June has ended and half of 2018 is over, so I’m featuring some of the top books I’ve read so far this year! (Listed in alphabetical order by last name. Titles are linked to full reviews.)
The Explorers: The Reckless Rescue by Adrienne Kress
This book is incredibly fun and is an excellent example of what I love about middle grade. The adventures the characters have are wild and improbable but in the best possible way, plus there are strong themes of bravery and friendship. There’s also a shark and a pig in a teeny hat. All good things. I can’t wait for the release of book 3! (Ok, I will be waiting a while, which is pretty sad.)
I’m not *quite* as obsessed with The Poppy War as many other readers, but I have to admit it is a well-constructed fantasy. One of my major complaints was that I can see the seams of that construction, but I think this is something the author will iron out as she continues writing.
I love young adult books, but in the past two years or so, I have really thought they are all starting to sound the same: plot, prose (possible Sarah J. Maas inspired prose….), characters, etc. Tamora Pierce has reminded me of why I love YA. Her work is well-written, thoughtful, and immensely engaging. I will be looking forward to the rest of the series with enthusiasm.
This is a fun, light read, so I don’t think it’s going to make it onto my list of “best books I’ve ever read in my life” because it’s not that deep. However, it’s a really well-done take on Cinderella, making the story feel fresh and original when I despaired of such a thing every being possible. Definitely worth a read if you’re looking for a feel-good book.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
We all know this is my favorite book, so I won’t wax on about it. I just had to include it because I’m rereading it this year, and of course it’s one of the best books I’ve read!
I predicted when I first read Nevermoor that it would be one of my top books of the year, and so far that prediction is holding up. It’s beautifully imaginative and just so overall enthralling and generally well-written that I recommend checking it out if you haven’t already. I can’t wait for the sequel!
The Jeeves series by P.G. Wodehouse
I haven’t actually reviewed any P. G. Wodehouse books on the blog (though Krysta has, here) because I’m not 100% sure what I would say beyond that they’re funnier than I expected (I just thought they wouldn’t be my sense of humor) and that they’re often surprisingly heartwarming. Protagonist Bertie Wooster may get into odd predicaments, but his heart is often in the right place and he really goes out of his way to help his friends, particularly when a he and a fellow were at school together.
Have you read any of these? What did you think? What are some of your top reads this year so far?