Mid-Year Freak Out Tag (2018)

mid-year freak out tag

Sha is putting in a sick day in the book blogging world, and Mandy is here to fill in! You will be seeing Sha on Sunday again for a very special post celebrating a certain holiday perhaps? But until then you have Mandy doing some mid year freaking out!

(also idk what happened to this comment originally since it straight up disappeared so I literally just had Sha is pu and now I feel like everyone is scared for Sha. But alas she will be back to her regularly scheduled programming soon and I’m apparently already back at failing)

I remember doing this tag last year, and LOVING it, so I was super excited to be tagged again by the wonderful Katie @ Never Not Reading. She has a fantastic blog filled with wonderful discussions, reviews, tags, and so much more. I always find books that I didn’t even know I needed to read on her blog, so make sure to check her out!

Best Book You’ve Read so far in 2018

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett has been the only book that has made it onto my favorites shelf so far…which is so sad. I feel like I should have at least two books by now???? Ugh. Book Hipsterness strikes again. This was the new one, but I just read Grave Mercy and it’s my utter favorite so that was an amazing read.

Best Sequel You’ve Read so far in 2018

In an odd turn of events, I actually haven’t read an official sequel this year that came out in 2018. Perhaps because I’m behind on so many series? I tend to gravitate more toward standalones since I usaully fail with first books in series. I’m excited for a few sequels to come out, but alas, haven’t read many. Above are a few sequels or second books in series that have gotten five crowns from me.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

SO. MANY. I’m eagerly away sooooooooooo many books. Above are just a few of the ones I’m eagerly counting down for.

Biggest Disappointment

Erm, a lot? This is me we’re talking about here. I fail so often with books. I’ve had quite a few one and two crowns, and my average rating on Goodreads has literally stayed the exact same for the year, so um, yeah. Possibly Heart of Iron? I was alllllllllll ready for this Anastasia retelling only to discover it was loosely inspired by and was so boring. And I wasn’t too pleased with the conclusion to the amazing series of These Vicious Masks – These Vicious Souls – where I felt the main character suffered from some major character assassination.

Biggest Surprise

I wasn’t aware that Percy Jackson lived on! I mean, I would see Riordan pop up here and there with other books, but I never paid much attention. I think it was last year that I discovered the Heroes of Olympus series, and I honestly didn’t expect to fall in SO much love with the new characters as much as I loved the first series. SO. MANY. HEART. EYES.

Favorite New Author (or new to you)

I’ve read a lot of debut authors this year, and I have to say that 2018 is bringinggggggggggg it. I’ve read a lot of books that I’m totally going to be looking out for the author’s new books in the future. Above are a few authors that I enjoyed their debuts (or their first book that I’ve read from them) from this year!

Newest Fictional Crush


Newest Favorite Character

*coughs* I, um, I think I answered that above? I could say his name a few more times for the sake of it? But I will say I did love Mila and her girl gang quite a bit from Undead Girl Gang!

Book That Made You Cry

I, um, might have gotten a little choked up when rereading Grave Mercy, because I literally can’t handle my feels for that book. When Sha and I were reading our buddy read, I literally teared up over a paragraph Sha wrote about Duval, so I literally need to calm it down. Um, I did have a mild pressure behind my eyes for the two contemporaries above since I’m a heartless book princess that never cries.

Book That Made You Happy

Alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll of the contemporaries?????? Contemporaries just make me so so so happy and feeling so good after them. Unless they’re depressing. Which stinks. But most of them leave me feeling good. Above are a few this year that gave me some happy feels.

Favorite Book to Film Adaptation


Favorite Post You’ve Done This Year

Oh dear. I’m not quite sure. It really could be the Buddy Read Review of Grave Mercy. I absolutely adore doing the buddy read reviews with Sha since we’re so perfect at book bickering, and she alwaysssssssssss brings the funnies. We fangirled so hard with each other for this one, which was a lot of fun instead of me being the book party pooper.

I also brought back my How YA Contemporaries Lied to Me series with a classic Work Edition. I also just wrote up a How Mysteries Lied to Me which was a lot of fun as well…because they lie to me. A LOT.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

the wicked deep

The Wicked Deep! It has a super pretty cover but also it has superrrrrr cool under the book cover cover designs! It wasn’t the greatest read, though, sadly.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want To

save the date

It just screams summer feelsssssssssssssssssssssssssss, and I’m 200% ready for it. Except apparently not since I haven’t read it yet.

Book You Need to Read by the End of the Year


Truthwitch! I’ve been meaning to read this book for 3 years now, and I’ve failed each time. I need to actually read it to see if I need to get in deep with this series or not.

This tag is so popular, so I’m not going to be tagging anyone since you’ll probably have done it by the time I get around to posting it. But please feel free to tag yourself if you like it and haven’t done it yet!

So, what do you think? What are some of your answers to this? What have been some of your best and worst books this year? Are you having a good reading year? Let’s discuss in the comments below!


48 thoughts on “Mid-Year Freak Out Tag (2018)

  1. Starry Eyes is probably near the tippy top of my favorites list this year too. Just, Jenn Bennett. She writes awesome books, that make me so full of joy. I am so happy to see Stephanie Kate Strohm on your list. She is so funny, and I adore her books. She needs more love. So does Love and First Sight. I read that book last year, and it was first 5-star read of 2017. So cute and sweet and adorable. The Truth Lies Here was really good. I read it by accident back in like Feb or something like that. I hope you love it when you read it.

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    1. YES! It was just so brilliant! Which was your favorites of her? I want to read more of hers and wanted to see your opinion of her others. And yes! I saw I just got approved for Love a la Mode from her, and I’m SO geeking out because I need more of her. And yessssssssss! I won it in a giveaway right when it came out but I pushed it off and so sad I did. It was such a delight. AND OMG, I AM SO EXCITED WITH THAT REC, SAM. It sounds like so much perfection, but I saw a lot of varying reviews on it. But if you loved it, I’m so excited.


  2. I’M SO GLAD YOU READ HEROES OF OLYMPUS!!!! If anything I might like it BETTER than Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Except the last book. The Last Olympian > The Blood of Olympus.

    I totally forgot that Victoria Schwab’s new book was out this year! I’m amazed I haven’t seen more hype for it yet…

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    1. I honestly think I might agree!! I love me some Percy Jackson, but I think it’s more on the nostalgia factor while Heroes of Olympus stuck with me and the CHARACTERS.

      I feel like I’ve only now seen a little hype perking up but really not too much!

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      1. Well I just re-read Percy Jackson, and I can honestly say that I love it for a lot more than nostalgia. But you’re right, The Heroes of Olympus has so many more amazing characters. I love Leo and Paper the best, I think.

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  3. I’m beyond excited for City of Ghosts. I think it’s going to be such a fun fall read I just can’t wait. Great post!

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    1. You know, I had to ponder this question for a bit. I would still say yes. I was disappointed in the last one, but I still gave it 3 crowns and it really didn’t poison the entire series for me. I mean, I was very disappointed, but the first one is still on my favorites shelf and the second book was still pretty great. I still think it’s worth a read!

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  4. The lies about truth seems interesting… I love the cover! I also agree about it being hard to cry during books… I don’t remember the last time I cried during a book and thats saying something because I didn’t even shed a tear halfway through the second TOG book and that book quite literally ripped my heart out! Great post and I loved all your answers! I’ve been wanting to read Starry Eyes for forever and I’m SO glad you loved it!

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    1. The cover is amazing in that super simplistic way but totally epic??? But I definitely definitely recommend! perfect summer book for sure. And oh no! But I’m totally the same way. I don’t know why but crying just doesn’t happen for us and books! Do you cry with TV or movies? And yesssssssssssssssss, you are going to love it when you get to it!!


  5. Hehe so many on this list are on my TBR! Grave Mercy, Bring Me Their Hearts, and Starry Eyes (all I’m pretty sure were your recs), and omg YESSSS to Leo! He’s such a sweetheart. ❤ Also, I've recently discovered that though I'm hesitant to pick up contemporaries, they make me very happy, so I totally feel your love for them. 😉 Awesome post, and great answers!!

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    1. Ahahaha I’m pretty sure they are so I intensely push these books on everyoneeeeeeee. And HE ISSSSSSS. I love him dearly. Contemporaries can be so hard sometimes. Is there a particular reason that you’re hesitant? Just wondering. And thanks so much! 🙂

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  6. I’m so keen to read Heroes of Olympus next month! I just ordered the first three books in the series 😍. Need to find out why everyone adores Leo so much, haha.
    I hope you enjoy Truthwitch more than I did, I wasn’t much of a fan – it was my disappointment for the first half of the year.

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  7. Rick Riordan is my fav author ever. And I agree there are so many amazing characters in HoO series, and I find one of my book boyfriend, LEO!

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      1. No, but how dare you make me choose 😭 they’re all so dear to me. But I know my least favorite are, The Kane Chronicle, but that maybe because I’m not familiar with the myth.

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      2. It’s the least hype series of RIck Riordan, but I still thnk they’re good though. Happy reading, can’t wait to hear your thought about them!

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  8. YESS MANDY THIS IS WONDERFUL! I have spotted so many books on here that I have read and loved and many more that I haven’t read, but I know that I will love because you loved them!!! ALSO we need to read Truthwitch!!!!! Maybe a buddy read??? But we were also gonna buddy read WANT and Labyrinth Lost…? So many books to read, but I am very, very excited to see what the rest of 2018 brings us.
    And I’m just putting it out here that I have a special holiday this Sunday too………..Idk what Sha is celebrating….but maybe I do 😉 (I’m probably wrong though XD)

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    1. YES, RENDZ, YESSSSSSSSSSSSS. I VOTE YES FOR BUDDY READ. BOTH BUDDY READS. I would like to read Labyrinth Lost in September, I’m thinking, since I’m trying to do a spooky September? And I’m game for reading Truthwitch anytime. I know alllllllllll the books are coming to you now, so you must let me know when you have a free moment. 😉

      Hmmmmmmmmmm…I’m thinking you might be sharing said holiday. But I mean, thoughts. What are real? 😉

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    1. Yessssssssssss! It is amazing!! And I have so many of those. D: Too many amazing new releases coming out that I tend to get lost in the TBR pile. And omigosh, thank you! ❤ That's so sweet of you. And your blog was beautiful so you do as well. 😉


      1. Ikr me too! I even preordered the book, yet it is still resting unread on my bookshelf 😂😂 maybe this will be our year!


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