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The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag ~ 2019 edition

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer recently tagged me in the Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag. Since we’re now into July, I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you want to do the tag please feel free! (And ping me if you do, so I can see your answers!)

It really can be fun to see where things stand (book-wise) at the middle of the year, so I’ll have to remember to do this one my own next year. Hopefully.


Total books read so far in 2019

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71 books, as counted by Goodreads. (That includes individually published short stories.) I’ve since re-worked my personal book tracker, though, and so I know that counting EVERYTHING (aka individually published short stories and DNF books) I have read 75 books so far this year.

Best book you read in 2019 so far

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MURDERBOT. I don’t need to say anything more. So awesome.

Best sequel you’ve read so far

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I really enjoyed Velveteen vs. the Junior Super Patriots. Like, really enjoyed it. And then its sequel, Velveteen vs. The Multiverse, was even more fun. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first book. But the sequel introduced Victory Anna, a lesbian gadgeteer superhero from a steampunk alternate universe, and SHE IS JUST THE BEST.

New release you haven’t read, but want to

Um… call it cheating. That’s okay. But I’m going to use two books for this one. I really want to read both, and can’t pick between the two at the moment.

Most anticipated release for 2nd half of year

Honorable mention on this one goes to House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig. I am really interested in reading that one, but I’ve known about it for less time than the one I’m really choosing for this prompt.

My real answer is Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea. I’ve been anticipating her next book since I read The Night Circus (aka before The Starless Sea was announced). I really hope I enjoy this book (well, both of these books).

Biggest disappointment

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Sadly, this would be A Curious Beginning. Now, this is not my least favorite book of the year, not by a long shot. However, I expected and wanted to love it, and I found it to be just okay. The books I liked less than this one I also had lower expectations for, and so not liking them much didn’t bug me.

Biggest surprise

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I expected to like Geekerella. I didn’t expect to love it so much that I immediately bought the sequel.

Favorite new author

Easy – Charles de Lint. I’ve so far only read Dreams Underfoot, but I have a couple other books of his on my bookshelf, and several more on my TBR.

Newest fictional crush

Probably Tybalt from Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series. He’s not a new character for me, since I’d already started the series before this year started. However, I didn’t like him as a love interest for Toby until this year, so he still counts.

Newest favorite character

Newest favorite? How about my favorite new character? Though, that goes to Victory Anna from Velveteen vs. The Multiverse again. I like her enough to mention her twice.

Honorable mention goes to Murderbot. I like it almost as much.

Book that made you happy

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I am always happy to get a new installment of the Swords, Spells, & Stealth series. The only thing that I’m unhappy about is I’ve already finished it, and now I need to wait again for another book.

Book that made you cry

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There were a couple, but this has to go to Elizabeth Coatsworth’s The Cat Who Went to Heaven. It’s more touching-sad than heartrending-sad, but it still made me cry. (It’s also short. If you want to know more than that, you can easily read it for yourself.)

Favorite review you have written this year

I don’t really have favorite reviews. I don’t really have favorite blog posts, either, so this kind of prompt is always hard for me to answer. Instead, I’ll just include links to some of my book reviews for the books I enjoyed the most this year:

Most beautiful book you’ve gotten so far

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I was gifted this version of Sense and Sensibility for my birthday this year, and it’s just lovely.

What books do you need to read by year end

I really want to catch-up on the October Daye series this year. I’m making good progress, but book 13 releases this year and I want to have read them all by the end of 2019.


So that’s my mid-year book status update. Have you read any outstanding books in 2019 so far? Or do you have books that you really want to finish before the year is out?

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16 thoughts on “The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag ~ 2019 edition

  1. I really want to read The Night Circus!! With the Starless Sea coming out I keep seeing it around everywhere. I’m waiting until I’m in the right mood because I’ve heard it’s a slower paced book, which I don’t always have the patience for.

    1. It is slower paced, but it is so atmospheric and lovely. I listened to the audio book the first time I read it (Jim Dale narrated) but I recently bought the paperback so I could read it at my own pace. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

  2. I think I’m on Red Rose Chain with Toby right now… I need to read quick too! I have House of Salt and Sorrow and am so excited to start it this week!! And I loved Dragon Pearl and loved the Korean Culture he wove into it. ❤️ Thanks for doing this! It was neat to see your choices. And I’m curious about All Systems Red!

    1. I really loved All Systems Red! As long as you go into it knowing it’s a novella I think you’ll be fine. (I’ve seen complaints that it’s too short, so…)

      I’m really excited about Dragon Pearl! I don’t know much about Korean Culture, so I’m really curious.

  3. Tybalt!!! Tybalt!!! Tybalt!!! 😀

    I watched Good Omens twice over my four-day 4th of July holiday and I have fallen SO HARD down THAT rabbit hole now…

    1. Tybalt! 😀

      I think I’m going to have to wait for a weekend when we’re not doing anything (like holiday BBQs) to watch Good Omens. We don’t really have enough time on work nights to decompress and watch the show and then wind down before bed. Sigh.

  4. That copy of Sense and Sensibility is gorgeous! I’m so glad you liked Geekerella. And I’m excited for House of Salt and Sorrows AND The Starless Sea as well. 🙂

    1. I was so taken with it when my friend gifted it to me! So pretty. I’m glad I’ve been allowing myself to start hoarding pretty books again, I’ve missed having a shelf of pretty books. (Moving too frequently for a while there meant I wasn’t collecting books in the same way.)

      1. Ah, that makes sense. I like to collect “pretty” versions of my favorite books–not every book ever, but ones I love.

  5. 71 books already! Amazing!!

    I’m also really excited for House of Salt and Sorrows! The cover is beautiful, too. I’ve had The Night Circus sitting on my shelves for ages, but I’m still to pick it up. I’ve heard great things, though — so I imagine The Starless Sea will be a great read, too.

    Hope the rest of your year is full of great books!

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