Skip to main content

Mid-Year Freakout Tag


I've never done this tag before, but I've read so many posts on the midyear freakout that I decided to do one myself!
July has been a horrible reading month for me. I've been busy every day, and reading has really fallen on the back burner. I'm hoping to dive back into reading more when July is finally over and I have more time again.
I did take a trip to the library yesterday (you can find my haul on my Instagram) which has reignited my reading spark. I've already made it 150 pages into a new book.
Anyway, over the course of the last month, I have read 63 books in total which will be on pace if I'm able to get back to my regular reading routine. On top of the 63 books, I've had seven DNFs. I'm hoping to make it to 130 books in total for the year, but we'll see.

Here's the tag:

1. Best Book of 2019
I'm going to have to amend this and make it best books because there have been so many stunning titles this year. So that this post doesn't go on for a million years, I'll try to keep my reasons brief and link the reviews for if you want to learn more (click the titles):

The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu- This book is simply mind-blowing. If you love twisty thrillers that won't make you sleep with the lights on but leave you thinking, this is the perfect book for you.

The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson- This book is heartbreaking, beautiful, and perfectly hopeful in a not at all cheesy way. It's a must read. Also, I wanted to include this book down in the books that made me happy section but decided against it because it's a very sad book, don't get me wrong, but the ending is so perfect, healing, and lovely that it honesty left meekest filled with so much hope and happiness.

You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn- If you want a super cute romance with a weighted core that keeps it grounded, this is the story for you. The voice here is just undeniable.

All Our Broken Pieces by - I read a lot of books about mental illness and mental health. This is the best portrayal of OCD I have ever read, and the dual prospectives hit all the perfect notes. There's music, sweet siblings, and one of my all time favorite romances.

2. Most anticipated release for the second half of 2019
Michigan vs. The Boys by Carrie Allen is probably my most anticipated at the moment. It coms out October 1, but I just got an ARC for it, so once I catch up on blogging, I guess I won't have to anticipate it much longer.
I'm also really looking forward to Have a Little Faith in Me by Sonia Hartl. It looks like it's going to be tons of fun.

3. Biggest Disappointment
My biggest disappointment of this half of 2019 is the only book I gave less than a 3 this month which is Izzy + Tristan because I was really offended by how it threw away serious issues for what seemed billed as shocking plot twists.

4. Biggest Surprise
This honor will have to be shared between two of my favorite books this year that hadn't made it on my radar until I picked them up.
Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas is a book that absolutely blew my mind with its fresh take on a story with a true crime feel. I'm so thankful to Vicky Who Reads for convincing me to read this!
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis is an intense book, but it is extremely powerful. It dives into how someone might become addicted to drugs in a humanizing and empathetic way.
This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers I had to pick one very backlist title that read this year that I fell in love with. A girl learns to grapple with her depression in the midst of the zombie apocalypse.

5. Favorite new author.
Erin Hahn has stolen my heart this year with her book, You'd Be Mine. Not only is her book not to be missed, she's one of the sweetest people. I loved getting to speak with her in our interview. I also cannot wait to read all of her new books. Sadly, I'll have to wait till 2020 to dive into her next music filled love story, More Than Maybe.

6. Newest fictional crush.
Kyler from All Our Broken Pieces is my new fictional crush. He has a secret, cool tree house, is a musician, and, most importantly, is so compassionate when Lennon is struggling. I love sweet characters.

7. Newest favorite character. 
It's so hard to pick a single new favorite character, but I think the honor has to go to Annie from You'd Be Mine for being both strong and sweet while being stuck in the spotlight 24/7.

8. Book that made me cry.
How To Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow is actually a book I read last fall when I got the ARC, but it came out this year, so I thought I could include it because it's the only book that made me cry! I don't cry for books often, but Tiger had me bawling on multiple occasions as she navigated her grief.

9. Book that made me happy. 
Going Off Script by Jen Wilde filled me with pure joy after reading it. Honestly, I just felt relief as I read it, and it really allowed me to escape to sunny LA.
In the same vein, Ship It also made me so happy. I love books that take place at conventions, and this one didn't disappoint as it pulled the curtain back on the TV world.

10. Most beautiful book I've bought.
There are so many beautiful books this year! I've been stunned by how many gorgeous books that have been coming off the presses. I think that it has to be a tie though. Both of these covers caught my eye from the moment I saw them in the catalogue. I knew they were going to be amazing books, and they've become some of my favorites.
The Best Lies has the prettiest cover. The pastel pink with the bright lollipop is both pretty and intriguing.
The Art of Breaking Things also has the perfect look. The lavender color is light with hints of the sadness hidden in the pages, and the illustration of the girl on the cover is stunning.

11. Most underrated.
While I'm never going to think that any of my favorites get enough recognition, I'm going to give it to Wild and Crooked. I haven't seen much buzz for the book, but it really is not to be missed!

12. Favorite Book to Film Adaption
I haven't gotten to see many adaptions this year because The Sun is Also A Star didn't play in my town. I did finally get around to seeing The Hate U Give, and it was amazing. I loved how it interpreted the book (and Angie's cameo).
I did also really enjoy Five Feet Apart, though it's a movie to book adaption (contrary to popular belief).

13. Favorite community members.
I'm so happy to have @VickyWhoReads as part off the book community! She's a teen blogger, super nice, incredibly supportive, and is always spot on with her recommendations!

14. Favorite post.
My favorite post I've done so far this year is a discussion I did about the YA community and inclusivity to teens. I called it Is YA For Me, which you can read here if you missed it.
I also did a post about how trigger warnings show empathy to others which was another post I loved. I think it's an important topic to discuss in the hopes of making changes to how we handle and view them in books (Click Here).

15. Favorite interviews. 
I've done so many different interviews that have made my heart sing with happiness at how they turned out. I owe an immense amount of gratitude to all the authors who agreed to give me a little bit of their time! I'm going to limit myself to only two which breaks my heart, so you can find them all here in my Into YA section. I strongly encourage you to check them out!
My interview with Erin Hahn made me so excited because I got a little more insight into a book I became a little obsessed with. Erin had amazing, truly thoughtful answers. Check it out here.
My second pick is one of my most recent interviews with Sarah Lyu! She had amazing answers that helped dissect her twisty, turning book.

I know it's super late, but I hope you enjoyed seeing me highlight some of my favorites of this half of the year! I love all of these books and authors so much, and I'm excited for another half a year of amazing books for 2019.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Top Reads of 2018

This year's best of 2018 list has tons of new categories to fit all of the amazing books I read this year. I've had the chance to read so many advanced books and recent releases, so most of what I read were books that came out in 2018. I mostly choose contemporary, so I've started with my favorite debut as well as the best books in other genres I've ventured into. After that, I have smaller categories in the contemporary genre. I hope you find new books to love and give to your friends and family for the holidays. If you're interested in learning more about the books on the list, click their titles to go to my reviews. Let me know if these are some of your favorites in the comments, and tell me your favorite books!
Best In Genre Top Debut
Nothing Left To Burn by Heather Ezell Nothing Left To Burn gave me the craziest book hangover. I was so immersed in the story, and I couldn't stop reading to do anything that I actually needed to be doing. There is a toxic relat…

Queen of Geek Review

Queen of Geek by Jen Wilde
Overview: Charlie is a famous You Tuber whose indie film has exploded in popularity. It's landed her at SupaCon in San Diego with two of her best friends. While there, Taylor and Jamie try to find a way for Taylor to meet her favorite author, and Charlie has to do tons of press with her exboyfriend. Luckily, though, the magic of the con brings them all some good luck and memorable moments. Overall: 4 

Characters: 4 Charlie is so much fun. She's confident, has pink hair, and is full of life. She has some interesting commentary on being famous and also on how fandom works when people ship actors together in real life.
Taylor has anxiety and is on the autism spectrum. She's the biggest fan of the Firestone series, but winning the contests to meet the author requires her to step way outside of her comfort zone. With Jamie by her side, she reclaims a lot of confidence and makes the con her own.

Plot: 4 If you love books about celebrity and cons, you'…

Reflecting on 2019 and the Decade

"It was the end of a decade, but the start of an age"- "Long Live"

I can't believe it's finally here. We're all getting ready to step into 2020 tomorrow. It always seemed so far away. We've all been talking about it so long that it's managed to creep up on me. I guess we're all getting a little extra sentimental because we're ending a decade (in terms of the popular view of decades). We're moving into the 20s. Seeing everyone's decade later comparisons has been weird because the 2010s were the first full decade I've ever lived. I started the decade as a six year old in first grade, so, even though I feel like I've accomplished far less than some people on Twitter, I have, in fact, managed to graduate elementary, middle, and high school and get into college in the last 10 years. I've also become a person.
Most of what's shaped me has happened in the last ten years. I've learned an incredible amount about mysel…

More Than Maybe Review

More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn (May 2020)
Overview: Vada works at a dive bar, scraping together money for college and learning about running from a show her soon to be step-dad to get closer to her future dreams. She also runs the Loud Lizard's successful music blog Behind the Music. Vada is about to head off to LA and start working towards her music journalism dreams, but she has to make it through senior year first. Luke Greenly is the son of famous British punk rocker, Charlie Greenly. The whole family has set down roots in Michigan where his mom works at the university, but remnants of his dad's past life still follow them. Luke loves writing songs but hates performing, and, because of his dad, he's been thrust into the spotlight more than he'd like. For now, he'd rather stick to making successful podcast The Grass Is Greenly with his twin brother, Cullen, and hopelessly pining after Vada through stalking Behind the Music. Overall: 5

Characters: 5 Vada is a charact…

Izzy and Tristan Review

Izzy + Tristan by. Shannon Dunlap (324 pages)
Overview: Izzy and Tristan have a love story. When Izzy's family renovates a moves into a new house on a Brooklyn block their lives change. Her twin brother Hull almost immediately gets into a fight, pulling a knife on some neighborhood kids after a gambling chess match goes wrong. Izzy falls for Tristan, the boy who won Hull's match. With Hull away at a rehabilitation center, Izzy and Tristan are free to fall for each other until Marcus decides that he wants to take revenge on Hull by dating his sister. And even when that battle is overcome, police brutality draws a permanent line between the couple. Overall: 2

*Okay, I'm not really sure how to write a spoiler free review of this because the shocker ending is what I take the most issue with. I'll keep it spoiler free in the characters and plot section, but I will talk about the ending in the writing section. I still recommend you read it, even if you plan on reading the boo…

What If It's Us

What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (448 pages)
Overview: Ben and Arthur meet at the post office during a flashmob. Well, Arthur followed Ben into the post office because he thought he was and, and, just as they started talking, in true form with Arthur's New York fantasy, a flash mob erupted. When the boys and split up, Arthur loses his chance at connecting with Ben, but when he can't stop thinking about him, he explores ways to reconnect even in a city of a million empty faces like New York. Even if they can find each other, with Arthur going back to Georgia at the end of the summer, will it even be worth it? Overall: 4/5

Characters: 4.5 I'm not sure what to say about the characters. I liked them enough, but I didn't feel any real attachment to any of them. I liked the cast of friends, but they all lacked a certain weight that would give them a stronger sense of reality. My favorite relationship in the book was the friendship between Dylan and Ben.…

New Release: America Panda

America Panda by Gloria Chao (306 pages)
Overview: Mei is starting MIT a year early, skipping senior year, pushed forward by her parents who always demanded she push herself past extremes. They've also dictated that she's at MIT to become a doctor and that she will marry Eugene. Mei doesn't know how to cope with her parents rigid views and traditions that come from their Chinese culture. She doesn't feel like she can belong anywhere due to the conflicting expectations, and she knows she must sort out her feelings if she ever wants to be happy. Overall: 4.5

Characters: 5 I loved Mei. I related to her so much. We both need glasses (and don't wear them often), have a thing with avoiding germs, and are graduating early (something I never thought I'd see in a book). Watching Mei struggle between what she wants to do and what her parents want her to do. It's amazing to see how the college experience and the people around her help her sort out her feelings and carry…

I Got Rid of (Almost) All My Books

On Twitter, everyone loves to joke about their TBR piles that are heading to swallow them whole. We talk about buying way too many books. They're like personality traits for book bloggers and book community members, but we don't really talk about the reality of that. Running the blog for close to three years, it was starting to stare me in the face in the form of heaps and heaps of books. Books everywhere. Shoved onto my tiny bookshelf, stacked on top of it, piled on my nightstand, piled on the floor, and lining my long windowsill. I woke up one morning and decided it felt like the books were slowly creeping in and stealing all the oxygen. So I decided to do something about it. I gathered together all the boxes floating around in the garage from Christmas, threw myself on the floor, and started to make piles of my books.
It was honestly overwhelming to start deciding what I was giving away and what I was keeping. I was both feeling like "EVERYTHING MUST GO" and &quo…

Top 10 of 2019: All the YA Love

We're winding down 2019, so it's time to get reflective on the past year. It feels like multiple lifetimes have happened in this single year. It was one of the best years for the blog that I've ever had. Even though I might have read less this year, I expanded my interviews and guests posts, got to work closely with some wonderful writers, and fell further in love with the YA community. A huge thank you to everyone in the Novel19s for working with me, being so kind, and putting out some of the best books I've ever read. In the next few weeks, I'll be posting more about the future I see for the blog going into 2020 and it's third year, but, for now, let's celebrate all the amazing stories 2020 has brought to us! I did my Reading, Writing, and Me book awards recently which honored over 20 books in tons of different categories so if you need last minute holiday shopping inspiration, check out this list and the earlier one!

1. Permanent Record
I have not stoppe…

Waiting For Fitz

Waiting For Fitz by Spencer Hyde (March 5) Click to Purchase
Overview: Addie is in the hospital for inpatient OCD treatment. She's not thrilled, particularly because her mom might watch The Great British Bake Off without her, but, overall, she's ready to try whatever it takes to get better. And it turns out that most of the orderlies are nice and her fellow patients are great company, especially Fitz, who's been there for two years battling schizophrenia. Inside, she makes major strides toward recovery, but Fitz comes to her and asks for help breaking out. Against her better judgement, she can't refuse to help him. Overall: 4 

Characters: 5 I enjoyed reading from Addie's prospective. I thought that Hyde did an awesome job portraying OCD and the compulsions and obsessions that come with it. Addie is sarcastic and sensible. She has a wonderful, supportive mom and a team behind her that's determined to help. I love how she is both reasonable, and takes time to quest…