To kick off my 'Books of the year' week, I'm going to share my favourite books published this year. It was really hard to narrow down, and quite a few amazing books didn't make the list, but I've settled on a mixture of favourite authors, incredible debuts and established authors that I've just discovered.
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber is my favourite debut of the year. It's a gorgeous written, whimsical and uplifting book about following your dreams. Wing is one of my favourite main characters of the year because she felt so real to me, with all the strengths and flaws that comes with that.
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton is amazing for being a sequel that is just as good as its predecessor, if not better. This book is so unique for combining elements of western and fantasy genres into something new and absolutely riveting. The characters and settings are wonderful and I can't wait to see how this series will end!
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is the first Lauren James book I've read, and it certainly won't be the last. I don't think I've ever read a science-fiction book that accurately depicts what it's like to be a teenager. It's also the most tense, gripping book I read all year and the plot took me completely by surprise.
Truth or Dare by Non Pratt has some of the most realistic teen characters I've ever come across. The structure of reading half of the book from one character's perspective and half from another felt completely fresh. This book uplifted me, made me cry and made me think.
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore is one of the best magical realism books I've ever read. For me, no other author so vividly evokes the senses or delves so convincingly into characters' thoughts. Anna-Marie McLemore has become one of my favourite authors, and her books just keep getting better.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and it ended up being my favourite. The world is so vividly realised and the fantastical elements are creative and completely distinctive. I always love the worlds Laini creates and I'm so excited to read the conclusion of this duology.
Tomorrow, visit my blog to find out the books of the year of some of my favourite authors and bloggers! You can check the schedule below to find out what's happening over the rest of the week.