Mid Year Book Freakout TAG
I know August is already ending and we’ve passed the half point of the year for a while now, but hush. For some reason, I have never felt like September made the end of the year close and tangible. Maybe because it’s the start of the school year, so there’s no room to also feel like the year is already going towards its end. Maybe I’m just strange, maybe both. In any case, I saw this over at Paper Fury and thought it was a lovely idea, so here we are.
The best book of the year so far
This is going to get boring. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I hate picking favourites, but if I had to I will, without doubt, go for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
Best sequel of the year
Hands down Crooked Kingdom. I like this question because it gives me the opportunity to talk about another of my favourite reads right off the bat. This book was everything and more, which is impressive since Six of Crows was already so good.
New release you haven’t read yet but want to
Holy shit where do I begin? My reading year has had a ton of ups and downs already, and there are so many books I was excited to read and then, for some reason, didn’t actually read. One of the most glaringly obvious ones is A Court of Wings and Ruin. I preordered this book ages ago, and I waited and waited and got it so much later than everyone else but then it finally arrived! And I didn’t pick it up. I even let my sister already read it, since I didn’t even see myself reading it soon. Sigh.
Other examples are Release by Patrick Ness and The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan. A week ago I would have had to admit that Strange the Dreamer by Lani Taylor was one of them, but I have both started and finished that recently! (See, it’s good I didn’t do this back at the start of July.)
Most anticipated release for autumn/winter
Aaah, there are SO MANY good books coming! Honestly, no wonder I can’t keep up. One day my endless TBR will fall on me and I’ll die because of the weight of all those books. Or because of the shame, whichever comes first.
Anyway, back to the point. I’m really looking forward to Dear Martin by Nick Stone, Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore, Warcross by Marie Lu (so close!) and Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee.
Biggest disappointment of the year so far
This is such a sad question… Not that I’m never disappointed by books, I definitely am! I just don’t like to dwell on it and all the lost opportunities.
I think it might have been Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and that it was such a good, cute contemporary, but it did not work for me. At all. Which is really sad, even more so because I had expected to like it and already acquired a physical copy. Ah well, can’t win them all, I guess.
Biggest surprise of the year so far
So this is not really one book in particular, but the age category New Adult has really positively surprised me so far! I tried once last year, and due to a combination of the book being really bad and me not being in the mood for (somewhat) explicit sex, it didn’t work at all. Am I glad I tried again though! I’ve read both the Cyberlove and the In Focus series this year, and whilst I had to warm up to the former a bit, I’ve found some really great books, and even a possible new favourite.
New favourite author
I’m going to go with new for me (though she did get two (!) books published this year) and say Victoria Schwab. She doesn’t only write fabulous books, she’s also a wonderful human being and following her on twitter was one of my better ideas so far.
Your newest favourite character
Lazlo from Strange the Dreamer, maybe? He lived in a library and got to work there because it almost ate him! (Not literally, but that would have been cool too.) I relate to the reading thing he has, in case you didn’t know :D And to how open he is to new adventures and experiences, how he can completely go for things. How he’s kind-hearted and open-minded. Honestly, he’s such a gem.
A Book that made you cry
Ah, this is difficult. I used to cry all the time when I read, but due to mental health problems, that isn’t always the case anymore. I think Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness were probably early enough in the year to not have that issue yet. I almost (that’s as close as I get now, usually) cried when reading The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I did also cry at one point during Strange the Dreamer, but it was an extra emotional day 😊
A book that made you happy
Most beautiful book so far
The Fox and the Star. Honestly, I wish I had pictures for you! At one point I’ll steal the book from my friend and take some, I promise. For now, please believe me when I say both the cover and the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. So stunning, and such a cute story too.
Alright, here we are! My half year answers after about two-thirds of the year have already gone. Maybe I’ll have better timing next time (who am I kidding) but at least the questions stay fun!
Tell me one of your anticipated releases you have yet to read so we can all hang our heads in shame together!