I did this post last year, and while struggling to come up with something to post today, I thought I’d bring it back. I know ~technically I shouldn’t be doing this until the end of the month, but some Real Life Crap happened that kind of separates my year into two pieces and I’m just gonna do it now.
I’m currently 5 books behind schedule on my goal to read 100 this year. (The goal was actually 125, but that would make me like 15 books behind, and I know I’d never catch up.) So I’ll be using the 36 books I’ve read so far to answer these questions.
1. the best book you’ve read so far in 2016
I’ve actually read a handful of really great 5-star books this year. Special shout outs to Ask Me How I Got Here, the Captive Prince trilogy, Exit Pursued by a Bear, and The Lost & Found.
2. the best sequel you’ve read so far
And Prince’s Gambit. They both were exactly what I wanted from the series. And I’m obsessed.
3. a new release you haven’t read yet
I loved The Wrath and the Dawn SO MUCH last year and this was one of my most anticipated releases of the spring. I’m sad I haven’t gotten to it yet, but I want to reread TWatD before reading this sequel/finale. Sooooon.
4. most anticipated release for late-2016
I can’t fucking wait.
5. biggest disappointment
Wow, did I ever hate this. This was one of those instances where I felt like I read an entirely different book than everyone else. All of my friends love it, but I didn’t like a single aspect of it. I thought the message was absolutely horrible too.
6. biggest surprise
I honestly had no expectations going into this. I hadn’t really heard much. I just knew that I needed to read a series for the month, and I had both books on hand. This ended up blowing me away entirely. The writing, the setting, the lore, all of it was magical and beautiful.
7. favorite new author
I’m saying Cinda Williams Chima even though technically I did read the first Seven Realms book in 2015. I’m so sad I put off this series for so long. I honestly have no idea what I was thinking because these are definitely all-time faves now.
8. newest fictional crush
Ronan Lynch. Too bad he isn’t a fan of lamps.
9. newest favorite character
Laurent of Vere is my CHILD I LOVE HIM DEARLY. Everyone who only read Captive Prince and never continued on with the series: I Know. But trust me, okay.
10. a book that made you cry
Ever find one of those books you know most people aren’t gonna love, but it seems like it was written just for you? It me, with this book.
11. a book that made you happy
Obviously. This is what Dahlia Adler books do.
12. favorite adaptation you saw this year
To be honest, I think the only book to movie adaptations I’ve seen have been superhero movies, and that’s using “book to movie adaptation” very generously.
I guess you can kiiiiiiinda count The 100 as a book to tv adaptation but like not really.
13. favorite post you’ve done so far this year
I am very, very proud of my Backlist Books reading challenge, to be very honest.
14. the most beautiful book you bought this year
Like there could be any other answer. JUST LOOK AT IT.
15. what books do you need to read before the end of the year
Oh boy. I have a List:
Six of Crows, The Winner’s Trilogy, Heartless, Gemina, A Game of Thrones, Mistborn, finish by Harry Potter reread. Plus a ton of upcoming releases like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Empire of Storms, Of Fire and Stars.