Tuesday 14 August 2018

The Mid Year Book Tag

I was having a blog reading session last week and I noticed a post from Steph called The Mid Year Book Tag. As I've been SO into reading since the start of this year after really falling out of love with it for a long time, I knew this was a post I had to do. I've not read a huge amount of books this year but the ones I have read have all left with me with so much to say so I can't wait to get answering these questions!
The Mid Year Book Tag including Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Some Kind of Wonderful and The Sisters
1. Best book you've read so far in 2018?
It has to be Five Years From Now by Paige Toon. I feel like I haven't shut up about this on my social media since I finished it but it's just stuck with me and I want to re-read it already as it made me feel so much.

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2018?
It's not really a sequel, but more of a follow on I suppose? Darker by EL James. I've personally always loved the Fifty Shades of Grey books as they're such an easy read, and can be picked up and left whenever really. I love that she's re-released them from Christian's point of view, I think I enjoy that side more actually. I'm looking forward to reading the final one from his perspective.

3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to?
I'm desperate to get my hands on The Man Who Didn't Call by Rosie Walsh. I was having a browse on Amazon recently, saw this and now I can't wait to buy it. It's currently quite expensive in paperback so I'm going to wait a bit longer I think. The story sounds brilliant though and it's got great reviews.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
There are a few I've noticed that are out in the next few months, I Invited Her In by Adele Parks and The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coutts.

5. Biggest disappointment?
I'm not sure disappointment is the right word but the book I've been left underwhelmed with is Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens. I posted my review last week which will explain a bit more but basically I just felt like there was something missing. The twist became quite obvious and it seemed to end very quickly afterwards. It didn't grab my attention quite as much as others have recently.

6. Biggest surprise?
The Sisters by Claire Douglas. I picked this up on a whim as it was only £2 on Amazon and I am SO glad I did. I never really go for thriller books but this completely surprised me, I absolutely loved it and honestly couldn't stop reading.
The Sisters by Claire Douglas book
7. Favourite new author?
 I don't think I've read any books this year from 'new' authors, but out of all the ones new to me, I'd have to say Claire Douglas who I just mentioned above. I never expected to love the book I read as much as I did so I'm excited to read more from her in future.

8. New fictional crush?
It has to be Van from Five Years From Now. Your typical, tall, dark and handsome male character in a love story. I loved the way Paige Toon wrote his character, he was just so smooth and charming throughout the whole book.

9. Favourite new character?
I loved Eleanor Oliphant from Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. The hype around this book is so deserved! I was rooting for her from the beginning and I found her really endearing.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman book
10. A book that made you cry?
A few so far this year have made me a little emotional but again I have to come back to Five Years From Now. There are a few parts that really got me but there is one where her father is ill and he thinks he can see their family dog who passed away years ago and it was utterly heartbreaking. The author Paige Toon posted a video of herself online that her husband had taken of her, which showed her sobbing as she wrote that particular part and I totally get why, it's incredibly sad. Also the ending made me emotional too as it was very bittersweet.

11. A book that made you happy?
So far I'm reading Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella which I'm really enjoying and it's definitely more upbeat than some of the others I've read recently! Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher was also a lovely read and I finished that smiling.

12. Favourite review that you've written?
Probably The Sisters. It was such a hard one to write as I had so much I wanted to say, the ending left me with so many questions but I'm really glad I posted it. I also really like my review of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine as it was my first book review in absolutely ages and the one that made me want to start posting them more often.

13. Most beautiful book you've bought?
I think the cover of Some Kind of Wonderful is absolutely beautiful!
Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher book
14. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I think next on my list is How To Stop Time by Matt Haig. I've been meaning to read that for a while. After that I think it will be time to treat myself to a few that have been on my list for months!

Have you read many books this year? Have you got any favourites you recommend?

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