Having seen the Mid-Year Freak-Out Tag on many different book blogs and booktube channels this year, I knew I had to share my thoughts! Although, a bit late (seriously, it’s way past mid-year), there are so many books I need to get to before 2019. I’m honestly a little stressed about how many there are! And that’s coming from someone who doesn’t let books or reading stress them out!
Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018:
I thought long and hard about this question, as it’s a big question for someone who is constantly reading and who has read quite a few 5-star books in 2018 so far.
However, I think the winner has to be The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I read this one back in April and loved it! The book’s plot is unique, where it followed the life story of an old-Hollywood celebrity (think Marilyn Monroe) named Evelyn Hugo. However, although I thought that I would enjoy this one, I was not prepared. The book has a really interesting and important underlying theme, which stretches across the entire story. This made it all the more enjoyable and gave the plot and characters depth. Definitely check this one out if you think it sounds like it’s for you, you won’t regret it.
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To
All The Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson is one of my most anticipated releases from 2018. Yet, I still haven’t read it. I don’t know why I do this to myself, I know I’m likely to enjoy a book, but I avoid it like the plague. Anyway, I love Swanson’s writing, he writes twisty thrillers, fast narratives and complex characters – and every one of his books seems to be five stars for me. In fact, my all-time favourite thriller All The Beautiful Lies was written by Peter Swanson. So, it’s not hard to tell why I want to read this one so badly.
Why haven’t I read it yet? You ask.
I don’t know. I always do this to myself. If I think I will LOVE a book and am really excited to read it, I often put it off. I think it’s the secret fear that a hyped book will actually suck, and ruin my impression of an author. I just can’t stop it and will read ARC’s or random books instead.
Please tell me I’m not the only one!
Anyway, I need to read it soon, and I will. I also have Peter Swanson’s 2019 release, Before She Knew Him, on my TBR (thanks to William Morrow) and am desperate to read that too. Maybe I just need a little marathon!
Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of The Year
This one is definitely A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. I got my hands on a teaser of this release (coming in October) and am so excited for it.
The plot revolves around the life of a Muslim teen in school, a year after the events of 9/11. I think the synopsis has the scope to be amazing and I’m really excited to see what it is like. This is also Tahereh Mafi’s first contemporary novel, which should be really interesting.
My biggest disappointment so far in 2018 was definitely Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders. I really hoped that this book would blow me away, but it just wasn’t for me.
My biggest surprise was The Man I Think I Know. This was also the book which made me happy/sad – and is discussed more below! I read this for a blog tour and didn’t expect too much, having never read Mike Gayle before. Boy, was I wrong!
Favourite New Author
This is a question that I don’t really have an answer to. I don’t really consider an author a favourite until I have read and enjoyed multiple books. This year, I haven’t read any multiples from the same author and thus, don’t really have any new favourites. But plenty of new authors on my radar.
I would say that one author who I could see becoming a favourite would be Taylor Jenkins Reid. Although I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, that wouldn’t immediately make the author a favourite. However, I really loved the writing in that book. I loathed and loved Evelyn at different times and the writing was the reason why. If writing can make me feel so strongly about an unlikable character, then I could definitely see TJR becoming a favourite.
Book That Made You Happy & Sad
A book that made me happy this year was definitely The Man I Think I Know by Mike Gayle. This book was a heartwarming story about a friendship between two men, whose lives haven’t gone the way they would have liked. It was just perfect, and I was wholly unexpecting it’s effect on me. There were ups and downs, and because of the premise of the story, involving suicidal thoughts and sadness, the downs were heartbreaking. The overall story was a sure 5/5.
Favourite Book To Film Adaptation You Saw This Year
I’m probably the 100000th person to say this but To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – which I have now watched twice.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a newly released Netflix original, based on the book series by Jenny Han. It was absolutely amazing. Now, I’ll admit, nothing hugely original, but nonetheless, funny and heartwarming. The perfect romantic comedy. If you still haven’t watched it, check it out!
Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought or Received This Year
I bought a set of classics earlier in the year. Penguin brought out a set of deco-inspired, metallic covers for the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I snapped them up, immediately. I am in love with them.
Books You Need to Read By The End of The Year
Basically all the books. There are so many books I want to read before 2018 is over, that I can’t pinpoint just one. I want to read all of my 2018 arcs, and my five-star predictions especially!