BOOK TAG #17 | Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to another book tag. I actually did this same one last year (here’s the link!), but I figured I would makea habit of doing it every year ’cause my answers would change! Without further ado, let’s get into it! πŸ™‚

Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Ya know, for the best book I read in 2019, I haven’t read the sequel yet (and I read it back in January). But seriously, I loved A Darker Shade of Magic. The characters, magic system, plot, narration… Literally loved everything about it. 10/10.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019

Honor Bound by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

I was about to say that I haven’t read any sequels this year, but look! I read one! It’s the only one I read, but I really enjoyed it. In this rare case, I thought the sequel was better than the first book.

New release you haven’t read but want to

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Look at the gorgeous cover, and tell me you don’t feel the urge to read all 800+ pages right this second. There’s queens, dragons, and queer ladies. What’s not to love?

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Belle Revolte by Linsey Miller

I have two because I can’t just choose between two of my auto-buy authors. So we have Ninth House, which sounds mysterious and dark and cool. Then there’s Belle Revolte, a queer fantasy that already owns my heart.

(So apparently I’m a Dumb Queer who doesn’t understand release dates: Belle Revolte isn’t published until 2020, but I’m still counting it. Bite me.)

Biggest disappointment

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Here I was, thinking that I was going to read this cool sci-fi classic, and what do I get? Slow, repetitive, misogynistic nonsense! Ugh! (If you want to read my full [semi-rant] review, here it is, y’all). Oh well, you don’t love them all.

Biggest surprise

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

I swap one sci-fi nocvel for another! Seriously, I was not expecting to like Honor Among Thieves as much as I did. I mean, going into it, I just hoped I wouldn’t hate it. But I ended up absolutely loving it, and all the characters are my kids. Sorry, I don’t make the rules. (Here are my mini-reviews for Honor Among Thieves and its sequel, if you’re interested!)

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

This is the year that I hope to read all of V.E. Schwab’s work. I’ve only read two, but I’m so down to read more! Just. Wow. I love everything about her writing.

Newest fictional crush

I don’t really do fictional crushes, but I would protect Beatriz from the Honors series with my whole life.

Newest favorite character

I don’t know about my bestes favorite character ever, but Rook from An Enchantment of Ravens was a fun character to read about. I enjoyed his interactions with others, as well as his personality and quirks.

Book that made you cry

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

As far as I remember, there hasn’t been a book this year that has made me cry yet. However, a book that made me sad was We Are Okay. It was such a powerful and moving read, and I really felt for the protagonist.

Book that made you happy

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab! I dunno, it just made me excited to read a middle grade novel again. It was super fun, and I can’t wait for the sequel!

Most beautiful book you bought (or received) so far this year

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Look at this cover! I can’t wait to start Girls of Paper and Fire, and even if I wasn’t interested/knew the story, I’d buy it because of the cover. Just saying.

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

Here’s a short list:

  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • Check, Please! Vol. 1 by Ngozi Ukazu
  • I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
  • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  • Now I Rise by Kiersten White
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  • all of the new releases this year, let’s be honest

And there is 2019’s Mid-Year Freak Out tag! I hope you all enjoyed seeing the different books/reactions I’ve had so far this year. Let me know if you’ve read any of these, or maybe what your fav and less fav books of this year are so far!

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21 thoughts on “BOOK TAG #17 | Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

  1. Definitely recommend that you read Priory this year! Ninth House is also gonna be a smash I’m sure cause Leigh never disappoints us. I haven’t read any books by V.E. Schwab yet, is there one you recommend I start with?

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    1. Ahhh, so excited for both!

      If you like paranormal MG, “City of Ghosts” is good! For fantasy NA, “A Darker Shade of Magic” is definitely it! Those are the only two I’ve read, lol. I think there’s a superpower series, too.

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  2. I really hope you read the Priory of the Orange Tree this year!
    I’m currently midway through it and am enjoying it thoroughly and would love to see other people also like it! πŸ™‚
    (and yes, the boo is just such a catch, isn’t it?)

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  3. What a fun tag! I am kind of in the same camp about Enders Game. I only read the first one. I liked a lot of things about it, but the book was just crazy. I also want to read The Priory of the Orange Tree, but it is massive!

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    1. Yeah, i know sci-fi is supposed to have an unbelievable quality to it, but a lot of what was unbelievable in Ender’s Game just didn’t do it for me. It is, but I’ve heard it was soooo good 😍


    1. It sounds so different than what Leigh’s been writing, so I’m very intrigued πŸ‘€ you can also do it chapter by chapter, and soon enough it’ll fly by πŸ˜„ hopefully, lol

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  4. ah ADSOM is amazing, and the series only gets better imo πŸ˜‰ I’m currently reading Priory and can confirm that the promised dragons, queens, and F/F romance are significant elements of the story, which is awesome! I’m a crier, so We Are Okay definitely got me, and more recently Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers made me cry too πŸ˜… I Wish You All the Best and the famous Hamilton biography are on my TBR too.

    I can’t believe the year is already half over, but I hope you get to finish your TBR shortlist (not counting that last item, of course 😜 it would be nice, but we can only wish) and find some more awesome reads by the end of the year!

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    1. I can’t wait to start the second book, then 😍 after I get through all my library books, lol.

      Oh, I’m so glad the romance is a significant part! And of course, the dragons, lol.

      Thank you! I’m (slowly) working on it, lol. I hope you get through what you want, too! And that there’s more books you like than you don’t like 😊

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