Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag | ft. How on earth are we already halfway through this crazy year?

Hello! I guess it’s time for me to do this tag? I was going to do it on June first, but then I forgot about it and was busy and here we are 20-something days later and I’m finally doing it. I was tagged for this by two wonderful bloggers: Kay @ Hammock of Books and Jane @ Blogger Books! Both of their blogs are wonderful and you should go over right now because both of them have wonderful bookish content!

Also, as Kay put it, this tag is like one giant game of telephone and it honestly is. Kay and Jane both did slightly different versions, but overall it’s the same. So, I answered 15 questions about books and stuff, so here they are!

Before I get into the questions though, here’s an update on my Goodreads challenge:

I am 18 books ahead, which I’m really happy about!! I guess that’s what months and months of social distancing gets you.

The questions:

Best Book You’ve Read This Year?

You want me to pick just one? That is WAY too hard, so I’ll go with a few…

Best Sequel You’ve Read This Year?

I haven’t actually read that many sequels this year. The best one, though, is probably Haveli, by Suzanne Fisher Staples. (review) Mostly because it’s the only one that I can think of right now!

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To?

There are so many!!! I really really want to read Felix Ever After, by Kacen Callender. It looks like an amazing book, and I have seen so many great things about it!

From Stonewall and Lambda Award–winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.

Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle….

But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve.

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year?

I can’t wait to read Cinderella is Dead!!! I have read tons of amazing reviews of the book, and the synopsis seems fascinating:

It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.

Also, that cover…

Biggest Disappointment?

Have I mentioned that I don’t often get disappointed by books? My average rating on Goodreads is really high, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Anyway, the book that disappointed me the most this year was… *frantically scrolls through Goodreads* …none! The lowest I’ve rated a book this year was The American Twins of the Revolution, by Lucy Fitch Perkins, and I rated that 2 stars. I didn’t have high expectations, or really any expectations at all, so I wasn’t disappointed.

Biggest Surprise?

The book that surprised me the most was Ordinary Girls, by Blair Thornburgh. I didn’t really have any expectations at all when I started this book, but I loved it so much!

New Favorite Author (New To You Or Debut)?


My favorite debut author so far in 2020 is… Adiba Jaigirdar!

Adiba Jaigirdar is a Bangladeshi/Irish writer and teacher. She lives in Dublin, Ireland. She has an MA in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Kent, England and a BA in English and History from UCD, Ireland.

She is the author of the amazing fantastic incredible book The Henna Wars!

Newest Favorite Character?

My newest favorite character is… Ead Duryan, mage of the Priory from the South. Ead Duryan is one of the main characters in The Priory of the Orange Tree! I am not done with this insanely long book yet, but I am loving it so much! Ead is brave and strong, and incredible in so many ways!

Book That Made You Cry?

The Priory of the Orange Tree appears yet again. This book has made me cry and I still have 5 hours left in the audiobook! Ordinary Girls also made me cry.

Book That Made You Happy?

I have read many books that made me happy this year! The ending of The Boy Who Steals Houses, by C. G. Drews made me so so happy!! Aurora and the Thief, by Becky Bird also made me so happy! I laughed so many times throughout Aurora and the Thief!

Favorite Book To Film Adaptation?

I can only remember watching one book to film adaptation this year, and fortunately, I really liked it! The movie was the Netflix adaptation of The Willoughbys. I read the middle-grade novel a few years ago, and I thought that the movie adaptation really captured the book’s odd but hilarious spirit.

Favorite Post You Have Done This Year?

I have a few, actually! My interview with one of my all-time favorite authors, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley was so much fun to do! My post about rereading the Percy Jackson books was also really fun! I spent a lot of time putting together all of the quotes, and it ended up being quite long!! I did a post at the beginning of January about some of my bookish and non-bookish resolutions for the new year. I think that I’ve done an okay job sticking to them!

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought Or Received This Year?

What is it with just ONE book. Because here on this blog, rarely do we deal with just one book at a time. I can narrow it down to two though: A Thousand Perfect Notes, by C. G. Drews and The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar!

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year?

I really need to read Felix Ever After, The Silvered Serpents, The Lunar Chronicles trilogy and You Should See Me in a Crown, among many! I made a list in my head back in January, but unfortunately it was in my head.

Favorite Book Community Member?

One! You want me to pick one! Honestly, there are dozens of bookish community members that I could put here, snd if I’m following your blog, that means that you’re one of my favorite bookish community members. Here are a few of my favorites though…

Rukky @ Eternity Books is the creator and co-host of Let’s Talk Bookish, one of my favorite weekly memes, and she has a super pretty blog with amazing content! You should definitely go read some of her posts!

Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea has a beautiful blog, and her posts are entertaining and interesting. Her writing voice is so unique and funny!

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books is one of the kindest book bloggers out there! She is incredibly active in the bookish community, and I’ve had great conversations with her through comments on posts. Her blog design is AMAZING, and her posts are really engaging and fun to read! She also co blogs with her sister Nyx, who writes posts! Nyx is another of my favorite book bloggers!

I tag:

Jane @ 365 Novel Nights | Krisha @ The Cozy Corner | And you!

Did I mention the same books over and over too many times? Have I convinced you to read The Henna Wars now? Who’s your newest favorite character? Chat with me in the comments below!

19 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag | ft. How on earth are we already halfway through this crazy year?

  1. Aww, thank you so much for mentioning me 💖💖 And that’s so amazing that you want to read 200 books and are currently 18 ahead!! Lol, I’ve already brought my challenge down so that I’m not an overwhelming nearly 20 books behind, but I still have 10 books to catch up on right now. Sigh 🙂 I’ve never seen or heard of Ordinary Girls, but that cover is so interesting; I think I’m going to have to check it out! Ah, and I’m about to read The Girl in the Blue Coat and The War Outside, both by Monica Hesse, the author of They Went Left!! Maybe I’ll add that one to my TBR too 🙂 Glad you loved it!! ✨

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    1. You’re welcome Rukky 💕 Ordinary Girls is really great, and the cover is interesting!! I’ve read The Girl in the Blue Coat, and I loved it. They Went Left is amazing, and I definitely recommend it 🙂 Happy reading!

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  2. Lovely post ! Thanks for tagging me however I did not get a ping back….you have definitely convinced me to read henna wars…..I am really excited for Cinderella is dead….it sounds really good and I predict it will be a 5 star read for me….but this year has been a little slow for me…..I fell in a reading slump😭I am 14 books behind

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  3. thank you so much for mentioning me in the last question 😭 i’m so honored 🤍🤍 i’m really glad that you enjoyed the henna wars and priory!! the henna wars was an unexpected fave for me too, but idk, the more i look back on priory, the more i notice things i didn’t like about it…. but oh well 🙃 it looks like you’ve had a pretty good reading year so far (you’ve read so many books already, i’m in awe), and i hope it continues to go well for the rest of the year ❤

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    1. You’re welcome 💕 Yeah, the priory started off a bit slow, but I definitely am liking it more and more as I get further. Thanks, I hope that you also have a wonderful rest of the year 🥰

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  4. Oh my god, thank you so much for your sweet words!! It means the world 🥰🥰
    A Thousand Perfect Notes was so good and really heartbreaking. Totally deserves to be nominated as best book!
    YEEES, so excited about Cinderella is Dead!!
    I’m so glad you enjoyed The Henna Wars. I’m really looking forward to reading it 😊

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    1. You’re welcome! I’m so glad 🥰🥰
      And YES A Thousand Perfect Notes!! I think that you’ll love The Henna Wars; it is a beautiful story and has an incredible sister relationship 😊

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  5. This was such a fun post to read!! If you hadn’t already convinced me to add the Henna Wars to my TBR, I’m sure I would do after reading this!
    Thank you for tagging me! I’m so excited to do it!!

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