Today’s post is something I saw while reading Kristin’s Kristin Kraves Books blog. While I wasn’t tagged to do this post, it is always nice to participate in a tag that is going to show how much reading I have accomplished thus far in 2018.
Interested to see what has me freaking out? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2018
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. Both Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young and Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman were serious contenders for this coveted spot, but something about The Wicked Deep has stuck with me since I finished it way back in February and so it takes the cake.
*To read my review of The Wicked Deep, click here*
Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2018
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. Hands down the best sequel I’ve read this year, possibly in the past few years actually. It is going to be excruciating to wait for the third book in the ‘Arc of a Scythe’ series, The Toll, set for publication in 2019.
*To read my review of Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2), click here*
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To
Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1) by Laura Sebastian. While Ash Princess hasn’t sat on my shelf for too long, given that it was published on April 24, I was eagerly anticipating its release. However, I have currently started the audiobook version of Sebastian’s debut novel, so this shouldn’t be a ‘haven’t read’ for too much longer.
Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year
Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) by Kendare Blake. I’m obsessed with the ‘Three Dark Crowns’ series so to say I’m anticipating the September 4th publication of the third book in the series is an extreme understatement.
The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton. I loved The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender when I had the pleasure of reading it back in 2016, so I was hoping to love her follow-up, The Price Guide to the Occult, when it was published on March 13. Unfortunately, The Price Guide to the Occult was just missing the whimsy that The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender had, and as such it was kind of a let down for me.
*To read my review of The Price Guide to the Occult, click here*
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry. As first book I read in 2018, Lost Boy had the big job of starting my reading year off on the right foot, and boy did it ever. From Henry’s writing, to her characters, to the way she retold the story of the infamous Captain Hook, Lost Boy is definitely a book you want to check out if you’re in the mood for a quick and enjoyable read.
*To read my review of Lost Boy, click here*
Favourite New Author
Mary E. Pearson. I flew through ‘The Remnant Chronicles’ trilogy back in March, and since then I’ve missed the rich descriptions and fleshed out characters of Morrighan. Thankfully, Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves #1), a novel set in the Remnant Chronicles universe, is set to be published on August 7, 2018, so it isn’t too much longer until I will once again be swept away.
*To read my review of The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1), click here*
To read my review of The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2), click here*
To read my review of The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3), click here*
Newest Fictional Crush
Thomas Cresswell from the ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ series by Kerri Maniscalco. Thomas is one of those characters that pulls you in and never lets go. He’s charming, confident, and full of snark, and I cannot wait to revisit the character when Maniscalco publishes Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) on September 18, 2018.
*To read my review of Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1), click here*
*To read my review of Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2), click here*
Newest Favourite Character
Eelyn from Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. Out of all of the strong female characters I’ve had the pleasure of reading about this year, Eelyn from Sky in the Deep is just the bad ass warrior I’ve been looking for.
*To read my review of Sky in the Deep, click here*
Book That Made You Cry
The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff. Not the story I was anticipating given the front cover, The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff was the heart wrenching story of Noa and Astrid, two women fighting for their independence in Occupied France. The ending of the novel left me in a puddle of tears, a cry fest that I wont soon forget.
*To read my review of The Orphan’s Tale, click here*
Book That Made You Happy
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham. Nobody should be surprised by this answer, so let’s just move on, shall we?
*To read my review of In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It, click here*
Favourite Book To Film Adaptation
To All The Boys I’ve LovedBefore by Jenny Han. To be honest I haven’t watched any book to movie adaptations this year, unless I wanted to stretch and say Avengers: Infinity War, so instead I decided to answer this question as my most anticipated book to film adaptation. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is set to hit Netflix on August 17, 2018, so you best believe I will be binging it as soon as it is released.
Favourite Post You Have Done This Year
Author Guest Post: Isle of Blood and Stone – Makiia Lucier. Makiia wrote a post for me back in February, all about her writing process, how cartography inspired her novel Isle of Blood and Stone, and the age old question of ‘if you could go anywhere, where would you go?’
*To read my Author Guest Post: Isle of Blood and Stone – Makiia Lucier , click here*
Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year
The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden. This answer will be true until I purchase The Curses (The Grace #2) by Laure Eve, when it is published on September 4, 2018.
What Book Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Mansfield Park is one of two classics that currently decorate my TBR shelf, and given that I read every other Austen novel last year, this is definitely the one book I want to say I finished in 2018.
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And those are my answers for the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag. Want to answer the questions but haven’t been tagged? Take this as me tagging you and leave a comment or link to your post below!