When I saw the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag on The Terror of Knowing, I had to have a go myself. I have read about 30 books so far, and I was considering doing a mid-year check in, but a book freakout sounds so much more fun! The tag was originally created by Ely and Chami – make sure to go check out their channels and show them some love.
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018
Argh, this is a hard question to answer! I have read some amazing books this year. After much consideration, it is a tie between Skylarks by Karen Gregory and How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne. In Skylarks, I completely fell in love with the story and the characters, and I would happily read all over again. How Do You Like Me Now? is a fantastic takedown of our modern, “share me/like me” culture that every woman needs to read.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.
I can count on one hand the amount of sequels I have read this year, so my answer is Noah Could Never, the second book in the Noah Grimes series. I initially rated it 3*, but after some thought I’ve changed my rating to 4*. There were some scenes that made me laugh out loud whilst reading, and they still make me giggle thinking about them now.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Where do I start? THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD BOOKS OUT RIGHT NOW. If I have to pick one, I would choose My Heart Goes Bang by Keris Stainton as I have been desperate to read this for what feels like months. Ooh, can I pick a second book? I have just remembered that I NEED to read Floored!
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Again, where do I start? *wails desperately*. Off the top of my head, I am looking forward to the following books: Access All Awkward by Beth Garrod, While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins, Vox by Christina Dalcher and Are we All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne. I need to book a month off work to read them all.
5. Biggest disappointment.
I hate to say it, I really do, but I found The Power by Naomi Alderman to be disappointing. I thought I was going to love it, and quote lines from it until the end of my days, but it wasn’t for me unfortunately. *sad face*
6. Biggest surprise.
A book I didn’t think I would like is Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. I had read some negative reviews of it before I started reading it, so I went into it expecting the worst. However, from the first page I was HOOKED and overall I enjoyed it very much indeed.
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
After reading Tin Man by Sarah Winman, I fell in love with her writing. It was exquisite, and I desperately need to read more. On the subject of authors, my love for Keris Stainton grows daily and I am on a mission to read everything she has ever written.
8. Newest fictional crush.
This was a tough question to answer, but after much consideration I am going to choose Joni from Skylarks by Karen Gregory. What can I say, I loved Skylarks, ok?! You should all read it immediately.
9. Newest favourite character.
My news favourite character has to be Tori Bailey from How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne. I need her to climb out of the pages, give me a stern talking to and basically sort my life out with her trademark sass. If that can’t happen then I will settle for a copy of Tori’s book, Who The F*ck Am I?
10. Book that made you cry.
I haven’t been reduced to tears by a book just yet, which is surprising to me as I have been known to cry at adverts… One book that did break my heart several times whilst reading was A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews. Ouch.
11. Book that made you happy.
A book that made me happy was Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls. I loved how the history of the suffragette movement was interwoven throughout the story and overall it was a joy to read. Reading this book has made me determined to read more non-fiction books about the Suffragette movement. A good excuse to buy more books, right?
12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
I haven’t seen any book to film adaptations this year, so my answer for this question isn’t a film. Naughty. I’m currently watching and enjoying the TV adaptation of Dietland by Sarai Walker that is currently showing on Amazon Prime. Can more people watch it please?
13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.
I really try to give it my all with each review I post, but if I had to pick one I would pick my review of Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough. It was a lot of fun to write and the author liked it… I think.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven is one of my favourite book covers ever. I love the bold colours and lettering used; it is basically Izzy O’Neill in book cover form.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I definitely need to read the books listed above, and I must read Almost Love by Louise O’Neill. I LOVE her and I am appalled I haven’t picked up a copy of this book yet. I also need to read Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu and Essays in Love by Alain de Botton, as they have been languishing on my TBR pile for far too long.