Can you believe that it’s already June?? Where did all the time go? A part of me still feels like it’s 2016. 😂 Thank you so much to Kelly from Another Book in the Wall, Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams, and Olivia from Purely Olivia for tagging me to freak the fudge out 💕😱
1. Best Book You’ve Read This Year?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. GUYS…this book was so freaking good! I didn’t really know what to expect when I picked it up because I knew it wasn’t going to be a fluffy contemporary or a magical fantasy. It was a book that covered an extremely serious and relevant topic. Angie Thomas did a phenomenal job! 🙌
2. Best Sequel You’ve Read in 2018?
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I decided to reread The Dark Artifices series at the beginning of this year, and I was absolutely blown away by how complex and sophisticated this book was. 🌟 The characters were so real, and Cassandra Clare’s writing just gets better with each book. Full review here!
3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To?
A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews. You may know her as PaperFury on Twitter, but we all know and love her!! 💕 Everyone has been raving about this book, and I seriously need to get on the bandwagon. If her tweets are any indication, I already know that I’d love the writing. 😂
4. Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year?
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas. My heart is not ready!! I binge read the entire TOG series back in March, and I instantly fell in love. 💘 The characters were perfectly imperfect and incredibly hilarious. The plotline was so well developed with twists to keep me on my toes at every turn. I can’t wait to be reunited with these characters that I love, but I’m so anxious to see what happens. 😱
5. Biggest Disappointment?
American Panda by Gloria Chao. As a Taiwanese American myself, I was really looking forward to reading this book, but unfortunately, it just fell flat for me. 😢 I’m proud of Gloria Chao for such an incredible accomplishment, but the book was too over-the-top coupled with poor pacing. Check out my review here.
6. Biggest Surprise?
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. I recently finished listening to this as an audiobook, and I was pleasantly surprised! 🎧 The romance was slow to develop and nice to watch unfold. The book also touches on a very sensitive topic, and I thought Sarah Dessen did a great job of balancing how serious it is with a light-hearted romance. 👌
7. Favorite New To You Or Debut Author?
Queen Sarah J Maas. This year…I became SJM trash. I loved the Throne of Glass series so firetrucking much. 😍 The ACOTAR series was also pretty good, but I think I couldn’t appreciate it as much because I read it right before finals. 😅 Still, I am so amazed by her writing, world-building, character-crafting, etc. I also watched a few of her author interviews, and she is such a fun and sweet person!
8. Newest Fictional Crush? + 9. Newest Favorite Character?
Rowan Whitethorn and Aelin Ashryver Galathynius. I could write a whole blog post fangirling about why I love these two, but 100% my newest faves. They’re both so badass and sweet…I LOVE THEM SO MUCH 💕 They are seriously relationship goals!!
“I love you. There is no limit to what I can give to you, no time I need. Even when this world is forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will love you.”
10. Book That Made You Cry?
Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas. The ending!! My heart!! 💔 There is just so much badass-ery. 💥 I was so invested in these characters that every victory and loss felt so real to me. These characters are my babies, and my heart breaks anytime something bad happens to them. The ending of this book was SO FREAKING INTENSE! I was screaming at my book the entire time. 😱
11. Book That Made You Happy?
Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi. ☕ This book was so different from regular contemporaries but it still maintained a great balance of romance and reality. Penny and Sam’s friendship was so cute, especially when reading their text messages! 📱Read my full book review and discussion here.
12. Favorite Book-To-Film Adaptation?
Love, Simon. AKA Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Hands down the best book-to-film adaptation! 🙌 It made me smile, laugh, cry, and basically, feel all the feels. It definitely wasn’t 100% like the book, but I think they did a great job nonetheless. My friends and I ate Oreos while watching, and everything was so perfect when the entire theater stood up to clap at the end credits. 🎬
13. Favorite Post You Have Done This Year?
I really enjoyed writing the 25 Bookish Facts About Me tag. 💕 I had a great time thinking about my own little bookish quirks and learning about other people’s habits as I blog-hopped for inspiration. ✨
14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year?
The Astonishing Color of After. Okay, so I technically have not read this book yet…but I did purchase it!😍 The cover is just so beautiful, and I’ve heard such great things about the book itself. I know this book also highlights Taiwanese American culture, so I really have high hopes. 🙏
15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of the Year?
There are literally so many books I need to read! I am basically drowning in my TBR. 😭 Hopefully, I can use this summer to catch up so that I have all the time to read the amazing books that are released in the second half of this year! 💫
Tagging my wonderful friends:
- Natalie from NW Teen Literati
- Marie from Drizzle and Hurricane Books
- Swetlana from The Caffeinated Bookworm Life
- Simant from Flipping Thru the Pages
- Aimee from AimeeAlways