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Favourite Books Of The Year So Far

Hello! I’ve read 85 books this year and so many of them were such great reads! I’m usually when critical when rating books, and so it isn’t really a surprise to me that only 9 books got a 5 star rating from me. I would say this isn’t too bad, to be honest, but it’s practically just a tenth of all the books I’ve read this year, so it isn’t that good either. Anyway, let’s dive in and see what 9 books these that that made their way into my heart.

Heartstopper: I am so late to the Alice Oseman train but I am incredibly glad that I have boarded it because, omg, these graphic novels were so cute and Nick and Charlie just won my heart now – I would literally give my life for them. I binged all 4 volumes in 2 days, so that probably tells you a lot about how much I love them, and I am also currently reading ‘Nick and Charlie’ – a short story about them set after the comics because I just wanted more of them and their cuteness!

I Wish You All The Best: I was recommended this book by one of my bookstagram friends – Janna (who is awesome and you should check them out!) and I have to day, I was not at all disappointed. This was a beautiful story about finding your people – those who love you and accept you and just being happy despite all the bad things that have happened. You can read my review for it on my Instagram.

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating: This book was so cute and fun to read, and I absolutely adored it! Hani and Ishu were so different and I loved how they got to know each other and how they stood up for each other! I also related a lot to Ishu – not only are we both Indian sapphics, but our personalities are quite similar too so reading about her was a pleasure and I’m glad to have this book in my life. You can check out my review for it here.

Honey Girl: This book means so much to me – I felt so seen in Grace – her not knowing what to do next and the acute loneliness she felt despite having so many friends and people who supported her. This book perfectly shows how relationships can be complicated and messy and how love isn’t a cure all. It explores how hard it can be to reach out and ask for help and reveal ourselves even to the ones we love. I loved this book and it will always have a special place in my heart. You can read my review for it here.

We Set The Dark On Fire: This book was a wonderful read, and so different. I loved how the story twisted and turned and morphed into something which was completely unlike what we started with. The cute sapphic romance definitely helped as well. I especially adored the MC, Daniela because of how smart and resourceful she is and how she manages to get through so much.

An Ember In The Ashes: I don’t have words for how good this book was. It started off a little slow, but it picks up soon enough and once it does, it is impossible to put it down. I loved how the story progresses and keeps me on the edge of my seat. I loved Laia – she’s a South Asian woman with an indestructible will and refuses to back down and I am here for it.

The Atlas Six: You have been living under a rock if you haven’t heard me scream about this book at least once. More than likely, you’ve heard me multiple times and are bored of me talking about it. Anyway, I will plug in my video on why to read it and leave it at that. I think you should know that you need to read it by this point. I will forever love you if you do (also please do scream to me about it – I will enjoy it a lot).

Shadow of the fox: So, Soph may have done something good when she got me t read this series but we will try to hide this from her because she doesn’t need to know it. This series broke me but I still loved it, as I do all books that bring me such pain. I loved the found family in this book with my all heart, and especially the MC, Yumeko who is a ball of sunshine and love.

Ace Of Spades: I read this thriller back in February and I still can’t get it out of my mind – this really should tell you how much I enjoyed it.This story was full of twists and turns I did not anticipate and the ending was so perfect as it blew my mind. I can not wait for my physical copy of it to arrive so I can reread it as it is the BOTM for the Queer Lit Club. You can read my review for it here.

So those are my favourite books of the year so far! Have you read these books? What did you think of them? What have been some of your favourite books of the year so far? Let me know in the comments below!

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33 thoughts on “Favourite Books Of The Year So Far

  1. That’s an amazing list and yay for the 85 read books so far 😀 I’m also late to the Heartstopper train but I certainly want to catch up on it pretty soon. I’ve only read the first volume so far and loved it! All of your other favorites are on my want to read list 🙂

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  2. “I’ve read 85 books this year and so many of them were such great reads! “

    You are a pod person and I am amazed by you. J/K. Mostly.

    Anyways great list! I’ve only read Ace of Spades and a third of Shadow of the Fox so far… but The Atlas Six will be soon, I promise!

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    1. I mean, I kind of agree? Someone has taken over me because I have never read this much in my life – I usually don’t even reach 80 books in a year but 2021 has just been very different.

      hope you enjoy the rest of the show of the fox and I can’t wait for you to read the atlas six!


  3. OMG An Ember in the Ashes is one of my favorite series!! I love hearing your thoughts and reactions on Instagram. A few of my favorites of this year have been Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun, The Wolf of Oren-Yaro, Instructions for Dancing, How We Fall Apart, and She Who Became the Sun.

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  4. wow, it seems like you’ve had an amazing reading year so far, jayati! i am currently reading i wish you all the best and appreciating the anxiety rep so much already! also, nathan is SO adorable!

    i also do agree that heartstopper is *phenomenal* and i need to pick up the 4th volume already. i haven’t read nick and charlie yet, and i’m not sure when should i read it (before or after the 4th volume) but i hope to do so this year.

    i’m also so glad you enjoyed ace of spades so much! my goal is to read it next month and i have high expectations! i hope to love it as much as you did!

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    1. omg yes, I felt a lot of it was very accurate for me and just seeing it made me so emotional and love I Wish You All The Best so much more!

      Nick and Charlie is set after all the comics so I think either should be fine? if you want to go chronologically, you could read it after that as I did!

      omg yes, hope you like Ace of Spades!


  5. I have Hani & Ishu waiting to be read and I am so excited to give it a read. It sounds wonderful. Also, yay! I love Shadow of the Fox but I definitely need to pick up the rest of the series. I have a bad habit of not completing the series despite loving the first book.
    I hope you find even more amazing books in the second half of the year!

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  6. This list is the definition of good taste! I’m actually currently reading Hani and Ishu’s Guide To Fake Dating and loving it. And Ace Of Spades was so freaking good! I don’t think I’ll ever get over that book. Lovely post Jayati ❤️

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  7. Amazing post as usual Jayati!! I loved this so so much and definitely adding the ones I haven’t read on my TBR! 🥰 Ace of Spades and Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating were also favourites for me!

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  8. OMG how did you read 85 books already!! Ahh to be young and spirited, I miss those days. I am now old and my bones creak every time I turn a page (っ- ‸ – ς) Anyways, I have been eying the Oseman book, so I think I will definitely pick that up sometime later this year, along with Atlas 6.

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  9. Gorgeous review!! I read hani and ishu recently and agree with literally everything you said haha. I love how they had different personalities and I think that that also came across in the way the two povs were written. I haven’t read a lot of enemies to lovers (do you have any other recommendation?) but I liked how their transition from ‘enemies’ to lovers wasn’t too toxic… because they can be sometimes in that genre. I had one or two other thoughts, (you can find my full review here 🙂 ) but otherwise it was brilliant and I can’t wait to try the henna wars 😊

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