Hey, everyone! Welcome back to another ABC Book Challenge post. I decided to do this to add more variety to the blog and also because it looked incredibly fun (and so far, it is!). Once again, thank you to Sofii @A Book. A Thought. for introducing this tag to me, and for her support. You should definitely check out her blog if you haven’t already!
Here’s the challenge: Every week (though I have not strictly been following this, haaaa), I’ll have a post sharing my most favorite titles as well as those on my current TBR list that start with the corresponding letter. (For weird letters like Q, X, and Z, I might have to bend the rules a little and just have those letters somewhere in the title, but we’ll see.)
This week is the letter I!
Favorite Titles That Start with “I”
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff started at 100 and did not stop. I could not put this one down! Everything from the characters to the plot to the way the story was told in mission reports, IMs, email logs, and more was absolutely riveting. Kady Grant did not stop bringing her A game, and AIDAN! I’m in love with a psychopathic AI, and I’m not sorry about it. He was such a fascinating character. [Review]
Ironside by Holly Black was more mature than Tithe, which I also loved despite its dated edginess. The only “criticism” for it I have was that there wasn’t more Kaye/Roiben content, but learning more about Fae politics and culture in this world made up for it. But Corny’s arc is what I still love about this book overall; his journey is fascinating, and I definitely recommend fans of The Cruel Prince to go back and give these books a read. [Review]
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella isn’t the type of book I typically pick up, but in this case, I’m glad I did. Kinsella has a charming writing style, and the romance was the right kind of cutesy but was also hilarious, earnest, and believable. It’s also great for shipping scenarios. Picture it: Person A loses their engagement ring during a fire drill and their phone, but manages to find a spare phone, meaning a number to leave behind in case anyone finds the ring. Only problem is, the phone belongs to Person B, who wants it back and doesn’t appreciate Person A going through their messages and wading through their personal life. Life upending ensues, all while Person A is trying to hide their hand and lack of ring from their fiancé and their family. This is genius.
If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Truly an ambitious and breathtaking debut novel that is as much a homage to Shakespeare as it is a critical look at the blurring lines of fiction and reality. The strong point is definitely the writing and the characters, with Oliver and James being my absolute favorites. If you want to get swept away in a tale of mystery and murder and messy morality, then this is the book for you. The Shakespeare aspect is just a bonus. [Review]
Iron Cast by Destiny Soria was another unexpected favorite, but putting magical realism in 1920s Boston with diverse characters surely can’t turn out badly, can it? While it starts off slow, the writing more than compensates, and I was genuinely invested in the two female main characters, their abilities as hemopaths, and their wonderful friendship. Plus, that cover is still incredible! I wish more people would give this one a shot. [Review]
Books on My TBR List That Start with “I”
Not Pictured: The Invisible Life of Addie la Rue by V.E. Schwab
That’s all for the I’s, ladies and gentlemen! I’m rather happy with what made the list this time, and even cut down on my TBR list as a result.
Have you read any of these books, and what did you think of them? What are some of your favorite books that start with “I”? You know where to find me.