mid-year book freak-out tag (2021 edition).

Stolen from Little Blossoms for Jesus! ❤

I know we’re quite past the middle of the year (just HOW did that happen???), but I saw this tag on Katja’s blog and couldn’t resist. So fun! Even though I haven’t read a lot of books this year, I’ve read some amazing ones. (I’m also reading more these days, which is lovely. Once I stopped wasting hours on my phone, I noticed a difference in my appetite for books. Who would’ve guessed? *wink*)

On to the tag!

Best book you’ve read so far in 2021:

That would be The Lord of the Rings of course. It’s been a long time since a story has captured my heart so thoroughly (in fact, my Les Mis phase back in 2012-ish might have been the last time that happened). You can check out my reviews for Fellowship, Two Towers, and Return if you’d like to hear some of my in-depth thoughts on LOTR!

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021:

I actually haven’t read many! (Unless you count LOTR as a trilogy instead of one book.) So I’m going to go with Rachel Kovaciny’s sweet short story Run, Run. It’s a follow-up to her novel One Bad Apple, and a lovely look at some of the characters’ lives after the (sometimes harrowing) events of OBA.

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

These War-Torn Hands by Emily Hayse looks really, really good! Retells some of the King Arthur legends, but in an Old West setting. It’s definitely on my TBR list.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:

Well, Rachel Kovaciny just finished the first draft of her Beauty and the Beast retelling (part of her Once Upon a Western series) and in her blog post about it, she hinted at a mayyyybe winter release date. Which probably means sometime in 2022, but a girl can dream! #excited

Biggest disappointment in 2021:

I just DNFed a book by Kara Isaac–Close to You. I’d quite enjoyed a different book by her (Can’t Help Falling), but the ‘hero’ was SUCH a jerk in CTY that I couldn’t get behind the romance at all. Ugh. I’d been interested in the book because of the LOTR references, but even those couldn’t save such a lame story. Miriam’s Song by Jill Eileen Smith was also disappointing.

Biggest surprise in 2021:

On the Shoulders of Hobbits surprised me by how deep and insightful it was. I feel that modern devotionals often lack ‘meat’ (for want of a better term), and especially those based on a pop culture phenomenon. But yeah, I loved how the author took spiritual lessons from both LOTR and Narnia and applied them to everyday life. Pretty powerful, overall.

Favorite new author in 2021:

Seeing as I’ve filled over half a shelf with Tolkien books…it’s not hard to figure out. 😉

Newest fictional crush/ship:

I think this is an either/or thing, but I’m doing both!

Crush: Faramir. I haven’t literally wanted to marry a fictional character for a long time, but I do now. It’s pretty annoying tbh.

Ship: Faramir and Éowyn. We get so little of them as a couple (and even less in the movie), but what there is is absolutely GORGEOUS. Makes me so happy that they’re going to live in Ithilien (one of my favorite Middle-earth places of all time!) and rebuild and be just wonderful for each other. *heart eyes*

Newest favorite character:

Frodo. ❤ My brave hobbit who sacrificed so much of himself for the literal WORLD.

Book that made you cry in 2021:

Thorin’s death in The Hobbit was super sad. I definitely cried.

Book that made you happy in 2021:

Little story time: there were a couple books that I read as a kid that I’d been looking for for a long time, and all I really remembered (that would help in my search) were the names of the two main characters. Well, after a lot of fruitless searching, I finally found the author’s blog. I emailed him, asking if he would send me copies of the two books and he DID. (Autographed as well!) It was soooo neat to find those pieces of my childhood. So Finding Real Treasure by Floyd Martens made me pretty happy (despite that the book itself, writing/story-wise wasn’t the best lol).

Favorite book-to-film adaption you saw in 2021:

Peter Jackson’s LOTR trilogy! Incredible films, even if I wish they’d stuck closer to the book in places.

Favorite bookish post you’ve done so far in 2021:

My post listing reasons people should read The Witch of Blackbird Pond was pretty fun to write!

Most beautiful book you bought so far in 2021:

it’s stunning inside and out.

Books you need to read by the end of the year:

Um, I don’t really have any books I NEED to read by the end of the year. Although I would like to finish The Silmarillion for the bragging points (and also, it’s just sooooo good and fascinating).

Feel free to fill out the tag if you want. ❤ And let me know what your favorite book of 2021 is (so far)!


8 thoughts on “mid-year book freak-out tag (2021 edition).

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  1. I’m stealing this from you and Katie and doing it too 😀

    Thanks for the shout-outs and excitement! Still hoping for a winter release… we’ll see!

    These War-Torn Hands is super good and you should read it.

    I love all the Tolkien enthusiasm here 😀


    1. Well, you know I’m looking forward to your book *whenever* it gets published. 😉

      I’m just waiting for your Tolkien blog party to really go all out with posts + fangirling. =)


  2. All the Tolkien content from you recently is making me happy. 😀

    (Also, that pic from the animated Beauty and the Beast is so pretty. <3)


    1. I’m glad to hear that! I was a bit worried that people might find it too much, so it’s nice to hear that at least one person likes all my Tolkien enthusiasm. 😉

      (Pinterest, I love ya! :D)


  3. Ooooooh, I love this tag–I may be one of your readers who snags it for her own blog 😉

    I’ve been seeing “These War Torn Hands” on Twitter a lot recently; it has definitely intrigued me!


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