Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

I’ve been eyeing this tag for a little while thinking about doing it but now that I have been tagged by Raven @ dreamyaddictions I thought I’d actually do it. Thank you for tagging me 🙂

As always if you click on the title of the book you’ll be taken to its Goodreads page where you’ll find its synopsis.

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian

I fell in love with this book. I have only read one other Sci-Fi book other than this (The Host by Stephenie Meyer) and this blew it out of the water. This was so funny and intense, it was such a roller-coaster ride of a book.

My Review

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2015

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

Shadow Study

This can be debatable, it isn’t technically a sequel but a continuation of a series I love. This book was sprung on me, I didn’t expect a new instalment and when I found out that she was carrying on with the series I freaked out.

This was a good book but to be honest I don’t think it was her best book. I haven’t read very many sequels this year so I chose this.

Interview with Maria V. Snyder

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To


The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I just downloaded the preview for this off of Amazon to see if I’ll like it and from what I have read it seems to have a very Neil Gaiman vibe to it. I love the sound of it.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I’ve been looking for this every time I go in to a book shop. I haven’t found it yet but as soon as my book buying ban is over I’ll probably end up buying this.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I’ve been interested in this for quite a while and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

4. Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

HP & Winter

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Illustrated by Jim Kay – 6th October 2015

This is so close I can almost taste it. The pictures I’ve seen look amazing and my fingers are tingling in anticipation of holding this.

Winter by Marissa Meyer – 12th November 2015

I’ve not read Cress yet so I have to read that before I can really feel excited about this one but nevertheless I am excited about a new book for the series.

5. Biggest Disappointment

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


I had such high expectations for this book and they just weren’t met. There was so much hype surrounding this book and paired with the description of the book I thought I would love it. Turns out I liked it but it didn’t blow my mind.

6. Biggest Surprise

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon Vs

I adored this book. It was so cute and I’m already having the urge to re-read it and I read it about two months ago! Normally I don’t like contemporary books but this one was lovely.

My Review

7. Favorite New Author (Debut or New to You)

V.E. Schwab

Becky Albertalli

Andy Weir

I’m still a little on the fence regarding V.E. Schwab but I own Vicious (another of her books) and plan to read it soon. A lot of people regard it as her best book yet so I really hope I like it. I follow her on Twitter and I love reading about her writing progress and she has a great sense of humour from what I’ve seen.

8. Newest Fictional Crush

Kell (A Darker Shade of Magic)

Blue (Simon Vs.)

Levi (Fangirl)

Yeah I have more than one…

Kell is such a cool guy! *swoons* He can jump dimensions, he fights magic and bad guys and he has a cool jacket!

Blue is more of an “awwww”. Considering he’s gay I doubt he’d be interested anyway. I just want to hug him.

Levi is adorable. I could easily spend a long time just sitting there talking to him and reading to him. Levi you rock!

9. Newest Favourite Character

Percy Jackson

I didn’t expect Percy to be so funny. He has a similar sense of humour to me and I find it really easy to empathise with him. He gets himself in to some sticky situations and so far he always manages to come out relativity on top. (I haven’t finished the series yet).

10. Book That Made You Cry

I haven’t read a book this year that has made me cry. I have a few on my TBR Shelf that I know will make me cry so I’m hoping to get to them some time this year. The closest I came to crying was for the ending of The Martian.

11. Book That Made You Happy

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell


This was a short and cute read. There are some parts I was laughing out loud to and the ending was good. This mainly made me happy because I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining it was.

My Review

12. Favourite Book to Film Adaptation You Saw This Year

Rurouni Kenshin (2012)

I’ve been meaning to watch this for such a long time and now that I have I was amazed at how good it was.

The costumes were on point, the atmosphere was really good, it was funny, intense and entertaining. I watched the second film not even last week and that was just as good as the first.

13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year (Or Received)


Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of the Year?

I have so many!

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Cress by Marissa Meyer

I’m probably forgetting some but these are the ones I can remember off the top of my head.


If you’ve already done this tag then feel free to ignore this 🙂

Erika @ Errka220 (Erika in Bookventureland)

Audrey @ ForwardsandBookwords

Nicole @ NymphadoraWinterfell

Ashley @ WordsWeHeart

You Too!

Thank you for reading and

Until next time,

Tori x


5 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

  1. Pingback: September 2015 Wrap-Up and Mini Book Haul | Bookish Writings

  2. I just found out about the illustrated version of Philosopher’s Stone only TODAY, and I’m a HUGE HP fan so I feel a little disgraced I found out so late. I am so so excited about it though! I have The Wrath & The Dawn sitting on my shelf as a TBR too. I hope you enjoy An Ember in the Ashes like I did. It’s not the greatest but it was still worth the read 🙂

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  3. Great Answers! The Martian sounds quite interesting I might give this a try.The wrath and the dawn and An Ember in the Ashes are quite amazing books, I hope you get to read them soon. I haven’t read Fangirl yet but I’m planning to cause so many readers recommended me to read it.Anyways, thank you so much for participating! 😀

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