Hello, wonderful people and happy fall season! I can finally say I have survived my semester and have come out on the other side
after shedding some blood, sweat, but mostly tears. My last term paper is turned in, and my fullest, happiest life can now continue. This next semester is going to kick my ass, but until then I’ll continue living in a status of denial positivity.
I digress, let’s get to the good stuff!
I started this blog a little over a year ago; it’s hard for me to realize that a year has, in fact, come and gone that quickly. In the past year I have:
- Finished my first year of graduate school
- Started learning Japanese
- Became a vegan
- Attended a book/comic convention
- Made friends in the book-blogger community
- Bought a pair of roller skates
AND I’ve read some memorable books. I’m talking the kind of books that make you want to hug them tightly to your chest after you finish them, the kind that give you an oasis to escape to, and the kind that rips out your heart and devours your soul.
Needless to say, it’s been an eventful year for my book collection and to mark this occasion I thought I would make a list of my favorite reads in my first year as an amateur book-blogging fiend! Now, without re-reading them all, it would be pretty difficult for me to make a definitive list, so they’re in no particular order. If I reviewed them for my blog I’ll post them with their corresponding links if you want to check that out.
I know that these are two different books, but they’re a duology and they’re both perfect so I couldn’t decide between them
don’t make me choose. Leigh Bardugo quickly became one of my favorite authors because of these books. There is mystery, action, representation, magic, and the coveted anti-hero. Within these pages, you will find absolutely all the best things that a book could have. If you haven’t read them, then check out my reviews by clicking the links above or just get yourself a copy; I promise you it’s worth it!
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
This book is up there for me, like at the top. If I see you I will force you to get this book. For the love of all things good, if you set aside a certain book budget each month or even year, You. Need. This. Book. But Amber, if it’s so great where is your review? Other than being super busy as of late, I find it really difficult to review books that I really REALLY like. Now, books that I loathe are easy and my hatred pours out into the review (here‘s a link to one of those if you want to read that *enter evil laugh here*). So, as a true creature of procrastination, I keep pushing my review back. In fact, I’ll definitely reread this book before giving it a review
I’ll get to it, I swear. Just know that it’s amazing and flawless and worth every ounce of hype and attention it receives. I’m pretty sure it’s even getting a movie, but don’t quote me on that. It’s a wonderfully written fantasy with magic, twists, and darkness.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Perfection. It looks at a very difficult topic in American society, racism. It was inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement and I think it’s a very important read. For. Everyone. I
‘m looking at you, Grandma. The characters are just perfectly written in their complexity and Angie Thomas does a wonderful job commenting on difficult situations and topics that could have just as easily been a disaster. I hate to say it, but you’re not woke in 2018 if you haven’t read this book. This had me feeling emotions in tidal waves; I would get hit with deep sadness that had me crying my eyes out, I would feel happiness and love when it came to the main character’s family, and I would feel a white-hot rage that no other book has ever given me. Please read this. It’s probably the most important book I read this year. The movie is also coming out soon, so support the crap out of that film, it’s going to be great I’ll be the girl crying in the back.
If I learned something this year about reading it’s the importance of representation in the published world. Everyone deserves to be represented in books. Period.
I’m very grateful to have been a part of this community this past year so thanks to all the people who have made me feel welcome and thanks to everyone who takes the time to read my ramblings. Here’s to Year #2!
Thanks for reading! -xo Amber
Have you read these? Do you still think about books you read in your first year? How long have you been book-blogging? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought!
Let’s be friends!