Finally a new post! Now my holiday started, I hope to find more time to blog. The Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag seems like a good way to give an update about what I read so far this year. I wasn’t tagged, but inspired by the amazing Cait from paperfury and Marie on drizzleandhurricanebooks to do this tag. Here we go!
Best book you read so far in 2017?
An impossible question if you expect just one answer. I read many good books this year! Three books seems more manageable:
I was quite surprised to discover how few people heard of Exodus by Julie Bertagna. I loved it so much! This book is set in the year 2100. Due to global warming big parts of the earth have flooded. The island of Mara is also drowning. The inhabitants need to flee, and Mara may be able to save them. Exodus would fit in the category dystopia, but this one felt more real than other dystopian books I read. It offers a very interesting view on the consequences of climate change.
I discovered The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier in my library. The book has two story lines. The first one follows Diana on a journey to prove that Amazons actually existed. The other one is set thousands of years ago. It tells the story of Myrine who became the first Amazon. The Lost Sisterhood is well-researched and made me curious about Greek history!
I am a big fan of Laini Taylor, and I fell in love with Strange the Dreamer from the first page. It is a heart-breaking story about a librarian obsessed with a mystic lost city. I can’t put in words how absolutely perfect the worldbuilding and the amazing writing style are!
Best sequel of 2017 so far?
Gemina by Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff was fantastic! I had high expectations after Illuminae, but the book totally lived up to them. This book is set in Jump Station Heimdall. I must admit that I didn’t immediately like the main characters, but that changed pretty soon! The story was just as exciting as the first part and I am still in love with the format. I can’t wait for Obsido!
New releases you haven’t read yet, but want to?
I did not really keep up with all the new releases, but I am quite curious about The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana. That may have something to do with the fact that the word ‘library’ is in the title…
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
The newest book by Philip Pullman, La Belle Sauvage! I am not sure what to expect, but hopefully it is just as good as His Dark Materials!
A few years ago I read the debut of the Danish writer Mikkel Birkegaard. Recently I found his second book: Death Sentence. The main character is a famous crime writer. One day he finds out that someone is committing the crimes from his books. Sadly I find this writer a very unlikable character. The story also has a weird and unsatisfying end.
I read The Color Purple by Alice Walker, because I wanted to read more diverse. I didn’t expect it to be so good. I needed some time to get used to the way Celie writes. After that I came to adore her. Celie has a miserable life, but she always stays optimistic and hopeful.
Favourite new author? (debut or new to you)
Claudia Gray, because the Firebird trilogy was amazing! I was hooked when I read about the firebird: an instrument which can be used to travel to other dimensions. I enjoyed reading about the different dimensions and loved the plot twists.
Newest fictional crush?
That must be Lazlo from Strange the Dreamer! A kind-hearted librarian with a talent for telling the most amazing stories.
Newest favourite character?
It was hard to choose just one character, but I think I will go for Marguerite from the Firebird trilogy. I liked the relationship she has with her parents and how loyal she is to her family. I also enjoyed reading about the Marguerites in other dimensions. It was interesting to see what certain choices and incidents did to her character.
Book that made you cry?
With a few exceptions, books usually do not make me cry. But Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira did made me feel very sad. It is a moving story that deals with some pretty heavy stuff. I really liked the format: Laurel writes letters to famous dead persons. YA contemporary normally is not my cup of tea, but this one was better than I expected.
Book that made you happy?
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald was such a lovely feel-good story! An ideal book for book lovers.
Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year?
A few months ago I saw The Book Thief. I loved the book and also really liked the film adaptation! The producers stayed true to the story and the actors did a good job.
Favourite review you’ve written this year?
I don’t really write reviews, but I like my post for Valentine’s Day.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?
I nominate Strange the Dreamer for both cover and story. That book is so pretty that I would have bought it just for the cover!
What book do you need to read by the end of the year?
Lots of books! I am planning to reread some of my favourites: The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and His Dark Materials. After that I want to continue with The Lunar Chronicles and the All Souls Trilogy.