So I’ve been seeing this tag going around in Book Community, and it just looked like a short and fun way to go over everything I read and what I need to get to before the end of the year. *I think I did pretty well not to be spolierly for this Tag, so if you spot one that’s remotely interesting you can look it up and see if it worth picking up.
Best Book of 2018 So Far?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. After reading and absolutely loving this classic I have been obsessed with getting my hands on any retelling of Jane Eyre that I could fine. I knew I would love this classic when I picked it up but I underestimated how much I ended up loving it or how great Jane is. It is easily my second favourite classic of all time (Dracula for the Win, Always).
Best Book Sequel of 2018 So Far?
Hands down the best sequel was Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. It’s very rare for me to find series where every book in it ends up be 5 Stars, let alone for the last book to blow the previous books out of the sky. Just when I thought the authors can’t add anything more, they do, making this one of those Sci Fi series that nearly has it all and execute them perfectly. Seriously if you have not read Obsidio or started the Illuminae Files yet, then start it because this series won’t disappoint.
New Releases You Wanted To Get To But Haven’t Yet?
For this I’ve have 3 books for and all I already own but am saving to read next month, and that is Save The Date by Morgan Matson (Because I am a sucker for Weddings), Brightly Burning By Alexa Donne (Because Jane Eyre in Space), and Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (Romeo & Juliet get lost while Camping in Modern Day California. It sounds fluffy as hell but for some reason I really need this in my life)
Most Anticipated Releases of This Year?
I narrowed it down to 4 books which are My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton (Because Jane Eyre Sees Ghosts & the release of this is what spurred me to read Jane Eyre), Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (Because Vicious wasn’t supposed to get a sequel but it did and it’s Victoria Schwab), City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (Again it is Victoria Schwab what other reason do I need?), Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Edited By Tess Sharpe (Because I have a growing obsession with witch books and anthologies)
Biggest Disappointment of the Year?
For this I have two books, the first was Banana Hammock by J.A. Konrath, which I thought was going to be fun until I made it 19 pages in and relized how much I hate everything about this book (the so called “humor”, the idiot protagonist who is just a terrible human being and not even a great terrible human being (like Professor Moriaty, he’s great), even the cases fell flat. There’s just so much about this book I hate, and the only reason why I am saying I was disappointed was because I was expecting quality content. Seriously you think being a choose-your-own-adventure nothing could go wrong, but then this happened. The second book that disappointed me was Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I knew the story, I knew was going to be dark, and I absolutely loved Jane Eyre written by her sister, but I just found it pretty much annoying. A easy reminder why high expectations can suck at times.
The Biggest Surprise of the Year?
This would have to be Goal!: The Dream Begins by Robert Rigby. I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. There was no real format for when point of views would change, there was barely any dialogue, and the actually soccer games where not long enough nor in-depth, but for some reason I had a really fun time reading this one. It is without a doubt a movie Tie-In and I have such nostalgia for the movie, but there was something just so heartwarming about it which made me want to re-watch the first movie (if you read this the pick up the movie, but don’t under any circumstances go to the second of third movie/movie tie-in book because they just ruin the magic of the first).
My Favourite New Author?
I actually don’t have a new favourite author, however I recently remembered my love for A.G.Howard’s twisted gothic romances after reading Roseblood (A Phantom of the Opera Retelling), and immediately shelved The Architect of Song (an original story with ghosts) and Stain (A Princess & The Pea retelling slated for 2019) as must buys. While her romances are insta-love, the worlds and characters Howard creates feel distinct, fresh, but still reminds me of an old Gothic novel with it’s dark takes and lush descriptions.
A Book That Made You Cry?
So far I haven’t read any books that made me cry.
Newest Fictional Crush?
Again none that really stand out.
A Book That Made You Happy?
The first wasn’t so much a book, but an entire manga series (15 volumes) called Happy Café by Kou Matsuzuki. I honestly don’t know how to express my feeling on the series, but it made me laugh and cherish all the physical copies I do own (as TokyoPop went out of Business which meant the end of physical copies of this story). I loved the artwork and arcs equally, which is how it should be when reading Manga, Graphic Novels, & Comics. The second was Beastly Bones by William Ritter which was another incredible sequel and it was everything I didn’t know I needed but absolutely needed in my life.
My Favourite Book To Film Adaptation This Year?
One of my favourite stories as a child was Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, and recently a full length movie came out and oh my god did I love it. Everything about this movie was amazing, from the characters and visuals to the music and voice actors. What really stood out to me was something the book and the Disney short film did not address and that was the horror of Bullfighting and the possibility of “inept” Bulls going to the Slaughterhouse. It was not something I expected from a children’s movie, but I am really glad that it wasn’t brushed over, as it is something people should be aware of (or at least spur them into looking the information up). This being said Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians will most likely be a favourite if it is anything like the movie trailer suggests.
Favourite Blog You’ve Done This Year?
It had to be announcing I was doing the Ultimate Summer Goodreads Challenge. There is just something so exciting about meeting challenges and hunting for books that normally I would never reach for (but maybe end up enjoying) in order to meet challenges.
The Most Beautiful Book You Bought/Received This Year?
Hands down The Sleeper & The Spindle by Neil Gaiman. Not only does the cover look beautiful, but the illustrations inside it are so detailed yet remain simple because it is just black, grey, and white, with the occasionally pop of gold (which makes the artiest in me sing). I haven’t read it yet, but I am very much looking forward to delving into it.
Books I Need To Read Before The End Of The Year?
Okay, stick with me here, because the list is very long. Obviously I want to get to all the new releases I am anticipating, as well as the new releases I already own that I have yet to read that I mentioned above, but beside those there is The Complete Works of H.P.Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe Stories, Essays & Poems, To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor, Crooke Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, & Harry Potter And The Order of The Phoenix by J.K.Rowling.
And that is only a taste of all the books I want to read this year. In an Ideal world I would clear my tbr completely by the end of the year, but seeing as that’s about 170+ books I’m doubtful that will happen, so instead I will just settle for getting to these ones.
So that was the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, and to say I am freaking out about getting to all the books I want to read before 2018 is up is an understatement, as I am sure I will encounter more books I want to add to my Tbr before the month is up.