It’s that time again where everyone
in the book blogging community do their annual check in to see their reading
progress. As of the end of June, I have read 51 books so far this year. I never
really got into doing this the past years because I never really had time to
reflect on my reading choices until the end of the year. But I’ve really enjoyed
the books I’ve read this year.
I’m not sure if these are the correct questions since I can’t seem to find the original post but I had taken these from Saajid’s video. I also removed fictional crush because it just wasn’t applicable so without further ado, I present my Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag!
Best book you’ve read so far in 2019.
I’m saying it now, I don’t think any book I read this year will beat Jade City. This book is my everything and I love it so much. I wrote a short review not long ago but honestly I don’t think that it gave it justice.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019.
…. Jade War.
Don’t be surprised by the amount of times I will mention the Green Bone saga. I came to read Jade City by chance after receiving an email to join the blog tour for Jade War. So I delve into the first book and already knew I had to join the blog tour. I actually wasn’t expecting to be accepted but I’m so grateful to Shealea @ Caffeine Book Tours for choosing me. I’m holding off my thoughts for the blog tour but yes, the sequel raises the stakes and had me emotionally drained.
New release you haven’t read yet but want to
I bought a copy months ago and it’s still sitting on my shelf. I really like zombie apocalypse stories in any form of media so I definitely need to get around and read this.
During the month of May, I read 7 books and 1 webtoon.
Shadow of the Fox
A fantasy novel based on Japanese mythology which follows Yumeko, a kitsune,
who forms an alliance with a mysterious samurai to transport a piece of an
ancient scroll that has the power to summon a great dragon. This one took a
while to fully appreciate. It was kind of slow in the beginning and since I was
also in a book slump, that didn’t help the experience either. But towards the
end, I found it so enjoyable and the story and characters were so brilliant.
My So-Called Bollywood Life
Winnie follows her prophecy to the T. Until the boy who is supposed to be her
true love cheats on her. Now she’s doing things her way. Honestly, I found this
book rather dull and, in the end, it wasn’t really for me. I do see its appeal
and I would recommend others to give this book a try.
The Paper & Hearts Society Out of the other youtuber-turn-author books, it’s pretty decent. My thoughts about this are the same as My So-Called Bollywood Life, I see it’s appeal and how a lot of people are going to love this book and looking back, this isn’t a terrible book but it’s just one of those stories that doesn’t fit my own reading style and taste.
A Torch Against theNight
I cannot believe it took me so long to read this sequel. Having to rely on my
memory all the way from 2015 probably dampened by experience of this book, but
I really enjoyed it.
Exit West Another neutral read. Quick, captivating and interesting.
I apologise in advance. 😂 I took a semi-hiatus because of assignments and I ended up writing these during that hiatus so these reviews aren’t written up the standard I would usually prefer.
The Paper & Hearts Society
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5)
*I received a copy via the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.*
A young teen moved to a new town and discovered a book club that pushes her out of her comfort zone.
Honestly, this was a little disappointing, considering how positive the reviews were for this book. I really wanted to love this book, but this book was just not for me. This is a story I would say good in concept, but the execution was so bland.
I have no issues with references to certain things, but this book really overdid it with the book mentions. Like I genuinely thought this book would’ve collapsed on itself if it didn’t mention another book. Yes, this is a book about a book club. But the way it was written was definitely meant to namedrop, which I don’t have an issue with, but it just wasn’t smooth.
A majority of the book is: Tabby/ Anyone else: Oh, wow. I love [book title] by [author]! Spends a couple of lines on how great it is.
A lot of the books mentioned were prevalent Young Adult/ Contemporary novels. I understood wanting to celebrate UKYA, but I found myself rolling my eyes a lot of it because it was so just so cringey.
I also found the characters to be quite snobby at some points. And a lot of them act as if reading is such a weird thing that makes them different. Like, you know when people say “Am I the only one who does [something that everyone does]?” Tabby and some of the others all tends to give off that similar vibe, and it was just a little frustrating.