The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Yes, I’m finally getting around to this!

Tags from 2018 and 2019

Like every year, I’m going to try my hardest to have different books for every question. I mean, as of writing this, I have read 135 books so far this year. Lots to choose from. However, know that it’s really hard because books like Little Universes and The Map From Here to There apply to three or more questions.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020.

Little Universes by Heather Demetrios. I could not stop thinking about this book once I finished reading the ARC and knew I had to get a finished copy.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020.

I really only read standalones, but I did read The Map from Here to There by Emery Lord, the sequel to The Start of Me and You. I was so happy to be back in the world, even though I cried through most of the book.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Biggest disappointment.

I really wish I would have enjoyed The Mall by Megan McCafferty more. I was such a big fan of the Jessica Darling series back in the day, but it’s been so long since I’ve read them. Maybe I just outgrew her writing.

Biggest surprise.

Big Summer by Jennifer Wiener. I always associate Jennifer Wiener with the Women’s Fiction genre, but this went into a completely different direction. LOVED IT!

Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Helen Hoang! I finally read The Kiss Quotient at the beginning of April and I LOVED it! I immediately read The Bride Test right after. She writes such great romances with neurodiverse main characters. I can’t wait to read The Heart Principle when it comes out May 2021. New auto-buy author for me!

Newest fictional crush.

I’m not one that gets fictional crushes, but I did kind of fall in love with Augustus Everett from Beach Read and Luke Greenly from More Than Maybe

Newest favorite character.

I really enjoyed Zelda in Unscripted and I was rooting for her throughout the entire book.

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

I mean there are SO MANY but these are some at the top of my list:

Book that made you cry.

What doesn’t nowadays!? Liz Lawson’s debut The Lucky Ones really got me. It follows the aftermath of a school shooting—that right there is enough to get your eyes watery. Another one was Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro. When reading it, all I could think about was what’s going on in the world with systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. I went through so many tissues.

Book that made you happy.

Heartstopper: Vol. Three by Alice Oseman. I never want this graphic novel series to end.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)


I could stare at this book cover for hours.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Again, the list is never ending, but here are just a few:

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