I haven’t been tagged for this but saw Jessica at The Awkward Book Blogger‘s post and decided to join in the fun.
1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2016?
Wonder by R. J. Palacio.
This quickly earned a place in the best books I’ve ever read and it made me cry buckets and buckets of tears.
2. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2016?
Probably The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. This was just as good as the first book, and I normally find sequels disappointing.
3. NEW RELEASE YOU’VE YET TO READ BUT WANT TO?
I want to read Ravenspur by Conn Igguldsen, which is the fourth in his Wars of the Roses series… but I kinda need to read the first 3 books first.
4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR 2ND HALF OF 2016?
The script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, without a doubt.
I’ve preordered it but am going to try not to read it straight away as I want to see the show without knowing what’s going to happen. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to resist temptation, though…
Ooooh, also Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the illustrated edition. I LOVED the illustrated Philosopher’s Stone. I think actually I’m looking forward to this one a little more than Cursed Child, since I’m more excited about seeing the play than reading the book.
5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?
Red Queen was a pretty big disappointment. Firstly there was a lot of hype on BookTube, which is how I discovered it, and then I read a sample on my Kindle – I always (well, nearly always) do this before buying books – and the beginning was really well-written and intriguing so I bought the paperback. Unfortunately, it’s like she edited the first three chapters so that a publisher would love them and then left the rest of the book in its first draft form. I haven’t thrown it out though because that cover is BOSS.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE?
The Knife of Never Letting Go was a huge surprise: I picked it up for 50p at a used book stand and it quickly became a new favourite. The rest of the trilogy had its issues but this first book is stellar.
7. FAVE NEW AUTHOR?
Carrying on from the above question, probably Patrick Ness. I haven’t loved any of his other books like I loved The Knife of Never Letting Go, but I feel like he’s a really good author and I’m sure there’s another one in his collection that I’ll adore. (But it won’t be The Rest of Us Just Live Here ‘cos that was kind of shit.)
8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?
I don’t really have fictional crushes anymore (still faithful to Snape), but if I was going to fall for anyone it would probably be Apollo from Rick Riordan’s new Trials of Apollo series. (Technically I discovered Apollo a few years ago in the original Percy Jackson series but shhhh.)
9. NEWEST FAVE CHARACTER?
Manchee from The Knife of Never Letting Go! Auggie from Wonder!
Also Mark from The Martian, he’s awesome.
10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?
Wonder and The Knife of Never Letting Go fo’ sho’, but I don’t want to keep repeating answers sooooo…
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green.
11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?
EEEEEK SO HAPPY.
12. FAVE BOOK-TO-MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU SAW THIS YEAR?
I haven’t seen many movies at all this year, much less any new ones that I’ve enjoyed… however I did go and see The Jungle Book and thought that was really good (although I wish Christopher Walken didn’t sing).
However, if you only watch one movie this year, I beg you to make that movie What We Do in the Shadows. It’s on Netflix and is genuinely the best movie I’ve seen for a really long time.
13. FAVE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR?
I’m pretty proud of my Eyre Affair review. That reminds me… I should probably do an alphabet post soon!
14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR?
The prettiness really doesn’t shine through in this picture, but it’s a beautiful embellished leather hardback. (I think it’s leather, anyway?)
15. WHAT BOOK DO YOU NEED TO READ BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?
I have abandoned quite a lot of books this year that I still want to finish: The Diary of Anne Frank, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Carry On and Sophia Khan is Not Obliged.