Hi dear friends,

 

It’s past mid March already and I was thinking of all the books that I had read this year. It is said that bloggers love lists (and that’s true as I love reading lists too, just not grocery shopping lists maybe) and I thought it would be a good idea to share with you my favorite reads in January and Februray because:

1) I love raving about my favorite reads.

Honestly I can be pushy and shove them in your face all the time! But that’s because I think about the “greater good” and how you would miss something essential in your life if you did not read them πŸ˜€Β 

2) I love nothing more than book recommendations.

Well maybe not more than dark chocolate but it’s a close second! And hope you’ll return the favor in the comments below sharing YOUR favorites;

3) I am known to post my “Bests books of the year” in December.

This will certainly help me choose at the end of the year. Yes yes I am planning ahead for once!

4) Because I can!

Yes you can see how I miss Barak and took his moto seriously πŸ˜€Β 

 

Before giving you my list, a word to explain how I proceeded to select the happy few!

They should have been rated 4 stars and above. But even some that I rated 4,5 to 5 stars did not make it here. Why? Not because they were bad or I would have rated them lower but because I had to choose (no sorry, you are gorgeous but it’s not you). And I chose to give you the books that left me with a lasting impression. The ones that are still vivid in my mind even if I am known to have the attention span of a goldfish.

That must count for something right?

If you are interested in reading the review, you’ll just have to click on the graphic!

As not all of you read YA or Adult or …I sorted them by genres.

Now that all has been said, let’s begin!

Adult books

I gave all the stars to that story based on a true story of a young Italian during WWII: Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T Sullivan. This was an audiobook and the narrator Will Damron deserves a prize on his own!

I loved listenind to Michelle Obama retelling her life! There is something inspiring and hopeful when your read/listen to the lifestory of someone who began at the bottom of the food chain and who rose so high and with such grace! 5 stars and told by Michelle herself!

This one was …gut wrenching and heartbreaking. I cried. I felt. I … Honestly Ella James wrote a little jewel with Covet. 4,5 stars yet now I think I should have rated this one higher.

Some levity after the ugly wry: Naked Love by Jewel E Ann was really RomCom at its best! Seriously if you’ve had a bad day/week and are in need of a “pee your pants” book this is the one! 4,5 stars but 6 stars for the laugh.

Last adult one by my favorite author: Amy Harmon. What the Wind Knows was read in one day even if Amy said “But Sophie, it is a big book!”. It is a cross between historical (Irish rebellion) and paranormal (think Outlander). 5 stars!

Young Adult

A new author that I discovered after reading the recommendation of a Facebook follower: Chloe Walsh. I read this duet totalling 1800 pages in less than five days! Binding 13 and Keeping 13 was a 5 stars. Confession: my daughter who began to read in English this summer read the first one in two days!

Something really entertaining and smartly written, for fans of Buffy: Slayer by Kirsten White! 4,5 stars and so different from her other reads. Excellent fantasy YA!

Something that gutted me now. A List of Cages by Robin Roe has been popping up on my feed every chance you got to recommend your “bests”. I was intrigued and gosh! I cried so much! But her writing is fantastic as she writes her characters like she would draw animes. 5 stars.

I didn’t read science fiction before. Before reading Shanah and Alexandra’s reviews. When I put my hand on the Honors series I was hooked! Honor Bound by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre was one of my most awaited read ofΒ  2019 and it did not disappoint in the least! Fantastic space opera, wonderful characters. Epic read! 5 stars.

I don’t always like retelling but A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer was a masterpiece! Harper is the heroine you’d least expect but she was so right! Bravo! 5 stars.

The Storm Crow by Kaly Josephson is an ARC that I got in my December Fairyloot box. I can tell you that it will be a future bestseller, hands down! The author even treated the topic of depression in a fantasty novel! I need more! 5 stars.

Let’s close this list with My Most Awaited Book of 2019: The Wicked King by Holly Black. It was a 6 stars! I am in awe with Holly’s writing talent.

Now that you have my favorites, tell me what are yours here below please! I am sooo curious!

Thanks for reading.

Sophie

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21 Comments

  1. I haven’t read Naked Love but it’s on my next month’s TBR list! A Curse So Dark And Lonely was a great read! Can’t wait for the next book! I’m pretty excited about Storm Crow!!! That book sounds amazing! I’m planning to pick up Wicked King as soon as I’m finished with my current read.

  2. Ahh what a great list! I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but I really want to give Michelle Obama’s book a try, it sounds so good. I’m so happy to see A List of Cages on your list, too, I loved this one so, SO much <3

    1. Marie I don’t usually read non fiction too but I was so fascinated by her story! Plus I miss her and Barak!

  3. I don’t think for a second, Sophie, that yo have an attention span of a goldfish. Ha! Ha! As for favourite reads? GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny is absolutely number one, followed by THE KINGDOM OF COPPER by S.A. Chakraborty. And last year, it would have to have been THE CITY OF BRASS and A GREAT RECKONING. πŸ˜€

    1. Damn Alexandra I couldn’t fool you! Well I can be very focused indeed but what I do have is a ginormous memory πŸ˜‰ And I just knew you would mention SA Chakraborty’s books!

  4. I am so excited to read Becoming! I really miss Michelle as well and I think it is such an important read. I am so happy that you loved it so much. I will have to check out some of these other titles on your list. I have a feeling that my TBR is going to grow today! πŸ™‚

  5. I NEED THE QUEEN OF NOTHING! Ugh I hate the ending of The Wicked King,especially since the next book isn’t out until next fucking year *sobs* And I really need to make the time to read What the Wind Knows. After exams now lol

    1. Hahahaha Ari join the club! I can’t wait for it! And I already know that I will be green with jealousy when I will see all these US bloggers getting their ARCs while I will never get one!!!!! Sob*
      Good luck with your exams by the way!

      1. I know right! I hate to start the same international blogger song and dance, but it really is unfair as hell

        My exams are in May, but thanks I just don’t have any spare time for earth shattering books before then