Oh my goodness, where do I even begin? My anticipation for this book was raw and pure joy. I think I did a fine job for myself by pre-ordering it as a birthday gift, considering it released the day before my birthday, lol. The book gods and Pierce Brown have blessed me tenfold and more.
Is it that time already? I can’t even believe it! I feel like 2017 just started and here we are, diving right into 2018! (But that also means my birthday is soon. I’ll be 29! That doesn’t seem old to me and yet…it does, haha.)
I know this topic was a Top Ten Tuesday post a couple of weeks ago. But I wanted to wait to do it because it wasn’t quite the end of the year… But here I am, writing it just as 2018 started. Typical me. I wait until the last minute because who knows if a late December read will be included in this list?!
Anyway, here’s how I chose my top reads. I went to Goodreads and chose the books I rated 4.5 and 5 stars. That doesn’t mean they were all released in 2017–just that I read them this year. 🙂 There was actually quite a lot, so I thought I’d focus this post on the genre: today’s is contemporary.
Also, my goal was to read 90 books this year, and I surpassed it by a handful of books! Yay! I only DNFed 3 books this year, too.
I was absolutely thrilled to hear we would have a novella just on Chaol. He’s one of my favorite characters from the series. And while I do have a few issues with him (mostly his prejudices), I love him above all, lol! So when Sarah announced the novella was turned into a novel, I was ecstatic!
Diving into Tower of Dawn was a bit like coming home in ways I never imagined it would be. Returning to the world of Throne of Glass and being introduced into a brand new world of the southern continent and its cultures and people… To reacquaint myself with these characters and to come out in the end as loving them more… I cannot imagine a better pleasure as a reader.
I’m going to try my hardest to keep this spoiler-free!
Wow. Where do I even begin? Marie Lu solidified her place as one of my auto-buy authors when I finished Champion. (Yes, I read The Young Elites trilogy first.) So when I first heard about Warcross, I did a little happy dance–happiness for my favorite author releasing another book and that it would definitely make my gamer girl heart very happy.
It didn’t disappoint.
When I saw NerdyPost’s May theme was Sarah J. Maas, I knew without question I needed this box! I’ve gotten a handful of NP boxes since it’s birth last year in June, and each box gets better and better. With the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin, the last of the ACoTaR series, I knew this box would be hot!
I wasn’t disappointed at all, and this might be one of my favorite boxes. Let’s get to it!
It’s been such a struggle to put together a coherent review of this book. I fell in love with Lord’s When We Collided, so I didn’t have any doubts about how brilliant The Names They Gave Us would be, but wow. It blew me away. I needed this book 10 years ago, but I’m so glad I have it in my hands now.
Oh my stars, guys, where do I even begin?
I fell in love with Six of Crows when I read it back in July. Yes, I waited a bit to read it but I’d heard nothing but amazing things. It was a hyped book and it was brilliant. Unlike any book I’ve read before, taking me back into the familiar world I left in the Grisha trilogy.
Crooked Kingdom was one of my most anticipated books for September. Knowing Six of Crows was only a duology was hard to swallow but Bardugo’s writing matured greatly from the Grisha trilogy and I was pleased see that.
But this review isn’t about the Grisha trilogy or Six of Crows, it’s about Crooked Kingdom and the fact that I cried. Seriously. Not many books make me cry but this one did.
I am super delayed in writing this post since it’s been nearly 3 weeks since I saw her but here I am! 🙂
I’ve been a fan of SJM since I read Throne of Glass some time last year. While I wasn’t overly excited about A Court of Thorns and Roses, I’ve been told I need to hold on and read A Court of Mist and Fury before I judge that series so… I’ll do that…eventually. 😛
I traveled to Watermark Books in Wichita, KS to see Sarah for her Empire of Storms tour. It’s a cute, local, independent bookstore in the city with a cute little café attached to it.
GUYS. WHAT. EVEN. HAPPENED.
How can I wait until next year for the final book? THE. FINAL. BOOK.
I suppose I’ll just sit and rock in a corner.