It’s getting to that halfway point in the year where I feel like I want to look back on everything I’ve read so far and plan out what I still want to get to for the rest of the year! To review, I’ve read 58 books so far this year which puts me perfectly on track for my goodreads goal of 100!
1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019?
I think this is a tie between The Wicked King by Holly Black and The Priory of the Orange by Samantha Shannon, those two are leading for me. But, if I had to pick I’d say that The Wicked King has *just* bagged the top spot.
2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019?
I’m going to discount The Wicked King for this question because I’ve already talked about it, and instead pick The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. I adore this series and the 3rd book was no different, it continued the story and wrapped it up beautifully.
3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?
I’ve just been given copies of Ghosts of the Shadowmarket by Cassandra Clare and Romanov by Nadine Brandes for my birthday and I’m super excited to read both of those!
4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2019?
I won’t talk too much about this because there are SO MANY that I want to say but I’m going to write a whole post on this. My top one has got to be Queen of Nothing by Holly Black though, I’m desperate for it and SO EXCITED that the release has been pushed forward to this year.
5. Biggest Disappointment?
Unfortunately I have to say Enchantee by Gita Trelease. I was so hyped for it, it sounded so unique and interesting but honestly it was just a bit dull and poorly executed. I did this one with my book group and we pretty much all agreed on that, so it’s not just me. You can read my review here if you’d like to hear more about why it fell flat.
6. Biggest Surprise?
I think this has got to be The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I picked it up on a complete whim when I don’t usually read any contemporary and I really loved it. It’s led me into an adult romance spiral!
7. New Favourite Author?
I feel like I have to say Leigh Bardugo. I’ve read lots of new-to-me authors this year and lots have stood out, but I binged the Shadow and Bone trilogy this year for the first time and adored it, so I think she’s definitely made the most impact to me so far.
8. Newest Fictional Crush?
Honestly I haven’t really found myself crushing on many characters this year – I think mostly because lads from YA are getting to be too young for me! If I had to pick, I think I’ve got to go for Nikolai Lantsov!
9. Newest Favourite Character?
I’m going to say Audrey Rose Wadsworth for this one, despite her not being a new character to me this year. I read Stalking Jack the Ripper last year, but didn’t continue on with the series until this year when I totally fell in love with it. Audrey Rose trying to cope with the fallout of the Jack the Ripper case, standing up for herself and pursuing her dreams, as well as falling in love and being vulnerable with Thomas Cresswell has really solidified her as a favourite character for me.
10. Book That Made You Cry?
This one has got to be Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. A few books have made me cry this year, but this was the most recent simply because I cared for the characters so deeply and they felt so real. This made emotional scenes all the more poignant.
11. Book That Made You Happy?
Umm.. all of them? Just reading so many books has made me happy! For a real answer though, I’m going to say Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins. This was just really sweet and wonderful and I enjoyed my time reading it so much.
12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?
Thus far, I’ve not seen any book to movie adaptations! I’m not a big movie person, I don’t watch many and there haven’t been any massive ones recently that I’ve been invested enough to see.
13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year?
It’s hard to say really because I don’t really look back on the reviews I’ve written and how I wrote them, but I guess maybe the review of Wicked Saints I just posted? I really like when I write balanced reviews of books I didn’t like so much. It’s fun to balance out the good and bad and I feel good when I can write a review that’s constructive and thoughtful.
14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?
I think the Rifle Paper Co edition of Little Women by Lousia May Alcott is absolutely stunning and I’m so glad to have it in my collection.
15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?
I don’t have many specific ‘must reads’ because I tend to just go with the flow and mood-read, but I would like to make sure I finish a couple more classics by the end of the year! Maybe 2 more Jane Austen’s and something from another classical author, perhaps Rebecca or Great Expectations.