Last year, I set myself a rather ambitious reading goal of fifty books in twelve months. Little did I know, I was about to hit one of the biggest reading ruts of my life and, without spilling any details, lets just say I failed rather miserably in regards to that challenge.
I therefore decided to start this year with a more realistic target — but one that would still push me to crawl out of the rut I’d found myself in. I started off quite shakily, in all honesty, but I’m happy to say that I’m now on track, and I’m hoping to keep it that way!
Anyway, I thought it would be nice to make a post detailing some of my favourite reads from this year so far, and mention upcoming releases that I’m looking forward to getting my hands on in the coming months.
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
The Last Namsara was actually the book that pulled me out of my rut and got me back on track again. Kristen Ciccarelli’s magical story and strong characters reminded me of why I love reading so much.
I’m just going to go ahead and say it: there are not enough dragons in YA fantasy — at least not the kind that are in The Last Namsara; the kind who are portrayed as more than just vicious beasts. It made this novel really stand out from a lot of others in the genre and, couple that with a romance that makes your heart race, and a heroine who is an absolute badass, then you’re set for a pretty fantastic read.
Once there was a girl who was drawn to wicked things.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I’ll always remember my best friend in high school telling me about a book she’d read and, although we always had incredibly similar reading tastes, and although we generally followed through on reading one another’s recommendations, for one reason or another, I did not read this particular book. This was, of course, Holly Black’s Tithe.
So, when I started seeing a lot of hype going around online in regards to The Cruel Prince, I decided it was about time I gave Holly Black a chance — and oh, am I glad that I did.
I thought that the only Fae books I would ever love were my beloved Sarah J. Maas novels, but Holly Black provided me with an entirely different take on the Fae, and I absolutely loved it. The world-building was fantastic, the characters were all flawed in their own way (and sometimes even deliciously evil), and the plot twists were very exciting to read.
Overall, this novel completely surpassed my expectations and I’m waiting with baited breath for the sequel.
If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.
Circe by Madeline Miller
I actually planned to start blogging after finishing this book back in April, but I could not find the words to describe how this book touched me, or how much it meant to me — and I still can’t.
Until I read Madeline Miller’s Circe, I’d never had the pleasure of reading such an incredibly beautiful piece of writing. I felt a myriad of emotions during my journey through this book — not all of them positive, but each one of them strong. Several passages were written with such beauty and passion that it gave me goosebumps.
It’s been almost three months since I finished this novel, and thinking about it still makes my heart race. I think that says more about how this book made me feel than I’ll ever be able to say with words.
He does not mean that it does not hurt. He does not mean that we are not frightened. Only that: we are here. This is what it means to swim in the tide, to walk the earth and feel it touch your feet. This is what it means to be alive.
As well as reading these novels, and a few others that I haven’t enjoyed quite as much, I’ve also made a start on my Throne of Glass re-read (having read the first three in the series so far, and having thoroughly enjoyed them) in anticipation of the release of the final book in Sarah J. Maas’ series — which is definitely one of my all-time favourites. It’s definitely going to be an emotional finale, and I’m more than a little anxious to see how it all ends. I’m hoping to continue re-reading this series over the space of the next few months, with other books dotted between, so that I’m all caught up for Kingdom of Ash at the end of October.
Between reading the remaining books in the Throne of Glass series, I plan on reading Laura Sebastian’s Ash Princess, Claire Legrand’s Furyborn and finishing off Kiersten White’s Conqueror’s Saga. I’ve read mixed reviews of the first two, so I’m looking forward to forming my own opinions of them, and White’s series has been so detailed and intriguing so far that it’ll be very interesting to see how it all ends.
Once I’ve read these, I’m going to try my best to tackle some of my fifty book physical TBR list (I know, I know) until 2019 comes, because I know I won’t be able to resist the incredible books that are due to release next year.
I feel like it’s going to be a dramatic and emotional year of reading, and I am so ready for it!