Believe or not I have been working on this post for a couple of days now and have just finally got round to posting it. I know its a tad late but I really wanted to post this book tag to sort of round up and look back at the last 6 months in terms of books. So with out further ado here is my mid-year catch up of sorts!
1. Best Book You’ve Read in 2018 so Far?
Right for this question I know it asks for just one book but I thought I would give my best fiction and non-fiction book(s) that I read so far this year. So my best fiction read so far would have to be Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero (90s childhood nostalgia is real with this – believe me), also keep you eyes peeled for a review on this one coming very shortly. My best non-fiction read so far would definitely have to be Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose by Joe Biden.
2. Best Sequel You’ve Read so Far?
For me, this would have to be the second and third book(s) in the Binti Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor.
3. A New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?
Cheating slightly here but I have two releases in particular for this question and they are Ravencry by Ed McDonald and Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.
4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of 2018?
There was no difficulty answering this question because for me it definitely has to be The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (He is one of my favourite authors and I have been waiting for a new book from him for a while now and I have read all of his other books).
I also have a non-fiction pick for this question to and that is Margaret Tudor: The Life of Henry VIII’s Sisters by Melanie Clegg.
5. Biggest Disappointment?
To be honest I don’t think there has been any book in particular this year that has been a big disappointment for me.
6. Best Surprise?
For me, this would have to be how much I loved Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte when I read it back at the end of February/beginning of March. I think what made the reading experience for this book even better was the fact that at this point in time England was covered in snow and that just added so much more to not only the reading experience but also made for a perfect atmosphere when reading the book in general.
7. Favourite New Author?
This definitely has to be Edgar Cantero (author of Meddling Kids).
8. Newest Fictional Crush?
So far this year I haven’t had any new fictional crushes (sorry)!
9. Newest Favourite Character?
Michael (also known as Client 46874-A) – from Andrew Pyper’s The Only Child (Yes his a Villain – and no I can’t help I just love me a good villain).
10. Books that made you Cry?
Sorry to disappointment but there hasn’t been any books that have made me cry this year.
11. Books that made you Happy?
This may sound strange but one book in particular that made me happy was The Frighteners: Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death and Gore by Peter Laws the reason for this is because this book in a way celebrates people who have a love of the darkside of life. Not only this but the author Peter Laws also is pretty awesome and will make you smile when you find out what he does for a living.
I’m especially conscious that people’s frowns deepen when they hear my profession. I might be wrong, but I suspect that it’s this that makes people think I’m really off base. You see, I love darkness, but I’m also a church minister.”
(also keep you eyes peeled for a review on this one coming very shortly too.)
12. Favourite Book to Movie Adaptation?
I haven’t watch any recent or new movie adaptation this year. However, I did watch Love and Friendship and I am planning on reading the book soon.
13. Favourite Review You’ve Written?
This may be cheating but I don’t care (lol). I have two book reviews in particular that I have written reviews for this year that are favourites of mine. They are: The Friendship Cure By Kate Leaver and The Life of Henrietta Anne: Daughter of Charles I By Melanie Clegg.
14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Brought this Year?
Definitely my copy of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher that I was lucky enough to find in a secondhand bookshop in perfect condition.
15. Books You Need to Read by the End of the Year?
Where to start, so many books but so little time. However, there are a few books I want to have read by the end of the year. In no particular order they are:
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
- The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
- William: An Englishman by Cecily Hamilton
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
- The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
So that is my Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag.
I’d love to hear your favourites books of the year so far or even if you have read any of the books that I have mentioned above. If you would like to do this tag please feel free to do so and link me to it.
I will tag a few people below to do the tag (if they would like to):
(Photo is from Google Image/ Edit done by me)