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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag


Last week, I was tagged by the lovely (and smutty) Jill from Rant and Rave About Books. Go check out her blog if you haven’t already!

~Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016~

Only one huh? Okay, well, that’s that then. This book was…is brilliant. It’s technically part three in the Frank Friendship series, and even though it can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading the previous two book first. I loved this series so much that I ended up asking RG for signed copies (that were paid for, of course) so I can force it onto loan it to people who don’t own an e-reader.

If you’re into ‘British’ humour, dark mysteries and dysfunctional characters, this is the series for you.

~Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016~

Okay, since I’ve already mentioned Deny Friendship, I’m going to go for The Flood by Steven Scaffardi. This book was even better than the first part. I laughed, and there’s some true suspense going on in there as well. Get acquainted with the Lad Lit genre!

~New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To~

Ehm, tonnes of them! Did you know I got myself a 3-month subscription for Owlcrate earlier this year and haven’t even read a single book of it yet?? I just walk past the beautiful hard copies every day *sighs*. Anywho, something I really want to read is this:


I’ve read such great reviews about it (one of them being from Ardis here), I just have to read it!

~Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year~

I’d love to say Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin, but I highly doubt it will be out this year. So instead, I’m going for:

I missed the early ARC days, but damn it, I will read this book!

~Biggest Disappointment~

I hadn’t gotten as worked up over a book as I was with this one in a long time. God, I’m starting to foam at the mouth a little again just thinking about it!

~Biggest Surprise~

I never expected this book to draw me in the way it did. Lawd, the SUSPENSE!!!

Bonus points for Danielle being a cool gal and for me being able to speak Dutch with her (Afrikaans is basically an old version of Dutch and it sounds pretty funny 😉 )

~Favourite New Author~

I’d definitely like to read more from Seanan McGuire, Daniel Ionson, and Paul Southern. Just three shoutouts because I really enjoyed their books!

~Newest Fictional Crush~

Not much there I believe. I already had a crush on Frank Friendship in 2015. And then there’s who? Hitler? *pulls up nose* I guess I’ll go for Mike from:

He’s not your typical crush (PTSD for one), but we could make things work. Hypothetically, of course. *waves at husband*

~Newest Favourite Character~

Hmm, I’m going with Violet from The Rat Queens here for obvious reasons:


~Book That Made You Cry~

Well, I believe there was only one in that category and that’s this one:

It’s not even a sad story, it’s just…eternal love, old people *sighs*. My dad was diagnosed with cancer the week after I finished this, so it has even more meaning to me now.

~Book That Made You Happy~

Okay, I just looked at the 62 books I’ve read this year and I don’t believe there’s a single one that actually made me happy? Damn!! I think the book that came closest to happy is:

It made me laugh and helped me through a couple of shitty days. Jeez, though, maybe I should start reading some more chick-lit. And children’s books that don’t have a depressing ending like The Little Match Girl‘s…

Wait…I also read



And then there are the Lad Lit books by Steven Scaffardi which I already mentioned up here, but still guys, that’s only 5 out of 62 books! :/

~Favourite Book to Film Adaptation~

I haven’t seen a lot of films this year so far, but the ones I did see…yeah, didn’t read the book (if there was any book, to begin with).

~Favourite Post You Have Done This Year~

That would, hands down, be the character Q&A I did with the ‘guys’ from Sex, Love and Dating Disasters. It was so much fun!

~Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year~


Need I say more?!

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

Oh man *grabs calendar*. These are my ARC’s for the rest of the year. SO FAR ^^

19 books. Totally doable right?! If you don’t count all the books I bought this year (and the years before that).

Oh, the life of a bibliophile! ❤

If you haven’t done this tag yet and want to do it, you know the drill! This tag is particularly nice because it lets you take a closer look at what the hell you’ve been reading and what you’re planning on going to read this year. Note to self after having done this:


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Dutch book reviewer who reviews in English. Grammar nazis beware!! I like brownies. And chamomile tea.

26 Comments on Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

  1. Age of Myth sounds great. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Nevernight but Jill wants me to read it with her, on that score, I offer you the highest of high fives for calling Jill smutty, awesome! 😜

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  2. Wow, you have a massive list of TBR! And most of the covers are so pretty! 🙂

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    • I know! I try not to let it get to me too much ;). I have to admit that I selected most of these books on their cover as criterium A. 😀

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      • Ah, you’ll do just great… I’ve been limiting book hoarding as of late… there’s so much stuff I want to read because I want to read and not because I was asked for a review… so I’m trying to find a happy balance… but yeah, I don’t blame you for choosing those books, the covers really are fab.
        Well, woman, get to it so slaps ass and look forward to some neat reviews 😉

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      • Smart girl ^_^. I did the same for the first 4-6 months of the year. Then my self-pity made me give in. And Edelweiss turned out to be extremely generous with the books I requested! 😀 Ha! 😀 Yeah, I believe I’m in a reading & reviewing slump :P.


  3. Fun! Thanks for sharing. I was wondering, recently, how The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper was, so that was nice to see on your list, as well (though I’m sorry about your father’s diagnosis).

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  4. I’m sorry about your Dad 😦

    But dang I haven’t even heard of most of these! I need to get out more!

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  5. ichabod2014ic // 12/07/2016 at 14:52 // Reply

    Oh my Goodness!
    I have never made it to anyone’s list of any kind before.
    Gee whiz, Anne, you are sweeter than a Chilton County peach!

    Your description is touching and has made me tear up a bit.
    Thank you.
    Your pal,
    ~Icky. 🙂

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  6. I love this tag. I really want to do it, but by the time I actually get around to writing the post, it probably won’t be mid-year anymore.

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    • Hahaha 😀 I know what you mean. I was like, if I don’t do this today, I won’t do it until Fall kicks in… Thank you for stopping by!! 🙂


  7. The Flood sounds awesome. A sex book called The Flood. Haha! Whoever named it that’s genius. 🤗 And thank you for the smutty shout out! As Drew said, high-fives. I pre-ordered Nevernight a few weeks ago when Kristoff said on Twitter that all US copies would come signed. I was going to just buy the Kindle version until I read that. But now I’m glad that I did cause that cover is awesome. I haven’t read any of the books on your TBR, but now I have new books to check out. 😊

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  8. katelynnhillier // 25/07/2016 at 01:48 // Reply

    OH GOSH NEVERNIGHT! I’m still reading his Lotus Wars series and Nevernight looks amazing and now that I know his work my FANGIRLING IS LEGIT!
    But I just saw that Emily May wrote a review a few days ago that make me laugh and has made me slightly weary but slightly more excited in a perverse way, and I’m even More excited for YOUR review! 😀
    Silver linings, silver linings.
    Aah yes, Your Spiral of Need review is just as great the second time around as it was the first time! ♥♥♥
    OMG VIOLET – fantastic.
    … Heh, boob sweat. snickers
    And that is a WHOLE LOT OF BOOKS! There are some beautiful covers in there that I can’t wait to read and some covers that make me excited for your reviews. Best of luck, my lovely!

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    • Oh boy, I just read her review as well and didn’t see that coming! DNF O_o I only heard praise for it so far and not just from the typical YA reviewers so to speak. Maaan, now I want to read this even more as well XD. Hahaha, thanks! I know right. I’m such a cover whore. Thanks, dear!


  9. thebookprophet // 25/10/2016 at 21:29 // Reply

    I actually won an ARC of Age of Myth, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

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