Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2019

I’ve seen this floating around lately and thought it was about time I did it, too.

Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2019

40139355

In the Dark (DI Adam Fawley #2) by Cara Hunter

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019

37638090

On Thin Ice (Juniper Falls #3) by Julie Cross

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

36584899. sy475

Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum. I actually just had this from the library, but didn’t get to it before it expired.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year.

43575115. sy475

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

Biggest Disappointment

36300625

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne. After The Hating Game, I just expected so much more from Thorne’s next book.

Biggest Surprise

39863405. sx318

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth. This was not at all what I thought it was going to be, but I still really enjoyed reading it.

Favorite New Author

41150287. sy475

Beth O’Leary. I loved The Flatshare and can’t wait to read more form this author.

Newest Fictional Crush

37638124

Tucker from Just one of the Groomsmen by Cindi Madsen.

Newest Favorite Character

40653162. sy475

Rob from Call it What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Book That Made You Cry

I don’t think any book has so far.

Book That Made You Happy

42342424. sy475

Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne. I wanted this story since reading the first book in the series.

Favorite Book to Film Adaptation

If I’ve seen any, I haven’t remembered them.

Favorite Post You Have Done This Year

My 2018 Recap post

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

40139355

I think In the Dark is the only book I’ve bought myself this year, thus it’s the most beautiful.

What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year

Basically everything on this post

Advertisements

Reviewing the Unreviewed: April 2019

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. Reviewing the Unreviewed is my monthly post where I share my few thoughts on all the books I didn’t formally review.

34992959

Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi. Read April 7-8. 3 Stars. 

This was SO MUCH BETTER than the previous book in this series. It still didn’t really do much to advance the plot, but there was a lot of background information revealed that I found interesting. I am a little annoyed that it makes pretty much everything that happened in the original trilogy obsolete, but I’m rolling with it.

40390756

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson. Read April 9-11. 3.5 Stars. 

Addictive writing and an intriguing premise kept me turning the pages on this. I found Matthew kind of fascinating. There was one big twist that I suspected awhile before it was revealed, but then Swanson still managed to surprise me by something after that, which I liked. However, I found the ending pretty underwhelming.

40334400

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton. Read April 23-25. 3 Stars. 

This wasn’t a bad read, but it never quite lived up to it’s potential. I wanted it to get really crazy and fun, and while there was some definite crazy behavior, it never really felt fun. I actually wished some of Juliette’s plans actually panned out the way she thought they would because that would have made it a little more entertaining. But mostly I just ended up feeling sorry for her and wishing she would get some help. I thought it was a little too open-ended, too. This isn’t one I would discourage you from reading, but I’m not going to recommend it either.

29991719

Royally Screwed (Royally #2) by Emma Chase. Read April 20-25. 3 Stars. 

It took me quite awhile to get into this, but I eventually started to enjoy it. There were some funny parts. It was just a lot cruder at times than I prefer so that took a lot of the enjoyment out of the book for me, overall.

39863405

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth. Read April 25-26. 4 Stars. 

This wasn’t really anything like I thought it would be, but I enjoyed it. The writing was super addictive and I had a hard time putting it down. The character development was well done and while I wasn’t shocked by who the murderer turned out to be, it wasn’t my first guess, either.

*****Back on the TBR*****

30753733 36337550

Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker and The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I read several chapters of Keep Her Safe and one chapter of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, but couldn’t really get into either of them. I’ll give them both another try again, though.

*****DNF*****

42584179

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper. DNF-ed at 29%. I thought the concept for this was really intriguing, but I ended up just not being able to connect with the story. There were times where I found it relatable and funny and other times where I thought the humor fell pretty flat. I read 29% before it started to lose my attention. I decided to set it down to read something else and planned to come back to it, but after reading several other books I couldn’t make myself pick this one back up. While I’m sure that there people who will enjoy this book, it’s just not for me. 

*I received a copy of this title via NetGalley.

*****Books with Future Reviews Scheduled*****

  37638124 43434184 40653187 39338454

Just One of the Groomsmen by Cindi Madsen – 4 Stars

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker – 3.5 Stars

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg – 4 Stars

The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen  Hoang – 3 Stars

WWW Wednesday: April 24, 2019

IMG_1384-0

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?

40334400 29991719

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton. Despite the main character being the Mayor of Crazy Town, I’m still waiting for this to get really crazy like I’m hoping it will.

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase. When this book first came out I remember seeing it everywhere and everyone seemed to love it. It was recently an e-book freebie, so I snatched it up. And let me say I’m glad it was free. It’s been a little cruder than I like so far, but it’s sometimes funny and it has potential, so we’ll see.

What did you recently finish reading?

40653187

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg. Eulberg is one of my favorite YA authors and I really enjoyed this. Read it in a day. My review will post a little closer to it’s release date.

What do you think you’ll read next?

39863405

The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth. I just got this from the library and am looking forward to it.

What are you reading?

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019.

38225791

1. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus. January 8, 2019.

35526663

2. Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills. January 15, 2019.

36300625

3. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne, January 29, 2019.

36307634

4. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. January 29, 2019.

40139204

5. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West. February 5, 2019.

42342424

6. Huge Deal by Lauren Layne. February 12, 2019.

40407141

7. What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon. March 1, 2019.

36511805

8. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett. April 16, 2019.

39863405

9. The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth. April 23, 2019.

40719305

10. Fumbled my Alexa Martin. April 23, 2019.

What books are you looking forward to this year?