Best Reads from the First Half of 2016 #amreading

Hello, fellow book junkies! Well, we’re midway through the year(?!), a fine time to reflect on all the literary delights that have come along so far in 2016. On Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets  blog I saw this “Midyear Freakout” book tag and had to give it a try. Why? Because talking about books makes reading a thousand times more fun! 🙂

The Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2016

I’ve read so many excellent books this year, and the best one was A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I can’t say enough good things about it–the characters, the world building, and best of all, the writing.

22055262

The Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far

Lair of Dreams, book two of The Diviners series by Libba Bray, has the perfect YA paranormal setting: New York City in the Roaring Twenties. All the characters established in book 1 stay true to their natures and continue to grow in Lair of Dreams. A great new character is also added, and the plot thickens.

16060716

A New Release You Haven’t Read Yet (But You Want To)

I’ve heard Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes is upbeat, thoughtful, and very well written.

26156199

Most Anticipated Release For Second Half Of 2016

Biggest Disappointment

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. It’s sweet, well written, with tons of fans, but I just wasn’t in the mood. DNF.

15749186

Biggest Surprise

Totally on a whim I picked up Pivot Point by Kasie West and ended up really liking it. When faced with an important choice, main character Addison can look into the future and see both outcomes. Author Kasie West turns this intriguing concept into a heart-pumping story with a masterfully executed plot.

11988046

Favorite New Author

Victoria V.E. Schwab is talented, versatile, gracious, and hardworking. I am such a big, big fan of her work.

Newest Favorite Character

Neither of these characters is new, but they are to me. As for my favorite, it’s a tie between Day from Marie Lu’s Legend and Agnieszka from Uprooted by Naomi Novik. These two characters’ literary worlds are as different as can be–Day lives in a dystopic urban future and Agnieszka lives in a magical sylvan past– but both are kindhearted, strong-willed and very, very talented. I adore them both.

 

A Book That Made You Cry

There’s a scene in The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner that hit me hard and definitely made me cry. Yep, that one.

22752127

A Book That Made You Happy

Captain Marvel Further, Faster vol. 1-6 by DeConnick & Lopez.  Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel is everything, the story is fresh and stereotype-free, and best of all is the vibrant artwork by David Lopez.

20898018

 

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year

I’ve officially decided the book with the most beautiful YA cover of all time is A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray, not only for its colors and gorgeous watercolor art by Craig Shields, but also because the reflection features an entirely different world! Here’s an interesting article about the design process behind this amazing cover.

17234658

Favorite Adaptation So Far This Year

Cheating Alert! I’ve seen very few movies lately, so even though the film was released last year I’m gonna go with The Martian. It’s a smart, solid, well-acted film that I hope was true to the book (which I haven’t read yet.)

What Books Do You Need To Read Before The End Of This Year?

Books I Must Read in 2016

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievfater – Book number FOUR of the series just came out and I haven’t even started book one yet.
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente – This gorgeously written book with the deliciously long title cannot be ignored.
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio – I’ve only ever seen rave reviews of this book.
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown – All my go-to book bloggers love this one.
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh  – Can’t wait to experience this YA literary phenomenon for myself.
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson – 2014 National Book Award Winner, you will soon be mine.
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami – Murakami’s brilliant A Wild Sheep Chase was unlike anything ever read before. Must have more!
  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – By all accounts, this is an engrossing read, and it’s written by Sarah Dessen so. . .
  • Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I’m dying to catch up on this unique, massively popular YA novel.

Whew, what a fun trip that was down memory lane. I’m sending this book tag out to anyone else who’d like to try it.

–Eve Messenger

Advertisements

31 comments

  1. Oooh, The Reader sounds really interesting. Thanks for the heads up!

    And I love Schwab too. I just finished The Archived, which made me fall in love with her, and tomorrow should get her new release in the mail (This Savage Song). And then I plan to read every.single.one.of.her.books.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Eve, you will be happy to hear that I bought A Darker Shade of Magic in June and I am going to make time for it in July! I will let you know not if I loved it, but HOW MUCH. ok? 🙂

    Also, The Reader looks amazing. I signed up for a giveaway of an ARC and hope to get lucky!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You bought a copy of ADSOM, yay, that makes me happy. 😀 Omigosh, yes, The Reader–I have signed up for SO many giveaways in hopes of getting my hands on THAT BoOK. good luck! I really hope you win a copy.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. It was on sale as an eBook, which is what made me take the plunge. If I end up loving it as much as you did, then I will probably end up buying a hard copy. Which may defeat the purpose of buying it on sale, but I’ll try not to think about it.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. I actually picked up A Darker Shade of Magic because you were always singing V.E. (Victoria) Scwab’s praises and you 100% hit the nail on the head! I can wait to read book #2!

    The Wrath and the Dawn, Red Rising, and Illuminae are all on my TBR too!

    Liked by 1 person

      1. It’s difficult to describe the way I felt about this book,kind of along the lines of liking a guy you know is bad for you but you can’t help yourself. Red Rising was totally entertaining despite its pretentiousness.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. What a fantastic list! Yes to VE Schwab!! We have a lot of the same book interests. Illuminae was such a fantastic read! I highly recommend the audiobook, if you can get it. Same with The Raven Cycle! It’s narrated by actor Will Patton and he does such a phenomenal job!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I’ve got some of these on my TBR list already!

    Re movie adaptations: I read ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes ages ago and totally loved it. Recently saw the movie and totally loved that, too! I think it’s always helpful when the author either writes the screenplay or has a hand in it somehow.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That’s so true about screenplay adaptations–the original authors understands the essence of their story better than anyone. Emma Donahue’s screenplay adaptation of Room was nearly flawless.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s