Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

No post in five months, and now two in one week? I really am unpredictable.

Can you call yourself unpredictable when you don’t know what you’re doing, or does that not count? These are the important questions, clearly.

That aside, I’m back with another tag. I did it last year, but the great thing about this one is that you can redo it every year and still hopefully make it entertaining. The one thing I will keep the same is my self-imposed rule that may or may not be part of the original tag: I can only pick one book per question.

So let’s dive in!


1. What’s the best book you’ve read in 2018 so far?

Crap, this is already hard! I’ve added two books to my all-time favorites list! Ugh. Let’s go with the one I read first, I suppose. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell is a unique time-travelling heist story with an ensemble cast and banter and a hate-to-love romance and generally so much goodness. It’s brilliant and I’m having a very hard time waiting 109 days for the sequel.

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2. What’s your favorite sequel so far?

Ooh, this one’s easy! A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir! I thought the first book was good, but then I read the second… wow.

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3. What’s a new release you haven’t read yet but want to?

All of them. But since I own it, I think I’ll pick A Reaper at the Gates, again by Sabaa Tahir.

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4. What’s your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

THE DEVIL’S THIEF BY LISA MAXWELL. (If you happen to have an ARC that you’re looking to pass on, I’ll take it off your hands. Just saying.)

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5. What’s your biggest disappointment so far?

I hate to say it, but Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. *hides* I thought the writing was a bit too flowery and it was really slow-paced and by the time the end twist came I just wanted to finish it. Oops.

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6. What’s your biggest surprise so far?

I’m going to go with my other favorite read this year, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Possibly the best sci-fi I’ve ever read in my short reading life.

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I have a different edition but this one is prettier.

7. Favorite debut or new to you author?

It’s not cheating if I pick one debut and one new to me author, right? That’s still only one book per question! So, my favorite debut is Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, and my favorite new to me author is Tara Sim, who wrote Timekeeper. 😀

8. Who’s your new fictional crush?

Well, all of my favorite characters are in relationships that I don’t want to get in the middle of, so pass.

9. Who’s your new favorite character?

I have a lot of favorite characters, but off the top of my head, my answer is Chloe from The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde. They’re black, bi, and nonbinary, and throughout the novel they’re a great friend to the protagonist Emmy and generally just awesome.

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10. What book has made you cry?

*has a heart of stone*

11. What book has made you happy?

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes, because in the end my favs were happy and that’s all I wanted from this book.

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12. Favorite book to movie adaptation?

I’ve only seen one and I thought it was great, so that makes this easy: Love, Simon! I’m also excited for the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movie on Netflix and The Hate U Give.

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13. Favorite review you’ve written?

I haven’t written any reviews here since 2016, and I don’t think any of my Goodreads reviews really stand out, so pass. Again. Oops.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought?

There are a few books I could’ve picked, but I’m going with The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton because there’s a pink map on the end-papers.

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15. What are some books you really want to read in the second half of the year?

Definitely The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’m hopefully reading it before Pride Month is over, but I’m making this my answer anyway because everyone and their unicorn loves it. I want to know what the hype is all about.

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Tell me: how has your reading year been so far? Any surprising or disappointing books? I’d love to know! 🙂


I’m off to eat breakfast, watch Cooking With Kat, and eventually/hopefully finish Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. Fun Friday stuff. I hope you have a fabulous day/night! ❤

Until next time…

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2 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

  1. Hmm, I’m kind of having second thoughts about reading Strange the Dreamer because of the slow pace. On the other hand, this is the first I’ve heard of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and it intrigued me. Kinda want to buy myself a copy of that now. 😉 Great post!

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