Today I’m doing the Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag. This is one of my favourite tags to do because I enjoy checking in to see how I’m doing with my reading goals.
So far, I’ve read 29 books this year. I was hoping to have more read, but I’m still on track to hit my goal of 52 books.
Now for the questions!
What Is the Best Book That You’ve Read So Far in 2023?
I recently did a Top 5 Tuesday post about my Top Reads of the Year So Far. If I had to pick one book to be my favourite, I’d have to go with The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston. This book made me feel far too many emotions and I’m still thinking about it months later.
What Has Been Your Favourite Sequel of The First Half of The Year?
This question was more difficult than I thought it would be because I guess I haven’t read a lot of sequels this year. I don’t really know if this counts as a sequel, because it’s part of a very long series, but I think Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie is my favourite sequel of the year, so far.
Is There a New Release That You Haven’t Read Yet, but You’re Really Excited To?
There are so many new releases that I want to read but I haven’t gotten to yet. If I had to pick just one, I think I’m most excited for Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood. I loved The Love Hypothesis and Love on the Brain and I cannot wait to dive into the newest Ali Hazelwood STEM Romance. If you’re interested, here’s my review of The Love Hypothesis and here’s my review of Love on the Brain.
What Is Your Most Anticipated Release for The Second Half of The Year?
I recently did a Top 5 Tuesday post about my most anticipated reads for July to September 2023 where I talk about some of my anticipated releases. If I have to pick one book that I’m most excited for, I have to go with The Long Game by Elena Armas. Last year I read The Spanish Love Deception and The American Roommate Experiment and I loved them enough to add Elena Armas to my autobuy authors list. I don’t think I have a review of The Spanish Love Deception but here’s my review of The American Roommate Experiment.
What Is Your Biggest Disappointment So Far?
Fortunately, I haven’t had a lot of disappointments this year. There have been a handful of books that I didn’t love, but most of them I went into with low or no expectations. One book that did disappoint me was Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting from this book, but it fell flat for me. If you’re interested, here’s my review of Love and Other Words.
What Is Your Biggest Surprise So Far?
My biggest surprise this year has to be The Reaper’s Quota by Sarah McKnight. This was one of the finalists of BBNYA 2022 and I read it as part of a blog tour. This book is tagged as horror and I generally don’t do horror, but I think this book is more dark and satirical than horror. This book had me laughing out loud and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you’re interested, here’s my review of The Reaper’s Quota.
A Book That Made You Cry?
As I mentioned earlier, The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston made me feel a whirlwind of emotions. This book made me laugh, it made me cry, and everything in between.
A Book That Made You Happy?
Exes and O’s by Amy Lea made me very happy. This cute, friends-to-lovers, romance novel brought me a lot of joy. I loved the characters and it made me want to read more books by Amy Lea. If you’re interested, here’s my review of Exes and O’s.
What Books Do You Want to Read by The End of The Year?
There are so many books that I want to read before the end of the year. Earlier this week I talked about five mysteries on my TBR and ideally I’d like to get to all of them before the year is done. There are also a bunch of middle-grade and romance books that I’d like to read before the year is done. One book that I absolutely want to finish before the end of the year is The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2022 and I still haven’t read it yet. I’m determined to get it done before the year is done.