I realize I’m posting this on the first of July (I’m not exactly the best at timing these posts) SO lets pretend it’s still June and I can still say it’s okay to freak out about the year being halfway over. Thanks to my wonderful friend Tiffany at Read by Tiffany for the tag!
1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ THIS YEAR?
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi hands down! My expectations were met and then some because this world and its magic is just so breathtaking. It definitely deserves all the hype it’s getting.
2. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ IN 2018?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. Most of my 2018 reads have been rereads and this book will always be my answer to best sequel because….Rhysand. Nuff said!
3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO?
Legendary by Stephanie Garber. I was (and still am) so excited to be back in the world of Caravel. It was released right when I hit my reading/blogging slump but hopefully I’ll get my hands on it soon!
4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR?
I’m going to have to agree with Tiffany and say Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know how OBSESSED and in love I am with these characters and their stories. It sucks that it’ll be coming to an end, but all I really can think about is being reunited with them again!
5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. She’s one of my favorite authors but I will say, it takes a lot to read her stuff. Sometimes the material can seem like it’s running on for no reason and I felt that heavily when I tried to start this book.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE?
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. There was so much hype and love being spread about this book in the book community, so of course, I had to get it. But surprisingly, I just couldn’t get into it. I’ve tried about 4 different times to retstart it and have come to the same conclusion: I’m DNF’ing. But again, it could be my slump and I will try to get back to it soon!
7. FAVORITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR?
Mary H.K. Choi author of Emergency Contact. I remember watching her speak at a YA panel at the LA Times Festival of Books and thinking “I have to get her book.” She is brilliant, funny and relateable and you can clearly see all of that in her debut novel. Review coming soon *wink wink
8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?
Kenji Kishimoto from Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. When I first read the Shatter Me series I understood the hype of his character but never like liked him. But we see a lot more of his character and his personality in RM and I gotta admit, I like his dorky a**
9. NEWEST FICTIONAL CHARACTER?
Nazeera Ibrahim from Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. We dont see her that much in Restore Me but I have a feeling she’s going to be a crucial character in the next two books. Plus, I love her indifference to Kenji’s crush on her. It’s a mood lol!
10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY? + 11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. There are a lot of mixed reviews about this book but point blank: I loved it. You can always feel the emotions between Sarah’s characters: love, friendship, pain. And let me tell ya, I felt all of those things while reading! I just love these characters so much, my tears were both happy and sad.
12. FAVORITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION?
I’m going to agree with Tiffany again and say Love, Simon AKA Simon VS the Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I’m not sure it counts though…because I haven’t read the book yet. I KNOW I KNOW, I’m terrible. But I really just could not wait to watch the movie so I just did….and I don’t regret it.
13. FAVORITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR?
My Throne of Glass vs A Court of Thorn and Roses Book Tag FOR SURE. Two of my favorite series going head to head? A dream and also a nightmare, but fun either way. Thanks again to Vanessa from Through Prose Tinted Pages for creating such a great tag!
14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT THIS YEAR?
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi. I really cant say anything other than: look at it. The illustration, colors and gold foiling? So aesthetic!
15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?
These are all on my immediate TBR list. Only the stars know how many books I’ll want to read when I make a trip to Barnes and Noble!
Phew, now that I’ve looked back at the first half of 2018, I realize how much more I need to get done in the second half! But before I overwhelm myself I’m just gonna say: it’s good to be back.
I’m not tagging anyone since I’m a BIT late to the party. But let me know how your 2018 has been so far in the comments!