Hello Night Owls! I can’t believe we’re already more than half way through 2018. Where did all of the time go? I don’t know, but it’s been almost a year since I did a book tag, so figured why not do one. You’ve probably seen this tag on different blogs and booktube, but I saw this tag on emmmabooks YouTube channel a couple of weeks ago. This tag is basically a recap of what you’ve read throughout the first half of the year. Since, I’ve finally stopped rambling let’s get to it!
Best Book You’ve Read So Far?
Hands down it’s Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke. I was blown away that this was a debut because this book was so well-written. The book was so funny, but also serious when it needed to be. If you want to know more about my thoughts, please check out my review from earlier this year.
Favorite Sequel You’ve Read?
This is hard because I haven’t read that many sequels this year. I’m going with Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. This wasn’t my favorite in the series but I think it was better than the last two books. You guys should so read this series!
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, but You’re Really Excited To?
I haven’t read Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington yet, but I’m really excited to get my hands on a copy!
Most Anticipated Sequel Coming Out Later This Year?
Come on, guys we all know which book I’m gonna choose. Of course my most anticipated sequel is Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. I love all of Cassie’s books and after the cliffhanger in Lord of Shadows I need to know what’s gonna happen. December 4th needs to come sooner!
Biggest Disappointment You’ve Read?
I’ve loved most of the books I’ve read this year so for this question I’m going with Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda. This book didn’t click with me while I was reading it, but I did finish it. The story was really slow for me. I’m actually considering picking this book up again because maybe I’ll enjoy it the second time I read it.
Biggest Surprise You’ve Read?
That would have to be my most recent read, The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne. I liked it so much the it’s become one of my favorite reads of the year! My more in-depth thoughts can be found in my review.
Who is Your Favorite Debut or New to You Author?
I’m actually picking two authors for this question because I love them so much. The first author is Kiley Roache. She wrote Frat Girl and it was so good! Please read it! I can’t wait to pick up her next book. The second author is Lianne Oelke who wrote Nice Try, Jane Sinner. Her writing style just flows so easily and is extremely funny.
Who is Your New Fictional Crush?
This is really hard to answer because Will Herondale, Jace Wayland, and Daemon Black will always have a special place in my heart. If I had to choose someone it would have to be Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door. He’s just so creative and sweet. I can now say Cricket has officially made it into my top four fictional crushes.
New Favorite Fictional Character?
Holly Chase from The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand. I really enjoyed how she grew throughout the story. Sure she was shallow at times, but then she’d start to share her true feelings. Just remember not all people are who they seem to be. I knew I was going to love Holly because I mean hello she’s the main character in a retelling of The Christmas Carol.
Book That Made You Cry?
Ok so this wasn’t a novel, it was a novella I read in a bind up so I’m counting it. “Angels Twice Descending” by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman. It’s the last novella in Tales of Shadowhunter Academy and OMG this book. Someone died and it destroyed me. Cassie has done it again!
A Book That Made You Happy?
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. Yes I’m extremely late on the Stephanie Perkins band wagon, but I’m so glad I read this book. It was fun, sweet, and the perfect summer read. Hopefully, I can get to her books later this year!
Favorite Review You’ve Posted This Year?
This really hard because I love all of the reviews I’ve posted this year. If I had to choose one it would have to be Scream All Night by Derek Milman. This book is very special to me because it actually comes out on my birthday. Derek was so kind to reach out to me and ask for a review. Of course, I said yes and had such a fun time writing a review for this book!
The Most Beautiful Book You Have Bought or Received This Year?
For this question I’m going with Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi. The cover design was absolutely beautiful with its pink background and main characters on the front. The tattoos on Sam’s arm were drawn with perfection. The story itself was also very beautiful!
Books You Need Before the End of the Year?
Ugh! I have so many books on my TBR. It was really hard, but I’ve narrowed my answer to three books. The first book is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Yes, I know I’m really behind when it comes to iconic YA. If all goes as planned I’m gonna try to read this book in the Fall. It seems like the perfect back to school read. The second book I plan to read is The Diviners by Libba Bray. I can’t wait to read this series because I have heard nothing but high praises. I’ll probably read this book in October because it sounds like the perfect Halloween read! Ok guys you’re get so mad that I haven’t read this third book. The third and final book I promise that I’ll read by the end of 2018 is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefavter. I’m planning on reading this book as soon as I can because I currently have it on hold on Overdrive.