2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag


The original tag was created by ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books!

Happy summer solstice, my loves! I love seasonal equinoxes so very much! And what better way to celebrate than to do one of my favorite posts of the entire year? 💛☀

So far in 2018, I’ve read 87 books and, thanks to the amazing Brock at Let’s Read, here are some other statistics that I was able to gather from his amazing spreadsheet:

For this tag, I also made it a point to not use the same book twice (or else you all would just have a list of mostly Circe and The Cruel Prince). Also, all of these books are 2018 publications that are already released (or else you all would just have a list of mostly The Wicked King and Spinning Silver).

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018:
Circe by Madeline Miller

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018:
Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:
High Voltage (Fever #10) by Karen Marie Moning

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:
Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor

5. Biggest disappointment:
Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes

6. Biggest surprise:
Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars 0.5) by Audrey Coulthurst

7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you):
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

8. Newest fictional crush:
Cardan from The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

9. Newest favorite character:
Kalen from The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2) by Rin Chupeco

10. Book that made you cry:
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

11. Book that made you happy:
Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received):
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?:
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

14. Favorite book community member:
I’m actually going to write up a shout out post, featuring so many of my lovely friends, in July! But in the meantime, you all should check out some of my favorite Bookstagrammers!

That’s it, loves! I hope you all enjoyed, even though you all probably weren’t too surprised! I know I need to be better about reading books by authors that aren’t living in The United States, and I’m really going to make a conscious effort in the following half of 2018! Also, if you guys want to check it out: here is my 2017 Mid-Year Freak Out Tag, that is still filled with so many of my favorites (and even more pretty charts)! And happy first day of summer! I’m wishing you all the love, happiness, warmth, health, and good books always and forever. ☀💛

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82 thoughts on “2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

    1. Me too! Hehehe! I hope I can pick it up at the end of the month! But I probably won’t finish until the start of July! BUT I am so excited! I hope you’re having a happy summer solace! 💛xx

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      1. Thank you so much…!!! I’m having a very casual reading day and I can’t ask for more…😊😊
        I hope you are having a great day too!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, love! The charts are TOTALLY my favorite part, too! Hehe! And I hope you have an amazing rest of the year, too, filled with nothing but good books, love, health, and happiness! Oh, and maybe a buddy read or two with me! Muahaha! 💗xx

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  1. Oh my gosh, I love you charts! I admit to keeping spreadsheets haha. I need to see if I can come up with some graphics to see which areas I need to explore more ❤ I love the idea of looking at my diversity this way. The visual can really help put it in perspective!

    I am now feeling sooo bad that I have not started this lovely copy of Circe I have here yet. But, I am currently reading Inkmistress and in love ❤ A blogging friend had basically told me good luck because the writing was bad, and I am like what!? I am in love with the writing ❤


    1. Awh, thank you so much for the comment, love! Yeah, Brock’s spreadsheets are the best, and they do all the work for me! I can’t wait to see what he has in store for 2019, because he just makes them better and better each year!

      And don’t feel bad for not starting Circe! My good friend just read it and didn’t love it, so I’m a little scared to even recommend! Hahaha! But it just really worked for me! And I’m so happy you’re loving Inkmistress! SUCH a good book! Ahhhhh! And the writing is so dang good!

      But I hope you’re having a good night, love! And happy reading! 💖xx


    1. The spreadsheet does it all, LaRonda! Trust me, babe, I wouldn’t have the patience either! Haha! And love, you are not kidding. I’m over here wondering what organs I have to part with! BUT I hope we both get our hands on an early copy soon!

      Happy reading, love! And I hope the rest of 2018 treats you kindly! 💖xx

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  2. Sigh. So many books I need to get my hands on😍 i loved reading my way through this ❤️ I wonder if newbie bloggers can do this tag? I mean I freak out all year round anyways ♡

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    1. Heck yes you can do that tag, Eliza love! And if you feel funny about it – CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED, BAE! And lmao, freaking out about book year round is the biggest mood! I hope you’re having happy reading and that the new season is treating you kindly! 💖xx

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      1. YOU’RE AMAZING 💕 thanks so much for tagging me. I feel better doing it now! Biggest most relatable mood 😂 Thank you! I am, I hope you’re having a wonderful day too! And I can’t wait to read your next post ❤️

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  3. Oh my goodness, I absolutely adore this post, Mel! 💖

    I love all the graphics, and yay for YA & Fantasy books, and the fact that we agree on Circe, Emily X.R. Pan & The Muse of Nightmares. ❤ I can't wait to see your shoutout post & find more amazing bloggers. 🙂

    I hope the second half of 2018 is kind to you & sends more five star books your way. ❤

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    1. YOU MAY OR MAY NOT BE ON THE LIST (spoiler alert – you are!) So thankful for you! And thank you so much for these kind words! I hope you’re still enjoying TBDATE, and I hope you are having an amazing start to the new season, beautiful! 💖xx

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  4. Happy belated Summer Solstice Mel!!! hehe ❤ < 3 ❤ bahaaa! my fictional crush is your fave new character 😉 I seriously have to read The Poppy War and Circe ASAP! i hope you LOVE Small Spaces but I'm sure you will cause how can Arden disappoint?!?! these pie charts are EVERYTHING MEL! Loved reading your answers ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Awh, thank you, my love! And YES to all of this! And… Small Spaces is going to be everything we want and more… I can just feel it! But thank you for these kind words, and for always being such an amazing friend who has my back, love. Such a damn blessing. And I hope the start of summer is treating you kindly! 💖xx


  5. Okay now I feel bad that I’ve not read a lot of the books you mentioned here!!! I do have this love-hate relationship with Cardan though. I mean, I do love him, but I don’t know why and I know I probably shouldn’t?! XD There’s just something oddly attractive about his character! Awesome answers, lovely! ♥

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. Don’t you ever feel bad, Aimee love! I will be honest, Cardan wouldn’t have made this list or that category, but I read the Wicked King and… he will win you over in that book, I promise. So now I’m just biased! Haha! But thank you for this kind comment, love! And I hope you’re having an amazing start to the new season! 💖xx


  6. I love this tag! I use Brock’s spread sheet, too! I just finished Beneath the Sugar Sky and loved it. I think I loved Cora the most. I am all for beautiful, fit and fat mermaids. ^^

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    1. Yessss! Cora is everything! And my heart is so happy that you use and enjoy Brock’s spreadsheet! Like, it brings me so much joy! Hahaha! I hope whatever you’re currently reading is five star worthy, love! 💖xx

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    1. Hehe, thank you, Kelly! It means so much coming from you! And The Heart Forger is so dang good! Seriously, it blows The Bone Witch out of the water! I hope you enjoy! And I hope the start of this new season is treating you kindly, beautiful! 💖xx

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  7. 87!!! Awesome 😍
    All the books you listed here, i wanted them too. Even the ones i don’t normally read cuz you and a lot of others made them sound so interesting! Like, i don’t read about witches and stuff, but maybe i should. 😂 Maybe I’m totally missing out some fun.

    And the Circe cover!! I’m in love with it ❤️

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    1. Girl, I don’t even know how I’ve read 87 things! Best reading year, ever. Ever, ever! Hahaha! And this comment is so sweet! YOU are just so sweet, love! And I hope the rest of the year treats your kindly, because you deserve the entire universe! 💕xx

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  8. Wow this post was such an interesting way to do the Mid Year Freak Out Tag! It’s so cool that you used pie graphs to display the information. I live in Canada and it’s great to see you’ve read some books that take place there! Awesome post! 🙂

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  9. So I decided to this tag and so yes,there’s going to be at least 2 book that I will mention because you have so intrigue that I really need to read them ASAP well at least one of them and the other well, will have to wait for the release day (:

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      1. Thank you so much!!! I’m hoping I can manage my time a bit better to do all the fun things I want to do like spend a bit more here with you guys and maybe go back to making some youtube videos but we shall see. Happy Reading to you too and I know you’ll have an amazing July and looking forward to see what else you read xoxo

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