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Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag // 2021 Edition

First off, sorry for the unannounced hiatus! I was teaching VBS for a week and didn’t even have WiFi. There’s posts coming about that, but for now… bookish time!

If you’ve been around for… well, a year, you’ve seen this one tag last July. I know it’s not July anymore, but I was farrrr too busy to do it in July, so here we are doing it in August! If you’re curious, here’s last year’s post. I read an awful lot of Archive books last year. B)

(Please note I did NOT create this tag. I picked it up somewhere and I have no clue where or who created it, or anything about it. 😂)

And now…

*image from Google Hangouts*

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2021:

Style: The Basics of Clarity & Grace by Joseph M. Williams! Now I know this is not a fiction book, but it is a gem. It was recommended to me by my university copyediting professor when I asked her for help in revising/rewriting. I read it in two days, just before my exam, and walked off enlightened. I’m pretty sure it’s also the reason I did very well on my exam. This book is sharp, clear, and brief, yet also beautiful, graceful, enjoyable, and witty. In ten chapters, Williams explains succinctly how to write clearly and coherently. A lot of what he said reminded me of Elements of Style by E.B. White & William Strunk Jr. So many things that had confused me, or that I’d been on the fence about, he made clear and persuaded me were best. I took so many notes which I am eager to flip through, but mostly I am eager to go through this book again. He explained exactly what to do, and yet showed that your own discretion and style must be applied. In short, he did exactly what he promised: taught me how to write with clarity and grace, to wrong neither myself nor my reader.

Read the rest of the review, including some excellent quotes, here.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021: 

Ouch. Well, I’m going to say Surrender’s Strength by Erika Mathews. I read Promise’s Prayer and Victory’s Voice earlier this year. PP was my favourite; VV was very good, but SS was better than VV, in my opinion. XD I really related to it in so many ways and it spoke to me so much. Read my review here!

3. New release you haven’t read yet but want to: 

Hmm, let’s see. I’m going to say Hope in the Dark by Hannah Wright. It looks very good and I’ve seen a good review of it too!

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:

To Save a Life + Sustainer’s Smile. 😍🥰🤩🥳 Read the post 😇

5. Biggest disappointment in 2021:

Let’s see… perhaps Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare. It started off good and… went 100% south. Never, under any circumstances, read it. Here’s why.

6. Biggest surprise in 2021:

Hm… perhaps Lady Susan by Jane Austen, or Porch Swing Girl by Taylor Bennett… or Hamlet by William Shakespeare! I expected to dislike Hamlet, and was astonished to discover that I really enjoyed it. It’s very deep, full of great quotes, and I liked Hamlet. Full review here, including content list.

As for Lady Susan, it’s just quite different from Austen’s other books. The villain is the main character, and the story is told wholly through letters, except for the conclusion. It’s quite fascinating! My full review is here.

And finally, I expected to hate PSG because of what friends’ reviews said. I started out disliking it, but ended up feeling very convicted, and I’m eager to read the other books in the series! Full review here.

7. Favourite new author in 2021:

That’s hard!! Erika Mathews, Kellyn Roth, Elisabeth Grace Foley, Alicia A. Willis, Anne & Charlotte Brontë… don’t make me pick.

8. Newest fictional crush/ship:

I don’t have fictional crushes any more, so I’ll stick to ship. Perhaps Moore + Caroline & Shirley + Louis from Shirley. Or Molly + Roger from Wives & Daughters, or Mark + Debbie from Celia’s House. (The anxiety I suffered over those ships not coming to harbour was something else… lol). Marcus + Moriah of From the Dark to the Dawn… Alice + Humphrey from Celia’s House… Jeannette + Keith from Bridge to Trouble & Chance + Meredith from A Sidekick’s Tale… I don’t know! No one couple really grabbed me… oh! I know! Alice + Peter from At Her Fingertips. 😇

9. Newest favorite character:

Ugh. So hard. I think it’s probably Carita from Promise’s Prayer though ❤ #iwanttobeacarita

10. Book that made you cry in 2021: 

The Teddy Bear by David McPhail… Surrender’s Strength

11. Book that made you happy in 2021:

Um, almost all of them? But let’s hand this award to A Cherry Tree by Amy Le Feuvre. It was so perfectly delightful.

12. Favourite book-to-film adaptation you saw in 2021:

All of the Sherlock Holmes Animated Classics! They were so well done.

13. Favourite bookish post you’ve done so far in 2021:

Bookstagram: Picture~ I can’t decide between God Save Our Gracious Queen….

and High Society:

Captionwise… I don’t know if it counts but it’s the closest to my heart—and it has a bookish reference, soooo…. does it? I haven’t written any deep bookish posts in a while 🙈

Blog: Does Aunt Jimsy’s Philosophy count? If not, the Chat With Wyn-Wyn & Kat-Kats post.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far in 2021: 

I haven’t bought any books really, but I was gifted the Shadows Over England series and I loooooooove the cover of A Name Unknown!

15. Books you need to read by the end of the year: “Oh, my… many. Many. MANY. MANY MANY MANY. 
Not really. But there’s so many books to read and so little time!!!”

^^ me last year. Still applies. 😜

As last year, I don’t tag anyone, but feel free to steal it! 😉 I’d love to see your answers. 

Published by Katja L.

Hello! :) I'm Katja. I'm a Canadian bibliophile, book reviewer, writer, and child of God. I love too many things to name, but among them are chocolate, heirlooms, history, fancy handwriting, grammar & punctuation, laughter, tearjerking books, lists, organized bookshelves, pink roses, flowing skirts, hymns, and pretty much anything old-fashioned, beautiful, & classy.

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