Hello hello hello, It’s been a while! I’m sorry I’ve not been posting as regularly as I would like. I’ve recently moved into my own flat, and have been both busy with sorting/unpacking, and have also been without internet until now. I’ve not read as much either, but that’s okay, some months are quieter than others!
This post is going to be a ‘top six book from the last six months’ post as we’re nearing the end of June. This year has flown by already, and I can’t wait to see what books will be on this list at the end of the year. This list will be in no particular order, I don’t think I could choose the best just yet!
The first book on my list is the first book I read this year: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab. This book was wonderfully written, and I absolutely adored it. This book is the sequel to the equally brilliant Vicious, which features some awfully Extra Ordinary characters; Victor Vale and Eli Ever. I adored Vengeful just as much as I adored Vicious. The characters were excellently written, the plot was wild, it felt very much like the first book. You like the characters, but you know you shouldn’t; they are the definition of morally ambiguous, but they are excellently written characters.
The next book is another Schwab sequel: Our Dark Duet, the second book in the Monsters of Verity duology. I loved the first book, but the sequel was absolutely stunning. It broke my heart, it made me laugh, it was perfect. I loved the characters: Kate is such a strong lead character, and August is so wonderful, and their friendship is incredible. They went from hating each other in the first book, due to old family resentments, to being good friends, saving each other countless times. The separate narratives in this book really worked well. The world in this duology was written so well – I loved the monsters and their different characteristics, it was all done so well!
Thirdly we have a book that I’m sure is on so many people’s fvaourite books of the year list: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. My word – this book was incredible. I fell in love with the writing almost instantly. The story was beautiful, and the characters were wonderful to learn about. I loved the format of this book; we read Evelyn’s story as she recounts it to a journalist, but we also see little snippets of both Evelyn’s and the journalist, Monique’s, lives. The pacing of this book was excellent, making me want to continue reading it, even when I knew I should stop and go to bed. I adored this book and I can’t think of a single bad word to say about it. I didn’t want the book to end, even though I knew it had to. I just loved hearing about Evelyn’s life, and the different paths she took throughout it.
Next is a book that was incredibly written, and absolutely heartbreaking, that book is Sadie. I listened to this book via audiobook and wow – it was absolutely incredible. I highly recommend listening to it if it’s on your TBR. This book is very intense; there are a lot of strong, upsetting themes and topics, but it is absolutely incredible. I loved the dual perspectives; Sadie’s and the podcast presenter, West’s. The interviews, the background noises and the sound effects really added to the podcast-feel of the audiobook. I think this book was really well-written, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I read it.
The penultimate book in this list is Obsidio by the incredible Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This book is the third and final book in the Illuminae Files, a trilogy of books set in space. I absolutely loved this trilogy, especially the second and third books. This book really stood out for me as we had a whole cast of characters, who we had met throughout the first two book, coming together against one common enemy. The format of these books is so unique, it made reading it so interesting. I loved the diagrams, and the different logs we get to see throughout. I loved this series and I will definitely be rereading it in the future.
And finally, we have the only book that I’ve managed to read in one day so far this year: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. This book was a great YA murder-mystery that kept me guessing and kept me on my toes the entire time. I found myself not wanting to put this book down, and even though it’s close to 500 pages, I managed to finish it in one day, in pretty much two sittings. This book is on this list because I loved it so much, and couldn’t put it down. It kept my attention from page one until the very end, it was just brilliant. I loved the school project mixed with murder mystery, it was excellently done, and I can’t wait to read more from Holly Jackson!
And so concludes the top 6 books that I’ve read this year so far. This year so far I’ve managed to read 35 books, and I’m currently reading another two. I expect I’ll have another list at the end of December. This year has been great for reading so far, and I anticipate that I’ll be reading a lot more in the next six months.
What are your favourite books from the last six months? Let me know!