Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2017

It`s that time of the year again, when you reflect on the first half of the year and think about all the resolutions you broke so far. Because June is almost over and most of us are still poor, fat and miserable. On a more serious note though, this is the perfect time to monitor your progress and see where you stand with your goals. In terms of reading, I am very pleased with myself. My goal was to read 50 books and so far I`ve read 28, which puts me ahead of my target. With that in mind, I thought it would be a nice idea to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

1. Best book you`ve read so far
This year I`ve read some amazing books and it was hard to narrow it down to ONE. But the one that impressed me the most was "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. When you read a historical fiction novel set during the World War Two you know you`re in for an emotional rollercoaster and this book did not disappoint. I also loved the fact that Death was the narrator. I thought it was an original thing to do and it added to the uniqueness of the story.

2. Best sequel you`ve read so far
The Fate of The Tearling

None. Because this year I was good at starting series and terrible at finishing them. The only sequel that I`ve read was "The Fate of the Tearling" which ruined my favourite trilogy and I`d rather not think about it.

3. New releases you haven`t read yet but want to
"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas. I will be buddy reading it with my best friend sometimes around July - August. I know it addresses some important topics about today`s society and I`m 100% positive that it will end up on my Favourite Books of 2017 list.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
There are quite a few, as you can see from this list. But I`ll go with "They Both Die At The End" by Adam Silvera. Because he`s freaking ADAM SILVERA and he`s a God. Well, maybe not. But he`s so successful at creating beautiful and heartbreaking stories.

5. Biggest disappointment
"Caraval" by Stephanie Garber. I was so excited when I first read the plot. I thought we`ll be in for a magical ride that involves a circus and two sisters that will do anything for each other. Instead, we got the worst case of insta love, which is my least favourite trope. And that sisterly bond was as realistic as Kim K`s butt. If you want to know more about my problems with this book, check out my review.

6. Biggest surprise
I`ve finally finished "Pride and Prejudice" (third time is the charmer). I can`t say that it`s my favourite classic, but I liked the characters. Mr Bennet has a special place in my heart and Darcy wasn`t too shabby either.

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you)
Patrick Ness. I think he`s an outstanding writer who can do no wrong. The man wrote everything, from middle-grade dystopian to YA contemporary with magical elements.  I know "Release" is already out in the UK and I`m planning on reading it very soon.

8. Newest fictional crush
I have recently started the Grisha trilogy and I hate to say it, but the hype surrounding the Darkling is real. I`m not one to fall for the bad guys, so that says a lot about Leigh Bardugo`s writing skills. At this point, I`m obsessed with this series and I need a Grisha TV Show. Possibly on the CW, as they select only hotties for their shows. (and don`t cancel everything like ABC/Freeform)

9. Newest favourite character
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon from "Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli. He`s such a precious character! I think that if someone put the word adorkable into a dictionary next to it there`d be a picture of Simon.

10. Book that made you cry
A Monster Calls

Again, it was hard to choose because I have read my fair share of emotional books this year. So I will go with the first book that made me cry this year and that is " A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness. It`s a beautiful story about pain and loss and eventually moving on. Because my grandma died of cancer a few years ago, I felt a particular connection with this book and it`s definitely one of the best novels I have read this year.

11. Book that made you happy
"When Dimple Met Rishi" by Sandhya Menon. This is such a cute summer read! At the beginning of this novel, Dimple and Rishi are complete opposites. So it was fun to see their interactions and their developing feelings. There`s a review coming soon, where I`ll go into more details.

12. Most beautiful book you`ve bought so far this year (or received)

"Caraval", which makes me angry because I don`t understand how such a gorgeous novel can be so poorly written. Clearly, you should never judge a book by its cover.

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
There are a lot, but I`d like to finish The Grisha trilogy and The Six of Crows Duology.

14. Favourite book community members
I can`t answer that because I love everyone. And I know that this is not Miss America and I shouldn`t give generic answers, but it`s true. Also, if I pick someone, I might forget someone else and I`d hate that. So yeah, I love everyone!


  1. Oh I love this post! I kind of skipped my mid year blog goals check in post, because I know the results are disappointing. WAH! And I wholeheartedly agree, Adam Silvera is a god & ps. he gives the best hugs!

    1. Nooooooooooooooo way, I`m so jealous you got to meet him. But also happy for you, as he is an amazing human being!

  2. Fun tag and I enjoy getting your answers. I want to read a few that are on your list, too. The Grisha Trio and Simon. The Hate U Give caught my eye in a few earlier reviews.
    Bummer about Caraval, but I've had a few look promising then fizzle on me, too.

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Caraval was disappointing for me, but I know many people loved it. I am happy that the Grisha hype is real though, such an amazing world!

  3. I think this is a great tag to do. I usually one do the end of the year survey one, but it's nice to take a look at your progress in the middle of the year. Do you happen to know who created this tag? I'd like to take part, but also want to give credit where credit is due. I love The Book Thief so much. I haven't reread ti since picking it up the first time, but it's had such an impact. The Hate U Give is an absolute must. It's one of the most powerful books I've read ever. Hope you get a chance to read it and that the second half of 2017 is full of amazing reads!

    1. There are a few variations of this tag and I did not see the source, but I`ll definitely look into it. Depending on when my bff has time, I`m hoping to get to The Hate U Give real soon.

  4. I loved The Book Thief so much that I wrote my thesis on it in grad school. I also need to read The Hate U Give and They Both Die At The End. I love Patrick Ness and am excited for his new book.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. That sounds so cool!I know Release is already out in the UK, does he have another one coming out?

  5. Ah yes Caraval was disappointing to quite a few people it seems. I haven't read it myself, but I'm considering it just so I can form my own opinion! Also, it has an absolutely gorgeous cover :P
    I haven't read any Patrick Ness but I fully intend to this year! That cover you have photographed of his is absolutely flipping gorgeous. I'm totally not a cover-buyer NOPE.

    1. We never buy books for their cover, nope sir! Thanks for the compliment, I`m very glad with how that photo turned out. OH, you NEED Patrick Ness in your life.

  6. Oh, I lovelovelove Patrick Ness! His books are always so interesting, different, and smart. The Chaos Walking trilogy is amazing. I totally thought I wouldn't get into it but I did and I've read everything he's written since!

    1. I did not start The Chaos Walking Trilogy yet, but I`m 99% sure I`ll love it.

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    1. It is, I have no idea how anyone can dislike that book. It`s the best.

  8. Gasp, I have yet to read The Book Thief and it has been in my 'tbr' for at least 3 years now, maybe 4 years! I don't know why I've put it off for so long. But I need to read it sooner rather than later.

    1. I think that it`s a wonderful book. One that you`ll enjoy any time you pick it, because the story and writing are THAT good.

  9. I LOVED the Book Thief- it was one of A Blogging Good Read when I did it and it was fab!