Books Read So Far In 2017 • #30BOOKSCHALLENGE

When it comes to writing these kind of blog posts, consistency is key. Well, consistency hasn’t exactly been my strong suit lately. I have read books this year just as I planned, but it’s hard to remember exactly what I read and what I finished reading because my mind has been all over the place and I haven’t thought to write it down.

It’s June now. It’s halfway through the year and I should have 15 books under my belt. I don’t think I’ve read 15, but bear with me while I try to figure out exactly what I’ve read.

Carve the Mark

books read in 2017This is one of the books I read nearer the start of the year and although it had a few problems – you can read my official review and opinion piece on how it is NOT racist here – I really enjoyed it. I’m invested in the characters and I’ll definitely be buying the sequel to see what happens.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone 

This book by Laini Taylor had a really rough start; I went from thinking ‘Oh my god this is the worst thing I’ve ever read’ to ‘Damn this writer is talented’. It was a weird mix of emotions for me until I got halfway through the book when it really started to grow on me.

It’s essentially a Romeo and Juliet re-telling (or just inspired by the star-crossed lovers motif, really) about angels and demons except the angels are the bad guys. I was craving

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more when I finished this book and immediately bought the sequel.

Days of Blood and Starlight

This is the sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone and it had me floored. I absolutely loved it and I was fairly heart broken by the end of it. Like, what are you doing to me Laini Taylor?! I’m totally invested in this series and before I even finished this book I bought the final one. It still hasn’t arrived but I’m going to absolutely devour it when it arrives!

Binti

If you haven’t read anything by Nnedi Okorafor, what are you even doing with your life? I picked up Binti because I’d heard it was fantastic (and it won a Hugo Nebula Award as well, which is always a good indicator of quality!)

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I’m so glad I gave it a go because it was so unusual and unique and it really left a lot of other sci fi books I’ve read in its dust. The sequel, Binti Home, arrived a few days ago and I can’t wait to get stuck in.

Akata Witch 

This is another book by Nnedi Okorafor and I loved it even more than Binti. Like, it’s really incredible. I’ve never been to Africa and I don’t know very much about African countries but I learnt so much about Nigerian culture and myth from this book. Okorafor has the effortless ability to weave information into her story so that you get a vivid visual of what she means. This book is wonderful – pick it up!

Shadow and Bone books read in 2017

I read Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows series last year and it was the best thing I’d read all year. Her characters have stuck with me even months later and I still find myself thinking about them.

So of course I picked up her other series about The Grisha, who are magical beings living in Bardugo’s fictional world, Ravka. The series follows Alina Starkov’s journey through the strange and mysterious world of the Grisha. Great writing and a great plot – what more can we ask for?

books read in 2017The Spire 

I wanted to try this graphic novel out for a really long time but it was so difficult to find an issue 1 to start with. I ended up finding it on Book Depository and ordered it straight away. It’s about a woman called Sha, the last of the Medusi, who is commander of the city watch, in keeping the citizens of The Spire in check.

However, she isn’t exactly respected due to her race. A new Baroness of the Spire is about to be sworn in but a string of gory murders mars the city, so Sha must find the killer and bring them to justice. It’s a surprising and intriguing book and it’s up there with one of my all-time favourites.

The Space Between books read in 2017

This beautiful LGBT book by Irish writer Meg Grehan blew me away when I first read it. It’s about the life of a girl called Beth as she deals with chronic anxiety and depression. I wrote a full spoiler-free review of the book for The Arcade (which you can read here) but I can tell you here that it is a must-read. Written in prose, it’s rhythmic and heart-wrenching and it allows you to see into the mind of someone with mental illness.

Saga Volume 6 

I’ve loved Saga since the first time I glimpsed the cover. Where have you ever seen a woman with wings breastfeeding her child on the cover of a major book? Never, that’s when.books read in 2017

It follows two soldiers from totally different planets and cultures who fall for each other despite their differences and create a child, an impossible child whose very existence could end their planets’ war or start a new one. Exciting stuff, right? Well volume 6 is no less wonderful than the volumes before it! It’s pure quality.

What have you read so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

Christmas Book Haul • Books To Read In January

As an adult, I don’t get as much for Christmas as I used to, but I still received some great books from family and friends that I’m really looking forward to reading this January.

I mentioned to my friend that I wanted book 1 in the Grisha trilogy, Shadow and Bone, and it turned out she was my Secret Santa so I finally got my hands on it. My luck is never usually that good! I half-expected to get a generic shower and body set, but this is infinitely better!

My mammy got me The Spire (which I’ve wanted for months!) and Paper Girls 2, which she got for a great discount off Book Depository (a fantastic site to buy books), and another friend of mine got me The Legend of Eli Monpress from eBay. Unfortunately, it’s a little damaged even though he paid for a version supposedly in excellent condition so he’s going to try and get his money back. I don’t mind about some damage as long as I get to read it, so no worries on my end!

christmas book haul

I got Flashfall from December’s Fairy Loot and it looks right up my street. It’s nice to have a TBR list for every month during my book challenge as it gives the year a bit more structure. For 2017, I’ve dropped my goal a little and I’m aiming to read 30 books; I’m absolutely positive I’ll reach it, and if I exceed it then all the better.

Flashfall by Jenny Moyer 

Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.

The Spire by Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely 

The Spire is a mountain of metal and stone that rises out of the middle of the desert, containing a vast city of twisting tunnels, grinding elevators, and ancient machinery, and home to over a million human and non-human residents. Sha, the last of the Medusi, is responsible for keeping watch over them as Commander of the City Watch, despite the fact she isn’t shown any respect due to her race. When a string of grisly murders is committed just as a new Baroness of the Spire is about to be sworn in, Sha will have to find the serial killer and bring them to justice. But the new Baroness has a deep hatred of non-humans, and Sha will have more than one enemy at her back.

The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron 

Eli Monpress is talented. He’s charming. And he’s a thief.

But not just any thief. He’s the greatest thief of the age – and he’s also a wizard. And with the help of his partners – a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls – he’s going to put his plan into effect.

The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he’ll need to steal some big things. But he’ll start small for now. He’ll just steal something that no one will miss – at least for a while.
Like a king.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Paper Girls 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

The smash-hit series from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG continues with a bold new direction, as intrepid young newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac, and Tiffany find themselves launched from 1988 to a distant and terrifying future…the year 2016.

All blurbs from Goodreads! 

What books are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments!