I know, I know, I’m a little bit late here, but technically it’s still July so it should count as “mid-year”. Since I’m already behind on this tag, let’s not waste any more time to see how my reading has been going so far in 2018, and answer these 15 questions for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag.
1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018?
Quinze Dias by Vítor Martins
This is a brazilian YA book about a fat gay boy that has a crush on his neighbour who just so happens to have to spend ‘fifteen days’ (that’s what the title means) at his house while his parents are traveling. Think Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda level of cuteness and humour. This was so funny and so honest that when I finished reading it I literally just sat there and hugged the book for a long while.
2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018?
The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2) by Richelle Mead
I’m using the brazilian cover here because ugh have you seen the original one? I could’ve picked any of the two last books of the Vampire Academy series, but I couldn’t decide between them so I ended up picking the second book in the spin-off series Bloodlines. In this instalment the characters grow a lot. They strengthen their bonds, and the series seems to define itself better, even if we’re still essentially following a lot of the VA characters.
3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?
Legendary (Caraval, #2) by Stephanie Garber
Caraval had its share of mixed reviews last year, but fortunatelly for me, I was one of the people who absolutely loved it. So of course, Legenday was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, like top priority read. When the book came out, my boyfriend even gifted me a beautiful UK copy he’d brought me from his trip to London, and what do you think happened after that? I never read it, of course, because I suck.
4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2018?
Wildcard (Warcross, #2) by Marie Lu
I’ve talked about it in my Top 5 Most Anticipated New Releases list. But yeah I can’t wait to read that one, even though I’ve been seeing some mixed reviews for it. I’d say I’m cautiously optimystic now, but still anticipating it more than any other this year.
5. Biggest Disappointment?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Now wait, hear me out. This was in no way a bad book, quite the contrary actually. I was absolutely loving this from the start, the protagonist, the characters, the setting, all of it. The only reason this book is listed here as a disappointment is because I was sure I was going to give it 5 stars, but it turns out I didn’t. In the second half of the book we are presented with an apparent insta-lovey situation. Even if that gets explained later on, while I didn’t know why that was happening, the whole thing got me really frustrated. But now that I know what’s going on I’m EXTREMELY excited to pick up the sequel, and I even consider this to be one of my favorite reads of the year.
6. Biggest Surprise?
A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J. Maas
I’ll just say it, I thought I was going to straight up hate this. I mean, I didn’t love it, but I did enjoy myself while reading it. I had heard so many mixed things about this series and since I hadn’t had a good experience with Throne of Glass, my expectations were as low as they could get. Maybe that’s why I ended up having a good time, nonetheless this book was a big surprise.
7. Favourite New Author?
Like I said, I was a bit disappointed at Daughter of Smoke and Bone for not getting those full 5 stars I was hoping for, but apart from that, damn this book was good. It was refreshing, creative, and beutifully written. I had always heard about Laini’s writing, but there’s nothing like experiencing it for yourself. Now I’m legit convinced that if she writes a grocery list and publish it I’ll just fall in love with it.
8. Newest Fictional Crush?
Warner (Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi)
Okay, so I didn’t like Shatter Me back when I read it and I definitely didn’t like Warner then. I was actually very confused as why the hell people loved him so damn much, he was just a psycho. I still don’t like book 1, but about Warner, well… things changed. I decided to give the series a second chance due to the hype around Restore Me, so I picked up his novella. You know, before reading Destroy Me, I was legit convinced that there was nothing, I mean, NOTHING the author could do to manipulate me into liking Warner. Well, you can guess how that went. Let me tell you, that novella was a shining light on his character. I still thought people’s claims to love him were a bit much, but truth is I just couldn’t help but feel some sympathy for him, against my better judgement. Oh dear naive me. When I got to book 2, at some point I realised that all I cared about was “okay, but where’s Warner?” and I just had to face it “Ohmygod, no way Tahereh played me like that. I can’t believe I’m actually falling into Warner’s spell as well!”
9. Newest Favourite Character?
Audrey Rose (Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco)
That girl was a delight to read about. I call her ‘classy sassy‘, with all her elegant brittish sarcasm. She is unusual and ahead of her time, not only because she is a high born girl who likes pretty gowns, spending her time learning forensic science, and dealing with dead bodies in freaking Victorian England, but because she stands up for herself and for what she believes in a time that women didn’t get that much voice. The book itself wasn’t like amazing, but it was quite enjoyable and I’m excited to pick up Hunting Prince Dracula as soon as I can to follow her new adventures.
10. Book That Made You Cry?
Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead
The last book in one of my favorite series of all time, of course I cried. I’m still not over it, but fortunately I have the spin off series Bloodlines to help me cope with.
11. Book That Made You Happy?
Quinze Dias by Vítor Martins
Well, I just had to repeat this book because it just fits here too perfectly.
12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?
I mean, is there really any other answer? If you’ve read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and saw this movie you probably agree with me that this is the kind of movie/books that just warms your heart.
13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year?
Well, I like my Batman: Nightwalker review. I think it’s pretty decent.
14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?
The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales
I could’ve picked other books like The Name of the Wind (10th aniversary edition), the US edition of Nights of Cakes and Puppets, or Language of Thorns, but I mean, look at this one. This is a true collector’s edition: that heavy type of hardback, gorgeous illustrations in every page, shining cover and silver sprayed edges, just wow. And considering how little I payed for this beauty, I just had to choose it.
15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?
Furyborn, What If It’s Us, Shadow of the Fox, Ruin and Rising, Legendary, Wildcard, Clockwork Angel, Six of Crows, Fangirl, Carry On, Falling Kingdoms, My Lady Jane and Illuminae. If I’m willing to I might read Crown of Midnight (even though I didn’t like Throne of Glass) because I already own it, and I do believe in second chances. I already started and have to finish The Dead Zone by Stephen King, The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
What about your reading year?