Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2018


Do you ever start too many tasks at once, only to end up overwhelmed a few weeks later? The story of my life. I know I should prioritize, but I always think I can manage everything at once. Though in reality, I barely finish anything due to exhaustion. Guess I should learn my lesson at one point. Anyway, enough about my lack of time management skills. Today I`m back with a new edition of the "Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag". I did a similar post last year, and I must say, I liked my stats better back then. This year I`ve managed to read only 14 books. Cue the sad music. However, I`m not going to wallow in self-pity, cause I know I`ll read more when I`ll be on holiday. Although I`ve set my Goodreads target at 24, I`m confident I can get to 35-40.

1. Best book you`ve read so far
So in the last post, I`ve mentioned my Grishaverse obsession, but it only got worse. This year I`ve finally read "Six of Crows", and I am happy to say that the hype is real. That book is the perfect mix of loveable characters, action and magical settings. I do love a good anti-hero, and this book offers us 6 amazing, well-rounded characters, each with a fascinating story arc.

2. Best sequel you`ve read so far
The fantasy queen did it again, giving us the flawless book that is "Crooked Kingdom". I`m not going to lie, the ending killed me. But it made sense. There were moments when I cried and moments when I laughed like an idiot. But overall, reading "Crooked Kingdom" was a bittersweet journey, and it might be the best sequel I`ve read in my life.

3. New releases you haven`t read yet but want to
There are a couple of new releases I want to get to, but my main priority is "Children of Blood and Bone". It`s the most talked about book of 2018, and I want to see if the hype is real. 

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
When I found out that two of my favourite YA contemporary authors were collaborating, I was over the moon. Obviously, I`m talking about Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli, and my crazy excitement for "What If It`s Us". Adam`s stories are always heartbreaking, whilst Becky`s are more sweet and heartwarming. I`m definitely curious to see what they`ll come up with.

5. Biggest disappointment
This year I finally DNF`ed my first book. Which is a bit sad cause I invested in a beautiful hardback copy. The book in question is "Everless", which funny enough, was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018. But I couldn`t connect to any of the characters, and I struggled too much to get invested in the story.

6. Biggest surprise
This one has to go to "The Poet X" by Elizabeth Acevedo. Although I loved the synopsis, I wasn`t sure how I`ll fell about a book written through verse. Luckily, I ended up loving it. The book is about 15-year-old Xiomara, who uses slam poetry to navigate her feelings towards religion, her abusive mother, love and body acceptance.

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you)
I`ve only read one book by her, but I was so impressed with Mackenzi Lee`s writing. "The Gentleman`s Guide to Vice and Virtue" was a solid 5-star read, and I can`t wait to read the companion novel, from Felicity`s POV.

8. Newest fictional crush
Ideal guy: has Matthias looks, Wylan`s sweetness, Jesper`s sense of humour and Kaz`s intelligence. OK, although I loved the guys from SoC, I can`t say I have a full-on crush like I have with the Darkling. They were all amazing, but I`d want them to be my friends, not my lovers. Then again, I`m a 28-year-old happily married woman, with a charming and very-real man. Quick question: are imaginary book boyfriends considered cheating? Nevermind, my fictional BAE is still deceased.

9. Newest favourite character
We should probably change this post`s title to "I luv Leigh Bardugo`s books". You`ve guessed it, I`m going to pick another Dreggs member. I`m not going to lie, it`s hard to pick just one. But I decided to go with the character I related to the most, the flamboyant Nina Zenik. She`s sweet, brave, loyal and loves to eat. My type of girl.

10. Book that made you cry
Definitely changing the name of this post. Like I mentioned earlier, the ending of "Crooked Kingdom" made sense. But that character deserved better, cause in the end, he had the biggest transformation. But I am a sucker for true love, so I do hope he`ll be reunited with his beloved in the afterlife. 

I`m curious to see what some of your answers would be, feel free to leave some in the comments section. Also, looking at this post, I`m more and more inclined to review "Six of Crows" and "Crooked Kingdom". I know everyone talked about these books already, but let me know if you`de be interested in seeing my thoughts in-depth. 

4 comments

  1. I am also obsessed with the Grishaverse, but especially the original trilogy! I also REALLY want to read Children of Blood and Bone! It sounds incredible! And YES to Gentleman's Guide!! I adore that book!!

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  2. We must have similar reading tastes because I need to read so many of the books you mentioned in this post. I just got a copy of Gentleman’s Guide. I still need to read Six of Crows and Children of Blood and Bone. I’m excited for What If It’s Us, too!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. Yesss, Six of Crows! It's remarkable how I cared about every single one of those characters. I usually love ensemble casts, but it can be tricky to make me care about all the characters when there are so many to keep track of. But I loved everyone in that duology.

    I was also disappointed by Everless. :/ I got an ARC and I saw it the whole way through, but I decided not to continue with the series. It was just "meh" for me.

    I can't freaking WAIT for What If It's Us! My guess is that Becky Albertalli will make us laugh while Adam Silvera makes us cry.

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  4. Ahh I'm loving all the Six of Crows appreciation here! BECAUSE YES. 😍They're so good and clever (and witty and funny!!) and I'm sooo excited that Leigh Bardugo says we'll probably get a 3rd someday *soft screaming* 😍😍I've read a ton of favourites this year (!!) but some of my top ones are probably The Wicker King, An Enchantment of Ravens, and Bright We Burn!! Also I did end up liking Everless, but um...not super much.πŸ˜‚It felt a bit predictable maybe?!

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