It’s the middle of the year?
What? I can’t believe that so much time has passed and I’m apprehensive about the next six months *inhales deeply* college apps *wheezes*. Anyway, I don’t want to actually freak out during this tag (but I just might), so let’s get into it!
Best book you’ve read so far in 2019…
This is honestly…easy. I haven’t read very many spectacular books this year, which is incredibly disappointing. The prime contender for this definitely has to be The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019…
Umm… so I haven’t read a really great sequels this year (out of the three that I actually read) but the Narnia series was great so that’s my answer. I read it in internal chronological order and skipped the last book but, you know, it’s all I’ve got.
New release you haven’t read yet, but really want to
What books have I read, really? There are so many books I desperately want to read and I’m serving you a long ass list of them right now:
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Gods of Jade and Shadow! Since it got on my radar, I have not stopped talking about how much I need this novel now. I’ll drop the synopsis below so you can get excited for it too.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Inspired by Mexican folklore, Gods of Jade and Shadow is a magical, wildly imaginative coming-of-age tale for fans of Katherine Arden, Naomi Novik and Helene Wecker.
The Jazz Age is in full swing, but it’s passing Casiopea Tun by. She’s too busy scrubbing floors in her wealthy grandfather’s house to do anything more than dream of a life far from her dusty, small town in southern Mexico. A life she could call her own.
This dream is impossible, distant as the stars – until the day Casiopea opens a curious chest in her grandfather’s room and accidentally frees an ancient Mayan god of death. He offers her a deal: if Casiopea helps him recover his throne from his treacherous brother, he will grant her whatever she desires. Success will make her every dream come true, but failure will see her lost, for ever.
In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed only with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey, from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City and deep into the darkness of Xibalba, the Mayan underworld.
Here we go. So, I read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen in January and February with the book club I cohost and it was not a good time. I shared my thoughts and review here but to sum it up: this book is incredibly overrated. And that’s the tea.
I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. John was my favorite author for many years (and still holds the title, but he shares it with Adam Silvera) but I was a bit skeptical about Hank as a writer. I didn’t think it would be awful, I just figured I wouldn’t absolutely love it like I love John’s books. I was wrong. I listened to the audiobook and I never wanted to press pause—I even deep cleaned my room so that I could have an excuse to listen to it. It was so different from anything I’ve read so far and THAT ENDING!
Favorite New Author (debut or new to you)
This one has to go to Leife Shallcross, author of The Beast’s Heart. The writing was so elegant and descriptive, and I’m not to type to do well with lavish descriptions of fantasy settings but I was entranced by this novel. I can’t wait to see what else she writes! (Honorable mention to J.R.R. Tolkien because I’m loving The Hobbit.)
Newest Fictional Crush
Unfortunately, I haven’t read about very many swoon worthy people. I did, however, reread Illuminae and rekindled my old love for Ezra Mason. That boy is everything.
Newest Favorite Character
ASLAN! I freaking love Aslan from Narnia and I think about him all the time. Such a beautiful lion.
Book That Made You Cry
None of them. Yikes. I really haven’t cared too much about most of the books to start crying, which is pretty sad.
Book That Made You Happy
I’m going to go with Crazy Rich Asians. I thought it was super fun and I had a really good time reading about the outrageous characters and events that went on. It missed the mark a bit for me, but it was such an enjoyable book that it really does stand out from the others that I’ve read this year.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received this year
Hands down, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. The US paperback is SO pretty and I genuinely love to look at it. I haven’t finished it yet, so I can’t use the beautiful Lazlo Strange for any of my
fictional crush answers but it’s been a good read so far.
Books you want to read by the end of the year
All of them—final answer.