I’ve seen people doing this one recently and I remembered being a bit late with it in 2017, so I’m making a point of doing it on time this year!! I always love analysing what I’ve been reading, choosing favourites and seeing other readers doing the same so make sure you leave me a comment with a link to your post if I’ve missed it!
BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2018
For how it’s stayed with me, I’d probably choose Strange the Dreamer (I know it came out last year but I was late to the party!) You can find out why I’ve picked this one by reading my gushing review. However, I’m reluctant to hand out this award because I’ve read some really gorgeous books and I’m hoping for many more before the year is finished. I want it to be excrutiatingly difficult to compile my top ten this year!!
BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018
This is the year that I have discovered The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley so I’m choosing The Storm Sister for this one because it was every bit as fantastic as the first book in the series. Usually, I adore first books and then find things tend to slide a little; however, Riley kept me just as rapt with her second book, making me laugh, cry and flail like a madwoman. If you hadn’t already guessed, I adore this series.
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO
…I could go on.
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
Nearly every one of these posts I’ve seen has picked Muse of Nightmares for this category – and with good reason! I’m dying to see how Laini Taylor will finish off this duology. I also want to give an honorary mention to another duology which will be completing in October this year but that I don’t see people talk about very often. Wicked like a Wildfire was one of my favourite books of last year and I’m hoping the sequel will be just as stunning!
In case you missed my review of this extremely problematic book, you can find it here.
I recently read If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino and I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did! It was so fun.
FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR
I’d probably choose either Lucinda Riley or Susanna Kearsley for this one. Both are authors I’ve read for the first time this year (though Kearsley was on my radar for a while before that). Clearly, I’ve been in the mood for historical fiction with a bit of romance!
NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
I don’t really get crushes on book characters but, if I had to pick, I’d echo what many people have said and go with Lazlo Strange. He’s the perfect book boyfriend.
NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER
Any one of the characters from Bone Gap. This novel was a recent read and it has one of the most well-developed casts of characters I’ve come across in literature.
BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
These are the four books that have made me shed tears in 2018 so far.
BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
This novella set in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone world details the first date of one of my favourite ever female characters, Zuzanna. It was such a freaking cute read with great illustrations!
FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION
I haven’t watched any new adaptations this year!
FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR
I really liked my discussion post about the benefits of reading for our mental health.
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR
A double award for Bone Gap! Not only does this book have a stunning cover, it is a truly beautiful story as well.
WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?
ALL OF THEM! In all honesty though, I would like to finish some series that I’ve had on the go for a while. I’ve also been keeping some books for Halloween/Christmas-time because I love a good seasonal read, so I’m looking forward to reading those!
Have you done the ‘mid-year freakout’ tag yet? If not, I tag you! 🙂