The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo: Let’s start with my most recent binge read. I finally picked up these amazing books. They took me a while to read, but only because I was savouring every. Last. Page. Alina Starkov is an incredible character with so much growth throughout the books. She goes from being a poor orphan one day, to finding her powers the next, her whole life changes and she becomes an absolute badass. I LOVED this trilogy and I’m so excited to get onto the Six of Crows duology very soon.
Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi: I found my love for the Shatter Me series years ago thanks to Whitney Atkinson, and while the series has definitely taken a strange turn, I’m still so in love with all of the characters (especially Kenji) and I love seeing where there story is going. The final book in the series will be released March 2020 (I won’t know what to do with myself after this happens), so I highly recommend reading all the books and living through the hype for the final book.
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi: This book is something completely different for Tahereh Mafi, but still a wonderful read. It follows the story of a 16 year old girl called Shirin, who is Muslim and wears hijab. It is set the year after 9/11, and follows the prejudice and fear she experiences. For some parts it isn’t an enjoyable read because of what Shirin faces, but it is definitely an important read for some to be able to relate to, and for privileged people, like myself, to realise what some people go through.
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera: This story is wonderful. Becky Albertalli is one of my favourite authors ever, and my first experience reading something by Adam Silvera was lovely. Arthur, who’s spending his summer in New York, and Ben, who’s just broken up with his boyfriend, meet in a post office queue, and we follow their journeys throughout their summer. It’s heartwarming and lovely and bittersweet and I highly recommend it for a summer read.
Notes On A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig: I rarely read non-fiction, but Matt Haig writes an incredible book. He uses his own experiences with mental illness in most of his books, and this one is so relevant. It focuses on how technology, mainly social media, impacts our mental health. It is so real, honest, and discusses some really important issues many of us experience in the modern world.
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera: I absolutely loved this book, mainly because it was so good at letting you forget the bad things that have happened. It has alternating chapters of past and present, and the ones set in the past are beautiful and heartwarming and lovely. You’re led into a false sense of security, a warm bubble of romance, before the next chapter brings you crashing back down to earth and you’re sobbing again within a couple of minutes. The main character Griffin is going through the loss of his best friend and ex-boyfriend Theo, while also experiencing worsening OCD symptoms. It’s a beautiful and raw story, and I’m excited to have my heart broken again when I read more of Adam Silvera’s work.
The Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin: I absolutely loved this book, and I can’t wait to read the second one. It’s probably my favourite read so far this year. I’m invested in the main characters, Esofi and Adale. Esofi is betrothed to Prince Albon of Ieflaria, but he is killed before they can marry. Her help – to the kingdom from their dragon problem – is needed, so instead she is meant to be marrying the rebellious, sassy Crown Princess Adale. It was one of those books that you just want to devour because you want to know what happens, but also you want to savour it because it’s so well written and so good that you don’t want it to end.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: This is the final book in the Illuminae Files, and I think it might be the best one. It’s set in space, the characters are great, and there’s lots of fighting so it was a great read for me. I struggled to get into the first book, and actually gave up on it halfway through, but I tried it again and I’m so glad that I did. It’s such a cool layout, and a really interesting method of storytelling, so give it a chance if you get started and it doesn’t seem like your kind of book at first!