Welcome to the second half of 2019!
Half year reviews are quite popular on booktube ( They are called Mid-year Book Tag Freak Out by booktubers) and I love the concept so I have decided to join the bandwagon. It is basically a recap of books that you have read in the first half of the year and you do this by answering 13 questions.
I am really pleased that I am right on track with my 2019 book challenge which is twice the number of books I read last year. I am hoping to exceed my target this year like I did last year but let’s see how it goes. Wish me luck!
- Best Book I read this half year: I have read a number of really good books this half year but the book that really stood out for me was ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris. I listened to the audio book and it was a fantastic experience. I love, love, love.
2. Best Sequel I have read this year: I haven’t read any sequel yet this half year but I have some on my TBR waiting on my night stand and I hope to get around to read them soonest.
3. New release I haven’t read but I want to: This would probably be ‘I’ll keep Loving You’ by Tope Omotosho. It was recently published and I have not gotten around to reading it. It is a sequel to a book I read last year and I am curious to know how the writer has extended the story line further.
4. The most anticipated book to be read when it is released: ‘A Broken People Playlist’ by Chimeka Garricks
5. Biggest disappointment for the year: My biggest disappointment was ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover. The book was over hyped in my opinion and totally missed the mark for me.
6. The Biggest Surprise: My biggest surprise was ‘International Sisi Eko and Other Stories’ compiled by Hope Eghagha and Karen King-Aribisala. I didn’t like the cover and also for some reason didn’t expect much from the collection of stories but to my surprise, it turned out to be a very enjoyable read. I was pleasantly surprised.
7. New Favorite author: I would pick Angela Hunt as I plan to read more of her books.
8. New fictional crush: Unfortunately, I don’t have any yet.
9. New favorite character: Lale Sokolov in ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Moris
10. The book that made you cry: Non have made me cry so far.
11. The book that made you happy: ‘The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenberk by Bethany Turner. Happy book, funny book, happy ending! I loved it and I would definitely read it again.
12. The most beautiful book you have bought this year: ‘Of Women and Frogs’ by Bisi Adjapon. I was drawn to this book because I loved the cover. It is one of the few books I have pre-ordered this year and it wasn’t a bad read either.
13. Books that you need to read by the end of the year: Wow! This is a really long list but I will list a few…..
- The Immortal by Amy Kuivalainen
- Everything is F*cked – A book about hope by Mark Mason
- The Woman in the Mirror by A. J. Finn
- I’ll Keep Loving You by Tope Omotosho
- An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
- A Conspiracy of Ravens by Othuke Ominiabohs
- The Wide Acre Trilogy (Wide Acre, Favored Child and Meridon) by Philippa Gregory
- A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers
- Total Money makeover by Dave Ramsey
- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin