It’s July, which means we’re just over halfway through the year and it seems like the perfect time for this tag. (And I am freaking out about the fact that I’m still six books behind on my Goodreads goal, so it’s relevant.)
Best book you’ve read so far
Vicious was one of the first books I read in 2018 and it absolutely stunned me. It was so different to anything else I’ve read (even by my queen V) by a long shot, and I kept asking myself at various points ‘how is this book THIS GOOD?’
New release you haven’t read yet but want to
This was recently released in May, and I was lucky enough to get a copy for my birthday, but I haven’t picked it up yet. It was on my TBR for Tome Topple readathon but I didn’t manage to get to it.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
There are so many books I’m excited for in the coming months, but at the top of my list has to be Vengeful. I’ve already read City of Ghosts, which was my second most anticipated release for 2018, so this is firmly at the top of my list. As far as sequels go, I feel like this one is going to be intense, and V’s sequels always live up to her first books, so I can’t wait to see how Vengeful matches up to Vicious.
Biggest disappointment of the year
I was expecting magic and adventure in this YA fantasy novel, but instead all I got were dull characters, a one-dimensional plot, and some uncomfortable moments where an 18-year-old tries to flirt with a 13-year-old. Ew, no. Green’s writing style lacked fluidity and cohesion, and I spent most of the book feeling very underwhelmed.
Biggest surprise of the year
I wasn’t expecting to love this book, but, surprise, I did! Alexandra Christo has crafted a thrilling sea tale of pirates and sirens, and the characters are so easy to like, even when they’re meant to be villains. What can I say, I love a good anti-hero (especially when they’re a woman) and I love a good redemption arc.
Favourite new author
I’ve been meaning to read Radio Silence for at least a year now and yet, somehow, I ended up buying and reading I Was Born For This first?! I don’t know either. But, I loved Alice Oseman’s diverse characters, and was captivated by her gentle writing style and open, honest exploration of mental health. After reading this, I’m even more keen to get to Radio Silence.
Your newest favourite character
It’s a toss up between Levi from Ace of Shades and Victor from Vicious, but since I’ve already mentioned Vicious
once twice three times now in this post, I went with Levi. His charisma and empathy made him instantly likeable for me, and I enjoyed the fact that he’s street smart, but is also sensitive and cares a huge amount for the other teens in his gang.
A book that made you cry
OK, here’s the deal. As far as I can remember, so far this year, I don’t think a single book has made me properly cry (guess, I’m the ice queen). But a certain scene in Autoboyography made me tear the heck up. It was such a cute and emotionally-charged scene and I ended up tearing up with happiness. The tears were almost out of my eyes, so I’d say that counts.
A book that made you happy
Although slightly to short, this story made me very happy. It’s about a superhero’s intern and a supervillain’s intern who meet and begin to fall in love. It’s cute, dramatic, and so enjoyable. Please read it.
Favourite book to film adaptation you’ve seen this year
This is not only the best book-to-film adaptation I’ve seen this year, but perhaps the best I’ve seen ever. Love, Simon is sweet, heart-warming, and incredibly positive about queer identities and sexualities.
Favourite review you’ve written this year
As usual, I’m still woefully behind on reviews, but I quite like my review of Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. It was a joy to write and I got to include a little thematic analysis too.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year
It’s a tie between these two hardbacks. *heart eyes* Not only are the dust jackets gorgeous, but the inside hardback cover of Circe also has an inlaid pattern in the same colours. We’ve been blessed by the cover gods.
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
All these chunks. The good news is I’ve just finished Strange (loved it), so there’s one ticked off. The bad news is I have to wait another two and a half months for Vengeful.
I’m not going to tag anyone, since I did this for my own enjoyment, but if you’d like to do it yourself (would highly recommend) then consider yourself tagged.
Which have been your best and worst books of the year so far? Is there a book that you still really need to read, or one that you’re looking forward to later in the year?