Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag 2019

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Happy Thursday, book lovers! Today isn’t one of my usual posting days, but I really wanted to do this tag before the end of June. I’m having a great reading year so far and there have been some amazing books with still so much left to come! I came across this tag on A Novel Purpose and thought it was the perfect way to wrap up the first half of 2019, so here goes!

What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2019?

This is a hard question, as I never limit myself to choosing one favourite book, but if I look at the new books I’ve read so far this year that are not part of an ongoing series I have to say Enchantée by Gita Trelease. I absolutely loved the immersive world building, bringing the decadent court of Versailles to life with just the right amount of magic and fantasy, and even better, this book is set in one of my favourite time periods for historical fiction – the French Revolution.
Read my full review here.

What has been your favourite sequel of the first half of the year?

King of Fools by Amanda Foody. I really liked the first book in this series, Ace of Shades, but I absolutely loved King of Fools. The political turn that the plot took, with Levi reestablishing his control over the Irons, the tension-laden interactions between the street lords and the scheming by the Families to sway the election in their favour.
Read my full review here.

Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited to?

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand. I just finished Furyborn earlier this week and I can’t wait to get started with Kingsbane (even though I suspect I’ll be reading it through my fingers waiting for the next bombshell to drop).


What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

Another hard one, since there are still more than 3o books left on my list for the year. Excluding the ARCs I have yet to read, I’m going to go with Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.



What is your biggest disappointment so far?

Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta. This was one book I was really looking forward to this year, and while the plot was actually pretty good, it felt like a complete let down.
Read my full review here.


What is your biggest surprise so far?

American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt by Stephanie Thornton. I’m a little wary when it comes to reading historical fiction that’s closer to present day, but still I expected to enjoy this book…just not to this extent.  American Princess is a brilliant piece of work and Princess Alice is brought to life in this beautifully written novel.
Read my full review here.

Who is your fictional crush from this year?

Nikolai Lantsov from King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo has long been a fictional crush of mine ever since the Grisha trilogy, and while there have been some pretty good characters in this year’s books, I haven’t found one good enough to change this choice.
Read my full review here.

Who is your new favourite character?

Sweetie Nair from There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon. If I get started on exactly why Sweetie is my favourite character, we’ll probably be here all day, but she is one of the most realistic and relatable characters I have ever come across. Sandhya Menon imparts a very powerful message through Sweetie’s character, to love yourself the way you are and not force yourself to change for other people’s expectations.
Read my full review here.

A book that made you happy?

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. This is likely (atleast) the fifth time over the past month where I’m raving about this book, for the single reason that I’ve never come across a book quite like this. Alex and Henry are adorable and I would reread this book a hundred times just to relive this swoon-worthy tale.
Read my full review here.

Your favourite book to movie/tv show that you’ve seen so far?

Skipping this one since I haven’t actually seen any this year that I really liked. I did watch Shadowhunters, and the final season was good, but not great.

What is the most beautiful book that you have bought?

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad. I didn’t really buy this book, I actually got an ARC of it, but regardless, it is the most beautiful addition to my shelves this year.
Read my full review here.


What is your favourite post that you have written so far this year?

I’ve really enjoyed reviewing the new Marquess House trilogy, which is historical fiction based on the possibility of an alternate series of events having occurred in the Tudor era. The first two books released this year and hopefully, the finale is not far away!
Read my full reviews of book 1 and book 2 here.

What are 6 books that you want to read by the end of the year?

(In no particular order, and trying not to repeat books already mentioned)

  1. The Beautiful – Renee Ahdieh
  2. American Royals – Katharine McGee
  3. The Tyrant’s Tomb – Rick Riordan
  4. Angel Mage – Garth Nix
  5. Sword and Pen – Rachel Caine
  6. Five Dark Fates – Kendare Blake

I had a lot of fun doing this tag! What would be your picks for these prompts? Consider yourself tagged! Make sure to link back so I can read your answers!

Related Reviews:
Ace of Shades
King of Fools
Once & Future
American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt
King of Scars
There’s Something About Sweetie
Red, White & Royal Blue
The Candle and the Flame
The Catherine Howard Conspiracy
The Elizabeth Tudor Conspiracy

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