The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag // New releases, 2018 = rubbish reading year, and beautiful book covers!

the fact that it is ALREADY THE MIDDLE OF 2018!! YES!! I AM FREAKING OUT!! All those books I STILL haven’t read?? FREAKING OUT. All the bad things I’ve done this year? FREAKING OUT. That chocolate cake right there? FREAKING OUT.

I also did this post last year and you can check that out right here.

Basically, I really love this tag, and even though I don’t think anyone tagged me for this, I decided to write this post! ENJOY.

this is a horrible intro what the heck



2018 really hasn’t been a good reading year for meCompared to last year, when I was reading books like SIX OF CROWS and A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC and THE YOUNG ELITES, 2018 hasn’t been amazing for me. But I guess that has the plus side of this being a pretty easy question. I LOVED THE ASTONISHING COLOUR OF AFTER BY EMILY X R PAN.


If you follow me on Twitter or Goodreads, you will know that this has quickly become one of my all-time favourite books EVER. You can read my review on Goodreads to find out exactly HOW much this book means to me!! But let’s be real, words do not capture my LOVE for this book!! I’m considering re-writing my review because it still feels inadequate in terms of explaining the intensity of my obsession.

other favourites include:

A Thousand Perfect NotesAce of Shades (The Shadow Game, #1)Caraval (Caraval, #1)Bone Gap


Long-Divider 2. BEST SEQUEL OF 2018 SO FAR.

I’ve only read…three sequels this year?! Which is okay!! But two of them were under 3 stars which is pretty bad! This question is ALSO really easy for me because it’s the only 5 star sequel I’ve read this year.


You’ll see Caraval was an honourable mention for one of my favourites of 2018 but Legendary? It was somehow even better; darker, more complex and overall 10 times more awesome. AHHHH. I love it. Flawless with BEAUTIFUL writing and mesmerising world building!! Also, I LOVE TELLA WITH MY WHOLE HEART!!


3. New Release You Haven’t Read

UMMMM I’m just going to say EVERY 2018 release ever!! No but seriously, I NEED TO CATCH UP on so much. How comes so many amazing books are being released every month? How am I supposed to be able to read all of them? I honestly do not know anymore.  (I love how there’s only one contemporary on this list! Wow.)

Children of Blood and Bone ...The Belles (The Belles #1)Ash PrincessHeart of Iron (Heart of Iro...Reign of the Fallen (Reign ...Truly Devious (Truly Deviou...I Was Born For This

Long-Divider 4. Most Anticipated Release of the Second Half of 2018 


City of GhostsSummer Bird Blue

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – VICTORIA SCHWAB!!! OF COURSE, IM GOING TO READ IT!!! IT sounds so dark and perfect.

me when someone mentions MG:

me when someone mentions City of Ghosts *an MG book*:

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman – I loved Starfish (read my review) by her and I’m SO excited for Summer Bird Blue (especially since my friend, May, cried over it and that is SUPER rare!!) I really hope I love it but it will be SO HARD for this to compare to Starfish.

Bridge of ClaySea Prayer

THESE COVERS GO SO WELL TOGETHER OMG!! Can we just appreciate that watercolour covers look beautiful and gorgeous? Thank you.

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak I loved THE BOOK THIEF by Zusak!!! I watched the movie first and I CRIED BUCKETS!! The book was beautiful and bittersweet and I love it! I have no doubt I’m going to ADORE Bridge of Clay (which is NOT historical fiction!! I think it’s contemporary.)

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini – I’m INCREDIBLY excited for Sea Prayer. I also cried buckets at THe Kite Runner and I literally know this will become a favourite of mine and I will love it.

Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer, #2)Girls of Paper and Fire

MUSE OF NIGHTMARES!!! by Laini Taylor – I love Strange The Dreamer when I first read it and THE CLIFFHANGER AT THE END, Ahhhh. I have been waiting very patiently for this book and I’m INCREDIBLY excited for it’s release! Also! LOOK AT THAT COVER.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan –  ASIANS IN FANTASY!!! I AM SO PUMPED. May, Ju, and Elise (I trust all of their opinions) ADORED THIS so like?? I NEED IT.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi – UMM!!! A BOOK ABOUT A MUSLIM TEEN GETTING THE HYPE IT MOST LIKELY DESERVES AND IT’S BEING WRITTEN BY A NYT BESTSELLING AUTHOR!! I NEED IT. plus it sounds epic!! I haven’t read it yet but I really hope this book is successful.


Ahhh THIS ONE IS THE TRICKY ONE. I have had…ahem…quite a few disappointments this year.

Girl Made of Stars

GIRL MADE OF STARS WAS BY FAR MY BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR!! Not the worst book I’ve read this year but the one I felt SO let down by!! All my friends ADORED this book, CRIED OVER IT, and married it. And I’m just here like “hey i have a heartless soul!!”. I was expecting SO MUCH FROM THIS BOOK. Sadly, it didn’t deliver for ME. You can read my review here if you want to see why.

Saints and Misfits

Saints and Misfits by S.K Ali – This book comes pretty close to the disappointment of GMOS. I was so excited to read this book, I don’t think anyone understands. The author personally sent me a signed copy and yet!! I!! did!! not!! like!! it!! It was just a very POINTLESS book and quite frankly boring with a very dry romance that has no conclusion. I just don’t see why this book exists, it just didn’t do anything for me. 😦



A Sky Painted Gold

These were books I knew nothing about, read and ABSOLUTELY adored.

A Sky Painted Gold is a historical fiction ROMANCE. Two of my LEAST FAVOURITE GENRES combined! I was bound to hate it right?! But ahhh this was strangely so refreshing to read and it made me genuinely so happy. Something about it just reminded me of summer and fun, and I adored it!!

The Summer of Us

And THE SUMMER OF US? I don’t like fluffy contemporary!! It’s literally an ingrained part of my personality okay. But this? THIS. This was addicting and perfect and I’m very much considering lowering my rating just because IT’S A CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE. But it’s so good and pure and the f/f couple here makes my heart feel WHOLE.



I WANT TO SAY NINA ZENIK BUT NO RE-READS ALLOWED OKAY. I read Six of Crows the first time last year so that is against the rules. Um ANYONE ELSE I LOVE AS MUCH AS NINA ZENIK?!

CARDAN FROM THE CRUEL PRINCE!! I think he’s sooo complex and amazing and UH. I know he’s really cruel and abusive! And that’s not okay. But I cannot help myself just absolutely loving his character and the complexities and backstory and UGH!!! I AM TRASH FOR HIS CHARACTER.



Long-Divider 8. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year?

Hey!! I’m just going to link to you the reviews that took me really long to write and that I am REALLY PROUD OF!! Please give them a like or a comment if you can.

Long-DividerMost Beautiful Book You Bought/Received So Far 2018?

I own a lot of beautiful books and I am so grateful for that. However, the cover for Furyborn is STUNNING. It’s probably my FAVOURITE cover ever and it looks wonderful on my bookshelf!!



NOTE: I DID NOT answer all the questions because I didn’t have good answers for them or I would end up repeating myself. Here are the full list of questions if you want to tag yourself and do this on your blog!!

  1.  Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017?
  2.  Best Sequel of 2017 so far?
  3.  New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want to?
  4.  Most Anticipated Release of the Second Half of 2017?
  5.  Biggest Disappointment?
  6.  Biggest Surprise?
  7. Favourite New Author?
  8.  Newest Fictional Crush?
  9. Newest Favourite Character?
  10. Book That Made You Cry?
  11. Book That Made You Happy?
  12. Favourite Book to Movie Adaptation You’ve Seen This Year?
  13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year?
  14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought or Received So Far This Year?
  15. What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year?

Let's Whisper

What books have you been disappointed by? Have you done this tag? Are you going to? What book can YOU NOT WAIT TO GET YOUR HANDS ON?! And a book you bought just because of the cover? NEW FAVE CHARACTER YOU ARE TRASH FOR?! Let me know in the comments!!

Ilsa - Edited

29 thoughts on “The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag // New releases, 2018 = rubbish reading year, and beautiful book covers!”

  1. Astonishing Color is…. such an amazing book! Just seeing how much you love it made me love it even more! Haha! And we have the same crush this year, so that made my heart happy, too! So many good picks, and I hope you find even more books to fall in love with during the last half of the year! Happy reading, love! 💕xx

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  2. YAY FOR FREAKING OUT!! I’ve heard really great things about The Astonishing Colour of After and Caraval so I’m excited to read it!! And there are SOOO many books I need to read this year too! It’s kinda crazy! AND OMG CARDAN IS AMAZING AND I LOVE HIM SO MUCH TOOOO!!! I literally cannot wait for the wicked king but it’s going to be published next year and NOOO. I’m so sad!! I really love this tag and your answers were awesome! xx ❤️😀🍍🍫


    1. The Astonishing Color of After is SUCH a personal book for me ahhh, I hope you love it when you read it – it so beautiful ❤ CARDAN IS SUCH A COMPLEX CHARACTER OMG I LOVE HM TOO!! I'm dying for The Wicked King? 2019. TALK ABOUT CRUEL. Thanks so much Kerys!!


      1. Ooooh!! It sounds so interesting!! I have a feeling I’m going to like it! AND YESSSS!!! HE’S JUST SO SWEET AND BEAUTIFUL AND I. CAN’T. EVEN. I know right?! They must have decided to be cruel because of the title!! 🙂 🙂 No problem! xx



    I can't wait to read I Was Born For This as well, I love Alice Oseman's writing. And same about GMOS … still. (And I'm still sad that your re-read didn't improve the book for you.)

    I hope the second half of 2018 has many more great books in store for you, Ilsa!! 🙂


  4. I am so happy to hear that you liked Ace of Shades! I am starting it now and I am quite excited.
    I have read Children of blood and bone will definitely recommend it.
    I also really liked Cardan as a character! Even though he was such a arse I couldn’t help but love him :))


  5. Oh I loved reading your answers! I’m so happy you loved The Astonishing Color so much, I can’t wait to read it. Can’t buy it at the moment, but I can’t wait to be able to because I am certain it will be a favorite of mine as well!
    I need to read Legendary as well, I enjoyed Caraval, but wasn’t blown away by it and I keep hearing the sequel is even better so I am very curious and excited.
    YOU HAVE TO READ I WAS BORN FOR THIS AHHHHHHHH I LOVED THAT ONE SO VERY MUCH. And Girls of Paper and Fire sounds amazing, I can’t wait to get my hands on it! 😀


  6. SO MUCH AGREEMENT AND LOVE FOR THIS POST. Freaking Cardand afjskdla I love him and also hate him so isn’t that perfect. 😭❤️And that SCENE up front where you think he’s just awful and then it turns out he’s tragiccccc afjdkslad. I need The Wicked King like yesterday. Also Legendary just was AMAZING and flawless and one of my most enthusiastically given 5-stars! Also Ace of Shades! I can’t love it enough. 😍 And SO glad you like Bone Gap!! That’s one of my favourites of ever and I keep coming back to reread it.

    I think you clearly have exceptionally amazing taste in books. 😉


  7. OMG I also am a HUGE fan of The Cruel Prince and Jude and Cardan are my everything… so ya I’ll just be over here freaking out about that. Also loved Ace of Shades it really impressed me and AHH I just need more books with dark casinos in my life! A sky painted gold sounds AMAZING and now I wish I had it in my hands so I could start reading it imediently!! Great answers and great post 🙂


  8. I haven’t read most of these books, but I’ve heard a lot of screaming about them in the blogosphere 🙂
    Markus Zusak has a NEW BOOK??? Ack! I am utterly in love with The Book Thief, and will gladly read his new book when it comes out ❤


  9. ahhhh I’m so happy you loved Bone Gap and A Thousand Perfect Notes! I read Bone Gap when it came out and am still v obsessed with it tbh. And I’ve been dying to get my hands on that edition of it (the US edition is not nearly as pretty). I haven’t read Cait’s book yet but it’s next on the list and I’m SO. PSYCHED!!!


  10. For some reason your posts aren’t showing up in my feed. *wails* Hopefully I can get that fixed!!

    Anyways, I love this tag so much!! I’m getting ready to read ACoA and I’m so excited because it looks amazing!! I also loooved Legendary (!!!) AgHhHhH I didn’t know Markus was writing a new book?? I am SO PSYCHED AHH!!! TBT was so good and so sad aghhh. I was actually more sad watching the movie for some reason?? Idk maybe just getting that visual. I haven’t read A Thousand Perfect Notes, Bone Gap, or Ace of Shades, but I really want to! And I seriously need to read some V.E./Victoria Schwab. It’s funny… The more I read, the more books I add to my TBR. xDDD

    This was an awesome post, Ilsa! 😀


  11. I NEED Summer Bird Blue and Girls of Paper and Fire so badly!! Can’t wait (though I’ll probably have too because I probably won’t have any money when they come out 😂) I’m currently reading Ace of Shades and don’t know yet how I feel about it, so I’m glad to see it’s one of your favourites!


  12. Omg I really need to read A Thousand Perfect Notes and get it in my hands! Also Ace of Shades is everywhere and I want it! I’m sad that Girl Made of Stars disappointed you but I hope to read it! I hope you have more books to be excited about soon!


  13. Ok so I haven’t done this tag but I plan to! Like it’s on my to do list. I wrote it down and everything lol. Anyways, to answer your questions, I’m dying to get my hands on Reaper at the Gates. I bought Book of Dust because the cover is pretty but also I just love Philip Pullman’s writing. Umm I actually think of a *new* character I’m trash for so I’m going to list old favorites like Kaz Brekker and Inej Ghafa.


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