It’s almost the end of June, which means we are nearly halfway through the 2019. I feel like this year has flown by, but I’ve also already read eighty books, so I have definitely made the most of these six months. I have failed at doing this tag for the past few years – I thought I’d done it every year, but it turns out the only time I’ve done this tag is 2016. But I’m glad I decided to revisit this tag for 2019, because it is a really great way
Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019
I have read way too many great books this year. But if I had to pick one (and it hurts me to do it), it would be The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Because I’m still thinking about it months later. Ok, fine I can’t pick just one. All of these were amazing: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte, and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.
Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019
It’s a tie between In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee. Apparently I haven’t been reading very many adult series.
Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
I have to pick two, because two of my favorite authors are coming out with new books this year! The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern is definitely a must-read for me. And Neil Gaiman is releasing a sequel to Neverwhere, which is probably my favorite book, called The Seven Sisters. I cannot wait to get my hands on these!
I think my biggest disappointment so far is The Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. I love The Taming of the Shrew, and was excited for a modernization. Maybe my expectations were set too high by 10 Things I Hate About You, but I was expecting to at least enjoy it. And I ended up hating everything about this book. I’ve read a few one- and two-star books this year, but this one disappointed me the most. Honorable (or dishonorable?) mention goes to 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne. Because I really enjoyed The Hating Game, but this book just felt like something that was written in a hurry. It was predictable, and just okay. I also didn’t like the main character that much, and I can’t do romance if I don’t like the main character.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, because I never thought I’d love a romance novel with a cast full of millennials (it’s just not my thing) and that’s exactly what happened. Also The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte and The Plight of the Living Dead because I was not expecting to develop an obsession with dinosaurs and zombifying wasps, but that’s where I am now.
Newest Fictional Crush
I had to think about this one, because I actually haven’t read a lot of books with the kind of characters I tend to develop crushes on. But I definitely think Jack from The Pillars of the Earth fits the bill. Even though it’s a little weird because we meet him when he’s maybe seven or eight. But he was by far my favorite character in that book. And I loved that book.
Newest Favorite Character
I’m going with my gut on this one, and choosing Count Rostov from A Gentleman in Moscow. I just loved this book, and everything about it. I loved his personality and how he grew throughout the novel. I just want to have tea with him. In the Metropol Hotel, obviously.
Book That Made You Cry
Taylor Jenkins Reid wins that award this year. She made me cry not once, but twice with Daisy Jones & The Six and Evidence of the Affair. She laughed when I met her and told her she made me cry at work, so I think it was on purpose. The Pillars of the Earth also made me cry (and nearly have a panic attack). Reading is fun!
Book That Made You Happy
Again, I have to go with Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. Because it’s amazing, and so much fun. Also, I’m realizing I haven’t read very many happy books this year. I should probably do something about that.
Favorite Book to Film Adaptation
I don’t tend to watch a lot of movies (I mean, I’ve read eighty books this year, so whatever). But I did really love The Umbrella Academy. I haven’t read any of the comics, but the series was so good. I can’t wait for more. And no, I haven’t watched Good Omens yet, but I’m sure I’m going to love it.
Favorite Post You Have Done This Year
I have a few posts I’m currently working on that I’m really excited about, but I think the one I’m most proud of this year is “A Four Star Book is NOT a Bad Book“, which I wrote in defense of non-five-star ratings. All ratings are valid, if you want to rate the books you read. As bloggers, I think there’s some pressure to inflate ratings, and I think people tend to see three- and four-star books as bad. But not all books can be five-star books, and that’s okay.
Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year
This year, I finally treated myself to the Puffin Chalk Classics, which are just really beautiful editions of some great children’s books. And now I need to finally read Peter Pan.
What Books Do You Need to Read By the End of the Year
I have so many ARCs still to read, and a lot more books on my personal goals. Top of the list are Cheshire Crossing by Andy Weir – because Andy Wear wrote a graphic novel about female storybook characters and I am very excited (and got my hands on it early!) – and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, I’ve heard amazing things, but it also scares me. Still, if I can tackle The Pillars of the Earth and Vanity Fair this year, I can read The Goldfinch.
If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! Just make sure you link back to this post so I can go check out your answers!
What’s your favorite book so far this year? And what book are you most looking forward to in the second half of 2019?