It’s already midyear??? And I’ve only read around 40 books??? I honestly have no idea where the last six months went. But I do know they’re officially done and I read a few books and it’s definitely the height of summer right now.
And the height of summer + books means that it’s time for a mid-year freak out tag!
What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2019?
I’ve already read so many amazing titles this year, it’s hard to pick the BEST book. Do I pick a book that made me cry? A book that made me laugh? Something that was adorably political and quirky? Or a book that came so clearly from an author’s heart? An amazing fantasy or a gripping contemporary???
But the more I thought about this very important question, the more I circled back in my brain to The Poet X.
The Poet X is absolutely gripping, as well as being deeply emotional and raw. Elizabeth Acevedo perfectly interweaves spoken word poetry with a story that resonates so well.
One thing I adored about this book is the audiobook. It’s read by the author and I simply couldn’t stop listening. Never a dragging moment, and it was really beautiful. Also the cover??? A total favorite.
Also, The Poet X is own voices and I think that’s part of the power of the story and the audiobook. You can tell it comes from the author’s heart.
What has been your favourite sequel of the first half of the year?
I haven’t read that many sequels this year! In fact, I think I’ve only read one so far??? There are definitely some sequels I am excited for that are coming out later this fall, but so far The Hammer of Thor is the only sequel I’ve read.
What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
Now, this is where all the sequels come in! Am I going to talk about Wayward Son more in this post? probably yes.
Anyway, also, Natasha Ngan keeps releasing little sneak peaks from Girls of Storm and Shadow and the wait is officially killing me. And do I trust Holly Black with Queen of Nothing. Absolutely not.
What is your biggest disappointment so far?
Oh, I hate this question, I really do. Because I don’t like ranting, complaining, rolling my eyes, all the above. But now I have to be honest.
I didn’t really enjoy Wilder Girls. The story just fell flat for me? I was expecting something completely amazing, and to me, it was just pretty meh?
For one, it was very, very short and I felt like the story needed another 100 pages to just wrap up better.
And two, I feel like this book is more message oriented than plot or character oriented. know there’s some character growth in the story, but it kind of fell behind the message.
The story has great messages! But it’s kind of too heavy handed for me to really enjoy the actual book. A boarding school with a viral outbreak that turns you into something resembling a monster? All the kudos for creativity.
What is your biggest surprise so far?
I was really surprised by Heretics Anonymous! It’s super funny and normally I’m hesitant to call contemporary books funny because the humor sometimes feels very forced. But Heretics Anonymous was creative, funny and just cute.
It’s also set in the South, at a private Catholic high school, and features such diversity of thought and faith. Am i in love with this surprise? probably yes.
Also, I thought the romance was very, very sweet. And the subtle political commentary? totally on point.
Another book that was a lovely surprise and also I have a lovely picture is Famous in a Small Town. I like putting pretty pictures in my posts, so had to include Emma Mills pretty book. Yes, this is my blog, so I can make up random rules and put in pretty pictures.
Who is your favourite new to you, or debut, author?
Hannah Capin, Victoria Lee, and Casey McQuiston have seriously changed my life. I’m going to devour any book any of these three gems ever write.
I’m here for vengeful girls and modern takes on Shakespeare and Tudor England. I live for queer political romance that’s absolutely adorable while being laugh out loud funny. And stories about kids who’ve suffered horrific abuse coming back stronger and better than ever? totally need it.
Also, Victoria Lee just shared that The Fever King is being released as a web comic!!! I can’t wait to check it out!
A book that made you cry?
There are so many books that make me tear up. But so far this year, there’s one book that made me laugh and cry, choke on my tears in frustrated sadness, choke on my tears in happiness, and just straight up sob.
Red, White and Royal Blue wrecked me the first, second and third time I’ve read it. Probably not a wise idea to ask me how many times I’ve actually read it. I’m not a sad cat lady, but a sad book lady.
Every time I read through the closing chapters, I want to cry again. History, huh? It just gets to me. Every single time.
A book that made you happy?
There’s one book that made me grin A LOT and that’s Carry On.
It’s just so cute??? and Simon is an adorable love bug that needs lots of hugs and just reading about him makes me happy.
Also I might read far too much Carry On fanfic just because reading about Baz and Simon makes me happy.
And am I dying waiting for Wayward Son? yes, absolutely yes.
What is your favourite post that you’ve written so far this year?
Boy, oh, boy, I’ve written a lot of posts this year. I love all my words. Really, seriously I love writing blog posts and asking me to pick a favorite is like asking me to choose which day of the year is the best. (obviously, it’s April 25th)
I loved chatting about fierce females and how to write strong female characters.
Another favorite – sharing some books that represent me.
And one of my very favorite posts, ever, talking about annoying writer questions random people ask.
What is the most beautiful book that you have bought?
I actually haven’t bought that many books this year, which is sad but good, because my budget is much happier with me. Like, really, much happier.
I did pick up Autoboyography around my birthday, and it’s purple and pink and blue and soooo pretty.
What are 6 books that you want to read by the end of the year?
SO MANY BOOKS! How do i pick only six??? What kind of torture is this???
Okay, those are some gorgeous covers and I could add the other 196 books on my TBR to this post, but I’ll spare you from endlessly scrolling.
Also, I didn’t answer ALL of the questions for the Mid Year Freak Out tag in this post, but I’m planning on filming a video and sharing all my answers on there! That way you can actually watch my struggle to pick a favorite character because I love them all so much.
What are some of your favorite reads so far this year? Fav new authors or new characters? What are you excited about reading over the next six months?