We’re officially halfway through 2019, which I’m still having trouble believing! This book tag has been making its rounds throughout the book community, and I love reminiscing about all the books I’ve read so far, so of course, I was going to participate!
Let’s get right to it!
WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK THAT YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019?
The Way of Kings (Book One of the Stormlight Archive) by Brandon Sanderson
This first question was super easy to answer. The Way of Kings was the first Brandon Sanderson book I read, and these 1000 pages instantly pushed him into my list of top ten favorite authors. His world-building blew me away completely.
WHAT IS THE BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019?
Words of Radiance (Book Two of the Stormlight Archive) by Brandon Sanderson
Big surprise, right? If it’s even possible, I think I may have enjoyed Words of Radiance even more than The Way of Kings.
IS THERE A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT ARE REALLY EXCITED FOR?
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
My favorite aspect of the entire fantasy genre is dragons. How could they not be? They hoard gold and breath fire and fly and are just generally totally badass. I purchased The Priory of the Orange tree as soon as it came out on February 26, and I still haven’t read it. Part of the reason is due to its size, as it’s over 800 pages.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF 2019?
The Testaments (The Handmaid’s Tale #2) by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favorite dystopian novels, and Margaret Atwood is a wonderful writer. The sequel to her ground-breaking first book comes out in September of this year, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I’ve already pre-ordered it.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT SO FAR?
Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer
I wanted to like this book so bad. It’s a retelling of a Norse myth, it has a gorgeous cover, and it was fairly highly rated. I was so disappointed in this book, however. For the full details, click on my review below, but to quickly sum it up, this book basically glorifies Stockholm syndrome and the main character, Echo, forgives someone who lies to her repeatedly and at least once violently attacks her. Honestly, I feel like my two-star rating may have been generous, but I don’t like redoing old ratings unless I reread a book, and I definitely won’t be rereading Echo North.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SURPRISE SO FAR?
The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
This is the book that made me realize that I don’t hate romance novels. I always thought I did, even though I never gave them a chance. This book turned everything around for me, and now I actively seek out romance novels. I can’t wait to read more of K.A. Tucker’s books.
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE NEW TO YOU DEBUT AUTHOR?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I read this book after seeing Hannah at A Clockwork Reader talk about this book over and over again. When I read this book back in February, I was so impressed with Erin Morgenstern’s beautiful and atmospheric writing. I can’t wait to read her upcoming novel, The Starless Sea.
WHO IS YOUR NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER FROM THIS YEAR?
Shallan Davar, The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
Out of the many, many great characters in The Stormlight Archive, Shallan is definitely my favorite. She is determined and fierce, and I love how much she grew in the first two novels of this series. I can’t wait to see how she continues to evolve in the third book, Oathbringer.
WHAT IS A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?
As much as I hate to admit it, not a single novel has made me cry this year, which is a pity. I love a good cry after a heartbreaking book. If you have any recommendations for cry-worthy books, let me know in the comments.
WHAT IS A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
I just finished Elizabeth Acevedo’s With the Fire on High earlier this week, and this book made me smile so many times! A full review will be coming to you guys this week, but gosh-darn I loved this book so much.
WHAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR?
The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Out of all the books I’ve read so far this year, this is hands-down my favorite cover.