This tag is continuously one of my favourites to do. It’s a great chance to look back over the year that’s been so far, and also look ahead to all the great reading it still has in store for you.
I’ve taken this tag every year since I started book blogging, and I’ve also filmed my answers to it for my Book Tube channel if you’d prefer to hear me talk about them rather than read it.
Let’s get into the questions.
Best book you’ve read so far in 2021
I went into Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy with little expectations, and I was so blown away by it. I’m a little disappointed it took me 29 years to read my first Maeve Binchy book, but also excited to have so many to discover now.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021
I haven’t read a lot of sequels, so by default the winner here is Majesty by Katherine McGee. It’s the second of the American Royals books and I really enjoyed it. It is, admittedly, quite different from the book we left behind us in part one, but it’s also a great reminder that life goes on.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
I loved The Roommate by Rosie Danan, so when I heard about The Intimacy Experiment which featured Naomi, a side character from The Roommate, as the main character I set my sights on a copy. I just haven’t gotten to it yet.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Lindsey Kelk is one of my auto-buy authors, so when I heard about her new release, On a Night Like This, I instantly pre-ordered it. I also haven’t been able to stop singing the Kylie Minogue song of the same name.
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren was overall a good book, but the ending really let me down. It felt totally out of character for how Josh and Hazel had been in the book up to then, and it wasn’t enjoyable as a finishing chapter.
I picked up The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent in April and absolutely fell in love with it. It’s a hilarious debut, and I really loved following Birdy’s escapades pretending to be a world class sommelier in the stead of her best friend. It’s also got amazing descriptions of the Scottish Highlands, perfect for quelling your travel lust.
Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Just after one book I fell in love with Lizzy Dent. I’m so excited for any books she has coming out in the future, and I know her writing style is one I will gel with immediately.
Newest fictional crush
I fell in love with Josh from The Roommate by Rosie Danan. It was so great to see a character who worked in the sex industry, and I thought his character was so well written. He was a great friend to Naomi. His treatment of Clara, who was a lot less experienced in many aspects of life than he, was also so lovely to see.
Newest favourite character
I loved Hazel from Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. She seemed really similar to me in terms of her looks and personality. I also love reading about teachers, a job Hazel worked in.
Book that made you cry
I always have to skip this question, because I rarely cry at books. That hasn’t changed this year yet.
Book that made you happy
Getting to see a character who didn’t want children was such a great take. I loved Olive by Emma Gannon so much for that reason.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
This has to go to Hamnet by Maggie O Farrell. It’s got such a stunning cover you can’t help but do a double take when you see it on your shelves. One also heard the inside is just as good.
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I can’t wait to finish the Brown sister books by Talia Hibbert. I loved Get a Life Chloe Brown and I know so many people who say the series gets better as you go in.