I was tinkering with a “best books of the year so far”-post when I realized that I have not read enough stand out books to actually do that. So when people started doing this tag, I decided to answer these questions instead.
Question 1 – The best book you’ve read so far in 2018
Hands down, no question, Not That Bad edited by Roxane Gay. Just perfection, important, needed, wonderfully written, brilliantly edited.
Runner-ups are Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi and Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot. Both are stunningly written and affirming in their head-on tackle of differences.
Question 2 – Your favorite sequel of the year
The only sequel I have read so far this year is Artificial Conditions: The Murderbot Diaries, so that, I guess. (I have also read the second book in the Expanse series but I am not all that thrilled with those books.)
Aside: I really need to read more series again. There is something brilliant about the depth more books in the same world can give a story.
Question 3 – A new release that you haven’t read but really want to
I still haven’t read Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race or So You Want To Talk About Race and really really need to remedy that.
Question 4 – Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
I have written a whole post on this: you can find that one here. But my one most anticipated release is Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett. I adored his last series and just cannot wait for it to arrive on my doorstep, hopefully the day it releases. I even preordered the hardback, which I never ever do (not only are they expensive, I also prefer paperbacks).
Question 5 – Your biggest disappointment
That is a tie between Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang (which I DNFed) and Sick by Porochista Khakpour (which I am currently reading). I was so very excited about both of these but both fell flat. Especially Sick is a bit baffling to me because it comes so highly praised that I am sure I must be missing something.
Question 6 – Biggest surprise of the year
The Pisces by Melissa Broder – I requested this on a whim and then was very scared I would hate it. I mean, it is merman-erotica, which just does not sound appealing. But it is so much more than that and wonderfully weird, and one of the books that meant the most to me this year. My review can be found here.
Question 7 – Favourite new to you or debut author
Again, Melissa Broder. The Pisces just blew me away and her memoir So Sad Today was also well worth reading. Whatever she does next, I will be reading it.
Question 8 – Your new fictional crush
I don’t get fictional crushes, I think. Or at least not this year.
Question 9 – New favourite character
I thought the Ada from Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater and Lucy from The Pisces were both wonderfully drawn characters.
Question 10 – A book that made you cry
Not That Bad edited by Roxane Gay. There is one essay in there in particular that just mirrors my own experiences so well, I could nearly not stand it.
Question 11 – A book that made you happy
I am currently reading Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik and I am just so happy while reading it. It is just so so lovely.
Question 12 – Your favourite book to movie adaptation that you’ve seen this year
Okay, considering that I have only seen like a handful movies this year and most of them were Marvel films, I will have to go with Black Panther. Although Annihilation was also interestingly done.
Question 13 – Favourite book post you’ve done this year
Question 14 – The most beautiful book you have bought/received this year
Currently my favourite is the gorgeous paperback edition of Swimmer Among the Stars by Kanishk Tharoor. I also adore the cover for The Pisces and the lovely people over at Hamish Hamilton sent me a finished copy of The Water Cure which is even more pretty in person.
Also, don’t they look lovely and water themed together?
Question 15 – What are some books you need to read by the end of the year
Oh god, so many. Mostly I will have to start preparing for my year of only reading women by reading a few of the books written by male authors that I am beyond excited about. (I am nearly sure I will do the whole only reading women in 2019, but but BUT have you SEEN the cover for Marlon James’ high fantasy novel coming out in February? And read the premise? Waiting a year will be torture!)
How is your reading year? What has been your favourite book of the year? Also, what is a brilliant fantasy series you can recommend?