I saw some of my favourite bloggers completing this fun Mid Year Book Freakout questionnaire, and thought it might present a great opportunity to recap on the books in 2014 so far. I’m fully aware that it’s now August and not mid year anymore, but you know whatever 😀
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2014.
Jeann – Without a doubt, it’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. What a beautiful, diverse and heartfelt book about two memorable boys falling in love. And because it’s cruel to make us only pick one book, honourable mentions are Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover and The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.
Michelle – Oh gosh. Really? -_- I hate this question. Can’t we change it to “Best books you’ve read so far in 2014?” That sounds way better and I won’t have to spend so much time thinking of just ONE. I have so, so many. But my top four that are stuck at first place are Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (I will mention this book so much through these questions), Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke, This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl and A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller. Go and read them, I’m begging you!
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2014.
Jeann – CRESS! I LOVE the Lunar Chronicles series with a passion and Cress and Thorne had uber cute moments in the sequel, plus there were some awesome Cinder and Kai moments. I also loved the ending of the Night Huntress series with Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.
Michelle – THE ONE! No doubt about it. Geez, that was the best ending to a trilogy that has ever been written. Kiera Cass literally got me out of my seat squealing millions of times. Everything was perfect and went smoothly! And… Everyone lived a happily ever after!
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Jeann – Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, because it literally just came out and it’s not out in the bookstores yet. I love everything by CoHo and she’s probably the best new adult author, ever.
Michelle – I’m going to have to agree with you on this one, Jeann. I haven’t read anything by Colleen Hoover yet, but this sounds like the one I’m going to begin with. I already have it on my Kindle, I can’t wait to begin it! Let me know what you thought of it below!
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Jeann – This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. These Broken Stars was one of my favourite books of 2014, so it’s only natural. I can’t believe this one is coming out near Christmas, at least it’d be a great Christmas present to myself.
Michelle – Another agreement, Jeann! I devoured and adored These Broken Stars, especially because of its gorgeous characters and plot. I’m sure that This Shattered World won’t be a disappointment at all! (New characters, here I come!)
5. Biggest disappointment.
Jeann – One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker, because it just ruined Livie’s character and reputation. And there was prolific cheating from both parties. Luckily, I was warned about this prior to picking it up.
Michelle – Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule. I rarely give out 1 star ratings for books, but that one just deserved it. I DNF-ed it at 75 pages and I didn’t want to ever see the cover again. Some of you may enjoy or may have enjoyed it, but it was gross to me.
6. Biggest surprise.
Jeann – It has to be Four: The Divergent Collection. Allegiant was a major disappointment but I actually liked Four’s perspective and insight in this one, surprisingly. Maybe because Tris wasn’t there to confuse us.
Michelle – Hmm… That’d have to be Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger. Yes, it was a 2013 released read, but I received it for Christmas and read it not too long ago and DNF-ed it before 100 pages. I was ready to love it and give it time to eat it up, but it just ended up so disappointing. I can’t believe my reaction to it to this day.
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you).
Jeann – Krista and Becca Ritchie, I can’t believe it took me so long to read Addicted To You after constantly seeing raves everywhere. Their writing contains so much emotional depth and an accurate portrayal of character vices, and excellent character development. This is deep, quality stuff guys.
Michelle – Abigail Haas! I’ve just read Dangerous Boys, which I was totally in love with, and am on the lookout for her other books! This woman is full of madness inside that amazing mind of hers… Her writing is powerful and unique, and you’ll get instantly addicted to her dark stories of hers…
8. Newest fictional crush.
Jeann – I raved on and on about Lincoln, my book boyfriend from Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. He’s so sweet and chivalrous and the depth of emotion that I felt in this book was amazing. My heart literally soared during the ending. Also Sam from The Assassin’s Blade, but if I think about it I might cry.
Michelle – DORIAN AND CHAOL FROM Throne of Glass and DAEMON. Those men are so yummy that they will possibly haunt your dreams with their hot abs and catch lines… Oh, and who can forget about Josh from Isla and the Happily Ever After!
9. Newest favourite character.
Jeann – I really liked Meg from The Others series, she’s a blood prophet who sees the future by making cuts on her body (which is kind of creepy). Physically, she isn’t much of her threat, but her strength is in her character and her innocence. She’s totally adorable.
Michelle – Katy from the Lux series! She’s a book blogger, and falls in love with the hottest guy you can ever read about. Daemon + Kitten= 100% OTP ship by Michelle. Psst… She also may or may not have strange powers that we don’t know about…
10. Book that made you cry.
Jeann – Searching for Sky. I meant what in the hell, this is the saddest book I’ve EVER read in my life.
Michelle – A unique hard-to-find book about a teenage girl who’s an ice-skater and who’s life suddenly turns all the way around called Before I Go by Riley Weston. Not many people know about this book, but the raving absolutely needs to be turned onto it. This is like another TFIOS.
11. Book that made you happy.
Jeann – The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, I loved how it brought back the wonder and wit of the Youtube series. Plus you can’t argue with more Darcy.
Michelle – Exile, by Kevin Emerson. That book just had such a cutesy-happy feel to it, and I loved the rockstar elements that combined with the romance. Every time I think of that book and its stunning cover and premise, I get all jumpy and excited inside.
12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
Jeann – Definitely The Fault in Our Stars, it was a wonderful experience seeing it with other fans and experiencing those emotions with others.
Michelle – I haven’t watched The Fault in Our Stars yet (DON’T KILL ME, CRAZY BUT AWESOME FANGIRLS), so I’d have to say The Book Thief. Holy moly, that movie made me cry so hard at the theatre, all of the quiet ones starred at me weirdly. If you haven’t seen a good WWII movie adaptation yet, then I’d recommend seeing it… Beware the feels.
13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.
Jeann –Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, not because of the review but because it swayed a lot of people to read the book. That makes me super, super proud, my bookworms.
Michelle – Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine. It was one of the first ARCs I’ve ever received (next to Dissonance) and I was so happy to have read it and reviewed it for everyone else to see once the book has released! I hope it has convinced some. 😉
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).
Jeann – It’s a toss up between these three beautiful hardbacks.
Michelle – ISLAAAAAAAAAAAA! I’m sure that this book is going to be perfect. I’ve been waiting forever and I finally have received it! *goes frantic* It’s beautiful inside and out!
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Jeann – All of them. But more specifically, I embarrassingly admit that I haven’t read Days of Blood and Starlight or Dreams of Gods and Monsters yet. And I’m meeting Laini Taylor when she’s down in Australia next month. Yes yes, I’ll pick them up soon.
Michelle – Game of Thrones, Twilight (embarrassingly haven’t read any of them yet), everything by Laini Taylor (like Jeann mentioned), and Dangerous Girls. I’m so excited for the rest of this year’s reads
What are your favourite reads, book boyfriends and sequels this year?