2019 Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag/Mid-Year Roundup
I’m not really in the habit of doing book tags (too many reviews to write, too little time!) but for this one I decided to make an exception. For one thing, I think it serve as a great jumping off point for a mid-year roundup post, featuring some pretty interesting categories that are fun to think about. Also, normally I would be scheduling a Bookshelf Roundup for today, but seeing as I’m still on vacation (I’m drafting this in advance), it wouldn’t be possible to do my usual “Stacking the Shelves/Recent Reads” summary and I figured this would be the perfect alternative.
So here we go!
Best Books I’ve Read So Far
Although it feels like I’ve been much pickier this year, I still have quite a few 5 star books. So I figured I would spread the love a little, and pick a favorite from each genre: The Wolf in the Whale (Fantasy), The Poison Thread (Horror), Three Laws Lethal (Science Fiction).
Best Sequels I’ve Read So Far
Some say it’s rare for a sequel to live up to or even outperform the original, but here are a few books that beat those odds.
New Releases I Haven’t Read (But Want To)
Um, yikes. We’d be here forever if I listed all the new books I want to read but haven’t gotten to yet, so let’s just pull my top three from the past month or so.
Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year
Easy. I’ve known these were my top three since the beginning of the year.
These books I had high hopes for, but ultimately they did not live up to the hype or my expectations.
It takes a lot to surprise me, but whenever I come across a book I enjoy in a strange genre or one that traditionally doesn’t work for me, that’ll do it.
Favorite New Authors
I’ve been reading a lot more thriller, mystery and suspense this year, so it’s not surprising that I’m adding a bunch of new authors to my auto-buy list.
Since I don’t do fictional crushes, I’ve changed these next two questions to favorite characters/least favorite characters. Favorite new characters: Aubrey Finch from Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong, Nick Hayes from One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence, and Aunt Charlotte from The Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan.
Least Favorite Characters
Least favorite new characters: Red from The Girl in Red by Christina Henry, Rone from Smoke & Summons by Charlie N. Holmberg, and the entire Quinlan family in The Homecoming by Andrew Pyper.
Books That Made Me Cry
I rarely cry when it comes to books, but so far a few this year have touched me or at least managed to make me tear up.
Books That Made Me Happy
These books have either made me laugh, cheered me up, or filled me with a sense of pleasure and warmth.
This category is originally “Best Book To Film Adaptation”, but I’m modifying it somewhat to suit my reading habits. Time to admit I don’t get to watch TV or go to the movies as much as I would like to these days…but I do read a crap ton of media tie-ins.
I mostly only write reviews on this blog, peppering it with a few memes and update posts on occasion. I did however have a lot of fun putting together some advice for new audiobook listeners in this Top Ten Tuesday post: Top Ten Tuesday: Thinking of Trying Audiobooks? Ten Tips for New Listeners. Hope it was helpful!
Prettiest Books I Received This Year
I make no apologies for being a complete cover whore, and I’m not gonna lie, I tend to be drawn to colorful, artistically detailed and aesthetically striking covers that are original and distinct.
Books I Need to Read By the End of the Year
Um, a lot! But will you look at that, I just so happened put together a handy list in my 2019 Rewind Challenge post last week! Check it out to see all the books I’m planning on reading and reviewing before the year ends!