I thought doing this tag would be a great way to check back in with my long forgotten blog. This is something I see everyone and their mom doing on BookTube and figured I’d give it a shot. Without further ado…
2019 Midyear Book Freak Out Tag:
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019.
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker stands out to me, but also Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, and There There by Tommy Orange.
Some other favorites have been My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwait, Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, and the Murderbot Diaries novela series by Martha Wells.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019
In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire was by far the best yet in the Wayward Children series.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
I read Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone/Grisha trilogy this year during Book Roast’s OWLs Magical Readathon. I loved the books so much! I haven’t gotten around to King of Scars yet. Haven’t decided if I am going to reread Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, or jump right into it.
I also have A Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson calling my name. I have very high hopes for it
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
I am looking forward to Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo and Supernova by Marissa Meyer
5. Biggest disappointment
There have been several books I probably expected to enjoy more than I actually did, but my greatest disappointment by far was Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. I have been meaning to read it for at least 9 years; since my first reading of Jane Eyre. I was expecting to fall in love with Antoinette “Bertha” Mason as a heroine, but it really fell flat for me. What a bummer.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. The series is one I put off reading because I knew I’d love it… so I wanted to wait until the perfect time. Well I did NOT love it, and I’m not totally sure I see myself continuing the series.
6. Biggest surprise
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee was a book club selection, and honestly I was not thrilled it was chosen. I had heard nothing but great things about it, but I really didn’t think it would be for me. Well…. it is definitely one of my favorite of the year (as you saw back in question 1). I am so pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to read and enjoy. I was expecting it to be more purple prosey in style, but it was very readable and accessable…especially when historical fiction is something I don’t read often.
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Well, definitely not the best author(s) I’ve read this year, but they are new to me and I highly enjoyed them… Christina Lauren. This year I read Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, Unhoneymooners, and Roomies. Were they amazing literature? No. Did I enjoy them? Yes, very much. Everyone needs a little brain candy now and then.
You could of course refer back to my answer for question 1 for more quality new-to-me authors.
8. Newest fictional crush
I’m just gon’ say it: Mal (the Grisha Trilogy). screw the Darkling. Mal and Alina are OTP. I LOVE MAL.
I know, I know.
9. Newest favorite character.
Murderbot (From the Murderbot Diaries series). I love that sentient, anxious robot. So much.
10. Book that made you cry (Saddest book you have read).
One that took me by surprise was The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. When I heard reviewers say they cried reading it I couldn’t imagine being so moved. But it got me. Those were pretty happy tears though. Proud, full of love tears.
The book that made me saddest this year would probably be Pachinko. I did cry reading that one, too. An empty, wrecked cry.
11. Book that made you happy.
Umm…The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang.
But also, Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston…. which also brought me to tears actually.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
Good Omens. OMIGOSH. David Tennant.
13. Favorite review you’ve written this year.
I haven’t made much effort to do more than a Goodreads star rating when I finish a book. I track my progress and leave a note here and there as I read, but when I finish I click my star rating and move on.
But when I finished The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu… I had things to say.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Sorcery of Thorns maybe? King of Scars?
For the sake of naming a book I haven’t mentioned yet, Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff has a pretty cool cover and some great art. Haven’t gotten around to it yet, but you KNOW I preordered it in order to get a copy of Memento, which is the Illuminae Files prequel only available to US readers (or those willing to spend a small fortune) as an Aurora Rising promo.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
All the books. Seriously, there are too many to name. Lots of backlist books I have purchased at thrift & used book stores, plus some new releases and next in series that I am looking forward to.
Have you done this tag? Leave your link if you’ve done it already, or make sure to come back and share when you do.