Mid Year Freak Out Tag (2018 Version)

I guess it’s already that time of the year again where I get to freak out over books because, well … it’s June and months have passed and I have tried to read a bunch. So, thank you to The Orang-utan Librarian for tagging me to do the Mid Year Freak Out Tag!

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2018

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra ChristoI hate picking favourites so much! I just always feel like I forget something, but I looked at all the books I read on Goodreads and To Kill a Kingdom caught my eye. I really liked reading about sirens and adventure at sea, therefore it is ONE of my favourites of the year so far.

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018

Iron Gold by Pierce BrownHands down, Iron Gold! I feel like I had to wait for this book forever and then I finally got it, had a super fun buddy read and am beyond excited that we most likely get the next book this year as well!? I cannot get enough of that world and the intensity that comes with it.

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

Only Human is the finale of the Themis Files and I cannot wait to finally read how it all ends. I have it on my shelf and it’s staring at me like it’s trying to seduce me to read it sooner.

Only Human: Themis Files Book 3

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

As mentioned above, there’s another book coming in the Red Rising saga and it would be very strange to not say that Dark Age is the one I am most anticipating. But also, I am just not as up to date with new releases as I used to be, I am all about (or at least mostly) the backlist this year.

Dark Age (Red Rising Saga, #5)

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Sweetbitter by Stephanie DanlerI don’t even want to think back to reading Sweetbitter. I was so excited to read about a main character who works as a server and does not just use that as a means to get by until they get their dream job, but then it was just terribly toxic.

BIGGEST SURPRISE

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeerHmmm … that’s a tough one. I think I might not have expected to love Annihilation as much as I did. Seen as it is more on the creepy side, it didn’t seem like an obvious choice for me. Usually I also don’t like detached writing, but this one worked perfectly.

FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

I fell a little bit in love with Nic Stone‘s writing when I read Dear Martin. I can’t really describe the why or anything like that, but it just flows super nicely and made Dear Martin such an addictive read. I am already looking forward to her next book!

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NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Hands down, Dawsey Adams from the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society! He is kind, smart and patient, supported women and their independence at a time that wasn’t a sure thing and is good with kids. Where is my Dawsey??

NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

Just because I had so much fun reading Jackaby and I already mentioned To Kill a Kingdom before (cause Lira is freaking awesome), I am going with Abigail Rook. She is intelligent, great at deductions, always out for adventure and just as flustered as everyone else when she has a crush. (Seriously hoping to pick up Beastly Bones in the coming days to see where that all goes!)

Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasUhm … good question. I think I cried while reading The Hate U Give. Injustice just always gets to me hard and Angie Thomas did such an amazing job at making you feel really close to the characters and feeling as if you were right there with them. Tears were shed for sure.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. YeeI remember laughing a lot while reading The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, so I am pretty sure it’s fair to say that it made me happy?

FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

You would guess that I have an answer to this right away, but I am actually having a really hard time coming up with one. My most anticipated book to film adaptation would probably be Love, Simon, but it’s still not released anywhere in my country (two more weeks!!) and that just means I haven’t watched it. I also think that Crazy Rich Asians is going to be awesome, but I haven’t read or watched that one yet either. I keep trying to wrap my head around the fact that I don’t think I have seen that many movies this year so far??

FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

I guess that it wasn’t really such a noteworthy post for most people, but I am so glad I did a more or less comprehensive post about my WIP titled “Let’s Talk About Arcadia“. It has been a massive help as a referral post for me whenever I talked about writing and updates of the story or did tags that related to my characters. Even if someone completely new joins the blog now, I will have a place to send them to for details on my story. Thus far, I was really always worried that my posts about Arcadia would get annoying, especially for people who didn’t have a clue what I was talking about and that’s why it’s one of my favourite posts this year.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

Probably Obsidio? All the Illuminae Files books, especially since I was able to afford the hardcovers, are just gorgeous to look at.

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

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

I am pretty sure I have around 20 unread books on my shelf? I am such a massive mood reader, that it has really become an issue for me to have that many books at home. I will try to get to at least half of those if not all of them by the end of the year, but I am not actually going to rattle them off.

I TAG THEE

I tag whoever wants to do this tag!

What did you think about my mid year freak out? Can you relate? Do you have any questions or different answers? Let’s talk!

66 thoughts on “Mid Year Freak Out Tag (2018 Version)

  1. Oh great answers for this tag Kat. Iron Gold was amazing right, definitely a sequel that lived up to the hype for me. I can’t wait for the next book but I really hate to say that I think the release for Dark Age has been pushed back to next year. I got an email from Amazon about my pre-order the other week. 😦
    I’m sure you’ll love Love, Simon, it’ll be worth the wait when you do get to see it on the big screen finally, and oh I’m a little jealous you have the hardcovers of The Illuminae Files series. They’re on my must-buy list because at the moment I just have the paperback editions.
    Great posts and again great answers for this tag. 😀 ❤️

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    • Thanks, Beth! And that makes me so, so sad to hear!! I guess I understand that Pierce’s process takes a while and I actually want him to deliver the best possible version of the book, but *sigh* still sad. Iron Gold was supposed to come out in August last year and I was like “IT’S A BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR ME!” and then it got post-poned as well. Maybe they just shouldn’t announce any time frames for the foreseeable time??
      I am not sure there is SUCH a huge difference from the paperback to the hardcover, but the see-through dust jackets are kinda cool haha

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  2. I completely agree with Dark Age! I feel like we’re being spoiled by getting the next book so quickly and I’m totally okay with that! Also, I had no idea that they turned Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society into a movie! I really enjoyed that book, so I should probably look into that soon.

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    • Someone just told me that Dark Age was postponed as well and I am so sad!!! I do want Pierce to have the time to give us the best story possible, but then they should just stop announcing times for releases that they can’t actually meet.
      And I haven’t watched the Guernsey movie yet. It seems quite different in a lot of ways, but has a formidable cast. I have only seen the trailer though, my country just is terrible with movie releases haha

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  3. I kind of can’t believe it’s already that time of the year, where this book tag will be all around… I have to get around to doing it in the next weeks though, I always love how it recaps everything we read so far in the year 😀
    I’m so glad to see To Kill A Kingdom here – but not that surprised either! – it was SUCH a good book, I loved it so much. I think there is another retelling with sirens / mermaids or something that I’ve been seeing around and I meant to ask you about it – I think it was the Sea Witch or something? I think it’s a lot different from that one, but it also seems a bit dark and I was wondering if you had your eye on that one? 😀
    Thank you for the reminder to read Nic Stone haha 😀 And Crazy Rich Asians sounds really great, I added the book to my TBR as well because I’d love to read it, too. Hopefully it will be good 😀
    And YES Obsidio – all of the Illuminae books are really pretty – but also REALLY HEAVY haha.
    Loved your answers! Sorry, I kind of got carried away here hahaha. 🙂

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    • Right!? How are we already at the halfway mark of the year???
      I think I have heard of something Sea Witchy but I can’t really remember whether I read a blurb or something like that. I’ll look into it!
      I want to order Crazy Rich Asians soon, but I want the movie tie in and it’s not out yet haha weird me being me.
      I am not sure that Obsidio is really that heavy haha compared to other hardcover books I own, it feels light.

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  4. I loved reading your answers, Kat! 🙂

    I need to read Dear Martin soon, Nic Stone being your new favorite author is such huge incentive for me to do so!

    And same @ Love, Simon (the wait has been horrible) & Crazy Rich Asians (I might even end up watching the movie first, because I still haven’t gotten around to reading the book).

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    • Thanks, Lily!

      Nic Stone really did an amazing job with Dear Martin. I read it in one sitting, while books about racial profiling and police brutality usually take me ages just because of the heavy topic. And I only heard good things about her new books as well.

      I want to order the book with the movie tie in for Crazy Rich Asians, so that isn’t out yet either and the wait continues haha

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      • Hahaha yes, I mentioned The Hate U Give in this tag as the book that made me cry. I have a couple of books about racial profiling and police brutality. Aside from Dear Martin and THUG, I can also really recommend All American Boys. And Tyler Johnson Was Here is up next on my list, as well as Anger Is a Gift.

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      • Ahhh my memory is the worst, I hate how you can’t see the blog post, when you reply to a comment using the WP App. 😦

        I’m really excited about reading Tyler Johnson!! It has such a nice cover, too. And I’ve recently heard quite disappointing things about Anger is a Gift, so I think I’m steering clear of that one for now. All American Boys … let me check if it’s on my TBR. 🙂

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      • Don’t worry! I don’t actually expect you to remember the entire content of all my posts haha
        Oh really?? I only read rave reviews about Anger is a Gift. I am going to check for some more reviews then.

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  5. I am ashamed to have read… none of the books you mentioned, but I do have them all on my TBR, if that counts for anything?:))
    I’m glad to see you found good books this year, even though there seemed to have been some that weren’t that great. Side note, I honestly feel like the only person on planet Earth that hasn’t read THUG yet- I’ll probably get to it really soon, though 💛✨
    Great post!! And no need for a freakout, seems like you’re doing great with the reading 💛

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  6. Loved reading through these! You’re the third person I’ve seen to choose To Kill a Kingdom for best book so far and I’m so happy for it. It was such a fun read! And I seriously have to read the Red Rising series! I’ve owned the first two books since forever but have yet to read them. And I really hope you like Only Human! I didn’t like it as much as the other two. Waking Gods is still my favorite one.

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    • I hope you pick up the Red Rising books soon and that you’ll love them! They are brutal and intense, but so worth it. Those books evoked emotions like little else haha
      As for Only Human, I keep hearing that! I guess it helps lower my expectations, which might just lead me to love it haha

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  7. Hello Kat!
    I am definitely freaking out about half the year being (almost) over!! What!??!
    I loved Dear Martin and I will definitely keep an eye out for Nic Stone’s upcoming books as well. I also enjoyed THUG and Obsidio. Although I loved the audiobooks of the Illumine series, I’ll have to re-read the series in print format after all the great things I’ve heard about it 🙂
    I think I’ll do this tag soon!! Great post!

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    • I can’t believe it either!! Like, where is the time going??
      I heard great things about Odd One Out by Nic Stone. Apparently it has a love triangle really worthy to be read.That is exceptional if she managed to do that.
      I weirdly can’t imagine audiobooks for the Illuminae files haha

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      • I’ll definitely have to keep an eye out on Odd One Out when it’s released 🙂
        The audiobook for Illuminae is definitely one of the best I’ve listened to. In my opinion it makes up for the lack of visuals by having a full cast, sound effects, and even background music! I took a peek inside the physical book once and I was surprise by how different I imagined it haha 🙂

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  8. Now I’m getting more curious about Themis File. The reviews are mix so I’ve been hesitant but now I finally made up my mind!! And great choices for this post!

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  9. I can’t believe it’s June and I still haven’t read To Kill a Kingdom, it was one of my most anticipated releases and it sounds AMAZING! I need to read it soon! And I totally agree with you about detached writing, it’s usually not my thing – but it works so well in Annihilation.

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    • I hope the hype won’t have ruined To Kill a Kingdom for you, but I literally haven’t met anyone who didn’t enjoy it haha. It’s such a great book!
      Glad you agree on Annihilation. I feel like it’s something people can be really divided about.

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  10. I’m honestly a little bit in love with Nic Stone as a person and as a writer 😂 Great tag and great answers! I still need to read THUG but since i’ve waited so long i think i’m waiting a bit longer and reading it in October right before the movie releases!

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