I have been on a very very very long hiatus because I suddenly realized my final exams were coming. I just graduated and now I am free for 3 months (yay!). I really want to interact more with other readers and bloggers so if you want yo buddy read something, hit me up! If you want me to review anything specifically or do a book tag, just tag me and I will do it. My reading tastes have evolved these past few moths. I haven’t been in the mood to read any fantasy or sci-fi like I used to. I mostly read New Adult books which is fine by me. I have read 53 books so far so I have a lot of catching up to do so here we go…
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018
Lily Haime is a French author who wrote one of my favorite duologies and standalones of all time. This year I continued on reading her backlist. Clair Obscur is a heartbreaking M/M (gay) romance. The novel contains my favorite trope (second chance romance). We follow Gwenn, a ballet dancer who has always dreamed of being accepted to Julliard. Gwenn also has a huge crush on his brother’s best friend called Sevan. Gwenn decides to proclaim his feelings to Sevan, one night. Sevan rejects him and Gwenn ends up in a car accident which breaks all of his dreams. The story was beautiful and heartbreaking and one of my favorites by her.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.
I have read a lot of incredible books this year but one series stood out for me, the Hades Hangmen series by Tillie Cole. The series is not without its faults but overall every book was amazing. The world is really dark and well though-out. There is a tie between Souls Unfractured and Damnable Grace.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
A Wish For Us, I can’t wait to read Tillie Cole’s new book which is apparently very emotional but I need to be in the right mood.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Elle Kennedy has announced on her instagram that she is releasing a new romance this summer and I can’t wait for it. I also can’t wait for the final book (Queen of Air and Darkness) in the Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare. If you know of any NA releases for this summer, comment them down below!
5. Biggest disappointment.
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas, I have been looking forward to the continuation of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series but more specifically Nesta and Cassian’s story and this novella didn’t bring anything new to the table. I like to read novellas to get to know better a specific character or to get an extra detail of the plotline. I basically just got random, cringy dialog between a group that didn’t feel authentic.
6. Biggest surprise.
Jock Row by Sara Ney, I have read a few books by Sara Ney, previously but they were never more than a 3.5 stars. This novel was simple, not overdone and I enjoyed immensely. During my exams (2 weeks), I was in a huge reading slump and this book got me out of it. The story follows Scarlett who is dragged to a party by her friends and there she’s labelled a “cockblocker” and escorted outside by the captain called ‘Rowdy’. Scarlett comes back every friday and every time she spends the evening on the porch with Rowdy. The slow burn romance and banter were on point. I highly recommend this NA read.
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Tillie Cole is actually not new to me but only this year did she become a favorite author of mine. My new favorite author is Rohan Lockhart. She is a French author who writes M/M romances. She wrote the GMO-project, Next Gen series which I fell in love with this year and I am planning on reading more of her books.
8. Newest fictional crush.
My first choice is Flame (Souls Unfractured) from the Hades Hangmen series and a close second is Rowdy from Jock Row.
9. Newest favourite character.
Dexter J. Daley is a homicide detective but let the title fool you. He is actually hilarious and his jokes have made me crack up a few times throughout the Thirds series. I am currently reading the series (10 books!) so I might make a series review if anybody wants to know my opinion.
10. Book that made you cry.
I read Déferlante by Lily Haime and of course all of her books make me cry but this one made me ugly cry. We follow Lill, a surfer, who was abandoned by his mother and lives with his father in Malibu. His sister who lives with their mother suddenly moves in with her brother. Lill and his sister, Lara have a rocky relationship and it doesn’t get better when Lill starts to feel something for Lara’s boyfriend, Aidan.
11. Book that made you happy.
The Thirds series by Charlie Cochet has made me so happy. I can’t wait to read on!
12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
I saw Love, Simon for my birthday and I absolutely loved it. It’s such a sweet movie and it doesn’t hurt that I also love the book. Both were equally amazing!
13. Favourite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year)
I have only written one review this year so this question is not difficult to answer. I reviewed one of my favorite series of all time, The Addicted/ Calloway Sisters series by Krista & Becca Ritchie.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I received 2 beautiful books this year from my parents. Pride & Prejudice illustrated by Alice Patullo and the UK edition of Circe by Madeline Miller.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I want to read a lot of books before I go to university but specifically Esclave du Rythme (Slave to the Rhythm) by Jane Harvey-Berrick. I love the Education of Sebastian duology and I want to read her backlist.