Hey guys! So I was tagged by the delightful icebreaker694 to do the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag, which freaks me out itself because where is this year going? Icebreaker694’s blog exists here and you should go check it out, it’s really good. 🙂
Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016:
Just one? Well, I recently did a post about my Favourite Books of 2016 So Far, but I guess that if I absolutely had to pick one…. Nope. Still stuck. I’m just going to make this jointly between The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016:
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. This was well worth the long wait and even better than it’s predecessor, The Diviners. Can’t wait to see where this series goes next. For those of you who are interested, it’s a paranormal/historical set in 1920s New York.
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To:
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. I loved the first book and I keep seeing really positive reviews about the sequel, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Can’t wait!
Most Anticipated Release fro the Second Half of the Year:
CROOKED KINGDOM BY LEIGH BARDUGO. I NEED THIS MORE THAN OXYGEN.
Biggest Disappointment of 2016 So Far:
Emma by Jane Austen. Sorry Austen fans, but I shall hang my head in shame. I just wasn’t feeling it. It’s not put me off though – I’m going to leave it a while but I definitely want to get around to reading another of Austen’s works.
The Chimes by Anna Smaill. Honestly, this was an impulse buy based on an interesting synopsis and lovely cover. No regrets! Quirkiest dystopian I’ve ever read.
Favourite New Author:
Virginia Woolf. Who technically isn’t new – quite the opposite in fact – but who was new to me this year. I’m definitely going to read more of her work.
Newest Fictional Crush:
So I finally got around to reading Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo this year. I read Smoke and Bone a long time ago and whilst I didn’t dislike it I wasn’t exactly wowed either, so I thought I wouldn’t continue with the series. Then Six of Crows happened. One of my favourite premises for a book is: fantasy thieves. Honestly, write that on a book and I’ll buy it. Which is what happened with Six of Crows, which is now sitting on my favourites shelf because it is that brilliant.
So after reading Six of Crows I thought I’d give the Grisha trilogy another go, picking up Siege and Storm. It’s still not amazing, but not bad either – I liked it more than book one. But you know what I loved about it? (*insert dreamy sigh*) Nikolai Lantsov. He gets all the best quotes in this book:
“When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.”
“Anything worth doing starts as a bad idea.”
Newest Favourite Character:
Ling Chan from Lair of Dreams. Such a bad-ass. Such a genius. Such a lovable character.
Book That Made You Cry:
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. To be honest every time I read a book by this genius I end up sobbing at one point. Also, a perfect excuse to use my favourite gif!
Favourite Book to Film Adaptation:
Room. This film hit me with the feels, I was crying. Again.
Favourite Post I’ve Done This Year:
The Bookish Time Travel Tag. My first Tag! If you want to take part, feel free!
Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year:
The Muse by Jessie Burton, literally three days ago. I got the hardcover. It’s stunning. The pages are red. I think this is what love feels like.
What Book Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year:
Besides all of them…? Probably Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It’s been on my TBR shelf for ages and I know I’m probably going to really love it, but I keep putting it off. It’s on this month’s TBR though, so hopefully.
If you’ve already done this tag – sorry! If I haven’t tagged you and you want to take part just imagine that your blog appeared on the list above and go for it anyway. Thanks again to icebreaker694 for tagging me!
So what about you guys? Has anyone read any of these books? Anyone want to read any of these? Thoughts? Please let me know!