Hello all! Looks like we made it, look how far we’ve come… it’s halfway through 2022!! I’m having a great reading year and frankly I don’t want it to stop- let’s talk about why, shall we?
BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2020
Sword of Kaigen– this book was absolute FIRE!! It reminded me why I love fantasy, it reminded me why I love magic, heck it reminded me why I love reading!!
BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020
Cytonic– ever since I finished it, I cannot stop thinking about when the next one’s coming. I’m obsessed with this series. It makes me all starry eyed 😉
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO
Gallant is the one I have highest on my list right now!
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
Pretty Dead Queens– Alexa Donne’s first YA thriller was killer- definitely looking forward to her next one 😊
The Cove– it was just so meh. All the characters were bland and moany and boring. And even worse, I didn’t care about the so-called mystery. Not exactly thrilling for a thriller either. The good news is I’ll probably forget it by the end of the year.
An Unkindness of Magicians– this book was pure magic, in every sense of the word. Dark, twisted and with excellent characters, I fell for this hook line and sinker.
FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR
Elif Shafak– I’ve read two of her books this year and I could wax lyrical about her writing, her characters and her transporting storytelling. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover her books- so I’m trying to make up for lost time!
NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
Ach I think I’d be making stuff up if I said I had one! I will say, in terms of romance, the biggest surprise was how much I loved One True Loves. I just love the concept, exploring how there can be more than one special love in our lives. And really, I also felt like the one she ends up with was the one she was meant to be with, in a way that was (ironically) almost like destiny. And if she had turned him down, I’d have definitely wanted to nab him for myself 😉
NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER
I’m going to go for a complete curveball here and say Tony Webster from Sense of an Ending. Reading about a washed out retiree isn’t normally my thing, but this played with my expectations and was a fascinating character study. Webster isn’t remotely likeable and his story isn’t groundbreaking- and yet it felt so real and telling. I was surprised by how much I connected with it.
BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
Sword of Kaigen DESTROYED me
BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
The No Show– this book really showed up for me and put a smile on my face- which you can always trust a Beth O’Leary book to do! It’s her best romance to date- and that’s saying something!
FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION
Last Kingdom– I mean, it’s got to be. That was the *perfect* finale to a tv series I’ve seen in a while. Most importantly, it tied up a lot of loose ends and concluded the most important story arcs that have been up in the air since series one. It was emotional, satisfying and dramatic as hell.
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR
I’ve not bought that many books so far this year, but I do have this pretty little copy of Galatea (which I still need to read 😉).
WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR
I’m not putting too much pressure on myself to read anything specific this year. Still, as usual, I have quite a few books from the backlist that I really want to read. I’m not going to make any promises, but I have a few old Sanderson books in my sights.
Since this is an old one, I’m not tagging anyone specific- just feel free to do it if you like! What I wanna know is what’s your favourite book so far this year? And what are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!