Disclaimer: I honestly haven't read that much this year, so I'll have to try hard to think of enough books to answer all the questions.
|Yeah, I know, it's sad. :P|
1) Best book you've read so far in 2016
Definitely Bridge to Terabithia.
2) Best sequel you've read so far in 2016
I really haven't read any good sequels in 2016, so we'll have to go with "least bad." That would probably be Calamity by Brandon Sanderson.
It's the third book in a series though, so I don't know if it'd be called a sequel…what else would it be, though? A triquel? Anyway, it was pretty good until the end. Sanderson is a genius at good plot twists, the ones that surprise me but make me kick myself since I didn't see them coming. He must've given up on Calamity, though, because the final plot twist made no sense and the end was a complete deus ex machina. A big disappointment, especially since his conclusion to the Mistborn trilogy is probably my favorite conclusion to any series ever (besides The Return of the King, of course).
3) New release you haven't read yet but want to
4) Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
*looks up Brandon Sanderson new releases, like I didn't just complain about his writing*
Arcanum Unbounded, a collection of short fiction by Brandon Sanderson. He has an overarching fantasy world called the Cosmere that most of his novels are set in, so this collection appears to reference a lot of his books.
5) Biggest Disappointment
Mistborn: Bands of Mourning. Also by--you guessed it--Brandon Sanderson. This post has made me realize that I need to branch out. xP
6) Biggest Surprise
In a used book shop in Ireland, I found a collection of unsent "letters" to both fictional and real people written by Pope John Paul I (before he became pope). He died one month after becoming pope, but he always seemed really joyful so people called him "the smiling pope." I was not expecting to find anything written by him, much less in that bookstore! It's really good, though. He has a letter to G.K. Chesterton which is especially interesting.
7) Favorite New Author
F. Scott Fitzgerald. I read The Great Gatsby for school and I had read it and liked it previously, but this time I appreciated it a lot more. I love his imagery and realism. But I haven't read any of his other stuff, so if you've read anything else by him, I'd be interested to know how it is.
8) Newest fiction crush/ship
*CONTAINS SPOILER FOR BANDS OF MOURNING*
Steris and Wax. Despite listing Mistborn: Bands of Mourning as my greatest disappointment, it does contain one of my favorite scenes ever written. I wouldn't recommend reading this spinoff series, so I'll include this brief scene so you know what I'm talking about.
It takes a preface, though, if you're not familiar with the magic system. Wax is flying through the air with Steris. He uses "anchors," objects below him that he uses to mentally "push" on so he can fly. He "burns" metals inside his body to fuel this power. Hopefully that helps.
Oh, and before this Wax and Steris have been had a fairly distant, businesslike relationship. Anyway:
Wax looked down at her [Steris] as she held to him while trying to stare in every direction at once. He suddenly found something burning in him, like a metal. A protectiveness for this woman in his arms, so full of logic and yet so full of wonder at the same time. And a powerful affection.
So he let himself kiss her. She was surprised by it, but melted into the embrace. They started to drift sideways and arc downward as he lost his balance on his anchors, but he held on to the kiss, letting them slip back down into the churning mists.
Don't you just love that symbolism of him finally letting go? I didn't really care about their relationship before then, but after that…well...
|Ok, let's move on.|
9) Newest favorite character
Captain Thorne. I forgot how much I liked him until I started rereading Scarlet. I know he's a controversial choice, but for some reason I tend to fall in love with cocky, obnoxious, morally challenged male characters.
|Like this guy.|
10) Book that made you cry
Bridge to Terabithia. *sniff*
11) Book that made you happy
The Bible. In particular I've been slowly working my way through the Psalms, and they are truly epic.
12) Favorite book-to-film adaptation you saw this year
Sherlock's The Abominable Bride. It's more tv than film, but my parents and I went and saw it on the big screen so it felt quite cinematic. There was good character tension, a few jump scares, and an abundance of clever one-liners.
13) Favorite post you have done so far this year
There aren't many to choose from so far, but I'd have to go with this. Nothing like some good self-inspiration!
14) Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year
The John Paul I book:
15) Books you need to read by the end of this year
The first few are for a competition that our parish is hosting:
Evangelizing Catholics: a Mission Manual for the New Evangelization; Scott Hahn
The Joyful Beggar; Louis de Wohl
Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves; Jason Evert
He Leadeth Me; Walter J. Ciszek, S.J.
And a few miscellaneous ones:
Arcanum Unbounded; Brandon Sanderson
Diary of a Young Girl; Anne Frank
Winter; Marissa Meyer
The Great Divorce; C.S. Lewis
Also I want to slog through something Russian, like War and Peace or The Brothers Karamazov, but school and my limited attention span might put a damper on that.
That was really satisfying. I think I like tags. Thanks, Meredith, for the bookish inspiration!
I hereby nominate anyone who reads this post! And if you don't have a blog feel free to leave your answers in the comments.