Welcome back to #TBT reading, I thought I would bring this post back, as I haven’t done it in quite some time, Talking about books that I was reading this time last year, and reflecting on my thoughts on them since then.
I think it’s interesting, the way we review books, often (at least I do) write my review for a book within a short time-frame. My brain still in the story. But sometimes I find, once I step away from a book for a few days or even months, my view on them can change.
The first book in March I read was The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.
Of which was the first book I read by this author, I ended up giving it 4/5 stars, I didn’t love it as much as Simon VS, but I still really enjoyed it. Becky’s writing is great and her books are always full of diverse & wonderful characters. I’m really looking forward to Leah On The Offbeat, which comes in a few months, a spinoff novel to Simon VS. following Simon’s best friend Leah, (of which is one of my favorite characters from Simon VS) So I’m pretty excited. See my full non-spoiler review of The Upside Of Unrequited here.
Next up I read: A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab, which was a wonderful time in my reading life, being introduced to some of my favorite characters in Fantasy literature. If you haven’t picked this up yet, what are you doing?! Parallel London’s, an insanely cool magic system & Victoria wrote it, so? I’ve seen quite a few people say that if fantasy isn’t something you usually read, this is a good place to start, with which I agree. Highly recommend this series. Plus we’re getting Threads of Power, another story set in this world, which is exciting! Read my full non-spoiler review here
Finally, I read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which ended up being in my top 3 favorite books of 2017. I highly recommend reading this one, if you haven’t yet. In my review from back then I wrote ‘Every once in a while, I read a book that I know will stick with me for a long time’ which I can confirm a year later, to be true. This book is raw, powerful & thought-provoking, with beautiful writing & complex characters that you can’t help but root for instantly. I’m going to an author event for this book on Saturday & I can’t wait, I was upset when I couldn’t make the first event, in the year of publication. I’m also highly anticipating her second novel, On the Come Up.
One of my favorite quotes from THUG is:
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent
in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
So I think its fair to say, I read some pretty outstanding books in this month, last year.