Adult novels: 50
I didn't do a book challenge this year, but I still ended up reading about 60 books and graphic novels, as well as starting another 8-9. A bunch of those were re-reads, as I got ready to finish off or continue trilogies, while I also went on a big Earthsea jaunt as I'd never read all the novels in one go before.
Anyway, here are my top 5 books of the year (graphic novels excluded), in no particular order:
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab - stunning conclusion to a great series, just wish I liked her YA books as much as I liked these!
City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett - another trilogy-concluder, with each book featuring what I've described as 'grumpy olds doing stuff'.
Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee - second book in a trilogy this time, but while I enjoyed Ninefox Gambit a lot, I thought this book was far more accessible and I can't wait to see what happens in Revenant Gun next year.
The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams - a first book this time, curses! I really enjoyed her Copper Cat series (which starts with The Copper Promise, for anyone who's interested) but this book kicks things up a notch. The next book, The Bitter Twins, is due out in March and I can't wait...
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden - another first book in a series, not to everyone's taste but it more than worked for me! The next book, The Girl in the Tower, is already out and I need to get hold of it when it eventually arrives in paperback.
I have been seeing the trailer on this movie and decided that I needed to read the book before watching it. I am so glad I did. This was one of those books that I kind of expected it to go a certain way and it kind of surprised me a bit.
Maddy is sick and has no contact with the outside world except her nurse and her mother. It seems that what she has can kill her if she is exposed to all the germs that our world has. Seems like it is a lonely disease to have because you can't experience or see the outside world. When the boy next door moves in her world is turned upside down. He makes contact with her and just with talking to him Maddy realizes there is more to life than just being protected. We see how Maddy turns into a lovesick teenager who will defy her mother.
This book I guess could be considered to be a bit corny but I have to say I enjoyed it.
Another thing about the book it wasn't just a story it has the emails between Maddy and Olly, what Maddy thought about. Just random thoughts and ideas from a girl who is suck in a bubble so to speak.
Now the way the ending came about I was okay with it. I thought maybe Maddy's mom needed a lot of help and I hoped she had gotten in because it doesn't talk much about that.
It is a clean read for teens and I think they would enjoy this story.
I liked this book quite a bit, but I stumbled through the first 20% wondering if I had massively misunderstood the end of the last one. Because all of the narrators are new to the story and are quite certain of something I recalled being not true.
It's a very strange thing to have a major reveal in the last act be something the audience knows for the whole length of the book. I am undecided on it. The whole book holds together with or without that bit of information. But it made the experience of reading it feel like rereading a suspense novel, while simultaneously having no idea what was going to happen.
Interesting, but I think I enjoyed the first one more. Super excited to read the third one.