Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

So far this year I have read 60 books (dnf’d 3) so I thought this would be a fun tag to talk about some of the books I have already read and what I still hope to read.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

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This was hard to narrow down but I am giving the award for this category to Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. This book is contemporary perfection. Amazing romance and an America that I hope to see one day.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019

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I have read three sequels so far this year and In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire was by far the winner. I gave this one five stars and it made me excited for the next Wayward Children book.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo  just came out on May 7 and I added it to my June Book of the Month box. I recently read her debut novel The Poet X and absolutely fell in love with her writing and storytelling.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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Lock Every Door by Riley Sager is my most anticipated read of the year. I’m so excited that this book comes out so soon (July 2) and I am so happy that I received an ARC of this to review. This will be one of the first books I pick up after the buzzwordathon and I just know that I’m going to love it. Sager’s past two books have been five star thrillers for me and I am confident that this will be another one.

Biggest disappointment

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I have definitely rated books lower than this one but I had such high hopes for this one that even though I gave it three stars I’m still disappointed. The Inspection by Josh Malerman has such an interesting premise but this book just came up short.

Biggest surprise

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This was my first audiobook that I ever completed and wow is this story amazing. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is such a powerful story that is so beautifully told. I plan on buying my own copy of this book and highlighting all the amazing quotes that this book is made up of. I picked this has my most surprising because I have had a harder time connecting with YA books than I did when I was younger. But I instantly connected with this story and it just reinforced to me that it is still important for me to keep trying with YA.

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

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Since I have already used Elizabeth Acevedo twice I thought I would pick a new favorite author for this category. I read my first Christina Lauren books this year and I am hooked and want to read everything that they have ever written. Roomies was my favorite of the two that I have read so far. I do plan on reading at least a couple more this year because I love how well they tell a story and I want more from them.

Newest fictional crush

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This is a pretty random book for this category but I really love Lou from NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. He is such a good man and he is so supportive and loving and anyone would be lucky to have him. I don’t want to go into spoilers but I was constantly impressed by his level of devotion and love for his family.

Newest favorite character

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I’m giving this one to Ursula Todd from Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. This whole 500 page book is about Ursula and I don’t think I have ever known a character as much as I know her. This book is basically comprised of different versions of her life and when she would have a bad life I would hate it and when she would have a good one I was so happy for her. I went through all of her emotions with her and I would gladly have read more of her.

Book that make you cry

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Wow is this book heart wrenching. I will be talking more about it in my buzzwordathon wrap up but omg this book took me on an emotionally rollercoaster. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover has put me into a little bit of a reading slump because this was such a hard book emotionally for me to get through.

Book that made you happy

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When I was a kid I would always buy those paper Archie comics they sold at grocery stores and this really brought all the nostalgia back to me. This new Archie is the same but also very different if you know what I mean. So much has changed but the overall feel of Archie is still there. And I love Betty just as much as I always have!

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

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This cover of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery is absolutely stunning and I had to buy it as soon as I saw it. I love Anne so much and if I don’t get around to it this year I definitely want to re read this series next year.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year

These are the books that immediately came to mind when this category came up. I would also love to read at least a couple of classics since I haven’t read any yet this year.

~Cassie

About bookswithcassiehttps://bookswithcassie.wordpress.comI'm a SAHM of three boys. I was lucky enough to marry my best friend who is totally ok with my book hoarding tendencies. I have been a lover of books my whole life and it has been such a blessing to be able to share that love with my kids.

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