Mid-Year Book Freakout

Mid-Year Book Freakout

I’ve been seeing this post around the blogosphere this month, and I couldn’t resist doing this tag. I can’t believe we’re at the half way point of the year, but I have read 78 books so far this year (5 ahead of schedule according to my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge), so I have a lot of books to pick from for this Mid-Year Book Freakout tag.

First Half of 2017 Best/Worst/Etc.

 

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2017

I shared my 10 Best Books of 2017 So Far on Tuesday, but if I had to narrow it down to only one book, it would be Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

 

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2017

Somehow I haven’t read many sequels this year – only 3 that I could find in my Goodreads list. But I did re-read the entire Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series in January, and while those books weren’t as good as I remembered, they were one of the series that got me hooked on reading YA books, so I’m going to count them for this category.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

 

 

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty (Liane Moriarty’s sister!) came out on January 24th, and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. And now I’m going to my library website to reserve it.

The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

 

4. Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

Again, thanks to Top Ten Tuesday, I wrote a whole post about anticipated releases for the second half of 2017. If I had to choose the one I’m most excited about, it would be La Belle Sauvahe (The Book of Dust #1) by Phillip Pullman, which now has a cover on Goodreads.

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust #1) by Philip Pullman

 

5. Biggest Disappointment

I read several books I didn’t love, but I think for something to be truly a disappointment, you need to have wanted to read it for a long time. My biggest disappointment was The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. My sister-in-law recommended it to me years ago, and I finally listened to it because of the new Hulu show (which I haven’t watched yet). I thought the world was amazing, but the book was so boring. Nothing really happened, and then it just ended. Too character-driven for me.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

 

6. Biggest Surprise

I had heard many great things about The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, but I still wasn’t sure I was going to like it. I could care less about Prince William and Kate Middleton, and I’d heard this book compared to their love story, which I know nothing about. And this book is long, which I sometimes dread. But I listened to the audiobook recently, and I loved it!

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

 

7. Favorite New Author

I’ve got to go with Caela Carter. Two of her books made by Best Books of 2017 So Far list last week. I love her writing and her stories. I’ve added her other books to my TBR list, and I need to get to them ASAP.

Caela Carter

 

8. Newest Fictional Crush

I don’t crush very hard on book characters, but I do love Jamie Watson from Brittany Cavallaro’s Charlotte Holmes series. I loved A Study in Charlotte so much, and while I didn’t love The Last of August as much, I did enjoy reading more about Jamie and Charlotte and being inside Jamie’s head.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

 

9. Newest Favorite Character

I loved Leia Birch Briggs from The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson. I want to be her friend. She would fit in perfectly at our monthly game nights. She hooked up with a Batman at a comic convention. How much nerdier does one get!

The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

 

10. Book That Made You Cry

Hmm. I don’t cry often at books, and I almost never cry in real life. But I do remember getting teary a couple of times while reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio out loud to my son.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

 

11. Book That Made You Happy

I re-read (listened to) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty before watching the HBO mini-series. It was my favorite book of 2015, and it was so fun to listen to it again.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

 

12. Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year

I feel like I’m forgetting some movies I saw earlier this year, but I can only recall two movie adaptations that I’ve seen recently, and one was a kids’ movie. I really loved the film version of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

Everything Everything Movie Poster

 

13. Favorite Review/Post You’ve Done This Year

I haven’t written many non-reviews this year, other than Top Ten Tuesday posts. I’ve been a bit of a slacker. But I did like this review/interview for Kim Dinan’s book, The Yellow Envelope.

The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan

 

14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year

I don’t really buy books, unless they’re for my son. Sacrilege, I know.

 

15. Books You NEED To Read By The End Of 2017

Oh boy, where do I even begin. I want to read all the books. I seems futile to even make a list when I’ve already made so many lists with Top Ten Tuesday. Check out some of these posts…

Series I Want to Read

Latest YA Additions to My TBR List

Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2017

 

Have you done this tag yet? What’s the best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

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6 Comments

    1. Thanks for being one of the many people who recommended Mr. Penumbra. I just signed up for another Audible account since it’s on sale this week for Prime members, and I can’t wait to buy that book to listen with Jim. I know he’ll love it too.

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