MID YEAR FREAK OUT BOOK TAG // 2021

I’ve been seeing this tag pop up over on Booktube and wanted to throw my two cents into the mix! The original tag asks for only 1 book per prompt, but I took it upon myself to give 3-5 answers, because why not

1. Best book(s) you’ve read so far in 2021

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021 → none – I haven’t read any sequels yet this year!

3. New release(s) you haven’t read yet, but want to

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
How Lucky by Will Leitch
The Hunting Wives by May Cobb
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalilia Harris

4. Most anticipated release(s) for the second half of the year

Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda
Survive the Night by Riley Sager
A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

5. Biggest disappointment(s)

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

6. Biggest surprise(s)

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

7. Favorite new author(s), debut or new to you

Fredrik Backman, Mikki Kendall, Ann Patchett

8. Newest fictional crush(es)

Augustus Everett of Beach Read by Emily Henry
Jason Dessen of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

9. Newest favorite character(s)

Zara of Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Rosie and Penn of This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Iris of Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
James Lee of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Baby of Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

10. Book that made you cry → none, nothing is jumping out at me having made me cry, I mean maybe a tear or a light mist but nothing has made me truly cry

11. Book(s) that made you happy

Grace Hopper: Computer Scientist by Jill C. Wheeler
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Circe by Madeline Miller
Survive the Night by Riley Sager
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Vicious by V. E. Schwab
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Until tomorrow, Meryn