G’day friends! How are we all on this day? It’s mid June so I thought it’s the perfect time to have another crack at the ‘Mid Year Book Freak Out’ Tag! This tag was originally created by Chami from Read Like Wildfire and Ely from Earl Grey Books. This tag provides bloggers, readers, youtubers and everyone really, the opportunity to reflect on their reading in the first half of the year. I was not tagged, but it was so much fun doing it last year so I thought why not do it again?. Let’s go~
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS ONE. I read it in early January, and I often found myself reaching for it for a quick flip through every once in a while – because I love it THAT much. You can find out why I simply ‘can’t-stop-talking-about-it’ on my spoiler-free review here.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
‘SHOOK TO ME CORE’ would be an understatement. But I can’t recommend Scythe enough – now do yourself a favour and pick it upppp!!!! If you’ve read Scythe already but not Thunderhead – you can read my spoiler-free review on here.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
- Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
- Obsidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
- Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry
- Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray
These three I do want to read, desperately, but I don’t know why, but I’m not in the mood for any of these at the moment… will see how it goes this month!
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
- Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
- Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
- Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
I AM SO PUMPED FOR QOAAS AND KOA LIKE I WILL PROBABLY DIE AFTER IT
BUT HEY THAT’S THE STUFF WE ALL SIGN UP FOR RIGHT?! And Thomas Cresswell will come in and save the day.
5. Biggest disappointment.
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
I mean, it wasn’t bad or anything – I have it 3 stars I’m pretty sure. But I don’t know… it’s definitely too hyped up for me. And I really wish I found it better. You can read my spoiler-free review for it here.
6. Biggest surprise.
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
I totally didn’t expect this one to be SO SUPERBLY GOOD! I read it in three-ish sittings because I was super hooked! It’s hilarious and catastrophically wonderful! I’ll be participating in the Australian Save the Date Blog Tour (28 June – 3 July) – my Instagram (and blog) review and giveaway will be up on 1st of July! I’ll put the link on here once it’s live!
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
After reading and loving Foolish Hearts, I went ahead and read all of her books! They were all fantastic and I loved every single one! Maybe it’s just me but I found all her characters so relatable and I love her witty writing!
8. Newest fictional crush.
Gideon Prewitt from Foolish Hearts is definitely on top of the list – he’s goofy, so caring, brave, kind, loyal and charming — I just love him so much.
9. Newest favourite character.
Citra Terranova from Scythe and Thunderhead! She’s clever, resourceful (like her pal Rowan) and compassionate. I love her character and how much she has grown as an independent young woman and that is one of the many reasons why I enjoyed Scythe and Thunderhead so much!
10. Book that made you cry.
Does happy-cry (aka laughter-turned-to-tears) count? I haven’t read anything this year thus far that made me ugly cry – but books that made me laughed so hard that tears came slipping out? Oh hell yeah for sure. I nearly laughed my eyeballs out while re-reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater and also Save the Date by Morgan Matson.
11. Book that made you happy.
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
After months and months of being
harassed told kindly by many of my friends to read this bad boy – I FINALLY DID and oh damn how much I regretted for not picking it up sooner!!! It’s such a heartfelt story and let me tell you THE ONE of the many reasons as to why you should ALL read this book ASAP (if you haven’t already) – because it’s ABOUT BOOKS, BOOKSTORE AND OUR LOVE FOR READING. Go do yourself a massive favour and check this one out!!!! It’s also written by a #LoveOzYA author which is a BONUS!
12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
Love, Simon 2018 – (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli)
Just watched this week and it was fabulous! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
13. Favourite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year)
Not to brag, but I’m really proud of my Thunderhead review! You can read it here.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills (once again!)
Since I’ve already featured the cover on the top of this post, I thought I would post the embroidery/ creation of the cover!!!! HOW COOL IS THIS RIGHT?
The cover beneath the jacket is equally stunning I MEAN LOOOOK!!!!!!
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- A Different Blue by Amy Harmon
- The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty
- The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I’m so thrilled that I have finally done a book tag after so long! I’m proud with the number of books I’ve read so far this year and I want to hear some of your thoughts on these questions too!
I am tagging:
For those who want to do the tag – I TAG ALL OF YOU TOO!!! Be sure to mention/link me so that I can check out your posts too!
Have a great day and until next time!
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