Saturday, December 04, 2021

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag (why not?)

If you’re around the bookish internet a lot, especially if you watch booktube, you’ve probably seen this tag going around. I have never done a tag, and I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I had the week off from my day job and wanted to reflect on my favorite reads of the year- and give them shoutouts. So here I am with the third blog post in 2 weeks (!!!) – I hope you enjoy this link-filled gush-fest!

Mid-year freakout tag 2

  1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018. 

T Kira Madden’s Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls. I’ve already read it twice, despite *drowning* in unread books.

  1. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018. 

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole is the only one I’ve read that counts as a sequel (it’s in the Reluctant Royals romance series), but I haven’t read any of the others in the series. Even though I enjoyed this fluffy little gay book, I don’t love romance so I don’t plan to read any more of them.

  1. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to. 

So many. I’ll say What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About, edited by Michele Filgate and including essays by some of my favorite writers, including Melissa Febos and Alexander Chee. I took an online course with Michele through Catapult about freelancing and it helped me a lot, so it’s cool to see her out here having edited an entire book! (Catapult also publishes consistently great titles and is independent, so shout out to them).

  1. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year. 

Oh my. So many again. Red At the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West, Bodies Built for Game edited by Natalie Díaz, In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado, to name a few.

Bodies Built for Game Natalie Diaz

  1. Biggest disappointment. 

Here is What You Do by Chris Dennis. I really hated it.

  1. Biggest surprise. 

The audiobook of Mira Jacob’s graphic memoir Good Talk. Who knew a graphic memoir could also be the best audiobook I’ve ever heard?!

  1. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you) 

T Kira Madden, Ocean Vuong, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Kimberly King Parsons.

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong

  1. Newest fictional crush. 

I’ve got nothing for this question. My fictional crushes tend to be limited to TV. 

  1. Newest favorite character. 

Tru from Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Patsy, Mei (and almost everyone else) in  jia qing wilson-yang’s Small Beauty, Jessa Lynn’s mom in Mostly Dead Things

  1. Book that made you cry (Saddest book you have read). 

No surprise here: T Kira Madden’s Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls. Also, Tell Me How it Ends by Valeria Luiselli, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen, The Year of Blue Water by Yanyi, The Summer of Dead Birds by Ali Liebegott (apparently poetry makes me cry?), On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Black Light by Kimberly King Parsons.

the other thing that made me happy was the oat milk mocha I drank in Canada while reading this 

  1. Book that made you happy. 

I’ll give you one guess. But other than Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri made me *so* happy; Real Queer America by Samantha Allen, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Looking for Lorraine by Imani Perry, The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein, A Little In Love with Everyone by Genevieve Hudson, Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer, Small Beauty by jia qing wilson-yang, Black Light by Kimberly King Parsons.

Black Light Kimberly King Parsons 2
the other thing that made me happy was the oat milk mocha I drank in Canada while reading this
  1. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 

Haven’t seen any! But I loved the movie Booksmart, which has the word ‘book’ in the title?

  1. Favorite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favorite video you have done so far in this year) 

On the blog, this one where I talk about my 2 favorite memoirs, T Kira Madden’s Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls and Melissa Febos’ Abandon Me. Out in the wider world, I’m pretty proud of this list of poetry, this list of Pride reads, and this interview with Nicole Dennis-Benn. 

  1. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received) 

There are too many pretty books. Kristen Arnett’s Mostly Dead Things, Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn, Soft Science by Franny Choi, and The Unpassing by Chia-Chia Lin. But let’s be real, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls wins because it *sparkles.*

  1. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

This is a very long list. But ok, here we go, in order of release (I’m only going to include new/forthcoming releases here; there are plenty of backlist titles I hope to get to, but alas):

Mid-year freakout tag ARC shelf 2

What books have you read so far this year that you’re excited about? Which ones can’t you wait to read? Tell me about them! And if you want to do this too, consider yourself tagged. Happy mid-2019 🙂

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Sarah Neilson
<p>Reading mainly own voices books, usually in the genres of memoir, literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry. I love reading and hope you'll find some great reviews here!</p>

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