1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare — I just fell in love with this play while reading it for class. Even though this semester I read three Shakespeare plays, this was the only one where I was sobbing at end. My copy is all tabbed up and scribbled because of I read and reread even after the work for that class was done.
Honorable mentions: A Conjuring of Light and The Lies of Locke Lamora (the latter of which you’ll see mentioned a lot in this tag).
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab — Perfect finale. It also consolidated Shades of Magic as one of my favorite series of all time. I still get emotional thinking about these characters.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas — I’ve been hearing mixed things about this one… okay mainly that it doesn’t live up to ACOMAF
which I didn’t love all that much. Still, I must finish this trilogy because I really do like the characters. Also I feel like I’m the only person that hates the cover… why that color, why?
Honorable mention: Our Dark Duet which was released like a week ago and still hasn’t arrived at my house. I need it.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan — I love this author a lot, but somehow I never got around reading Turn of the Story. Now I’m kind of glad I didn’t because I get to enjoy it in complete book form.
Honorable mention: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.
5. Biggest disappointment.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle — I just couldn’t connect with the story. Like, I don’t want to rant about a beloved classic that clearly meant a lot to people, but it just never clicked for me. Maybe Middle Grade is just not my genre because the other contender for this spot is the Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce.
6. Biggest surprise.
Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong — I was utterly swept away by this poetry collection. I sobbed my eyes out and read in one sitting without meaning to.
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Laini Taylor — I had heard a lot about Taylor’s writing, but does it dazzle. I just fell in love with her style and sense of humor, and now I want to read everything else she has written. Daughter of Smoke & Bone also happened to be the first book I finished this year!
8. Newest fictional crush.
Locke Lamora from the Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch — I can actually pin point the precise moment when I started loving Locke (“Nice bird, asshole”). I have a thing for clever and cocky dudes; it’s a problem. The fact that I picture him as Richard Madden certainly helps.
Honorable mention: Akiva from Daughter of Smoke & Bones, my morally ambigous, lost angel.
9. Newest favourite character.
Antoinette Conway from The Secret Place by Tana French — Even though she is not the main character, I love how unapologetic she is! I can’t wait to read from her point of view in The Trespasser. French excels at writing complex female characters.
Honorable mention: Locke, Jeanne, Sabetha and Ezri from the Gentleman Bastard books. Also the whole cast of characters from Julius Caesar.
10. Book that made you cry.
Station Eleven by Emily St. Mendel — I bawled so hard when reading this book. It’s not just that what was happening was sad or whatever, but some details just caught me off guard and left me sobbing. It was one of those reading experience where you have to stop for a breath and because your eyes ache.
Honorable mention: The Sky is Everywhere which had me crying at regular intervals because, damn, Jandy Nelson and her gut-punching portrayal of grief..
11. Book that made you happy.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch — Okay, so I promised myself I wouldn’t repeat books, but nothing has made me grin and laugh more than listening to the audiobooks of this series. The banter is so good, but also the style itself can be very humorous. I look like an idiot just laughing by myself while I listen to this.
Also the first two books tore my heart out. #writinggoals
Honorable mention: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, which I read before but never ceases to be delightful.
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor — I actually refused to buy anything but the UK cover because it’s so gorgeous. The gold, the blue, the typography! I could stare at it all day. I swear it’s even prettier in real life.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood — Not counting all the series that I want to finish too, I really hope I get to this novel in the next few months. This book has been on my TBR since 2013. I’ve own it for over a year. I’ve read and loved other Atwood books enough that she’s probably among my favorite authors. I have no idea why I haven’t devoured this.
Honorable mention: Deathless by Catherynne Valente (this will be the year I read a Valente book I swear).
Bonus: Goodreads Challenge Update
I’m doing pretty well! I’ve read 44 book as of this late June, many of them are play I had to read for university, though. 9 books ahead from my goal of 75, but now I’m think I may try to do 100. To be on track for that, I need to finish six book before June ends… *nervous laughter*. I’m still going to try though.