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Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Review
I am OBSESSED with this book. I seriously loved everything about it: the story, the characters, the setting, the writing, the magic. It really has everything I could possibly want in a book. If you haven’t read it, GO DO IT NOW.
Carrie by Stephen King, Review Coming Soon 🙂
I love Stephen King, so it’s crazy that I hadn’t read this before. But oh my god. It was brilliant, and honestly, not what I expected. I thought this would be terrifying, but it was just so heartbreaking. Stephen King is such a great writer. His writing is so clear. It’s descriptive, but it isn’t “purple”. His characters are real and they have depth. And Carrie exemplifies that.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Review
Yeah, I can’t believe I just read this either. I loved the movie (the one with Keira Knightly), and because of that, I was so hesitant to read the book. I’m so glad I did. It took me a little to get past the first few chapters, but I soon found myself hooked. And honestly, Mr. Darcy is just so swoon worthy.
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, Review
One of my goals this year was to read more fantasy. Not YA fantasy. “Real” fantasy. Anyway, I picked up Mistborn because so many people seemed to love it, and I totally see why. It’s wonderful! Kelsier and Vin were such great characters. The world was interesting. The magic system was unique. It was a total win.
The Shining by Stephen King, Review
Yeah, I know. Another Stephen King book I should have already read. Anyway, this book was delightfully terrifying. I had some serious nightmares, and that’s what I want from a Stephen King novel. But like King’s other novels, it isn’t just about horror. King spends so much time developing and creating realistic characters, and that’s one of the reasons I’m a huge fan of his works. Have I mentioned that I think he’s brilliant?
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, Review
Ruta Sepetys is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors. I love how much I have learned from her books. Besides, I love young adult fiction , and that’s what Salt to the Sea is. If you’re into WWII/Holocaust fiction, you NEED to read her books.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Review
This was the first book I picked up in my “I’m going to read REAL fantasy” journey. Yes, it’s full of a lot of tropes. Yes, the author hasn’t written the third installment, and I’m NOT reading book two until I find more information about book three. Okay, vent over. I really liked this one. I didn’t think I’d like epic fantasy because (I’m so sorry, please don’t hate me or ban me from the book community) I HATE LORD OF THE RINGS. I passionately HATE it. But I was pleasantly surprised to love this book. He didn’t dwell on landscapes too much and there were no orcs, so that’s a win for me.
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
I haven’t written a review for this one, but I actually really liked it because there’s a good love story there. That’s pretty much my favorite part. That romance…
I mean the fantasy elements were cool too.
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Review
Yeah, I had to read this one before the movie came out. I read it in a DAY. I also cried. I also loved all the fluff. But mostly, I appreciate the representation. All in all, it was a fun read.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Review
For me, The Hate U Give isn’t an all time favorite. But as for this year, yes. It’s in my top 10 so far. Really the only reason it isn’t going to be an “all time favorite” is because I’m not crazy about realistic fiction. Same with Simon. I like “fun” books and The Hate U Give isn’t fun. Obviously, it’s quite serious. But I feel like I got a lot from this book, and I feel like it’s a really valuable book people really need to read.