Hi and hello :))
I’m having a really good reading year so far! Not only have I already completed my Goodreads Reading Goal of 40 books but I’ve actually really enjoyed most of the books that I’ve read. Quality is just as important as quantity.
🕯️🕯️Manifesting that the year will continue just as good as it’s start 🕯️🕯️.
Since we’re halfway through the year now though I thought I’d take today to look back at what I’ve read and pick out my absolute favourites!
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
I’m pretty sure I’ve now read all of Elizabeth Acevedo’s published books now and I have to say that The Poet X might just be my favourite of the lot. I started this book and was immediately engrossed. It made me feel so many emotions on Xiomara’s behalf: love, anger, frustration, sadness.
Like some of her other works, this is written in verse and having just finished studying a bunch of poetry at Uni at the time, and also having read more verse over the years since picking up my first Acevedo book, I really connected more with the writing.
Afterlove by Tanya Byrne
Would you look at that, me loving a book I knew I was going to love but took ages to pick up anyways. Why do I do this to myself?
Afterlove wasn’t what I expected in that it wasn’t just a Grim Reaper f/f love story like I thought. No, instead this book packed an emotional punch. I love (but also hate because it made me sad) how it built up the heartbreak. We see these two girls meet, fall in love and PLAN their future and you’re rooting for them the whole time even though you know at least one of them isn’t going to see that future unfold. Even after all of that it still ends on quite a hopeful note which also made me shed a tear or two.
I’m legit getting emotional just thinking about it now. I’m tired and it’s that time of the month please don’t judge me.
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
I knew this was going to be not just a favourite of the year but an all time favourite when I had the urge to re-read the book … even though I was only halfway through.
The writing style of this book was just so addictive. It incorporated all the major elements of a middle grade fantasy novel: scrawny kid introduced to magical land, befriends a boy and a girl, child soldiers, school setting – but this book is definitely not middle grade! As the characters grow up they become interested in things every other teenager is interested in like sex and drinking.
Overall this book was just 500 pages of fun and I definitely think this will be one I re-read many times over the years.
Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney
I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. I’d heard great things about Joya Goffney’s debut novel and the plot of this book really intrigued me.
Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl is such a sex positive book that brings up consent, the relationship between sex and religion with one teenage girl who’s dad is a pastor being at the centre of it all, and also has a focus on sexual health. I just thought everything this book covers was really important to have in a YA book. But even besides those things I really loved the characters and the ROMANCE!!!
If you go away from this blog post wanting to read any of these books, please consider reading this one!
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I’m trying to be impartial and share my equal love of these books but … I think Daisy Jones is by far my favourite book of the year and will be for the remaining 6 months.
Again this book just had an addictive quality to it, probably because it was written like a transcript. I also just really love reading about the 70s/80’s Rock ‘n’ Roll scene. It’s not something I know everything about but I always, always enjoy everything I read or watch about this period of time and Daisy Jones was no different.
I loved how the characters were flawed and human! My absolte favourite thing about this book was how Billy would be like “and this is what happened” and legit everyone else in their own interview totally contradicts that. It’s little things like that that had me laughing out loud.
Totally would have finished this in one night if my housemate hadn’t messaged me at 1am asking if I could meet her to walk her home so she wasn’t alone with a creepy American boy.
Ghosted by J.M Darhower
I was humming and ahh-ing over whether or not to include this book on this list. My first instinct was that it just didn’t fit the vibe of the other books but no. I absolutely demolished this book. I read the entire thing in one day and enjoyed every minute of it. Ghosted deserves a spot on this list.
This is a second chance romance between Jonathon, a famous Hollywood actor and Kennedy, his ex-girlfriend who he shares a daughter with. It follows Jonathon re-entering their lives, righting wrongs, mending his relationship with Kennedy and bonding with the daughter who’s life he hasn’t been apart of.
My usual problems with stories like this is that the girl always takes the guy back wayyy to quick before I feel like he deserves it, or when the guy comes back in the picture he totally takes control. I didn’t feel like this book suffered from either of those things though.
I’m literally smiling while writing this just remember how much I loved these characters and their relationships.
And there we have my favourite books of the year so far! I loved all of these and I’m really interested in seeing whether or not these same books make it to the ultimate “favourites of 2022” list.
I’d love to know your thoughts and feelings on any and all of these books. I’d also love to know what books you’ve loved the most so far this year! Thanks for reading!!