I might as well squeeze in another tag before we say goodbye to 2016. I can’t do a month/year wrap-up yet since I’m still working on a book and a couple of manga volumes. Who knows, I might just call it where I stand right now and reserve that one book for next year. It’s the end of a long and tiring year… we all deserve a break.
Anyway, I’ve always wanted to do this tag. I guess now is as good a time as any to go for it!
Use the Banner (Check!)
Answer the Questions (I will.)
Use Lots of Book Covers *smiles* (We’ll see.)
Tag Your Bookish Friends! (If you’re reading this, consider yourselves tagged.)
What book are you currently reading?
Technically, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. If you remember my End of 2016 goals, I wanted to read just three more books. I finished two already. And I’m a bit over halfway done with The Final Empire before putting it down earlier this year. It’s not because it was bad. My original copy was the mass market paperback. I tried keeping up with it as much as I could but I just can’t with that format. I bought the UK trade paperbacks off Book Depository and they’re so beautiful, I’m afraid to touch them LMAO.
And I’m also trying to catch up to One-Punch Man manga. At least those are easier to read. Not to mention other manga titles just waiting to be read. 😉
What’s the last book you finished?
Ring by Koji Suzuki. I finally got to this. And it was so worth it. I might prioritize this series for January 2017. I loved the original Japanese adaptation and for a change, I didn’t mind the Hollywood one. (Samara, though? No.) I know the rest of the books don’t follow the movies but that’s okay. I have Spiral, Loop, and Birthday waiting already so I hope I can knock them out early in the year. I also have other Koji Suzuki books. And a bunch of other Japanese fiction.
Favorite book you read this year?
I can’t really tell. I liked a lot of books this year for different reasons. But one title jumps up at me: Vicious by VE Schwab. I read 3 of her books this year and this is definitely my favorite. I can’t stay if it’s my favorite of the year but out of all the books that I liked A LOT this year, this title enters my mind first. While this can be a standalone, a would not say no to a sequel.
I also liked Morning Star by Pierce Brown but I already knew that I was going to like it because I loved the previous book, Golden Son. I went in to VE Schwab’s books almost completely blind. As for Eon by Alison Goodman, I think it’s because I read a lot of fantasy before getting to that so I was a bit conditioned to it already.
What genre have you read most this year?
Let’s see… general young adult. And fantasy across the board – adult, YA, and even middle-grade.
What genre have you read least this year?
Middle-grade. I bought a couple of MG books last year but only managed to read Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver. I will definitely remedy that next year. They’re fun, not always light-hearted, adorable, and easy to read. I actually managed to read 4 non-fiction this year. It’s not really my thing with the exception of some military history and WWII.
What genre do you want to read more of?
Epic fantasy. I know it’s daunting but I love those Lord of the Rings-like immersive worlds with rich magic systems and 15,000 characters and relationships. I have a couple both on my physical shelf and Goodreads. I am very interested. A little intimidated but I would like to try one of those.
How many books have you read this year and what’s your goal?
At this moment, I read 77 books out of my goal of 25. I always set my goal to 25 and I passed that mark in June. I just keep going. Once I get that 25, I can breathe easy. Everything else is extra.
What’s the last book you bought?
It’s still on its way but it’s the Blonote by Tablo both the Korean and English versions. I also have two Book Outlet orders coming my way. Hey, it’s the last days of the year. All these might count for 2017 book haul. 😉
What book are you saving up to buy next?
I don’t really save up to buy books because I’m a book bargain monster and I can wait for a better price. But one book that I’ve eyed for a good handful of months is the Text Publishing edition of The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. It’s on Book Depository for $20. I got the first book for $1.99 so you see the difference?
How many books did you check out last library visit?
One. Well, I don’t really visit libraries or check out books. I use the Hoopla app and I just borrowed the Subterranean audio book by James Rollins.
What’s a book you can’t wait to read?
A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab. I wanted to read that this year but I never got to it. With the 3rd and final book in the trilogy coming out in February, I definitely have to read this one and soon.
What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?
I’m glad to say I finished a couple of series this year. Mostly duologies. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. I encourage you to pick up both books and read them back-to-back. As for series I haven’t finished yet, pick up One-Punch Man manga for all the LOLs.
Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?
I want more Ryan Graudin stuff. VE Schwab is writing plenty already.
A few books that your heart adores?
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, Gekkan Shoujo, Nozaki-kun by Izumi Tsubaki. And everything pictured here:
What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?
I’m usually okay when a series ends. I was sad when the Red Rising trilogy wrapped up this year but upon hearing news of a new trilogy in the same universe, I was excited again. I don’t know what to feel about Shades of Magic ending. I liked it but I don’t have a real Harry Potter-like connection with it. Plus, she has many other books I can read.
What books are on your wishlist?
It used to be the UK illustrated version of American Gods by Neil Gaiman but I bought it for myself for Christmas. Mainly a bunch of Japanese fiction… I prefer having a physical copy of them. The #1 on my list is a physical copy of Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena. I was scammed on Alibris by a 3rd party seller. I wish that seller all the best in the world but I’m just saying that karma, no matter how small, is a bitch. I recently saw Honeymoon to Nowhere by Akimitsu Takagi at Kinokuniya Los Angeles and I’m already looking for used copies for cheap. Yeah, mostly Japanese fiction books. And oh, the Jane Eyre Fine edition.
Consider yourself tagged! 😉