Good morning my loves!
I hope you’re having a great week and have lots of lovely things planned for the weekend ahead! I have seen this tag doing the rounds for some time now and have decided to (finally) jump on the bandwagon myself. I have read so many of these posts over the last few days and it has really got me excited about reading, blogging and books that are heading our way soon!
While I am not tagging any specific people, I would love it if you all did this tag and either tweeted me with you post or left a comment down below!
Okay, so I guess this is a good place to start, right? So far this year I have read 85 books of the 100 I had planned to read, meaning that at the moment, I am 23 books ahead of schedule. This is great because uni starts back soon and I definitely won’t be reading as much when that happens!
1# Best book of the year so far? Pages & Co. Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James.
Without a shadow of a doubt. You can read my full gushy review here.
2# A new release you haven’t read yet, but want to? The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
I picked this one up very recently on a trip to my favourite Waterstones store. I’ve read a few friends read and love this book and so I have bumped it right up my TBR pile.
3# Most anticipated release for autumn/winter? A Ladies Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
I absolutely LOVED A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and I am really looking forward this the next one!
4# Biggest disappointment of the year so far? Salt by David Harsent
There isn’t a great deal to say about poetry collection really. Other than I just didn’t like it!
5# Biggest surprise of the year so far? An Unremarkable Body by Elisa Lodato
I picked this one up as part of my ___ Picks My Next Read. It was the one recommended by the favourite bookseller, the lovely Emma at Bookish in Crickhowell. Now I knew her taste was wonderful but this book blew me away. So much so that I immediately requested Elisa’s new book, which comes out at the end of the month!
6# New favourite author? Madeline Miller
I read The Song of Achilles last month and by the time this post is live, I should have finished reading Circe. I adore her writing and the way she shapes the well-known myths into something to beautiful is fantastic. I cannot wait to read everything she ever writes!
7# Your newest favourite character? Minou from Kate Mosse’s latest novel The Burning Chambers is definitely my favourite new character this year. She is courageous, strong-willed and kind-hearted, all at the same time. She is wonderful.
8# A book that made you cry? The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Oh my, this book. Of course, you predict that it will be a tough read, given the obvious subject matter, but this book broke me into tiny pieces and then, right at the very end, put me back together again. I would happily read anything that Heather Morris writes.
9# A book that made you happy? The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
This was an easy one to answer. There was a period of time several years ago when the only genre I read was thrillers. Books with twists and turns etc. Because of that, it really does take a lot for a thriller to grab me now. I can usually work out the twist before they happen. Not this time, oh no. I did not see this coming AT ALL. It is a BRILLIANTLY written debut and have re-read it twice since the first time in February.
10# The most beautiful book of the year so far? The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower
Do I really need to say anything…. Just look at it!
And there we have it folks, my rather late mid-year freakout book tag for 2018!! Have you done this one? If so I’d love to see your answers, so leave a comment down below!
Peace and pages