Mid-Year Freakout Tag!

Not to sound cliche but I can’t believe 2017 is halfway through!  I saw this tag and thought it would be a lot of fun to do. So here is my Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag.

What is the best book you’ve read so far in 2017? The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  I still think about this book ALL OF THE TIME!  I rarely read a book where I fully connect with a character or a family and I totally did with this book.

What is the best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?   It is easily A Court of Mist and ACMAF coverFury by Sarah J. Maas.  I know I am super late to this bandwagon but I flew thru this chunckster in a couple of days.  I loved the character development in this book and the story had me turning the pages so fast I think I accidentally ripped one! LOL!

What is a new release you haven’t read yet, but want to?  The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.  I watch a lot of BookTubers from the UK and they have been raving about this book!  It came out in the UK some time last year.  It has finally made it to the US and I am excited to get my hands on this book and it’s beautiful cover.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year? It would have to be In the Deep Blue Sea by Bill Nye the Science Guy and Gregory Mone.  This is the second book in the middle grade series Jack and the Geniuses and I absolutely loved the first book At the Bottom of the World, full review here.  The first book was educational, interesting, and hilarious and I expect the 2nd to be just as awesome.  This is a series that me and Mays will be able to enjoy for years to come.

Biggest disappointment of 2017, so far?  The Nix by Nathan Hill.  I don’t know why I didn’t like this book but I just didn’t.  I felt it carried on way to long and was nothing special.  I kind of understand the hype and I would be willing to give it another chance but meh.

The DivinersBiggest surprise of 2017, so far?  The Diviners by Libba Bray.  I had not expected to enjoy this book so much.  I had heard mixed things about Libba Bray’s books, so I did not know if this would work for me.  She is a very polarizing author.  I LOVED this book and will be continuing on with the series.

Favorite new author, so far?   It would have to be Angie Thomas.  I will read anything she writes and I need her to come out with another book as soon as possible.  Also, Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad.  I want to start reading his backlist as soon as possible.

Newest fictional crush? I thought long and hard on this one and I don’t have one.

Newest favorite character? Aristotle and Dante from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.  They were so sweet and real and I just loved them so much!

A book that made you cry?  I am an emotional robot who doesn’t cry tears while reading a book (lol) but I do however well up with tears sometimes.  The book that comes to mind is The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany Daniels.  This was not a happy book and it wasn’t an easy read but I LOVED this book.  I felt the emotion behind the words and the story and by the end I might have shed a year or two.

A book that made you happy?  Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.  Mays and I read this book and absolutely loved it!  We laughed so much while reading this book and it has easily inserted itself as one of our favorite picture books.

Captain Underpants movieFavorite book to movie adaptation you saw this year?  I haven’t seen many so I would have to say Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.  I had no idea I had the humor of an 8 year old boy but I laughed until I cried and I will not apologize.  The Captain Underpants books are the ones that got my son, Mays, interested in reading and I will always love them.

Favorite review you’ve written this year?  I don’t know.  I’m still working on getting the format of my reviews together so I don’t particularly have a favorite I’ve done yet.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year? There are too many, plus I read a lot from my library so I don’t always have my favorite cover on my shelf.

What book do you need to read by the end of the year?  I want to read anything by Toni Morrison by the end of the year.

This has been my Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag.  Let me know some of your favorites this year in the comments below.

Much Love,



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