Why? Because it’s a compact way of telling you about the books I’ve read and the books I’m planning on reading.
Yes! It’s July! How? What? When did this happen???
I’m writing this when I should finish packing for our trip. I’m just about done, I’m waiting for my washing machine to beep so that I can hang everything outside. Yes, this is what being an adult is actually like… Procrastination is still a thing though…
(update: I only finished this post after our holiday… so you see, I’m a master at procrastination!)
Best book you’ve read so far?
My 5 star reads include:
- The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- Circe – Madeline Miller
- The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flannagan
- I am, I am, I am – Maggie O’Farrell
- The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
- The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller (reread)
So you see, I’ve read some amazing books so far and I’m so happy that I managed to pick these ones up. But my ultimate favourite is still Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. It’s difficult to explain why but I think about this book A LOT. I wish I could write like that. It was so, so, so good!!
Best sequel you’ve read this year?
The only sequel I’ve read this year was Obsidio, the third book in the Illuminae files trilogy. It was good, although I still think Illuminae was the best out of the three.
I’m taking Shadow of Night (#2 in the A Discovery of Witches trilogy) with me on holiday so that’s the second sequel of 2018.
New release you haven’t read yet but want to?
Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2018?
Since I no longer work in a book-related field, I find it difficult to stay up to date with all the new releases. Each year, I have a handful that catch my eye. This year, I’ve read Circe and Obsidio, two of my most anticipated new releases. The most important one left on my list is Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. It’s supposed to come out on the 2nd of October (the day before my birthday, so the perfect present to myself!).
I haven’t read anything that truly horrified me but I was disappointed in The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood and The Power by Naomi Alderman.
Either The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan or The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Both had been sitting on my shelf for years and both had been praised to the heavens and back. Still I think this was the perfect time for me to read them, as the hype around them had settled down. This way I could enjoy them on my own terms as opposed to feeling forced to like them by the general public.
Favourite New Author?
I’m not good at picking favourites, so I think the answer to this question is any of my five star reads… Honorable mention for Tom Pollock who wrote White Rabbit, Red Wolf which I thought was a really strong book and very well written.
Newest Fictional Crush?
I’m currently reading the second book in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness sooooo… Matthew de Clermont… he’s not too bad… Especially now that I can link him to Matthew Goode who’ll play the part in the tv series (trailer). I hope they’ll do it justice, but so far it looks really good!
Newest Favourite Character?
Either Circe (Circe by Madeline Miller) or Diana Bishop (A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness) because both are strong women. (Although Diana has a couple of ups and downs in the first book, I’m hoping she’ll continue to grow in the second and third)
Book That Made You Cry?
I am, I am, I am by Maggie O’Farrell. This book really touched my soul. There were so many moments where I connected to her story. I cried several times.
Book That Made You Happy?
I recently reread Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and I enjoyed it so so so much. I had such a great time rereading it, it made me want to reread books more often. (Although, I’m rereading quite a lot recently!)
Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?
The only adaptation I remember seeing was Murder on the Orient Express and that one didn’t blow me away… I hope I’ll be able to see The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society somewhere soon.
Favourite Post You’ve Written This Year?
I wrote “It’s okay to be scared” when I was in the middle of my depression/anxiety recovery. I’m pleased to say I’m feeling better now (even though I had a serious down for a day or two while on holiday) but I’m not going to pretend that I’m 100% okay. I’m trying to figure things out on my own for now. (No more medication, no therapist) If I feel the need to go back to one of those two, I will.
Also, my Books and Places post because it’s so personal and it contains a lot of bookish memories.
Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?
These two covers are my favourites. The colours, the design, I think they are perfect.
What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?
I didn’t set myself any specific goals or a list of books I need to read this year. I want to read at least 30 books in total (I’m at 20 right now). I hope I’ll get to read some more amazing ones, that’s all I want.
How has your reading year been so far?