I’ve not strictly read anything that’s a sequel so far this year. I’ve been meaning to read Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Sword for a while after reading Ancillary Justice a few years ago. I’m going to have to pick John Le Carre’s The Spy Who Came in from The Cold. I’m on a (very slow) mission to read all of Le Carre’s books. So that’s book 3 done… in 4 years. Might need to get a few more out of the way soon!
3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO?
Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ I’ve had my eye on this all year but haven’t got a copy yet.
Out of the books I own, that I haven’t read yet, that are also quite new, these are the ones I most want to try but haven’t got round to yet:
4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017?
One book I’m looking forward to is The Book Of Joan – Lidia Yuknavitch although I don’t think it’s out in the UK until 2018? It’s been described as:
a genre-defying masterpiece that may very well rewire your brain
See? sounds awesome!
5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. Click through to the review if you must! I much prefer liking books!
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE?
Frankenstein – Mary Shelly. I really enjoyed it, and I didn’t mention it in my review, but reading a bit about Mary Shelly herself was fascinating. I really want to read Romantic Outlaws – Charlotte Gordon now too – especially after a friend also recommended it to me a while before I read Frankenstein. It’s about Mary Shelly and her mother Mary Wollstonecraft.
7. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU) ?
I’m going to choose Celeste Ng and Lauren Berry. Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You is just beautifully written and I can’t wait for her next book Little Fires Everywhere. Lauren Berry’s Living The Dream was hilarious and one of the funniest, most relatable books I’ve read in ages.
8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?
Hmmmm might have to be Shadow Moon from American Gods, probably more influenced by the TV show than the book!
He’s no Rupert Campbell-Black or Richard Sharpe though, obvs.
9. NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER?
I’m going with Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith. She’s a strong and determined character and she grows into a kind and thoughtful woman over the course of the novel. Also, she loves books.
10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?
Without doubt this award has to go to Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I sobbed through the last 20 pages and wasn’t much better at various other stages of the book. There was something about the main character having my name, probably being around my age, and being unable to get on with a career as a scientist… also trying to make sure your female children aren’t held back by societal sexism, while trying to not damage them and also not ignoring your other kids! Such a good book.
Runner up for this has to be Beloved – Toni Morrison. Such a beautiful, moving book.
11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?
I’m not sure about any of them making me particularly happy, but plenty made me laugh.
12. FAVOURITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR?
13. FAVOURITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR?
14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT OR RECEIVED SO FAR THIS YEAR
I’ll just put these beauties here with a gorgeous peony.
15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?
So many… here’s a shortlist:
and I have started, but need to finish:
- Nobody Told Me – Hollie McNish
- Pathfinders – Jim Al-Khalili
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
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Thanks for reading!