Mid-Year Book Check-In! | 2021

We’re already half-way through the year: can you believe it?! The world is already different to just six months ago, and my reading has also changed from 2020…

You can see my 2020 version here, which was quite different to now! I was posting weekly reading wrap-ups of 2-4 books a week – I wish I was still reading that many books! The first few months of 2020 were spent working hard, and then being plunged into quarantine, and in April I read 30 books! This April? 7!

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out! | 2020 Edition

I love this tag so much and I’m pretty sure I’ve done it the last few years as well! Well, it’s finally that time again, so let’s take a look back at the past 6 months… (PS, I’m prewriting this blog post so I may read my new favourite book between now and when this goes live!)

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020?

I found it really hard to choose but I think I’m going to have to go with The Binding by Bridget Collins. This is a fantasy world where you can bind someone’s memories into a book. Our main character trains to become a binder, a job which is feared and hated by society. This book was fantastic.

Best sequel you’ve read so far?

I haven’t read many sequels, so I think it’ll have to be Heartstopper Vol. 2 and 3 by Alice Oseman! This graphic novel series follows Nick and Charlie and their relationship and it is adorable.

New release you haven’t read yet but want to?

I believe this originally debuted in 2019, but my edition is from 2020 so I’m counting it: The Weight of the Stars by K Ancrum (author of The Wicker King, which was one of my favourite books a couple of years ago). I think this book is about space and love and longing, so I’m excited.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

I’ve just preordered Requim for a Knave by Laura Carlin, who wrote one of my favourite books The Wicked Cometh which I just read. I’ve actually got no idea what this one is about, but I’m excited nonetheless.

Biggest disappointment?

I have two: Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver and All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls. In the case of Paver, this book was super hyped up, so I felt really let down by it. And in the case of Nicholls’, I’d read Things a Bright Girl Can Do and loved it, and this one was just a bit meh.

Biggest surprise?

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon! I’d heard how good this book was but, believe me, I was not prepared.

Favourite new author?

I’ve actually only read one book by this author, but I would definitely read anything else they come out with (and I think I actually have one or two on my Kindle I need to get to!): Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones and the Six. Daisy Jones wasn’t perhaps my favourite book of the year, but I love the concept of it and I think it was done really well. I’d love to read more.

Newest fictional crush?

Noah from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! I’ve only read book 1 of this series but I’m planning on ordering the other 3 once it’s payday (and it’s payday soon, folks!). I won’t spoil the plot twist about him in this book, but despite what happened, I still love him.

Newest favourite character?

I am such a plot girl, so this one was really hard for me. I loved the entire cast of The Raven Boys but I think I’ll have to go with the detective from Broken Harbour by Tana French: Mick Kennedy. I really want to read more of this series!

Book that made you cry?

Y’know, I don’t think I’ve actually cried at a single book this year? I think the one that came closest is The Starless Sea by Erin Morgernstern. Apart from that… not sure.

Book that made you happy?

So many books made me happy! For this particular round, though, I’ll choose How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne, which was her adult debut and it’s fab! I still can’t really believe I’m an actual adult, but at least I find adult novels more accessible.

Most beautiful book you’ve acquired this year?

My special edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling which I managed to find for £15 from a Facebook marketplace group! I love this edition, and as this is my favourite book of the series I was really excited to see that this was the one that was free.

What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?

All of them? Seriously, though, my TBR is sort of overwhelming… too many to list here!

Favourite bookish community member?

At the moment I am loving Nayareadsandsmiles who is a booktuber; her videos make me so happy and her enthusiasm is definitely infectious! Definitely go and check her out if you’ve never seen her videos before.

I love these kind of reflective tags but it’s sort of reminded me that a lot of the books I’ve read this year have been pretty “meh”. Not bad, but not particularly good either! I hope that in the latter months of the year I find some more favourites.

What is the best book you’ve read so far this year? Recommend me in the comments below!

Mid Year Book Freak Out! | 2019

Hey guys! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted on this blog, but so I thought I’d return with a Mid Year Book Freak Out! These have been all over YouTube at the moment, and as we’re just over half way through the year I thought it’d be a good time to do my own!

This tag was created by Chami @ ReadLikeWildfire and Ely @ Earl Grey Books – originally on their book blog in 2014.

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2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Hello all! ICYMI, I have decided to change this blog from a review site to a general bookish site. Don’t worry, the reviews will keep coming, but I am also going to be posting bookish stuff in general. 

During June, the 6th month of the year, the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag does its rounds. I don’t think I’ve ever participated before, but this year I’ve decided I want to.

Somehow, I have already read 53 books this year, so I unashamedly had to use Goodreads to help me answer these questions!  Continue reading “2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!”