Hey, Everyone! It’s time for the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag. I was inspired to do this after watching Read with Cindy’s video. This tag was initially created by Chami.

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2021

Shoutout to Uzma Jalaluddin for Hana Khan Carries On, S.K. Ali for Misfit in Love, Talia Hibbert for Brown Sisters Trilogy, Nicola Yoon for Instructions for Dancing, and Maureen Johnson for The Box in the Woods.

Anna from Frozen via GIPHY is excited !

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2021

Misfit in Love by S.K. Ali. You can check out my interview with S.K. Ali here: http://pop-culturalist.com/exclusive-interview-pop-culturalist-chats-with-s-k-ali-on-misfit-in-love/. This was such a fun interview to do and S.K. Ali is on my auto-buy list. I adore Janna and loved seeing Adam and Zeyneb again.

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal. I love the fact that Hafsah is an American Sri Lankan (I’m also American Sri Lankan ) Muslim author so this interview was a dream come true: https://culturess.com/2021/01/19/interview-author-hafsah-faizal-we-free-stars/. We Free the Stars is one of my favorite sequels because I got to see more action and more of Zafira and Nasir!

Rapunzel from Tangled is holding a book via GIPHY. Pascal is sitting on her shoulder.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want To

Legendborn by Tracey Deonn. I’ve heard so many incredible things about it but I haven’t had the time to read it yet.

Most Anticipated Release for The Second Half of the Year

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong. You can check out my interview with Chloe on These Violent Delights here: http://pop-culturalist.com/exclusive-interview-pop-culturalist-chats-with-chloe-gong/

It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi

Huda F Are You by Huda Fahmy

The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi

The Wild Ones by Nafisa Azad

How We Fell Apart by Katie Zhao

Biggest Dissappointment of 2021

I’m probably going to get hate for these three but it’s Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan. There are others but the ones listed were the most disappointing.You can read my full review on GoodReads here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3651884311

An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi. You can also read my review for it on GoodReads.

Zara Hossein is Not Here by Samirah Ahmed. This review is also up on GoodReads if I’m not mistaken.

A look of disappointment via GIPHY

Biggest Surprise of 2021

For this one I’m only going to list the good surprises.

The Descent of the Drowned by Ana Lal Din is essentially like if The City of Brass and An Ember in the Ashes had a baby this book would be it!!! I highly recommend it and I talk about it to Azanta (@azantareads) on my podcast, Raise Your Words. Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re tuning in from. It’s the episode where we talk about The Importance of Muslim representation in books and we also gush about our favorite kdramas towards the end so stay tuned for that!

Kdrama actress smiling via GIPHY

Wings of Ebony by J. Elle.

These Deadly Games by Diana Urban.

Favorite New Author (debut or new to you)

Sarwat Chadda

S. A. Chokraborty

Nic Stone – thank you to Latesha or @bookishgirlmagic for gushing about Nic’s books so much that I had to read it!! You can check out her blog here: https://bookishgirlmagic.blog/ and listen to our book club segment on my podcast Raise Your Words!

Talia Hibbert- again thanks Latesha for introducing me to Talia’s books especially since Talia is one of my new favorite authors (and she’s only a year younger than I am which is incredible)!! You can check out my interview with Talia here: http://pop-culturalist.com/exclusive-interview-pop-culturalist-chats-with-talia-hibbert/. Talia was hilarious and so incredibly kind. I adore her and her books .

Newest Fictional Crush

Ayman from Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin

Layth from Misfit in Love by S.K. Ali

Ali from The City of Brass by S. A. Chokraborty

Wes from Made in Korea by Sarah Suk

New Favorite Character

Chloe Brown from Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Ali from The City of Brass Trilogy by S.A. Chokraborty

Book That Made You Cry

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal

Misfit in Love by S.K. Ali

Hana Khan Carries on by Uzma Jalaluddin

Book That Made You Happy

Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin

Misfit in Love by S.K. Ali

The City of Brass by S. A. Chokraborty

The Khorasan Archives by Ausma Zehanat Khan. We also talk about the book series on my podcast, Raise Your Words! Ausma was so much fun to interview and I can’t wait to read her next book!

Will Smith is happy via GIPHY

The Most Beautiful Book You Bought this Year or Recieved

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Shine by Jessica Jung

Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin

Sweet and Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley

Of Princes and Promises by Sandhya Menon

What Books Do You Need to Read Before the End of this Year?

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi

Heartbreak for Hire by Sonia Heartl

The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynne Barnes

Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation You’ve Seen This Year

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. My co-host (and very close friend) Andrea Shaw and I talk about this with our friend, Amaly on my podcast, Raise Your Words! It was one of our favorite episodes from this year.

The Covey girls singing in the last to all the boys I’ve loved before movie via GIPHY
Always and Forever Lara Jean prom night via GIPHY

To all the boys I’ve loved before always and forever Lara Jean via GIPHY

Well, that’s a wrap!! If you do this tag please tag me or send the link to me. I’d love to see all the posts!

Looney Toons “That’s all folks!” Via GIPHY

Question for the readers: what was your best read of 2021 and your biggest disappointment of 2021?

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