When I had my Hungarian blog, I did this book tag every year, and I planned on doing this in June, but I was in a blogging slump. Then Caro @ bookcheshirecat and Maria @ The Character Study tagged me to do this, so of course I am going to do it! I don’t care if it’s already July, I’ll only talk about books I read in the first six months, so it should be fine. It was originally co-created by Earl Grey Books, you check out the video HERE. I took out the question about favourite new fictional crushes, as I don’t get crushes in books.
Best book you’ve read so far in 2021?
Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas is the first book that comes to my mind. I absolutely adored that novel, the atmosphere was superb, I love thinking about it. I’m so glad that I enjoyed it, as lately most of my anticipated 2021 releases were a let-down, so thank goodness Aiden’s new book was not one of them.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021?
This obviously has to go to Heartstopper: Volume Four. It is the rawest volume so far, as it deals with the heaviest topics out of the four books. It was still heartwarming, which is lovely. Heartstopper never disappoints!
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?
New releases and I are not friends at the moment. I read quite a lot of 2021 releases recently, and most of them were disappointing. I’m currently reading one which I also don’t really like, so… And my next two reads will be new releases too, I’m quite scared. But if I want to mention one that I think I will for sure (or at least 90% sure) love, then it’s Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. She’d better not let me down, or I’m going to be extra pissed off!
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune! I already mentioned it in my The New Releases Book Tag, so I’m not going to go into details again.
So many! I’m so sad about this, but it feels like most of my reads this year have been either just okay or bad. But now I’m going to choose one I highly anticipated, and then it let me down: The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver. I gave it 3.5 stars, so it’s not that low, but I didn’t enjoy it, and I don’t want to think about it. Their debut book, I Wish You All the Best, however, is a novel I have fond memories of.
I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn. It was my first five-star read, and it blew me away! I wasn’t really expecting anything, but I enjoyed it so much! It was wholesome and lovely, and I got to know a bit about Japan!
Favourite new author?
Neither of them were new to me, but I decided to declare them as favourites this year, as I loved their second books as much as their first. The authors I’m talking about are Madeline Miller and Aiden Thomas. I read Circe this year, and it was amazing to dive into Greek mythology again! From Aiden, I read Lost in the Never Woods in 2021, and as I already said, it has been my favourite book this year so far.
Newest favourite character?
It’s so weird, but I have a new favourite character from a book that I disliked. So, literally, the only reason why I didn’t DNF Meet Cute Diary is that I freaking love Devin. E is a nonbinary person who is such a precious bean. I adore eir personality, and I wish there were more people like em.
Book that made you cry?
I’m usually more likely to cry because of TV shows or movies, so not a lot. I shed a few tears while reading Lost in the Never Woods and Before the Coffee Gets Cold though.
Book that made you happy?
I don’t want to repeat myself, so I’m going to mention another graphic novel series, Fence. The characters really grew on me, and it always made me happy to read a volume!
Favourite book to movie adaptation?
As I mostly watched k-dramas, I haven’t seen a lot of book adaptations. One that immediately comes to mind is Shadow and Bone, which I enjoyed a lot.
Favourite post you have written this year?
I’ve written twenty-eight posts this year, and without a doubt, my favourite has to be What BTS means to me. It is deeply personal and writing it made me feel contented and relieved. I’m so happy that you guys loved it too!
Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received so far this year?
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen! I already read it last year and it was one of my favourites, so this year I finally bought it. So pretty!
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I don’t like to set myself these tbrs because I’m mostly a mood reader. Monthly tbrs are okay when it is for a read-a-thon, but apart from those, I just read whatever is available in my library.
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2021?
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021?
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
5. Biggest disappointment?
6. Biggest surprise?
7. Favourite new author?
8. Newest favourite character?
9. Book that made you cry?
10. Book that made you happy?
11. Favourite book to movie adaptation?
12. Favourite post you have written this year?
13. Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received so far this year?
14. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I tag Aria @ matcha & memoirs, Hannah @ The Bookworm’s Feast, Hsinju @ Hsinju’s Lit Log and Ali @ In the Lost and Found. I understand if you don’t want to do it, as it’s past June, so no pressure!
What is your biggest surprise and disappointment? Who is your newest favourite character? Tell me a book that made you happy!