Well, in case you haven’t noticed it yet – I am horrible at writing reviews. I currently have two or three (book) reviews in my drafts, waiting for me to finish and publish them… Out of the ten books I’ve read so far (and 20+ movies I’ve seen). I do of course still want to talk about all the books I read on this blog, otherwise, I can’t really call it a book blog anymore. So, I borrowed April’s idea to make a collective post of every ten-or-so books I’ve read this year. I will talk a little about why I liked or disliked the book, and if I’ve posted a full review – I will add a link to it.
So let’t dive right in by starting with the first ten books I’ve read in 2018!
1. Memento (Harmony #1) by Mathieu Reynés – 58 pages
Received from: Netgalley Finished on: 4 January
I wanted to read more non-Marvel graphic novels, so I looked around on Netgalley and found this one. Still a story with someone with superpowers, but at least it wasn’t Marvel! I really enjoyed it, though it felt a bit slow and nothing much happened – until the end at least. I felt like I had missed something, especially with the prologue that happened in a completely different time. I hope we’ll find out more about that in any of the upcoming graphic novels, which I will probably pick up because the art style and the story really intrigued me.
2. Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu – 368 pages
Received from: Author Finished on: 7 January
I fell in love with the world of Warcross, to be honest. Reading about it, about the competitions and the changing worlds made me want to play this game! Marie Lu’s writing is phenomenal and it really sucked me right into the book. I loved Emika and her Warcross team, as much as I would have loved to see more of them rather than the romance (but hey, that’s just me I guess?). That didn’t mean I didn’t love the romance, no I actually really liked Emika and her romantic interest View Spoiler »up until the big reveal at the end, which I kind of saw coming? « Hide Spoiler Will definitely pick up book two, which hopefully will come out asap, and I am definitely going to read more of Marie’s books (because I have three unread books on my shelf).
3. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson #2) by Rick Riordan – 249 pages
Received from: Own purchase Finished on: 8 January
I’m not sure which Percy Jackson book is my favourite, but I do know it wasn’t the Sea of Monsters. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of Riordan’s books, especially the Percy Jackson books, but this one just felt a bit less amazing. Maybe it’s because I kept on thinking about that stupid movie (I like the movie, but not as an adaptation), maybe it’s just because I haven’t read this book in so long and I needed to refresh my memory – I don’t know – but I really did love reading this book. Rick Riordan’s writing is just so great and it never fails to make me laugh. And oh my god CHAPTER TITLES. A+
4. The Future Collection by Beth Revis – 155 pages
Received from: Own purchase Finished on: 10 January
A couple of years ago, I’d read one of the stories featured in this collection already and really enjoyed it. But somehow I never picked up the entire collection… Until now! I felt like reading something digital and I noticed Beth Revis had tweeted something about a sale going on on Amazon for her books. The Future Collection has a couple of short stories, all written by Beth, about ideas she’s had randomly appear in her head but didnt’really want to write full novels about. Two of the stories take place in the same universe as some other books she’s read (one I believe was in the same universe as the Body Electric, another in the same universe as Across the Universe). Some of these stories were maybe a bit too short for me to fully enjoy them, but overall this was a good Sci-fi collection, and I really do want to pick up more of her books soon!
5. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys – 344 pages
Received from: Own purchase Finished on: 11 January
I’ve always been weirdly fascinated by everything that happened in WWII. I’ve read plenty of books about the Nazi’s deporting thousands, millions of Jews to concentration camps – but that’s about it. This book tells a completely different story. Of the Soviets deporting people from Lithuania, Latvia, Finland. While I found the story horrible, I also found it written so beautifully. I felt so sad for all those people that had to spend winters in Siberia, trying to stay alive until the spring came again. This book really made me fall back into my WWII period and now I want to read more books taking place during this time, but also it’s made me want to pick up more of Ruta Sepetys’ books, after heading so many great things about her. Yeah horrible horrible events, but beautifully written, in my opinion!
6. Photographic by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña – 96 pages
Received from: Netgalley Finished on: 12 January
Another graphic novel I found on NetGalley. This one is the biography of a famous Mexican photographer, Graciela Iturbide. To be honest, I had never heard of her – but then again I’ve never really researched any photographers, if I may be honest. Unlike the normal kind of biography, Graciela’s story was told in graphic novel format, with some of her own photographs added in between. I loved this, so much! Like I said, I had never heard of this photographer, but the novel made me want to look her up, look at her photographs and read more about her life. The artwork was great, and I especially loved the photographs added, it really made the story a lot better! They should make more biographies like this – in graphic novel form! I would definitely read them!
7. Akarnae (The Medorian Chronicles #1) by Lynette Noni – 436 pages
Received from: Netgalley Finished on: 17 January
Honestly, I had no idea what I expected when I started this book. Somehow I had convinced myself there would be dragons in it (maybe because the third book is called Draekora?), but this book was not at all a dragon book! We follow Alex as she falls through a doorway into a different world – a parallel world. She meets two guys who bring her to Akarnae, the school for gifted people. First of all, I was reminded of Harry Potter more often than not, but for the first time (I think) I didn’t mind at all. Because this book was still so vastly different from Harry Potter. There was no magic, only science and biology; I loved the friendship between Alex, Jordan and Bear (and later on between her and another character as well). At some points throughout the book, I had my doubts about it, but the ending was super thrilling and it made me get a copy of the second book right away!
8. Aristotle and Dante (Aristotle & Dante #1) by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – 359 pages
Received from: Own purchase Finished on: 21 January Full Review
Again, a book where my expectations were completely different from the actual story. I’ve already written a full review of this book, but I’m just going to try to summarise my thoughts. I didn’t love this book, partly because it was just so character-driven, and while I often don’t mind that as much, I really felt like nothing happened in this book. The writing was really nice, though, and I did like some of the characters – but alas it was a bit of a let-down for me.
9. Wires and Nerve (Wires and Nerve #1) by Marissa Meyer –
Received from: Own purchase Finished on: 24 January
Another reread because the second volume comes out today! Honestly, I can’t say Iko is my favourite character in the whole Lunar Chronicles because I love all the characters equally, but after reading this graphic novel (and especially after rereading it) I love her so much more! The art in this book is amazing and I love the blue-tones, though I still would have loved to have some red added, just like on the cover. I can’t wait to see what the next volume brings – especially since this volume ends with a massive cliffhanger, ahhhhhh!
10. With Malice by Eileen Cook –
Received from: Own purchase Finished on: 28 January
A couple of years ago, I read a book called Dangerous Girls – about a girl whose best friend turns up dead in a foreign country. This book felt super similar to that plot. And now that I’ve finished it, I can say that yes, the plots are similar, but they are also quite different from each other. I really love books with unreliable narrators, and I love books that have newspaper articles, interviews and such added in between. Though most of the pieces that were in this book made me feel annoyed towards the people who wrote/spoke those words. Honestly, the ending of this book made me feel very unsatisfied, but the majority of the book was really interesting and a little bit thrilling as well.
So there you go, the first ten books I’ve read this year. I’m still trying out the format a bit, so I might change it up for the next post, but let me know which books you’ve read in this post and what you thought of it! Also, if you have any recommendations based on the books I’ve read, let me know!