Now that June is finally over, I thought it would be a good time to give a mid-year update on the books that I have read so far. As I write this, I have finished 23 books to completion and dropped another 7 after starting them. This year has been a bit difficult for me book-wise, as I have found myself either loving or hating most books I start. Maybe I’ve just turned into a tough critic, I don’t know!
Here’s a list of the books I’ve read, in order of rating. After that you’ll find a short list of “awards” to certain books.
5 stars (must read)
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty – Amanda Filipacchi
The Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johansen
Red Rising – Pierce Brown
Golden Son – Pierce Brown
Uprooted – Naomi Novik
4 stars (recommended)
The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
Firefight – Brandon Sanderson
Prince of Fools – Mark Lawrence
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
The Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Ahdieh
Dar Four – Sara Lotz
Shadow Scale – Rachel Hartman
3 stars (good, but slightly disappointing)
A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab
The Invasion of the Tearling – Erika Johansen
Crimson Bound – Rosamund Hodge
The Young Elites – Marie Lu
Mosquitoland – David Arnold
The Perilous Sea – Sherry Thomas
An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir
An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir
2 stars (has readability but I didn’t enjoy it)
Shades of Grey – Jasper Fforde
Delicious Foods – James Hannaham dropped at 50%
My Heart and Other Black Holes – Jasmine Warga dropped at 20%
The Red Pyramid – Rick Riordan dropped at 20%
1 star (don’t bother)
Lois Lane: Fallout – Gwenda Bond dropped at 10%
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell dropped at 10%
The Mini Awards
I was reading this while traveling around Indochina. My travel partner would often hear me just start giggling like crazy to myself at the absurdity of this book. It was such a delightfully unexpected book, and was nothing like I expected. I read it very quickly given the circumstances and I still remember the joy it brought me. You have to read this! It’s the perfect example of an author not taking themselves too seriously.
The cover didn’t really capture my attention, the blurb was mediocre at best, but after reading a few reviews I decided to give it a try. And it ended up being one of the quickest reads of the year so far. It was such a great little gem, and I love that it’s just one book. The characters were great, and I found myself just longing to get back to reading it. I feel like this book would be much more popular if it didn’t give off such a juvenile feel.
The Most Disappointing: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
The author’s previous novel, Vicious, was one of my favorites. I loved the characters and the unique take on the superhero genre. I came into this book hoping for more of the same and was just left feeling really underwhelmed. It’s still a good book, I just had far too high of expectations.
I’m only basing this off of the books I actually finished, and it has to be this one. Not only was it disappointing, I was barely able to make it through. It’s the second in the series. Apparently I really enjoyed the first one, though I honestly can’t recall why anymore. It was such a lackluster anything that I honestly can’t even remember a thing about it. That’s not very good….
Hope the second half of the year picks up a bit as far as books are concerned! Let me know if you have any I should read or if you have read any of the books I did with similar or difference impressions!