Since we are now in July, we are also now officially into the second half of the year, despite how unbelievable that may seem! Therefore, it is time to look back at all of the books I’ve read so far this year, which unfortunately isn’t too many this time, through one of my favourite ever tags.
I’ve only read 17 books in 2019, as I have been in a reading slump ever since the start of the year, but that said I did read some amazing books during that time. I am also slowly starting to read more and enjoy reading more, and so hopefully I will still be able to hit my goal of reading 50 books by the end of the year.
So here is the mid-year book freak out tag for 2019!
I’ve only rated three books five stars so far this year, and honestly it is so hard to pick between them. So instead I’m just gonna talk about the one that I don’t talk about later on in this tag, which is The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. This book was everything that I wanted from it and more, with this mismatched space crew instantly earning a place in my heart. The writing was gorgeous and I am already desperate to return to this world!
I’ve actually read a fair few sequels so far this year, but my favourite would have to be Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han, which I now can’t believe I was debating not picking up! It was the perfect cute romance that just put the biggest smile on my face and made me constantly desperate to have the chance to continue listening to it. The family dynamic was beautiful as always, and this was the perfect conclusion to a fun and warm-spirited contemporary series.
I’ve only read three new releases this year, and so there are definitely I few that I am still desperate to get round to soon! I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver is most liekly the one I am most interested in reading very soon, as not only does it sound like such a gorgeous and important story, but I have also never read a book featuring a non-binary protagonist written by a non-binary author, so I can not wait to discover the beauty of this book that I am just so glad exists.
I feel like this is a given, but I am unbelievably excited about Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater! I am so happy that we are finally getting the Ronan Dreamer trilogy and that I can return to this world and these characters who truly are some of my favourites ever written.
Is it at all surprising that both of these are thrillers? I feel like I either love or hate thrillers and mysteries, and unfortunately both Genuine Fraud and All of This is True ended up missing my expectations for them. I had problems with these books for many different reasons, but the one common issue I had with them was that I just found their endings to either be way too obviously laid out or so predictable that we may as well have just been told it.
I was clearly onto something in the last question, as one of the only other thrillers I’ve read so far this year, Two Can Keep a Secret, surprised me so much with how much I ended up enjoying it! Karen M. McManus managed to create the perfect creepy atmosphere for this small town murder mystery story that had me suspecting everyone par the actual murder – the last line stills gives me chills!
On a very different note, I spontaneously picked up Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston last month, and not only did it end up surprising me, but it actually ended up being one of my favourite books that I’ve read so far this year. I am so in love with this story and these characters that I can’t believe I ever thought I wouldn’t particularly enjoy such a gorgeous romance.
Somehow I have found a new queen of writing gorgeously immersive settings and stories in Amanda Foody, whose debut novel I adored and second novel I am currently reading as I just had to have more of her writing. I am just in love with her way of writing dark and mysterious stories with complex and morally grey characters who I just can’t help but root for.
Luca from Daughter of the Burning City was one of the most smooth-talking yet mysterious characters I’ve read about, and that definitely made me fall hard for him. He is such a complex character who was so interesting to me and who I just wanted to protect at all costs, so he is definitely one of my newest fictional crushes.
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner most certainly had me crying at so many different points! This beautiful contemporary story stole my heart whilst simultaneously breaking it as I watched characters I had fallen so in love with face struggles and hardships together. I recommend having a box of tissues on hand if you want to read this one!
There are so many books that made me happy this year, but one that truly made me smile was When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. Whilst this wasn’t my favourite contemporary, it was definitely a fun read that I just kept wanting to pick up as it made me so happy whilst I was reading it. It warmed my soul in the best possible way, and I am definitely planning on picking up more of Sandhya Menon’s books in the hopes that they do the same.
Somehow I have only written one review this year?! Thankfully, I am actually quite proud of my review of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, as I loved just getting to discuss this spectacular sci-fi story in detail and getting to gush about these characters as much as I wanted. That said, I still definitely need to get back on writing reviews in the second half of 2019!
I have bought a fair few books so far this year, but one of my favourite covers of those is actually from a 2019 release, as I just adore the cover of Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner. The colours used are gorgeous and I love the placement of the title on the side of the building with the two characters sitting nearby.
With Wayward Son set for release at the end of September, I would love to finally get to Carry On by Rainbow Rowell before the end of the year. I’ve just heard so many amazing things about this one from so many different people that I just need to find out what I’m missing out on, especially as I adored Fangirl, and hopefully to join in on the love for this spectacular-sounding story.
How has your reading year been so far? What’s the best book you’ve read in 2019? What books do you want to get to before the end of the year? Have you read any of these – what did you think?