Earlier this year, I decided to start doing a quarterly (or seasonal) favorites on my blog as a way to feature more books that I love. And then I promptly forgot about it. So I decided to combine spring and summer in this post, and then, starting in the fall, I’ll keep up with my quarterly faves. I’ve divided them into two sections – spring and summer, obviously – and have included links to my monthly wrap ups, so you can check out all the books I read for those months if you’re interested (there are a few five-star books I didn’t include here), and links to book reviews I’ve done for any of these books.
1. The Color Purple by Alice Walker. This was an unexpected favorite, and one I’m still thinking about months later. Definitely a book I’ll revisit in a few years!
2. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. When Random House released their Brontë Vintage Classics, I immediately bought them all – they’re so pretty! – and this was the only one I hadn’t read (the other two being Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. I picked it up out of curiosity, and was completely blown away. It’s become my favorite Brontë novel, and I’ve read quite a few of them.
3. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Most of the books I loved in April were (surprisingly) nonfiction, but I actually love that. This is one I consider a must-read, and am really tempted to buy copies to hand out because it impacted me so much.
4. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. This book destroyed me in the best way. It was brilliantly written and incredibly interesting. It was almost impossible to put down.
5. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. Speaking of books that completely destroyed me… this one takes the cake. I’m pretty sure I sobbed for at least the last hundred pages (if not more), and for about two hours afterwards. It was beautiful and depressing and I feel like it’s now burned on my soul. I already have two copies.
1. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. To everyone who told me to read this: I’m sorry it took me so long. You were right. This book is incredible! I’m really looking forward to picking up the sequel soon!
2. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. I was a bit skeptical going in to this one – it’s been a while since I’ve really enjoyed YA historical fiction – but it was so good! If these three ever collaborate again, and I really hope they do, I will be immediately picking it up.
3. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Every time I read one of Schwab’s books, I’m completely blown away by her mind, and this was no exception. It was so perfect.
4. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. Holy crap, this book blew my mind. It was one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read, and I loved the sci-fi element. It was brilliant. I’ve already added Crouch’s Wayward Pines trilogy to my TBR.
5. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while, but it was one of those books I’d heard so many great things about and was afraid to read because I was worried I’d be disappointed. Turns out, I was worried for nothing, because this book was epic. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it.
I’m looking forward to some awesome fall reading! Let me know what your spring or summer faves are in the comments!