Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag - Blogging with Dragons


This is my first time doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! I literally just found out about this tag and thought it would be a great way to hold myself accountable for my reading goals and to reflect on what I’ve read this year!


Before I get into the actual tag, I thought I’d start by answering some questions about my general year in reading.

How Much Have You Read?

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag 2020

In all honesty, I like to set the bar low for my Goodreads Challenge. Last year, I set my goal higher, and didn’t reach it. I felt a bit like a failure for not hitting my goal and it really took the fun out of reading for me (even though logically I know it’s just a silly social media reading challenge). After that letdown, I realized I would rather have the positive experience of hitting any goal, and maybe even going above! Am I overthinking this? Absolutely. But it works for me. I’m feeling pretty motivated by being 12 books ahead rather than scrambling to reach my year end goal.


What Have You Been Reading?

I think it would surprise absolutely zero people that I’ve mostly read fantasy books this year. And some romantasy novels.


What are your Goals for Next Year?

I hope that next year I will get back into reading historical fiction again. I’d also like to try to read a nonfiction book here or there.

Now onto the actual tag!



Mid-year book Freak out tag

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020?



The Priory of the Orange Tree, hands down. Get used to hearing this title on this tag!

I loved this novel so much that even though I bought it on the Kindle, I bought it again in hardcover. It’s just that good. 

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020?


Though I haven’t finished the book yet, and I really hope this doesn’t jiinx anything, Realm of Ash. 


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


The Book of Dragons and The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

(not to mention all the not new releases in my backlog…heh)

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:

Harrow, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, and Rhythm of War 

let it be known that Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss is always anticipated, no matter the year, as is the Winds of Winter)


Biggest disappointment?




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Sky in the Deep, Ranger of Marzanna, How to Love Your Elf.

There were other novels that I found disappointing, but that I managed to not have such high expectations for, but these were the most disappointing of the lot.


Biggest surprise:
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I’m going to have to go with the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard. I really thought this series was going to be just another overhyped young adult series, but I absolutely loved it. In fact, I blazed through the series, bought it on both Kindle and in the boxed set, and only reviewed two of them because I couldn’t control myself and had to read every single one without stopping. I swear I will go back and review when I reread.


Favorite new author (debut or new to you):

Samantha Shannon, Susan Dennard


Newest fictional crush:

Hmm, this is a tough one. I’d have to say Aeduan from the Witchlands series. I love a conflicted, powerful male character who softens for a heroine.


Newest favorite character:

Gideon Nav or Harrow from Gideon the Ninth

Book that made you cry:
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Daughter of the Forest, Crescent City, Novice Dragoneer, and Priory of the Orange Tree. I probably cried at more of them, but these were the standouts. I’m a crier, okay? Don’t judge me.


Book that made you happy:
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Part-Time Gods or Night-Shift Dragons. Even though I didn’t love these as much as the first books, Rachel Aaron’s books never fail to be humorous and to cheer me up. She’s the ultimate comfort author for me!


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




We all knew what I was going to answer to this, let’s not kid ourselves–The Priory of the Orange Tree. I’m super bummed that I didn’t get the copies with the yellow pages, but it’s still an absolutely gorgeous novel that has a place of pride on my shelves. I do have to give honorable mentions to House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) and Novice Dragoneer, Ranger of Marzanna, and Ashes of the Sun.


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

I want to continue making progress in The Wheel of Time Series, so next up is The Dragon Reborn.

I super duper need to catch up on the Stormlight Archives, which means rereading and possibly re-reviewing the first two, and I actually need to read Oathbringer!

I’m also dying to read The Poppy War, and I want to read the Percy Jackson series for the first time.

I need to read literally anything by N.K. Jeminsin, but I especially want to read The Fifth Season.

Is this the part where I start freaking out?

Favorite person in the book community:

I think I spend a lot more time interacting with people in the gaming community than in the reading community, but luckily for me, those two communities sometimes overlap and then I get to discuss two of my favorite things! So I have to mention two wonderful ladies that I love to gush about any books and games with, Stephleesi and Lolli. Can’t wait to buddy read A Court of Silver Flames with you guys!

Shoutout to other lovely people, such as Caitlin @ Realms of My Mind and Hannie @ The Hannie Cornerfor taking the time to comment and loving much of the same things I do!


Posted July 10, 2020 in Book Reviews, Tags

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