Hello, I guess I’m back… In case you hadn’t noticed, I kind of lost my blogging mojo for a couple of months, even though my reading went great. I just couldn’t be bothered to sit down and write about things anymore, but I am going to try my best again. Today I am going to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag! This tag was created by Elyjayne and IsThatChami on YouTube!
I actually have this list of books released this year that I want to read, and there’s a lot of them that I haven’t read. Like Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and the first volume of Runaways by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka.
4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
I’m excited about the upcoming DC Icons book, Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas. I ordered a signed copy from Waterstones a couple of weeks ago, and I can’t wait for it to arrive! And I can’t wait for Archenemies by Marissa Meyer, the sequel to Renegades, one of my most anticipated books this year!
5. Biggest Disappointment
This one definitely goes to Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I mean I knew it was going to be a ‘sexy’ book, so I was prepared for that, but honestly, the story just couldn’t bother me that much. I loved the books he co-wrote with Amie Kaufman but this just wasn’t my thing. *sigh*
6. Biggest Surprise
Honestly, I was kind of surprised I enjoyed Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I don’t really know why, but I just didn’t really expect to enjoy it this much. I’ll have to admit I liked the movie more, even though it’s very different from the book. Still, it’s an enjoyable book and I would recommend it to everyone who’s seen the movie!
7. Favourite New Author
Well, I can say that Sabaa Tahir is now officially one of my favourite authors. I had already read An Ember in the Ashes a couple of years ago, which I enjoyed, but I read it in Dutch so I couldn’t really judge the writing that much IMO. Now that I’ve listened to the audiobook for both the first and second book, I can say it’s an amazing series and Sabaa’s writing is great!
8. Newest Fictional Crush
Hmm, I don’t really have a crush on any new characters. I rediscovered my love for Leo Valdez and Nico DiAngelo so there’s that?
9. Newest Favourite Character
Aru Shah is pretty awesome and bamf with her Spider-Man pyjamas?!
12. Favourite Book to Film Adaptation You Saw This Year
Yeah, I am going to mention the most recent adaptation I saw and admit that I didn’t love the book as much as everyone else did. But I loved the movie. And that’s Love, Simon/Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Yeah, I enjoyed the book, but I wasn’t blown away (because it’s contemporary and I’m difficult). But the movie made me laugh, made me cry, made me feel all the feels!
13. Favourite Review You’ve Written this Year
I haven’t really written any reviews this year, so I can’t exactly choose my favourite review.
14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought so Far this Year
Cover-wise, I have to choose Obsidio because it’s really pretty and I just love the dust jacket! Inside-wise, my favourite book is the illustrated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which I got in Edinburgh. I haven’t read it yet, but the images are so so beautiful!
15. What Book Do You Need to Read By the End of the Year?
WELL. I have a list of 24 books I really need to read this year, which are books I bought in previous years so I need to read all those. I also want to read The Dark Prophecy and The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan because they are the only Rick Riordan books out so far that I have not read. Shocker, I know.
And this concludes this Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag! Did you fill in this tag? Let me know and I’ll check it out!