Hello everyone! Sorry for being very M.I.A lately, this exam season was rough. I thought I’d revive this blog with a good tag! I’ve scoured my ‘read-in-2017’ shelf on goodreads (side note: thank you GR for existing, you make tags so much easier) and of the 40 something books I’ve read so far, this is what I was able to conjure up…
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Best book you’ve read so far in 2017
It’s a three way tie between Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017
I haven’t read many sequels and the few I have read haven’t been that enjoyable… so I’ve decided to go with Becky Albertalli’s companion novel to Simon vs. The Homosapiens agenda; The Upside of Unrequited
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
I have been number one of the waitlist for Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare for months and I can’t handle the wait much longer
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
!!!Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo!!! Have I made my excitement clear?!!!
Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica, there are a few reasons I disliked this and the majority can be attributed to the fact I listened to it via audiobook
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – I had heard many criticisms about this and my expectations were a little low, however I was so charmed by the characters and impressed with the intricacy of this world. I can’t wait to see how it’s improved upon in the forthcoming books.
Hunted by Meagan Spooner – I honestly didn’t want to read about a girl who “isn’t like the other girls” but this book surprisingly didn’t go down that road and this retelling of Beauty and the Beast was really enjoyable.
Favourite new author (debut or new to you)
Susan Dennard, author of the Witchland series and Something Strange and Deadly series.
Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give.
Newest fictional crush
Merik from Truthwitch gives me Chaol Westfall vibes circa Crown of Midnight and I was LIVING for it.
Newest favourite character
Madeline McKenzie from Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is my soul sister
Book that made you cry
The Upside of Unrequited was so relatable and The Hate U Give was too real and I love them both so much even though they made me cry.
Book that made you happy
Wonder Woman Volume Two: Year One – the characters from this book were so charming and I loved seeing their relationships with one another develop. (Also it’s the first WW graphic novel I’ve truly enjoyed.)
Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I honestly buy very little books per year, so I will have to go with a library book I technically ‘received’… which would be the UK edition of Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer. So. Damn. Beautiful.
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – I just need this in my life already
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – apparently this series improves? (well, that statement is only true if you weren’t 100% satisfied with ACOTAR)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I’ve been meaning to read this one since it’s release but the hype still hasn’t DIED
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Thanks for reading as always!