A little past the half way point here, but better late then never. It has been a solid year for books, I have read some great stories. So far in ‘016 I have read 21 books and countless comics. They really need to make a Goodreads specific for comics. Anyways lets get going…
Best Book You’ve Read In ‘016 So Far-
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline! I had no idea just how great this book was going to be. The simple yet perfectly laid out plotlines, mixed with the major geek themes, made this a winner in my heart. I have recommended it to all of my friends, and I anticipate the movie more than any of the big name Disney productions I am eagerly awaiting.
Best Sequel You’ve Read In ‘016 So Far-
I officially read Wise Mans Fears by Patrick Rothfuss in ‘016. So, obviously. The Kingkiller Chronicles are amazing and they were the best possible holiday present I could give myself at the end of last year.
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To-
Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson. I have debated with myself for months on whether or not to get an e-reader just to read this one novella. The announcement of its inclusion to the Arcanum Unbounded collection decided for me. I will wait patiently for November to read it along with all the other stories involved.
Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year-
I guess I kind of answered that, Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson. I am most excited for the short story featuring Lift from the Stormlight Archives. Also, The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch is planned for September and that should be amazing.
Darker Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I was so torn over this book. I enjoyed the story, and the settings, but Kell is the worst character I have read in a long time and I do not understand the hype this book gets.
Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard. I was expecting a neat little story and did not prepare myself for the collection of dark, macabre scenes that became such an interesting, hilarious, and creative book.
Favorite New Author-
Dan Simmons, his work on Hyperion blew my mind, the guy is clearly a genius. The only question is what to read next and how do I mentally prepare myself.
Newest Fictional Crush-
Fela from the Kingkiller Chronicles. She does everything at the University, including work at the archives, she does everything better than Kvothe and she is described as way better looking than Denna. Why didn’t he approach Fela when he had the opportunity? I have no idea.
Newest Favorite Character-
Parzival, the amazing hero of Ready Player One. Coming from the stacks of trailer park future, to the most recognizable tag in the Oasis. Parzival does it with competence, intelligence and a humble attitude.
Favorite Book to Film Adaptation-
I want to say Captain America: Civil War, but I am not sure if they read those books. It is a great movie, though. I watched The Martian this year and that was a well done adaptation, not screwing around with important characters or plot points.
Favorite Post You Have Done This Year-
My post regarding analyzing characters as readers garnered the most attention, and was well written, conveying solid ideas. But, my review onm Essex County by Jeff Lemire was very emotional and important to me.
Most Beautiful Book You Have Bought This Year-
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, the cover is so unique and rad looking. I couldn’t help but stare at the cover while reading. Also, the best premiere author I have read this year, I am beyond excited for his next installment.
What Book Do You Need To Read by the End of the Year-
I am on a mission to fit in Hollow City and Library of Souls of the Miss Peregrine series by Ransom Riggs, before the first film is released in September. The trailers look great so far, and it should be a great movie.
Thanks booknerds, let us finish those reading challenges.