This is a super cool tag, and I was tagged by the incomparably funny and awesome Orangutan Librarian. If you don’t follow the orangutan, you are wrong.
Just to give you an idea of where I’m at, I’ve read 22 books this year so far (including my HP rereads), which is 7 books ahead of schedule according to my Goodreads goal of 30 books. So, contrary to the name of the tag, I’m NOT freaking out! Holla! Check out the whole list here if you so desire. I’ve linked reviews to the books below as well.
Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016
Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To
Starflight by Melissa Landers (released in Feb)
Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany (though I grudgingly admit it…)
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Haters get at me. Read my review for explanation.
Castle Waiting by Linda Medley. I didn’t even know this existed and it is fantastic.
Favourite New Author
Patrick Rothfuss. Even though I technically started reading him last year, I read book 2 this year and am now a big Rothfan(?) (is there a term for us?). Because he’s not a novelist, an honorable mention goes to Lin Manuel Miranda for writing Hamilton, which is just a small little musical if you hadn’t heard about it…(pictured above with Rothfuss in a face-melting nerdgasm of a photo).
Newest Fictional Crush
Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly. Yes, it’s a TV show, but I started reading the comics this year so it counts.
Newest Favourite Character
Qvothe. No explanation necessary.
Book That Made You Cry
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Wept like a small child.
Book That Made You Happy
The new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay.
Favourite Book to Film Adaptation
I don’t think I’ve seen any yet this year, though I need to get my ass to the theater and see The BFG! My answer though, it easily going to be Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Duh.
Favourite Post You Have Done This Year
Probably “I got sorted in the loser house,” which is a panicky, tongue-in-cheek exposé on the Ilvermorny sorting on Pottermore. It was so much fun to write.
Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year
Journey by Aaron Becker
What Book Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. This book is everywhere. I have to read it.