I was tagged to do this Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag by Rosie over at Rosie Freckle Reads. I’m so excited to do this because it’s my first ever book tag. I haven’t read that many books so far this year so I’m sorry if there’s a lot of repetition – I can’t help it ok!! I have highlighted anywhere that might have spoilers, just keep scrolling if you haven’t read the book to be on the safe side! Here we go:
1. The Best Book of the Year So Far:
I can’t really pick the best book of the year – more like two best books of the year – but given that the second book can feature in the next category, I will only list the one. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. If you’ve seen my recent review, you probably already have an idea of how much I loved this book.
2. The Best Sequel of the Year So Far:
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Quite often I find that the second book onwards tend not to be as good as the first but Gemina (even though I wasn’t convinced because of the change to see the ongoing story from two new characters) did not disappoint. AT ALL. It was just as fabulous as the first book.
3. A New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I’ve heard such amazing things about this book and how it is an amazing diverse book. I came to the realisation the other day that I don’t read nearly enough diverse and LGBTQIA+ books and I really want to try to change that in the second half of the year. I still need to read the 100+ books on my TBR before I buy too many books but at least if I receive books as gifts I’m hoping to make more of them diverse and LGBTQIA+. I’d also like to read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.
4. Most Anticipated Release for Autumn/Winter:
I don’t know. Aaaaaaa *stress* I barely know what’s coming out next month let alone what’s coming out several months from now. Anyway, I did a quick google search and the best I can come up with is a novel: Renegades by Marissa Meyer in November. I haven’t read any of Marissa Meyer’s books yet but I have heard all good things and she was the only one on the upcoming releases list that I recognised…
5. Your Biggest Disappointment of the Year So Far:
Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis. As I said in my Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2017 So Far, I absolutely loved the Chronicles of Narnia movies. But some of the books I expected to love were an utter disappointment. Of them all, Prince Caspian was probably the biggest disappointment of them all. It just wasn’t as adventurous as the movie [which I would probably say is very loosely based on the book] and Susan was a whiny brat the entire novel.
6. Your Biggest Surprise of the Year So Far:
The Girl Before by JP Delaney. I never ever expected that I would pick this up let alone read it. It’s adult genre and though I love a good mystery from time to time, I will always favour my precious YA. My mum donated this book to me and told me she stood in ASDA reading it for ten minutes before she realised she should probably buy it. Somehow, while my boyfriend was borrowing it to read, I picked it up and started reading and then I just couldn’t stop. The ending was a little blah but it was definitely one of my biggest surprises. [ I had to think of something other than Illuminae and Gemina, OK? ]
7. Your New Favourite Author:
Uhhh, am I allowed to say my mum? Is that like way too biased? Fine, probably Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff for the exquisite book that they created that I love so much.
8. Your Newest Favourite Character [Gemina Spoiler]:
Ella in Gemina is the best. She’s not even one of the MCs but she’s awesome and kick-ass even though she is disabled from a space illness when she was little. And the sass – oh my word.
9. Your Newest Fictional Crush:
I don’t have one. I’m not sure I ever had one before. Aaaaaaa I’m failing as a bookworm. Send help.
10. A Book That Has Made You Cry [Gemina Spoiler]:
The only thing I can think of that might have made me almost cry so far this year was the end of Gemina. The authors took out my heart stamped on it and then shoved it back in and went, “JUST KIDDING”. THREE TIMES. THREE TIMES I TELL YOU. They are HEARTLESS.
11. A Book That Has Made You Happy:
Erm. Maybe Caraval? Like, I’m not sure I’d describe myself as being made happy by this book but it was a good read and I enjoyed writing the review for it. I don’t know… *flails*
12. The Most Beautiful Book of the Year So Far:
Books. Plural. Illuminae and Gemina are gorgeous books. I don’t know if we’re talking literal beautiful book or metaphorical beautiful book but Illuminae and Gemina are amazingly illustrated and I love them.
13. Some Books You Need to Read Before 2017 Ends:
I still have three audiobooks left to get through from audiobook haul at the beginning of the year. I’d like to have finished them all before the end of the year. I have started Replica but might need to restart as it’s been a while.
- Magonia – Maria Dahvana Headley
- Replica – Lauren Oliver
- Tha Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
I have well over 100 books to choose from and my mum donates/gifts me more every time I go home. But here is one I’d like to read ASAP:
- Holding Up The Universe – when my mum finished this, she raced to Twitter to Tell Jennifer Niven how amazing her book was. It’s got to be good then, right?
14. Tag Two of Your Favourite Community Members:
So favourite community members would have to be Cait over at Paper Fury and Leah over at Girl vs Books. It’s hard to pick two! Then I’m going to tag one of the newer members that I’ve come across since I started this blog: Amy at Golden Books Girl.
Okay, that was harder than I expected it to be! Even if you’re not tagged, don’t be afraid to jump on board and do this Tag too! I’d love to know what your mid-year book freakout look like!