OK, maybe we are a little over the mid-year mark but who cares. I haven’t blogged in months so I’m throwing out the rules whilst I find my mojo again.
And right now, I’m feeling all the mojo in books. That and I watch a fair amount of BookTube videos and this tag has been doing the rounds on there, so I decided to steal it for my own personal gain.
And you know what, I don’t have any complaints. Would you believe it? A tag post that has relevant questions, a functional title and doesn’t make my soul weep for what is left of humanity. Yes, my friends, I have found a tag post and I found it in the solace of books.
Today is a good day.
Let’s get started!
And because I actually wrote this post at the mid-year mark, I have also included a selection of “progress reports” to bring the post into the here and now.
1. Best book you’ve read so far.
The Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab :: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I couldn’t wait for this book to be released in February and as soon as it was delivered to my Kindle I gobbled it up and loved every second. Top notch series. Would read again.
Runner up: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. More top notch-ery.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far.
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas :: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I could have gone for The Conjuring of Light for this, but in the interest of variety, I’m going for Crown of Midnight instead.
Having read the entire Throne of Glass Series this year, I can safely say this is my favourite one. Jolly good read. Shame about the rest of the series going a bit downhill afterwards though.
Runner up: The Conjuring of Light… Or if I have to pick something different probably another of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, that’ll do).
Turns out, I haven’t read that many sequels this year.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Behind The Mask: A Superhero Anthology by Various.
It’s been a while since I read an anthology and this one sounds like something I’d really enjoy. I just need to pick it up and start reading it.
Runner up: Hunted by Megan Spooner. Because Beauty and The Beast retellings are my jam.
Progress report: Still haven’t read either.
4. Most Anticipated release for the second half of the year.
La Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman.
Because I loved His Dark Materials so I’m not going to pass up an opportunity to get back into that world.
Runner up: Renegades by Marissa Meyer. Because humans with superpowers are also my jam.
5. Biggest disappointment.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas :: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
It wasn’t that it was bad. It’s just didn’t live up to my expectations and that hurt my feelings.
Runner up: I have far too much choice for this question. I feel like every other book I have read this year has been a disappointment. But if we’re naming and shaming, I’m going for Beastly Bones by William Ritter. We could have been friends, but you ran out of witty humour and I can’t forgive you for that.
6. Biggest surprise.
The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel :: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Because despite the somewhat slow and boring start, in the end you had me hanging on to your every word in the hopes of a happy ending that never happened.
Runner up: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Because surprise can go the other way too. The internet said you were great. That’s the last time I take advice from the internet.
7. Favourite new author.
Is it frowned upon to say that I don’t really take notice of the author when I read a book. If a book is particularly good I might check out other books by the same author but more often than not, I couldn’t tell you who wrote the book that I’d just finished, because it’s just not something I take notice of.
8. Newest fictional crush.
9. Newest favourite character.
Again, not something I go in for. I don’t know, I just don’t care that much.
10. Book that made you cry.
None so far. Unless you want to count the tears of my soul from all the disappointment that has been this reading year.
11. Book that made you happy.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff :: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Because there’s nothing better for your book-ego that a 600+ page book that you can read in about two days because it has been wrote in a strange multimedia format instead of prose. Boosting my ego, that’s the way to my heart.
Runner up: The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. Which I am still working my way through but there’s something feel good about some quality Sherlock time.
12. Favourite book to film adaptations you saw this year.
Well, I did listen to Beauty and The Beast on audiobook and then watch the new Disney re-make. That’s something. I’ve also been reading some Sherlock Holmes and watching the BBC’s Sherlock. That’s something too.
That sounds like an answer.
13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.
I’m quite fond of all my monthly wrap-ups. Between the great book discussions I get to have in the comments, the Show Us Your Books link up and my witty jokes, what is there not to enjoy about them.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).
This one and this one are alright looking.
Pass. Again, another thing I don’t really care for in a book.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
If I’m being pedantic, I’d say there are no books that I need to read before the end of the year, but there’s plenty that I’d like to read. There’s audiobooks I want to get to, stand-alones that I’d like to check out, series to start, series to continue or finish and anything else that tickles my fancy.
Let’s go the whole hog for the final question and make a completely unrealistic list of book goals!
Series I’d like to continue with.
- Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard #2) by Scott Lynch
- The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1-#0.5) by Sarah J. Maas
- The Thief’s Daughter (Kingfountain #2) by Jeff Wheeler
- A Symphony of Echoes (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #2) by Jodi Taylor
Progress report: I have finished The Thief’s Daughter and A Symphony of Echoes, I’m also half way through The Assassin’s Blade.
Series I’d like to start.
- The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie
- The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh
- Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger
- Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats #1) by Sebastian de Castell
- The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
Progress report: have started none of these.
Stand-alones I’d like to get to.
- A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
- Hunted by Meagan Spooner
- Uprooted by Naomi Novak
- A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
- I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Progress report: likewise. Have read none of these.
Audiobooks I’d like to listen to.
- The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
- The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
- The Serpent by Claire North
- The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
- Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
Progress report: The Lost Hero has been listened to and enjoyed.
Am I going to get around to all of these? Absolutely not, but a girl can dream.
You know, I might do some more of these book related tag-things. Just for the funsies. I’m getting into waffling on about books. But tell me, what’s been your biggest disappointment and biggest surprise of the year?