I’m really trying to get back into bookish blogging and I really felt like blogging today but I had no idea what to blog about. So I thought why not do a book tag? Every year, around this time of the year, this book tag starts floating around to evaluate and look at what books you’ve read this year so it seemed like the perfect tag to do.
As of the 25th of June 2018, I’ve read 61 books this year which I’m really happy about. My goal was 52 which I have surpassed so now my goal is 75. I’m hoping for 100 but I don’t think that’s very likely. This year, I started including re-reads in my reading challenge (which goodreads now allows you to do) and I’ve been loving re-reading a lot of my favourites this year.
Best book of the year so far
I have discovered a bunch of new favourites this year and I can’t pick just one as they are all of such different genres. Some new favourites of mine are My So Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma (This book was made for me, as you can probably tell from the title), Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman, State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury (obviously), Warcross by Marie Lu and Eliza and her Monsters by Francessa Zappia.
Best sequel you’ve read so far
I haven’t read very many sequels this year but two sequels that come to mind are Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff as well as Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton. They were both great conclusions to their series.
New release you haven’t read yet but you want to
So many! I’m very far behind on new releases atm as I’ve been focusing on getting my TBR down but one book in particular that I need to read ASAP is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. There is so much hype for that book and I want to jump on that bandwagon. I especially want to read it soon as she’s doing a UK tour and I would love to go see her.
Most anticipated release of the rest of the year
This is without a doubt, Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. Any new Cassandra Clare book is automatically my most anticipated release of the year (unless Rainbow Rowell is releasing a new book in which case it is tied) but the hype for QOAAD is immense right now. I’m so ready for it, especially after the cliffhanger at the end of Lord of Shadows.
Another book I’m highly anticipating is Wildcard by Marie Lu because Warcross was one of my favourite books of this year so I am eager to see how it ends.
Sadly there have been a few disappointments this year. I really didn’t like Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed for many different reasons. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertali wasn’t bad but I was disappointed because it wasn’t as good as her previous books. Finally, I binge read the Poison Study series by Maria V Snyder this year and whilst I had fun, I don’t get the hype. It was interesting but some of the books in the series were so boring.
That has to be The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I started reading it thinking that it would just be a generic romance that I would read in a day and forget about after a few days but it has stayed with me. I loved the romance and I’ve already re-read it twice.
Favourite new author (debut or new to you)
There are many new authors I read from this year that I loved but one author that I really loved was Francesca Zappia who wrote Eliza and her Monsters. I finished this book and immediately wanted to re-read it because of how great it was. I can’t wait to re-read it at some point.
Newest fictional crush
Honestly none. There hasn’t been a great guy in any of the books that I’ve read that has made my fictional crush list unless you count Will and Jem from my re-reads of The Infernal Devices.
New favourite character
This would actually be Matthew Fairchild from Cast Long Shadows, which is one of Cassandra Clare’s latest novellas. I don’t usually love her novellas but this one was amazing. It sets up perfectly for The Last Hours, her next series, and I can’t wait to delve further into Matthew Fairchild as a character next year.
Book that made you cry
No book has ever made me cry. Clockwork Princess is the closest I’ve ever been to crying but still didn’t cry because I’m basically heartless.
Book that made you happy
This year, My So Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma made me the happiest. I basically had a smile on my face for the whole book and I know that I will re-read it whenever I want to smile.
Favourite book to film adaptation of the year
I mean, is anyone going to say anything other than Love, Simon? What a film. Though, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Hate U Give look like they will give it a run for its money for the best book adaptation award at the end of this year. (not like it’s an actual award)
Favourite review you’ve written so far this year
Lol reviews? What are those? I’ve written two reviews this year; State of Sorrow and The Belles and honestly, I think they’re both pretty mediocre. I need to step up my reviewing game.
Most beautiful book of the year
Out of the ones I have read this year, the Rebel of the Sands trilogy is beautiful as are State of Sorrow and The Sun is Also A Star.
Books you need to read by the end of the year
So many! As I said earlier, I need to read Children of Blood and Bone for sure. I also want to read The Kane Chronicles, The Young Elites trilogy and the Noughts and Crosses series. I need to do serious catch up with some book series.
So that was the mid-year book freakout tag. What’s the best book you’ve read this year?