I was tagged by one of my favourite bloggers and all round lovely person, Amy, from Golden Books Girl, to do the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2018. This tag is such a fun way to keep track of your reading and I’m so excited to look back on the books I’ve loved so far this year!
1 // The best book you’ve read this year?
This might be a bit of a cheat answer, coz this book isn’t out till October, but Kiran Millwood-Hargrave’s THE WAY PAST WINTER is a masterpiece and it’s gonna blow everyone away. It’s a deeply atmospheric story about myths and magic and family, and it’s a triumph!
2 // The best sequel you’ve read this year?
I have two answers for this: M. G. Leonard’s conclusion to her fabulous trilogy, THE BATTLE OF THE BEETLES was richly evocative and deeply satisfying–one of the best end-of-series books I’ve ever read. The latest instalment in Maz Evan’s series, BEYOND THE ODYSSEY, was laugh-out-loud funny and yet gut-wrenchingly sad.
3 // New releases you haven’t read yet but want to.
I am desperate to read Lily Anderson’s UNDEAD GIRL GANG, a YA mystery with witches and zombies.
4 // Most anticipated releases for the second half of the year.
I’m gonna completely agree with Amy here and say: PAGES & CO. by Anna James, DEATH IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Robin Stevens, and SECRETS OF A SUN KING by Emma Carroll. I’m also going to add Katherine Woodfine’s PERIL IN PARIS. I’m super excited for all these books!
5 // Biggest disappointment.
I’ve been really lucky this year in that I’ve LOVED most of the books I’ve read. One that I thought I’d really enjoy was FURTHERMORE by Tahereh Mafi. Unfortunately, whilst I didn’t hate it, I wasn’t blown away, and I don’t think I’ll be picking up the sequel.
6 // Biggest surprise.
The Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley was not on my radar AT ALL, until my lovely friend Rachel posted about her love for the books on instagram. And I have sped through the books in the last month, and am LOVING them. Set in 1950s England, it follows Flavia, an 11 year old chemistry prodigy and detective, and her eccentric family, as she solves the many murders that beset her village.
7 // Favourite new to you, or debut, author.
BRIGHTSTORM by Vashti Hardy is a sparking-ly good MG debut that feels like A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS meets COGHEART.
8 // Newest fictional crush.
This may be based more on the movie rather than the book, but I ADORED Dawsey Adams from THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY.
9 // Newest favourite character.
Fidge from WED WABBIT — a marvellously funny MG book, and such a great character arc for Fidge!
10 // Book that made you cry?
ANNE FRANK’S DIARY. I cry every time I re-read this massively important book.
11 // Book that made you happy?
A SPOONFUL OF MURDER by Robin Stevens. Diving back into Hazel + Daisy’s world always makes me happy.
12 // Favourite book to film adaption?
I’m gonna go with THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY. It had everything–forties fashion, a writer main character, and a book club!
13 // Favourite post you have done this year?
I am really proud of this post on my fav recent middle grade reads. I wrote it on a whim, and I love it.
14 // Most beautiful book you have bought this year?
THE SURFACE BREAKS by Louise O’Neill is utterly breathtaking–both naked, and with its cover on.
15 // What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
PAHAHAHA. SO MANY. I want to finish the Flavia de Luce series, and I need to catch up with recent YA releases (especially with YALC coming up), and my shelves are HEAVING with other unread tomes.