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33154647We’re already halfway through 2018! So today I’m looking back at what my best books have been so far this year and looking ahead at what novels I want to sink my teeth into in the second half of 2018. According to Goodreads I’m on track to reach my 2018 Reading Challenge goal of 25 books, having read 12 so far this year.

Two books that I loved were Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray and The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Defy the Stars had me hooked all the way through and I loved the darkness of The Young Elites. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass was also a highlight.

I finished Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy but unfortunately was disappointed by the final book, Ruin and Rising. The series is still a favourite of mine though. Other books that didn’t live up to my hopes were The Girl King by Meg Clothier and S.T.A.G.S. by M. A. Bennett – both had great concepts and potential, but could have been much better.

I read Lies – the third book in Michael Grant’s Gone series – and enjoyed it more than the first and second books. I’m currently a third of the way through the fourth book, Plague, and although it’s good, it is really grim and making me feel a bit squeamish at times (all will be explained in my review).

9781406330359I finally got around to reading A Game of Thrones, and was not disappointed. I have the second book, A Clash of Kings, waiting on my shelf. I’ll definitely be reading that before the end of the year.

Other books I’m excited to read before the end of the year are Ringer by Lauren Oliver and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. These are both second books in series, and as I loved the first books, I want to continue reading the characters’ stories.

What have been your reading highs and lows so far this year?

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