The Mid Year Freak Out Tag

 

I was tagged by Laurie at Laurie’s Bookshelf to complete this tag and it sounded like fun so I decided to give it a try, especially since I’ve been thinking about my year in reading so far anyway now that we’ve hit that mid year mark.  I’m also terrible when it comes to tagging people so if this looks like fun and you haven’t done it yet, feel free to consider yourself tagged.  🙂

 

 

1.  BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ THIS YEAR?

 

It’s hard to choose a favorite just because I’ve had some great reads so far this year, but I’d have to say The Cruel Prince is probably my favorite since it’s the one where I’m most anxious to get my hands on the next book in the series after the way this book ended.

 

2.  BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ IN 2018?

 

I definitely have to go with Legendary here.  It far exceeded my expectations and has me impatiently waiting for the third book in the series.

 

3.  NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO?

 

I ran out and purchased a copy of this book as soon as it was available but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’m determined to read it this summer.

 

4.  MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR?

 

I truly cannot wait to get a book that’s all about Felicity, especially since she was my favorite character in the first book.

 

5.  BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

 

I had high hopes for this book.  The first book had been an average read for me but ended with an exciting cliffhanger that made me want to continue to the second book.  Unfortunately, the second book was an equally average read that built up to yet another cliffhanger.  I just lost interest at that point and have decided to quit the series.

 

6.  BIGGEST SURPRISE?

 

I definitely have to go with Legendary here as well, especially considering I wasn’t the biggest fan of Caraval and had been really thinking about quitting the series altogether.  Legendary was everything I wanted Caraval to be and more, so now I’m all about continuing this series.

 

7.  FAVORITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR?

 

  

I’ve started to read more contemporary fiction in 2018 and so both of these authors were new to me this year.  I adored these two books and can wait

 

8.  NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?

 

I still need to write a proper review for this book, but it’s another of my favorite reads for 2018, and Prince Elian, who is a Prince but who prefers the life of a pirate/sailor is definitely one of my biggest fictional crushes so far this year.  He’s brave, determined, and also super snarky at times, which I really loved. His banter was Lira was pretty much EVERYTHING for me in this book.

 

9.  NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER?

 

I’m also going to throw this one over to To Kill a Kingdom because as much as I adored Prince Elian, I also fell in love with Lira.  She’s the Princes’ Bane and a total badass, but she also has some of the messiest relationships ever, particularly with her horrible mother.  Lira is a very complicated character and I became more and more fascinated by her the more I got to know her.

 

10.  BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

 

This is one of the hardest books I’ve read so far this year.  It’s beautifully written the subject matter is just painful and brutal.  I cried a lot while reading it.

 

11.  BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

 

Starry Eyes wasn’t a laugh out loud funny book, but it was just one of those books that made me smile a lot while I was reading it.

 

12.  FAVORITE BOOK-TO-FILM ADAPTATION?

 

This probably isn’t a surprise to anyone, but I adored the film adaptation of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.

 

13.  FAVORITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR?

 

I suck when it comes to having to say I like something that I wrote, so I’m just going to go with the post that seemed to get the most feedback from my fellow bloggers, which was the one where I pondered why there are so many “GIRLS” in mysteries and thrillers.  I was referring to the titles of course, but that post generated a lot of discussions so I was pretty happy with it.

 

14.  MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR?

 

15.  WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

 

    

Honestly, the list of books I need to read by the end of the year is truly endless, but here are three that are priority reads for me as of this moment.  I really want to read Vicious asap since V.E. Schwab will be releasing the second book in the series soon.  I’m anxious to read In a Dark,Dark Wood soon because I just read my first book from Ruth Ware and loved it.  This one has been sitting on my shelf for a year or so now, so it’s time to read more Ruth Ware.  And lastly, I’ve been seeing a lot of great reviews for The Mermaid.  I love mermaid stories anyway so of course I want to read one that’s getting high marks from so many of my trusted blogger friends.

24 replies
    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I don’t usually do many tags either but I really did like this one since it made me reflect on my reads for the first half of the year 🙂

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  1. Angela
    Angela says:

    So glad to hear you loved Legendary! I’m hoping to start it next week and since we had the same feelings about Caraval, I hope I love it, too!

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  2. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    Vicious will be one of my next reads (fingers crossed) because I just recently finished the Shades of Magic series and LOVED it, and I need more from Schwab. I also just ordered The Mermaid so I’m excited; it looks awesome!!

    -Lauren

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  3. Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads
    Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads says:

    Such a fun tag! The Cruel Prince was my favorite read of the year so far too! And I wasn’t the biggest fan of Caraval either, but seeing all the Legendary love makes me mant to give it a try anyway 🙂 Also, so anticipating The Lady’s Guide and yay for the Love, Simon love 🙂

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  4. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight
    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight says:

    I haven’t read The Cruel Prince yet! But I want to. So I guess that would be the answer to #3 for me lol. I love those covers for the Vic James books, but I don’t think they’d be quite to my taste. Sorry the second one let you down :-/ Hope you enjoy all the books you’re looking forward to!

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  5. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    This is a fun meme, isn’t it? I modified it a bit, but couldn’t help doing it too. So many of the books you feature here are books i want to read. In a Dark Wood is good, and I hope you enjoy it! I really want to read The Mermaid as well. Children of Blood and Bone is a great cover. Have a great second half of the year!

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