Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my favourite books of the year so far. I’ve read 64 books so far and I’ve rated ten of those five stars. Nearly all of them are part of a series and rather than list the entire series as being a favourite, I’ve instead opted to pick one book from each series. It was incredibly difficult as these series are pretty amazing. Here’s the ones I picked out:
Hangman by Daniel Cole: This was actually a reread and was on my favourites list in 2018. I’m pleased that I loved it just as much the second time round. It’s quite possible the best sequel I’ve ever read – it was even better than Ragdoll (the first book). It deals with the aftermath of the Ragdoll murders and the police are also faced with a new threat of copycat murders. It’s shocking, every chapter something crazy happens and before you’ve even had chance to process it something else happens. It’s intense, gripping, horrifying, right the way through until the very last page and then you’re left with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger… it’s honestly one of the best crime thrillers I’ve ever read. I highly recommend this trilogy.
Soulbinder by Sebastien de Castell: It’s no secret that I adore this series and to pick my favourite out of the entire series was incredibly hard, but I had to go with Soulbinder. Ever since Kellen found out he had the shadowblack, I was so curious to find out more about it. The reader is as much in the dark as Kellen is when it comes to this curse or power, depending on who you ask. I was really excited when I realised we were finally going to get some answers in Soulbinder, when Kellen and Reichis travelled to the Ebony Abbey. Also, Kellen is on his own for the majority of the story and I actually thought it helped with his character development. He has to survive and navigate this strange new world on his own. While I did miss the other characters greatly, I felt Kellen needed this and he was actually able to hold the story up on his own. Unfortunately, the series never fully resolved Kellen’s shadowblack, but I’m glad the author dedicated a whole book to it so at least we got some answers!
Death Note Vol. 1&2 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata: I watched the TV show when I was in college but I’ve never got round to reading the manga. Actually kind of mad at myself because it’s so good! It’s an incredibly dark and thought-provoking series as the main character is convinced that what’s he’s doing is the right thing and the only way to rid the world of evil. The more power he has though the more out of control he gets. It actually reminds me of Eli from V.E. Schwab’s Villains series!
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas: I’m pretty sure this will end up being my favourite book of the year. Nothing has managed to top it so far, not even Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer. I honestly thought I’d struggle with the length of it, but I ended up flying through it and even at the end I wanted more. I was completely hooked on the characters and their world. I’m really rooting for Bryce and Hunt, they better stay together! The world building and the cast of characters was incredible. This book was mesmerising from start to finish and I loved it. It’s the perfect fantasy.
I feel this is a small list compared to previous years but I really didn’t want to fill the whole post with series. Hopefully I read some more five star books in the next few months! What books have you adored this year so far? Feel free to leave a comment below. I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!