I did this tag last year, and I was so much fun! It was maybe the first book tag I ever did? Can’t remember for sure… Anyway, I was surprised to see it going around again this year. Does it make the rounds every year? I wouldn’t know, I guess I’m still a bit of a book blogging newbie. 🙂
Anywho, after seeing it on a couple of blogs, I decided to tag myself. Which, I am happy to say, Kay at Hammock of Books invited me to do, so there.
Best Book You’ve Read so far in 2018
Hands down, no contest, The Goblin Emperor. I would just set it down every ten pages or so and yell “This book is SO GOOD!!!” then go back to reading it. If you like fantasy and you haven’t read it, you MUST!
Best Sequel You’ve Read so far in 2018
I have to say something about Bring Up the Bodies because it is so unusual for me to enjoy a sequel more than the first book, but in this case I absolutely did. Which is really saying something, because Wolf Hall is amazing.
But I also feel like I have to say something about The Girl in the Tower because it was released December 2017, which is practically 2018, so I feel like it got lost in the shuffle. What a great sequel! I’m really looking forward to the finale this winter!
Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
WHY AM I STILL WAITING FOR SPINNING SILVER????? It cannot come soon enough!!!!
This was harder, because I went into most of the books I’ve read this year with very little expectation. I guess I learned my lesson in 2017, being constantly disappointed…
However, I was very excited when I got The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms in the mail from my reddit gift exchange buddy. It sounded exactly like something I would like, and it was a fantasy novel written by a woman of color about a woman of color, and it had rave reviews on goodreads. But then I hated it. It just wasn’t for me.
My brother-in-law gave me Hamilton: The Revolution for Christmas, and I thought it was basically just going to be a coffee table book. Just pictures and the lyrics, basically. I was pleasantly surprised to find a detailed but brief making-of in the mix! I enjoyed it so much, and the book itself is so beautiful. I LOVE the pictures and the heaviness of the paper!
Favorite New Author (or new to you)
I really enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and I think Gail Honeyman is brilliant. What a debut! I’ll definitely be keeping her on my radar.
Newest Fictional Crush
Again, I’m married and happy, I don’t really get crushes on book characters anymore. However, if I was widowed and ready to move on, Suhail from The Voyage of the Basilisk would probably be a good choice for a crush.
Newest Favorite Character
So many to choose from! Thomas Cromwell from Wolf Hall, Maia from The Goblin Emperor, and Eleanor from Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine are all such great characters! If pressed I would probably pick Maia because it was so refreshing to read about someone so KIND, but I love all of these characters.
Book That Made You Cry
There was a scene in The Nightingale where a little girl was shot, and I just lost it. I was reading in the car and just bawling loudly with tears streaming down my face and snot pouring down my nose. A true ugly cry. I’ve never seen my husband look so alarmed.
Book That Made You Happy
I keep coming back to The Goblin Emperor. It made me SO FREAKING HAPPY. Guys, this is legit going on my all-time favorite list, right there next to The Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, and Harry Potter.
Favorite Book to Film Adaptation
So I actually haven’t seen any movies that aren’t Marvel movies this year. What can I say? I have an infant and a three-year-old. HOWEVER. I did enjoy watching Rise on NBC, which I understand is based on a book called Drama High that I have neither read nor heard of. If you like musicals, give this show a try.
Favorite Post You’ve Done This Year
I’m actually having a hard time choosing, there are four I really liked…
Screw it, I’m sharing two!
I wrote a discussion post called Context Matters: Criticizing the Classics that I put a lot of thought into, wrote, re-wrote, and re-wrote some more because it’s important to me. And I’ve was rewarded with great stats (my best ever), but more importantly, great DISCUSSION. I really enjoyed talking with you all!
More recently I wrote a more fun list of Why I Almost Never DNF a Book. I had great fun writing it and chatting with folks about not finishing things. I was surprised to find I’m not as alone on this as I expected to be!
Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year
Um… I pre-ordered Spinning Silver on like, December 29th. Does that count? Otherwise a rather beat-up copy of American Gods is the only book I’ve purchased for myself.
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want To
Children of Blood and Bone and Dread Nation are both books that I really want to read. I’ve entered into a bunch of giveaways, but I suppose I’ll just end up borrowing from the library or asking for copies for my birthday.
Book You Need to Read by the End of the Year
You guys, it’s official, I am going to finally read Geekerella! It’s on hold for me at the library as we speak! I just have to finish the monster 800 pager I’m working on right now first…
I haven’t seen any mid-year freaking out from:
- Pages Unbound
- My Week is Booked
- Ginger Mom Reads
- Modern Witch’s Bookshelf
- Anatomy of a Book Thief
- Mousai Books
- Diary of a Bookfiend
- Naty’s Bookshelf
- Book Princess Reviews
- Flavia the Bibliophile
- Darque Dreamer Reads
- River Moose Reads
Obviously no pressure! Especially if you’ve already done it and I missed it. I just like seeing what y’all think!
What’s your favorite book of 2018 so far? Let me know in the comments!