Hey, guys! Welcome to the Mid-Year Book Freakout, which I originally saw on the fabulous blog A Book So Fathomless. I know it’s a little later than halfway through the year, but I decided to do it anyways because it’s close enough, right? Right.
So, on we go!
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2014.
Hmmmm… this is a hard one! I’ve read so many amazing books in the past seven-ish months, but I think I’m going to have to pick Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This one stands out to me in particular because I just could not put it down while I was reading it. Seriously. I even took it with me when I was walking on the treadmill- it got pretty crazy!
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2014.
I haven’t read very many sequels so far this year, but my favorite is definitely Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card, which is the sequel to Enders’ Games. This novel sucked me right in and didn’t let me go until well after the last page. I couldn’t stop thinking about the aliens and the colony and OH IT WAS SO GOOD.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
I know this book may not qualify as a “new” release anymore, but I really want to read City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I’m dying to read this book, but it’s so big and I just haven’t had the time!
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
I’m really excited for Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, which is being released on September 23, 2014. The premise seems so interesting, and his writing is always fantastic.
5. Biggest disappointment.
For me, this was Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Everyone else seems to love it and think its hilarious and amazing, but for some reason it just didn’t click with me. Some parts were sort of funny and I liked the unique formatting, but other than that I wasn’t very impressed. I think I gave it 3 out of 5 smileys…yeah, I was quite disappointed.
6. Biggest surprise.
The biggest surprise that currently stands out to me is More Than This by Patrick Ness. Everything about this book surprised me: the amazing writing, the way it was a blend of different genres, the utterly unique story, the twist and ending that I never ever ever saw coming. My expectations and predictions for this book were WAY off, but it ended up being much better than I ever thought it would be! I highly recommend this book!!
7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you).
My favorite new author that I have recently discovered is not “new” in the overall sense, but in the sense that he is new to me. Earlier in the year I read The Great Gatsby in my American Literature class and I absolutely fell in love with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing style. His writing is florid and beautiful, but not overbearingly so. It was my first time reading his work, and I will most certainly be reading more of it in the future!
8. Newest fictional crush.
This one actually came upon me very unexpectedly. When I went into A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, I was not expecting to love any of the characters. However, as the story progressed I found myself loving Charles Darnay, the love interest of Lucie Manette. The way he loves Lucie is just so adorable!
9. Newest favorite character.
The character that has been sticking in my mind for the past couple of weeks is Myfanwy Thomas from Daniel O’Malley’s novel The Rook. If you’ve read the book then you know that there are technically two of them (click here to read my review for more of an explanation). But I love them both too much to choose between them, so that’s that! Both Myfanwy’s (rhymes with Tiffany) are clever, brave, and incredibly intelligent. They are such amazing narrators as well.
10. Book that made you cry.
Here’s a confession for you: I’ve never actually cried while reading a book. I have had tears in my eyes, and on multiple occasions I have certainly felt like sobbing, but tears have not ever fallen from my eyes while reading. The same was true for movies- until recently! I cried at the end of The Fault in Our Stars movie the second time I saw it in theaters, so I guess that’s my answer.
11. Book that made you happy.
Again, I’m going to have to go with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I just related so much with the characters in this novel, especially Cath. The romance Rainbow Rowell creates is so adorable, and I loved reading about the world of Simon Snow. This book left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling that lingered on long after I finished reading it!
12. Favorite book-to-film adaptation you saw this year.
This one is a really obvious answer for me. Hands down, it has to be The Fault in Our Stars starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, based off of John Green novel The Fault in Our Stars. I loved the book but was sort of dreading the movie because I was worried they would ruin it. Thankfully they did an amazing job with this adaptation- so great that I went to see it twice in theaters! If you want to read more of my thoughts on it, you can visit my full review of it by clicking here.
13. Favorite review you’ve written this year.
Hmm…. this is a hard one! I’m going to have to go with my review of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I tend to write better reviews (I think) when I really love a book, and I absolutely adored this one!
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought/received so far this year.
I bought an amazing copy of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott in an independent book store in Vermont earlier in the year, and I just love it. It’s so unique and intricate that I could look at it all day! I believe it’s the Penguin Threads edition.
15. What book do you need to read by the end of this year?
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, hands down. I’ve been waiting for this book forever and I purchased it as soon as it came out at the end of May. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf ever since, mocking me as being busy with other things distracts me from reading it. But mark my words- I WILL READ IT.
Whew! That took a while, but it was totally worth it! I had such a good time answering these questions- I encourage anyone who would like to try it to give it a go!
What are your answers to these questions? Let me know in the comments section below!