1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.
Nicole: The Gauntlet by Karuma Riazi. I’ve talked about this book a lot, and I still really love it.
Isis: At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson. I’ve talked about this one endlessly.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.
Nicole: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan. It was fantastic.
Isis: Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat gave me life. It’s the best sequel ever. The political aspect is so juicy and the romance is such a slow burn. So great, so good.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Nicole: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas. I haven’t picked this up yet, and it’s really sad.
Isis: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. This one has really poor ratings on Goodreads for some reason. I’ve heard that it shouldn’t be taken too seriously in order to enjoy it. I’m still really looking forward to it.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Nicole: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan. It comes out in October and I can’t wait.
Isis: The Last Cigarette on Earth by Benjamin Alire Saenz. This is Saenz’s new poetry collection that was pushed to August 15. I’m so excited because the only poetry I read comes from Saenz.
5. Biggest disappointment.
Nicole: Ink and Ashes by Valynne Maetani. I quit this book around fifty pages in. It was sad because I was looking forward to loving this book. But the subplots regarding the main character’s romance put me off too much even when I was enjoying the mystery.
Isis: What in God’s Name by Simon Rich was so disappointing. It’s an angel book that I was really excited to read, but it was so poorly executed. Not only was the entire thing stupid and boring, it was also body-shamed to an extreme. No good.
6. Biggest surprise.
Nicole: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. I expected to love this book, and was really surprised that it was just blah. And I didn’t know that it had iffy rep so I was also surprised by that. I think this question was supposed to be about a book that surprised you in a good way but oh well.
Isis: Preacher vol. 1 by Garth Ennis definitely took me by surprise. I loved the TV show so I read the comics, and it was not what I expected. Very different from the show, and way more bloody and shocking. I love both.
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Nicole: Karuma Riazi
Isis: I liked C.S. Pacat’s world-building and characterization a lot, and I would definitely read anything she writes in the future. I also love that she’s very open about being genderfluid and bisexual.
8. Newest fictional crush.
Nicole: Alex Fierro from The Hammer of Thor
Isis: Jesse Custer from Preacher. I adore him.
9. Newest favorite character.
Nicole: Ballister Blackheart from Nimona
Isis: Damen from the Captive Prince series quickly became my favorite character.
10. Book that made you cry.
Nicole: No books have made me cry this year.
Isis: At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson brought me pretty close to tears.
11. Book that made you happy.
Nicole: The Hammer of Thor. Doing this tag has made me realize that I haven’t read as many books as I thought I had so I’m sorry I have a lot of repeating answers.
Isis: Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan. It was such a great book. Very sweet and pure. I wish more people talked about the Roosevelt series.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
Nicole: I think the last adaption I saw was Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children so I’ll put that. Much better than the book.
Isis: Does the Vampire Academy movie count, even though I’ve never read the book? I enjoyed the movie. It was cheesy, but entertaining. Interesting vampires.
13. Favorite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favorite video you have done so far in this year)
Nicole: My Zombies at the East End review. I feel like I explained my feelings very clear in that one which I struggle with sometimes.
Isis: My Captive Prince review is probably one of the longest ones I’ve ever written ’cause I just had a lot to say.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Nicole: I’m going to cheat again and say the books Isis got me for Christmas. She got me the full Vampire Academy series and it’s amazing even if that series has unfortunate covers. But I don’t get a lot of books all the time and almost all of them aren’t new so they look really nice.
Isis: I recently bought this manga, My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame. It’s such a beautiful hardcover edition full of the most beautiful art. I can’t wait to read it.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Nicole: Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and The Flying Witches of Veracruz by James Endedy
Isis: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It’s about angels, so of course I have to read it.