Mid-Year Book Freak-out Tag

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!

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year

Okay, I am kind of going to cheat, because I can’t just pick one book. My seven favourite (new) books so far this year are Wires and Nerve vol. 2 by Marissa Meyer, Coco by Diana López, Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. These are books I’ve rated five stars and they are definitely books I would recommend and reread!

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far This Year

I think this award definitely goes to A Torch Against the Night and Obsidio as well. These are both sequels that made me feel all the feels!

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

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?!

10. Book that Made You Cry

OK lemme tell you which books made me sob this year, in no particular order: Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton, The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan, Coco by Diana López, Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden.

11. Book that Made You Happy

Any books written by Rick Riordan made me laugh out loud because they always do. As did Aru Shah and the End of Time, and of course Obsidio!

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!