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The year so far…(one sentence book reviews)

So, it’s about halfway through the year and I’m about halfway through my Goodreads reading challenge, so I thought it’d be a good time to go back through and recap what I’ve actually read this year.

Hence, one sentence reviews. I hope you find these as entertaining to read as I did writing them (also full reviews to the books in this list are linked!).

1.The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

A wonderfully written book about two players in a game which takes place at a circus.

2. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 

Nikolai Lantsov steals the second book in the Grisha Trilogy, becoming everyone’s fave book boyfriend.

3. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Villain is really a poor tormented soul, but no tears were shed in the end.

4. Caliban’s War by James S.A Corey

Zombie soldiers are used to create a thrilling read.

5. The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet  by Becky Chambers 

Heart warming sci fi book with longest title ever, also has the most diverse characters ever.

6. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

Explores the idea of AI’s being sentient and nails it.

7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Allomancy becomes the coolest form of ‘magic’, ever.

8. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Second book in Mistborn series leaves too many questions to be answered.

9. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Final book in Mistborn trilogy has the best ending of any trilogy ever. (So many feels(

10. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

YA fantasy which reuses many YA fantasy ideas is a guilty pleasure read.

11. Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy

A good read if The Mortal Instruments is your thing.

12. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

An okay YA Fantasy read.

13. Frogkisser by Garth Nix 

If you like Ella Enchanted, or talking animals you’ll probably enjoy this as much as I did.

14. This Savage Song

YA Fantasy which reminded me of that time I was a total EMO. (Recommend reading while playing some MCR)

15. Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A Corey 

What the hell just happened here?

16. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

If you like superheros, read this book.

17. A Court of Wings and Ruin by S.J Maas. 

Felt all the feels, it was epic.

18. The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil 

A cute #loveozya contemporary.

19. The Martian by Andy Weir 

An awesome tale of survival, sci-fi style.

20. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. 

Underwhelming tale inspired by Mulan/47 Ronin.

21. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Similar to The Bone Season, but with added murder mystery.

22. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare 

Cassandra Clare nails diverse characters and then nails our hearts to a wall.

23. The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Simon Mawer 

Quick interesting read about a female English spy in WW2.

24. Dune by Frank Herbert 

What on earth did I just read?

25. Graced by Amanda Pillar 

Paranormal romance that was pretty ‘meh’.

Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments section your one-sentence thoughts on them.









2 thoughts on “The year so far…(one sentence book reviews)

  1. Oh boy.. “Cassandra Clare nails diverse characters and then nails our hearts to a wall.”
    I haven’t read Lord of Shadows yet, simply because the sequel is only being published in 2019 [seriously?!] and I’m going to end up hating the wait.. So waiting a bit longer before diving into LoS, haha.

    The Night Circus is on my TBR as well. Already waiting on my bookshelf until I finally get round to reading it. Same for Flame in the Mist and the sequels of ACOTAR. Only read the first book so far, but I have some other reading to do before I can dive back into those.

    Nice list, though!

  2. I read The Night Circus quite a while back, but i found it so mesmerising and magical. There was talk of a movie, but i haven’t heard anything more about it.

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