The final books I read this year, bringing my total to 120. It’s pretty fun when you set a personal best without even trying.
Sleeping Beauties- Stephen King and Owen King: one day all of the women go to sleep and form cocoons. Woe to the men left behind (especially any that try to wake them up).
Tower of Dawn- Sarah J Mass: book 6 in the Throne Of Glass series. Takes place concurrently with book 5, so it would probably have helped if I’d refreshed my memory first. But still excellent. One of my favorite YA fantasy series.
A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J. Maas: book one in a YA fantasy series by the same author as Throne of Glass. Just as well written and enjoyable (even if the majority of the plot is just a retelling of Beauty and the Beast).
A Court of Mist And Fury- Sarah J. Maas: even better follow up to A Court of Thorns and Roses. Although the romance gets a little more explicit than I’d expect for YA.
A Court of Wings and Ruin- Sarah J. Maas: satisfying (albeit unsurprising) conclusion to the series.
Origin- Dan Brown: an exciting read, although not anywhere close to the quality of The DaVinci Code. Fairly predictable, and clearly he was stretching for length.
Emma in the Night- Wendy Walker: two girls go missing, one returns, with an agenda to uncover the truth.
The Late Show- Michael Connelly: the first book in a new series from the perennial cop author. Unfortunately, this one is heavy on the police procedure, light on the excitement. But the main character is likeable, so it might be worth sticking around for the next one.
Crazy Rich Asians- Kevin Kwan: lifestyles of the rich and famous (and Asian). Unfortunately the author spent way too much time name dropping designers and not enough developing a story worth more than a couple of chapters.
The Marriage Pact- Michelle Richmond: This book needs to decide if it wants to be a thriller about a sinister secret organization and the unwitting couple it traps, or a thought provoking allegory on the intricacies of marriage. Because trying to be both didn’t quite work.
One Dark Throne- Kendare Blake: sequel to Three Dark Crowns. Exciting and fun YA fantasy continuing the story of three sister queens in contention for the crown. I look forward to the next book.
Lie To Me- J.T. Ellison: yet another Gone Girl wannabe that pales in comparison. Not terrible, but no great revelation either.
The Rooster Bar- John Grisham: better than his last book, but that’s not saying much. In this book he’s decided to tackle the ugly business of student debt, as well as illegal immigration, and the disparate injustices aren’t helped by the fact that there isn’t a plot to speak of.
The Assassin Game- Kristy McKay: students at an elite prep school playing a secret game where an assassin “kills” them off one by one. Except this time, the action goes beyond simple pranks- this book could have been really good, but sadly it was on the younger side of young adult, so the high stakes never really manifested.
Warcross- Marie Lu: a desperate teen down to her last $13 is drafted into the World Championships of a global virtual reality game. Kind of like Ready Player One without the 80s references.
Artemis- Andy Weir: more fun facts about life in space from the author of the Martian; this time dressed up in an action packed caper set in the first colony on the Moon.
The Midnight Line- Lee Child: Less punching of bad guys than usual, but otherwise pretty much what you’d expect from Jack Reacher book #22.
Renegades- Marissa Meyer: dystopian look at life if humans with superpowers really existed. Very similar to the Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson.
The rest of my year: