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It’s that time of the year again, where we go through all the books read so far to recommend our favourites, rant about our worst reads and lament about all the books left to read. It’s time for the Mid Year Book Check In Tag – 2021!!
I had set up a GR challenge for 100 books, beginning of this year, thinking I would have no time to read but, well, here I am halfway through 2021, still waiting for exam dates. So more stress, more reading to escape and before I knew it – 131 books read so far this year. I have mostly been focused on fantasies or Sci-fi this year with a few mysteries, romances and historical fiction thrown in. A lot of five stars, a lot of nearly five stars and a few 1 and 2 stars later here we are in the middle of another pandemic year. So without further ado, let’s get on to the questions.
- Best book you’ve read so far in 2021
- Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021
- A new release you want to read but haven’t yet..
- Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
- Biggest disappointment so far this year
- Biggest surprise so far this year
- Favourite debut author or new to you author so far this year
- Newest Fictional crush
- Newest Favourite Character
- A Book that made you cry
- A Book That Made you Happy on
- The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year
- What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
- Favourite book to screen adaptation you’ve seen this year
Best book you’ve read so far in 2021
This is the absolute worst question to start with because I have had a brilliant year when it comes to books and there are far too many favourites 😭 But I would attempt to pick a top five.
Popisho/This One Sky Day by Leone Ross would be my top pick so far. It’s so wildly imaginative and the lyrical writing elevates it to a whole other level. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison would be a close second and We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker, These Violent Delights by Micah Nemerever , Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe would make the rest of the top five.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021
Again far too many 😭😭 but if I have to pick one, then Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko would be my pick. This series couldn’t have ended any more perfectly and it is one of my absolute favourite YA fantasies ever.
Ok I was lying, I have to pick one more. The War of Swallowed Stars by Sangu Mandanna also deserves all the love. This scifi reimagining of Mahabharata was absolute perfection.
A new release you want to read but haven’t yet..
Pretty caught up with all the new releases so far but if I have to pick one then Detransition Baby/ The Anthropocene Reviewed/ Sorrowland/ Dear Senthuran. Ok that was four and not one 🌚
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
I am actually pretty caught up with all my anticipated releases after getting approved for most of them on Netgalley 😱😱
Oh wait, I do have one. Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson. It’s the third installment in the Skyward series and I can’t wait to go on more adventures with M-bot, Spensa and Doomslug.
Biggest disappointment so far this year
I have had a few disappointing reads and a lot more dnfs than usual but for once we have a clear winner. The Road Trip by Beth O’leary was so bad, I cry. I very rarely give one star reviews and this was the only one so far, this year to have had that honour 🥲
Biggest surprise so far this year
Another tough one 🙈🙈 Ok here goes, these are my top three biggest surprise reads of the year so far
The Celestial Trilogy recommended to me by Shruti , Fanna , Simant
Empire of Pain recommended by Jordan (@jordysbookclub)
Popisho recommended by Ashwin (@brownboyreads)
Favourite debut author or new to you author so far this year
Leone Ross, Micah Nemerever – the way these two write, ughh, so good. I mean they have access to the same 26 alphabets in the English language as we do but somehow they create magic with their words. I have become a forever fan!
Newest Fictional crush
I don’t usually have fictional crushes but Fatma el-Sha’arawi from A Master of Djinn is so badass that I stan!!
Newest Favourite Character
There can only be one answer for this question – Maia from The Goblin Emperor . He is so so so precious 😭😭😭
A Book that made you cry
I enjoy torturing myself with tearjerkers so here are the top five
- We begin at the end by Chris Whitaker.
- Under the Whispering Door by T J Klune
- The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
- And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
- The Celestial Trilogy by Sangu Mandanna
A Book That Made you Happy on
I gravitate towards feel good books when I am stressed out. They are my comfort reads and with the COVID situation and all the uncertainty surrounding my exams I have been bingeing on them. Here are my top three feel good books that made me happy.
- Flash Fire by T J Klune
- A Psalm For The Wild Built by Becky Chambers
- Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year
Realm of Elderlings being my favourite fantasy series, I had to get The Assassin’s Apprentice Illustrated by Robin Hobb but it’s still on it’s way . So I am waiting with bated breath to finally hold it in my hands.
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Not setting up any books to read coz I am 100% sure I wont follow them 🤭 but I would like to read Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi before the end of the year.
Favourite book to screen adaptation you’ve seen this year
I am going with manga/anime for this one – Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya 😭😭😭 Everyone go watch it and come cry with me. This is the most perfect, heartbreaking but feel good (don’t ask me what that means, just go with it) anime ever!! And it’s over!!! So watch me curl up in the corner in a puddle of tears. I blame Uma (@books.bags.burgers) for this condition 😑
Let’s Catch Up
So there you have it, the mid-year book check-in tag. Have you read any of the books I have mentioned? Or are you planning to read any of them ? Let me know down below.
I love checking out the mid year check-in tags so if you have posted one in your blog, feel free to send me link down below 👇🏻
Jodie | That Happy Reader says
What a fun book tag! It’s a great idea to wrap up the year so far (can you believe we’re more than half way through)? I enjoyed Eve Brown as well and wish you a happy reading journey for the second half of 2021.
love this and thank you for increasing my tbr ten fold but I will finish Goblin Emperor today
Your reading year so far sounds amazing, Popisho and War of Swallowed Stars seem to have very interesting storylines!
Metaphysical Mama says
This is great! It sounds like you have read some amazing books already this year. I will definitely be adding a couple of your favourites to my TBR list! Thanks for sharing!
asra @ uncreativeasra says
I recently heard about the celestial trilogy and it sounds amazing, glad you enjoyed it because I now I definitely want to read it soon!! I want to read a master of djinn now too, heard a lot of people talking about it haha this was a great tag !
TVD! *shocked* (sarcastic ofc)
yay for reading so many good books! hope your reading stays the same but stress levels reduce haha.
I am enjoying it! Sometimes I reply to your annotations with my annotations haha. It’s also interesting to see what you took away from the scene because it’s different from what I saw 👀
Wow! Thats impressive that you were able to read so much. It sounds like you had a great reading year thus far!
Ashmita | thefictionaljournal says
The goblin emperor seems stunning!! Can’t wait to read it! And just added a war of swallowed stars to my tbr. By the way, I just found your blog and your the e and feature pictures 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
Oooh can’t wait to read Redemptor – I loved Raybearer!
Loved reading you mid-yar update! I have to admit though – my TBR list is a bit longer now thanks to you!
Kal @ Reader Voracious says
You’re having a great reading year and I love that for you! And YAAAS to A War of Swallowed Stars, so good. I’m very excited to pick up my eARC of Redemptor soon, glad you enjoyed it
Raji (@journeyintofantasy) says
Sounds like you’ve had a great reading year so far! The Celestial Trilogy looks interesting, I’ll have to check it out. Hope the rest of your year goes just as well. Happy reading!
Thank you, yes. Reading has been great so far. Hope you love Celestial Trilogy. It was amazing
You’ve definitely read a lot of books this year (way more than I have!)! This was a really interesting post, thanks for sharing!
Thank you for reading ❤️