I’m back… I think. Sort of. TBD. I have been in such a rut with reading and reviewing and blogging lately–I haven’t read any of your posts in a couple of months and I feel terrible about that–and I think waiting until I’m 100% back on my feet is a fool’s errand at this point so I’m just going to kind of ease back into this.
And I do this tag every year and the thought of letting it pass me by made me sad so I’m doing this a month late and not counting anything I’ve read post-June 30.
Question 1 – The best book you’ve read so far in 2021
I haven’t had the most amazing reading year but these were the three huge standouts: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, and Edie Richter is Not Alone by Rebecca Handler.
Question 2 – Your favorite sequel of the year
I’ve only read one but luckily I loved it–The Lost Fairytales by Anna James.
Question 3 – A new release that you haven’t read but really want to
Klara and the Sun by my favorite author. I honestly haven’t been in the mood to pick this up and I don’t want to force it when I don’t feel like reading it, but I’m definitely hoping to get to it by the end of the year.
Question 4 – Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Would you guys even recognize me if I didn’t say the new Sally Rooney? (No, I didn’t get an ARC. I don’t want to talk about it.)
Question 5 – Your biggest disappointment
Absolutely hated this–hands down the weakest title on the Women’s Prize shortlist, imo. Review (and more Women’s Prize coverage) to come.
Question 6 – Biggest surprise of the year
Hands down. Why do you all hate this book?! Review to come, again.
Question 7 – Favourite new to you or debut author
This book just ticked so many boxes for me. I’ll be reading anything Rebecca Handler writes.
Question 8 – Your new fictional crush
Question 9 – New favourite character
Question 10 – A book that made you cry
Wow, pass again!
Question 11 – A book that made you happy
A very fun romp through Ancient Greece written by a friend. Review–you guessed it–to come.
Question 12 – Your favourite book to movie adaptation that you’ve seen this year
The 2021 adaptation of Romeo & Juliet starring Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor absolutely blew me away. My expectations were honestly low going in (I’m not a purist when it comes to Shakespeare adaptations but I also didn’t see how trimming a 3-hour long play down to an hour and a half without losing anything was going to work) but this is honestly one of the best Shakespeare adaptations I have ever seen, and also one of the most timely pieces of media, as I felt so much of it served as an allegory for life under the pandemic.
Question 13 – Favourite book post you’ve done this year
Question 14 – The most beautiful book you have bought/received this year
This one is very striking in person.
Question 15 – What are some books you need to read by the end of the year
I’m in a book club where our next three books are Wide Sargasso Sea, Rebecca, and The Little Stranger. I’ve already read Rebecca but I’d love to re-read it if possible, and I do need to read the other two.
While we’re here, can I solicit some advice on which book to review next? I need motivation. Let me know what you’d like to see me review:
House of Glass
The Girl Who Died
The Vanishing Half
Survive The Night
The Other Black Girl
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House
Daughter of Sparta
Swimming in the Dark
The Wars of the Roses
At Night All Blood is Black