The first book I picked up in 2018 was The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. It wasn’t incredible but it was an addictive crime novel with an easy to follow story arc. I am now reading Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton. This novel isn’t out until July 2018, but I have a very early reading copy from work (YAY!). I’m only a hundred pages in, but I’m finding it a little reminiscent of Jasper Jones, which is one of my favourite Australian novels. I expect great things.
My last few reads of 2017 were AMAZING! On Tanaya’s advice I read Little Fires Everywhere, which is just an incredible work of fiction. It’s definitely one of my top five from last year! I also finally got around to reading La Belle Sauvage. His Dark Materials is one of my favourite series; I reread them on audio this year and loved every moment! La Belle Sauvage felt a lot more mature than the original series which surprised me. But I still loved it. Seeing this fantastic world through another character’s eyes was a phenomenal experience.
Other notables I have read recently include Things a Bright Girl Can Do (a fantastic historical YA fiction about young suffragettes) and Have Sword, Will Travel (a quirky middle-grade adventure romp)!
So far in 2018 I’m very pleased to have already completed two books. I was a small part of the way into a reread of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (this time the illustrated edition), which became my first read of the new year. Most recently, I finished Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. I absolutely adored this novel, and I am starting to see that Emma Mills will become an auto-buy author for me. I’m planning on writing a full review for this book so stay posted for that!
As for what I am currently reading, I’ve been about 50-100 pages into Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings for several months now. Whilst I put the book down because I was not in the mood for sci-fi, and felt that with so many characters and new planets I was struggling to get into the world, this has remained one of my most anticipated YA releases for the first half of the year. I am hoping to finally feel like I’m in the mood for this one so I can finish it once and for all.
At the time of writing this I have not yet started my next read, but am anticipating that it will either be Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu or Everless by Sara Holland. Both of these books I’ll be needing to read and review for work in the next week so they’re definitely at the top of my TBR.