Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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I’ve been seeing this tag floating around a lot right now (because ya know…it’s mid year) and really wanted to give it a try! I got the questions from Rayna @ Reader Rayna so be sure to head over and check out her answers as well!

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Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

This is actually a tough one since I have enjoyed a lot of the books I’ve read this year so far but I’m just going to have to go with this one. “Red Rising” was absolutely fantastic and completely blew my mind! It has pretty much every factor I look for in a perfect book there’s action, twists, and fantastic main and secondary characters!

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017

I actually haven’t read any sequels yet this year! I start series more than I continue or finish them, I’m terrible! I will say though that I’m definitely planning on reading “Now I Rise” by Kiersten White so that will be the first sequel I will read.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

I’ve got quite a few books I’m excited for but MOST excited for has to go for the sequel to “Nevernight”! It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Jay Kristoff’s and absolutely loved “Nevernight” and with that cliffhanger at the end and just all the crazy shit that went down I’m definitely looking forward to what’s next in “Godsgrave”!

Biggest Disappointment

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The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins

As many books as I’ve loved this year there have been almost as many disappointments. So far this is the only book that’s gotten one star even though a few have gotten close. “The Dragon’s Price” was poorly written, boring, and incredibly cliched which earns it this spot on the biggest disappointment for me this year so far.

Biggest Surprise

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The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did, I figured it’d be full of YA tropes or just not be as exciting as a fantasy should be in my opinion. However, I really loved Kalinda, the MC, there was lots of action and twists, and some really interesting world building and mythology!

Favorite New Author

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Pierce Brown

I’m not sure if I can really say this yet but just from reading “Red Rising” I know I will finish the series and crave more from this author! I’m excited to see what he will write next if it’s even half as good as “Red Rising”! Also he’s nice to look at……

Newest Fictional Crush

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Lucifer from The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1: The Faust Act

I don’t really find too many swoon-worthy characters in books anymore but I absolutely loved the reincarnation of Lucifer we see in Volume 1 of TW+TD! Now just to clear the air a bit I don’t think of myself as bisexual but I do admire the way some women look, we are a beautiful gender! And Lucifer was not only very beautiful but also a complete badass, I just loved her so much and she’s really the only character I’ve read about so far this year that could be considered a fictional crush.

Newest Favorite Character

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Sevro au Barca Red Rising

Can’t say I really have any characters that I absolutely worship yet this year but a very close one would have to be Sevro from “Red Rising”. He’s hilarious and also pretty badass in his own way, he’s also a bit of an underdog and I couldn’t help but love and cheer him on throughout the book.

Book That Made You Cry

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I know, I know. I’m using this book for almost every question but I’m just SO freaking impressed with it! I actually teared up and cried a little in a lot of books I’ve read so far this year but I cried the hardest and the most frequent while reading “Red Rising”. Right at the start of the book I had to quit reading because I was crying so hard!

Book That Made You Happy

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I can’t say too many of the books I’ve actually read this year have made me really happy but the magical, wonderful story that is “The Night Circus” did.

Favorite Book to Film Adaptation

I haven’t watched any yet this year! The only one I can honestly think of so far this year is “Everything, Everything” which I don’t have a big interest in.

If you have any other recommendations let me know!

Favorite Post You’ve Done This Year

I’d probably have to go with “My Recipe For The Perfect YA Fantasy Book” just because it’s my favorite genre and also I love the gifs I used! Yeah, I’m that person that laughs at their own jokes.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

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Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’m actually disappointed with the fact I didn’t get the copy with the blue-edge pages but this cover is still the prettiest one I’ve gotten so far this year!

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I finally ordered a copy of this today! Hopefully I can read it this upcoming month too!

What Book Do You NEED to Read By the End of the Year?

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I do own a copy of this and I definitely NEED to read it before the end of the year! I love Laini Taylor’s writing and world building so I’m dying to see what she’s created with this book.

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Sorry if you’ve done this tag already, feel free to ignore being tagged here if that’s the case! This is a really fun tag to do and a great way to check in on how everyone’s reading year is going!

Tag! Your’re It:

Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd
Anna @ My Bookish Dream
Louise @ Foxes & Fairy Tales
Stephanie @ Teacher of YA
Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads
Meghan @ Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews
Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea
Birdie Book Worm
Jess @ Beaucoupbooks
Debby @ Always Booking
Emily @ Rose Read
Hannah @ Mortal Reader
Nicole @ BooksInked

The Sassy

33 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

  1. Nicole @ booksinked June 21, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    Funny that you tagged me today when I scheduled the very same topic for tomorrow! ❤

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      • Nicole @ booksinked June 26, 2017 / 3:41 pm

        ❤ It's okay! Take your time!


  2. Rachel (Bookish Rachel) June 21, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    The Night Circus is one of my favorites. I haven’t read it in a few years, but I almost want to reread it, and that’s something I don’t do very often.

    The Hundredth Queen sounds so good!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 26, 2017 / 2:58 pm

      I don’t do re-reads very often either but The Night Circus would be a great one!

      The Hundredth Queen was a big surprise for me so if you give it a try I hope you enjoy it as well! 🙂


      • Rachel (Bookish Rachel) June 26, 2017 / 4:47 pm

        I’ll see if I can find an audiobook version of it.

        Thanks! I’m going to go look at its Goodreads page now.


  3. Whimsically Meghan June 21, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    Thank you for tagging me! I have to say I have only heard good things about Red Rising so something tells me I should check it out sometime soon.


  4. stephaniesbookreviews June 21, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    I read the Red Rising series last year and all of my answers to these type of posts were Pierce Brown and that series, too. I love it!

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  5. Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books June 21, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    I read Red Rising recently and it has become a favourite. I also admit that I might have stared at his author photo a few times. Very nice looking man and a talented author!! 👌

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 26, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      It’s definitely one of my all time favorite books now as well and yes I agree he’s a very nice looking and talented man. 🙂


  6. Ishita June 21, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    Gotta get my hands on a copy of WDMR soon.. Feel like everyone has either read it or will be reading it :\

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 26, 2017 / 3:30 pm

      I think you’re right on that part, it’s definitely a super hyped book at the moment but hopefully it’s worth it! 🙂


  7. Birdie June 21, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    I adore all the Red Rising love! That trilogy is so amazing, all the way through, Sevro is the greatest character, and Mr Brown is totally a hottie!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 26, 2017 / 3:33 pm

      It’s just such an amazing book, it deserves all the love! I really need to get a copy of the second book so I can binge the last two, I need more! Sevro is amazing and definitely my favorite character and Pierce Brown….I could stare at that author pic all day, haha! 🙂


      • Birdie June 26, 2017 / 5:55 pm

        LOL! I followed him on Instagram, just for more. 😉


  8. Zezee June 22, 2017 / 6:54 am

    I totally had a crush on Luci too when I read WicDiv. Loved her attitude and style.

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 26, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      100% agree, I can’t wait to read the rest of the volumes just for her (even though I don’t know how with the ending of the first volume but I’ll have to see)! 🙂


  9. Bionic Book Worm June 22, 2017 / 9:21 am

    I’ve had Red Rising on my TBR for the longest time! Almost everyone that’s read is says it’s one of the best they’ve ever read. I hope to get to it soon! Great list 🙂

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 26, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Thank you! I felt the same way when I hadn’t read Red Rising yet too and then I read it…..and believed everyone that told me it was amazing haha! I really hope you enjoy it when you get to it! 🙂

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  10. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads June 22, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    I can completely relate to starting more series than I continue/finish. I remember doing an end of the year survey last year and I realized that I hadn’t finished a single series all year! But rest assured I started about 20, hahaha. Thanks so much for the tag! This is perfect timing because the review I wanted to post tomorrow still isn’t written, haha. So this will be the perfect filler 😀

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 26, 2017 / 3:55 pm

      Glad it isn’t just me, I’m terrible about finishing series. Although I find that I start them more than finish them because I like writing reviews for the first book in a series better. I also feel like people tend to avoid sequel reviews unless they’ve read them already too.
      Can’t wait to read your answers, I’ll get to it here since I’m still catching up on comments ! 🙂

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      • Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads June 27, 2017 / 8:26 am

        I definitely start more than I finish. I think for me it’s just that I start series right when they come out and then forget about them by the time the next book comes out or I have other books I’d rather read so I never end up getting around to the sequels 😛


  11. Anna @MyBookishDream June 29, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    I really want to read Red Rising! I have heard many amazing things about that series and now I want to read it even more after hearing that you enjoyed it that long. 😀 The Night Circus makes me happy as well, I definitely need to reread that books some time soon.
    Thank you for tagging me Heather! ❤ 🙂

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek July 5, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      Red Rising is going to be one of those books I’m religiously going to talk about all the time now. I’d be SO PUMPED to see what you think of it Anna!
      The Night Circus is probably one of the most re-readable books, I’ll more than likely re-read it as well! 🙂

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  12. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews July 2, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    I REALLY NEED TO READ RED RISING (Pierce Brown is such a babe 😂🙈) AND THE NIGHT CIRCUS!! I hope you enjoy Strange the Dreamer. It felt like it took me FOREVER to read, but it was honestly one of the best fantasies I’ve ever read. Laini Taylor is such an amazing writing.

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek July 5, 2017 / 2:30 pm

      YOU DO REALLY NEED TO READ BOTH OF THOSE! I’d be super excited to see what you think of them! I’m so freaking excited to read Strange The Dreamer but I keep trying to finish quicker books, ARCs, and library books as well. I have a problem. However, I’m definitely getting to it this year! I love Laini’s writing so much and I’m glad to hear this is as amazing as I think it will be! 🙂


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