Created by: Is That Chami? and Eli Jayne booktubers
It’s a tad after the mid-year point, but who’s counting, right? I thought this was an excellent way to give an update on my reading for the first half of the year before all this starts getting hazy in my memories by December. So, as of June 30th, I have finished 256 short stories, novellas, and novels. I did a quick tally and am happy to report that about half came from my own TBR pile, about five percent came from the library, and the rest were gifts, giveaways, or review books.
Here’s my tag responses:
1. Best Book I’ve Read So Far in 2018:
I am going with both Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton and Obsidio by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff.
Two different styles and ages for this one. I think both books were really showing the shine in writing. Cleeton nailed her characters and historical and ethnical setting while Kauffman and Kristoff kept me on the edge of my seat and biting my nails (figuratively).
2. Best Sequel in 2018:
Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
I adore pretty much anything from either of her urban fantasy series so this was an easy find. Her characters and worldbuilding and strong plots make a book fly by.
3. New release you haven’t read, but want to:
Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
I got to read pretty much all the newer releases for the first half of the year that I was dying for so I’ll put this one which just came out.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of 2018:
Archangel’s Prophecy by Nalini Singh
Yeah, I put one down, but you and I know there are a ton more that I will be slipping into the shopping carts and off the Net Galley and publisher invites before much longer.
5. Biggest disappointment:
Feversong by Karen Marie Moning
Yep, no surprise to our regular readers, but I had just about enough about half way through and quit the book and the series after both heroines drove me nuts.
6. Biggest Surprise:
Year One by Nora Roberts
I thought this was one thing and it was so much more. I was riveted. And, the feels, seriously. Who’d have thought a post-apoc paranormal would wreck havoc with my emotions?
7. Favorite New Author (debut or new to me):
I know, it’s about bloody time, right? I finally started reading the In Death series and now I know what all the fuss is about.
8. Newest Fictional Crush:
Death (pronounced Deeth) from Loretta Ross’ Auction House Mysteries
I’ve read three books from the series and love this disabled Marine turned PI/Bounty Hunter who got taken to the cleaners by his cheating ex while he was in hospital in coma and then learned his brother followed his grandparents and parents into death before he could see them again. Life’s looking up for him now that he’s with Wren, but his strength and vulnerability along with his generous and kind heart have me swooning a little more with each new book.
9. Newest Favorite Character:
Yasmeen from Heart of Steel and Tethered by Meljean Brook
I just loved this fierce, calculating lady airship pirate and her exploits.
10. Book that Made You Cry:
Dane’s Storm by Mia Sheridan and Promises to Keep by Genevieve Graham
Yep, I’m a cryer, but these two had me sobbing. In a good way, of course.
11. Book that Made You Happy:
The Sometimes Sisters, Cowboy Bold and Small Town Rumors by Carolyn Brown
All three were books I read by her so far this year and my smile didn’t leave my face and occasionally I got the giggles.
12. Most Beautiful Book You Bought or Received:
Why Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris
The stark black and white of winter and the ominous tone since this is a murder mystery is just gorgeous and the raised, embossed texture is fabulous.
13 What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of 2018:
I don’t know about need so much, but I definitely want to read this stack and more…
Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh
Come Back to Me by Sharon Sala
Rocky Mountain Cowboy by Katie Ruggle
14. A Favorite Book Community Member:
Darlene, my friend who owns Another Look Books, a brick and mortar book store in the Detroit area. We’ve been book buddies for 25 years and she was one of the first friends I made when I moved here. She hosts lovely events for authors, World Book Night, release parties, club reads, calls me when she comes across hard to find or out of prints, and all sorts of personal touches like totes, free books, comfy and pretty bookcovers, bookmarks given away for her customers who are part of her loyalty program. I was sad with her when her shop flooded last year and she had to close for 9 months. It looks fabulous now and I wish her many more years to come.
Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you’re interested in sharing your own mid- year results. Love to know how folks would answer these so feel free to leave me a link in the comments if you do or share some of your own responses here.