I can’t believe that half the year is almost gone! I mean, this year really flew by me, especially the last two months. It might have had something to do with my changed work schedule but it truly feels like it was just April. In any case, since it’s June, I saw a few people doing this tag again because it really is mid-year. (EDIT: As I was writing up this post and considering various options for the answers, the lovely The Orangutan Librarian tagged me for this tag!)
I have read 61 books so far this year and my goal is for 100 so I am, as usual, ridiculous and am ahead of the schedule. By now, you guys know I basically do nothing but read books in whatever time I get to myself. *unashamed shrug*
So, let’s just get into this one, shall we?
Best Book You’ve Read So Far
Do I even need to say anything about these two? I was absolutely swept away by the wonder of the Winternight trilogy and it goes without saying that the global level reach of The Priory really reeled me in.
Best Sequel of 2017 so far
After the absolutely charming start to the trilogy, The Girl in the Tower set the stakes at higher level with this one and if this one hadn’t been as amazing as it was then the year wouldn’t have gotten to a great start, if I am being honest.
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want to
Soo…part of the reason I haven’t read either of them yet is because I am kind of scared of the hype these books were surrounded by when they were released. So, I am taking my time with them.
Most Anticipated Release of the Second Half of 2019
After the magical ride that was The Night Circus and the Grisha world, I knew I had to grab these two. In fact, I have already pre-booked Ninth House and I am just waiting for a chance to pre-book The Starless Sea. Hype cannot stop me from buying them.
Oh, what an odd yet apt pair these two make. I kinda expected a lot more from Cala and suffered because of it but Cala still didn’t disappoint me as much as The Penelopiad did. Gods! I will not get into the reasons right now but you can check out my review for that.
The reason these very different books made the list because each one of them surprised me in different ways, in the best of ways.
Favourite New Author
These three authors really managed to bowl me over continuously and I am so glad that I am reading their books now because I don’t think I realise how much I must have missed by not reading them.
Book That Made You Cry
Well, if any book made me sad and cry then it was Sadie. It’s a brilliantly written book, no doubt about it but it’s just so freaking sad, man.
Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year
Most Beautiful Book You Bought or Received So Far This Year
What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year
I feel like these books have been on my shelf long enough that they deserve all my attention and I have heard nothing but awesome things about them so I really don’t know why I am not all over them already.
Overall, I think I am doing fairly well in terms of reading and I always count it as a blessing when things go right.
So, how has your year been so far? Books or otherwise? Have you read any of the books or do you have plans to? Please, don’t hesitate to share in the comments.