My wonderful friend Jess from Princessica Of Books tagged me for the “mid year book freak-out tag” at the beginning of July and I’ve decided to do it since this seems like a great way to recap a half year of reading without only talking about books that were released this year. I’m going to keep these answers short and sweet so I don’t question my choices too much considering I have read many amazing books so far this year.
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2016:
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016:
The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6) by Brandon Sanderson. Sanderson is always good, and Mistborn is always good, but this one in particular was phenomenal.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:
The Inside of Out looks like a very interesting read! It’s been on my radar for a while now but just hasn’t happened.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:
This would probably have to be Timekeeper by Tara Sim. I actually don’t have a ton of releases I’m waiting on this fall which is such a contrast from last year where I had a dozen books preordered…
5. Biggest disappointment:
Goldfish (aka ‘Girl Out of Water’) by Nat Luurtsema. A synchronized swimming book with poorly researched, non-existent synchronized swimming. Count me extremely disappointed and a little bit mad. I wrote a very frustrated review, too.
6. Biggest surprise:
I was actually pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed The Siren by Kiera Cass. I read The Selection by Cass because they’re kind of fun and silly books but I actually got rather attached to this standalone fantasy romance.
7. Favorite new author: (Debut or new to you)
Can I call the combination of Nina LaCour and David Levithan in You Know Me Well a new favorite author? Because I’m fairly convinced that they worked magic together.
8. Newest favorite character:
I seriously love Shallan from The Stormlight Archive. Such a funny, smart, damaged kid. 😩
9. Book that made you cry:
Some books make me tear up easier than others, but to truly make me cry I have to be very attached to the book. I cried a bit in both the middle and the end of Calamity by Brandon Sanderson because Reckoners was just one of those series I got amazingly attached to.
10. Book that made you happy:
I recently binge read the entire Eighth Day trilogy: I re-read the first two books and then read The Morrigan’s Curse by Diane K Salerni and this entire series, especially the endings of each book, makes me SO HAPPY.
11. Most beautiful book you’ve received or bought so far this year:
12. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
There aren’t any books super nagging at me, but I do plan to read: The Raven Cycle, Any Sanderson that I have not read yet, (aka Warbreaker) The Bronze Key (Magisterium #3), The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase #2), and any fall/winter ARCs that might come my way.