This isn’t the sort of thing I’ve done before – which makes it quite exciting! This is a tag I saw on the Bookavid’s blog and thought, “hey, that looks fun, maybe I’ll give it a go!” It’s basically just a low-down what I’ve read so far in 2017.
For every book I’ve mentioned, I’ve linked either to my review of it or to the Goodreads page if I haven’t reviewed it.
So, let’s get on with it!
1. Best Book I Read This Year
We simply have to start with a hard one, don’t we? I think I’m going to have to say The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson, because of how all those masterfully those plot threads were woven together, and THAT ENDING.
2. Best sequel I Read This Year
Alas, I think this one has to be The Hero Of Ages, too. After all, the Mistborn trilogy includes the only sequels I’ve read this year, and it was better than The Well of Ascension.
3. New Release I Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To
Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor – it sounds interesting and I want to give it a go!
4. Most Anticipated New Release Of The Second Half Of The Year
This is a no-brainer for me. One of my favourite authors, Kristin Cashore, hasn’t released a new book for about five years now, so I’m super excited to read her upcoming book Jane, Unlimited when it’s released in September!
5. Biggest Disappointment
Another no-brainer. I picked up Talon by Julie Kagawa looking forward to a badass fantasy about dragons. Instead, I got modern-day teens (who happen to be dragons in disguise) spending summer at the beach, prose I didn’t like, and a love triangle – ugh. I was not impressed.
6. Biggest Surprise
That I still haven’t finished Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu! It’s been like a year since I started it now. This is getting ridiculous.
7. Favourite New-To-Me Author
Unsurprisingly, Brandon Sanderson! I wish I’d heard of him sooner.
8. Newest Fictional Crush
I don’t really have many fictional crushes – mostly just favourite characters and favourite romantic relationships – but I did love Jest from Heartless by Marissa Meyer.
9. Newest Favourite Character
Oh no, don’t ask me that! Don’t make me choose! I really liked Denna and Mare from Of Fire And Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, but I think my favourites have to be from one of Sanderson’s books. I absolutely loved Sarene from Elantris, as well as Vin, Kelsier, Sazed, and Elend from the Mistborn books.
10. Book That Made Me Cry
I may have cried at Heartless and The Final Empire, I can’t quite remember. But I definitely cried at The Hero Of Ages – I was on a plane at the time and wanted to absolutely sob my eyes out.
11. Book That Made Me Happy
I enjoyed the vast majority of the books I’ve read so far this year, though I’m not sure I’d say that they made me happy – they’re good books, fabulous books, but none of them are happy books, and some of them are downright tragic in the end. But Of Fire And Stars was an easy, enjoyable read that left me with a nice, fluffy feeling, so I think that’s close enough to “happy”.
12. Favourite Book To Film Adaptation
I can’t even remember what films I’ve watched this year! I know I watched The Book Thief at some point, either in the last few months or late last year, and that was a good adaptation.
13. Favourite Post I’ve Done This Year
14. Most Beautiful Book I’ve Bought Or Received This Year
15. Books I Need To Read By The End Of The Year
My current read is The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, and of course I need to finish Twelve Kings! And then there’s pretty much everything else on my to-read list, including The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb.
What’re the best books you’ve read this year? Let me know in the comments!
And let me know if you decide to do this tag too – I’d love to hear about what you’ve been reading so far this year!
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