The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag || Tags & Awards

Hello beautiful people!

So … I didn’t know this was a THING people did every year? It’s SUPER cool! WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS?! Oh well, I do now! Also … is there a End Year Freak Out too??

I was tagged by two COMPLETE EPIC bloggers — the orang-utan librarian, and Marie and Nyx @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books. All three of these bloggers are widely know, literally my book blogger goals. They’re blogs are well organized, creative and provide that little extra something to make them unique from other websites … again, there’s a REASON most people know of these two websites. So being nominated by bloggers I REALLY look up to feels INCREDIBLE (yea … I’m geeking out and fangirling a bit). So thank you! Please make sure to visit these two websites (though you MOST LIKELY have at this point).


The Creator and the Questions

According to Paper Procrastinators, the creators are Chami & Ely, who are both BookTubers. However, there seems to be a few different questions between the ones I received from Marie and Nyx, and the ones I received from The Orang-utan Librarian … so I’m going to incorporate them all! If you want Chami and Ely’s original ones, click Ely’s link. For how the other questions appeared … I don’t know.

Anyways, here are the questions (I starred the ones that aren’t in Ely’s list)!

  1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019
  2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019
  3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
  4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
  5. Biggest disappointment
  6. Biggest surprise
  7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
  8. Newest fictional crush
  9. Newest favorite character
  10. Book that made you cry
  11. Book that made you happy
  12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
  13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
  14. Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year? **
  15. Favourite review you’ve written this year? **
  16. Favorite book community member

One. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019


If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka — Funny enough, this isn’t even my highest rated book … how does this make sense?! But ever since I put this book down, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I know the two authors plan to come out with more books next year … BUT I NEED THEM NOW!

Two. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019


Library Wars by Kiiro Yumi — Honestly, this is MAINLY because I had been WAITING to find the English translations for YEARS!!!! I finally found the last 7 I needed to read and it was so nice to finally finish the manga series.

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


With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo — I bought this book literally the DAY it released and I STILL haven’t read it! With buddy reads and read-a-thon challenges, I just haven’t had time. But it’s happening! I’m PRETTY sure I’m going to push some books back to September and October so I can FINALLY read this beauty!

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

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee — If you don’t know already, I was OBSESSED with the first Guide book. When this first released, it was only available for people who pre-ordered the second Guide book … which I didn’t (my fault for not looking into that). But earlier this year, Lee announced she’s finally able to release this to the public … I literally squealed out loud and jumped out of my seat … I NEED IT SO BAD!

Five. Biggest disappointment

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Dark Wine at Dusk by Jenna Barwin — I feel bad saying this, since I really like the author. But this book just rubbed me the wrong way. And then there were some other complications with this ARC and my review, so I just had a really awful experience and STILL feel uncomfortable about it. I just gotta learn not to take things to heart ha-ha! But yeah, I loved the first two books in this series … but this one didn’t do the series justice.

Six. Biggest surprise

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Kill Code by Clive Fleury — I haven’t read a Sci-Fi novel in a LONG TIME … so I was SUPER hesitant to accept this book review request. Thank gosh I did, because it was actually REALLY well done! I felt connected to the main character, loved the pacing of the novel and see a really interesting series to unfold. I can’t wait for book two!

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

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Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka — They aren’t debut authors, but they’re new to me and I truly loved their novel If I’m Being Honest. It’s so well written and engaging, I couldn’t put it down. I need more!!

Eight. Newest fictional crush

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Weston Ludovico in 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons — I don’t have a crush per say … the character’s 10 or 12 years younger than me, so my brain went automatically to “AWWWWEEE” rather than “CRUSH” … does that make sense? But I LOVE his optimism and outlook on life. I’m in no rush to get back into the dating game but if I were, I’d want a partner like Weston … someone who just loves life, loves to find new hobbies to explore, full of charm and humour, doesn’t take life TOO seriously and wants to help others.

Nine. Newest favorite character


Cameron Bright in If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka — If you can’t tell, I REALLY loved If I’m Being Honest. But I LOVED Cameron!! I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about her at first, being a bully and all. But she totally grew on me the more she learned to be accepting yet still be her witty and sarcastic self. She’s absolutely hilarious and amazing, someone so full of ambition and life!

Ten. Book that made you cry

Pft … better question … which book DIDN’T make you cry. I couldn’t even choose between these FOUR because THAT’S how emotional they made me!

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas — Reading about the mistreatment of African Americans was gut-wrenching and difficult. I’d been putting this off for a while KNOWING I was going to be a mess when reading it.


Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott — Yea … two people with CF falling for one another … what’s not sad about that (inserting sarcastic tone)?? It also reminded me of Claire, a famous YouTuber with CF who passed away during a lung transplant. This was actually inspired by her and I know she assisted with the novel … so yeah, I was a complete and utter mess.

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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren — Whenever I read about the mistreatment of those in the LGBTQAI+ community, I can’t help but get mad … which leads to me crying. Knowing some friends who REALLY struggled when they “came out”, this made this novel even that much more personal. Seriously people … STOP BEING JERKS AND LET LOVE BE LOVE!


Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills — I know she usually has some kind of emotional turmoil in her novels, but this one hit me HARD!!!! I think because it was SO unexpected and I was absolutely devastated to find out the truth. I went through an ENTIRE KLEENEX BOX!

Eleven. Book that made you happy

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston — Okay, this was an emotional rollercoater … BUT ALEX AND HENRY MAKE ME SO HAPPY! I love them so much! Actually, I love the whole cast of characters (Alex’s sister is EPIC)! This was just a really well-done novel, one that blew me away. Even though there are sad parts, I was left feeling happy and hopeful at the end of the novel.

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


Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott — Okay … there are quite a few pretty books I bought this year … because I’m judgy like that! But the cover that REALLY stands out on my bookshelf is this one … LOOK AT THAT COVER! And the content itself is beautiful, so there’s that too.

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

Well … this list is GIGANTIC … especially since I’m doing buddy reads, read-a-thon’s and a STUPID amount of book challenges this year … so I have ALL of those books. WHAT KIND OF QUESTION IS THIS?!?! TORTURE??? I THINK SO!

*calming down now* Okay, I’m EXCLUDING buddy reads and challenges and what not because this will LITERALLY never end. I’m going to include a series I’ve been DYING to start and HANDS DOWN PLAN TO READ! *drum roll*

Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco — I already bought books 1 through 3, knowing the 4th one’s releasing this year. I’ve wanted to pick this series up since FOREVER, but I hate starting series that aren’t finished … I have no patience. So I’m planning to read this during the fall … woooooot!

Fourteen. Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year? **

Ummm … I haven’t really watched any? Like, I’ve rewatched Matilda and the Harry Potter films and the Lord of the Rings films … but I’ve already SEEN those multiple times so that isn’t new. So I guess … non-applicable?

Fifteen. Favourite review you’ve written this year? **


The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong — Honestly, I don’t think this is ACTUALLY my best review … it could be, but I don’t really know. But I’ve wanted to review this trilogy for SO LONG! I re-read the series every couple of years but I never wrote a review since I wasn’t book blogging yet. It’s nice to finally have my thoughts down for this trilogy! Now I just need to re-read and review the spin-off trilogy.

Sixteen. Favorite book community member

I’m copying Nyx and Marie … basically opting out. I love so many of you! Seriously, trying to catch up on all the posts from you guys sometimes gives me anxiety, because there are just TOO MANY good bloggers out there.

Also … I had NO IDEA this Book Blogger Awards thing existed … like, at all. What a lovely concept! So I’m going to do the same as Nyx and Marie — prep some award nominations for you lovely people!

The Nominees

I feel like I’m the LAST person to do this and that so many people have already been tagged … so I’m basically saying I tag you if you haven’t been tagged yet … WOOOOOOOOOOT!

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27 thoughts on “The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag || Tags & Awards

  1. YAY!!❤️ I’m so glad you’ve done the Tag! it’s one of my favorite tags and I always love to see what others are responding to. I also have to read Stalking Jack the Ripper I think all those books sound too good 😍 and I can’t wait to read With the Fire on High too, I feel like I’ll love it, it will be super emotional and maybe I’ll cry, but I’m ready 😅👏🏻

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    1. I wanted to make sure I posted it when it was ACTUALLY the middle of the year (ish) so I did it right away ha-ha!

      I was telling Bentley from Book Bastion that I plan to read them September and October. My July and August are already full and I feel as though that series would fit fall a lot 😀

      I really hope I can make “With the Fire on High” fit a prompt for the NEWT’s read-a-thon. If not I might just try to find time to read it in general 😀

      Thanks again, love! ❤

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  2. Great answers to all of these questions. It’s such a fun tag to do isn’t it. I totally planned to do one every year too, but then ended up being on hiatus every year around this time. Appearently it’s a pattern?

    I am actually FREAKING out over the “guide” book (you see what I did there). How did I not know about this. You are telling me there will be more of monty and percy?? These two might actually melt my icy, romance hating heart. Haha!

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    1. Oh no! I think I went on a hiatus during the fall and spring one year … both due to life being REALLY in the way … weddings, fitness, home things, extra work hours … ugh.

      LMAO!! I see what you did there …. 😛 I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! It’s one of my favs! And book 1.5 is going to be available for the public in November this year! It wasn’t originally due to legal issues but Lee has done it again! YAY

      MONTY x PERCY TO THE MAX IN 1.5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Excellent post!
    Red, White, and Royal Blue is so good. Yes, it made me cry and laugh and I still think of it from time to time. An excellent choice. It was such a surprise for me. There really wasn’t a bad character in the whole thing by the end of it. I hope the real world doesn’t bury this book, as I think this book has a very nice message in it. Though I can see a certain Duchess trying to ban it. That would be unfortunate.

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    1. I do too. It’s a beautiful book that represents so many different groups of people and beautiful messages that we ALL can learn from. I really hope not … book banning gets to me so much … I actually did a few papers in school about the negative consequences of book banning 😀

      And thank you for the compliment!

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  4. ooh great books on this list!! 100 days of sunlight looks sooo good!! Im already swooning and I haven’t even read it yet! Famous in a small town also looks good! And I so agree about the Stalking Jack the Ripper series I feel like Im the only one who has yet to read it. Awesome post 🙂

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    1. It’s so lovely!! If you’re really into poetry style writing, you’re going to love it! Famous in a Small Town is great — I wish it elaborated more on certain elements in the story but I still really enjoyed it.

      I can’t wait to finally start it! Probably won’t get to it until fall but it’s happening.

      Thank you very much! 🙂


  5. Adding If I’m Being Honest to my Must Reads ~
    100 Days of Sunlight was one of my greatest reads this year! It blew me away, but I agree with you on the aweee rather than crush because the characters are younger than me, haha.

    Anyhow, great post!

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    1. Oh yea! I can’t wait to read your thoughts on it!! I’m glad someone else has read it so they understand the love I have for that novel!! It’s so well done! I still want to buy a physical copy … it seems so lovely to have on my shelves ha-ha! And yes … right?? I’m 28 but tend to still read YA … so I don’t really GET book crushes. Until I find some books that read like YA but the characters are around my age, I’m probably going to continue to stick to YA

      Thank you very much!

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      1. I am absolutely going to buy a physical copy, it’s way too good to pass up! I’ll display it on my shelf and push it onto everyone who visit, haha.

        I’m 27, so I’m with you on that one. I’ve only had a crush on Rhys from A Court on Thorns and Roses, but he’s like… ancient, so I’m not sure that’s any better, to be honest xD

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  6. Number 13! I FEEL you! XD Sooo many books, soooo little time! XD

    This is such an epic tag! I didn’t know they had these! And there should definitely be one for the end of the year!

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    1. YAS! I’ve heard many people say they want to get to that series, or at least complete it this year 🙂

      They MUST have an end of the year one. I know I have a new years one I do every year but I’m going to keep a look out to see if there’s one linked to this one for the end of the year 🙂

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  7. With the Fire on High is amazing! I really enjoyed it and I hope you will as well! And I really need to read If I’m Being Honest! I keep hearing the most amazing things about it and I really enjoyed Always Never Yours, so I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet! Also, I had the same answer for my prettiest book! I haven’t read it yet, but now I’m even more excited to because of how much you enjoyed it! And YES! Red, White, & Royal Blue was just such a wonderful book that had me smiling the entire time I read it! That book has been my go-to recommendation to everyone since the moment I read it!

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    1. That’s great to hear! I’m sure I will love it! 🙂 I heard people that enjoyed Always Never Yours loved If I’m Being Honest, so I’m sure you’ll like it! I plan to read Always Never Yours before the end of the year 🙂

      Five Feet Apart is a spectacular read … but have a box of Kleenex near you at all time!

      I loved Red, White & Royal Blue!! I miss the characters! I’ll have to add it to my re-read list haha. I’ve been recommending that one and If I’m Being Honest a lot this year.

      Thanks for commenting! ❤


    1. Of course! You’re such an inspiration in the blogging community!!

      If I’m Being Honest was soo goooood. I really wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did! Oh … and you’re going to LOVE LOVE LOVE Red, White & Royal Blue!! I can’t wait to read your thoughts on it!


  8. Ooooh, I have a sneaky suspicion you are going to LOVE the relationship between Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series! Their banter and teasing is the most amusing thing in the world! ❤ I definitely agree that the cover of Five Feet Apart is stunning! I low key want to buy a hardcover copy of it, simply because it's cover has the most aesthetically pleasing artwork my eyes have ever seen. Also, I really want to read Famous in a Small Town! I'll definitely be sure to have some tissues near by, because I am emotional wreck in most books. Lol!

    Great post! ❤

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    1. I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS SERIES! I’ve made a “tentative” to read in my Trello calendar (oh yes … I’ve fallen for Trello) and I think I’m planning to read it September / October … which now I’m thinking of Fall and getting excited lol!

      I have the hardcover and most likely won’t donate it since I love the cover … so I feel you 😉

      I’m honestly biased towards enjoying Mills. I do find she tries to tackle too many things in this novel, but it’s still great ❤


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      1. You are going to love the Stalking Jack the Ripper books, and YAY FOR TRELLO! I seriously love using that list organizer so much. I don’t know how I functioned before using it. Haha! I still haven’t read Escaping From Houdini, but I’m planning to read it in August as part of a read-a-long.

        (And of course!!! Haha! It might’ve taken me a little bit to get to them, but I can never stay away from your posts! 😉 )

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      2. I hope so, especially since I already bought three of the four books lol!! And oh my gosh yes! I love my bullet journal, but I love using this for stuff WAY further in advance and for planning future posts. I think I might do a post on using both a BuJo and something like Trello, to see the pros and cons of each, and how you can use multiple organizational apps and formats.

        AWWWWWWWWWWE!! I say it all the time, but you really are a sweetheart! ❤

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