Yes, you read that right. These are my spring favorites. And I am aware it is past the middle of July. This was supposed to go up like six weeks ago, but then I got into a blogging funk and things were just not going as planned and well, here we are. I’d already written like half of this post and done the graphic and everything, so I figured I might as well just post it.
So for those of you who think I have this blogging thing down, here are my favorites from the beginning of the year (click the links below for my monthly wrap ups):
Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
I love the Wayward Children series so, so much. I definitely have a few favorites of the six books I’ve read so far. And I honestly wasn’t expecting to love this as much as I did. I was definitely a massive nerd growing up, and I was obsessed with some weird things. But one thing I was not was a horse girl. I was definitely a weird kid, but the horse girls were like on another plane of weirdness (in weird 90s kid hierarchy – now I’m very glad I was a weird kid). I was just never interested in horses. Cats and dinosaurs, yes. Horses and unicorns, meh.
Which means I was very surprised that I loved this book about… horses and unicorns. But I did. This story is just so fun, and it has a great message. I also love that the books in this series are full stories, but still fairly short, so they’re really nice when my brain can’t handle a long fantasy novel.
Near the Bone by Christina Henry
We all know I like weird books, and Christina Henry writes some really weird books. I just love them. I can’t even tell you which one is my favorite, but this is definitely up there. I don’t want to give too much away, because the twists are really good and you should go into this blind. But I will say that if you like weird horror stories and you maybe also spent a good portion of the pandemic binge-watching cult documentaries, you’ll like this.
The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson
If you couldn’t already guess from this blog, I have a very literature/history/social sciences-oriented brain. Math/science are not my forte. I can remember all sorts of weird facts about Shakespeare or dinosaurs, but ask me to do a science experiment and it’s very likely I will accidentally set something on fire. But I love reading about people who can do those things. And Jennifer Doudna is definitely one of those people.
I loved this biography. It was very cool to read about the development of MRNA gene editing technology (the same technology that led to some of the covid vaccines – Isaacson also participated in one of the trials while writing this book, which was kind of cool). But it was also a great book about an incredible female scientist. Easily one of my top three biographies of all time. I loved it!
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
I know this book has gotten some mixed reviews, but some of the reasons I loved it are the same reasons people didn’t like it. I can totally see how this book isn’t for everyone, but I just truly love V. E. Schwab’s writing. The fact that all of the characters in her book are morally grey just makes them that much more interesting. And this book is no exception.
I will admit that this probably isn’t my favorite of her books. I didn’t love it as much as, say, Vicious. But I did still really love it. I talked more about it in my reading experiment post where I read this and a few others, so you can go check that out if you want to read more of y thoughts on this book. But my overall thoughts are I really liked it, but I can see why you might not.
Bunny by Mona Awad
Speaking of books that aren’t for everyone… we have Bunny. When I say this book is the weirdest thing I have ever read, I am not exaggerating. I’ve read some pretty weird books, but this one takes the cake. I am pretty sure it broke by brain. Again, I don’t want to give too much away because if you read this, you should experience the crazy in full effect. But the best way I can describe it is that the experience of reading this is kind of what I imagine doing drugs might be like.
This book was batshit crazy, and the crazy part of my brain really loved it. Read at your own risk. Seriously .
A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
This book has been sitting on my shelves for ages. At one point, I decided I wasn’t interested in reading it anymore, but just never got rid of it. And I’m glad I didn’t because this book was so good! It’s a multigenerational story about Palestinian immigrants and their experiences in America. It was fun to see some cultural things I’m familiar with (I am also second-generation Palestinian American), and also get to experience those things in a different way.
This book was really good. I can see why so many people loved it when it came out a few years ago, and I’m glad I ended up finally reading it.
Sorry this was such a short post, but it has (clearly) been kind of a rough month. Mostly because I now have a kitten that only allows me six hours of sleep a night and it’s starting to get to me. But I’m also busy working on this month’s reading experiment (which should be up on Thursday) and getting a head start on the absolutely INSANE one I have planned for August. I just need to sleep for like three days first.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this. Let me know what your favorites were from this past spring, or from the first half of the year or whatever.
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