I saw this tag a few weeks ago on Dreaming of Happy Endings, and I couldn’t resist adding it to my post schedule. It’s a fun way to recap my reading so far in 2016.
1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2016
I’ve had 14 5-star reads so far in 2016, but the one that stands out the most is Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. I think it’s because I didn’t have high expectations for this book. Some of the other Austen Project books have let me down with not being modernized enough.
This book was perfect though! Sittenfeld did such an amazing job of bringing the story of Pride and Prejudice to life in the 21st century. I was blown away with her creative methods of reimagining this story. It was such a surprise, and a delightfully fun experience that kept me reading late into the night even though I know the story so well.
2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2016
I have read quite a few sequels this year, but my favorite is The Crown by Kiera Cass. I loved the original series, but America always drove me crazy. She was too wishy-washy. Did she love Maxim or Aspen? So annoying!
But Eadlyn! Now there’s a girl I can get behind. She’s fierce, afraid to love, and she knows what she wants and she goes after it. I loved her in The Heir, but she really matured a lot in The Crown. It was so enjoyable to watch her open herself up a little and follow her heart. My only complaint about this book is that it was too short! I wanted more Eadlyn, and more politics.
3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To
I read a review of We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchison on Book Nerd back in February, and I’ve been anxious to read this book ever since. I don’t know how I haven’t gotten to it yet. I tried to pick it for my YA Book Club I think, but Annie and Sarah didn’t agree. Then I tried to listen to it when Jim and I went on a road trip in April, but we couldn’t find it on audio.
I have it reserved from the library now, so I should be reading it this fall. I can’t wait to read this very interesting alien-invasion tale.
4. Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year
Can I really only pick one? This was a hard category. There are so many new releases that I want to read, and some that I have already pre-ordered.
I guess if I had to choose, I’d have to go with Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I loved The Lunar Chronicles series so much, and I am really excited to read something different from Marissa.
5. Biggest Disappointment
I have to go with The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I have loved all of Morgan’s other books, but this one was just too long, too slow, and too uneventful. Nothing really happened, and while I liked some of the characters (see #8 below), I just didn’t really get into the book all that much. I listened on audio, and I really had to force myself to finish it.
6. Biggest Surprise
Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino was a very pleasant surprise. I had read a lot of good reviews, but I still wasn’t sure how it would work for me. Contemporary romances are often too dull for me. I like more than just a love story, but this book was wonderful! I loved the characters, I loved their instant connection, and the sex was great. I stayed up way too late reading this book, and I’ve already pre-ordered Carlino’s next book – something I rarely do.
7. Favourite New Author
I’m going to cheat and name several here…
8. Newest Fictional Crush
Clark! (from The Unexpected Everything) I mean, he’s a fantasy writer who wears nerdy t-shirts! What’s not to love?
9. Newest Favourite Character
Mark and Kate from You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan. I loved their instant friendship. They were so supportive and healthy, and I just wanted to be there with them. I love friendship stories, and this one was just so good.
10. Book That Made You Cry
11. Book That Made You Happy
So many books make me happy when I read them, but The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord made me happy for its own story but also because it got me out of contemporary YA slump. This book had great characters, a fun plot, positive relationships, and a good message. I should really read it again!
12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year
Me Before You – I loved this movie! I wasn’t sure about it because I wasn’t thrilled with the casting, but both Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin were wonderful. Their chemistry on screen was great. Emilia was so bubbly and adorable – perfect for Lou, and so unlike her character in Game of Thrones.
I didn’t mind the changes they made, and I was happy they held true to the ending. It was really fun to watch this book translated to the big screen, and even though it’s sad at points, it’s also funny throughout.
13. Favourite Review/Post You’ve Done This Year
I don’t have a specific post, but I am really enjoying my new Juvenile Pile series where I write about the books that Christopher and I have been reading together.
14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year
??? – I don’t really buy books, and when I do, they’re in Kindle format mostly. I’m not one to buy books just because they’re pretty. I am anticipating the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which I have pre-ordered, but it doesn’t come out until October. Does that count?
15. Books You NEED To Read By The End Of 2016
I’ll just share the new releases…in addition to Heartless, which I already mentioned above.
What Light by Jay Asher
Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Bad Blood (The Naturals #4) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino
The Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay
What is the best book you have read so far this year?
On the blog last year…