Today I’m sharing with you guys the Mid-Year Freak-Out Tag 2017. To me, it feels like almost every book blogger and BookTuber on the internet are doing this tag at the moment, so I felt it was only right, as one of those, to participate in the tag myself!
So before I begin the tag, I’m going to fill you guys in on a few bits. The first thing: I made a video to coincide with this blog post, which I’ll put at the end of the blog post, and then secondly, while you’re watching the video you’ll notice that I forgot to describe the plot of some of the books I mentioned, and apparently I skipped the second last question in the tag, so I’m making up for it by including it in this post! 🙂
Best book you read in 2017 so far
The best book I read this year was How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh (aka iiSuperwomanii). This book is full of motivation and as Lilly says herself it is a survival guide on how to be your best self!
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016
The best (and only) sequel I’ve read this year is How to Outsmart a Billion Robot Bees by Paul Tobin. This one is aimed more at a younger audience, but still had plenty of chuckles that older age groups can enjoy. It’s a brilliant adventure that I think that if you enjoy The Big Bang Theory, you might like this.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken and Windwitch by Susan Dennard. I read the previous book to bith these two books last year, and have yet to get around to these. Wayfarer is full of time travelling high jinx, and Windwitch is the sequel to Truthwitch, a clan of witches all with elemental based abilities.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
So, at the time of filming the video, I hadn’t really looked to see if there were any books in 2017 that I was looking forward to, but then John Green announced his new book: Turtles All The Way Down! I can’t wait to read this!
Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
The biggest disappointment that I read this year was The Story of Michael Collins. It’s a small little book which literally tells the story of Michael Collins and the 1916 Easter Rising, but I am not the biggest history buff, which I should have really took into consideration before reading it, and as expected it wasn’t great for me.
Note to Self by Connor Franta. This book is just so beautiful and aesthetically pleasing and it’s obvious to see that Connor has done nothing put pour his heart and soul into this book and I love it!
Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)
A new author I read this year was Len Vlahos and his book Life in a Fishbowl. I hadn’t read anything by Len Vlahos before this book, and I was happily surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this book. Life in a Fishbowl tells the story of a Father suffering from brain cancer who ends up signing himself and his family up to a reality TV show to film his final days.
Newest fictional crush
Like I mentioned in the video, I don’t really develop fictional crushes. I’m not really one for taking a character and going “ooh I really fancy you”. In a movie, yes. In a book, no.
Newest favourite character
My newest favourite character has to be Rowan from Joey Graceffa’s Children of Eden. I thought she was a brilliant and powerful female character in a world where she could be assassinated at any given moment!
Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
So this was one of the questions that I accidentally skipped while making the video and it has to be Note to Self by Connor Franta. Like I mentioned above it’s just so aesthetically pleasing, and full of beautiful poetry and photography, that I couldn’t not put it here.
And without further ado, I leave you the video I keep mentioning! I’d love it if you guys were to subscribe to my channel, like the video and comment and all that jazz! 🙂