Hello, and welcome back to my blog! I hope you are reading a book that brings you joy.
I know that technically I’ve already done something like this, but I haven’t really listed more than one book that I’ve enjoyed for the first half of the year. Even though this year has been horrible, I have read some absolutely amazing books that are still giving me book hangovers.
None of these books are in a certain order, because that would be almost impossible to rank them. Let’s get talking books!
First up, we have The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. Now, I know that I have been talking a lot about Morgenstern and specifically this book, but it truly is an amazing novel. I love how Morgenstern writes a book that could totally have a sequel, but she manages to wrap everything up in a nice bow. Never fails to amaze me. If you don’t know what The Starless Sea is about, it follows a man in college named Zachary who stumbles upon a book that tells a story about an event that happened to Zachary in his childhood. Confused but curious, Zachary begins to search for information on this book and stumbles upon a party that leads him to a mystical hotel. From there, the book begins about a story about stories.
The next book I have is Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. I’m going to let you know now that I am a sucker for stories about books, libraries, and/or universities. Those books tend to be my favorites, so when I heard about Sorcery of Thorns, I just knew I had to get my hands on it. This book is about a young librarian named Elisabeth who is taught to not like sorcerers. Her job is to make sure the grimoires don’t go anywhere and cause trouble. But when an infamous grimoire gets loose and Elisabeth is forced to kill it, she gets framed with murder and Nathaniel Hawthorn, a sorcerer, is there to help her. This book makes my heart flourish. It was such a unique story and the writing is magnificent; I ate up the book in four days.
Next up is So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo. I am not the biggest nonfiction reader, mostly because they are very info dumpy, but I can tell you that this is not info dumpy at all. Oluo presents an anecdote for the chapter and then gives us information and statistics that back up her story (basically telling us that whatever the chapter is about actually does happen, and not a made up story). Her pathos and logos are equally balanced, not overpowering the other. This means no pages upon pages of just information or pages upon pages of just personal stories. Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.
The fourth book that I’ve enjoyed is the first in a series, and that is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This was the first book that I read when quarantine first started and there wasn’t a more perfect time to read that book than when I had (also the remastered Resident Evil 3 came out early April, so also perfect timing). I feel like everyone knows about this series at this point, but a lot of people fail to include that there is a mysterious new virus going around both ships. That aspect adds a subplot that doesn’t seem forced or entirely out of context with the main plot.
The last book on this list is All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace. You know how there are books that are so amazing and you loved it so much, but it just doesn’t have the full five stars for an unknown reason? Yep. That was me with this book. All the Stars and Teeth is about a girl named Amora whose family are the only people who are bound to soul magic. In order for Amora to be the High Animancer, the heir to her kingdom’s throne, she needs to put on a performance that lets her people know she has a hold on her soul magic. When her performance goes wrong and gets thrown in jail, a pirate, a siren, and her forced fiancée help to get her back to her kingdom without trouble. I never knew I needed a pirate story until I read this book. I have a strong connection to water, so when I read that Amora loves the ocean and wants to sail, I instantly fell in love. It could also be because she reminds me of Moana and I love her so… Anyway, this book is full of YA tropes but surprisingly not in a way that makes you cringe and use the book as kindling. I also noticed that there was mild gore (which I appreciated) that usually you don’t read in YA books. I was pleasantly surprised.
These books make my world go round and whenever I talk about them, I don’t want to shut up about them at all. I hope this post makes you want to pick up at least one of these and read them.
Have you read any of these books? What is a book that you absolutely adore?
I hope that everyone is having a nice August so far and getting books that you want to read, read. I’ll see you in my next one 🙂