So I’ve been tagged by the lovely Emma-Louise over at Read Write Inspire in the Mid Year Freak Out tag. You can read Emma’s responses here.
1) Best books you’ve read so far in 2017
There have been so many this year, including most of the ones I’ve mentioned below but I would have to say that one of my favourite reads of 2017 that hasn’t been mentioned is Trust Me by Gemma Metcalfe. This fantastic debut thriller had me hooked from the first page.
2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017
This would have to be In Your Name by Rob Ashman. I read this book as part of a blog tour last month and really enjoyed it. My review of the final book of the trilogy is due on 13th August.
3) New release you haven’t read yet but want to
Again there are quite a few books that fit this question but I would have to go for Lost Boy by Christina Henry. I read her Alice in Wonderland retellings last year and really enjoyed them so am hoping to get around to this Peter Pan retelling very soon.
4) Most anticipated release in the 2nd half of the year
For me this would have to be The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter. I haven’t read any of her books for a long time for a number of reasons but this new book is a standalone and I think it would be a perfect book to get me back into reading her books.
5) Biggest disappointment
The Roses of May by Dot Hutchison is probably my biggest disappointment so far this year. After reading The Butterfly Garden I was really looking forward to the next book, however it wasn’t as good as I was hoping for.
6) Biggest surprise
J M Sullivan’s debut novel, Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles. I’m not usually a big horror fan but I truly loved this book and am all but stalking the author for news of the sequel.
7) Fav new author
Without a doubt this has to be Conrad Jones. I have been part of two blog tours showcasing Conrad’s books and, although they are very dark and gruesome, there is something about his writing that I love. I am definitely adding some more books by Conrad to my upcoming reading pile.
8) Fav new crush
Oliver Tidy’s character David Booker from the Booker and Cash series is my current new crush. I have to be honest with you all here and say this has nothing to do with looks and everything to do with the fact he owns a coffee shop full of limited edition books.
9) Fav new characters
My new favourite character has to be Mechanic from Rob Ashman’s Mechanic Trilogy. Although a serial killer with a slightly sadistic streak there is just something about this character that has me liking them.
10) Book that made you cry
There are very few books that make me cry and so far this year I can’t think of a single one that has forced me to shed a tear.
11) Book that made you happy
Since my preferred genre doesn’t really lend itself to ‘happy’ books I found this hard to answer initially. So much so that I had to take myself off to review my Goodreads challenge to see what I had actually read this year.
I soon spotted Breathless by Nicola Claire and knew this was the one. I love the the fact that the female protagonist in the book is forging a career in a male dominated environment during a time when women weren’t even allowed to vote. This is why the book makes me happy.
12) Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year
If we are going on cover alone, I think I would have to say Wintersong by S Jae-Jones. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the book itself I really do love the cover.
13) What books do you need to read before the end of the year
Far too many to list. Aside from the ever increasing NetGalley shelf and my upcoming blog tours here are a few books that will reach the top of my TBR pile: The Ressurector by Layton Green; Nemesis by Brendan Reichs and Two Nights by Kathy Reichs.
So there we have my mid year freak out. I’m not tagging anyone this time around, but if you want to have a go yourself, then please feel free. But don’t forget to let me know if you do, I’d love to read your answers.