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The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

It’s July. IT’S JULY.

Can you believe we are over the half-way mark of 2018? No, I don’t want to think about it either. Time moves too quickly. I fear change. I just want to be a child again. But at least we have books. I’ve read some fantastic stuff over the last seven months, and I wanted to share them in The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag, which I saw floating around Booktube and a few of my favourite bloggers. So, let’s go!

BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR SO FAR?

While quite a few books this year have gotten a 5 stars from me, the three books that I would have given six stars are Bright We Burn by Kiersten White, Circe by Madeline Miller, and Autoboyogprahy by Christina Lauren. All three excellent in their own ways in which I talk about all at length in my reviews for each!

A NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN‘T READ YET, BUT WANT TO?

It’s not out yet, but I received an early copy of Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik and it’s just sat there waiting for me on my shelf. I was surprised at how much I loved Uprooted, and so reading another retelling with that much passion is something I’m really excited about!

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR AUTUMN/WINTER?

Vicious by V.E. Schwab was the first Schwab book I ever read and I really enjoyed it. It’s been a few years, but I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel Vengeful, coming out in September. It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve missed Victor Vale and Eli Ever so much. And, while I do prefer A Darker Shade of Magic, I feel like Vengeful will re-ignite my love for The Villians series.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR SO FAR?

book on bed with tote bag

Leah On The Offbeat. Oh dear. I read Simon Vs. The Homosapien’s Agenda a long time ago and I fell in love. The same thing happened with The Upside of Unrequited. When it came to Leah On The Offbeat, I expected the same lovely, funny, heart-wrenching story as the others. But instead, what we got was queerphobia and a whiny main character. Such a disappointment.

BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR SO FAR?

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo was not something I ever planned on reading. A good friend had mentioned really enjoying it, and so I quickly nabbed it off Netgalley before it got archived. I devoured it pretty quickly and it came out as a five star read! It’s a shame that it’s only a standalone because I would have happily read more, but reading fantasy standalones is a bit of a novelty, and it ended without any loose ends!

NEW FAVOURITE AUTHOR?

It always takes me a few books before I realise that this author is one of my favourites. I’ve only read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, which is fine because it’s her debut novel. But the world-building and morally grey characters were what really got me. I have a funny feeling that the next books in the series will firmly plant her as one of my new favourite authors!

YOUR NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER?

I really loved Amari from Children of Blood and Bone. She’s one of three protagonists in the story, and may even be considered the ‘weakest’, but she’s far from the word. I loved watching her development from down-trodden royal to bad-ass. She’s so caring and understanding, even if she’s raised to be cold and brutal. I LOVE HER OK?

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

Tin Man by Sarah Winman. It’s a 200 page story that I picked up from the library because I thought it looked pretty. But it was more than pretty, it was beautiful. Such a complex story told over decades that pulls at your heartstrings throughout. Think of the songs ‘summertime sadness’ and ‘young and beautiful’ by Lana Del Rey but in prose. That’s Tin Man.

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren. What a lovely, heartfelt book. For me, it was so relatable and I think that’s why it made me so happy. Despite being about two boys falling in love, I felt so represented, and it’s incredible that a book can make someone feel that way. It may have made me cry too, but they were happy tears!

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK SO FAR?

book on bed with scarf and tote bag

I have read so many beautiful books so far this year, I’ve been very lucky. But one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read is the underrated YA novel Satellite by Nick Lake. Satellite tells the story of a young boy born and raised on a space station, waiting for his sixteenth birthday until he can go ‘home’ to Earth for the first time. It was simple writing, with a simple topic, but told so emotionally. I cried the whole way through.

As this is the mid year book freakout tag, I’m tagging all of you lovely people. I wasn’t tagged for it, but I’ve read so many great books this year and wanted to share them all in a round up post. Feel free to tag me in your post so I can see it!

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6 Comments

  1. tasya @ the literary huntress

    July 11, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of positive things about Simon vs but when it comes to Leah, it seems like everyone agrees that it’s disappointing :/ I love Circe too, it’s such a beautiful and poignant book. And I can’t wait for Vengeful, I need another showdown!

    1. Hollie

      July 12, 2018 at 11:20 pm

      Yeah, I really expected the same amount of greatness from Leah as we got with Simon Vs. but it sucks that that’s not the case!

  2. eviebraithwaite

    July 11, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Children of Blood and Bone is one of my favourite reads of this year by far! I agree that the world-building is amazing, and I adore all of the characters! I’m desperate to read Circe, I’ve heard nothing but amazing reviews! Such a shame about Leah On The Offbeat, I recently read Simon and loveed it.

    Evie x | https://eviejayne.co.uk

    1. Hollie

      July 12, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      I thought the hype would kill it tbh but it definitely lived up to expectation! Can’t wait for you to read Circe! Such an incredible book 🙂

  3. Gill Edwards

    August 10, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Great post Hollie, I really fancy doing this tag on my blog too. I’m new to your blog and ive added it to my reading list.
    Gill @bookmagpie

    1. Hollie

      August 10, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks! Yes go for it! Nobody tagged me but I was really interested in it anyway!

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