This is a BookTube tag that was created by Chami and Early Grey Books. I found out about the tag from Pages and Pen. It looked like fun and I wanted to join in. I have read 88 books out of my 100 goal so far. I will reach past my goals. The N.E.W.T.s are coming up next month, and there is a book club for work books (How awesome is that) so I am working through some more educational books. I am working on a wrap up of all the books so far this year. It will be released in parts. I’ve been caught up in my N.E.W.T.s TBR lists so I have not made as much progress as I wanted.
1. Best Book you’ve read so far in 2018.
I cannot imagine this changing. This is hands down The Hate you Give by Angie Thomas. It is amazingly written and extremely timely. If you have not read it yet then do.
2. Best Sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.
I have re-read/read nearly all of the Kate Daniels series this year. Is is only one of two series that I have read this year. For the specific book I will pick Magic Binds. Mostly I am picking this because it is the last book in the series that is available. It was a first time read, which is very nice in this series. It was also good to see the series moving along. Although, I never felt like the Kate Daniels series was stagnant.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
There are so many, so I am going to cheat a little and tell you the ones that I currently have on hold for the library. There is Children of Blood and Bone, Little Fires Everywhere, Everything I Never Told You, In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It, Before We Were Yours, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Less, Crazy Rich Asians, The Wedding Date, Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda (although I suppose this is no longer a new release), The City of Brass, Every Note Played, The Women in the Window, Circe, A Higher Loyalty, and 12 Rules for Life. I have left off the not as new books from my list. Yes, I am maxed on holds for two libraries and there was more that I still wanted to add.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
I suppose I am not a book trend setter. I still have such a long list of books to read from the first part of the year I have not set up a list of book coming out later this year. I feel like it is something I should be more on top of but I am not.
My biggest disappointment was The Feed. It was not a bad book, I was just really looking forward to reading it and when I did it really was not anything special. I rated it four stars, so it was not a bad book. I just wanted more from it.
6. Biggest Surprise
My biggest surprise is the Annihilation series. I bought the first book only because I did not want to wait for it on hold at the library. I was so glad that I did. I bought the second two books in paper also. I have highlights and writing in these books. I am actually waiting until 2019 to reread them all - because it would be too much to re-read them in the same year right? Authority Review Acceptance Review
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
I have been introduced to a lot of new authors this year. I have mentioned some of my favorite already. One new author I found this year was Chris Westlake. I read through all of his books and especially enjoyed Just a Bit of Banter, Like. Westlake is a Welsh author. I really enjoyed reading fiction from another country, especially so because I could read it in it’s original language.
8. Newest fictional crush.
I have not read any especially crush worthy books. It is really a shame that I should rectify in the last half of the year. I will have to default to an old book crush - Adam from The Mercy Thompson series. If you like urban fantasy and have not checked out Patricia Briggs you are seriously missing out. The first book in the series is Moon Called.
9. Newest favorite character.
I am going to have to go with Ciara from the Arc of a Scythe series. I am only one book in (the second book is sitting on my shelf begging to be started). It amazes me that I could find her such an honorable character while watching her learn how to be a reaper. It is hard not to like Rowan also but he got a bit of a bad lot.
10. Book that made you cry.
I am a single mom of three teenagers. I do not cry easily. While no book fit this category the book that I did read that elicited the strongest emotions was Unwind by Neal Shusterman. This book hit a little too close to home and while I was amazed by the quality of the book and thought the story itself was extremely important I can not finish on with the series because it was a too much of a trigger for me.
11. Book that made you happy.
I realize that my pick for a book that made me happy may be a bit unique. I mean it is non-fiction and about the brain. But if you know me you know that I love psychology books and I especially love neuropsychology books. I am a big nerd - and extremely proud of it. My pick is The Other Brain. I especially enjoyed this book because it talked about a part of the brain that is mostly ignored.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
The best book I read that I had already saw the film was Wild. I know that it is overhyped, yet I could really relate to the author. It amazed me how different the movie was from the book. I prefer the book best. It does not exactly make me want to rush and go hike the PCT. It did make me want to be a better me.
The best movie I saw that was a book was Ready Player One. It was not near as good as the book and I spent most of the movie paying attention to everything that was left out but I was still impressed. I went with my youngest daughter who is a total gamer and she is now reading the book. It may be the one book she reads this year and I am so ok with that. Ready Player One was my favorite book for 2017.
13. Favorite review you’ve written this year
I am going to change this up to talk about my favorite post that I did this year. After watching Ready Player One I did a post comparing the movie with the book. I did this mostly because my youngest daughter was sick of hearing me talk about it. I loved doing the post and plan on doing another for A Wrinkle in Time. I think it would be a fun ongoing series.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year.
While I have not read this book yet, the honors of the most beautiful book goes to Illusionarium. I did read the book synopsis before purchasing. However, the main factor in buying this book was the cover. I found this at the Dollar Tree and I think it was one of my more exceptional finds.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Right now I am just focusing on my N.E.W.T.s reading list. I also have a big pile of work related books. A list-serve I am on worked together to create a summer reading list. Books and my work is my favorite thing ever - besides my kids of course. I figure after N.E.W.T.s I will slow down a little and read a little more on Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. I would like to make some more progress this year. Of course there are also the bazillion books I have on hold from the library also. I think I have plenty to keep me busy.
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