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The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

It's been a while since I've done a tag! I've seen this one in a lot of places, but I didn't really think about doing it until I saw Cait @ Paper Fury's post, especially considering that as of now, it's not quite the middle of the year anymore. But it looked fun, and I didn't exactly have a great post idea, so I figured I'd go for it. Considering the timing, though, I'm not going to tag anyone else - if you want to do it, though, go for it! Maybe you don't care as much about that as I apparently do.

BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR SO FAR - I reviewed this book back in March, and I still haven't read anything that's surpassed it: THE HEARTBEATS OF WING JONES, the book so amazing that I had to read it twice in a row. I'm not sure whether I've been talking about this book enough, because I need you all to read it, and I don't think that's happened yet. Do it. It's worth it.

BEST SEQUEL OF THE YEAR SO FAR - My first read of the year, GEMINA! I had a few problems with it, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. And it made me incredibly excited for OBSIDIO!

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN'T READ YET BUT WANT TO - I really need to read WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI. I've heard such amazing things, and I want to get to it this summer, and there are so many people ahead of me in the library holds line that I might just give in and buy it.

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR AUTUMN/WINTER - There are so many great ones that my number one spot keeps changing all the time. Right now, it's probably INTO THE BRIGHT UNKNOWN, because the Gold Seer Trilogy is one of my all-time favorites and I can't believe it's almost over, but luckily, I have an entire post with my top twelve right here.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR SO FAR - I've had a pretty good reading year, quality-wise if not quantity-wise, but the stand-out disappointment has to be ATTACHMENTS. I've never been the biggest fan of Rainbow Rowell, but I've liked all the other books of hers I've read. This one...not so much.

BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR SO FAR - This is one of my most recent reads: NORTH OF HAPPY. I thought I would like it - about seven chapters in, I realized that it was going to be a lot better than I expected it to be. And this time, I was right. I loved it!

NEW FAVORITE AUTHOR - Mindy McGinnis. I was saying she was one of my favorite authors ever since I read A MADNESS SO DISCREET in 2015, but reading THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES, another new favorite, this year, really solidified her place in my top authors list.

YOUR NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER - I'm gonna (probably) be super unoriginal and say Molly Peskin-Suso from THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED. She's just so great! Her cooking/decorating/general Pinterest-ing skills are just absolute goals. And she's super relatable as a bonus.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY - There were a couple this year that made me cry, but the one that I needed a sobbing recovery period for was another new favorite: THE NAMES THEY GAVE US. It was just so beautiful, and so heartbreaking, and so emotional, and so perfect.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY - Definitely NOTEWORTHY! This was absolutely hilarious - I laughed out loud so many times, and for most of the book, I couldn't keep the smile off my face. I know I'm going to be rereading this as a feel-good book at some point.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK SO FAR - For the sake of not repeating books (because look at the cover for THE NAMES THEY GAVE US), I'm going to say A LIST OF CAGES. It's not a spectacular cover (by my standards) when you first look at it, but when you read the book and really start to understand what it I seem to have been stabbed in the heart, as it's the only explanation for the pain I'm feeling.

Have you done this tag? Are you going to? What's your favorite book of the year been so far? Tell me in the comments!


  1. Ok.... I did not notice the connection with the cover for ALoC and now I need to go lie down and die for a bit..... Also I considered doing this tag too and now you're making me want to do it but also it's not the middle of the year anymore ugh.

    1. Really?? Well, I'm glad I pointed it out then! And really, go do the tag if you want! I don't think anyone's out there with a rulebook and a deadline. If they are, I'm in trouble too, so we can rebel together.


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