Tag Thursday: The Mid Year Freakout Tag – 2018 Edition

Yeah, it’s somehow July, half the year has passed us by, and I still have so damn much to read. But, I also like to use the midpoint of the year to take a look back at how reading has been so far. I really enjoyed doing this tag last year. So, when my good friend Cora from Tea Party Princess tagged me in this, I knew I had to take part again.

The best book you’ve read this year?

It’s got to be Clean by Juno Dawson. It was as tough a read as I thought it would be. I was completely blown away by it, thoug. It will stay with me for a long time.

The best sequel you’ve read this year?

I’ve actually not done a lot of series this year. I really enjoyed Still Me, the third book in the Me Before You series, and I thought it was a lot better than After You.

New releases you haven’t read yet but want to.

So. Many. I need to get a copy of Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber, and I have a copy of Never Greener by Ruth Jones on my shelf waiting for me to have time to actually read it. I could genuinely go on forever about all the books I need to read. There isn’t space to list them all.

Most anticipated releases for the second half of the year.

The moment Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes by Holly Bourne is available, I will go into hibernation to read it in one afternoon solid.

Biggest disappointment.

The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles. I really wanted to enjoy it. But there was lot about it that sat wrong with me. Mainly Noah. I don’t support their relationship at all.

Biggest surprise.

I picked up The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Stevens on the recommendations of my friends, the Honeyz. They told me it was a great book, and I never doubt their judgements. I knew then that it would be good, but I sure wasn’t expecting it to be that good.

Favourite new to you, or debut, author.

Definitely Laura Stevens. I can’t wait for her second book to come out next year.

Newest fictional crush.

If I answer three questions in a row with The Exact Opposite of Okay, does that make me a stalker? Because definitely Izzy O’Neill.

Newest favourite character.

Again, Izzy. I’m one step away from camping outside Laura’s house with binoculars.

Book that made you cry?

Clean by Juno Dawson. God damn Saif.

Book that made you happy?

Simon vs the HomoSapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I loved absolutely everything about this. Except Martin. Screw Martin.

Favourite book to film adaption?

I went to see Love, Simon which is based on the book I’ve mentioned above. My little heart swelled with happiness and love and pride. I cried myself silly at the fairground scene. SIMON + BLUE FOREVER.

Favourite post you have done this year?

I haven’t done so many “cool” posts this year. Not as many as I have in previous years. But I am really pleased with my post about books I would put on the curriculum. I love to introduce new books to people, and this is a great way to get young people reading, thinking, and talking.

Most beautiful book you have bought this year?

Anything rose gold will instantly catch my little magpie eye. So you bet when I saw the cover of Clean my eyes lit up.

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

Every single book out there. But in more realistic terms, I have A Thousand Perfect Notes, Leah on the Offbeat, and six books from my Beat The Backlist to get through before we say goodbye to 2018. Totally doable.

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