The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2019 // ft. me screaming about lovable + emotional books

The amount of amazing books I’ve read this year is freaking me out.

This tag couldn’t have come at a better time, because I genuinely think I’ve read more good books this year than I have in the past years combined. I just keep reading more and more books that are truly wonderful, and I have the book blogging community to thank for that. You’ve all buried me in my TBR, but I’m happy about it. 😉

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I was tagged for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag by Chana and Malka from Paper Procrastinators! They’re both so sweet and their blog is beyond lovely, so you should go stalk them and read their tag post. Thank you so much for the tag!

I can already tell it’s going to be hard for me to narrow down my decisions for most of these questions, so please bear with me as I try to decide which books broke my heart the most. They all did okay?? The writing of this post is definitely going to require frequent consulting of Goodreads…

Without further ado, let’s get into the post!


Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

All right, starting off with the most difficult question, no big deal. 😉

I’ve truly loved a lot of the books I read this year, but to narrow it down to three (hey, that’s progress), my top favorites have been Six of CrowsGirls of Paper and Fire, and Radio Silence.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)Radio Silence

I’m shocked that two out of three are fantasy, but what can I say? A beautiful book is a beautiful book, and all three of these stories have a special place in my heart. They each left an impact on me, drew me in, and were just simply amazing.


Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)


Never mind that this is the only sequel I read, definitely Crooked Kingdom! I didn’t think it would be able to live up to Six of Crows, but it truly exceeded my expectations and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Watching the plot thicken and witnessing amazing character development made this sequel one of my favorites!



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

I literally cannot wait to read Red, White, & Royal Blue. I can’t even remember the last time I saw so many good things about a book??

So many bloggers have been showering it with nothing but praise (I’ve yet to hear a negative review), it looks utterly adorable, the plot sounds perfect, and well, I just can’t wait to read this as soon as possible. Dear person who has this on hold at the library ahead of me, please read it quickly.


Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

After loving Girls of Paper and Fire so much, I absolutely can’t wait for Girls of Storm and ShadowI’m kind of freaking out that a sequel is coming out so soon??

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I haven’t done a review of Girls yet, but it was the most beautiful book I have read in a long, long time, and if the sequel is anything near its level…wow, I just can’t wait.


Biggest disappointment

Looking for Alaska


I haven’t had very many disappointments this year, but I do have to say Looking for Alaska was my most notable one so far. I was expecting to enjoy it a lot after loving all of John Green’s other books, and while I didn’t hate it, it just wasn’t my favorite. It kind of felt like a repeat of his other books, but if you read it before reading some of his other novels, I think it would be more enjoyable.


Biggest surprise

I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed On the Come Up! After loving The Hate U Give so much, I didn’t think it would live up to the expectations I was placing on it, but it actually ended up exceeding all my expectations!

A wonderful main character, developed side characters, important messages, family relationships?? This book has it all. Review to come soon. 😉


Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

I read my first Alice Oseman book this year and now I want to read all her books!!

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me @ myself bc why haven’t I read more of her books?

The book blogging community has showered her other books with a lot of love and praise, so that makes me even more excited to get to them. I loved her writing style and just can’t! wait! to read more!


Newest fictional crush

Famous in a Small Town


Hi, I can’t stop obsessing over soft boys that Emma Mills writes, but August from Famous in a Small Town?? He’s a real one. From his opinions on how lasagna should be eaten to him reading books out loud to his nieces in accents, he’s basically the best ever. He was just so sweet and MY HEART.



Newest favorite character

I’m going to cheat here shh this isn’t cheating and say the whole gang from Six of CrowsIt’s been a couple months now, but I shall never stop obsessing over this friend group with the best characters ever.

Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Matthias, Nina- they have my heart forever.


Books that made you cry

It’s common knowledge that I cry all the time while reading, sometimes for no apparent reason. It’s likely that I actually cried way more than in just Aristotle and DanteThis is Where it EndsRadio Silence, and Girls of Paper and Firebut these are the books that I especially remember tearing up during.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)This Is Where It EndsRadio SilenceGirls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)

All of these were very emotional reads, which is what usually gets me. That and characters I love dying. Which qualifies as an emotional read. All right I’m stopping now.


Books that made you happy

I’m always here for books (fluffy or not) that give me happy vibes!!

Famous in a Small TownLeah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)

Oh look, there’s Famous in a Small Town again… wow, I wonder if Olivia liked it. Even though Leah on the Offbeat wasn’t my most favorite book ever, oh my gosh, the Simon and Blue moments made me the happiest fangirl on Earth. There’s nothing better than seeing one of your favorite book couples after their book has taken place and being assured that they’re doing okay and they’re happy.

I don’t talk about My Lady Jane enough, but it’s quite possibly the most hilarious book ever. I’ve read it twice in less than a year, and the romance makes me a very happy Olivia! It’s just the cutest retelling (with a twist) ever.


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

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)


I recently bought a copy of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before for the purposes of rereading, and wow, this cover is everything. I can’t get over the Hufflepuff vibes it gives me, and can I please just have Lara Jean’s bedroom? Most aesthetic book cover prize.😍



Books you want to read by the end of the year

There are literally so. many. books that are looming on my TBR, haunting my nightmares and whispering READ ME, READ ME NEXT, OLIVIA!! Okay, so that was a little dramatic. But you know what I mean.

A few major end of the year goals for me are What If It’s UsThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and a reread of Harry Potter and the Raven Cycle.


There you have it, a whole post of me freaking out over books. (Which…is basically every post I do, but this one is specifically written for the purpose of freaking out over books. 😉 )

I’m not going to tag anyone specific, but if you want to participate in this before it’s not mid-2019 anymore, please feel free to do so! Definitely link your post in the comments so I can check it out and scream over books with you.

Thank you all for reading, and I hope you all have an excellent week!

What’s your favorite read of 2019? Have we read any of the same books? Your current favorite character? What’s next on your TBR? I’d love to chat with you all in the comments.

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P.S. I have a Q&A open right now if you want to go ask me questions!!

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48 thoughts on “The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2019 // ft. me screaming about lovable + emotional books

  1. Loved reading this tag – I haven’t seen enough of them this year?!
    Six of Crows seems so good but I still haven’t got to it which I’m ashamed of haha, I just have such a huge backlist of hyped books which sucks!!
    To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is one of my favourite books as well, it’s just too cute! I loved the film too and can’t wait for the second one!
    On The Come Up is right at the top of my TBR as one of my next reads hopefully? The Hate U Give is incredible so I do have high expectations!!

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    • Thank you, Emme!💘I know right?? I feel like I saw way more last year, but it’s such a fun tag I had to participate.
      Aww, I completely understand, there are so many hyped books that it’s a struggle to get to them all! It took me forever and a day to get to Six of Crows, but once I did, it was worth the wait, so I hope it is for you as well. 🙂
      TATBILB is so, so wonderful! I just reread it and now all the feels are back, ahh.
      Yay! I had high expectations for it too but I’m happy to say that I felt really satisfied with On the Come Up. Happy reading!

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    Besides my sadness, this post shared so many of my opinions! I read SoC for the first time this year too, surprisingly – one of my first reads though! I hope you love What If It’s Us, I found it just the cute, fluffy contemporary I needed when I read it ❤ hope you’re doing okay xx

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    • I’M SORRY RHI, HAD TO DO IT. I guess we just both have amazing taste in books?? 😉 I’m so glad you loved What If It’s Us because I just can’t wait for all the adorableness and fluff. It’s super good to hear from you, I’m doing well and I hope you are too my friend!! ❤


  3. this is literally my favorite tag of all time and i love reading everyone’s answers to the questions sm!

    radio silence was SO UNIQUE. i swear the book was goofy and funny and quirky but at the same time, heavy and emotional and just really scary? (the last 10% made me so. concerned.) but most of all, it was CRAZY interesting, the whole concept of universe city was so intruiging.

    omg, olivia, PLEASE read red, white & royal blue! it’s literally my favorite book of the year (somehow surpassing skyward and wolfsong which, in itself, is shocking lol).

    august is a soft sweetheart and i ship him and sophie like fedex :’)

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    • It IS so fun to read?? I just love nodding along and feeling all the book appreciation because when someone else loves a book you love it’s just the best feeling.💛

      Yes, exactly- at first I was like, cute platonic friendship, art, yay!! And then it took a darker twist that I was not expecting. It was crazy good, though.

      Ahh, I’m going to read it!! I have it on hold at the library right now.🙈I’m so so happy it was one of your favorite reads because I truly can’t wait for it.

      Oh my gosh, I love that with my entire soul. August is the best ever, my HEART. Thank you for this lovely comment, it made me smile a whole lot!

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  4. Great post Oliva, so happy you had an amazing reading year! Crooked Kingdom is definitely a fantastic sequel and all of the Lara Jean book covers are beautiful ❤ I hope you'll enjoy Red, White and Royal Blue- I didn't finish it even though I enjoyed it because I think it was too long. Hopefully, you'll have a better experience!

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  5. I LOVE the covers for Han’s trilogy!! I actually have them in my living room as decor! And luckily, I enjoyed the series. Famous in a Small Town is such an adorable read!

    I’m glad we both ended up enjoying “On the Come Up” (I can’t wait to read your review)!

    I bawled when reading Ari and Dante … I just wanted to take care of them both and make them all happy.

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  6. Aahh I am so so happy that your faves of the year are my absolute favorite books too!!! I love SoC, GOPAF, and Radio Silence with my whole heart, and I am genuinely so glad you love them as well. ❤ And speaking of another fave, Ari and Dante just makes me sob all the time (just thinking about it right now almost makes me tear up!). It's just such an emotional and touching book aaaahhhh. And I'm so glad the community could introduce you to Alice Oseman! That was the same for me, though I still need to read her debut haha. (Have you read her webcomic Heartstopper yet? I feel like you would enjoy it so much if you haven't!!) Great posts, and good luck on getting to all those books by the end of the year!! ❤

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    • Aww, I’m happy they are, too! All of them were incredibly beautiful and I can’t praise them enough.😍Ari and Dante is also amazing and yes, so emotional! It definitely touched my heart in a way that not many books do, and I’ll always remember and want to reread it because of that. ❤ I need to read more Alice Oseman too, I've only been able to read Radio Silence since my library sadly doesn't have any of her other books. :// I haven't yet read her webcomic, so I really need to get onto that this summer! (I didn't realize it was a webcomic until recently, haha.) Thank you so much May, and thank you for your comment! <33

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  7. I’m just so happy to see Alice Oseman here and I can’t wait for you to read more of her books and fall in love with them all, hopefully ahh, I adore everything she writes so much ❤ and I love the cover of To All The Boys as well, so aesthetic ahh ❤
    Wonderful answers for this tag ❤

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    • Ahh, now I’m all the more excited for them.☺️ Thank you for being one of the key people who introduced me to her originally! TATBILB truly is so aesthetic, and I love that the story within is just as beautiful.
      Thank you so much, Marie! ❤

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  8. TATBILB (figure out the acronym 😂) and Six Of Crows are on my TBR. I just ordered Crooked Kingdom and SOC from the library today, whilst I also had a mini library haul…
    I’m currently reading A Very Large Expanse Of Sea, which is based around the aftermath of 9/11. Do you have any opinions on it?
    I hope you find some good books in the rest of the year too.
    Happy reading, Olivia!
    Erin xx

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    • Haha! They’re both so wonderful, and I hope you love them just as much as I did. That’s so exciting that you’ll be reading the SOC duology so soon.🤗
      I haven’t read A Very Large Expanse of Sea yet, but it is on my TBR and I’m looking forward to reading it. How do you like it?
      Thank you so much, and thank you for the comment, Erin! (Also, I apologize for calling you Kitty in a previous comment, I think I just assumed it was your name based on your blog name, but I won’t make that mistake again.:)) )

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  9. Ahh, I love Radio Silence! I read it almost a year ago, but I know I will reread it soon!

    I haven’t read Six of Crows or Red, White, & Royal Blue yet, but I want to! I can’t wait to see what you think of them. 🙂 And I also cried while reading Aristotle and Dante – that’s also a very good book I can’t wait to reread. And I hope the sequel releases soon!

    I hope the rest of your year goes well, Olivia! 😊

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    • It’s so good! I want to reread it in the future, too. ❤

      Six of Crows is amazing and truly lived up to the hype, and I'm hoping RW&RB is the same, and that you love both of them when you end up reading them. Ahh, Ari and Dante was so emotional but so, so good!

      Thank you so much! I hope the same for you.😊


  10. Can I just say how much I love all your answers?? All your most anticipated books and favorite books this year are so ON POINT ❤ I also really agree with On the Come Up because I didn't think I'd like it as much as THUG but I was happily surprised! I'm super excited for you to read Evelyn Hugo by the end of the year too :3

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    • Aww, thank you, Tiffany! I’m so happy you agreed with some of my choices.💗Also, yay for you also being surprised by On the Come Up because it was so, so good and I’m really glad that it didn’t get left in THUG’s shadow. Thank you, me too- happy reading to you! 🙂

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  11. Um can I just say that at the end of last year and earlier this year I was introduced to the beautiful creation known as Six of Crows and like DUDE IT’S THE BEST THING EVER. Seriously. My friend introduced it to me as a “fast-paced fantasy heist book where you learn the most important friendships through stabby knives” and honestly, after two weeks of trying NOT to read it, I finally read it and got HOOKED.

    Also, Aristotle and Dante! Red, White, and Royal Blue! (Also agree with the hold sentiment WHY DO PEOPLE HOLD ONTO THESE BOOKS FOR SO LONG.) Also, I’m sorry Looking for Alaska was disappointing for you. It wasn’t my favorite of John Green’s novels, either, but it’s nice to appreciate it because it was his first novel and he drew on a lot of personal experiences for writing it.

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    • OKAY, YES, IT REALLY IS. Oh my gosh, that’s the best description ever?? Six of Crows is the prime example of everyone saying “read this, it’s really good” and me doubting everyone but then me reading it and becoming the person who screams about it at every given opportunity.😂

      Yes, yes, yes. Also, lol, I’m probably guilty of holding books too long?? But then when I want to read it I get annoyed at people who still have books checked out… About Looking for Alaska, I really wish I had read it before I read any other John Green books because I think I would have loved it more if I hadn’t been comparing it to his other books.

      Thank you so much for your kind comment!


  12. I’m so happy to see all your answers! Thanks for your super kind words! ❤

    Six of Crows and Radio Silence are both so good! I totally hear why both of those are your favorites! And while I haven’t yet read Girls of Paper and Fire, I’ve heard such amazing things about it!

    I’m gonna add to the hype train for Red, White, & Royal Blue! It’s just so gosh-darn cute! And I’m with out about Looking For Alaska. I don’t love that one either. And Aristotle and Dante is such a wonderful book! I totally understand how it made you cry! But isn’t it so good??

    And I cannot wait to do a reread of The Raven Cycle in preparation for Call Down the Hawk! I’m so excited!

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    • Aww, of course! Thank you again for tagging me for this lovely book tag. ❤

      They really are, I love them both dearly. I hope you enjoy Girls if you do read it, it was so so beautiful and powerful and I LOVED it.

      Eep, I'm so excited for RW&RB. Ahh, Ari and Dante was literally amazing!! But so emotional, wow. I'm still not over it.

      Oh my gosh, I may possibly combust with excitement when Call Down the Hawk comes out. Like when do we ever get a whole other trilogy on a beloved character, featuring other beloved characters?? I feel so lucky.


  13. I’m SO HAPPY you enjoyed Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom (not that I’ve met anyone who *hasn’t* adored those books, tbh) – The Dregs are all amazing & they deserve the world. ❤️ Also – DID YOU SAY A BOY WHO HAS SPECIFIC OPINIONS ON THE WAY LASAGNA SHOULD BE MADE?! You’ve really hyped up Emma Mills’ books for me & now I’m convinced I’m gonna adopt a bunch of soft cinnamon rolls after I read her books 😂

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    • Ahh, me too! (Okay, true, I really haven’t read any negative reviews of SOC??) YES, I DID SAY THAT. There is most definitely a whole conversation in that book devoted directly to lasagna consumption and I’m here for it.😂I’m so happy to have hyped you up because it’s the best ever and Emma Mills writes the most brilliant soft cinnamon rolls you’ll ever meet. Thank you for the kind comment, Ngoc! ❤

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  14. Omg I can’t believe it’s already the time of year when this tag starts popping up, what is time 😭 And yes, the TATBILB covers are THE BEST. I hope you love The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! That’s one of my favorites of this year for sure. I’m hoping to get to the Raven Cycle series soon—I’m going on a trip next month and just borrowed a bunch of kindle books from the library, including the first book in the series, as well as my first Emma Mills book! I borrowed This Adventure Ends, because that was the only one my library had as an ebook, so I hope it lives up to my expectations! Her books sound exactly like the kind of books that I would love.

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    • I know, right?? It’s nearly July and I can’t believe it.🙈They really are- and ahh, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed Evelyn Hugo. I think I’m getting it at the library today and I’m so excited! I hope you love both The Raven Cycle and Emma Mills, those are definitely some of my favorite reads of last year. Raven Cycle has the best and most adorable friendship group ever!! This Adventure Ends was one of my favorite Emma Mills books. Happy reading, and thankyou for your comment!

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