So this tag is actually called The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag 2021, but many bloggers have raised the issue that the term is ableist. So in an attempt to combat this I’ve re-titled the tag for my blog as The Mid Year Book Check In Tag (I believe this adjustment was recommended by another blogger on twitter!).
So I was tagged by the lovely Stephen @ StephenWrites! Be sure to check out his blog, he always has such fantastic posts and reviews that are always incredibly interesting and insightful!
How much have you read?
This year so far I have managed to read 65 books! My initial goal was 50 but now I have increased it to 75!
What have you been reading?
I have mainly been reading fantasy (surprise surprise 😂✨), though I also have read some noir, thrillers, non-fiction and general fiction – I have slowly been attempting to diversify the genres I read. All the genres I have read have been fantastic!
Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2021
This was such a hard decision because I have had MANY favourite reads this year! However, one of my top favourites has to be Book Review: The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms #1), by Tasha Suri. This book is absolutely gorgeous and has some incredible women at its centre. From the world, to the magic, to the characters this book is truly stunning.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021
Another hard question because I have had a lot of great sequel reads this year but my top two so far have both been finales in trilogies! Firstly Book Review: The Wild Court (The Coming of Aed #3), by EG Radcliff – an action-packed, fae filled magical conclusion to an emotional and powerful story.
Secondly is Book Review: The Dragon Of Jin-Sayeng, (Chronicles Of The Bitch-Queen) by KS Villoso – this was an absolutely fantastic finale to this epic trilogy. We get personal journeys, action, betrayal and dragons! A truly amazing ending to a fantastic, gritty and complex story.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
Aha SO MANY. But one I really want to get to eventually is The Wolf and the Woodsman, by Ava Reid. This book really does sound brilliant and I keep seeing a lot about it so it is definitely on my radar!
Most anticipated release for the second part of the year
I have a lot of anticipated releases but my top ones have to be We Cry For Blood, by Devin Madson, The Liars Knot, by MA Carrick, and The Bone Ships Wake, by RJ Barker (the cover isn’t on GR yet so I put book 2 here instead). All of these are in series I have loved so far!
Mini Book Review: The Betrayals, by Bridget Collins was, to me, a bit of a disappointment – I just didn’t love this as much as I wanted or thought I would.
I’ve put this here, not because I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it, but because it went beyond my expectations. I have never really focused on Military Fantasy, and yet this one grabbed me and didn’t let go! Book Review: The Unbroken (Magic Of The Lost #1), by C.L. Clark is a fantastic look at individuality, colonisation and belonging.
New favourite author (debut or new to you)
Shelley Parker-Chan is a new author who absolutely blew me away with this book. Book Review: She Who Became The Sun (The Radiant Emperor #1), by Shelley Parker-Chan is a brilliant book with angst, excellent characters and a fascinating story.
Underrated gems you’ve discovered recently
I already used this for the sequel question but EG Radcliff’s Coming of Aed series is definitely a hidden gem that more readers need to pick up! Book 1: Book Review: The Hidden King (The Coming Of Aed #1), by E.G Radcliff
Rereads this year
This year I re-read The Hobbit and LotR!
Newest fictional crush
Ahaha, all of them! I don’t really have a specific new fictional crush right now – though many characters from my recent reads have been fantastic and I do love them and my heart belongs to them all! 😂💜
Newest favourite character
Ooh the MCs from the Golden Sapphic Trifecta, Fatma – from A Master of Djinn, P Djeli Clark – and Eamon from For the Wolf.
Book that made you cry
I don’t think I have read a book this year that actually made me cry! Though History is All You Left Me, and They Both Die At The End, by Adam Silvera, got me pretty close!
Book that made you happy
So for this I decided to use A Master Of Djinn, by P Djeli Clark because it is such a fantastic fantasy that is rich, amusing and clever! It made me happy because the characters personalities were so strong and their witty comments were entertaining.
Favourite book to film adaptation
This is difficult because I love adaptations but my brain launches into (That wasn’t in the book, where is this from the book!) I did enjoy the recent Shadow and Bone adaptations, which intentionally put a spin on the series and included the Crows! It wasn’t perfect and I had some issues with some of it but story wise I did like the adaptation.
Most beautiful cover you’ve bought (or received) this year
So this was actually an eARC so I don’t yet own a physical copy but I do have a particular love for this cover which definitely gives me dark fairytale vibes and I love the use of colour.