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Top 5 books of 2018 so far

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Hello, happy Hump Day! As you’re reading this, I’m not at work (woo, 4th of July and paid holidays. I’m gonna cherish it). Today’s topic is favorite books of the year so far! I’ve actually already hit my goodreads goal of 40 books, so I have quite the selection to pick from. All of the below books were a solid five stars. Rating them 5 through 1 is a bit superfluous, so take their order with a grain of salt.

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5. A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape From North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa

A River in Darkness:  One Man's Escape from North KoreaGenre: Nonfiction – Memoir

This is a very recent read for me, I just finished it last week, but it’s definitely made its way into my heart. This book is a memoir written by a man who somehow escaped from the North Korean totalitarian regime. It’s written in a very matter-of-fact way – it doesn’t shy away from the suffering that Ishikawa or his family felt. It doesn’t give you an illusion of a happy ending.

This book is powerful, heart breaking, and will stick with me for a long time.

 

 

 

4. The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)Genre: Fantasy

The Broken Eye is the third book in Weeks’ Lightbringer series, which is one that I’ve been raving about for a long time. The series follows a slew of characters in world of political and magical upheaval. The magic system, based on colors, is really, really cool. The users of the magic are able to visualize a color and morph it into physical matter. Most can do one or two colors, but the Prism, one of the main characters, can draft them all.

And each time a magic user drafts a color, it brings them slightly closer to their deaths.

The world that Weeks has created is so great. I love the plot development, I love the characters, I love the humor. I love it all. I’m currently reading the fourth book, The Blood Mirror and am loving that as well. I hope the fifth (and final??) book comes out soon so I’m not left in a deprived state. DON’T LEAVE ME HANGIN’ WEEKS, OKAY? OKAY.

3. Prince’s Gambit by C. S. Pacat

Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince, #2)Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance

Really, this one and King’s Rising deserve this spot, but I’m keeping it to single books, and I’m trying to keep one series from hogging multiple spots in the list. So think of it as this book with the third book peeking over its shoulder.

Prince’s Gambit is the second book in the Captive Prince trilogy, which has also become one of my favorites this year. Out of the three, this one in my opinion is by far the best. The other two are good as well, but this one is my fave.

This series, taking place is a fantasy world and dealing with politics and war, is not for the feint of heart. It contains gruesome violence, rape, and just unpleasant situations. It’s gritty. But it’s just so addicting to read. The two main characters – the prince of one land and the prince of the other, find themselves in a situation where… well, read the synopsis of the first book and it’ll be rather clear.

This series is not by any means a modern classic, but holy cow did I have fun reading it. I couldn’t put it down.

2. Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku vol 1 by Fujita

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 1 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)Genre: Manga – Slice of life/Romance

Yep, a single volume of a manga gets the number two spot. I loved this so much.

It kinda came out of nowhere – a comedy youtube channel I follow did a review of the first three episodes of the accompanying anime, and it made me curious enough to go pick it up. I buzzed through the first season in two days, and then I got the ‘need more’ itch I couldn’t scratch. So, my husband bought me the first volume of the manga as a surprise, because I’d been blabbering about it non-stop. I thought that I would like the manga less, only because I had just finished watching the same plot material and figured it might be repetitive from the closeness of consuming to two.

But hoo-boy was I wrong. This manga is even better than the anime. I absolutely adored it and am a fan for life. And I’ve only read the first volume! There are two currently out, the third being released in English in October. You bet your butt I’m going to suck them into my collection.

My favorite part about this series is its simplicity. It follows two mid-20s working individuals, both nerds in their own way, who decide to date each other because they’re most likely to understand each other’s obsessions. It’s cute, it’s light, and it’s drama-free. There’s no teenage angst, there’s no miscommunication… it’s just fun and adorable and funny and I really, really enjoyed it.

1. Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)Genre: Fantasy

Again this is another ‘this book and the third one in the trilogy’. Not saying the first wasn’t just as good – it was, but technically I read it in 2017. 😛

I’ve been making my way through Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world for almost two years now. I started Assassin’s Apprentice back in 2016 I think, and by the time I got to Assassin’s Quest (Or was it Royal Assassin?!) I had begun buddy-reading everything with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. We’ve covered all the books since then up through this series… and this one by far is both of our favorites. Golden Fool in particular was just so wonderful. So much character development! So much heart-throbbing-ness, so much suspense! AH, BELOVED. ❤

This series will be getting a blabber from me very soon – I still haven’t been able to calm down enough after the end of Fool’s Fate (book 3) to articulate my thoughts in an even semi-coherent manner. I’m reeling! I’ll get there.

But this series, this book, by far, is my favorite read of the year so far. It’s tops, and I love it. Robin Hobb has a fan for life.


And that’s it! Out of the forty books I’ve read so far this year, these ones are the top of the top, they’re the cat’s pajamas, they’re the bee’s knees!

Have you read any of the above? What were your faves? Happy reading!

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Posted by on 07/04/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

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Wasn’t it just two days ago or something that everyone was gripin’ about it being 2016 and it still being 2016 and it still still being 2016? Now 2017 is half way over. D: Guys, I’m turning 27 this year – I dun wanna!

I’ve done this tag before, but this is one that’s definitely redo-able every year. 😀 And I was even tagged this year! Ann @AnnsReadingCorner tagged me and I saw it and went ‘What! No, it’s way too early for this tag’. And then I realized it was June. AHH DAMN YOU SPACE TIME CONTINUUM.

Anyways, if you’re interested, here is my 2015 post.


The best book you’ve read so far this year

I mentioned this in my last post, but by far it’s the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. This has quickly become one of my favorite series ever. It follows a handful of character in kingdom threatened by betrayal and war. The magic system in this book is really neat: The users, called ‘Drafters’, can take in visible light and ‘draft’ it into physical material. Most people can only draft one or two colors. A few can draft more. But only The Prism, the religious and political head of the country, can draft all of them. So those who can draft are assets to a kingdom – they populate the government and the army. They’re taught to hone their skills in a training school. And the more a drafter uses her abilities, the quicker that drafter is brought to death. Using the magic kills a person from the inside out.

This series is so good, man. I’m currently in the middle of the third book. There are four out total and I think there will be a fifth.

Your favorite sequel of the year

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)In lieu of just naming the above series again, I choose A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I read the entire trilogy this year, and this was my favorite out of the three by far. The first one was decent by Tamlin rubbed me the wrong way and the third one’s plot was just a bit too convenient. Like, the plot-points were all very uh… predictable, I guess. Not super great. But the second one, I loved. Oh, I know that this series has its issues as a whole, this book included, but this book was such a fresh breath of air after reading Acotar.

A new release you haven’t read but really want to

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland has caught my eye. It came out all of five days ago, so that’s why I haven’t gotten to it yet. :”D The name ‘Neal Stephenson’ pulled me in and then the goofy synopsis of this book kept me here. The following is from Goodreads:

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world “jams” the “frequencies” used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.

So what: Sci-fi, magic, thriller, time-travel… I need it man. It’s gonna be mine.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Solutions and Other ProblemsIn theory this book is coming out September 7th, but take that with a grain of salt: it’s been pushed back a few times now.

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh is my most-anticipated release coming up. A follow-up/continuation/whatevs to Hyberbole and a Half, it follows similar themes and I’m sure it’s going to be as funny and meaningful as the first one. I’m super excited for it. 😀

 

Your biggest disappointment

WeaveworldThat would be Weaveworld by Clive Barker. I don’t know what it was about this book, but it just didn’t grab me. I got to slightly below half-way and had to call it a day. The worst part is that this is one of my mother’s favorite books and now I have to tell her I didn’t like it. I still haven’t given it back to her yet because it’s a conversation I don’t wanna have. xD

 

 

Biggest surprise of the year

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy. And yeah, I know the question is asking for a book, but this character was my biggest surprise. This character resparked my obsession with fanfiction hawhaw, and it came waaay out of left field. Weird. 😀

 

 

 

Favorite new to you or debut author

Brent Weeks, whom I mentioned above. He’s great. :”D Totes mcgoats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your new fictional crush

Nuuuupe.

New favorite character

I choose Kip Guile from Weeks’ Lightbringer series. He’s just the greatest :”D AND I’LL STOP MENTIONING THIS SERIES SOON, I SWEAR.

A book that made you cry

None…. yet

A book that made you happy

…this is me trying really hard not to mention Weeks’ series again…

Your favorite book to movie adaption that you’ve seen this year

A Monster CallsMost definitely A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (well… its expanded release was Jan 6th, so it counts. It counts. If you haven’t read this yet.. please do. Get the illustrated version, it makes the book.

 

 

 

Favorite book post you’ve done so far

….hehehehe

That would be my On Borrow Books: A Harrowing Tale of Betrayal post. No contest, man. If you want to read it, prepare to have your jimmies rustled.

The most beautiful book you bought/received this year

That would easily be Saturn Run by John Sanford and Ctein… I’m just gonna link my instagram video of the thing. Man, I can’t get over it!

What are some books you need to read by the end of the year?

Everything on my 17 in 2017 list, man. I’m slacking. I’M SLACKING.


and that’s it! I’m currently sitting at 27/50 books read for the year, so sliiiiightly ahead of schedule. Now that I’m working full time and spending 3hrs/day commuting on top of that, we’ll see if I can keep up the pace, haha.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/29/2017 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized

 

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