Haha, so I wasn’t tagged for this, but I’ve seen it going around right now, and I’m procrastinating on reviews so here we go!
- Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018? Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, without a doubt. I’ve read a lot of other amazing books this year that I will plan to mention throughout this post, but Radio Silence really impacted me like few other books have recently. It is a very relevant book that touches upon college apps (my life right now) and fandom. I urge any teenager (and non-teenager) to read it. Also, I’m not going to forget Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli as a favorite because that was also really impactful for me and so important and I’m really, really glad it exists.
- Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018? I’m going to list a few because I’m hopeless: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (sequel to This Savage Song), The Raven King and The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic (sequels to The Foxhole Court), and Bright We Burn by Kiersten White (sequel to And I Darken and Now I Rise).
- New Release You Haven’t Read, but Want to? I’m hoping to read Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh soon! And at some point I need to get my act together and read War Storm by Victoria Aveyard (but this is going to be a case of “it’s been a year and I have no idea what happened so I’m putting it off for even longer!”) Go me.
- Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of 2018? I’m especially looking forward to Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare (last in the Dark Artifices) in December, but earlier, I’m looking at The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken in August.
- Biggest Disappointment? Honestly, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova. I was partially expecting the hype to have gotten to The Cruel Prince, but the rest of me that was insanely hopeful was beaten with a stick at how underwhelming it was. As for, Labyrinth Lost, I was expecting a wonderful diverse fantasy and instead found a diverse fantasy that was terribly written with an immature main character!
- Biggest Surprise? Probably Vicious by VE Schwab. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t what I got. I think I thought it would be less sci-fi? I honestly don’t know. It was pleasant surprise, though!
- New Favorite Author? Angie Thomas with The Hate U Give, Becky Albertalli with Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Lauren DeStefano with The Glass Spare, and Alice Oseman with Radio Silence, Solitaire, and I Was Born for This.
- Newest Fictional Crush? I honestly can’t think of one. Most of the characters I love from the books I’ve read this year are in a “they’re my son!” kind of way. I suppose I have a bit of a soft spot for Kashmir in The Girl from Everywhere. He’s very funny and very adorable in a thievish way.
- Newest Favorite Character? Ah, this is easier. Simon from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Frances and Aled from Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, and Alucard Emery from A Gathering of Shadow and A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab.
- Book That Made You Cry? I sobbed like a baby during the last half of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I also cried when I finished Bright We Burn by Kiersten White a few hours ago. You know it’s a good series when you cry because it’s over. Lastly, I cried reading Moloka’i by Alan Brennert; everything about that book was tragic.
- Book That Made You Happy? I’m struggling on this one because apparently I don’t read happy books. The ending of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda made me immensely happy (but just the ending!) and Radu’s storyline in Bright We Burn made me happy because he was happy! But both of those books are so sad elsewhere.
- Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation You’ve Seen This Year? I’m pathetic, but I haven’t actually seen an adaptation this year. I still haven’t seen Love, Simon, but I know it’ll be a favorite since it made me cry during the trailer. (Don’t worry, I’ll watch it by the end of summer!)
- Favorite Review You’ve Written this Year? I’m super proud of my Radio Silence review! Read it HERE.
- Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far this Year? I’m loving The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig because of its beautiful, minimalist cover! (The content is also pretty awesome too!)
- What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year? I’ll hate myself forever if I keep pushing off The Hamilton Affair and Uprooted, so those, I suppose. I’m also hoping to read one of Adam Silvera’s books by the end of the year! Let me know which one I should start with in the comments.
If you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged!