I think this tag has become a staple of the summer book-blogging calendar! The tag was first created by booktubers ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books and has become an annual tag that pops up everywhere during June and July on book blogs. It was one of the first posts I ever did, probably, as I started blogging (on Tumblr) in June of last year. Here’s where you can find last year’s answers (now on this blog). I debated whether I was going to do one at all, especially as I really wanted to do a post looking at my goals and some statistics too (which you can find here!) but the two posts are so different, so I definitely had to do the tag too!
I wasn’t tagged by anyone but here are some other bloggers that shared great Mid-Year Book Freak Out posts which persuaded me to join in too:
Now, onto the questions!
BEST BOOK READ SO FAR IN 2019?
I’m going to pick two because I couldn’t choose, so my favourite fiction read so far this year is Borne by Jeff VanderMeer. I love Borne so much as a character, and I wish the book was part of a series! My favourite non-fiction book I’ve read this year is definitely Vagina: A Re-Education by Lynn Enright. So educational and important.
BEST SEQUEL READ SO FAR IN 2019?
I don’t read a lot of series so I only have two to choose from. I’m going to go with La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman because I absolutely adore that whole fantasy world, but Last of the Magpies by Mark Edwards was my other option and that’s also brilliant! This is the third book in the series, and the second book was actually my answer to this question last year.
NEW RELEASE NOT READ YET BUT ARE REALLY EXCITED FOR?
I’ve got a couple of new fantasy books on my list that I’m really excited about. Fantasy is a genre I enjoy but it isn’t the bulk of what I read. They’re both slightly unusual takes on the genre too: Black Leopard, Red Wolf draws heavily on African folklore and mythology, and The Priory of the Orange Tree focuses on a kingdom of women. I’m also still really looking forward to reading The Binding even though I’ve seen mixed reviews for it.
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF 2019?
Definitely The Secret Commonwealth because I loved La Belle Sauvage and I’m so excited to see Lyra as an adult! My second most anticipated book is maybe Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo just because of how damn excited the book community is for her adult debut! I’ve never read her Grisha-verse books – I know everyone raves about them but they don’t have a huge appeal for me, there’s a lot of books I’d rather read before them – but Bardugo’s first adult novel seems really intriguing. Also, I recently learned that Waterstones are doing a beautiful signed special edition for pre-orders so I’m very tempted by that.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT SO FAR?
Possibly Bleaker House? It wasn’t bad by any means but I’d been looking forward to reading it for so long that when I finally did, and nothing really happened in it, I was a little gutted.
BIGGEST SURPRISE SO FAR?
FAVOURITE NEW-TO-YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR?
The only author whose works I’ve read more than one of in 2019 is Taylor Jenkins Reid, but I also absolutely loved both of those books, so she’s definitely become a new favourite. I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.
NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH FROM THIS YEAR?
I’m not really one to crush on characters very often…
NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER FROM THIS YEAR?
I absolutely adore Borne, I will never stop loving that murderous sea anemone-like blob of innocence. So sweet and hysterical and protective.
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?
I cry a lot at books, to be honest. Last month, I cried at a book I wasn’t even enjoying! All the Light We Cannot See was very emotional, I finished it on the tube so I managed to hold back the tears though. I’m quite sure I cried a couple of times during The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I maybe cried when I finished Borne too? Also, honourable mention to Text Me When You Get Home for making me get teary-eyed at work thinking about how damn much I love my friends.
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?
Happy Fat made me laugh so much and also made me so much more confident like… every time I hesitate to wear something I like because I think it won’t look good on me, I say to myself ‘But what would Sofie say?’ and then I wear it. Life’s too short to not wear that dress.
FAVOURITE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR?
I’m really not sure, I feel like I don’t watch an awful lot of television anymore… I know that Good Omens is going to be AMAZING when I do watch it but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. There’s a few that I watched this year and really loved but I never read the original text, like The Umbrella Academy (I am OBSESSED with Klaus), and Dumplin’.
FAVOURITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR
I was looking back at some of my earlier reviews the other day and can’t believe how little I wrote for some of the books I really loved?! So my favourites are definitely some of my recent ones like Daisy Jones & The Six and All the Light We Cannot See. Also, I’m quite fond of my review for Dark Pines as Will Dean tweeted me to say thank you which is always such a nice feeling!
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR?
All the Light We Cannot See had a beautiful story, but in terms of physical beauty, I’ve always loved the turquoise and gold cover of The Romanovs. I haven’t read The Binding yet but it gets a special mention because I think it’s stunning, and it’s likely the reason I’m so hyped about it despite mixed reviews.
BOOK YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR
I really want to completely wipe my TBR of owned books by the end of the year, and I’m actually on track! I think I started with 80-something, and whilst I’ve dumped a few, I’ve definitely read a lot too and now I’m down to around 37? And I still have to read 40 books to complete my Goodreads goal, so I’d love to get that number down to like, ten or so. I definitely want to read Daemon Voices, Six Four, and The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle as they’re some of the longer books on my list and have been on there for over a year.
What have been your favourite reads of 2019 so far?