The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag // You Want Me To Pick One For Every Question??

It’s that time of the year again: time to freak out over the fact that we’re already halfway through the year (*insert Jake Peralta ‘WHAT’ gif*) and about the books we’ve read so far. Thank you Olivia @ Purely Olivia for tagging me!

1. Best book you’ve read so far this year

This is a tie between Starfish and Anger is a Gift. Both were incredible for different reasons, though both had great writing and are very important.Starfish has the best anxiety rep I’ve ever seen, a biracial Asian (half Japanese, half white) MC, explores what it means to be biracial and talks about racism.Β 

Anger is a Gift is about police brutality and will hit you in the gut, but at the same time it has so many lighter moments between families, friends and the main ship. The entire main cast is black or brown, the main character is gay and he has so many LGBTQIAP+ friends. Even a trans friend and a nonbinary friend!!

You can find my Starfish review here, and my Anger is a Gift review here

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far this year

Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead was a great conclusion to the trilogy. I loved every second of it and I love that while everything is resolved, it felt like there’s so much more to tell, thus leaving it open for more books (please uncle Rick I’m not ready to let my kids go yet)

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

Seriously, it’s time for me to once again beg the publishing industry to pleaseΒ stop.Β Just for a little bit. I can’t keep up.

Some new releases that I want to read and thankfully have on my shelves are The Brightsiders (which I’m reading right now actually!*), Children of Blood and Bone and A Thousand Perfect Notes.

* Can you tell I started this post a while ago dsbjh4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

What’s even being published. I have no idea. Oh wait! I’ll steal Olivia’s answer because I too am excited for What If It’s Us5. Biggest disappointment

Hahahahhaa Snowsisters bye

Seriously I was so excited to get approved for this ARC I was all ‘THIS BOOK IS QUEER I’M QUEER THANK YOU NETGALLEY’ and then this was a transphobic mess :) You can read my review here

6. Biggest surprise

Definitely Flight Season. I didn’t really have high expectations – I thought it’d be a fun, fluffy contemporary but I got so much more than that. I got a beautiful story about overcoming grief, accepting death, friendship and criticism on the American immigration system.Β You can read my review here

I also didn’t expect to love Alex, Approximately as much as I do. I thought it would be a fun read with one of my favourite tropes, enemies to lovers, but I didn’t expect a story about living with trauma as well. Also: the love interest is half-Hawaiian and the MC’s best friend is black. Read my review here

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

Akemi Dawn Bowman, Mark Oshiro and Alice Oseman. I know I was supposed to pick one but dmnbgs I can’t choose ok

8. Newest fictional crush

Uhhh does it count if I say Abby Suso? ‘Cause Abby is definitely not new to me but boy I love her so much* and I DID read Leah on the Offbeat this year sooo

* This has nothing to do with my crush on Alexandra Shipp nope nothing at all9. Newest favorite character


Like there’s Kiko from Starfish, Moss from Anger is a Gift, all the kids in I Was Born For This, Levi and Enne from Ace of Shades, the kids in Flight Season… I was introduced to too many great characters this year okay?

10. Book that made you cry

Have I,, mentioned Anger is a Gift yet,,, because,,, I read THE WORST scene on the bus and I just,,, closed my Kindle app on my phone, stared in front of me and pretended that had just not happened and everything was FINE because I was not going to cry on the bus

Everything was not fine

Also Starfish because I related a lot to Kiko. I didn’t really cry because of her anxiety, but I did relate to the abuse she faced and in some cases that hit me hard.

Oh boy I also shed tears while reading Flight Season and of course during All American Boys as well. Basically I cried a lot this year??11. Book that made you happy

Thankfully a lot of books also made me happy! Leah on the Offbeat immediately comes to mind, but also Geek Girl #3-5 and Cinderella Boy. Leah does have some issues (which I’ll talk about in my review which I’ll hopefully write some day??) but overal it just made really happy and I finished it with a big smile on my face. The Geek Girl series is just always a delight to read. Even though the secondhand embarrassment isΒ bad it always manages to cheer me up. And oh boy Cinderella Boy?? Such a cute queer Cinderella retelling (genderfluid gay MC!). I loved seeing all these queer kids fighting for their rights and getting their happy endings.

12. Favorite book to movie adaptations you’ve seen this year

Even if Love, Simon hadn’t been the only adaptation I had seen (so far!! We’reΒ so close to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before!!) it would be my favourite anyway. I just have no words to describe how much this movie means to me but just thinking about it makes me tear up I love it so much. I actually loved it even more the second time around, which I didn’t think was possible

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year

Probably my Starfish review! It took me a while to get around to it because some of the topics Starfish touches are a bit of a difficult topic for me, but I’m so proud I managed to talk about it.

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

Uh this is a good one lol. I haven’t bought or gotten any special editions or anything, which I usually use for these kind of questions. I’m very tempted to go with Starfish again, because I knew I needed a physical copy of it and it has such a gorgeous cover?15. What book do you need to read by the end of the year?

Again, all of them lol. Though to be honest I should probably read some of the books that have been left unread for years now…

all the unread books that have been on my shelf for 3+ years

Would you look at that – I finished writing this in August. I’m pretty sure I once got this tag up waaay past the mid-year point. This post really reminded me of how many great books I’ve read this year?? Sure, there have been some not so great reads, but over all I’ve loved so many books? Thank you 20gayteen

How has 2018 been so far for you reading-wise? What has been your best and worst reads? Can you relate to any of my answers? Let me know in the comments!

33 thoughts on “The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag // You Want Me To Pick One For Every Question??

  1. OMG, I LOVE that you didn’t just put the covers for the answers but your own aesthetics instead. You always have such a great way of capturing the stories :D I don’t know what’s up with me, but it always takes me FOOOOREVER to read Becky’s books. I love them every single time (I mean Molly=me) but I think I like them so much because I always read them eons after the hype.
    2018 hasn’t been the best of reading years for me so far, but there were a couple of nice surprises in there every now and then :D My favourite so far was probably either the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Annhiliation, Born a Crime or Dear Martin. And my least favourite I can actually name, because that was Sweetbitter. Ugh, such a miss!

    • Thanks! :D Ahhh hopefully you’ll enjoy Leah once you get to it! Hype can definitely get in the way of enjoying a book, so maybe that’s a good thing :)
      Oh no I’m so sorry to hear that. Hopefully the second half will be better! Ohh I haven’t read any of those, or even heard of them I think? Except for Dear Martin. Really want to read that one, so I’m glad to hear you loved that one!

      • I am sure I will. Becky usually doesn’t disappoint!
        Well, I’ve been screaming about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for months now hahaha it’s also a movie that should be in cinemas now with Michiel Huisman and Lily James. And Born a Crime is non-fiction written by Trevor Noah about his childhood – can only recommend it! Annihilation is very sciency fiction horror that was also turned into a movie with Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez. I think that covers it roughly haha

      • Ahhh I missed that I guess haha. Ohhh I think I remember seeing a trailer for that? I had forgotten about it since it was a while ago. Ohh I love Trevor Noah – got to check that out 😊 oh my goodness I can’t believe I forgot what Annihilation was I read your review πŸ˜‚

  2. Read your reviews of “Starfish” and “Anger is a Gift” and promptly added them on my TBR. The collages you made are so pretty. Is there any tutorial on how to create them, stashed somewhere in your blog? :D

  3. Oh, I loved reading this post! Starfish is amazing, and I really want to read Anger is a Gift, hopefully I can do that soon. :) I also really want to see Love, Simon now that I’ve read the book! AND OH MY GOODNESS YOUR AESTHETICS ARE AMAZING.

    • Thank you! Anger is a Gift is SO GOOD (though also very graphic when it comes to the violence described in the book, so be careful) Ohhhh Love, Simon is SO BEAUTIFUL Olivia hopefully you’ll get to see it soon and love it!!!
      Ahh thank you ❀️

  4. Your aesthetics, Michelle, this post is sooooooooo gorgeous, I am loving everything here, my eyes are so happy right now haha. I am so happy you loved Starfish so much, I can’t wait to read it! <3 I also can't wait to hear your thoughts on The Brightsiders and Children of Blood and Bone, I really enjoyed both of these <3 <3

    • Thank you!! ❀️ Hopefully you’ll love it too Marie!! The anxiety rep is just so good?? It’s SO relatable, the writing is absolutely beautiful, the characters are great, the romance is great – everything is great haha
      I finished The Brightsiders last week and I loved it sooo much ❀️ Hopefully I’ll get to Children of Blood and Bone soon, but right now I’m not really in a fantasy mood haha

  5. I loved reading this post so much!! All of your aesthetics are so gorgeous and amazing. 😍 I can relate to so many of your answers, haha; I love Starfish, I’m SO excited for What If It’s Us, I watched Love, Simon four times and loved it every single time, and (finally) Alice Oseman is such an amazing writer. ❀️

  6. Okay all the aesthetics?!? IM IN LOVE 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 and also can we talk about how they’re just perfect?!!??



    ok I love this post and I’m going to go before I scream even more and look crazy(-ier)

    • Thank you!! I’m a perfectionist so I’m glad you think they’re perfect πŸ˜‚ I always struggle because I find like 2149325 perfect images and I can’t use them all??


      Listen Anger is a Gift is very underrated like barely anyone is talking about it if that means i have to mention it 215972358 times in 1 post I will BECAUSE IT’S SO SO GOOD AND WHY IS BARELY ANYONE TALKING ABOUT IT LU 😭 yes you will be a huge mess but it’s so worth it (but pls do be careful because it’s quite graphic)


      sssh you don’t look crazy at all scream all you want I will scream right back at ya (as proven by this comment sjgh)

  7. I can’t believe we’re actually half way through the year…. Crazy!! This looks like a suuuper fun tag and I may have to do it too! I also loved all the wee mood boards you did for the books. I think my book this year has gotta be The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon… AAAAHHH it’s just so good and I don’t know why I waited so long to read it!

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  9. Ha I’m super late too but I’m totally going to do this tag soon as well xD
    First off your aesthetic things are sooo pretty!
    I definitely need to read + watch Love Simon because I’ve heard nothing but great things.

    • Sssh there’s no such thing as doing this tag too late :P Although maybe December is a bit silly to do a mid-year tag πŸ˜‚ Thank you! Oh my goodness yes you do!! Both the book and the movie are amazing 10/10 would recommend

  10. Omg yes The Ship of the Dead was such a great conclusion to the Series! 😍 But I’m lowkey crying that we won’t get more books 😭 I also really, really need to read Anger is a Gift, as it sounds so promising!

    • Very true haha. Usually I can easily pick one per question (or I don’t even have an answer for some questions) but this year?? Filled with amazing books. The Ship of the Dead was just so satisfying!

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