I’ve read 75 books so far this year, along with a pile of comic books and manga. A lot of what I’ve read has been new releases, but I’ve also managed to read through older books on my TBR list as well. Here’s what I read this past spring.
Wolves of Mercy Falls Series by Maggie Stiefvater
I was surprised by the pendulum of thoughts I had for this series. Shiver was super atmospheric and intriguing, but I dragged my way through Linger and parts of Forever. The ending definitely made up for it, though. My favorite of the whole series, however, is Sinner, which is kind of odd. Cole and Isabel together are much better characters than Grace and Sam together. Plus, that L.A. vibe got to me after I was in California earlier this year.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
I finally did it. I finished this book. And immediately bought copies of The Wise Man’s Fear and The Slow Regard of Silent Things. I plan to tackle The Wise Man’s Fear this summer. But The Name of the Wind was brilliant. There is so much to say about it but not enough time or space or words. Pat Rothfuss could write about Kvothe doing nothing and I’d probably read it. If you love fantasy, read it. Just do it.
When We Collided by Emery Lord
I’ve been on a contemporary kick lately that I can’t quite shake and I’m trying to read through all the books of specific contemporary YA authors. When We Collided was good, but sometimes Vivi’s character was overwhelming. I do like that the book opens a discussion about mental illness. Plus, the depiction of a large family was amazing.
My Dyslexia by Philip Schultz
I picked up this book because I’ve been trying to find books about dyslexia to help me write a character for a middle grade book. This book is so important in getting inside the head of someone with dyslexia, and I’m glad I can say that everything Philip Schultz mentioned in here reaffirms that what I’m writing is 1. necessary and 2. accurate to the dyslexic experience.
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Ruta Sepetys has a way of capturing time and place in her stories. While Out of the Easy isn’t my favorite of her novels, it was beautiful and tragic and depicts such an interesting angle of the 1950s New Orleans society. I’m still thinking about it.
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
I’ll admit I read this one because the Amazon series looks intriguing. I didn’t enjoy the story as much as I hoped. I think the humor was lost on me, and if I had taken my time to sit and enjoy the story instead of racing to read it, it may have been better. I think I need to reread it to truly grasp what the authors were attempting.
I picked up this book because I lead a teen writing club at my library and we’re going to tackle punctuation and grammar rules this summer. If you’re a grammar fanatic or want a witty explanation on the history of certain grammar and punctuation rules, this is the book to read. Eats, Shoots & Leaves is fun and insightful, but it is by a British author so some of the rules she explains are different from American grammar.
Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland
I’m continuing my read through of the Wings of Fire series. I finished the first arc, which is the first five books, and I had no idea the rest of the series would follow different dragonets and prophecies. But it’s still good!
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares
On a whim, I decided to reread this series. It’s been a while and I’ve been contemplating reading the fifth book (finally) but felt like I needed to reread the other books first. And wow, these books. The first two are so… bad. The writing is just bad and the characters are kind of terrible. But book three wasn’t bad. I don’t know if it’s because I was reading the ebook instead of the hard copy or if the author just grew as a writer and the characters also changed for the better. But then I read book four and I felt like some of the characters regressed and made a lot of stupid decisions again. The ending is good, though, and it does make me feel a bit nostalgic.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I wasn’t planning to reread this series yet, but I needed something fast to read and I picked it up. It’s not as good as I recall. The ending of the whole series kind of disappointed me, so I wonder if that’s factoring into my enjoyment this time around. I do like how much foreshadowing Stiefvater put in the novels and how much I remember from the first time I read the series.
Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
I finished listening to the Gallagher Girl series and it was bittersweet. I didn’t expect to like this series, but it grew on me and the last few books were so freaking insane! Such a good series with an excellent cast of characters. Now I need to decide if I should read more of Ally Carter’s books.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
I think I’m done with Rainbow Rowell books. I read Fangirl and Eleanor and Park and I didn’t think either were interesting enough to be that long and drawn out, and the characters annoyed me a lot. The audiobook narrators, though, were fantastic.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
I picked up this audiobook because it’s an Odyssey Award Nominee. My plan is to listen to the Odyssey Award winners and nominees that interest me. While this book is definitely important, I didn’t connect with it. I think it may have been beneficial to read along with the text while listening to fully grasp what Jason Reynolds was doing with this book. But the narration by Jason Reynolds was phenomenal and I would definitely recommend this to the right audience.