Hello Friends! I have decided (just a tad bit late) to do the Mid Year Book Tag. What I like about this tag is that it kind of forces you to reflect back on what you’ve read so far this year, so let’s go!
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018: This is tough, because I feel like 2018 has been a really good reading year for me. The book I feel has stuck with me the most this year though, is Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. I loved the Cuban history sprinkled throughout. I loved the deep running Granddaughter/Grandmother relationship you could feel bursting from the pages and there is something about the story line of your great love not being the love you spend your life with that I am a sucker for.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018: First and foremost, I am shocked at how good I am doing with series this year. Only a year ago, I wouldn’t skip a beat in telling you, “They aren’t my thing!” but ever since I started reading romance I see how easy it is to get addicted to them. My favorite sequel this year is Redemption Bay by Raeanne Thayne. This is book 2 in Thayne’s Haven Point series and after reading Snow Angel Cove, I didn’t know what to expect from the rest of the series. I was honestly hesitant to continue reading it, but after a while, I missed Haven Point and the people in it. So glad I kept going.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to: I have two I’m really excited for. The first is one I actually own, The Cottages on Silver Beach which is the 8th book in Raeanne Thayne’s Haven Point series and Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber which releases on October 2nd.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year: I am really anxious to get my hands on Becoming by the Queen herself, Mrs. Michelle Obama. I have been excited about this book since seeing a photo of it on Instagram a few months ago.
5. Biggest disappointment: This book makes me cringe every time I think about it and it’s Starlight by Debbie Macomber. The love interest, Rand, in this book understandably had his reasons not to trust people easily and to be a tad distant, but I felt he was such an asshole to the main character ALL THE TIME and she just dealt with it. At some points, I felt she did a good job of calling his bluff and sticking around, but he said things to her that I just couldn’t vibe with. This is the perfect example of “Sticking around and he’ll eventually come around,” but I just didn’t think it was worth it.
6. Biggest surprise. The book that was the biggest surprise for me was The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. This book is long and is such a slow burn romance, but oh my heart! How everything wrapped up was perfect. It was well worth it in the end.
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you): I will definitely have my eye out for anything by Jasmine Guillory.
8. Newest fictional crush: This is a toss up. I read The Wall of Winnipeg and Me at the exact same time I read The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang and found myself swooning over the love interests in both. Aidan was not my favorite person when I started The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, but he gradually grew on me and oh my, when he did, I found him irresistible. And Michael from The Kiss Quotient gets the award for the Most Patient Man ever, he was everything I didn’t know I needed.
9. Newest favorite character: Hands down, my new favorite character is Elle from An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole. Elle was so brave during such a dangerous time for women of color, and so intelligent. I love her and highly recommend if you’re looking for an intense read with a strong female lead..and swoon worthy romance.
10. Book that made you cry (Saddest book you have read): The book that made me cry was The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber. This is such a beautiful story of female friendships, and how they can grow unexpectedly. This story also shows what it’s like to be given another chance at life but still living very hesitant–being afraid to let people get too close, in the case there is more bad news. I cried the last 30 or so pages of this wonderful story.
11. Book that made you happy: I could go on and on about Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan. This story of friendship and a very sexy romance with the back drop of Manhattan was such a fun read.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year: I think the only film I’ve watched this year that was adapted from a book is The Black Panther which was amazing.
13. Favorite review you’ve written this year: This wasn’t a review, but I am proud of the post I typed about how reading romance is good for my mental health.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received): All of the covers on the books in the Haven Point series are beautifully done in my opinion.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?: I have been hauling some gothic romances, and I would love to binge read them all in the next few months and have them all finished and reviewed by the end of the year.
What about you Friends? What has been one of your favorite reads so far in 2018? What’s been the biggest surprise?