I’ve been having a pretty decent reading year so far. Though I have DNFed a LOT of books so far, I’ve also read a good number that I have really enjoyed. I don’t normally write posts like this, but I thought I would update you guys on what exactly I enjoyed, what was my favorite, and what I DNFed or didn’t like at all. I always like to know what my friends are reading because it gives me a decent idea as to whether I will enjoy it or not. Of course, that depends on whether I have similar taste with that person, but you know how that goes, I am sure.
So far I have read (or attempted to read) 18 books. I wish that was a larger number, but considering I spent most of January editing, it’s actually satisfying to know I have read that much already. The number should leap significantly over the next couple of months as I have more time to read.
What I DNFed:
Honestly, there was nothing wrong with any of these books with the exception of The Line. I DNFed Dove Arising, Servants of the Storm, and The Girl at Midnight due to boredom. The stories just weren’t moving fast enough for me. I felt like nothing was happening. I wasn’t connecting to the characters. But I know other people will, and perhaps if I were a different, more patient reader, the results would have been different. I just don’t have the time to read things this year that I am not enjoying.
I DNFed The Line because the writing and editing was atrocious. Thankfully I purchased it as a Kindle Daily Deal so I didn’t waste that much money. But seriously, Amazon should feel ashamed. Corny dialogue, absolutely ZERO copy editing (and if there was a copy editor they should find another line of work), and poor pacing. Had I finished, I am almost certain this would have been a one star book.
And finally, The Descent. This one was MY fault. I just couldn’t handle the subject matter at this time in my life. Gritty realism and most depressing topics are not going to work for me right now. At the time when I requested it, I was in a different place mentally. But I need to take care of my mental health, and I knew this one might have triggered something so I put it down. It was on its way to be fabulous, so you should definitely try it if it interests you. Though I will say that the writing got a bit purple in places.
What I Enjoyed:
Shutter was so much fun! I didn’t find it scary like the marketing says, but it was spooky and intense! When Reason Breaks was a great effort and I enjoyed it though it was not perfect. I found it readable and intriguing but not as heart-rending as it could have been. I’ll Meet You There, on the other hand, WAS heart-rending. But it still didn’t hit me in the feels the way I expected it to. It was still a lovely book though. The Imaginary was just a wonderfully inventive (and a bit creepy) middle grade.
What I Didn’t:
The Midnight Dress had absolutely gorgeous writing, but the more I talked about it with Lyn and Bekka, the more I realized how disappointed I was. This could have been a fantastic LGBT novel, but it was so NOT. I was highly anticipating Stone in the Sky, and though there were things that I liked, I truly cannot handle this author’s writing. She’s an excellent storyteller but the writing made me cringe it was so bad. Of Beast and Beauty was just acceptable. It did nothing for me, unfortunately. I did not connect with the characters or the story, and again, some of the writing bothered me. Gross descriptions. Yeah…
Favorite(s) So Far:
I tried to only keep it to one, but I just could not do that. In the end, I picked two. And you should know that though there are books that have come very close to 5 stars, I have not yet rated a book 5 stars this year.
The Water and the Wild was one of my most highly anticipated books of 2015 and it lived up to ALL of the expectations. It was fun, it was perfect, the protagonist was precocious and quirky, it was an adorable middle grade that truly kept me turning the pages. I escaped into that world and I wanted to stay there. Can I have book two now please?
What can I say about The Mime Order? I am truly invested in this series, and though the final book does not come out until 2020 (let’s not talk about how old I will be), the world building and the characters are what keeps me coming back. I can’t wait to see what Samantha Shannon dreams up next. I found this book to be better than the first, though I liked that one too. I just loved reading about this alternate version of London. It was fantastic.
And that’s all I’ve got! Do you agree with any of my picks? Do you have any favorites so far this year? What are they? What about books you just didn’t like? Let me know in the commentttsssss.