the mid-year book freak-out tag

omg y’all, it’s halfway through the year!!!

okay, actually, it’s over halfway through the year now that I’ve actually gotten around to doing this tag in…July…oops. But it’s only the second week of July so that still counts as mid-year…right? Welp, either way, I want to do this tag because I wait for it every year, so here we are. Onwards, to books and gushing!


best book of 2019 so far

I think the best book I’ve read so far in 2019 is probably either I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE by Kristina Forest or I WAS BORN FOR THIS by Alice Oseman. I almost didn’t read I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE and honestly don’t know what propelled me to request it from NetGalley, but I’m so glad I did because it made me remember why I used to love contemporary novels so much. It had so many things that made it a “me” book, including an artsy protagonist, a road trip, and a hate-to-love, slow-burn romance. I dug this book so much and just thinking about it makes my heart so happy.

I also really loved I WAS BORN FOR THIS, which is the first book I’ve read by Alice Oseman. Her writing style was not what I expected it would be, and I found it really sharp and addicting and awkward in a good way. I loved both narrators, which usually doesn’t happen for me in a multi-POV book. Both Angel and Jimmy were really interesting, well-developed characters and their stories intersected in a very unexpected and interesting way.


best sequel i’ve read

I’ve only read one new sequel this year and that was RUIN & RISING, the third book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy. It was good, but not as good as the first two and I predicted the major twist that happened to Alina. So if I had read more new sequels, this might not have been the best one.



new release i have yet to read

Um…so many. But let’s go with I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST by Mason Dreaver. I wasn’t originally intending to read this one because honestly…I hate the cover. I just can’t look at the book because I think the cover is so ugly. But it’s about a nonbinary character and I am nonbinary and there are like no nonbinary books so obviously I have to read it. Plus the IWYATB bot twitter account keeps popping up into my feed and honestly the quotes make it look good.


most anticipated release for the second half of 2019

wait for it…

NINTH HOUSE!!!! OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGI’MDYINGINEEDIT!!! Okay, so I do have an eARC of NINTH HOUSE, but I was supposed to get an ARC at Book Expo and that did not occur and I am still upset about it especially because so many people are trading their ARCs they obviously could only get at Book Expo. Like, if you’re not going to keep it, give a chance to someone who wants to treasure it forever and ever. Ugh. Anyway. I am dying to read my eARC of this book.



biggest disappointment

I think for this one I’d have to go with Helen Hoang’s second book, THE BRIDE TEST. I was so looking forward to it because I unexpectedly loved THE KISS QUOTIENT, but I was really put off by the romance in this book. I just didn’t ship it and the consent aspect seemed questionable and I just couldn’t get behind it, which meant I didn’t really like the book because it was obviously a romance.



biggest surprise

Related to the above prompt, my answer for this is THE KISS QUOTIENT. I decided at the beginning of the year to give more adult books a try, and this one was really popular, so I decided to give it a shot even though I didn’t have a good track record with adult romance. But…I loved it so much??? Helen Hoang’s writing was just excellent and Stella and Michael were such interesting characters and I shipped them very much. This book was totally out of my comfort zone and I was expecting to hate the smutty parts but even those were so good because consent was so important, and I’ve been recommending this book to everyone and it’s just so good, y’all.



newest fictional crush

I’ve mostly read YA this year and am way too old to have a YA-aged book boyfriend (hello, pedophilia) so hard pass on this question.

newest favorite character

I’d probably have to go with Rhi from Alisha Rai’s THE RIGHT SWIPE. I wasn’t sure if I liked this book at first but eventually I really loved it as I got to know both of the main characters. Rhi is such an ice princess on the outside but it was so touching to watch her relationships with her friend Katrina and obviously with Samson. Plus, I super related to her struggles having come out of an emotionally manipulative and abusive relationship, so during those parts I ended up really connecting with her.



book that made me cry

I have a really hard time actually crying at books so…none so far.


book that made me happy

For this one, I’m going to go with CHECK, PLEASE! the graphic novel I read recently. It was really cute and about a gay college student who joins his school’s hockey team even though he’s afraid of getting hit. He also really likes pie, makes videos for a vlog about pie and his life, and has a crush on the team captain, who is mysterious and hard to read. This book was utterly adorable and I can’t wait for the second volume to come out.



book(s) i want to read by the end of the year


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  1. This seems like such a fun tag! I am glad you had a lot of good books so far this year and I wish you had liked every book you read but sometimes that just doesn’t happen. Here’s to hoping your second half is just as fantastic!

  2. I haven’t read Meg Cabot in years, but No Judgments looks cute.

    I had the exact same reaction to the IWYATB cover art. That…might be why I haven’t read it yet.

    1. oh I’m so relieved I’m not the only one who thought that! everyone else seemed fine with it/liked it so I thought maybe I just didn’t get it? but ugh, it’s so bad.

  3. AHH AHH your answers make me so happy Mel! Seeing both I Wanna Be Where You Are and I Was Born For this on top of your list and on top of your reads so far this year makes me sooooooooo happy. I love both of these books so, so much <3
    I hope you'll have a fantastic rest of the year reading, looking forward to your thoughts on goin off script, we set the dark on fire and spin the dawn especially 😀

  4. Ahh I love I Was Born For This! I just read I Wish You All the Best, it’s interesting you don’t like the cover because I really do haha. But yeah, it was pretty awesome to read a book with a non-binary main character because I…don’t think I’ve read any other full length book with that? I follow Check Please as a webcomic but I’d really like to get hold of it as a book! Hopefully soon/

    1. Ooh I hope you get Check Please! it’s so cute. I’m tempted to try out the webcomic because I don’t want to have to wait for book 2.

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