Thursday, 17 June 2021

Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2021

I just found this Meme on Read with Stefani's page. What a great idea. Here is the original tag.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2021
Harris, Kamala "The Truths We Hold. An American Journey" - 2019

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021
Stroyar, J.N. "Becoming Them" (The Children's War Book 3) - 2017

3. New release you haven't read yet but want to
Follett, Ken "A Column of Fire" - 2017

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Lawson, Mary "A Town Called Solace"

5. Biggest disappointment
Ford, Ford Madox "Parade's End" (Tetralogy: Some Do Not - 1924, No More Parades, 1925, A Man Could Stand Up 1926, Last Post 1928) - 1924-28

6. Biggest surprise
Elliot, Jason "An Unexpected Light. Travels in Afghanistan" - 1999

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Lee, Min Jin "Pachinko" - 2017

8. Newest fictional crush
I don't really read those kind of books, I doubt anyone would have found a crush in any of my books.

9. Newest favourite character
Ed Kennedy from
Zusak, Markus "The Messenger" (US: I am the Messenger) - 2002

10. Book that made you cry
I don't remember when I cried the last time over a book or a movie, or ever, come to think of it. I don't cry easily about something like that. If I did, it would probably be over
Stroyar, J.N. "Becoming Them" (The Children's War Book 3) - 2017
This doesn't mean I don't feel for the characters, I just grew up with three brothers and lots of boys, you don't cry when you're the only girl, makes you look weak.

11. Book that made you happy
Again, not really my type of book but there was a nice German book that made me feel good, it reminded me of my childhood:
Hansen, Dörte "Mittagsstunde" (German book) [Lunchtime] - 2018
Not translated, unfortunately, maybe one day, like the author's first book:
Hansen, Dörte "This House is Mine" (German: Altes Land) - 2015

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Aisato, Lisa "Life" (Norwegian: Livet) - 2019 (Goodreads)

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
There are quite a few on my various challenge lists.

Brooks, Geraldine "Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal's Journey from Down Under to All Over" - 1997
Douglass, Frederick "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" - 1845
Elbogen, Ismar; Sterling, Eleonore "Die Geschichte der Juden in Deutschland" (German book) [The History of the Jews in Germany] - 1935/66
Khorsandi, Shappi "Nina is Not OK" - 2016
Martin, Catherine "The Incredible Journey" - 1923
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich "Das kommunistische Manifest" (German book) (The Communist Manifesto) - 1848
Obama, Barack "A Promised Land" - 2020
Shakespeare, William "Much Ado About Nothing" - 1598/99
't Hart, Maarten "Het woeden der gehele wereld" (Dutch book) (The fury/rage/raging of the whole world) - 1993
Towles, Amor "A Gentleman in Moscow" - 2016
Twain, Mark "A Tramp Abroad" - 1880

14. Favourite Book Community Member

This is so difficult to say. There are a few with whom I "talk" at least once a week and with whom I share so many interests. It would be impossible to say which one is your favourite. Just as impossible as to say which is your favourite child or which is your all-time favourite author or book.

Books read so far: 36

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I'm not going to tag anyone but I'm sure a few of you will want to do this. So, feel free to follow that idea but, please, let me know. And Stefani, I'm sure she'll like to know how many are picking up that idea.


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  2. I love this book tag... Usually I do quarterly reading updates, but this year I haven't felt up to doing quarterly reading updates.

    However, the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2021, sounds like a nice change per my usual quarterly reading updates. I'll try to get this tag completed soon and post it by June 30th.

    1. I thought it was a great idea. I like tags anyway, they give us the chance to get to know the other readers a little better but this one was just great. I'll probably do it every six months now, such a beautiful idea to reminisce.

    2. I do love to reminisce as well. I guess I am sentimental that way!

    3. Part of being a book lover, I guess.

  3. These tags are so much fun. A Promised Land is SO good. The entire time I was reading, I was hearing his voice instead of my own, so kind of like we were having a long one-sided conversation and I loved every minute of it!

    1. Also, Much Ado is my favorite of the comedies. So hilarious.

    2. I have started reading "A Promised Land" and couldn't agree more. He is such a kind man, I can't believe how anyone can hate him. (This is not an invitation to anyone else to chip in and tell us why you do, we don't want to know why you can be so hateful.)

      And yes, I am not a fan of audiobooks but I heard someone saying they listened to Michelle Obama's book in her own voice and said it was so beautiful. Those might be audiobooks I would like to try one day.

      And "Much Ado About Nothing" is one of my favourite Shakespeare films. By (Sir) Kenneth Branagh, one of the greatest actors and directors of our time. Have you seen it?

  4. I'm not sure how I missed this post! It's fun to see where everyone is at with their reading at this mid-point.

    My husband is actually reading the Barack Obama book right now and really enjoying it. He says everyone should read it, no matter how you feel about Obama. It's just an interesting read, he says. I hope you enjoy it!

    1. It happens. Maybe it's not shown on our timeline, maybe the picture is not shown and somewhow we scroll over it. I've mist posts that I'm sure I would have remembered had I seen them.

      I totally agree with your husband though I suppose those who hate him would find fault in every line, or at least pretend to. But, if they are honest, they should agree that he was really trying to make this world a better place.

      I enjoy it very much, so far, he writes as he talks. I will have read all of his books then and loved them all.