The Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag! As always, I'm slightly late to the party

I was tagged for this fun post two weeks ago by Maureen @ Maureen’s Books! I’ve only managed to find a slot in my schedule for it right now, and although the middle of July could hardly be called mid-year, but hey… Better late than never? So let’s talk about the past half a year in books! Thanks for tagging me, Maureen.

1. The Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2017

Dude! No! No way am I picking one! It’s just not right. I would never be able to pick… Here are several, but I know I can’t say they were the best ones:


Those of you who follow my blog, will have heard about these many, many times. The Radium Girls is the book I probably won’t ever shut up about. For those who haven’t been subjected to my rants yet, it’s about these poor women in the 1920’s who were subjected to the worst worker treatment and corporate greed ever, having worked with radium and lied to that it’s safe. Need I tell you what happened to them? Read it and you’ll find out, and cry a good deal along the way. Faithful is a strong NA book about a girl, suffering PSTD and survivor guilt after a car crash in which her best friend, well, pretty much died, although is still physically alive. It’s about learning to love yourself and accepting, forgiving yourself. When The English Fall has been recently reviewed on my blog, and it’s a beautiful, touching tale about an Amish man’s choices in a post-apocalyptic world. Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom is the most fun I’ve had this year while reading a book, it’s a steampunky-vintage-Futurama style urban/scifi fantasy, and you can never have enough of it. These last two ones I haven’t reviewed yet, but they were still unbelievable. The Fifth Season is a truly epic hard-core fantasy that basically transports you into this crazy outlandish world with even its own slang, terms and physiology. It’s a trip, that’s all I can say. And The Ocean at the End of The Lane is a deeply scary, yet magical tale about the unknown, told through the eyes of a child.

2. Your Favorite Sequel This Year + 13. The Most Beautiful Book You Have Bought/Received This Year

I have not had great luck with sequels this year. In fact, I have written quite a few posts about bad sequels (Shift, sequel to Wool and A Closed And Common Orbit, sequel to A Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet). However! The best sequel I’ve read, of course, would be Gemina. But I have not written a review for it yet! Only finished it last week. If anyone wants to fangirl about this book, tell me, I will add you to the Gemina Support Group on Twitter, where we chat about how we can’t possibly wait for Obsidio.

It also falls into the category of the prettiest book I’ve bought/received this year, as I don’t buy or get many actual print books. Gemina is an amazing example of it though! Because it’s so… special, so different. It’s an absolute treat to read.

3. A New Release You Haven’t Read But Really Want To

I can’t say this is a new release, exactly? The new release is Waking Gods, that everyone keeps blogging about! And it’s annoying me to no end, cause I can’t get my hands on it!! (as you might know, my ‘book ban’ mostly consists of only buying books when they’re on sale, like 2-3$, and guess if this one has been on sale yet???)

So if anyone wants to mail me this book, just go ahead [k thx bai.]

(I’m kidding, of course. You have your own bookish troubles!)

4. Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of the Year

Boo! I’m not a cool book blogger, cause I don’t know the newest releases! Oops… This is why the one I’m currently waiting the most is Obsidio, although that only releases in March 2018. Let’s say I’m just ahead of times, yes?

5. Biggest Disappointment

Definitely Shift. I’ve already mentioned it in this post, but Wool was just such a great novel in every way. It kept you at the end of your seat, it was insanely original, not your typical dystopian novel, and geared towards the intellectual, the emotional. And then we get Shift… Where everything just gets retold, and worse – through the eyes of a character you can’t really like. And it drags and drags and drags… If you want to find out more, you can read the full review here.

6. Biggest Surprise

I would say it was Felix Yz. I knew it would be a fun book, but I just didn’t expect so much diversity. In places where I would have not even seen it coming! All in all, it was just a really fun, pleasant read, and much deeper than I expected.

7. Favorite New Author (Debut Or New To You)

This year I found Lisa See! I will never forget how I requested The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, knowing full well it’s a very well known author and I will probably never get approved, and lo and behold… I did! And not only that, but Lisa replied several of my tweets. That was awesome! And I truly loved this book. Recommended! I know I will be reading more of her books soon.

8. Your New Fictional Crush + 10. A Book That Made You Happy

I know this is going to sound weird, but I just don’t do the whole book boyfriends thing. Which is why I don’t really have a fictional guy crush! But maybe a girl crush is fine too? Cause if I had to pick, it would definitely be Anne Shirley! She is just such a lovely character. I know she’s made me laugh more than once this year, and she still will many times, as I’m participating in the #AnneReadalong2017.

It also falls into the category of the book that made me happy! Cause I just can’t pick any other book for that one.

9. A Book That Made You Cry

Well, you already know about this one. But there’s no other book that made me as emotional as this one has, especially as it’s a true story. If you want to find out why, here is the full review, and after you’ve read that, you might be interested in the interview with the author as well. My wonderful sister has sent me a signed copy of this from Chicago, so it is one of the few really cherished books in my library.

11. Your Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation That You’ve Seen This Year

I’m a bookworm. I don’t watch movies. Not kidding! But I guess I’m lucky, cause I have seen one or two this year, and it so happens that one of them was based on a book! I loved Fantastic Beasts, although I have to say, I haven’t read the book. I’m not really interested in reading the Screenplay, cause that was written for the movie. And the original book is different, or so I hear, but maybe one day I will read it.

Newt though. How adorable can you be? And Queenie? 5 years ago when I had better hair, i could have totally sported her do.

12. Favorite Book Post You Published This Year

I have barely started doing discussions (finally!), so I would say last week’s one? It’s really quite relevant to talk about the #bookworm problem of buying books and stashing them away.

14. What Are Some Books That You Need To Read By The End Of The Year


Oh, just about every old ARC I own… But these are the new ones I have planned for the end of the year – cause that’s when they’re coming out. Have you heard about these?

Now it’s time to tag someone!

Let’s see… Just about everyone seems to have already been tagged in this one. If you’ve been tagged or don’t want to do it, no problem! Otherwise, have fun:

Have fun! And if you don’t want to do the tag, tell me in the comments what were your best books of this half a year 

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

38 thoughts on “The Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag! As always, I'm slightly late to the party

  1. Great post Evelina, I love being able to see others reading progress while picking up a few new titles that come recommended. I’ve had Gemina sitting on my shelf since it was released but Illuminae left me desperate for more that I can’t bring myself to read it until Obsidio is closer to release. I still haven’t seen Fantastic Beasts, thanks for the reminder and thanks for sharing, so many great reads on here <3

    1. Thanks! You are absolutely right with that Gemina and Obsidio strat. I know that the release is just not soon enough. So good thinking 🙂 and you should definitely see Fantastic Beasts! It was amazing, and I don’t even watch 3 movies a year 😀

  2. Uh ob! I feel bad… I was actually too much of a lazy butt to read Fantastic Beasts so I watched the movie instead and decided to be done with it! LOL. Probably not the most bookish decision I’ve ever made.
    Oooo Anne of Green Gables! I’m so glad you got around to reading it! It’s such a timeless classic, I grew up reading about all the conundrums and sticky situations Anne gets herself into and the romance that ultimately prevails between her and a man (I forgot his name, it’s been so long :P) she though she hated.
    I’ve never heard about The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane but I will definitely be looking into it and adding it to my TBR ASAP! <3

    1. I also haven’t read that, if it makes you feel better 😀
      As for Anne. Like I said, that time she fell through the roof 😀 Anne is so wonderful. I should get to reading the third part soon… I just got so many ARCs I’m super excited for! Well, you probably know how it goes 😀 and the man is Gilbert. I wouldn’t blame you for forgetting him 😀 the romance is taking so long… I heard it takes off in book 3! They have been kids after all, I guess.
      And the Tea Girl is definitely a good book 🙂 I think you would like it.

  3. I totally would have named Obsidio if it came out this year like it should have. The wait has been so painful, because I read Gemina on the plane home from BEA back in May 2016. I love that series so much. You have made me want to check out Radium Girls too.
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    1. See, I was happy NOT knowing Obsidio was supposed to come out this year 😀 part of the goodness of reading series after everyone else! I guess you can reread, when the release comes closer? That’s always a good thing. Although I bet it will be pretty tough seeing the elitest of the elite receive Obsidio ARCs!!
      And I’m glad, The Radium Girls tells a story we should all know.

    1. The Fifth Season is very good, but if you read it, keep in mind that a) you first need to read the glossary at the end of the book b) it takes a while to roll into being awesome, I felt like it was meh at first! So don’t drop it if it feels like that. After that, it gets just NUTS. Couldn’t peel myself away from it at all 🙂

  4. Better late then never Evelina. Thanks for joining in! 😉 It’s fun to share your reads like this right?!
    I haven’t heard about ‘The Radium Girls’ before, but it sounds like a book I have to read. Ow.. and Fantastic Beasts.. Love that movie. I’ve seen it twice in the theater already! I can’t wait for the next movie 😀
    Again, thanks for doing the tag! 😉
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    1. Yeah, that movie really does make life better, doesn’t it 🙂 next movie? Why didn’t I even start thinking about that..? I just walked away and never thought they’d do a sequel. That would have been wonderful 🙂
      As for The Radium Girls, I honestly recommend reading it.


    Sorry for the CAPS I just couldn’t contain myself from fangirling over them this wasss awesomeeee, how could I not think of it for my TAG loool anyways I have seen the film twice already and I friking love itttt it was amazing it was awesome it was all I needed it was heart-warming it was ahggggg I cannot even expresss how fabulous it was.. moving onnnn

    The radium girls is a book that I really am looking forward to read, whenever I got the chance to have it in my hands so I am really glad that you loved it and you got a signed copy of it this is really great!!

    And what can I say I hate hopping through TAGs because my TBR IS GETTING HUGEEEEEEEEEE AFTER THAT -.- not that I mind, but there is some part of mu brain that hates me for that you know… yeah..

    Awesomeee !!

    1. Yes, it was a VERY GOOD movie, you are absolutely right 🙂 so heart-warming.
      And I do hope you get to read The Radium Girls! It’s a story you can never forget.
      Hahah, yes, you are right, a good tag can truly be a killer for the TBR 😀

  6. I checked Faithful out at the library last month but never got around to reading it before it was due back. Now I’m really regretting that! I’ll have to check it out again. The Radium Girls sounds so good! I haven’t heard of it before but anything about pollution/contamination/corruption always interests me.
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    1. Oh yeah, you should definitely give Faithful a go 🙂 it was a sad, but uplifting and wonderful book. And everyone, especially all women should read The Radium Girls 🙂 thanks for visiting! I will visit back, I promise! *short on time* lol

  7. Why thank you for adding a few hundred books to my already exploding TBR 😛 But really, thanks for all these wonderful recommendations..I haven’t read anything by N.K.Jemisin and Neil Gaiman so far but I really need to!! And I still have tags from 2016 that I need to do so TRUST ME, you’re doing a really good job 😀 I’m the laziest nerd to ever laze! Great post 🙂
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    1. Hi, Uma! Thanks for dropping by 🙂 really, you haven’t read anything by Gaiman? :0 well then! I’m happy I could introduce him to you. I suggest starting with The Ocean, or Neverwhere, or maybe even The Graveyard Book, if you like middle grade (I do). Gaiman is a genius 🙂
      And The Fifth Season is also the only book I’ve read my Jemisin, but oh my gosh. It spoke to me!
      Hahah thank you! You’re making me feel better 😀

  8. I have to admit, I read this post on my phone 2 days ago. I have been thinking about Radium Girls ever since. Greta list! I hope you get a chance to read Waking Gods soon. Check your local library, they might have it. I read a very early copy of it and really, really liked it. I liked the sequel too.
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    1. Thank you, Karen! I’m glad you liked it. I just loaned The Radium Girls to a friend as well… I think this story should be known by as many people as it can. So I really do recommend it for you 🙂
      My local library will definitely not have Waking Gods, I wish 😀 you see, I live in Lithuania, and the book isn’t even translated to my language (I doubt it ever will). Foreign libraries don’t have a habit of stocking many English books, and definitely never new ones 😀 so Amazon it is for me! Haha. I am jealous (in a good way!) that you read it early! I’m really excited for that series and I hope I can get my hands on it one day 🙂

  9. Oh my gosh, so many of these books are still on my TBR! I’ve been meaning to get to The Ocean at the End of The Lane for months now. I need to bump that one higher up!

    1. Hi! Thanks for dropping by 🙂 yeah! The Ocean is SOOOOO worth your time! It was such a thrilling read. I hope to see a review on your blog one day 🙂

  10. Neil Gaiman is one of my FAVORITE authors! I read The Ocean at the End of The Lane last year and adored it. Have you read his other books? I read Neverwhere this year and it is probably my favorite.

    1. I’ve read Neverwhere too 🙂 it was my favorite before I read The Ocean – now it takes second place 🙂 I’ve also read The Graveyard Book and Stardust, American Gods. I have another few books of his, waiting to be read 🙂

  11. Gemina was fabulous! Love that book… for me it was so much more interesting than illuminae. And you have a support group for it? That’s awesome lol.

    Slaves of the switchboard of Doom just looks fun. And Waking Gods I’m curious about, because I liked the first book (didn’t love it) but the premise is way cool. And glad to hear radium Girls was so good…
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    1. The support group is a chat for people who just finished Gemina and need to talk about it 😀 I liked Gemina, but I think I liked Illuminae more, can’t quite say why. Although these two books are pretty much level in my eyes 🙂

  12. I need to read Illuminae but apparently i read a massive spoiler and didn’t even know? WHYYY?I keep seeing the other books in the series for Sleeping Giants in my library but not the first one. i am so annoyed! I haven’t read the book to Fantastic beasts BUT I LOVED THE MOVIE SO MUCH (NEEWWWT)

    1. Oh dear, that’s not good! But you know, I bet it’s still worth it, cause spoiler of not – Illuminae has WAY TOO MANY twists for you to know ALL the spoilers 🙂 (which one did you read?)
      Haha, not the first one 😀 I suppose it’s just popular, cause people are starting the series? And yeeeeees NEEEWT. Although I really liked Jacob and Queenie too! Jacob is just the cutest funny character ever 🙂

    1. Thanks, I hope so too! I only ever allow myself books below 3$ 😀 so I know what you mean about that book ban, I suppose mine is almost permanent 😀

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