Can you believe we are officially halfway through 2017?! Like seriously, where on earth have the last six months gone?
Since we are halfway through the year, it was only natural to do the mid-year book freak out and look back at what I've read so far this year!
1. Best Book You've Read So Far In 2017
Hands down, it's gotta be A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas! After all the hype about this series, and this book especially, I didn't think it would live up to the hype and my expectations. But this book is definitely worthy of all the praise it has received! I loved this book, so much so that I've been really tempted to reread it since I finished it (luckily, I've managed to withstand the temptation, so far!). Feysand is everything.
2. Best Sequel You've Read So Far In 2017
I've actually read so many sequels this year, and while I'd love to put A Court Of Mist And Fury here as well, that would just be boring for you guys! So, the second best sequel that I read this yeas was King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard, the third book in the Red Queen series. It was one of my most anticipated releases for the year, and the moment I got my hands on the book (massive thanks to Hachette Australia for sending me a copy early), I dived right in and loved every minute of it. And after the ending, I'm super anxious and excited about the final book next year.
3. New Release You Haven't Read Yet But Want To
Like many people, I'm someone who will buy a book around the time it's released, and then just never get round to reading it (usually picking up another book or annoyingly rereading a book that doesn't need to be reread). One book that I was hoping to have read by now is Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Everything I've heard about this book has been amazing, and I'm super excited to read it when I get round to it - hopefully before the year ends!
4. Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year
There's three books that are pretty much all on par for my most anticipate release for the second half of the year. And honestly, I don't really want to choose - they are all sequels that I'm super excited to get my hands on and read!
5. Biggest Disappointment
Luckily, none of the books I've read this year have been major disappointments, but one that was a bit of a let down, especially because it was the final book in a series, was Up In Flames by Abbi Glines, the final book in the Rosemary Beach Series. While I was glad that Nan got her happening ending, she seemed like such a different character to what we saw throughout the rest of the series. Also, don't get me started on the fact that the guy she ends up being with practically rapes her and she just thinks she's having very vivid dreams. The series is amazing and it just didn't live up to the previous books.
6. Biggest Surprise
I'd have to say Fifty Shades by E.L. James, mainly because the books weren't as bad as I was expecting them to be after what I'd heard about them. There was more to the books than I actually thought, and I ended up really enjoying the storyline. Also, it just generally surprised me that I read the books in the first place, after I had vowed that I'd never pick them up. I also never thought I'd say that I can't wait for the next book.. (Fifty Shades Darker from Christian's perspective).
7. Favourite New Author (Debut or New To You)
Looking at what I've read this year, most of the authors are ones that I've read before, and there's only a few new to me authors, and even then, I haven't read enough of their work to be able to say they are a favourite. But I definitely think Sarah J. Maas is my favourite new author - the ACOTAR books were fantastic and I'm hopefully going to start on the Throne Of Glass series by the end of the year. She's an author with a tonne of praise, and people that I share similar reading tastes to love her work, so I'm sure that she's going to become one of my favourites.
8. Newest Fictional Crush
Surprisingly, a character not written by Abbi Glines is my newest fictional crush. And considering Abbi has written some amazing male characters you can't help but love, it says a lot about this character. Obviously, it's gotta be Rhysand from the ACOTAR series! Like, how could it not be, especially after A Court Of Mist & Fury. Take me to the Night Court and Velaris!
9. Newest Favourite Character
I don't really know if I have a new favourite character. There are definitely some characters that I really love from the books that I've read this year, but none are my absolute fave. Naturally, there's Rhysand and Feyre, and the inner circle. But there's also many Abbi Glines characters. Honestly, I've just enjoyed so many books this year and they all have some great characters.
10. Book That Made You Cry
I cry super easily in books, and looking back at everything I've read this year, I'm pretty sure I cried at least a little bit in almost every book. So while I could just like all the books I've read this year, I'm going to narrow it down to two that were a very emotional ride - A Court Of Wings & Ruin by Sarah J. Maas and Boys South Of The Mason Dixon by Abbi Glines. ACOWAR in particular had a very emotional roller-coaster at the end - I did not give Sarah J. Maas the right the play with my emotions like that! Also, I usually end up crying at least a bit in any Abbi Glines books, and this one was no different.
11. Book That Made You Happy
Pretty much all the books I've read have made me happy, but one that had me laughing from the first page was Girl In Between by Anna Daniels. It was such a fun and hilarious read that I recommend everyone go and read. Especially if you want to get into adult novels, I think this is a great place to start!
12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year
I've actually only seen two book to movie adaptations this year - Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker. I know there have been a few adaptations released this year, but I've either not seen them yet, or haven't read the book (and I do like to read before watching). In terms of the two I have seen, they were pretty good adaptations considering the books are 500 pages each. But Darker would have to be my favourite as it was adapted better (thanks to a new director!).
13. Favourite Review You've Written This Year
I don't really have a favourite review, and usually once I've posted one, I don't really look at it again or think about it. But here's a few that I do quiet like:
14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year (Or Received)
There's been so many beautiful books! Here's my top three!
15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year?
These are just the books that I own that I want to read this year - there's also a few new releases I want to get to as well!
Hope you guys found this interesting! If you've done this tag as well, let me know because I'd love to check out what other people have been reading this year. Or, let me know some of your answers in the comments!
See You Later!