Just about everyone goes on and on about how this time of year is perfect for reading creepy, thriller, horror, Halloweeny books. And I don’t disagree! There are tons of said books that I would love to be picking up right now.
Except…it’s not going to happen. Simply because I have a bazillion other books I’ve been looking forward to, and I’m not very motivated to set those aside for seasonal reading.
SO. I’m putting this list together as more of a hypothetical one, although maybe it’ll actually be my TBR next Halloween? Who knows!
Read on for 8 Halloweeny books I want to read (someday).
Allll the Booktubers I follow have been completing this tag lately, and it seemed like a lot of fun! So even though I haven’t been tagged by anyone, I’m a-doing this tag. Here’s my Mid-Year Book Freak-out!
(Also, sorry, no clue who started this tag. If you know, please comment below!)
Best book you have read so far in 2017
I have to go with The Way of Kings from the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. This series is just freaking phenomenal, guys. And even though I loved book 2 as well, The Way of Kings was the one that really blew my mind. I still think about it all the time, and it’s one of those books that I need on my shelf because I know I’ll re-read it more than once!
Best Sequel of 2017 so far
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I actually didn’t completely love Six of Crows, didn’t quite understand the hype, but wow. Crooked Kingdom knocked it out of the park. It’s beautiful inside and out. It officially made me a big Leigh Bardugo fan.
New releases you haven’t read yet, but you want to
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab! Also Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (although I just got this one on audiobook, so hopefully I’ll be listening to it this weekend!).
Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017
I’m going to cheat and list two. The first is the third book in the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson–Oathbringer. It shall be awesome. The second is All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. I LOVE her writing, and I think this book sounds cool. I already read the first chapter and loved it.
Unfortunately, I have to go with ACOWAR for this one. I really enjoyed the first two books in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas, but the finale, A Court of Wings and Ruin, just did not do it for me. And the more I think about it, the more disappointed I am.
Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I didn’t know what to expect with this book, due to its mixed media format, and I didn’t think I was going to like it. But I was intrigued, and as soon as I started reading I understood the hype. It’s SO good. It sucked me right in, and I really loved the story and the world.
Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
Favorite author new to me: Brandon Sanderson. I’ve only read a few debut authors this year, and none of them I’d really consider favorites at this point!
Favorite new character
I’m not sure if this is just fresh on my mind because I only recently finished the series, but I really loved Darrow from the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. When I first started reading, I actually DIDN’T love him, but after reading his entire journey, he won me over. I mean he’s a superhuman, soppy, questionably bisexual, badass rebel leader. What’s not to love?
Close runner up-though: Kaladin from the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. (Once again, my Sanderson obsession is becoming very clear. Ayyy.)
Book that made you cry
I’ve actually cried reading quite a few books this year; I guess I’m an emotional sap. The worst I think was Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. A certain SOMETHING happens to a certain SOMEONE and I was not prepared, I was not happy about it, and I was a little devastated. I was also super engaged in the book and feeling for the characters, so when that happens, things get intense.
Runners up: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas & The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Book that made you happy
I’m going to go with A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. Even though this book wasn’t necessarily the greatest in terms of plot, I just loved the characters in this series and they really started to shine in this book. There were so many great moments between Kell and Rhy, between Lila and Alucard, and between all four of them. Genuine, deep relationships between characters are really enjoyable to read for me.
Favorite book to movie/TV adaption you’ve seen this year
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, on Netflix! This is the only book to TV adaptation I’ve seen this year of a book I’ve actually read! Plus, I really enjoyed it. I thought it was awesome.
Favorite review you’ve written this year
Bleck, what is this question? I’m supposed to have a favorite thing that I’ve done? Impossible!
But if I had to give an answer, I guess I could say my review on Goodreads for A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. It’s basically a mess of feels and incoherence, but it was raw and it was the first time in a while I was that psyched to finish a series.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year
I bought Idaho by Emily Ruskovich at the beginning of the year, kind of on a whim. I still haven’t read it, but it is so beautiful that I’m content just letting it sit on my shelf for now.
Books you need to read by the end of the year
Firstly, all the books on my shelves that I have not yet read. This was supposed to be one of my new year’s resolutions, and let’s just say it’s not going super well. I think there are around 30-40 on that list still.
Secondly, basically just everything on my TBR. I can’t choose any in particular.
I guess that’s that! If you haven’t done the Mid-Year Book Freak-Out tag yet, consider yourself tagged! These are great prompts, and I’d love to read your answers!
Today’s prompt: Authors You Want to Read More From
This is actually a weirdly hard prompt for me, because I’m the kind of reader who discovers a new favorite author and immediately inhales everything they’ve written. I’m sure (*I hope*) I’m not the only one like that out there!
However, since I’ve been kind of out of the reading game these past few years, I’ve been frantically catching up on what I’ve missed. As such, I just haven’t had enough time to inhale all the words by some authors I’ve recently discovered.
So, without further ado or useless commentary on my behalf, let’s get started!
1. Brandon Sanderson
Returning readers, are you starting to see a theme on my blog?
I am currently mid-inhale with Brandon Sanderson, and I can’t seem to stop reading his books or gushing about them on this blog. But I can’t bring myself to really care! I just love his unique fantasy worlds, his straightforward writing, and his positively epic stories.
Also, I find it just the Coolest Thing Ever that his books are all somehow connected, even in the tiniest of ways, and that there’s this broader scope to the universe (ahem, excuse me, the Cosmere) he’s created. SO. COOL. Can I be like Brandon Sanderson? In your dreams, Brianne.
2. Victoria Schwab
Around the end of February and beginning of March, I read the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab, and I loved it! Oh man, those characters got me so emotional. Kell and Rhy! *wipes away tear* I adore them.
I’ve heard lots of good things about Victoria Schwab’s other books, and they all seem especially unique, from each other and from other popular books these days. I’m hoping to pick up another one of hers in the next month or so!
3. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I might be breaking the rules by lumping these two together, but hear out my reasoning! The only books I’ve read by these two were ones they wrote together, the first two books in the Illuminae Files series. Holy moly, how cool are those books! I was so skeptical over the mere design of these books, but they were so great. Again–what characters! If they could make me care about characters who I learned about only through journal entries, interviews, and the like, I’m super intrigued to see what these authors could do in a more traditional novel.
4. Maggie Stiefvater
I’ve kind of had a change of heart with Maggie Stiefvater, although it’s not really all that dramatic. When I was in high school, I picked up her Shiver series from the library, and I thought they were all right but didn’t quite hold my attention. Back then I had the TERRIBLE habit of skimming through books, whether I was enjoying them or not. (I know, I’m cringing as I write this!) So, of course, I skimmed through the Shiver series, and, of course, completely ruined my entire reading experience.
Now, though, I’d like to go back and re-read those books because I realized how amazing Maggie Stievater is after I read the Raven Cycle last year. Oh, those books were so mystical and creepy and heart-wrenching. I had just the best experience binging that series, and have come to follow Maggie on social media and learn just how awesome she is. The rest of her works are on my eventual TBR.
5. Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan! Ending this list with a bang! How great is the Percy Jackson series? I read them while in college but still ADORED them. For me, it was one of those rare cases where I saw the movie and enjoyed it enough that I wanted to pick up the book. (Might’ve also had something to do with Logan Lerman, can’t lie about that.)
I started reading the Heroes of Olympus series after, but college got too busy and I never finished. Now, I’m hearing that the Magnus Chase series is Super Great, so again, all of Rick Riordan’s series are on my eventual TBR.
And there you have it! What authors would you like to read more from? If you’ve read from any of these five (six, technically), which books would you recommend I read first?
I first learned of Top 5 Wednesday from Sam thoughtsontomes’s Youtube channel (check her out, I love her videos!), and afterward I, of course, joined the group on Goodreads and immediately began planning my future blog posts. I’m aware that there’s also a Top Ten Tuesday that goes around the book blogosphere, but those prompts didn’t quite resonate with me? Also, is it just me or is 10 a lot more intimidating than 5? Yeah, it probably is just me. But alas, I’m going to stick with Top 5 Wednesday for now.
Today’s prompt: Top Science-Fiction / Fantasy Books on Your TBR
Oh man. Let’s just say I definitely have more than five science-fiction and fantasy books on my TBR. My TBR is basically made of ONLY science-fiction and fantasy books. Especially thanks to my recent revelation that fantasy is my favorite genre, my home, my comfort place–something I hadn’t really acknowledged before. I’m weird, I know.
Now, I’m going to force myself to narrow things down by not including upcoming releases. This list is the top 5 books I’m most likely to pick up next (which means I’ll likely have read them by the end of the month, honestly).
Here we go! *in no particular order*
1. The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson
I’m including this whole series (just two books, SO FAR) because I can. I’m on a Sanderson kick and I’m super interested to see if he really can pull off creating an entirely different world apart from the Mistborn world and manage to get me invested in the characters just as much. I’ve also heard his writing is so great in this series and that it’s really his shining moment, so obviously I need to know if this is true. I will probably get these from the library next time I go.
2. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
I recent bought this one and I’m really excited to try it. Anything Hades/Persephone immediately intrigues me, AND I’ve heard that this really is kind of unexpectedly sultry. I need somma that in my life, please and thanks.
3. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Again, I bought this one recently and it seems different than what I’d usually read but also very interesting. I’m super into character-driven stories, so this seems like it’ll be a good fit. Fingers crossed I’ll actually like it. I mean, I’m already half in love with it thanks to the gorgeous cover, so let’s see if I’ll be all the way in love thanks to the book itself as well.
4. Red Rising series by Pierce Brown
I’ve had this series on my TBR for a while but recently became more interested because I saw an interview of Pierce Brown on Youtube and his gorgeous majesty was revealed to me (see below). Damn. *fans self* Now I need to know if such a beautiful human can really write something great. If so, I shall be falling hard. The book summary sounds interesting enough, so we’re off to a good start.
5. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
After reading the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab, I knew I wanted to read as much of her writing as I could! This Savage Song seems like a good place to start, although I’m not sure how I’ll like a book with absolutely ZERO romance. Not knowing if a book will have romance going into it is very different than deliberately picking up a book that you already know is romanceless, right? But I have to say that some of my favorite parts of the Shades of Magic series were NOT about romance at all; in fact, my favorite relationship was the one of brothership between Kell and Rhy. So I think Schwab might be able to pull this off for me.
And that’s it! Like I said before, I have WAY more science-fiction and fantasy books on my TBR, not to mention upcoming releases that I’m SO excited for! But these are the five I’m most likely to read next. 🙂
What science-fiction and fantasy books are you excited to read soon? Do you have any recommendations for me that I should read before these five? Leave your thoughts in a comment below!