The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

June 20, 2019

It’s time for another round of Tag Thursday! I was tagged by Norees for this one – and possibly others, but I’m very behind on my tags and comments, so if I’m missing anyone, I’m sorry! <3

I don’t think I did this tag in 2018, but I did do it in 2017, so if you’d like a little trip down memory lane to one of my oldest tag posts, check it out here!


1. best book I’ve read so far in 2019:

This one was surprisingly easy: Sorcery of Thorns. It was so magical and suspenseful and gorgeous, and I will be shocked if it isn’t my #1 best read of the year even when 2019 ends.

2. best sequel I’ve read so far in 2019:

This one’s a stretch, because you technically could read the series in any order, but I’ll say That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert. ♥

3. new release I haven’t read yet, but want to:

Wicked Fox, The Priory of the Orange Tree, The Kingdom, Internment… I’ll stop here but the list could easily be a mile long.

4. most anticipated release of the second half of 2019:

Hmn… Capturing the Devil, probably? It’s a catch-22. I’m dying to read it, but I’m not ready to say goodbye to Audrey and Thomas.

5. biggest disappointment:

I’ve sadly had a lot of really disappointing ones so far this year! ? It’s not a new release, but we’ll go with The Foxhole Court, which I hoped to love but ended up hating so much I DNFed it and never want to pick it up again.

6. biggest surprise:

I’m assuming this question means pleasant surprises, in which case, I’ll say Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs. I usually don’t like spin-off/companion series to a series I’m already enjoying, so I was worried I’d dislike it and only want to stick to the main Mercy Thompson series, but I actually ended up liking the A&O books better than the MT books I’ve read so far.
Also, honorary mention to the Sookie Stackhouse series! I finally picked it back up after a decade of feeling like I didn’t really wanna continue it, only to find I couldn’t put books 2 and 3 down and I’m dying for my July group read of book 4 to start.

7. favorite new-to-me or debut author:

Casey McQuiston, for sure. Red, White, & Royal Blue knocked my damn socks off and I’m dying for more releases from her!

8. favorite crush:

Kal from Aurora Rising. Who doesn’t love a grumpy space elf?

9. favorite character:

If we’re only counting books I read for the first time this year… probably still Kal. If we’re including rereads/characters I already “knew”, maybe Mia Corvere? (Picking two characters associated with Jay wasn’t intentional, but here we are, hello my name is Jay Kristoff Trash nice to meet you)

10. book that made me cry:

The most recent one was Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith. It was phenomenal and I’ll be posting a review soon, but there’s something that happens near the end that I saw coming a mile away and it still absolutely shattered me. ?

11. book that made me happy:

Let’s Get Textual by Teagan Hunter. It’s a freaking riot and I laughed so hard! I’ve really got to continue that series soon.

12. book to movie adaptation:

I honestly don’t think I’ve even watched any yet this year…

13. favorite blog post of mine:

Maybe my Best of 2018: Horror list? I don’t know, it’s really hard for me to pick favorites because sometimes it’s based on how you all reacted to it and sometimes it’s just based on how much fun I had writing it, and that was one I had a lot of fun writing. Actually, I just kind of want to say all of my Best of 2018 lists for this answer!

14. favorite review I’ve written this year:

That one probably deserves to go to Sorcery of Thorns. I poured my heart and soul into that review and honestly cried the entire time I wrote it because the story meant SO much to me.

15. most beautiful book I’ve bought or received so far this year:

Eep… how do I even choose… can I go with Sorcery again? ??

16. books I need to read by the end of the year:

Hahahaha WOW, if that list isn’t a mile long… but looking at my “2019 TBR” list (which I keep pinned beside my desk, not that it does me any good), a few titles standing out to me are: Strange the Dreamer, Shutter, City of Heavenly Fire, Scythe, Winter, Kingdom of Ash, and Shiver.


T A G S :

Since I’m so behind on comments/tags and also still catching up on blog hopping, I’m not sure who’s done this one lately, so I’ll just say I’m tagging anyone and everyone who wants to jump in on this! <3



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Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

    1. Awesome answers, Destiny!! <3 Ah, I am going to bug you throughout this whole year to read Scythe! It's so amazing! You will thank me for it later. Hehe! 😉 I still need to pick up Wicked Fox and The Kingdom at some point this year as well, and I cannot wait for Capturing the Devil! I still haven't read Escaping From Houdini, but I'll be remedying that problem soon with the read-a-long! Happy reading, love!

    1. I have been dying to read sorcery of thorns, I’m happy to here it’s good! Also Priory of the orange tree is also one of my top TBR books ?

    1. I can’t wait to see what you think of The Priory Of The Orange Tree. It’s one of my favourites of the year. Absolutely fantastic read.
      I am so intrigued by Sorcery of Thorns especially based on your reaction to it. I’ve just added it to my amazon list.
      Your tags have been some of my favourite reads this week! Xo

    1. Ahh I’ve been hearing so many good things about Sorcery of Thorns, can’t wait to read it 🙂 also so happy to see RW&RB here, I loved this book and can’t wait to read more from the author 😀

    1. Loved reading your answers!

    1. Your enthusiasm for Sorcery has me ever the more curious! The Priory of the Orange Tree and Strange the Dreamer are also on my list. Thanks for sharing!

    1. DESTINNYYYY!!!! I am smitten with your answers and you can ask my coworkers–I kept nodding my head murmuring “ooo good choice” while reading this! AND DID YOU JUST SAY SPACE ELVES?! Excuse me as I bum rush through my current reads so I can start Aurora rising! LOVE LOVE THIS!

    1. ?? We’re on the exact same page with all the new releases you haven’t read yet but want to. There are so many good books out there, how is there enough time to read them all??

    1. I’m so Jay Kristoff trash it’s okay. I’m actually reading 3 of his books right now. Just someone stop me.
      Love your list! Your end of the year list is amazing and I really hope you get through those because I want to know your thoughts!

    1. Wow, I didn’t even know Sorcery existed! I’ll definitely be checking that one out and so many of my favourite books you’ve planned to read this year, I can’t wait to see what you think!

    1. I’m buying A SORCERY OF THORNS when I get paid because of how much you’ve raved about it! It sounds amazing! Your reviews are so good. <3

    1. I’ve heard so much about Sorcery of Thorns, I can’t wait to read it! Also, Winter and Kingdom of Ash are must-reads 🙂

    1. Ah Shutter, yes. Read that! I have Sorcery of Thorns and I am intending to read that in August so fingers crossed I’ll love it too.

    1. Ah, I love all your answers, Destiny!!! (Also, wow, it’s been so long since I’ve read a post of yours, and I was legit going through withdrawals! <3 ) I seriously need to read Sorcery of Thorns, Wicked Fox, and The Kingdom soon! (Especially Sorcery!) That is such a stunning piece of fanart for the Aurora Rising character! And, I really hope you get to Scythe soon! It's superb! Happy reading, sweets!

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