Book Challenge 2019 #1-5

Book Challenge 2019 #1-5

One of my favorite literary things to do each year is the Goodreads Book Challenge. At the beginning of the year, you choose how many books you plan to read that year and then challenge yourself to get there.

For the past two years, I pledged to read 30 books and accomplished it both years. This year, I’m upping it a bit to 35. More than halfway through the year, I’m a little behind but I’m determined to finish!

In addition to just reading a book, this year I’m also writing brief reviews for each, which I’ll share here. I’m going to do it in groups of five. So, without further ado, here are the first five books I read this year…

Hilda and the Hidden People1. “Hilda and the Hidden People” by Luke Pearson & Stephen Davies

I really love Hilda, so I was excited to see they were releasing a novelized version of the story! It was a quick, simple read but had just enough added content to not make it feel monotonous if you’ve already read the graphic novels or watched the show. Recommended for all Hilda fans! (4/5 stars)

 

Seraphina2. “Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman

I really liked this book a lot! This whole series is such a refreshing take on dragon fantasy and I can’t wait until I can recommend these to my daughter (she’s only 5 now)! Very beautiful prose and interesting characters! (4/5 stars)

 

Monstress3. “Monstress” by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

I heard great things about this new dark fantasy series and it definitely didn’t disappoint! It features an extremely powerful and conflicted anti-heroine that was fascinating to read! Reminded me a little of Berserk. Will definitely be continuing this series! (4/5 stars)

 

Shadow Scale4. “Shadow Scale” by Rachel Hartman

For me, this was a more difficult book to get into than it’s predecessor Seraphina or it’s successor Tess of the Road. I love the concept of the book and the ending was wonderful. However, it seemed like Seraphina could have figured everything out much sooner than she did. This made the drama and tension feel a little like cheating – and frustrating – since the answer to her problems seemed somewhat obvious about halfway through the book. It was still beautifully written though and I look forward to future books set in this world. (4/5 stars)

 

The Mysterious Benedict Society5. “The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart

Another one that I’ve heard really good things about. I loved the beginning and was hooked immediately. It dropped off a bit in the middle but picked up for a really intense and satisfying ending. I’m going to go out of order a bit and listen to the prequel next as I really liked the character of Mr. Benedict. (4/5 stars)

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