1. A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J Maas
This should come as no surprise. I have raved over this book since the day it came out. It is not only my favorite book of the year but it is my favorite book ever so far and obviously comes from my favorite author. This book was not was I was expecting after ACOTAR at all and that is fine. I have been obsessing over the characters in this book since the day I finished it and I have been waiting for ACOWAR to come out since the day I finished it.
2. Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
This book was everything I wanted it to be, even the heart breaking ending. It is no secret that I did not enjoy the Grisha trilogy. I loved how it started but then everything went downhill from there. But the Six of Crows duology is from the same author but one of my favorite series. I love the characters and the way the interact but I also love the heist nature of the story and how everything is always moving so fast and is so exciting.
3. Fangirl | Rainbow Rowell
If Sarah J Maas is my favorite fantasy author, Rainbow Rowell is my favorite contemporary author. It’s hard to compare then because they write such different types of books and Fangirl is so amazing. If you are even remotely a fangirl for anything then you can relate to the character in this book. But even if you don’t have things in common with her characters I find them so easy to read. Even though their lives have hardships it’s in such a real way and it makes the story so moving.
4. Empire of Storms | Sarah J Maas
Now I know what you might be thinking, why isn’t this higher up? And it’s not that I didn’t love Empire of Storms. But I loved every book on this list. These were all 5 star books for me this year. Now the reason I put this as 4 is only because it wasn’t my favorite Throne of Glass book. Again, it was great. The scenes with Elide and Lorcan were gold and Manon and Dorian was amazing. Even the little bromance blooming between Dorian and Rowan was heart melting and then of course Aelin was perfect as always. I loved this book but Heir of Fire is still my favorite and Queen of Shadows after that.
5. Eleanor and Park | Rainbow Rowell
Ah Eleanor and Park. Again this is another 5 star read so it being last on this list doesn’t mean anything. I loved this book. Now this is the one I was really referring to when I said above “even if you don’t have things in common with her characters I find them so easy to read”. For me Cath is super relatable but that doesn’t mean I don’t love Eleanor and Park. Even though Eleanor is in a horrible situation there is just so much lightness in the way Rowell writes that makes it so heartbreaking but enjoyable to read at the same time. I love how she writes dialogue between her characters and even though this book has a lot of really crushing topics in it, I enjoyed every second of it.