Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

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Totally borrowing this from Emily, who says it is a BookTube thing. In her words:

The Mid-Year Freakout Tag is an annual tradition in the "BookTube" world where people make videos to do a mid-year summary of what they've read so far. Basically, ending with everyone freaking out realizing that the year is half over and no one has read all of the books they intended to so far.

She credits the creators: 
Chami from ReadLikeWIldfire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03gz6...
Ely from Earl Grey Books: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_Wh0...

I'm actually ahead of my yearly goal- to be fair, my yearly goal is less than I read last year. I made it that way on purpose because this is the first year I am taking a class every semester. However...the questions looked fun so I'm doing this anyway. 

Best book you’ve read so far this year?
Ugh, best is such a hard term! Best, most culturally relevant would be The Hate U Give. Best as in, I became the most emotionally invested in, would be All the Ugly & Wonderful Things. But if it is overall enjoyment...I really liked The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It also touched on a lot of cultural issues and surprised me and moved me.

Best sequel you've read so far this year?
Puddin' by Julie Murphy, I gushed about it a lot and have no intention to stop any time soon.

New release you haven't read yet, but want to?
Ok truth, I suck at keeping up with releases. Like, I never know what is coming out unless it's by an author I've already read and keep up with via Twitter or Goodreads. Sooo I'm cheating on this answer and saying Children of Blood & Bone by Toni Adeyemi - I only read half of it before I had to turn it back into the library, and I can't wait to finish.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
What did I just say about being terrible at releases? Anyway, I've pre-ordered Hank Green's debut novel An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. I'm generally a fan of the Green brothers and feel good about giving money to people who seem to be nice and hard-working and value education and civil rights, so even if the book is only mediocre I can feel good about the purchase (although it sounds interesting & has been getting good reviews).

Biggest disappointment?
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine. It was all over the Show Us Your Books Link-Up but was just not for me.

Biggest surprise?
 When You Are Engulfed by Flames by David Sedaris. Not sure why I keep thinking I don't like Sedaris, when he is so fucking delightful!

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)?
Uuuuummmmm this is super hard, because I have read a lot of new-to-me authors this year. But going with Angie Thomas, who wrote The Hate U Give. I questioned a few things about the writing style when reading but upon reflection came to feel they were done very specifically and with good reason.

Newest fictional crush?
I just don't have an answer for this...

Newest favorite character?
Ugh, I'm trying really hard to pick a different book for each question but I'm going to say Callie from Puddin'. She has both terrible and wonderful traits, and is written to show all the different aspects that make up a person...one of the best, multi-faceted characters I've read in a while.

Book that made you cry?
I honestly don't remember, although I probably have cried over one and it's just not coming to mind. But I'm going with one that gave me a lot of feelings, which is Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado. Because this should required reading in America, and I want to promote it whenever possible.

Book that made you happy?
A Tyranny of Petticoats, edited by Jessica Spotswood. This book was a delight from start to finish, I cannot recommend it enough!

Favorite book-to-film adaptation you saw this year?
Haven't seen any :)

Favorite video you have done so far in this year?
Not applicable, and I don't have a particular favorite blog post!

Most beautiful book you've bought/received read?
There are several beautiful covers that I've already shown, so I'm picking two other wonderful books I've enjoyed this year that also have gorgeous covers! Little Fires Everywhere with Celeste Ng and Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson


What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. There have been too many dang reviews, and partly I think it sounds super interesting and partly I just NEED TO KNOW what people are talking about!


  1. YAY! Another blogger doing the mid year freak out tag!

  2. I usually do a halfway point book post and did not this year. I like this!

    Puddin' is waiting for me at the library.

  3. This is such a fun tag-- I've hardly read this year, but I'm definitely going to keep this in mind. I haven't read Little Fires Everywhere but I do love the cover too.

    also, I might be really late on this, but love your new blog name!