Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

I’ve been seeing this all around booktube and blogs. I wasn’t tagged in this but wanted to give it a try anyway. First, as far as reading goals, the only one I had for the year was to read 52 books. So far I’ve read 66 books. I’m tentatively raising my goal to 100 books this year now. And I believe I’m still ahead of schedule even if that is the case. Now on to the tag questions.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018

For this one I’m going to choose Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I re-read Illumina for the 3rd time and also read Gemina and Obsidio for the first time directly afterwards and I loved them all. I gave all of them 5 stars. I love the stories, I love the kickass women, I love AIDAN, and most of all I love the format.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018

Going to have to go with Obsidio again for this one.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book. It’s not usually a genre I’m drawn too, but I have to read this one soon.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I didn’t have an answer for this so I looked at lists of books still to be released this year and I spotted People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins. I adore her books and had no idea a new one was coming out. Officially so excited to read it. Not excited about the subject matter though 😦

5. Biggest disappointment

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I just could not read the book. I tried several times and couldn’t get more than a few pages in to the book. The language grated on me really fast. I hope to give it another try at some point as it is so loved, but I’m really not sure about it.

6. Biggest surprise

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. I was worried about the subject matter of this one and the format. But it was written in such beautiful language and it was so atmospheric I couldn’t put it down and read nearly all of it in one sitting.

7. Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)

Seanan McGuire! This year I read the three books currently out in the Wayward Children series. I can’t wait for the fourth to come out next year. I love the characters. I love the world. I need more.

8. Newest fictional crush

I don’t usually have crushes on characters, but I suppose I would choose Finn from Finding Finn by Kiki Burrelli. Or maybe Luke from the same book.

9. Newest favorite character

Binti from The Binti Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor. I am loving this series. I have read the first two books so far this year and am currently in the middle of the final book. She is so strong and brave and I am hoping to find out how her story ends over the course of this weekend.

10. Book that made you cry

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. It’s a story about an old man that is so sad he just wants to die. Of course it made me cry. But it also made me laugh and believe in the power of people that love you. I loved this book.

11. Book that made you happy

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun. A quick, cute, and quirky story that I need to read again and again and again and again.

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

The only book to film adaptation I saw this year was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. My husband and I both love the book so we saw the movie in 3d for our anniversary. It was nothing like the book at all, but it was still a really great and fun movie.

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year.

This particular post is the closest to a review I’ve written.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

For this I’ll choose Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski, Ph. D. I’m currently reading this book. I’m in love with the colors on the cover.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

At least everything that I’m currently in the middle of. 19 books. For sure Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor. Also my re-read of She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. One of my top two favorite books of all time.


It’s been a pretty great reading year so far. Here’s hoping the rest of the year is as wonderful.


Happy Reading!

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