Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s time for what is probably my favorite tag of all time because it’s just so much fun. Plus I have tons of books I want to talk about. With that being said, I wanted to keep this intro pretty short so we can get into the tag and talk about the books. 🙂
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2021.
The best book I’ve read so far in 2021 has to be Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur. This is a romance between a girl and her best friend’s brother. It’s kind of second-chance in a way but it’s also about each of them discovering themselves and figuring out how to love each other. I also feel like this book is so soft and Brendon is just everything to me. Plus Annie was such a delight as cynical and hardened as she was. Sigh, this book was everything to me.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021.
My favorite sequel I’ve read is actually a tie and it’s books 2 and 3 in the Bergman Brothers series by Chloe Liese. Always Only You is a workplace, grumpy-sunshine romance between a hockey player and the social media specialist for the team while Ever After Always is a marriage-in-trouble story. There’s just something about the stories Chloe Liese writes that I immediately fall in love with plus she also features incredible rep including chronic illness, anxiety and other disabilities which I love.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
For me, this has to be The Professor Next Door by Jackie Lau. This is one of two books from Jackie Lau’s backlist I haven’t read yet. I know this book has a pretty unique meet-cute too so I’m excited for it. Plus the cover features a hero with glasses so I’m pretty much sold.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
The top answer is obviously The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang but I talk about that book constantly so I wanted to mix it up. I decided to go with The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling. I feel like this book has potential to be a new fave and I absolutely love this witches in romance book trend so I’m on board 100%. I’m also looking forward to Donut Fall In Love by Jackie Lau and With You Forever by Chloe Liese.
5. Biggest disappointment.
My biggest disappointment of 2021 has to be The Beast by Katee Robert. I went into this book thinking I was going to love it and it didn’t work for me. While the book was hot, I really didn’t love the romance and I didn’t feel the chemistry in their relationship. Plus as per usual,the conflict towards the and felt totally unnecessary. I’m just sad because I LOVE this series so much and this one wasn’t it for me.
6. Biggest Surprise
For me, this has to be The Reinvention of the Rose by Christina C Jones. I picked this one up on a whim via Hoopla and I absolutely adored it. This follows a girl who is basically restarting her life and it’s about her forging her own path while falling in love along the way. I loved the romance in this along with all the character development. Easily cemented CCJ as a favorite author.
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
I don’t believe I read any debuts this year but I have tons of new-to-me favorite authors so I’m going to try to keep it concise.
- Rachel Lynn Solomon
- Chloe Liese
- Alexandria Bellefleur
- Aveda Vice
8. Newest fictional crush.
This one might be totally fucked, but I have to say Dario from Run Posy Run. This is a mafia romance featuring a sociopath love interest, but I couldn’t get enough of him. I thought he was so hot and clearly very protective of the heroine which I loved. He’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved him.
9. Newest favorite character.
For me, this one has to be Dawn Oliver from Inevitable Addiction. Maybe it’s because I read this book in June, but I really liked Dawn’s character. I loved how confident she was and how she stood up for herself, no matter what. Her path to stardom wasn’t easy and neither was her romance in this book but she was so sure of herself. I honestly could’ve read an entire book about her rather than a novella.
10. Book that made you cry.
For the book that made me cry, I have to go with Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales. I honestly haven’t cried at many books this year, but this one really hit. The MC’s aunt died during the course of the book and it hit me extremely hard for some reason. It was still an enjoyable read, though.
11. Book that made you happy.
No surprise I decided to go with Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. Talia is easily my favorite romance author and her books always make me happy. While I’m sad to see the Brown Sisters series end, this book was so good that I couldn’t help but smile while reading it.
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
The book I decided to go with was Sweethand which is a book I pre-ordered on Kindle and I absolutely adore this cover. It’s just so beautiful and I can’t stop staring at it. I can only hope it’s half as good as it looks.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
- Drag Me Up by R.M. Virtues
- From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata
- Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan
- People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
That’s my 2021 Edition of the Mid-Year Book Freakout tag. Hopefully, you enjoyed it because as per usual, I had find with this one. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.