At the start of 2018 I set a goal to read at least 12 books throughout the year. That may not seem like a lot to most people but it is to me – and it’s a goal I’m a little bit behind on. My book shelf is packed with books I’ve yet to read and I’m trying really hard to not buy any new books until I’ve cleared this backlog. I’m also trying to diversify what I’m reading so on the blog this week, I thought I’d share everything I’ve read so far in 2018.
Okay so I reviewed this book earlier in the year but honestly, what a book! Everything I’ve read by author Claudia Gray has been great and this book is no exception. Set before the events of A New Hope, the story focuses on Leia as she navigates the politics of Coruscant while investigating what her parents are up to. It was really cool to learn of how Leia came to uncover the Rebel Alliance and to also finally learn of her relationship with her parents Bail and Breha.
I was so stoked about this book that I made it my February read only for it to end up being an absolute bore. It was Star Wars meets Game of Thrones and I was absolutely not here for it. I understand what the author was trying to go for with the setting but for me, I like my Star Wars actually sci-fi and this set up was way too primitive for me. The section where Phasma and the others crossed the desert felt like it went on forever and even more frustratingly, the book didn’t have a proper conclusion. It left the fate of a couple of characters incomplete and that really grinds my gears! If you want to know more about why this book wasn’t great, here is my full review.
Okay so I decided to read this after watching the movie and all I can say is that the guy who directed the movie deserves every award for successfully making a good movie from this. I think it was the writing style that got to me mostly. There were no proper chapters, it was just endless page after page where apparently full stops don’t exist. I liked the ending of the book where we saw Elio and Oliver cross paths multiple times in different stages of their lives. But aside from that, I didn’t enjoy this book much at all.
And we’re back on the sci-fi. I was a little apprehensive reading this one because I didn’t enjoy the novelisation of ‘The Force Awakens’ but author Jason Fry did a fantastic job, to the point where I prefer this to the movie. The attention to the detail is really key in this novel and Fry fills in things that really should have been in the movie. How did the First Order not see the Resistance bombers approaching? Because Rose’s tech hid them from radar. How did Leia know how to pull herself back to the Resistance cruiser after being blasted out into space? Because Luke had given her some Jedi training. If you’re a Star Wars fan then this is a pretty essential read.
I picked this up after seeing the movie and finished it in 2 days. The fastest I’ve ever read a book! Author Becky Albertalli perfectly captures what it’s like growing up gay, the emotions that you go through both learning to accept yourself and the coming out process. My favourite part of the book was definitely the email exchanges between Simon and Blue. They were so fantastically written and the characters so well rounded, they felt so real. The book is very different from the film though which I think is good so you can enjoy both equally.
The sequel to ‘Simon VS. The Homosapien Agenda’, ‘Leah On The Offbeat‘ focuses on Simon’s best friend Leah as she comes to terms with her bisexuality and her multiple insecurities. I enjoyed this book a lot for a number of reasons – mainly because it covered topics like bisexuality and body image that I don’t think are covered enough in media. Leah isn’t as likeable as Simon is however so it took me a beat longer to connect with her character. There was nothing in this novel that matched the email exchanges from the previous novel though which I think this book needed to make me love it but overall, it was a good read.
The third and final book in the ‘Simon-verse’, ‘The Upside of Unrequited’ follows a different set of characters but contains brief cameos from Abby Suso and Simon Spier from the previous two novels. This was a cute read but I did struggle to get through it at times. It’s not that it was a bad book, in fact the writing was good but the plot was just paper thin in my opinion. All the characters were relatable especially the main character Molly but it felt like nothing really happens, it’s a lot of inner dialogue. I knew exactly how the book was going to end after only a few chapters and guess what – I was right. A cute Sunday afternoon read if you’re looking for something relatively simple yet charming.
As this blog post goes live, I’m currently reading ‘They Both Die At The End‘ by Adam Silvera. It’s still early days but I’m enjoying it so far. After that, I think I’m going to read ‘Hocus Pocus and the All New Sequel‘. I’ve heard mixed things about it but it’ll be almost Halloween by then so feels fitting. Beyond that? Who knows. I have all the Game Of Thrones books to read as well as some autobiographies that are gathering dust. Or maybe it will be more Star Wars – I’m way behind on those too.
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