I’ve been denying it for a while but I’m currently in a reading slump. Oh, the struggles. I’ve gotten over my wariness of audiobooks now and I even look forward to finding my next ebook read. However, seems I’ve read enough to do this tag.
1. Best book you’ve read so far
Wolfsong by TJ Klune
I enjoy the characters and seeing how much they grow together. This was the book that I was searching for. I enjoy reading dialogue and all the dialogue was entertaining. The next book that I have to read is Heartsong, but I’ve been avoiding it like crazy even though I own the ebook. The fourth and final book, Brothersong, will be coming out October 13th, 2020.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far
Night of Dangers by Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos
The third and final book of this middle grade fantasy series. I knew that I should have stayed away from the comments/reviews of this book but I was just wondering what everyone’s thoughts were…then I read a spoiler on one of the characters. While it wasn’t the end of the world I’m sure I would have enjoyed the revelation more if I found out for myself. I’m still hating myself, but I loved this book.
This book has friendship, adventure, and fantasy.
3. New release you haven’t read yet but want to
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
I have no idea when I will get around to this. My library wait list is long. As I have yet to make up my mind of if I’d rather own the hardcovers or paperbacks of The Hunger Games perhaps I’ll just wait until the paperback comes out. It took me forever to pick up The Hunger Games I guess this one can wait too.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu
It’s a toss between a few sequels, but I’m more excited to read this next installment. This comes out September 1st, 2020.
5. Biggest disappointment
Priest of Bones by Peter Mclean
This is only if I have to choose. I just couldn’t get into Peter Mclean’s writing style even though I pushed to the end. Typically if I can’t get into the writing style I try to attach to either the character or the plot to keep me interested. Nothing worked for me so this is one of the instances where I won’t be continuing the series. This book is grimdark and has some tough topics in the story.
6. Biggest surprise
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
I’m very picky when it comes to romance books because I often imagine a lot of drama and angst. I really only picked this up since it had a Renaissance Faire which was different from other summaries. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the book even though things got dicey near the end. My gripe is that I would have wanted to see a confrontation between Emily and Simon or at least a conversation about the issue that popped up.
7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
Wranglestone by Darren Charlton
I’m still in the process of trying to find favorite authors. I figure I need to have at least read a few standalones or (different) series by the same author to really call them a favorite. Instead I’ll just introduce a new debut author.
This is life after the zombie apocalypse. While there’s mystery and chaos happening this book is more romance focused. We follow Peter whose sexual identity crisis is happening during the worst time possible as the lake that keeps the undead away from his community’s little paradise is beginning to freeze due to winter. As he becomes more involved with his town’s defense he starts questioning everything he’s been told.
I enjoyed the characters that while flawed can rise to the occasion. I also like Darren’s twist to the zombie situation that I won’t say more on. A book about figuring out our identity and finding out where we belong.
8. Newest fictional crush
I typically don’t get fictional crushes but there is one that I’m keeping my eyes on since I’m wondering how his story will unfold. It’s Brand, the Jack-of-all-Trades bodyguard from The Tarot Sequence series by K. D. Edwards. I enjoy reading about his friendship with Rune and their interactions.
This is urban fantasy where Atlantis has been discovered and the Atlanteans have integrated with the world. Trigger warnings of past rape that while not explicit does come up.
9. Newest favorite character
Again, it’s hard for me to gain a favorite character. My last favorite was Myron from The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan. The one that’s come close is Linus Baker from The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune. He’s a very quiet ordinary character whose life picks up the moment he goes to Marsyas Island Orphanage. Linus is very human as he has insecurities like we all do and strengths that others can lean on. I like that he stays true to character throughout the story because most books with such lead characters undergo some type of personality change at the end when everything is resolved which is a pill that I can’t quite swallow.
10. A book that made you cry
Okay I cry easily. If the wording is just right for me to imagine it, or if I’m just in the mood to cry then it will happen. So it’s hard to pinpoint a book that made me cry because I usually don’t remember them (nor do I keep track of them). So I’ll skip this one. Maybe I’ll have one next year.
11. A book that made you happy
The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty
Nothing makes me happier than jumping into a world of a series I’ve been anticipating since the prior book.
12. The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far
I typically can’t remember covers of books so if I have to choose it will have to be Far From the Tree by Robin Benway. I haven’t read this book yet, but from what I remember it’s about family and adoption.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year
So much. I’ll just share a few. Some of them I’ve been avoiding because of the hype. Some of them I’m scared to be disappointed by.
Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Jade City by Fonda Lee
The Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
I really have no excuse especially since I own them.