I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while now, as I am actually very proud of my progress with my reading challenge this year so far. Although I am a very fast reader, I do tend to go through periods of total reading blocks. I did have a bad habit of setting my reading challenge goal ridiculously high, and pretty much setting myself up for failure. This year I decided to be sensible and set my target at a modest 35 books. I am very proud to say that I am currently at a total of…. 40 books! I feel like I really fell back in love with reading this year, mainly thanks to the discovery of some amazing authors.
I have listed the books I have read so far this year, and my ratings of them, which I will share over two posts. Here are the first 20.
Hopefully this will give you some inspo for what to read next! Enjoy…
(listed in order read)
I started the year off right with the new Sarah Maclean book, which I absolutely loved. It’s the first book in her Bareknuckle Bastards series, and I completely devoured it. This has an almost fairy-tale like premise, following four brothers born to the same awful father at the exact same time on the exact same date. Each brother has his own book (book three is still to come), and his own wonderful love interest.
Anne Mallory is one of the new authors I discovered this year, and I am so glad that I did! This is the second book in the Secrets trilogy, but they can all be read as standalone books (although once you’ve read one, you will HAVE to read the others).
This is the first book in the Secrets trilogy, which I read out of order. This had a really original premise, which I won’t go into because I don’t want to spoil anything.
This is the third book in the Secrets trilogy, and by far the cutest. There is nothing I love more than a book about a grumpy, hates everyone hero whose world gets turned completely upside down by a kind, quirky heroine. It can be a difficult trope to write without being totally cliché and predictable, but Anne Mallory completely masters it with this. Ridiculously good.
This is the first book in the Secrets of Charlotte Street series, which focuses on the attendees of an illicit secret club. Although I did speed through this, unfortunately, it wasn’t one of my favourites as the hero just didn’t really work for me.
However, the hero in the sequel definitely worked better for me! The reason I decided to start this series is because I saw the author shared a review on her Instagram of someone complaining the heroine in the book is too unlikable. Frankly, that sold it for me! I’ll take interesting characters over likeable ones any day.
As you can see by the rating, this wasn’t one of my favourites this year, although I seem to be in the minority on that! I just didn’t connect with the characters, or the heroine disguised as a footman plot.
I read this after seeing Sarah Maclean post a lot about the hero, Derek Craven. This was my first introduction to Lisa Kleypas, which I am so grateful for – you’ll notice she appears frequently on this list.
This is the first book in the Bow Street Runners series, which follows members of the Bow Street Runners, an agency that solved crimes prior to the police existing. Although this does have an interesting premise, I really disliked the hero.
This is the sequel, which I clearly enjoyed much more! I loved the premise of it being the heroine looking for revenge, which rarely happens in romance.
This is pretty much a perfect historical romance – a charming rake reluctant to accept responsibility, a strong heroine, and a catalogue of wonderful side characters crying out for their own books. Thankfully, Ms Kleypas delivers and each family member gets their own book in the Ravenels series.
Oh, Cam. I believe Cam is one of the most popular romantic heroes, and I can totally see why. This is the start of the series following the Hathaway family, and it’s one of my all-time favourites.
Speaking of popular romantic heroes…meet Sebastien St Viscount. This is another completely perfect romance, and it is actually where Cam makes his first appearance! This is the third book in the Wallflowers series (this list is making me realise I really need to start reading books in order), which I would highly recommend.
This is the third and final book in the previously mentioned Bow Street Runners series, and it was probably my favourite of the three.
This is the second book in the previously mentioned Ravenels series. This was probably my least favourite of the series, as the hero did annoy me at times. It is really saying something about how talented an author Lisa Kleypas is when the book that was my least favourite in the series still gets 4 stars!
This is the next book in the Ravenels series, but excitingly, the hero is also the son of the couple in Devil in Winter (sorry, spoiler alert)! This is a fun read, and lovely to see the future of two of my favourite characters.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you that Lisa Kleypas featured a lot on this list! I am running out of ways to rave about how amazing her books are.
Taking a quick break from raving about Lisa Kleypas to rave about Tessa Dare. This is the first book in the Castles Ever After series, and it’s a really fun read. This is fairy-tale escapism at it’s very best. Will leave you disappointed that no one has given you a castle.
Okay, back to Lisa Kleypas. THIS BOOK. You guys, this book is everything. The second in the Hathaways series, and probably my favourite book I’ve read so far this year. It follows a tortured, brooding hero who would do absolutely anything for his heroine, who he’s spent his entire life loving. This book is honestly perfection and will make you an emotional wreck, READ IT!
This is the next book in the Hathaways series and is another great read. I can’t recommend this series enough.
I will be posting Part 2 soon, but in the meantime, have you read any of these books? Let me know!