Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag | 2019

*looks at calendar*

*backs away slowly*

How is it already July?!?! HALF WAY through 2019?!?! Every summer when the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag rolls around I find it hard to believe that the mid-way point is already here… time is a sneaky one!

Anyways, enough of my existential ramblings. I was luckily nominated for this tag by two lovely people: Norees @ No Reads Too Great and Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner. Thank you both so much for tagging me!

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. This won’t be the only time this book comes up in this post! I was blown away by Joan Didion’s honesty, raw emotion, and ability to write about loss that so effectively captures the nonlinear, haphazard way she experienced it. I was assigned to read this for my Postmodern American Fiction class and our discussions about it were so interesting.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019

Sweet Dreams by Nadette Rae Rodgers. The third book in a series counts as a sequel, right? Either way, I so enjoyed this final installment in the Illusion Trilogy. Such a satisfying way to end a series! Check out my full review here!

New Release You Haven’t Read But Want To

I’ve been meaning to read An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green for the longest time, but I just haven’t gotten my hands on a copy yet. I don’t think it would technically still be considered a new release because it was published back in 2018, but it’s still a new release to me.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of 2019

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. In fact, I’m so excited for this release that I made a whole post about it!  I’m pretty bad at keeping up with new releases, so this is really the only one that’s currently on my radar.

Biggest Disappointment

Ongoingness/300 Arguments by Sarah Manguso. I talked a lot about this in my review (coming soon!) but I was pretty disappointed by this book. It’s not that it was bad necessarily, it’s just that my expectations of it were different than it actually ended up being.

Biggest Surprise

Watership Down by Richard Adams. I thought this would be a cute novel about a bunch of bunnies living in harmony with each other. Turns out it’s really violent? And sad? And really just about a bunch of guy bunnies who want to mate so desperately that they’re willing to risk their lives just to bring more girl rabbits into their warren? WILD.

Favorite New Author

Going to go with Joan Didion again. Excited to read more of her writing! If you have any recommendations of what I should read by her next, let me know!

Newest Fictional Crush

Crowley from Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Does this have something to do with the fact that David Tennant plays him in the TV series? Maybe…

Newest Favorite Character

Probably Kitty from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (my review!). I love her energy, her fearlessness, her ability to just blurt out exactly what she thinks. And she’s just so cute!

Book that Made You Cry

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. I cried twice while reading this book: once in the very beginning, and once at the very end. Although I often cry while watching movies, it’s pretty rare that I cry while reading. I’ve been fortunate not to have lost someone close to me before, but Joan Didion made me come as close as someone can come to understanding what it feels like through reading about someone else’s experience of loss.

Book that Made You Happy

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison. I read this book when I needed some cheering up, and it absolutely did the trick. So ridiculous and dramatic, but also so hilarious!

Favorite Book to Film Adaptation

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before directed by Susan Johnson. I watched the movie with friends over spring break and then listened to the audiobook at the start of the summer when I really needed some cheering up. This duo holds a special place in my heart!

Favorite Post This Year

I really enjoyed making the post about my typewriter. I love it so much but I never really talk about it a lot on this blog.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

Ongoingness/300 Arguments by Sarah Manguso. I may have been disappointed by this book, but the cover design is absolutely gorgeous!

Book that You Need to Read Before the End of the Year

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor. I’ve been about a third of the way through this audiobook for three months now…

Thanks again to Norees and Sophie for tagging me! What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year? What do you think of my answers? Let me know in the comments section below!



9 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag | 2019

  1. Ahh Holly, I hope you will be able to get a copy of Hank’s book soon, I LOVED IT so much, it’s one of my favorite reads, I hope you will love it! ❤ And ahh, Kitty, I love her so much as well! ❤

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    1. Omg I’m so glad to hear that you loved it!! Every time I see one of my friends from high school she’s like HAVE YOU READ HANK GREEN’S BOOK YET and I’m like NO I KNOW I’M THE WORST. Must make it happen ASAP!

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  2. I l o v e d An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, which I absolutely didn’t expect. It’s a really thoughtful look at the concept of celebrity and the social media age. Also aliens? It’s a bizarre mishmash but I really enjoyed it, so I hope you do too! I also need to read Good Omens. I watched the whole show and I’m itching to watch it again. I love Crowley although Aziraphale is my precious child and definitely my favourite in the series. I also need to read To All the Boys, but I’ve seen the movie and Kitty reminded me so much of my little sister, and it was a kind of perfect movie to watch with her.
    Lovely post, Holly!

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    1. Thanks, Helia! ❤ So glad to hear that you loved An Absolutely Remarkable Thing! Good Omens is a fantastic novel–I really need to watch the tv series because I've heard great things about it. Really intrigued to see how they do all the angelic/demonic bits. And To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a definite must read! ❤ So good!

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