The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. I’m not even entirely sure why?! Maybe the colors. Maybe the fact that it has summer in the title. I DON’T KNOW. It’s the first thing that came to mind.
What book has brightened your day?
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. It was just so sweet and cute, and I was squealing the whole way through.
Find a book cover with yellow on it
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
What is your favorite summer beach read?
I don’t know if I have a favorite, but this year I chose to take Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty along on my lake trip! It was great boat reading–light but interesting.
What action book had you running for the ice cream man?
Running for the ice cream man because I had to cool off? Ha, not sure I completely understand this. But the battles and action scenes in the first two books of the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson were intense to read. I’m so invested in that series and those characters, and Sanderson isn’t afraid to kill his darlings! Makes me a very anxious reader.
(Sunburn) What book has left you with a bad and/or painful ending?
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. I’ve talked about this one a lot, but basically it was just a big disappointment for me.
(Sunset) What book gave you the happiest feelings when it ended?
A lot of Brandon Sanderson’s books do, because he manages to write such satisfying endings. In particular, his two (current) standalones, Warbreaker and Elantris made me feel so happy and fulfilled when they ended. Especially when I read his sweet novella for Elantris afterward.
What book cover reminds you of a sunset?
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. This book is quite creepy, but I have always ADORED this cover. Possibly the only movie cover EVER that isn’t cringe-worthy and is actually very beautiful! It doesn’t even look too much like a sunset, but it’s the first one that came to my mind.
What is one book or series you hope to read this summer?
Right now I’m in the midst of Robin Hobb’s series The Realm of the Elderlings. I’m hoping to knock out a few more before August is finished!
This past weekend, I finally got to see Hamilton on stage. I was thrilled! My sisters and I bought our tickets in December, and I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for even longer, so I’d been anticipating the show for a while.
The verdict?! IT WAS AMAZING. WHEN CAN I SEE IT AGAIN?
In order to continue the wonder and excitement of my Hamilton weekend, I thought I’d do the Hamilton book tag. This tag is super old; it was created by maureenkeavy on Youtube nearly two years ago. But who cares? (Not me, obviously.)
Here we go!
*warning: there are some spoilers ahead for the Mistborn series, A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Darker Shade of Magic, but they are marked!*
The Room Where It Happens: A book world you would put yourself in
There are SO many possible answers for this, but I’m going to go with the world from the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. There’s something so magical, whimsical, eerie, and intriguing about that world–and let’s be real, who WOULDN’T love to go hang out in Cabeswater?! (Also, I want to be part of the Gangsy, but I shouldn’t get ahead of myself.)
The Schuyler Sisters: An underrated female character
I’m going with Luna Lovegood on this one. I know she has a decently large fanbase, but others–and I’m among them–take her for granted sometimes! She’s so wonderfully quirky and refreshing, and she actually does play an important role in the series. Perhaps abstractly, but it’s there. I need to appreciate her more.
My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anyone stop them
Kate Harker in The Mosnters of Verity duology. She’s unafraid, bold, and determined. She doesn’t give up, even when she has to sneak her way out of a few tight spots (and sometimes fails).
Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive (spoilers!)
I’m going to cheat a little and list two: Elend and Vin from the Mistborn series. I was crushed–CRUSHED–when I realized they were dead, for good, at the end of the series. (At least, dead for good for now anyway–dare I say I have the tiniest bit of hope we might see them again someday?!.) I totally understood why it happened, but I was still truly devastated.
Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read (spoilers!)
Another Mistborn mention: Sazed and Tindwyl. They JUST got together, and then she dies. Um, NO!? Possibly the rudest thing Sanderson has ever written. I can’t imagine a more heartbreaking end to a relationship than that.
You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain
Was the Darkling sassy? (Featured in the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.) I can’t quite remember, but I do remember that I enjoyed him and found him a really interesting, different villain. So sure, he can be my answer.
The Reynolds Pamphlet: A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Basically, everything goes wrong. And it goes really wrong. Like wronger than you’d ever expect. Lynch really took it there, and I was not expecting any of it. Also, it made me depressed.
Non-Stop: A series you marathoned
I have been so lucky to marathon a TON of series this year! Since I was not reading really at all from 2014-2016, a bunch of series have finished and are ready for my consumption. So far I’ve marathoned the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown, the Darker Shade of Magic series by V.E. Schwab, the Six of Crows duology and the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo, the Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat, the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater…and probably more.
Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs
For this I’ll go with the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. He has LOTS of POVs going on in this series, with a few main POVs in each book and then also “interludes” and prologues and epilogues in other POVs. It sounds overwhelming, but he handles it with finesse. It’s so cool to see how stories end up weaving together–or imagining how they will in future books. Plus, Sanderson manages to write interesting stories and characters from each POV, so even when they don’t intersect, it’s still highly enjoyable to read.
Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history
Harry Potter. Enough said.
Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the very start
I’m going with Monty and Percy from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I just finished this book, and let me tell you, Monty and Percy are THE SWEETEST. And of course, the romance is a slow burn–maybe even more of a questionable burn. But seriously I loved them from the very first page until the very last.
Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene (spoilers!)
The very first thing that came to my mind was the scene in A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas when Velaris is attacked and Feyre draws on her water powers to fight back. She creates water wolves and it’s just SO COOL. I remember getting goosebumps when I first read it.
Say No To This: Guilty pleasure read
The Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat. This series is SO controversial, and I admit I wasn’t entirely comfy with all the content in the first book. However, I devoured the series and guiltily loved it despite its problems and controversy.
What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books
The Grisha world from Leigh Bardugo! I’m just really hoping for more on Nina or Nikolai (or BOTH!?) because I would love a little more satisfaction at their endings. Basically, I want more for them because they are my beloved snowflakes.
Right Hand Man: Favorite BROTP (spoilers!)
Kell and Rhy from the Darker Shades of Magic series. Their lives are literally TIED together and they still love each other. They want the best for each other, they have great banter, and GOSH I just love them.
What’d I Miss: A book or series you were/still are late to reading
Lately I’ve been thinking about the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Haven’t even picked up one yet! I’m not sure I’ll like them, but I’ve heard so many good things that I do want to give them a try soonish.
Since I’m so late to the party, I’m not going to tag anyone for this. But if you’d like to complete this awesome Hamilton tag, consider yourself tagged!
Allll the Booktubers I follow have been completing this tag lately, and it seemed like a lot of fun! So even though I haven’t been tagged by anyone, I’m a-doing this tag. Here’s my Mid-Year Book Freak-out!
(Also, sorry, no clue who started this tag. If you know, please comment below!)
Best book you have read so far in 2017
I have to go with The Way of Kings from the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. This series is just freaking phenomenal, guys. And even though I loved book 2 as well, The Way of Kings was the one that really blew my mind. I still think about it all the time, and it’s one of those books that I need on my shelf because I know I’ll re-read it more than once!
Best Sequel of 2017 so far
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I actually didn’t completely love Six of Crows, didn’t quite understand the hype, but wow. Crooked Kingdom knocked it out of the park. It’s beautiful inside and out. It officially made me a big Leigh Bardugo fan.
New releases you haven’t read yet, but you want to
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab! Also Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (although I just got this one on audiobook, so hopefully I’ll be listening to it this weekend!).
Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017
I’m going to cheat and list two. The first is the third book in the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson–Oathbringer. It shall be awesome. The second is All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. I LOVE her writing, and I think this book sounds cool. I already read the first chapter and loved it.
Unfortunately, I have to go with ACOWAR for this one. I really enjoyed the first two books in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas, but the finale, A Court of Wings and Ruin, just did not do it for me. And the more I think about it, the more disappointed I am.
Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I didn’t know what to expect with this book, due to its mixed media format, and I didn’t think I was going to like it. But I was intrigued, and as soon as I started reading I understood the hype. It’s SO good. It sucked me right in, and I really loved the story and the world.
Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
Favorite author new to me: Brandon Sanderson. I’ve only read a few debut authors this year, and none of them I’d really consider favorites at this point!
Favorite new character
I’m not sure if this is just fresh on my mind because I only recently finished the series, but I really loved Darrow from the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. When I first started reading, I actually DIDN’T love him, but after reading his entire journey, he won me over. I mean he’s a superhuman, soppy, questionably bisexual, badass rebel leader. What’s not to love?
Close runner up-though: Kaladin from the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. (Once again, my Sanderson obsession is becoming very clear. Ayyy.)
Book that made you cry
I’ve actually cried reading quite a few books this year; I guess I’m an emotional sap. The worst I think was Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. A certain SOMETHING happens to a certain SOMEONE and I was not prepared, I was not happy about it, and I was a little devastated. I was also super engaged in the book and feeling for the characters, so when that happens, things get intense.
Runners up: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas & The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Book that made you happy
I’m going to go with A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. Even though this book wasn’t necessarily the greatest in terms of plot, I just loved the characters in this series and they really started to shine in this book. There were so many great moments between Kell and Rhy, between Lila and Alucard, and between all four of them. Genuine, deep relationships between characters are really enjoyable to read for me.
Favorite book to movie/TV adaption you’ve seen this year
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, on Netflix! This is the only book to TV adaptation I’ve seen this year of a book I’ve actually read! Plus, I really enjoyed it. I thought it was awesome.
Favorite review you’ve written this year
Bleck, what is this question? I’m supposed to have a favorite thing that I’ve done? Impossible!
But if I had to give an answer, I guess I could say my review on Goodreads for A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. It’s basically a mess of feels and incoherence, but it was raw and it was the first time in a while I was that psyched to finish a series.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year
I bought Idaho by Emily Ruskovich at the beginning of the year, kind of on a whim. I still haven’t read it, but it is so beautiful that I’m content just letting it sit on my shelf for now.
Books you need to read by the end of the year
Firstly, all the books on my shelves that I have not yet read. This was supposed to be one of my new year’s resolutions, and let’s just say it’s not going super well. I think there are around 30-40 on that list still.
Secondly, basically just everything on my TBR. I can’t choose any in particular.
I guess that’s that! If you haven’t done the Mid-Year Book Freak-Out tag yet, consider yourself tagged! These are great prompts, and I’d love to read your answers!