Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2018)
With all the craziness happening with the Summer Blog Promo Tour and The Summer Biannual Bibliothon, I thought I'd keep it easy and do a book tag. This tag was created by IsThatChami and Earl Grey Books and is one that I've seen both Bloggers and YouTubers do, so I thought I would give it a shot. I'm not going to go over what each book is about specifically, but I will link to their Goodreads pages if you wanted to learn more. Let's freak out about some books!
What is the best book that you've read so far this year?
It’s too impossible for me to pick just one book for this question, so I picked three! The ones that I’ve chosen are Save the Date by Morgan Matson, Warcross by Marie Lu and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I flew through all three of these books and loved them for different reasons. Save the Date was a 2018 release that I was highly anticipating, Warcross was a 2017 release that was sitting on my TBR pile and Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda was a book that I hadn’t previously known about but has quickly climbed into my favourite books of all time.
What is the best sequel that you've read so far this year?
Of course, I would have to choose Iron Gold by Pierce Brown for my favourite sequel. It’s technically the first book in a new trilogy that takes place years after the end of Morning Star but because you have to read the Red Rising trilogy to understand it, I’m going to count it. I adore Pierce Brown’s writing and the Iron Gold had many of my favourite elements of sci-fi: an intriguing cast of characters, looming enemies from all sides, and a grand space adventure. This book had me emotional, and I chucked the book across the room mainly because of that cliffhanger! The next book in the series is also set to come out later this year and I can’t wait.
What is a new release that you haven't read yet, but want to?
I haven’t read Smoke In The Sun by Renée Ahdieh yet and it’s a book that was on my most anticipated summer releases list, so I need to get to it soon. So much went down in Flame In The Mist and I can’t wait to see how Renée wraps it up. This series is set in feudal Japan and has a lot of political intrigue that I’m loving. It feels like we’ve been just building and building tension since the beginning and I’m excited for everything to explode.
What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
I have two books to answer this question, both from very different genres, and that’s What If It's Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli and Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. I adore both Adam and Becky individually. Adam writes books that crush your emotions while Becky has a cute, rom-com feel to her writing, so I’m excited to see how they’ve come together in What If It’s Us. And of course, you all know that I’ve been anticipating Queen of Air and Darkness ever since I finished Lord of Shadows. Cassandra Clare is one of my all-time favourite authors and I needed this book like yesterday.
What book was the biggest disappointment this year?
For this question, I have to go with Ship It by Britta Lundin. I feel like I had wanted more from this book than what it delivered. I did enjoy seeing a different side of fandom compared to what we got in Fangirl and Geekerella, and I did relate to this portrayal of fandom in many ways. However, I did feel like many of the main character’s actions really give fangirls a bad name and that these actions didn’t have enough repercussions to make up for it.
What book surprised you the most this year?
I have to go with The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. I’ve just finished reading this book because it is the group book for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon. I went in not really knowing what to expect, I just knew I had to read it for the readathon, but it by far exceeded my expectations, The Wicked Deep kept me engaged, and the history of this town and the characters were intriguing. I really enjoyed the paranormal elements and the suspense, so if you’re into small-town paranormal you need to check out The Wicked Deep.
Who is your favourite new author (debut or new to you)?
Hands down it’s Becky Albertalli! She is by no means a new author, but she was new to me this year and I absolutely flew through all of her books. I picked up her newest release, Leah on the Offbeat one night thinking I’ll just read for half an hour. Before I know it it’s two in the morning and I’ve finished! Becky’s books are adorable, have great representation and are always a good time. I love how they gives me the same sort of feeling as if I was watching my favourite rom-com. So basically, if you haven’t read Becky’s books you need to read them ASAP!
What book made you cry?
You can count on Adam Silvera to DESTROY your feelings. From the title, you can probably tell that They Both Die At The End is going to get you in the heart. I cried both happy and sad tears while reading this book, and all I wanted to do was wrap these characters in a hug and tell them it’ll be okay.
What book made you happy?
Out of all the books that I've read so far this year, the one that had made me overall the happiest was Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. As I mentioned above, Becky's writing feels like a rom-com and Simon's point of view, in particular, was so funny. I loved that Simon's coming out wasn't the main focus of the story and that his love story was. Because like Simon says in the movie trailer, everyone deserves a great love story and it was amazing that a same-sex couple were the ones having this love story.
What is your favourite book to movie adaptation that you saw this year?
Speak of the movie, of course, my favourite book to movie adaptation so far is Love, Simon, which is the adaptation of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. This movie was a great adaptation of the book and any changes they made weren't distracting from the story that I already loved. I didn't have anyone to go with, so I went on my own and basically spent the entire film clutching my popcorn like a teddy bear. The cast was great and I loved that the movie kept the essence of the book as a coming of age story for Simon. There are other book to movie adaptations coming out later this year, but so far Love, Simon is my favourite.
What is your favourite review that you've written this year?
I really enjoyed writing my review for Save The Date! I initially wasn't planning on writing a review, but when I finished the book I was overwhelmed by my need to talk about it. It was my first Morgan Matson book that I've read in a while and it was like falling back in love with her writing, which made for a fun review for me.
What is the most beautiful book that you've bought this year?
I have to give this one to Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng! I bought this book because my work friends and I planned on starting a book club and this was the book that we had all decided on. I know absolutely nothing about this book and I've never read a Celeste Ng book before, but isn't this book gorgeous?
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Out of all the books on my TBR, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee is definitely at the top of my list to finish by the end of the year. I had put this book on my Tome Topple Readathon TBR, but I wasn't able to get to it because I was taking way too long to finish Tower of Dawn. I don't know why it's taking me so long to read this book because it's definitely up my alley, so I'm hoping to be able to pick this up ASAP.
That's all for my Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! I'd love to know some of your answers to these questions, so be sure to leave a comment with your answers below.
Until next time, have a lovely rest of your day and read something awesome!