Greetings, everyone! Yes, I know I just did a post yesterday, but I was so excited to finish up this one. 😉
Ever since I saw this tag circulating on several blogs, I wanted to do it. Because you get to talk about BOOKS, guys! (Ahem, the bibliophile is coming out in full force here. 😉 ).
I saw this tag on Maya’s blog (Maya’s Magic Musings), and she left an open invitation for anyone to steal. So thanks, Maya! I can’t wait to jump right in and talk about BOOKS!!! 😉
(I’m using most of the original questions from the blog Paper Fury, and I added one of my own at the end)
1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019
Oh, no, there’s no way I can pick just one. 😉
I read this book for school earlier in the year, and…WOW. I was not expecting the feelings I experienced while reading this memoir/autobiography. Written by former Special Counsel to President Nixon, Born Again details the Watergate Scandal, Colson’s encounter with Christianity, his surrender to Jesus, and his time in prison. I was so convicted by the faith of this man. So amazing.
Oh, my goodness, where do I START?! I absolutely LOVED The Wingfeather Saga. After a run-in with a Fang of Dang, siblings Janner, Tink, and Leeli embark on an adventure wilder than they could have ever imagined, discovering amazing things about themselves along the way. Andrew Peterson presents so many amazing nuggets (no pun intended 😉 ) of truth and wisdom, along with scenes full of action and emotion. I recommend this series to everyone. 🙂
This book was incredible. When an orphaned girl, unloved and abandoned by everyone except for her peddler friend, sings a melody that only she can hear, she is suddenly thrust into a world where danger lurks around every corner and where the enemy seeks her. Along the way, she learns the truth about who she really is and discovers more about the world in which she lives. Gillian Bronte Adams is an amazing author. Her writing is vivid and descriptive, pulling you straight into the world of Leira and introducing you to characters that you’ll love.
2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019
Hands-down North! Or Be Eaten, the second book in The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson.
The family dynamics in these books are so well-written. Also, I love how the characters all have their own personal flaws that they struggle with. The pace of the story never slowed, and the emotions evoked were perfect, not melodramatic at all.
3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To
I can’t wait to read Romanov by Nadine Brandes, which came out this spring.
I’ve heard so many good things about this book, and Nadine Brandes’ books have been on my TBR for a while now. I just ordered it, so I can’t wait for this beauty to arrive in the mail!
Also, To Best the Boys by Mary Weber, which also released this spring, looks good. I have it on loan from the library right now, so I’m dying to dig in! 🙂 (How about an intriguing, aesthetic cover!)
4. Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of the Year
Hmmm…I have more than one, although admittedly most of them are sequels to books I haven’t read yet.
I recently bought the book The Crescent Stone by Matt Mikalatos, and the sequel for that, The Heartwood Crown, comes out in August. I haven’t actually read The Crescent Stone quite yet (so many books, so little time)…but I’m still excited for the sequel to come out because it looks epic!!!
Also, Coral by Sara Ella looks like it could be really good, and Lindsay A. Franklin’s The Story Raider, sequel to The Story Peddler (which is on my near-future TBR list 😉 ), is coming out soon.
5. Biggest Disappointment
Probably To Darkness Fled, the second book in the Blood of Kings trilogy by Jill Williamson. I loved By Darkness Hid, the first book in the series, but I just didn’t like the second book as much as I hoped I would.
6. Biggest Surprise
I’d have to say the biggest surprise for me was The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill. A historical fiction story set in the 1920s, it is centered around eighteen-year-old Piper Sail who tries to find her best friend, Lydia, when Lydia disappears. There was some mature content in the story, but it was nothing overly disturbing or inappropriate. Also, there was a sweet, clean romance on the side that didn’t bother me at all. I’m not the girl who likes lots of romance, but the romance didn’t dominate the story and was not at all inappropriate. I follow the blog Go Teen Writers (started by Stephanie Morrill), so I wanted to check out her books. I was not disappointed!
7. Favorite New Author (Debut or New to You)
Again you say to pick just one?! I…have to pick two: Gillian Bronte Adams and Andrew Peterson (authors of The Songkeeper Chronicles and The Wingfeather Saga, respectively). Both of these authors are only new to me, but I am SO SO GLAD that I read books by them! They are both amazing Christian people, amazing writers, and such an inspiration to me.
8. Newest Favorite Character
Oh, man, I’ve come across SO MANY new characters that I LOVE! But…my newest favorite character has got to be Janner from The Wingfeather Saga.
9. Book That Made You Cry
I’ve mentioned before that I don’t often literally cry over books (although I do tear up a lot), but both The Monster in the Hollows and The Warden and the Wolf King by Andrew Peterson made me cry. One thing that annoys me in books is melodrama. These books were not at all melodramatic. Andrew Peterson is a master at writing scenes of emotion that fill your heart with their sadness, beauty, and/or hope. I highly recommend these books. (You’ll probably hear that a lot on here 😉 ).
10. Book That Made You Happy
Oh, my goodness, I can’t pick just one book that made me happy, because THERE WERE SO MANY!!! Some made me happy because of the amazing writing. Some made me happy because of the humor. Still others made me happy just because of the hard choices the characters made which make your heart ache but also make you so proud of them at the same time. But I’ll pick The Misadventured Summer of Tumbleweed Thompson by Glenn McCarty which made me SO happy because IT IS HILARIOUS. There aren’t a ton of books that make me laugh out loud, but this was definitely one of them. I laughed at all the escapades of Tumbleweed and Eugene. I recommend this book to everyone of all ages. It is wonderful and will provide you with lots of smiles and laughter.
11. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year (Or Received)
Ooh, I just bought three BEAUTIFUL new books and received another one, so…I have four absolutely gorgeous books screaming at me to pick them up and read them! But I have to say that my most beautiful book I’ve gotten this year is…
YOU GUYS, LOOK AT THAT COVER!!! It is absolutely EPIC!
12. Rereads This Year
I have reread three books this year: The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, and The Castle of Llyr, all by Lloyd Alexander. They are the first three books in the series The Chronicles of Prydain. I first read these books a few years ago and decided that it was high time for me to finish the whole series (five books). I listened to these on audiobook and loved them; the narrator did a fantastic job.
13. What Books Do You Need To Read By the End of the Year?
Well…my TBR list is WAY to long to finish this year (all you fellow bookworms know that it’s way too easy to get crushed under your TBR list if you don’t exercise extreme caution XD), but here’s my list that I want to finish by the end of the year:
I read 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
last fall, but I haven’t gotten around to reading its sequel (or the third book, The Chestnut King which is also on my to-read-before-the-end-of-the-year list 😉 ). Currently, I’m listening to Dandelion Fire on audiobook.
I FINALLY bought the second and third books in The Songkeeper Chronicles (I already provided a picture for Song of Leira, the third book), and I am DYING to read them! They are so beautiful, and I absolutely loved the first book in the series, Orphan’s Song! So, of course, I need to jump on these as soon as possible!
I bought this book recently, too (as I mentioned above), and it looks EPIC! I can’t wait to dig in!
This is my current read because I really wanted to finish the series (so hopefully I can finish it by the end of the year! 😉 )
I loved the first book in the Wars of the Realm trilogy, so, yes, can’t wait to dig in!
I had this book recommended to me by a friend, and it looks like it’s right down my alley! Addressing the topic of how reading is a treasure, complete with book lists? Yes, please!
I received this book
a couple years ago, and it’s high time I read it! Written by teens for teens, it looks so inspiring.
I need to read this book which was also written by a teenager!!!
I’ve read bits and pieces of this book, but I need to actually read the whole thing.
I own this book, and now that I’ve read The Wingfeather Saga, I want to read Wingfeather Tales so badly! It’s a compilation of short stories set in the world of Aerwiar, the setting for The Wingfeather Saga.
This YA fantasy (the author’s debut!) came out…last year, I think? And wow, look at it! That cover!! I recommended it to my library to buy, and…they bought it! I just went to pick it up at the library the other day, and I’m the first person to get it. *squeals* About a girl who weaves the tales she spins into crystallized sculptures, it looks so intriguing and good! 🙂
Another book I recommended to my library, To Best the Boys came out earlier this year (as I mentioned in an earlier section). I first saw it on Gillian Bronte Adams’ Facebook page, and it looks intriguing! It’s about a girl living in a world where only boys can get an education. Therefore, the girl disguises herself and enters a labyrinth for a chance to win a scholarship to a university to help fulfill her dreams of being a scientist. Hope it’s good! 🙂
So…fourteen books. Think I can do it?
This was so much fun! I’ll take any chance I can get to talk about books. 😉
I’m going to leave an open invitation here for anyone to do this tag on their blog! I hope you do! Just drop a comment to let me know that you did it. 🙂
*Disclaimer: I have not read some of the books that I mentioned, so my mention of them does not necessarily constitute my recommendation
Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think? Are any of these books on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!