Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

I cannot believe we are already halfway through 2019! Even though this is typically a BookTube tag, I wanted to take a stab at it for my blog. I thought this would be a good way to reflect on my reading year so far and take a look at the next 6 months! I've also linked to all my reviews in my answers so you can take a closer look at my opinions. I'd love to see if anyone else did this tag as well...if you did, please share a link in the comments!

1. Best Book You've Read So Far in 2019
I've had a few books that I REALLY enjoyed, so I don't think I can pick just one! I really loved Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (didn't everyone?!) and I finally got to read Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia and absolutely adored it. The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib deserves a mention here as well.

2. Best Sequel You've Read So Far in 2019
I'll be the first to admit that I'm the worst about starting series and never finishing them. That being said, I read the last book in the Amy Cole series, Amy Cole Has It All Figured Out by Elizabeth McGivern, and it was fantastic.

3. New Release You Haven't Read Yet, But Want To
I really want to get to The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman!

4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of 2019
Hands down, Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan. Girls of Paper and Fire was incredible and had the most dramatic cliff hanger at the end. I actually have an ARC of this one, but I'm trying to hold off until closer to publication to read it! I'm also super excited for The Toll by Neal Shusterman, which is the third book in the Arc of a Scythe trilogy!

5. Biggest Disappointment
Yikes. This one is going to have to be Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser. I really loved Not That I Could Tell, so I had high hopes for this one. It just didn't deliver and I ended up giving it 1 star.

6. Biggest Surprise
Verity by Colleen Hoover! I had previously steered clear of this author because I was wary of the "romance" label. I heard that this one was really creepy so I decided to give it a try and it ended up being a 5 star read for me!

7. Favorite New Author (Debut or New to You)
Christina Lauren! Just like with Colleen Hoover, I'd never read any of their books before this year because they were "romance" novels. After reading two Christina Lauren books, Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating and My Favorite Half-Night Stand, I'm absolutely in love!

8. Newest Fictional Crush
I'm working my way through the Game of Thrones books right now, so I'm going to have to say Jamie Lannister. Is that bad??

9. Newest Favorite Character
I really liked Eva-Kate Kelly from Fake Plastic Girl by Zara Lisbon! I'm a big fan of manic pixie dream girl characters and she definitely was one.

10. Book that Made You Cry
I tend to avoid overly emotional reads...I don't pick up books so they can make me sad. It's also pretty hard to make me cry in general. So I can't think of one for this category right now.

11. Book that Made You Happy
Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren was just the most adorable read that gave me all the warm fuzzies!

12. Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year
So for all the ones I would use here, I haven't actually read the book-just seen the movie. Those would be Dumplin and A Simple Favor. I don't watch a ton of movies really!

13. Favorite Review You've Written This Year
How do I answer this? I like all of my reviews...I wrote them after all!

14. Most Beautiful Book You've Bought So Far This Year
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi is a stunning book!

15. What Books do you Need to Read by the End of This Year
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. All of them. But literally, my TBR has like 500 books on it. #sorrynotsorry #bookbloggerproblems


  1. I've seen this tag around a few times! I'd love to do it but I've definitely not read enough this year for it to be any good!


  2. I love this tag! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Looks like you have read some good book so far.

  4. Oh wow, I haven't actually read any of these mentioned! I agree with you on the TBR though - mine seems to expand daily. Excited to see your future reviews 😊

  5. Feeling you on the massive TBR backlist - mine is crushing me!

  6. Great look back at the first half of the year! I had somehow missed that Taylor Jenkins Reid has a new book out! I need to read it. I adored the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo!

  7. I've read none of these but almost all are on my TBR. Thanks for sharing and happy reading over the next six months.

  8. I enjoyed doing this tag. We didn't have any books in common, but it was great going through your answers!

  9. I've seen this done a few times now and it's always a good read. Your answer to the last one really made me laugh, I started the year with a long list and I've fallen behind massively x


  10. I've seen so many people doing this tag and I am bummed cause there is no way I'll be able to do it before September. I plan on reading all of the books this year too, but honestly I don't think that is possible haha. Great post!

  11. Great Tag, I've not read any of your choices. One of the reviewers on my site is eagerly awaiting Toll too.

  12. I haven't dove into a good book in so long, I think I am going to look into the " Cold Day In The Sun" book that you said made you happy, because gosh do I need it lol.

    Nikki O.

  13. I've been adding books to my Amazon wish list like a CRAZY PERSON haha so I can totally relate! Books are so much more comforting than a lot of other things so I don't think reading excessively it's such a bad habit. Expensive? Yes, absolutely! :)

  14. You have so many amazing recommendations in here, I really need to check them out! I heard such great things about Daisy Jones & The Six, I still need to get my hands on a copy!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

  15. Thank you for the post.

  16. oooh so many books for me to put on my holiday list! I really wanna read the Favourite Half Night Stand!