Mid-Year Freakout Tag – (In Which There Is A Lot Of Flailing, But Not That Much Freaking Out)

Mid-Year Freakout Tag

Mid-Year Freakout Tag

Wow, somehow we’re already more than halfway through 2018! When did that happen?

Anyways, today I’m doing the mid-year freakout tag! I don’t think I was actually tagged for this by anyone, but I’ve seen it everywhere, so I’m stealing it. The mid-year freakout tag was originally created by A Book So Fathomless.


1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018?

SO MANY! I simply CAN’T choose just one. So first of all, of course I have to mention Six of Crows, and A darker Shade of Magic, which I can already tell will be all time faves, and also which I have not stopped flailing about since! But those almost feel like they don’t even count.

So my others are:

  • Tess of the Road, which was gorgeous and amazing, and I loved it!
  • The Nowhere Girls, which was so powerful and spectacular and important!
  • Radio Silence was absolutely stunning!
  • And, of course, there is A Thousand Perfect Notes, which I literally CANNOT stop flailing about.

Six of CrowsA Darker Shade of MagicTess of the RoadThe Nowhere GirlsRadio SilenceA Thousand Perfect Notes

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018?

Gemina (and Obsidio) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It was SUCH a good sequel, and I absolutely ADORED Hanna and Nik! And then Obsidio came, and it was so good, and AHHHHHHHH I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH!!!

GeminaΒ Obsidio


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

All of them? I am soooooo behind on new releases… But here’s a few of the ones I was most excited for that I… Haven’t read yet.

AlliedSave the Date

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Lady’s Guide is only my most anticipated release of like, ever. Gentleman’s Guide was SO good, and Felicity is AMAZING, and I am SO excited for this one!


5. Biggest disappointment?

Hands down The Queen of Attolia.
I absolutely loved the first book! It was so much fun, and I was so hyped for this one! And wow, did this one flop. It was SO BORING, and the romance was really lame, and they had no chemistry. Ugggghhhh. (You can read my review here)

The Queen of Attolia

6. Biggest surprise?

Probably The Abyss Surrounds Us. It was SO underhyped, and I picked it up on a whim after seeing one review, and I had exactly NO expectations. And wow. I adored it. It was an easy five stars, and I have not stopped obsessing about it, and recommending it to everyone! (You can see my review here)

The Abyss Surrounds Us


7. Favourite new author? (Debut or new to you)

Well, so, I only read my first Leigh Bardugo book this year… So this award has to go to her…

But if we’re talking debut authors… Then C.G. Drews. Who is literally the only debut author I’ve read a book from the year (because I’m terrible at debuts), but you know what? She would get it anyways, because A thousand Perfect Notes was pretty darn amazing! (and if you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should!)

8. Newest fictional crush?

Um, no one? I don’t really get crushes on fictional characters.


9. Newest favourite character?

The Blackthorns. No, I can’t choose just one of them. THE WHOLE FAMILY IS AMAZING, OKAY?!?! (Except Dru. I don’t care about Dru.)

10. Book that made you cry?

  • Tess of the Road was absolutely heartbreaking and beautiful, and it made me cry so hard.
  • Crooked Kingdom. The thing at the ending. IT HURT!
  • Far From the Tree was so good, and I was just bawling my eyes out over it at two in the morning. The two in the morning part may have made me overly emotional, but the book definitely made me cry. A lot.

Tess of the RoadCrooked KingdomFar From the TreeA Thousand Perfect Notes


11. Book that made you happy?

  • Queens of Geek was so geeky and fun, and it just left me feeling so warm and fuzzy and happy inside!
  • Leah on the Offbeat was one of my most anticipated release this year, and it (in typical Becky Albertalli style) was so funny and happy and cute.

Queens of GeekΒ Leah on the Offbeat

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year?

I’ve seen exactly one adaptation this year, but it was everything I could have ever hoped for, and I loved it!

Love, Simon


13. Favourite review you’ve written this year?

Er, none of them? I don’t really know. None of my reviews stand out to me…

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?

These two gorgeous books!

Pretty books!

Tess of the Road is gorgeous inside and out, but I absolutely adore the cover for Before She Ignites as well! And it was a good book too, just not as great.

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

All the books on my Summer TBR!


I feel like almost everyone has already done this, but I’m tagging:

Β Can you believe it’s already July? (I can’t) What books are you freaking out about? Have you read any of these? Have you seen Love, Simon? (Isn’t it amazing?!) Is anyone else excited for Lady’s Guide?


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

ioana @dragonwafflesreply
July 7, 2018 at 6:27 am

Oh YES I LOVED A THOUSAND PERFECT NOTES SO MUCH!! aghhh my heart after that book πŸ’”. And you’ve mentioned Tess of the Road so much now I’m excited about it! Again!! I feel like it got a lot of hype before the release and after it kinda died down? And I haven’t heard so many things about it??? hmmm. But you definitely made me wanna pick it up soon!!
Great answers ❀️!

Iris @ Hoard of Booksreply
July 7, 2018 at 11:16 am
– In reply to: ioana @dragonwaffles

Oh my gosh yes! A Thousand Perfect Notes was so good and SO heartbreaking!! πŸ’”
And ooh, yes, Tess of the Road is amazing!! It’s SUCH a good book, and it is DEFINITELY worth picking up!

July 9, 2018 at 6:38 am

Thanks for tagging me!!! And to bad about The Queen of Attolia, I was really looking forward to reading it! But if it’s not really good…😜 would you consider it worth reading?

Iris @ Hoard of Booksreply
July 9, 2018 at 11:17 am
– In reply to: Maren

Don’t know… I’m going to finish the series, and I can let you know what I think then maybe? πŸ˜›

Crystal @ Lost in Storylandreply
July 11, 2018 at 8:42 am

This is a fun post! I might steal this tag too; I had so much fun reading your responses! I have Tess of the Road and recently ordered Six of Crows and A Thousand Perfect Notes. I’m looking forward to reading these even more now πŸ™‚

Iris @ Hoard of Booksreply
July 11, 2018 at 12:58 pm
– In reply to: Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

Ooh, all of those are so good! I hope you love them! πŸ™‚

CG @ Paper Furyreply
July 14, 2018 at 5:51 am

AHHHHHHHH I’M SO HONOURED RIGHT NOW *flails forever and sends you all the cake* 😭❀️Excuse me while I just get emotional at being on a favourite list ajfdksalfd. Ahemmm anyway. I also so so loved reading Leah this year! And also Love Simon WAS SO STINKIN’ ADORABLE. And I’m still reading Obsidio but it’s definitely going to be 5-stars and I’m so destroyed. Also can Felicity’s book come faster?! *tries to sneak into the future and read it*

Iris @ Hoard of Booksreply
July 14, 2018 at 10:14 am
– In reply to: CG @ Paper Fury

Your book deserves it πŸ˜ƒ
And ahhh, right? Leah and Love, Simon were both just adorably cute, and I loved them! And ADGHFGJFHJADJHFSGJS I WANT LADY’S GUIDE SOOOO BAD!!!

Luana @Bookstormgirlreply
July 15, 2018 at 3:29 pm

Ahhh thank you for the tag!! πŸ˜† I only read A Darker Shade of Magic this year too, and I LOVED IT SO MUCH!! 😍

Iris @ Hoard of Booksreply
July 15, 2018 at 5:19 pm
– In reply to: Luana @Bookstormgirl

No problem! I look forward to seeing your answers if you do it πŸ™‚

Luana @Bookstormgirlreply
July 15, 2018 at 3:39 pm

Ahh thank you for the tag!! πŸ˜† I only read A Darker Shade of Magic this year too, and I LOVED IT SO MUCH!! 😍

Luana @Bookstormgirlreply
July 15, 2018 at 3:39 pm
– In reply to: Luana @Bookstormgirl

Oops, posted this twice…

Iris @ Hoard of Booksreply
July 15, 2018 at 5:19 pm
– In reply to: Luana @Bookstormgirl

Hahaha, no worries!

Aimee (Aimee, Always)reply
July 16, 2018 at 1:15 am

YAAAAS ATPN!!! β™₯ Also so glad The Abyss Surrounds Us was surprising in a good way–I haven’t read it yet, but I have an ARC of Strutskie’s latest, Hullmetal Girls. I’m hoping it’ll surprise me as well! πŸ™‚

Iris @ Hoard of Booksreply
July 16, 2018 at 10:14 am
– In reply to: Aimee (Aimee, Always)

I REALLY want to read Hullmetal Girls too!! Hopefully you enjoy it!

The Temperamental Writerreply
July 17, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Why is it July already. Why. I need help. A Thousand Perfect Notes!! YES. Beck and Joey <3 I also love Rhy and Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic… I'm sort of obsessed with sibling relationships in books πŸ™‚

Iris @ Hoard of Booksreply
July 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm
– In reply to: The Temperamental Writer

Honestly same! Sibling relationships are my favourite! And Beck and Joey’s relationship is so precious, and Rhy and Kell’s are just amazing!

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