Mid Year Freak Out Tag

Good morning. Since it is now halfway through the year, I thought this was the perfect tag for today’s post. I don’t know who created it, so sorry about that but I thought I would do it anyway. So let’s see how my year of reading has been so far :).

Best book you’ve read so far in 2016
It’s kind of hard picking one but I am sure it will not come as a surprise that I am going to pick Fudoki by Kij Johnson. I feel like I’ve been mentioning this book a lot on this blog, but I absolutely loved it and I think it deserves more love – it only has 89 reviews and around 700 ratings on Goodreads. The writing is amazing, as well as being really easy to read, and the plot is so unique. Set in Japan, it is a dual narrative; firstly following Harueme (a dying noblewoman), and secondly following a cat turned warrior woman Kagaya-hime. It is an incredible mix of historical fiction and fantasy. You can check out my full review here, if you are interested.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016
I think I would have to go with Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, which is book 2 in the Kingkiller Chronicles. It was a great continuation of this series and although it did drag in  places for me, it was still an amazing book. Another great sequel was The Crimson Campaign and The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan, which are books 2 and 3 in the Powder Mage trilogy. I really enjoyed this trilogy and thought each book was equally great. I highly recommend both of these series.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
The first book that comes to mind is Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima. I adore the Seven Realms series by her so when I heard this book was set in the same realm I knew I had to read it. It was released a few months ago now but I haven’t got my hands on it yet. I am trying to read the majority of the books currently on my shelves before buying more but I will definitely read it by the end of the year. I am so excited for this book.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Goldenhand by Garth Nix, Successor’s Son by Trudi Canavan, The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch, to name a few. I recently post my most anticipated books for the second half of the year, which you can check out here. There are alot of books that I am looking forward too. I am probably most excited for Goldenhand.
Biggest disappointment
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuval. This was on my Most Anticipated Books of 2016 list but I just didn’t love it. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it – I still gave it 3 stars, probably more of a 2.5. The format didn’t quite work for me. I thought if it had been written traditionally with equal amounts of interviews, news reports and journal entries, it maybe would have worked better. The characters were all abit meh to me and it took me a little while to get into the writing. It just didn’t quite work for me.
Biggest surprise
Definitely The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I had been debating whether to read this book for quite a while before finally picking it up but I was pleasantly surprised by this. There is so much hype around this series I was really quite sceptical going in but I am definitely interested to continue with this series.
Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)
For this one I think I am going to go with John Flanagan. I started his Ranger’s Apprentice series earlier this year and I have been loving it. They are just entertaining/enjoyable books that I have been flying through. Having said that I have only read the first four books and I think it is a 12 book series, so I have quite a way to go. I am excited to see where things will go in the rest of the series though. Another author that was new to me this year was Anthony Ryan – I just finished The Waking Fire (his new book) and I really enjoyed it.
Newest fictional crush
I don’t have one – I just don’t really ever have fictional crushes so I am going to pass on this one.
Newest favourite character
Oh I can’t pick just one 🙂 so here are a few of my favourites. Suri and Minna from Age Of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan, Kagaya-hime from Fudoki by Kij Johnson, Auri from the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, Halt from the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan and Edmond Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
Book that made you cry
Well books don’t tend to make me cry, so I don’t really have an answer for this. I would say that it is quite upsetting/sad reading In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park. Some of the things that happened and continues to happen in North Korea is quite upsetting to think about. For there to be a society such as the one in North Korea is just unbelievable in the modern day.
Book that made you happy
There are no specific books I can think of that made me happy – any book that I enjoy makes me happy so there are a lot of possible options. I have read over 60 books so far this year, the majority being 3 or 4 star ratings.
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
In an ideal world I would have read all the books on my shelves by  the end of the year, but realistically I have a few in mind that I want to read this year. Shardik by Richard Adams, The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson, Out by Natsuo Kirino, I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth, SPQR:  A History of Rome by Mary Beard and Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb  – to name a few :).
That is the mid year freak out tag. I am having a pretty good reading year so far and I have read some amazing books. Hopefully the next half of the year will be just as good in terms of reading. There are so many books to read and quite a lot of new releases I am interested in. Let me know in the comments what your favourite book of the year so far is and I hope you are all having a wonderful day.
See you next time.

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