I was tagged by my friend Denise from Dandelionn Wine Reviews to do the Mid-Year Book Freakout. I love doing tags, as you all know, so I’m excited to jump into this one! I’m about 6 books behind on my Goodreads challenge at the time of writing this, clocking in just 48 books read out of the 100 I plan to read.
1. best book you’ve read so far in 2015
I read Black Iris by Leah Raeder back in mid-March and it’s still the best book I’ve read this year. It’s one of my all-time favorites, honestly. The protagonist, while very different from me in a lot of ways, was also too much like me that it hurt sometimes. This book cracked me open and I still haven’t recovered.
2. the best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015
I read the Hex Hall trilogy in less than a week after getting the first book as my Epic Rec from Lili. I love this trilogy a whole lot more than I ever though I would, and Demonglass is my favorite of the three. All about the torture ship.
3. new release you haven’t read yet
I had an ARC of The Heart of Betrayal a while back, but I gave it away because I couldn’t get into it. Fast forward a few months, and I buy a copy immediately after it’s released. I’ve heard that a lot of my theories come true in this book so I neeed to read it!
4. most anticipated release for late-2015
As if you even had to ask.
5. biggest disappointment
In an unexpected twist of events, I present to you an Ugh of Ugh and Ughs. I cannot believe this book and Heir of Fire were written by the same person. I hated everything about ACOTAR, from the writing, the main character, the “romance” and just literally everything. I am SO angry and disappointed and it gets worse every time I think about it.
6. biggest surprise
I have no idea why Lili thought I would like this, but she was totally right! This series was so much fun, the romance was perfect, the characters were lovable. It was laugh-out-loud funny. I can’t believe I waited this long to read it.
7. favorite new author
It’s a damn shame that I waited until this year to finally read a Courtney Summers book. I tried in the past to read This is Not a Test but found it too triggering. But her contemporary release, All the Rage was perfect. I need to read her others, and I even own What Goes Around.
8. newest fictional crush
So I haven’t actually finished ADSOM yet but I’m gonna go with everyone from ADSOM. Gimme all of the characters. Kell, Lila, Rhy, Holland EVERYONE.
9. newest favorite character
This was a hard one, but I have to go with Etta from Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz. Never have I read a book with such a strong sense of voice. Etta is 1000000% Etta and nobody else. I felt so connected to her struggles with eating disorders and not having your bisexuality validated by those around you. This book was so good and we need more l/b/p young women of color leading our YA books.
10. a book that made you cry
I actually reread Jellicoe Road this year and that made me cry way harder than SF did, but since it was a reread, I decided to give the spot to Frankie. God, I loved this book so much. Melina Marchetta just has this way with characters and taking these enormous emotions and pulling them into small, little books. Like how can I feel this much about a few characters that I’ve known for less than 250 pages? It’s just the Marchetta way. I can’t explain it.
11. a book that made you happy
Obviously! Much squeeing, much giggling, much rolling around on the floor from the straight up CUTENESS of the ship! Bri/Van is the ultimate adorable, swoony, head-over-heels romance that you all need to read immediately. You will not stop smiling.
12. favorite adaptation you saw this year
The only film adaptation I think I’ve seen this year was 50 Shades and I refuse to list that as my favorite anything unless it’s favorite train wreck.
13. favorite post you’ve done so far
I make it a point to love every post I put up on here, but my ultimate fave (aside from Bookish Bingo) is my ARC Envy post. I think no matter when you read it, it’s still valid. Check it out.
14. most beautiful book you bought this year
I have purchased So. Many. books this year, it’d be impossible to comb through them and decide which one was the prettiest. So I’m going with a recent purchase: The Adventure Collection box set.
15. what books do you need to read before the end of the year?
Oh god so many! I want to read a bunch of series including: the Black Dagger Brotherhood, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I have a bunch of ARCs I’d love to get to soon, like Hunter and Six of Crows and Truthwitch. And let’s not forget a bunch of late-2015 sequels like Winter and Queen of Shadows.
Tagging Alexia and YOU!