I can’t believe we’re almost in July already and over halfway through 2019 now. Here’s a little review of what we’ve read and loved so far this year, what we’ve not enjoyed so much, and what we’re looking forward to in terms of reading for the second half of the year.
- The best book that you’ve read so far in 2019
A: Although I finished Seven Husbands only yesterday, it’s blown everything out of the park and definitely got me out of my reading slump.
B: I mean, is anyone surprised that my answer is Other Words For Smoke? This book is gonna stick with me for a long time!
- The best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019
B: I actually preferred The Wicked King to The Cruel Prince, so I’m so excited that The Queen of Nothing will be out at the end of this year! I can’t wait to read it.
A: I haven’t read a lot of sequels and I tend to stay away from them sometimes but Queen of Air and Darkness was definitely my favourite in the The Dark Artifices, despite its size.
- New release that you haven’t read yet but want to
A: I got this book for my birthday but I still haven’t got to it. Greek mythology is my jam and I’ve always wanted to pick up The Odyssey. Emily Wilson’s translation looks amazing and stays true to the original tale.
B: I actually have a copy of Sorcery of Thorns sitting on my shelves, and I’m definitely going to be reading it soon as it’s been one of my most anticipated releases of this year.
- Most anticipated release for the next half of 2019
B: Girls of Paper and Fire was one of my favourite books of last year, and I can’t wait to read its sequel later this year.
A: This book follows a bunch of diverse teenagers trying to come to terms with the world ending in seven days. So excited!
- Biggest disappointment
B: So, here’s the thing. I liked Wicked Saints, but I was so excited for it and I definitely thought I’d like it more? I may try rereading it closer to its sequel’s release date to see if it sticks with me more the second time around!
A: The Red Word is marketed as a book dealing with the Me Too movement and the problem of rape in American college campuses. However, this book fell short of spreading that message and had a lot of unlikeable characters.
- Biggest surprise
B: So here’s the thing – I knew I’d like King of Scars, but after not really enjoying Ruin and Rising and knowing it was set more around that side of the Grishaverse, I didn’t expect to blow me away. I ended up absolutely loving it!
A: Although Daisy Jones was already getting a lot of good reviews, I’m usually not a fan of books written in an interview style but the story just hooked me from the start!
- Favourite new author (debut or new to you)
B: I’m going to go with Moïra Fowley-Doyle and Deirdre Sullivan – neither are debut authors but I’ve only read books by them both for the first time this year, and their 2019 releases (All the Bad Apples and Perfectly Preventable Deaths) are already amongst my favourites for the year.
A: Not a debut author but after reading both The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six, I have fallen in love with Taylor Jenkins Reid’s worlds so I’m excited to see what she releases next.
- Newest fictional crush
B: I’m skipping this one as I’ve been scrolling up and down my books read this year and really can’t think of anyone!
A: I sound like a stuck record but as well as the rest of fictional Hollywood, I also fell in love with Evelyn Hugo. She could probably mess up my life but that’s on me.
- Newest favourite character
B: (OWFS mention #2) probably Bevan from Other Words For Smoke.
A: Because I didn’t read the Grisha trilogy, Nikolai Lantsov is a new character to me and I adored him in King of Scars.
- Book that made you cry
A: The Familiars was a five star read for me this year and it’s a fictional retelling of the Pendle Hill Witch Trials in the 17th century. Women were killed after being accused of being witches and this book makes it worse knowing that women went through what the main characters did in this book. Definitely a must-read.
B: All the Bad Apples isn’t actually out yet, but I was lucky enough to be sent an early copy from Penguin. I cried so hard at the end but I won’t spoil it for anyone!
- Book that made you happy
B: This is hard as all of my favourite books of the year so far aren’t exactly happy books! Can I say Other Words For Smoke again? Probably.
A: I’d have to say Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. You can’t help but smile and curl into a little happy ball when reading this.
- Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year
B: So I haven’t read Crazy Rich Asians, but it’s the only (known of) book to film adaptation that I’ve seen this year and I really enjoyed it!
- Favourite review you’ve written this year
B: (Yep, it’s mention #3) Definitely my review of Other Words For Smoke – it took me quite a while to write and get as ‘perfect’ as I felt I could make it.
A: I haven’t written a lot of reviews yet this year but I am happy with my review of The Wooden Hill and the photo of the event I was able to take.
- Most beautiful book you’ve bought (or received) so far this year
B: I got this gorgeous book in April’s Illumicrate, but I haven’t actually got around to reading it yet. It’s definitely one I’ll be picking up soon!
A: Although it’s by no means a new release, I picked up the hardbacks of Vicious and Vengeful this year and they are just stunning, especially together.
- Books you need to read by the end of the year
B: So many! Here’s a few that aren’t out yet:
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
A: My TBR is up to the ceiling but:
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Becky & Angharad