The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

Hey everyone!!

I got nominated by the lovely Marie and Nyx @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books to do this tag and I am really excited to reflect on the year’s reading so far. Especially as it has been my most successful reading year EVER. Thank you so, so much for the nomination and you should absolutely check out their great post and Marie’s blog, it had so much wonderful content.

I think this tag is very well named because it is the mid-year and I am freaking out!!

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BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I know you might be fed up of hearing about this book but it was one of my favourite of the year so far. I think I loved how this book talked about fame in particular as it is a topic I am interested in. And I think the topics were handled really well. Plus the characters are so interesting and I absolutely love their stories— they’re not your typical likeable characters though. They are morally grey and complex but I think that it why I loved them– they are so real. You can read my full ramble here.wp-1599692036426.png

BEST SEQUEL YOU’RE READ SO FAR IN 2019

18187013The Raven King By Nora Sakavic

I really loved this series– it has got a messy side to it with some rough edges but I still fell hand-over-heels in love with it. And I think the books get stronger as the series goes on. I think I loved this so much as you got to see more about this found family and how the characters interact to each other and certain situations. I was very invested in this story and I can safely say I couldn’t put this down. I think the plot of this series developed more in this book than the first as well. Please look for trigger warnings though (ask me if you want them)–  and you can see my review for the first book here.wp-1599692036440.png

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO

41150487Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Ok have you heard about this book?? It has been all over the book community lately and every time I see it I am so excited to pick it up myself. I am determined to read this soon!!

It involves, from what I’ve heard, hate to love (YES), hilarious moments (YES), politics (which I didn’t think I would be interested in but I am intrigued now), supportive families (YES) and it is New Adult (YES– okay you get the point).wp-1599692036426.png

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

31373184Call Down The Hawk by Maggie Steifvater.

The Spin-off to The Raven Cycle series which is one of my favourite series and it focuses around the Lynch Brothers. Ronan was one of my favourite characters and I think his dynamic with his brothers was really interested so I am excited to see more from all of them. I love Adam too, I hope we get some chapters from his perspective (I haven’t read the first chapters that are available, I decided I’d wait).

I know it is going to be different from The Raven Cycle but I am still very excited.wp-1599692036440.png

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

25689074Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

I loved the lunar chronicles so I was excited to read the short stories from the world but the stories didn’t really seem necessary or overly interesting. They were easy to read and had some nice moments with characters that you already knew but if you didn’t know and love the characters beforehand it would have been hard work. I expected more from it so I was disappointed. Full mini-review on goodreads.wp-1599692036426.png

BIGGEST SURPRISE

10426601I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

Now I wouldn’t say it was a big surprise– I loved The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and I was optimistic about this book. But I loved it even more than I expected. It was such a beautiful story about an ordinary life and the value of little things. Plus it has Zusak’s gorgeous writing. You can read my full review here.wp-1599692036440.png

FAVOURITE AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)

35068705R. F. Kuang, author of The Poppy War

R. F. Kuang released her fantasy debut last year and I finally got to read The Poppy War this year and I thought it was an epic debut novel. She has brilliant writing and was able to cover the topic of war so well. You could tell she was knowledgeable on the subject through her writing. She also made some complex, morally-grey characters and a plot to get wrapped up in. You can read my full review here and please check the trigger warnings before reading it is a very hard hitting book.wp-1599692036426.png

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

37771077Hideo Tanaka from Warcross by Marie Lu.

This was actually quite hard to answer most of my fictional crushes are probably from TV. But I did really like Hideo from Warcross– the more you read, the more you find out about him from Emika’s perspective. But I think the details you find out about him are great– when he is with his family, the effortless charm in front of camera and his interaction with Emika– I just found him a very lovable character. Guess what– you can read my full review here.wp-1599692036440.png

NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

30736870Locke Lamora from The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Locke Lamora was a great main character, believe me you want to know about him. He was a very clever and scheming main character— whose character was enhanced by the plot and what happens to him (and boy does a lot happen to him). Plus he is morally grey but still very lovable— he walks that line very well. Full review on goodreads.wp-1599692036426.png

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (yes again, I’m sorry)

The has been the only book to made me cry this year so clearly it needed to be in this spot but as you learn about Evelyn’s life there are definitely some emotional moments that break your heart. It was written so well so it really grabbed you by the heart.

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BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

27209443Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

The book was a purely joyful read for me and I read it extremely fast which was a good sign. It was a fun, delightful read which featured superheroines, demon cupcakes, a karaoke battle, fun romance and a light humour. It was so easy to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You can check out my full review here. (I’m sorry I’ve got a lot of links to full reviews in this post– I hadn’t realised I had wrote so many reviews!!)wp-1599692036426.png

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR (OR RECEIVED)

36492488We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizel

I mean look at it!! And it is even more beautiful in person. I love the rich blue and the gold letters, *whispers it is so beautiful*!! Plus it has a lovely illustration on the cover. It was designed by all these amazing people Simon Prades (illustrator), Elizabeth H Clark (design), Erin Fitzsimmons and Ray Shappell (lettering).wp-1599692036440.png

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

All of them.

I want to prioritise a few from My Contemporary Mission aka TBR such as Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram and Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi. I really want to read Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

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FAVOURITE BOOK COMMUNITY MEMBER

Ahh.. I can’t pick a favourite. I love too many. You are all so supportive and lovely!!

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I am not going to tag anyone but if you want to to do it, please do. It was really fun to complete so I do recommend it.

 

Click here to get the questions if you want to do this tag

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019
BEST SEQUEL YOU’RE READ SO FAR IN 2019
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
BIGGEST SURPRISE
FAVOURITE AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)
NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER
BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR (OR RECEIVED)
WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?
FAVOURITE BOOK COMMUNITY MEMBER

Thank you again to Marie and Nyx for nominating me. And I will speak to you all soon!!


 


39 thoughts on “The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

  1. Sophie, ahhh, I loved reading your answers to this question so much!! I am now so much more excited to receive my copy of we hunt the flame in the mail! Darius the great sounds so great (ahahaha see what i did there), and I can’t wait to read it as well! same goes with Crier’s War because i was lucky enough to get approved on edelweiss and i’ve heard such good things! and Sorcery of Thorns sounds right up my alley, and I was so lucky to receive an absolutely gorgeous hardcover of it!!omg someone who still hasn’t read rw&rb? same! i feel like the only one who hasn’t read it yet and i’m seriously missing out. when will my copy arrive?? arghghh! I hope you love all of these books though, because you are the sweetest and you just deserve all the 5-star reads 💖💖

    oh and The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of my ultimate 5-star predictions. I hope to get to read it soon, but I’m so worried that I’ll read them all and be left to suffer while I wait for the author to come out with the next books 😂 can’t wait to meet Locke though,because you and so any others make him sound so interesting!

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    1. Ahh.. thank you so much Caitlin!! Yes WHTF is so beautiful– I’m excited for you to get it– hopefully soon!!
      Yes I love what you did there– I have heard a lot of good things about Darius the Great so I am optimistic about it!!
      Yay I’m so glad you got approved on Edelweiss for Crier’s war— I really hope you love it!!
      Ahh… the hardback for sorcery of thorns looks incredible *heart eyes*– I hope you love reading it!!
      YES someone who hasn’t read rw&rb– it does feel like everyone has!! I hope your copy arrives soon!! Aww… thank you so much ❤ I really hope I enjoy them too and you deserve all the 5-star reads too for being amazing!!

      Well I hope you love The Lies of Locke Lamora and it is taking a while for the books to be released so it might be a bit of a waiting game haha so I understand the struggle!! Yes Locke is a great character— I can't wait for you to meet him!! ❤

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  2. Ahh, I was honestly squealing throughout this whole post, because SO MANY GOOD BOOKS.😍I think I’m reading Evelyn Hugo next after the book I’m currently reading, and I can’t wait, because the hype is legitimately so large but has been so positive, too.

    The Raven King IS amazing! I think it’s probably my favorite in the series. I just love all the relationships finally happening and all the strings getting tied up. I also can’t wait for Call Down the Hawk!! I read a little bit of the released chapters but then I realized that I also just wanted to wait and be surprised by the rest.

    I really loved Darius the Great, and I hope you did too! Lovely post ❤

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    1. YAY I’m glad you think there are so many good books– they are so amazing though (I am bias though haha)!! I feel like I have had such a good reading year!!

      Ahh… I really hope you love Evelyn Hugo– the hype is really huge for this book and slightly intimidating but I think it is well worth the hype as you can probably tell, haha!!

      Yes I can’t decide which is my favourite out of ‘The Raven King’ and ‘The King’s Men’ but it is very close— I agree the relationships progress so much more and you can to find out more about all the characters. I loved reading it SO much!!

      I know I am so excited for it Call Down the Hawk– I decided to wait too as I think if I read them I would want to read the rest immediately so I thought it would be easier to wait until it is released!!

      Ahh.. that’s so good to hear. I can’t wait to read it!! Thank you so much Olivia!! ❤

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  3. Ahh I’m so happy you did this tag, I love your answers! I’m so happy you loved Evelyn Hugo so much, it’s such a great read I can’t forget it I love it soooooooo much ahhh. ❤ I can't wait for you to read Red, White and Royal Blue, as well as Emergency Contact, both are some of my favorite books ever so I hope you will love them ❤ And DARIUS ahh I need to read this book 😀

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    1. Thank you so much Marie!! ❤ I really enjoyed doing this tag– it was so fun!! Yes Evelyn Hugo was amazing and definitely one I don't think I will be forgetting either!!
      Ahh… I am so excited to read both of them and I'm so glad to hear you love them so much– it makes me even more excited!!
      Yes me too— I have heard a lot of good things about Darius so hopefully we will both enjoy it!!! ❤

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  4. Evelyn Hugo also made me cry (a lot) when I read it last year, so you’re definitely not alone in that. I’m so happy to hear that it’s been your favorite so far!! And I can’t wait for you to read Red White and Royal Blue and discover its amazingness 😀 I’m also SO EXCITED for Call Down the Hawk….is it November yet???

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    1. Yes it just hit me in right in the heart— I am glad I’m not alone in losing control over my emotions over that book!! It was a great read!!
      I’m so excited to read R,W&RB with all amazingness– hopefully in July or August I will get to read it!!
      I know Call Down the Hawk can’t come soon enough— it is going to be amazing!!!

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  5. YES YES YES THE POPPY WAR IS EVERYTHING YOU SAID AND MORE. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, which I hear is even more soul crushing, if you can believe it. Also, I really hope you like Darius the Great is Not Okay – I know I really enjoyed it. I hope you have a great rest of 2019!! 💛💛

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    1. Yes it was an amazing read– Rebecca is such a talented author!! I can’t believe it was her debut!! I know I have heard that about the second one– I am scared and excited!! 😂
      Ahh… I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Darius– thank you, I hope I will love it too!! Thank you so much— I hope you have a great rest of 2019 as well!! 💛💛

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  6. I loved reading your answers (: I just wish I’d read more of these books :L I’m so behind lately and don’t think I’m ever going to catch up. I’ve mentioned some of the others before but I do also want to really read the Raven Cycle books and based on what you’ve said I’ll also have to make Warcross a priority! It sounds amazing (: I really hope that you get to read all of the books that you want to and you enjoy them all too 😀

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    1. Ahh… Thank you so much!! 💛 I know that feeling– I feel like I am behind on all the books 😂 The Raven Cycle is one of my favourite series– especially the last two books!! I hope you get to read Warcross soon then!! 😊
      Thank you so much!! Happiest reading to you too! 💛

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  7. I’m in the process of completing this tag right now because I saw this post the other day (and I will be tagging you hehe)! I still need to read Sorcery of Thorns too and omg I hope you get to read Emergency Contact ASAP! It’s my fave YA contemporary!!!

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    1. Ahh it is a really fun tag to do and I saw lots of people doing it!! 😂😂 aww.. Thank you so much– it is so kind of you to think of me!! 😊 Yes sorcery of thorns looks amazing and the cover is insane!! 😍 ahh.. I hope to get to it very soon– I am very excited as it is your fave!!! 😊

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  8. Ahh I love this! I’m having a pretty (this just autocorrected to potty lol) great year as well when it comes to reading 💛 (ok we’re totally started this thing where you use blue hearts when you talk to me and I use yellow hearts BECAUSE)
    I want to read sorcery of thorns and the raven cycle too! Also Darius The Great 💙 and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Higo and Heroine Complex and… well, you get the point 😝
    It’s great reading your blog again! Xxx

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    1. Thank you so much!!! Haha autocorrect comes up with some weird things some times 😂😂 I’m glad you’ve had a good reading year!! Yes it is the heart agreement 😂💙
      Yes I’m so excited to read Sorcey of thorns and the raven cycle is so good!!! Haha read all the amazing books 😂😂 I hope you love them all!! 💙💙 aww.. Thank you so much and thank you for the lovely comment– you’re too kind to me!! 💙

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      1. No prob! Haha right? 💛 Yess 💛💛 I tried Netgalley for SoT but it was archived sadly 😝 and I’m that one blogger who hasn’t read the raven cycle or six of Crows loll 💛💛 Thanks! Aw no you deserve it all! 💛

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        1. Aww.. that’s a shame!! 😞
          Haha I was pretty late to reading them but now I am definitely in the fan club 😂 but I feel like I’m the only who haven’t read other books like the cruel prince and ADSOM 😂😂 aww.. Thank you 💙💙

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  9. Red, White, and Royal Blue really does live up to the hype so much. You are totally going to enjoy it so much. I’m totally going to have to check out Heroine Complex too. All of the few things you listed have totally sold me, and I’m so intrigued. Hideo was so brilliant tooooooooooo. And Stars Above really wasn’t the gem that we deserved after the rest of the series was so amazing. Wonderful post, and hopefully the rest of 2019 is amazing! 🙂

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    1. Yay I’m so glad– I’m excited to read it and get to know the characters!! I’m glad you enjoyed it!!
      Ahh.. I’m glad– I really enjoyed Heroine Complex. I hope you enjoy it too!! It is a fun read! And I love super-heroines!!
      Hideo was great– I loved the chapters with him!!
      No Stars Above unfortunately didn’t live up to my expectation!
      Thank you and thank you again– I hope you have a great rest of 2019 too!! 🙂

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        1. Ahh.. I’m excited about it as well!! And thank you!! 🙂
          Yes they are– we need more superheroines in our lives!! haha!!
          No I haven’t read Wildcard yet– I think I might wait for the paperback to be released later this year and then get it and finally read it!!
          Yes it really did need a bit more!!

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