My absolute favourite this year…
Truthwitch/Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Okay, so I’m (again) cheating a little bit because Windwitch has not been published yet—but I read the ARC recently and whew, this series is blowing me away. With Truthwitch, Susan Dennard created a new, amazing world, with incredible, diverse and super interesting characters. Windwitch only added to that. This series has EVERYTHING going for it, and I can’t wait to see where she’ll take us next. Windwitch is out January 10th in the US, and 12th in the UK.
Other books that made my top ten (in no particular order because ranking them would make my head hurt!)
This Is How It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
This was a story that had me on the edge of my seat, shaking and sweating. Man, so good. So sad. So close to reality.
Rebel Of The Sands/Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
I loved the world Alwyn Hamilton created with Rebel, and again, I’ve been lucky to recently have read the ARC for Traitor. You’d better fasten your seatbelt for the second instalment—it’s one heck of a ride!
The Art Of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
This was a book that was high on my list to read this year, and it absolutely did not disappoint. It is a beautiful, sad and haunting story about the loss of a family member that I highly recommend.
A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Not one, but FOUR Londons—each vastly different and intriguing. ADSOM was an amazing read and I absolutely adore Lila. She’s #goals.
An Ember In The Ashes / A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir
I got an ARC for Torch at YALC, and I’d not yet read Ember. So I bought a copy of Ember, sat down and… whew… didn’t stop reading until I’d finished both books. It’s a new, richly imagined world with characters you’ll root for!
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
This is such an important book, and I’m glad it’s available. It’s eye-opening and thought-provoking, with some really great moments in it, too. My favourite scene was where Mom teaches Amanda the art of makeup—something so ‘simple’ they got to share together. Absolutely amazing.
Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I’d picked up SOC before and put it down after reading about a hundred pages—because I wasn’t in the mood for it at that time. When I finally picked it back up and sat down to read it… oh man, this was so good. I love, love, love how each character is super unique, and hey, being Dutch… all I can say is: hutspot. (It’s legit one of the only Dutch traditional recipes I actually like!)
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Ah, this was such a smart and beautiful, but also sweet book. It managed to make me cry at times, but also laugh out loud at other points. (Infinite Darlene!)
Empire Of Storms / A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas
From the moment I met Celaena Sardothien in Throne Of Glass, I’ve always been super curious to follow her journey. The last chapters in Empire Of Storms really killed me. And while A Court of Thorns And Roses wasn’t my favourite book (because I didn’t like Tamlin at all!), A Court Of Mist And Fury made up for that.
What are your favourite reads of the year? Do we share any??