The Mid Year Freak Out Tag

Good morning my loves!

I hope you had a lovely weekend and your Monday wasn’t too bad! Today is a post that it a wee bit late… sorry! It’s the Mid Year Freak Out Tag. July already. Crikey. I know this is clichéd, but where the hell has the year gone? I’ve been the my house for 3 months now and it feels like I’ve always been there. Anyway, without further ado, here is the Mid Year Freak Out Tag!

1. The best book you’ve read in 2019 so far?
Okay wow. I’ve already fallen at the first hurdle… I’ve been sat her for 20 minutes trying to pick one. So hard, but I think I’m going to have to go with The Doll Factory by Elisabeth Macneal. It has everything that I love about a novel and haven’t stopped thinking about it since I read it.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019?
Of the 60+ books I’ve read this year so far, only 5 of them have been sequels. I think my favourite one has to be The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris. This is the forth book in the Chocolat series and I think it’s my favourite so far.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?
There are so many that I could have chosen for this one but the one that’s at the top of my pile at the moment is The Rapture by Claire McGlasson. It’s about an English cult. That’s all I needed to know.

4. Most anticipated release for the next half of 2019?
Okay, I am equal part excited for and nervous about this one. It has big shoes to fill but having read many things by Margaret Atwood, I am hopeful that this will be the sequel we’ve been hoping for. That book is of course The Testament by Margaret Atwood.

5. Biggest disappointment in 2019?
Assurances J O Morgan. I picked this up because it was shortlisted for the Costa Prize 2018 in the poetry category. I’m very particular about the kind of poetry I like and this was just not for me. I couldn’t even tell you what its about.

6. Biggest Surprise in 2019?
Now, I know I put this book on one of my most anticipated releases lists, but I really didn’t expect to love it just as much as I did. This novel about a family road trip, this history of the Apache tribe, migration and this displacement of children travelling from Mexico to the US. Lost Children Archive is definitely going to be one of my favourites of the year and possibly of all time.

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you)?
Alis Hawkins. I found Alis a little by accident actually. Alis was a guest at the Throw Away Your Television (Society) Book Club and after reading the first book in her newest series, None So Blind, I immediately moved on to In Two Minds. Loved both and I am now eagerly anticipating book three! Alis has become an auto-buy author for me. She is wonderful!

8. Newest fictional crush?
Okay, so this isn’t a typical ‘crush’ situation, but when reading An American Marriage, I fell in love with Roy’s character. I still think about him now!

9. Newest favourite character?
This one has to be Jasper from The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J Harris. I just absolutely ADORED him!

10. A book that made you cry?
I Never Said I Loved You by Rhik Samadder. Cried a lot. Tears of both sadness and joy. Wonderful memoir. Out in August. You must pre-order immediately.

11. A book that made you happy?
I Never Said I loved You by Rhik Sammader. Please see above!

12. The most beautiful book you’ve bought or received in 2019?
A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison. Okay, just look at it. I don’t really need to explain much further do I? Nope!

13. What books do you need to read by the end of 2019?
Ummm, hundreds…… I don’t really want to think too much about that one. My head might explode…..


And there we have it, my 2019 Mid Year Freak Out Tag. I’ll say it again, where has the year gone?! Thank you to the lovely Ash for tagging me in this. I would tag others but I feel like everyone must have done it by now, but if you haven’t please do!

Peace and pages



9 Replies to “The Mid Year Freak Out Tag”

  1. Emma's Library says:

    My sister has a copy of A Pinch of Magic and I’m very close to borrowing it for a quick read at some point. Both us were drawn to that cover and whenever I’m browsing my sister’s bookshelves, I keep staring at because it is so beautiful. I just hope it’s as beautiful on the inside.

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  2. A Cup of Wonderland says:

    I feel like I am one of the few who still haven’t done this tag but I am loving reading everyone’s posts and seeing which books have stood out for them! I really need to read Chocolat because I’ve heard such good things about the Strawberry Theif that I want to read this series!

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  3. I’m loving seeing everyone’s answers to this tag. I also had The Strawberry Thief as my favourite sequel. Or at least one of them. I absolutely adored that book.

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