mid-year book freakout tag

I know it’s July and not *technically* mid-year anymore, but I decided I wanted to do this tag after all this year because it’s a classic. I probably haven’t actually read enough books to do this tag (I’m at 24 books for the entire year and my GR goal is 25), so we’ll see how this goes, but I definitely still have books I want to gush about.

1. best book you’ve read so far in 2020

This is probably a toss up between THREE DARK CROWNS, which I finally read, and FELIX EVER AFTER. I loved both of them for very different reasons; TDC was a surprise for me because I’d been putting it off for so long, and FELIX I loved because I felt seen by the trans/nonbinary rep.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far

I’ve only read one sequel this year, which was ONE DARK THRONE, and it was really killer…no pun intended. The cliffhanger at the end of THREE DARK CROWNS had me absolutely needing to read book 2 almost immediately because of the ending with Katharine (who I still love even though she’s evil), so I had to get all the rest of the series immediately.

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

Eeeeee I need to read YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN!!!!! I ordered this one from Bookshop for one of my Blackout books because it was also one of my most anticipated releases of the whole year, and it’s taking forever and a half to get here. But I NEED this rivals to lovers queer book in my life PLEASE I AM BEGGING!!


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

The book that popped into my head for this is NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU by Kristina Forest, who wrote one of my favorite books from last year, I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE. I just loved her writing style and she made me remember what I love so much about YA contemporary, so I’m super psyched for her second book.

I’m also REALLY pumped for Tiffany Jackson’s new book, GROWN. I have loved two of her previous books, ALLEGEDLY and MONDAY’S NOT COMING, and can’t wait to read more from her.

5. Biggest disappointment

Honestly I’m not sure what to pick for this one because only one book I’ve read this year was genuinely terrible (VERY NICE). I guess if I had to pick one I’d say I’LL BE THE ONE just because even though I liked the story and romance, I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style, but I would still definitely recommend that book to people.

6. Biggest surprise

I know I’m repeating books already but for sure THREE DARK CROWNS. I expected I would like it because the premise of three royals fighting to the death for the crown is exciting and one I like, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as amazing as it was.

7. Favorite new author

I’m going to pick Riley Sager for this one because I really liked both thrillers I read by him. I read both LOCK EVERY DOOR and HOME BEFORE DARK, but probably HOME BEFORE DARK was my favorite because it was more on the horror-y end of things. Both were about creepy houses, which is totally my jam, and both completely surprised me because they did not end at all how I guessed or expected.

9. Newest favorite character

I’m skipping 8, newest fictional crush, because I mostly read YA still and that would be weird because I’m 26.


I’d say Auggie from THE FELL OF DARK by Caleb Roehrig, aka gay Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for this one. He really made the story special with his sarcasm, horniness, and general awkwardness. He was so charming and I just wanted to hug him and protect him.


10. A book that made you cry

I don’t usually cry during books so I don’t have an answer for this one.

11. A book that made you happy

Even though it’s a dark book, it still made me so happy to see so many bi characters in Christine Lynn Herman’s 2019 debut, THE DEVOURING GRAY. I had a lot of bi friends in high school so I felt very seen by that book even though it was paranormal.

12. Favorite book to film adaptation

I haven’t actually seen any this year I don’t think?

13. Favorite post you’ve done so far this year

Probably this post. I was inspired to write a letter to a book because I saw one of my favorite bloggers, Nut Free Nerd, do that, so I experimented with that style for my THREE DARK CROWNS review and loved writing a review that way.

14. The most beautiful book you’ve bought this year

I LOVE my physical copy of CINDERELLA IS DEAD, and I’m so glad I preordered it even though I had an eARC. It is just so gorgeous.

15. What book you need to read by the end of the year

YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN. I know I already said I need to read this book, but I have a very bad habit of putting off my most anticipated reads, and I refuse to do it with this one. I also need to read 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT PINKY by Sandhya Menon before the end of the year because I keep forgetting about it even though I am very excited for it, which doesn’t usually happen. I’ve just totally lost track of books and when they’re coming out this year.

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  1. I think this is a sign that I should stop putting off reading Three Dark Crowns😖. Its’ been sitting on my bedside table for five months now ahhh! Also, I loved the post!

  2. I just got my library loan for Felix Ever After and I’m so excited!! I’ll be reading it next week for the Reading Rush 🥰 I’m also looking forward to reading The Fell of Dark because I’m in desperate read for some more vampire stories 😄

  3. I absolutely LOVE Felix Ever After and you Should See Me In A Crown!!! I’m so sad you didn’t like I’ll Be The One because for me it was up high with the two books I just mentioned. Also yesss i discovered RIley Sagar this year? Late last year? But I absolutely love her books and can’t wait to read all of them <3

    1. Yes her books are so good! Which ones have you read? I’ve only read Lock Every Door and Home Before Dark so far but I def plan to read the rest of her books.

  4. I love your answers! I really want to read FELIX soon. And I hope your copy of You Should See Me in a Crown hurries up and arrives! I was really happy to be able to read the eARC but my finished copy (also from bookshop) hasn’t arrived and I ordered it 7 weeks ago. -_- Sigh. Hopefully soon.

    Also, just a heads up, Riley Sager is actually a man! There was actually a pretty dramatic thing about it when he was called out because when Final Girls first released, he had a picture on all of his social media accounts that didn’t show his face and he was basically leading people to believe he was a woman. It was all a little weird because he’s gone on the record saying he’s def a cis dude, so a lot of people thought it was to try to sell his books… I have no idea, I just thought you may want to know. <3

    1. oh wow, I guess my initial instinct was right! I thought he was a man originally, and then I heard from other people that he was a woman and for some reason a lot of info about him seems to avoid using pronouns at all? so I was very confused and am glad to have confirmation!

  5. I have a terrible habit of not reading my super anticipated books too! I count down the days to them then never seem to read them 🙈 I’m really going to try to work on it over the rest of the year. And I’m thrilled to hear that Three Dark Crowns is so good. It’s one of the many books on my high priority TBR.

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