The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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Hello Everyone!

Today is Thursday, which means its tag day! I meant to do this tag a few weeks ago, but then I took a bit of an unplanned break from blogging (blame Animal Crossing and a sudden desire to do a ton of yard work). I saw this tag on Nikkie Reads, and even though I wasn’t tagged, I’m still doing it because it looks like a fun tag.

How Much Have You Read?

So far, I’ve read 39 books this year! My goal was 36 books, and I’m really enjoying having Goodreads telling me I completed my challenge, instead of shaming me for being behind.

What Have You Been Reading?

Mostly I’ve been reading romance and YA Contemporaries. I’ve also read some fantasy, a few of mysteries, a couple of classics, and a handful of historical fiction.

Best Book You’ve Read so far in 2020

It’s really hard to pick what my favourite read of 2020 has been so far, but for the sake of answering the question, I’ll pick You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle. This lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romance novel was a lot of fun, and I cannot recommend it enough for people who enjoy romance.

Best Sequel You’ve Read so far in 2020

Does the third book in a series count as a sequel? If so, The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson is the best sequel I’ve read so far in 2020. I adore the Truly Devious series, and I thought this book was fantastic!

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

I have a pile of new releases sitting on my desk that I want to read, and it keeps growing because I have no self-control when it comes to book buying. Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan is sitting on top of the pile though, so I’ll pick that book for this question.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Part of the Year

Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston is my most anticipated release for the second part of the year. This book was supposed to come out earlier this year, but it got pushed back to August. I also recently was approved for an ARC of this book on Net Galley, and I can’t wait to start it.

Biggest Disappointment

So far, my biggest disappointment has been Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson. The premise of this book sounded so promising, but it just didn’t work for me.

Biggest Surprise

So far, my biggest surprise has been The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham. This book made me feel a lot of emotions, and it taught me about a dark period in Canadian history that I didn’t know about. It was beautifully written, the characters were memorable, and I recommend everyone pick it up.

New Favourite Author (Debut of New To You)

I’ve discovered a lot of amazing authors so far this year, but one that stands out to me is Emma Lord. I haven’t stopped talking about Tweet Cute since I read it earlier this year, and I can’t wait to see what Emma Lord writes next!

Underrated Gems You’ve Discovered Recently

The Venators series by Devri Walls is definitely an underrated gem! I was fortunate enough to be a part of both legs of the blog tour for this series, and I can’t get over how amazing these books are. The world-building is phenomenal, the characters are wonderful, and both books left me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Rereads This Year

Earlier this year, I reread Truly Devious and The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson in anticipating for The Hand on the Wall. I also reread Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll for the O.W.L.s readathon.

Newest Fictional Crush

I read a lot of romance, which means that I have a lot of fictional crushes. Two new ones that come to mind are Daxton Hughes from Meet Cute by Helena Hunting and Nicholas Rose from You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle. I also want to add Beltran from The Venators series to this list.

Newest Favorite Character

I’m going to pick a few characters for this question because I can’t pick just one. I love Naomi Westfield from You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle, Kit Sweetly from The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton, Rune, Grey, and Beltran from The Venators by Devri Walls, and Pepper and Jack from Tweet Cute by Emma Lord.

Book That Made You Cry

The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham made me ugly cry.

Book That Made You Happy

A lot of the books I’ve read this year made me happy, but to pick one I’ll say The Upside of Falling by Alex Light.

Favourite Book to Film Adaption

No idea! I don’t watch a lot of movies or TV, and when I do watch TV, it’s usually a cooking show.

Most Beautiful Cover You’ve Bought This Year (or Received)

I don’t know if it’s the most beautiful cover I’ve bought this year, but I am in love with the cover of With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.

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

This question made me laugh-out-loud because my TBR is ridiculous. Ideally, I’d like to read the 2020 releases I’ve picked up, but I don’t think that will happen. I do want to finish reading The Folk of the Air trilogy by Holly Black, finally read the Percy Jackson books, and then try to read as many 2020 releases as possible.

Favourite Post You Have Done This Year

I really enjoyed answering the Would You Rather Book Tag and coming up with questions for other people to follow.

Favourite Book Community Member

Can I say everyone for this question? Seriously though, this community is amazing and I’m inspired by creativity, TBR slaying powers, and supportiveness.


Michael at The Book Lovers’ Sanctuary

Sarah at All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

Tilly at The Biblioshelf

And anyone else who wants to join in!


  1. I always love reading this tag! Verona Comics sounds like a fun read!


  2. I so need to read the Percy Jackson books too! Especially before the new Disney + series! Well done on reaching your Goodreads goal already (the brighter side of lockdown?!). Thanks for the tag, can’t wait to do mine! 😊

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