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 

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4 years ago

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

4 years ago

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… Read more »

Elise @ Roaming Reader
Elise @ Roaming Reader
4 years ago

I’M READING ILLUMINAE AND LOVING ITTTT! I’m SO glad I heard you talking about this series because it’s GREAT!

Elise @ Roaming Reader
Elise @ Roaming Reader
4 years ago

So far I’m slowly dieing… as are all of the characters… if anything happens to Ezra I might just flip some tables omg I love that child

4 years ago

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.

Anne Clarence
4 years ago

Thank you so much for tagging me! I’ve always kind of wanted to read The Fifth Season but wasn’t sure if it’s good. I’m so going to check it out now 😀

Laura Thomas
4 years ago

I sure agree with you about Gemina. It’s amazing. Lots of good ones here. Someone tagged me for this but for the life of me I can’t remember who. Must find out before I do my post.

Maureen Bakker
4 years ago

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! 😉

4 years ago

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA FANTASTIC BEATS NEWT!! AND PICKETT I AM DYING!!!!! 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… Read more »

4 years ago

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.

Uma @ Books.Bags.Burgers.
Uma @ Books.Bags.Burgers.
4 years ago

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 🙂

Karen Blue
4 years ago

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.

Di @ Book Reviews by Di

I’ve been a hopeless blogger this month, but I’m catching up a little at a time!

I love this tag and I’ve seen it floating around.

I’m desperate to read Fifth Season, a Gaiman and now you’ve made me so curious about Radium Girls!

Hope I’ll to be able to stop by some more soon!

4 years ago

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!

4 years ago

So glad to hear that! Hopefully I will get to it very soon! 🙂

Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

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.

4 years ago

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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Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink

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)

herding cats & burning soup

Book bans are SO hard!! I wasn’t allowed to buy any in June other than freebies and July only allowed some 99cent ones. Other than that I’m off books right now and it is painful when one you want is pricey. Hope it goes on sale soon!