Five Of My Favourite Books From 2018 So Far

Due to not blogging for a fair few months, I haven’t written any book reviews. Before I disappeared, I was really enjoying writing longer reviews and leaving them for future me to come back to, as well as it making it a lot easier for me to recommend books. Even before this blog I was writing reviews on Goodreads so my friends could keep up to date with what I’d read and they would be able to see what I thought.

However, apparently not writing on here means not writing anywhere and all book reviews have since ceased to exist, I’m determined to get back into it but, this year, I’ve already read 14 books (even though that’s less that this time last year!) and trying to catch up on 14 reviews would be quite tough. Therefore, I thought I’d do a little general, quick review of my favourite books that  I’ve read so far and then if I fancied writing more in depth reviews I could do that on the side. I also think going forward, instead of trying to review every book I read in depth, I’ll do monthly round ups of what I’ve read and, again, if I want to do an in depth review do so!

THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF OKAY

Author: Laura Steven
Rating: ★★★★★

The Exact Opposite of Okay follows the story of witty, fiercely independent and aspiring comic Izzy O’neill, battling her way through the final years of high school. One day, she’s just your average teenage girl and the next, according to the rumours, she’s a slut extraordinaire after she decides to do the dirty with a politicians son and photos are leaked.

…it shouldn’t make a difference whether a girl or a woman is sexually active, or even utters any expression of sexuality. The problem is in the way in which society interprets this perceived behaviour. Because here’s the thing: slut-shaming is not really about women’s sexuality. It is grounded in the belief that men have the right to assert themselves, and women do not.

Not only is this book utterly hilarious, it is full of exactly what the world needs to hear about women and the way their sex lives are perceived so differently to mens – it is a feminisms dream. It has the perfect balance of humour, sarcasm, emotional honesty and hard hitting truth of exactly what it’s like to grow up as a young lady or woman. It’s exactly the type of book that I think everyone and anyone should read – it doesn’t hold back and it’s about time that someone started screaming about some of the unjust in this world.

WHEN WE COLLIDED

Author: Emery Lord
Rating: ★★★★★

I reread this book because I just love it so much. If you want to read my review for it you can find it here and if you want to find out why I think this is the book everyone should read if they want to know more about mental health you can find it here.

CLEAN

Author: Juno Dawson
Rating: ★★★★★

Clean follows the story of Lexi Volkov, a celebrity from London who’s just been checked into rehab after being found blue from an overdose. Having to come to terms with her drug habits, as well as dealing with the ghosts in her past, she’s forced to come to terms with negative impact of her multi-billion pound lifestyle. There’s a lot of resistance, denial and a whole lot of swearing but, oh my god, this book is beautiful.

I basically read this book in one sitting. I was hooked from the first word and I just couldn’t put it down once I started. I loved following Lexi’s story, watching her grow and come to terms with her past through the book. But, Lexi’s story wasn’t the only story found in this book – there is also the stories of her fellow ‘inmates’ at the rehab facility – and the relationships that are formed filled me with hope. The way they pull round for one another is completely heart warming and, in the end, they help Lexi to realise how negative the rest of her relationships in her life are – how much of a drug they are for her.

This book was brilliantly written and I loved the (to me) unique story line of reading about someone with a drug over dose. Clean deals with drug addiction in a no bullshit kind of way, as well as mental health, relationships and everything in between. The way Juno writes is truly magical and I’ve sure it won’t be the last book of hers that I read!

THE SIX OF CROWS DUOLOGY

Book: The Six of Crows and The Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Rating: ★★★★★

The Six of Crows Duology is set in Ketterdam, where a world of superstition, crime, magic and science collide. With each chapter written in 3rd person from the perspectives of five difference characters, The Six of Crows duology follows the lives of Kaz Brekker and his crew of miscreants, as they live on the wrong side of the law pulling off

heists, trying not to die and living for revenge.

There was no part of him that was not broken, that had not healed wrong, and there was no part of him that was not stronger for having been broken.

This is one of my favourite series I’ve ever read: it’s beautifully written and the complex relationships between the characters left me hanging of the edge of my seat at every opportunity. Admittedly, the first half of the first book was a little slow and it took me a while to get into it but, once I did, I couldn’t put it down. The first book follows the characters trying to pull off the most impossible heist in the world and at points it was hard to know if the risk was going to be worth the reward. With street gangs and Grisha fighting for what they believe in, these books are filled with real life experiences, injected with the supernatural world of fantasy along side. The second book in this series was even better. I don’t want to give too much of the story away but I absolutely loved seeing the characters relationships grow even more, leaving me with the biggest, warmest heart I’ve ever felt.

Dark, action packed, beautifully written and totally full of love.

What are the best books you’ve read this year?

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