Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag

Sunday, 17 June 2018


Sorry to be a cliché, but how is it mid-June already???? Like did we all go into a forced hibernation or something? Because time has just seemed to fly by in a way that frankly, is not even plausible. It seems like just days ago when, back in February, I was finally well enough to move back to Cardiff, and in just a week, I am moving back home. 
Please keep me in your thoughts during this difficult time. 
And so, because of the prospect of moving back to God's Own County has left me feeling rather down, I thought that I would cheer myself up my doing my first ever Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. So, here we go.


1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.
When I Hit You; Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy. Although a full list of my favourite books so far this year will be coming shortly (I have just had food poisoning so I am kind of on catch-up when it comes to blog posts), so keep your eyes peeled!

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2018.
I haven't actually read a sequel this year. Oops? Apart from my series staples (who am I kidding? I literally just mean A Song of Ice and Fire), I tend to stick to books that are standalone.

3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to.
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. It sounds like a horror movie I watched a few years ago and completely fell in love with.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
I have no clue? I don't look that far ahead if I am being honest. My newly created month-to-month 'Most Anticipated Releases' series makes that pretty obvious.

5. Biggest disappointment.
Elmet by Fiona Mozley. I had just heard so much buzz but picking it up, the book fell more than a little flat.

6. Biggest surprise.
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. I just wasn't expecting the emotional impact that the book had.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Nicola Barker. H(A)PPY was an innovative wonder and I can't wait to read more from her.

8. Newest fictional crush.
I don't tend to have crushes - I am twenty-two, I would hope by now that I had grown out of it - but if I had to answer, I would say Lexi Volkov from Clean by Juno Dawson. If I met that girl in real life, I just know my heart would flutter.

9. Newest favourite character.
Deming, the main character from The Leavers by Lisa Ko. He is kind of a mess, and that is what makes him so perfect.

10. Book that made you cry.
The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale. By god, that book was an emotional rollercoaster.

11. Book that made you happy.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Cluedo as a novel? My heart is singing.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
Ready Player One. The book? Gate-keeper-y and kind of offensive. The film? So fucking awesome I went twice.

13. Favourite review you've written this year.
I do not know. I love them all! It's like you're asking me to pick a favourite child.

14. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received)
I mean, if I am discounting my Penguin English Library collection which otherwise would always be the answer to this question, I am going to go with Clean by Juno Dawson. Go and find it in a shop, it's fucking gorgeous.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
A list longer than I want to even think about right now.

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