You may or may not remember us but we are back this time, I promise. I suppose I haven’t been updating because I have not read very much this year compared to 2017. I have so far only read 25 books out of my goal of 50. I’m disappointed with myself but at the same time, I don’t want to read just for the sake of it. However, out of the few books I’ve read, I have found some new favourites so I’m going to attempt the mid-year book tag! We are also going to be blogging about our joint trip to Austria in April so stay tuned for that and thank you for sticking with us!
Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018?
It has to be A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Sad, heartbreaking but a testament to female friendship and the power you can find in that.
Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018?
Shadowsong by S. Jae – Jones. A perfect end to the duology and deals so well with mental health issues.
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?
I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman. I already own it and I was a huge fan of Radio Silence but I just haven’t got round to it yet. It sounds amazing and features LGBTQ+ characters.
Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2018?
Although I’m already reading this, it was still highly anticipated. It’s a fantasy retelling of Rumpelstiltskin by the author of Uprooted but follows the story of three girls, all on different paths.
This book promised to be amazing despite being such a quick read (read in 30 minutes.) Dealing with a post apocalyptic world sounded right up my street but it fell incredibly flat and the characters lacked any dimension.
I actually bought this book by accident. (Don’t ask.) (Ok, do ask. I was meant to buy The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.) (The titles are similar ok?!) But I thoroughly enjoyed this book and despite its size, I devoured it in one sitting. An excellent murder-mystery full of twists.
Favourite New Author?
I’d definitely have to say Adam Kay. This book is one of my all time favourites and it’s pretty much down to how hilarious he is. He had me laughing out loud one minute and tearing up the next. I’m not sure if he’s planning on releasing anything else, but I’ll definitely read it if he does.
Newest Fictional Crush?
I think I’m past having fictional crushes, or real life for that matter. I’m a stone cold fox (not really.) But if I had to choose, it would be Michael Phan (and probably Stella too while we’re at it) from The Kiss Quotient. I mean, read the book and you’ll understand. That’s all I can say.
Newest Favourite Character?
Rin from The Poppy War. She’s not a typical heroine, she has a dark side to her that might make her look more like a villain at times and she started at the bottom and worked to get where she got and I love characters like that.
Book That Made You Cry?
We actually read this book at the same time in Austria and we proceeded to have a breakdown on the plane when Achilles/Patroclus was mentioned. See the reference here. Other than that, following Circe on her hard journey through life is guaranteed to pull on your heartstrings.
Book That Made You Happy?
This book was such a surprise to me – I haven’t read anything quite like it and knew nothing of Sophia beforehand. However, after finishing it, it made me happy in the sense that anybody, with enough will and determination, can be successful even after starting at the bottom. Truly an inspirational read.
Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?
The only adaption I have seen was Love, Simon but I still think it was a very well done adaption which stayed true to the book.
Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year?
As you know, we haven’t been the best at blogging this year but our review for A Court of Frost and Starlight has to be a standout and we are very happy with the photos we included. Our review for Shadowsong is a close second though.
Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?
In terms of being both beautiful on the inside and outside, it would have to be Wild Beauty. The story of the women who can grow flowers from their fingertips is matched perfectly with the floral cover and I love the earthy green of the hardback.
What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?
There’s a lot of books we both want to read – both on our current TBR and books that are yet to be released. However, by some miracle we have narrowed it down to four!
We tag everyone to do this and we hope you liked our answers or found a book you’re interested in!
Lots of Love,