I say this every year but it’s still true, this is one of my most favourite book tags to do and I look forward to doing it every year. I love how there are so many different prompts that really make you reflect on your reading at the halfway point through the year. A lot of the books I picked could’ve fit multiple answers but I decided to not choose the same book twice.
1) Best book you’ve read so far in 2021
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko – Raybearer is such a fantastic book, I loved the writing and I think the author is a great storyteller. I loved everything about this book from the characters and the plot to the amazing writing and themes of the story and can’t wait to read the next one.
2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I loved this book more than the first and think it’s a great sequel. I loved the development of the romance and loved the different character dynamics between some of the characters in this book.
3) New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn – I loved the first book of this series and can’t wait to dive right into this book and see what these characters get up to next.
4) Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko – I’ve already talked about my love for Raybearer so of course Redemptor is my most anticipated releases of the second half of the year.
5) Biggest disappointment
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – I’d heard a lot of amazing things about this book before I read it but I was disappointed by it, I really disliked the main character.
6) Biggest surprise
Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters #1) by Jaymin Eve – I was really surprised about how much I enjoyed this book and this series. It took me a while to get into the book at the beginning but once it got going I was really into it. I loved when Shadow was introduced and I loved reading the interactions between him and Mera.
7) Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – This is my first Margaret Rogerson book and I loved it. I really liked the writing of it and can’t wait to read other books by this author.
8) Newest fictional crush
I don’t really get many fictional crushes and I can’t remember any from this year.
9) Newest favourite character
Malik from A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. I loved how close of a bond Malik has with his sisters and his struggles with anxiety really make him such a relatable character. I loved how his character developed over the course of the book.
10) Book that made you cry
A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J Maas – ACOSF is a very emotional book as Nesta goes on a self reflective journey and tries to overcome her past trauma. I loved this book and as always SJMs writing is always heart wrenching.
11) Book that made you happy
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune – This is such a uniquely whimsical book that I think is perfect for all ages, it made me so happy to read and I loved the deep themes of it.
12) Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
13) What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski, Skyhunter by Marie Lu, Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #12) by Patricia Briggs and Crier’s War by Nina Varela.
Have you read any of these books? What are some of your answers to these questions?