Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!
I saw this book tag on Analee @ Book Snacks and really wanted to join in on the tag fun. It was a great way to look back over everything I have read in 2015.
- Best book you’ve read so far in 2015.
Well, I really don’t think that I can pick just one so my top reads from this year so far include:
I didn’t want to include any of the amazing sequels I have read this year because they are a part of the next question.
- Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015.
Again, I can’t just choose one for this! I’ve read a lot of great sequels this year. Some of which I liked even better than the books that came before it.
- New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
There are easily a ton to choose from for this but I’ll have to go with An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I’ve had this on my shelf for a couple of months but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
- Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Again… how am I supposed to only choose one?!?! At the moment I’m really dying to get on with the Throne of Glass series. I pre-ordered Queen of Shadows which is on it’s way to me now! But I also still have to read Heir of Fire (which I also pre-ordered the paperback and is on its way with QoS). I am also really looking forward to getting The Wheel of Time Companion which is to be released Nov. 3rd.
- Biggest disappointment.
Easily this would have to be Magonia. I couldn’t even bear to even read more than a couple of chapters because the main character’s POV was so grating.
- Biggest surprise.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I was pretty sure that I would like this one but I wasn’t prepared for how much I LOVED it! I loved the two main characters and the storyline. I can’t wait to read the sequel!
- Favorite new author (debut or new to you).
Definitely going to have to go with 3 on this one. Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo and Rainbow Rowell. I’ve now read 3 from SJM (Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and A Court of Thorns and Roses) and loved each and every one of them. Tomorrow I’ll be receiving Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows so I can’t wait to get back to Celaena, Chaol and Dorian! I have read the first two books of the Grisha trilogy by LB and recently got Ruin and Rising to finish off the trilogy. I can’t wait to read it! I’m also really looking forward to Six of Crows! And RR totally wowed me with Eleanor and Park. Then I read Fangirl and while I didn’t like it as much as E&P I still really really liked it. I have Landline at home waiting to be read and hopefully soon I can get Attachments as well.
- Newest Fictional crush.
A rather recent development was that I found myself starting to crush on Kyon Ensin from the Kricket series by Amy A. Bartol. She really knows how to make a girl crush on the bad guy because I also have a thing for Brennus from her Premonition series as well!
- Newest favorite character.
Totally Celaena Sardothian. She is such a badass but she also has a softer side. And she loves to read… so what more could you ask for.
- Book that made you cry.
You know, I don’t really find that I cry during a book. When it comes to movies, if something gets super sappy or sad or someone is crying… I’m gone. Get me a tissue. But for some reason in books, I don’t really tear up much. The closest I probably came to that was maybe in Voyager by Diana Gabaldon.
- Book that made you happy.
Definitely going to go with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This books was literally the cutest thing ever and I often found myself laughing out loud. This was definitely a feel good book.
- Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
I wasn’t exactly happy with the Insurgent adaptation. It was kind of disappointing. I think I’ll have to go with The Longest Ride (based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks). I really loved the storyline to this one and it seemed to follow the book pretty closely. Plus Scott Eastwood is totally hot J
- Favorite review you’ve written this year.
Hmm. That is a good question. I always feel like I blunder through book reviews so I don’t really have a favorite.
- Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).
I’m going to have to go with The Exile by Diana Gabaldon. It is a graphic novel of Outlander from Murtagh’s POV and I loved it! So beautiful J
- What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I need to read 8 more books to meet my Goodreads goal for the year. Since it is only the end of August, I have plenty of time to meet that goal. I really hope to make more of a dent in my 2015 TBR Pile Challenge though. I’ve been neglecting it. I also have so many books that I want to reread. So I’m trying to decide still what I want to do. But for right now the plan is to finish the book I am currently reading. Then start Heir of Fire and move onto Queen of Shadows. Then after that I will probably go to Ruin and Rising. Anything after that is fair game! We’ll see what happens!
I tag EVERYONE! Go do this tag! Now! 🙂