Better late than never! I meant to post this tag at the end of June but then things happened and life got crazy. Still, I really wanted to do it so here we are.
Best book you’ve read so far in 2017
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I was just gushing and laughing the entire time. Plus, it has everything I like: adorable couple, pirates, lots of adventures, humor and a very smart, capable and badass female character. What’s not to like?
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017
Restore Me. I haven’t read that many sequels this year, and this one I’ve been waiting for for a really long time. Also, I love the characters and it felt so good to be reunited with them.
New release you haven’t read yet but want to
Furyborn. The cover looks amazing, the story sounds very intriguing and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. Hopefully, I can get to it before the year is over.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Queen of Air and Darkness. Is anyone even surprised at this answer? After the end of Lord of Shadows, this is pretty much all I can think about. It’ll probably make me cry and I will definitely miss these characters after this series is over, but I’m sure it’ll all be worth it.
A Court of Frost and Starlight. The original trilogy was great and ACOMAF still is one of my favorite books of all time. I went into ACOFAS with such high expectations, and it definitely let me down. I still love the characters but nothing really happened? I was there, just waiting, and then the book was over and nothing had happened. It did get me excited for the next book set in this world though, so there’s that.
To Kill a Kingdom. Until I read it, I hadn’t heard much about it. All I knew is that it had a pretty cover and it was a retelling of The Little Mermaid. Mermaids are my favorite magical creatures so I was excited, but then I read it and fell in love. The world is fantastic, the characters are great and the plot. THE. PLOT! It’s one of my favorite reads of the year.
Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
Amanda Lovelace. One of my reading goals this year was to read more non-fiction and poetry. I had heard about Amanda’s poetry before but had never read it until this year. I fell in love. The way she can convey so much emotion into so few words is so impressive and her book really touched me. Will definitely be picking up anything else she writes in the future.
Newest fictional crush
Weirdly (and sadly) enough, I don’t have a new bookish crush yet this year. I should definitely remedy that and get myself a new bookish crush before the end of the year.
Newest favorite character
Lira (To Kill a Kingdom) and Simon (Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda). She’s a super badass mermaid princess and he’s the sweetest, most hilarious cinnamon roll. They are both so different but I love them!
Book that made you cry
I haven’t cried because of a book yet. But there’s still time to do it, I guess.
Book that made you happy
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Refer back to the answer to the first question. This book is absolutely great.
Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year
Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Despite changing some stuff (it always happens with adaptations), I felt like the movie did a great job of maintaining the spirit of the book. It was also such an important movie for so many people and I’m so glad it exists. Bonus points for the amazing soundtrack.
Favorite post you’ve written this year
Not book related, but I really liked how my Mid-year Update: goals/resolutions post turned out.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year
City of Bones 10th-anniversary edition. I already owned 2 copies of City of Bones but this edition is so pretty I just had to buy it. It’s full of gorgeous illustrations and it had golden details all over and it’s now probably the most beautiful book I own.
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
So many! But because the movies/shows adaptations are coming out sometime soon, I’d like to get to these books before I go watch their screen counterparts.
Until next time,