Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2018 Edition

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hey everyone and welcome to another tag post! I haven’t done one of these in awhile. I know it’s a bit late for this tag since it’s all about being mid-year and that was technically last month, but I still wanted to do this tag. I first did this tag last year (click here to see that post) and I had a lot of fun doing it so I decided to do it again this year. This tag was originally created by ReadLikeWildfire and elyjayne on Youtube. All book titles mentioned below link to Goodreads. Let’s get started!

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


I had to go with two books for this question: The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed and Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro – my only 5 star reads so far this year. Both books center around heavy topics and are wonderfully written. I was captivated by both of these books and I highly recommend them!

However, I suggest you first check out the following content warnings for each of the books before picking them up. The Nowhere Girls: rape, sexual and physical assault, sexual harassment, panic attacks. Anger Is a Gift: police brutality, racism, murder, death of a loved one, violence, riots, panic attacks, misgendering.

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


I’m going to answer with two books for this question as well – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff and Chainbreaker by Tara Sim. These were both fantastic sequels!! I definitely recommend you check out both of these series!

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

Save the Date

Save the Date by Morgan Matson was the first book to come to mind! This book was just published last month but I’m bummed I haven’t been able to read it yet. I’m waiting for my hold on it to come in at the library and then I’ll be diving right in! I’ve loved all of Morgan’s past books and I’m super excited to read this one!

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


Oh wow, I’m super excited for a lot of new releases in the second half of the year but I’ll only name a few: Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman, Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco, and The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke.

5. Biggest disappointment


Two books I read this year were both pretty disappointing: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian and All the Rage by Courtney Summers. I was expecting to enjoy these two books a lot more than I ended up enjoying them. I rated both of them 2.5 out of 5 stars.

6. Biggest surprise

The Nowhere Girls

When I started The Nowhere Girls, my first book of 2018, I had no idea it would also be my first 5 star read of the year as well so that was definitely a surprise! I ended up enjoying it so, so much (as you can tell since it’s my answer for question #1).

7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

Girl Made of Stars

I’ve read a book by this author before but after reading her newest novel, Girl Made of Stars, I’d have to say Ashley Herring Blake is a new favorite author! The writing in this book was just so beautiful and I enjoyed it so much! I’ll definitely be reading anything Ashley writes next!

8. Newest fictional crush

Uhhhh, no one?

9. Newest favorite cover


Here are three of my favorite covers of books I’ve read so far this year. From left to right: Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles, Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan, and Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi.

10. Book that made you cry

The Nowhere Girls

I think I’ve mentioned this before but I very rarely cry at books (movies too), but I started crying while reading The Nowhere Girls  only because one of the main characters was having a panic attack and her dog was being super sweet. Yeah, I definitely cry when animals do cute things!

11. Book that made you happy

My Plain Jane

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows definitely made me happy! While I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as their first book, My Lady Jane, I still really enjoyed it and I loved the silly aspects of it!

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year

I don’t think I’ve seen any yet! However, I’m looking forward to seeing Love, Simon hopefully sometime soon!

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year

Um. Well. I haven’t written any official review posts so far this year. Oops!

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


Since the number of books I’ve gotten this year are extremely limited, I’m going to go with Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, which has a gorgeous cover! Trust me, it’s even better looking in person on the physical book.

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

I don’t have a specific list of books in mind but I do have 7 books left to read in order to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set my goal on there to 50 books and at the time of writing this post, I’ve completed 43 books. My personal goal was to read 100 books, but that probably isn’t going to happen.

I’m not going to specifically tag anyone but if you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me! Feel free to link your post in the comments below! I would love to see your answers to these questions.

June Wrap Up

June Wrap Up 2018

Hi everyone! Welcome to another wrap up post. This post won’t be as lengthy as my last wrap up post because I read a lot less in June. I ended up finishing only 3 books and a total of 1,472 pages (which includes the pages of the books I either put on hold or started but didn’t finish.) I really hope I’m able to read more in July!

Books Read in June

Last 3 reads (230)

The first book I finished in June was the last book I started in May, Ace of Spades by Amanda Foody. I really enjoyed this book! It was definitely very interesting and exciting to read. The only disappointment is that I wish it had an asexual main character. I mean, it has “ace” in the title so there should definitely be an ace character in the book. However, there is a black bisexual MC so I guess I’ll take what I can get! Still, I really liked the magic system and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series!

The next book I read, They Both Die at the End, has been on my Goodreads TBR for a really long time. I had very mixed feelings about Adam Silvera’s first book, More Happy Than Not, but I still wanted to give his books another go. However, after reading this book, I’m not sure if he’s the author for me. Like last time, I was intrigued by the concept of the book but unable to 100% connect. I don’t know why. However, I did enjoy this book more than More Happy Than Not and I was definitely sad at the ending! I might give Adam Silvera another try sometime in the future but I’m not sure yet.

Lastly, I read my favorite book of the month and definitely a high contender for favorite of the year, Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro. This book was so beautifully and eloquently written and I quickly fell in love with it! The characters were wonderful and so diverse! They were all POC (mainly black and latinx) and most of them were queer. There were gay, lesbian, trans, non-binary, and ace/biromantic characters. It was so casually inclusive and very realistic to real life friend groups! Speaking of friends, Moss had an amazing group of friends. They were so, so supportive of one another and very close! Moss also has anxiety/panic attacks and I loved how well it was handled and how supportive and understanding Moss’s friends were! I loved this book so much and I will probably reread it at some point in the future. However, please keep these content warnings in mind before picking up the book: police brutality, racism, murder, death of a loved one, violence, riots, panic attacks, misgendering.

Book Put On Hold in June

My So-Called Bollywood Life

I put this book on hold after reading about 100 pages of it because it just wasn’t holding my interest at the time. I’ll definitely be picking it up back up sometime in the future though!

Book I Started But Didn’t Finish in June

Undead Girl Gang

I started reading this book during the last few days of June so I wasn’t able to finish it before the month ended. I did end up reading about 135 pages of it though. I’m still reading it now and I’ll probably be able to finish it in the next day or two. It’s been pretty enjoyable so far and I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends!

Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in four reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share monthly progress updates with you all. That being said, each monthly wrap up post will include updates on my progress in the four reading challenges I signed up for. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 50 books

Completed in June: 3 books

Completed in 2018: 37 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

Beat the Backlist 2018 Header

My Goal: Read 18 backlist books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in June: 1 book

Completed in 2018: 23 books

3. Library Love Challenge

2018 Library Love Challenge Header

My Goal: Read 36 library books

Completed in June: 3 books

Completed in 2018: 30 books

4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge

Brooke's Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts

Completed in June: 1 prompt

Completed in 2018: 25 prompts

Prompts Completed in May:

  • Read a book set in a different world

Was June a good or bad reading month for you? How many books did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!