I can’t believe it’s June already….we are halfway through the year! This year is going by so quickly. I’m already out on summer vacation, my baby is due in a few weeks and life is about to change big time! As for reading, this year so far has been a mixed bag of ups and downs. I’ve gone through periods where I love to read and actively make time for it, as well as times where I’m just not feeling anything that I pick up. Here’s hoping that the second half of the year is much more even. There are so many good books that I still want to read!
The Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018:
It was very hard to narrow it down to one book because I’ve had some excellent 5-star reads so far this year. I settled on Amanda Lovelace’s poetry collection because it’s something that I’ve gone back to multiple times this year. It’s uplifting, heartbreaking and absolutely beautiful.
Your Favourite Sequel of the Year:
Kat Ross is the most underrated fantasy writer out there. Her books deserve so much more love! Solis was the perfect follow-up to Nocturne. There was excellent character development, twists and turns…I won’t say anymore but you seriously need to read her books!
A New Release That You Haven’t Read But Really Want To:
I adored The Bone Witch and its ending floored me. There was no closure whatsoever and I had more questions than I began with. That’s why I cannot for the life of me explain why I haven’t read this sequel yet.
Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year:
I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this book. The way The Dark Days Pact ended broke my heart into a million tiny little pieces. This book will probably break it again, but the pain will be more than worth it! Plus, the cover is perfect! ❤
Your Biggest Dissapointment:
OK…before I start, I do want to say that I enjoyed reading this book. It was adorable and quirky, it wasn’t When Dimple Met Rishi (a book that I LOVED!). I guess I built it up too much in my head before reading? I don’t even know. But it did come across as predictable and a bit of a rehash of things that have been done before. I really need to write my review soon for it.
Biggest Surprise of the Year:
This middle grade novel took me by surprise. It touches on some very important topics, is heartbreaking, uplifting and left me wanting to stand up and make a change. Since I finished reading it I’ve been recommending it to all of my friends. It has an important and powerful message that simply cannot be ignored.
Favourite New-to-You or Debut Author:
Why did it take me so long to start this trilogy? Why?!?! It’s super adorable, fluffy and fun. Jenny Han really knows how to write a story that totally invests you in its characters. I’ve already read the sequel and just need to pick up a copy of the third book in the series. It’s been a while since I’ve been so excited about a trilogy!
Your Fictional Crush:
I’ve been crushing on Darius, a magical daēva, since he was introduced in 2016’s The Midnight Sea. So, when Kat Ross announced that she was continuing the series that featured him I was beyond happy. Every time he appears on the page my heart skips a beat. ❤
New Favourite Character:
Lara Jean is such a lovable protagonist…cute, quirky and full of flaws, she totally reminded me of what it was like to be a teenager. High school was such a confusing and fun time where everything little thing was blown out of proportion and revolved around friends and boys. I haven’t been this invested in a character in ages. I’m so glad that I finally gave this series a chance!
A Book That Made Your Cry:
Amanda Lovelace did it again! This collection of poetry was amazingly well written and at times completely broke my heart into a million pieces. I’m always amazed at how much she can say when only using a limited number of words. I can’t properly describe how reading this collection made me feel.
A Book That Made You Happy:
Jennifer E. Smith has this way of writing simple, emotional and thoughtful romantic contemporaries. I loved every second of this book! It was totally the perfect beach read.
Your Favourite Book-to-Movie Adaptation That You’ve Seen This Year:
I honestly can’t think of a single book-to-movie adaptation that I saw or enjoyed. Hmmm…I usually don’t like them anyway. The book is always better! 🙂
The Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought/Received This Year:
Don’t purchase a digital version of this book. You need to experience the gorgeous illustrations in all of their glory with a physical version. They really bring the stories to life and make you feel as if the book actually came directly from Ravka.
What Are Some Books You Need to Read by the End of the Year:
This tag is quite old and people do it every year. I’m not going to tag anyone for that reason, but if you do decide to do it, please link back (or add your link below) to me so I can check out your answers. ❤