Midyear Freak Out Book Tag (Tiggity Tag Friday)

Sooo, this is my first ever time doing this tag, and I’m pretty excited to dive right in! I’m not 100% certain who created this tag, but it’s been around for the longest time. So, props to the marvellous mastermind behind this incredible tag. The Midyear Freak Out Book Tag is focusing on the books you’ve read this year. It’s a series of questions, that I’ll have to answer accordingly, so let’s skip the chit chat and get into it 😀

1: What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

I think it’s a tie between How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox aaand It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood. Both of these books, I highly, highly recommend. They’re absolutely incredible. If you want to learn a bit about them, here we go:

How it Feels to Float: Biz knows how to float. She has her people, her posse, her mom and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, who loves her so hard, and who shouldn’t be here but is. So Biz doesn’t tell anyone anything. Not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing Grace or noticing Jasper, the new boy. And she doesn’t tell anyone about her dad. Because her dad died when she was six. And Biz knows how to float, right there on the surface—normal okay regular fine.

It Sounded Better in My Head: When her parents announce their impending divorce, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting, or at least mildly upset. Then Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward. She’d always imagined she would end up with Zach one day―in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining, and meaningful looks. Now everything has changed, and nothing is quite making sense. Until an unexpected romance comes along and shakes things up even further.

2: What’s your favourite sequel you’ve read this year?

Okay, I didn’t mention this before, but I’m going to mention it now, I’ve found it hard to fall in love with books this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve liked most of the books I’ve read this year, but only a very few have gripped at my heart and pulled me in. Following that, I should mention that I haven’t read a whole lot of sequels at this moment, and sort of by default, Vardaesia by Lynette Noni wins this round. It was a good book and a great conclusion to the Medoran Chronicles, but I only gave it four out of five stars. This is mostly because it didn’t pack the punch I’d geared myself up to expect. I guess it’s not Vardaesia’s fault for that, but because of that, I don’t love it as much as I feel I should.

Akarnae (first book in the Medoran Chronicles): Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.

3: A new release you want to read but you haven’t gotten the chance to yet?

Oooooh, there’s so many to choose from! One book that my little heart is dying to get my hands on is Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith. I read her book Windfall last year and I absolutely adored it. I know for a fact that I’ll love this one, I just need to prioritise it!

Field Notes on Love: Having just been dumped by his girlfriend, British-born Hugo is still determined to take his last-hurrah-before-college train trip across the United States. One snag: the companion ticket is already booked under the name of his ex, Margaret Campbell. Nontransferable, no exceptions.

4: Your most anticipated release for the rest of the year?

OHHHHH! Well, if you don’t know, I’m obsessed with Sarah J. Maas, so my answer almost definitely has to be The World of Throne of Glass. It’s not only written by Sarah J Maas, but Lynette Noni as well! Plus it’s not just a guide, there’s a ton of unreleased history in there too. Ahh! I’m super keen!

The World of Throne of Glass: The official guide to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series complete with characters, creatures, new artwork, and more!

5: Biggest disappointment for this year?

I’m going to have to go for Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. I didn’t hate the book by any means, I just was super disappointed by it. I love by Jay and Amie, I’ve met them numerosu times and they’re truly lovely and hilarious, however, this time around their book just wasn’t the flavour I was looking for. The beginning fell a little flat, and it took me forever and a half to get into it. Fortunately, by the end I was enjoying myself, just not to the extent that I’m used to.

Aurora Rising: Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy. They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

6: Biggest surprise for this year?

At the end of last year I read That Boy by Jillian Dodd, and found the concept and plot to be absolutely fascinating. Obviously that meant I had to pick up the other two books in the series That Wedding and That Baby. I’m going to be honest with you, stories that include babies don’t tend to be my favourite thing to read, actually I tend to purposely avoid them.

After reading That Wedding at the beginning of the year, I found myself not enjoying the trilogy as much, and had considered not worrying about the final book. Thank God I didn’t do that! That Baby was incredible! It blew me out of the water, I absolutely recommend reading this entire series!

That Boy: You know, being best friends with two cute boys does have its benefits.
One boy will give me my very first kiss.
One boy will teach me to make out.
One boy will take me to prom.
And finally, one boy will ask me to marry him.
They will both be my best friends.
But only one of them will be the boy I fall in love with.
Only one of them is That Boy.

7: Your favourite new author?

The second I finished Nina Kenwood’s It Sounded Better in my Head I knew that I have every desire to read anything and everything she publishes next. She’s a phenomenal writer that’s won my heart, so I can’t wait to see where she goes from here!

8: Your newest fictional crush?

Wesley from V.E Schwab’s The Archived is an absolute dreamboat! He’s sweet, funny and caring! Honestly, what more could you want from a book boyfriend? Did I mention that he’s hot? Because, like, he’s hot!

The Archived: Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. The Archived:

9: Newest favourite character?

For as much shit I just gave Aurora Rising (by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman) on question 5, I have to say they know how to flesh out a charcter by the end of a book. Without a shadow of a doubt, Fin is one of my newest all-time favourite characters that I just absolutely love to bits. He’s sarcastic and flirty, not to mention absolutely hilarious.

10: A book that made you cry?

Oh, goodness. How it Feels to Float had me sobbing like a baby the entire time. I mean from start to finish I needed that box of tissues, because damn son! It knew how to take my heart strings by the handful and just pull!

11: A book that made you happy?

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is one of the cutest and sweetest books I’ve ever read. The characters are quirky and fun, and I couldn’t help but feel attached to them.

When Dimple Met Rishi: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

12: The most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?

Okay, you caught me again. I’m going to say Aurora Rising, only because I decided to splurge and get the gorgeous pink Illumicrate edition, and it was sooo worth it! It’s absolutely stunning!

13: What books do you need to read before the end of the year?

EVERYTHING!!! Gosh, there’s not enough time.

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