The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag!

So this post was originally going to be a June wrap-up but after writing and rewriting the post about five times, I decided that I’m just not up to it. However, I managed to read thirteen books – eight physical and five eBooks (because I finally bought a Kobo!) I haven’t been tagged to do this but I’ve seen it all over Booktube and the wonderful Taryn’s blog so I thought I’d give it a shot anyway. 

1. THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017?
This was so difficult as I’ve hit the halfway mark with my reading challenge (50 out of 100 books!) so I’ve had to choose two. From the start of the year, my favourite has to be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and my most recent favourite is Ragdoll by Daniel Cole. Both completely different – one a YA contemporary and the other a Crime Thriller but both have stayed with me to this day.

2. YOUR FAVOURITE SEQUEL OF 2017

Try and stop me using this book for the answer to every question though. This is the final book in the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab and woah, didn’t it half end with a bang. This series has just been magical and diverse and funny and Lila and Rhy will forever be two of my favourite characters. I miss this world all the time! 
3. A NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ BUT WANT TO


I have wanted this book from the second it was announced and now that it is finally out, I’ve got a TBR the size of a small child so I can’t get to it yet. However, it is getting amazing reviews so I may have to bump it up further. It is an incredibly diverse sci-fi novel which is exactly up my street so I encourage you guys to check it out too!


4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR


Yes, I am SO excited for Warcross by Marie Lu and 27 Hours by Tristina Wright but I would be lying if I didn’t say this amazing book right here wasn’t what I was most excited for. Not only is this a Wonder Woman story but it’s also written by one of my all time favourite authors. There’s a 99.9% I had a heart attack when it was announced. It will be released on August 29th!



5. YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

A lot of books were a disappointment this year but I think you have to choose one that you had high hopes for and for me, it was Flame in the Mist. I didn’t watch a lot of Disney movies when I was younger but the one I loved above all else was Mulan and to hear this was a retelling made me so happy. Although the book wasn’t terrible, it has problems with cultural and historical inaccuracies and bi-erasure. 

6. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR


This was a surprise for me because the one genre I’ve never really read has been memoirs/non-fiction. However, I picked this up because of the blurb and the fact that it was being sold for very cheap in a local supermarket. When I finished this book, I probably cried for about ten minutes and immediately started researching other popular memoirs on Goodreads. It surprised me how much I was invested in a story that was real life and I also come away with a line that stays with me to this day – “I can’t go on. I’ll go on.”



7. FAVE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR

Ok, for this I’m going to choose Seanan McGuire who I discovered after reading Every Heart a Doorway. I just instantly fell in love with not just her twisted take on fairytales but also her imaginative and diverse writing. Definitely an author I’m going to keep up to date with.


8. YOUR NEW FICTIONAL CRUSH

I don’t really develop crushes on characters and if I do, I haven’t developed one this year but one of my newest loves is definitely Jessica from Not Your Sidekick. I just think she’s amazing and the hero of her own story and just somebody I’d want in my life so she’s getting this trophy. Sorry, Abby.

9. NEW FAVOURITE CHARACTER

 

I’m going to have to choose Molly from The Upside of Unrequited. She has just managed to stand out for me – she’s kind, very good at baking and is an avid fan of Pinterest. I think she’s just somebody you’d love to have as a friend. She’s written brilliantly, has amazing humour and is just a character I missed as soon as I finished the book.


10. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

I think 99.9% of people who read this book got tears. I’m not kidding. This book isn’t fun to read. It’s heavy and heartbreaking and be aware of triggers for pretty much everything – suicide, self-harm, abuse. There’s nothing ‘little’ about A Little Life so don’t go into this expecting a light-hearted read. 

11. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
This trilogy is bound to make anyone happy. It’s light-hearted, fun and just generally cute. Lara Jean is a likeable and relatable character, there is a strong family dynamic especially between the Song sisters and the story lines are typical coming-of-age issues. They are just books you can fly through in one sitting and just have your heart warmed by its contents.


12. FAVE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR

I haven’t actually seen one? I’m not the hugest fan of book to movie adaptations anyway but there’s none I can think of this year.


13. FAVE BOOK POST PUBLISHED THIS YEAR
I’m super proud of a lot of posts we’ve made this year, especially our diverse recommendations but my favourite has to be our post featuring books with bisexual characters which you can find here. We’ve since posted a part II here.


14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT/RECEIVED

So my initial choice would have been The Tiger’s Daughter because I fell in love with that cover art as soon as I saw it but I don’t technically own it as I read the ARC from Netgalley. So if I had to choose one I do own, I’d choose the Russian fairytale The Bear and the Nightingale. Like most books, this has different editions but each one manages to be stunning! 



15. WHAT ARE SOME BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?


So, in reality, the answer to this question would be the entirety of my TBR which is, no exaggeration, the size of a fridge but these are the five that have already been released and that I want to get around to reading ASAP. I’ve got some fantasy, crime thriller, sci-fi and contemporary so I think this is a good mix.

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And that’s the tag. I tag everybody who reads this to do this tag, whether it’s on their blog or Youtube channel. Especially the bloggers who are just starting out! I’m happy with the way my reading is going this year – I have delved into the world of non-fiction and gone back to my favourite genre growing up which was crime fiction. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings in terms of reading!
Love Angharad @