It’s been such a long time since I’ve done a book tag that I feel as if I don’t know my blogging self anymore. Zezee with Books LOVES book tags! I should be doing one every week! But I can’t even remember when last I declared a book tag week. Things are getting out of hand here.
June is almost over, so I intend to do the usually end-of-June book tags that help me reflect on my reading progress so far.
Best book I’ve read so far
In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce
It’s historical fiction about a female serial killer and it’s a superbly fantastic, though at time disturbing, read. It is a thriller that borders on horror, and it is very well written and atmospheric and immersive too. It is a great read that I highly recommend. (See my review here.)
Best sequel I’ve read so far
Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
It’s the second novel in the World of Five Gods series. It’s a fantasy novel about the dowager royina Ista embarking on a roadtrip to escape the gods who plague her but gets swept up in divine machinations anyway. It’s certainly a different tone to the first book, The Curse of Chalion, but just as engrossing despite being of a slower pace.
Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel’s Chosen was also a fantastic read. It follows Kushiel’s Dart, which is a fantasy novel largely set in a country whose people are said to be descended from angels. Although the format of Kushiel’s Chosen was very similar to the first book, I enjoyed it immensely and consider it a favorite and can’t wait to read the third book. (See my review here.)
New release I haven’t read yet but want to
The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison
It follows The Goblin Emperor, which is one of my favorite books. It’s such a heart-warming story. I recently read several reviews of The Witness of the Dead and they all make me eager to try it, but I HATE getting hardcover books so it’s possible that I might hold out for a year before getting to this.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
To be honest, I haven’t been paying attention to books in the planning to be published later in the year. I’ve been relying on blogs and my bookstore to let me know what the new stuff are.
Wrapped Up in You by Talia Hibbert, narr. by Selina Scott-Bennin & Philip Batley
Probably Wrapped Up in You, which is contemporary romance about a popular movie star returning home to the U.K. for Christmas for a chance at love with his long-time crush. I was SO bored the entire time I listened to this on audio and I didn’t like how the narration was done either. The story is a novella but there’s so much packed in that I think it needed to be longer, and it was very emotionally heavy for a light Christmas romance. (See my review here.)
Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour
Based on the description of this novel, I did not expect to like it at all. It’s a satirical contemporary novel about a young Black man from Brooklyn who gets a sales job at a tech startup. It’s SUCH a good read that I highly recommend it although parts of it were so frustrating and uncomfortable to read that I had to take a break. (See my review here.)
Favorite new author (debut or new to me)
I wouldn’t go as far as calling her my new favorite, but I’m certainly hooked on her Bridgerton series, which I started to read after indulging in and falling for the Netflix TV adaptation of the books. The Bridgerton books are all historical fiction set in the early 1800s, I think, in the U.K. So far, I’ve been taking in these books (I’ve read the first two so far) on audio and am enjoying them. The narrator, Rosalyn Landor, does a great job. (See my reviews for the first and second books.)
Newest favorite character
Dellaria “Delly” Wells
I’ve encountered some great characters so far this year, some good folks and some not, but I chose Delly for this category since she’s what hooked me to Waggoner’s second novel, The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry, which is a fantasy novel about a young woman (Delly) down on her luck who gets a break in the form a job — joining a team of women to serve as bodyguard to a young heiress. Delly made it a delightful read for me. (See my review here.)
Book that made me cry
I don’t recall reading anything that made me tear up.
Book that made me happy
DCeased by Tom Taylor, illus. by Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Guadiano, and many others
Yes, this horror comic book made me very happy because I enjoy watching zombie movies and TV shows and apparently now I like zombie comics as well, and I can’t believe I’ve never thought of superhero zombies before encountering a review of a comic book in this series over on Bookidote. It was SUCH a good read!
Favorite book-to-film adaptation I saw
I finally started on this and have now watched season 1 twice because I loved it so much.
Favorite review I’ve written
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
Umm… I can’t choose, so I’m just gonna mention Raybearer since I haven’t yet and it’s a book I enjoyed reading. If you like YA fantasy, then I recommend it to you. It was a good read and I liked the worldbuilding. (See my review here.)
Most beautiful book I bought (or received) so far
Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield
I believe this is YA contemporary, which I usually steer clear from, but I couldn’t pass up this cover or its end pages. It’s so stunning.
Books I need to read by the end of the year
Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
There are many books I’d like to read before year’s end, but it would be really nice to wrap up these Kushiel books this year.