This week, my coffee and I are sitting down to the mid-year book freak out tag. I was tagged to do this by the lovely Grace Latter. I was thrilled to be tag by one of my favourite bloggers, and it’s been interesting looking back on the year so far (even if we are a bit past mid-year now!) I’ve not tagged anyone in this, but if you want to do it, please do and let me know your answers!
The Coffee: This week I’m drinking the Buf Peaberry, a Rwandan filter Coffee from my favourites over at Clifton, served black in my trusty Ravenclaw house mug.
Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017
I’ve read some truly fantastic books this year, but I’m going to say Strange the Dreamer because it was wonderfully imaginative and unique and I’m still a little haunted by it. A close second would be A Change is Gonna Come for the fabulous stories and introducing me to some new authors.
Best Sequel of 2017 so Far
I haven’t read many sequels this year, but of those I have, The Scarecrow Queen takes the crown. This was a superb ending to The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas is a close second, because the last couple of chapters blew me away.
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To
Lord of Shadows. I love all things Shadowhunter and have had this on Kindle since the day it came out. I don’t really know why I haven’t read it yet.
Most Anticipated Release of the Second Half of 2017
There are so many good books due out this year, but The Book of Dust is the one I’m most excited for. His Dark Materials were THE books of my childhood. The Amber Spyglass was the first book release I was ever excited for. I can’t wait for this latest installment. I’m also excited for The Loneliest Girl in the Universe because I have heard amazing things from people who have read it.
At the risk of sounding like an echo of Grace: When Dimple Met Rishi. I liked it, it was cute and easy to read, but I didn’t love it and it didn’t live up to the hype for me.
The Devil’s Poetry by Louise Cole. When I was asked if I wanted to read and review this book, I wasn’t expecting it to become a new favourite. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next installment.
Favourite New Author (Debut or New to You)
I can’t pick just one, I refuse. I’m going to just list some whose work I read for the first time this year and whose future books are now on my “instant buy” list: Alice Broadway, Melinda Salisbury, Keris Stainton, Simon James Green, Louise Cole, Lisa Hartley, Ayisha Malik, Laure Eve, Sara Barnard, Stephanie Garber, Emily Barr and Aisha Bushby. I’m sure I’ve missed a million others: I’ve discovered so many new favourites this year.
Newest Fictional Crush
Sofia Khan written by Ayisha Malik. I read both the Sofia Khan books this year and I love her. I want to be just like her when I grow up.
Newest Favourite Character
The Grandma from Noah Can’t Even written by Simon James Green. From her excellent advice to her escape plots, she’s one of the best characters I’ve come across.
Book That Made You Cry
Cry? Ha! I’m not a crier. It takes a lot to get emotions from my swinging-brick heart. Patrick Ness almost got me with Release: because I couldn’t bear some of the things that happened to the main character.
Book That Made You Happy
Sara Barnard’s A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I devoured this one in one sitting and it was just lovely!
Favourite Book to Movie Adaptation This Year
I have’t seen many adaptations this week. Can I count Fantastic Beasts? I’m going to. I love Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Newt Scamander and Niffler is the best little TV rascal.
Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year
Probably has to be this one for The Devil’s Poetry blog tour. It was my first blog tour and arc review, so it’s special to me.
Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought or Received This Year
Ink by Alice Broadway. I have never seen such a beautiful book cover.
What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year
ALL THE BOOKS. Is this the section where I list all the books I’m slightly ashamed I haven’t read yet? Okay. Here goes: Girlhood, THUG, The Fallen Children, Wing Jones, The State of Grace, The Girl of Ink and Stars, Truth or Dare, Countless, The Call, Lord of Shadows, Moxie, Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda, This Savage Song, The Raven Boys, Unconventional, One Italian Summer, The Paper Magician, The Bone Season, Red Rising…and about a million others. If you haven’t yet disowned me and one of these is a MUST READ, then let me know in the comments which one and why I need to bump it up the list?