Hello beautiful people!
So … I didn’t know this was a THING people did every year? It’s SUPER cool! WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS?! Oh well, I do now! Also … is there a End Year Freak Out too??
I was tagged by two COMPLETE EPIC bloggers — the orang-utan librarian, and Marie and Nyx @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books. All three of these bloggers are widely know, literally my book blogger goals. They’re blogs are well organized, creative and provide that little extra something to make them unique from other websites … again, there’s a REASON most people know of these two websites. So being nominated by bloggers I REALLY look up to feels INCREDIBLE (yea … I’m geeking out and fangirling a bit). So thank you! Please make sure to visit these two websites (though you MOST LIKELY have at this point).
LET’S DO THIS!!!
The Creator and the Questions
According to Paper Procrastinators, the creators are Chami & Ely, who are both BookTubers. However, there seems to be a few different questions between the ones I received from Marie and Nyx, and the ones I received from The Orang-utan Librarian … so I’m going to incorporate them all! If you want Chami and Ely’s original ones, click Ely’s link. For how the other questions appeared … I don’t know.
Anyways, here are the questions (I starred the ones that aren’t in Ely’s list)!
- Best book you’ve read so far in 2019
- Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019
- New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
- Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
- Biggest disappointment
- Biggest surprise
- Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
- Newest fictional crush
- Newest favorite character
- Book that made you cry
- Book that made you happy
- Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
- What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
- Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year? **
- Favourite review you’ve written this year? **
- Favorite book community member
One. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019
If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka — Funny enough, this isn’t even my highest rated book … how does this make sense?! But ever since I put this book down, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I know the two authors plan to come out with more books next year … BUT I NEED THEM NOW!
Two. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019
Library Wars by Kiiro Yumi — Honestly, this is MAINLY because I had been WAITING to find the English translations for YEARS!!!! I finally found the last 7 I needed to read and it was so nice to finally finish the manga series.
Three. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo — I bought this book literally the DAY it released and I STILL haven’t read it! With buddy reads and read-a-thon challenges, I just haven’t had time. But it’s happening! I’m PRETTY sure I’m going to push some books back to September and October so I can FINALLY read this beauty!
Four. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee — If you don’t know already, I was OBSESSED with the first Guide book. When this first released, it was only available for people who pre-ordered the second Guide book … which I didn’t (my fault for not looking into that). But earlier this year, Lee announced she’s finally able to release this to the public … I literally squealed out loud and jumped out of my seat … I NEED IT SO BAD!
Five. Biggest disappointment
Dark Wine at Dusk by Jenna Barwin — I feel bad saying this, since I really like the author. But this book just rubbed me the wrong way. And then there were some other complications with this ARC and my review, so I just had a really awful experience and STILL feel uncomfortable about it. I just gotta learn not to take things to heart ha-ha! But yeah, I loved the first two books in this series … but this one didn’t do the series justice.
Six. Biggest surprise
Kill Code by Clive Fleury — I haven’t read a Sci-Fi novel in a LONG TIME … so I was SUPER hesitant to accept this book review request. Thank gosh I did, because it was actually REALLY well done! I felt connected to the main character, loved the pacing of the novel and see a really interesting series to unfold. I can’t wait for book two!
Seven. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka — They aren’t debut authors, but they’re new to me and I truly loved their novel If I’m Being Honest. It’s so well written and engaging, I couldn’t put it down. I need more!!
Eight. Newest fictional crush
Weston Ludovico in 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons — I don’t have a crush per say … the character’s 10 or 12 years younger than me, so my brain went automatically to “AWWWWEEE” rather than “CRUSH” … does that make sense? But I LOVE his optimism and outlook on life. I’m in no rush to get back into the dating game but if I were, I’d want a partner like Weston … someone who just loves life, loves to find new hobbies to explore, full of charm and humour, doesn’t take life TOO seriously and wants to help others.
Nine. Newest favorite character
Cameron Bright in If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka — If you can’t tell, I REALLY loved If I’m Being Honest. But I LOVED Cameron!! I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about her at first, being a bully and all. But she totally grew on me the more she learned to be accepting yet still be her witty and sarcastic self. She’s absolutely hilarious and amazing, someone so full of ambition and life!
Ten. Book that made you cry
Pft … better question … which book DIDN’T make you cry. I couldn’t even choose between these FOUR because THAT’S how emotional they made me!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas — Reading about the mistreatment of African Americans was gut-wrenching and difficult. I’d been putting this off for a while KNOWING I was going to be a mess when reading it.
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott — Yea … two people with CF falling for one another … what’s not sad about that (inserting sarcastic tone)?? It also reminded me of Claire, a famous YouTuber with CF who passed away during a lung transplant. This was actually inspired by her and I know she assisted with the novel … so yeah, I was a complete and utter mess.
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren — Whenever I read about the mistreatment of those in the LGBTQAI+ community, I can’t help but get mad … which leads to me crying. Knowing some friends who REALLY struggled when they “came out”, this made this novel even that much more personal. Seriously people … STOP BEING JERKS AND LET LOVE BE LOVE!
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills — I know she usually has some kind of emotional turmoil in her novels, but this one hit me HARD!!!! I think because it was SO unexpected and I was absolutely devastated to find out the truth. I went through an ENTIRE KLEENEX BOX!
Eleven. Book that made you happy
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston — Okay, this was an emotional rollercoater … BUT ALEX AND HENRY MAKE ME SO HAPPY! I love them so much! Actually, I love the whole cast of characters (Alex’s sister is EPIC)! This was just a really well-done novel, one that blew me away. Even though there are sad parts, I was left feeling happy and hopeful at the end of the novel.
Twelve. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott — Okay … there are quite a few pretty books I bought this year … because I’m judgy like that! But the cover that REALLY stands out on my bookshelf is this one … LOOK AT THAT COVER! And the content itself is beautiful, so there’s that too.
Thirteen. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Well … this list is GIGANTIC … especially since I’m doing buddy reads, read-a-thon’s and a STUPID amount of book challenges this year … so I have ALL of those books. WHAT KIND OF QUESTION IS THIS?!?! TORTURE??? I THINK SO!
*calming down now* Okay, I’m EXCLUDING buddy reads and challenges and what not because this will LITERALLY never end. I’m going to include a series I’ve been DYING to start and HANDS DOWN PLAN TO READ! *drum roll*
Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco — I already bought books 1 through 3, knowing the 4th one’s releasing this year. I’ve wanted to pick this series up since FOREVER, but I hate starting series that aren’t finished … I have no patience. So I’m planning to read this during the fall … woooooot!
Fourteen. Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year? **
Ummm … I haven’t really watched any? Like, I’ve rewatched Matilda and the Harry Potter films and the Lord of the Rings films … but I’ve already SEEN those multiple times so that isn’t new. So I guess … non-applicable?
Fifteen. Favourite review you’ve written this year? **
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong — Honestly, I don’t think this is ACTUALLY my best review … it could be, but I don’t really know. But I’ve wanted to review this trilogy for SO LONG! I re-read the series every couple of years but I never wrote a review since I wasn’t book blogging yet. It’s nice to finally have my thoughts down for this trilogy! Now I just need to re-read and review the spin-off trilogy.
Sixteen. Favorite book community member
I’m copying Nyx and Marie … basically opting out. I love so many of you! Seriously, trying to catch up on all the posts from you guys sometimes gives me anxiety, because there are just TOO MANY good bloggers out there.
Also … I had NO IDEA this Book Blogger Awards thing existed … like, at all. What a lovely concept! So I’m going to do the same as Nyx and Marie — prep some award nominations for you lovely people!
I feel like I’m the LAST person to do this and that so many people have already been tagged … so I’m basically saying I tag you if you haven’t been tagged yet … WOOOOOOOOOOT!