Mid-Year Freak Out Tag!

I’ve only started blogging a week ago (since Fri. June 21st) but in that short space of time I have seen this tag pop up looooooads among the book blogs I’ve found and I’ve been loving what everyone has been saying! And when Kristi @ Confessions of a YA Reader said to consider yourself tagged if you read her post then I knew I had to partake. I don’t know whose tag this originally belongs to so if you know can you tell me in the comments and I’ll make sure to create a link back to the original post!

So here it goes!

What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2019?

2019 has been a great year for me reading-wise! I have read sooooo many awesome books that it is really hard to narrow this down to one but here it goes…

The Binding’ by Bridget Collins

Oh my god I loved this. I was so moved by it. It’s a book about books (which is pretty much my favourite thing ever to read about) with this beautiful love story running through it that just both melted and broke my heart and oh… I JUST TEAR UP THINKING ABOUT IT. IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL. AND EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT. OKAY I WILL CALM DOWN NOW lol!

What has been your favourite sequel of the first half of the year?

Hands down has to be I Heart Hawaii’ by Lindsey Kelk

This is book 8 in her ‘I heart’ series and she says it’s the last ever book in the series and it was the PERFECT ending. The I Heart books are probably categorised as chick-lit but they are so much more than that (that tag annoys me because why should a book be assigned to an audience of a singular gender? STOP ASSUMING STUFF BOOK PUBLISHING PEEPS!) Anyway! Before I was side-tracked by my mini-rant I was saying how great the I Heart books are because at their core are these most amazing female friendships that evolve beautifully over the course of the eight books (and two e-novellas). Yes there is romance and some hot boys, but the female friendships are front and centre and these books are just all about empowering women and I just love them…. If you haven’t read this series you should really check it out if you want something light hearted that will have you both cracking up with laughter and getting emotional over all the major life events that Angela (that’s the MC) and her friends go through.

Honourable mentions go to books 2 and 3 in Becky Chambers fantastic Wayfarers series that I completed back in April.

Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited to?

There are quite a few!

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

This just sounds like a really beautiful literary read and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

One of my really good friends from Goodreads has told me I need to read this because it is simply the cutest thing ever… so it has become a top priority to purchase!

Light from Other Stars by Erika Swyler

I do love a good science fiction and the blurb on this sounds utterly compelling

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

I have this on reservation in the library and am hoping to borrow it any day now. I love Tom Hanks films (especially his rom-coms) and therefore when I saw the title I knew I had to read it!

What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

Eh hello REBEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The fourth Legend book by Marie Lu and OH MY GOD I MAY HYPERVENTILATE AND FAINT JUST THINKING ABOUT IT. I really love the original series…Champion just makes me cry even thinking about it!!!!

What is your biggest disappointment so far?

I have two. One that upset me and one that frustrated me.

First up, The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez… I can’t talk about the reasons why it upset me without getting into spoiler territory (it deals with infertility in a manner that deeply wounded me) so if you want to know why then head to my spoiler review here on my blog

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

If you want to read a run of the mill YA about a girl who’s so unlike all other girls because she’s just that ‘spechul’, and you’re happy to be spoon-fed Kiersten White’s version of which characters are all goodness and light versus the ones that are all dark and evil then sure, read this reimagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and you might enjoy it and be all ‘girl power’ woo!!! 

If however you relish delicious moral ambiguity and writing that is brimful of subtlety and nuance then skip this sub-par fan fiction and read the original classic… Yeah I really hated it! Sorry!

What is your biggest surprise so far?

My biggest surprise of the year so far is that I fell in love with a book that is classed as sort of a gothic horror…. BECAUSE I HATE HORROR!!! I think I hate horror with gratuitous violence more than anything though… (think all those slasher horror films, cannot cope with them) And this book was definitely more subtle with its creepiness. Anyway the book is In the Night Wood’ by Dale Bailey. I picked it up from the new books stand in my local library not knowing anything about it; good thing, because if I had known it was horror-ish I wouldn’t have brought it home! But brought it home I did and WOW was I impressed! It is gothic, creepy storytelling at its finest. If you were anything like me as a kid then you would have grown up on creepy campfire ghost stories (but without the camping outdoors thankfully! Much too attached to my bed!) and I also was bonkers about eerie fairytales… Think the Brothers Grimm (even though Hans Christian Anderson is still my fairytale king!) ANYWAY…I know I tend to digress A LOT! But back to ‘In the Night Wood’, well this book is the perfect version of those things but for adults! It is incredibly atmospheric, fantastically chilling and has an utterly gripping plot that perfectly blurs the line between reality and fairytale. Although it is dark in both tone and imagery I definitely highly recommend it….even to wimps like me!

What is your favourite new to you or debut author?

I have only just read Jessie Burton for the first time this year and I just feel she’s a kindred spirit. There is something in her style of writing that really spoke to me so I am excited to read more from her.

Who is your favourite fictional crush from this year?

I don’t really get fictional crushes anymore… Or maybe just no one can overtake my love for Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

Who is your new favourite character?

100% Queenie. She being the titular character from Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. I love how multi-layered she is. She’s honest, funny, frustrating, brilliant, flawed, perfect… I just love her. I love characters that feel like real living, breathing people and she very much is that.

A book that made you cry?

Oh we could be here a while if I list all the books that made me cry… I am very much a book crier!!!! I just get so caught up in my books that I will cry at happy endings, sad endings, births, deaths, funerals, weddings… You name it and I will cry!! But the book that made me blub the most so far this year was probably Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.

A book that made you happy?

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness, Book 2 in the All Souls trilogy. I am unashamedly trash for this series and I practically squealed with happiness all the way through this book even though nothing really happened plot-wise!!!!

Your favourite book to movie/tv show that you’ve seen so far?

I don’t tend to watch screen adaptations of my favourite books but I have been rewatching and enjoying the TV adaptation of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

What is the most beautiful book that you have bought this year?

The Binding by Bridget Collins, hardback and slip-cover

Look at that beauty!!!

What is your favourite post that you have written so far this year?

Errr…. I’ve only been blogging a week so I haven’t really done much. I like this post though! But maybe my ‘About me’ post? It’s nice to get to introduce myself I think.

What are 6 books that you want to read by the end of the year?

I’m not great at sticking to a TBR list because I am a very moody reader but I do want to get to the following books at some stage:

  • The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
  • The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Wildcard by Marie Lu
  • Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen

Wow and that’s it! My first Tag Blog Post WOO HOO!!!! This was a lot of fun. Let me know in the comments below if we share any of the same likes or dislikes and link to your own Mid-Year Freak Out tags so I can read them!

Here’s to the next six months of great reading!

19 thoughts on “Mid-Year Freak Out Tag!

  1. Welcome to the world of book blogging. I guarantee it will make you buy even more books than ever before because you will not resist when you see what other people are talking about

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  2. The Binding was the most gorgeous book that I’ve bought this year too. Not only is the jacket beautiful but I was blown away by the naked cover. Seriously, why can’t all naked covers be this beautiful?!

    Sorry to hear The Friend Zone didn’t work out for you–I’m still looking forward to reading it so I haven’t read your review, but I’ll check it out after 🙂 Hope you enjoy the rest of your reads!

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    1. Oh it’s possibly the most beautiful book I own. It’s almost a shame to cover that gorgeous hardback with its slipcover!
      And yes, I feel so left out that I haven’t yet read Red White and Royal Blue. It really feels like that book has been read by the majority of Goodreaders and bloggers I follow!

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