This tag is rather appropriate since I’m pretty behind on my book challenge. Having a tiny little freak out. Courtesy of BooksandLala.
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015.
Something New by Lucy Knisley. Fantastic art and a fantastic memoir about the craziness of planning a wedding. I cannot praise this enough.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015.
I don’t read a ton of sequels but you caught at a good time. Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley was excellent. While it lacked the intimacy of The Rook, we got to see the story unfold from more than one character’s POV. It was a great story.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Sex Object by Jessica Valenti and The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley. I’m also pretty pumped for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Afterlife with Archie Vol 2. It’s only been over 2 years since the first trade came out.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
5. Biggest disappointment.
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. It’s a Shakespeare retelling by a much lauded writer. I was completely underwhelmed and found most of the characters annoying. There were enough elements translated from the original to earn it 3 stars but it’s a low 3.
6. Biggest surprise.
Shrill by Lindy West. I wasn’t expected to love this book as much as I did. I have nothing negative to say about it.
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Patrick Ness. I can’t wait to read more of his writing. I had no idea what to expect going into More than This but it exceeded any expectations I could have had.
8. Newest fictional crush.
I don’t really get these. I’m currently reading Inferno by Dan Brown so I could see where Robert Langdon could be attractive to some people. I can’t see it since the movies turned him into Tom Hanks.
9. Newest favorite character.
Big fan of Felicity Clements in Stiletto. I hope she comes back for more in the third book.
10. Book that made you cry.
The Never Open Desert Diner by James Anderson. I was drowning in feels by the end.
11. Book that made you happy.
Breeds by Fenella Smith. It’s a short, silly book with pictures of dog breeds and comical blurbs. It made me smile.
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with a close second from The Feminist Utopia Project.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Shades of Blue by Amy Ferris
Off the Sidelines by Kirsten Gillibrand
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Doctor Who: The Doctor Trap by Simon Messingham
Full Service by Scotty Bowers
Betrayal in Death by J. D. Robb
Headscarves and Hymens by Mona Eltahawy
Wild Cards 2 edited by George R. R. Martin
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
The Martian by Andy Weir
The C. I. Desk by Christopher Lynch
Singapore Noir edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
Exit Zero by Neil Cohen
Comedy of Doom by Joseph Scrimshaw
Living Well with Less by Ruth Soukup
Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
October Dreams edited by Richard Chizmar
Autumn Cthulhu edited by Mike Davis
Doctor Who: Forever Autumn by Mark Morris
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Archie vs. Predator
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol 1
The Afterlife with Archie Vol 2
Princeless Vol 4
Pirate Princess Vol 1
14 Favorite Book Community Member (Blogger, Booktuber and Bookstagrammer)
Probably BooksandPieces. She talks about genre fiction and actually engages with folks in the comments. She’s also an adult so while there are certain younger BookTubers I enjoy, it was nice to have someone in a similar place in life.