ANOTHER book tag, Megan?! Yup. Another book tag. Lately I have been focusing all of my energy on Camp NaNoWriMo, and have had very little motivation left over for reading or writing review. I was at a bit of a loss for what to do for a post, but came across this tag on a few different accounts and loved it. So here we are, a bit late considering Mid Year would have been the end of June, and now we are ending July, but alas, such is life.
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019.
Wow, let’s just start off with the tough questions, shall we? I have read SO MANY amazing books this year, but I can say that the one that stuck with me the most is actually one of the first I read. This dubious honor goes to Endsinger by Jay Kristoff. In fact, the whole Lotus War trilogy can claim this accolade, but Endsinger most of all for the pure emotional upheaval it caused.
I did a full series review earlier this year, so click the link and check that out!
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019.
If we take Endsinger out of the equation (it already won Best Book, so we don’t need to inflate its ego even more), then it’s a tie between Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare and Finale by Stephanie Garber.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Oh, you mean my entire TBR? We Hunt the Flame, The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm, The Traitor’s Ruin, The Red Scrolls of Magic, Sorcery of Thorns……………….. the list goes ever on.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
DARKDAWN!!!! DARKDAWN, DARKDAWN, DARKDAWN!!!!
5. Biggest disappointment.
Other than the truly awful book I was asked to review for a tour (which I won’t count because I had no expectations going into it), I would have to say Pride by Ibi Zoboi. I wanted so badly to love it, and just didn’t. It was so good in parts, and fell so flat in others. Just not my cup of tea.
6. Biggest surprise.
Stain by A.G. Howard. I haven’t been the biggest fan of her works in the past, but this came in a UnicornCrate and I always try and read my sub box books. Imagine my surprise when I was sucked right into the world and the story! I loved every minute and will be reading it again someday for sure!! Click the link to see my full review post!
7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you).
I think I’ll have to go with Brandon Sanderson! I hadn’t actually read any of his books – despite rave reviews from all – until I read Skyward. Which I LOVED. I will definitely be exploring his works further going forward.
8. Newest fictional crush.
I’m sure this will be the same answer a lot of people give, but Fin and Kal from Aurora Rising. I loved them when I read the eARC early in the year, and my love only grew when I listened to the audiobook. It doesn’t hurt their cause that they are both voiced by incredible men for the audiobook. Steve West could read a phone-book and I’d sit and make swoony eyes.
9. Newest favorite character.
Buruu from the Lotus War trilogy. Spensa from Skyward. Sweetie from There’s Something About Sweetie. The entirety of Squad 312.
10. Book that made you cry.
Endsinger. Holy shit, Endsinger. Lots of books make me cry, but I straight up SOBBED and actually had to set the book down so I could calm myself back to a point where I could read again. Heart. Broken. Forever.
11. Book that made you happy.
Finale. It was my most anticipated read for the first half of the year, and it was everything I wanted and more!
Also, Collateral Damage by Taylor Simonds. I got a chance to read this thanks to Parliament Press, and it was awesome! Soooo funny and quirky and fun!!! I highly recommend it!
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).
Oooooh, this is a tough one. I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one, but I can give a bit of a list. Stain by A.G. Howard is stunning. I love the cover of The Cerulean by Amy Ewing. Also, every edition of Finale by Stephanie Garber (I have the US, UK, FairyLoot, and OwlCrate editions).
13.What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Other than everything on my TBR? High on the priority list we have Dark Age by Pierce Brown, DARKDAWN by Jay Kristoff, Rage by Cora Cormack, The Traitor’s Ruin and The Traitor’s Kingdom by Erin Beaty. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake (I’ve had it since release day and have been slacking), Archenemies by Marissa Meyer (same as before). I may actually hold off on those two since they each have the final series book releasing this year, and I can just binge the series as a whole.
I could seriously continue this list forever, but I won’t.
14. Favorite book community member.
I really don’t have a favorite in mind! I just love how huge the book community has gotten in recent years – where was this tribe when I was a high school bookworm?! I was too busy putting up angsty away messages on AIM and making sure my MySpace profile was “effortlessly cool”. Good times.
What’d been your favorite book so far this year? Tell us in the comments!