Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

The text 'mid-year freak out book tag' over a pastel green background with various squiggles and scribbles.

I’m glad I managed to publish this before the end of July so that I can at least PRETEND that I did it close to the middle of the year — but all of summer is basically the middle of the year anyway, right? AND I’ve even managed to get out two posts in one week, so I’m doing very well here.

Anyway. It’s absolutely wild to me that we’re more than halfway through 2019. We are almost a fifth of the way through this century! And 2020 is a really cool year because it has two 20s next to each other which makes me very happy! It feels like a while since I did a bookish post, even though I did do some mini reviews not long ago, so I thought it’d be fun to catch up on what I’ve been reading so far with the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag. I wasn’t tagged for it (as far as I know), I just felt like doing it haha 🙂

Cover of The Poppy War. Watercolour illustration of a person holding up a bow and arrow. The title text is turning into smoke. The subtitle reads: 'They trained her for a war. She intends to end it.'

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. I couldn’t put it down and it was so incredibly written. It does deal with some dark topics and I think it was even more impressive that I was further captivated with the book as it developed. The best SFF I’ve read in a long time!

Cover of Muse of Nightmares. A white bird flies across a purple starry sky.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. I haven’t actually read many sequels this year, but I’m not just picking this because it’s there — it was an awesome read! Taylor’s writing style beautiful and I loved the characterisation.

Cover of Crossfire. A blac figure with short hair and a white figure with long hair stand back to back. Their shirts are made up of the title letters in red.

New Release You Haven’t Read But Want To

Crossfire by Malorie Blackman. It’s the fifth book in her Noughts & Crosses series which I love, and it came out earlier this month! I need to read it ASAP.

Cover of Full Disclosure. The back of a black girl wearing a vest on a blue background. Her hands hold the opposite arm. The title is in a scribbled font.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of 2019

I confess I’m not really keeping on top of releases, but I’m excited for Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett. The cover is absolutely beautiful too.

Cover of Catullus' bedpsread. A Roman mosaic depicting a naked woman walking away from a goose, with the subtitle 'the life of Rome's most erotic poet'.

Biggest Disappointment

Probably Catullus’ Bedspread by Daisy Dunn. I was really excited when I saw this in the library, but it was quite frustrating because it just sort of used Catullus’ poetry to try and piece together a biography and I was like…OK but can we really infer something from this poem and present it as a fact? Some parts were interesting, but yeah.

Cover of The Hazel Wood. The title is covered over by silvery-blue leaves. The text reads 'Stay away from... the Hazel Wood.'

Biggest Surprise

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. This book had been sitting on my shelves for several months and I was rather reluctant to read it for some reason. However, when I started it I realised how much I enjoyed it!

Cover of Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault. Gold and black geometric patterns with illustrations of men on horses at the side.

Favourite New Author

Mary Renault. I’m midway through the final book in her trilogy about Alexander the Great which is absolutely fascinating. She has really made me inspired to discover more about Ancient Greece for which I am very grateful!

Cover of Blanca & Roja. Abstract illustration of a swan turning into petals and the title in fairy-tale font.

Newest Favourite Character

Oh this is so hard! I’ve talked about this book so much, because it’s incredible, but like ALLL of the characters from Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore.

Cover of I Wish You All the Best. A person with medium brown hair leans their head on the back of a person with dark skin in a yellow t shirt.

Book that Made You Cry

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver. I cried because of the sad bits and also because of how hard I related to the MC Ben.

Cover of Red, White & Royal Blue. The words of the title are in their respective covers. Two figures lean on the bottom word. One wears a suit and blue trousers and the other is in a red military jacket. The subtitle reads 'true love isn't always diplomatic'.

Book that Made You Happy

I picked up Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston during my revision for mock exams and I am so glad I did. This is not by any means a completely fluffy book, but it’s a satisfying end and it gave me a lot of feelings.

Favourite Book to Film Adaptation

I mean…I’m not even sure that I’ve watched any book to film adaptations apart from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before? But it was absolutely EXCELLENT so I would choose it anyway. I can’t believe that released this year, to be honest.

Favourite Post This Year

I mean, I haven’t posted that much this year, but I’m proud that I wrote my post I Am Worried About the Future. I put a lot of myself and my worries into that. It was both scary and cathartic to write.

Cover of the Silence of the Girls. Four women are depicted running, with storm clouds, plants an abstract waves surrounding the outside of the cover. An Ancient Greek hero on a plinth stands out in the background.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

Maybe The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker? I was actually given this one, but the cover design is just so beautiful, and the texture of the cover is lovely. It’s such a nice book to handle physically.

Cover of Kick the Moon. A blue tinted-face looks out from the graffiti-d shape of a fist. The title is in a graffiti-esque font.

Book that You Need to Read Before the End of the Year

Kick the Moon by Muhammah Khan. I can’t believe I haven’t read it already since I enjoyed the author’s previous book and the premise for this one is awesome.

Thanks for reading! I would love to hear if you have any thoughts about the books I’ve mentioned, or if you’ve been reading any other good books so far this year.

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