Well, it’s certainly been a wild year already, so it’s a good a time to post this as any. As with last year, I’m only going to let myself use ONE book for each answer to keep things spicy, and I’m not allowed to reuse answers.
Best book you’ve read so far
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado, which absolutely destroyed me.
Best sequel so far
I’ve read almost entirely standalones this year, but I’d have to say The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited was probably the best of the [checks notes] 3 sequels I’ve read so far this year.
New release you haven’t read but want to
For this, I’m including only those already published (because of the below question) and I’m gonna go with Exciting Times.
Most anticipated release in the second half of 2019
Okay, this one was HARD but I have to go with Survivor Song because, a) I like Paul Tremblay, b) this is set in Massachusetts, and c) it features a rabies-like virus and I have a rabies PHOBIA so I am basically guaranteed to love and/or be forever scarred by this.
I found Frankissstein to be transphobic garbage and a pretty bad reading experience.
I did think I’d enjoy The Body Lies, but I had no idea how much it would blow me away.
Favorite new author
Oof, I was torn on this one but ultimately chose Kate Elizabeth Russell because not only did I love her debut, but I also really love her as a person on social media.
Newest favorite character
[heavy breathing] DECLAN LYNCH. Maybe Jordan. Definitely one of them.
A book that made you cry
Kept Animals devastated me.
A book that made you happy
I don’t reaaally read happy books, but Rafe was a fun romance.
Favorite book to movie adaptation
I’ve only seen film adaptations that I dislike so far this year, so I’ll go with Season 2 of Castle Rock instead!
I haven’t particularly enjoyed any of my reviews so far this year, but I’ll go with Mr. Mercedes because who doesn’t love a rant review?
Most beautiful book bought/received
Okay I’m going to break my own rule and say the Call Down the Hawk cover I posted above. I preordered a UK edition because I HATED the US cover and think this one is pretty dang nice.
Books you need to read by the end of the year
2020 is a trainwreck, so I’ll just put the Women’s Prize Squad books I need to read.