This was created years ago but I’ve never done it before!! I was actually going to do a mid year wrap up post anyway, but then I stumbled across this one and it sounded exactly lke the sort of thing I wanted to do. I wasn’t tagged, and I’m not going to tag anyone, I just wanted to use the questions to wrap up everything I’ve read so far!
We’re just over halfway through the month of June, and so far I have read 114 books. This is just going to quickly go over some of the ones that I have read (absolutely not all of them, that would take forever…)
This tag was created by Chami and Emy
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019
Wow, this just jumps right into it! I’ve read so many amazing books this year that it would be really difficult to pick just one. It’s a tie between Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.
Undead Girl Gang follows a girl whose best friend died, along with two other girls in her school, and she wants to investigate why – so she uses her witch powers to bring them back to life. It was right up my ally and everything I love and want from a book was in this. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo follows the story of Evelyn in her old age talking to a reporter about her life, including her seven husbands. I usually don’t enjoy historical fiction, but I really liked this one. Children of Blood and Bone is about having their magic taken from them but they are determined to get it back, and it’s so well developed and amazing and I can’t wait for the sequel.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019.
I’m quite bad at reading series and continuing on with a series, and I’m not sure why. I just prefer stand alones. I read eleven sequels this month, and I think the two sequels to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han win by a landslide. The two sequels are P.S I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean. I just love Lara Jean and the family dynamic and just everything about this trilogy, I adore.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
I don’t really own many new releases, and those that I did own I have just recently read over the Pride Month TBR. I have one for this, but it’s going to be the answer for another one of these questions as well and because I read so many books this year I hoped I wouldn’t need to do that! That book is The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, which was released on the 26th of Febuary earlier this year. I think, like many people, I’m just so intimidated by the size of it that I haven’t touched it yet but I’m absolutely looking foward to this.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
I’m going to pick two for this one (sorry!). The first one I’m going to pick is the sequel to City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab called Tunnel of Bones, which comes out on September 3rd in the UK later on this year. I love love love the first book, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel.
The second one comes out in just a couple of weeks (by the time this is published, probably much sooner) and that is Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist which is being published on June 27th! I believe this is about a girl who foresees a murder against a woman but she can’t stop it, but she can interact with the ghost and she can know when someone is going to die just by touching them. It sounds incredible, and I don’t know whether to read it straight away or save it for my horror October month where I’m going to be reading 31 books for 31 days. Yep I set myself quite the challenges.
5. Biggest disappointment.
I think this one would be Chalk Man by C.J.Tudor. I was just expecting such great things from this and maybe my expectations were too high, and I should give it another go, but I was expecting one thing and got something else. I ended up giving this one two stars, I really didn’t enjoy it and I was pretty upset about that because I was so looking foward to that.
6. Biggest surprise.
For this one, I’d go for Furthermore by Taherah Mafi. Because I really wasn’t a fan of the Shatter Me series, I wasn’t actually planning on giving this a go but when someone mentioned it was an Alice in Wonderland retelling, that gave me the push I needed to actually read it and it really did take me by surprise with how much I enjoyed it. I’m going to give more of her books a try after this one, definately, but I’m probably never going to pick up the Shatter Me series again.
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
For a debut author, it would be Mason Deaver. You’ll here more about it in my upcoming review and in my end of the month wrap up post, but I finished I Wish You All the Best and I’ve been following the development of this book on Twitter as I follow the author and I got it on the day it came out. I was not dissapointed, I gave it four out of five stars (there were some things I didn’t enjoy, which I’ll go a little more in depth in during my review)
An author that is new to me this year is Taylor Jenkins Reid, and I finished Daisy Jones and the Six not too long ago and both of her books made it to my favourites list so clearly this one is a winner and I’m going to read everything she ever publishes, even if it’s not in my genre.
8. Newest fictional crush.
I can’t really answer this one, because I don’t crush on the characters in what I read. This is especially true as the genre I read is young adult, so the characters are always quite a bit younger than me, as I’m 23 in a couple of months
9. Newest favourite character.
Lara Jean!! This was the easiest of the questions. She’s so cute, loving, friendly, caring, compassionate, she always tries her hardest to see the good in people even when other people can’t and she isn’t afraid to give people second chances. She’s an angel. I also really like Arthur from What if It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera.
10. Book that made you cry.
I cry a lot so this would not be difficult to do! I cried in I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver, Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, Dear Martin by nic Stone, If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson, Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay, Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, and Blankets by Craig Thompson. I may be forgetting some but, so far, that’s my little crying list.
11. Book that made you happy.
Throughout all of What if It’s Us I was smiling. Well, I didn’t so much like the last portion of the book (hated it, in fact) but during the rest of the book I was just so happy about their developing relationship and it reminded me so much of the relationship that my partner and me have.
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I was going to say The Priory of the Orange Tree for this one, but I suppose I should say something different? But honestly, I could stare at that book all day and never get bored of how gorgeous it is. Also, I love dragons!!
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
My TBR is quite long (around 300 to 400 books…). I’m 100% going to be getting more books by the end of the year because I just can’t help myself. The ones I really want to get to though because I’ve been meaning to for a while are The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicole Yoon, The Humans by Matt Haig, The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, A Curse so Dark and Lonely, Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M McManus, the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, All the Light we Cannot See, The Priory of the Orange Tree, and I also want to finish the Percy Jackson series so I can move on to the Heroes of Olympus series, where I own the first three books.
I also have some ARC’s from NetGalley to read (and I will probably request more by the end of the year…): The Million Pieces of Neena Gill, a Nearly Normal Family, Please Send Help, Ever Alice, The Avant-Guards, The Museum of Broken Promises, Disconnected, Unicorn, What Makes Us, Trans Power, All That’s Bright and Gone, The City of Brass (this one has already been published but it’s from NetGalley) and Helping Mayor Patty.
So, that’s it for my mid-year wrap-up!! I hope you liked my answers and you’re welcome to do this tag if you want to. You can keep track of what I’m reading by following by book instagram and my Twitter which are both under the name @autiedragon
Until next time, A.W