The Mid Year Freak Out Tag


Hi guys! It’s getting close to the middle of the year (just imagine a customary remark about how time flies here) and that obviously means it’s time to do the Mid Year Freak Out Tag! I think I did it in September last year, so at least I’m getting better at time-management.

1. The best book you’ve read so far in 2018

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My two favorite books of 2018 perfectly represent the two ends of my favorite-book spectrum: Wild Beauty is hauntingly beautiful and melancholy, and Nevernight is very stabby and ruthless.

2. The best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018


Again, two ends of the spectrum. A Court of Mist and Fury because it made me giddy and Godsgrave because it completely blew my mind.

3. A new release you haven’t read yet but really want to


The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw and To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.

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


I can’t narrow it down to less than four: Blanca & Roja, Mirage, The Winter of the Witch and Muse of Nightmares.

5. Your biggest disappointment


La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman. I wanted to love it so much, but it gave me nothing.  The plot was slow, predictable and uninteresting, and I didn’t feel connected to or care about a single character.

6. Your biggest surprise


Songs of Love and War by Santa Montefiore. I’m still a little surprised by how much I love this book, it’s so different from my usual reads, but so wonderful.

7. Favorite new to you author

35711376.jpgIt’s gotta be Fiona Mozley, her prose is absolutely brilliant and I’m very excited to read whatever she writes next.

8. New fictional crush


Sorry, but Patrick from Perks is still my one and only.

9. New favorite character


Mia Corvere, she’s my bi Slytherin daughter and I love her. I don’t know how to deal with the fact that the third book doesn’t come out until September 2019. I’ve also fallen in love with Jude (The Cruel Prince) and Rielle (Furyborn), anti-heroines are my kryptonite.

10. Book that made you cry


It’s funny, I didn’t have an answer for this question, but then I actually teared up a little while reading Weird Girl and What’s His Name on the bus this morning, so there’s that.

11. A book that made you happy


Tash Hearts Tolstoy is the book I’ve related the most to sexuality-wise in my whole life which was really cool, weird and wonderful. It’s also a really delightful contemporary with a focus on friendship that made my heart feel so full.

12. Favorite book to movie adaption that you’ve seen this year


I freaking love Killing Eve! It follows a sociopath assassin and the M.I.5 agent who’s trying to catch her, and explores the super messy, complicated bond they develop.

13. Favorite post you’ve written this year


I’ve loved writing so many posts this year, but my favorite’s In Luna Lovegood’s Library. Recommendation posts are always my favorites to write and I love making aesthetics.

14. The most beautiful book you’ve bought this year


Definitely The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill! It’s stunning!

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year

I think I really need to finish some series, like seriously. Starting with these three:


Shatter, The Fate of the Tearling and The Rose and the Dagger.

Let’s talk! What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year? What’s the worst? And what books do you really need to get to before the end of the year?

45 thoughts on “The Mid Year Freak Out Tag

  1. This is a great post! I’m going to have to add Songs of Love and War & Weird Girl and What’s His Name to my list after reading this. I also didn’t know Killing Eve was based off of a book (I still haven’t seen the show since I don’t have cable, but I’ll check into it now because I’ve heard great things). 🙂

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      1. Thank you so much! They’re both wonderful reads in very different ways. I didn’t know either, but apparently it’s based on a series of novellas. It’s really amazing. If you like morally grey characters and dark humor you’ll love it! (Also if you’ve seen Good Behavior, it’s kind of the same vibe) Cool! I’ll check it out 💕

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  2. I have to kill a kingdom and Wicked Deep on my TBR have not gotten to it yet but soon. So far my best book has been Heart of the Fae by Emma Hamm, its a beauty and the neast retelling you would love it it has a strong female character. My worst so far is Rescued by an Alien…after reading it i wondered what made me get it in the first place. I would really love to finish up all the series i started and somehow ended up not finishing. i hope i et to finish all.

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    1. You’re right, Heart of the Fae definitley sounds like something I’d love! Fairytales and strong female characters are two of my favorite things! Wouldn’t we all love to finally finish all those series on our TBR? I know I would! Good luck with that and happy reading 💕


  3. When I first saw this book tag, I thought “meh, not gonna do this one” but now I keep seeing it around and I’m becoming tempted… 😀

    I still haven’t read Wild Beauty, but I’m only hearing good things about it, and that cover is wonderful.

    The Wicked Deep and To Kill a Kingdom are both great, and their covers kinda fit each other 😀

    Tash Hearts Tolstoy was a mixed bag for me – it was relatable, but for me, mostly in a negative and insecure way :/ The rep was certainly realistic, but it didn’t make me feel good to read it.

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    1. It’s fun! You should totally do it! I’d love to read your answers 😍

      Wild Beauty is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read, the cover, the garden setting, the lyrical prose, the characters, the story itself – it’s all just so beautiful and a little sad.

      That maks me even more excited to pick them up! I haven’t heard a single bad word about To Kill a Kingdom, but I’ve seen pretty mixed reviews of The Wicked Deep. Hahaha, I mean…that might have been part of the reason I picked those two from my massive TBR. I like when things are aesthetically pleasing 😂

      I’m sorry to hear that! For me it was relatable in a good way, cause it kind of validated a lot of my own experiences and it felt so good to see someone on page who’s *like* me, you know? Maybe my love for it is partly that nostalgic “I wish I’d had a book like this when I was 16 feeling”. But that just goes to show that rep isn’t one size fits all and that’s why we need as many diverse books as possible 💕

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  4. Omg NO! It is not that time of year again. It just isn’t!
    I’m going to have to check out killing eve because that sounds really interesting.

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    1. I know, right??? It was just winter, wasn’t it? Killing Eve is amazing, it’s really morally grey and dark, but also incredibly funny. Let me know what you think if you watch it! 😊


  5. I have some many favorites for this year! I read books written by Leigh Bardugo and V. Schwab and I love them all. I’m also crazy about The Cruel Prince and Ace of Shades. I don’t remember some really bad books because I don’t finish reading a book I don’t like. I love this post! Can I do this tag on my blog? It seems fun 😊

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    1. I love Leigh Bardugo’s books too 💕 I’ve only read one V. Schwab so far, but I really want to get to more of her books soon, especially the rest of the Shades of Magic trilogy! Thank you so much! Of course you can, I’ll be sure to check yours out 😊


  6. Nice post! I love seeing this tag around. The Surface Break’s cover is prettier every time I see it I swear! To Kill a Kingdom was really good to me, but many people have disliked it lately it seems.

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    1. Thank you! So do I, it’s always fun to see what people have been reading and loving. Right? And it’s even prettier in person, so much silver foiling! I swear I haven’t one negative thing about To Kill a Kingdom, but it’s actually good to know there’s mixed opinions – too much hype just sets you up for disappointment.

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  7. You honestly have SUCH good books on this list, I don’t even have words. But I know that I’m immediately adding Songs of Love and War to my TBR! hahaha! I hope the last half of the year is even better, babes. (And I hope we both get advanced copies of Muse!) 💗xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Melanie 💕 Song of Love and War is wonderful, but it does need a trigger warning for rape which I forgot to mention here, just so you know! I hope the rest of 2018 is amazing for you too. Fingers crossed!

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    1. I’m so glad I’m not the only one! It’s extra disappointing to me since the characters in His Dark Materials are some of my favorites and the ones in Book of Dust are just… forgettable. Cool! I look forward to reading your answers, Avery!

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  8. I just did the Tag as well and I loved reading your answers 😍 ACOMAF was on my fave sequel list as well, it’s just sooo good! And I really need to get to To Kill a Kingdom as well, because I’ve heard such high praise recently! 🙂


  9. I really loved Nevernight and Godsgrave as well. I really, REALLY struggled to get into it at first and almost DNF’d it, but I’m really glad I kept going becuase I ended up loving them both.

    Wait, the third book is September 2019!? You’re kidding!? I had it in my head that it was this year! Oh no… Ah well, it’s a good thing I came across this post, I suppose…

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  10. I read Tash Hearts Tolstoy last year and absolutely loved it. It was just so refreshing to see ace rep done so well and I genuinely found the book really engaging too, even though YA contemporary isn’t one of my favourite genres. I didn’t know there was a word or an identity for what I was until I was in my twenties, so it makes me really happy to know that there is a book out there for teens to pick up and know that they’re valid.

    I’m sorry that La Belle Sauvage was such a disappointment! It’s on my TBR but I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’m hearing wonderful things about Elmet though – I may have to pick that up!

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    1. That’s exactly how I felt about it as well. I loved seeing good ace rep and I also really enjoyed reading the book, it was just really entertaining reading experience. I actually didn’t discover the word/identity for what I am until my twenties either. Having a book like Tash Hearts Tolstoy a a teen would’ve mad such a huge difference for me, so I’m so grateful to know it exist out there for teens now.

      For me, the biggest disappointment was not fully connecting with the characters, especially since the characters (even the minor ones) in His Dark Materials are some of my favorites and the most memorable ones I’ve read about. I hope you enjoy it more than I did! Elmet is brutal, but the writing is beautiful, I really recommend it.

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  11. I can’t believe it’s that time of the year for this tag! Muse of Nightmares is going to be soooo good. The wait is not long now! I really want to read ACOMAF but it’s been so long since I read ACOTAR I need to restart that series :S also i just looked up the trailer for Killing Eve and WOW. I must put that on my to-watch list!


  12. Best book I’ve read so far is the belles but I’m currently reading the poppy War and it’s so good. I had no idea how much I had missed reading adult fantasy. Worst book would be Crimson Ash, first book I DNF this year,it was just so boring in the beginning and there were so many other books crying for my attention. I might go back and read it though. This is a great post, love seeing your blog evolve and just keep getting better and better.


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