While I’m aware that it’s not exactly mid year anymore, I decided I still needed to pause my normal glorious cacophonies and do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. Because freaking out over books is just too ridiculously fun. Also there are books you squidlings need to read and I would be a neglectful overlord if I didn’t tell you what to do.*
* You know you love me for it.
Thanks to Theresa @ Until We Read Again for tagging me!
Also, I have officially read 200 books this year! I’m well on the way to beating last year’s 229 and also wearing out my eyeballs and also possibly going insane with 200 stories bouncing around my noggin. All these good things.
1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2015.
Well, excuse you, this question is stupid and, like Nick Fury, (he is my namesake after all) I’ve elected to ignore it and list ALL MY FAVOURITES. Well, not all. This year only 13 books have hit my All Time Favourite list…compared to the 30+ of last year. I am clearly getting cantankerous and hard to please in my old age.
Along with Ensnared (which was a perfect creeptastic Wonderland conclusion) I have such love for Disruption, The Darkest Part of the Forest, Challenger Deep, Every Breath, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl, and The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B.
2. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2015.
I’m absolutely dead with love for this book. DEAD I TELL YOU. The cliffhanger was beautifully cruel. I felt pretty “meh” about the first book, but then the sequel, The Winner’s Crime, trotted out and stabbed me in the face with its cleverness.
Somehow these are all compliments, I promise. Just…violent compliments? BUT SINCE WHEN DID I EVER COMPLIMENT SOMETHING NICELY??
3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO.
Agh, I’ve barely read any this newbies year (compared to 2014 where I was so up-to-date). I have reasons! I haven’t been a lazy melon! I’m trying to catch up on older series. But gosh, these darn authors won’t let me catch up. THEY KEEP PUBLISHING NEW BOOKS AND I’M DROWNING HERE.
But, along with Made You Up, I would trade my firstborn, or a dragon egg, or even my little sister, for these delicious looking books:
4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR.
Oh gosh. DO I HAVE A FEW OR WHAT. On top of Queen of Shadows which I’m simultaneously dreading and screaming for — I’m very very desperate for these delicious munchkins.
5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT.
I wanted to love Ember in the Ashes. But. No. I fell through all the plot holes and singed my eyebrows.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE.
I DID NOT EXPECT TO LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH. (I blame Engie, by the way. I blame her for all the things.) I adore the A Song of Ice and Fire series because it’s complicated and intense. I thought I’d be just a casual fan, but pfft, why not become intensely obsessed to the point of staring at the maps and stroking the pretty covers? I am so ridiculously happy…
…when I’m not HOWLING WITH RAGE AND PAIN, of course. I do that copiously too.
Also: I STILL REMEMBER ALL THE DETAILS. I have a notoriously terrible memory, so what wizardry is this?! (Do I get an award for this? Perhaps a lemon cake? No pie, thank you.)
For those who are interested, I’m onto book 4: A Feast of Crows and currently shipping Jaime and Brienne so so hard. Also Jon and Daenerys despite the fact they’ve never met and don’t even know each other exists, but PFFFT. Small details.
7. FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR.
Oh definitely Moïra Fowley-Doyle. She wrote The Accident Season which was suffocatingly beautiful and reminded me of Maggie Stiefvater’s style a little bit.
I hope she writes 92 books, and does it quickly, so I can eat them all.
8. NEWEST FICTIONAL
I have changed this from “crush” to “ship”, because I’m a shipper not a crusher. Unless I’m crushing chocolate to sprinkle onto a cake or something. Or perhaps crushing the threats of my enemies beneath my heels. You know. Those kind of regular average things.
I ship many characters very fiercely, but my Khalid and Shazi ship has left the docks. OARS OUT. WE’RE SAILING THIS ONE FOR ETERNITY.
9. NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER.
Basically everyone out of Demon Road. EVERYONE. Their wit is too golden for words.
“We all go through tough times.”
“My parents are trying to kill me.”
“We all have issues.”
10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY.
I do not cry. I can actually list on one hand the books that’ve made me sniffle. NOT EVEN CRY. Just a sniffle.
Otherwise, it’s more like crying-on-the-inside. I haven’t even gotten close to having a heart this year, sadly, although I may have hiccuped with feels during The Rest of Us Just Live Here because Mikey was so entirely relatable.
11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY.
BOOKS make me happy. All of them. Even if they’re horrific books, writing growling reviews still makes me happy…sort of. BUT REGARDLESS! I though I Kill the Mockingbird was a really cute, pleasant, and funny surprise. Plus the characters dialogue was just so perfect I wanted to dissolve into this book and live there forever.
Elena pulls the ax out of the bag, holds it above her head, and shouts, “I KILL THE MOCKINGBIRD!”
Michael shakes his head. “I am seriously worried about you.”
See? My kind of people.
12. FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTION YOU SAW THIS YEAR.
I don’t watch a lot of movies! Or…well, any. SHOCKING, I KNOW. It’s just movies are so long and take forever to get to the point. If I’m going to skimp on my precious reading time, then I’d rather watch an episode of a TV series which’ll take 45 minutes instead of 3 hours.
BUT! I did watch If I Stay whilst I was languishing in bed with a cold. Ohhh, it was terrific. As a cellist myself, I appreciated all the music and basically glared at Mia because she’s so sickeningly talented. Seriously, how about we share the skills across the world? Also I want a blue cello case.
And it was SO SAD. I APPROVE.
13. FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE SO FAR THIS YEAR.
Um, all of them. I am a great believer in only posting things that I’m proud of. But I’m mildly fond of this collection.
- Reasons It’s Appropriate To Take A Book Wherever You Go
- Disney Princess Book Tag
- Why Books Should Always Copiously Mention Food
- Can Your TBR Be Too Big?
- Bookshelf Tag: It’s Always A Good Time for a Shelfie
14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR.
I haven’t read Ink and Bone yet (because I’ve been waylaid by Riordan and the cruel perfection of his finale of dragons and tragedy) BUT ISN’T THIS BOOK BEAUTIFUL? It looks like an old book. It’s also the nicest shade of blue. It’s also nefariously titled.
15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.
All of them. I have a rather gargantuan need to read all the books of ever. But I have realistic methods, don’t worry! I have clones and I occasionally my dog reads books and then relays the plots in short barks while I type a review.
BUT. Between reading all the books of ever, I am gnawing on this library stack.
My entire TBR is still hovering under ten books which is partially wonderful and partially distressing because WHAT IF I RUN OUT OF BOOKS?? #bookwormhorrorstory
I’m not taking anyone specifically since it’s not technically “mid-year” anymore. BUT. If you want to pinch this tag: consider yourself tagged!