Ok, so I’m ridiculously late doing the mid-year book freakout tag that I saw floating around in July. It might be a little past mid-year but, hey, I’ve been busy and I wanted to do it anyway as a little award ceremony for myself and my books. So I thought, why not? This is my blog and I can do whatever I want.
(Please don’t leave, I’m lovely really and not actually that much of a rebel *hides behind hands*)
As recorded on Goodreads, I have read 62 books so far this year towards my goal of 72. Back in January, I set what I thought was an achievable goal of 6 books a month for myself considering I am working full-time. However, there has been a sneaky voice in the back of my head all year whispering that I really want to hit 100 books and I won’t be satisfied with anything less. The perfectionist in me is a bit pesky like that. I’m thinking of just biting the bullet and raising my Goodreads challenge to 100 since that’s basically what I’m aiming for anyway.
So, without further ado, on to the tag…
THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR SO FAR
Ok, hold up. You can’t just throw that at me for the first category?! Choosing a favourite book of the year so far is too hard and I don’t feel able to pick just one at this point in time. So instead, I will give a shoutout to a few I have adored and that I think you should read, like, yesterday.
BEST SEQUEL OF THE YEAR SO FAR
This award absolutely goes to Queen Schwab who destroyed me with Our Dark Duet. Such perfect cinnamon roll characters, such great pacing and drama; a fantastic end to the Monsters of Verity duology.
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO
Strange the Dreamer was one of my most anticipated reads of the year – yet it’s still sitting on my shelf unread?! I don’t know why this is happening. I think I’m intimidated by it’s size, plus I only read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy earlier this year so I didn’t want to burn myself out on Laini’s lush writing. (Poor excuses, I know, you don’t have to tell me). I’m determined to read this before the end of the year though. If my TBR hasn’t crushed me by then.
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR AUTUMN / WINTER
Ok, I feel like a complete hypocrite with this answer but one of my most anticipated release of Autumn/Winter is Night of Cake and Puppets by… Laini Taylor! However, I do feel like I will read this one as soon as I get it because it’s a novella based on the DoSaB series so it will link up with the books I read in April, rather than throwing me into a brand new world. I know, I judge me too.
Other releases I’m looking forward to are Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic and The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR SO FAR
I’ve heard great things about The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey and had intended to read that first, but then my bookclub voted the author’s second book, Fellside, one of our next reads. The premise was super interesting and I was excited to read it but it turned out to be poorly executed and BORING. You can read my full review here.
BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR SO FAR
I have been pleasantly surprised on a couple of occasions this year. The first came in the form of another bookclub pick, The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid. I’m not a huge reader of sci-fi and I was nervous that I wouldn’t enjoy this but it turned out to be excellent! It was very stabby which of course means I’m looking forward to the sequel’s release.
Another book that surprised me was The Obsession by Nora Roberts. I sometimes struggle with thrillers because there are SO many available that I just don’t know which to pick up. This one came highly recommended and I’m really glad I gave it a try because it was fab! Nora Roberts is definitely a name I’ll be trying again in future.
NEW FAVOURITE AUTHOR
In my attempt to read more historical fiction this year, I have discovered Dinah Jefferies. I buddy read The Tea Planter’s Wife with my bestie and then, when Jefferies released new book Before the Rains just afterwards, we obviously had to read that too. Both were fabulous and I have Jefferies’ two other books on my TBR shelf. Definitely an author to try if you’re a fan of historical fiction.
YOUR NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER
This year, I read Anne of Green Gables for the first time ever and LOVED it. It was one of the most heart-warming stories I’ve ever read and I found Anne so endearing.
I also want to give special mention to Ralph from Incubus! Another very loveable character, I’m sure anyone who has read this will agree 😉
BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
It takes a lot for a book to make me cry; it’s a very rare occurrence. However, I did tear up at the end of both The Tea Planter’s Wife and Anne of Green Gables. If I think a book sounds like it will upset me, I’m less likely to read it; yet, when I’m taken by surprise and a book gives me a few tears, I always find myself bestowing a high rating. I love it when authors make me feel emotions.
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
Most books make me happy; it’s an inherent part of their nature. However, here are a few that made me particularly joyful.
I was also extremely happy to receive an early copy of Wonder Woman: Warbringer from Penguin Random House, and can heartily recommend you grab a copy when it is released!
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK SO FAR
I love a naked hardback with special details and publishers have really been knocking it out of the park this year with their designs. The hidden surprises on Caraval and Norse Mythology are particularly stunning. Just look.
Heart eyes EVERYWHERE.
Well, there you have it. My mid-year book freakout (in August)! Have you read any of these? What has been your favourite read of the year so far? And what new releases are you particularly looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!