I am so excited to be writing this blog post because it’s one of my favourites to post every year. In 2017 I did the tag on YouTube, but last year I did it here and I’m now obsessed with the idea of having blog posts to re-read to be able to see when certain books came into my life.
❥ Best book you’ve read so far in 2019
Just so you know, I am incapable of only choosing one book for all those questions. For this one I decided to go with three different books because they all blew my mind in a different way this year.
Children of Blood and Bone is one of the first books I read this year and I was so afraid because of all the hype around it. Well, needless to say but it really worked for me! I adored everything about it and cannot wait for the sequel to come out.
I read Furyborn because I received an ARC of its sequel and boy oh boy wasn’t I expecting to fall in love that fast and that hard with it. It’s basically everything I love in a fantasy novel and I already can’t wait for the third book, though the author is still writing it.
With the Fire on High is one of my last reads and I still can’t believe how good it was. I fell in love with The Poet X last year so I had a lot of hope for this one and it didn’t let me down. I highly recommend it.
❥ Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019
Obviously I had to include Kingsbane for this one, the sequel to Furyborn. I don’t know what else to say, except that this series is everything I love in fantasy and I need more of it. I can’t wait to re-read those books some time soon!
I also wanted to include What’s a Girl Gotta Do? for this question because I flew through it and it was one of my favourite books of 2019. I already adored the book before it and this one was just as amazing. I highly recommend this series.
❥ New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
There are two books I’m dying to read but haven’t been able to yet: We Hunt the Flame and The Priory of the Orange Tree. I’ll be getting the second one with my next pay check because I want to read it before YALC, but I still don’t know when I’ll be able to pick up the first one. Hopefully soon!
❥ Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
There is nothing I want more than those books. They all come from authors/series I adore and I just *need* them. Who’s with me on this?
❥ Biggest disappointment
I am so sad to write this but Eve of Man was my biggest disappointment this year. I had a little bit of hope for this one and I even got it signed because I have been a fan of the band McFly since I was 12 years old and because I always admired Tom and Gio as a couple (and of course as people). Unfortunately I didn’t like this book at all and wouldn’t recommend it.
❥ Biggest surprise
Every year I add Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series in this tag, so maybe I should stop being surprised and just admit that I like it. I actually am not a big fan of the first trilogy, I mostly love Kenji, but I really like where the story is going in this second trilogy and I was so happy with how Defy Me turned out to be.
I also adored The Devouring Gray this year, which I received from the publisher. I had my eyes on it for quite a while because I picked up a sampler of it last year at YALC and I’m so happy to have been so surprised by it.
Finally I was (maybe weirdly) surprised by The Cruel Prince. I heard so much about it and was so sure I would be disappointed, well it turned out just fine. I was just disappointed in the fact that people mostly talk about their ship for this book when not a lot of things happen about it in it (it made me wait and wait for something to happen, and not of did). What I loved the most about this series is its political aspects, and that’s what I would tell people to make them buy it.
❥ Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)
I feel like I have two new favorites this year, meaning I would buy any books those two would write, and they are Lucy Powrie and Claire Legrand. Lucy is a booktuber I have been watching for a while and she also is the sweetest person alive. I was so happy to receive a proof copy of her debut novel and her book made me even happier. I wish I would have read it when I was 14 years old because it would have helped me a lot!
I also had to add Claire Legrand to this question, but it’s kinda obvious to why. (I mean, I already quoted her two times before, and we’re not done.)
❥ Newest fictional crush
As weird as it may sound… I do not have new fictional crush this year. I haven’t read as much as last year because I was terribly busy and I have been quite loyal to my boys, Julian Blackthorn and Peter Parker.
❥ Newest favourite character
Even though I do not have any new crush I do have new favourite characters: Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Rielle Dardenne from the Emporium series. They both inspire me a lot, maybe because they truly are two Slytherin queens, and I love them with everything that I have.
❥ Book that made you cry
Those two books don’t really have anything in common except from the fact that they moved me a lot. I cried in the metro because of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I haven’t technically cried for A Very Large Expanse of Sea but it quickly became one of my favourite reads of the year because of its themes.
❥ Book that made you happy
In 2017 I quoted Jen Wilde for this question, just like in 2018, and we are back at it in 2019. She can keep publishing books every year and I will always buy them, always adore them and always quote them here.
❥ Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Is this blog post dedicated to Furyborn? Maybe. But anyway it truly is one of the most beautiful books I bought this year, alongside Aurora Rising which I got in an Illumicrate box (I received it for free as I am currently a rep for them on Instagram). Do I need to say more?
❥ Books you need to read by the end of the year
We Set the Dark on Fire and Wicked Fox are two books I need to buy and read before the end of the year. They both seem amazing, and can we talk about those covers? I fell in love with them the first time I laid my eyes on them!
And that’s it for me! If you ever want to do it, please consider yourself tag! (and I mean it! Do it!)
What is the best book (or books) you’ve read so far this year? And what book(s) let you down?