The Reading Fangirl is a blog that has changed many times throughout the years. Not even just the design, but the content is constantly evolving. I start new series and end them as abruptly as I started them because I realise that it isn’t working for me anymore. This is what happened with my monthly wrap ups. I did them for almost 3 years but the pressure got too much. The pressure to mention every single book that I read even the trashy romance novels that I couldn’t remember 2 days after I read them. So this is how I decided to start this Recent Reads series. I thought it would be a lot easer to just make a post about some of the books I’ve been reading recently when I have enough that I actually want to talk about. This series would include every book I read but it will just include the noteworthy books – whether they were good or bad.
In the first installment of this series, I’m talking about 4 of the 11 books that I’ve already read in 2018. In this case, they were all fantastic as I haven’t read any bad books yet this year. My relationship with reading has really improved this year. I’m trying not to be scared of starting new series or reading hyped books anymore as well as attempting to tackle my physical TBR. It’s become a hobby again to read popular books rather than a chore so I’m loving it.
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
I am madly in love with this book. The Belles does not come out until February but believe me when I say that you need this book on your radar if it isn’t already on it. This is going to be a brief rave about the book because I actually did a full review on it so click here if you want to see that. This is an insanely rich fantasy series that kept me captivated throughout. I can’t remember I started a new fantasy series that gripped me as well as this one did. I can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Warcross by Marie Lu
I was a huge fan of Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy but have yet to pick up any of her books since then (even though I own them all). One day, I was trying to decide what to read and Warcross just stood out to me. It took me a while to get into it due to the world building and info dump that you get at the start of most new series. However, once I got into it, I was addicted. This book constantly surprised me with its multiple plot twists and exciting plot and character developments. The ending to this day still has me in shock and I am dying for the sequel which comes out later this year. Marie Lu’s writing did not let me down and I am even more inclined now to read her Young Elites trilogy.
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
Now this is a book that has been on my TBR for a while now. I binge-read the first two books in this trilogy back in 2015 and fell madly in love with it. I bought this as soon as it came out in 2016. It’s stayed on my shelf ever since. It had been so long since I had read the first two that I forgot everything that happened in it so I was hesistant to pick this up. However, with the help of recaptains, I threw myself back into this world. It took a while for me to get back into it and to get fully invested but when I did, it was amazing. If I read this when I read the other 2, this would have been a perfect book. However because of the three year gap, I wasn’t as invested as I once was. However, I did still think it was a thrilling conclusion though I did feel as if it dragged on quite a bit and was slightly too long in parts. I’m just happy that I’ve now finished this series.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
This is the last book that I finished and I have fallen madly in love with it. I kept seeing it on booktube but had no idea what it was about. I randomly decided to pick it up after hearing everyone’s praises and I was not disappointed. It reminded me so much of Fangirl (not as good obviously but nothing can be) which warmed my heart. I loved the representation of mental health and I related so much to Eliza’s struggles. The focus on fandom as well made it even more realistic and relatable. I definitely will be re-reading this many times in the future.
So that’s 4 of my recent reads. Obviously, I have read others but these are the 4 that have stood out to me the most. I really do prefer writing little mini wrap ups in this style so hopefully I’ll keep it up so that you can stay updated on what I’m reading without me feeing pressured to do a monthly wrap up. I may even do a similar thing with movies but who knows. My blog is not following a set pattern and I’m just going with the flow.