I have never done the Mid-Year Book Freakout tag before but thanks to Lauren over at FictionTea, I am doing it now. It’s probably quite appropriate for me to be doing this tag as I have not been doing nearly as well with my reading goals as I was hoping for and so I am actually having a mid-year book freakout anyway!
As you have probably noticed from my monthly wrap ups, this years reading has really, really not gone to plan. I had 40 books as my Goodreads goal but I had been aiming for 70 books this year after I achieved 65 last year. Seeing as I haven’t even read 25 yet, let alone 40, I don’t think there is much chance to reach 70 books now unless I do nothing else but read. Unfortunately, I still have a few exams remaining and so my time is spent on that. Once those are out the way though, I will definitely be forgetting all about my studies and will maximise my time spent reading once again. I absolutely can’t wait.
As I haven’t actually read that many books this year, there is likely to be some repetition of answers so I apologise in advance for that. Here are my answers to the Mid-Year book freakout…
Best Book of the Year So Far?
I’m torn between Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and Legendary by Stephanie Garber. Children of Blood and Bone was a phenomenal debut that was just could not put down. It was so incredible and I absolutely loved everything about it. I wrote a review on it that you can find here. Legendary is the second book following Caraval. I had been highly anticipating this book since I read Caraval in January last year and I definitely was not disappointed. It had the perfect amount of magic and mystery that I was craving since I’d read the first book. You can find my review for it here.
A New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?
I think that I may have to say To Kill A Kingdom. I bought a copy of it in London when I visited in April but am yet to read it. There was a decent amount of hype surrounding it but that isn’t the reason why I haven’t read it yet. It’s simply just because I have been so busy with work and studying that I haven’t had nearly as much time as I would like to read which makes me so sad. I would like to get to this book this year though as I really want to get on top of my reading list once I have finished my studies.
Most Anticipated Release for Autumn/Winter?
I have two anticipated releases. One being Escaping from Houdini which I have an ARC of and am planning to read at the beginning of August. The other is, of course, Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas. It’s the last book of the Throne of Glass series and although I still haven’t read Tower of Dawn, I am definitely anticipating this book because it is the end of the series!
Biggest Disappointment of the Year So Far?
This has to be The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross. For a more detailed reason explaining why I didn’t like this book, you can check out my review but this book really just wasn’t for me. I was looking forward to it as I had managed to snag an extremely early copy of it at YALC 2017, but it was just so disappointing when I finally got to it.
Biggest Surprise of the Year So Far?
Maybe A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews aka Paperfury on Twitter. I knew that C.G. had a book coming out but wasn’t fully aware of what it was exactly about. After I was sent a review copy by Team Bkmrk, I completely surprised myself as I read the first few pages with the intention of that being a preview for the book but ended up finishing it that same evening.
New Favourite Author?
I think it has to be Tomi Adeyemi. I just loved the fast pace of Children of Blood and Bone and I really enjoyed her writing too. It all felt like it flowed so easily onto the page.
Your Newest Favourite Character?
Simon Spier from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I knew that I would enjoy this book but I wasn’t prepared for how much I was going to love it and I just loved Simon’s character if I’m honest. I thought that he was a just a big fluff ball.
A Book That Made You Cry?
I don’t think any book has made me cry this year. I don’t really tend to cry at books which I don’t really understand why not, seeing as I have been known to cry at Harry Potter characters dying in the movies but not when I’ve read the books. It’s weird. But I did want to cry happy tears when I read Simon and I did want to cry when I was reading parts of Children of Blood and Bone.
A Book That Made You Happy?
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. By the end of this book, I was just so happy and felt so fulfilled. It was a pleasure to read such a fantastic book and one that really lived up to all the hype it has been given since its release.
The Most Beautiful Book So Far?
I think I would have to say The Surface Breaks. I just absolutely love the cover of it and the hardcover under the jacket is super pretty too. I pretty much pre-ordered it asap when I saw it. Spinning Silver also has such a gorgeous cover which I think is so pretty. Even the spine is a pretty colour!
As this is a tag, I believe I need to tag a few people! If you’re reading this, I tag you!