Hi everyone! I haven’t done a book tag in SUCH A LONG TIME but I’ve been super excited about so many books this year! This has been such a slow year for me, but I’ve actually read some pretty good books so far!
1. How much have you read?
I’ve read a whopping 18 books so far this year (seriously, it’s been slow) and honestly I was surprised by this. Especially with social isolation, I totally thought I would have read more, but I’m at less than half of what I read last year! I feel like I just haven’t been in the mood for reading as much, and I have so much other work to get done. I am hoping to read more throughout the rest of the year!
2. Best book you’ve read so far
I loved so many books this year but my favorite has to be Chain of Gold! I LOVE all of Cassandra Clare’s books but this really impressed me. I’m really happy with the new cast of character’s and the plot with Grace Blackthorn seems like something interesting to explore in the next book! I love James and Cordelia, and I’m also excited to see what happens to them and their relationship, especially with that (kind of) plot twist at the end!
3. Best sequel you’ve read so far
Surprisingly, I haven’t actually had many sequels this year! I was looking at my Goodreads, and realized that the first sequel I’ve read, is the book I’m currently reading right now. Which is…Aurora Burning! I am loving it a lot though, but still haven’t gotten to the end (with the supposed infamous cliffhanger)! I’m absolutely love the relationship between Aurora and Kal and of course, the others as well. I can already tell that there’s going to be a lot of action in this one, and I’m hoping to finish it soon!
4. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
I’ve wanted to read Song of Wraiths and Ruins for the LONGEST TIME, but somehow I never though to read it! I swear I’ve seen it everywhere, but I just never had any time on my hands to read it. I borrow a lot of books from the library with (huge) wait times and 14 day loans, so with my slow reading this year, I haven’t had that much flexibility in my reading!
5. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
I need Blood and Honey in my hands RIGHT NOW after loving Lou and Reid in Serpent and Dove! Their relationship is really interesting with the divisions between the witches and witch hunters, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of them! I’m so unbelievably jealous with everyone with e-arcs and I don’t know how I’m going to wait any longer for it.
6. Biggest Disappointment
I was so so disappointed by Bone Crier’s Moon! I fell in love with the concept of the book and bought it for it’s beautiful cover, but couldn’t make myself like it! I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, and the main romantic relationship made absolutely no sense. Now it’s literally just going to gather dust on my shelf.
7. Biggest Surprise
I was really surprised by Sorcery of Thorns! I actually read An Enchantment of Ravens last year, and stopped at a couple chapters after getting distracted with something else. I felt like Sorcery of Thorns was so much more captivating than her other books, and it is definitely one of my favorite standalones of all times. The relationships and friendships throughout the story really propel the plot forward, and there is a ton of action that kept me hooked.
8. Favorite New Author
My new favorite author has to be Shelby Mahurin! I fell in love with the world of Serpent and Dove and her writing is really good! I loved the snarkiness of Lou mixed with the “properness” or Reid, and like I said before, the characters really made the story amazing. I’m obsessed with any book with hate-to-love in it, and this was no exception.
9. New Fictional Crush
There are SO MANY! I can’t just list one, so I’ll go ahead and list some of my favorites. I am absolutely in love with Tyler from Aurora Rising, Ruhn from House of Earth and Blood, and Kasta from The Kinder Poison.
10. Newest Favorite Character
Technically it isn’t a new favorite character because it’s a reread, but I’m still going to make it count since he wasn’t a favorite character on my first read. And it’s the Darkling. I am obsessed with him as a villain, and I’m totally rooting for him and Alina even with that ending (no spoilers though)! His strange obsession with Alina is really intriguing and I’m super interested in rereading the rest of the series!
11. Book that made you cry
Okay this is a repeat of one of the books mentioned before, but I think this is the only one that made me cry a little. The ending of House of Earth and Blood is PHENOMENAL and I’d seriously recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a new fantasy to add to their TBR. It has a bit of a slow start, but the pacing quickens rapidly at the end, which is definitely a 5 star in my eyes.
12. Book that made you happy
A lot of books made me happy this year, but I’m going to cheat again and say that my reread of ACOMAF made me the most happy. It’s such a feel-good book and my obsession with the characters makes me smile every time I pick it up! Feyre’s development is amazing and the Inner Circle has to be one of my favorite bookish “gangs” of all time.
13. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
There are so many beautiful books I bought, but my favorite has to be the Fairyloot editions of The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King. I mean just look at them!
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I have so many books I want to get to, but here are just three of my top ones! These books have been on my back-list for months (or even years) and I’m just hoping to get to them by the end of the year (after continuously promising myself I would get to them every single month)!
And that’s it for this tag! This was so fun to do and I’m definitely going to try to do more of them in the future! Let me know your answers to any of these questions, or if you agree/disagree with any of my choices!