I’ve done this tag for the past couple years and I love doing it. Once Spring hits, I always look forward to it and this year is no exception. I hate reserving the end of the year to talk about the best books we’ve recently read and I think this is a great way to showcase books read that may be forgotten once December rolls around.
best book read in 2017 so far
It’s a tie between We Are Okay by Nina LaCour and Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. They both got 5 stars from me and I honestly can’t decide between the two. They’re so wildly different but hit me in such an emotional way, bringing me to tears.
best sequel read this year
I’ve only read one sequel this year, so it wins by default, but it was still really good! The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie ended the series exactly how I wanted it to.
new release you haven’t read yet, but want to
Oh god there’s so many. I only read like a book a week, so needless to say, I’m pretty behind on new releases. I’m really looking forward to finally reading Windwitch by Susan Dennard, The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid, One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus, and Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde.
most anticipated release for late 2017
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo!! Honestly the end of 2016 changed me and now I’m a Bardugo fan. Are we in the Upside Down?
biggest disappointment of the year so far
The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins. Ughhh GUYS. This was described as a girl choosing to die by DRAGON FIRE instead of getting married! And she was supposed to inherit his powers! Instead, it was awful, tropey, racist, a clear rip off of Game of Thrones without having the decency to pretend it wasn’t, and it had the nerve to give the girl mad weapon skillz without actually training her. Not even a training montage!
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. Not that I really thought I wouldn’t like it, but there was a lot of hype surrounding it and I really didn’t think it would live up to all those expectations. However, it’s now a new all-time fave and I loved it so much.
new favorite author
And Seanan McGuire wins again! I’ve read Every Heart, and now I’m working on Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day and it’s absolutely breathtaking. Hopefully by the time this posts I’ll also have finished Down Among the Sticks and Bones.
newest fictional crush
Hands down Devi from Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach. I’ve only read very little of this so far but Devi is amazing and I love her.
newest favorite character
I don’t know if this counts, but I’m doing it. After reading like half of Crooked Kingdom I’ve now switched allegiance. Nina used to be my fave but now I can’t get enough of Kaz Brekker.
a book that made you cry
I already mentioned Every Heart a Doorway so now I’m going to bring up my other 5-star read of the year and that’s We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. I’m still filled with this bleak sense of emptiness when I think about that novel and I think I’ll be haunted by it for a while.
a book that made you happy
So easy: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Oh it was so much fun and so witty and funny and Felicity is perfection.
favorite adaptation you saw this year
Well, I don’t think I’ve seen any? Having a baby makes movie-going difficult lol. But I can say that I do like where The 100 is going. That finale fucked me all the way up.
favorite post you’ve done this year
This is so silly and not even book related at all, but on St Patrick’s Day I did a day in the life post and I love it. Look how cute my family is!
the most beautiful book you bought this year
I’m obsessed with my UK copy of Caraval by Stephanie Garber! I got the rose cover which is just so fitting because Rosie.
books you need to read before the end of the year
I’m trying not to get too hung up on what I read and how fast or how often, and actually it’s serving me well. I’m right on track with my 50 books challenge for the year. But I do want to do some series catch up with Windwitch by Susan Dennard and Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I’d also really like to read some of the adult books on my shelves like finishing the Paradox series by Rachel Bach and reading The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee.