It’s the middle of June, so of course, you know what that means!!
IT’S MID-YEAR FREAK OUT BOOK TAG TIME AGAIN!
I’ve done this post on my blog the last couple years, and I love checking back in and looking at my answers and revisiting old favorites. For those new around here, the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag is one of those book blogging institutions, and if you haven’t already seen this a few times in the blogosphere, you’ll probably see it popping up in the next month. And, with that said, feel free to steal this and do it on your own platform – book, bookstagram, whatever! <3
What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2019?
I hate ranking books like this because I’m a mood reader, and some books are better for certain times than others, and some books are amazing but I might not read again, while others may be stylistically lacking but utterly enjoyable. So for today, I’m going to go with Walk on Earth a Stranger which I loved so much that I used my last Audible Credit for the audiobook after returning it on Libby, and immediately got myself a paperback copy. No regrets – this one was up my alley in so many ways and I think I’m just a fan of Rae Carson’s writing.
What has been your favourite sequel of the first half of the year?
Ohmygosh you guys, as if of writing this, I finished The Silvered Serpents this morning and it is SO GOOD. I’m so excited for everyone to be able to read it in three months. I loved The Gilded Wolves, and I loved The Silvered Serpents in just as many ways… and it’s just… it’s hard to find a middle book in a trilogy that is so excellent. My review isn’t up on the blog yet (come back in September!) but for those of you who use Goodreads, you can check it out there! Very good.
Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited for?
It’s moving its way up my TBR, but for some reason, I’m just really excited for The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly? Normally a contemporary would not make my VERY EXCITED list, but I buckled down and pre-ordered this in the last few days before release and for whatever reason, I think this will be delightful and I’m super looking forward to it. I will definitely be reading it this year, as it’s already on my physical immediate TBR, so stay tuned in the next month or so!
What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
I’m sure this one will show up on a lot of lists, but I’m super excited for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. V. E. Schwab has never let me down and her writing is so beutiful and intriguing and I love the way she twists worlds and just!!! Gah, I’m excited. Also Addie comes out on my birthday sooo… happy birthday to me, can’t wait for this beautiful, spooky book.
What is your biggest disappointment so far?
Ugh, I’ve had a few books that I’ve been #nope on. I nearly put down Children of Virtue and Vengeance for this one because I was so looking forward to it and I felt it fell flat, but, Meddling Kids was more disappointing. It’s one of those weird standalone books that I’d been really looking forward to reading, and I loved the idea of a Scooby-Doo retelling and I just… I just thought it was sort of terrible. I ended up rating it 1 1/2 stars, a rating so rare on this blog that I only have a handful. Super bummer.
What is your biggest surprise so far?
Probably Changeling, but with a close second going to Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future. Changeling was a free Audible Original, and I don’t hold a lot of stock in those free ones because mostly, they’re been pretty meh. But I really enjoyed this one. It was so tropey, but it was a bunch of tropes I enjoy, so I had a lot of fun listening to it and would listen to it again. Already put book two on my TBR.
Who is your favourite new to you, or debut, author?
You know, I’ve read two Neal Shusterman novels this year, and I know he’s not a debut author, but he’s definitely new to me. Particularly because the novels I read – Full Tilt and Challenger Deep, are not the big, hyped books either. I’m fairly confident that since I loved these two books, I’ll be a fan of his other books as well.
Who is your favourite love story from this year?
Before I go into this, I do want to say that this year, I changed this question? I’ve never liked it and danced around it and tried to find male-characters-who-I-guess-are-cool? because I’m much older than most the characters I read, and even if that wasn’t very creepy, I’m just not that into fictional crushes? So here’s to love stories instead. 🙂
I absolutely loved Ana and Daniel’s love story in The Fountains of Silence. It was a slow burn romance and one I wasn’t sure was going to play out. I don’t usually love romance stories, but I absolutely recommend this one.
Original Question: Who is your favourite fictional crush from this year?
Who is your favourite character?
It occurs to me that I’ve been reading a lot of really mild characters this year. I know I’ve already used The Silvered Serpents for this tag, but I have to roll back to that book again, because Zofia is one of my favorite characters of all time, period. I love her directness, her awkwardness. I love that we have a character on the autism scale in a fantasy book without making that aspect of her, her whole story.
A book that made you cry?
Without a doubt, Allegedly. This book was incredibly difficult to read, both in subject matter and pacing. Mary B. Addison’s story is incredibly sad and infuriating and let alone crying – I had so many emotions while reading this book.
A book that made you happy?
Being completely honest, I should give this slot to The Invasion.
While I know throwing an older serial middle grade series on this list is a bit out of the norm, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t utterly delighted by this book and fully enjoyed reading it. And I’m looking forward to reading the next book. The nostalgia is real, and also? It’s still a creative (if cheesy) idea.
Your favourite book to movie/ TV show that you’ve seen so far?
While this one isn’t a great adaptation, I really liked Nerve. It was a fun adventure of a story, with great characters and relationships and I was completely engaged in the film the whole time. The book can absolutely be skipped – it was just exhausting. But the movie was fantastic.
2019’s Answer: A Series of Unfortunate Events.
2018’s Answer: The Handmaid’s Tale.
What is your favourite post that you’ve written so far this year?
Earlier this year, I wrote a post about supporting indie bookstores. It was early in quarantine, about the time everything was starting to shut down. And while it may not be my most eloquent post of all time, I still think it’s an important post and a constant reminder that this period isn’t really over, and these independent businesses need our support. So many businesses have shut their doors for good and we need to support those we can if we want their doors to stay open. <3
So I’d say Indie Bookstores Need You Right Now is my favorite post.
2019’s Answer: Integrity in the Community: Do We Really Like Things, or Are We Praising Because We Want Free Stuff?.
2018’s Answer: The 90s Kid Book Tag.
What is the most beautiful book that you have bought?
I absolutely love the cover for Harley in the Sky. There are so few yellow books out there, let alone ones with the yellow bleeding into gold foil on the outer edges. The visual design of this book just reminds me of sunshine and makes me so happy. Also, the starburst pattern and simple silhouettes on the cover are so satisfying?
This cover design gets a 10/10 from me!
What are 6 books that you want to read by the end of the year?
While I can’t hold my breath waiting for these, there are a few mood books I’d really like to see pop out of my TBR Jar. I’ve got to get through reading all these preorders before I can even pull more lucky stars from my jar, but, lets just say I’d be really pleased to see these ones pop out.
Is your reading going according to plan this year? Are you reading more than you expected? Less? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to drop links to your own Mid-Year Freak Out Tag so I can check it out!