Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag: 2019 Edition

Posted June 21, 2019 by Amber in Tags / 5 Comments


It’s that time again!

Every year in mid-late June, I like to participate in the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag.  It’s a bit of an institution here in the bookish community – I see it on bookstagram, booktube, and the book blogs alike.  It’s a great time to check in and see where I’m at, and to share some favorites with you.

Every year, I try a choose a different blogger from the previous year to steal the tag from.  This year, I’ll be using the set of questions from Scorpio Book Dreams.  If you haven’t checked out Rachael’s blog before, please do!  I’ve been following her a couple years now, and she’s positively lovely.

Now, without further ado, I present… the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag!


What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2019?

This question is never easy.

I think I need to go with Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim.  It’s not a perfect book, but it caught me so much by surprise that I’m absolutely obsessed with it.  It comes out in a couple of weeks now and I’m SO SO excited for the rest of the world to read it.  You may have noticed I adore epic fantasy, so to find a ell written epic fantasy in an Eastern-inspired setting?  It was such a treat.

2018’s Answer: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman.


What has been your favourite sequel of the first half of the year?

Hahah when I saw this question, my immediate thought was “have I read any sequels”?  I feel like my hardcopy/ebook reading has been so inundated with ARCs and my audiobooks are all over the place.  I read the full Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I prefered The Fellowship of the Ring to the rest of the series.

Thank goodness for Goodreads.

I think my favorite sequel here would be The Wise Man’s Fear.  Sure, I had a lot of problems with it… mostly being the Kvothe spent half the book somewhere else doing other things and I wanted him to go back to University.  But as an overall book… it was really nice to come back into that story.  I wasn’t expecting to swallow it up as quickly as I did, either, so I must have been enjoying it. 🙂

2018’s Answer:  Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery.


Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited for?

It’s not out yet, but there are ARCs out there in the universe, so I feel like I can comfortably say:  The Starless Sea.  After reading The Night Circus a few years ago, I can comfortably say that I would be happy to read Erin Morgenstern’s grocery list.  There were 200 ARCs at BookCon, and I am sad to say I was not one of the lucky ones.  I already have this pre-ordered through Book Depository, so I guess I’ll just have to wait until November like everyone else.

2018’s Answer:  Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce.


What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

Oops, see above!

2018’s Answer:  Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi.


What is your biggest disappointment so far?

Honestly?  King of Fools by Amanda Foody.  I just so desperately want to like her Shadow Game series as much as I loved Daughter of the Burning City.  I figured Ace of Shades was just getting us acquainted and that the action would pick up in King of Fools and it would be everything I was hoping for.  Whatever this series is, it’s moving slowly.  I’m still going to pick up the last book because I’m a sucker for punishment, but I’m trying not to get my hopes up.

I did like some of the things that happened in King of Fools, don’t get me wrong.  But it just didn’t match up to all my hopes and dreams.

2018’s Answer:  Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan.


What is your biggest surprise so far?

100% absolutely Lamb by Christopher Moore.  I had no expectations for this book – if anything, I was really nervous about it because I knew it had religious themes and I can be really touchy about those.  I hadn’t read any of Christopher Moore’s books before, but I’ve seen this one pop up a few times and I hesitantly added it to my TBR.

I ended up reading this just before I went on vacation and I was on such a high about how clever and funny it was, I barely managed to read some of my other books.  I’ve successfully recommended it to others as well, but I really think you need to be the right audience for this one.

2018’s Answer:  The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.


Who is your favourite new to you, or debut, author?

Outside of Elizabeth Lim and Spin the Dawn, I think my absolute favorite debut read was Enchantee, so this one goes to Gita Trelease.  Her mix of historical fiction and fantasy was subtle and beautiful and I really enjoyed the book, cover-to-cover.

2018’s Answer:  Sarah Glenn Marsh (Reign of the Fallen).


Who is your favourite fictional crush from this year?

I ended up really liking High Prince Serefin of Tranavia (Wicked Saints)… but I think this may have to go to the adorable Jamie Watson (A Study in Charlotte).  Honestly, though, this may just be because of the format I read the two in – ebook vs. audiobook.  I got to experience Jamie’s British accent and I am all about the British accents.

2018’s Answer:  I played the grumpy card and said I was too old for this.  Which really meant I didn’t meet Richard Gansey III (The Raven Boys) until a few months later.


Who is your new favourite character?

I wouldn’t say new favorite character ever because I love so many characters… but I really adored Sam and Zoe from Starworld.  They’re both so complex and layered and glorious.  Also, Starworld is one of those incredible contemporaries that’s getting lost in the mush, please go add it to your TBR because I loved it.

2018’s Answer:  Jac, Lola, and Reymond (Ace of Shades).


A book that made you cry?

Whelp, I was gonna say “none” because I have no distinct memory of crying while reading this year (it doesn’t happen often) but I actually have three books from this year on my crying-related Goodreads shelf sooooo I guess the most deserving these is Push.  This book is short, extraordinarily good, and really heartbreaking.

2018’s Answer:  The Radium Girls by Kate Moore.


A book that made you happy?

This definitely goes to Moxie, which was on my TBR for an age and I am so excited to have finally read.  There’s SO MUCH girl power in this book, I actually finished it feeling empowered and enraged, but in the best way. I know that sounds like the opposite of happy, but you just gotta trust me on this one – it’s good stuff.

2018’s Answer:  Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills.


Your favourite book to movie/ TV show that you’ve seen so far?

Whelp, this is how you tell that I’m not a binge watcher.

I think my favorite right now is A Series of Unfortunate Events.  I name-dropped this one last year because I had just started it, now I just have two episodes left.  Honestly, my slow going isn’t anything to do with the show – it’s me not being able to binge watch things because I lose interest in even the best shows.  Also the episodes are long.  Lol.  But it’s really good!  The acting is incredible!

2018’s Answer:  The Handmaid’s Tale.  Which, by the way, I still love.  I need to start the next season because holy cliffhanger Batman.


What is your favourite post that you’ve written so far this year?

I spent a really long time working on (and worrying over) last month’s post about integrity in the community, so I think I’m going to go with that one.  It’s not the shiniest post in the the repertoire, but it’s something I think is really important and I worked hard on putting it together.  It can be difficult to broach discussions because some people may take offense when really… I just wanted to talk about it.

2018’s Answer:  The 90s Kid Book Tag. Still get hits on this one, so it’s still slowly going around! 😀


What is the most beautiful book that you have bought?

I really like the cover for All the Crooked Saints.  I think this may just stand out to me because of the bright colors.  The orange, in particular, doesn’t usually appear on book covers anymore.  And I generally don’t mind because orange is not my favorite BUT it balance the bright blue really well and I just generally enjoy the balance of design and typography on this one.

2018’s Answer:  The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton.


What are 6 books that you want to read by the end of the year?

Oh goodness, at this stage?  I’d be happy just to get through my ARC haul.  I was hoping to use the summer to get to read my shelf, but I hauled a bunch of books dropping in September and October at BookCon, and I’m one of the sorts who likes to read any ARC before publication… so… that’s my summer now.  Here’s just a few of the upcoming titles I still have to read.



2018’s Answer: My answer was really similar last year – I wanted to catch up on the 2018 Debut Author Challenge.  Which I did, by the end of the year.  Well, except Amber & Dusk, but I received that the second half of December and by then I just said screw it. 😛


That’s it for this year so far!  I think I’ve had a pretty good year as far as numbers go, but I really am going to have to put my nose to the grindstone to get out all these ARCs by fall.  I know, it’s really a first world blogger problem to have and honestly, I’m grateful.  A little overwhelmed, but grateful.

As usual, I won’t be tagging anyone in this particular tag as it ends to circulate itself.  If you have already done the Mid-Year Freak Out tag this year, make sure to link in the comments so I can see where you’re at!  Otherwise, you should definitely steal it. 😉


Are you where you want to be on your TBR for the year?  June has a habit of just sneaking up, and it’s weird to think the year’s half-gone already!

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5 responses to “Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag: 2019 Edition

    • Amber

      It was on my TBR forever too! It’s really good. And actually, I just finished Rebel Girls, which had a similar feel (though definitely a more political message) so if you end up liking Moxie, add Rebel Girls to your TBR too! 🙂

    • Amber

      I’m so glad you enjoyed both Spin the Dawn and Shadow Frost! 2019 has been filled with really good debuts! 🙂