It’s…the end of June. I will spare you the “omg time flies” freak out but just know, TIME FLIES AND I’M FREAKING OUT!!! Half the year is gone and that means it’s time for a little bookish update and check up to see how this year in books has been treating us. I’ve been tagged to do the Mid-Year Book Freak-Out tag by two Jami @ JamiShelves and Aimee @ Aimee, Always. So, thank you lovelies. This tag was created by Chami @ ReadLikeWildFire and Ely @ Ely Jayne.
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1- Best Book You’ve read this year
Hmmm, I wonder I wonder what this might be. Definitely not my new all time favourite non-fantasy book. NOPE. Okay, yes, that’s exactly what it is. And it’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. That book resonated with me and broke me in the best way possible. I read it twice and bawled my eyes out both times. It was even worse the second time around because I knew exactly what would happen and that it would absolutely crush me but still went into it. (Review)
2- Best Sequel You’ve read this year
I have two answers for this one. The first one is The Speaker by Traci Chee. I read both books this year, and although I really loved the first, this one just blew me away, I couldn’t stop reading, the world is fascinating, the characters amazing and the kind that you 100% fall in love with and root for and it’s action packed as well. The second one is A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir and honestly, is anyone surprised? I adored the first book and this one hurt every one of my feelings and had me on the edge of my seat start to finish.
3- New Release you haven’t read yet but want to
I’m hoping I’ll read both of these VERY soon, probably in the next month or so but I’M A USELESS MOOD READER so don’t quote me on this. Because I’m very much in the mood for them now but I might not be in a couple weeks. Oops?
4- Most Anticipated Releases for the second half of the year
HAHAHAHahahaHAHA. Were you really expecting me to choose just one or maybe a couple? You’re wrong. This list here, I made a couple days ago, is as narrowed down as I was able to make it. I’m IMPATIENTLY waiting for ALL of those books (20+).
5- Biggest disappointement
I suprisingly have quite a few of these this year while previous years I had a hard time answering this question. What a tragedy. Anyway. I’ll go with Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire which I was really expecting and wanting to love but I did NOT, it was just lackluster all around. There’s also…. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman which I never talk about because I know it’s well loved by basically everyone I know and I don’t want to rain on their parade but yeah… I think that my expectations were just too high and I just found myself bored at times. There’s also an outting scene towards the end where the MC outs her best friend to his sister in casual conversation. I still rated it 3 stars though.
I actually have at least another handful of these which makes me sad but I’ll keep them for a full length post about disappointing reads.
6- Biggest surprise
Want by Cindy Pon. I went in with mild expectations for this one, I knew I’d like it from the praise I heard from friends who have similar tastes but IT WAS JUST SO FREAKING AMAZING. The plot, the themes, the characters (!!!), the pacing, the setting. I loved every single thing about it. Be on the look out for my review. It’s lengthy but I needed to get all my feelings out of my system haha. It’s also pretty coherent.
7- Favourite New to You or debut Author
Tomi Adeyemi, Author of Children of Blood and Bone (Review) which is obviously one of my favourite reads this year and has probably also made it into my top 10 favourite books of all times. Not only is she a brilliant writer but she’s also a delightful person, she’s a joy to follow on social media, I love watching her insta stories. She’s funny, energetic and manages to instantly put me in a good mood. Also, HAVE YOU SEEN HER TERRIFYING WOMBAT SUIT?? That thing never fails to crack me up.
8- Newest fictional crush
Eeer, I don’t get many of those because I read mainly YA and at this point in my life, I view the characters in those books as my children haha. BUT. Jackson from Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai absolutely slayed my life. I WANT ONE OF THOSE. A big bear of a man who has tattoos, is soft and gentle but socially awkward, is amazing with kids and A CHEF, the food descriptions in that book made me so hungry. I just want a Jackson of my own to marry, alright? (Review)
9- Newest favourite character
Evelyn Hugo hands down. She’s a bisexual cuban actress. I want to be her and to marry her at the same time. She’s such a deeply flawed, complex character. She’s NOT a good person but owns up to it and cares deeply and would kill (literally) for the people she loves. I’ve never read about a character who’s so confident and yet so aware of her own flaws and acknowledges them out loud. I think it’s absolutely impossible to read that book and not fall in love with her.
10- Book that made you cry
I…would I be predictable if I go with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo AGAIN? Not many books make me cry, I can count them on the fingers of one hand and actually remember EVERY book that made me cry. But okay. I won’t just spend this post talking about this book. So I’ll go with The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty which is technically a re-read but I adore this book with every piece of my heart, it’s my favourite book of all time and I’m just so invested in it that finishing my reread actually made me cry because I just didn’t want to be pulled out of that world for God knows how many months while waiting for the sequel. (Review)
11- Book that made you happy
Mirage by Somaiya Daud. In fact, I’ve never been as happy reading a book as I was while reading this one. It’s fantasy/sci-fi mashup that’s inspired from Moroccan culture and history. MINE. And the familiarity of it just made my heart swell with joy. That and the fact that it was a piece of me in a book that’s actually brilliantly crafted, from the plot to the characters and worldbulding. Everything about it will make you fall in love with it. Review coming OBVIOUSLY, but not until closer to release date.
12- Favourite book to movie adaptation
Love, Simon. Admittedly, it’s the only one I watched BUT it was actually great, and one of the best (maybe THE best) book to movie adaptation out there right now because it was actually really well done. I had a few qualms with it but overall, I found myself flailing with happiness more than once. Also, wanting to punch people, but that’s just a teeny tiny detail.
13- Favourite Post you Have Done this year
I actually had to go and look through my blogging schedule to decide on this one because… I can’t remember what I posted this year and what was actually from before haha. Anyway, it’s the one where I talk about how I organize my reading and blogging. I had a ton of fun writing it and it was actually super well received and many people found it helpful so I consider it a win.
There’s also my Author/reviewer interaction etiquette which came from a really personal place but I still managed to keep it somewhat informative
14- Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received
I have quite a few covers I absolutely adore. The City of Brass special edition with blue sprayed pages is absolutely stunning but another one I have a soft spot for for some Reason is The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan. This is actually another book I want to read soon but that’s besides the point. The colors on the cover are just cohesive and the design is simple yet stunning and there’s also a surprise under the dust jacket that gave me all the heart eyes.
15- What Books do you need to read by the end of the year
What kind of silly question is this? ALL OF THEM. ALL. OF. THEM. I know that’s not realistic but a girl can dream. I already talked a little bit about new/upcoming releases I want to read. But here’s a list of backlist books I need to get through before 2019 rolls around. I read 9/20 which is honestly not too bad. I thought I hadn’t read that many and I’m genuinely surprised. It’s definitely doable. I think. I hope.
I feel like everyone has already done this so I have no idea who to tag. But if you haven’t and would like to do it, consider yourself tagged.
That’s it until next time.
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.