Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!! // here we go again

It’s that time of the year. You know, the time of the year where Father Time is committing war crimes by moving too fast. That’s okay though, because it means I get to do one of my favorite tags and read everyone else’s take on it! So let’s start this six-month nostalgia train.

Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2021?

I haven’t read too many standout books this year, but these two edge out my favorites ever so slightly. Even after a couple of months, Legendborn is still in my mind. The magic is so cool! But uh…I’ll talk about my highlight of this book later on this tag. Also, I’ve given several volumes of the Yona of the Dawn manga 5 stars and adored every single one I’ve read. So I consider both of these perfect responses to this question!

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2021?

Technically this is the fourth and final book, but it’s also the only sequel I’ve read besides Yona. Luckily, I loved this finale! Sky broke my heart and lifted it with hope and then broke it again. It might not be my favorite installment in the Ember quartet but Sky is definitely a solid sequel.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To?

Me: *happily adds books to gallery until the realization kicks in that this question only means one release. Look, I narrowed it down to four, and that’s the best I can do.

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year?

I’m virtually a broken record at this point but I recently made a post highlighting in more detail why I’m anticipating these.

Biggest Disappointment?

I was hoping to like this much more than I actually did? The plot didn’t keep me engaged, considering it felt more or less like other YA fantasies out there. AND MY GOSH. Karina was a whiny, self-absorbed, arrogant brat whose perspective was absolutely torturous to read from because there are few things worse than a know-it-all who’s also dumb*. So yeah, this was most certainly a disappointment.

*can…can you tell that i didn’t like her. i could probably write a whole rant on her tbh

Biggest Surprise?

I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book equally matched in atmosphere, especially one as creepy as House of Hollow manages to be. This will be on my favorites of the year list, mark my words. The only reason I didn’t use it as an answer for the first question is because this truly was a surprise, both in my enjoyment of it and the plot twists peppered throughout the book.

New Favorite Author?

Hafsah Faizal! I’m not sure if I would consider her an all-time favorite, but she most certainly has the potential to be. Her writing is lyrical and lush, and the world she imagined in her debut duology is fascinating in both magical and cultural respects.

Newest Fictional Crush?

Selwyn Kane is very much the dark-haired, golden-eyed, traumatized, occasionally arrogant wizard boy of my dreams. I will be taking no questions please and thank you.

Newest Favorite Character?

Selwyn Kane duh. Hamlet is one of the most complex characters I’ve ever read about. Is he mad? Did he love Ophelia? How much of his actions were motivated by his mother’s actions? The questions spiral on and on and on and to be perfectly honest, this is one of the few pieces of school literature that I would truly say is worth deep discussion. Hamlet is both relatable and terrible, a character you cannot help but feel sympathy for and anger towards. Maybe I should write a review of the play*.

*who am i to critique “the great bard’s” work though…i am but a mere 21st century mortal. with a vampiric flair.

Book That Made You Cry?

This cover is so gorgeous, it almost makes me want to reread the heartbreak. Almost. Obviously, this is a story about the Titanic so tears were aflowing. But it’s also a story about family and love and loss and prejudice and WHY DO AUTHORS LIKE TO BREAK HEARTS IT’S SO MEAN.

Book That Made You Happy?

Why on earth would I want to read happy books…? There were parts of From Little Tokyo, With Love that made me grin a lot. Mostly, a girl finding her own version of a fairytale and all the great Asian//biracial representation!

Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You’ve Seen So Far This Year?

Technically, I haven’t read the manga but the movie? So, so, so good. Beautiful. Memorable. Sensitive. Absolutely, jaw-droppingly incredible.

Favorite Review You’ve Written So Far This Year?

Probably my We Hunt The Flame review.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year?

This book is SO BEAUTIFUL in real life. Like, the lettering is lifted, the gold glimmers in the sunlight, and the colors are so rich. I love gazing it at until I remember that I need to catch up.

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

Please see above. Also:

Favorite Community Member?

UM, ALL OF YOU?!?! Seriously, if I’m a regular liker and/or commenter on your blog, I truly do love you and your content to bits and pieces. Keep on being extraordinary.

So that’s it! I hope that this was at least semi-enjoyable to read, and not too repetitive haha!

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19 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!! // here we go again

  1. Hamlet is my favorite play by Shakespeare. There is just so much to unpack! I also adore Yona of the Dawn and have the latest two volumes to read. I haven’t read as much manga lately but I need to get back into it!

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      1. Yup! I honestly haven’t got bored once with it. They add new characters and continue with the plot with sub plots.

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  2. kaya!! lovely answers to the tag! ahh legendborn and sky – i loved those too and all the feels! ooh the ones we’re meant to find is one of my favourites so far for this year i hope you’ll be able to get to it and be blown away as well!! i’m anticipating jade fire gold and keeper of the night as well, they both have lovely covers and the premises ahhh… great post as always!! ❤

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