It’s already June 22, 2018. What is happening? The world is moving too fast and I feel continuously overwhelmed. I apologize my blogging hasn’t been more consistent, but I am trying! Anyway, here’s the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag that’s going around on Booktube. IsThatChami created the tag with Earl Grey Books nearly two years ago.
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.
If you’ve been around for a few months, The Hidden Legacy series being my answer to this question should come as no surprise. That said, Homegoing is definitely the most well crafted and beautifully written book I’ve read all year.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.
I feel like I have a new appreciation for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets after this re-read so I’m going to give the title of best sequel to it, I think. That said, Before the Devil Breaks You was incredible as well.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Leah on the Offbeat, which I own and just haven’t read yet. I am really nervous about it, but I need to just dive in.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
I’m torn between answering with The Hidden Legacy novella coming out in October and Kingdom of Ash, the conclusion of the Throne of Glass series, also out in October. I can’t believe a novella is currently topping the list of books I’m dying for. What has Ilona Andrews done to me??
5. Biggest disappointment.
An American Marriage. I thought this book was going to be really important and powerful and what I got was a book that absolutely enraged me and didn’t fully grapple with what I thought it was supposed to be examining.
6. Biggest surprise.
I can’t decide if I should go with The Viking Queen’s Men, which unexpectedly seemed to take all of Romancelandia by storm, or if I should go with the entire Guild Hunters series by Nalini Singh, which I personally did not expect to grip me so intensely. For both, my reasoning is that paranormal romance and I are not usually friends. And yet… Maybe I’m in? Between Holley Trent, Nalini Singh, and Ilona Andrews, it’s looking more likely that this sub-genre could become one I’m comfortable in.
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Nalini Singh, absolutely.
8. Newest fictional crush.
Oh Lord. Um, Connor Rogan. My babe. I love him.
Also, Ilyium. I would die for that man. Never mind that he’s an immortal. NOT RELEVANT.
9. Newest favorite character.
Oh dear. Let’s see, Ashwini from the Guild Hunters series is a Queen. I love her. Also, Charlie from Rock Hard is just, wonderful. (Do you see why Nalini is my new favorite author?)
10. Book that made you cry.
I have two for this. One) Homegoing, which I’ve already discussed a few times in this post. Two) Archangel’s Shadows, and listen, I have no explanation for that. I just… Ashwini and Janvier are my faves.
11. Book that made you happy.
The Wedding Date absolutely delighted me in every way, as did Sarah MacLean’s latest, Wicked and the Wallflower. Those two probably gave me the most giddy joy, but the joys of reading romance are that most of my books make me happy.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
Well, first of all, I think the only one I’ve seen is Love, Simon so it wins by default. But also, an A+++ movie.
13. Favorite review you’ve written this year.
Honestly, I’m probably most proud of myself for my review on An American Marriage because it was really hard to articulate the reasons I didn’t like the book aside from the fact that it wasn’t a romance novel.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I really love the cover of A Court of Frost and Starlight, so I’ll go with that one, I guess?
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Lol. Most of the books on my re-read list and all but Homegoing on my list of 18 books to read in 2018. Whoops. Gotta do better on that…
And there you have it, the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag. Have you done this tag? If so, let me know! If you haven’t, what’s been your favorite book so far?