How is it already July?

Anyway, we’ve reached the halfway point of 2019! It’s time to pause and take a look at how it’s been so far and what we expect to achieve before it ends. Not in life, though, no — I’m only talking about books.

You might have bumped into this tag already but, if you haven’t, here’s the deal: it consists of 15 questions about your reading year, how it was so far and your expectations for the next six months. Since there’s nothing I like to talk about more than books, here are my answers:

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far?

It’s probably a tie. One has become my favorite
romance ever, the other is such a current look
into what it means to be a woman in her thirties.

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far?

None! I’ve been avoiding series for a while now, I kind of grew tired of them after several disappointments.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

So many!

Everyone is talking about these romances,
I’m dying to dig into them and maybe add
to my romance favorites list (which right
now consists of only one book).

Women being thrown out their comfort zones?
Yes! Plus, BOOKS! A book with books and reading
and bookshops!

Give me

Just. Look. At. This. Cover.
The cover alone would be
reason enough for me to
want to read this but the
synopsis also sounds promising:
death, mystery, young
girls to the rescue? Yes.

4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2019?

Holly has become one of my favorite authors this year (spoiler).
I love her themes, I love how she portrays mental health in
every book, I love her writing style. I cannot wait to get my
hands and eyes in this book! I’m expecting a lot of tears out
of this. Also, some aspects of this story might help me in book #3…

5. Biggest Disappointment?

Okay, so this one is solely on me. I created too many expectations
before going into this book, which, as we all know, usually ends
in disappointment. That’s exactly what happened. As much as I
still enjoyed the story, it was not what I was expecting it to
be and it contained a few problematic bits that really annoyed me.
I’m not going to spoil it for you but if you have read it and
want to know what I’m talking about, you can read my review over
on Goodreads by clicking here.

6. Biggest Surprise?

Much like the previous answer, this book was not at all what I was
expecting and I absolutely loved it! Its premise sounds so funny — a
young violinist who gets a gig playing with a professional ensemble
in New York City just to find out it’s all a sham as the group plays over
a pre-recorded CD with music that sounds a lot like Titanic. And it is funny,
it made me laugh more than once. But it’s so much more! If you’re a millennial,
I can’t recommend this book enough!

7. Favorite New Author?

Holly Bourne

A few months ago I made a post about Taylor Jenkins Reid
and how she’d become my new favorite author. Well,
she’s about to lose her #1 spot. I’m planning to make a
similar post for Holly as soon as I finish reading all her
books, so, for now, I’m just going to say I think I want to
be her when I grow up.

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

I recently finished reading War and Peace (it took me six
months, I’m really proud of myself) and I did not expect to
like it as much as I did. Needless to say, the book is a masterpiece
and Tolstoy’s commentary on war and the ordinary
life remains frighteningly current. And another thing I did not expect
was falling in love with one of his characters.
Prince Andrei Bolkonsky deserved better!

9. Newest Favorite Character?

The character I loved in this book was Rachel.
She is the main character’s sister and she’s
basically me. I talked about her in my book review.
I still think about her sometimes.

10. Book That Made You Cry?

The Monsters of Verity duology left
an impression on me that lasted for days.
I cried so much with that ending! SO MUCH!

11. Book That Made You Happy?

I listened to this on audio and it filled me with hope.
It’s such a simple message but one that we often forget.
The book is super short and you should totally read/listen
to it if you have the chance!

12. Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?

What an agonizing story.
It was so hard to watch and it broke my heart.

13. Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year?

I read this book two months ago and
I still don’t know how I feel about it.
Click here to read what I wrote about it.

14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?

Yes, I know, there are so many books, why repeat?
Because look at this cover!

15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

There are a few books I’m planning to read as some sort of research for Once in a Lifetime before I start editing it. I don’t remember having read a lot of fiction that involved bands or music, so I’m really excited for Starfish and Off the Record!
Meet Me in the Bathroom is a nonfiction about the rebirth of the New York rock scene in the first decade of the 2000s, which is the exact decade from where the original idea for Once came. More on that in a future post.

What about you? Do you have an answer for any of these questions? Let me know in the comments!

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