One of my 2018 reading resolutions was to read more of different genres of books, and for that to happen I needed to read less over hyped YA, like way less YA. Somehow in 2017 I jumped on too many band wagons when it came to YA books, and 80 percent of the time I got burned.
Obviously with me reading less YA genre (specifically less of over-hyped YA), the books I do pick to read must go through a tough screening process, in other words I just became much pickier with the reads. In 2017 I'd just pick a book because it was quite popular without even properly researching it much. Well, no more.
Life is too short to read mediocre books.
So here are some of the most popular YA books that are making the cut (or already made the cut) in 2018.
1. Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman - read this one already and loved it! This book put Shusterman on my favorite authors list.
2. Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman - read this one already, and thankfully the sequel didn't disappoint. It was just as good.
3. Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo - currently re-reading. Still superb.
4. Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo - will re-read next, probably.
5. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao - won this on Goodreads giveaway while ago, I think I might give it a go this year, see if it's as good as its cover pretty.
6. (The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken - been seeing this one on my Goodreads a lot, and it really sparked my attention. ) - scratch that , I will be substituting this one for Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) by Lana Popović. Because The Darkest Minds is a dystopian, super powers, teenager revolution, blah blah blah and I just had enough of that to be honest.
7. Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi - this has been making a splash on Goodreads lately. It just came out, and people are going crazy over. Let's hope it's not another hype train. The book enticed me with its African heritage.
8. My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2) by Cynthia Hand - cannot wait for this as I adored My Lady Jane.
9. The Thief (The Queen's Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner - read this already and have never been so bored by a book before. Total snooze fest and a waste of paper, unfortunately.
10. Killer (Pretty Little Liars #6) by Sara Shepard - yeah yeah, I know. But PLL is like junk food for me, although the last book was pretty boring so I'm just trying to see if I should abandon the series completely.
So far this is the list of YA books I either read already or planning to read in 2018. The list is not definite, as I constantly add things to my TBR list. The rest of my time will be focused on reading lots of women fiction, historical fiction and fiction set in different countries - such as Asia, Sweden and Iceland. Also, hopefully on working on my own book.
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