Hey bookworms! Lately I’ve kinda been craving to do a tag, and woohoo, I was tagged by these lovely ladies: Lyndsey @Lyndsey’s Book Blog and Stephanie @Stephanie’s Novel Fiction! Although pretty much EVERYONE has been doing this lately, but I say whatever. AGH I’M SO PREDICTABLE. Warning: I mention a few books multiple times, and I’m sorry (COUGH COUGH, The Dark Artfices).
1. THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017
I’m all in for mysteries, but I personally think that there isn’t a very wide range of them in YA. You’re probably thinking, “Maybe she could go out on a limb and at least TRY a book that isn’t YA for once.” Well you’ll see how well that worked out with All the Light We Cannot See, featured somewhere below…
2. YOUR FAVORITE SEQUEL THIS YEAR
If you read my last post, you may understand how hurt and mentally insane this book left me, but I love the characters and the writing because it’s not THEIR fault if someone dies or gets hurt. Wait take that back; CASSANDRA THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT YOU FICTIONAL MURDERER. And then there’s that second voice I have cheering on Clare for finally killing one, ONE character in *think Sarah, think* 720+720=1440 PAGES. I’m done practicing my math this summer! *gives myself slap on the back*
3. A NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT REALLY WANT TO
My best friend got this book for being an amazing writer, from our amazing English teacher and I don’t deserve it for being a ‘writer’ myself (basically I scribble crap down once a month) BUT I CAN STILL BE JEALOUS. Anyways, she started reading it and told me it’s good but HOW DO I KNOW SHE’S NOT LYING IF SHE DOESN’T USE BOOKMARKS? *GASP* I’M SORRY I REVEALED YOUR DEEPEST DARKEST SECRET TO THE INTERNET KIMBERLY. Oh yeah, hey peeps, go follow her blog pleaseeeee! (I’ll make sure she follows you back lol) She’s like another me but BETTER.
4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
To be completely honest I’m not particularly excited for any releases in the rest of 2017. I was so pathetic thinking of upcoming releases (I have failed my duty as a bookworm I ask for forgiveness), that I had to look on Barnes and Noble. NOTHING. Except I found this one that is praised by the author of the book I’m reading right now that’s really good so I’m putting my trust in Jennifer Niffen. I feel like there were a lot of AMAZING releases in the first half of the year, and now there are no more new books and the authors are all drained out…Okay that’s a weird analogy.
5. YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
Okay don’t hate on me yet so let me just EXPLAIN: I pick my books *extremely* carefully, so I’m almost never let down. (I sound ridiculous) Considering this book won the FREAKIN PULITZER PRIZE I had no doubt that I would love this book. Well it was indeed really good until they started diving into the mathematic world of triangulation to find some point for something with something somewhere??? I don’t even have a vague IDEA of what triangulation is, which as you might guess, got me very lost in the story. (current thought: maybe I should’ve googled it…) So lost that I had to put it down which really dissapointed me but I honestly just had no idea what was going on with one of the two main characters, Werner. I feel like I’m just really stupid but moving on. So it’s more like the dissapointment was my brain, not the book.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR
Once upon a time there was a girl (ME) who read The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman (please take note that this is the same author) last summer, and was scarred as a reader AND a writer because it was THAT BAD. Scarred as a reader because I had to finish reading that horrendous clump of words so I wouldn’t fail my school assignment, and scarred as a writer because I could do better than that. The love triangle wasn’t even…CLICHE, because it failed to meet that level. I’ll save you from the specifics, but just don’t read it. SO, as you might assume I was very surprised after I finished this book which I hestitantly picked up. It was great! (for fans of Legend!!)
7. FAVORITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR
Stephanie Garber. You’ve probably heard me saying this a million times now but I can only really LOVE books that have great writing in YA, and I thought that Garber created the land of Caraval, like almost MAGICALLY. It was really good, and I could sincerely use a sequel, but I know that’s probably not going to happen. I would love more than anything for this to become a movie. It would actually be a killer movie; if you’ve read Caraval, even if you didn’t love it, just think about that.
8. YOUR NEW FICTIONAL CRUSH
OKAY CAN WE JUST APPRECIATE THE FANART FOR A SEC AND JEMMA. How can you not fall in love with Julian?? He’s so…IMPERFECTLY PERFECT I CAN’T BREATHE. Julian Blackthorn is pretty much my IDOL. Oh and the OTHER Julian from Caraval. I was really mad the whole book about how awful Scarlett was to him and the lack of TRUST she had. Well, that is, until he was DEAD. I was also mad about how she was going to bring back Tessa when Tessa was just kinda a brat (sorry) all along, whereas Julian died and it was half Scarlett’s fault.
9. NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER
Finch from All the Bright Places. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why, especially because he’s not a legendary shadowhunter (unfortunately) but I love how he helps Violet through her problems with her friends, fears, etc, even as he’s struggling to find himself. Finch doesn’t realize that he’s himself with Violet even though he’s so concerned about ‘which’ Finch Violet likes the most. What he can’t see is that there’s only one.
10. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
Honestly there’s quite a few now-a-days that I could list but pretty much any Dark Artifices book. And then, I’m halfway through All The Bright Places^^ which isn’t particularly sad so far (I’m halfway through) but there’s this sentence Finch says in the beginning of the book, ” ‘So not today,’ I sing. ‘Because she smiled at me.” And you have to read the book to understand but oh my god he decided not to commit suicide because a girl smiled at him. TELL ME THAT’S NOT SAD 😭😭
11. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
Okay I feel guilty for bringing The Dark Artifices up multiple times now but Julian’s personality makes me *SO* happy because of the way he takes care of his family and aw they’re all so cute together. #siblinggoals
12. YOUR FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION THAT YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR
Honestly, with the exception of The Hunger Games, I can’t think of ONE book to movie adaption that almost everyone is satisified with. Keeping that in mind, I do think that they did a pretty good job with this movie. It had a good cast, stayed close enough to the plot line, etc, and for viewers who hadn’t read the book yet, the director made sure for the puzzle pieces to come together in the end so well that they hit the viewer in the face.
13. FAVORITE BOOK POST YOU’VE PUBLISHED THIS YEAR
Wow my blog has just been doing so much better this year, and I’m really proud of it, especially since I actually know what I’m doing hahaha. My favorite post would have to be (AH I LOVE ALL OF MY POSTS. Does make my ego seem really big??) The Would You Rather Tag because it was so fun making up the questions and reading other bloggers answers; I thought it was so cool that you guys did it!! ❤
Check ’em out!
14. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU HAVE BOUGHT/RECEIVED THIS YEAR
I don’t think I’m going to like this book, but I’ve hardly read any of it so I don’t have the right to judge yet. On the contrary though, I really love this cover. Down to the color scheme, and all the little doodles of the people. (THAT FONT IN BLACK OMGGGG) Here We Are Now is an ARC I recieved at my public library (yay for my librarians!).
15. WHAT ARE SOME BOOKS THAT YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR
Yes I know, all series. What? I like my standalone books! (with the exception of Cassandra Clare). Series just yell COMMITMENT. Unless you’re in love with the characters…(JULIAN AND EMMA) I actually just bought ACOTAR, so I plan on reading that really soon, as well as Six of Crows on my kindle. NOW, here’s the important part: I have to do this school project for the summer and I can pick one book which I have to analayze quotes from. Which book shall I choose?? I’m going to predict you guys say Six of Crows…
What’s your favorite quote?