My 2021 Mid-year Freak-out Tag

It’s the penultimate day of June June and that means we are half way through 2021! That means its time to do the mid-year book freak out tag!

While 2021 is still plagued with lockdown’s I am definitely more in my stride of working from home, splitting my time between hobbies etc., than I was last year and so far I have been flying through books! I am even suprised myself just how many I have completed. I have read some AMAXING books this year. In fact June has been an alround amazing month for books where so far all the books I have read have been above 4 stars!

THE STATS

Number of Books so far: 78

No of pages: 25,630

THE RATINGS:

5 Stars: 27
4.5 Stars: 11
4 Stars:
21
3.5 Stars: 6
3 Stars: 
10
2.5 Stars: 1
2 Stars: 
0
1 Star: 
2

THE QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK THAT YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2021?

Library of the dead
T. L. Huchu

Edinburgh Nights #1

My Review

I loved the combination of a dystopian Edinburgh, especially the less well know areas of the city, and Zimbabwean music based magic. It also has such a fun and fast paced plot, that can get dark and gruesome at times as well as having a hidden library to explore!

Other Notable books (lots of 5 stars this year that I want to shout about):


WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE SEQUEL OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR?

Network Effect / Fugitive Telemetry
Martha Wells

Murderbot Diaries Books 5 and 6

My Reviews:
Network Effect
Fugitive Telemetry

I love The Murderbot books! So there was no doubt I was going to love these two. Network Effect is a full Novel in the Murderbot universe and it was amazing getting to spend so much time exploring and learning about Murderbot. Fugitive Telemetry continues on and took a more classic murder mystery style. I just loved both.


IS THERE A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT YOU’RE REALLY EXCITED TO?

The Jasmine Throne
Tasha Suri

The Burning Kingdom

I have the gorgeous Illumicrate copy of this sitting staring at me on my TBR shelf and I really need to carve out some time for it as I have been super excited to read it. Indian inspired, Sapphic ,epic fantasy, does more really need to be said. From the blurb it seems like it is going to have a dark and twisting plot. We all know i love a plot filled with devious political machinations.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR?

I have one of the incredibly shiny red foiled ARCs sitting on my shelf right now. It has my name in the acknowledgements, as I have known some curious details of this book since an email from Jay in April 2019! And I have started to read it (I have been pacing myself). But I also have a nice fancy copy (or two) on pre-order that I intend to re-read (yes all 720 pages)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT SO FAR?

City of Fallen Angels
Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments Book #4

My Review

I have been doing a buddy read following Clare’s suggested order (we are currently on hiatus due to work/school/health commitments) with Ellie and Erika (links in the review post) and I am actually enjoying the first three Mortal instruments series, I loved the infernal devices, but when jumped back into mortal instruments I just found this so disappointing.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SURPRISE SO FAR?

The Colours of Death
Patricia Marques

My Review

This kind of came out of nowhere for me. I sort of tripped over the eARC while browsing Netgalley one day and the blurb of sci-fi police procedural just called to me ( I do love a good police procedural), but it is so much more than the sum of those parts. It was a really interesting and detailed police procedural, the sci-fi elements were fascinating but it was also very character driven with a slow well paced plot that allowed the reader to really explore the life of the MC. I really liked it.

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

Instructions for Dancing
Nicola Yoon

My Review

Far from my usual genre of reading I don’t usually read contemporary romance. However I was invited to be part of the blog tour for this one and I am glad that I was because it was just so sweet and sad. I really enjoyed it.

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

Midnight Bargin
C. L Polk

My review

I can’t really pinpoint what it was about this book that has really stuck with me but I really enjoyed reading it, and while it wasn’t a 5 star shining read but it really made me smile. It just had a really nice mix of romance, magic and women being kick ass sorcerors.

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU WANT TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

Here are just a few:


Well that is my mid year freak out. There is still a lot of time to read the rest of the year.

How has your 2021 reading year going so far? What has been your favourite read so far?

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

5 thoughts on “My 2021 Mid-year Freak-out Tag

  1. I love this tag! I am so glad to see you enjoyed Library of the Dead so much. I bought it and was so excited to read it but then I saw lots of bad/middle of the road reviews and I ended up not starting it so it’s still just sitting on the shelf!

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