We’re halfway through 2021, which means it’s time for the annual Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag! I love doing this tag each year because it’s such a great way to round up the past couple of months and highlight what upcoming titles I’m most excited about. 2021 has been pretty good on the bookish front so far and the next couple of months have some promising titles in store. Let’s take a look!
What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2021?
Asking a reader to pick a their favourite book is a difficult question at any time, and this year, I am unable to make up my mind between these two. Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare (I don’t even think this needs an explanation at this point) and We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal were both absolute perfection, and in the case of the latter, it was so unexpected.
What has been your favourite sequel of the first half of the year?
Infinity Reaper was a great sequel, and also the most plot and character building in a middle book I’ve seen in a very long time. There was a significant improvement in the narration style as well, and the little things that didn’t work previously have all been ironed out beautifully so that the story flows so much better. Not to mention, I still haven’t fully wrapped my head around that ending!
Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited to?
I’m really excited to read The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson – it’s so wonderful that there’s another book in this series because I was not ready to say goodbye to the characters and world of Truly Devious.
What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
There are quite a few to choose from, but I’m most excited for The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi and can’t wait to see how the amazing series is going to end.
What is your biggest disappointment so far?
Aetherbound by E.K. Johnston has been the biggest disappointment this year, especially since the blurb sounded so promising.
What is your biggest surprise so far?
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas was the biggest surprise because I expected to completely hate a book about Nesta. I’m honestly still kind of shocked at how much I enjoyed it!
Who is your fictional crush from this year?
No new ones this year, sadly 😞
Who is your new favourite character?
Corayne an-Amarat from Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard is my pick for this, an unusual choice considering she seemed naive and kind of clueless at first. But then I realized that she actually behaved the way that a teenaged heroine thrown into a deadly magical quest ought to behave and the fact that despite being the ‘Chosen One’ figure in this scenario, she was not the leader of the group or in charge by any stretch of the imagination was such a pleasant change to this trope. By the end, she was the character who grew the most and I’m really looking forward to seeing what her arc will be like going forward.
A book that made you happy?
It’s a tough choice between Sixteen Scandals by Sophie Jordan and Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price. Both were hilarious and entertaining reads and I’m looking forward to whatever these authors write next.
Your favourite book to movie/tv show that you’ve seen so far?
Shadow and Bone! I still can’t get over how good it was!
What is the most beautiful book that you have bought?
Of the new additions to my shelves this year, my favorite is undoubtedly the facsimile first edition of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
What is your favourite post that you have written so far this year?
I’m stuck between two books here: The Rose Code by Kate Quinn and Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson.
What are 6 books that you want to read by the end of the year?
(In no particular order)
- The Hawthorne Legacy – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
- Into the Dying Light – Katy Rose Pool
- The Bronzed Beasts – Roshani Chokshi
- As Good As Dead – Holly Jackson
- The Last Graduate – Naomi Novik
- Aurora’s End – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
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!