Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag

Saturday, 22 June 2019

For once, there is no expression of disbelief to be uttered here.
As, at least when it comes to books, it has been a long, six months.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019.
Probably either This Brutal House by Niven Govinden, or Jessica Andrews' Saltwater. Although a full list of my favourite books so far this year will be coming shortly, so keep your eyes peeled!

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2019.
I do not think I have actually read a sequel this year? What can I say, I am a sucker for a really good standalone.

3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to.
Meat Market by Juno Dawson. I have got my copy ordered so hopefully, by the end of next week, I will have already devoured it.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
The answer has to be The Testaments. I do not usually look that far ahead with book releases but of course, an exception has to be made for the legendary Margaret Atwood.

5. Biggest disappointment.
Frankissstein. Stardust. Bad Feminist. The Bloody Chamber. Exit West. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo... It has been a wholly disappointing year.

6. Biggest surprise.
Probably It's Not About the Burqa. I had heard a few murmurs about it here and there, but not so much that would make me climb aboard the hype train. But then, I stumbled upon it one day in my library, picked it up on a whim and was completely blown away.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Amina Aktar. #FashionVictim was something completely new and exciting, and I am just waiting to see what she does next.

8. Newest fictional crush.
I don't tend to have crushes - I am twenty-three, I would hope by now that I had grown out of it - but if I had to answer, I would say the eponymous Daisy Jones from Taylor Jenkins Reid's Daisy Jones and The Six. Although, that may just be my crush on real-life counterpart/major inspiration Stevie Nicks shining through.

9. Newest favourite character.
Kya, or the Marsh Girl, from Where the Crawdads Sing.

10. Book that made you cry.
Alan Turing's descent into madness in Murmur. It also made me incredibly angry at the cruelty of the actions of the British Government, but what is new there?

11. Book that made you happy.
Diary of a Drag Queen by Crystal Rasmussen. It was like, in its pages, I had found a new friend.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
My disappointment in Stardust only seems to remind me of my love for its movie. I have gone back and watched it like, six times just to wipe its original source material from my mind.

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 Miracle Creek by Angie Kim. I was only sent a finished copy by Hodder yesterday, but I have not stopped staring at it since.

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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