thank you amy @ a fangirl’s opinion for tagging me in the mid year book freak out tag! i was meaning to do this a while ago, but got busy.

firstly, i’ll share some stats?

so far, i’ve read 46 books this year. considering, i only got back into reading again at the end of april, i think this is a great score! normally, i don’t read nearly this much. and while in my reading break (about 2 years), i only read about 2 books each year.

here’s some graphs:

without further ado, here’s the mid year book freak out tag!

Best Book You Have Read So Far in 2021?

i have a few favourites: crooked kingdom, the other side of beautiful, and a deal with the elf king. here’s the rest of my 5 star reads this year.

Best Sequel You Have Read in 2021?

i mean, this one’s pretty straight forward.

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

the year of the witching, six crimson cranes, and madam!

Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2021?

once upon a broken heart and a dance with the fae prince (i already have an arc of this one, and i’m so excited to read it!!)

Biggest Disappointment?

malibu rising. i had such high hopes for this book, but it fell flat. i enjoyed the writing style, it was so easy to read, but i was expecting a big event at the end, and got nothing.

Biggest Surprise?

the other side of beautiful is one of the best books i’ve read this year, and i wasn’t expecting it! i was expecting an average contemporary novel, and that’s not what i got!

an echo in onyx is also a big surprise for me, because i was expecting a lot less than i got. it was a fun and entertaining read.

aside from the issues with representation, i really did enjoy falling. i was hooked from page one, and (literally) couldn’t put the book down. i finished it in one sitting.

Favourite New Author?

i don’t think i have a new favourite. i really enjoyed reading leigh bardugo‘s books this year, but i still feel like some books were hit or miss. (i mean, six of crows was average, but crooked kingdom was amazing).

Newest Fictional Crush?

hm, i’m quite enjoying james herondale, from the lost hours (cassandra clare), but idk if it’s “crush” worthy just yet. alternatively, nikolai will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Newest Favourite Character? 

not a new favourite, but an old one who’s love was reignited: nikolai lantsov. i adored him in shadow and bone, and king of scars was beautiful.

Book That Made You Cry?

false witness really got to me. a certain character dies (sacrifices themselves), after having lived a hard life, really moved me. (honestly, she deserved better, but we all know she wouldn’t have gotten it.)

Book That Made You Happy?

definitely the other side of beautiful, by kim lock. something about that book made me feel good.

Favourite Book To Movie Adaption You Saw This Year? 

i think everyone can collectively agree that the shadow and bone adaptation is where it’s at. sure, there were some issues, but it made (what i thought was) a boring book series into something actually interesting. and i liked the way they wove the crows in (probably why it wasn’t so boring).

Favourite Post You Have Written This Year?

things i dislike about bookstagram. it was as fun post, which evoked a lot of responses, and i had many great discussions with people prior to writing it up.

Most Beautiful Book You Have Bought So Far This Year?

i’ve been in a self imposed book buying ban for about 2 years, and only broke that last month when i purchased a (second hand) copy of water’s wrath, by elise kova. not the most beautiful book, but it’s the only book i’ve bought.

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

i’ve challenged myself to read all of elise kova‘s books (vortex chronicles, wish quartet, trial of sorcerers) by the end of the year, and to read the infernal devices, the lost hours, and the dark artifices by cassandra clare. so far, i’ve finished the air awakens series, by elise kova. for cassandra clare, i’ve finished the infernal devices and chain of gold (the first lost hours book).

i tag:

hassan’s book corner

christy and claire @ i’m all booked up

kaya @ a fictional bookworm

joanna @ the geekish brunette

kal @ reader voracious

athena @ one reading nurse

and you, dear reader.

(sorry if you’ve already done it!)


  1. avatar

    I’m going to have to look out for The Other Side of Beautiful, it sounds like the kind of book I would enjoy.

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      honestly, please do!! i went into it with such low expectations. i rarely read contemporary, let alone adult contemp!!

  2. avatar

    The Other Side of Beautiful sounds amazing! I’ll definitely have to keep an eye on that one! Lovely post 🙂

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      thank you! i hope you enjoy it if/when you read it!

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