This tag was originally created by Chami @ Is That Chami and Ely @ Earl Grey Books.
I know everything always says this, but I can not believe that we are already halfway through the year?! It feels like it was February yesterday, so that fact that we are now in July is still bewildering to me.
But despite these first six months going by in no time at all, they were still a great first of the year for reading. So far, I have read 28 book towards my 52 book goal for this year, which for someone who always finds themselves behind on their reading challenge, is something I so proud of. I have also read so many amazing books already this year, and so I can not wait to see which books I will discover in the next six months.
So here is the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag!
This one definitely has to be one of my most recent reads, which is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I obviously knew going into this one that it would be a hard-hitting important read that I was likely to love, but I was still not prepared for how much I would adore this powerful novel that I truly believe everyone needs to read.
As much as I did not think this book could exceed my love for the first book in this duology, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo is by far the best sequel I’ve read this year. This book had even more twists, made me adore these characters even more than I already did, and just left me desperate for more.
Despite Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi being one of my most anticipated releases for this year, I have still not picked it up and actually discovered this story for myself. I am so annoyed at myself for not getting round to this book yet, as I know so many people adore it, and so this is definitely one at the top of my TBR for the second half of 2018.
There are too many books that I am anticipating, but I think one that I am most looking forward to being released is Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak, as I adored both The Book Thief and I Am The Messenger, and so I can not wait to see what his newest book holds. I am also so excited for What If It’s Us by the amazing author duo that is Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, as I know that if this is book is half as good as either of their individual novels this story will be absolutely spectacular
Unfortunately this has to be Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Despite hearing a few mixed reviews for this book, I was still expecting this to be the magical circus novel of my dreams, but alas it did not live up to that for me.
Despite it being one of my anticipated releases, When My Heart Joins The Thousands by A. J. Steiger definitely surprised me with how much I adored it. This story was such a heartwarming read that I just could not put down, with Alvie now one of my all time favourite characters who I just loved following throughout this book.
After the amazing-ness that was Exit West, Moshin Hamid has definitely become one of my new favourite authors. I am just completely in love with his gorgeous writing style and storytelling, and I can not wait to dive into more of his books in the second half of the year.
Although I had already sort of met him when I started Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo last year, Nikolai has to be my newest fictional crush after I fell in love with him during this book. He is so witty and sarcastic but at the same time the cutest character I have ever met who I both just want to protect and know I don’t need to protect because Sturmhound is perfectly capable of doing that himself.
Although I did try not to repeat books in this tag, there was just no way I could not pick Starr Carter for this question. She is such an inspirational character whose struggles and ultimate overcoming of these is so empowering and so important as she refuses to let police brutality and racism continue unopposed.
Adam Silvera’s books always leave me ugly crying, and They Both Die At the End was no different. I was continuous sobbing my eyes out for the entire last fifty pages or so, and as someone who doesn’t cry at books hugely often, I think its safe to say that this book definitely hit me hard.
Opal by Maggie Stiefvater made me so happy just by allowing me to read more about my favourite characters and OTP who I have severely missed since reading The Raven King last year. Honestly, the Ronan trilogy can not come soon enough for me!
I haven’t seen too many book to movie adaptations yet, but by far my favourite has to be Love, Simon! This movie was just so fantastically done, including all of my favourite aspects of the book and adding in some of my new favourite moments into the film.
My Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Book Vs Movie is definitely my favourite review I have done so far this year, as it was something new for me and a post I am really proud of myself for making.
I have bought so many beautiful books so far this year, but one of my favourites has to be Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Not only is the cover of this book absolutely stunning, but I also adore the artwork of the graphic novel, and so this is definitely the most beautiful book I’ve bought.
There are so many books that I need to read before the end of the year, including Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo in time for the release of King of Scars, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (because I still can not believe I haven’t read one of her books) and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, which I refuse to still have sitting on my TBR in 2019.