Shoutout to Elena from Sweaters and Storms for tagging me in this! Her blog is absolutely lovely, so go check it out.
Prepare for a lot of rambling about books I’ve already rambled about. 🙂
- Best Book You’ve Read This Year So Far
Thats a tough one. There’s not a stand out book because I’ve read so many books wonderful so far this year. Some of them leapt instantly onto my favorites list. Some of the best books I’ve read this year are: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, Heartstone by Elle Katherine White, and The Raven Boys by Leigh Bardugo.
- Best Sequel You’ve Read In 2017
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan. It’s the second book in the Trials of Apollo series. I was very skeptical about the Trials of Apollo series begin with, and it’s not my favorite Rick Riordan series, but I am really enjoying it. It’s got oodles of that “Rick Riordan” voice that I love. I mean, all the chapter titles are Haikus, enough said. There’s a lot of representation happening and I’m not mad at it. (Some people are. Some people are very mad.) More about that soon probably.
- Must Read New Release
I am dying to read Geekerella. I don’t read much contemporary, but it seems right up my alley. It’s one of the books that is making me seriously question my “Read it then buy it” policy, because I want to read it so bad but my library still hasn’t gotten it. Basically I’m dying.
- Most Anticipated Release
The Speaker by Traci Chee. I read The Reader, the first book in the Sea of Ink and Gold series, back in February and I absolutely loved it. It’s got such a creative premise that I go sucked into right away. For all my thoughts on The Reader check out the BNTEEN Young Adults post from March.
- Biggest Disappointment
Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz. I got this book for my birthday because, at the time, I was at the height of my Hamilton obsession. I liked the story okay, but I had a hard time connecting the characters in the book to the characters I’d fallen in love with from the musical. Their characterization was just incredibly different. I think I wold’ve liked the story itself if I had been able to separate it from the musical, or if it had been about different people.
6. Biggest Surprise
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. I’ve talked about this book before on multiple occasions because I love it so much. It was certainly the most surprising read I’ve picked up this year, probably because the only thing I knew about it before reading it was that a reviewer on the back had described it as “Monty Python meets The Tudors.” I remember thinking “How the heck does that work?” I just had to see for myself. It’s such a uniquely hilarious book, with some of the strongest voice I’ve ever read, and I love it to bits.
7. New Favorite Author
Hands down Elle Kathrine White. I read her debut novel, Heartstone, back in April and I haven’t shut up about it since. It’s on this list more than once because I have no self control. To find out exactly why I loved it so much you can check out the review I wrote for BNTEEN or pop down to question 11.
On a whim I followed her on twitter and I have not regretted it. She does this thing called #TuesdayNightTales and it’s absolutely hilarious.
(Get ready for me to freak out about The Raven Boys just a lil bit)
8. Newest Fictional Crush
At the moment I’m basically in love with the main group from The Raven Boys. (We call them The Gangesy right? Is that information correct?)
9. New Favorite Character
I’ve only read the first book in Leigh Burdugo’s Raven Cycle, but like I said I love all of the characters so far. I just want to be friends with all of them. I’m going to be devastated if I don’t end up liking the rest of the series, because I absolutely adored the first book.
10. A Book That Made You Cry
Stranger than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer. It’s a book about four friends who are planning a road trip together before they all head off to different colleges. As a joke they invite the lead actor of their favorite TV series to come along with them, because it’s his show that brought them together as friends. They’re not at all prepared for what happens when he actually shows up.
It’s a story about friendship, fame, and finding yourself. I laughed, I cried, it was wonderful.
11. A Book That Made You Happy
Heartstone by Elle Katherine White. Honestly, I was destined to love this book from the start because it had dragons in it, and I love dragons. Elle Katherine White took one of my all time favorite books, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, stuck it in a beautiful fantasy world, and somehow made me love the characters even more than I did before. I can’t read this book without grinning like an idiot.
I reviewed it for BNTEEN. Link here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/teen/teen-readers-share-last-book-loved-summer-love-magicproblems-twist-tropes/
12. Most Beautiful Book
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Colhurst. I picked this book up because of how much I liked the cover, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that I liked the story just as much. It’s on of the few LGBT+ books I’ve read thats not a contemperary. (Carry on by Rainbow Rowell and Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova also come to mind, both of which have really nice covers as well.) I liked the world, the magic, and the characters, but what I really loved was the fact that the reason the main couple couldn’t be together had nothing to do with the fact that they were both girls.
13. TBR for the rest of 2017
Here’s what I’m hoping to read by the end of the year:
-The rest of the Raven Cycle!
-Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
-Eleanor and Park
-Nora and Kettle
-The Night Circus
-Spare and Found Parts
-Why We Broke Up
-The Hate You Give
-The rest of the Grisha trilogy
Which ones should I read first? Do you have any other recommendations? Like any of the books on this list? Leave a comment and let me know!