wrap up

Mid-year Check In Tag

I obviously haven’t been posting much this year so far, so I thought I’d try and cover my reading so far in 2021 by doing this tag. Hopefully I can give you the highlights and show you what I’ve been reading.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2021?

I’ve read 5 five star books so far and if I had to pick one stand out of the five it wouldn’t take me more than a couple seconds. The Echo Wife was on my most anticipated list last year, but I’d forgotten everything about it when it came time to pick it up and read it. Turns out it’s a science fiction story with a thriller element and I think I need to keep an eye out for the mixing of these two genres in the future. I was blown away! I am definitely going to try and read all of Sarah Gailey’s backlist.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021?

The first book in this duology got five stars from me, and I loved the second one as well. I think it would benefit from getting a re-read soon, because I struggled to follow things due to quarantine induced mind fog, but I think this makes a great series. And as far as I’m aware it’s a finished series, so I hope you consider picking these books up.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

Biggest disappointment

Look at this cover, look! It’s one of my favourite styles of covers and the title had me so intrigued. I just unfortunately found the pages within to be disappointing.

The setting had me interested from the start, but I lost that as the plot progressed, and I found the characters to be functions of what the plot required of them and certain tropes. They felt really flat and forgettable.

Biggest surprise

The first book by Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, was an incredibly long story about magicians in the Napoleonic wars. It was incredibly well written, atmospheric, and I loved reading every second. I had a strong desire to read her long awaited sequel but a short book about someone who lives in an endless house that contains endless oceans seemed like a jump.

It’s definitely wildly different, but I think you can tell it’s written by the same author because the sense of atmosphere and setting is so strong. And I think that’s all the more impressive considering the format of short diary entries. This could easily be my top book of the year.

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

There marks my third Elizabeth Lim book purchased this year, and they are all beautiful books. I really want to read through them all if I can this year.

Six Crimson Cranes has two beautiful covers and is apparently a prequel to Spin the Dawn.

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

Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?

I haven’t read the books, but I’ve heard great things about the film. I’m so glad I decided to watch it, now I’m eager for the next one. It was so much fun and I can see myself re-watching it for many years to come.

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