This is my second installment of my quarterly reading recommendations for 2019. Every 3 months I will be looking over all the books I’ve read in that time and picking out my top 10 favourites. Then at the end of the year I will compile my lists and pick my top 10 overall from the books I’ve selected where I will be going a little more in depth! If you want to check out my first quarterly reading recommendations click HERE.
So in no particular order my reading recommendations for April-May-June are:
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
Red Sister & Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
Vampire Academy & Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is books from your favourite genre. My favourite genre is without a doubt Fantasy; high fantasy, urban fantasy, epic fantasy and every other sub-genre of fantasy that there is out there! I had a really hard time narrowing this list down to just 10 books so I decided to restrict my list to just fantasy books I’ve read in 2019! I have talked about a lot of these books multiple times on my blog now so I’m not going to go into any details about why, just know that I love each and every one of these books and would 100% recommend them all!
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson
Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima
Nevermoor & Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
I did a post back in January about 5 Fantasy Series that I wanted to start in 2019 and since we are already in May I thought I would do an update of what I’ve started/finished/not even touched yet!
The five series were:
The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima – I completed this series this month actually! I absolutely LOVED these books, I think Cinda Williams Chima is a fantastic fantasy author and I will definitely be continuing on with the Shattered Realms series very soon!
The Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes – I only currently own Falling Kingdoms and Gathering Darkness. I don’t like to start a series unless I have access to all of the books, so I haven’t had a chance to pick these books up yet.
The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard – I have completed all of the books that are currently out at the moment. I have been loving this series so far! Iseult and Safi are amazing characters and the plot is getting progressively better with each book!
The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks – I own all of these books but I feel I haven’t prioritized this series because I think I’m not as excited to read it as much as the other series in this list. I will probably get started later on in the year!
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb – I also currently own all of the books in this trilogy I just haven’t picked up them up yet! *Spoiler* Assassin’s Apprentice will be on my TBR next month so no doubt I will be completing this trilogy very soon!
So far in the last 5 months I have completed 2 out of the 5 series I wanted to read this year. That is a total of 8 out of the 20 books that make up these series. I think I am on track to hopefully finish all of these series by the end of the year; I originally only wanted to get started on these books so I am quietly confident I will have least read at least 1-2 of the books from the other three series before the end of 2019!
I actually had a great reading month… I’m not quite sure how it happened but I deviated from my original TBR and actually read a lot more books than I was originally planning too and I’m not mad at it! I kind of listened a little more to my mood this month and read what I felt like reading instead of just solely sticking to my TBR and I feel like that approach really enabled me to read a lot more!
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – ⭐️5/5 stars
Sightwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️4/5 stars
HP and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
Circe by Madeline Miller – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Hazelwood by Melissa Albert – ⭐️3/5 stars
Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins – ⭐️4/5 stars
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ⭐️4/5 stars
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – ⭐️4/5 stars
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️5/5 stars
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️5/5 stars
The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️4/5 stars
Final Girls by Riley Sager – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
I loved this!
The third novel in the Witchlands series is getting even more adventurous and exciting! I will say I am now glad I read Sightwitch and got more of an insight and background to the story as everything is now really syncing up and coming together in the plot.
I have to say I do stan Iseult and Aeduan. I love the hate to love trope so much and it’s very much prevalent over the course of the books with these two. I loved seeing the slow progression of their relationship build and how they slowly come to trust and understand each other. And let me just say the way they reunite had me on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t cope for a minute there.
I really didn’t pay much attention to Aeduan in the other books. I appreciated his character and I was intrigued by him, but I didn’t really think he mattered or was as integral to the story as he is now. I figured since the name of this book was Bloodwitch that he would be more of a prominent plot line and he definitely did in this book! His arc over the course of the series has been wonderful to read; especially since we get so much more of his backstory. In this book in particular I have really started to get more invested in his character and I can’t wait to see what he does next!
The whole book is just super immersive. I found myself really lost in the story and appreciating every character and their journey. Everything is really starting to come to a head and we are getting more and more interactions between all of the main protagonists who were otherwise on different sides of the continent through the sporadic use of the doors to connect and transport the characters which I thought was very effective.
I was very satisfied with this book. I honestly had no idea where Susan Dennard was going to take the story next and throughout the whole reading experience I was very much entertained and that really propelled me to continue to read. The action is getting so much more intense and story lines are colliding and I can’t wait for the next book!
⭐️5/5 I need to know what happens next!