Once again it has been a while since I posted anything new on my blog. Life just seems to getting in the way, being rather stressful. I have been trying to find a job/career hopefully something within the field of my degree, I have just forgotten how stressful and long the whole “applying for jobs” process can be, but fingers and toes crossed, I’ll find something soon!
So I Thought I would do a Book Tag, it’s something I have never done before but saw this one all over youtube and thought why not? So here is my Mid-year book freak out tag. Enjoy!
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018
Obsidio by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, is currently the best book I’ve read so far this year. Before the Illuminae Files I had yet to read any Science Fiction, but I just love the layout of the books, the way they were written in transcripts and confidential files was such a unique way of telling the story. I was hooked! I actually marathon the whole series as I was just so OBSESSED! I just thought that Obsidio was a perfect ending to the whole series, I was so happy with the ending, although the whole time I was so scared that it was going to break my heart, and in a way it did a little bit as it’s now over. I gave Obsidio 5* and I think as a series all together its a 5* you have everything you could ask for, or at least I did. I definitely will be picking up the next novel which they are writing together!
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. I loved the characters of Audrey Rose Wordsworth and Thomas Cresswell, also loved the deep gothic setting and the focus on forensic science in the victorian ear was really cool. But what Criminology graduate wouldn’t love a book around murders and autopsies! I gave it a rating of 4*
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
Linwood Barclay has recently released A Noise Downstairs, I absolutely love his work! I remember being 13 years old and reading No Time For Goodbye whilst on holiday, probably not the most suitable summer read, but I love thrillers! I find his novels are always so gripping, you think its going to end one way and then suddenly it changes and is always keeping you guessing! I can’t wait to get my hands on his new novel, I’m sure its going to just as fantastic as the others!
The Synopsis of A Noise Downstairs as stated on Amazon is this:
Paul Davis forgets things – he gets confused, he has sudden panic attacks. But he wasn’t always like this.
TAKES YOU CLOSER…
Eight months ago, Paul found two dead bodies in the back of a co-worker’s car. He was attacked, left for dead, and has been slowly recovering ever since. His wife tries her best but fears the worst…
TO THE TRUTH…
Therapy helps during the days, but at night he hears things – impossible things – that no one else can. That nobody else believes. Either he’s losing his mind – or someone wants him to think he is.
Just because he’s paranoid doesn’t mean it’s not happening…
It sounds so good! I just need to get my hands on a copy and soon!! I have attached the link if you wish to buy the book on Amazon.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
I’m really excited for the third instalment of The Jack the ripper series. The third book is called Hunting Houdini! Will definitely be picking it up as soon as its out!
5. Biggest disappointment
The Goldfinch by Donna Tart, I just couldn’t connect to any of the characters as much as I would have liked, However I do plan to pick up a few more of her books because I really enjoyed her writing style.
I also found Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie Mclemore to be a little disappointing, I can’t explain why, but I couldn’t find myself to be 100% invested in the book, I found the world beautiful and such an interesting concept but I just wasn’t as invest as I would have liked. I have another one of her books and I loved the writing style so I might enjoy The Weight of Feathers more.
6. Biggest surprise
Pet Sematary, I didn’t expect to find it as creepy as it was, I can’t get enough of the worlds that King creates! I think it also has to be my second favourite so far out of all the King novels I have read.
7. Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)
Samantha Shannon is my new favourite author, from reading The Bone Season I fell back in love with reading, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that series, I can’t wait for the rest of the books to see how it ends. Paige is my soul!
8. Newest fictional crush
As i’ve been re-reading A Darker Shade of magic again as I’ve forgotten bits, I’ve found myself really drawn to Kell! I don’t think I’m the only one but I just love his personality! Another fictional crush, that I find rather weird is Aidan from the Illuminae Files, he’s a computer but for some reason I found him so cute and crazy it was a perfect combo! I just wanted to give him a hug!
9. Newest favourite character
Louis from Pet Sematary is 100% a new favourite character! As I found Louis to be an amazing character and normally with the King books I have read, I normally detest the male characters but Louis was just a loving father, and I loved that! Trying so hard to make his daughter and family happy again, but it went horribly wrong and I really felt for him. Also Jud the old man! I just thought he was a cutie too!
10. Book that made you cry
Pet Sematary made me cry a little, and I did not expect that. Just everything in that novel I was blown away, really reminded me of Salems Lot! Fully pulled on my heart strings at some points.
Obsidio also made me cry just because the series is over and it was concluded in such a great way, but throughout the whole book you’re on the edge of your seat until the very last page!
11. Book that made you happy
It’s not one that I’ve read this year, but I most likely will as its my all time favourite book and it just makes my heart happy, that is The Book Thief. I haven’t read it in a while and I just love everything about it!
12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
The new IT film, I thought it was amazing! I loved the actors who all played the children, thought they were cast perfectly, and Pennywise was fantastic!
13. Favourite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year)
I haven’t written any as of yet, this year has been so hetic and stressful, but I’m hoping that will change, as I’m currently re-reading A Gathering of Shadows so that I can just jump into the final book, so that once the Darker Shades series is complete I will leave a wrap up review. I have feeling that my feels are going to put to the test in A Conjuring of Light.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I haven’t brought that many books this year, as lack of job means lack of funds, but it means I get to complete some books that have been sat on my selves for a while!
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I haven’t really got a set list of books to complete by the end of the year, but one is definitely the Darker Shades series. I still need to finish The Song Rising, the third book in the Bone Season but I can’t bring myself to finish it and be waiting until 2020 for the next book, is anyone else like that or is it just me?
There you have it, my first ever book tag, some of the books were used for multiple answers, but I Just loved them that much, and my reading goals are never that high, I had originally set it at just one book to see how many I would read without the pressure and so far have completed 15, and upped the goal to 20, only 5 books away! Hope you enjoyed this post, please tell me what have been your favourites this year, I’d love to hear them.