Hello! This is one of my favorite tags on “booktube” or the small section of Youtube focused on books. All of the questions must be answered with the books read in the first half of 2019 only. I spent the better part of 4 months being in a SEVERE reading slump. Here we go:
Best book you read: This has been a weird reading year for me in that I’ve only rated one book 5 stars! So the best by far this year is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. This book hooked me from the first page. I laughed and I cried; I wish I could experience reading it all over again.
Best Sequel: This reading year has also been weird in that I have been reading mostly stand-alone novels as opposed to reading series. I did love the second book in the Folk of the Air Series– The Wicked King by Holly Black. I don’t want to give anything away since this is a sequel, but this series focuses on a human who was stolen from the human world and brought to live in the high court of Faerie. It’s a YA series so it is definitely not high brow literature, but it is a fun series with a lot of twists and turns. Honorable mention goes to Still Me, the third book in the Me Before You trilogy by Jojo Moyes.
New release you haven’t read yet but want to: Recursion by Blake Crouch. I have only read one novel by Blake Crouch, which is Dark Matter; I still think about it from time to time and is easily in my top favorite books of all time. Recursion focuses on the “False Memory Syndrome” phenomenon. This is pretty much all I know about it and I want to keep it that way. I am eagerly awaiting this book from the library.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year: I have two, and they are both YA fantasy. I definitely have a niche favorite genre. The first is The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, the third (final?) book in the Folk of the Air Series. The second is The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh, a new vampire (!!!!!!) series. Both will be out this fall!
Biggest disappointment: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. This book was so hyped and I was so excited to finally get it from the library after having it on hold for what felt like months. Reading this was not fun, it dragged on and on, the characters were annoying and followed very obvious character arcs, and I could easily see where the plot was going the whole time. The magic system was the only intriguing plot point.
Biggest surprise: The Shining by Stephen King. I had no idea I would like this as much as I did. I knew the story of The Shining peripherally from references in TV and books (I have never and probably will never see the movie or TV adaptations). We get writing from many character’s perspectives, but I especially liked the chapters that focused on Danny, the five year old gifted with “The Shining”. I recommend reading this on a snowy day, it really adds to the creepiness.
What are your favorite or least favorite books you have read in 2019 so far? Any surprises?