A little bonus post for you all today thanks to my lovely friend over at NeverSeenANevergreen who tagged me in the 2016 Year in Review Tag. I’m sure you’ll all agree that it’s been an interesting year, with a lot of big news events. This tag, created by Farah over at A Booktube Book, combines the events of the past 12 months and bookish questions – what’s not to love?
- Trump vs. Clinton: Name is your favourite character rivalry.
The first thing that springs to my mind has got to be the royal brothers, Cal and Maven, in Victoria Aveyard’s series Red Queen. Their rivalry has me so conflicted – who’s team am I on?! I’m 2 books into the series and I still don’t know!
- Turkey Failed Coup: A book you started but failed to finish? DNF.
- Pokemon Go: What book did you buy or read based on the hype? Did you enjoy it?
I’ve been hearing good things about this novel since its publication 2014 but I only read it this year in August time. It took me a long time to get through the first chapter of this book, and I wasn’t really a fan of the style in Noah’s chapters, but ultimately I did enjoy it, not sure it was as amazing as all that hype suggested, but it was an enjoyable read all the same.
- Stranger Things: What’s one book you want everyone to read?
ILLUMINAE… I’m sorry, I just got too excited. Illuminae is one of my favourite books ever, definitely my favourite of the year. Everyone should read it (well, listen to the audiobook, the audiobook is fantastic).
- Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Mr. Robot: What was your favourite book cliffhanger within a series?
I know this means I have two answers from the same series, but Gemina had a stupidly unfair cliffhanger – how can I wait until the Autumn to find out what happens!
- The Tragic Crisis in Aleppo: Name the last book that made you cry or teary-eyed.
I really don’t cry at books, but I guess I got the most emotional when reading Girl at War by Sara Novic. Especially the first section from Ana in Croatia – absolutely heartbreaking.
- Brexit: Name a book you have an unpopular opinion towards.
I really hate not liking this, but I always try to be honest on this blog and the only book that really jumps out at me is Every Heart A Doorway – I have a whole post on what I didn’t like about this story so I won’t get into it here. Sorry all you Wayward fans!
- Four new elements discovered in the periodic table: Name an author you discovered/read for the first time this year.
I’ve done a lot of experimenting with authors this year, I’ve read from Patrick Ness, Colleen Hoover, E Lockhart, Emma Donoghue, Ruta Sepetys, Susin Nielsen… But by far my favourite new author is Nicola Yoon. I’ve read both her novels this year and am head over heels in love with her characters and her style, I can’t wait to see more from her in 2017!
- #AllLivesMatter: Your favourite diverse read
Although Everything Everything is one of my favourite books of the year, I never really understood the racial casting of the book – the characters didn’t read to me right. However, with The Sun Is Also A Star came out it was completely different, as a Jamaican author, Natasha was beautifully written, the dialogue was spot on, and it was a nationality I don’ think I’ve read from before. Definitely worth a read!
- Zika Virus: A book that spread like wildfire.
Throughout the month of December it seemed like What Light was all over booktube and the blogging world… I just didn’t get it at all!
- Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY won the Oscar: What was your most anticipated book release this year?
Since I heard about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life I have been reliving my youth through the life of Lorelai Gilmore. You can imagine how excited I was when I heard about the release of Talking As Fast As I Can, it wasn’t the best autobiography on the planet, but I enjoyed it all the same!
- In Memorium: Name a memorable character death.
When you get invested in a series, a character death is always hard. Especially, when it’s in the third and final book of the series. In the Last Star (the final installment the 5th Wave series) there were countless character deaths, but I won’t spoil it, I’m sure those who’ve read know the one I’m alluding to!
- Samsung phones: One book that blew your mind this year!
If you were to ask me about the plot of Station Eleven, or even about the characters I’m not really sure I’d have a lot to say, but this book was just so beautifully written it blew me away.
So there you have it, yet another summary of my reading this past 12 months.
You may now return to your regular scheduled programming.