June is over which means that we are over halfway done with 2021. Which, frankly, blows my mind. I don’t know if this year seems like it’s speeding by because 2020 was such a freakin’ slog, but I can’t believe it’s already July! But, seeming as we are past the midpoint of the year, it’s time to do the Mid-year Freak Out Book Tag! This tag is all over the bookish community, but I most recently read the tag that Fiona @ Fi’s Bibliofiles did. You should check out her blog because it is fantastic! Also, if anyone knows who originally created this tag, let me know so that I can properly credit them.
Alright, time to get to the tag!
WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK THAT YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2021?
I’ve only had 5 five star reads so far in 2021, but even if I had 100 by now, Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse would still be at the top! This book was SO GOOD. Like… it’s hard for me to explain in words how good this book was, even though I want to tell everyone about it because everyone needs to read it. Seriously, it’s incredible!
This is the beginning of an epic fantasy series set in Mesoamerica before colonization. It’s a beautiful and evocative tale that follows multiple characters as they prepare, in their own way, for the coming eclipse. Oh, and one of them may possibly be turning into a god. Everything about this story hooked me in and, though it’s a bigger book, I found myself flying through the pages. You can read my slightly more coherent review here!
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE SEQUEL OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR?
I just started the Rivers of London series this year, but I’m already loving it so much. So far, the second book in the series, Moon Over Soho, has been my favorite! It felt like the series really hit it’s stride in that book and it’s been steadily fantastic ever since.
This series follows a policeman, Peter Grant, who discovers there is an entire magical department of the London Met that no one talks about. He soon finds himself as the newest (and only) wizard in training and it just gets better from there. There’s something about the combination of fantasy and a crime thriller just hits perfectly, I swear. It doesn’t sound like it would work, but it truly does! It helps that Ben Aaronovitch has a great, conversational tone to his writing and his main character, Peter, is just as sarcastic as I am. It makes for a very fun time!