Can you believe that we’re already halfway through the year? I usually like to take the time to check in on my goals to see how I’m doing, and I will go into more detail in my Midyear Wrap Up. But today I wanted to share the top 5 books that I’ve read this year. So, let’s get to it.
1. The Name of the Wind
The Name of the Wind is my favorite so far for the year. And possibly for life. I LOVE this book. It doesn’t have a strong plot, but it was a ton of fun just listening to Kvothe recap his life. He’s a frustrating at times, but he’s still so lovable. I can’t wait to finish the next book to see where this story goes.
Elantris is my second pick for favorite of the year. It really helped to bring me out of a reading slump and reignited my love for fantasy. This is a standalone fantasy that’s still part of Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere. It follows Raoden who has come down with a horrible disease and has been locked away in Elantris. This book was gritty and dark, but yet there was still hope in the end. I really loved this one.
3. The Last House on Needless Street
The Last House on Needless Street left me speechless. I can’t go into too much detail without spoiling anything, but it’s so good. The twist blew me away, but it was so obvious at the same time. I can’t recommend this one enough. It follows the perspective of a man, a little girl, and a cat that reads the bible. The narrators are unreliable, but I loved seeing the events of the book through a different perspective.
4. The Way of Kings
The only reason The Way of Kings is so far down on this list is because it took me a while to get interested in it. But once I did, I was hooked. Once I got comfortable with the world, I really enjoyed this one. Kaladin and Shallan are my favorite characters so far. One of the things that slowed me down was Dalinar’s perspective. I wasn’t a big fan of his at first, but toward the end his point of view became a little more interesting. I think this done a nice job at setting up for the rest of the series.
I’m so glad I finally picked up Rebecca. It gave me all the gothic vibes that I had hoped for. It’s so atmospheric. I almost felt like I was there. The mystery element was well thought out as well. There were times it didn’t feel super high stakes, but it was still interesting. I just loved the everything about this one.
Honorable Mention: The Bone Shard Daughter
The Bone Shard Daughter was my first book of the year, and it set the year off well. It’s a fantasy novel, but it does have some horror elements. I really liked the island setting. I haven’t read many books set on an island and it makes me want to explore some more. Plus, there is an adorable animal companion that I just loved. Even if the rest of the book had been bad, I would have still read it because Mephi is adorable.
So those are my top 5 books so far. I’m interested to see how much this list changes throughout the rest of the year.
What was the best book you’ve read so far?
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