I wasn’t tagged to do this, but I do love answering bookish questions in list forms and reflecting on all the books I’ve read so far this year, so I thought this sounded really interesting!
Best Book You’ve Read This Year?
It’s definitely Brooklyn by Colm Toibin but seeing as that’s a re-read, I won’t include it. I’m thinking either A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway or Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton, although there’s loads of books that it feels cruel to leave out!
Best Sequel You’ve Read in 2018?
I’ve only read a couple, so I suppose I have to say The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien. I read all of the Lord of the Rings books back in January, but I’m planning on reading Becky Chambers’ second novel in July so I think that will probably take Tolkien’s place!
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To?
There are quite a lot – I have a lot of new releases sent by the publishers waiting on my shelves – but I think either Duncan Barrett’s Hitler’s British Isles (suitable after my slight Guernsey obsession in April), Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley or Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce.
Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year?
I never know anything about new releases, but I am actually excited to read Kate Atkinson’s Transcription. I’ve never read anything of Kate Atkinson’s, although I’m planning to rectify that soon, but I love Second World War spy stories!!
Although I still enjoyed it, I’m going to say And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, because I’ve heard of so many people being absolutely amazed and gripped by this book, but I was nowhere near as transfixed as when I read Murder on the Orient Express.
I’d heard loads of great things about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas but as I’m really not keen on young adult books, I was still surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel!
Favourite New To You Or Debut Author?
Although I would probably say Dolly Alderton – I’m also loving her Love Stories podcast – I don’t want to be repetitive so I will say how much I’m looking forward to reading other Mary Beard books after reading Women & Power.
Newest Fictional Crush?
I haven’t really fallen in love with any male characters this year, although I did like Alastair in Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave – but my absolute favourite male character this year is Tommy from David Copperfield, he is just so vivid and nice!
Newest Favourite Character?
The only character I’ve really, really liked this year is Hadley from Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife but that’s a re-read so I’m not sure if that counts…
Book That Made You Cry?
I cry at everything so I can’t even be sure what books I have cried at… I know I definitely cried when reading Everything I Know About Love because I was on the bus and trying to hide my tears (lol).
Book That Made You Happy?
I’m going to say The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by John Baxter because it made me really appreciate the beautiful city of Paris when I was visiting.
Favourite Book-To-Film Adaptation?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society!!! I really liked the book, but I LOVED the film. I was so obsessed, I even went to see it twice which I don’t think I’ve ever done with a film before.
Favourite Post You Have Done This Year?
To be honest, my favourites are probably my travel posts but I also love writing about books. I’m really pleased that I’ve managed to keep the momentum going with this blog – I started it in 2016 but rarely posted until the start of this year!
- Reading Lists: Books I Fell in Love With Through University
- Bookish Fridays: Travel and Books
- Some More Bookish Resolutions
- Bookish Fridays: The Classics Book Tag
Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year?
Oh dear, I’ve bought a lot. It’s a tie between Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (a beautiful Persephone edition), the two Penguin English Library editions I’ve purchased (Dubliners and Wives and Daughters) and the two hardback Agatha Christie novels I bought last week (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The Body in the Library).
What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of the Year?
There are probably hundreds, but I’m choosing Belgravia by Julian Fellowes, The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope, and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy because I’ve had them all for ages.