I know this is a bit late, but I’m coming at you today with the Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag. I do this every year, and it’s a great way to see if I’m on track with my reading goals. For the tag I will only be including books I’ve read up to June. I won’t tag anyone in this, but if you want to do it, be my guest!
1. Best book you’ve read so far
This was such a hard one to choose, as I’ve read some amazing books so far this year. However, I had to go with The Outrage by William Hussey. This was such a powerful, eye opening read that shows how important representation is and how we need to keep fighting. I was utterly in awe of this book, and having loved both books by William Hussey I know I have found a new author.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far
This is technically the last book in the Cursebreakers trilogy, but I had to say this! A Vow So Bold and Deadly was such an incredible conclusion to what has been one of my favourite YA fantasy series of all time. I couldn’t put it down, and I’ll admit I cried when I turned the last page.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
Ace of Spades is a book that I’ve heard many people talking about and it’s one that I’m dying to get to ASAP! It sounds incredible and I’m highly excited to get stuck into it.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
This one was yet again hard to choose as I have many anticipated reads of the second half of 2021. In the end, though I have gone with Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar. This book sounds like it’s going to be the perfect wintery read, and just from the blurb alone I am already captivated. I have an earc of this, and I’m hoping to get to it very soon.
5. Biggest disappointment
On paper Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in The Sky sounded like it was going to be a fun, mythical, adventurous middle grade read that I would devour. However, the reality was a lot different. I went in with high hopes, but I just ended up feeling let down. I couldn’t engage with the plot, I didn’t care for any of the characters and to be honest I just got bored. I ended up DNFing this, and I don’t regret my decision.
6. Biggest surprise
The Thursday Murder Club isn’t my usual genre of book, but I must say I throughly enjoyed it! This was a quirky, fun read that reminded me a lot of the Agatha Raisin books by M.C. Beaton. I loved the plot and seeing pensioners run a crime solving club was fabulous. I’m really looking forward to the sequel!
7. Favourite new author
I read Girls of Paper and Fire for the first time in May and oh my god I regret not reading it sooner! Everything about it had me entranced, and I devoured every single word. I have found a new favourite author in Natasha Ngan and you can bet I’ll be reading Girls of Storm and Shadow very soon.
8. Newest fictional crush
I’m going to be honest here and say I haven’t actually had a new fictional crush this year so far.
9. Newest favourite character
I adored Cora from Show Us Who You Are! She was such a strong character who did whatever she could to make her voice heard. We need more Neurodivergent characters in middle grade, and Cora is such a powerful role model.
10. Book that made you cry
Vulture is the third and final book in the Isles of Storm and Sorrow trilogy, and I cried buckets whilst reading this! Bex Hogan has a way of just making you feel so connected to the characters and story, and is excellent at causing you to feel all of the feels.
11. Book that made you happy
Heartstopper is a series that I just adore! It’s so cute, and you can’t help feeling happy when reading it. Vol 4 filled my heart with pure joy and I loved seeing our boys Charlie and Nick, and their blossoming relationship.
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
My copy of Rainbow Grey is beautiful! It’s so vibrant and just pops out at you, also my copy has rainbow sprayed edges and that is just gorgeous!
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Oh I have loads! But I few I really want to get to are; Ace of Spades, Witches Steeped in Gold, Hollowpox, The Paper & Hearts Society: Bookishly Ever After, Rainbow Grey, Fireborn and You’re The One That I Want.