Hello, Wonderlings! It’s already July (well, June technically, but it’ll be July when this post goes up) and my reading year has been going so freaking well. Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve already read over 40 books this year, and it’s a major improvement compared to last year’s! Granted, half of them are rereads because there’s no such thing as too many rereads, but I count them anyway.
Without further ado, I welcome you all to the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! Feel free to use as you wish, but remember to link back. Thank you, Fernanda, for letting me borrow the tag! The tag was created by Chami @ ReadLikeWildfire and Ely @ Earl Grey Books!
1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017?
*stares at overflowing ‘favourites’ shelf*
So far, 2017 has been a pretty smashing year reading-wise for me. I’m going to try and narrow it down to the best three books I’ve read so far this year instead.
– Hunted by Meagan Spooner
– A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
– The Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski
– Now I Rise by Kiersten White
– Skullsworn by Brian Staveley
Hey, I said I’d try to narrow it down!
2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017?
Windwitch absolutely blew me away. *chuckles* Get it? WINDwitch? Blew me away? *crickets* Okay, never mind. In all seriousness though, as one of the first sequels I read this year, this book knocked ‘Second Book Syndrome’ out of world. It absolutely slayed. Dennard is a queen.
3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?
The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale and The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury are definitely tying for first position. Even though they came out in close proximity each other, I am easily distracted and completely forgot about these beauties until, well, now. *cries*
4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2017?
Even though the cover is incredibly gross and I would literally pay someone to design a book jacket for it that I can use to cover up the monstrosity, I’m still excited for Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas. I’m also disgustingly excited for Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. I need it like yesterday.
5. Biggest Disappointment?
A Court of Wings and Ruin, as much as it hurts me to say, is definitely the first book that comes to mind when seeing this question. I was awfully disappointed, and even the last 150 pages of absolute badassery couldn’t make up for 400+ pages of boredom. I wrote a huge ranting, spoilery post on it if you want to read and weep.
6. Biggest Surprise?
Skullsworn by Brian Staveley was definitely the biggest surprise. I absolutely loved Pyrre in the original Unhewn Throne trilogy, but spin-offs are usually hit or miss with me. And yet, seeing Pyrre before she became the assassin I know and love was such a pleasure. A bloody, gruesome one, but a pleasure nonetheless. You can read my fangirling review right here.
7. Favorite New Author?
I recently read The Waking Land by Callie Bates and man, she is an author to watch out for. I can see big things happening in the future, and I’m happy to class as her as one of my new favourite authors!
8. Newest Fictional Crush?
Geralt of Rivia *fans self* Although maybe this is cheating, because I’ve had a crush on him since playing Witcher 3: Wild Hunt last year, but Book Geralt? Book Geralt is a babe.
Also: Valyn from The Emperor’s Blades. Another babe I want to marry.
9. Newest Favorite Character?
I feel like I’m just repeating myself at this point, so I’m going to go with Aeduan from Windwitch (loved him in Truthwitch, but you learn so much about him in Windwitch) and Thyon from Strange the Dreamer. Absolutely still shipping Thyon and Lazlo together.
10. Book That Made You Cry?
I cry so much whilst reading, it’s not even funny. But I absolutely sobbed at the end of ACOWAR (yeah, I know, I KNOW) and almost drowned in my own tears at the end of A Conjuring of Light. YOU-KNOW-WHO DESERVED SO MUCH MORE.
11. Book That Made You Happy?
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller was such a blast and I 10/10 recommend this book if you want a fast, funny, light read full of pirates and magic. I howled at certain scenes, and goodness, yeah. Definitely recommend.
12. Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?
I watch like, no TV at all, so the only adaption I watched was 13 Reasons Why. Not my favourite, but I actually enjoyed it more than the book. Maybe ‘enjoyed’ is the wrong term when it comes to a show that deals with such heavy subjects, but I flew threw the episodes, so what else can I say?
13. Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year?
2017 has been the year, so far, where I’ve slowly eased myself back into the reviewing game after so long of just reading whatever I wanted without feeling the pressure to review. But so far, I loved the reviews I wrote for Hunted and Strange the Dreamer, even if the rating of the latter might not reflect that. It was great to review something for fun and not because I felt I had to.
(And related, my Hunted review was featured in Spooner’s newsletter! Eeep!)
14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?
Hodder & Stoughton did a smashing job with the UK Strange the Dreamer cover, but I also adored the cover of Wintersong by S Jae Jones and Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh.
15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?
My TBR is so disgustingly huge, but here are some books I’ve been meaning to read for a while and want to finish by the end of the year:
–The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
–The Orphan Queen by Jodie Meadows
–Uprooted by Naomi Novik.
So how’s your reading year going so far?
Thanks so much to Fernanda @ The Wanderlust Reader for letting me borrow the tag!