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. 


  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!!

  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!

  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.

  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?!