Mid-Year Book Freakout 2018

Mid-Year Book Freakout

I saw this on a few Youtube channels and then over at La La in the Library and decided to go for it!

All the books I have read thus far are here: Goodreads – 2018 Shelf.  This has all of the books I have read so far, including those I don’t count towards my Goodreads goal. (I.e. picture books)

Best Book You Have Read So Far This Year


Fiction – Binti by Nnedi Okorafor / Nonfiction – Lady Killers: Deadly Women Through History by Tori Telfer

This was quite hard because I’ve read some really awesome books so far.

Best Sequel You Have Read So Far

Smoke and Iron

Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine

This is book four in the series technically, but it’s the best one so far!

New Release You Haven’t Read But Want To

Only Human

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

I own it on audio and just checked out the hardcover from the library, so soon!

Most Anticipated Book for the Second Half of 2018

The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Illustrated Edition) / Thrawn Alliances by Timothy Zahn

I’ll be getting both of the Beedle editions, UK and US, since they have different illustrators.

Biggest Disappointment


Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed

This was incredibly forgettable, much like the game it’s based on.

Biggest Surprise 


Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

My loving it wasn’t the surprise…the surprise was I can’t remember the last time I read a sci-fi book that didn’t focus on white/European culture. It’s not something I paid a ton of attention too.

Favorite New Author

Nnedi Okorafor

I think adding the picture for a third time would be overkill probably.

Book That Made You Cry

A River in Darkness

A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa

I don’t really cry at books, however, this one was heartbreaking on all accounts. Especially when it came to an end and so much was left unresolved and unknown.

Book That Made You Happy

Bloodline Audio

Bloodline by Claudia Gray

I adore Claudia Gray’s treatment of SW characters and I LOVE Princess Leia.

Favorite New Character

Ink and Bone

Kahlila – The Great Library series

Bookish, intelligent, and dangerous when she needs to be.

Most Beautiful Book Bought


The 20th Anniversary paperbacks for the Harry Potter series

I technically didn’t buy these as they were early birthday presents from my mom, but they are by far the prettiest books to come into my home this year.


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4 Responses to Mid-Year Book Freakout 2018

  1. That North Korea book looks really good. I need to read Only Human, too. I’ve only read the first book in that series.

  2. I need to read Binti! You also almost have me sold on The Great Library. 📚

    I should only buy one Beedle the Bard, but I will probably end up getting both editions, too. The anniversary paperbacks are gorgeous. What a wonderful early birthday gift. ✨

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