings” that really got me because *raises hand* if I’m going to read a fantasy, I would prefer it to in fact have a magical island setting.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on all of these! It was really fun to read and I love this feature so much. 💗

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    1. thank you so much!! i’m so glad to hear that olivia 🥺🥺💗 yes, both sound they’d be right up your alley!! i really hope you pick them up, because i’d love to hear all your thoughts on them ❤ ❤

      the small magical island setting in the dark tide is so good! i hope you enjoy it more than i did!

      ahhh, you are always so kind 😭😭🤍 i'm very glad that you like this feature 🥺🥺

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  5. I loved reading this so much Caitlin! It was so fun to read you’re opinions and commentary on the books ❤️ I really want to read You Should See Me in a Crown and The Falling in Love Montage!

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  6. Doggo this is a doggo’s blog and it’s all a doggo’s world

    Oh wait was that not the point of the post? …whooops. Haha I really loved reading this post and I really want to read You Should See Me In A Crown so I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  7. i really loved reading this post, caitlin!! i’m so so happy you loved you should see me in a crown, especially since you gave it a chance after not really being too interested in it! (but yeah i hate that so many queer books have an outing as part of the plot 😭) and i’ve been hearing not-so good things about the dark tide, so i might skip out on it so i don’t have to risk dissing a f/f book lmao. also yes about the midnight lie!! we have a few different opinions on it/the plot, but i really did love the romance and was sad when it fell flat for me in other areas. i’m intrigued in the sequel, though, especially with the darker turn the ending took!

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    1. me too, now i have to recommend YSSMIAC to everyone in the entire planet 🥺 yeah, i’d honestly recommend skipping on the dark tide. it’s not /bad/ per se, but there are way better books to invest your time in imo kfdjdkfjd
      i might just be biased because the sequels to the winners trilogy took the series to a whole new level, but i trust that the sequel/s to the midnight lie will be good 😤 hopefully we’ll both enjoy them more!!

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  8. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about The Midnight Lie so I’ve taken it off my TBR, at least for now. But I just started reading You Should See Me In A Crown and I’m really excited for The Dark Tide as well 😀

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    1. ahhh, that honestly makes me a little sad, because i do think the midnight lie is worth the read. but i’m positive that you know your reading taste the best, & i hope you enjoy you should see me in a crown and the dark tide!

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  9. I love how you document your reading like this, it’s super funny! xD I’ve read The Midnight Lie and I actually enjoyed it a lot, which I wasn’t expecting. And I’m super excited to read You Should See Me In A Crown and The Falling in Love Montage!! 😀

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    1. thank you so much 🥺 i’m so glad you enjoyed the midnight lie!! i’ve seen negative reviews for it, & i get where they’re coming from, but at the same time i’m like, “don’t be too harsh on sid & nirrim” :((
      i hope you enjoy both—i really did!

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  10. i love Caitlin Reads so much, it’s such a creative and fun post to read every time!!! Gordon is the cutest thing ever omg 🥺🥺 and i love the pictures of your food as well! i ended up rating You Should See Me In A Crown 4 stars as well, it’s such a beautiful story and i agree that it made me happy to see that Rachel’s friends ended up becoming Liz’s friends. 😊 The Falling In Love Montage has been on my tbr for a while and i’m so excited to read it, i’m happy that you were able to enjoy it too!

    i’m sorry you didn’t enjoy The Dark Tide, but i definitely have to check out The Midnight Lie now! as usual, i loved this post 💖💖

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    1. thank you so much, Ash 🥺💕 ahh, yes, whenever i see him i just feel the urge to squish him! i highly recommend the falling in love montage! & i’m so happy you enjoyed you should see me in a crown ❤

      i hope you enjoyed the dark tide more than i did! & i've seen lots of mixed reviews for the midnight lie, & while i do agree with them, sid & nirrim do not deserve the slander, hehe. so i hope it doesn't disappoint you ❤

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  11. I’ve recently finished You Should See Me in a Crown, and it was so wholesome, I loved it! Also, like you, I was not at all interested until 1) I learnt about the f/f relationship, 2) saw all the incredibly positive reviews. I really liked how it handled the “mean girls” and also how it didn’t go into a weird, love triangle direction with Jordan – I appreciated seeing that relationship remaining a friendship. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading The Falling in Love Montage – though I too have my doubts about understanding the rom-com references, haha – so I’m glad you liked that. The characters poking fun at harmful tropes sounds great, I can’t wait to read it. 😀 I loved this ‘episode’ of Caitlin Reads. 💖💖

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    1. i’m so glad we picked it up and liked it! it’s definitely a story we’ve seen before, but with more diversity and a few trope subversions! i absolutely love that jordan and liz’s friendship was completely platonic too. don’t worry, you don’t have to understand them at all! i think getting the references is just an added bonus, haha. i hope you enjoy the falling in love montage and thank you so much 🥺💕

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  12. This was so much fun to read! The food pics – and Gordon 😍!! I swear, I’m going to get milk tea today because of that picture hahaha.
    You Should See Me in a Crown sounds so good! That trope subversion seems really refreshing to read about. And I’ve never heard of The Falling in Love Montage 😮, but I’m always down for a romcom 🙌🏼.
    And yes! Slow burns are always preferable haha, but all of these stories do sound so wholesome 🥺.
    This was such a cool post, Caitlin 😄💛!!

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    1. thank you Belle 💕💕 ugh, i’m craving milk tea at all times it’s delicious & i hope you were able to secure one!!
      Yess, please read you should see me in a crown and the falling in love montage! highly recommend them 😍😍
      ugh, i wish more sapphic stories were slow burn, but i’ll forgive it because sapphic insta-love is great too!

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  13. I’ve heard such positive things about you should see me in a crown and I really want to read it, plus I loved the winners trilogy though I’ll be honest I barely remember the plot anymore, but I need to read the midnight lie! And I know three people called saoirse haha (though one is spelled sersha), one says her name as “seer-sha” (that’s the one i’ve know the longest), sersha is sur-sha and the other saoirse is also a sur-sha I think but I guess maybe it’s a different part of ireland thing?

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    1. You really should read You Should See Me in a Crown 🥺 And I hope you enjoy The Midnight LIe! omg, I was watching this “americans try to pronounce irish names” video once, & they pronounced saoirse like seer-sha, so i was very confused that saoirse ronan pronounced it differently. seeing the MC in falling in love montage address this was so vindicating, but yeah i guess, it’s a different part of Ireland thing haha

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  14. YAY my favorite series is back! 💞

    i ended up DNF-ing the winner’s trilogy after the first book and i don’t think the midnight lie would be for me now that you mentioned the writing is super dense. but i’m glad that the romance was not entirely fluffy, it means diversifying the sapphic rep in books and that’s always exciting!

    i loved you should see me in a crown and i’m happy you enjoyed it so much! i know contemporary is not your genre, but i think this one was so fast-paced and entertaining and it had so many layers that it really can appeal to a broader audience.

    i am SO excited to read the falling in love montage. i am obsessed with rom-coms and the fact this one contains references, i am excited to see which ones i’ll be able to spot.

    amazing post as always, caitlin!

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    1. thank you so much, Lais!! ❤

      yes, i think that we need more angsty, slow burn sapphic romances. fluffiness is fine, but it would be nice to have some variety lmao. & i totally get why you wouldn't want to pick up the midnight lie!

      yes, i think that's exactly why i enjoyed you should see me in a crown, despite contemporary not being my preferred genre! i'm glad you loved it!

      omg i thought of you while i was reading falling in love montage 😂 i'm like, 99% sure that you'll be able to get most, if not all the references. & there's even a huge romcom recommendation list at the back!

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  15. You truly are the queen of 3-star reads. 😌 Once again, I loved reading this installment of the Caitlin Reads series! I’m so glad you liked You Should See Me in a Crown – that’s one of the next books I’m going to read, after I finish The Henna Wars! Although I do wish there were less outing scenes in queer books, too. I might try to read The Falling in Love Montage sometime soon, despite my already Too Large TBR.

    It’s so good to see Gordon again, I love him. 💕 And I love all of the other pictures you included here! Everything you eat always looks so good, haha! Good luck with the next Caitlin Reads, whenever you decide to do it! Take your time, though. 💕

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    1. i know, haha 😅 i’m so glad!! 🥺 i hope you can read YSSMIAC soon, and how are you liking The Henna Wars so far? yeah, i wish i could read a queer book where the MC came out on their own terms, but oh well. ahhh, the struggles of having a large TBR 😅 i totally get that, but if you do decide to pick it up, i’ll be really happy!

      ahhh, Gordon is really cute, despite the fact that he lowkey hates me :(( thank you so much!! 😭💗 good thing the next theme i’m planning to do doesn’t require me to post in a specific month, so i can procrastinate reading all i want, hehe

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  16. Ooh The Midnight Lie sounds great (and honestly I think I would like the writing, lol) but I haven’t finished The Winner’s trilogy yet :’) I actually own all the books, so I really should get to them…
    The premise of You Should See Me In A Crown isn’t super appealing to me either – but I now really want to read it :’) I’ve seen so many good things about it and seeing you give it 4 stars has officially sold me.
    The Dark Tide, on the other hand, has had me interested since I first heard about it. And hearing about the setting just make me want to read it even more. The two stars won’t stop me!!
    (Also – I am really appreciating the dog pictures)
    I haven’t heard of The Falling in Love Montage before but you’re right – that cover!! I am definitely adding this to my TBR, it sounds great!
    My favourite f/f books are The Weight of the Stars, We Are Okay and This Is How You Lose the Time War!
    Awesome post, Caitlin!! 😀 😀

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    1. the winners trilogy isn’t perfect, but they did leave an impact on me, and i hope you enjoy the books if you continue!! & if you think you’ll like the writing in TLM, I think you have a high chance of liking the book!
      Believe me, YSSMIAC is worth it 😭 Haha, 2 stars is very much a “not for me” rating. I think other readers have a chance of enjoying The Dark Tide!
      Glad you appreciate them ❤ & I hope you pick up The Falling in Love Montage—I think it's really worth a read! Sadly, I felt kinda lukewarm towards both TWotS and TIHYLTTW, but I'm glad you enjoyed them! I kinda want to read We Are Okay, but I just don't think quiet contemporaries are for me :((
      Thank you so much, Sabrina!

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  17. Oh yay so glad you’ve reviewed these because they’ve ALL been intriguing me!

    First of all, stop making me HUNGRY. Very rude Caitlin. Now I want lucky charms…

    Super stoked for You Should See Me In A Crown, especially because of your rating. Very excited. I,,, ah get so upset at the outing scenes. It BOILS my blood that someone could do that to another ahhhh. I always have strong EMOTIONS

    Love that part about Saiorse hehe, very pumped for that one too. I originally wasn’t interested because it sounded a bit cliche but I will admit that I have been eagerly anticipating this one recently. I love books that could be like a movie and The Falling In Love Montage sounds like just that. HA love that I’m in this book too, dream come true. (I also SO appreciate stories, where there are no worries about being gay *, insert heart eyes)

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    1. Lucky charms are the best!! I eat them everyday for breakfast, and I have no complaints 🥺

      Yeah, outings are so traumatizing & that should never happen to anyone :”( I still highly recommend You Should See Me in a Crown though!!

      Yes, The Falling in Love Montage would make a *perfect* movie! Please pick it up, I’m 99% sure you won’t regret it!

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  18. You Should See Me In A Crown is on my TBR and can’t wait to get round to that one and then the first book you mentioned, ok so I read the first book in the Winners trilogy but never continued with the series. Cause I’m bad at continuing series and also I think at the time I just wasn’t interested BUT I am now tempted to finish the Winners series and pick up that book hehe.

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    1. I hope you can read YSSMIAC soon—I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it 🥺🥺 the winners series isn’t devoid of flaws, but i do think it’s worth the read, and the romance was so angst-filled!! i think you have a chance of liking the midnight lie too, especially if you understand the references to the winners trilogy!!

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  19. I love this post, Caitlin! Totally agree about The Midnight Lie, the writing was just not my cup of tea at all 😭 I finished You Should See Me in a Crown recently and I had the same thought process, WHY are there so many outings in queer YA? I really hope it’s something we move away from in the future. Obviously, authors are free to write whatever they want, but it came to a point where every single queer YA I picked up had the exact same thing. Great reviews!

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    1. thank you, amy!! yes, it was so jarring, & i hope it improves in the sequel/s :(( exactly! i get that they happen in real life, & it’s great when authors include them to show that outing someone is wrong. but they can be triggering & they’re just not fun to read. it’s just as interesting when a characters comes out on their own terms or decides to stay in the closet!

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  20. omg i am in love with this series!! i also can’t believe this is the first time i’ve heard of any of these titles! you should see me in a crown definitely sounds super interesting and i will for sure add it to my tbr 🥰😊

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  21. I have You Should See Me in a Crown checked out from my library. Actually I will probably start it today lol. I know it’s been very hyped and a lot of people have enjoyed it. I’m glad you enjoyed it too! I didn’t know there was anxiety rep in it, which excites me now because I have anxiety too and I always love to read characters who I can relate to in terms of mental health.

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  22. I can’t believe it’s the first Caitlin Reads that I’m reading!! I’m so late to the party!! (Double for reading June post in September lol) I love this format and it’s so much fun to read your thoughts before, in the middle, and after reading a book! Also!! Sapphics!!

    I’ve only read You Should See Me In A Crown out of those (and I loved it!! such a fun read!!) but the rest is on my TBR!
    Now I’m excited for 10 Things I Hate About You reference!! I love that movie!! (But I agree, some parts ARE problematic)

    Now, my sapphic favs? Honestly, I DO read lots of sapphic books but I’m blanking. Definitely On a Sunbeam and Crier’s War. Harrietta Lee series by Stephanie Ahn is also great!! I promise I know and love more lol!!

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    1. thank you so much, E!! haha, i’m late to replying to you so we can call it even ❤

      i'm so glad you enjoyed You Should See Me in a Crown and i hope you enjoy the ones on your TBR! ahh, 10 Things I Hate About You wasn't perfect, but I definitely still enjoyed it (and i watched it months ago so i don't remember any problematic parts now 😅)

      yes, you read so much sapphic lit! i want to read on a sunbeam, but i don't really reach for graphic novels, ahhh. but crier's war was so good, and i feel so bad that i probably won't get to iron heart any time soon 😭

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