Mid-year Book Freak out Tag

1. The best book you’ve read this year?

Starting off with a really hard question! I’ve finished 54 books so far this year, and there have been several I really truly loved.  I’m going with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo because it was such an unexpected love, whereas most of my other favourites have been sequels.

2. The best sequel you’ve read in 2019?

Nyxia and Nyxia Unleashed were some of my favourite reads last year, so I went into Nyxia Uprising with high hopes, and I’m pleased to say it lived up to those.  It was a little more predictable than the first two I thought, but the pacing was excellent, and I’m thoroughly invested in the world Reintgen has created.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

Westworld meets Disney? Hell. Yes. Plus I’ve seen a lot of glowing reviews for this already.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

I loved The Poppy War so much more than I expected last year, so I can’t wait to finally get my hands on the sequel and see what happens next.

5. Biggest disappointment?

 I really honestly thought I’d love this, but it just didn’t work for me.  I liked Carmen, and I wanted her to get her happy ending, but I didn’t believe she’d find it with Dani. I also just felt like it was too slow for me to get really invested.

6. Biggest Surprise?

I don’t mind non-fiction, but there are very few non-fiction titles I’d say were favourites, and they’re pretty much all animal-focused, so for Black Box Thinking to become a favourite was very much a surprise. I loved the stories in it, the clear, logical progression, and I genuinely find myself looking at things differently. It’s a book that motivates you to take risks, and chances, and see failure from a different perspective.

7. Favourite new to you or debut author?

Shadow of the Fox was my first Kagawa book and I really enjoyed it.
It just had such a fun feel, and I really enjoyed both the plot and the writing. I don’t know if I’ll go back and read Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, but I’ll definitely be looking forward to the sequel to this.

8. Newest fictional crush?

Haven’t got one!

9. Newest favourite character?

Minya isn’t a new character, but in Muse of Nightmares she develops so much, and becomes so much more understandable that she’s become a new favourite, not necessarily because she’s likeable but just because she’s so well developed and three dimensional.

10. Book that made you cry?

No explanation needed here I think!

11. Book that made you happy?

I had a couple of issues with Red, White & Royal Blue but on the whole, I really enjoyed it, and I think I spent the majority of the time reading it just smiling at the fun.

12. Favorite book to film adaptation?

I haven’t actually seen many book to film adaptations this year – Game of Thrones, but season 7 absolutely was NOT my favourite!, Mortal Engines & Five Feet Apart might be about it really. I actually really enjoyed Five Feet Apart though, both in book and movie format, despite not being my usual genre.

13. Favourite post you have done this year?

My blog has been sadly quiet this year, thanks to the PGCE but I’ve had some fun posting about non-bookish things as well as bookish things. I think my favourite bookish post is probably my review for The Poppy War, and my favourite non-bookish post is probably my review of Gousto, just because it was so fun to put together!

14. Most beautiful book you have bought this year?

I’ve been so good about not buying books that it’s really depressingly difficult to answer this question! In an Absent Dream is one of my favourite covers, but I bought it on audio so sadly it isn’t decorating my shelves! I also really love the cover for Viper too, and that one is actually decorating my shelves in paperback format.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

So many! A few of the recent/upcoming releases that I really want to read are The Never Tilting World, Kingdom of Souls, The Beholder and Of Ice and Shadows (which I’ve got review copies of) and Middlegame, which I own a copy of.

2 thoughts on “Mid-year Book Freak out Tag

  1. Evelyn Hugo was such an amazing read! I also read it this year and thought there was no way it would live up to my expectations considering the hype, but it did!
    I’m happy to see you have Shadow of the Fox in your list because I just added it to my TBR but really didn’t know whether people had enjoyed it (as opposed for example to Red, White and Royal Blue, which I also have on my list)
    Oh and happy to know you liked the movie of Five Feet Apart, I was hesitating 🙂
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    1. It was such a pleasant surprise! Have you read Daisy Jones as well? I read that a little bit later and I have to admit, while I enjoyed it, I didn’t think that lived up to the hype quite as well. I really liked that Shadow of the Fox felt a bit different, and I have to admit I love the concept, so even though it probably won’t be one of my favourites this year, I really liked it, and I definitely want to give the rest of the series a chance. Five Feet Apart does exactly what you expect it to – makes you laugh and makes you cry! – and I thought they did a brilliant job of staying true to the original book.

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