1. The best book you’ve read this year?
Starting off with a really hard question! I’ve finished 54 books so far this year, and there have been several I really truly loved. I’m going with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo because it was such an unexpected love, whereas most of my other favourites have been sequels.
2. The best sequel you’ve read in 2019?
Nyxia and Nyxia Unleashed were some of my favourite reads last year, so I went into Nyxia Uprising with high hopes, and I’m pleased to say it lived up to those. It was a little more predictable than the first two I thought, but the pacing was excellent, and I’m thoroughly invested in the world Reintgen has created.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
I loved The Poppy War so much more than I expected last year, so I can’t wait to finally get my hands on the sequel and see what happens next.
5. Biggest disappointment?
I really honestly thought I’d love this, but it just didn’t work for me. I liked Carmen, and I wanted her to get her happy ending, but I didn’t believe she’d find it with Dani. I also just felt like it was too slow for me to get really invested.
6. Biggest Surprise?
I don’t mind non-fiction, but there are very few non-fiction titles I’d say were favourites, and they’re pretty much all animal-focused, so for Black Box Thinking to become a favourite was very much a surprise. I loved the stories in it, the clear, logical progression, and I genuinely find myself looking at things differently. It’s a book that motivates you to take risks, and chances, and see failure from a different perspective.
7. Favourite new to you or debut author?
Shadow of the Fox was my first Kagawa book and I really enjoyed it.
It just had such a fun feel, and I really enjoyed both the plot and the writing. I don’t know if I’ll go back and read Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, but I’ll definitely be looking forward to the sequel to this.
8. Newest fictional crush?
Haven’t got one!
9. Newest favourite character?
Minya isn’t a new character, but in Muse of Nightmares she develops so much, and becomes so much more understandable that she’s become a new favourite, not necessarily because she’s likeable but just because she’s so well developed and three dimensional.
10. Book that made you cry?
11. Book that made you happy?
12. Favorite book to film adaptation?
I haven’t actually seen many book to film adaptations this year – Game of Thrones, but season 7 absolutely was NOT my favourite!, Mortal Engines & Five Feet Apart might be about it really. I actually really enjoyed Five Feet Apart though, both in book and movie format, despite not being my usual genre.
13. Favourite post you have done this year?
My blog has been sadly quiet this year, thanks to the PGCE but I’ve had some fun posting about non-bookish things as well as bookish things. I think my favourite bookish post is probably my review for The Poppy War, and my favourite non-bookish post is probably my review of Gousto, just because it was so fun to put together!
14. Most beautiful book you have bought this year?
I’ve been so good about not buying books that it’s really depressingly difficult to answer this question! In an Absent Dream is one of my favourite covers, but I bought it on audio so sadly it isn’t decorating my shelves! I also really love the cover for Viper too, and that one is actually decorating my shelves in paperback format.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
So many! A few of the recent/upcoming releases that I really want to read are The Never Tilting World, Kingdom of Souls, The Beholder and Of Ice and Shadows (which I’ve got review copies of) and Middlegame, which I own a copy of.