I was introduced to a bookworms’ challenge called the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag by Hassan. Here are my answers about books I’ve read in 2021.
1. Best book you have read so far in 2021?
The five Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins and One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (review coming soon) are my favorites so far.
2. Best sequel you have read in 2021?
Unfortunately, the few sequels I read this year were all disappointing. This probably doesn’t count, but the best I have is that the second book in The Underland Chronicles was my favorite of the series.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?
I admit I had to do some looking online for this one, but I want to read You & Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne, a brand-new YA fantasy from late July. It seems like the kind of book that could either be amazing or horrible, so I want to find out.
Some others I’m interested in are Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert, Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley, and Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of 2021?
I rarely know what books are coming soon, but I want to read All These Bodies by Kendare Blake (September), You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao (November), and You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus (November).
5. Biggest disappointment?
Sadly, I have several. Five, Six, Seven, Nate by Tim Federle. Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins. Fangirl: The Manga by Sam Maggs and Gabi Nam. Origins of a Story by Jake Grogan. But the biggest disappointment of the year award goes to Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Everyone seemed to love it, and after waiting a long time to access a copy because of its popularity, I disliked it so much I didn’t even get halfway through.
6. Biggest surprise?
The biggest surprise of the year was One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. I’ll share my thoughts more in the upcoming book review, but it got boring for a while, so I wasn’t sure if I’d finish it. Then the excitement returned, and it ended up there with 2021’s best books.
7. New favorite author?
I’m still a fan of Suzanne Collins, and don’t think I have an author that particularly stuck out this year. I would like to read more of Michael Finkel, author of The Stranger in the Woods.
8. Newest fictional crush?
Truthfully, I can’t think of any. I would use this space to list some of my favorite characters instead, but that’s the next question:
9. Newest favorite character?
10. Book that made you cry?
I don’t think any book has been quite that powerful this year, but the one that came closest was Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart.
11. Book that made you happy?
The book that made me happiest was Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks, a sweet graphic novel with a pretty color scheme.
It’s not a book, but I want to also mention the short story Meet Cute by Malinda Lo, part of the We Need Diverse Books anthology Fresh Ink.
12. Favorite book to movie adaptation you saw this year?
I enjoyed The One and Only Ivan, though that might have been in late 2020. I rewatched the TV show of A Series of Unfortunate Events, which was good as usual. I can’t think of any other worthy ones I’ve seen this year, but I’m curious to watch the TV show of One of Us is Lying, coming out in late 2021.
13. Favorite post written this year?
14. Most beautiful book you have read this year?
None of them have been breathtaking but I liked the cover of Pumpkinheads.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of this year?
As many on my Reading List as I can. I also have some others—Slay by Brittney Morris, Kimiko Does Cancer by Kimiko Tobimatsu and Keet Geniza, Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh, Words on Fire by Jennifer Nielsen, Ensnared in the Wolf’s Lair by Ann Bausum, True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News by Cindy L. Otis, Poisoned Water by Candy J. Cooper, Permanent Record by Edward Snowden, Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott—lots of nonfictions.
That’s the end of the questions. I apologize for my complete inability to give a single, straight answer. Also for all the repeats, because I didn’t read as many books this seven months as I would have liked to.
Now I have to find some book blogs to invite to this challenge who haven’t done it already, which is surprisingly difficult. Here are three:
And of course, if you are interested, go ahead and participate. It’s a fun summer challenge and I’m glad I was introduced to it.