Since this has been going around for awhile on the booktube/book blog world I’ve been wanting to do this tag for awhile but have never got around to it in the past. This is a great tag to do if you want to talk about the books you’ve read about for the first have of the year and to look ahead. I tag Liz at lizsbookbucketlist and Sarah at wordswithsarah to do this tag as well!
Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?
I’ve read some really good books this year but if I had to choose my favorite it would have to be The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Such a wonderful, powerful, epic tale of sacrifice, redemption and love. If you want more of my thoughts see my review here.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?
While not a sequel but a series ender, Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han was my favorite book in a series that I read this year. It was so hard to say goodbye to this crop of characters! Han really knows how to write teen romance novels! Like her other’s in this series, Always and Forever was filled with so much joy and heart to the very last page!
A new release you haven’t read, but want to?
A bit of surprise for me, I am really wanting to pick up There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins when it publishes in September. I am not much of a horror fan, but I will read anything that this woman writes! Maybe the phone book is next?
Most anticipated release for the second half of 2017?
I would love to read Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills when it comes out in December. I am a lover of romance novels and have heard great things about this author plus the premise sounds really good!
Biggest disappointment of 2017?
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena was my biggest let down so far this year. I felt nothing for the characters which is a pretty important for me even if the characters are villains. I felt like it was trying to me something it wasn’t so it was big let down unfortunately!
Biggest surprise of 2017?
My biggest surprise of the year for me has to be The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. This was such a great novel for multiple reasons. Its treatment of popular YA tropes, male-male romance and dystopian/scifi themes made this an action packed, powerful thrill ride.
Favorite new author of 2017?
Renee Carlino is defintely my favorite new-to-me author so far this year! I read Swear on This Life earlier this year and was blown away!
Newest Fiction Crush?
Adam Foxe from The Foxe and The Hound by R.S. Grey is most recent fictional crush. I love the banter between Adam and Madeline and his affinity for dogs! Melts my heart every time!
Newest Favorite Character(s)?
I have two–Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Bernadette from Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Both characters are bright, larger the life characters full of complexity and wit! I couldn’t put either of these books down and they will stick with me for a very long time!
Book that made you cry?
For this I have to go with A List of Cages by Robin Roe. I don’t cry very much when reading but I definitely found this book very emotional and its treatment young people and abuse is deeply moving.
Book that made you happy?
Here is where I have another tie! I’m going with When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon AND I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo. Both books definitely gave the warm and fuzzy feeling while reading. I loved the diversity of the characters and how strong, bright and independent both girls were. They are perfect “cutesy contemporaries” to read when you feeling the need!
Favorite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen in 2017?
Sadly I’ve seen very few book-to-movie adaptations this year but the one that most comes to mind in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. While the film did have it’s flaws I did feel it did a wonderful of highlighting the deep, emotional pain that Conor goes through and the casting of Liam Neeson as the monster was PERFECT!
Favorite review you’ve written this year?
My favorite review to write this year was most definitely for We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. This was an incredible novel with such superb writing and it should not be missed. One of my favorite YA novels in recent years. You can find my review here.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year?
While this has not been read yet, I recently purchased My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris and it is absolutely beautiful! There is a reason it costs $40 for the paperback. The illustrations are absolutely divine! I cannot wait to read it!
What books do you really need to read by the end of the year?
Ugh, so many… 🙂