Thank you Jay@ThisIsMyTruthNow for tagging me in The Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag! Seriously, is it really the middle of the year already?!! Wow! the year is going by much too fast 🙂 It has taken me almost 10 days to get around to answering this tag since I’ve been on vacation, but I finally found a free minute; sorry about the delay! 🙂
I love the idea behind this tag since it’s a fantastic way to look back on all the books I’ve read so far in 2017 and keep track of my book challenges! If you’re already a reader of my blog, then Jay probably needs no introduction since he tags me in some really fun tags but if you are a new follower, then make sure you check out his blog! It’s a fabulous blog, and one of the first blogs that I read every day! He has a really great blog with lots of book reviews, his 365 Challenge, his own writing, and other fantastic content. Also, to see Jay’s answers to The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag, click here!
- THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017
Without a doubt He Said, She Said by Erin Kelly since it was just so amazingly well-written and had the best plot and most amazing surprise twist! I usually have a suspense or thriller figured out by the time I meet the perpetrator or 20% or less into the story but oh my! I never saw this coming!! Brilliant! I’m still thinking about this book and how fantastic it was a week later. I want to read it again!
- YOUR FAVORITE SEQUEL THIS YEAR
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs, number 10 in the Mercy Thompson series. I love Mercy, she is just fantastic, but I also love the entire cast of main characters in the books. They are quirky, honest, and even though they are supernatural and paranormal they are as real and down to earth as they can be.
- A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ BUT REALLY WANT TO
There are a more than a few, but these are probably the top three: The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne, The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka, and The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
- MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
I’m a huge Karin Slaughter fan, so I’m eagerly awaiting The Good Daughter that releases 8/22/17!!
- YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins was a huge disappointment. The plot was great and it could have been so much better than it was, and I know the reviews on the book are mixed, but I was overwhelmed by the 10 narrators, which seems to be the general consensus. I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train, and I was hoping for so much more.
- BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR
That I really enjoyed One of Us Was Lying by Karen M. McManus as much as I did! It had been quite awhile since I had read a Young Adult book, and this was really captivating! It was quite addictive, and I imagine it is going to be one of the most talked about books this summer!
- FAVORITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR
There are two: Emily Carpenter, author of The Weight of Lies, who is new to me and is just absolutely one of the best authors I have read in a long time and Erin Kelly, who is also new to me, and I think will have the best book of the summer if not all of 2017 with He Said, She Said.
- YOUR NEW FICTIONAL CRUSH
Sadly, after looking back at my 2017 books, I don’t have a new crush 😦 A lot of the new release books I have read so far this year have had characters that were really horrible and unlikeable. So, I will have to go with Jack Trenholm from Karen White’s Tradd Street series. Her newest release in the series, The Guests on South Battery, was published in January 2017 so at least it was published this year. Jack is an author, and he is not only a really great guy, a Southern gentleman, but he is hot. All the women he meets drools over him, but he is committed to Melanie, his wife and mother of his twins.
- NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER
Eleanor Oliphant from Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman; she is quirky, sad, emotionally repressed, awkward, but funny, kind, loving, funny, intelligent, and oh, so wonderful! I would love to hug her and be her friend!
- A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
The Salt House by Lisa Duffy broke me. I knew going into it that it was a story about a family who had lost their baby daughter, but I felt such overwhelming grief when reading this book and completely empathized with the family. Lisa Duffy captured the feelings of grieving parents to perfection, and I think that is why this book just got under my skin and into my soul the way it did. If you haven’t lost a child or ever been close to someone who has, then you will probably cry when reading this, but you will likely not feel the burning ache of grief that Hope does or understand why Jack worked so hard to escape his pain. Several years ago, my sister-in-law, who is like a sister to me, lost a daughter at 26 weeks right at the point of viability. She was born alive but died a couple of hours later after being held by all of us. That moment always stays in your memories. My sister-in-law went through years of depression and blame, and these questions went through her head: Was it her fault? Did something she do that day or the week before cause the preterm labor? Was she being punished in some way? My brother-in-law reacted much like Jack and buried himself in work since she pushed him away. This book was extremely heartbreaking no matter what your experiences are but is even more so if you’ve experienced such grief and loss, and Lisa Duffy writes about the experience perfectly.
- A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
Eleonor Oliphant is Completely Fine did make me cry but most often, it made me laugh and smile because it was just such a wonderful story of how a person can find redemption, self-understanding, renewal, friendship, and love after a lifetime of despair, anxiety, and abuses. This was such a wonderful story and made me believe in the power of true friendship and faith.
12. YOUR FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION THAT YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR
The closest to a book to movie adaption that I’ve seen is King Arthur: Legend of the Sword based off the legends of King Arthur. Since I’m an English professor and British literature is what my degree concentration is in, I would have to say the movie is very loosely based on any Arthurian literature, but it was still an awesome movie. And it has Charlie Hunnam in it, so there is that.
- FAVORITE BOOK POST YOU’VE PUBLISHED THIS YEAR
- THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU HAVE BOUGHT/RECEIVED THIS YEAR
That is really a tough one since all the books that I have bought or gotten as gifts this year have been Kindle books or audiobooks….I will say that The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid that I bought last week does have a gorgeously sensuous and stunning cover (for a Kindle, lol).
15.WHAT ARE SOME BOOKS THAT YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR
All of them!! But, since I can’t do that then I definitely want to read these before the year is over: I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen, Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica, The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain, The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz, and Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
I’ve seen this Tag floating around various book blogs for awhile now, since around the time I was tagged, so I know a lot of you have already been tagged! I’m going to tag a couple of people and if you’ve already been tagged, then I apologize and of course, please don’t feel obligated if you don’t want to do it at all! 🙂
I can’t wait to see your answers 🙂