Now that the year is more than halfway done, I thought that this book tag was appropriate for this time of the year. I’m thinking about doing this tag annually from now on. If you would like to see my choices for last year, please click here. Let’s get started!
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2016.
Out of the 37 books that I have read so far in 2016, The House of Hades was the absolute best. From action, to adventure and romance, this novel had everything I’ve ever wanted and more. It is well paced and a never ending roller coaster of fun. The characters go through so much character growth and make me love them even more. The House of Hades is a phenomenal sequel that has topped its predecessor and sets up for a highly anticipated finale.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016.
I cannot even begin to describe how fantastic this book was. Never have I ever felt so many emotions sneak up and ambush me in anguish. ACOMAF might actually be the second best book that I’ve read so far after House of Hades. There are few books for me that improve in its sequel; they often fall into the ‘second book syndrome’ pile. This was not the case for A Court of Mist and Fury. This book blew ACOTAR away and out of the park. There was an incredible amount of character development, world building, and plot development that I greatly appreciated. I didn’t know that I craved a book this much until I read ACOMAF. All in all, it was a great book.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Morgan Matson is a contemporary queen. After reading Since You’ve Been Gone, and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, she has become one of my auto-buy authors. I don’t know a lot about The Unexpected Everything, but judging from her other written works, I can already tell that it will be another one of her amazing contemporary books filled with loveable characters, and a story with substance. The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my favourite reads last year so it is evident that I need to read the sequel. I own both of these books, but I have yet to read them. My TBR pile is getting out of control.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Six of Crows was my favourite book of last year so I have nothing but high hopes for Crooked Kingdom. My only fear with this book is that my expectations are going to be ridiculously high while reading. I need to get back into the world with my favourite cast of characters as soon as possible. September can’t come fast enough!
5. Biggest disappointment.
I’ve had a pretty amazing reading year so far, so there aren’t that many ‘disappointing‘ books to choose from. The Crown wasn’t that much of a disappointment for me as a whole because I adored Eadlyn’s character growth and how great she became throughout this book. I just didn’t like how the book ended so quickly and wrapped up that fast. I just….. The more I think about the ending makes me roll my eyes, so I’m just going to move onto the next part.
6. Biggest surprise.
Illuminae is possibly the third best book that I’ve read this year. I went in with the lowest expectations possible because of the crazy hype that this book got in the past year and how it was written but oh my goodness how I ate my words. It was like I was reading a movie with my eyes. The amount of action between these pages is immense. Kady and Ezra are people that I can root for. I honestly didn’t expect to like Illuminae this much. A pleasant surprise!
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Ryan Graudin is a new to me author. Wolf by Wolf was such a thrill to read. It was so unexpected I can’t even describe how much fun I was having while reading. I was interested about reading her other book, The Walled City, but I’ve never gotten around to it. The concept of her stories are always intriguing, so I feel like she is an author that I will be reading a lot from in the future.
8. Newest fictional crush.
Crush? How about crushes. Plural, because there is no way I can choose just one. Ezra, Leo and Rhysand from The Illuminae Files, The Heroes of Olympus series, and A Court of Thorns and Roses series are all great but are so different from each other. The three of them are similar in the way that they’re all so funny and charming. I just love them all so much.
9. Newest favourite character.
Feyre made the biggest 180 in history. I greatly appreciate it, but in my opinion, I thought that it was a little too fast. I still love her though. I started out with rolling my eyes at every decision she would make in the first book but that immediately changed when she came into her own and became a new person to root for in the second book. I went from not caring at all to caring immensely about her well-being and about the situations that she was in. Feyre is incredibly strong in so many ways, and not just with physical strength (although she is like the actual Avatar). She has grown so much emotionally and mentally as well, under circumstances throughout the two books. Feyre cares so much about her family and the well-being of others and I adore that about her. Any character that can go from me disliking them at first, to me loving them afterwards, deserves all of the praise that they get.
10. Book that made you cry.
I didn’t read that many books that made me cry that much so far, but this book was the one. I wasn’t gross sobbing or anything, but near the end I was super sad had shed some tears.
11. Book that made you happy.
I honestly cannot remember reading another book that made me as happy as this one. Although Simon isn’t in the best situation, his attitude and relationships between his friends and Blue really made this book. Simon, in my opinion, is incredibly relatable; he is someone that I would want to be friends with. I also love the amount of diversity that is in this book. Reading this made me a happy person.
12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
Me Before You was the only book to movie adaptation that I saw this year, but if we’re including comic BOOKS, then Captain America Civil War was great as well.
13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.
Frozen Tides was my only review that I’ve written so far this year, so it would have to be my favourite by default. You can read it here.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).
There are no words except that this book looks better in person. I just love how the cover of this book looks so much.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
These are my must reads of the year. Crooked Kingdom is an absolute NEED for me to read. I don’t know what the rest of the year will look like for me, but here is what I hope for. These choices, and any of the classics I have on my shelf.
Here is my take on this year’s Mid-Year Book Freakout tag. As always, thanks for checking this out and I’ll see you soon!