I’ve not been tagged by any bloggers but I really want to join in with this as I have seen it everywhere and it looks like a good, fun and reflective tag to do. So here goes…
1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ THIS YEAR?
The Choice by Edith Eger, such an inspirational, eye opening, beautiful memoir about Edith’s horrific memories of when she was in Auschwitz and her road to healing and recovery afterwards. Read my review here
2. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ IN 2018?
I haven’t read many series this year so I would have to choose Tarnished City by Vic James. I preferred book 1 and still haven’t read book 3.
3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO?
The Beekeeper of Sinjar by Dunya Mikhail. It doesn’t actually come out until August but that’s only a few weeks away. Dunya tells the harrowing stories of women in Iraq who have managed to escape the clutches of ISIS. One man a beekeeper decided to help smuggle these women in danger across the border a hero a brave man and a man who saves many lives. I am really really looking forward to reading this.
4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR?
Released January 5th 2019 so it just misses the mark of this year but I am choosing The Winter of the Witch by Kathryn Arden because i am SO excited to read this. Her Winternight series has been the best series I have read in so long and january 5th cannot come soon enough I want to know the next chapter!
5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?
The Power by Naomi Alderton. My hopes are always high when I see a book has won an award. I was looking forward to reading the power for so long and heard so many good things but was pretty disappointed when I finished it. Started well and an action packed ending but the middle of the book lulled, I barely liked any characters and I wanted more action. Read my review here
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE?
Erotic Stories for Pubjabi Women by Balli Kaur Jaswal. I expected this to be a weird sexual story that I wouldn’t get into but I was so surprised that it was so funny, modern full of drama, suspense, twists and turns. Well written i loved the characters and storyline with a book title like that I wasn’t sure what to expect but it really was a fun refreshing read. Read my review here
7. FAVOURITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR?
I would have to pick Dawn O’Porter. I recently read Paper Aeroplanes and was quite shocked and happily surprised about how well written it was. I never get my hopes up when I read a fictional book by a celebrity as I am a negative ninny but the way Dawn writes is so relatable and refreshing I will definitely be picking up more of her books in the future! Read my review of Paper Aeroplanes here
8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?
I literally don’t have one, I don’t think I have read any books this year that have made me crush on a character. So unfortunate.
9. NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER?
Eleanor Oliphant. Possibly an obvious choice but I literally can’t help but love her, yes she’s an odd ball, yes she has mental health issues but for some reason I really relate to her and find her awkward questionable ways so endearing and hilarious! She’s a character I will never forget or get bored of reading. Read my review here
10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?
I don’t think I have ever cried when reading a book but The Tattooist of Auschwitz was so sad and beautiful it almost made me cry especially as it is based on a true story. Read my review here
11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?
Happy by Fearne Cotton. Does what it says on the “tin” this book is full of lovely hints, tips, activities and interviews to help you stay focussed on your journey of happiness and wellbeing. Read my review here
12. FAVOURITE BOOK-TO-FILM ADAPTATION?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The film and novel are actually quite different but I loved each of them in their own right. I loved how the film captured an essence of the book and made more of the story revolving around the missing friend Elizabeth and how they could find her focussing on the present day a lot. I enjoyed the book as it focussed on a lot of things happening during the war and what went on in Guernsey during this time. Both are beautiful and enchanting and whimsical.
13. FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR?
Why reading makes me happy. A nostalgic post about why I love reading so much focusing on what books and authors I loved at different stages in my life.
14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR?
I would have to say La Belle Sauvage. I have the hardback version and its such a beautiful graphic on the cover also the hard back underneath is sparkly. Read my review here.
15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?
Soooo many! Here is my latest TBR List if you want a more in depth look.
I’m not going to tag anyone as it’s so close to being over 6 months in the year. But if anyone reading this who hasn’t taken part yet would like to I encourage it 🙂
Thanks for reading. Katie x