Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2019

It has become a tradition among book bloggers to do the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag every June or July. It’s a great way to give an update of the books I read so far. This year I already managed to read a lot of books. So it will be hard to choose!

Best book(s) you read so far in 2019?
Best books I read so far in 2019
And this was the first hard choice to make. Just like last year I can’t limit myself to one book. I have three favourites so far:
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James
The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews (click on the title to read my review)

GodsgraveBest sequel of 2019 so far?
I enjoyed reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, and I loved Godsgrave even more. There were some plot twists I really didn’t expect! The mysterious, sarcarstic narator and the characters are still amazing.

New releases you haven’t read yet, but want to?
It was published last year, but I haven’t read Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno yet.  This book is about a witchy family on an island.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
Most anticipated releases for the second half of the year
I am looking forward to reading Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi. After reading the first part I am curious how the story will continue. I also can’t wait for Darkdawn, the last part of the The Nevernight Chronicles. Godsgrave ended with a huge cliffhanger!

Biggest disappointment?
I happened to find The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling at my library. I had no high expectations for this book, but it was still disappointing. The main character was so  annoying and I also didn’t like any of the other characters. There was a very bad case of insta-love too.

The TestingBiggest surprise?
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau was a book I thought I would enjoy. I didn’t expect a lot from it. In the end I loved the book and read the whole trilogy! The main character, Cia, is chosen as Testing candidate. If she’s able to pass the Testing, she can become a University student. But she is not sure who she can trust. And what happened to the people who failed? The story is fast-paced, set in an interesting world and has good characters. Especially Cia became a new favourite.

Favourite new author? (debut or new to you)
Between Shades of Gray impressed me. It may be a fictional story, but it’s about crimes that were actually committed during the Second World War. This sounds like a heavy topic, but the book was easy to read. I definitively want to read more from Ruta Septys! I think I’m also going to like Salt to the Sea.

Newest favourite character?
Cia from The Testing was a character I could easily identify with. She is sympathetic, intelligent and her decisions are well-thought out.

The Dollmaker of KrakowBook that made you cry?
I seldom cry when reading books. But the ending of The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero really touched me. It’s a book set in the Second World War with a dollmaker and a living doll called Karolina as main characters. The dollmaker is a kind-hearted, but shy man. Karolina, helps him to make friends. Everything changes when the Nazis invade Poland.

Book that made you happy?
I love books about books and Tilly and the Bookwanderers was amazing! Main character of this story is the eleven year-old Tilly who lives above her grandparents’ bookshop. One day a character from the book she’s reading appears in the shop. Due to the characters, the references to other books and of course the bookwandering, this book was fun to read!

Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year?
When I spend so much time reading, I don’t watch a lot of movies. I did see the movie Esio Trot, based on the book with the same title written by Roald Dahl. I haven’t read the book (yet), but the movie was hiliarious and also had a beautiful story.

What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?
Books I need to read by the end of the year
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Assassin’s Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3) by Robin Hobb
Want by Cindy Pon

Consider yourself tagged if you want to do this tag! And share your link in the comments. I love to read your answers on the questions!

5 thoughts on “Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2019

  1. I really want to read The Bone Witch, too! One of these days I need to check out the Nevernight Chronicles as well and I want to read some of Ruta Sepetys’ work this year so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Between Shades of Gray. 🙂

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