Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

This was created by Chami over on YouTube! I couldn’t find the video, unfortunately. I found the questions @ Truffle’s Literary Wonders.

I tried my best not to pick the same book for multiple prompts. I’ve only read 38 books this year, and a few of those were graphic novels. It’s been a super weird and scary year. I hope you all are healthy and staying safe. I hope you’re all fighting for what’s right. I love you all, and I just want justice for all the wrongs that have happened. I hope this will give you just a moment away from reality.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020:

There have been quite a few favorites. I can’t pick one because they’re all so different. There’s a lot of historical fiction, though. Oops.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Best sequel you’ve read so far:

If I’m being honest, I don’t have a favorite sequel. If I had to pick one I would choose Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. It’s a lot of fun, and I’m excited to pick up the next one that’s coming out in 2021.

A new release you haven’t read yet, but want to:

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune–This isn’t super new, but it still came out this year.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline–I don’t know why I want to read this so much, but it’s really calling to me. Fortunately, I have the digital ARC from NetGalley! Thank you to them and the publisher. 😀

Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy–I loved her last book, so I’m expecting good things from this one!

Biggest disappointment:

Network Effect by Martha Wells–After reading the first four novellas in the series I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it.

Biggest surprise:

The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian–I really didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. It was such an interesting story that I’ve never read before.

Favorite new author (debut or new to you):

Diane Chamberlain

Newest fictional crush:

I don’t have one from this year. Honestly, it’ll be hard to beat Aragorn from LOTR.

Book that made you cry:

Apparently, I’m heartless and don’t cry while reading books.

Book that made you happy:

Not a lot of happy books have been read this year. I think any Giant Days graphic novels can count for this one.

The most beautiful book you’ve bought/received so far this year:

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams or The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd.

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

I would love to finish A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, but I don’t think that’ll happen. That’s really the only book I feel like I need to read by the end of the year.

Favorite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year:

I don’t think I’ve watched any this year.


That’s all she wrote, folks! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you participate in this as well. I’m sorry mine wasn’t extremely interesting.


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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag!

I have seen this tag around YouTube, and I thought that it would be fun. It made me a little sad because my reading this year has not been great. The quality has been sub-par and the quantity hasn’t been up to my standards. It’s been a tough year so far, but I am hoping that the last half of the year will be better!

  1. Best book you have read so far in 2019? I haven’t read a lot of books that have blown my mind. There are a few I rated highly, but now I question if I actually liked them that much. It’s either Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas, or All Systems Red by Martha Wells. 
  2. Best sequel you have read this year? Artificial Condition (Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells. 
  3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to? There are many. Recursion by Blake Crouch, Middlegame by Seanan McGuire, The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. 
  4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year? Lock Every Door by Riley Sager or Regretting You by Colleen Hoover. 
  5. Biggest disappointment: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I have not given anything written by her less than 4 stars. I ended up giving this one 3 stars. 
  6. Biggest surprise: Not a lot has even surprised me. I’m surprised I started reading romance. I’d say the biggest surprise is either The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, or Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas. 
  7. Favorite new author (Debut or new to you): Martha Wells or Madeline Miller. 
  8. Newest fictional crush: Pike Lawson from Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas.
  9. Newest favorite character: Murderbot in the Murderbot Diaries series. 
  10. Book that made you cry: The only book that was even remotely sad was Radium Girls by Kate Moore. The Test by Sylvain Neuvel was also quite sad.
  11. Book that made you happy: Filling out this tag makes me realize how 1) little I have read this year, and 2) how poor the reading quality has been. I keep answering with the same books. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. 
  12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year (or received): Any book I bought from Book Depository written by Taylor Jenkins Reid. 
  13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year? Too many! Here are a few:
  • The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
  • The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

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