Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag | 2019 edition

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2019)

We bookworms( like every other people) are always freaking out: about books we haven’t read, about books we read.. I can’t believe that half of 2019 has gone by..How? Anyhow, here I am with my first Mid Year Freak Out Tag, thanks to Nandini @ Unputdownable Books !!!

Click here to find the original Tag questions 1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
5. Biggest disappointment
6. Biggest surprise
7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
8. Newest fictional crush
9. Newest favorite character
10. Book that made you cry
11. Book that made you happy
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
13.What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
14. Favorite book community member

1. How many books have you read so far in 2019?

I’ve managed to read about 72 books according to Goodreads, which also tells me I’m 17 books ahead of schedule! I’ve set my goal to 100 books but I think I’ll pass that goal soon enough. I don’t always update my reading progress on Goodreads so I’ve already missed adding a couple of books. I’ve participated in two readathons so far and that’s exactly why I managed to read more than I usually would’ve.

2. Which is the best book you’ve read so far in 2019?

              

This is a difficult question as I’ve got many books in mind: Where The Crawdads Sing, A Curse so Dark and Lonely, Serpent & Dove and The Kingdom, The Merciful Crow and The Storm Crow

3. Which is the best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019?

Soul of the Sword is the best sequel I’ve read so far this year. Also, I want to mention The Winter of the Witch -which is a sequel of sorts(I guess- which I LOVED so much and bawled because I realized that the Winternight trilogy is over.

4. Which new release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

As a newly minted Brigid Kemmerer fan, I want to read more of her books and this newly released YA contemporary sounds like something I’d tremendously enjoy 😀

5. Which is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?


    

I’ve written a separate post about some of my most anticipated books of the second half of 2019 and they’re listed here

6. Which book has been the biggest disappointment so far in 2019?

Outfox by Sandra Brown

*Sighs* I’ve dnf’d many books, gave some one stars, but what hurts is giving one star to a book I genuinely thought I’d love because it was by one of my favourite authors. Also, included in this list would be The Beholder.

7. Which book has been the biggest surprise so far in 2019?

Emily Eternal

Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It surprised me because I don’t usually find sci-fi books enjoyable but I HIGHLY recommend you read this one! It’s about Emily who’s an Artifical Consciousness( not an A.I.), designed to save humanity from extinction.

8. Who is your new favourite author (debut or new to you)?

The Flatshare

Beth O’Leary, author of The Flatshare, is my new favourite author. There’s also Danielle Jensen, who wrote Dark Shores, Delia Owen of Where the Crawdads Sing, Brigid Kemmerer and Joan He (Descendant of the Crane)

9. Who is your newest favorite character(and literary crush)?

Harper and Mia from A Curse so Dark and Lonely and Where the Crawdads Sing respectively! One of my favourite literary crushes is Reid Diggory from Serpent and Dove 😍😍

10. Which book made you cry so far in 2019?

The Song of Achilles

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

11. Which book made you happy so far in 2019?

Serious Moonlight

There are many books that made me laugh- sometimes so violently that everyone would stare at me- but I can only remember Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett which brought a smile to my face at almost every chapter.

12. Which is the most beautiful book you’ve bought so far in 2019 (or received)?

Sorcery of Thorns

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson is one of the beautiful books I’ve received this year. Enchantment of Ravens by the author had a gorgeous cover too! I also received The Storm Crow, Beasts of the Frozen Sun and The Girl the Sea Gave back, all of which had gorgeous covers.

14. What books you you need to read by the end of the year?

                                           

Along with some other books in my ever-increasing TBR pile, I need to finish reading these two which I’ve been putting off for two long.

I tag:

Anyone who’s reading this and hasn’t done this tag yet!

Thank you for reading me mid-year freak out post

How many of the books in this post have you read or want to read? Any other books I should add to my TBR pile of 2019? If you’ve wrote a Mid-year Freak Out post, then feel free to drop your links in the comments below!!

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019 [Sign-up post + Progress Tracker]

FINALLY! I have already read two books by Asian authors and never could find the time to write up this post . After watching so many blogger friends putting up their sign-up posts, I decided to kick my procrastination’s ass. *Phew! That was a wordy sentence(I think)*

Since I am an Asian, I have vowed to read more books by Asian authors this year. Anyone can participate, really. The books you will read for the challenge doesn’t have to be new releases or ARCs; you can read backlist titles( released in 2018 or earlier). You can also read in any format, any genre or any length you like! Of course, there is a prize but it shall remain a mystery.

Panda badge

Now, there are badges too! There are different badges in relation to the number of books each person chooses to read, and I’m going with the Giant Panda (cutie pictured above ), which means I have to read 31-40 books. If you want to sign up , you can use this link over here.

This wonderful reading is hosted by  CW from The Quiet Pond Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams Vicky from Vicky Who Reads and Shealea from Shut up Shealea

So, let’s have a look at all the books I’ve already read and the ones I am planning to (hopefully, this year). I will include links to my blog and/or Goodreads review as well.

Progress Tracker

BOOKS I HAVE READ

The Rose and The DaggerDecendant of the CraneNewcomers

 

       Review links:

BOOKS I HAVEN’T READ a.k.a MY YARC TBR

Spin the DawnTiger at MidnightTha Candle and the flameWe hunt the flameGirls of PaperMiragePoppy warBride TestTahereh MafiSonali DevNatali TanLove from AZ

The BeautifulGilded wolvesFlame in the mistDragonsAstonishing colorTahereh Mafi

Thank you (2)

I will be updating my progress here (if I can manage it as captions). I have also made a YARC 2019 shelf on Goodreads and I’ll add a link soon.


Are you participating in #YARC2019? What challenge level are you aiming for? How many books in this list have you read so far? Do you have other books you want to recommend me? I would love to know your answers in the comments below!