The Mid Year Freak Out Tag – 2019 Edition!

The year is halfway gone already (WHAT?!) so it’s time to FREAK OUT and reflect on what I’ve accomplished in my bookish life and what I still hope to accomplish before the end of the year. I look forward to this post every single year and this will be the third edition. If you’re interested in the previous years, clickย HERE for the 2018 tagย and clickย HERE for the 2017 tag. loved looking through the last two posts and seeing what I was loving and hoping to accomplish. It created a bit of a problem though….. my excitement about the books I mentioned made me want to read them all over again!!! But there are still so many books to get to in 2019…. too many books, too little time! Anyways, let’s see how 2019 has treated me so far…..

1 – THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019:

Starting this tag off with some stellar decision making….. I couldn’t choose just one! AND, there have been so many amazing books this year, it was even hard to only mention just 5!!! This is making me realize just how impossible it’s going to be to pick a top 10 for the year!!!

2 – YOUR FAVOURITE SEQUEL THIS YEAR:

in an absent dream

This book….. GOD THIS BOOK! I’ve loved all of the books in this series (*cough* the second book was shit though *cough*) but this one stands out above the rest. I loved this book SOOOO much! I loved the story, the characters, the world….. SO GOOD!!! I honestly think that the world and its rules will go down in history as one of my all time favourite worlds. I’m so glad that this is a series of short novellas so that I can reread them quickly!

3 – A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT REALLY WANT TO:

Middlegame

Apparently we’re keeping on the Seanan Mcguire train for a minute. I’ve heard nothing but high praise for this book. Even from people that I wouldn’t expect to love it. It’s quite big though, and I haven’t been in the right frame of mind just yet. I actually did try and start it last week and I immediately realized that this one is going to take some brain power to understand…… I don’t have that capacity at the moment! LOL!

4 – MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR:

Darkdawn

I NEED THIS BOOK AND I NEED IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know I’m obsessed with Jay Kristoff (putting things mildly). I know this book will crush my soul and make me throw a temper tantrum fit for the most spoiled of 3 year olds, but I need it none the less! I need to know what happens, and I need more of Jay Kristof’s unflinching writing….. my soul calls to you Darkdawn!

5 – YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:

The librarian of auschwitz

This really hurts to say, but The Librarian of Auschwitz was hands down the biggest disappointment this year. There was so much hype surrounding this book. And, most of all, there was so much promise for an amazing story! But it fell flat and I was bored to tears. It was impossible for me to read through this and not compare it to other books that are similar to this one…… there are far too many books out there that touched the subject better.

6 – BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR:

With the fire on high

I don’t hide the fact that YA contemporary isn’t usually my thing. I’m in my mid (ok, fine, late…) 30’s so it’s usually hard to relate to teenage “problems”. But this book….. it’s probably hands down my favourite YA contemporary to date! The characters were phenomenal, the story was hard hitting and real, the romance was slow and realistic…. I could go on for ages! This book was everything!

7 – FAVOURITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR:

A Thousand years to wait

I might be a little biased….. but L. Ryan Storms has emerged onto the writing scene and the world should be thankful! This is a slow burning fantasy that captured my heart and her writing is smooth and grabs your attention. This is the type of book that you want to lay down in and make snow angels with the words. I know you love the cover (just look at it!!!), and I’m pleased to say that the inside matches the outside ๐Ÿ™‚

8 – YOUR NEW FICTIONAL CRUSH:

Hmmmm I actually don’t think that I have one yet this year! I loved both Alex and Prince Henry in Red, White, and Royal blue but……. I have the wrong plumbing for them! LOL!!!!!

9 – NEW FAVOURITE CHARACTER:

The lies of Locke Lamora

Hands down…… Locke Lamora!!! The king of cunning and smart-assery. He’s bloody brilliant, has a plan A, B, C, D…. all the way through Z, has a mouth that he backs up with action….. I loved him so much! He also has the best one liner in a book, and that is – “Nice bird, asshole.” Yup, that’s why I love him!

10 – A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY:

Red white and royal blue

This hasn’t been the year for books to make me cry, so it was really hard to think of something to list for this question. I did cry at least once and got teary eyed MANY times. I think it was the fact that this book caught my emotions off guard that made me cry! It wasn’t always sad tears either. It was happy, sad, excited, overwhelmed, and so many more emotions. My heart wasn’t prepared for this rollercoaster!

11 – A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY:

Kiss the girl

Ever since I met Ariel in the first book of this series, I knew that her book would be my favourite. She’s so feisty, bold, in your face, dirty, foul mouthed, fearless….. basically me! She was the one I related to most…… but it wasn’t until I read this book that I realized just how much I would relate to her! This book was perfection. Made me feel better that I’m not the only one who hides her pain and insecurity with a loud mouth and fearless words. I had all the emotions!

12 – YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION THAT YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR:

Once again, this one is easy….. I haven’t seen any!! There are so many adaptations out there right now but, in order to watch them, I would need to stop reading and actually watch something! The worst part of this admission – I’ve had the DVD of The Hate You Give sitting on my coffee table for months……… but I just haven’t watched it!!

13 – FAVOURITE BLOG POST YOU’VE PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:

This touched a bit of a nerve with me. I’ve really been struggling over the last few months to come up with original and creative content. I’ve really only had the time to stick to reviews, wrap ups, haul’s and TBR’s. Pretty much all of my creativity gets put into Top 5 Tuesday (which isn’t a bad thing necessarily). And I feel like my lack of originality is making my blog suffer a little. I plan on making creativity more of a priority for the remainder of 2019.

Whew! Long winded intro to that question…… the answer is –ย If You Like This Then #19. This was the first If You Like This recommendation post of 2019, and it was also the recommendation post that had both Jay Kristoff AND Brandon Sanderson in the same post! You can’t get more epic than this!!!

14 – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK THAT YOU’VE BOUGHT/RECEIVED THIS YEAR:

A Thousand years to wait

No need to explain this choice – JUST LOOK AT IT!!!!!

15 – WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BOOKS THAT YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

These are just a few of the MOUNTAIN OF BOOKS that are my TBR pile. All of these books have been sitting on my immediate TBR pile, and I swear I’m going to read them next…. but I NEVER do! I really hope that I can get to them before the end of the year!!

Flower divider

The tag is over, and I’m officially freaking out looking at all the books I want to get to by the end of the year! I’m also a little overwhelmed but how many top notch books i’ve read this year! Here are some bloggers I would love to share my middle of the year anxiety with…… (sorry!):

I Should Read Thatย ——ย Kyera’s Libraryย ——ย Shades Of Paperย ——ย Anxious Nachos
Meeghan Readsย ——ย CJR The Britย ——ย Lili’s Blissful Pagesย ——ย Much Ado About Books
A Fictional Bookwormย ——ย The Punk Theoryย ——ย Storeys of Stories

If this sounds like a fun post, feel free to consider yourself tagged!!! I LOVE these types of tags and can’t wait to see your answers!

Until next time, happy reading!

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. Loved reading your answers! I really need to read The Lies of Locke Lamora.

    A Wayward Children book was my favourite sequel so far as well. I still need to read In an Absent Dream but I am putting it off until closer to the release of the next book!

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  2. in an absent dream was one of my favourite sequels too, i just posted my own one of these

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  3. evelynreads1 says:

    I think this is my favourite tag! Loved reading your answers ๐Ÿ™‚

    (Www.evelynreads.com)

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  4. Oh thank you so much for tagging me Shanah. I’ve been doing this tag in the last couple of years and enjoying it. I also enjoy reading your answers. ๐Ÿ™‚ Will do this very soon.

    I’m so excited to read Red, White and Royal Blue. Once I get my hands on it, I’ll read it. And I’m now intrigued and interested to read “Kiss the Girl” ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Such a great list! I really need to read The Lies of Locke Lamora!!! I JUST finally got a copy of The Fifth Season and I am super psyched to read it. This is a great tag for the middle of the year.

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  6. I love the title :))) What I love most tho is what you read this year so far! There’s lots of them I didn’t get to and I want to… the only problem is that my tbr list could last me for 3 life times! need help…

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  7. Middlegame!!!! I CANNOT shove this book at people more, it’s my FAVORITE book of the year SO FAR โค T_T

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  8. CJR The Brit says:

    This is a great tag! Thank you so much for tagging me *runs off to do mine* ๐Ÿ˜

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  9. THE WRONG PLUMBING!!! I AM DYING!! I am also currently reading Red White and Royal Blue and girl. That comment made me cry :]
    I have to get mine done at some point… I have been putting it off for a bit now :]

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  10. I really want to squeeze in WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH sometime this year, I’m a sucker for content with cooking in it (something I, myself, am terrible at) and I’ve heard amazing things!

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  11. Thank for the tag, this post looks so much fun!

    I still haven’t read anything by Seanan McGuire and I really really really need to just do it, I keep hearing so many great things.

    Also I 100000% second reading The Fifth Season soon, I adore that series!

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    1. Seanan Mcguire is one of my favourite authors now! Iโ€™m going to be reading Middlegame soon, which will be the first thing outside of the Wayward Children series, and I canโ€™t wait!! Her writing is obsessive!
      Iโ€™ve heard nothing but good things about The Fifth season. It really needs to happen before the end of the year!

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  12. Arghhhh!! Now that I am catching up with life I am super keen for this one, so thank you for the tag Shanah. Also, your blog is beautiful and I love all of your posts, so you shouldn’t feel down about not having original content. Tags, wraps-ups, hauls and top 5 lists all need brain power and good words to pull them together as well xxx

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    1. Thanks so much. This made me feel so much better. I really needed to hear that ๐Ÿ˜˜

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      1. But seriously, you put SO much effort into all your posts. I love them!!

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  13. I just read Godsgrave and that ending!!! Now I also really want to read Darkdawn!

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    1. Godsgrave nearly killed me. This whole series is killing me!!

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  14. I might take me a while to get to this tag, but the post will come! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  15. Ruqs says:

    Ahh great post!! I havent done nearly enough reading as I would like to this year – luckily I have the summer to pull my socks up!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Amber says:

    So glad you loved Locke Lamora – that was one of my favorites in my 2018 tag, actually. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, sending some hugs your way because you should never feel down because you aren’t posting intense discussion posts. Blog posts, even the “simple” ones like reviews can take an age. You put a lot of effort in to have upbeat, comprehensive posts and I enjoy them… so don’t get down on yourself – you’re perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Awwweeeee!!! Thanks so much! I really needed to see this today ๐Ÿ˜ขโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Amber says:

        ๐Ÿ’” Oh no, Iโ€™m so sorry to hear youโ€™re not having a good day. โ˜น๏ธ I hope things look up soon! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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        1. I was having a great day yesterday actually ๐Ÿ™‚ just really down on not blogging lately. But Iโ€™m back. Finally!

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  17. Zezee says:

    I’m gonna start on Children of Time tomorrow. Am buddy-reading it and am excited for it. I’ve been so curious about that book.

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    1. I canโ€™t wait to see what you think of it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. The Other Weasley says:

    I think you will love to Kill a Kingdom and of course, Red Seas. You can never have enough Locke.
    I’m glad to see he is your favorite character because he is amazing and fantastic and wonderful.

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    1. Everyone keeps telling me that Iโ€™m going to love To Kill a Kingdom….. I really need to listen to you all and just read it already!!

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