Dani @ Perspective of a Writer recently tagged me in the Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag. Since we’re now into July, I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you want to do the tag please feel free! (And ping me if you do, so I can see your answers!)
It really can be fun to see where things stand (book-wise) at the middle of the year, so I’ll have to remember to do this one my own next year. Hopefully.
Total books read so far in 2019
71 books, as counted by Goodreads. (That includes individually published short stories.) I’ve since re-worked my personal book tracker, though, and so I know that counting EVERYTHING (aka individually published short stories and DNF books) I have read 75 books so far this year.
Best book you read in 2019 so far
MURDERBOT. I don’t need to say anything more. So awesome.
Best sequel you’ve read so far
I really enjoyed Velveteen vs. the Junior Super Patriots. Like, really enjoyed it. And then its sequel, Velveteen vs. The Multiverse, was even more fun. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first book. But the sequel introduced Victory Anna, a lesbian gadgeteer superhero from a steampunk alternate universe, and SHE IS JUST THE BEST.
New release you haven’t read, but want to
Um… call it cheating. That’s okay. But I’m going to use two books for this one. I really want to read both, and can’t pick between the two at the moment.
Most anticipated release for 2nd half of year
Honorable mention on this one goes to House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig. I am really interested in reading that one, but I’ve known about it for less time than the one I’m really choosing for this prompt.
My real answer is Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea. I’ve been anticipating her next book since I read The Night Circus (aka before The Starless Sea was announced). I really hope I enjoy this book (well, both of these books).
Sadly, this would be A Curious Beginning. Now, this is not my least favorite book of the year, not by a long shot. However, I expected and wanted to love it, and I found it to be just okay. The books I liked less than this one I also had lower expectations for, and so not liking them much didn’t bug me.
I expected to like Geekerella. I didn’t expect to love it so much that I immediately bought the sequel.
Favorite new author
Easy – Charles de Lint. I’ve so far only read Dreams Underfoot, but I have a couple other books of his on my bookshelf, and several more on my TBR.
Newest fictional crush
Probably Tybalt from Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series. He’s not a new character for me, since I’d already started the series before this year started. However, I didn’t like him as a love interest for Toby until this year, so he still counts.
Newest favorite character
Newest favorite? How about my favorite new character? Though, that goes to Victory Anna from Velveteen vs. The Multiverse again. I like her enough to mention her twice.
Honorable mention goes to Murderbot. I like it almost as much.
Book that made you happy
I am always happy to get a new installment of the Swords, Spells, & Stealth series. The only thing that I’m unhappy about is I’ve already finished it, and now I need to wait again for another book.
Book that made you cry
There were a couple, but this has to go to Elizabeth Coatsworth’s The Cat Who Went to Heaven. It’s more touching-sad than heartrending-sad, but it still made me cry. (It’s also short. If you want to know more than that, you can easily read it for yourself.)
Favorite review you have written this year
I don’t really have favorite reviews. I don’t really have favorite blog posts, either, so this kind of prompt is always hard for me to answer. Instead, I’ll just include links to some of my book reviews for the books I enjoyed the most this year:
- Seanan McGuire’s In An Absent Dream
- John Scalzi’s Redshirts
- Martha Wells’ All Systems Red
- Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters
- Seanan McGuire’s Middlegame
- Colleen Gleason’s The Carnelian Crow
Most beautiful book you’ve gotten so far
I was gifted this version of Sense and Sensibility for my birthday this year, and it’s just lovely.
What books do you need to read by year end
I really want to catch-up on the October Daye series this year. I’m making good progress, but book 13 releases this year and I want to have read them all by the end of 2019.
So that’s my mid-year book status update. Have you read any outstanding books in 2019 so far? Or do you have books that you really want to finish before the year is out?