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!