Top 5 Books of the 2nd Quarter

Welcome to my post, today I’m listing my top 5 books of April to June! My favourite books of the 1st quarter are here. I haven’t read as many books these past 3 months which is which I’ve narrowed it down to 5 instead of 10, but I’ll also include my top 10 books of the year so far combined.

5. One Last Stop

one last stop

Overall One Last Stop was 4 stars for me. I was not expecting to like it so much, because the first half of the book was more of a 3 stars for me since it dragged on a bit. However, the last half was worthy of 5 stars so it’s balanced out. I particularly loved the found family aspect and the background characters, including the playlists Casey McQuiston made for all of them!

4. Sorrowland


Sorrowland is hard to described because it doesn’t really fit in one genre, explores so many themes and you probably won’t know what’s going on half the time but that just makes me like it more! I gave it 4.5 stars and definitely want to read some more of Rivers Solomon’s work.

3. A Memory Called Empire

a memory called empire

The best part of A Memory Called Empire has to be the worldbuilding, it’s so complex and realistic. I also liked how it explored Mahit’s identity and relationship with the empire, and how we got to see it from an outsider’s perspective. The political intrigue is just as captivating and I loved watching the mystery unfold.

2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

the seven husbands of evelyn hugo

Is anyone surprised that this is so high? It wasn’t quite a 5 star because I didn’t find Monique’s story and the connection with Evelyn as interesting, but every character in Evelyn Hugo’s life just felt real. This book played with my emotions so much and I’m very happy it did.

1. Hold Back The Tide

hold back the tide

My only 5 star read of the quarter (I feel like I’ve been very harsh with my rating system recently), Hold Back The Tide is dark and thrilling and unexpected. I definitely wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much if I knew what was going to happen, but going in blind made it so much more exciting. And I love torturing myself with soul-crushing, heart-breaking endings, so even better!

And that’s my top 5 of the quarter, which means my top 10 of the year so far looks like this:

  1. The Fifth Season
  2. The Burning God
  3. Gods of Jade and Shadow
  4. Hold Back the Tide
  5. The Obelisk Gate
  6. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  7. The Black Coast
  8. Into the Drowning Deep
  9. The Vanishing Half
  10. This is How You Lose the Time War

Here’s to another quarter of (hopefully) great books! What have been your favourites so far?


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  1. I really need to get started on Seven Husbands as I always hear glowing things about it! I also read Hold Back the Tide recently and I enjoyed it a lot, as you said it was completely unexpected for me too!


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