Thanks to Shanah at Bionic Book Worm for tagging me! I’ve fallen behind on tags, but this one looked like a lot of fun and I had the time, so I couldn’t resist doing it right away!
1 – THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017
This is hard!!! I’m tempted to name several, but I’m going to force myself to go with one, and that’s The Secret History. It was the very first book I read this year, and I did not mean to set the bar for every other book to come in 2017 but I guess I did. I ADORE this book. It excels in every category for me: writing, character, plot, general atmosphere of beauty and tragedy. It’s awful and fantastic and I’ll love it forever.
2 – YOUR FAVOURITE SEQUEL THIS YEAR
I’m tempted to name the Lunar Chronicles, but my heart is calling out for A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. It’s my favorite book in the Shades of Magic series, and I just loved it as the middle book of a trilogy. I had so much fun reading this book, far more than the first, and I love how it expanded the story and developed the characters. It just screams “awesome sequel” to me.
3 – A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ BUT REALLY WANT TO
I’m really intrigued by this book. Basically (from what I know) it’s about five kids who go into detention and four come out alive. How??? Why??? What?? WHAT is going on in this high school?? Sounds like my kind of mystery.
4 – MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
Right now I’m pretty excited about this. I’ll literally take anything Marissa Meyer has to offer me.
5 – YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
Nothing this year has broken my heart, but I’m disappointed that I wasted my money on this one. Front Lines is about an alternate history of World War II in which girls are drafted into the army. I was majorly bored and not impressed.
6 – BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR
A no brainer! I’d always secretly disliked it from afar and then one day I decided to give it a try and BAM true love.
7 – FAVOURITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR
I’ve read all Marissa Meyer’s books this year and love them all, and I am thoroughly convinced she is a genius storyteller. Her books are just so much FUN. Hence, why I’m looking forward to Renegades. I’ll take all the Marissa Meyer I can get.
8 – YOUR NEW FICTIONAL CRUSH
I don’t know what it is about Kell…he’s so brooding and moody and harsh but ?? I love him? I’m 100% positive he would not care for me at all, lol. Second place goes to Prince Kai from The Lunar Chronicles. He’s such a sweet and respectful royal gentleman. Or maybe I just like guys that have a lot of sass.
9 – NEW FAVOURITE CHARACTER
Princess Winter hands down. I love her for her goodness and sweetness and for sticking to her resolutions no matter what, despite of all the oppression she’s been raised under and because of it. Even when she could be deemed weak, I love the power in her use of words and kindness. And I love her sense of humor. It’s a bit subtle, a bit dry, but it made me laugh. Looovee.
10 – A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
Okay, I think I said in a recent post this book made me cry, but now that I think about it I’m not sure if I actually did cry, BUT it definitely made me really sad. I love it. But otherwise, no other books have made me cry this year.
11 – A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
Okay, this book isn’t like, a fluffy happy read, but I remember finishing it and being satisfied and happy and just smiling, and I literally texted my best friend “BOOKS MAKE ME SO HAPPY.” This book made me so grateful that I like…have the ability to read? And that I love to read? And have access to any and all books? I can be really sentimental, and I finished this at like 2 am and I was emotional (and it’s a really a great book).
12 – YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION THAT YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR
So I saw the movie adaptation of Everything Everything, but I didn’t read the book, so I can’t really judge on a comparison level. But the movie was okay! I didn’t love it, but it was nice to just go to the movies and see something relatively pleasant.
13 – FAVOURITE BOOK POST YOU’VE PUBLISHED THIS YEAR
Honestly I don’t think I have one. This post has been fun!
14 – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU HAVE BOUGHT/RECEIVED THIS YEAR
I find this one very pretty! Haven’t read it yet but it’s on my shelf.
15 – WHAT ARE SOME BOOKS THAT YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR
These three immediately come to mind. The first two were recommended to me by Rachel at pace, amore, libri and they definitely appeal to my darker tastes that really haven’t been represented well in this post, but I want read more books like these! The Female of the Species is also no picnic from what I’ve heard, but I’m super intrigued and it’s been on my shelf for a while.
And you, if you think it looks fun!! No pressure to anyone tagged 🙂