Thank you to The Library Lizard for tagging me in this fun bookish challenge. It was tough narrowing the books down to a handful but I tried. Let me know what you guys are reading this year in the comments section or on Instagram.
Best Book You’ve Read In 2016: The Muse By Jessie Burton
This one will come as no surprise to you all. I am besotted by Burton’s writing and you can read why in my full review. It is a perfect combination of magic, history, romance and mystery. It also contains several badass female characters, which seems to be Burton’s forté.
Candle in the photograph above in from The Poet Range by McKelvie Candles.
Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2016: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling
I don’t tend to read a lot of book series and I especially never thought I would read the Harry Potter books. I don’t know whether it’s a hint of English Lit student snobbery in me. Anyway, this year I gave into the hype and finally started to read the Harry Potter series. I have to say the first two books didn’t grab me. They were good but felt like kids books. I know, I’m reading about 10 years after everyone else so that has a huge impact on my feelings. However, I really loved The Prisoner of Azkaban!
New Release That You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To: This Savage Song by V.E Schwab
I’ve read a lot of positive reviews of this new novel, it’s becoming difficult to avoid so I’m adding it to my TBR list. I can be a bit fussy about fantasy but the sound of a dystopian world with real life monsters is nothing if not intriguing. Have you read it yet? What did you think?
Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year: The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
I don’t tend to read biographies; I’m not a lover of non-fiction but I can’t help but look forward to reading Amy Schumer’s collection of personal essays. She’s hilarious, controversial and the Queen of modern day feminism so I’ll be grabbing a copy when it is released in August.
Biggest Disappointment: Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
I so badly wanted to love this book. I was a huge Sookie Stackhouse fan (obsessed with Eric Northman) but it fell totally flat. The characters were dull, the story even more-so. I had a major case of book-finishing-guilt when I decided to give up 100 pages in and move on but you can read more about that in my full review.
Candle in the photograph above is from MoBros Candles.
Biggest Surprise: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
What a love/hate relationship I had with this popular YA novel! I set out with high expectations having loved The Summer I Turned Pretty series but hated the first 100 pages. I disliked the immaturity of the main character and the lazy Scottish stereotypes as Margot moved away. However, in the end, I did love this book and can’t wait to read the sequel to find out what happens between all the characters. Read my review on To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before here.
Favourite New Author: Paula Hawkins
I wasn’t sure if this header meant new to the writing scene or someone I’d discovered myself in 2016. Either way, Paula Hawkins was new to me this year and I suppose she is relatively new to the bestseller list. The Girl On The Train was such a thrill to read and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for other books by Hawkins in the future. She is one talented writer and I think she will only get better with time. Read my review on The Girl On The Train here.
Newest Fictional Crush: Jamie Fraser
Oh my gosh. I am in love. I’m extremely new to the TV show and books but I am besotted by the whole story but this one man in particular. My poor boyfriend (another Scottish Jamie) has been resigned to the other Jamie in my life now that I’ve started reading and watching Outlander. I love a bad boy and wild Highland Jamie is a ferocious warrior on the outside but sweet and gooey on the inside – just how I like ’em.
Newest Favourite Character: Claire Randall
It wouldn’t be fair to say that Jamie Fraser is my latest fictional crush without claiming Claire as my new favourite character. Not only is she incredibly sassy but also really intelligent. I love that Claire’s skills as a nurse and knowledge of botany is way more important than her sexuality and physicality. Plus she is the only woman who could take on Clan Mackenzie and wreckless Jamie Fraser and survive to tell the tale.
Books That Made You Cry: Room by Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue’s bestselling novel Room is such a moving tale. You know from the beginning when the narrator is a five-year-old boy that there will be tears involved. It’s uplifting and heartbreaking all at the same time and it is sure to have even the hardest people grabbing for a box of tissues.
Favourite Book To Film adaption: Room
It’s difficult seeing one of your favourite books being massacred on the big screen. The book was, of course, richer and more detailed and, at times, the film scrimped with the plot but that’s inevitable in a restricted time frame. However, overall, this is a great adaption. I thought Brie Larsen did an incredible job as Ma; she definitely deserved that Oscar. As for little Jacob Tremblay, he is a wonderful actor and his portrayal of Jack is awe-inspiring.
Favourite Post You Have Done This Year: Review of The Muse by Jessie Burton
As I’ve already mentioned (a thousand times), I really love this book and I loved writing my review of this wonderful novel. I could’ve written for days: analysing the individual characters and the way Burton skilfully plays with issues of race, gender and sexuality. The best part of this review is that Jessie Burton took the time to read it… and she loved it. Getting recognition from my favourite author for a review I wrote on her book was amazing and you can see it here.
Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year: The Muse by Jessie Burton
Not only is The Muse an amazing read but it looks physically gorgeous on your book shelf. The illustration on the cover is so detailed and gorgeous. It completely ensnared me when I saw it and I couldn’t wait to dive in and find out what lay beneath the gorgeous design. I think I’ve gushed enough – go buy it.
What Book Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
I bought this a few weeks ago because the ACOTAR books are everywhere I look. There is so much hype for this book that I don’t see how it’s possible for me not to adore it. If I can tear myself away from Outlander, this is next on the hit list and I hope I love it as much as everyone else does. Let me know your thoughts on A Court of Thorns and Roses if you’ve read it.