Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

I am still keeping content a little lighter until some of my symptoms ease up. So I thought this would be a great time to continue with a few more tags. And this is one I am a bit late with (because well, I am late with all of them). 


I had hoped to get to this a little sooner, but better late than never as they say ❤ Huge shout out and thank you to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me and hopefully forgiving me for slacking. July managed to sneak past me faster than I could have ever anticipated, but this still seems like a great time for a mid-year recap!

Best Book I Have Read This Year

So many! It has been a great year for me, and I think this is the highest my Goodreads average rating has ever been. It is currently 4.03! It also seems to be the year I discover more feminist titles and for that reason, I have chosen 3 to share.

Red Clocks  ♦  The Nowhere Girls  ♦  Rubyfruit Jungle

Best Sequel I Have Read So Far in 2018

I have not actually made it to many of the sequels I plan to, and my most anticipated ones are coming up on my TBR. For that reason, I chose the third and final book in a series for this answer.

36039814The Queen of Sorrow (The Queens of Renthia #3)

New Release I Have Not Read Yet But Want To

I am including two (one of which I will probably have started by the time this posts). But both have been on my shelf for longer than I care to admit, and I am excited to make time for them soon!

Circe  ♦  The Queens of Innis Lear

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

So I am cheating with this one because the two books at the top of my list actually release in January, but I am still going to share them because I do what I want.

Song of the Dead  ♦ The Winter of the Witch

Biggest Disappointment of 2018

While this was not released this year, I read it this year. But if I am being honest (and I am) I wish I had not. I can think of a million other, more rewarding things to do with my time.

city of magic

City of Magic

Biggest Surprise of 2018

Short and simple, this book impacted me in a way I was not prepared for.


A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

Favorite New Author

Hands down Scott Reintgen. His Nyxia Triad series has been a welcomed addition to my YA sci-fi collection and I hold a great admiration for his character development and world-building skills.

Nyxia  ♦  Nyxia Unleashed

Newest Fictional Crush

I do not have fictional crushes per say. The one allowance is Jon Snow. I will always ship Jon Snow with myself 😉 And I am aware this is not a new crush, but this is my answer.

jon snow.gif

Newest Favorite Character

💛💛💛 Hands down: Lemon Fresh from Jay Kristoff’s LIFEL1K3 💛💛💛

Book That Made Me Happy

Because I related to it on so many levels..

ramona blue

Ramona Blue

Favorite Book to Film Adaptation

I hate to admit this, but I have been watching very little film and television this year so I am not sure I have a real answer for this. Maybe Hulu’s version of the Handmaid’s Tale.


Most Beautiful Book I’ve Bought This Year

Circe will easily make another appearance for this category. You cannot tell from the Goodreads image or my own photo, but it has a stunning foil cover and the inside does not disappoint either.


What Books Do I Need To Read By The End of The Year

So far I have been good and only accepted ARCs going out to about October if I am remembering correctly, so I currently have none that I need to read by the end of the year. Just plenty I want to read 😉

Since I am incredibly late with this one, I am not tagging anyone today. However, consider yourself tagged if you wish to participate!

Happy Reading,


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75 thoughts on “Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

  1. I have both the Durst series and Circe on my TBR. Circe in particular looks really good and I’ve seen some really enthusiastic reviews, so I’m kinda excited to read it!

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    1. I am very excited for Circe! I have yet to encounter anyone who disliked it. I keep telling myself not to set my expectations too high 😂 I hope you enjoy Durst. I love the series and have yet to encounter anyone else that I know who has read it?! It is killing me.


  2. Okay!!!! Wonderful, I did this on Bookstagrm lol. I want to read Circe and Ramona Blue. Is Red Clocks really that good, whenever I see the cover I see a vagina *hides face*

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    1. Spoiler alert.. I think that may be the point of the cover 🙊🙈 but yes, I personally love Red Clocks! I think it has found a divided audience, but for me there was a subtle sort of brilliance in it that made it incredibly viable, terrifying and thought provoking. It is still with me hard. But I guess it is a personally experience so some will say otherwise 😉 Ramona Blue is great 🖤

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  3. I love your choices for your favourite books. I’ve been seeing The Nowhere Girls and Red clocks all over booktube and the blogosphere so I’m very tempted to track them down.

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    1. I loved them both! Red Clocks is in the running for book of the year with me. Although I am disappointed to find many mixed reviews and opinions on it. I personally find Zumas to write with a very clever subtleness that is highly effective. Cannot recommend both of these enough!


    1. Both of those books were fantastic reads for me. Particularly Red Clocks 🖤 I do hope you connect well with them. The Handmaid’s Tale is so well done, but I have put the series on hold. I am an emotional trainwreck lately and it tears me up so bad right now 😂🙈


  4. I really, really, really, need to pick up Red Clocks! And this like… seals that deal! Haha! Also – yes to all of these picks! I really think you’re going to love Circe! And I am dying to read Queens now after I fell so hard in love with Strange Grace. I hope you have an amazing last half of 2018, too, babe! Happy reading! 💗xx

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      1. You will enjoy it! I wish you could too…if I were not only summer break and being able to sleep whenever I wanted and read whenever I wanted then I couldn’t have read it (or anything this month!), so I understand your pain! Too bad we can’t swap for awhile…<3

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          1. I didn’t think of that, lol. And I definitely wouldn’t want you to have my ailments, haha since I have the herniated discs that has caused nerve damage in my back and legs too, so you’d be no better off really except for being on a vacation from work for almost another month, lol. ❤ ❤ ❤ It seemed like a good idea at the time… 🙂

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  5. All the YES to Winter of the Witch! I keep thinking today will be the day that galleys are finally available…and one day, it’ll even be true 😂 I think you’ll really love Circe, especially with the feminist novel theme you have going 🙂 I really need to read The Nowhere Girls and Nyxia—your reviews convinced me on both of them! I’m not sure where they’ll fit into my reading schedule yet, but I’m determined to get to them 🙂

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  6. Better late than never, right? I really enjoy this tag because of its reflective nature. This is the sort of tag I can get behind! I am super excited to someday read the Nyxia novels– let’s get them released now, Reintgen! 😉

    I also don’t ever get book crushes. It feels weird… I don’t know if I ever did, honestly? But Jon Snow. XD XD I’d expect nothing less. 😉

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