This month I read 13 books, two of which where rereads, and I would like to note that on my part, this wrap-up is late because tech rehearsal. Again.
Favorite Book: Not including Six of Crows (because reread), so definitely The Winner’s Kiss! Gorgeous writing, gorgeous relationship development, gorgeous everything. I cried a lot and Roshar is everything to me. That is all.
Least Favorite Book: Probably The Warrior Heir. It had some really interesting worldbuilding, but everything about the writing and characters and to extent plot was just so basic. I had really high expectations for this book, and I was disappointed.
Most Fun Book: Better Nate Than Never. Nate’s voice was really endearing, and as a grown-up theater kid I really enjoyed his reactions to various theater personalities. Lizzie’s banter with Connor in Last Will and Testament was also a lot of fun.
Most Heartwarming Book: The Winner’s Kiss. Even with the pain, the relationships between Kestrel and Arin and Roshar and Arin were just full of awwww.
Most Painful Book: Gathering Darkness. I will never forgive Morgan Rhodes for that Thing That Happened at the end, probably.
Most Surprising Book: Again, Gathering Darkness. One thing I’ve come to appreciate about Falling Kingdoms is that the last chapters are always filled with game-changers.
Characters of the Month: Kestrel Trajan is, of course, brilliant and complex and wonderful, and her strength in coming back from everything she went through in TWK made me love her even more. And have I mentioned how much I loved Roshar? Because I do. A lot. He’s snarky and knows who he is and his relationships with both Kestrel and Arin are precious. I’m starting to love a lot of the Falling Kingdoms characters, particularly Cleo, Magnus, Lucia, and Nic. (I’m not mentioning Six of Crows, but you all know how I feel about those kids.)
OTPs of the Month: Kestrel/Arin (thank you for actually communicating and being honest with and trusting each other! it made me ship you so much more!), and to a lesser extent Khalid/Shahrzad and Connor/Lizzie and Magnus/Cleo. (I’m not mentioning Six of Crows, but you all know how I feel about all the main ships.)
Friendship of the Month: Roshar and Arin are too precious for this world. Cleo and Lucia had a fascinating friendship before everything turned to shit. Nikolai and Pasha were my favorite part of TCG. (I’m not mentioning Six of Crows, but you all know how I feel about Nina and Inej.)
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: And I Darken, This Savage Song, The Lies of Locke Lamora
This month I read 6 books, 2 novellas, and started a new series that I really just can’t get enough of.
Favorite Book: You’re really gonna make me pick between Gemina and A Court of Mist and Fury. REALLY? WHAT IF I REFUSE??
Least Favorite Book: I don’t have one??? This is why I’m picky with what I pick up. Like I’m specific so I don’t wind up with books I won’t love and adore.
Most Fun Book: Kindered Spirits, a novella but still so cute.
Most Heartwarming Book: Nowhere But Here. I’m such a Katie McGarry stan anymore.
Most Painful Book: A Court of Mist and Fury, I mean it was good, really good but oh man.
Most Surprising Book: The Diabolic! I was expecting something that I could DNF easy or something after ACOMAF, but I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it!
Characters of the Month: Ryhsand. He surprised me so many different ways and whoops, fell in love.
OTPs of the Month: Feyre/Ryhsand. Also Vhalla/Aldrik.
Friendship of the Month: Kady/ADIAN. Leave me alone I love that little evil computer.
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: July is Make Me Read so I’m hoping to blast through a bunch of them. Starting with Kiss of Deception. But also I want to try and finish Air Awakens.