My fellow book-dragon and Pride and Prejudice'05 appreciator, Mary Horton, nominated anyone who'd read Jane Austen to fill out the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag. I rather wanted to take it, so here I am!
1). Best Book You've Read So Far in 2016
Anne of Green Gables. I love this book, this story, those characters, that author. <3 Enough said.
2). Best Sequel You've Read So Far in 2016
Scarlet! It's second in the Lunar Chronicles, sequel to Cinder. Here's part of my Goodreads review, in case you're interested:
Well, that was exciting.
After the shortcomings of Cinder in the way of predictability and weak plot twists, Scarlet, quite the opposite, pulled neat twist after twist. These kept me on the edge of my seat, along with the snappy writing. And the heroine, Scarlet exceeded my expectations.
Like Cinder, it still has its problems. I hate Thorne.
Wolf, the other new male character is a wild card, but at least he isn't flirty and selfish like Thorne. I rather like him, actually.
Conclusion: Some elements didn't sit well with me, but overall it was a dramatic, fast-paced, and relatively clean novel. Looking forward to reading Cress!
3). New Release You Haven't Read Yet But Want To
Fading Starlight. Olivia made it look intriguing when she reviewed it, and I'd like to familiarize myself with quality Christian Fiction.
4). Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
Secret Keepers, written by the author of my beloved Mysterious Benedict Society. It's expected on September 27th.
5). Biggest Disappointment
Possibly The Phantom of the Opera. I think I'll stick with the musical, thank you.
Alice in Wonderland also wasn't my favorite, but at least I anticipated that.
6). Biggest Surprise
Maybe Jo's Boys. I was happily surprised over its conclusiveness and entertainment.
7). Favorite New Author
G. K. Chesterton. I know I only read one book by him(The Innocence of Father Brown), but I have another one or two on hold at the library. I really like what I have read.
8). Newest Fiction Crush/Ship
Anne and Gilbert have become one of my new favorite fictional couples, even though I'm not sure they count as a ship since I've known they'd get together for a long time.
I'm also pretty confident I'll like Wolf and Scarlet eventually.
9). Newest Favorite Character
Anne Shirley. I always liked her, but this year especially. :D Others are Rose(Rose in Bloom) and Sydney Carton(A Tale of Two Cities).
10). Book That Made You Cry
A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher. It's well-done fanfiction about Eponine from Les Mis, so how could I not?
11). Book That Made You Happy
There's a good question! A couple books made me particularly happy this year:
Mara, Daughter of the Nile,
Sense and Sensibility,
the Anne books,
The Mysterious Benedict Society.
Interesting how almost all are re-reads. I guess re-reads are just happy things. :)
12). Favorite Book-to-Film Adaption You Saw This Year
Assuming this means a movie that was new to me, Les Miserables 2012. That and Persuasion.
Awesome re-watches were Lord of the Rings(all three in one epic and exhausting all-nighter) and Anne of Green Gables.
13). Favorite Post You Have Done So Far This Year
I'm really not sure(what do YOU think?), but this one was sure exciting, if not my most polished post.
14. Most Beautiful Book You've Bought So Far This Year
Hmmm, either The Blue Castle or A Midsummer Night's Dream. Hooray for library book sales!
|my book-sale book haul :D|
15). Books You Need To Read By The End of this Year:
Ohhhh, boy. I'll limit this to 15, because we don't want to be here until 2017. ;)
~The Scarlet Pimpernel
~Lord of the Rings(re-read)
~North and South
~The Maze Runner
~Anne's House of Dreams
~Anne of Ingleside
~Rilla of Ingleside
~Murder on the Orient Express
~The High King
~A Voice in the Wind
Well, you've read till the end! Or you just skimmed ahead. Either way-- thanks! I nominate anyone who has read G. K. Chesterton this year.
But before I sign off, I'll leave you with this Studio C video because it's book-related and makes me happy in a number of ways:
What are some of your favorite books from this year? Did you read any of the same books I did? Are you a Studio C fan?