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According to Goodreads, I've read about 69 books- the number may be a bit off because Goodreads still doesn't count rereads (unless, of course, you read the book before you got Goodreads). That means I have about 30 books left before I reach my completely arbitrary goal of 99 books. Those interested can see my full challenge, sorted by rating, over on the Goodreads site.
Now, with that out of the way, time for questions!
1. Best book you've read so far in 2016:
Heh. You expect me to pick just one? Nooope. We're going to go with two (which are actually more or less tied for second-best book in 2016, because the very best book is a sequel and therefore goes in the next question.
Shiloh by Helena Sorenson is absolutely gorgeous. A friend recommended it to me, saying that it reminded her of Tales of Goldstone Wood. I would agree, but I'd say that it reminded me of other books as well: The Wingfeather Saga, The Auralia Thread, and even parts of The Silimarillion, along with definitely original touches. All in all, it's a winning combination.
2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2016:
Not only the best sequel, but the best book overall:
The Bands of Mourning is an amazing book. And Steris is an awesome character, ok? I know that in the first book, she's not that likeable . . . but she really comes into her own in this book, and guys, we need more characters like her. She's not a hero-hero, not action-y, not at all the sort of person you'd expect would be useful on an adventure . . . and yet she's awesome in her own crazy-prepared, insanely-organized way, and I'm pretty sure that without her, everything would've fallen apart on multiple occasions. Also, the ending was amazing, and we finally have . . . well, a few answers, at least.
Also amazing sequels:
Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson
Songkeeper by Gillian Bronte Adams
3. New release you haven't read yet but want to:
Samara's Peril sometime in the next month or so (possibly the next week or so), but we'll see what happens.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:
Ghostly Echoes! It's only a month away and I can hardly wait!
5. Biggest disappointment:
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton was the year's biggest disappointment. It started off pretty good, with a great deal of potential, but midway through, a plot twist turned the whole thing towards a story I'd seen before.
The Princess Bride novelization wasn't half as funny as the movie, unfortunately.
Whose Body? had me actually wishing for an excuse to put the book down, even as I plowed through hoping that it would get better later on.
6. Biggest surprise:
The Scorpio Races- somehow it has a bit of the taste of Misty of Chincoteague, but wrapped up in magic and mist and danger. And then the Raven Cycle was thoroughly addictive; my only complaints were the language and certain other content.
7. Favorite new-to-you author:
Helena Sorenson and Maggie Stiefvater are both amazing, if you haven't figured that out yet. And I'm quite enjoying Robert Jordan's books too, though not as much.
8. Newest fictional crush/ship:
No new fictional crushes, though. (Partially because everyone crush-worthy is already taken. Why does that always happen?)
9. Newest favorite character:
Other new favorites would be Benedict (A Branch of Silver, a Branch of Gold) and Trevn (King's Folly).
10. A book that made you cry:
I don't really think there was one? But the ending to Shiloh did make me sad for . . . certain reasons.
11. A book that made you happy:
The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye was quite a fun little read; highly enjoyable indeed. Not amazing, but delightful all the same.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation you've seen this year:
Um. The only movies I've watched this year are Inside Out, The Princess Bride (for the millionth time), and The Force Awakens. So unless we count The Princess Bride . . . yeah. I got nothing.
13. Favorite post you've done so far this year:
I'm really happy with all four of the writing posts I've done this year: Book Title Poetry, Black Letter, Pi(e) Day, and My Fault. I also really liked Why I'm Not Self-Publishing and If They Were Real.
14. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year:
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Soooo many books! I'm just going to try to hit the highlights (in no particular order):
White Sand by Brandon Sanderson
Samara's Peril by Jaye L. Knight
Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Fridays with the Wizards by Jessica Day George
Lady Dragon, Tela Du by Kendra E Ardnek (which I'm actually in the process of very slowly beta-reading)
And because "Mid-Year" is sort of slipping away at this point, I won't tag anyone . . . but, please, if you want to do this tag, I'd love to hear your answers! You can either make your own post, or just answer in the comments.
Thanks for reading!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)