I thought this book tag / summary sounded really fun, so I took it from Instagram where my friend Ally tagged me.
Anyone reading can also tag themselves! Let me know so I can read your answers 😀
Best book you’ve read so far in 2017
This question will probably help me read more books this year. I’ve been having trouble getting into books lately, and while some months I read 4 or 5 books, others I finished NOTHING AT ALL. And I think I just discovered the reason: I haven’t been liking a lot of the books I read! So maybe I haven’t been inspired to read more because I’ve been picking a lot of disappointing and okay-ish books.
With that being said, I think one of the best books I read this year was Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. It had everything a YA fandom inspired novel should have, including an introverted (and too relatable) protagonist. (Review Here) I was also pleasantly surprised by The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, it wasn’t a silly romance as I expected, but a creepy gothic drama similar to Frankenstein. (Review Here).
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017
I have read two sequels this year and they weren’t as good as the originals: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han, which for me wasn’t as cute as the first book in the series (I even stopped shipping the main couple!). The other sequel I read was A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. I didn’t love this book because I thought one of the main characters (Laia) was extremely annoying, but I enjoyed the other POVs and had fun getting to know what happened after An Ember in the Ashes. So I guess this one was the best sequel I read (and also the second worst sequel I read). Review Here.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
I definitely want to get The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas because of the social/political message that I assume comes with the story. Also want to get When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. And I already started Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab!
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Most of the books I was expecting already came out, so for the second half I’m most excited for the next Harry Potter illustrated book! Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Definitely Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It wasn’t as epic as I expected. And I also couldn’t fall in love with the characters. (Review Here). I’m still thinking about getting the sequel because I want to know what happens with a certain character… I’ll probably listen to the audiobook or read the spoilers on Wikipedia.
I actually liked a self-help book! That’s the biggest book surprise ever. But it’s true, I listened to You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero and had fun, learned some tips on productivity and creativity, and generally got inspired to keep doing my art and stuff. It’s definitely a bit cheesy sometimes, but the narrator/author was fun enough that I didn’t get bored.
Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)
Amy Harmon. My friend Mikaella from @Pikamikareads urged me to read something from her new favorite author and I’m glad I did! I read The Bird and The Sword and even though I think it had some flaws, I fell in love with her writing style and the way she treats her characters.
Newest fictional crush
Kjell from The Bird and The Sword. Also Helene Aquilla from A Torch Against The Night.
Newest favorite character
Read previous answer! (It seems like I can’t like a character without having a crush at the same time…)
Book that made you cry
Eliza and Her Monsters. I think it was a combination of having a rough week and feeling incredibly close to the main character (I was literally her when I was younger). But it made me cry because it felt so close to me and so real. (Review Here).
Book that made you happy
These two beautiful and extremely cute comic books! I can’t not smile when I pick them up and I’ve been recommending them to everyone, everywhere. Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen is a collection of Sarah’s Scribbles (a.k.a. the most relatable internet comic in history). And I Am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton is a collection of Pusheen drawings and a look into her comfy cat life.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night. I got this book from the publisher (Unboxing Here) and was immediately attracted to the beautiful art on the cover. I’m still reading this one and will have a review by the release date (July 21, 2017).
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
All the books I already started but abandoned! I don’t want to start a new year and still have pending books, especially because I would probably forget about the things I read and would have to start all over again.