The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Although we have a whole bunch of other backlisted tags that we’ll be getting through in the next few months, when Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx tagged us to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag  created by Chami & Ely  we figured we’d better do it before the end of the year came around! And so here you have our answers, with our typical shenanigans when we’re having difficulty answering a question. As always, all covers link to Goodreads! Now, onto the questions!

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

Malka: Wow. This one starts with what is usually a difficult question. But I actually have an answer this time! Red, White, & Royal Blue completely won my heart when I read it last month! I want everyone to read it and can easily see myself rereading it! Possibly even this year!

Redd White & Royal Blue

I’m also going to give a disclaimer that from here on, every positive question listed in this tag – favorite new author, favorite character, book that made you happy – I wanted to answer with this book. I didn’t because that would be boring. You’re welcome.

Chana: I’ve read so many fantastic books so far this year, but I’ve decided to mention a book that I haven’t mentioned in a tag before  The Binding was definitely one of the best books I’ve read in 2019. The story and concept was so interesting, and I loved the structure of it as well.

The Binding

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

Malka: I actually have not read very many sequels. Most of the sequels I did read were companions in actuality. And none of those particularly stood out to me. So I’m going to cheat for this answer and go with the second book I’ve read by a particular author. With the Fire On High is not a sequel or companion to The Poet X, but it was just as wonderful. I cannot wait to see what Elizabeth Acevedo writes next!

With the Fire on High

Chana: Legendary!! I really was not a fan of Caraval, but Legendary really redeemed the series for me. It was a great book by itself, but as a sequel it was even better.


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

Malka: If I’m Being Honest! I’m really excited for that book, but for some reason I haven’t picked it up yet. Although, with the weather getting nicer each day, I’ll probably pick it up sometime soon!

If I'm Being Honest

Chana: Hahaha, so many. Where to begin. King of Fools, Here and Now and Then, Once & Future. These are just few of many.

King of Fools Here and Now and Then Once & Future

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

Malka: WAYWARD SON! This will be my answer until I have the book in my hands and have read it!

Wayward Son

Chana: I’ve had my eye on House of Salt and Sorrows for awhile now, and I’m reallyyyy looking forward to that one. Dark retelling of a classic fairytale? Sign me up!

House of Salt and Sorrows

5. Biggest disappointment.

Malka: Ooof. Unfortunately I have a few of these I can pick from. I’m going to choose The Unhoneymooners. I know that a LOT of people loved this one, but disappointed is exactly the right words to describe my feelings about this book. I was enjoying it for most of the book, but some things happened at the end that I don’t think were handled well. Thus my disappointment.

The Unhoneymooners

Chana: I was a lil’ bit disappointed with The Meaning of Birds. Don’t get me wrong though, it was a good book! I just think that I was looking forward to it for so long that I hyped it up in my head like crazy, and then it just didn’t live up to the hype.

The Meaning of Birds

6. Biggest surprise.

Malka: Things I’m Seeing Without You. I got this book at BookCon 2017 and tried picking it up a while back, but I didn’t like it. So imagine my surprise when I tried again in an effort to catch up on my old BookCon books before BookCon 2019, and I started enjoying it! This book is definitely not for everyone and I’m not even sure if I’d recommend it? It’s a mess. A messed up, messy mess. But I had a really fun time as I was reading the mess unfold, so it definitely fits for this prompt!

Things I'm Seeing Without You

Chana: A Curse So Dark and Lonely really surprised me! I wasn’t expecting it at all. I only vaguely knew that it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but it was so much more than that!! I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

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

Malka: This is one of the questions where I have to physically restrain myself from giving Casey McQuinston, author of Red, White, & Royal Blue as my answer. But instead I’m going to go with Lana Wood Johnson. She wrote Technically, You Started It, and I really enjoyed it! I would definitely read her next book!

Technically You Started It

Chana: Alice Oseman is SO AWESOME. I only started reading her books this year, but they’re all so good. I’m literally in love with all of them.


8. Newest fictional crush.

Malka: My answer is kind of cheating, but I’m going with Quan from The Bride Test. It’s cheating because technically I already met Quan as a side character in The Kiss Quotient. And even though he remains a side character in The Bride Test, he got more page time in this one. I really love him now and hope we get to see his story soon!

The Bride Test

Chana: I’m not really a fictional crush type of person, so I’m going to leave this one blank and hope Malka’s answer can suffice.

9. Newest favorite character.

Malka: Penny from Lucky Penny was so much fun to read about. I have learned this year that I really like characters that are hot messes, and Penny definitely fits the bill! I mean, she’s a twenty something year old living in a storage unit and working for a 12 year old, to give you some idea!

Bread Pig_Case

Chana: Y’all know I hate picking favorites. But if forced, I’m going to choose Sam from The Boy Who Steals Houses. He’s so well meaning and sweet, and he’s just doing his best! Which I appreciate.

The Boy Who Steals Houses

10. Book that made you cry.

Malka: Have you not heard? I’m a heartless monster that rarely cries because of books. This might also be because I don’t like reading sad books. Which means I don’t have any sort of answer for this one. Ooops!

Chana: Welllll, I don’t really cry while reading books 🤷‍♀️

11. Book that made you happy.

Malka: Kiss Number 8 had me laughing out loud multiple times! This book is also filled with LGBTQ characters and is the perfect read for Pride month! As for a book that made my happy by giving me the warm and fuzzies, I’m going to go with another LGBTQ graphic novel, Bloom!

Kiss Number 8 Bloom

Chana: Heartstopper was sooooo cute!! The art style was adorable, and I loved the storyline. The whole graphic novel just brought a smile to my face.

Heartstopper 1

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

Malka: THIS IS SO DIFFICULT! HOW DO I CHOOSE? I’m going to go with a book that is the definition of a cover buy. My mother offered to buy me a book from the independent book shop where I live. There was a small selection of YA books, and I wasn’t interested in most of them. I ended up picking Five Feet Apart because the cover is just so pretty! The shininess and detail up close is absolutely beautiful!

Five Feet Apart

Chana: Darn it, I’ve already answered The Binding for one of the questions, but OMG that book is GORGEOUS. Master of Sorrows also has a pretty cool cover. Both of these books were cover buys for me, but to be completely honest, most books are cover buys for me.

The Binding Master of Sorrowa

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

Malka: Kingdom of Ash. I meant to get to this one MONTHS ago but my re-read of the series got a bit stalled. Hopefully the summer will have me zipping through my re-read and finishing up this series!

Kingdom of Ash

Chana: The Ask and the Answer!! I started the series last year… and still have not finished it.

The Ask and the Answer

14. Favorite Book Community Member

Malka and Chana: It’s really difficult to pick a favorite community member! There are so many people who interact with all our posts and we love you all! We couldn’t choose just one so we’ve decided to list a few of our favorite blogs and bloggers who we frequently interact with!

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Ellyn @ Allonsythornrax

Olivia @ Purely Olivia

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

We tag:

The wonderful bloggers we’ve mentioned that haven’t already done this tag!

The questions are listed in the drop down below for you if you’d like to do this tag!

The Questions

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2016.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016.
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. Favorite Book Community Member

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What book do you need to read by the end of the year? What’s the most beautiful book you acquired this year? Would you be able to pick a favorite for 2019?


33 thoughts on “The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

  1. Aaaah I still need to read The Boy Who Steals Houses! I already read A Thousand Perfect Notes and was floored by C.G. Drews’ writing. I sincerely hope I get the chance to read Elizabeth Acevedo’s, and Alice Oseman’s books!

    You have so many great recs in this post!

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  2. So many wonderful books in this post … but the first answer is definitely what mine is going to be too… RWRB is my favorite of the year to date 😍😍😍

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  3. YES YES YES TO A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY! I loved that book with my whole heart. Honestly, I’ve come to expect little from Beauty and the Beast retellings because there are so many of them, but this book was EXCEPTIONAL. Okay, rant over, haha. I loved reading both of your answers to this tag! 💛💛💛

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  4. Oooh I’m glad that you enjoyed The Binding so much, I really need to check that book out! And I’m also really looking forward to House Of Salt And Sorrow although the book that I’m waiting for most impatiently is Queen Of Nothing. I agree that the cover for Five Feet Apart is gorgeous! I haven’t read the book but I really enjoyed the film. I’m hoping to get Throne Of Glass re-read and finished this summer too! I’m also really hoping to do the same with The Dark Artifices as I loved the first two so, so much that I can’t quite believe I haven’t finished them yet.

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      1. I’m unbelievably happy that the release date for it was bought forward to this year! Me either, there are just a ridiculous number of books that I’m especially excited for coming out in September 😀

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  5. Ahh, thank you so much for the tag and for mentioning me! I’ve been wanting to do this so this is perfect timing, not to mention that y’all are the actual sweetest ever.😭💗I’m so happy that we get to comment on each other’s blogs and get to know each other!! *cries*

    This got me even more excited to read Red, White, & Royal Blue…also, there were a lot of books on here that were new to me!! My TBR thanks you. XD Wonderful post!

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    1. I’m so glad the timing works out! I hope you have a lot of fun with this tag! 🥰 Thank you so much for your super sweet words! I love interacting with you through comments as well! ❤

      I’m so glad I could help you TBR grow big and strong! And getting everyone to read Red, White, & Royal Blue is kind of my life’s goal at the moment!

      Thank you!💕

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  6. I am determined to read Queen of Air and Darkness! I bought it sooooo long ago (just looked at the receipt still in the book, I actually bought it in January!?!) and I should read it but I would most likely have to reread Lord of Shadows first? Most beautiful book? Hmmm, I would have to say my Special Edition of TOG! I wouldn’t be able to pick a favorite, yet! As for KOA, I read it earlier this year and if you are invested in the TOG series then you will break your no crying streak, money back guarantee! (Please don’t take my money if you don’t cry, I need it for books and food)
    -Emma 🙂

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    1. Re-reads get me every time as well! I hope that I’m smart enough to reread Carry On well before Wayward Son comes out!

      I’ve seen the special edition ToG around! It’s really beautiful! I’m now a bit scared to read KoA, not gonna lie! But hopefully I’ll read it soon enough to find out if that ending can bring me to tears! (Don’t worry. I won’t steal your money. Books and food are important!)

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  7. I love that Quan made your list. He was fabulous in TBT. I read If I’m Being Honest last week. I liked so much, I went and bought the authors’ first book. Hope you get a chance to read it.

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  8. Here and Now and Then was really good!! I was surprised at how much I liked it. Gosh you two picked out so many books that I need to read… The Bride Test, The Boy Who Steals Houses, With the Fire on High! I can’t wait to read House of Salt and Sorrows! I’m really excited to read that too. ❤️ And thank you for the honor of being among these other bloggers!! I love you guys. Nicole and Shannon’s discussion challenge is too good to me.

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  9. Ah this is such a fun tag so happy you did it! I really loved Red, white and royal blue so I’m happy to see it there. VERY excited to see you enjoyed Technically, you started it as well, I can’t wait to read that one!
    Bloom and Heartstopper both made me smile and so very happy, too, such wonderful reads ahh ❤
    I'm ahhh. I'm crying thank you for thinking of me, I adore interacting with you both and I'm so glad our paths have crossed in this wonderful blogging adventure ❤ thank you for thinking of me ❤ ❤


    1. It was a lot of fun to do! It was really interesting to look over my books and realize that I hadn’t read very many series or any sad books at all!

      Red, White, & Royal Blue is just the cutest thing! I’ve been shouting to everyone everywhere about my love for this book! And I really enjoyed Technically, You Started It! I hope you do too!

      Soft, cute graphic novels are my new favorite thing! I did not know I needed them in my life but I’m so glad books like Bloom and Heartstopper are out there!

      We love interacting with you as well!💕 Thank you for always taking the time to leave such lovely comments on our posts!! ❤

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      1. Ahhh I’m glad you love Technically You Started it, I have your review ready to be read tonight I can’t wait 😀
        Of course, I always love reading your awesome posts ❤

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  10. red, white & royal blue is definitely my favorite book of the year too so high five on that! also, i’ve never heard of ‘the binding’ so I’m checking it out for sure!

    ‘house of salt and sorrow’ is literally so interesting, i’ve been WAITING for it to be released so i can devour it. also, same! i have a weird hate-love relationship w christina lauren and altho i loved the tropes in this book, it turned out to be a big meh in the end.

    OMG YOU’VE ALREADY READ ‘techically, you started it’ I’m!!!!!!!!! IM SO EXCITED TO READ THAT BOOK and to know that you liked it too? sold.

    i think the most beautiful book i bought/got this year was The Poet X ❤

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    1. Yay! * high fives * I have a love-hate relationship with Christina Lauren as well! This one wasn’t awful, but definitely was on the lower end of the scale for me! I totally agree! The tropes sounded amazing! That’s what drew my attention to The Unhoneymooners in the first place!

      I HAVE! And I’m posting a review for it too! Because it was super cute! I’m so glad that you want to read it! And The Poet X is BEAUTIFUL! Inside and out! I read With The Fire on High last month and loved that one as well!


  11. my copy of rw&rb is arriving in the mail and it’s probably still gonna take weeks to arrive :(( i’m so salty because I *need* to know what all the hype is about! ooo i’ve never heard of The Binding though, and seeing as i’m in love with its cover and it was Chana’s favorite book so far! you also mentioned so many other books that i’m very very excited to read! great post 😍 i love seeing people do this tag

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    1. Noooooooo! I was so excited for RW&RB that I went to the store the day it came out to purchase it! It actually took me a while to find it, but I left the store with the book in my hand! I hope your copy arrives super soon and that you love it!

      Thanks so much! I think the fact that this tag is specific to 2019 helps me recognize lots of books that I want to read/ have read as well, whenever I see this tag around. And it’s always fun when you see books you recognize!

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