I was so happy to receive this tag from Laura (readinglust), mainly because I have been slacking on my blogging responsibilities and also because I love doing tag posts. I first heard of this tag on BookTube and it looked like fun so I’m glad it made its way to blogs too!
Alright, enough babbling lets get into it!
Best Book You’ve Read in 2016
A Court of Thorns and Roses
by Sarah J. Maas
It was hard to choose just one favourite book of 2016 so far.. because there have been a couple books that fit the bill for this category, but A Court of Thorns and Roses was an unexpected discovery. I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did and I am so glad I finally picked it up. I’m so happy this series is being extended and getting more books, because this trilogy definitely deserves to be longer, I need me some more Rhysand and Lucien!
Best Sequel You’ve Read in 2016
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles)
by Marissa Meyer
Much to my annoyance I keep starting new series instead of continuing the ones I already have started, so I’ve only read two sequels so far this year. My favourite part about Scarlet was without a doubt Carswell Thorne, one of my newest fictional boyfriends.
I really miss Thorne.. I should probably get started on Cress soon so we can be reunited.
New Release You Haven’t Read But Want To..
And I Darken
by Kiersten White
I admit that when I first read the synopsis I wasn’t sold.. but after Christine (weereader) raved about it on Instagram and told me I’d love it I took the plunge and bought a copy.
Plus, I mean just LOOK at that cover. Isn’t it the most stunning thing you’ve ever seen?!
Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows)
by Leigh Bardugo
Ok, so as of this very moment I haven’t finished Six of Crows yet.. but it’s Leigh Bardugo. She stole my heart with the Grisha trilogy last year and 2016 is the year she shatters it with Six of Crows. Leigh can basically have all my money because she is an auto-buy author at this point. Need I really explain myself here?!
by Alexandra Bracken
I by no means hated Passenger, it just happens to be the book I was extremely excited to read (I even pre-ordered a copy) and certain aspects of it left a little to be desired in the end.
That being said I am going to give it’s sequel, Wayfarer, a fair chance to make up for Passenger’s short comings. There is so much possibility hidden within the pages of Wayfarer I hope to be wowed next year.
by Karina Halle
I was thoroughly surprised by how much I enjoyed Smut. The New Adult genre and I haven’t gotten along very well until I read this particular book. It was a much needed fun and nerdy read that helped me get out of a book hangover of epic proportions.
It’s also by a Canadian author, so an extra 10 house points to Ravenclaw right there! 😉
Favourite New Author
V.E./ Victoria Schwab
I’ve only read A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria so far this year, but I can already tell this woman is going to be a favourite of mine for many books to come.
I am fully planning to devour more of her work, specifically continuing the Shades of Magic trilogy and hopefully This Savage Song too. Also, it’s my mission to nab a hardback copy of Vicious for my personal library.. but it’s so expensive 😦 it breaks my heart just thinking about it.
Newest Fictional Crush
from Lady Midnight
by Cassandra Clare
It’s not unexpected to learn I have yet another fictional boyfriend from a Cassie Clare book.. there’s at least one in all her Shadowhunter series.
I already know that Mark Blackthorn is going to leave my heart in pieces by the end of this trilogy.. it wouldn’t be a Cassie Clare book otherwise right?
Newest Favourite Character
Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo
Okay, okay.. so I haven’t finished Six of Crows as of yet but I already know that Kaz is my type of character. He obviously has secrets that I need to figure out, and he definitely lives on the line that borders villainous and unforgivable.
We ALL know those types of characters are my kryptonite.
Book That Made You Cry
Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes
I was hesitant to read Me Before You, but I had heard nothing but good things about it and I had to see the movie (Sam Claflin AND Emilia Clarke, duh). With my mind set I went out and bought the book. There’s a tear drop stain near the end of the book to prove I cried haha.
Book That Made You Happy
by Rainbow Rowell
Technically this is a short story.. but regardless of its length Kindred Spirits made me happy during the time it took to read. To start with it’s about a girl who is a massive Star Wars fan, and furthermore it’s Rainbow Rowell. I grew up watching Star Wars and was equally as excited about the release of The Force Awakens as Elena was, so I felt like Elena and I were kindred spirits (sorry, that was too good to resist).
Favourite Book to Film Adaptation
Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes
I know I already used this book as an answer for a previous question, but I just watched the Me Before You movie a couple of days ago and I loved it.. absolutely adored the movie. Proof is in the fact that I was teary eyed probably only five minutes in. Sam Claflin was amazing as Will Traynor and Emilia Clarke was breath taking, I would easily watch this movie again a million times over. I need it on DVD for sure.
Favourite Post You’ve Done This Year
I would have to say my favourite post so far this year is my A Darker Shade of Magic review. I am often unsure about the quality of my reviews before and after publishing them for others to read, but the review I wrote for A Darker Shade of Magic is one of my best if I do say so myself.
Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year
A Court of Mist and Fury
by Sarah J. Maas
What Book Do You Need to Read Before the End of the Year
A Storm of Swords
by George R.R. Martin
Last year I took the plunge and started probably one of the most daunting series I have ever heard of, and I manage to read two of the five books currently published. Originally I set the goal of reading another two books in this series but I would settle for just the one if I can! We shall see what happens by the end of the year..
This was fun! It may have taken two attempts at getting this post formatted exactly how I wanted it (struggles of being a perfectionist I swear) but I did enjoy answering these questions 😀 . I’m not sure who has already done this tag, but if you’ve read this and decide to do the tag yourself ping back to me cos I would love to read your answers 😉
PS: apologies for the tiny pictures.. how I wanted to format it wasn’t cooperating with me this time around x.x which seems to be a running theme in my life these days.