I was tagged by the amazing Heather @The Sassy Book Geek to do this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out her blog!
As you can probably tell by the title, this isn’t the first time that I’m doing this tag. I have done it the previous two years as well and it’s become somewhat of a tradition.
(The 2015 Edition and 2016 Edition, if you are interested in checking them out.) This year I haven’t been reading as much, I have only finished 15 books so far – so my answers might be a bit repetitive. Although, it does make actually picking my answers easier, so there is that as well!
1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017
It has to be, without a doubt, A Darker Shade of Magic by the wonderful Victoria Schwab. This book was simply amazing in every aspect! I loved the world and magic system that Schwab has created within this story. I can’t wait to continue reading this series and getting more information about the world, as I’m VERY fascinated by it. The characters were wonderful as well! The story, though slow at the beginning, turned out to be amazing as well.
And I have rambled enough, if you want more I do have a full review which you can check out. 😉
2. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017
I haven’t actually read that many sequels this year.
(Or any really. For whatever reason, I definitely NEED to change that!) One that I did read was City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare and I really enjoyed this book, even though I didn’t completely love it. It was a lot better than the first book. (No, I still don’t like either Clary or Jace.) I’m very much looking forward to continuing this series, especially if the books keep getting better!
I have a full review for this book, so if you want to know more of my thoughts you can check it out.
3. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
It’s obviously The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. I have adored both The Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. I’m basically exited about any book that Leigh Bardugo releases and this one is no exception! The Language of Thorns is a collection of fairy tales that are told in the Grisha universe. I ADORE fairy tales! So that is another reason that I’m beyond exited about this book to come out! I have also heard that it’s illustrated, which makes it even better!
4. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
A book that I expected a lot from was Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson, but it ended up disappointing me very much instead. The premise sounded very interesting and like something that I would immensely enjoy. I was immediately drawn to it when I saw that it has some horror story retelling.
(Plus the cover is simply gorgeous as well!) This book turned out to be rather flat for me, with a few interesting aspects but also some major problems.
I have a full review of this book where I go more into detail as to why I didn’t enjoy it and the problems that I had with it. So if you want to know more of my thoughts you can check it out.
5. BIGGEST SURPRISE
The book that surprised me the most was Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson. This is a short story collection of dark tales, as the title implies. Don’t get me wrong, this book wasn’t one of my favourites
(I ended up giving it 3.5 stars) but the stories in itself surprised me very much! I didn’t expected them to be as eerie and unnerving as they were. That was the aspect of these short stories that I enjoyed the most.
6. FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR
No one actually. For an author to become one of my favourites I need to read at least a few books by them
(two or more). There wasn’t a single new author that I read multiple books from this year and that’s why I don’t have a new favourite one.
7. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
This one I actually had to think about, as I don’t have fictional crushes that often. In the end I decided to go with Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab. I simply adored him as a character and I can’t wait to read the other books from this series to get more of him in them.
(I’m beyond exited to read the other two books in this series, as I have heard that they only get better!)
8. NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER
Two of my new favourite characters are Zahra and Aladdin from The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. They were both such strong characters in their own way and I simply adored them. I loved them on their own and together as well. Their interactions were amazing to read! Everyone needs to read this book, as it was simply fantastic!
9. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
The only book that I remember that made me cry was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but that’s no surprise as I always end up crying whenever I reread a Harry Potter book. That’s just a thing that happens. I guess that I’m just to emotionally attached to this series. I read the illustrated edition of this book for the fist time this year and it was simply beautiful!
10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
The first book that came to my mind was The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. Why? Because I reread this book this year and ended up loving it as much as I did the first time I read it. It just made me very happy to get back into this story and world once again. This book is beautifully written with an amazing story and characters. This is definitely a book that I will be rereading many times in the future!
11. FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION
None actually. I haven’t seen a single book to movie adaptation this year, so I can’t possibly have a favourite one. In general I’m just not a big movie person, I rarely end up watching movie. I just prefer watching tv shows and anime over movies.
12. FAVOURITE POST YOU’VE DONE THIS YEAR
I have published 54 posts in the first six months of this year. How in the world do you expect me to choose one favourite among them?! I love and am proud of all the posts that I publish, otherwise they would end up in the trash and not published at all. I guess a few posts that I particularly liked from the first half of the year are:
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab || Book Review
- The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury || Book Review
- A new feature on my blog?! || Weekend Adventures
- Ten series I’ve been meaning to start but haven’t (and the reasons WHY)
13. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR
I haven’t been buying that many books this year. I’m actually on a book buying ban where I need to read 5 books before buying one new one. And seeing as I haven’t been reading much this year, I haven’t been buying many books either. A gorgeous book that I bought for my birthday was Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, this book is simply stunning!
14. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO
I really want to read Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee. Contemporary isn’t a genre that I generally gravitate towards, as I’m mostly not interested by the stories
(with a few exceptions of course). This book has an asexual main character and I simply NEED to read it for that! If you didn’t know, I identify as asexual and I have never read a book about an asexual character before. I have heard amazing things about this book so far and I’m very exited to get my hands on it!
15. WHAT BOOK DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?
Or rather what books do I want to read by the end of the year. I really want to read more books by Victoria Schwab, who is one of my favourite authors. I want to finish the Shades of Magic series and I want to start the This Savage Song duology
(maybe even finish that one as well). I know that I will love all of these books, I just simply NEED to get to them!