Jeez I am late to this party! My annual tradition that is supposed to happen in the end of June / beginning of July now takes part halfway through August. I am ashamed. Well, what else to do than to shake of the shame and do it now? I will, however, set the rule that I cannot chose books I’ve finished after the end of June. Let’s see how it goes.
Previous years’ posts: 2016 & 2017
Best book I’ve read so far in 2018
All the praise to this book! Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen is a Norwegian masterpiece and some amazing Nordic fantasy. Inspired by the Nordic folklore it feels quite different to other, more traditional style, fantasy. Very refreshing. A good aspect is also the move away from the stereotypical, medieval European setting.
Oh if you didn’t notice, this is a book and series I have seriously fallen in love with. Read it, love it, and tell the world about it. Sadly only available in these languages: Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Czech, Polish, Italian and German.
Read my review here.
Best sequel I’ve read so far in 2018
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, without question. It was the first book of the year I’ve read, and I loved it! I remember being very unsure of how good it was gonna be, but then I read it and oh my it blew through my expectations. Waiting and waiting for the last book… Soon. So soon.
I won’t tell any more about this book here, since it is… number 6 in the series. Just know that this is a series that definitely is worth your time and it is a series easy to fly through, no matter the size of the books.
Read my review here.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Oh my, how to chose? I have two and I cannot chose, so I’ll go with both. Hm… just realised, the covers kind of match.
Not gonna give it a picture, but Salem’s Curse by Sydney Bristow was not what I thought it would be. Read my review here and you will understand me.
I was not prepared to read this one in one sitting, so it has to go to it – Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. I got it from a Magic Chest Book Subscription Box back in 2017, but it took me some time to get to it (damn you TBR for growing out of control way too often). Glad I
finally got to it though. It’s a fun, quick read with pirates and fighting and ships at sea. The hunt is for a legendary treasure, and nothing is as easy as it seems… Are you hooked yet?
(Oh I laughed at that, “Are you hooked yet?” 😂 Did not see the pun coming. Sorry, I am tired writing this… It’s getting late.)
Read my review here.
Favourite new author
That has to be Siri Pettersen. Reading the last book in the Ravneringene trilogy at the moment and just hoping she will write more fantasy soon.
Newest fictional crush
Do I have a crush in anything I’ve read these last few months? No-one stands out. Well, I kind of fell back into an old crush – Chaol Westfall, Tower of Dawn – but since it’s not new it doesn’t count.
Newest favourite character
Teach, from Icefall, definitely. He’s cool, hes the mentor, and he is more bad-ass than one would think. So yes, definitely one of my new favourites.
Book that made me cry
Nothing has made me cry (I rarely cry whilst reading) but I’ve had the most feels when reading the manga Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) by Yoshitoki Ooima. It tells the story of a bully and his deaf victim. It is a very tragic story about regret, mental health and changes in people. It deals with very heavy subjects and does contains both violence and suicide attempts, so beware. It is however quite a beautiful story and following the changes in the bully, especially, is what had kept my interest going.
It is a completed manga, so you won’t have to wait for new chapters each month. I have read around half of it at this point and I do recommend it a lot. Find it on MyAnimeList here.
Book that made me happy
For this I have to go with another manga, oh my I almost cried of laughter! Aoharu x Kikanjuu (Aoharu x Machine Gun) by NAOE, oh my. Somehow I got into the cross dressing genre of anime (don’t ask how or why, it just happened) and I stumbled upon this gem. Saw the first (and only) season and just had to get more, so I picked up the manga. And I have to say, it is incredible and Tachibana is an amazing lead!
So, it tells the story of high schooler Tachibana and how she, due to ridiculous circumstances, gets involved in air soft fighting. And somehow it just doesn’t gets revealed that shes a girl.
Be warned however, even though there is a sh*t ton of humour, this series also goes very, very dark at times. I didn’t expect it at all, but it gives depth and makes the stakes higher for Tachibana and her team Toy GunGun. Great manga and great anime! And it is possible to do it as I did, and watch the anime first and then continue with the manga. Find it on MyAnimeList here.
Favourite book to film adaptation
I don’t watch that many movies! OH my, what have I even seen this year? Anything based on anything? I’m sorry, drawing a bank… But… I can chose TV-series? I will do that. So, please, everyone watch Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on Netflix, it is amazing. Just, go with the flow, it is very weird.
Favourite post I’ve done this year
Let’s see… It’s been a very inconsistent year when it comes to blogging, but what have I written? Finding My Way to Write and Writing Characters are maybe my top ones. I got back into writing and had so much fun doing it! Now I want to write more…
Most beautiful book I’ve bought this year
Going with cover aesthetic, but Icefall by Walt Stone and Mica Stone is good as well. Read my review here.
New release I haven’t read yet but want to
Wrath of Emipre by Brian McClellan! (Picture below.) Oh I am ashamed! It came out back in March and I still have it downloaded on my phone. Need to listen to the audiobook soon…
What book I need to read by the end of the year
- Evna (Ravneringene #3) by Siri Pettersen
- Wrath om Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #2) by Brian McClellan
- Epoch Shift (The Histories of Newten #1) by Jake Lingwall
And there we go, another half-year over and looked at. I don’t get it how I left it to be 1½ month late, but well, now it is done. I’ve read quite a few different things. Feels nice. Now onward to the next half of 2018!
What’s your favourite book this year?
What do you still want to read in 2018?