The Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag (2017 edition)

When I saw this tag floating around the blogosphere again (over here and over here), I was immediately thrown back into the beginning days of my blog (look at me pretending to be all experienced, it was last year). It was one of the first tags I did, I think, I don’t really remember, but anyway, I’m going to do it again!

Last year I apparently read 35 books from January to mid-July. Now I’ve read 55 and it’s not even halfway June yet. I guess you could say I stepped up my reading game haha. This will only make it harder to choose books, there were so many good ones already.

Q1: The best book you’ve read so far in 2017

I think I’m going to go with The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, because it’s one of those books that you love while reading it, but even after it’s finished you find yourself thinking about it a lot. I have the same with Six of Crows and The Raven Cycle, but I think The Serpent King will be one of my absolute favouritesΒ for years to come. It made me so happy and then broke my heart and mended it and I NEED A REREAD ALREADY.


Q2: Your favourite sequel of the year

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. 100% yes, I will love the raven boys forever and oh my god her writing is perfection. The ending was a bit “meh” though, but still, I love it to bits.


Q3: A new release that you haven’t read but really want to

Story of my life, though. Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor is at the top of my list. I need it. I crave it. But I need to buy the pretty blue and yellow edition and I can’t find it 😦


Q4: Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS. I am so jealous of people who got an ARC. Can it be October already??


Q5: Your biggest disappointment

I hated The Way Back Home by Allan Stratton so much, but I’m not sure that’s my biggest disappointment. I can’t think of anything else though, so The Way Back Home it is.


Q6: Biggest surprise of the year

In The Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers (REVIEW). The premise doesn’t sound that interesting, but it’s so good. I will keep repeating how much I love this book until you’ve all read it and loved it though haha. It’s about Hope who dies and then sends her friends on a scavenger hunt through New York.


Q7: Favourite new to you or debut author

Leigh Bardugo. No doubt.

Q8: Your new fictional crush

I don’t really have fictional crushes but I do really like Kaz (Six of Crows duology), Nikolai (Shadow and Bone Trilogy), and Adam (The Raven Cycle). (I would never steal them from their lovers though (Well, I guess stealing Nikolai wouldn’t hurt??))

Q9: New favourite character

How am I supposed to choose??? I really don’t know…

Q10: A book that made you cry

I don’t want to repeat myself but ehm The Serpent King πŸ™‚

Tears. So many tears.

Q11: A book that made you happy

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams, this book made me intensely happy (well for most of it).


Q12: Your favourite book to movie adaptation that you’ve seen this year

Apparently, that is The Circle, which is the only book-to-movie adaptation I’ve seen??? I don’t watch many movies… Unless… does Beauty and the Beast count? Then it’s Beauty and the Beast.

Q13: Favourite book post you’ve done this year

If I’m going to have to believe you guys, it’s my May wrap-up. Uhm. Okay? That was not my favourite by far. I think my favourite would be either my TBR discussion or my discussion about 13 Reasons Why.

Q14: The most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year

I just bought Illuminae and oh my it’s pretty! Even prettier than I thought it would be. I also really like Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman, which I won and We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson.

Q15: What are some books you need to read by the end of the year

Well, I would read my entire TBR and that seems like a fun challenge. My TBR is only about 40 books long and that seems doable? I mean, I’ve already read 55 books and we’re not even halfway. The only problem is that I am constantly adding books, so there won’t be an end to it.

Did you do this tag? What was your favourite read of 2017 so far? Do you agree with any of my choices? Also, would you like to see a book haul from all the books I’ve bought/gotten/won lately?

Do you have a favourite post you’ve written this year? Let me know! I’d love to read it (if I haven’t already)

33 thoughts on “The Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag (2017 edition)

  1. Seeing your love for The Raven Cycle develop made me so happy because it’s one of my favorite series. I have such a crush on Adam as well!

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  2. I’ve seen this tag, but I’m not going to do it as I have other plans for my mid-year post. My favorite book that I read this year is A List of Cages by Robin Roe. And you might be able to get the pretty blue and yellow cover edition of Strange the Dreamer from Book Depository.

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    1. A List of Cages is also really good! I read it at the beginning of this year and it was definitely a 5 – star read for me. I’ve looked on book depository but all I can find is the blue edition and a quite expensive hardcover UK edition which doesn’t have a cover.


  3. I’d love to see your book haul! πŸ˜€ And great tag! I haven’t had the pleasure of reading The Serpent King, but I’ve heard so many great things about it. I’ll have to read it soon to see what everyone is raving about. And I haven’t had the chance to finish the Raven Cycle. The first book didn’t impress me much but I like the characters enough to continue one day. Plus, I love Maggie S. I’m really looking forward to All the Crooked Saints, as well. And yaaaas to Leigh Bardugo. She is fantastic. I hop you manage to get your hands on the US edition of Strange the Dreamer! I thought it was a lovely book. I hope you enjoy it, too!

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    1. My book haul will be posted soon(ish)! You should definitely read The Serpent King, and The Raven Cycle gets better each book, so don’t give up on it yet! I just pre-ordered All The Crooked Saints and I couldn’t be more excited! Thanks!

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      1. Yay! I’ll be looking forward to that. And I’ll add Serpent King to my summer TBR. I’ve heard Raven Cycle gets better, so I’ve been planning on continuing that soon! Oh yes, I’ll have to preorder it as well πŸ™‚ I really hope it lives up to our expectations!

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  4. So, what you’re saying to me is that I need to read the Serpent King immediately. Yes.
    YOU NEED TO READ STRANGE THE DREAMER. I work at a book store. I can work magical ways of getting you the blue and yellow. πŸ˜›

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    1. You got the message haha πŸ˜€
      ooh that’s sounds good, but I wanted to get the blue and yellow edition in paperback but apparently it’s not out yet! It’ll be out next year??? I think I’ll just order the hardcover then, that one I can buy online πŸ˜›


      1. YES PAPERBACKS TAKE FOREVER AND EVER TO COME OUT. I actually managed to snag an ARC of Strange The Dreamer (and it’s therefore a paperback), but I’m KIND OF unwilling to part with it πŸ˜›
        I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU TO READ ABOUT LAZLO THOUGH. I ordered The Serpent King into the book store I work at. This way, we can flail together ;D

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  5. TSK was so so so SOOOO WONDERFULLY FANTASTIC! I’m actually going to be buddy reading Strange The Dreamer with May @ Forever and Everly next week (well, hopefully, it’s my 1st time sooo) I so want to read The Raven Cycle and The Colour Project!

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  6. Ahh, The Raven King absolutely slayed me, but in the most beautiful way. I was also a bit “meh” on the ending when I first read it, but now that it’s been a few months, I think it’s actually growing on me a bit more? It’s sad & sweet & hopeful & not necessarily definitive, which I like. It’s always rather lovely when we’re allowed to imagine how the characters we love end up turning out. Best of luck with reading the TBR, dear Lia, & thank you so much for this wonderful post! xx

    Topaz (Six Impossible Things)

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    1. Yeah, I think the ending grows on you, it’s the same for me. I just didn’t really like Henry that much, I don’t really know why. Thank you! And you’re welcome πŸ™‚


  7. AHHH I LOVE SO MANY OF THESE TOO.❀️ I adore The Serpent King (sobs) and I absolutely love Leigh Bardugo’s books and THE RAVEN KING NEEDS ALL THE LOVE. Also so jealous of people with All the Crooked Saints ARCs too. πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚ Come faster to us, October!!

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