Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag {2016}


I’m doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag because — gasp! — we seem to be halfway through the year? HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE??? (See me freaking out here? Ahem.)

Anyways, this is a tag which went around a bit LAST year around the mid-way mark and which Cait @ Paper Fury did one time and left open for people to grab — so I’m stealing it and using it! A year later. But still. πŸ˜‰

I’ve read 47 books this year! Yay! πŸ™‚ Which means there’s only a baker’s dozen of Dwarves of a number of books left for me to hit my “goal” of 60. Obviously I hope to read more, but that’s my minimum goal. πŸ™‚

See the books I’ve read here if you’re curious, with handy links to books and all that. ^_^ (I loveth Goodreads and their reading challenge usefulness.)


Now on to the questions . . .


*squirms* HOW CAN YOU ASK ME THIS. Ahem. Mmm… probably Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal, and Fire and Hemlock and Deep Secret (both by Diana Wynne Jones).



Defying Shadows by Ashley Townsend. Yessssss. It’s a really fabulous sequel. πŸ˜€


The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. Cuz Russian fantasy sounds yum.


I can’t pick just one. THESE THOUGH! Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter, The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, King’s Blood by Jill Williamson.


Wolf Tower by Tanith Lee because… ARGH I AM SAD. D: It was good overall, but I really really really liked a character who turned out… not likeable. And that left me kinda crushed.


Hmm. Maybe The Castle Corona by Sharon Creech, or The Map: A Jackaby Story by William Ritter. Both of which I expected to be fun, but I did not expect to really love. Or possibly Defying Shadows by Ashley Townsend…


I’m going to take this as “new to me” author, since as far as I know, not a single author I’ve read this year has debuted this year… Ahem.

Aaaand… I’m going to go with Hazel B. West and Terry Pratchett!

Specifically because I read Blood Ties by the former (a review book; my review), and Guards! Guards! (for March Magics) by the latter, both of which were amazing, and I want to read more by them! πŸ™‚

(BUT ALSO CAIT @ Paper Fury. Because I read a whole (unpublished) book by her this year finally (and hadn’t before) and WHAT she needs to be published ASAP.)


Hmm… I’m not the best “shipper”… but I will say that Hal & Ginny from Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal, and Will and Sarah from the Rising Shadows trilogy by Ashley Townsend, are both SO adorbz. ❀


(I found this on pinterest and it reminded me of Will and Sarah, even though it’s not official or anything. :P)


(And there’s Ginny and Hal themselves! ^_^ …He’s a shapeshifting cat. πŸ˜‰ HOW COOL IS THAT.)

Aaand I wouldn’t say “crush”, exactly… But a few characters I’ve read this year who I think are really awesome would include Jackaby from the Jackaby books by William Ritter, Tom Lynn from Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, and Halcyon and Azrael from Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal. Cuz they’re the best, obviously. πŸ˜‰ There are MANY awesome characters though so I will stop now and not be here all day. XD


(Jackaby from the cover of Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter. HIS SCARF THOUGH. <3)


(This reminds me of Tom Lynn and his cello. ^_^ Pinterest)


(I can’t find a satisfactory picture of Halcyon’s face since I have a particular image in my mind which doesn’t exactly match the author’s new images on pinterest. XD But this is totally Hal from behind at least, so. Pic from pinterest.)


(AZRAEL. THAT IS ALL. Pinterest)


Newest as in recentest? Ummm… probably Snufkin from the Moomin books by Tove Jansson. Snufkin is fabulous. πŸ˜€



I don’t actually cry at books all that often… Buuuut… The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson. Happy tears. ^_^ Also, pretty much, Defying Shadows by Ashley Townsend.


Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal. SO MUCH HAPPY. ❀



Goodness, have I SEEN any? o.o I… don’t always keep track of movies I see, either. But I’m going to go with the Jeeves & Wooster TV show because it’s fun, and Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, because while it may have been very different, it was at least chock-full of references and nods to the book and I just really really liked it. πŸ˜€ (And before you complain “Those aren’t films, they’re TV!” — well, even though Sherlock is a TV show too, this one totally counts as a “film” because I saw it in theaters. So there.) …These also both happen to be some of my favorite “buddy-film” buddies. Can’t beat Holmes and Watson and Bertie and Jeeves. ^_^


Here are a few from around here that I’m moderately fond of…


The Thaw books by E. Kaiser Writes, Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal, A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson, and Songkeeper by Gillian Bronte Adams. They are my PRECIOUSSSS. *strokes covers*



OH, SO MANY. But a few include:

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde, The Healer’s Apprentice, The Merchant’s Daughter, and The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson, King’s Warrior and Second Son by Jenelle Schmidt (and perhaps the final book??? If it’s moving toward publication this year or next??? Speaking of which, if An Earthly King by Hazel B. West, sequel to Blood Ties, comes out later this year, I need to read that one too!), the Thaw and Five Gems books by E. Kaiser Writes, Twinepathy by C.B. Cook, Sabriel by Garth Nix, Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, and finish the Bright Empire Series by Stephen R. Lawhead.


That’s only the tip of the iceberg… So much reading I want to do! *flails excitedly* (No delusions I’ll actually get to everything I want to read, but still. ;))


(I’m bad at tagging people and tend to tag the same people over and over, for which I apologize… Obviously no pressure to do it if I tag you and you don’t feel like doing it. πŸ˜‰ And if you’d like to be tagged with bookish tags around here in the future, tell me in the comments! In the meantime, I tag…)

Shantelle // Sarah Taleweaver // Jenelle // Madeline // Lauri // Abi // Mary Horton // Savannah // Victoria Nightsky // YOU if you want to!

Or answer some of the questions in the comments! πŸ™‚

How about you, fellow page-dreamers? Are you freaking out at the year being half over (!!!)? Have you read a lot of good books this year? What are your summer reading plans? What’s the best book YOU’VE read this year? Tell me all! πŸ™‚

24 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag {2016}

  1. OOOOH. I think I’m in love with this tag and totally need to do it even though it’ll probably be well past halfway through the year because I’m the worst at getting to tags and…yeah. BUT THIS TAG!!!

    Wow, you’ve read 47 books so far? I’ve read…20. #laaaame I’m trying to learn to accept the fact that I’m not much of a fast reader anymore. I guess when I was younger I had waaay more time to read. But being an adult and having things to do is okay. I need to accept that. XD

    I love how much Defying Shadows showed up in your answers. I NEED TO READ THAT THING. And oh my word. That picture totally reminds me of Will and Sarah toooo! :O

    Also EVERYTHING you said about Paper Crowns. ALL OF IT. (AZRAEL. .> #failblogger

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  2. ACK. It cut off a lot of my comment! Let’s try this again…

    OOOOH. I think I’m in love with this tag and totally need to do it even though it’ll probably be well past halfway through the year because I’m the worst at getting to tags and…yeah. BUT THIS TAG!!!

    Wow, you’ve read 47 books so far? I’ve read…20. #laaaame I’m trying to learn to accept the fact that I’m not much of a fast reader anymore. I guess when I was younger I had waaay more time to read. But being an adult and having things to do is okay. I need to accept that. XD

    I love how much Defying Shadows showed up in your answers. I NEED TO READ THAT THING. And oh my word. That picture totally reminds me of Will and Sarah toooo! :O

    Also EVERYTHING you said about Paper Crowns. ALL OF IT. (AZRAEL.)

    Your answer to #15! XD But it’s truuuue. SO MANY BOOKS. *flails*

    You know, I think Paper Crowns is the only book I’ve read that you mentioned here. I obviously need to up my reading game!

    Thank you soooo much for tagging me! I may try to get to this one because it’s amazing. But knowing me it’ll be next year or something… >.> #failblogger

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    • Ugh, I’m sorry. 😦 *glares at WordPress for being unhelpful and eating part of your comment* (I’m assuming it was due to making a heart for Azrael and then the shifty-Naidren-eyes, because… yeah, it likes to eat things between those and I forget it sometimes myself. :P)

      YAY! I’m glad you like it! πŸ˜€ And hey, I waited an entire YEAR to do this one, so. πŸ˜‰

      I read an insane amount the first few months and have been slacking off recently… But 20 is totally a lot and not lame at all!!! And yes, you have adult stuff to do and it’s totally okay. *nods*

      Eheh. It wasn’t supposed to show up that many times. XD Hee. Apparently it was a tiiiny bit on my mind since it was the last book I read. *cough* Yussss you will love it! πŸ˜€ *huggles Will and Sarah* I’m glad you think it looks like them! πŸ˜€

      PAPER CROWNSSSSSSSSSS!!!1 ❀ (YUS Azrael and Hal and all the thiiings.)

      Heehee. That's just the tip of the iceberg. SO MANY BOOKS TO READ!!

      Really? Huh. I've kind of been reading a really weird mix of extremely recent releases and really old, random books. So it's no surprise that you haven't read them. BUT PAPER CROWNS SO THAT IS ALL THAT'S NECESSARY. *nodnod*

      You're welcome! πŸ™‚ I would so enjoy seeing you do the post, but absolutely no pressure of course! ^_^ And hey, like I said, I waited a year myself. XD


  3. Ooh, I’d forgotten about this tag. Coolness. (Also, I’m getting the idea that I really need to read Defying Shadows . . . and Paper Crowns too.)
    Also, thanks for tagging me . . . I’m totally going to pretend you did it on my other blog, though, because I’ve already done my mid-year roundup on Light and Shadows, but Dreams and Dragons still needs to happen. Except maybe not, because I do already have the D&D post written up . . . I’ll figure it out.

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    • YES YOU DO. XD But mostly Paper Crowns. Because it’s PERFECTION. πŸ˜€ (Also Defying Shadows is the third in a trilogy, so there’s that.)
      JACKABYYYYYY!!! *joins you in shrieking and waiting*
      Yep, that totally works! ^_^ Whatever you decide. πŸ˜€

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  4. I am so totally doing this tag!! ^_^
    PAPER CROWNS AHHHH! I LOVES IT. Because Halcyon. And Azrael. And everything.
    I know what you mean about The Wolf Tower…*sad face* I was really hoping it would be a good one, but…It kind of let me down. 😦
    And can Crooked Kingdom just come out already, PLEASE?! My precious Kaz and Co. Please. Help. *flails*

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    • Huzzah! I will look forward to it, then. πŸ™‚
      YESSSS PAPER CROWNS IS MY PRECIOUS. Hal and Azrael are the BEST.
      Aww, sorry to hear you felt the same way about Wolf Tower… but at the same time kind of glad I’m not alone. XD It could have been SO GOOD TOO! D:
      OH MY GOODNES YES KAZ AND COMPANY NEED TO ARRIVE! *flails around* *waits on edge of seat with you*

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    • You’re so welcome! YAY you did the tag! πŸ™‚ *scuttles over to read it*

      Glad you enjoyed my post. πŸ™‚ And… okay, for that I just zoomed way out on my Goodreads challenge screen, took a couple of screenshots, and then combined them in my Paint photo-editing program on my computer. *shrug* It was kind of simple but really hard to explain how to do. XD I hope that makes sense. πŸ™‚

      Thank you! Happy (late) Independence Day to you as well! πŸ™‚


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  6. I don’t know if I’ve read a single book on this list! >.< But I love Jeeves and Wooster series (not actually read the books — oops!). And the cover of The Crown's Game is AWESOME. Also, I must pick up some Pratchett …

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    • Haha, that’s not unusual — I read a bunch of weird books. XD OH GOODNESS REALLY?? AWESOME! πŸ˜€ The Jeeves and Wooster show is so funnnn. You should try the books too (my favorite is “Right Ho, Jeeves!”). ^_^ YES. *drools at cover* I need to read more Pratchett myself — he’s fun. πŸ˜€ Thanks, Emily! πŸ™‚


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  8. I did the tag! http://jenelleschmidt.com/mid-year-book-freak-out-tag/ Thanks for tagging me!!!

    I love that Hank the Cowdog #53 is one of the books you’ve read this year. That’s awesome πŸ™‚

    Also, the Ordinary Princess πŸ™‚

    I am really interested in Jasper Fforde’s The Last Dragonslayer – I didn’t even know that book existed, but I love Fforde, and dragons… so… I’m guessing match-made-in-heaven!

    Goddess Tithe was such a good little novella!

    I seem to have gotten very behind on my Lawhead reading… I didn’t know he had so many books out I haven’t read! Eep! Yay! Those will have to go on my TBR list, as well!

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    • Yay! I look forward to checking it out! And you’re welcome! πŸ™‚

      Haha, yep, Hank is fun. ^_^
      THE ORDINARY PRINCESSSS. ❀ I just had to reread it, I couldn't resist. πŸ˜€
      Yeah… it kinda disappointed me in the end… but most of The Last Dragonslayer was really good, so I bet you'd like it! πŸ˜€
      YES, I adored Goddess Tithe! ^_^
      Yeah, those are all from the series that The Skin Map starts off, so. πŸ˜€ I have so much Lawhead to read too and I'm REALLY excited, especially after he commented on my blog. ^_^
      Thanks, Jenelle!


  9. Aaaaaaaah, so much book awesomeness! I’m going to have to do this tag. Does it matter if it ends up being after “mid-year”? Maybe I’ll change up the mid-year title part. πŸ˜‰
    Yes, Paper Crowns, King’s Warrior, and Sabriel are waiting on my tbr list! So far I’ve manage to read…4 books this year.
    *looks away*
    How did you manage over 47 books? Do you have a special reading talent I could borrow?
    *pleads with puppy eyes you cannot refuse*
    J/k anywho, πŸ˜€ I’m so glad you liked Guards Guards! I just finished reading Prachett’s Making Money and it was so hilarious! I want to read the Nightwatch series next, which I think begins with Guards Guards, right?

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    • You can totally do it anytime you want! ^_^ It doesn’t HAVE to be mid-year. πŸ˜‰ I would love seeing it if you do!
      PAPER CROWNS IS SO GOOOOD! πŸ˜€ I’m currently reading King’s Warrior as well. πŸ™‚
      Um. I have been reading more this year than usual because I’ve kind of had writer’s block since like December. XD So that may be my “secret”. πŸ˜‰
      YES! Guards Guards is the first in the Nightwatch, as far as I know! πŸ™‚ I haven’t read anything else by Pratchett yet but I want to. πŸ˜€

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      • I have it saved in my to-do drafts folder! πŸ™‚
        I like your “secret”. πŸ˜‰ I too find reading to be a nice remedy or help when facing writer’s block and writer’s stress. Though now that I’m revising, I’m not actually writing anything so can’t get writer’s block right now. Hmm, maybe that’s why I haven’t read as much?
        EE, I can’t wait to read Guards Guards! You might like Going Postal: it’s the first Prachett book I read and I loved it!

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