Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2019

Hey everyone! Happy summer solstice and happy Friday! I feel like such a terrible blogger because of my inconsistency, but I’m back with another post and my first tag of the year. I did the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag last year and really enjoyed it so I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to do it again.

I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the year AND that I haven’t done a tag since December 3rd. Unlike last year, I spent a lot of time thinking about the tag questions because it doesn’t feel like I’ve read 50 books this year. It feels like I’ve only read two. Anyways, I hope you enjoy my answers!


Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

I haven’t read many “WOW” books this year, but The Kiss Quotient, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, On the Come Up, and Scythe were superb. However, if I had to narrow it down to just one, Scythe takes the number one spot. I was sucked into the world immediately and didn’t put it down until I finished the sequel. I can’t believe this book wasn’t on my radar until a few months ago. The world was so fascinating and the story was captivating. I’m glad I picked this up at the library.


Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019

Surprisingly, I haven’t read that many sequels this year. Out of the six that I did read, Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman was my favorite. It’s also the only sequel I rated close to five stars (4.5 stars). I loved the politics and the expansion of the world.


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

Love from A to Z, Recursion, and I Wanna Be Where You Are are all books that weren’t on my radar until a few weeks ago. I’ve been in the mood for YA contemporary the past few weeks so I can’t wait to read Love from A to Z and I Wanna Be Where You Are. I read Dark Matter by Blake Crouch last year and loved it so I hope Recursion lives up to that.


Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

It was really tough narrowing this down to one book so I’ve decided to include four books: Wilder Girls (look at that gorgeous cover!), The Dragon Republic (I have a review copy and I plan to read it in July), Dear, Haiti, Love Alaine (I have a review copy of this too), and The Toll (I can’t wait to see how Neal Shusterman wraps up Arc of a Scythe).


Biggest disappointment

I’ve read quite a few disappointing books this year (Aurora Rising, We Hunt the Flame, A Study in Charlotte to name a few), but nothing will top King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. This was one of my most anticipated books of 2019 and, unfortunately, it was a huge let down. I read this book when it came out in January and five months later, I’m still salty about the whole thing. Nina’s chapters were so boring, the plot meandered, and the ending was irritating. And for a book marketed as a Nikolai duology, there wasn’t nearly enough of him in it. I expected so much more from Leigh Bardugo. You can read my review here.


Biggest surprise

If you read my review for On the Come Up, then you know I lost interest in this book after the casting kerfuffle with The Hate U Give. Also, a few people told me this wasn’t as great as THUG. However, I decided to give it a chance and I’m glad I did because I was surprised by how much I loved it.

Also, honorable mention to the The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, which I freaking loved! There were a few things that could’ve been done better, but overall great twists and reveal.


Favorite New to You or Debut Author

I read The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test this year and loved both. Helen Hoang is officially an auto-buy author for me.


Newest Fictional Crush

I don’t really have fictional crushes, but if I had to pick one, I’d say Quan from The Bride Test. I love his character and I hope he gets his own book.


Newest Favorite Character

Never in a million years did I imagine that I would see myself or my heritage represented in my favorite genre, but here we are thanks to Roshani Chokshi. My Haitian heart is bursting with joy and happy that Hypnos, AKA the coolest and most interesting character in The Gilded Wolves exists. 10/10 would protect him at all costs.


Book That Made You Cry

I don’t like historical fiction, but somehow I’ve read two this year. Both were written by Kristin Hannah and both made me cry more than I would’ve like. Hannah really knows how to write moving stories that pull at your heartstrings. The Great Alone was the first book I read this year and I still think about how sad it was from time-to-time.


Book That Made You Happy

I also read The Winner’s Trilogy at the beginning of the year and what a treat that was. I devoured it in a matter of days and my shipper heart was so happy with the slow-burn angsty romance. If you want to see me squeal about this trilogy, you can read the series review here.


Favorite Book-to-Film Adaptation

I don’t keep track of movies I watch so I had to think about this for a long time. Unfortunately, I haven’t watched any adaptations this year. I loved The Sun is Also A Star, but I passed on the movie because I wasn’t pleased with the casting choice, which I talked about in this discussion post last year.


Favorite Post You’ve Done This Year

Again, I haven’t been very active on here this year. I started 2019 strong, but kind of fell off. That said, my favorite post was my review for With the Fire on High. I had so much fun writing it and it was one of the most authentic reviews I’ve written in a while.


Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

I’m so happy we were blessed with this stunning cover. The artist deserves a raise.


What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year?

God there are soooo many books. I need to read the fifty-leven books on my unread shelf and the books on my Goodreads Choice Awards TBR. However, I’m highlighting a few books that I started and shelved as “to-be-continued” early this year: Rise of Empire, The Lies of Locke Lamora, We Are the Ants, and Red Sister.


Wow. I can’t believe it took me three days to get this post up and that I slightly freaked out while working on it because 2019 feels kind of “meh.” Regardless, I love this tag and hope you’ll do it if you haven’t yet.

Now, let’s chat. What’s the best book you’ve read in 2019 so so far? What’s the most disappointing? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

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10 thoughts on “Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2019

  1. My answers to this tag aren’t coming for a few more weeks but I have King of Scars as a dissapointing book as well ._.
    Red Sister and Locke Lamora are both great reads so I hope you’ll love them!

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  2. I am SO excited for The Toll, I fell hard for the Scythe series and can’t wait for the conclusion! I find myself increasingly needing to make room in my genre queue for some contemporary reads, I’d really like to squeeze in some things like WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH and THE KISS QUOTIENT.

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  3. Great post, Merline! I’ve heard amazing things about Scythe, Lies of Locke Lamora, and the Winner’s trilogy, I can’t wait to read them! I really need to finish the Shades of Magic and Spellcaster trilogy before the year ends- more like before I forget about them and need to reread them again 😀 I’m super disappointed too with King of Scars :/

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  4. YESSSS so happy to see the Winner’s Curse trilogy get a mention – slow burn romances definitely do NOT happen enough in books! Also you’ll be pleased to know that Scythe is super high up on my TBR now thanks to you, even though it wasn’t even on my radar a month ago! ❤️

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  5. I need to read Scythe! I want to read The Great Alone because historical fiction is my most “out of my comfort zone” genre. I’m not read for The Dragon Republic……. 😫😫😫

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