I’ve read 14 books so far in 2018, which puts me right on track for my goal of 30 books this year. I keep seeing this tag pop up and I thought it looked like a fun post to do, so here it is!
Best book I’ve read so far this year:
I absolutely loved the Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel. This is definitely my favorite historical fiction novel I have read this year and I felt like it was the most beautifully written book I’ve read this year as well!
Best sequel I’ve read so far in 2018:
I can’t not shout out Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This was definitely my most anticipated release of the year behind Queen of Air and Darkness and the finale of The Illuminae Files did not disappoint!
New release I haven’t read yet, but want to:
This may not fully count, but I just started reading the final book of the Glittering Court series by Richelle Mead. I was super excited for this release, but I had to read a couple other books in June right when The Emerald Sea came out so I did’t get to start it right away!
Most anticipated release in the second half of 2018:
OBVIOUSLY Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. Is anyone surprised? I’m a bit bummed that I have to wait until December for this release, but that doesn’t make me any less excited for it!
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff because I had so much trouble getting through it. I really wanted to rad this novel because it was a huge bestseller when it came out, but the writing style and characters were so hard for me to get through and I was quite disappointed overall.
Favorite new author:
Christina June! I read It Started With Goodbye expecting it to be a cheesy YA contemporary novel and I actually really enjoyed it 🙂 I actually really want to read the companion novel as well.
Newest fictional crush:
Grant from Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead. Richelle sure knows how to write a dreamy, moody man that makes all female hearts melt (just my opinion) and I love it every time.
Newest favorite character:
Ruby from the Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel becuase she was the definition of a strong female character. I loved seeing a woman in a historical setting making a difference and having an impact on life during WWII. She was brave and inspiring, definitely m favorite character I have read this year.
Book that made me cry:
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh had a pretty significant rip-your-heart-out moment early in the book that you’ll know about if you’ve read it. I don’t remember if I actually cried while reading it, but it certainly tugged on my heartstrings. Something similar could be said about my reaction to the ending of the Room on Rue Amélie.
Book that made me happy:
I’m going to use It Started With Goodbye again because this was an all around feel-good novel. I liked reading a new spin on the classic “Cinderella story” that turns out okay in the end. I just had happy feels from this book and that is never a bad thing!
Favorite book-to-screen adaptation I’ve seen:
Definitely the second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix! I am always astounded by the nostalgia factor and how accurate to the books this show feels. I know it gets cheesy at times, but that’s the point and I love every second of this show.
Most beautiful book I’ve bought this year:
I have read so many pretty books this year, but a lot of those were free arcs and such. That said, I love the cover art of the Glittering Court series and The Emerald Sea is beautiful! The three books together are so gosh darn pretty!
Books I need to read by the end of the year:
- Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassie Clare (duh)
- I was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
- Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher
- The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead
- Jane Eyre by Charlottle Brontë
- I am, I am, I am by Maggie O’Farrell (started)