Can someone tell me how and where half the year has gone by? Because I’m really confused. I even finished another semester of classes! Last year around this time I found what Blink-182 actually means, and it’s so true. 182 days (half the year) passes by in what seems like a blink.
I didn’t do this tag last year because by the time I found time to blog, it was already pretty late. I did do it in 2016, though, and I found it to be the perfect tag to record and update your reading.
I have my Goodreads reading challenge open, ready to answer, so let’s get to it!
1. Best book you’ve read this year?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, hands down! What a good book! I totally get the hype it’s been having ever since before it’s release. It’s an amazing book about Black Lives Matter following a girl called Starr after she witnesses her unarmed best friend being shot by a policeman.
2. Best sequel you’ve read this year?
Honestly I haven’t read many sequels, especially considering I’m still my book slump from March*. I’ll say Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli because despite my mixed feelings about it, it’s the best sequel I’ve read so far.
*I’m not worried, though. I’m sure once the kdrama obsession goes down, I’ll be back to books.
3. New release you haven’t read yet but want to?
Definitely choosing A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews for this one! She’s an awesome blogger whom I’ve been following for over a year. Her taste in books is brilliant, her writing is really cool and her personality speaks to me. I know for a fact that I’ll love her book and I cannot wait to get to it.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare! It was initially slated for a 2019 release (which BROKE my heart because I finished reading Lord of Shadows right after it’s release in 2017) but later was preponed to mid-2018. But I checked again and now it says December 2018 so let’s hope it does release because I NEED it like I need air.
5. Biggest disappointment?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is one of my favourite books currently. I didn’t like A Court of Thorns and Roses (book 1) so I was really surprised that I liked book 2. A Court of Wings and Ruin was a small disappointment but it was okay.
Now, A Court of Frost and Starlight was supposed to be EPIC but it crashed down on me like ice rain. I gave it 2 stars and that’s hardly. I kinda hated it.
6. Biggest surprise?
From time to time, especially since my romance phase last year, I check out New Adult new releases and read if something sounds really good.
I read From Lukov, With Love by Mariana Zapata purely because the MC* is a figure skater. I watched the movie Ice Princess and I was totally enthralled by this new thing called figure skating (which I’d heard of didn’t really know about).
I liked the relationship growth the most but I also liked the MC’s determination.
7. Favourite new-to-you or debut author?
Dhonielle Clayton, author of The Belles. I read it because of the hype and fell in love with the world! The idea is super nice. It tackles body issues in a new way and also portrays it in a fantasy world!
8. New fictional crush?
Ivan Lukov from From Lukov, With Love!
9. Newest favourite character?
Emika Chen from Warcross by Marie Lu.
10. Book that made you cry?
Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern. I reread the book recently and it still gave me all the feels like the first time.
11. Book that made you happy?
American Panda by Gloria Chao. This is such a nice YA book! There’s diversity, fluff and info about a whole new culture which I totally liked.
12. Favourite book-to-film adaptation?
Love, Simon definitely! I watched it recently and it gave me all the feels.
I do have a few mixed feelings, though. I didn’t like a couple very key things that they changed from the book which were things that made me love the book more. So, yeah. I’ll probably write a post about the movie soon, once I have the time.
13. Favourite post you have done so far?
I really like my review on While You Were Sleeping, a Koream drama. It’s the first one I watched and the one that got me into Kdramas. It’s also super nice so I spent a lot of time on the review and I’m quite proud of it.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?
I bought Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and The Night circus by Erin Morgernstern recently and I absolutely LOVE their covers! I can’t choose one between them, nope.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Well, I have a lot but I don’t usually keep TBRs or set what books to read because I’m a mood reader. A VERY moody mood reader. My mood is what decides what I read and hence I also end up reading multiple books at once depending on my moods throughout the day.
What’s the most beautiful book you’ve bought this year? Which book-to-movie adaptation is your favourite? Which book read this year is your favourite? Tell me all in the comments!