I did this last year and it feels like I should do it again, make it an annual thing 🙂 So let’s take a look at what I’ve read this far this year. It feels good, my Goodreads goal is 40 books and I’ve gone through 23 already. So no stress on that point.
If you’re interested in last year’s post, CLICK HERE.
Best book I’ve read so far in 2017
Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson. This book blew my mind and I’m desperate for the third book! Sadly it hasn’t come out yet. What Sanderson has done with this book and this world is beyond anything I’ve previously read. This series will be a masterpiece that deserves to stand beside Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. If you’re not intimidated by big books and big stories, pick this up as soon as possible. If you are intimidated, give it a try anyway, you won’t regret it.
Best sequel I’ve read so far in 2017
The Crimson Campaign (The Powder Mage Trilogy #2) by Brian McClellan. I went into this series not knowing what to expect, and I had my mind blown. When I got to the second book I couldn’t help but feel amazed, a second book that was even better than the first one? That shouldn’t happen, it’s against the natural law (in most cases is seems like that anyway).
The setting and the characters in this trilogy are well written and the story drags you in and won’t leave you alone. Didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. The audiobook narration is great so that is definitely an option if you don’t have the time to sit down and read.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas. This was my first time seeing the cover, and I don’t like it. I get that it is different since it does follow another character, but they had beautiful covers on the other ones. Hopefully the spines match… #bookwormproblems
After having read The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert I wanted to read something similar and through NetGalley I got An Accident of Geography: Compassion, Innovation and the Fight Against Poverty by Richard C. Blum. It was to say the least a disappointment. The first, and this far the only, book I’ve had to DNF.
Jaeth’s Eye (The Agartes Epilogues, #1) by K.S. Villoso. I still dislike the cover quite a lot, but behind it is a beautiful story and I need to read the other two books in the trilogy soon, before I forget too much.
What Villoso really managed to do with this book was diversity. There are so many different countries and peoples and cultures. It really feels like a multicultural world. And hearing about how she created the world in her guest post was amazing.
Favourite new author
Once again I chose tho think of this as a “new for me” author. And I have to say Brian McClellan. I need to read more of his stuff, especially if it is as good as The Powder Mage Trilogy.
Newest fictional crush
Rhysand. Not a question about it. Especially from A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thrones and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas. I think everyone fell for him when reading that book. Maas managed the spellbind a lot of women with that book I think 😛
Newest favourite character
With this I have to go with Shallan Devar from The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. I mentioned her in The High School Book Tag as well as the character I’d like to be for one day. She’s the strongest female character I’ve read in a while. And not YA strong (you know the stereotype I hope, Katniss-look-alike), but a multidimensional woman that feels real. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the YA strong women, but Shallan is a class of her own.
Book that made me cry
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas. Yes, I did shed a tear or two at the end. Even if it wasn’t as gripping as the second book, I’d started to care so much for the characters that when the ending came I couldn’t help myself.
I did have some issues with the ending, but I get more into them in my review. It feels a bit weird having issues with and ending that impacted you so much you started to cry…
Book that made me happy
Going for the guilty pleasure of the year here – The Academy: Introductions (The Ghost Bird #1) by C.L. Stone. Even though this story has some serious elements to it it’s just plain stupid most of the time. Still, I cannot stop reading it. It is perfect for when your brain won’t work. Don’t know what that says about my brain, since I’ve already finished two books in the series, and I’m almost done with the third.
Favourite book to film adaptation
Favourite post I’ve done this year
Author Guest Post: K.S. Villoso is definitely one of my favourites (even though I didn’t write it myself). Incredible that an author wrote that for me to put on my blog^^ Another one I like a lot is Why I read Fantasy.
Most beautiful book I’ve bought this year
Hopefully this book hasn’t gone unnoticed by anyone, Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. The princess being betrothed to a prince since childhood, but when travelling to the other kingdom to get married she falls for his sister. It’s a love story with so many struggles, and not only the ones concerning the princess falling for the princess instead of the prince. I do hope we will get more books following these characters. The story left the ending quite open, so hopefully this will transform into a beautiful series following the princess and her lover.
New release I haven’t read yet but want to
Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller. I got this in the second Magic Chest book box (Magic Chest Unboxing – Sailing Across the Sea) and still haven’t read it even though I looked forward to this book so much. Shame on me.
I will hopefully get to this book soon. I don’t have any good explanation to why I haven’t picked it up. Other books have been read instead and I started watching Pretty Little Liars. That together with work kind of doesn’t leave me with a lot of time. Priorities, Cassiopeia. Priorities.
What book I need to read by the end of the year
Just to name a few:
- Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas
- Icefall: Episodes 1 – 6 (The Clearsky Chronicles #1) by Walt Stone and Mica Stone
- Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller
- Portal of a Thousand Worlds by Dave Ducan
- Salem’s Curse (The Soul-Shifter Chronicles #1) by Sydney Bristow
- Spike & Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) by Cristopher Golden
- Chocolat (Chocoalt #1) by Joanne Harris
- Halfway Dead (Halfway Witchy #1) by Terry Maggert
And that’s it! The mid-year freak out! I feel quite good at the same time I feel a bit bad. It’s weird. I’ve done quite well at the same time as I have so many books waiting for me! Well, half a year to go.
What’s your favourite book this year?
What do you still want to read in 2017?