I always say that I love historical fiction, however I so rarely read for it. When my sister Julia and I started our podcast You’re Never Going to Read This, I knew I was going to be recommended a fair amount of historical fiction. The Lake House was indeed one of Julia’s pick for me, and I’m so glad I ended up reading it. This book has its ups and downs, however I thought it was one of the most beautifully atmospheric historical fiction books I’ve ever read.
I rarely read contemporary YA -- in fact, I have only read five contemporary YA books this year -- but somtimes one really catches my eye. This was the case with A Very Large Expanse of Sea, Tahereh Mafi’s semi-autobiographical novel of life as an American Muslim teen one year after 9/11. Having read and loved books like The Hate U Give and I Am Thunder, I know that my interest in contemporary YA tends to lean toward books that deal with social issues and let you walk in another person’s shoes.
Despite the fact that it hasn’t been released yet, you may have already heard buzz about The Silent Patient. Set to be one of the biggest thriller debuts of 2019, this book has so much hype surrounding it already. I can’t claim to be an expert on the thrillers, but I absolutely love reading them and find that a great thriller can be one of the most rewarding reading experiences for me. So did The Silent Patient live up to the hype?
I was thinking that I want to do more tags and what do I see? The 5 W's book tag on Shanah's blog! What great timing you have, friend.
The year is almost over -- can you believe it? It feels like it should still be September, maybe October. Where has the time gone? At least I get to be super Christmassy without judgement.
I was so excited to hear that Empress of All Seasons was being published in the UK -- an all-girl contest to win the hand of the emperor’s son set in a Japanese-inspired world? Sign me up. I tumbled into the story right away and really enjoyed it -- it features strong feminist themes, trope inversion, and some incredibly badass women.
I am not shy about shouting out my love of Emma Newman’s Planetfall -- it is easily one of the best books that I’ve read this year. I have been looking forward to reading After Atlas ever since I finished up Planetfall, but I just hadn’t found the time until this summer. After Atlas is not a direct sequel to Planetfall, rather it is a companion novel set in the same universe, but it did not disappoint.