Can you believe I’ve been blogging for over seven years? No? Me either. I ask myself that question every time I go back into the deep pits of my blogging archives. It’s an embarrassing trip, added on top of the formatting that got ruined when I moved to WordPress and awful graphics to boot. But at least I can laugh at myself now? 😂
And wonder how much I’ve grown over the years.
And today, bookwyrms, we’re going back into the archives and talking about favorite reads over the years!
Do I really want to read my old reviews? No way. “But it’ll be fun,” they said.
Also shoutout to Kal for running on the same brain wave and encouraging that I write this post. The picks were hard because there are quite a few favorites and as bookwyrms, favoritism is difficult when it comes to books.
It’s time for a trip into the past!
Year 1 – Marking Time by April White
I really wanted to put Katana by Cole Gibson, but I only recall a little bit of the series. I’m a firm believer that a book is truly a favorite if I can remember a great amount of the book years later, and Marking Time by April White definitely falls in that category! I’ve been wanting to dive back into the series since I got the box set of the copy, but first, we’re definitely rereading even if I remember the main details.
Also, Marking Time is one of my first review requests as a book blogger, so I might be biased at this point? I don’t know, but there is a special place in my bookwyrm heart for this book.
We’re um… definitely not linking that review here. At least not until I do some cleanup…
Year 2 – Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
If I thought my first year was hard, my second year is even more difficult and a tie with These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. But ultimately, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare wins out because I vividly recall almost crying. I rarely cry with books and here I was, a 15-year-old about to bawl her eyes out. I didn’t actually cry, but if this ever goes to the screen, I might actually cry.
The Infernal Devices also has the love triangle to end all love triangles – despite hating Will Herondale, he definitely wormed his way in. I still think Jem got the shorter end of the stick though, but that’s a discussion for another day.
Oh, and definitely not linking this review either without cleaning up. I’ll get to it eventually when I’m not procrastinating. (Look, I have nearly a thousand posts to go through. Cut me some slack, here. 😂)
Year 3 – Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis
In case you’re not aware, I’ve been all over the internet screaming about how Kaitlyn Davis finally wrote a third book in the series after two years. The Once Upon a Curse series is by far one of my favorite series and retellings, so it goes without saying that the book that introduced me to Kaitlyn Davis is a definite favorite.
I have a few other favorites that I want to name as well since they’re all from smaller publishers or self-published and therefore don’t receive as much noise.
Year 4 – Love Me Never by Sara Wolf
Part of me wanted to put Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis as my favorite read during my fourth year of blogging. But then I realized I already talk about Kaitlyn Davis enough but not another author I enjoy.
I know I’m not listing all my favorite authors. Shame on me.
Sara Wolf is one of the few authors that I’ve read every book and thoroughly enjoyed it all. Love Me Never has one of the sassiest characters and writing and I adore it. If I know I need some sass in my life and books, Sara Wolf is the author. Too bad I have to wait for more books to come out, but the wait is well worth it.
(I’m currently reading Find Me Their Bones, which is her latest release.
Actually, it’s the ARC, because lately, I’m tardy and behind again. You should definitely check out the first in the series, Bring Me Their Hearts.)
Year 5 – The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
I thought I read a lot more diverse books in my fifth year, but while looking back in my reviews… I found myself extremely disappointed.
At least… until I found The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee hidden somewhere. (I honestly thought this list would be dominantly white and while yes, they are amazing authors, I wanted to feature some authors of color, too.) The sequel (I got the ARC! I got the ARC! 💃💃💃) is coming out in a few months and I’m super excited to see what’s in store. I remember Yee’s debut novel being so well written, I kind of forgot it was a debut? Big oops.
Year 6 – American Panda by Gloria Chao
Pretty sure my own blog is laughing at me because I complained earlier how hard it was to find a favorite. My sixth year in blogging was the year in blogging for me because so many major things happened, including making the big move to WordPress. It’s also the year where I read a lot of good books and got introduced to some of my favorite authors.
Hands down, though, I chose American Panda by Gloria Chao because I distinctly remember how I felt seen while reading her debut and not alone in my experiences. As much as I love the humor and sass in Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie and Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf, the most precious villain in Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel and the gross yet deeply fascinating story in #MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil, they don’t go down deep into my core. And they don’t mean as much to me as American Panda.
Year 7 – The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao
The joke’s on me because I can’t even choose between six books up to my most recent blogoversary (blogiversary?). I chose The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao because it’s a book I would’ve enjoyed back in my Percy Jackson days. It’s a definite nod to my childhood, and the book means just as much to me as the last two books I chose. Plus did I really go extra taking bookish photos? Yes. Only for my favorites.
Some other favorites in the past year of blogging:
- Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
- Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
- The Shadow Glass by Rin Chupeco
Favorite Book Read While Blogging
You know that dreadful feeling you get when someone asks you about your all-time favorite book? I hate it. There are so many good choices to choose from! I could go all day long talking about my favorite books and listing reasons why everyone should abandon their TBRs right now and read the book right now.
And it is especially difficult when you’re trying to choose between three books that mean a lot to you. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, American Panda and The Dragon Warrior all feature humorous writing and debut novels, and they’re all books I would have loved when I was younger. But if I really have to choose one book?
It’ll be The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao. Also, I want more from Katie Zhao and I can’t wait to see what books she’ll write next.