Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

I’ve seen a few great Mid Year Book Freakout posts so far this year. A couple of my favourites have been written by Larissa over at Book Bosomed Blonde and Misty on Misty’s Book Space. Please take a minute to check out their versions of the post– I really enjoyed reading them!

I wanted to write my own Mid Year Book Freak Out post as looks like a lot of fun. It’s also a great way to reflect back on my reading year so far and to look forward to the next six months.

First, let’s take a look at my reading progress! So far I have read 36 books out of 50, far surpassing my expectations! My reading record is 60 books a year – which I achieved in 2017. I never thought I would get close to that number again, since I largely attribute that achievement to the fact that I hadn’t even started my blog until late March that year. Now I have more commitments, but can I beat my target? I’m determined to try!

 

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019

My best standalone read of the year has to go to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. I really enjoyed interpreting the story from the perspective of a teenage boy with Asberger’s. It was truly unique and extremely funny in places! I have been meaning to read it for quite some time. Now I am glad I have!

 

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019

My choice for this category is also a recent read. The winner for this has to be Crowfall by Ed MacDonald, hands down! I’m sad that this wonderful trilogy has ended but I loved any minute of reading it as well. Each of these books will be read and enjoyed again, that’s for sure!

 

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

I haven’t had to think too hard about this answer either. My most anticipated release is a sequel due to be published in September 2019. What makes this release interesting is that it has been over 30 years since Margaret Atwood published its predecessor, The Handmaid’s Tale. As it happens, I didn’t actually like The Handmaid’s Tale the first time I read it. It’s a good job I am a lot more versatile as a reader now. How Margaret Atwood plans to follow on from such an iconic tale I don’t know – I guess I’ll find out in September!

 

Biggest Disappointment

My biggest disappointment of the year isn’t anything to do with a book – it’s about me. I have seriously gotten out of the habit of reading and interacting with other people and their blogs. I am very sporadic if I do read any posts at all. The lesson here is to set aside time to pick this up again. After all, if I don’t read, like and comment on other people’s blogs, how can I expect anyone else to do the same for me?

 

Biggest Surprise

This is more of a general point rather than about any one particular book or another. Given that I have read so many books already this year, I’m surprised that my average rating is so high! Of the 36 I have read, my lowest rating is 3*… and that’s only for two books! Either I am diversifying better as a reader or I am just good at identifying the sorts of books I love. I don’t really mind which – just long may it continue!

 

Newest Fictional Crush

Source: HBO

Newest doesn’t mean new, necessarily. I’m not one for fictional crushes really, but I suppose if I had to pick someone it would have to be Samwell Tarly from the Song of Ice and Fire series. His social awkwardness is hilarious and his love of books and learning comes a VERY close second to mine. I only think I beat him in that regard on account of being a real person!

 

Newest Favourite Character

Of the books I have read this year, my favourite character has to be Ryhalt from The Raven’s Mark series. In the early books, I loved his kickass, no-nonsense attitude. Even his rough demeanour and chronic drinking problem was kind of endearing. It reminded you of his vulnerability. Ryhalt has grown tremendously as a character since then, but we as readers have grown with him. It’s a change for the better.

 

Book That Made You Cry

I don’t think I have shed a single tear since reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in April last year.

To be honest, I haven’t really read many books that would provoke such a reaction, so I’m not surprised by the fact.

 

Book That Made You Happy

You’re going to make me single out one book that made me happy? What kind of cruelty is this?!

In fact, I can’t pick just one book. I guess the thing that has made me happiest so far this year is re-reading A Game of Thrones. I actually began the project at the very end of last year, so technically this year I have read books 2-4. I’m also starting on part I of A Dance with Dragons a little later this month. These books are, as I am sure you know, quite lengthy. But, it’s what I enjoy, so it doesn’t feel like a chore at all.

 

Favourite Book to Film Adaptation

I suppose the only book to film adaptation that’s even relevant to my current reading is The Dark Tower. I don’t really watch much in the way of TV or films.

I’m pretty sure I watched the film at some point last year, but, I have read the second book of the series and bought the third this year. I wouldn’t say that the adaptation is the best I have ever watched. It’s enjoyable, but clearly there is so much more details to the books that the film doesn’t have time to touch upon. On the plus side, it has Idris Elba starring as the Gunslinger, so I can’t complain…

 

Favourite Post You Have Done This Year

My favourite post of the year is one that made me acknowledge the things that I am not so good at.

Back in April I posted a Top Ten Tuesday post, all about the struggles of being a book blogger. Even though I’ve highlighted parts of the “job” I’m not so good at (like reading other people’s blogs!!), I would say I still have a lot to learn to make improvements to the way I do things. Over-commitment and a lack of motivation are some things that come with the territory and can’t be changed. I set myself targets that don’t allow me much time off. Sometimes though, you just need to say no to picking up the book for a day.

 

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

I haven’t really bought that many books this year, I don’t think. I’ve received some gorgeous ARC’s, but I’ve been pretty tame on the purchasing front. I’m trying to use my library more, especially for books I am unsure as to whether I’ll like or not.

If beautiful can be fulfilled by the lovely, uniformity of these covers and sizes, then I guess I’ll have to feature A Game of Thrones again. They are my main purchases of the year.

 

What Books Do You Need to Read By the End of the Year

So many books and too little time! Where do I even begin?

I’d like to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I really loved her Strange the Dreamer duology, so I would like to read more of her books.

Th1rt3en by Steve Cavanagh and The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor are also high on my list. I bought them about a year ago and they have been taunting me from my bookshelf ever since. Soon, I promise! Oh! I also bought a copy of The Shining at the same time. That has to go on too! Aside from The Dark Tower, I haven’t really read anything else of Stephen King’s recently.

If I let myself carry on I’ll be here all day!

So, these are my answers to the above questions! If you would like to review your year in books, then consider yourself tagged! I’d love to see your answers!

 

 

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