I was tagged by the lovely @fabookishlife on Instagram to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, but I thought it would make a fantastic blog post instead. Let’s jump straight on into it!
1. The best book you’ve read so far
Madness Rack and Honey by Mary Ruefle
I’m struggling to write a review on this one because it was so divine. Madness Rack and Honey is a series of lectures discussing the art of literature and the art of life. In it, Ruefle talks about everything from poetry to pantyhose. I’d definitely recommend it to all of my writer/poet friends.
2. The best sequel you’ve read so far
Third in a series counts as a sequel, right? Obsidio was such a great conclusion to a breathtaking series, and if you haven’t read the Illuminae Files yet, I would definitely recommend you do so!
3. Recent release you want to read but haven’t yet
Lifelike by Jay Kristoff
Lifelike came out at the beginning of the month, and I’ve been meaning to read it, after all, it was one of my most hyped releases of 2018, but I’ve got so many other books on the go at the moment, I haven’t got around to it! I’m hoping to read it before June ends.
4.Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
The final book in the Throne of Glass series is scheduled for release in October. While I’m not the world’s biggest Throne of Glass fan, I’m very curious to see how the series ends!
5. Biggest disappointment
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
Throwback to the beginning of 2018, my reading goal was to read 80 books by 80 different authors from 80 different countries (which I haven’t exactly given up on, but I’ve tweaked a little, more on that later). This whole idea was sparked by Around the World in 80 Days, so you can imagine how excited I was to read it. I was disappointed. The thing that irked me the most about Around the World in 80 Days was that I expected it to be an adventure novel, and I found it so boring. I thought I’d be getting a heart pumping wild ride, and I received a yawn-inducing bleh-fest. Not a great start to my 2018 reading challenge.
6. Biggest surprise
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
I’d seen this one around bookstagram, and I picked it up out of curiosity. I take most book recommendations with a grain of salt after a few let downs, but I was so pleasantly surprised with Scythe. Set in a world where humanity has conquered death, the population must be controlled somehow. Enter the Scythes. This novel follows two young apprentices as they fight for the right to become a Scythe, a position that neither of them wants. With such a unique premise, I was pretty much already hooked, and the first chapter just dives straight into it, which is one of my favourite things in a novel. I’m super excited for the rest of the series.
6. Favourite new author (debut or new to you)
You will have seen this coming a mile off if you follow me on Instagram. Madness, Rack and Honey is my heart and soul. I can’t believe I only discovered Mary Ruefle this year, but I’m so grateful I did. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of her poetry collections. I’ll devour them.
8. A book that made you cry
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
I’m not much of a crier, but this year I’ve found myself shedding a tear over books more and more. Eliza and Her Monsters really struck a chord with me, and I related to Eliza on such a personal level that I became very emotionally connected to her. Of course, then there were tears.
9. A book that made you smile
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
This one was such a fun contemporary set at Comic Con, and I don’t know what else would be more of a smile inducer. Plus, it was a super quick read, which is always something that puts a smile on my face.
10. The most beautiful book you’ve bought (or received)
Just look at it! It’s all shimmery and shiny. Massive shout out to Allen & Unwin NZ for sending me a copy for review.
11. Favourite review you’ve written?
I don’t have a favourite review! I find reviews pretty hard to write, and I’m never really in love with any I’ve written. Having said that, I’ve recently devised a method that’s helped me make writing reviews so much easier, and I’m hoping I just get better at it with practice.
12. Books to read before the end of the year
I have a giant list, so I’ll pick 10
- The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
- Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
- Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Circe by Madeline Miller
- Lifelike by Jay Kristoff
- Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor
- Wrath of the Dawn by Rene Adeih
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neal deGrasse Tyson
And that’s it for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! Let me know your answers in the comments below!
Copy + paste the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag
- The best book you’ve read so far
- The best sequel you’ve read so far
- Recent release you want to read but haven’t yet
- Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
- Biggest disappointment
- Biggest surprise
- Favourite new author (debut or new to you)
- A book that made you cry
- A book that made you smile
- The most beautiful book you’ve bought or recieved
- Favourite review you’ve written?
- Books to read before the end of the year