Mid Year Freak Out Tag!

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Hello everyone!

When I saw the the Mid Year Freak Out Tag on Kat and The Orangutan Librarian‘s blogs, my immediate reactions were…

  • WHAT this must be a joke! Last time I checked the year just started and it was like February or March…
  • But WAIT. It’s JUNE
  • Actually, we are kind of halfway through June
  • And June is the sixth month of the year- WHAT?!
  • Cue the freaking out moment.

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There are so many things I haven’t yet done, books I haven’t read, stories I haven’t written, places I haven’t been, food I haven’t tried… the list goes on and on!

(Am I the only one who feels this way here!? Anyone out there thinking “yup, I am fully aware that it is the middle of 2018 and happy with it”?)

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2018

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I’ve rambled enough about The Book Thief, which is my favourite book of all time.

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018

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Does the fourth book in a series count as a sequel? In that case I absolutely MUST choose The Goblet of Fire, which is my favourite Harry Potter book so far during my re-read.

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

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After I read Beth’s review of Circe, I feel like I MUST read it. It is such a different book than the type I usually read, and I really know nothing about Greek mythology (like, not a thing) but I am excited to try something new!

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

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After speeding through Warcross, I felt like I HAD to read the second book in the series RIGHT away. In fact one of the upside of this year being half over is that we are this much closer to the release of Wildcard! Who else is super excited for this release!?

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

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The Sun is Also a Star was just not for me.

BIGGEST SURPRISE

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I knew going into We Were Liars that there was this epic plot twist at the end. Still, I did not see that coming.

FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

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Emergency Contact was one of my favourite YA contemporary books this year. I’ll be looking forward to reading other books by Mary HK Choi!

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

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Peter in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is swoon-worthy πŸ™‚

NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

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I haven’t given much thought to Neville Longbottom the first time I read Harry Potter. Now I realize he’s kind of pretty cool.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

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The Diary of Anne Frank, even though I knew what was going to happen at the end.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

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Leah on the Offbeat was a fun read! Oh the Simon and Blue cameos made me happy ❀

FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

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Love Simon was perfect. Just perfect. *Happy sigh*

FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

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Oh wow this is a hard question! I’ll have to go with 27 Things that I Learned At 27, a compilation of all my reflections about being older (and wiser!)

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

It’ll have to be this vintage edition of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier that I found at a second-hand bookstore:

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

EVERYTHING!?Β Well, seriously, if I had to pick, here are my absolutely MUST-reads by the end of the year:

I TAG…

Everyone and anyone who is freaking out right now πŸ™‚

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What are your favourite reads of 2018 so far? What are your plans for the second half of 2018? How would you answer some of these questions? πŸ™‚

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42 thoughts on “Mid Year Freak Out Tag!

    • Sophie Li says:

      Yes The Book Thief is amazing πŸ™‚ I actually haven’t read any of Markus Zusak’s books though I’ve heard good things about I Am the Messenger. Would you recommend this one as well? I will definitely keep an eye out for Bridge of Clay. Thank you Kristin πŸ™‚

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  1. ✨The Reading life✨ (@_AnneBlogger) says:

    Okay, in my defense, THERE’S A REASON I DIDN’T TRY MARIE LU’S NEW SERIES. I am literally, TERRIFIED OF HER NOW AFTER THAT STUNT SHE PULLED WITH THE MIDNIGHT STAR. Seriously, she is like, the author that you know would give you the worst possible ending every time in her series. It’s horrible, and I literally can not mentally handle it lol. HELP I HAVE A PROBLEM *SOB*.

    PS can you tag me in this this looks really fun XD.

    Great post! This was really fun to read actually.

    http://anneclarence.wixsite.com/thereadinglife/single-post/2018/06/20/Book-Review-A-Court-of-Frost-and-Starlight-by-Sarah-J-Maas

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  2. Hufflepuff27 says:

    I’ve watched the Love, Simon movie. I’ve ordered the book (which is a different name but its too long to write out.) So I’m pretty excited to read it. Is the book any good?

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Cool I haven’t heard about The Nowhere Girls but I will keep than on my radar πŸ™‚
      I’ve heard great things about Evelyn Hugo and I’m super excited to read that one! Let me know what you think when you end up reading it!

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  3. Marie says:

    I also can’t believe we’re already in JUNE, it’s crazy, it really is. I’m not complaining though, because summertime is my favorite time, but still, time really flies.
    I can’t wait to read Wildcard either, I loved Warcross so, so much! I’m also so happy to see you enjoyed Emergency Contact so much, I can’t wait to read more from the author as well πŸ˜€

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Haha yes it is crazy isn’t it!? Summer is also my favourite season. I love how it’s always sunny and how we don’t have to bother with boots and jackets anymore!
      Definitely looking forward to Wildcard πŸ™‚

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  4. Sieran Lane says:

    Wow I should do this tag or maybe do this tag in the future. I enjoyed many books, but a particularly memorable one was a series of novellas on a romance between an incubus and a human male. I love gay stuff, I love fantasy, and wow, I’ve never read a romance involving incubi before. In fact, prior to this series, I had never seen a story where sex demons were good guys. So this was very new and exciting to me. Plus, it was intriguing for me that though the protagonists are romantically mostly monogamous, they are sexually poly, which makes sense, considering their situation. (Kind of complicated but basically, the incubus needs to get food and energy from sexual contact with others, and this human guy is his vascellum and helps store energy for his incubus by sleeping with others too.). This was exciting for me as well, because I don’t think I’ve ever read any polyamorous romances before, though this isn’t completely poly. The incubus has darker skin too. Yay more racially diverse characters! 😁

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    • Sophie Li says:

      I didn’t know about incubi before so I had to google that haha. Glad that you enjoyed the series. It’s interesting when what is traditionally an evil role is represented as a protagonist. Sounds like an imaginative premise πŸ™‚

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      • Sieran Lane says:

        Yeah, we have good vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and witches nowadays. So we should definitely have good incubi and succubi too. ^^ I realized through checking Amazon that there are quite a number of incubi/ succubi romances now, but of course they aren’t as numerous as vampire and wolf shifter ones! I read quite a lot of wolf shifter gay romances, actually.

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      • Sophie Li says:

        Yeah I feel like vampire and werewolf novels are really common (particularly vampire ones!?) I don’t read many of them except for Twilight which I tried to read haha.
        Glad that there are now others in the mix, such as ones about incubi and succubi πŸ™‚

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  5. Kat Impossible says:

    I imagined this first half of the year going very differently to how it did, so I am not one to claim that I was okay with noticing we are already at a mid-way point haha I just don’t know where time is going and what I am doing with it. It’s as if I blink and a week has passed …
    I feel like I should read Circe and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo as well. So many people have recommended them to me and I haven’t seen a single bad review for either.

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Glad that you enjoyed The Book Thief! GoF was amazing πŸ™‚ I didn’t enjoy OoF as much because of its length and the amount of time Harry spends complaining haha.

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  6. Norrie says:

    You listed some awesome stuff here 😍

    I loved we were liars too! For me the most surprising part of it was the writing style. Not many books I’ve read had this poetic flow.

    Circe is on my list too. Such a pretty book. I’m not usually a fan of mythology in fiction but the reviews are so good!
    I need to get on with the Warcross series now that sequel is coming πŸ™ˆ

    Happy reading!

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hello Norrie πŸ™‚ Yes the writing style of We Were Liars is quite special- it is one of the things I loved about the book!
      Great to hear that you’re interested in Circe too. Let me know what you think about it πŸ™‚
      I loved Warcross! Definitely one of the most gripping books I’ve read so far this year. Hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did πŸ™‚
      Happy reading ❀

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hello Zezee!
      Glad to hear that you’re also a fan of the fourth HP book πŸ™‚ It’s probably the most memorable of the series for me.
      I do feel like my opinion has changed a bit. I first read HP when I was much younger, and since then I’ve read and reviewed many more books. Now I see more flaws in the books that I had before, picking out ways that chapters could be more concise for example. However I also appreciate certain aspects more, like how each book builds upon each other. I also appreciate Dumbledore’s wise quotes much more now that I am an adult haha πŸ™‚
      How about you? πŸ™‚

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      • Zezee says:

        Def the same for me too. Now when I reread, I pay more attention to the subtle ways in how the books connect and also to side characters. I also started listening to the podcast Witch, Please last year which analyzes the books and that made me pay more attention to the narrative perspective too, which is very limited to just Harry and explains why we miss certain events. I always wondered if Hogwarts has a graduation day. What happened when Percy completed his years there?

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      • Sophie Li says:

        Yes that’s the joy of re-reading. We notice things that we didn’t notice before, and we also get to relive the story again πŸ™‚
        I didn’t know about that podcast. Sounds interesting, I’ll have to check it out!

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  7. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Your reaction to seeing the Mid Year Freak Out tags on people’s blogs and the realisation that it’s June now was pretty much mine as well. πŸ˜€ I feel like before we know it it’s going to be the end of the year and we’ll be in 2019!
    Great answers for this tag as well Sophie. I’m really glad you loved The Book Thief so much, and I hope you enjoy Circe just as much. Hopefully that book will make you want to read more about Greek mythology. πŸ™‚ I am so excited for Wildcard and so far everyone I’ve seen taking part has featured Love, Simon as they’re favourite adaptation, which never fails to make me smile a little! πŸ˜€
    Great post. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Haha I am relieved to hear that I am not the only one surprised that it is already halfway through 2018. Time really flies!
      I am nervous about Circe since it is not my usual type of book however I am looking forward to trying something new πŸ™‚
      Haha you are right. So far I’ve seen Love Simon featured in all of these posts, which I agree with since it is such a good movie!

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        I feel like we must all be freaking out about the fact that June is over now!
        Well I’ll keep my fingers crossed you do enjoy it. Hopefully you’ll be able to appreciate the story even if it isn’t the usual book you pick up (that’s what it was like for me). πŸ˜€

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Wow! That’s great that you are already thinking about Christmas gifts. I haven’t thought that far into it yet, but maybe I should instead of leaving everything until last minute :’)

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