Well, it’s just about the end of June. Lawnmowers wake me up every weekend morning, and I wish for the sweet kiss of death to release me just walking from my office to my car every evening. (if you can’t tell, I live in the south and hate myself for it every year, May-August). July heralds in the midpoint of the year, and along with it 4th of July decorations at the store that will leave and then Target will transform into its ultimate form on July 5th: School Supply Land.
Anyway! I’ve stolen this tag from what feels like everyone and their mother, so if you haven’t done it yet, please steal it from me and do it yourself! I am genuinely loving everyone’s answers to this one.
1. Best book that you’ve read so far in 2018?
I have to say that hands down the book that has shaken me the most so far this year has been Scythe, which is something Neal Shusterman does to me every single time and I just keep on letting him do it. I have put off reading Thunderhead because I know it’s going to happen again! This man is unfairly good at putting my heart in a vice and twisting. But I love it in a weird, masochistic way. Keep it coming, please, Mr. Shusterman.
2. Best sequel that you’ve read so far in 2018?
You know, believe it or not I haven’t read that many sequels yet this year – mostly standalones, or first books. Luckily I’ve finished my beloved Legendary this month, and so I am able to say that it’s far and above the best sequel of 2018 so far. (possibly also the only sequel of 2018 so far, but I digress).
3. New release that you haven’t read yet but want to?
I haven’t picked up my copy of My Lady Jane since I got it on super sale ($5 or something for the paperback?) earlier this year, and I don’t want to read My Plain Jane until I do that. I hear so many good things, though! My Plain Jane came out yesterday, so happy belated book birthday to you! I do wonder how many Janes there are in this world for them to play with … Peter Pan’s Jane, maybe?
4. Most anticipated release for the next half of 2018?
Gotta give this one to Jodi P, my annual heartbreaker. Every year she smashes it out of the park, and every year I crawl back into the wreckage for another hit. I’ve been reading her new releases each and every year since 2006 or so, and I have no plans to stop any time soon. I was fairly “meh” about her books for a few years in there, but last year’s Small Great Things hit it out of the park, so I can’t wait to see where A Spark of Light takes me.
5. Biggest disappointment of 2018?
Probably There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins. I wanted a gritty, campy slasher movie shaped like a book. I got a romantic drama that occasionally had blood in it. Believe me, I was way more upset about this than I had any right to be.
6. Biggest surprise of 2018?
I gotta go with The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I am not the biggest fan of fantasy, and I’ve never much cared for fae and fairy stories. But people kept insisting how amazing this book was, and I figured “what the hell, why not?” and dove right in. I was blown away by how perfect this piece of literature was, and I am waiting anxiously with baited breath for the sequel in January.
7. Favorite new (or new to you) author?
I do not cry at books. I really don’t. But halfway through Little Do We Know yesterday, in the middle of test proctoring for some doctoral students, I started to feel tears well in my eyes. Therefore, this badge of honor goes to Tamara Ireland Stone, whose backlog I will be picking up immediately.
8. Newest fictional crush?
Sorry to disappoint, but I’ve never been a big fan of “book boyfriends” and I don’t see that changing any time soon. Though I did have a giant crush on Jon from the Song of the Lioness quartet in middle school.
9. Newest favorite character?
I gotta give it up to my girl Jude from The Cruel Prince. She is the definition of a badass, she doesn’t care what anybody thinks of her, and she’s going to get what she wants come hell or high water. A credit to human females everywhere.
10. A book that made you cry?
Well, I accidentally answered this one up at number 7. Whoops.
11. A book that made you happy?
Oh, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, I waited too long to read you but I am so glad I did. What a beautiful story.
12. The most beautiful book you’ve bought or received in 2018?
The cover for Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious is stunning, and it’s even more beautiful in person.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of 2018?
This list could, in theory, last for pages. Let’s just condense it down a tiny bit, shall we?
- Hunting Prince Dracula
- My Lady Jane
- A Darker Shade of Magic
- The Red Queen
- The Last Time I Lied
- A Spark of Light
- Broken Things
- City of Ghosts
- At least 20 more books that I can’t think of right now plus the sequels to the ones I listed up above if applicable