Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

i've been tagged

Thank you to the always, amazing Raven for tagging me!  

I know I’ve been posting mostly book tags lately which I don’t usually do. I have some pending posts that is not book tag related but because I have so many book tags to go through, I am doing the most I can; and this one in particular I just had to do ASAP. Anyways on to the tag.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2015

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

I have to go with a classic in this one.  While Great Expectations is considered his greatest work, I personally liked Oliver Twist more. I actually never fully appreciated Charles Dickens as a writer because my first reading experience with his works was quite unpleasant. However, after reading this book, I’ve come to really liked him. I actually didn’t give this book a five stars…so you’re asking as to why I considered it the best? I think it has all the elements of a great story and I was actually not bored!  I mean classics tend to be a hit or miss for me….This one is the former.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2) Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

I haven’t read that many sequels this year since I either just started a series or read a standalone novel. But my favorite sequel so far this year has been Unravel Me.  While I don’t think it’s the best sequel written ever, it was far better than the first installment of the series… Uhh hello Warner!  *heart eyes*

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

 Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Because a majority of the blogs I follow seem to have read this book and they have nothing but great words for it, so my curiosity has been piqued.  I hope that it is great as everyone claims it to be.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

 Winter by Marissa Meyer

I started reading Scarlet this month, but I actually decided to stop reading it.  Instead, I plan to marathon the last three books of the series when Winter comes out, this winter.

Biggest disappointment

 The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Not only am I disappointed I’m quite upset actually. I wasted my money on this book–well okay six bucks isn’t that much, but when you have high expectations for this book, it’ll probably piss you off.  I’ll be honest, I actually am still in the process of reading this book, but I’m thinking of not finishing it now, because it’s just so boring.  It’s suppose to be high fantasy–so I’m expecting some action, but all we get is a stupid love triangle with an unlikeable heroine who runs away because she believes that her bethroted is ugly, an assasin who can’t even do his damn job right….I fell for the hype and unfortunately this book deserve none of it.

Biggest surprise

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Because I almost ended up not finishing this book. The plot moves very slowly, but the well-crafted characters in the book definitely makes up for it.

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

Julie Kagawa. I’ve only read her Iron Fey series but I’m definitely going to read whatever book she has written and will write in the future.


Newest Favorite Character

I have to go with more than just one with this question.  Everyone from The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater.  They are some of the most interesting and well-crafted characters I have read in a while.  Each of them are so unique and they are just so fun to read.  And the friendship that they have…just amazing.

Book that made you cry

As emotional I am, for now I can’t recall a book that made me cry this year.

Book that made you happy

The Charmed Life series by Jenny B. Jones

This was such a cute series and our main character is just so sassy and witty.

Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year


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

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

My Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Barnes and Noble classics edition.  I know that the photo does not do it justice, but it looks so beautiful on my bookshelf. It reminds me one of those old books that you see on someone’s bookshelf—-beautiful, but unread…HAHA

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

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

To make up for not tagging anyone in my last book tag I’m going to tag (more than the usual number)
Aetheristrux @The Amazing Life of a Bookworm
Aimal@Bookshelves and Paperbacks
Aine@Writing on a Vintage Typewriter
A Lib Tech Reads
Amber@Wild Heart Reviews
Amy@Curioser and Curioser
Analee@Book Snacks
Anne@Anne-Thology of Books
Ashley@Dear World…
Ashley@Dreaming through Literature
Audrey@Forwards and Bookwords
Bhramori@ The Crazy Perfectionist
Calliope the Book Goddess
Carolyn@A Hundred Thousand Stories
Charley@ Books and Bakes
Emily@The Diary of a Bibliophile
Emily@The Little Book Affair
Erika@Rickus Bookshelf
Evy@Siriusly Good Book Reviews
Forrest of Books
 Giselle@Hard Work Boulevard
Joey@thoughts and afterthoughts
Josie@ Josie’s Book Corner
Kacie@Kacie’s Bookshelf
Kathy @The Novelty of Life
Kimsiang@Lazy Caramel Reads
Kira@Fieitty Reads
Lia@Book Land
Liam@ Liam’s Library
Maryan@ 1booklife
Matt D. Wells
Meg@Little Blog of Books
Megan@Fun Facts for Writing
Meredith@ All Bout them Books and Stuff
Nicola@Book Bunny
Rae@ Bookmark Chronicles
Senseless Scrutiny
Shannon@ Books That Love You Back
Shelby@Lu Lu’s Rants and Reads
Student by Day Reader all Night
Tash@ The Bookie Monsters
Thuong@I Read Therefore I Am
Travelling in my Bookcase
Trisha Ann@ The Bookgasm
 and anyone else who wants to do this tag!

 If you have already done the tag or don’t want to do it, then disregard.


43 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

  1. Again, thanks for tagging me! 😀

    I haven’t read Love, Rosie yet. I didn’t love P.S. I Love You by that author, so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read the former. The movie looks adorable though, so I might give it a go. And your praises of Warner are making me want to give the Shatter Me series another go. :O

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    1. Your welcome! I haven’t read PS I Love You nor did I watch the film because they look kind of dull to me. HAHA

      You should watch the film. It was cute. And yes please do give Shatter Me another chance. I mean it’s not the best series out there, but it’s great entertainment and you’ll love Warner! 🙂


  2. Thanks for the tag, Erika!
    The Raven Cycle series is amazing. Glad you enjoyed the first book! Throne of Glass is my next read. I need to see what the hype is about! I know I probably won’t like the first book but I often hear books 2 and 3 gets better.

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    1. Your welcome Thuong!

      I’m so glad that I did, too. I was quite disappointed that the last book of the series was postponed to next year when it’s actually supposed to be released this month of September.

      I have the same feeling with Throne of Glass as well. With all the hype surrounding it, I’m expecting a lot, so I may not be blown away with the first book. However, a series does generally get better as the series progresses. I hope that this will be the case for this series.

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  3. Thanks for tagging me!! Somebody else tagged me this too and I thought it’s too late and I’ll just have to put it for next year. You inspired me to reconsider, Erika! Haha!
    Ahh so many books on this list which I have yet to read too! Throne of Glasses, Ember in the Ashes, Lunar Chronicles, etc. The hype is just insane!! I don’t know which one to start.
    You’re right about Love Rosie. Lily Collins and Sam Claflin’s chemistry is just so lovable!! 🙂

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    1. Your welcome! I actually was kind of late on doing this tag as well–should have done this sometime in July. HAHA If you have the time, do it! But if not, you can always save it for the next time. 😉

      Yes there’s just so many books that are on my TBR that everyone has read and I’m just here like “…umm I have yet to read that so I can’t hop on that bandwagon, yet..” LOL

      The movie was so cute! And yes Lily Collins and Sam Claflin were so perfect.So much great chemistry. ❤

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  4. I LOVED An Ember In The Ashes so much, I hope you enjoy it! I credit that book to pulling me out of one of the longest reading slumps I’ve ever had.

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  5. Great answers Erika! Shatter is definitely an amazing trilogy. I hope you like An Ember in the Ashes too! Throne of glass and Grisha trilogy are also great series so I hope you get to them soon. 😀


    1. Thank you once again Raven for tagging me!

      I loved Shatter Me as well—hmmm the last two anyways.Yes I really need to read those books! I own the Grisha series, so they are just sitting there on my bookshelf waiting to be read. HAHA

      I may buy The Throne of Glass books and then read them. 😀

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  6. Oh no I haven’t read The Kiss of Deception yet but I had such high expectations for that one. I actually borrowed it from my local library a couple of months and didn’t get to it but I do plan to read it eventually. I probably should lower my expectations now then…

    And oh my, that list of tagged bloggers is just so long (thanks for taking the time in making it). And I feel so special since my blog is CAPS, hurrah! Thanks for the tag, Erika!

    Also, I love the new text format where you use the quotes feature, I think. You may have did it before but I really noticed it in this post!

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    1. Do read it for yourself! Maybe you will like it. 🙂

      HAHA see you’re special. You’re the only one with all caps letter. 😉

      Thank you Summer. No I just started using the quotes feature, with this post being the first. I like how it looks so I will probably start doing it from now on.

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  7. Thank you Erika for tagging me! I have already done this tag however! 😊
    I am sad that you didn’t enjoy The Kids of Deception! As for Warner… That boy. I am going to read Unravel Me this month and dang I’m excited! 💋

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    1. It’s no problem! I feel the same. I was really excited to read the book and it was just such a huge dissapointment. But I do definitely recommend to read it for yourself. You may think otherwise.

      Ahh I’m so glad you are finally reading it! You will fall in love with him even more…He’s just so swoon-worthy. 🙂

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    1. Great to hear that you enjoyed it.

      You should definitely read Oliver Twist. Now that you mention it, I definitely would love to see the play and the movie adaptations. 🙂


    1. Your welcome! 🙂

      Oh no, none at all. You can tag any number of people you want. I just happened to have tagged a lot of people with this particular one.

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  8. I still need to read An Ember in the Ashes! I was really, really interested in it before the hype but then once it came out I waited for they hype to die down and now I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet lol. I’m excited for you to read The Shadow of the Wind; it’s an amazing coming of age story with amazing writing. I really liked the Maze Runner too! *coughDylan O’Briencough* 🙂


    1. I’m so excited to read Shadow of the Wind as well!I’ve heard so many great things about this book. 🙂

      Oh my goodness Dylan O’Brien…*swoons* I can’t wait for Scorch Trials.

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    Ember in the Ashes (among others) is a title I need to read as well; mainly because I’m apparently a shield to test the waters with to see if its worth reading for some bloggers haha. I’m surprised you haven’t gotten on that TOG train yet! I haven’t either but I’m glad I’m not the only one in this 1% who can’t fanboy/girl over all the feels considering QoS’s release.

    Thanks for the tag!

    Joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

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    1. HAHA nah an engagement is not happening anytime soon for me. :p

      Glad to know you haven’t either! It’s very rare to fine a fellow blogger who hasn’t started reading the series yet…Everyone is raving about QoS’s release and I’m just like “….gotta read the first one first..”

      And your welcome. 🙂


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