(It’s a little too late for mid-year, but it’s never too late to freak out over books. Ready…set…go!)
Best Book You Read So Far in 2016
Polina: It’s a really difficult choice between The Raven King and The Winner’s Kiss. Even though I think The Winner’s Kiss was better plotted overall (and even though Roshar is a character who exits), I’m going to go with TRK because I have so much attachment to the characters and because I can still remember the rush of happiness that ran through me as I read certain scenes. (We Are the Ants and On the Edge of Gone are also very high on my list.)
Sondra: Oh god, um I’ve read so many good books… I think I’m gonna have to go with My Lady Jane. The book was so different and yet so fantastic and just holy yes wow. I loved it okay.
Best Sequel You Read So Far in 2016
Polina: …and since I didn’t say The Winner’s Kiss for the last one, I’m going to list it here instead. Gorgeous writing, very painful, A+ relationship development, ROSHAR, etc. If series enders don’t count under “sequel”, I’m going to have to go with The Bands of Mourning.
Sondra: A Court of Mist and Fury. I cannot even. I just can’t guys. That book is my end. I haven’t even really had a hangover from it since I literally restarted the series and have been savoring it. I don’t even know how to get over it or start to think about getting over it. Also The Raven King, because how does one words like Maggie? How did three books of so much come together to this one tome of perfection.
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To
Polina: And I Darken by Kirsten White. Actually, this is partially untrue–I looked at the first few pages in the bookstore, and I want MORE.
Sondra: ……Tell The Wind and Fire… OKAY I KNOW DON’T SAY IT.
Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
Polina: I have a whole list here! Crooked Kingdom is number one, surprising no one.
Sondra: Oh lord…Umm… I might also have to go with Crooked Kingdom? I probably would say Gemina but I managed to get an ARC and have already read it, so to go with one I haven’t read. Crooked Kingdom.
Polina: Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat. It was all right, but after everything I’d heard about the series, the actual book was underwhelming and made me uncomfortable.
Sondra: Alanna The First Adventure. I dunno what I was expecting but just something…more. I might go back to this series later, but I dunno, maybe not.
Polina: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, both in terms of plot and in terms of how much I loved it.
Sondra: Either The Diabolic or The Fixer… Probably The Diabolic. I was expecting something to just sacrifice to the DNF pile after A Court of Mist and Fury, but oh my god I fell in love with this book so hard.
Favorite New Author
Polina: Definitely Corinne Duyvis. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and pick up On the Edge of Gone.
Sondra: Katie McGarry! I know so many people already have read and loved her work but I just fell into this pit and I’m so happy here.
Newest Fictional Crush
Polina: I actually can’t think of any fictional crushes I’ve had lately. Can I say Lila Bard again?
Sondra: Oh boy. Rhysand. Shocking no one I know. (Or honestly Mor. She’s amazing too)
Newest Favorite Character
Polina: I’m reading This Savage Song right now and I have a lot of love for Kate Harker. I just have a thing for female characters with dark pasts who could easily kill me, I guess?
Sondra: Percy Jackson. I hadn’t read any of his books before this, and now I just feel like I need more of them, even though there’s so many that I’ve already finished.
Book That Made You Cry
Polina: The Winner’s Kiss. Every time Kestrel’s relationship with her father came up? Cue the waterworks.
Sondra: The Raven King. I don’t normally cry in books, at all, but oh my god. It just hurt all over the place and I just wow.
Book That Made You Happy
Polina: The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. Because RICK RIORDAN, and also because it’s a superpopular middle grade book with a canonically bi protagonist.
Sondra: Pretty much all of Katie McGarry’s books. Like I just sat there with a stupid grin for a large portion of all of the books okay. (Also I think I laughed more than I have in a VERY long time with Trials of Apollo. But since Polina used it I went different)
Favorite Book-to-Film Adaptation of the Year
Polina: I’m planning on doing a post on the literary webseries I’ve been watching lately, but for now, let’s just say The Autobiography of Jane Eyre completely surprised me with how well certain elements of the book translated to modern times, and with how good the acting was.
Sondra: I’m waaay behind the train here but Hugo was absolutely amazing! It followed the book crazy close and I just was thrilled with it overall.
Favorite Post You’ve Done So Far
Polina: My review of Tell the Wind and Fire, because it just wouldn’t be a year without me screaming about Sarah Rees Brennan.
Sondra: My review of A Court of Mist and Fury.
Most Beautiful Book You Bought This Year
Polina: I haven’t been able to justify buying it to myself because money, but once I do the Hamiltome will automatically take this position.
Sondra: OH THE HAMILTOME FOR SURE. I was gonna say My Lady Jane because that cover until I read Polina’s. The Hamiltome is absolutely 100% gorgeous inside and out.
What Books Do You Need to Get To by the End of the Year?
Polina: The Lies of Locke Lamora (which I listed for this last year as well. Oops.)
Sondra: If I don’t say Tell the Wind and Fire, Polina will fly to Texas and hit me. I already know it. But also Vicious by V. E. Schwab.