My 2019 Books: Mid-Year Book Tag

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!

  1. 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.

the tatooist of austwich

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.

i'll keep loving you

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.

educated by tara westover
Educated by Tara Westover

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.

international sisi eko

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.

The secret life of Sarah Hollenbeck

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.

of women and frogs

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
  • etc…..
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