Hello everyone!! I’ve read 70 books so far and most of them were amazing! I usually do give a lot of books 5 star ratings but here are a few books that I REALLY REALLY loved and are very close to me </3
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating: Alright. So, the amount of serotonin this book gave me is indescribable. Two South Asian queer girls fake dating?? I think yes. I loved this book so much and I was so happy to finally read a YA contemporary romance with two very loveable South Asian characters </3
Iron Widow: So I was granted the ARC of Iron Widow a few months ago and it’s safe to say I will never ever stop talking about this book. The pitch was stunning and I loved reading about a strong main character inspired by China’s only female emperor, Wu Zetian. The book explored so many aspects and also included historic practices in the otherwise futuristic world of Huaxia!
Jade Fire Gold: Okay, so *insert some incoherent screams* Jade Fire Gold is one of my favourite books. I was granted the ARC earlier this year and I LOVED IT SO MUCH! I loved the characters, the setting, the descriptions, and inspirations. Jade Fire Gold is a YA fantasy inspired by Chinese mythology as well as Xianxia and Wuxia elements. I had never actually read a book like Jade Fire Gold before but the author has explained where it got its inspiration, any aspects that are inspired by history and a lot of other things via her Instagram. So check that out if you want any information about what Jade Fire Gold is really about : ) Also Ahn’s adoptive grandma reminded me a lot of my grandmother whom I was very close with, so that was another thing that made me very happy while reading it!
Not Here to Be Liked: I read the ARC of this book a few months earlier and it was perfect! I loved how NHTBL was based on feminism but it also talked about intersectional feminism which is super important. Eliza was described as an “unlikable” character, but in my opinion she was one of the best character’s I’ve ever read about! The romance was pretty cute too </3
These Violent Delights & Our Violent Ends: Look I can’t form coherent thoughts so i’ll just leave it at this. 1920s, Shanghai, two rival gangs, the heirs of those gangs are former lovers turned to enemies, they have to work together or their city will be destroyed, SO. MUCH. ANGST. These books have caused me a life time of pain and trauma, but will I stop recommending them? No : )
Ace of Spades: I don’t read thrillers BUT THIS BOOK, this book was fantastic. Everything was so unpredictable and the characters were really well developed. The ending was spectacular and I will definitely be reading any other book written by Faridah!
Heartstopper: These graphic novels are the most wholesome thing I have ever read. I pretty much read them at every minor inconvenience, so I mean?? Nick and Charlie are the best people to ever exist and Alice Oseman deserves every award there for writing these books and sharing them with the world!!
Sisters of the Snake: This was one of the first Indian YA fantasies I have ever read, and I LOVED IT. I loved how little aspects from Indian culture were incorporated into this book, it was just all so familiar and comforting!! Usually fantasies with South Asian protagonists don’t talk much about culture’s from actual places, because OF COURSE it’s a fantasy book, but I loved how Sasha and Sarena were able to include a lot of Indian inspired things in Sisters of the Snake!!
So yes those are my favourite books of the year so far!
Have you read any of these books? What have been some of your favourite books of the year so far? Let me know in the comments below!
Sending incoherent screams as always,
I absolutely love these violent delights, heart stopped and also can’t wait to read the other ones . 🤩🤩🤩
AHHH YAYY!!! Yes These Violent Delights and Heartstopper are so amazing </3
Cherelle @ A Bolt out of the Book
These Violent Delights was indeed awesome, I’m so excited (and scared) for Our Violent Ends!! 🥺
AHHH YES These Violent Delights was so good!! And yes you should be scared for Our Violent Ends, but at least we get more romajuliette & benmars so that’s good 🥲🤌
OMG I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH
heartstopper is everything to meeee <3
AHHHH thank you so much Callie<33 And yes Heartstopper is 💕✨
So many of these books are on my TBR! I’ve been so excited about reading Heartstopper, I cannot wait to pick it up! And ahhh, after all that you’ve said about Sisters of the Snake, I am adding it to my TBR right now! Great post!
Thank you so much Anoushka!! And yes Heartstopper is so amazing I hope you enjoy it!!
chelsea @ your bookish friend
surprisingly, i haven’t read any of these, but knowing you recommend them highly, i’ll be bumping them up my tbr.
and congrats on reading 70 books! that’s a hell of a lot!
Ahhh thank you so much!! And YES these books are amazing so I hope you love reading them when you get to them!!</3
I’m reading These Violent Delights currently and I’ve heard so many great things about it!! (should I be afraid of something tho?😅) I’ve read Ace of Spades and OH BOY that was epic🖤 Iron Widow, Jade Fire Gold and Heartstopper and peaking on my tbr I hope I get to read them soon 🥺❤ oh oh and also, your blog name is “Kerch Books”??!🥺 That just made me so happy🥺🖤🖤 (a maniac SoC fan here)
Yes yes be afraid of These Violent Delights 😈 AND AHHHHH thank you so much!! P.S: I’m a Six of Crows maniac too </3
okay…now I might be 😶😂 You’re welcome, love! SoC maniacs unite!! 😂❤❤
saima @ storieswithsaima
hani & ishu and ace of spades are also on my list for my favourite books I’ve read this year!! they were both sooo good. great post <3
Kashvi @ Kerch Books
AHH thank you so much!! And ikr?? They were awesome!! </3
April Lee @ Booked Till Midnight
ahh the taste!!! i also loved so many of these— i mean TVD and OVE????? SCREAMING!!! love this post!
Kashvi @ Misty Realms
ahhhh omg thank you so much !!! TVD and OVE are amazing !!