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
This 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
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!
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!)
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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!