Hey everyone and welcome to another tag post! I haven’t done one of these in awhile. I know it’s a bit late for this tag since it’s all about being mid-year and that was technically last month, but I still wanted to do this tag. I first did this tag last year (click here to see that post) and I had a lot of fun doing it so I decided to do it again this year. This tag was originally created by ReadLikeWildfire and elyjayne on Youtube. All book titles mentioned below link to Goodreads. Let’s get started!
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018
I had to go with two books for this question: The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed and Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro – my only 5 star reads so far this year. Both books center around heavy topics and are wonderfully written. I was captivated by both of these books and I highly recommend them!
However, I suggest you first check out the following content warnings for each of the books before picking them up. The Nowhere Girls: rape, sexual and physical assault, sexual harassment, panic attacks. Anger Is a Gift: police brutality, racism, murder, death of a loved one, violence, riots, panic attacks, misgendering.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018
I’m going to answer with two books for this question as well – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff and Chainbreaker by Tara Sim. These were both fantastic sequels!! I definitely recommend you check out both of these series!
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
Save the Date by Morgan Matson was the first book to come to mind! This book was just published last month but I’m bummed I haven’t been able to read it yet. I’m waiting for my hold on it to come in at the library and then I’ll be diving right in! I’ve loved all of Morgan’s past books and I’m super excited to read this one!
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Oh wow, I’m super excited for a lot of new releases in the second half of the year but I’ll only name a few: Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman, Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco, and The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke.
5. Biggest disappointment
Two books I read this year were both pretty disappointing: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian and All the Rage by Courtney Summers. I was expecting to enjoy these two books a lot more than I ended up enjoying them. I rated both of them 2.5 out of 5 stars.
6. Biggest surprise
When I started The Nowhere Girls, my first book of 2018, I had no idea it would also be my first 5 star read of the year as well so that was definitely a surprise! I ended up enjoying it so, so much (as you can tell since it’s my answer for question #1).
7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
I’ve read a book by this author before but after reading her newest novel, Girl Made of Stars, I’d have to say Ashley Herring Blake is a new favorite author! The writing in this book was just so beautiful and I enjoyed it so much! I’ll definitely be reading anything Ashley writes next!
8. Newest fictional crush
Uhhhh, no one?
9. Newest favorite cover
Here are three of my favorite covers of books I’ve read so far this year. From left to right: Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles, Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan, and Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi.
10. Book that made you cry
I think I’ve mentioned this before but I very rarely cry at books (movies too), but I started crying while reading The Nowhere Girls – only because one of the main characters was having a panic attack and her dog was being super sweet. Yeah, I definitely cry when animals do cute things!
11. Book that made you happy
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows definitely made me happy! While I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as their first book, My Lady Jane, I still really enjoyed it and I loved the silly aspects of it!
12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year
I don’t think I’ve seen any yet! However, I’m looking forward to seeing Love, Simon hopefully sometime soon!
13. Favorite review you’ve written this year
Um. Well. I haven’t written any official review posts so far this year. Oops!
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received so far this year
Since the number of books I’ve gotten this year are extremely limited, I’m going to go with Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, which has a gorgeous cover! Trust me, it’s even better looking in person on the physical book.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I don’t have a specific list of books in mind but I do have 7 books left to read in order to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set my goal on there to 50 books and at the time of writing this post, I’ve completed 43 books. My personal goal was to read 100 books, but that probably isn’t going to happen.
I’m not going to specifically tag anyone but if you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me! Feel free to link your post in the comments below! I would love to see your answers to these questions.