It has been a while since I’ve had the motivation to blog or even talk about books but I’ve done some blog modifications today and it has spurred me to try writing some posts again.
As it is this time of year, I thought I would start off with the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. I’ve done this for the last couple of years and I really like it so it seems like a good beginning.
Without further ado, let’s just get into it.
Best Book You’ve Read So Far.
There are a couple but the most recent of those is Hold Back The Tide by Melinda Salisbury. I knew this book was going to be great but I didn’t expect it to be AMAZING and completely soul-wrenching!
Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far
Yes, I am a couple of years late to the mark (especially as it has been on my shelf since its release) but I finally got round to reading Muse of Nightmares this past February and it was everything I wanted. It is definitely one of my favourite ever sequels.
New Release You’ve Not Yet Read But Want To.
After the brilliant and new found favourite that was The Familiars last year, I knew any future book of Stacey Halls would be on my auto to-buy list. I’ve not been in a historical fiction mood yet this year but once I do, I’ll be picking this up. I have high expectations and I hope it lives up to them.
Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of the Year.
I can’t decide between the two I have so you’ll get them both.
Once and Future was a book I really wanted to like because the concept was intriguing and I’ve not read any twists on the King Arthur legends. However, I couldn’t get much further than the first few chapters as it felt rather messy and I wasn’t clicking with the characters.
The Biggest Surprise
My biggest surprise of the book year was The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen and unfortunately not in a good way. I usually love everything Tess Gerritsen writes but this was not what I expected from her at all. There were aspects I did like and it highlighted Maine in an interesting way, but her whole storyline about an infatuated ghost who haunted our main character was not my thing.
Favourite New Author (debut, or new to you)
I have three possible choices for this as they have all written some of my 5 star reads for this half of the year – Alix E Harrow (Ten Thousand Doors of January), ES Thomson (Beloved Poison), and HG Parry (The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep)
Newest Fictional Crush
A prompt I will bypass as I don’t really get fictional crushes.
Newest Favourite Character.
I don’t know if there are any new characters I’ve developed a strong attachment for but I really loved Jem Flockhart in Beloved Poison – a female apothecary who has to disguise herself as a man (women can’t be apothecaries in Victorian London), and is thrown into deadly circumstances when she uncovers some damning secrets.
A Book That Made You Cry
I don’t think I’ve cried at a book so far this year, but I came pretty damn close with Muse of Nightmares and also Hold Back The Tide.
A Book That Made You Happy
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I knew from the off, this would be a special book for me and every page was a joy to read. The writing was spectacular, the imagery utterly beautiful and I was swept away. I didn’t even care that it took me a while to read.
The Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought/Received This Year.
You’re asking me yet again to choose just one?? I can’t do that. There have been quite a lot of books released this year with gorgeous covers.
Also, let me just highlight The Starless Sea for a minute because the Waterstones edition is the most beautiful out of all I’ve seen
What Books Do you Need/Want To Read By The End of the Year?
All my TBR!! But as that won’t happen, we’ll have a short selection:
Also The Foundling and The Mercies from the previous prompt.
That is it!!
I’m pleased to have got this out, so I hope you enjoyed looking at my reading for the first half of the year!
As everyone has already done this tag or will be doing this at some point, I won’t tag anyone. Just jump on in and join us!
What have you been reading and enjoying for this first half of the year?
Do you have any book disappointments?
Have you discovered any books in lockdown that you might not have picked up under normal circumstances?
Or, if like me you struggled with a lockdown reading slump, what other interests have you discovered?
Have a brazzle dazzle day!