Happy New Year’s Eve! To ring in the New Year, I decided to complete the Ringing in the New Year Tag created by Bookmark Chronicles. Here are my answers (book reviews will be linked to book titles):
- Best Book/Series You Read in 2018
Every year I host The Brittany Awards where I list my favorite books of the year for a variety of categories. To see my top favorites of the year, see my list here. If I did have to pick one for this book tag, however, I would like to mention two that I read after I published my top lists. In the past few days, I finished Catwoman: Soul Stealer by Sarah J. Maas and The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory which I rated both as five star reads. I was immediately hooked into both of these stories because I absolutely loved the characters and found myself flipping the pages to find out the end of their stories. Both these are a little out of my comfort zone, I don’t typically read superhero books and I’ve just started to branch out into adult books, but I found myself really enjoying them.
- Author that You Recently Found and Would Like to Read More of in the New Year
A new author that I read in 2018 is Karole Cozzo. I read two books by her: How to Keep Rolling After a Fall and How to Say I Love You Out Loud. Karole Cozzo is a school psychologist in addition to an author, so she frequently interacts with students with disabilities and their families. As a result, her books (both of which contain characters with disabilities) are thoughtful and realistic. I particularly enjoyed How to Say I Love You Out Loud, which included a character with autism, for its realistic portrayal of a person with a disability and the special education process.
- Most Anticipated Book Turned Movie
I absolutely loved the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie and I am extremely excited that they announced there will be a sequel! I’m not sure when the sequel will be released, but I’m still excited to see more of Lara Jean’s story on screen.
- Name a Character that You Wouldn’t Mind Sharing a Kiss with at Midnight
Recently, I read The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory and I absolutely loved the love interest, Carlos Ibarra. Carlos is a pediatrician who loves his family and respects the main character, Nik. Their relationship is so realistic that I felt like I could find my own Carlos Ibarra in real life!
- What’s on your TBR for 2019?
Right now, I have scoured Goodreads list to find some 2019 releases for my TBR. Right now, my list is at 33 books! Here are some of my top TBR choices: The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen; Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West; Maybe This Time by Kasie West, A Curse So Dark and Lovely by Brigid Kemmerer, and Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer. Each year, I try to read more and more new year releases. Sometimes, I feel like I miss out on the excitement of new books because I put them off until years later. As a result, I want to read more new releases that I’m really excited for during the year of their release.
- How many books do you hope to read in 2019?
Like last year, I hope to read at least 50 books. Being so busy, I sometimes go a month without reading, then devour five books over one weekend. This is a pretty realistic goal for me if my reading year next year is similar to 2018.
- Will you participate in the Goodreads Challenge or any others?
Every year, I participate in the Goodreads Challenge. It is an easy way to keep track of the books that I’ve read, the books I want to read, and the progress that I’ve made. I may try to check out some new challenges this year, so if you have any recommendations, please leave them down below!
- Any New Year’s resolutions (bookish or otherwise)?
If you want to see all of my bookish resolutions for 2018, you can see them in this post. To pick one, I would say trying to branch out and read more genres or books intended for different age ranges. Every year, I find myself branching out into a new genre or new age range of books. For example, I have really started to pick up more new adult and adult books within this year. In 2017, I read many books in a different format than I usually read (graphic novels). I can’t wait to see what new type of books 2019 brings! Right now, I’m suspecting some suspense/thriller books because I have added quite a few too my TBR.
Have a great New Year! What are your top bookish goals for 2019?