I’ve seen this tag floating around in the blogging world for a while now and kept on thinking that it was about time I just went right ahead and gave it a go. Luckily for me, I was given a push in the right direction when I was tagged by Bex over at My Shelf & Myself (thank you!) to do this post, and so here it is!
1) Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?
There can only be one answer to this question. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was a masterpiece in every way.
2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?
I get the feeling that I’m going to be mentioning this particular series and author a fair bit in this post… Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series, was virtually flawless.
3) New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?
Given that I absolutely loved Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and how excited I was to read more of Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s works, I cannot believe I still haven’t read The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. What am I waiting for?!
4) Most anticipated release for the second half of 2017?
What a surprise, I’m going to mention Queen Sarah J. Maas again. I cannot wait for Tower of Dawn, another instalment of Throne of Glass told from Chaol’s perspective this time, to come out on September 5th in the UK!
5) Biggest disappointment?
This would have to be History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. There was so much hype surrounding this book and I just found it to be draining reading it.
6) Biggest surprise?
I guess you could say I was surprised at how hauntingly possible Margaret Atwood’s portrayal of the future was in The Handmaid’s Tale, but as for surprising plot twists, there’s been a disappointing lack of them for me this year (if you know of a book that has a plot twist that will make my jaw drop, please send a recommendation my way!)
7) Favourite new author (debut or new to you)?
I’ve actually read very few books by authors that I’ve never read before this year, and unfortunately most of those have been relatively disappointing. I do think, however, that I’m very likely to read whatever Angie Thomas publishes next.
8) Newest fictional crush?
I am a walking cliché of a book fan, but it just has to be Mr. Darcy!
9) Newest favourite character?
I really enjoyed the introduction of Ansel in the Throne of Glass series, and she would 100% have my vote for finest armour in fantasy.
10) A book that made you cry?
As much as books make me feel all the feelings, it’s very rare that I will ever cry at one. I thought that instead I would take this question to mean a book that made me feel particularly emotional, and for that it has to be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I think that this is largely because I know that the trauma that Starr and those closest to her go through, as well as the discrimination they face on a daily basis, goes on every day to real people in real life. That was what undoubtedly made this book so potent and important.
11) A book that made you happy?
I associate Daily Zen by Charlie Ambler with happiness because it taught me that it is possible to create your own happiness through gratitude and honesty.
12) Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?
This is probably a strange one to include in here, but given that I’ve actually watched so few book to movie adaptations this year I’d probably have to say Oliver Parker’s 1995 adaptation of Othello. I absolutely adored studying this Shakespeare play at A Level, and Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh are just phenomenal in their roles! Me and A Cup of Wittea do enjoy a good Iago quote from this film every now and then!
13) Favourite review you’ve written this year?
I was really proud of my Empire of Storms review that I wrote back in February. I think keeping a running list of beautiful quotes to include definitely helped! (Fact: I’m still not over, and probably never will be over ‘I love you’…‘I’d walk into the burning heart of hell itself to find you’…)
14) Most beautiful book you bought or received so far this year?
As I’ve explained in a previous post, I’ve become very reliant on my local library for the books that I read lately and so have actually bought very few books this year. I did, however, receive a copy of The Power by Naomi Alderman for my birthday a few months ago and I feel empowered just looking at that cover!
15) What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Ha. Is any book blogger ever going to be able to give a short answer to this?! To name but a few: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (assigned reading), Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Belgariad by David Eddings…
Wow, that was a long one – I’d like to thank Bex from My Shelf and Myself once again for tagging me to do this post, and encourage you to go and check out her version! I won’t tag anyone as we’re already quite far beyond the mid-year point, but feel free to count yourself tagged if you want to have a go. Here’s to a successful second half-year of reading!