So I’ve just realised it’s June and we’re coming up to the middle of the year now… AND HOW THE HELL HAS THAT HAPPENED?!!? Be prepared for lots of exclamation marks and CAPITALISATION because I am having a *freak out*!!!
I kind of wanted to do this post before I went away (#priorities), but didn’t think I’d been tagged… until I checked and saw that I was tagged last year and didn’t do it *coughs awkwardly*. So belated thanks to the wonderful Calliope the Book Goddess for tagging me!
BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2018
I’ll admit, I cheated by doing the whole post first and then seeing what I’d left out- because THIS IS TOO HARD A QUESTION!!! Basically any book I talk about as the “best” in this post has a good chance of taking the title at the end of the year (unless I read even better books– which I’d hardly complain about). And even after this preamble, I want to put two books in this category- one fiction and one non-fiction:
BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2016
Again- choosing one is too difficult- so I’m going with two:
I read and LOVED Girl in the Tower earlier in the year and recently finished Grey Sister (review coming soon) which I liked EVEN MORE than the first one.
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO
Oh gosh, there are so many, I’m not exactly on top of new releases. But given it’s floating about the blogosphere a lot at the moment and I liked the author’s other book, I’m particularly eager to read Circe
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
I actually have an answer memorised for this: Muse of Nightmares- obviously after reading Strange the Dreamer I cannot frickin wait for the sequel!!
Ah I desperately wanted to like Lonely Hearts Hotel– but it ended up really not being for me. I was recently asked if I read it knowing I wouldn’t like it- the answer to that is obviously not– I don’t go looking for books to dislike. I just think this is really miss-marketed as similar to the Night Circus when it has very different content and reminded me more of Lolita.
I’ll admit it- I judged The Hating Game very harshly before I read it, but ended up LOVING it!
FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR
One author that I’ve read a lot of this year, that’s kinda new to me is Rick Riordan. I’ve whizzed through the rest of the Percy Jackson series and can’t wait for more!
NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
That’s gotta be Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer! He’s exactly the kind of character I always get a soft spot for.
NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER
Lira has to be one of my favourite kickass characters of all time- plus it was her voice that called to me and made me fall in love with To Kill a Kingdom!
BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
I don’t think I’ve cried over a book as much as Words in Deep Blue EVER before- I basically wept buckets the whole way through the book. If you want to have your heartstrings tugged, man, this is the book for you!
BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
I laughed so hard at My Lady Jane– I think it’s by far one of the funniest books I’ve ever read!
FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION
Ermm I haven’t seen any… in fact I haven’t seen any new releases this year. BUT I did fall in love with the Last Kingdom (which is technically a TV show, but whatever, still counts) even if I read the books after watching it.
FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR
One of the scariest posts I’ve ever done was on my complicated relationship with Harry Potter– I was so terrified that I posted it and ran away from the computer once I’d done it… but you know what, it turned out to be one of the most satisfying posts I’ve ever written!
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR
Well, I had this given to me as a gift, but it still counts:
WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR
I have a few, but the two books on my bedside table, that I don’t have time to read and am now packing to take away, are my top priority:
Oh and of course my kindle is sitting on top, with a gazillion other books in it that I need to read 😉
COOLIOS! I TAG:
That was so fun looking back on a lot of the great reads I’ve had so far this year! So I want to ask you, what’s your favourite of 2018 so far? Let me know in the comments!