The Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag | 2018 edition

This is the third year in a row I’m doing this tag and two years ago my blog was a tiny baby blog and now it’s grown so much (I’m getting sentimental). I’m so grateful for how far I’ve come and I’m so grateful that you all support me and my content, thank you!

Now that I’ve gotten the cheesy stuff out of the way, let’s get into the tag. It’s almost halfway through 2018, so it’s the perfect time to look back at what I’ve read in the past six months. I’ve read about 60 books (I’m writing this in advance so I can’t go any more specific than that but check my goodreads if you want more details), and loved the large majority of them! I’ve discovered some new favourites and overall had a great time reading!

I was tagged by the lovely Ruby, go check out her blog here!

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The best book you’ve read so far in 2017

I’ve had added only two books to my “favorites” shelf, but I always struggle with picking my favorites. I always love books a lot but never so much that it really sticks out from the other books I loved. Anyway, I’m going to go with… I CAN’T CHOOSE. I’m just gonna pick two because they were both personally really important to me and also really fun!


Your favourite sequel of the year

Obsidio!! Okay, it wasn’t perfect but I love that series with all my heart (seriously, it broke it so many times, I think it just tricked me into thinking I love it). The new characters were a bit meh but I liked them nonetheless and *screams “Kady” into empty space*. I just have so many feelings for this series, and Obsidio was a pretty darn good conclusion!

obsidio illuminae files amie kaufman jay kristoff

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

Let’s Talk About Love has been on my TBR since I first heard about it and I just need to read it. I just need to get my act together and buy myself a copy of that pretty thing and read it. It has an ACE POC MC (I’m pretty sure she’s also biromantic)!!!

let's talk about love claire kann

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

So last year my most anticipated release for this question was All The Crooked Saints and I still haven’t read it oops. Let’s hope it’s different this time. I’m just gonna make a little list because I honestly have too many to just pick one!

First and foremost: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee- If I die before I read this book, someone better go to my grave and read it to my dead body because there ain’t no way I’m missing out on this book. It has the epic wonderful aro-ace Felicity as main character and my babies Monty and Percy better be in there. ALSO: SCIENCE GIRL GANGS, HELL YES.

others: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (I still haven’t read the first book but shhhh I will), Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman, Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor.


Your biggest disappointment

I can’t really think of any one book that stood out, but perhaps The Opposite of Loneliness because I thought it was just very boring. I more often than not do not finish books I don’t enjoy so if I picked from those it’d be Stalking Jack the Ripper though I only read about a quarter of that. (rant review here)


Biggest surprise of the year

My biggest surprise was probably Far From The Tree by Robin Benway because I went in with no expectations whatsoever and ended up absolutely adoring it!

Far from the tree robin benway

Favourite new to you or debut author

Ashley Herring Blake (new to me) and Laura Steven (debut)! I’ve read ARCs of both of their 2018 releases and now I definitely need to try and read everything they’ve written or will write!


Your new fictional crush

I don’t do crushes.

New favourite character

Felicity Montague from The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue!!! I just relate and look up to her so much!

A book that made you cry

I don’t remember if I read anything that made me really cry, only books that made me cry because I was laughing so hard (The Gentlemen’s Guide) or because they were hurtful…

A book that made you happy

I’m really trying not to mention The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue for every question so let’s go with something else. Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee and the sequel Not Your Villain both made me really happy! They’re just so sweet and uncomplicated without being boring at all!


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

I saw Love, Simon a few weeks ago and loved it!! (except the ending)

Favourite book post you’ve done this year

The most popular post I’ve done in the past 6 months was this one which is about ARCs and alternatives to Netgalley, and as much as I enjoyed doing the series on ARCs with a focus on international reviewers, those are not my favourite posts! My favourite is definitely my post about Simon Spier and the rise of LGBT+ stories. I absolutely adored the response it got and I got to interact with a lot of lovely people and hear their stories and it was wonderful! I’ve been wanting to do more similar posts but I lack the inspiration.

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

I actually haven’t bought that many physical books (I read a lot of ebooks and audiobooks) lately but here are some of my highlights:


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

My TBR is very plain right now, I’ve been ignoring it for a while and barely ever add books to it but I’d like to read Queens of Geek and Let’s Talk About Love (and all the before-mentioned books I’m anticipating of course).


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Did you do this tag? What was your favourite read of 2018 so far? Do you agree with any of my choices? 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)

31 thoughts on “The Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag | 2018 edition

  1. picking favorites is always so hard! like you said i always love a lot of what i read; but few stick with me. i think as of right now my favorite would be the devil in the white city, coming from just north of the chicago area everything talked about in the book, be it people or places just fascinated me because it was so close to home! it was an intriguing story too!

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    1. Aww thank you!! ❤ I really want to read more of Ashley Herring Blake's books because Girl Made of Stars was so amazing!


  2. My favorite books of 2018 are only two (Tash hearts Tolstoy and The Cruel Prince). I am so excited for The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy and Vengeful (I haven’t read the first book too) and Muse of Nightmares. I had Let’s Talk about Love on my TBR but didn’t know it had ace rep. Tash hearts Tolstoy also has ace rep and I loved reading that.

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    1. I really liked Tash Hearts Tolstoy, but I didn’t love it as much as you do! I can’t wait for all those books to come out!


  3. I totally agree with your love for Gentleman’s Guide… it’s amazing!!!! And finally someone who mentioned Not your sidekick… it’s such a cute and awesome book… I just got Not your villain from the library and can’t wait to start 😊😊😊

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  4. I am so glad that Obsidio was such a great conclusion, I am sooooooo very nervous to read it, but I absolutely can’t wait to do so.
    I am also anticipating Summer Bird Blue, that book sounds amazing and I am so in love with that cover as well, haha 🙂 I’m really happy you adored Far From The Tree, it was such a brilliant book! ❤ ❤
    Happy reading, Lia 😀

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  5. I love that everyone loves The Gentleman’s Guide so much, but also now I have such high expectations and I’m kinda scared. I also kinda want to get a copy of the sequel even if I don’t end up liking it because I need those siblings on my shelf…

    Not Your Villain is also on my challenge TBR for July, so I’m excited about it!

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    1. Oh yes I understand! That’s what put me off from reading it too. You can try reading a few chapters or listening to a bit of the audiobook if you’re afraid to commit! I really need to get myself a physical copy of the books (even though I don’t really like the covers)
      Yay, I hope you love it!

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  6. Ahhh I loved The Gentleman’s Guide as well! It was such an incredible and hilarious book. 😍 (I also can’t wait for The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy!!) I read three of Ashley Herring Blake’s books this month, including Girl Made of Stars (the other two were How to Make a Wish and Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World) and I loved all of them, so I hope you do too! 🙂

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    1. Yess!! I cannot wait for The Lady’s Guide! Ooh I really want to read more of Ashley Herring Blake’s books, which one would you recommend I read first? Thank you!!

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  7. It’s really hard to pick a favorite book because there are so many good books that I read this year but I’m going to say They Both Die At The End, Second Chance Summer, Warcross, and To Kill a Kingdom. It’s hard to pick really. I really have to read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and The Exact Opposite of Okay has been on my radar since you reviewed it so I can’t wait! My favorite post is when you discuss about ace representation and your discussion on Simon Spier as well. I also love your collab posts and I hope you get to do more with them! Love seeing your posts!

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    1. Ohh I haven’t read any of those except Warcross which I really liked! I’ve been intrigued by TBDATE but I’ve been told it’s very emotional and sad and I’m not sure I like books that are very sad.
      Aww thank you! I’m glad you liked those posts! I worked really hard on them!

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      1. I just realized that we both read Warcross together so of course you read Warcross XD I am excited for the sequel though. I like feeling emotional as some of my favorite books made me cry a lot but there is also some lessons in They Both Die At The End that I really like so that’s why it’s my favorite.

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  8. I really, really need to read The Gentleman’s Guide and I feel like it might happen soon, because I need to meet Felicity, after you’ve gushed about her so much 😍 I also still need to read The Exact Opposite of Okay, another book that you’ve made me want to read 🙂

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