Hello again honeybees! I’m on this horrible trend of having beyond average reading years and I hate this for me. I haven’t been reading very much this year and I’ve been superrr slumpy, so finishing books is a struggle. I haven’t read so little in a good 5 years. That being said, there are a few gems that I need to talk about.
Also, can we appreciate the fact that I’m actually on time for this tag? I’m usually a month late lol.
Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2021
Disability Visibility edited by Alice Wong
This book. This book! I cannot properly explain what this book means to me. Reading so many stories of chronic illness and disability, being able to relate to so many different people within the pages of a book, and learning about others’ experiences was such a validating and magical experience. Everyone needs to read this book.
Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2021
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
This is easy since it’s the ONLY sequel I’ve read so far this year lmao. Nothing will ever compare to the brilliance of the first book but the sequels were pretty solid.
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To
May The Best Man Win by ZR Ellor
Tell me why I had the digital arc and still didn’t read it?? It’s one of the only books I really wanted to read in the first half of the year and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. I have heard nothing but amazing things and the synopsis is giving me everything that I need in life. Since digital books are my least favorite form, I’m probably going to buy the physical book so I can enjoy it more.
Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year
Cazadora by Romina Garber
This book is going to tear my heart to pieces I just know it.
Aristotle and Dante Dive Into The Waters of The World by Benjamin Alire-Saenz
Ari and Dante is my favorite book for a number of reasons and I’m so excited for the sequel. I don’t think it will remotely compare to the first book but I’m excited to be with the boys again.
*I got rejected for ARCs of both of these books. Love my life.
All the books I’ve DNF’d. Yes, all 50+ of them. Very disappointed.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. I don’t read contemporary very much but this was the first one to give me all of those feelings I used to get back in 2016/2017 when I read 50+ books a year. It made me want to read again. I have so much love for this book and all of the characters. I almost cried when I finished this at work and I’m tearing up now just thinking about the emotions this book brought up, ones I thought were lost forever.
Favorite New Author (Debut or New To You)
Casey McQuiston and Libba Bray. I’ll be going through their backlist (which isn’t a lot in Casey’s case but still) and reading whatever else they’ve written because they really know their craft.
Newest Fictional Crush
Ughh I hate this question because I don’t get fictional crushes. I have the very rare feelings for a fictional character but I end up abandoning my love once I ship them with their love interest. If I really have to chose, it would be Commander Grey or Rhen from A Curse So Dark And Lonely.
Newest Favorite Character
Speaking of ACSDAL… Harper!! I love her! I kinda wish she had a bit more dimension but I’m loving what I’ve seen so far (I’ve only read the first book) so hopefully once her character continues to evolve I’ll love her even more.
And Jane Su. God I wish she were real. Not going to elaborate because I’m in a straight relationship and my partner wouldn’t be pleased if he ever found this but… Jane Su.
Book That Made You Cry
Disability Visibility (SEVERAL TIMES)
One Last Stop
The Pretty One
The Magic Fish
I mean, really, it isn’t that hard to get me to cry. Just ask Tik Tok.
Book That Made You Happy
One Last Stop
The Pretty One
The Magic Fish
A Curse So Dark and Lonely
The Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought Or Received This Year
Waiting For The Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton
I received a copy of this book from BookSparks and it’s gorgeous. I had the hardest time photographing it because it was too pretty on its own that all of my set ups looked oddly cluttered. The purples and pinks that are becoming a trend on book covers this year is a huge win in my book. I think they’re beautiful colors that should be on most books.
What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year?
This question fills me with so much anxiety omg. The few books I will say for this answer are the rest of the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Those books fill me with joy and I’ve been meaning to finish the series for awhile now, so if nothing else, I really want to devote some time to those books which I know I will love.
Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You’ve Seen This Year?
My mind is totally blanking on this one. I know that a few have come out I just have no idea which ones. And then I’m not sure if I’ve watched them. 2021 has been a lot and it kind of blurs into 2020.
That’s the end of the tag! Is it just me, or does this tag get longer every year?? I’d love to hear your thoughts on some of my answers or your responses to these questions! If you’ve done this tag feel free to link it in the comments. I love reading Mid Year Book Freakout Tags!
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