All the books I’ve read so far this year

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I am sharing all the books I’ve read so far this year and some quick thoughts about them. I’ve read 24 books in the first six months of the year. These aren’t counting any books I stopped reading, only the books I finished. I’ve read some great books so far this year, including one of my most anticipated releases of this year. Let’s get started.

 


  • The Half Drowned King / Linnea Hartsuyker / ★★.5 / the first book in a historical fantasy trilogy based around Vikings. Started out well but I soon lost interest. I wasn’t invested in the characters or the story.
  • Murder at the Kinnen Hotel / Brian McClellan / ★★★★ / Powder Mage novella set 22 years before the start of the Powder Mage trilogy. This novella follows Adamat as a main character.
  • Ghost Talkers / Mary Robinette Kowal / ★★★ / my review / alternate (and supernatural) history story set during WWI. I loved the premise of this well, but for me the execution fell a little flat.
  • Beneath the Twisted Trees / Bradley Beaulieu / ★★★★ / the fourth book in the Songs of Shattered Sand series. This was a fantastic continuation of this series and I can’t wait for the next book.
  • Ghosts of the Tristan Basin / Brian McClellan / ★★★★ / a Powder Mage novella set eight months before the start of the Powder Mage trilogy. This novella follows Taniel as the main character.
  • Paper Mage / Leah Cutter / ★★★ my review / a standalone story set in ancient China, this one follows Xiao Yen, a Paper Mage (basically someone who can give a semblance of life to folded paper). Again I loved the premise of this, but something in the execution fell a little flat.
  • A Time of Courage / John Gwynne / ★★★★/ my review / the final book in the Of Blood and Bone trilogy, this is a fantastic concluding instalment. 
  • Viper’s Daughter / Michelle Paver  / ★★★★ / the seventh book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. I loved this series when I was younger, so it was great to be back in this world.
  • The Goblin Emperor / Katherine Addison / ★★★★.5 / my review / a standalone, coming of age fantasy book that follows a half-goblin called Maia, who becomes the Emperor. 
  • Diamantine / Andrew Rowe / ★★★ / the second book in the Weapons and Wielders series. While I did enjoy this one, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book.
  • Night of the Dragon / Julie Kagawa / ★★★.5 / my review / the final book in the Shadow of the Fox trilogy, these books follow a young kitsune (fox spirit) called Yumeko.
  • A Sword’s Poem / Leah Cutter / ★★★ / a standalone book that follows a kitsune called Hikaru, who wants revenge after her husband is killed and his soul is stolen. 
  • The Copper Assassin / Madolyn Rogers / ★★★★ / my review / the first book in the Tales of the Wyverna series. It follows a young man called Gorgo, who gets caught up in an assassination attempt. 
  • A Tale of Stars & Shadow / Lisa Cassidy / ★★★★ / my review / the first book in the series of the same name. It is a dual perspective story, following Talyn and Shadowhawk. This was a great introduction to this series.
  • The Mad Lancer / Brian McClellan / ★★★★ / a Powder Mage novella set 12 years before the start of the God of Blood and Powder trilogy. It follows Mad Ben Styke as the main character.
  • The Empress of Salt and Fortune / Nghi Vo / ★★★.5 / this story (in novella form) is told by an elderly woman called Rabbit.
  • A Prince of Song & Shade / Lisa Cassidy / ★★★★ / the second book in the A Tale of Stars & Shadow series and a fantastic continuation from the first book.
  • A King of Mask & Magic / Lisa Cassidy / ★★★★ / the third book in the A Tale of Stars & Shadow series. This was another great instalment to the series. I can’t wait for the fourth book.
  • The Kingdom of Liars / Nick Martell / ★★★ / my review / the first book in the Legacy of the Mercenary King. While I thought this was a good book overall, I wasn’t fully invested in the characters or the story.
  • Along the Razor’s Edge / Rob J. Hayes / ★★★ / the first book in the War Eternal trilogy. It follows Eskara, a 15 year old sorcerer, who is trying to escape from the Pit (prison). 
  • Age of Death / Michael J. Sullivan / ★★★★ / my review / the fifth (and penultimate) book in the Legends of the First Empire series. This was a great instalment and I can’t wait for the final book.
  • The Light Of All That Falls / James Islington / ★★★★ / the final book in the Licanius trilogy. This was a great concluding instalment. 
  • The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn / Tyler Whitesides / ★★★★ / my review / the first book in the Kingdom of Grit trilogy. This book follows ruse artist Ardor Benn. 
  • The Black God’s Drums / P. Djèlí Clark / ★★★★ / this is a novella set in New Orleans and follows a young teen called Creeper. I really enjoyed this novella and I can’t wait to check out more books by this author. 
  • The Angel of the Crows / Katherine Addison / ★★★★ / this is a Sherlock Holmes retelling set in alternate 1880’s London featuring supernatural beings.

That’s it for today. I had my goodreads goal at 80 books this year, but I think I may lower it to 50 or 60 – it doesn’t normally bother me but at times it can feel a little pressuring at times to have goodreads telling me I’m behind schedule. Have you guys read any of these books? I’d love to know what you thought. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time. 

 

 

 

Pippa

 


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