This month I read 10 books, which is less than usual, but that’s okay, because nearly all the books I read were great! That said, one of them is The Raven King, so I don’t know how much variety you’ll find in my upcoming responses.
I would also like to note that a large portion of the books I read this month had excellent portrayals of mental illness.
Favorite Book: The Raven King. Duh.
Least Favorite Book: Ivory and Bone. There wasn’t anything painfully wrong with it–I just found it very forgettable, and I don’t think the Pride and Prejudice elements were distinctive enough to work.
Most Fun Book: A Gathering of Shadows. Kickass magic competitions, plus Lila Bard being Lila Bard. There were some painful/feelings-y moments, especially with Kell and Rhy, but as a whole this book was just so enjoyable!
Most Heartwarming Book: Without giving too much away, certain moments of The Raven King had me making very high pitched noises over how much the characters loved each other. Book of a Thousand Days is close as well–Shannon Hale’s books are like a warm hug in book form.
Most Painful Book: Shockingly, not The Raven King! (though that book had some gut-punching moments). The portrayal of depression and loneliness in We Are the Ants was the most painful for me to read about.
Most Surprising Book: THE RAVEN KING
Characters of the Month: Ronan and Adam from TRK (my beautiful children with their beautiful character arcs! I could scream forever about how far they’ve come since the first book), Denise from On the Edge of Gone, actual love of my life Lila Bard
OTPs of the Month: PYNCH PYNCH PYNCH PYNCH PYYYYYNCH (sorry, I swear I’ll calm down) (or at least pretend to)
Friendship of the Month: I’m honestly not sure I can choose between the Raven Cycle friendships! The five of them, really. Also, Kell and Rhy.
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: THE WINNER’S KISS, If I Was Your Girl, The Hidden Oracle, The Lies of Locke Lamora
This month I read 7 books, and now I’m going to be barreling through books here soon because thanks to TLA I have so many to read! I’m on a roll right now my friends.
Favorite Book: The Rose and the Dagger. You’re gonna see this book popping up a lot here on this BECAUSE OH MY GOD THIS BOOK GUYS IT WAS EVERYTHING AND MORE.
Least Favorite Book: None of the above? I dunno I really enjoyed what I read this month because I had so much to choose from I chose the best…
Most Fun Book: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame. The tropes were amazing, the characters were fun. I just had a lot of fun reading this book and I really really enjoyed it.
Most Heartwarming Book: Rereading the Raven Boys. Because those boys are my favorite.
Most Painful Book: The Rose and the Dagger. UGH. I was so scared and yet I loved it and yet it was painful
Most Surprising Book: The Sleeper and the Spindle! There were some twists at the end of that book that I never would’ve called and I really enjoyed the new twists and turns.
Characters of the Month: Stupid Raven Boys. Plus their stupid girl. Plus the stupid psychics of 300 Fox Way.
OTPs of the Month: Gansey/Blue. Khalid/Shahrzad.
Friendship of the Month: Gotta be Blue and Ronan. You can see their friendship starting in Raven Boys and UGHHH.
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: Probably finishing up Alanna’s adventure and hopefully the rest of Pushing the Limits.