Welcome, friends and foes! It’s time for my third go at this tag. I did it back in 2017 and 2018 and now it’s time to recap my 2019 reading year so far.
As you know, I’ve decided to read for quality over quantity this year. It’s really worked well for me so far (aside from a few missteps). And what better way to express that than through this handy dandy book tag? So let’s just jump into it!
Best book you’ve read so far in 2019
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The first book I read this year still reigns supreme in my heart. This book speaks to my very soul. I love it with all my heart.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
If Nevernight was a five-star read, then Godsgrave is a super five-star read. It is exceptional.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
I just bought it from Barnes & Noble and I’m excited to make it my next read.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
I need it now!!!!!!!!
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
I was expecting to love this book as much as I love Six of Crows. Instead, it felt like a pale imitation. For more of my thoughts, check out my review.
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
After being let down by The Gilded Wolves, I was afraid this book would be another disappointment. But I actually really enjoyed it. If you’re looking for a good Six of Crows-esque book, this is the one you should try.
Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)
And I can’t wait for her next book!
Worst book you’ve read so far in 2019
Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant
Madi from The Book Pusher added this question and I decided to add it too. Or rather, use it to replace the “fictional crush” question because I don’t really get those anymore.
As for this book, I hated it so much. I don’t want to get into it here, so check out my review if you want to know why.
Newest favorite character
I would die for her. Mia Corvere is the HBIC.
Book that made you cry
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
I just felt so much for these characters, I hated to see them struggle.
Book that made you happy
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Wonderful M/M romance, lovable characters, great writing? Check, check, and check! Take a gander at my review for more details!
Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Nocturna by Maya Motayne
I mean, just look at that cover. I love the mosaic and the authentic vibe.
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
We’ll see if I can do it.
How has your reading year so far? Any standouts? Good or bad, let me know!
7 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2019 Edition!”
I’m so excited to read Godsgrave! I need to get my hands on it before Darkdawn comes out!
You’re going to love it. It’s so good!
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I’m seeing a lot of Neil Gaiman on the list! I’ve heard that Neverwhere is amazing, so I’m super excited to check it out! As for Gilded Wolves…I’ve heard it’s a disappointment as well, partly because it feels like a SoC knockoff. I likely will be taking it off my TBR!
Neverwhere is easily my favorite Gaiman book. I plan on continuing with Gilded Wolves, but I’m not excited for the sequel. It’s just something I’ll get to at some point. I was especially disappointed because The Star-Touched Queen by Chokshi was so good and I absolutely adored A Crown of Wishes. That’s the Chokshi I was expecting.
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I haven’t read Chokshi before, but I’ll start by checking those out first! 😀