Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

I’ve seen a few other blogs doing this book tag and thought I’d join in as a little halfway through the year review of what I’ve been reading this year. I’ve read 31 books so far, not bad. Click on the book titles I mention to go to my reviews of the books.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018?


Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. Out of all the books I’ve read this year, this is the one I’d read again, and the one I’d most want other people to read.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018?

I’ve only read one real sequel this year – After You by Jojo Moyes – and I didn’t really enjoy it. So I’m going to cheat a little bit on this one and choose:


Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi. Not really a sequel, but a re-imagining of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The Frankenstein character and the people who encounter him are used to explore how a community continues despite horrific conditions of war going on around them.

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

There are three books I really want to read that have been released in the first half of 2018, that I haven’t got round to reading yet. Even worse, I have copies of all three through NetGalley, I just haven’t had time. The three books are:


The Pisces by Melissa Broder. “Profoundly modern, deeply disturbed and darkly comic, The Pisces is about a heartbroken PhD student who over one summer falls in dangerous, ecstatic love with a merman.” I’m reading this next. I need to.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Yes, I am the only person that hasn’t read this yet. Aaarrghhh.

How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne. The first book aimed at adults by Holly Bourne. I’ve read a few of her YA books and have really, really liked them. Excited!

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

I haven’t spent much time looking at what is going to be released later in the year… but going off my NetGalley queue I am looking forward to:


Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford.Fight Like A Girl is an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and as yet unrealised that will give them new language to articulate their experiences.” I’m sold.

5. Biggest disappointment?

after you

After You by Jojo Moyes. Despite my misgivings, I really ended up enjoying Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. So I had some hope for the sequel, but I really didn’t enjoy it at all.

6. Biggest surprise?


A recent one for biggest surprise of the year so far, Story by Robert McKee. I really wasn’t expecting a lot from this book about writing screen plays, but it was a really enjoyable, informative, interesting read.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)?


This year I read A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. Surprisingly, this is the first Virginia Woolf I’ve ever read. I obviously now want to read more.

8. Newest fictional crush?

I don’t really do crushes from books I read. Perhaps I’m reading the wrong books! Recommend me some?


The nearest I can get will have to be Achilles from Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles. But it will have to be Achilles from the end of the book, when he’s an actual adult of 27 years old. Hahaha. He is the greatest Greek warrior, beautiful and a half God, after all.

9. Newest favourite character?


I’m picking Default Man from The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry. Not because I like Default Man, but because I like the idea of the character of Default Man and how he’s used throughout this book. If you want to read some more about Default Man, there’s an article here, if for some strange reason, you don’t want to read the whole book (which you should).

10. Book that made you cry?


It has to be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I loved this book and I was sobbing by page 30!

11. Book that made you happy?


I will have to pick Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher because it’s really, deeply funny. I haven’t reviewed it yet, but should get round to it soon.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year?


I’m not sure I have. Number one question about books I get from friends is ‘How do you manage to read so much?’, given I work full time as a teacher, and have 2 smallish kids. Obviously, neglecting my kids is top, but I also don’t watch a lot of TV (ok, this is the main one really). So I haven’t watched much this year. I’m going to go with Rick and Morty, totally cheating, but I loved it, hadn’t watched it before this year, and there are comic books based on it.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year?

after you

Strangely, I’m going to put my review of After You by Jojo Moyes in here. I just scrolled through all my reviews from this year and it’s one that stood out! I think probably because I used a couple of good gifs in it that I find pleasing.

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

Definitely this copy of Heartburn by Nora Ephron. It’s gorgeous and has lovely shiny dimples.

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

Oh god… so many. I’ve just had a quick look over my bookcase and pulled out this pile that all shouted ‘read me!’ at me the loudest:


We have:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 by Brian Vaughan and Joss Whedon.
  • Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark
  • Eat Up! by Ruby Tandoh
  • The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (though will probably need to read Jane Eyre first, right?)
  • White Line Fever by Lemmy
  • Nina is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi
  • Feynman by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick
  • The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius by Graham Farmelo
  • Heartburn by Nora Ephron
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
  • Pathfinders: the Golden Age of Arabic Science by Jim Al-Khalili
  • I Hate the Internet by Jarett Kobek
  • Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Quite science heavy and also only one crossover book with my 20 Books of Summer List (though I’ve now finished five from the original list – more about that later!).


2 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

  1. Jessie

    Looks like an amazing reading year so far! I can’t wait to read Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race and Heartburn; and I’m really intrigued by The Pisces and Frankenstein in Baghdad. I also read and loved The Hate U Give and The Song of Achilles this year. Hope the rest of your reading year is just as excellent!

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