Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

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Dear reader,

Can you believe that it is already July? Because I can’t. This year is going by way too fast, and I need everything to slow down so I can fully enjoy every little things and finally take a breath.

Obviously, as it is officially the mid year, I had to do this book tag. I always adored it, mostly because I love to look back to all those past six months and think about all that I’ve read so far. This first part of the year has been filled with some amazing reads, but also with some big disappointments. I simply cannot wait to answer to all those questions to really see what I’ve been reading ever since January!

So without further ado, let’s dive into the Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag, created by Chami and Ely.


BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018

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Ah, the hardest question of the whole tag. Asking a bookworm to choose their favourite book is like asking a parent to choose their favourite child… But we’re going to do it anyway!

I narrowed my list of favourites down to three books for this question: I couldn’t just choose one, and those three deserved to be added in this category.

My very first favourite book read in 2018 is, without a doubt, Renegades by Marissa Meyer. I read it in February and I am still over excited whenever I talk about it. This book is everything to me and surprisingly taught me a lot. I’m so glad that I decided to pick it up, even though I would have anyway because I got obsessed with Marissa Meyer last year. I even talked about her in my video of the very same tag exactly a year ago.

The second one I chose is Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I am obsessed with everything she writes, but this book felt so special to me. It may be because I have a thing for anti-heroes or maybe because V.E. Schwab writing is the best out there, but it did something to me and I’ll forever talk about how good it is.

Finally, I had to add Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi. I wasn’t expecting a lot from this one, mainly because I read a lot of negative reviews before gettint into it. Well, at least it taught me to always trust my instincts instead of following what everyone else says. I can’t express how much I loved this book. It was everything I wanted but mostly needed at this time, and I know that I’ll keep re-reading it over and over again.

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Once again, I couldn’t choose only one book… Don’t give me that look. My favourite sequels so far have to be A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (again, I told you I was obsessed with her) and Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman. None of those two were released in 2018 but they both are sequels, and that’s all that matters here.

I fell in love with the Darker Shade of Magic series last summer and never thought I could read something so good. It was incredible, and I had very high expectations. Because I loved it so much I tried to read the series very slowly to enjoy it, but I had to finish it nonetheless. This last book was amazing and I already want to re-read it.

As for Gemina, I was supposed to read it a long time ago as I read Illuminae when it first came out and waited months for the sequel. Well, I only picked it up now but I’m so happy that I did. It was incredible. Really. It had everything: action, plot twists, a bit of romance, amazing and flawed characters. I read it while listening to the audiobook and it was just like watching a movie. I can only recommend it.

A NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT YOU WANT TO

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I am a bit ashamed to add those two books here, but it’s okay. Here are the two new releases I haven’t read yet but want to: A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (which I waited for for months) and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

I have to say that I’m way too scared to read the first one: I don’t trust Sabaa Tahir and I know that she will break my heart with this book, just like she did with A Torch Against the Night. Plus, I am in a reading slump and I don’t want to take a whole month to read it. So… Here’s why it still is on my unread shelves.

As for the second one, I’m just scared as well, but mostly because it is so well loved by everyone. I don’t know a single person who haven’t loved it and that’s terrifying. What if I don’t like it? What if I don’t understand the hype? Of course, it wouldn’t be terrible… But you know the struggle.

I didn’t even have to think before answering to this question. My three most anticipated releases of the second half of 2018 are, as expected by many, Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, and Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel by Val Emmich.

The first one was to be expected, as the Dark Artifices series is my all time favourite and Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite authors. I added it here even though I’m not so excited: I’m mostly scared and I don’t want Cassandra Clare to hurt any of my babies or my only book boyfriend, Julian, and I also don’t want to see this series come to an end.

I have been waited for the second one for ages. Literally. Ever since Becky and Adam told us on Twitter that they were working on something together, I knew I’ll have to get it. Then they announced the title and I freaked out because it’s the title of my favourite song in the musical Dear Evan Hansen, which is one of my favourite, and Adam told me that I was right to think that. Now we know that the story will take place in NYC and that one of the main characters is a Broadway trash like I am, so I really need this book.

As for the last one… Well, I just talked about the musical. Dear Evan Hansen came into my life at the beggining of 2017 and it changed me. It brought me a lot, and still do today. When I heard that it was going to become a novel, I freaked out. Plus, it is coming out only a few days before my birthday. What more could I ask for?

 BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

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I may have three books for this one, but they all disappointed me in some way and I couldn’t choose just one. The first one I want to talk about is Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan. I was excited to read it because I met the author a year ago and she was the sweetest. Let’s just say that this book wasn’t for me. I felt as if nothing was happening and the abuse didn’t feel right for me, meaning that that it was used in a very weird way, described even more strangely and most reviews I read about it said the same.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han also let me down, and I feel so alone not liking it. While reading it, I was super angry: I couldn’t stand the main character and I wanted to yell at her every two seconds. Plus, I felt as if the whole story about the letters being sent by accident wasn’t useful at all for the plot and it made me dislike the book even more. It should make a great and fun movie though, that’s what I kept telling myself reading it, but I couldn’t stand the story as a book.

Finally, I am heartbroken to add Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh to this answer. Don’t get me wrong, I love Renée Ahdieh and I am obsessed with her writing style. Yet, I didn’t like this book and I may be the problem but it really wasn’t for me. Hopefully I’ll like the sequel better!

 BIGGEST SURPRISE

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Thankfully 2018 surprised me a lot, first with Unravel me by Tahereh Mafi, then with We Are Young by Cat Clarke.

The first one was somehow forced to me by one of my best friends, Morgane. This series is her favourite but unfortunately I didn’t like the first book, Shatter Me. She promised me it gets better with the second book, and she was right. It still isn’t my favourite series of all time but I had so much fun binge-reading those books. It was so entertaining and striking: I couldn’t stop reading at all.

We Are Young was the first ARC I ever recieved, and I couldn’t be more happy with it. I was so surprised to love it that much, mostly because I wasn’t expecting a lot. Yet, it moved me and made me realise many, many things. It also talks so well about mental health and teenagers, I highly recommend it (tw// suicide + depression).

❥ FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR AUTHOR TO YOU)

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As I am writing this, I am currently reading a book by Holly Bourne and I have to say that within a few pages she already stole my heart. Am I Normal Yet talks about OCDs and anxiety, which I have, and it feels so good to read something so real. I already know that I’ll binge-read her books, even though it had some flaws which I will discuss more about in my review.

I also have to add Clémentine Beauvais for this answer. I discovered her at a French book fair in December and fell in love with her, mostly because she is gorgeous and way too smart. I knew that I had to read her book, Songe à la douceur, translated in English as In Paris With You. The book wasn’t perfect but it was so different from what I usually read, and it got me obsessed nonetheless.

 NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

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To be honest, I don’t really have a new fictional crush. I love Julian Blackthorn, and that’s it. But I have to say that some characters made me feel all gooey inside, such as Rishi from When Dimple Met Rishi, Sam from Emergency Contact, Martin from Dear Martin, Alfie from The Brightsiders and Nik from Gemina.

 NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

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Adrian and Nova are by far my newest favourite characters, even though I read Renegades in February. I just can’t stop thinking about them. I swear, they both taught me so much and I’ll never stop loving this book for it. They both are so strong, so loyal to what they believe… They’re everything I want to be.

 A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

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By far, this answer has to go to Dear Martin by Nic Stone. I was a mess, and I’m so glad I was. This book is so important and I’m so sad to see that it isn’t more hyped. I know that some people didn’t like the writing style but I thought it was perfect and the whole book by itself is so impactful. Everyone should read it.

 A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

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Many books made me happy this year, just like Songe à la douceur did, but I think the two which made me the happiest were Heartless by Marissa Meyer and The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde.

The first one has a lot of negative reviews, and maybe I’m only loving unloved books, but I still don’t understand why. I thought that it was a brilliant retelling and it definitely deserves more love. It made me so happy to read it, mostly because I’m usually not a huge fan of Alice’s story and I was so glad to be able to enjoy it thanks to another author and another character.

The second one is very special. I read Queens of Geek last year and it made me the happiest (I believe it was the book I chose for this question in 2017). It was also very dear to me because I could relate to the main character a lot. With this one I couldn’t do the same and I realised how simple the plot was, but it still made me very, very, very happy. Also, Alfie was a dream and I’ll never stop thinking about him. In the end, The Brightsiders is the perfect quick and fun read for the summer.

❥ FAVOURITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR

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Is it really surprising if I go with Love, Simon for this one?

To this day, I saw it three times: one online when it first came out in the US (mostly because it was only released in France in late June), one at the French premiere and one  last time (for now) a week ago when it finally came out here. Each time it made me happy and I still think that this movie is so important. I saw how impactful it was in the eyes of my friends who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, and I can’t thank this movie enough for making them all feel loved and valid.

 FAVOURITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR

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I am the worst because I haven’t really written a lot of reviews this year. I used to love doing so in 2017, so I don’t really know what is happening to me. However, when I write one, it’s because I have to. Because of that, my favourites may be the one I wrote about Renegades and the one about Tash Heart Tolstoy. I was very happy with how they turned out and I loved making the whole thing original by adding some details at the end, such as why you should pick it up etc.

❥ MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT OR RECEIVED THIS YEAR

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I may not have read it yet, but I knew that I needed to have it on my shelves: Children of Blood and Bone is by far the most beautiful book I own. I also added to my collection the new collector edition of Vicious and I have to say that V.E. Schwab is blessed with amazing book covers.

 BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

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Besides the two books I talked about for the “books you haven’t read yet but want to” question, I mostly need to get back to classics. Victorian and gothic literature are two genres I adore, and I haven’t really read anything from it so far. I also used to read at least one book by Thomas Hardy and one by Charles Dickens with one of my best friends, Lucie, but we somehow stopped doing so and I miss it. I’ll may have to talk with her about it so we can go back to it, and fill my need again for classics.


Tell me more in the comments about your favourite book read in 2018 so far!

Love always,

Clara

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10 thoughts on “Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag”

  1. I’m so glad you did this tag, Clara, so many books here ❤
    I loved Emergency Contact as much as you did, it's such a fantastic book and I loved it so very much. I can't wait to re-read it someday ❤
    A Conjuring of Light was a brilliant ending to the series, I loved it so much and it made me feel everything! ❤
    I can't wait for you to read Children of Blood and Bone. I get your struggles with the hype, it always makes me a bit nervous, but here I really loved it more than I thought I would. Hopefully it will be the same for you 🙂
    I only read It only happens in the movies by Holly Bourne, but it made me want to read ALL of her other books for sure because it was incredible. I can' t wait to read that one you mentioned, it sounds amazing.
    Happy reading for the end of the year, Clara ❤ ❤

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    1. This tag will always be my favourite, even though it’s always so hard to choose! 😍
      I am so glad we share so many bookish thoughts, Emergency Contact and ACOL being two of my favourite reads of the entire year. 💛 They will both stick with me for such a long, long time!
      I am so excited to read CoBaB and I really hope I’ll love it as much as everyone 😱 I’m not surprised you loved it too haha!
      It Only Happens In the Movies is on my e-TBR 😍 As for Am I Normal Yet, it’s great! I just had an issue with the feminism part but for the rest it was amazing!
      Happy reading to you as well! 💛💛💛

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