rubyraereads.co.za
MID-YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT TAG // i am late to the party as usual but i am here ft. many fave books and too many others to read - Ruby Rae Reads
How are we already at this time of year again? I do not understand this. This year is basically over and I just don’t want to deal with it. Send halp! It’s customary to do this tag right?? Even though I’m super late, it had to be done. I also love these questions. Also, I love tags and I don’t understand why we don’t do them more often. But without any further ado let’s just get into it. BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR SO FAR Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Somebody, please explain to me why on earth I took so long to this glorious book?? Like I try to answer this myself but I got nothing? This book! I have been squawking about it everywhere. My Instagram is tired of hearing me talk about it. Carry On is the weirdest, most absurd book ever but it’s genius!! Like I do not know how Rainbow is such a genius. I loved the weird spells and funny names. The romance was obviously the best thing ever *chefs kiss* Its just a glorious book. I even started rereading Fangirl and I have a feeling I’m going to love it, even more, the second time around. I did, in fact, do a review at the beginning of the year if you’d like to feast your eyes upon more praise because it was fantastic [click here] BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken Yes, I am currently in shame… why you ask? Well, I read the whole TDM trilogy back in like March of last year, so before this book came out. And it came out over a year ago and I only picked it up now? I am truly the worst fan ever i.e. a complete fake. Yes, I just exposed MYSELF. But I finally did it. It was a great, and anxious time, but a great one. I adore Alex’s writing and this super unique dystopian world. Liam Stewart is one of my all-time favourites I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. I just love these books so much. I doubted myself and my taste for a second because a lot of people were disliking this series (truly do not know why shame on them haha jk it’s totally fine). I loved this book and NEED MORE YET AGAIN!!! NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu: I’m behind on cassie books?? It is a shame and I must not fall into the pit or I shall never come back or be able to save myself (!!). Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman: I read the first volume earlier this year and LOVED IT. SO CUTE!! And I’ve been waiting 5ever for the next one to come out in my country that is like 2 months late so it’s not my fault okay!! Again but Better by Christine Riccio: I won this on audiobook in a giveaway and it has been sitting on my phone since it came out. I really just need to get to it, it’ll be an easy read but gah I’m the worst… King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: yes I still haven’t got to the Grisha trilogy yet which is why this book sits here so that must happen!!! Somebody push some sense into me because I know I’ll love Nikolai! Ghosts of The Shadowmarket by Cassandra Clare (and others): granted this book only just came out and I got it in the mail the other day, it must still be read. I want to read The Bane Chronicles before I read either of these new releases first though. I love Cassie for writing so many books but it’s a struggle to keep up tbh. My mini-brain cannot DO IT when there are so Cassie books out in a year hsjkahdbw MOST ANTICIPATED UPCOMING RELEASE OF 2019 Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (24 September 2019): I mean obviously? I freaking need this book!! I am so excited!! It better be amazing, I mean, of course, it will because of THE TEASERS!! My funeral is this day just if you didn’t know. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (8 October 2019): We all know of this book as it’s been EVERYWHERE. It’s by one of my fave authors and the synopsis sounds epic. I’ve heard it’s very dark and that there are some trigger warnings but I’m here for the Yale secret societies. I am a scaredy-cat and will probably have a million nightmares but I WILL DO IT ANYWAY because IT’S LEIGH!!! Supernova by Marissa Meyer (5 November 2019): I read book two earlier this year and THE PLOT TWIST HAD ME SHOOK. So I’m super excited to see how this series wraps up and to know what hAppeNed!! Call Down The Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater (6 November 2019): a girl needs to reread TRC because I’m a forgetful idiot but I’m still damn excited. The Pynch snippet we got from that chapter sampler convinced me. I have no idea what this book is about, nor could I gather much from those eight chapters, but PYNCH!!!!! BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT SO FAR Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan I read this book at the beginning of the year and I originally gave it a 3.5 star but like looking back, I really didn’t enjoy it that much?? Like the romance, in my opinion, was boring, I didn’t see why they even liked each other?? I didn’t hate it, and I’m not sure if I’ll read the sequel, we’ll see because I am still a little interested. The world and writing I really enjoyed, but I just had way too high expectations. Same goes for This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab, which I still really enjoyed, just a tad not what I was expecting. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman: OH MY GOSH. I decided to finally read this series by taking it on holiday with me and I was OBSESSED!! It was so spectacular and blew all my expectations. I loved the format, I was completely addicted and the characters were amazing. My heart was pumping and my mind was racing. The entire Illuminae Files series is just spectacular!!! I did not expect to love them as much as I did because sci-fi wasn’t my thing, but I’ve since changed my mind and really want to venture more into the genre. The Boy Who Steals Houses by CG Drews: boy oh boy did I not expect to adore this book as much as I did. I read her debut this year, sorry Cait but I have the image of the terrible (and late) reader to uphold which is I read it so late. This ongoing joke with myself isn’t funny anymore because I truly do want to get to books sooner. Anyway, enough of that therapy session. This book stole my heart, it was amazing and pure and whole. I loved her writing and all my baby children. There’s banter which always wins me over. A GREAT TIME I LOVED IT!!! I actually interviewed Cait earlier this year if you were interested – click here