May Recap & Mid-Year “Freakout” Tag | 2019

We’re officially done with five months through the year! I finished four books this month, and really enjoyed them. This time last year, I did the mid-year freakout tag, and was thinking that might be a fun thing to do halfway through the year again. It’s the first tag that I’ve done all year!

Becoming by Michelle Obama – April 1st – May 1st
★★★★☆

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn – May 20th
★★★☆☆

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood – May 21st
★★★★☆

Persepolis: The Story of a Return – May 21st
★★★★☆

And now I have the questions for the Mid-Year “Freakout” Tag!

Best book you’ve read this year?
I think this is going to go to Red Sister by Mark Lawrence, though Daisy Jones & The Six was a pretty high contender as well.

Best sequel you’ve read in 2018? 
In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire.

New release you haven’t read yet but want to?
Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence! It’s the third book in the series, so I have to read the second one first before I get to it, but I’m excited to finish out the trilogy.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
The only book that I know I’m definitely picking up is Girls of Storm and Shadow, sequel to Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. That’s expected in November of 2019.

Biggest disappointment?
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Given that it’s the author’s first novel, I’m excited to see what he does with his next project, but I wanted more from this. I still really liked it though, and I’ve been lucky that everything I’ve read this year so far has been great.

Biggest surprise?
Alice Isn’t Dead! I really enjoyed this book, and it’s always great to find something in my favorite niche genre, which is horror-comedy.

Favorite new to you or debut author?
Most of the things that I read this year are from authors who were new to me, but it was probably Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Newest favorite character?
Ava from The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.

Book that made you cry?
Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini and both parts of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. These were both so beautiful and heartbreaking.

Book that made you happy?
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel. Not so much because of the content, I just really love him as an author and was excited to read more by him.

Favorite book-to-film adaptation?
I haven’t seen any so far this year.

Favorite post you have done this year?
My first post of the year! I like setting goals (and then not completing them.) It’s a hobby.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?
Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty is beautiful, as is the copy of The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab that I was sent. I’ve been much more intentional about the books that I purchase, especially since I have limited shelf space now.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I’m so glad you asked! These are books that I want to get to by the end of the year. You’ll notice a lot are by authors that I’ve already read books from before.

A Darker Shade of Magic (series) by V.E. Schwab
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

Thanks so much for reading! I’m excited to see what I get to this month and for the rest of the year.

-Siobhan

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