2018 is HALF OVER already. (This was intended to be posted back in June, woops!) WHAT. I can’t believe it. It’s madness!!
Well, I decided I wanted to share some awesome books that I’ve read in the last 6 months as I’ve come across a few that I adored!! These are all randomly ordered, I liked them all in different ways! Some reviews do contain a spoiler or two (Looking for Alaska, Fruits Basket) but the others are just me expressing how much I love them. 🙂
Looking for Alaska by John Green
~ I’m going to say right off the bat that I didn’t LOVE this book. It was mildly depressing and left me with a weird feeling when I was first done with it. However, as a few months have passed I keep finding myself drawn to the book and thinking about it and appreciating the story told bit by bit. It tackles an issue that is controversial but is also being talked about a lot more in present society. I think what struck me the most is how the characters react to Alaska’s suicide/accidental death? As it was still a bit of a mystery. How they tried to rationalize that she couldn’t have committed suicide, that she wouldn’t have done it. And I think that’s something that goes through everyone’s mind when something like that happens. John Green really digs into emotions and writes them wonderfully on paper. This is an interesting book and a hard story to read (especially if you didn’t know what was coming, like me) but I also think it’s a really powerful perspective. Anyways, it’s obviously had an impact on me so that’s why I’d like to share it and include it on this list!
If you’re interested in Looking for Alaska by John Green – Click HERE
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
~ This was such a fun, dark and mysterious read. This is the 2nd book in the Illuminae Files trilogy and I remember not liking it at first because the authors were using two new characters instead of using the main characters from the first book. However, I quickly got over my disgruntlement because I FELL IN LOVE with Nick and Hannah!! I don’t remember all the specific details that happened in the book since it’s been a few months but I remember what I felt while I was reading this book and it was honestly just like pure joy. The story was sooooo well done. So wonderfully told, the characters were beautiful, the concepts were amazing. I was so sad when it was done because it honestly just had given me one of the best feelings when I was reading that I’ve only experienced with a certain few books. THIS WAS GOLD. *You should read Illuminae before Gemina in order to understand what’s happening with the story concept.
If you’re interested in Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Click HERE
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
~ I read this whole book in ONE night. 6 hours I think. I couldn’t stop reading it. And by the time I was done with it, I was a complete mess. This story was SO GOOD. Told from four different perspectives and set during World War II centered around an event that a lot of people aren’t even aware of that happened during that time (as I’m sure there are many). Ruta Sepetys did an amazing job with delivering all the historical facts and providing some research she included at the back of the book (paperback and e-book editions I believe). I’ve recommended this book to quite a few friends and basically anybody that will listen. The ending is incredibly sad and heartbreaking so be-forewarned that you will may shed some tears. A savagely beautiful read.
If you’re interested in Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – Click HERE
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
~ I read the first page and I KNEW it was going to be good. The Fifth Season is the first book in the Broken Earth Trilogy. The whole things is AMAZING but I’m just gonna focus on this first book. This book is high fantasy and comes with it’s own dialogue (so you can imagine the planning that went into it). I generally read books pretty fast but I felt like I had to slow down with this one because I wanted to catch every sentence, every word because if you didn’t, you might miss something really important. N.K. Jemisin is the best “show, don’t tell” kind of writer that I’ve come across yet. She doesn’t dummy anything down and have really obvious statements in her work, she expects you to keep up with the story and be right in it with her to catch all that’s going on. I LOVED that. I don’t really want to give anything away on this one because it was just such an AWESOME and intricately woven story. I will be thinking about this series for a lonnnggg time.
If you’re interested in The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – Click HERE
More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
~ I received this book in the very first GoScribbler book box subscription and I am so thankful for it because I absolutely LOVED it. Brigid Kemmerer writes brilliantly emotional characters that are just struggling to find out who they are. This story was really emotional for me and has stayed with me long after I’ve read it. It is a companion novel to her other novel – Letters to the Lost focusing on some side characters that were in the first book. You don’t have to read Letters to the Lost first but I would highly recommend it because it was just as wonderful.
If you’re interested in More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer – Click HERE
Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey
~ I have finally jumped on to Rachel Grey’s rom- com band wagon! Anything You Can Do is my absolute favorite so far although I do have some close seconds (Arrogant Devil, The Foxe and the Hound). Rachel knows how to write relateable female characters that are genuine and flawed. She also throws in a lot of humor and this one made me laugh out loud the most and the hardest. It’s very erotic and definitely rated R but my oh my was the banter good in this one. I freaking loved it!!
If you’re interested, Chapters/Indigo has the audiobook of Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey – Click HERE
Fruits Basket Series by Natsuki Takaya
~ I FINALLY wrapped up reading this manga series in April. The stories were magical and raw. There was tons of character development throughout the whole series involving all of the characters. The whole series left me in awe. I was such a wreck after I finished it. It was amazing- all of it. Kyo and Tohru are one of my favourite manga couples. The romance is a slow burn since it takes them both awhile to figure out what they mean to each other but it’s very precious and every scene with them bantering has me squealing. Tohru is also one of the most innocent, naive yet kind character I’ve come across. She’s very sweet, optimistic and always tries to see the best in people. I think the overall message in Fruits Basket – kindness and compassion is a virtue and always something you should strive for – is very uplifting and just very genuine.
If you’re interested in Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya – Click HERE
I know, I know. I’m posting this super late considering I had planned to post this back at the end of June. But ya know, life got in the way. So, here it is now! I hope to have another blog post up that is similar to this one at the end of December highlighting my favourite books I’ve read from July to December so stay tuned!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!
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