I love to read. I don’t know if you know from my old youtube channel.
This year I have given myself the goal of reading 50 books. So far I’m a little behind, but I think September has helped make up for that. Definitely let me know if you have any suggestions, and tell me what you’ve read lately! Always up for recommendations. 🙂
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
This book is the third and last of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. I started this series years ago before I moved overseas. I’ve been wanting to finish it and finally pushed myself – I had to re-read the first two to catch up, but it was worth it. This is a high fantasy series about a girl who can’t remember her past, but works with highly interesting creatures. One day angels come to earth and she is caught up in a war she didn’t know she was ever a part of. If you enjoy fantasy, I would throw this in your face. What a world to get into! I gave this series a 4/5.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Vicious was one of my favorite picks for the month. This book follows two former best friends who attended university together and re-invent themselves into arch nemesis- super villians. I stayed away from this book for so long despite all the hype it received! I just thought it wouldn’t be something that I would be into, but I was so wrong. This book felt dark in all the right ways- wrestling with how we see ourselves and the power of evil. I gave this a 5/5. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I picked this up because the sequel just came out and everyone has been gaga over it, so figured I needed to jump on the bandwagon. I’m glad I did! It is gripping from the get-go and I easily read 200 pages one night trying to dive as deep as I could in one sitting! Laia’s family is murdered and her brother is taken one night because of a mysterious sketchbook. She is determined to save her brother after feeling helpless when her family is taken from her, and she is lead right into the hands of the person who killed her parents. Elias is a mask, an elite force that keeps the kingdom from falling into riots, but he wants to escape. This is quite the little adventure novel. I ended up giving it a 3.5/5 just because I didn’t love Laia as much as I wanted to, and I was okay with not moving directly on to the sequel.
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
The minute I saw this book on Brene Brown‘s instagram page, I knew I needed to read it. This memoir follows a woman who has survived bulimia and alcoholism through to starting a family, and then finding her “perfect husband” has committed infidelity. This was somewhat painful to read because of how relatable it felt to me, but the way she tied it up really spoke to what I’ve been feeling lately, so if you struggle with any kind of depression or anxiety, etc, I would recommend this to help heal (even if it’s only a tiny bit). 5/5.
A Court of Mist and Fury by S.J. Maas
So, I have a confession to make. I read this book in January and just re-read it again. In the same year. This is very rare. This must mean I really like it. This book is the second in a series about a girl named Feyre. Since it’s the sequel, I don’t want to give away too much. But if you like fantasy and a good love story- pick this one up! The build up is amazing. I love this because this book turns the first one on it’s head and changes the way you see certain characters. I love a good twist and this book pulled it over on me! 5/5 and will read again before the third one comes out next year!
Dancing with the Tiger by Lili Wright
I picked up this book in a beautiful bookstore in Seaside, Florida. I couldn’t resist the cover. The premise is pretty good too, though. Anna is a retired fact-checker and co-author of her father’s book on ancient masks. When their book goes south, she plans to redeem her love life and her father by jetting down to Mexico and going on an adventure to find Montezuma’s funeral mask. This story actually follows multiple characters that are all intertwined in the mystery of the mask. The ending was so quick-paced and gripping that I read the last 150 pages in one sitting. Dancing with a Tiger got a 4/5 from me!