My Top 5 Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

Can you believe we’re already halfway through the year? Where have the last six months gone?!

I’ve seen a couple of people talk about the books they’ve read so far in the year and which ones they have loved the most. Currently, I have read 33 books, which is 66% of the way through my Goodreads challenge and I am over the moon. There have been some incredible books published in the first half of the year, and I also managed to pick up a couple series that I hadn’t gotten around to.

It was way harder to narrow the 33 down to 5 because I have actually given away so many five stars reviews because the books are that good. They aren’t going to be in an order, as that would make it even harder, but my top 5 so far are…

1. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

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I was originally going to put Scythe on this list, but the second one blew me away even more than the first. I can’t stop thinking or talking about this book and I totally get why everyone loves it. The world building is fascinating and the characters are so interesting.

You never really know what is going to happen and the last 50 pages of Thunderhead were shocking, but in a good way. It means I have absolutely no idea what will happen in the third book, The Toll, and I’m even more excited for its publication date. You can check out my review for Scythe here and Thunderhead over here.

2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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I’ll tell you how much I loved this debut novel, enough that I am going to meet the author herself in less than a months time! Everything about this book was incredible. The magic system, the stakes, the plots, the characters…Everything!

There was so much hype surrounding this book, which always makes me worried, but I had no reason to be. I cannot fault Children of Blood and Bone because it was amazing. A re-read will definitely be in order before Children of Virtue and Vengeance comes out next year. Check out my 5 star review here.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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I only finished this book two days ago and it is already in my top 5 for the year. Why didn’t I read it before now, you ask? I keep asking myself that because it was freakin’ amazing! I think I might even love it more than the Throne of Glass series, which is saying a lot because I adore those books. I’ll be writing up my review for this book within the next few days, but I can’t get over it.

There is something so appealing about the Fae and these characters really made me feel for them. I was literally smiling as I read their interactions and I can honestly say I’ve fallen for Tamlin (although everyone says I shouldn’t and it makes me nervous). I’m over 100 pages in to A Court of Mist and Fury and I can feel my thoughts changing on certain characters when I didn’t want them to (mainly Tamlin and Rhys), but I just know this series is going to be one of my favourites.

4. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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The only downside to this book is that it is a standalone. Sky in the Deep knocked my socks off with the world building and how divided it is, the prejudice that surrounds the characters, and not to mention the fact that it has a viking influence. I grew to care so much about these characters and what they were going through as I was reading.

There are some incredible action scenes that were fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat, as well as a sweet romance that blossomed. This book has everything and it was thoroughly deserving of five stars. It is one of those that I could read again and again and never get bored. See more of my thoughts in my review here.

5. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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Can I put the Grisha trilogy in here as well? I would say all of her books deserve to be here, but I have yet to read Six of Crows,. However, I chose The Language of Thorns to be in this list as it was the first book I read by her. Honestly, it was magical, as well as being dark and deadly at the same time. I read it in one sitting, that’s how much I loved it. I just couldn’t get enough!

Each of the six stories that are included are beautifully told, and featured the most gorgeous illustrations. Bargudo is an incredible writer who made the words jump off the page and come to life for me. Will I pick it up again one day? Hell yeah! This is the kind of book I will forever keep and one day pass on to my kids if I have any. It was a no brainer to give this 5 stars, and you can check out my review here.

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I could have added so many more books, but then we would be here all night! I know that the rest of 2018 is going to be filled with some amazing reads as well, so I am dreading my end of the year top ten list!

What is the best book that you have read so far this year?

24 thoughts on “My Top 5 Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

  1. Yes, agree so much on “The Language of Thorns.” That was a beautiful and well-done collection. I need to get around to reading her other works. I would probably enjoy them as well.

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  2. I haven’t read most of these books but Scythe is very high up on my TBR pile and now I’m really excited to get to it! The best book I’ve read this year is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng😊

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  3. I’ve heard a lot about Children of Blood and Bone, so nice to see you think the hype (it was a book pick in a tv show) is well deserved. I can’t just name one… Hydra, the Keeper, the Fear, never Go There and The man who didn’t call are all great reads.

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  4. My favourite book I read this year was Batman Nightwalker, I loved it because it was a book I really related to. I am currently reading Children of blood and bone but I can’t say that I am loving it.

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  5. COBAB is one of my fav too! That book is a masterpiece! I haven’t read the other books you mentioned though but I’m sure they’re all great!

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  6. The Language of Thorns is one of my favourite reads this year, too – I love dark fairy tales. I’ve seen so much love for Children of Blood and Bone that I’ll definitely have to add it to my TBR.

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  7. I still need to read Children of Blood and Bone and The Language of Thorns. I have yet to read Six of Crows too. I need to at some point this year. I’ve put it off for too long.

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  8. The ACOTAR series is one of my all-time favourites. I’m so glad you loved it so much, and I look forward to seeing what you think of the others in the series.

    I keep seeing the Scythe books in Waterstones, but continually put off picking them up for one reason or another. There’s so much hype surrounding them, though! I’ll probably need to give in pretty soon.

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