Hello, lovely bookish people! It’s been some time since I disappeared from the blog without an explanation again, but we’re not going to talk about that. The Third Anuual Book Blogger Awards Round 1 hosted by May @ Forever and Everly closes tonight and I’ve been nominated by quite a few people – Kate @ Your Tita Kate, Camillea @ Camillea Reads, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea and Simant @ Flipping Through the Pages. Thank you all so much for thinking of me and I just wanted to say that your kind words has got me out my blogging slump. I’m finally motivated to get back to my regular posting schedule and, as my dearest friend, Shruti @ This is Lit, suggested, it’s easiest to start off with a tag. The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag has really caught on with book bloggers in the recent years, which I’m really happy to see. I have tweaked the original questions a bit to make it more like a mid-year check-in kind of post. You can find the original questions and a slightly tweaked version on Simant’s post. Now let’s move on to the tag itself!
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for July 10th, 2018 is: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far). I decided to combine it with a tag today because I didn’t have a lot to say about my favourites other than I hope that everyone reads it and loves it as well because they’re SO GOOD! I had initially planned to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag on a Saturday post but it just wouldn’t fit in the timeline for this month. Two things to note: nobody actually tagged me to do it (at least not to my knowledge) and although I’ve rated many more than 10 books 5 stars already this year, I wanted to feature some lesser-known but excellent stories so that they get more hype.
This is a tag created by Chami and Ely from A Book So Fathomless. They also introduced it to Booktube, which is how I found out about it. It seems like loads of fun, so I decided to do it on here. This also marks the beginning of Saturday posts on my blog. Until now, I was only posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I had so much more content to share than just reviews and a (not even famous) book meme, so I added an extra day of posting. Rejoice, non-existent fans of my blog! 😛
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017
This is hard to pick because I’ve read some extremely good books this year, but I think I’ll go with A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (read my review here). It is a fantasy book inspired by Indian mythology and I thought it was expertly executed. The characters were fantastic, I loved all the little food mentions and I’m so happy this book exists as an Indian myself. 10/10 would recommend it to everyone! However, do note that some other wonderful books I’ve read fit other questions in the tag better and that’s why this is my pick.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017
This one goes to The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan (click to read my review). Honestly, if I’m going to continue this tag in the future, expect books by him as the answer to this question every since year. I love him as much as I did when I was 13 and that’s quite a long while (9 years, to be exact). He still continues to put out the most amazing books and the diversity rep in them gets an A+ from me.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
I guess this would be The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I’ve seen people give it rave reviews and I’m trying to read more diversely (the proof of which is here), so I’m looking forward to reading this one quite a lot! Also, it just came out on June 27th and, therefore, fits the bill perfectly.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
If you thought I was going to answer with anything other than The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3) by Rick Riordan, you’ve got to be delusional (I’ve been talking about this since the beginning of the year, where have you been?!). Rick himself upped the excitement I had for this book x1000 by doing this. Yup, I’m totally blaming him! It comes out on October 3rd.
5. Biggest disappointment
I was approved to review Quests of the Kings by Robert Evert over on NetGalley. The blurb was very promising, but I just couldn’t get into this book. I had such a hard time reading it and I generally hate being negative about books, so I’ll just say this wasn’t for me. For more detailed thoughts on this book, click here.
6. Biggest surprise
The House at 758 by Kathryn Berla was a book I expected to like a lot less than I actually did. I’d read another by the same author previously and wasn’t as impressed, so my expectations going into it was quite low. I received an ARC of this, so I won’t be talking about it until closer to its release date on my blog.
7. Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)
I loved When Dimple Met Rishi with all of my heart, so I’d have to say Sandhya Menon. This was her first book and I can’t wait for more by her! It’s an #ownvoices novel about two Indian American teens and tackles some sensitive themes such as arranged marriage, career vs. relationships and respecting one’s culture. (I promise to have a review for it up soon.)
8. Newest fictional crush
Rishi from the afore-mentioned When Dimple Met Rishi (insert a lot of heart-eyes here). Can someone bring this boy to life so I can marry him? #KThxBye
9. Newest favourite character
This is without doubt Apollo from The Trials of Apollo series. I did like him from the first book itself, but he got so much more adorable in the second book. I just want to hug him and keep him safe from all the trouble his enemies are out to cause, okay? He’s my precious.
10. Book that made you cry
This would be hands-down Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This broke my heart into a million pieces, because, if you didn’t know, it is based on the biggest maritime disaster of World War II. Of course I knew it would give me some serious feels, but I was bawling towards the end. (Review coming your way soon.)
11. Book that made you happy
This is definitely Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I loved this book to bits and it’s such a feel-good summery romance with a very honest portrayal of geek culture. It’s a Cinderella retelling and since that’s not my favourite fairy tale, I was expecting to like this much lesser than I actually did. (Need more convincing to pick it up? See my non-spoilery review of it here.)
12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year
Um… I haven’t watched any. *ducks* I hope to catch Murder on the Orient Express when it comes out and to read the book before that. I’m pretty sure I’ll end up liking it. (Here I talk about some others on that list.)
13. Favourite review you’ve written this year
I don’t have a favourite, so I’m going to randomly choose a review for a book that I wish would get more attention. Book Review – In Truth & Ashes
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I coerced my friends into buying this gorgeous book for me. I cannot tell you how much I love it! Literally no words. (That’s because I’m going to talk about it in more depth in the next Saturday post, so stay tuned for more aesthetically pleasing photos.)
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Haha, there are so many that I feel like I’ll drown under the weight of them all. Look, I wrote an entire post about this. Read it here.
Phew, that was one really long tag! If you’ve made it all the way to the end, you deserve a cookie. Have a great weekend! 🙂