I’m very vocal about the fact that The Poppy War was my favourite book of 2018, so I was naturally extremely excited to dive into The Dragon Republic as soon as I could, but I was a little nervous. The second book in a trilogy is a difficult one to pull off, as it deals with the exciting aftermath of the first book and must set up the conclusion of the series. In addition, an author's second book, especially following a splashy debut like The Poppy War, is a notoriously difficult one to write. Despite all of this, I am so pleased to say that The Dragon Republic is a fantastic sequel to an amazing debut novel.
I had been hearing so much about The Poppy War via social media and knew I had to try for a copy on NetGalley. I began reading my digital ARC, made it a few chapters in, and bought the book. I can confidently say that this is one of the best books I’ve read this year.
I say it every month, but at this point I don't even care -- how is it already June? Where did the last month go? I feel like I'm missing a week or two of May because this is ridiculous. May was a great month for reading -- which may account for the time slip -- and I managed to read 16 books this month! What? To be fair, half of those were graphic novels and the other half were novels, but whatever. It all counts, right?
Happy Friday! This has been a short week here in the UK and it really did fly by. I didn’t do a weekly wrap-up last week because there would have only been a couple days between my monthly and weekly wrap-ups, so this post will feature two weeks worth of books!