Oh, flipping heck, has half of 2019 gone already? And, am I incredible late to post this? I am honestly freaking out a little bit. Okay, maybe, a big bit! Another six months and I still haven’t had anything published. On the upside, I’ve definitely read more books in six months that I did in all of 2018 so that’s one New Year’s Resolution in the bag.
Might as well channel that freaking out into something productive, like a book tag. I got this book tag from Kristin Kraves Books and anyone who wants to give this a go too is welcome.
BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019
This is the book that introduced me to the enchanting world of the Winternight trilogy. Both fairytale-like and historically accurate, it completely swept me away and I never wanted to come out of the snow.
BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019
My surname was in it! My surname! In a book! This has never happened before! But, it was also another brilliant entry to the Thursday Next series.
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO
I love the concept and I must look into whether the audiobook or physical book is better.
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
The Poppy War was brilliant and I’m sure this will be too.
I really wanted to get into this but by audiobook definitely wasn’t the way to do it. I lost track about a quarter of the way in and found it just too difficult to get into. Sorry, Neuromancer, it’s not you, it’s me.
I picked this up in an Audible sale and half against my better judgement. My previous experience of Mark Lawrence was the Broken Empire trilogy and I really wasn’t fussed on it at all. I started listening to this during a quiet part of a holiday and was pleasantly surprised to find how much I was enjoying it. The world building, characters and story are all amazing and I’d burned through the whole trilogy before I knew it.
FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR
Katherine Arden, the author of my new favourite trilogy: Winternight!
NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
Morosko from the Winternight trilogy. Did I mention I love the Winternight trilogy and Morosko is in the top ten reasons why?
NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER
Jane McKeene is one hell of a badass who can outfight zombie hordes and outsmart delusional racists (whoops, tautology!). She has a fascinating backstory, a cool personality and I can’t wait to see where she goes next.
BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
What a powerful book. This book made me feel a whole range of emotions but mostly sadness that this level of institutional racism is still in place. The fourth wall break in the last chapter in particular was a real emotional punch in the gut.
BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
Neil Gaiman has such a marvellously twisted wit and, every time I read one of his books, I wonder why on earth I don’t read more. This is such a funny and positive book. I particularly love Anansi’s commentary on how stories is what separates us from beasts. Anything that extols the value of stories is a big yes from me. If you can, get the audiobook. Sir Lenny Henry’s performance is absolutely marvellous.
FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION
What an original answer! But, seriously, this series was everything I hoped it would be and more. I was sorry I didn’t get a chance to re-read it before watching the series but this series was so brilliant that I don’t care. Michael Sheen, in particularly, put in an absolutely A-1 performance as Aziraphale and David Tennant did a great anarchic Crowley. I hope they get all the awards for this.
FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR
This is going to sound absolutely mad but my best post records my discovery of a whole new way to stack my shelves. Yes, my life is that boring.
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR
A beautiful rendition of a terrifying classic that manages to stay faithful to the source material and not at all influenced by the TV series.
WHAT BOOK DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR
It’s been six months since I read the Well of Ascension and I really want to get on with the Mistborn series before the year’s out.
I tag anyone else who feels like 2019 is running away with them.
I hope to see you again very soon.