Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Mid-Year Book Survey, Just for Fun!

June marks the halfway point of the year, and I thought it would be fun to do a little mini-survey about what I've read so far and how the year is going in terms of reading and books and literary loves and disappointments.  I found this via Shout at Me, a book tuber I particularly enjoy.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017
    Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren - I actually read this one twice in 2017 alone, so yeah,     it's earned it's spot as my favorite of the year.

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2017.
    March, Book Three

3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to.
    Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez - I actually have this one sitting on my desk waiting         for me to pick it up, I just have to make myself do it.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
    A Beautiful Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal by Jen Waite - seems like it's going to         be both a difficult book to read and also one that could be healing and meaningful to my own life.

5. Biggest disappointment.
    Before the Fall by Noah Hawley - I was very excited to read this one, and it just didn't live up to the           rave reviews I'd heard it receive.

6. Biggest surprise.
    My Lady Jane - I didn't expect this to be my kind of book at all, but I listened to it on audio for book         club and was delighted by how funny and charming it was.

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
    Marilynn Robinson - I can't wait to dive into the Gilead Trilogy after finishing Housekeeping last week

8. Newest fictional crush. 
    I always hate this question because it's one that I just don't seem to connect with.  I can't think of a           fictional crush.  They're all...fictional and I am just a boring pragmatist.

9. Newest favorite character. 
    I feel like this is cheating, but without having read much fiction this year I'm going to have to choose a     real person.  Congressman John Lewis from the March series.  What an inspiration.

10. Book that made you cry.
    I've had several of those this year, but the first to come to mind is The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp.

11. Book that made you happy.
     Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 
     Haven't seen one yet, but I do want to see My Cousin Rachel

13. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received)
     I just received a copy of The Essex Serpent in the mail and it is absolutely gorgeous in hardback.  I          can't rave enough about how beautiful it is and how much fun it is to touch.  I haven't read it yet, but        man is it nice to have on the shelf.

I'd love to know all about your reading years and how they're going.  Feel free to copy and paste this in the comments or leave a link to your own blog or youtube or instagram or wherever you post about books!  I'd love to see other readers tell what they've been up to this year!

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