How is it June?! How are we ha;f-way through the year already!? Oh my goodness gracious. Well, I suppose that it’s time for the Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag! The tag features a series of questions about what you have read so far this year as well as what you still plan to read before the year ends! Without further ado, I present to you the Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag!
THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ THIS YEAR:
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started reading this book! I had never read anything from Fredrik Backman before and I won’t lie, the main reason I requested this book in the first place was because it featured small town hockey. I’m Canadian okay, it’s my weakness. While the first quarter of the book was a little slow-moving, the rest completely blew me away. It was so much more than a book about small town hockey and I’m so glad that I decided to pick it up. One of my new all time favourites for sure!
YOUR FAVOURITE SEQUEL OF THE YEAR:
A Conjuring Of Light by V.E. Schwab
Does it still count as a sequel if it’s the third and final book in a series? Well, it does today. A Conjuring of Light was everything I had hoped for in the finale to this series. It was a bittersweet feeling when I finished this novel, but I’m so glad that it ended the way that it did.
A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ BUT REALLY WANT TO:
The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Ever since reading Ari & Dante, I have been craving something else by Benjamin Alire Saenz. The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life was one of my most anticipated books of the year for that reason! I pre-ordered it and everything. So can someone tell me why I haven’t read it yet? I’m really hoping to get to this one soon!
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR:
Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson + various authors
Do I need any other explanation other than it’s by Shaun David Hutchinson? Okay, well it’s not all by Shaun David Hutchinson, but I love his writing so much and I love him as an author so much that this is obviously at the top of my Most Anticipated list. Not to mention all of the other fantastic authors that are featured! I can’t wait!
YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:
Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy
I love Andrew McCarthy as an actor so when I heard he was releasing a young adult novel, I knew I needed to read it. Unfortunately, it just didn’t do it for me. The writing was really bland and the story didn’t focus on what I hoped that it would. There were just a lot of factors that did not work for me here.
BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR:
Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Kind of like Beartown, I had no idea what I was getting myself into with Eliza and Her Monsters. I had also never read anything by Francesca Zappia before. I am not a fast reader by any means, and I absolutely BLEW THROUGH this novel. I read it in two nights and I probably could have read it in a day if I had the time. It was so good and such a fantastic surprise! I highly recommend this one!
FAVOURITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR:
It was tough to choose just one! I have read a lot of new to me authors so far this year! But if I had to choose one, I think I’d go with Fredrik Backman! I really want to read everything else he’s written, and he is also a really cool guy! I had the opportunity to meet him recently and I absolutely loved hearing him speak about Beartown…or just hearing him speak in general. Swedish accents are one of my favourites! 😂
NEW FAVOURITE CHARACTER:
Domino Swift (Motor Crush, Vol.1)
Domino swift is a badass woman. I literally want to be her. Motor Crush is one of my new favourite comics and Domino Swift is a stand out main character. I can’t wait to read more from this series!
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY:
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
I don’t cry while reading. I barely cry while watching movies for crying out loud, but Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner definitely had me on the verge of tears. This story is definitely a tear jerker, and if you’re more prone to crying while reading, I recommend having a tissue box nearby if you decide to pick this one up.
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY:
The Backstagers, Vol.1
When I decide to read a new comic/graphic novel, I tend to gravitate toward the dark and gloomy. I’m not sure what made me pick up The Backstagers, considering the bright, happy and fun nature of the synopsis, but I’m so glad that I did. This graphic novel is now one of my all time favourites and it made me so happy while reading it! I highly recommend it!
YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION THAT YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR:
I don’t think I’ve seen a single book to film adaptation at all this year. Or if I have, it clearly hasn’t stood out. However, a pleasant surprise for me was Riverdale! I wasn’t expecting much from this adaptation if I’m being quite honest. I loved the Archie comics as a kid and seeing the promo for the tv series really had me worried. A murder mystery version of Archie created by The CW network? I was hesitant, but I will admit that I was wrong! I LOVED this series…I mean it did have its flaws, but I was addicted and now I’m eagerly anticipating season 2!
FAVOURITE BOOK POST YOU’VE DONE THIS YEAR:
Try A Chapter Book Tag
I literally just did this tag earlier this week. I was in a mini-reading slump and I needed to pick something to read that would get me out of it. I couldn’t decide and I didn’t want to make the wrong choice so I decided to try the Try A Chapter book tag in which you read the first chapter of 5 different books in hopes that you find your next read amongst the books you want to read the most! It worked out well for me and because of the tag, I’m out of my slump! Plus, it was really fun to do!
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT/RECEIVED THIS YEAR:
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Editions
I mean just look at them. How could these not be the most beautiful books I bought this year. Yes, I bought all four. Don’t worry, they were on sale!
WHAT ARE SOME BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR:
Other than my most anticipated Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson, I would have to say: They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera, Warcross by Marie Lu, 27 Hours by Tristina Wright, Vanilla by Billy Merrell & The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed.
There you have it! The Mid-Year Freakout tag as completed by yours truly! I tag anyone who wants to participate!
Thank you for reading!