This year, my reading goal was simply to read one book per week. As of June 8, I am 9 books ahead of that schedule at 31 books read since January. So I think it’s time to review my top and bottom picks! A note: I didn’t hate anything I read so far this year. A few I didn’t enjoy as much as others, but most of the books I really had fun reading!
Currently Reading (some more than others):
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (how many times can you make a reader cry???)
- Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
- A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
- Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
- Sirens & Scales boxset (very very slowly reading between everything else)
Favorite book of the year so far: The Fireman by Joe Hill
Okay, so I read a lot of really good books so far. But I was so fantastically impressed with this post-apocalyptic-feeling sci-fi that I actually shared it with my sister only a few chapters in! Imagine a world where anyone can be infected by a fungus that makes you burst into flames spontaneously. What an exciting and unique premise! And it’s so well done (no pun intended, but HA) I couldn’t put it down.
Least favorite: Dead Wake by Erik Larson
Again, most of the books I read this year I really enjoyed. But this one, though it was well done, I just couldn’t get into. I found it a little dull. It just wasn’t for me. But I did learn a bunch from it, which is the beauty of reading non-fiction sometimes. And I did really also like Devil in the White City by the same author, so it was probably just the subject matter.
Honorable Mentions (in order of reading): the books I also really really enjoyed!
- One Salt Sea (October Daye #5) by Seanan McGuire (I love her)
- When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (Oh my goodness, adorable!)
- Hushed by Joanne Macgregor (Gorgeous cover, fun fluffy read!)
- Born of Aether (Elemental Origins #4) by A. L. Knorr (such an awesome series!)
- Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham (the audiobook was fantastic!)
- Transcendent (The Kacy Chronicles #4) by A. L. Knorr (love this author)
- How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather (spooky and gripping… would have been good for Halloween!)
- Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by a bunch of authors (beautiful art, intriguing world)
- Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop (one of my all-time fav series)
- Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer (so good)
- The Elementals (Technically #6 in the Elemental Origins) by A. L. Knorr (told you I loved this author)
Other books I read this year:
- Prism (The Color Alchemist #1) by Nina Walker (Really intriguing magic system)
- Namesake Vol. 3 (Love this whole storyline)
- The Cupcake Witch by Poppy Lawless (lovely cover, loved the idea of a cupcake witch, I just think it would be better as a novel than novella)
- Catching His Ladybird by Laura Greenwood (ever hear of a ladybug shifter? me either, it was kind of awesome and I wish there was more of it)
- Mermaid Saga Vol. 1 by Rumiko Takahashi (give me all your creepy mermaid monster stories)
- Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody (another awesome magic system!)
- Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth #2) by Terry Goodkind (not usually my thing, but enjoyable)
- Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige (I was expecting something different, but interesting premise)
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (creepy)
- The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (I really liked this idea, it was a fun, though kind of messed up, read)
- Morning Glories Vol. 1 (another kind of creepy read, but in high school!)
- Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (also creepy, but this time because it was real)
- Free Comic Book Day: Bob’s Burgers (yessss) and Legend of Korra (yessss)
- American Panda by Gloria Chao (a great look at this culture and an awesome coming-of-age that had me hooked and emotionally torn)
- Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn (interesting variant on werewolf urban fantasy)
- Discount Armageddon (InCryptid #1) by Seanan McGuire (another interesting urban fantasy)
- soul like thunder by Sophia Elaine Hanson (I hardly ever read poetry but I DEVOURED this)
So that’s that! What have you been reading? What are your favorite and least favorite reads this year? Tell me below!
One thought on “What I’m Reading: Mid-2018 Update”
There is so so so much on my TBR list 😫 I stumbled across Katherine Reay at my local library and have enjoyed two of hers recently (The Brontë Plot and A Portrait of Emily Price). Annnnd … gosh my mind is blank otherwise.
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