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Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

Hello everyone! I hope that you’re all doing well. It’s now July and the year is halfway through already, I can’t quite believe how quickly June went and that it’s now July already! A part of me can’t believe that we’re already halfway through 2021. This week my family got a new puppy called Mabel, a Labrador, she’s very cute and bouncy!

Looking back on the books that I’ve read so far this year, I would say that I’ve read that I’ve read quite a mix of genres and books. I’ve done this tag before on this blog and I enjoy doing it and answering the bookish questions for this book tag.

I’m not sure who originally started this tag, as so many people have done it over the years, but I found the questions on Reader Voracious post.

Below are my stats for the first half of the year, so 1st January – 30th June 2021. I read sixty-nine books in the first half of the year. Which simply blows my mind! I had set myself a reading goal this year of thirty books and I’ve blown that out of the water. The most books I’ve ever read in one year has been seventy-seven books, and I’ve now surpassed that and it’s only July! I don’t think that I will up my reading goal for this year though. I’m happy that I hit my reading goal and I’m just happily reading lots and lots of books at the moment.

THE QUESTIONS:

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2021

All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness is just so good! The first book I found took a bit to get going but once it did the story just kept getting better and better! I read this trilogy in about a week I think and I just loved it. I’m actually tempted to reread the trilogy again too! Which rarely happens for me.

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn is the second book in the Bridgertons series and I love it. I decided to read these books after watching the show and I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t like Anthony in the show but I love him in the books. And in this one in particular he is brilliant. Him and Kate are just great. The whole series is hilarious but I remember that I couldn’t stop laughing at this one. Especially during the pall-mall game.

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. I very nearly finished reading this trilogy in 2020 but this book was sold out everywhere so I had to wait for it to be in stock again in February. But I’m glad that I got to read this year as it’s definitely one of my favourite books of 2021. I loved the first two books but I loved this one even more.

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal is the sequel and conclusion to the Sands of Arawiya duology and it is just amazing! I fell in love with this world and the characters from the moment I started reading the first book We Hunt the Flame.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal is the sequel and conclusion to the Sands of Arawiya duology, the first book is her debut novel We Hunt the Flame. I absolutely loved WHTF and I loved WFTS too. It was just as beautiful, heart wrenching and delightful as the first book. Hafsah Faizal is one of my favourite authors and I can’t wait to read her next book!

Namesake by Adrienne Young is the sequel and conclusion to the Fable duology, the first is Fable, and I enjoyed this so much! I thought that this book was great and I would highly recommend reading this duology.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland is a book that I really want to get round to reading hopefully before the end of this year. I think that it sounds positively creepy and weird and I am down for that 100%.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao is a book I’ve been looking forward to ever since I saw the author’s photoshoot for her headshots with her dressed in a cow onesie last year. Which she looks amazing in by the way. This is a LGBT+ Science Fiction story about a young woman with unnerving and invaluable mental strength who pilots a giant robot to fight aliens. (Goodreads)

A Dance with a Fae Prince by Elise Kova is the second book in the Married to Magic series, the first was A Deal with the Elf King. This is a standalone novel, as all of them will be in this series, about a young woman is taken captive by a disarmingly handsome fae after she witnesses a ritual not meant for human eyes in the dead of night. (Goodreads)

5. Biggest disappointment

To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn is the fifth book in the Bridgertons series and I was so disappointed with it. Eloise was a character that had a lot of independence, she was already and pretty well established character, she previously had no desire to ever get married, and by the end of this book I think that I would have been happier if she had ended up as a spinster. I just think that it would have made more sense for her character. Plus this is the most boring book in the series and I struggled with the most, I was tempted to not finish the series after reading this book too.

6. Biggest surprise

Fable and Namesake (Fable duology) by Adrienne Young are two books that I didn’t know if I would enjoy reading. I hadn’t planned on reading Fable, or buying it, until I got in a Fairyloot book box. And I might still not have if I hadn’t asked people to vote on what my next read should be for a readathon. I’m so glad that Fable won that poll because it’s so good and I love Namesake too. This duology is simply brilliant.

I do have reviews for both Fable (Fable duology #1) and Namesake (Fable duology #2) by Adrienne Young if you want to read my full thoughts on these books.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo was a book that I was very unsure about going into it but I ended up loving it. I had hoped that I would like it as I’ve liked Leigh Bardugo’s book before, but this is very different from her Grishaverse series so I knew that it wouldn’t be the same. Plus it’s an adult paranormal mystery. So right off the bat it’s very different from her other books. I’m very much take it or leave it when it comes to mysteries so I had no idea if I would like it. But I ended up loving it. This book is a wild ride with a lot happening in and with some very dark themes and subjects in it too. There is a very good reason why it’s an adult book and not a young adult book.

I do have a review of Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo if you would like to read my full thoughts on this book.

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

Julia Quinn and Deborah Harkness. Two pretty different authors but I have loved reading their books this year. I’m planning on reading more of Julia Quinn’s book either this year or next year. And hopefully Deborah Harkness releases more books that I can read in the future!

8. Newest fictional crush

Alex Stern – Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Anthony Bridgerton, Benedict Bridgerton, Colin Bridgerton, Penelope Featherington, Kate Sheffield – Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn

Lord Thomas Carlston – Lady Helen series by Alison Goodman

9. Newest favourite character

Fable from the Fable duology by Adrienne Young

Fable artwork by Yingting (cyt_draws on Instagram)

10. Book that made you cry

None. Although Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden did have some scenes that got me emotional and almost made me cry. Same with Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas I just don’t cry when I read books. It’s just not something that I do.

11. Book that made you happy

Honestly there are too many to name all of them so I’ll just name a few:

  • All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness
  • The House With Chicken Legs by Sarah Andersen
  • Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn
  • Fable duology by Adrienne Young
  • We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal

12. Favourite book to film adaption?

I have not watched many this year at all. Nor have I been going out of my way to find and watch them either.

  • Bridgerton
  • Emma (2020)
  • I Am Dragon

I would say Shadow and Bone too but I’ve still only watched one episode of it.

13. Favourite post you have done this year?

Blog posts:

Book reviews:

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

  • We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal
  • Fable by Adrienne Young
  • The House with Chicken Legs by Sarah Andersen
  • House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
  • These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
  • Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  • Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
  • All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman is the last book in the Lady Helen trilogy and I really want to read it and find out what happens. My only issue is that my copy has gone missing so hopefully it turns up soon otherwise I’m going to have to buy a new one. The Lady Helen trilogy is so good and I would recommend reading it if you enjoyed The Infernal Devices trilogy.

Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron is the second book in the Kingdom of Souls series and I have been looking forward to reading it. The only thing stopping me is that I don’t know if I should read a physical copy or an audiobook version. So until I decide I’m going to put off reading it. But I will read it by the end of the year!

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco is a book I’ve been told I’ll like multiple times by multiple people. So I think I should definitely give this book a shot. Hopefully before the end of 2021. I’ve read two of the authors other books, and I’m hoping finish reading that series too, so hopefully I’ll like this one too.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. I’ve heard a lot about this book, heard a lot of praise and a lot of love for it. Which both intrigues me and scares me. Because sometimes books that are hyped a lot can end up being disappointing. But I would like to read it because it sounds good.

Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim is the second book in the duology and I have been putting of reading it because I don’t want the story to end just yet. I loved the first book, so I’m pretty sure I’ll love this one too!

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland sounds like a very creepy urban fantasy story about three sisters. I’m not sure if I’ll read it this summer or in the autumn, maybe closer to Halloween, but I definitely want to read it.

The Iron King by Julia Kagawa is a book I’ve had on my TBR and bookshelf since the start of lockdown in the UK last year. I really want to read it but I keep finding reasons not too!

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace is a book that I got, and read last year, but I’ve now bought the second book so I want to read it again.


Lastly, I tag…

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