Mid-Year Freak-Out Book Tag 2021
After seeing this tag featured on Not Just Fiction, I remembered it’s that time of year again when bloggers all seem to take part in the mid-year freak-out book tag. So here we go…
Best book I’ve read so far in 2021
My favourite book of the year has to be Still Life by Sarah Winman. I read it last month and I’m already re-reading it. Spanning a number of decades and set in both the East End of London and Florence, this book has a richly diverse cast of endearing characters that will stay with you long after reading. Exploring themes such as love, loss, and art, it’s a powerful and unforgettable tale
There are two sequels I’ve particularly loved this year. First up is Vulture by Bex Hogan. A perfect yet bittersweet ending to one of my favourite YA series. This series deserves so much more love as it’s well-written, engaging and action-packed with epic characters. And secondly, Illusionary by Zoraida Córdova. This is one of the most underrated YA duologies and deserves so much more love.
A new release I haven’t read yet but I’m really excited about
I’m really looking forward to reading Master Artificer by Justin Call. I think I need to reread Master of Sorrows first though as it’s been a while and I need a refresher!
Most anticipated release for the second half of 2021
I think I’m going with Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco for this one as I can’t wait to find out what happens with Emilia and Wrath.
Biggest bookish disappointment
I’ve changed the focus of this question slightly as we have enough going on without hating on books. So my biggest book-related disappointment is that there haven’t been any tenth-anniversary special editions of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater announced.
I finally got around to reading the Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m sometimes wary of older YA fantasy in case they haven’t aged well but I thoroughly enjoyed this series thanks to the fantastic main characters.
Favourite new-to-me or debut author
I’m torn between two debut authors for this prompt. Firstly, Angeline Boulley for the incredible Firekeeper’s Daughter, a powerful and profoundly moving novel that dissects indigenous American culture in nuanced detail. Secondly, Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé for the YA contemporary Ace of Spades, incisively exploring institutionalised racism in unflinching terms.
Favourite fictional crush
I feel like Talia Hibbert should just take this spot every year as she knows how to write romantic leads. This year it’s the uptight Jacob from Act Your Age, Eve Brown.
New favourite character
I finally read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and completely fell in love with Evelyn.
A book that made me cry
I don’t think I’ve sad-cried at a book this year although Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano was a raw exploration of trauma and grief that definitely moved me.
A book that made me happy
Simon James Green knows how to write stories that actually reflect the high school experience with all the awkwardness and embarrassing moments as well as the epic highs. You’re the One That I Want revolves around a high-school production of Grease and left me laughing so many times. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender was such an engaging story about a transgender teen that I read it in one sitting and can’t stop recommending it.
Favourite post I’ve written this year
I really enjoy sharing my bookstagram photos every Sunday and discovering new accounts. You can check out my latest showcase here.
Most beautiful book I’ve bought in the first half of 2021
6 books I want to read by the end of the year
I have so many books on my TBR pile but these six are ones I definitely (hopefully!) plan to read before the end of the year.
Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you’d like to take part. I hope you’ve had a great reading year so far!