2018 Reading Recap: April - June

Confession time: I forgot about this post until yesterday. But since I usually post these recaps about this time anyway...it all works out, right?

For a complete list of what I’ve read this year, you can check out the first of 2018’s recaps or this Goodreads shelf!
Reintegration by Ashley Bogner
An interesting twist on the dystopian genre. There were a few things I would have liked more backstory for, and the romantic subplot moved a little quickly for me, but overall I was intrigued and curious to see what happens next.

The Blood Race and Worlds Beneath by K.A. Emmons
I reread the first book before diving into Worlds Beneath—and the sequel really raises the stakes and shows off some great character growth. (Keep an eye on the blog this weekend for a Worlds Beneath Q&A with the author!)
Dear Mr. Henshaw and Strider by Beverly Cleary
Revisiting a childhood favorite. I think this was only the second or third time I’d read the sequel.

It Started with Goodbye by Christina June
This was a really cool, modern spin on Cinderella. I loved the character development and the summery feel.

Colors of Fear by Hannah Heath
An intriguing introduction to a new fantasy world. I definitely want to learn more about it!

The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer
I almost didn’t finish this one but since it was an audiobook I stuck with it. The plot was a little too predictable for me and the characters were hard to connect with, so I doubt I’ll continue this series? 

Blessed Are the Misfits: Great News for Believers who are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They’re Missing Something by Brant Hansen
It’s been a while since a book like this really spoke to me and I was constantly highlighting sections on my Kindle as I read. Really encouraging and thought-provoking (and not without its convicting moments).

Windswept by Sarah Delena White
This was a fun, fast-paced romantic story. 

The Inkling by K.T. Ivanrest
Super fun, fast-paced story. I love the characters and totally want some magical ink (and an ink dragon). 

The Young Elites series by Marie Lu
I was able to binge-listen to the audiobooks of this trilogy and I’m not sure what I expected, but it was engaging and twisty and I ended up really liking the worldbuilding. There were a few things I didn’t care for (and some characters deserved so much better, in my opinion), but the story kept me hooked.

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
This is probably the book that made me fall in love with Scottish accents, honestly. Another reread and still a favorite.

Masters and Beginners and Rulers and Mages by Daley Downing
The Driscoll family dynamics and adventures are super interesting and fun to read about and they’re a refreshing addition to the fantasy genre.

Walking with Frodo: A Devotional Journey Through the Lord of the Rings by Sarah Arthur
I’d started this book years ago and never finished it, and decided to pick it up again. I probably would have connected more to the writing style when I was kid/teen, but I liked the themes and the way the author explored them.

Starflight by Melissa Landers
I wasn’t sure about this one (still not sure, really), but I loved that the captain had a pet sugar glider most of all. Parts of this one were really fun but it wasn’t my favorite.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 
I’ve read this one many times and it always gets me emotionally. The audiobook I listened to featured a full cast and was excellently done, so that was fun too.

Saving Beauty by Elizabeth D. Marie
A neat and unique take on the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. The world is interesting and I’m curious to see how the characters’ stories continue.

Currently Reading:
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Chasing Cinders by Elizabeth D. Marie
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
What are you reading now? Do you have any favorite books so far in 2018?