ThursTag: The Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

It’s ThursTag. It’s mid-year (ish). What else could I share but the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag? This will be my fifth year doing this tag (you can see previous years here: 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017).

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2021?

This is a really tough question to answer, because I’ve read some stunning books this year, but I’m saying Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley because it was a phenomenal debut and it’s a book I’m still thinking about several months after reading it. I have never read a book quite like it. It’s long for a YA novel, but a surprisingly easy read.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2021?

Monstrous Design by Kat Dunn, Vulture by Bex Hogan, and The Edge of the Ocean by L.D. Lapinski. I won’t choose only one. You can’t make me. These are all fantastic sequels to books I adored and each one of them was more than I could have asked for in a sequel. Vulture was the last in a trilogy and destroyed me, but has cemented Bex as one of my favourite authors. Both Monstrous Design and The Edge of the Ocean ended with shocking cliff-hangers and I am eagerly awaiting the next books.

New Release You Haven’t Read But Want To

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart. I have been super hyped for this one since I first hear about it but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I recently heard some mixed feedback but I am going into it with an open mind, because it sounds like it has everything I want in a fantasy book. It also has a truly gorgeous cover.

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Part Of The Year

Melinda Salisbury’s The Way Back Almanac, due out on 10th August. Mel’s books are always going to be my most anticipated ones, but this one I am especially excited for as it is Mel’s first non-fiction book and one that appeals to my witchy heart.

Your Biggest Disappointment So Far This Year

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart. I wanted to love this one, I really did, but I just couldn’t get into it. I found the pacing a bit off, and half way through the book I just didn’t care about any of the characters or what was happening. I put it down to read another book and didn’t pick it up again.

Your Biggest Surprise So Far This Year

The Stranding by Kate Sawyer. I am not entirely sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book but it was absolutely not what I got. This book blew me away. It is told in two parts – one leading up to a woman climbing into the mouth of a whale, and the other when she climbs back out again. It’s a heart-wrenching book and I loved it.

New (Debut or New To You) Favourite Author

Namina Forna, author of The Gilded Ones which came out earlier this year. It was Namina’s debut novel and I will absolutely be buying everything that she writes next.

Your Newest Fictional Crush

I don’t really do fictional crushes. They are not my jam.

Your Newest Favourite Character

Red from The Girl in Red by Christina Henry. There are loads of characters I could choose for this, but I wanted to use one from a book I haven’t already mentioned here. Red is determined, smart and resourceful. She knows her way around an axe. She’s also kind and compassionate and I adored her.

Book That Made You Cry

I am not a person who really cries at books. I feel like I say this every time this question is asked, I definitely have emotions towards books I’m just not a crier. However, there is a scene in Vulture by Bex Hogan where my eyes definitely misted up a bit. So there’s that.

Book That Made You Happy

Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow by Benjamin Dean. There are definitely some sad moments in this book, but it is filled with joy, people living their best lives, a kid who just wants to learn and support his dad and the friends who support him. It’s such a lovely and uplifting read.

Favourite Book-to-Film Adaptation This Year

I haven’t watched any this year. I don’t know if any have been out that I should have watched – if there have, please let me know. I am very behind on TV and films. I know I need to watch Shadow and Bone, and I am really hyped for the Heartstopper TV series which may or may not be out this year (I can’t remember).

Your Favourite Blog Post This Year

This is always a weird one to answer, and I don’t have any posts I think really stand out as my favourite this year. There’s my Books with the Boy review of Life of Riley by Simon James Green which S and I had a lot of fun reading and writing, and it includes S’s absolutely bonkers idea for a swimming pool. I’m also quite fond of the 2021 resolutions post because they’re realistic resolutions and despite having a small blip and accidentally buying 10 books in the last few months, I have managed to stick to them all.

Most Beautiful Book Cover

It’s not out until later this month, but absolutely Afterlove by Tanya Byrne. It’s purple, it has a gorgeous flowery border, and it has two girls kissing on the front (which you hardly ever see on a book cover), and one of them is a person of colour. What’s not to love about it? It’s a killer story too. You all should get it ordered.

Books You Need To Read Before The End Of The Year

*cracks knuckles* this is always the easiest question to answer and one that I could write a hundred books for, many of which aren’t published yet. But here’s 10 that I have on my TBR that I want to read this year:

  • The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
  • The Storm Keeper’s Battle by Catherine Doyle
  • Chosen by Kiersten White
  • The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
  • Winterwood by Shea Earnshaw
  • A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne. A. Brown
  • The Crooked Mask by Rachel Burge
  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley Doyle
  • Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Have you done the Mid Year Freak Out Tag? Link me to your answers if you have! What books are on your list to read before the end of the year?

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  1. I just discovered this tag on Instagram but I love it! I haven’t heard of many of these books 🤦‍♀️ I adore reading but tend to stick to romance books with happy endings. I should expand my palette a bit more (if that’s the right saying) and have a look at some of these books x

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