Ravenclaw – The Mid-Year Freak Out

So far, 2019 has been really great! I’ve read 71 books, and even though I’m a little bit behind to get to my goal of 150, I’m determined to make up the difference! Here’s a bit of a rundown on the books I’ve read so far this year!

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019

InternmentInternment – Samira Ahmed

Internment is one of those books that sticks with you. It makes you think. It makes you question. It makes you speak up. Samira kicked my ass with this novel. It is hands down one of the best books I’ve read, especially in terms of politically relevant subject material.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019

King of Fools (The Shadow Game, #2)King of Fools – Amanda Foody

King of Fools was the sequel that Ace of Shades NEEDED. It rounded out the rough edges of that story line, while keeping you hooked and engaged. Plus, that ending! I still can’t stop talking about it, and I need the third one ASAP!

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)The Wicked King – Holly Black

I’ve been dying to read The Wicked King, but at this point, I might as well wait until book 3 is released and read them together! I’ve been told that the ending is killer, so I might be better off waiting anyway!

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

Supernova (Renegades, #3)Supernova – Marissa Meyer

I’ve been dying to read Supernova for months now. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book ASAP!! I need to know what happens to all of my favorite characters, an it’s just not fair that Marissa has left us hanging!

Biggest Disappointment

Finale (Caraval, #3)Finale – Stephanie Garber

If you’ve been hanging around the blog for a while, you’ll know just how much I LOVE Caraval and Legendary. I was really expecting Finale to be just as great, if not better than those, and, unfortunately, it wasn’t for me. There were so many little things that didn’t fully make sense and didn’t feel fleshed out for me. The storyline itself had a nice resolution, but I think that a lot of the different plot points needed reworked and resolved. It almost felt like the author didn’t have the end in mind when writing the first two novels, and now that she was at the end, she needed to find a way to close it out. It was still a four star read for me, but I was really expecting it to be a glowing five star novel.

Biggest Surprise

Geekerella (Once Upon a Con, #1)Geekerella – Ashley Poston

Everyone kept hyping this book up for me, so I finally caved and picked it up. I don’t usually like contemporary Cinderella retellings – they’re done so often that I find them all cliche. However, this one was really great! The characters had a freshness to them that kept the storyline from feeling stale and done to death. It’s super cute!

Favorite New Author
(Debut or New-To-You)

Red, White & Royal BlueCasey McQuiston

I read Red, White, and Royal Blue earlier this year and I am already excited for more works from this author. Her characters are incredibly relatable and so far her storylines have been fresh and sweet, and entirely wonderful! I can’t wait to see what else this author produces, and I can see her easily becoming an Auto-Buy author!

Newest Favorite Character

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)Leah (Leah On The Offbeat – Becky Albertalli)

While technically Leah isn’t a new character (we met her in Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda), she felt new to me in this book. It was really nice to see her as the main character, rather than a secondary. I really fell in love with her quirky personality, and I desperately want to be her friend! I’m really hoping that Becky continues these Creekwood stories, and I can get more of my fave!

Book That Made You Cry

What If It's UsWhat If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Comparative to Adam’s other books, this one isn’t too bad, but man he really knows how to make a heart wrenching ending. I think his goal is to have every single person walk away from his books completely wrecked. This book is super sweet, and I adored the relationship that forms between the two main characters, but that ending really killed me.

Favorite Book-To-Film Adaptation You’ve Seen This Year

The Hate U GiveThe Hate You Give – Angie Thomas

I watched this movie earlier this year when it was released on DVD. I thought that they did a really good job of translating the novel to the screen. There were minimal cuts to the story, which I appreciated, and the story was still just as impactful as it was in the book. This is one of the better adaptations I’ve ever seen.

Most Beautiful Book You Bought (Or Received) This Year

Wicked / Son of a Witch (The Wicked Years, #1-2)Wicked/Son of a Witch – Gregory Maguire

Just a few weeks ago, I was wandering around at Barnes and Noble with Felicia, and we saw that their special editions were on sale! So I snagged this copy of Wicked that I’ve been drooling over for YEARS! It’s so pretty and it has the cover image of the musical. I’m seriously in love with this thing!

What Book(s) Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year

The Priory of the Orange TreePriory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

There are so many books I want to read before the end of the year, but I think the biggest (literally) is Priory! I’ve been so excited to read this one, and I managed to snag it on Kindle for super cheap! (I think I paid $2). I’m such a fan of fantasy and dragons, so I CANNOT wait to read this one!!

 

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