This book tag has been going around the Book Community for years, so I figured I’d pick it up myself. This is not my tag and I will link the creators of it below.
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019.
This one should be obvious, since I can’t stop talking about it, but it’s The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Justin McElroy, and Carey Pietsch. This was such a fun read and was the best way to introduce me to the world of The Adventure Zone podcast, as well as everything the McElroy brothers have to offer.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019.
The only sequel I’ve so far this year is Deadpool by Daniel Way Volume 3. I really did enjoy this one. I liked following more of Deadpools adventures and antics. I don’t really have much to say about it because it was a collection of about 20 comics, so there are a lot of different plot lines happening in the bind-up.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
One of the books I have picked up this year, that I haven’t read yet is The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie. I am so excited to read this story. The whole concept of Gods interfering with humanity, lies, secrets, humans chosen to rule by the gods, and fantasy. I mean, how could I not be excited about this one?
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Alright, who’s surprised? No one? That’s good. You’re catching on. The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited comes out in July and I have already pre-ordered this baby. I am so excited to get the next installment of The Adventure Zone story. I can’t get enough of these good, good boys and their ridiculous goofs.
5. Biggest disappointment.
Oh boy. This may be a controversial one, but Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James was definitely a disappointment for me. I did a review on it here, explaining some of my thoughts. To summarize I pretty much felt like there was too much of this book and the hype was just too much to hold up to the book.
6. Biggest surprise.
I have a few for this one. I could start with The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins, but I feel like I’ve talked about this one enough. So instead I will tell you the two other books that really surprised me. The first is The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. I picked it up for a class I took and wasn’t sure what I was going to think of it. It was only my TBR list, but it wasn’t at the very top. I was pleasantly surprised and really loved it when I read it!
The second book that surprised was Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau. This is an absolutely beautiful graphic novel that I fell in love with so quickly. It definitely became a top read for the year so far after only a few pages.
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Kevin Panetta is definitely a new favourite author. I LOVED Bloom and I can’t wait to read more of his work. The story was just so sweet and soft!
8. Newest fictional crush.
I have two new fictional crushes so far this year. To start we have Nimona from the graphic novel by the same name. She is spunky, fun, independant, magical. I mean… who doesn’t love a cool, funny, lady who changes her hair colour often and has magic powers?
My second crush would have to be Magnus Burnsides, from The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins. He is a big beefy protective boy and I love him.
9. Newest favourite character.
Okay, I feel like this is just becoming a love letter to The Adventure Zone, but my newest favourite character would have to be Taako. I mean… gay, fashionable, elf wizard? He is just so much and I love it all. I talked about Taako in my recent post about my favourite LGBTQ+ characters.
10. Book that made you cry.
This is another reoccurring one, but The Poet X definitely made me tear up while reading it. It was just so raw and heartfelt. There were just so many moments where I felt so deeply for Xiomara and everything she was going through.
11. Book that made you happy.
Well, if I’m honest The Adventure Zone would fit this one again, but I would also say that The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag was so sweet and made me so happy! It was such a beautiful story and ending.
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I picked up The Nightmare Before Christmas 20th Anniversary Edition by Tim Burton. It is such a beautiful book! The illustrations are amazing and the cover is absolutely beautiful. This is definitely one of the most beautiful books I’ve gotten so far this year.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?