Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2019

It’s that time of year again when I do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, which was created by ReadLikeWildFire (a booktuber) and Ely Jayne (a blogger).

Best book I’ve read so far:

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

It’s impossible for me to select just one, so I grabbed my two best. Dopesick is a nonfiction book about how the opiod epidemic began in America. I listened to the audio book, which is narrated by the author, and thought it was great. It’s well written and very informative. I highly recommend it.

Wundersmith is the second novel in a middle-grade fantasy series about a girl who everyone believes is cursed. I’m so glad I read this and the first book, Nevermoor. They both carry the charm of the Harry Potter books, but I love Wundersmith more because we learn more about the amazing world in this installment.

Best sequel I’ve read so far:

Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Since I’ve already mentioned how amazing Wundersmith is, I thought I’d add another book to this answer. Monstress is a comic book series about a girl trying to learn about her past and her mom while trying to controll a monster inside her. I enjoy the story and loved the second volume. Of course, the cute, little fox, Kippa, is my favorite character.

New release I haven’t read yet but want to:

African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan by Thomas Lockley & Geoffrey Girard

I borrowed it from the library but was unable to complete it before the due date. I was a little bored by the writing, but it is a book I’d like to read.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I’m looking forward to reading it. I am so disappointed that I missed out on getting a signed copy at the ALA conference.

Biggest disappointment:

The Stand by Stephen King

I really thought I would like it. I was looking forward to it and I’d watched the movie series many times as a kid, but ugh! I hate this book. It took forever to get going and kept jumping to different perspectives and I disliked how the women were written and…. I hated it. Moving on to the next King book.

Biggest surprise:

Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro

Watch Hollow is the first novel in a middle-grade horror series about a girl who moves to a house surrounded by thick, scary woods with her brother and father so that her father can fix an old clock at the house. The story isn’t scary; it’s actually a very fun read, and I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did.

Favorite new author (debut or new to me):

Jessica Townsend
Gregory Funaro

Both are middle-grade authors and both have written books I’ve read and enjoyed so far this year. I’d like to try more of their work, especially the next book in their respective series.

Newest fictional crush:

none

Newest favorite character:

Murderbot

Murderbot is the protagonist in Martha Wells’s All Systems Red. It’s an android that’s sent to protect a group of scientists as they research a supposedly uninhabited planet. I love Murderbot’s personality and that it’s snarky and just want to be left alone to watch shows. Murderbot’s perspective made the story fun.

Book that made me cry:

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

Hobb is usually good at getting me to drop a tear. Fool’s Assassin is the first book in the Fitz and the Fool trilogy, the books that end her Realm of the Elderlings series. A character I didn’t care much for at first dies in this and it made me so sad, I was surprised at myself. I probably shed a tear or two at certain scenes.

Book that made me happy:

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Yep, more Wundersmith. The book was that good, and yes, it made me happy. I love that we get to explore more of Nevermoor in this installment. It made me eager for more books in the series.

Favorite book to film adaptation I saw this year:

Avengers: Endgame
Deadly Class

I’ve mostly watched shows based on comics this year, so my favorites were Avengers: Endgame, which I’ve seen twice and am a little tempted to see a third time, and Deadly Class, which I need to complete.

Favorite review I’ve written this year:

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

— A historical fiction novel with heavy magical realism influence that’s about an old couple living in the Alaskan wilderness who discovers a child in the snow and befriends and raises her. I liked the writing but didn’t care much for the story although it’s a wonderful read. It’s based on the Snow Queen fairytale.

The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton, illus. by Jan McCafferty

— A middle-grade fantasy novel about siblings who discover an interesting tree in a magical wood that serves as a gateway to other worlds. In my review, I talk about my experience trying to remember and hunt down a copy of this childhood favorite for years and what I thought when I finally got to reread it as an adult.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

— A nonfiction book about Elizabeth Holmes and the collapse of her multibillion-dollar startup, Theranos, which made several major promises to deliver on a health-care product that didn’t work. I highly recommend the book. It reads like a thriller and will have you speeding through the pages to find out what happens next.

Most beautiful book I’ve bought so far this year (or received):

Fitz & the Fool trilogy by Robin Hobb

It’s definitely this edition of Hobb’s Fitz & the Fool trilogy, which wraps up her Realm of the Elderlings series, a fantasy series that begins with the story of a bastard son of a prince who becomes an apprentice to an assassin. I’ve been buddy-reading these books with Emily from Embuhlee liest for a while now, and I’m dreading the end because I don’t know what will happen to my favorite characters.

Books I need to read by the end of the year:

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Greyborn Rising by Derry Sandy

I have my fingers crossed that I’ll actually read and complete these by the end of the year.

So that’s my year so far.
What are you currently reading and what’s your favorite book of the year so far?

18 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2019

  1. Thanks for the recommendation of Dopesick, I’ve wanted to read that one for awhile and it’s great to see bloggers like yourself praise it. I’ve really enjoyed Hard to Love by Briallen Hopper, Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala, and Mean by Myriam Gurba. Currently reading Red White and Royal Blue and I’m hoping to read Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous soon.

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  2. I can’t wait for Starless Sea either! I hope it lives up to my expectations lol. I don’t even care what it’s about. I just want more of her writing.

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    1. I’m placing myself on a book buying ban because I ran out of space, but Starless Sea is the exception.
      It’s some of the most beautifully designed books I own.

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