2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag was originally created by booktubers Read Like Wildfire and Earl Grey Books. I’m a little late with this tag because as usual, it started showing up first before I remembered to do it. And I kind of dragged my feet when it came to editing it as well. I’ve been reading less compared to last year, but I’ve been picking up some really good reads. I’ve only had a handful of two and one star reads, so regardless of the number of books I end up reading this year, as long as this number is low, I consider it a successful reading year. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018?

As of the end of June, I’ve read six five-star reads and while this isn’t the biggest number, I’ve had tons of four-star reads that came close. So far in 2018, my favorite read it Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s The Beautiful Ones. I didn’t expect to like this one so much, but it cast a spell on me. I found the story enchanting and the characters hard to forget.

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018?

While I liked Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost, I loved Bruja Born. Lula was a character I could related too and one I cheered for throughout. The best part about the sequel was its emphasis on the Mortiz’s sister relationships. I loved seeing these three come together despite how different they were, how they learn from their mistakes, and how much they supported one another.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

I’ve had Emily X.R. Pan’s The Astonishing Color of After for a few months now. I bought it because so many bloggers praised it and I was completely taken by the writing when reading excerpts, but I just hadn’t had time to read it yet. This summer, I will read it…I hope.

4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2018?

I have an eARC of Anna-Marie McLemore’s Blanca & Roja sitting in my tablet and am so stoked to get to it. I will buy every book this author writes. You can write that in stone. Put it on my grave.

5. Biggest Disappointment?

I haven’t had too many disappointing reads this year, but I was really looking forward to Kristina Perez’s Sweet Black Waves. The romance was unbearable and the other relationships puzzling. If I hadn’t read an ARC of this one, I probably would have DNFed.

6. Biggest Surprise?

I picked up Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince based on hype alone and was surprised to find that it lived up to said hype. Black can write complicated and multi-layered characters. Jude is one of my favorite protagonist I’ve met so far this year.

7. Favorite New Author?

Elizabeth Acevedo blew me away with her poetry in The Poet X. I don’t read a lot of novels in verse, but this one makes me want to pick up more.

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

At the top of my head, I don’t think I have any new bookish crushes, but I do have a lot of friend crushes. In some other world, Dimple from Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi and Janna from S.K. Ali’s Saints and Misfits (I’m cheating with this one because technically I picked it up in July) are my BFFs.

9. Newest Favorite Character?

Jane from Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation is the most complete and complex character I read this year. I loved her strengths and her weaknesses, and I think both made her character feel more real.

10. Book That Made You Cry?

Adam Silvera knows how to make me cry and History Is All You Left Me is no exception. I love that Silvera allows his characters to be flawed, to make terrible mistakes, but still remain the kind you root for.

11. Book That Made You Happy?

This was on my list last year as a book I needed to read, but hadn’t yet and now that I finally have read it, I am so happy. Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi made me smile from start to finish and I can’t think of the last time a book made me this happy.

12. Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?

I finally watched Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time and I loved it. I thought it was beautifully done and managed to scrub from my brain that horrible adaptation they made years ago.

13. Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year?

This is always a hard question to answer, but I’m going to go with my review of The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This book made writing a review easy which doesn’t happen often. Go check it out!

14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?

I really like the cover to Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone. I felt its epicness even before I opened its pages.


15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

I made a list of summer TBR books I’d like to get to (you can check out the full list here). These are the ones I’ve owned the longest, so it would be really nice to finally get to them.

What’s your favorite book so far in 2018? Tell me your new favorite author. What book are you hoping to get to before the year is out? Leave me a link in the comments to your own Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag post.

37 thoughts on “2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

  1. I hesitated for quite a while with the last Lara Jean book. It was bittersweet, and I am still hoping Han wants to revisit that world. WDMR really is a made-me-happy book. I am smiling just thinking about it.

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  2. I loved reading your answers! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed Bruja Born. I haven’t read Labyrinth Lost yet but I think it sounds really good. I love reading about witches and after hearing your take on it, I’m excited to learn more about the characters and their relationships too. I just looked up the synopsis for Blanca & Roja and it sounds so unique! I can definitely see why you’re excited for it. I’m reading The Cruel Prince right now and I’m enjoying it so far. I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews so hearing some positive feedback makes me feel more confident that I’ll enjoy it. The Astonishing Color of After, When Dimple Met Rishi, and Children of Blood and Bone (which is beautiful) are all on my TBR. I hope you read even more incredible books by the end of the year! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much! If you love witches and sister relationships, the Brooklyn Brujas series is perfect. I can’t wait to be enchanted by Blanca & Roja. I hope you enjoy the rest of The Cruel Prince. I was happily surprised by it. I hope you enjoy all these that are on your TBR!

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  3. I’m in the same situation with The Astonishing Color of After, I’ve had it for so long but there’s just too many books to read! Summer is passing by so fast but I’m still hopeful I’ll find time to read it soon 😀

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  4. I was looking forward to Sweet Black Waves, but I’ve seen SO many disappointing reviews, I decided to delete it from my TBR. But I’m glad you had so many good reads!

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  5. Oh gosh, History Is All You Left Me is definitely an emotional read. I hope to FINALLY read They Both Die at the End soon, but I’m sure that will leave me heartbroken too. I love that you have friend crushes from books. When Dimple Met Rishi was a really cute read! 🙂 I still need to read The Poet X!


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  6. Six five-star reads in the first half of the year definitely shows that overall you read some good books! I’ve only had three 5-star reads, and one of them is a Harry Potter reread so it doesn’t really count… I guess I’m just a little bit hesitant to rate something 5 stars, because I feel like so far this year has had a lot of good books for me. Best of luck for the second half of the year, and hope you get to read all the books you want to read! 🙂

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  7. My best read so far this year is Children of Blood and Bone, that book is a masterpiece!! I have yet to read TCP because of the mix reviews haha. You rave so much about When Dimple Met Rishi it makes me want to read it immediately!!!

    Rec: Roo Panes-Ophelia

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  8. I really want to read The Astonishing Color of After too. I’ve seen so many good things about it. I am so happy that The Cruel Prince lived up to the hype. I am impatiently waiting for the sequel. I just got Dread Nation on e-book sale this month and I am super stoked to read it.

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  9. The Astonishing Color of After was fantastic – beautifully written, with fleshed out characters who are impossible not to love. I want to read, but don’t yet own The Beautiful Ones, so I’ll probably read another book by the author first, Certain Dark Things. I’m glad you enjoyed The Cruel Prince – it is one of my favorites of this year.

    Answering to your questions – favorite books so far, besides The Cruel Prince, are The Kiss Quotient and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Also, I’ve just read The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager, and adored it. I need to get to American Gods and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman this year. And here’s my Mid Year Book Freak Out – https://reading-is-dreaming-with-open-eyes.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-mid-year-book-freak-out.html

    Fantastic post, and wish you a happy rest of 2018. 🙂

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    1. I loved both Certain Dark Things and The Beautiful Ones. They are very different books, but so good. I want to pick up both The Kiss Quotient and Eveyn Hugo. Everyone is raving about those. I love The Graveyard Book so much. Thank you!


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