This year I gave myself the reading challenge of #52books even though I only got 48 done out of 52 last year. I also gave myself the added challenge of not including Comic Trade Volumes. I want to read full length chapter books only because while I firmly consider comics as literature and as books, I also know that I used the exception as a crutch and I ended up neglecting books and letting my TBR pile stack up quite a bit.
My year in books didn’t get off to the best start mostly because I was forcing myself to finish a book I started in December. When I say forcing i’m sure you’re thinking “oh cause it was bad?” but nope. That book was A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir and it was a fantastic sequel that really pushed the story and made you fall even more in love with the characters. The reason I was struggling to even make it 30% in was I forcing myself to read it because of last year’s book challenge and trying to desperately finish it out BUT I couldn’t remember ANY details from An Ember in the Ashes and I didn’t take the time to go on GoodReads or even find a detailed spoiler review. I was just reading blind trying to piece together a story I had read over a year before. I was so utterly lost and it really did the book a disservice and it did me a disservice to read it like that. So lesson learned, always refresh your memory! 2017 so far is the year of follow ups and sequels. Of the 9 books i’ve read so far 4 of them have been sequels and my TBR is filled with even more! Thankfully for the next few I read I took the time to do a brain refresh which was especially helpful when I got to Windwitch in February.
Next I started Three Dark Crowns which is the beginning of a new trilogy by Kendare Blake. I was drawn to this book for it’s aesthetics honestly. I pre-ordered it and grabbed a copy for my classroom before I had even read it because I knew I would love it. And I really truly did love it. It delivered on that darker fantasy vibe I wanted so badly and it twisted together a world that trapped me instantly. I can’t wait for this series to continue especially after what the literal last pages of the book threw at me! I think the thing I enjoyed most about this book was just the general tone and setting. It was definitely a darker goth book than what we usually get. It wasn’t super violent or filled with romance or anything, rather it was focused on this really interesting world that was being built.
Last but DEFINITELY not least is When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie Maclemore and oh my god it was so freaking beautiful and perfect. A gauzy dream of a novel filled with magical realism and perfectly encapsulating the resurgence or brujaria in mainstream feminist Latinx culture and god was it moving. I can’t say enough good things about this beautiful novel. It was a perfect exploration about personal identity and who we are and where we fit in this world and with each other. Absolutely achingly beautiful. If you’re a fan of Wink, Poppy, Midnight or anything written by Francesca Lia Block you need to pick this up ASAP!
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