My Favourite Books of The Year so Far

Hello Readers,

And just like that we are halfway through the year.  I thought seeing as we’re halfway through I could share my favourite books so far. A less indecisive person would have picked a favourite book for each month but nope I have just picked some of my favourites.

Such Sharp Teeth by Rachel Harrison (Gifted)

It’s no secret how much I loved this book. I adored this book as it is right up my street as we share the same sarcastic wit and darkish humour. This book contains so many relatable topics as the book looks at the relationships between family, trauma, healing, love, friendship, motherhood, and acceptance. I loved the comparison between Rory’s transformation into a werewolf and her twin sister Scarlets transformation from pregnancy to motherhood.  Rachel manages to make turning into a werewolf relatable. This is the most unique werewolf story that I have read. Full review here.

Sister, Maiden, Monster by Lucy A. Snyder (Gifted)

The first book Lauren and I have different opinions. I spotted this book at the beginning of the year and I am happy to say it did not disappoint, and I can’t wait to reread this book at Halloween. I don’t think this book will be for everyone as it is very graphic in some places. This story is broken into three distinct sections and each one follows a different perspective. I think in different circumstances I could be friends with these three very different ladies. Each one of them is a strong independent woman in her own right. Full review here.

Enemies Closer by Tom Batt (Gifted)

It melts my brain at how Tom can fit such an emotional twisty tale into such a small space (97 pages - Kindle or 166 pages - Paperback) I was rooting for the main three characters, questioning my own morals, and thought about what I would do in their situation. The pacing is fast throughout this book it really does take your hand and tell you to run. At no point did I feel lost while reading this book I didn’t even have to reread any paragraphs to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. Full review here.

When Woman Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

This was a lovely book about the changes we go through to become ourselves, talking about uncomfortable things, and accepting ourselves and those around us as they are. Shout out to Kelly for telling a feminist story and including trans people. This book is set in an alternate 1950s America, where one day thousands of women and girls spontaneously transform into Dragons. One thing that did make me giggle a little through the book was the ability as a species we have to ignore the elephant in the room. If this allergy disorder gives me the chance to change into a dragon, I’m off. Full review here.

The Society for Soulless Girls by Laura Steven

I am always going to be a sucker for dark academia. Who wouldn’t want to go to a creepy old school that’s had four murders, was previously a convent and rumours of an immortal cat are rampant. I am packing my bags. Spooky isn’t just for Halloween people. As this is a Jekyll and Hyde retelling it explores the violent impulses that everyone has and what would happen if we gave in and lost control of our anger. I loved the books feminist twist not only does this book highlight current feminist issues but shows us the abuse inflicted on women throughout history.  Full review here.

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson

This book review hasn’t been posted yet but Lauren and I buddy read this book back in April. An excellent reimagining of Dracula's Brides. The entire book is an open letter to Dracula from Constanta it made it the book personal.  As it makes the book more emotional as all the reactions by Constanta raw are and more personal and powerful as a result. I loved the changing relationships between Constanta and the other brides Alexei and Magdalena. The jealousy between them, quickly transformed into love and a sense of family. It adds a whole new layer to the original story, and I loved it. Review coming soon.