Can’t believe we’re part way through the year, time is flying. Today I thought I’d do the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag, firstly because I haven’t done a tag in awhile and secondly because it looked fun. So with further ado let’s get into the questions.
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019.
Picking favourites is so difficult, out of the seventy-three books I’ve read so far this year I have nine five stars. However I think my favourite would have to be The Smell of Other Peoples Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. I borrowed the eBook from my library on a whim and ended up falling in love with it. I loved the way all the seemingly separate stories wove together and the writing was beautiful and so were the character.
2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2019.
Honestly I haven’t read as many sequel as I normally do, but my favourite would have to be Saga vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples.
3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to.
Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, I literally brought this the other day from Kmart and am so excited to read more from these guys as a duo.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
It’s a toss up between The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern and Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater.
5. Biggest disappointment.
Honestly this year has been a pretty great reading yeah for me, but obviously there are always a few duds. For me my biggest disappointment was Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This book came so highly recommended and honestly there was nothing wrong with it while I was reading it but when I stopped I just felt kind of sick and really sad. I’m not really sure why I had that reaction and I think this is a case of it’s me not the book, but it was still disappointing.
6. Biggest surprise.
Saga Land by Richard Fidler and Kári Gíslason. I’d seen this book in bookstores when it first came out and I was intrigued but I kinda forgot about, but I needed an audiobook for some reason and my library had it so I picked it up. It was really good and I didn’t expect to connect to it the way I did.
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Hank Green. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing was the first book I read this year and honestly it was the way to start the year of right, I absolutely loved it and am super pumped for what Hank writes next.
8. Newest fictional crush.
No one springs to mind.
9. Newest favourite character.
This question’s tough. I think I’ve gotta give two answers. Stevie Bell from Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson and Jacob from City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. I just love them both so much.
10. Book that made you cry.
Going Bovine by Libba Bray, honestly I bawled like a baby at the end. If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio also made me cry and so did The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews.
11. Book that made you happy.
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan, I re-read this on audio and honestly couldn’t stop smiling.
12. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received)
I brought the Barnes and Nobel soft cover of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and honestly I’m in love with it.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Besides books that I’ll have to read for school there isn’t really any books that I have to read but I would really like to catch up on The Trials of Apollo Series by Rick Riordan and also finally read Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor.