My Favorite Books of the Year So Far

This is my last blog post of the summer. I go back to school on Wednesday, so my delicate blogging schedule will most likely go down the drain. I’ll try to keep posting regularly, but who knows. School is difficult and time-consuming.

But enough ominous talk. I made a poll on Twitter asking what today’s post should be and it ended in a two-way tie. I had to make a decision on my own, and this was what I decided on. 😛

If I’d thought of this post earlier, I could’ve done my favorite books in the first half of the year. Now that we’re almost halfway through August, it’s a bit late for that. So instead, I’ll just include books I’ve read in the last month or so as well. Which is good, because a handful of my favorites are recent reads.

Without further ado, let’s get to it!

Only the final three are really in order, because I found it difficult to rank the rest of the books. The order is there but loose and interchangeable, because I’m indecisive.

Since my thoughts on each book are very similar — it’s amazing, I didn’t expect it to be this good, go read it, etc. — I’m going to be describing each book in 3-5 words.

Honorary mention goes to Warcross by Marie Lu (#1), which would probably be on the list if I was finished reading it. But I’m only 75% through, so it gets a nice mention. 🙂


Virtual reality, hackers, romance.

21. When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore


Diverse magical realism.

20. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (#2)

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Monsters, music, mayhem.

19. What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum


Cute, unlikely friendship.

18. Wires and Nerve volume 1 by Marissa Meyer, illustrated by Douglas Holgate


Iko has a series!

17. Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn

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New friend with ulterior motives.

16. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West


Super cute, fluffy romance.

15. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (#1)


Parallel Londons, magic, mayhem.

14. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


Awkward, relatable, and diverse contemporary.

13. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

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Betrothal gone wrong, magic, lesbians.

12. My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, + Jodi Meadows (#1)


Horse jokes, alternate history, books.

11. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Inspired by Black Lives Matter.

10. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (#2)

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Magical tournament, hate-to-love.

9. Enigma by Tonya Kuper (#2)

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Nerdy references, romance, mind powers.

8. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (#2)


Diverse, absolutely soul-crushing.

7. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


Cute, arranged marriage, coding, coffee.

6. Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes (#5)


Ships, magic, purely evil cliffhanger.

5. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (#1)


Boys in love, European tour.

4. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde


Diverse, friendships, convention.

3. The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember (#1)


Genderfluid protagonist, magical animal bonds.

2. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead (#6)


Wild ride, perfectly cute ending.

1. The His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers

New obsession. Just read it. // Assassins trained in a monastery.

You can’t make me choose between these three. They’re all fantastic.

What are some of your favorite books of the year so far? Are any of yours the same as mine? Have you read any of the books on my list? Let’s chat! I’d love to know! 🙂

I’m off to finish Warcross and hopefully start Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I’m ending summer the right way. 😛 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤

Until next time…


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11 thoughts on “My Favorite Books of the Year So Far

  1. GRAVE MERCY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Still need to read book 2 and get my hands on a copy of book 3. And even though they don’t follow Ismae and *swoons* Duval, that’s okay because the writing is A+. I just wish they were as long as the first books. Aaand I’ll hopefully be posting my faves of this year soon so you’ll get to see which books I choose soon! Although you probably know most of them because we talk a lot.

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    1. YESSSSSS!!!! 😍 You absolutely have to read DT and MH asap. They’re so amazing and intense and perfect, but I’ve texted you so you probably know that lol. Ismae and Duval do appear in both books, though! They just aren’t mcs. 😉 I look forward to your post! Even if I think I know most of them lol.


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