So I am writing this a couple of weeks before the end of the year, so I can’t promise that this won’t change by the time it posts! 😉 However, to date I have read 125 books this year, so I wanted to write and schedule this before I forgot! Not all of these came out this year – some are older and a couple may be ARCs for next year. These are not all my five star reads, but pretty close to it! I’ve tried to pick my favourites or limit to a couple per month if needed.
My favourite reads in January were Heartless by Marissa Meyer and a re-read of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Re-reading The Secret Garden was just lovely, a welcome visit to an old friend. And Heartless is a lovely retelling of the story behind Alice’s Queen of Hearts. I love Meyer’s writing and this book is a lovely journey that shows how a normal girl could turn into the Queen of Hearts.
February’s five star reads were Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, and Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton. I was new to the Great Library series by Rachel Caine, and have since read the entire series! It’s really good fun and a lovely plot idea. And Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands series is also really enjoyable – I read the first last year and was so excited for this, it’s a really good extension to the first book!
In March I finally read the first in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard and loved it. I know it’s not for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the final book next year!
My favourite in April was The Final Empire – the first in the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. It is so amazingly well written! I am desperate to read the rest of the series and of Sanderson’s books! Sadly I don’t currently own them – they are pretty close to the top of the list of things to buy with Christmas money though! 😉
Hunted by Meagan Spooner was my pick for May. A lovely re-telling of Beauty and the Beast! I love fairytales and re-tellings so much, and this is a great example of it. If you like fairytales, I can highly recommend checking it out and you can find my full review on my blog here.
My five star read from June was Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell. As I will tell anyone who stands still too long, I loved this book! Find my review here and just go and read it!
I picked up A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness in a little library on Salt Spring Island, off the coast of Vancouver, while on holiday in July. I read it in about 45 minutes, and was trying to hide my crying from the other people there! It’s such a powerful book and I think it’s one that should be taught in schools in future.
So I am picking out two five star reads in August – both by the same author! My picks are Our Dark Duet and A Darker Shade of Magic both by V E Schwab. Our Dark Duet is the conclusion to the truly excellent monsters of Verity duology and I’ve never read anything like it. Properly terrifying, but also very human (while being about monsters!). A Darker Shade of Magic is quite possibly my favourite book of the year and I am SO very sad that no one told me about it until this year. I mainlined the entire series! Mandatory reading for all fantasy lovers.
All my September five star reads were sequels – the two sequels to the A Darker Shade of Magic series (A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light) and the first sequel to Spellslinger (Shadowblack – review). As I have talked about the first books here I’m not going to add anything other than that if you haven’t started either of these series, I highly recommend them.
There were two very different books I read in October that I feel are worthy of a mention. After the Fire by Will Hill (full review) is a hauting and powerful contemporary read about a girl who has spent her life growing up as part of a cult. I can’t recommend this enough. The second is The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby (full review), a fun middle grade mystery with fantasyish elements. I thoroughly enjoyed going along on their journey and trying to figure out how best to foil the bad guys!
November’s pick HAS to be The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. I know, I know. Everyone is raving about this book. But they should be. I honestly feel it is the fairytales we should be reading to children. They have brilliant morals, and are beautifully told and illustrated. Find my full review here.
So as I am writing this a couple of weeks early, I could have another title to add later – certainly there are lots of great books on the TBR shelf right now! But this month’s pick goes to my re-read of Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I have read another five star read, but I honestly wanted to pick this because it’s one of my favourite books. It’s such a comfort read for me. And it also never fails to make me laugh; I think it gets funnier with time!
So that’s my wrap up! Have you read any of these? What did you think? And what was your favourite read this year?