Hello, bookworms! I know I sound like a broken record, but almost half a year has passed already!
Recently the wonderful and awesome Priyasha did this tag and basically tagged anyone who read her post, so here I am – I took up on her challenge and decided to do this tag!
If you haven’t read Priyasha’s tag post, you can read it from here.
First order of business here seems to update you guys on my Goodreads Reading Challenge.
As you can see, I set my 2019 Goodreads goal for reading 60 books and I’ve read 36 books so far, 10 books ahead of schedule. Not bad, is it?
Nonetheless, most of the books that I’ve read so far are on the short side, so I’m actually debating whether to up the number of books. I might increase the number perhaps by an increment of 10 at a time, but we’ll see…
1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019
This one is so tough! Frankly speaking, I was in a hiatus and didn’t read nearly as much as I did last year, so there aren’t many that I can boast about, so let’s ask what oracle Goodreads has to say…
According to Goodreads, I gave 5 stars to as many as 8 books out of 36 that I read so far.
It’s difficult to pick only one out of those 8 books, but I would say The Life We Bury is the best book I’ve read so far. I was washed over with an inexplicable feeling when I closed the book. It’s a suspenseful, poignant and substantial read. I highly recommend this book.
2. BEST SEQUEL OF 2019 SO FAR?
Most of the sequels that I read this year are cozies and I honestly don’t feel up for picking one of those. Luckily, I also read one of my favorite, Percy Jackson series – The Sea of Monsters. This one takes the cake.
3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO?
Quite honestly, I stopped intentionally following new releases because I’ve already had SO many books sitting both on my kindle and my bookshelves, whittling down those piles are my top priority.
That said though, there are certainly books that I got from reading your fabulous book reviews/posts. Here are some that I want to read.
Wait a second; Goodreads says The Bride Test is a sequel to The Kiss Quotient… Can’t it read as a standalone, or should I read The Kiss Quotient first? Guys, let me know!!
4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2019?
As I said in the answer to No.3, I haven’t had any information on new releases of the second half of 2019. Share with me your recommendations! lol
5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?
Thankfully, there’s none that disappointed me so much. Nonetheless, if I were to choose one, I’d pick VOX by Christina Dalcher because I was expecting a lot more from this book.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE?
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. I didn’t expect this direction and I was pleasantly surprised!!
7. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU) ?
Allen Eskens! I simply loved his writing and the story he wove in The Life We Bury. It left quite an impact on me and instantly turned him into one of my auto-buy authors!
8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?
None! It’s largely because I haven’t read many romance books this year. In fact, I can be absolutely happy without romance whatsoever in my life. Books are my babes and I don’t need anything else. (And I’m currently fangirling over David Muir… Oh, my gosh. I can look at him all day every day lol)
9. NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTERS?
Again, Joe from The Life We Bury. He has a lot – perhaps more than necessary – of luggage… his autistic brother, neglectful mother, college… and his struggle tugged at my heartstrings so much, I simply adored him to the extent I didn’t want to see him getting in any trouble.
Oops, I totally forgot Stanley from Holes!! He gets a bit cynical as the story goes, yet he is originally such a gentle, well-intentioned boy!
10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?
The Devotion of Suspect X, no doubt. The ending is literally heart breaking, you gotta read it yourself. My Japanese friend who read the original (written in Japanese) told me she cried her eyes out.
Another book whose ending made me cry… Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan. This ending is also heartbreakingly beautiful, too.
11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?
Come to think of it, I haven’t read many books with a happy ending other than cozies, but I’ll pick up this book. Ask an Astronaut by Tim Peake! His integrity and good character made me feel so happy while I was reading that book. His smiles are so infectious, too!
12. FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR?
To be honest, I haven’t seen the movie YET but I’d say Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton! This can’t go wrong, can it?
13. FAVORITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR?
Oh, my gosh… just like I forget story lines once I finish one book and then move to another, I no longer remember what kind of reviews I have written so far! Lol Joking aside, I’d say it’s a toss-up between The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and Jurassic Park which will be up tomorrow. They both took me some time (nearly two hours) to write and I poured my heart into them. Hope you enjoy reading my thoughts!
14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT OR RECEIVED SO FAR THIS YEAR?
Circe! I asked my friend to specifically get this edition. You might not be able to see it, but it reflects the light and looks soooooo pretty and gorgeous! Literally resplendent. I haven’t read this book YET and am super excited to read this one!
15.BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR
Everything I have on my bookshelves, Kindle, iPad… literally all the books on my TBR lol
But I’ll pick this one for the sake of its pretty cover 🙂
And this guy; a new book from Blake Crouch. I loved Dark Matter so much and I really want to read this one too!
That’s it, guys! Here are my answers to the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag.
Hope you enjoyed reading my answers!
If you haven’t done this tag, I challenge you to do this tag likewise! Link back your post so that I can read your answers!
Thank you so much for reading as always, and I’ll see you in my next post!