Mid Year Book Tag

Here's a quickie post, a little summary of some of the favourite things I've read this year.

Surprisingly whilst trying to assemble books for this photograph I realised just how few physical books I have read, and how many of them I were books that I actually own as I have borrowed quite a few books from the library this year. Hardly any of the books in the photograph are actually mentioned, but they have all been read!

1. Best book you've read so far in 2017

Three Daughters by Consuelo Saah Bearh. This, and The World, The Lizard and Me are the only books this year to become favourites of mine. Three daughters was such a compelling story, the audiobook is over 24hrs I believe, yet I listened to it all it in about 3 or 4 days.

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2017

I only read stand alone books.

3. New Release you haven't read but want to

Welcome to Lagos by Chibundo Onuzo and Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

John Green's new book that he has just recently announced. Also I may read Carrie Hope Fletcher's new book All That She Can See.

5. Biggest Disappointment

Brick Lane by Monica Ali and Two Little Boys by Duncan Sarkies. Brick Lane was a let down as I just felt the story dragged a little and I didn't warm to any of the characters as much as I would have liked. And Two Little Boys was just so casually written, and I didn't like the main characters at all, so I didn't make it past the first few pages.

6. Biggest surprise

The World, The Lizard and Me, i'd never even heard of the author Gil Courtemanche before, but I was so taken by the story.

7. Favourite New Author (Debut or new to you)

Gil Courtemanche (see above) also maybe Dostoyevsky as I've just started reading his books for the first time this year, and I intend to read them all.

8. Newest fictional crush

Can't say I was crushing on anybody in any of the books I read this year. PK in The amazing story of the man who cycled from India to Europe for love was quite romantic. Martin Eden maybe? From Martin Eden by Jack London, I found his relationship with Ruth really sweet. Truth be told there is no guy from any book i've read this year that stands out as particularly desirable.

9. Newest favourite character

Much like there's no character I've had a crush on there's no character I really enjoyed that much, as in that I aspired to be them or was inspired by them, or saw myself in in any way whatsoever.

10. Book that made you cry

The Heavenly Christmas Tree by Dostoyevsky

11. Book that made you happy

Ayoade on Ayoade by Richard Ayoade made me laugh more than anything else i've read this year, I don't know if that's the same as making me happy?

12. Most beautiful book you're bought so far this year (or received)

Follow Me To is full of beautiful pictures. But I also picked up a small illustrated book for £1 in Waterstones recently called The White Umbrella by Brian Sewell, which in addition to the price, I bought because I thought it looked beautiful, it's a wonderful sky blue colour.

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

More Dostoyevsky.

14. Favourite book community member?

I watch way more booktube than I read book blogs, which is strange as i've chosen to blog as opposed to make videos. But I have the same favourites as always and haven't discovered anybody new thus fat this year. I'm always loving Ariel Bissett, ShoutAme, Cinzia from LePetiteBritette