It feels like it’s been an age since I last did a tag, so I was thrilled when lovely Cora tagged me to do this.
This week I am drinking Presente du Sol, roasted by Steampunk and hailing from Brazil. Like most Brazilian coffees, this one has a really nutty taste to it, which I love.
Hello. Excuse me? How in the name of all the things is it mid-year already? I swear only five minutes ago I was Christmassing upside down in New Zealand. Howay. Moving on… I was tagged for this by my lovely friend and fellow Northern Book Blogger, Cora from Tea Party Princess. If you’re not already following her blog, you should get on that. Meanwhile, I shall get on with this tag.
1. The Best Book You’ve Read This Year. There are too many books I could choose for this accolade. Floored, Clean, State of Sorrow, The Exact Opposite of Okay, Spark, and Goodbye, Perfect to name a few. However, I think I have to give this one to Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman because it finally made me understand that a thing I had experienced my entire life was a real thing, and being able to see that in a book is just everything.
2. The Best Sequel You’ve Read This Year. Can I say Bright Ruin by Vic James even if it’s not out at the time I’m writing this? I’ve read an early copy via Netgalley and it is the perfectly brutal ending to the trilogy.
3. New Releases You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To. There are so many books that are new (ish) that I want to read. Noah Could Never by Simon James Green. I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman. To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill. The Mermaid by Christina Henry. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt. The Storm-Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle. And these are just the ones that spring to mind from my last couple of hauls!
4. Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year. All of the books. I am anticipating them all. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. Are We All Snowflakes and Lemmings? by Holly Bourne. Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber. Vox by Christina Dalcher. Colour Me In by Lydia Ruffles. The Curses by Laure Eve. Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman. And Then We Collided by Josh Baldwin and Rosanna Threakall. There are probably about a million I’ve missed here. Forgive me.
5. Biggest Disappointment. I’m going to say Genesis by Brendan Reichs. I adored Nemesis and had really high hopes for the sequel after that ending. Not a lot happens in the sequel and what does is all bunched together so it feels as though the story is dragged out. A couple of characters caught my interest, but mostly they merged into one. It just wasn’t what I’d hoped for.
6. Biggest Surprise. I’m going for I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan for this. This book blew me away with how brilliant it was, and I was not expecting the story to be what it was. A big surprise and a really wonderful read.
7. Favourite New to You or Debut Author. I’m picking two. For YA, Shea Earnshaw with The Wicked Deep. This book was just amazing. Perfectly dark and twisty and I loved it. For MG, Jess Butterworth. I know Jess isn’t a debut author but her books are new to me and When the Mountains Roared was just phenomenal.
8. Newest Fictional Crush. Inej from Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. That is all.
9. Newest Favourite Character. I’m not choosing one. You can’t make me. I love them all. Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. Catherine and Tash from The Smoke Thieves. Rae from The Summer of Us. Rufus and Mateo from They Both Die at the End. The whole cast of Floored. And those are just from the last month of reading. If I was to list favourites from the first half of this year, we’d be here until Christmas.
10. Book That Made You Cry. Adam Silvera with They Both Die at the End. So much so that I put out a call for an eye plumber on twitter to fix the leak. This book was heartache on heartbreak with an extra scoop of despair in a sundae of sadness. It was just so many feelings and all of them were sad.
11. Book That Made You Happy. This has got to be Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans because it had me in absolute stitches the whole way through.
12. Favourite Book to Film Adaptation. I’ve only seen one this year, so it has to be Love, Simon which is the adaptation of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I absolutely loved this film, and the book.
13. Favourite Post You Have Done This Year. This has got to be my review of State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury, which is still huge despite the amount of cutting and editing I did. But Melinda liked it and retweeted it with lovely comments, so I think I am now dead and ghost blogging this from the grave, and that will be my favourite review of all time.
14. Most Beautiful Book You Have Bought This Year. I have some really beautiful books. This year my top favourites have been: State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury because those ripples are tactile, Clean because the rose gold shiny made my inner magpie happy, and Spark by Alice Broadway because oh holy hell have you seen it?
15. What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year. Ha! Are you trying to kill me? How about I share some I need to read in the next month? The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill. This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab. The Mermaid by Christina Henry. To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman. There are about a hundred more I want to read by the end of the year.