The Mid-Year Book Tag

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Yes, it’s a little (a lot) past the middle of the year, but let’s take a general glance at the first half of 2015 as a reading year with this “mid-year” book tag.

  1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Complex, easy-to-read, brilliant. Eye/mind/life-opening. Beautiful.
  2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015. I haven’t read any sequels, but I read Crooked House by Agatha Christie, and that’s one of a… “series” of crime novels… I guess?
  3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – a lovely reader and ex-classmate (hi, Kirsten!) messaged me a couple of weeks ago and recommended this book to me. It’s only been out since February, but I’m very excited to read it.
  4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year. First & Then by Emma Mills – I’ve watched this YouTuber for years, and her awkwardness and her trials and tribulations with life and getting through education and getting a job have made me see her as a sort of kindred spirit somewhere on the other side of the world. I’m so happy that she’s written a book! I’d love to read it. It comes out in October.
  5. Biggest disappointment. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – ooooooooooooh. It was my first Neil Gaiman. I really wanted to like it. I wanted to love it. I didn’t love it. It was fine, and an OK story, but I was very indifferent to the “brilliant” parts.
  6. Biggest surprise. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I had been meaning to read this for years, and then my beautiful best friend wanted to buy me a book as an extra birthday present, and I chose this one. It has started a love affair with this wonderful author.
  7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you.) Definitely Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She’s up there with my favourite authors of all time now, actually.
  8. Newest fictional crush. I’d say Obinze from Americanah. He sounds like he’s not afraid to feel his feelings.
  9. Newest favourite character. This is turning into a total Adichie love-fest, but it has to be Ifemelu from Americanah. She is everything I want to BE.
  10. Book that made you cry. Wild by Cheryl Strayed – and the crying happened quite close to the beginning of the book, which is strange, because I’m usually sobbing when we’re reaching the classic four-fifths-of-the-way-in climax of a book. This book was beautiful and very touching.
  11. Book that made you happy. Yes Please by Amy Poehler – I heard the audio book of this book, read by Amy Poehler herself, and it was pleasant and made me happy. I could listen to it anywhere – on buses, in bed – and it had quite a few pearls of wisdom that made me smile.
  12. Favourite book-to-film adaptation you saw this year. Wild by Cheryl Strayed – I read the book at the beginning of the year (cried) and watched the film a few days ago (cried).
  13. Favourite review you’ve written this year. (For The Innocent by Francesca Segal): “Ugh, I’m so glad I finished this book. I mostly disliked it. I hate the protagonist, Adam. What an idiot. The book sounded to me like it was written by a man who was up to his ear lobes in male-privilege. I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s about a 2.5 out of 5 stars. It was a very easy, flowing read, and well-written, but the story and the characters – ughhhhhhh, so eye-rollingly frustrating.”
  14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received). Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky – this was part of my birthday present this year from my boyfriend. I essentially read it in a day, and loved every bit of it. And it’s one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever seen or owned. I love islands, I love stories about islands, I want more.
  15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year? (1) They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie – this is the first Christie that is taking me FOREVER to read. I’m about halfway through and really need to finish it ASAP. (2) Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – since Adichie has become one of my favourite authors, I need to do a McEwan and read EVERYTHING SHE’S EVER HAD PUBLISHED. (3) A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – currently reading this too, and adoring it. Can’t wait to finish it.

Hope everyone has had a good reading year so far. Please let me know if you have any opinions/recommendations.

5 thoughts on “The Mid-Year Book Tag

  1. Corie Bratter

    I read ALL Agatha Christie books when I was about 13 years old – yes, I was a bit nerdy – but now I realize I would like to read them again as older!
    My biggest disappointments so far have been The good girl – I had huge expectations, was pretty thrilled at the beginning but after a while I realized it was definitely poorly written and I was able to tell the final halfway through the book – and The girl on the train – similar plot, this one was definitely written better but had a very down in the final, like it has been written by someone else.
    The one that really surprised me was “As water of lemon” (not sure about the title in English as I read it in Italian and I was not able to find an English version online). It is a bit old-fashion book but it was pleasant.

    Corie
    http://www.barefootinluxembourg.com

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    1. clairebonello Post author

      Wow, you read all the Christie books at 13??? AMAZING. Respect ;) I only recently started reading them… and am really enjoying them. And Then There Were None is my favourite – I really should check out your suggestion. :D

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  2. LG

    Oh I am so GLAD you read Crooked House! Did you see that ending coming? I hope it wasn’t a disappointment! :) Makes me want to read them allll again!

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