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Mid Year Book Freakout Tag πŸ’–

Mid Year Freakout Tag

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ’–Β It’s time for one of my favorite recurring Tags: The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag! I wasn’t tagged to do it, but I’m doing this one in the middle of every year to reflect on how the reading has been so far. I love doing this quick check in almost more than the end of the year lists, it’s just fun to evaluate my reading with the following questions. The Tag was created by Earl Grey Books and ReadLikeWildFire (who has since taken down the video though! I have linked all my existing Reviews for the books I choose on the cover!

I’m tagging …Β πŸ’– (as always, only if you want to!)

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Best Book you’ve read so far in 2019

Bloodwitch (Susan Dennard) πŸ’– I would have technically put this as the best sequel, because Bloodwitch is the strongest addition to the Witchlands Series so far. However, I think that it is truly my top book of the year so far, so it deserves this spot! πŸ’— I had hyped this one a lot for myself and joined the street team, but gladly it turned out to live up to these expectations. A lot of things are coming together for Bloodwitch and with all the plots converging, this sequel tops everything that came before. I love how the Series is getting better with each book as more hints are uncovered. I adore complex fantasy Series with so many layers!

Radio SilenceΒ (Alice Oseman) πŸ’– I loved reading I Was Born for This last year (it made it to my list of top 2018 books), but I had no expectations for Radio Silence. In the end however, this one stood apart and I had to include it as a second book for the prompt. (I love all the other books on my best of 2019 shelf, but it was so hard to choose a favorite, because they are all fantastic). Radio Silence just really got me by how realistic it was about academic pressure, fandom, friendships and what it means to be a teenager. I’m 100% happy that I got this at the beginning of the year, because I’m in love! 😍

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019

ArchenemiesΒ (Marissa Meyer) πŸ’– I’m just going to say this: Marissa Meyer tends to do really well with sequels as evident by the Lunar Chronicles. Archenemies was no exception, because I obviously loved it! I had such a fantastic personal reading experience, despite being full of action and stakes, I was so happy to be back in this world. I remember the sequel to Renegades very fondly and thought that it raised a lot of great new thematic discussions and oh the characters how I still adore them 😍 I do think this was a quieter book and that the big reveals will happen in the next one (to destroy us all emotionally at once).

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

Love from A to ZΒ (S.K. Ali) πŸ’– There are a lot of new releases that I haven’t read yet that were on my most anticipated list, but I picked the one I would most like to read soon! I have my last audible credit until the end of my trial, so it’s very likely that I will get the audiobook of Love from A to Z πŸ˜‰ The author’s debut book was a positive surprise last year and ended up becoming one of my favorites, therefore I’m incredibly excited to be checking out her newest release 😍 What I love about this one is that it’s set in Qatar, it’s nice to have a non-US and especially non-western setting in YA!

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Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Wayward SonΒ (Rainbow Rowell) πŸ’–Β The Tyrant’s TombΒ (Rick Riordan)Β πŸ’–Β SupernovaΒ (Marissa Meyer) πŸ’–

I’m actually going to be doing a post about my most anticipated releases for the last part of the year soon, so I won’t be going into much detail. However, I’m very excited for all three of these sequels, because they are part of Series that I love. I mean Carry On was originally meant to be a standalone book, but I’m surely not going to say no to a sequel, because I adored that book and it made me so happy. I’m very nervous about both Supernova (this is a Series finale aaaah) and The Tyrant’s Tomb, because I’m pretty sure both will make my heart hurt … a lot πŸ˜…

Biggest disappointment

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Again, but BetterΒ (Christine Riccio) πŸ’– I actually had relatively high hopes, because college and studying abroad are such cool themes that relate to me! However, … this ended up going wrong for me on so many levels. I’m glad that I had Swetlana to buddy read it with, so we could rant to each other πŸ˜„ Again, but better just didn’t hit the mark: the kind of cheating put me off and it was crammed with too many pop culture references – I usually like that, but not this much! It also made me a bit uncomfortable how much the main character was like Christine, writing and character voice should be kept strictly separate. I’m a bit sad, because I watched all of Christine’s writing updates, but her book didn’t do it for me.

To Kill a KingdomΒ (Alexandra Christo) πŸ’– *awkward silence* because I saw so many fellow bloggers loving this one, but it was a bit of a letdown for my personally. I still love the concept and potential of this one – I mean it had so many of my buzzwords: hate to love, sirens, forbidden love!!! – but I wasn’t a fan of the execution. The characters fell flat for me, with too much telling and not enough showing and as a result the romance ended up not convincing me either 😒 I desperately wanted to love this one as much as everyone else, but in the end I didn’t care much for the story.

Biggest surprise

The SpeakerΒ (Traci Chee) πŸ’– Now this was a BIG surprise, let me tell you!! I liked the first book alright, but didn’t really care about the characters at all, it was a weaker 4 star read and idk how I would rate a reread. But THIS sequel was fantastic and improved by 100% 😱 I cannot believe that these books are so different, because the Speaker suddenly took every aspect of the book up a notch. The characters suddenly got me invested and were so much more complex, the plotline got intricate and full of stakes. Basically, I loved this one, I highly recommend sticking with this Series!Β Let's Talk (2)

Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)

Claire KannΒ πŸ’– A lot of my 5 star reads this year have been by authors that I have read about before, so this was surprisingly hard! However, I really want to give a shoutout to Claire Kann, because I loved her most recent book and think that she deserves some more love! If It Makes You Happy was so fantastic when it came to healthy communication, trust and loving someone, that it really stood out to me. I cannot wait to read her first book Let’s Talk about Love, because I have been wanting to read it for some time now as well! 😍

Newest favorite character

Aziraphale & CrowleyΒ (Good Omens)Β πŸ’– Spoiler: I’m going to be gushing about the TV Show farther down this post, because I adore their TV selves, but I do like Aziraphale and Crowley in the book too πŸ’• They are an angel and a demon, who have been forbidden allies forever and are basically like soulmates. I love them SO much; they are chaotic and strangely human and have such an interesting dynamic that the show really portrayed well. I loved seeing the blurred lines between good vs. evilΒ  and how it’s basically about them trying to save the world while not being competent at all πŸ˜‚ They are my loves!!

Book that made you cry

If There’s No TomorrowΒ (Jennifer L. Armentrout) πŸ’– Oh this one was a real tearjerker. It deals with a horrible tragedy occurring in the main character’s life that I won’t name because of spoilers, but I can state that it deals with loss and grief, so of course this is a sadder, heavier book. It really got me due to some personal stuff that recently happened, so I was really crying for the second part, but a good cathartic kind of crying. This one was really emotional and tugged at my heart 😭 I feel like JLA can do emotional contemporaries well, see: The Problem with Forever, a book I also loved two years ago!

Let's Talk (2)Book that made you happy

AngelfallΒ (Susan Ee) πŸ’–Β Is it bad that I almost didn’t have a book for this one? πŸ˜‚ I should read more happy books, I don’t know why I couldn’t really think of one that made me super happy. I loved reading a lot of books, but usually there is lots of emotional investment and then pain. Angelfall isn’t the coziest book out there (it is about the apocalypse, so things are looking bad), but I honestly loved the banter between Penryn and Rafe, especially the ‘bird with an attitude’ one, a true classic! I also loved my reread of Carry On, as that book makes me always happy! πŸ’•

Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation

Good OmensΒ (Amazon Prime) πŸ’–Β Hello this is my new obsession. You might have noticed that already if you follow me on Twitter, because I have been retweeting a lot about it recently (Whenever, I saw someone on my Timeline love it too, my heart melted πŸ’—) As you can see above this is a book to miniseries adaptations! I read Good Omens at the end of March and really enjoyed it (giving it 4 stars), even though it was hard to read. I thought it was cool that there was an adaption just conveniently waiting for me that looked promising … I was expecting this to be a casual watch. But no, I got deeply obsessed with the show (so. GOOD. a million stars out of ten) and the cHARACTERS!!! I love them!!! I’m very happy that I had my friend Sandra to fangirl with me 😍 Good Omens officially saved 2019 for me!!! πŸ’– Here is a not so subtle hint to watch it if you’re interested, it’s really, really good!

Crowley & Aziraphale, my faves (see a few prompts above) πŸ’–πŸ’—πŸ’•

Favorite Review

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I put so much effort into this one, because I LOVED it!! 😍

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

A Court of Wings and RuinΒ (Sarah J. Maas)Β πŸ’–Β The Blood of OlympusΒ (Rick Riordan) πŸ’–

Well, I have only read 1 book from my 2019 TBR and we’re already halfway through the year, so that’s not good πŸ˜… These two books are among the 9 remaining on said TBR and I really, really should have read them like a long time ago. I got caught up with the Heroes of Olympus Series like … oh almost a year ago, but somehow never got to the last book, so that’s awkward. It will happen this summer though! I have also postponed reading ACOWAR, despite loving the first two books and already having read them twice … maybe it’s the size that intimidates me.

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What is the best book you’ve read so far? What is a new release you haven’t gotten to yet?Β πŸ’–

 

27 thoughts on “Mid Year Book Freakout Tag πŸ’–

  1. Ahhh, loved your answers Caro, my heart is bursting with happiness because RADIO SILENCE. Yes. I adore this book so much ahhhh I’m so happy you enjoyed it, too. ❀ And thank youu for reminding me of reading The Speaker, I loved the reader SO much and can't wait to continue on with this series ❀
    Thank you for tagging me πŸ™‚

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  2. Thanks so much for tagging me! This is one of my favorite tags to read, so now I have the perfect excuse to do it myself πŸ˜€

    I’m so happy to hear that Radio Silence has been one of your favorite books this year ❀ I think Good Omens is also my favorite adaptation that I've watched…SO GOOD! And I also can't wait for Wayward Son!!

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    1. You’re welcome! πŸ™‚ The Tag really is one of my favortites as well, I like to do it every year πŸ˜„

      Radio Silence was such a fantastic book, I flew through it and ended up absolutely loving it 😍 The Good Omens Show has become one of my all time favorites, I just LOVE it!! πŸ’– I really need Wayward Son as well!

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  3. YAY, you did this tag too! I loved hearing your answers and seeing that you’ve had a rather great reading you with some awesome books!

    The biggest of YESes to Wayward Son! I love that the author is apparently going to talk about the aftermath of a huge situation in that book because I think it’s something we don’t see often enough. Books usually end with a big climax fight and then we get a quick glance at the characters’ happy endings. This should be a super interesting read for sure!

    I honestly need to make it a priority already to finally read Renegades within the next few months. xD I keep being out of the loop for the hype because I haven’t gotten a copy of the book yet and it’s not on Audible Germany.

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    1. Thank you!! I had luck to be reading so many great books this year so far ❀

      I LOVE that as well, we don’t really see what happens after the hero saves the day nearly often enough, so I’m super curious to see how the author is going to address the whole aftermath of the big finale πŸ˜„

      Yes pleeeeeease read Renegades, it’s a really great book πŸ’• I don’t know why they won’t give you the audiobook on Audible, that’s unfortunate 😱 Hopefully they’ll put it up eventually!

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  4. OMG I loved Good Omens so much too! It was just so fun and wholesome, and David Tennant and Michael Sheen were PHENOMENAL. The supporting cast (John Hamm, Miranda Richardson, Michael McKean, Jack Whitehall, Adria Arjona, and the kids) were so so great too. I’d read the book years ago and didn’t remember half of what had happened but enjoyed the show so so much.

    I’m sorry to hear you didn’t click with To Kill a Kingdom… It’s one of my favourite reads of 2018 but hey, to each their own πŸ™‚ I hope you get to read a great mermaid book soon, and there are so many to choose from nowadays!

    Amazing post, Caro ❀

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    1. I’m so glad to hear that you loved Good Omens as well, it was AMAZING ❀ I loved David and Michael’s performance, they really took the show to another level! The supporting cast really did an amazing job as well! I read the book pretty recently, but need to reread it soon πŸ™‚

      I really wanted to like it more, but sometimes that simply doesn’t happen. I do hope to find another mermaid books, that maybe speaks to me more πŸ˜„

      Thank you! πŸ’•

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  5. GAHHHH I’ve always wanted to do this tag but always forget… so thanks for tagging me Caro ❀ You’re answers were so great. I’ve been wanting to read Radio Silence because so many rave about it… I forget about contemporary books though. I also was so surprised what you said about The Speaker… My friend read the first and hated it… I never would have thought the sequel was so much better. Good to know. I want to get to If it makes you happy too! It looks like an underrated book that I would love.

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    1. You’re welcome ❀ Thank you! Radio Silence was really a positive surprise for me and ended up being just as great as the hype surrounding it promised πŸ˜„ I liked The Reader, but it was weak compared to book 2, The Speaker is so much better! I was shocked myself when I read the book 😱 If It Makes You Happy is a great summer contemporary! β˜€

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  6. I got Love From A to Z out from the library and I’m so excited to read it! I also loved Angelfall for the exact reason you mentioned! Even though it’s an apocalyptic book it managed to have lots of lighthearted undertones, which I prefer in my fantasy/sci-fi.

    Also, Wayward Son is my MOST anticipated book of 2019! I can’t wait to reread Carry On beforehand and have two full books of Simon and Baz! And I’ve read Good Omens and now really need to watch the TV show since I’ve heard such great things!

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    1. I hope you end up liking Love From A to Z! I have really high hopes for this one 😍 I really cannot wait to continue with the Angefall books, I love some dystopian books that still have lots of great banter 😍

      I’m SO excited for Wayward Son, I loved Carry On so much and I cannot wait to be reunited with Simon and Baz! ❀ Good Omens is really good, I love the show soo much!

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    1. I love Crowley and Aziraphale so much! 😍 I agree that the book is a bit hard to get through, but the show is a lot more clear πŸ™‚ Book 3 destroyed me, so idk how I will manage to get through book 4 😱

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  7. Why haven’t I read Radio Silence yet? I’ve wanted this book since day 1 and yet it has eluded me every step of the way 😭 You’ve got me super excited with The Speaker as well! I have The Reader on my shelf from the library which I picked up after Marie’s review and for Year of Asian Stories and now I clearly need to make sure I have the sequel lined up once I’m done.

    Great monster post as always!

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    1. I can really, really recommend it! I only got to it recently, but it’s sooo good 😍 It’s definitely worth it, because The Speaker really takes things to the next level and was such an intriguing book πŸ™‚

      Thank you!! πŸ˜„πŸ’–

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