- Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016
That would EASILY be A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. It’s the second book in the ACOTAR series and if the first book was great this was off the charts amazing!
2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far
Am I allowed to re-use? Because again, A Court of Mist and Fury was by far and wide the best book I’ve read this year and is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses…so I’d have to repeat (I’d be lying if I didn’t) and say ACOMAF…again
3. New Release You Haven’t Read But You Want To
That would be the second book in the Blood of Gods and Royals Series by Eleanor Herman, Empire of Dust. I really enjoyed the first book, which follows the life of a young Alexander the Great (before he’s “great”) and it was a great historical fiction read with plenty of romance and magic.
4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
THAT IS EASY. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas. It will be the 5th book out in her Throne of Glass series and this is easily one of my favorite series of all times. She is just such an amazing writer and I’m so excited for the next book.
5. Biggest Disappointment
The Raven Boys Series by Maggie Stiefvater, specifically the last book The Raven King. I really enjoyed the first book and thought the characters were there and the story could be great but the concept was just not quite developed all the way. Each book the concept slipped further and further away so while the characters were still great the plot was weak, slow, and full of some big plot holes and loose ends by the end of the last book
6. Biggest Surprise
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson was a great surprise for me. I didn’t really know anything about it but had seen it in someone else’s book haul. Then I stumbled upon it at a used bookshop and let is sit around my house for a month. Who knew I’d love it so much. It was a great story, with mystery, romance, heartbreak and tragedy, all while being a great coming of age story that focuses around family. I loved it.
7. Favorite New Author
THAT WOULD BE HANDS DOWN RAINBOW ROWELL. (SJM is not knew to me). I picked up my first Rowell book this year and fell in love. I mean what girl who loves books and is in college can’t relate to Fangirl? So then recently I read Eleanor and Park and died. It was so beautiful and the way she writes is just so captivating. She is one of my favorite authors of all time and I cannot wait to read everything else she’s written.
8. Newest Fictional Crush:
Ok so books RHYSAND RHYSAND RHYSAND (have I mentioned home much ACOMAF has killed me and consumed all aspects of my life?). BUT if we are talking about TV then holy hell Bellamy Blake from The 100 is also a new level of life changing so since I don’t want this entire post to be another (that would be #4) post of me rambling about ACOMAF I’ll let them tie.
9. New Favorite Character
Ugh…am I supposed to be able to choose? Ok so shocker it’s a character from ACOMAF BUT it’s not Feyre or Rhys (since they’re not knew as of 2016) AND there is 1 character who I would pick over them because my type is always the sarcastic, humorous but super loyal and protective, comic relief male. Always. So Cassian from ACOMAF is my new husband and favorite new character because he is a precious puppy who must be protected and just deserves to be happy. Also pretty psyched that I got him as my ACOMAF soulmate on a buzzfeed quiz ON THE FIRST TRY (also this beautiful man below is a pin from SJM’s pinterest that she picked as Cassian so…)
10. Books That Made You Cry
Only 1 book has made me cry this year, and naturally it’s because I had to read about a dog dying. It was in Dog Crazy by Meg Donoghue and as a big dog lover, something like that is guaranteed to make me cry. You’re talking about someone who owns a shirt that says “DOGS (because people suck)” on it.
11. Favorite Book to Film Adaptation:
I’m not sure I’ve seen any movies so far this year that are book adaptations, and if I did there’s a good chance they’re not my favorite. The 5th Wave movie was a let down. Does Captain America Civil War count since it was a comic? Ya…I got nothing.
12. Favorite Post You Have Done This Year
Well…all my posts are from this year. But I would have to say any of the posts I did while I was studying abroad in New Zealand. So that could be “On the Other Side of the World”, “Getting Out of my Comfort Zone”, “Today I Climbed a Mountain” etc. You get the gist.
13. Most Beautiful Book You Bought This Year
Oh EASILY my beautiful leather-bound Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes from Barnes and Nobles. It is gorgeous, the page edges are gold, and it has the fancy in book bookmark so you know it’s fancy.
14. What Book do you NEED to Read by the End of the Year?
Well I already said Empire of Storms, but the other book I’m REALLY looking forward to is Crooked Kingdom, the next book in the Six of Crows series, which I loved even though I didn’t like the Grisha series that much.
Thanks for reading!