Hi dear friends!
I’ve seen this tag like …everywhere and it just seemed like an excellent idea as it’s a way to look back on my year so far!
As far as the reading challenge goes on Goodreads I am 13 books ahead!!!! Squee!
I have read 63 books so far. Not bad at all considering my hectic life these last months 😀
Now let’s get to the hard part of this tag: choosing!
I hate choosing so you’ll probably see several winners in some categories but I will try really hard to keep it under control!
Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
I loved The City of Brass, Skyward, Method, Salt to the Sea and Jersey Six but there was just that something …exhilarating, fun and imaginative in Margaret’s book that it’s been my favorite so far.
Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019
The Kingdom of Copper
That one was easy as all the Daevabad series is a huge favorite to me! It was even better than The Wicked King (Gasp!)
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To
To this day it’s Dev1at3 by Jay Kristoff!
The good news is that I will begin reading it in a few hours 😀
Most Anticipated Release of the Second Half of 2019
Haaaaa here it gets tricky! But I will limit this one to two books (with great difficulties!)
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (I would give a kidney to get a physical ARC but as there is one chance on a milliard to happen I think my kidney is safe).
The Dragon Republic by RF Kuang
And yet I am frightened by this release as I think it will crush my heart and the characters will really be spared nothing!
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
I was enamored with Furyborn and was on pins and needles for that one! So it pained me enormously when I realized that I did not like it at all. Worse: I really seem to be the odd one here!
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Everyone was raving about “that Sanderson guy” and I thought I should give it a try one of these days. I tried the audiobook and was really swept off my feet in barely a few sentences. Knocked out!
Jersey Six by Jewel E Ann
That one is to be taken literally as “the biggest surprise” as it has a huge twist that I never ever saw coming!
Favorite New to You or Debut Author:
I have also loved SA Chakraborty (new to me and debut author), Robin Roe and Brandon Sanderson but Salt to the Sea stole my heart, pure and simple.
Ha! That’s a hard question!!! I have probably three favorites this year: Johnny from Binding 13 and Keeping 13 by Chloe Walsh; Ivan from Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata and Kal from Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Both athletes, both very protective of their girl.
Esme! From The Bride Test.
She was so courageous, hard working, determined and caring!
Book That Made You Cry:
Covet by Ella James
This was also a formidable book. Complex, heartbearking and with triggers.
Book That Made You Happy:
From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata; The Bride Test by Helen Hoang and Sorcery of Thorns
Book to Movie Adaptation:
Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman
It is not a movie yet but has been auctioned and I can’t wait! Oh and I am also in love with
Favorite Blog Post of Mine:
Well that’s a really hard one!!! Probably the one where I muse about publishing houses having it wrong by ignoring international bloggers.
Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year?
Another hard one! I should ask my friends about this!
I think my favorite is Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T Sullivan (click on the graphic to read it)
Most Beautiful Book You Bought or Received So Far This Year?
I will go with Sorcery of Thorns! The cover is by Charlie Bowater (same as for Skyward and Aurora Rising by the way) and I absolutely loved it! I even bought the Owlcrate special to have a second variation of the cover.
What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year?
Ha! Too many! Here are a few ….
Yes this is done! Now do we share some books? Feel free to take the tag!
Thanks for reading.