mid year book freakout tag: let me scream books at you

Hi friends!

How are you? I actually had motivation to write a blog post so here we are! The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag! This was super fun to write so I hope you like it.


๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ซ๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“ซ๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ด ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พโ€™๐“ฟ๐“ฎ ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ญ ๐“ผ๐“ธ ๐“ฏ๐“ช๐“ป ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐”‚๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ป

How am I supposed to answer this succinctly!?

Problem solved. I won’t.

I have curated the top seven books so far as I have given only seven books five star rating so far but most of the 4.5 ratings are also books that I am in love with. But we can talk about those in another post? Anyway, here we go, my five star reads, in chronological order:

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’Š๐’” ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’˜ ๐’€๐’๐’– ๐‘ณ๐’๐’”๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ป๐’Š๐’Ž๐’† ๐‘พ๐’‚๐’“ by Max Gladstone and Amar El-Mohtar. This book was brilliant. I would consider it high or hard sci-fi and it’s SAPPHIC so pick it up.

๐‘จ๐’„๐’• ๐’€๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐‘จ๐’ˆ๐’†, ๐‘ฌ๐’—๐’† ๐‘ฉ๐’“๐’๐’˜๐’ by Talia Hibbert. The best adult contemporary romance I’ve read in a long time. The last book in the Brown Sisters series (or like, companion novel series?) finished it off with a goddman bang.

๐‘พ๐’‚๐’“ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ท๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’† by Leo Tolstoy. I loved this book. I would have hated if I didn’t because the commitment oh my god. My copy was 1215 pages and it was a brick. But i just love Tolstoy so much. I love it differently than Anna Karenina – for me, Anna is my all-time favourite classic – whereas, War and Peace I love in a more gentle way, with not as much passion as I love Anna.

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ด๐’Š๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ช๐’๐’‚๐’Š๐’“๐’…๐’†๐’๐’–๐’๐’† by Christelle Dabos. This is the second book in the Mirror Vister Quartet and holy fucking shit. Stunning. Iconic. Brilliant. Legendary. I might write a full post about this series so far because it blew my mind.

๐‘ฐ๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ซ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’Ž ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’–๐’”๐’† by Carmen Maria Machado. I think this was my first memoir of the year and I have no other words than that it was perfect. Read it (but check for trigger warnings)

๐‘ถ๐’๐’† ๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’”๐’• ๐‘บ๐’•๐’๐’‘ by Casey McQuiston. This got me so emotional. I loved it. Biyu (Jane) Su FOREVER.

๐‘ณ๐’†๐’”๐’” by Andrew Sean Greer. I did not expect to love this book but it now has my heart.

๐“‘๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“ผ๐“ฎ๐“บ๐“พ๐“ฎ๐“ต ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พโ€™๐“ฟ๐“ฎ ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ญ ๐“ผ๐“ธ ๐“ฏ๐“ช๐“ป ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐”‚๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ป

No hesitation. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ด๐’Š๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ช๐’๐’‚๐’Š๐’“๐’…๐’†๐’๐’–๐’๐’† by Christelle Dabos. Just read this series please. If you love super slow burn, slow blooming stories, character studies, as well as murder, conspiracies, assassination attempts, betrayals and an epic fantasy world, freaking read it.

๐“๐“ฎ๐”€ ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ผ๐“ฎ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ฟ๐“ฎ๐“ทโ€™๐“ฝ ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ญ ๐”‚๐“ฎ๐“ฝ ๐“ซ๐“พ๐“ฝ ๐”€๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฝ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ

There are so many that are staring at me right now on my physical tbr. But I’ll choose only a few.

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฐ๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’”๐’Š๐’ƒ๐’๐’† ๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’‡๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘จ๐’…๐’…๐’Š๐’† ๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’“๐’–๐’† by V. E. Schwab (i know, i can’t believe i still have not read this yet)

๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’”๐’• ๐‘ต๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ป๐’†๐’๐’†๐’ˆ๐’“๐’‚๐’‘๐’‰ ๐‘ช๐’๐’–๐’ƒ by Malinda Lo. Sapphic. I repeat: Sapphic.

๐‘ฌ๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’” by Sayaka Murata. I loved Convenience Store Women so I am intrigued about this novel.

๐“œ๐“ธ๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ฌ๐“ฒ๐“น๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ญ ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ผ๐“ฎ/๐“ผ ๐“ฏ๐“ธ๐“ป ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ผ๐“ฎ๐“ฌ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ญ ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ต๐“ฏ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐”‚๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ป

Oh, my god. How much time do we have? I have a list. Should I write down all of them? (are you screaming ‘no’ at me right now? too bad, I can’t hear you). HERE THEY ARE:

๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’”๐’• ๐‘ฎ๐’–๐’‚๐’“๐’… and ๐‘จ๐’“๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’’๐’” ๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• by Nalini Singh

๐‘น๐’†๐’…๐’†๐’Ž๐’‘๐’•๐’๐’“ by Jordan Ifueko

๐‘บ๐’‰๐’† ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’ ๐‘ฉ๐’†๐’„๐’‚๐’Ž๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘บ๐’–๐’ by Shelley Parker-Chan

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฑ๐’‚๐’”๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’† ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’“๐’๐’๐’† by Tasha Suri

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘บ๐’•๐’๐’“๐’Ž ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ฌ๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’†๐’” by Christelle Dabos

I am so excited for these and I have pre-ordered all of them.

๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ซ๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฐ๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“ญ๐“ฒ๐“ผ๐“ช๐“น๐“น๐“ธ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ถ๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ฝ ๐“ผ๐“ธ ๐“ฏ๐“ช๐“ป ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐”‚๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ป

I am an overachiever so i have more than one because I am one picky bitch.

๐™ฟ๐š•๐šŠ๐š’๐š— ๐™ฑ๐šŠ๐š ๐™ท๐šŽ๐š›๐š˜๐š’๐š—๐šŽ๐šœ by emily m. danforth. I had such high hopes for this book. and yes, I did rate it four stars because objectively it was still solid. it just didn’t reach it’s potential. I wanted more actual horror stuff? Most of the haunting aspect of the boarding school happened off page? And that was mainly why I wanted to read it? But in saying that, the LGBTQIA+ representation was immaculate.

๐™ฑ๐šŠ๐š ๐™ท๐šŠ๐š‹๐š’๐š๐šœ by Flynn Meaney. Ugh. I think I wrote a full review for this book. I gave it three stars but looking back, should have given it a two.

๐™ฒ๐šŠ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›๐š’๐š—๐šŽ ๐™ท๐š˜๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ by Elisabeth Thomas. I just didn’t vibe with this one, which really surprised me? It has everything that I would typically adore in a book, but I felt as though it fell flat for me.

๐šƒ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐™ท๐š˜๐šž๐šœ๐šŽ ๐š˜๐š ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š‚๐š™๐š’๐š›๐š’๐š๐šœ by Isabel Allende. UGGGHHH. I understand why this is promoted as ‘if you liked One Hundred Years of Solitude, you’ll also like this’ but, for me, there is no comparison. Don’t read this, just read One Hundred Years of Solitude.

๐™ฑ๐š•๐šž๐šŽ-๐™ด๐šข๐šŽ๐š ๐™ณ๐šŽ๐šŸ๐š’๐š• by Lisa Kleypas was an adult romance that was objectively just bad. Bad characters, bad plot, mediocre writing. Just not good.

๐™ท๐š˜๐š  ๐š๐š˜ ๐š‚๐š๐š˜๐š™ ๐šƒ๐š’๐š–๐šŽ by Matt Haig. This….was not great. I was really expecting something great from Matt Haig because I’ve only heard amazing things about this author. But this book. It was boring. And I read long character studies for fun. And Viriginal Woolf. So, I am not fazed by books that move slowly but this book had no depth. What was the point? (rhetorical question, I know what the point was). Seriously, I finished that book and thought, was that it?.

๐™ถ๐š›๐šข๐š๐š๐š˜๐š— ๐™ท๐šŠ๐š•๐š• by Alexis Duran. Paranormal m/m romance. Just…don’t recommend.

๐šƒ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐™ฐ๐š‹๐šข๐šœ๐šœ ๐š‚๐šž๐š›๐š›๐š˜๐šž๐š—๐š๐šœ ๐š„๐šœ by Emily Skrutskie. Now, I had high hopes for this book because, again, everyone only had great things to say about this book. Similar to How to Stop Time, I found this book boring. The world had no real depth (there was next to no world-building) and the characters had potential but…they were easily forgotten. I also don’t quite think that a seemingly white author can write a Korean-American MC.

๐šƒ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š‚๐š’๐š•๐šŽ๐š—๐š ๐™ฒ๐š˜๐š–๐š™๐šŠ๐š—๐š’๐š˜๐š—๐šœ by Laura Purcell. I also didn’t quite vibe with this book. I didn’t find it that creepy nor did I enjoy the build up. I found it lowkey boring.

๐™ผ๐šŠ๐š•๐š’๐šŒ๐šŽ by Heather Walter. I had such high hopes but nothing really happens. The ‘relationship’ between Aurora and Alyce was so lacklustre and had no development. Alyce was not the greatest MC but I’m hoping that the sequel does better in terms of character and world building.

๐šƒ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š‚๐š’๐š•๐šŽ๐š—๐š ๐™ฟ๐šŠ๐š๐š’๐šŽ๐š—๐š by Alex Michaelides. Now, I didn’t quite know what to expect from this. I don’t have the best relationship with thrillers/mysteries (unless they’re Agatha Christie, I’m realising), so typically I just borrow them from the library so I don’t spend my money on them. I saw the twists coming from a mile away. That’s not a bad thing, it means the writer was doing their job. But because of that, I was bored. So bored. I did not feel the way some others felt about this book – I was hoping to be immersed but instead i just wanted it to end. Also, i felt that the characters themselves were not…fully fleshed out. But i did enjoy the unreliable narrator.

๐“‘๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฐ๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“ผ๐“พ๐“ป๐“น๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ผ๐“ฎ ๐“ผ๐“ธ ๐“ฏ๐“ช๐“ป ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐”‚๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ป

Oh wow. I’m literally going to have mutliple answers for every question! I have had some incredible surprises this year. I’ll start with the biggest ones:

I just recently read ๐‘ณ๐’†๐’”๐’” by Andrew Sean Greer and holy shit. I love this book with my whole heart. Definitely one of my favourite literary novels. I don’t think it will be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you have similar taste to me (check out my instagram where i post reviews more frequently), then I definitely think you will.

I have to mention ๐‘ฐ๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ซ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’Ž ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’–๐’”๐’† by Carmen Maria Machado. This memoir destroyed me in the best way. How did I not read this prior to this year? I loved every page, every word – Machado has such a masterful skill that I already purchased her other novel, a short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties.

And the ๐‘ด๐’Š๐’“๐’“๐’๐’“ ๐‘ฝ๐’Š๐’”๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“ ๐‘ธ๐’–๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’†๐’• by Christelle Dabos has taken over my life at this point. I have read book one and two and book three is currently glaring at me. I am too terrified to pick up the third because I know that I will have to wait until October for the last in the quartet!

And some honourary mentions:

๐‘จ ๐‘ซ๐’๐’˜๐’“๐’š ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ฉ๐’๐’๐’๐’… by S.T. Gibson. This was so fantastic, it should have been a novel and not a novella because the writing? was STUNNING. I cannot sing its praises enough.

๐‘ฒ๐’Š๐’Ž ๐‘ฑ๐’Š๐’š๐’๐’–๐’๐’ˆ, ๐‘ฉ๐’๐’“๐’ 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo was incredible and so powerful. I gave this 4.5 stars and is a book I recommend to anyone who listens. I know I’m not describing the plot for any of these (check out Storygraph or Goodreads for those) but this was a fast-paced contemporary literary (?) novel translated from Korean which was a phenomenon in South Korea when it was published. It explores the systemic misogyny and sexism in Korean society (and is relatable to the western context). I just found it fantastic.

๐‘ท๐’Š๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’†๐’”๐’Š by Susanna Clarke. Wow. So inventive and creative – it took a bit to fully get into but holy hell, did i devour it. If you asked me to describe this book, I don’t think i can? It was so unique and something that i had never read previously.

๐‘ช๐’๐’๐’—๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’„๐’† ๐‘บ๐’•๐’๐’“๐’† ๐‘พ๐’๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ by Sayaka Murata. Holy holy hell. Similar to the subtleness of Kim Jiyoung, Convience Store Woman’s power came in the aftermath of reading it. I literally was sitting on the toilet the morning after, doing my thing, and coming to the realisation that, shit, i’m just a cog in the fucking machine. Brilliant.

๐“๐“ฎ๐”€ ๐“ฏ๐“ช๐“ฟ๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ ๐“ช๐“พ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ธ๐“ป

CARMEN MARIA MACHADO.

CARMEN MARIA MACHADO. CARMEN MARIA MACHADO.

๐“๐“ฎ๐”€๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“ฏ๐“ฒ๐“ฌ๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ช๐“ต ๐“ฌ๐“ป๐“พ๐“ผ๐“ฑ

I don’t really get fictional crushes anymore, so sad, right? BUT, in saying that, Jane Su from ๐‘ถ๐’๐’† ๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’”๐’• ๐‘บ๐’•๐’๐’‘. I mean…can you blame me? And Zaf from ๐‘ป๐’‚๐’Œ๐’† ๐’‚ ๐‘ฏ๐’Š๐’๐’•, ๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’๐’Š ๐‘ฉ๐’“๐’๐’˜๐’ was *chefs kiss*. So, my libido is still working thankfully.

๐“๐“ฎ๐”€๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“ฏ๐“ช๐“ฟ๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ ๐“ฏ๐“ฒ๐“ฌ๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ช๐“ต ๐“ฌ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ป

๐‘ถ๐’‘๐’‰๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’‚ from the ๐‘ด๐’Š๐’“๐’“๐’๐’“ ๐‘ฝ๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“ ๐‘ธ๐’–๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’†๐’•. She is my favourite and I love her with my whole heart. She is not a hero, she doesn’t want attention of any sort, but she deals with the shitstorm that comes with everything that she is pushed into like a champ. She is not flawless and sometimes she makes stupid decisions, but she is so intelligent and will work it out on her own. I adore her.

๐“ ๐“ซ๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ด ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ฝ ๐“ถ๐“ช๐“ญ๐“ฎ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ ๐“ฌ๐“ป๐”‚

๐‘จ๐’๐’™๐’Š๐’๐’–๐’” ๐‘ท๐’†๐’๐’‘๐’๐’† by Fredrick Backman made me ugly sob. ๐‘จ ๐‘ซ๐’๐’˜๐’“๐’š ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ฉ๐’๐’๐’๐’… by S.T. Gibson also made me cry actual tears for a while. So did ๐‘ณ๐’†๐’”๐’” by Andrew Sean Greer actually.

Honestly though, most books that make me feel things make me cry is some respect, if that is gettying teary-eyed or having a tear fall. I’m just super easy to make cry.

๐“ ๐“ซ๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ด ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ฝ ๐“ถ๐“ช๐“ญ๐“ฎ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“น๐“น๐”‚

All of the books that i have spoken about (other than the disappoints and those i haven’t read yet) are books that made me happy. Obviously.

๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ถ๐“ธ๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“ซ๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“พ๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ฏ๐“พ๐“ต ๐“ซ๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ด ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ฟ๐“ฎ ๐“ซ๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ฐ๐“ฑ๐“ฝ ๐“ฏ๐“ธ๐“ป ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป๐“ผ๐“ฎ๐“ต๐“ฏ ๐“ธ๐“ป ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ฌ๐“ฎ๐“ฒ๐“ฟ๐“ฎ๐“ญ ๐“ฏ๐“ป๐“ธ๐“ถ ๐“ผ๐“ธ๐“ถ๐“ฎ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฎ

Okay. So i found this book, ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘บ๐’†๐’™ ๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘จ๐’–๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’‚๐’๐’” by Frankie Bongiorno to be so pretty. Look at that cover art!

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I also think that ๐‘จ ๐‘ซ๐’๐’˜๐’“๐’š ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ฉ๐’๐’๐’๐’… by S.T. Gibson has a spectacular book cover.

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๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ฝ ๐“ญ๐“ธ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ ๐”€๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฝ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ญ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ญ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐”‚๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ป?

How long do you have? Jokes (not really). My priority TBR for the next half of the year is:

I honestly have so many more but I’m going to stop there. Just for my own mental health.


And that is it for my mid year book freakout tag! I hope you enjoyed! I love this tag so much, so it was super fun to do.

Let me know the best book/s you’ve read this year!

Until next time, happy reading!

Love,

allie

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5 thoughts on “mid year book freakout tag: let me scream books at you

  1. I need to read War and Peace, but I heard it’s as big as well, War and Peace! Actually it sits on my shelf and every now and then I try to read just 1 page but the writing is so tiny!! One day…

    I loved Middlemarch, I hope you enjoy it! If you have audible, it is 33 hours long!
    Kat x

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  2. I ADORED This Is How You Lose the Time War and I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy How to Stop Time. I haven’t read that one yet but did read The Midnight Library this month and loved it. Hype is a difficult thing though, I find myself bummed most of the time.

    I’m also excited to read Redemptor this upcoming month, and I am looking forward to reading my copy of A Dowry of Blood soon!

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