Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Lately I've been catching up on books that I've been meaning to read for a long time (years in some cases). In May, I read Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I think my favorite was Ruin and Rising. I've been working on that series for such a long time, I can't believe it's over.


For the past couple of months I've been reading outside my normal genre of contemporary YA. I've read a few memoirs (We Were Brothers, A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me, Tweaked), a light fantasy (The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness), and I'm almost finished listening to the audio version of The Graveyard Book, read by Neil Gaiman himself. My hands-down favorite is The Graveyard Book-- such a great escape into the world of the dead. Plus, Gaiman's voice--both figurative and literal--is riveting.

Wow, Ingrid is reading up a storm!! I'm kind of jealous, haha.

Unfortunately I don't have as many books to choose from, but even if I did, I think my answers would stay the same. My favorite recent read has been THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater, the emotional conclusion to her Raven Boys series. It wasn't perfect, but I still loved the book and the series dearly and deeply.

I'm also slowly working my way through ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr, which is just a really special novel told in very brief chapters that are almost like prose poem vignettes or something.


In May, I read MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE, THE WINNER'S KISS, THE RAVEN KING!!!!!!!!!, FIVE FLAVOURS OF DUMB, A COURT OF MIST AND FURY, and re-read A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES straight after. I keep starting and stopping books like NOGGIN, CARRY ON, PASSENGER, NIGHTBIRD, COUNTING THYME so I'll give them another go next month because the writing is fantastic. I just haven't been in the mood for one reason or another. I am so hung up on romantic fantasy. Perfect example is my current re-read THE SIN-EATER'S DAUGHTER. Really clever story, decent world-building and characters you don't mind spending time with. Need the sequel!


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The Bitter Kingdom
Wild Awake
The Raven Boys
Mind Games
Eleanor and Park
The Shattered Mountain
The Shadow Cats
Froi of the Exiles
Days of Blood & Starlight
Every Day
Jellicoe Road
Finnikin of the Rock
Guitar Notes
The Dead-Tossed Waves
The Crown of Embers
New House 5: How A Dorm Becomes A Home
The Fault in Our Stars

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