Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag | 2021

Usually I try to schedule this for the exact mid-point of the year, July 2nd, but for reasons, that’s not going to happen this year. So, I’m going to post it now!

This reading year has been… definitely different compared to last year. I’ve read a total of 44 books and have enjoyed the majority of them, I just haven’t felt a lot of strong reactions to them yet.

But enough blabbing, let’s get on to the tag!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2021

I’ve only given two books a full 5 star rating so far in the year, and they are Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne and Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People by Ben Crump.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021

I’m really bad at reading sequels, but I’ve been even worse at reading sequels this year it feels like.

I did just finish this book this week, so that might be coloring my opinion, but there were few things I disliked about Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert! Plus, in my opinion, it had a better 3rd act compared to Chloe Brown.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

This might have been the hardest question to answer on this list, but I think it’s Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee. No matter the initial reviews, I am so, so excited for two trans kids to fall in love and explore their identities!

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Two of my all time favorite authors have releases in the latter half of the year; A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee and Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson!

5. Biggest disappointment

I didn’t really have a lot of expectations going in to Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth besides knowing it had been made into a movie and that a Black man infiltrating the KKK had to be an interesting story. So I was shocked when I got into the book and realized how poorly the information and story was being presented. I just, wasn’t as engrossed as I expected and the story wasn’t the real-life thriller you’d expect.

6. Biggest surprise

I feel like I keep talking about this book, but it’s worthy of the attention! More people should read The KC Warlock Weekly: Accused, especially if you’re a fan of mysteries and urban fantasy! This book was a surprise not only because I was surprised at how quickly it sucked me into the plot, but because while I knew the MC was autistic, I didn’t realize he was queer until I started reading!

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Unfortunately, no debut has really wow-ed me yet this year. I’ve enjoyed a lot of debut books, but none that immedaitely had me thinking “this is a new favorite author.” I still have hope for the second half of the year!

But I definitely have a new favorite author who is new to me: Ryan la Sala! Be Dazzled really knocked me out of the park and was a great book to start the year with!

8. Newest fictional crush. relationship

I don’t usually get fictional crushes, especially when I read YA, so I usually change this question to “fave relationship.” And again, I did just finish this book so it’s the freshest in my mind, by Zaf and Dani’s relationship in Take a Hint, Dani Brown was pitch perfect.

9. Newest favorite character

I really enjoyed Dex from The Psalm of the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers! I could just really see myself in them and their story.

10. Book that made you cry

It takes a very special kind of book to make me cry, and I haven’t found that yet this year!

11. Book that made you happy

The Tea Dragon books by Kay O’Neill! I read the first book for the first time this year and reread the sequel! They’re jsut so sweet and well drawn! I can’t wait to get my hands on the third!

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

When I tell you that this book is more breathtaking in person, I mean it. I’m so thankful BookishFirst sent me a finished copy of Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley!

13. What 6 books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Now the worst part with this question is not only just answering with “All the books I said I’d read at the start of the year” but also trying not to repeat what I’ve put in past mid-year freak out tags because I always seem to put the most intimidating books here.

  • The Red Threads of Fortune by Neon Yang
  • Up All Night: 13 Stories Between Sunset and Sunrise edited by Laura Silverman
  • The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
  • The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

14. Favorite post you’ve done so far this year

I have been very burnt out ever since my small breakdown in February, so overall I’ve not been feeling the best about my blog (that’s why I’m going to take a hiatus soon), but there are at least four posts I’m proud of:

  • I was invited to participate in my very first blog tour to celebrate the paperback release of Tigers, Not Daughters. Read my review here!
  • I highlighted even more gorgeous covers that feature trans people on them! Read it here!
  • I finally got my post celebrating books with gay/achillean romances out! Read it here!
  • I interviewed an author for the very first time! Check out how Z.R. Ellor answered my questions here!

The last question is to tag people, so I’m tagging all of you! Complete this tag and let me know when you have so I can read it!

How has your reading year been going? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

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