Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag (the written edition)

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

A BookTube tag created by: Ely @ Earl Grey Books and Chami

I’ve read 37 books this year. I’ve met my goal of 35 (I set it low because I was supposed to add a lot of big books which I thought would decrease my reading count.)

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

I’ve been lucky that this year I have read some very good books. Most of them have been 4 or 5 star reads, but the book that stands out the most is Strange the Dreamer.  This book was so beautifully written that it instantly transported me into the story.

I wrote a review for Strange the Dreamer (https://maryellenherrera.com/2019/03/01/strange-the-dreamer/), if you are interested in finding out more about this book.

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

I haven’t read many sequels this year.  I’m holding off until September when I’ll be hosting my “Sequel September” read down your series TBR challenge. But before I thought of that, I read Invasion of the Tearling and I am really loving this series.

Invasion of the Tearling is the second book in The Queen of the Tearling Series by Erika Johansen.

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

Okay, so I was and still am SO excited for this book – so much so, that I bought the special edition Owlcrate Box and the book I’m referring to is Finale.  I thought I would read it right away but then, somehow, it stayed on my shelf…so there it now waits until I pick it up for my Sequel September reading challenge.

Finale is the third book in the Caravel series by Stephanie Garber.

I wrote a review for Caravel (https://maryellenherrera.com/2018/04/25/review-caraval/), if you are interested in finding out more about this book.

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

Okay, the reason I dubbed September “Sequel” month was because of the release of Five Dark Fates, which is my most anticipated second half of the year release. This is the last book in the Three Dark Crowns series and I’m loving the story so much that I ordered the special edition box from Beacon Book Box and I cannot wait to dive into this book come September!

Five Dark Fates is the fourth (and last book) in the Three Dark Crown series.

5. Biggest disappointment.

Oh my goodness.  I was so bummed about this book because I’ve been stalking it on Thriftbooks for ages waiting for the price to come down. Once it did, I bought it and then was disappointed by this book.  I do not recommend The Witch’s Daughter and I will not be buying the sequel to this title.

6. Biggest surprise.

The Littlest Bigfoot was the biggest surprise for me. For one, it’s a middle grade book and I thought it would be an okay book about a little bigfoot making friends with a human. And number two, I thought, since it’s a middle grade book it’ll be a fluffy read.  However, I was wrong on both counts. Yes, this story was fun and a bit fluffy but I liked the underlining message of the book and how the characters were developed into real kids in unfortunate circumstances. So as to what I expected of this book, it over exceeded my expectations and made the list as biggest surprise read of the year.

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

After reading Strange the Dreamer, I found I really enjoyed Laini Taylor’s writing so I’m naming her my favorite new author because I just fell in love with her writing style and imagination.

8. Newest fictional crush.

I’m not really one to crush on fictional book or movie characters, so I’m going to pick someone who has characteristics I admire and that would be Aspen from The Selection – I was really rooting for him although I knew he wasn’t going to be chosen, but he was very kind and understanding and patient with America and I liked that about him.

I wrote a review for the first two books in The Selection series (https://maryellenherrera.com/2019/03/06/series-review-the-selection/), if you are interested in finding out more about this book.

9. Newest favorite character.

Thisby from Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain because she’s practical but fun, hardworking and adventurous, plus she learned through her adventure to be content and happy with her life choices.  And I think I would enjoy a day in the dungeon following her around as she tends to all the monsters there.  That would make a great vlog on YouTube, don’t ya think?

I wrote a review for Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain (https://maryellenherrera.com/2019/04/15/book-review-thisby-thestoop/), if you are interested in finding out more about this book.

10. Book that made you cry.

So, this year there haven’t been any books I cried over or cried while reading.

11. Book that made you happy.

I’m picking a book that was pure fun! The Daughter of the Pirate King was just a fun read full of swashbuckling adventure. I treasured it from beginning to end and I am definitely putting the second book on my TBR.

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

Okay, no need for words here – I’m just going to post the beautiful covers here for 2 books: The Beholder and Romanov.

Romanov by Nandine Brandes

The Beholder by Anna Bright

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

I’ll just insert this handy picture of my TBR here with all the titles I am hoping to read before 2020 rolls around.

Closing Thoughts

I really enjoyed this tag because it game me the incentive to look back at what I’ve read and to really look at the books I liked or disliked.  If you are interested in doing this tag, please leave your link in the comment box below because I’d love to read (or see if you are a BookTuber) your answers to each of these questions.

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