Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Thank you Jill (@rantandraveaboutbooks) for the tag! This was fun! Do check out her blog.. especially the section for bloggers and writers. She has some great tips and experiences to share!

Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016

A Monster Calls. I loved it and am eagerly waiting for the movie. Sigh, October seems so far away..

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016

Well, I don’t remember reading any sequels this year, but I am really looking forward to the sequel of Passenger early next year.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

This Savage Song. The hype on my twitter feed is insane. Reminds me of the time when Passenger was on tour.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

Nothing in particular. I was waiting for Emma Cline’s The Girls which released last month. And now waiting for it to be available at the library. Love this cover!!

Biggest Disappointment

The Selection series. I have finished the first two books and while the second book is slightly better than the first, the series so far has been pretty frustrating..

Another book I was disappointed about is Dodgers. It was one of the first ARCs I received, and I liked synopsis. I hadn’t read much of literary crime fiction in the past so I was looking forward to it. I just felt that the book had so much potential and there were some moments I really liked, but I found it pretty difficult to read through the pages and finish the book.

Biggest Surprise

There are two books –

  • Surviving Valencia – because I went in expecting “typical” women’s fiction + chicklit + light suspense/thriller. But I was so wrong.

Surviving Valencia

  • A Sudden Crush – It was everything I expected, with a lot of familiar tropes. So, I was surprised by how much I liked it. I guess that’s what good storytelling is all about! It was a fun, breezy and an ideal romcom read.

A Sudden Crush

Favourite New Author

Patrick Ness!!! But, if I have to talk about debut authors, then I would pick Jung Yun for Shelter. She does have a gift for writing about families with splintered backgrounds.. and I feel her future works will be even better.



Newest Fictional Crush

None that I can think of..

Newest Favourite Character

Hmm.. I think I will go with Kate from Vinegar Girl. With all the pressure and expectation to lead “extraordinary” lives, Kate was a different kind of protagonist.

Vinegar Girl

Book That Made You Cry

Well, not literally .. but A Monster Calls did leave a mega-lump in my throat. And another book – Hesitation Wounds. Honestly, the way Amy Koppelman talks and describes about lives changed due to clinical depression is sooo hard-hitting and blunt and .. this is definitely one of the best-written books on depression I have read in terms of prose.

Hesitation Wounds

Book That Made You Happy

Quite a few of them.. but more recently : Plan Bea .

Plan Bea

Favourite Book to Film Adaptation

Don’t remember seeing one this year.

Favourite Post You Have Done This Year

This one, of course – My love for the Harry Potter movies and my journey as a Potterhead!!

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

Most of the hardcovers I have right now are from giveaways and tours. I can’t pick one cover that stands out.

What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year

Sigh .. carried over from my last year’s TBR :

Lady Chatterley's Lover    

and two dozen books from this year’s TBR…

Whheewww… done!! I had so much fun doing this ..

I am tagging:

Victoria (Addlepates and book nerds)


Alicia (akernelofnonsense)


And anyone else who would like to do the tag!

(Feel free to skip it if you have already done it, are busy or don’t feel like doing it)










14 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

  1. rantandraveaboutbooks July 20, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Thanks for the lovely shout out, much appreciated. A Monster Calls, This Savage Song, and The Girls are all on my TBR. Excellent choices! I saw a few pictures online and it looks like my OwlCrate box for this month will have This Savage Song inside. I’m really excited about reading it. Last month was My Lady Jane, another book I can’t wait to get my hands on. I agree with you on The Selection. That series was such a disappointment. America was annoying, three books was too many, and the ending was slightly predictable. I was thinking about writing a rant on that series.

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    • Ishita July 21, 2016 / 6:40 pm

      You are welcome! Haha.. yea.. I feel like ranting about it too.. I have even typed up a rough draft of the rant for the first two books .. If I do finish the series, I will use it to do a series rant :p
      I feel that the series would have been much better if the focal point of what drives America’s decisions wasnt so dependent on the “Aspen or Maxon?” question..
      When I first saw the cover of My Lady Jane, I made the mistake of judging it as a “heavy”, historical fiction.. But, apparently, it is light-hearted?

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      • rantandraveaboutbooks July 21, 2016 / 6:51 pm

        I’d love to read your rant. I will admit I read the books pretty fast considering I was so annoyed. I think I just needed to know how it all ended and that I didn’t waste my time. Yeah, I agree. It was all about them and not what she wanted. It made me like her less as a character. I had the same opinion of My Lady Jane and even sighed when I opened my OwlCrate box, but when I heard what it’s really like, I couldn’t wait to read it. I have a few books to finish up and then I plan to read it.

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  2. Reg @ She Latitude July 20, 2016 / 11:39 pm

    A Monster Calls is just gold – so beautiful, so sad, and so well-written. I’m not sure if I’m going to catch the movie in the cinemas because the trailer looks a bit creepy and I’m super easily spooked, but I hope it’s going to be good.

    I DNFed The Selection like a few pages in, haha. The hype was just not worth it for me, and I just couldn’t get into the story or take the characters seriously. :/

    Thanks for the tag!

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    • Ishita July 21, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      You are welcome 🙂
      Oh yea, Ness is awesome .. Now I can totally imagine how his Chaos trilogy must be different from all other dystopian series… Hope I can get around to reading it soon..
      Lol.. I am not sure whether I will finish the Selection series, especially with so many other books on my shelf waiting to be read, but I have half a mind to finish it at some point, just so that I can rant about it. Moreover, there is one thing (probably the only thing) that interests me – the whole mystery about the history books. If I don’t want to read further, I will probably Wiki it to find out what’s the deal about that :p


      • Reg @ She Latitude July 22, 2016 / 3:55 am

        Yeah, I’ve heard good stuff about his Chaos trilogy as well! I’m not really interested in it personally but I hope you like it. 🙂

        Haha! Some books are so bad they’re great for cathartic reviews, so I kind of get it. I have no idea what mystery about the history books you’re talking about though… I assume that’s a plot point in The Selection?

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      • Ishita July 28, 2016 / 8:18 pm

        Yea, it is introduced much later..


  3. kaseygiard July 21, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    I feel the same way about the Selection series! I like Maxon enough that I’d be willing to invest in his happily-ever-after, but I’m not sure America deserves him. :/ Oy. I love this post. Might have to do one myself! 😀

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    • Ishita July 21, 2016 / 6:25 pm

      Thank you.. Haha yea, this tag was fun.. And I thought let me hurry before it isnt “Mid-Year” anymore :p ..
      I am still thinking about whether I should pick up the third book.. I am kinda fed up with America changing her mind about Aspen and Maxon every other day…


      • kaseygiard July 22, 2016 / 2:10 am

        YES!!! Honestly, Aspen just never won me over. I just wanted to be like, “girlfriend, what has he done for you lately?!” Guh. And she’s all like, how dare Maxon keep his options open with other girls when she’s all sneaking off with Aspen. I dunno. I was intrigued by some of the political stuff that Cass brought more into the second one, but it hasn’t been enough to rope me into reading the third book. :/

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      • Ishita July 28, 2016 / 8:17 pm

        Haha yea.. I understand, everything- the romance, the “dystopian-ness” , world-building etc. felt half-baked.

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  4. Heather July 23, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    Aw, yeah, I could never get into the Selection series either. I mean, I admit that I only read fifteen pages but it was too much for me. I’ve also heard really good things about Vinegar Girl, so if I see it, I think I’m going to want to pick it up! Alas, I don’t really know any of the other books. Blah. Still, thank you so much for tagging me! 🙂 I’ll probably get to this in a week or two!

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    • Ishita July 28, 2016 / 8:20 pm

      You are welcome 🙂 .. Yes, I liked Vinegar Girl. I haven’t read The Taming of the Shrew though.. so I can’t say much in terms of comparison..


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