Yes, I know I’m super late with this. You’ll have to forgive me though, like literally I will make you forgive me with the explanation of how busy I am at the moment. I’m a teacher at an international school and just finished my school year. I teach grade 3 and my students are at school for nine hours every day, and my school year is a full more than a month longer than a typical western school year. In addition, I’m moving from Taiwan to Japan next year with my cats, am currently preparing them to go and am trying to figure out housing in Japan. I’m also going to Canada for a 3 week vacation, in two days time. I’m trying to organize everything I need to buy in Canada, what I need to do once I return to Taiwan and what I need to do once I enter Japan. Fun times!
That being said, I won’t bring up how busy I am again, just know that things will be shaky over the next few months, but I’ll do what I can, when I can. If you survived that massive spiel, let’s get on to the show.
I could have so easily filled this list with more T.J.Klune books, but decided that I was going to stick with a maximum of two books per author. So without further ado, here are some books that I’ve read in the first half of the year and have adored!
Six of Crows / Crooked Kingdom By: Leigh Bardugo
These books belong together. I am definitely a girl who loves characters and is more character driven, and this book gave me so many things I was craving. I loved all the characters and the relationships between them ranging from friendship, romantic relationships and the camaraderie. In addition these books were so diverse. With the things that occurred, I was often on the edge of my seat, waiting for what was going to happen next! Right when you think the first book couldn’t possibly be one upped, it happens! To me this duology was everything. I mean the Grisha trilogy was…okay, but this was so brilliant!
First and First (Interborough #3) by: Santino Hassell
Caleb left a sour taste in my mouth at the end of the second book in the Interborough series, but you know an author is good at what they do when they make you love and adore a character you previously hated, just one book later. You come to understand Caleb and why he is the way he is. I loved him with Ollie and the two of them together were just scorching and on fire. To me this book was everything. *___*
Hexbreaker (Hexworld #1) By: Jordan L. Hawk
Magic, historically influenced, witches who can only use their powers with magical shifting familiars? World building based around these concepts? Score! Cicero and Tom were so perfect in the first book as well. I just could not help but love them.
A Gathering of Shadows By: V.E.Schwab
I didn’t love this series as a whole, but to me the second book was everything I was hoping for. Out of world building, characterization and action; characterization is the most my bag and that’s primarily what book two seemed to be doing…fleshing out the characters more. I loved Lila, Kell, Holland, Rhy and the introduction of the wonderful and illustrious Alucard.
Wolfsong by: T. J. Klune
This book was just perfect. I can’t wait for a continuation to the series. This is a shifter book, but it deals so much with human relationships, family relationships and friendship, as well as romantic relationships. It’s such a good balance of drama, action and romance. I also love the world that it’s set in! If you like m/m romance, drama and fantasy, I think you should at least give this one a try!
Vicious By: V.E.Schwab
From the moment I first heard about this book, I knew with very little doubt that this would be right up my alley. This is a tale of two psychopaths, trying to gain their own super powers and what they do with the subsequent superpowers they gain. Victor Vale, our resident protagonist is sent to prison and then vows revenge against his former friend Eli. I love anti-heroes and Victor Vale is no exception. You can’t help but rooting for Victor Vale because between him and Eli, the former’s motivations end up resonating with you more. I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for the second book.
Peter Darling by: Austin Chant
Those of you who know me, know that I am not a fan of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, however I often like Peter Pan derived stories. This one was no exception. Once I read the summary (Wendy is trans, and Peter Pan and P.P is a bit of a villain and P.P and Captain Hook fall in love) I knew that I needed this book like…yesterday. While it was a little rushed, it was an absolutely perfect combination of elements for me!
Murmuration By: T. J. Klune
It’s really hard to say much about this without giving spoilers. Let’s just say we have 1950s Pleasantville, and two of the members of said community love each other, and have been slowly moving into a relationship. Unfortunately Mike feels like he’s going crazy, as things appear to be not quite right and he starts to hear voices in his head. I really can’t go any further than that, but you end up speculating and it’s such a ride.
Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2) by: Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
This one is a co-written book by Santino Hassel and Megan Erickson and my favourite in the Cyberlove series. Just like Caleb in First and First, you end up hating Dominic in the book he’s introduced in. This book completely redeems him. Luke and Dominic are so great together and their connection is so hot and unexpected and wonderful.
Blood Divine by: Greg Howard
There’s a magical family and a group of vampires who’s intent is to kill all vampires in the world because they think their kind is evil. There are plot twists and there’s an awesome romance. This one was a Netgalley book that was so so worth it!
Rules of Summer by: Shaun Tan
I have read so many great picture books this year, I could have easily chosen another one but this one is so atmospheric. It’s fun and whimsical and fairytale like and dark and weird and strange and spooky and I just adored it!
OTHER AMAZING BOOKS (my honourable mentions)
The Heart of Texas by: R. J. Scott
Bear, Otter and the Kid series by: T. J. Klune
How to Be a Normal Person by: T. J. Klune
The School for Good and Evil by: Soman Chainani
Mature Content (Cyberlove #4) by: Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Sunset Park (Interborough #2) by: Santino Hassell
Fluke by: James Herbert
Mirror by: Jeannie Baker
Waiting for Mama by: Tae-Jun Lee
Lost in Translation by: Ella Frances Sanders
This is Not My Hat and We Found a Hat by: Jon Klassen
Rosie Revere, Engineer by: Andrea Beaty
Owl Moon by: Jane Yolen
The Boy Who was Raised by Librarians by: Carla Morris
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by: Mo Willems
What Do you Do with a Problem? by: Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom
The Black Book of Colors by: Menena Cottin
Just curious what were some of your favourite reads of this year so far and also, are there any books on this list that you have read and agree with (or don’t agree with) or any you now want to read?