I have seen this tag EVERYWHERE on booktube, bookstagram, and on various different book blogs and I thought it was a groovy thing so I’ve decided to give it a go. This tag was created by Chami and Ely back in 2012 and it’s honestly still relevant and can probably be used every year for the rest of my blogging/bookstagramming life. After doing this in the start of July (even if I am posting it later and already know that some of my answers have changed), I’m almost tempted to do another one of these in December for the full year to see how/if my answers change.
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.
A Court of Wings and Ruin has to be my favourite book read so far this year. I loved the epic ending to Feyre’s story with its crazy amazing descriptions and Lord of the Rings worthy battles; It was truely an awesome final book and an absolute triumph for Sarah J. Maas. If you want to read what I thought (in a bit more detail and hopefully using better sentences) you can find my review here.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.
When I first started ILLUMINAE I was terrified that it would be difficult to read because of the layout and how the story is displayed (is that the word I’m looking for?) in print but I needn’t have worried. Despite successfully getting through ILLUMINAE, when I started GEMINA I had the same apprehensions but once again I managed to get through the book and I loved every second of it. With the introduction of new characters and the appearance of old ones and AIDAN (insert squealing for one of my favourite characters), Amie and Jay really know what they’re doing!
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Even though Caraval came out much MUCH earlier this year, I’m ashamed to say that I still haven’t read it. It is however very high up on my TBR pile and with all the glowing reviews it has gotten from the darlings over on bookstagram I can’t wait to start it!
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
OHMYGOD I cannot wait for Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas to come out! Even though Chaol isn’t my favourite character I’m still really curious about what he was up to during Empire of Storms.
5. Biggest disappointment.
I had such high hopes for Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and sadly the book fell short. I won’t say that I hated it but something just didn’t click with me. I am going to continue to read the rest of the series and hopefully I’ll come to love it as much as other people do.
6. Biggest surprise.
To be honest I wasn’t planning on reading Hunted by Megan Spooner but I am so glad that I did! It was definitely better than I originally thought it would be and I think (for now at least) it will sit in my top ten reads for the year. You can find my review here.
7. Favourite new author (Debut or new to you).
When I found out that Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda was being made into a movie I finally read it and it was AMAZING! Becky Albertalli is such an amazing writer and I can’t wait to read more of her work.
8. Newest fictional crush.
Even though I wasn’t blown away by Shadow and Bone, I was quite taken with the Darkling. I find it funny that I’m not the only one that likes the Darkling better than the other male characters in the Grisha trilogy.
9. Newest favourite character.
Helion Spell-Cleaver is my new favourite character after finally meeting him in ACOWAR. He’s just so sassy and shameless and awesome! (Also, who wouldn’t want a name like that!)
10. Book that made you cry.
A Court of Wings and Ruin made me ball like a baby! You can check out exactly what I thought of it in my review here.
11. Book that made you happy.
Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda made me smile with every page! It’s just one of those books that I could read over and over and over again and never get sick of.
12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
I’m going to be perfectly honest with you I haven’t actually seen any book to film adaptations this year. I was really excited to see Everything, Everything but I never got around to it (insert sad face).
13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.
I had so much fun writing my Wintersong review as it was, from memory, the first review I wrote (even if I didn’t post it first) and I love the book so much that sharing why I love it makes me smile every time.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).
Aesthetic wise… Strange the Dreamer for sure! The cover is so vibrant and the gold lettering is gorgeous and I’m just in love.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Caraval and Strange the Dreamer and everything else on my ever increasing TBR pile.