Tag | Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Greetings one and all, today on this auspicious day I bring you a tag which you may very well have seen floating around A LOT – the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. The tag was originally created by Ely and Chami, and it does the rounds at this time of year as all us book bloggers, Booktubers, and book enthusiasts alike look back over what we’ve read so far in the year and (maybe) freak out about all the fantastic (and not so fantastic) books we’ve read. I think that’s all the introduction it needs so, without further ado, let’s freak out…

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.

This question is never not tricky. If we’re discounting re-reads, then The Language of Thorns, The Power, The Girl from Everywhere, The Essex Serpent, The Lie Tree, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and Genuine Fraud have been my 5-star reads. As far as my favourite goes, that would probably be either The Essex Serpent or The Lie Tree, I read them at a similar time though so maybe I was just in the right head-space to REALLY love what I was reading. Both were full of mystery and definitely NOT what I expected them to be. But I’m not choosing between them.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.

Despite my commitment to finish series this year (a resolution I have been failing hard), I actually haven’t read that many sequels at all – I can literally count on one hand the amount of sequels I’ve read, and have fingers to spare. So, the choice is limited but, thankfully, I’ve read a pretty good sequel and that was the second book in Marie Rutkoski’s Winner’s Trilogy, called The Winner’s Crime. The stakes were raised so much higher from the first book and this sequel had much more court politics and intrigue and spying so, suffice it to say, I loved it.

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

I’m really bad at reading things on time, ask my protesting pile of eARCs on NetGalley if you don’t believe me! How “new” is new though? Because I still haven’t read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and that came out back in March. I’m a bad reader, I know.

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

I’m sure there are many others that I’m forgetting right now as I’m faced with this question but the thing that sticks in my head is the two books we have to look forward to from V.E. Schwab, Vengeful, sequel to Vicious (which I still haven’t read, I know, I need to), and City of Ghosts which is about a girl who can see ghosts and is set in a very haunted Edinburgh. That’s all I need to know, I’m in.

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Tag | Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

Folks, it’s Thursday again, and we all know the drill by now, right? It’s time for another Tag Thursday! I saw this tag over on (can you guess?) the lovely Thrice Read and, as the middle of the year is quickly creeping up on me, I thought it was high time to do this tag and reflect on how my reading has gone in this first half of the year. All in all, I think this year’s reading has been good so far but let us ponder some more searching questions and see, shall we?

Question 1 – The best book you’ve read so far in 2017

Based purely on star-ratings (and discounting re-reads) it would be the following: Wishing for Birds by Elisabeth Hewer, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, How To Stop Time by Matt Haig, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill. All brilliant for their own reasons and come highly recommended from me. (And no I couldn’t pick just one because that would be like making a parent choose which child was their favourite!)

Question 2 – Your favourite sequel of the year

Definitely A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. As the final book in a trilogy, it made me feel ALL THE THINGS and it was as equally hilarious and heartbreaking as I have come to expect from Schwab’s writing. It all turned out alright though in the end, didn’t it? I’m still not over it but it’s ok, we’ll get through it together.

Question 3 – A new release that you haven’t read but really want to

It depends entirely on what constitutes as a “new release” I think so I will chose two answers: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor which actually was released back in April (I bought it then, I just haven’t got to it yet) and the recently released The Gender Games by Juno Dawson (which I have heard so many wonderful things about but haven’t bought yet).

Question 4 – Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Definitely the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s my favourite of the Harry Potter films and quite possibly of the books (I used to say my favourite was OotP but, on re-read, I think POA has the edge) and I’m really excited to see how it is depicted visually.

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag [2016 Edition]

Welcome one, welcome all, to the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, 2016 edition. Please, hold the applause.

Let’s just get this typical response out of the way – I can’t believe it’s already July. There, I said it. Well, actually, that’s genuinely quite scary to me to realise 6 whole months have been and gone. However, thus far, 2016 has been a bit trying (to say the least) so hopefully the latter half of the year will see things move onwards and upwards.

Let’s linger on the year thus far though, at least in terms of my reading, as I do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. (Also, I’ll say this now, if you haven’t done the tag yet and are feeling particularly retrospective, consider yourself tagged by me.)

Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016
I’ve had a really good reading year so far in 2016 so it’s really, really tricky to pick just one book for an answer to this question, so I’m going to cheat and pick three: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, and, most recently, A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, no questions asked.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To
I haven’t read The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater yet, the concluding novel in The Raven Cycle, but by god I want to get to it soon and then, on the other hand, I want to put it off as long as possible because once I finish it it means there are no Raven Boys books left to read.

Most Anticipated Release For the Second Half of the Year
As you can see from my Top Ten Tuesday post on this very subject, I’m really looking forward to the second illustrated edition of the Harry Potter series, The Chamber of Secrets, as illustrated by Jim Kay. Weirdly it’s a rare way to feel as though you’re reading the series for the first time, which is never a bad thing. Continue reading