This is a tag I have seen going around Booktube for the past few years so I figured I would do it as well because it seems really fun!
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019.
The best book I have read so far this year would definitely have to be An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I haven’t finished the books yet (I only have 100 pages to go) but it has honestly been a long time since I have been this invested in a story.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019.
The best sequel I have read this year would be My Solo Exchange Diary (Vol. 1 & 2) by Kabi Nagata. They are follow up novels to My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and I loved everything about them. The art was simplistic but very aesthetically appealing to me and I felt like I could relate to a lot of the things the author was saying.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
There are so many! For now I will say I am mostly looking forward to reading Wilder Girls by Rory Power (which comes out literally a few hours from now!) or Middlegame by Seanan Mcguire. I have seen very high praise for both and both of the synopses were really intriguing to me so I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on them!
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
100% without a doubt I want Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. She has been one of my favorite authors since 2013 and I happily devour anything and everything she puts out
5. Biggest disappointment.
The Dead by James Joyce. It was so far from my cup of tea that I actually kinda regret reading it. I probably should have went against what everyone said and looked up a synopsis before I read it so I could have saved myself the trouble.
6. Biggest surprise.
I think my biggest surprise was how much I enjoyed The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. It isn’t a bad book at all but the set up of the plot at the beginning and Blue’s personality/actions for the first half of the book was a little hard for me to get through at first. However, I eventually got used to it and the plot picked up a lot which lead me to love the story and love the characters. I definitely need to read the rest of the series (I wish my library would stock the sequel books).
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Definitely Sabaa Tahir
8. Newest fictional crush.
ELIAS VETURIUS. I would marry that man in a heartbeat. He is too good for this world (from what I have read in the first book, at least).
9. Newest favourite character.
To change things up, I think one of my new favorite characters would have to be Circe from Madeline Miller’s book. Her voice is such a pleasure to read and her character is honestly refreshing to me.
10. Book that made you cry.
They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera. I know that the title spoils the main point of the book but it still hit me when it happened. Hard.
11. Book that made you happy.
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. I decided to pick up the book after watching the third movie and it was really cute! Even when things would go wrong it still filled me with a lot of happiness and laughter.
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
My Illumicrate Exclusive version of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo AND my signed and personalized B&N copy of the same book. I will treasure both of them for the rest of my life.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
So many. My “currently reading” shelf on Goodreads is already at 14 books or so and some of those books have been on my shelf for YEARS.