We are already in the 6th month of the year! This mean half of 2018 has almost been and gone. I have read a lot more books this year than I did last year. I thought this was the perfect way to sum up my favourite books I have read in 2018 so far!
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
“Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?”
I read this book only last month but it went straight into my top ten books I have ever read. It is the book I never knew I needed. I reviewed this book because I had to write down my thoughts. You can find my review here.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
“Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.”
I actually listened to the audiobook of this book. I listened to it whenever I could because I loved this story so much. It even distracted me whilst I was having a long day at work. I am planning on rereading this book in the physical form some time soon.
I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman
“For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.
Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band is all he’s ever dreamed of doing. It’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.
Because that’s the problem with dreaming – eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.”
I cannot get over this book! This book is incredible. It made me laugh and it made me cry and I just couldn’t put it down. I have been recommending this book to literally everyone since I read it. I have also done a lot of blog content in relation to this book. I was a part of the blog tour that was a YA playlist to go along with the book, you can find that here. I also had the chance to interview Alice Oseman and you can find that interview here. I then reviewed this book and you can find my review here.
Iluminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
“This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.”
I read this book on the recommendation of Fiona and I loved it! I couldn’t put it down. It is the perfect sci-fi and space book. I am looking to read the second in the series but I haven’t brought it with me on holiday because of how big it is.
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
“Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.”
This book tore my heart out! I loved this book so much. I read it before the movie came out and I’m so glad that I did. I very recently watched the film and I also love that. Although not as much as the book, the movie made me cry. This is a book I will always say read the book before watching the film as there are some big differences.
Slay by Kim Curran
“Meet SLAY – SLAY do two things and they do them well: they play killer music and they slay killer demons.
When Milly, the lonely daughter of a world-famous opera singer, arrives home to discover that her mum has been taken over by something very evil, she finds herself in mortal danger. But the last people she expects to rescue her are the hottest boy band on the planet…
Enter SLAY: playing kickass gigs in the spotlight, and saving the world from demons in the shadows… Suddenly, Milly’s on the road with JD, Tom, Niv, Zek and Connor, racing against the clock to stop the demons who killed her mum… One thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a hell of a show!”
This is the book to read if you are looking for something that isn’t too serious, is action-packed and makes you laugh. Slay gripped me and took me away from real-life whilst reading it. I reviewed this book and wrote down all my feeling, you can find that review here.
What are your favourite books you have read this year so far? Let me know in the comments below. Also, what should I read in the second half of the year, let me know!
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Until next time,