#MidYearFreakout – I’m Freaking Out, You’re Freaking Out, WE’RE TOTALLY PASSING THE SANITY EXAM

Okay, you might.

I’m kind of…too crazy to pass.

(It’s okay, Marie. We love you, Marie.)

But at any rate, I’m allowed to freak out right now (YES, I AM) because the lovely Cassie at Today I’ve Read (if you haven’t checked out her blog or Instagram you totally should) tagged me to do the Mid-Year Freakout book tag, so LET THE THE MADNESS BEGIN. Muahahahaha.

1. The best book you’ve read so far in 2017

AND I’M FREAKING OUT ALREADY. Why is the hardest question first? THIS ISN’T FAIR! Let me scream like a petulant child and get it out of my system.

OKAY. We’re good now.

When it comes down to it, my favorite has got to be Illuminae(I’m sorry Shadow and Bone… I’m sorry.) It was so unique, so unlike anything I’ve ever read… It was incredible.

Pssst… Wondering what made Illuminae so great? My review is up here.


2. Your favorite sequel this year

Gemina no doubt. It carried the series so well, and continued to captivate me to the extreme. I loved the added layers to the story and all the new characters. (Nik, my dear, I’m looking at you.)

It was absolutely brilliant.

3. A new release you haven’t read but really want to

So my answer to this used to be A Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh…

But then I remembered two books I was super pumped for! Three Dark Crowns came out early this year (or late last year, I can’t remember exactly!) and the premise sounds super interesting! The other was Dividing Eden which has a similar premise, so I guess you can tell what I’m into. *sweats*

I have a post with some more of my ancipitated reads of 2017 up here, if you want to check that out as well. (There are only FIVE. You can tell I hadn’t been blogging much. SHAME.)

4. Most ancipiated release for the second half of the year

So again I had a different answer to this before I thought about it some more, and initially, it was Wonder Woman: Warbringer by my favorite, Leigh Bardugo. BECUASE IT WOULD BE HERESY IF IT WASN’T, THAT’S WHY. (It was also in that post ^^ *ahem ahem*) But, bookstagram had to taunt me with the most enchanting looking book releasing this year, An Enchantment of Ravens. The story sounds so unique and it’s fantasy AND WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

5. Your biggest disappointment

I’ve got three unfortunately. Caraval (please don’t kill me), Carve the Mark, and The Young Elites (which I gave four stars to anyway. Oops). I expected so much more from them even if I was entertained enough to finish them all. There was just so much hype…that was drastically unmet.

You should be proud of me, though! I didn’t throw them or maim any of them in any way.*

*I am ridiculous. I’m sorry you have to deal with me.

6. Biggest surprise of the year

I’ll go with The Night Circus for this one! I expected a lot from it, but it truly surprised me with how incredible it really was! It was so mesmerizing and unlike anything I’ve read. I didn’t give it a perfect 5 stars, but in hindsight, it might have deserved the extra star.

Just maybe.

(Because I’m a perfect reviewer, you know, and I do NOT make mistakes. Obviously.)

7. Favorite new-to-you or debut author

Maggie Stiefvater! Her writing is so gorgeous and the perfect balance of lyricism and prose. I can’t wait to read more of her work! (The Raven Cycle *cough cough* I KNOW, I KNOW.)

8. Your new fictional crush

It’s a tie between the Darkling and Ezra Mason… but that’s between them and me, you nosey people!

9. New favorite character characters

I’ve met so many great characters it feels like picking a favorite child.* NOT COOL.

I’m going to break the rules and rattle off a list.

  • THE DARKLING. I’m sorry but he is fantastic. You should know this by now.
  • Ezra Mason. I don’t want to talk about it… (You know what part I’m talking about…you know.)
  • Nik Malikov. Obviously.
  • Count Alexander (From A Gentleman in Moscow for those unfortunates who haven’t yet met him.) The dude is classyyyyy.
  • Captain Wentworth. Oh, Jane Austen, you’ve done it again.

Oops. They’re all gentlemen.

*Okay, I’m not that weird. IT ISN’T ANYTHING LIKE THAT. You don’t have to worry about me.

10. A book that made you cry

The Scorpio Races where you are forced to cry OVER A STUPID HORSE. LIKE WHY MARIE, WHY ARE YOU SO WEAK.

11. A book that made you happy

A Gentleman in Moscow. That book was so well written… All the characters were so genuine and likable and the story was so, so sweet. It was a book impossible to read without a smile on your face. I loved it so much.

12. Your favorite book to movie adaption that you’ve seen this year

Have I even seen a book-to-movie adaption this year? SHAME ON ME, I HAVE NOT.


13. Favorite book post you’ve published this year

Hehehe this is a little mean and cruel, but why not? My review for Caraval was so much fun to write because it was so so negative. I’M SORRY OKAY. I KNOW IT’S BAD.

But it was still fun.

If I want to be nice, though, I was so thrilled with how much y’all interacted with my Heartless review. That was priceless. ❤️

14. The most beautiful book you bought/recieved this year

AHHH there’s been so many! An Ember in the Ashes shocked me with how gorgeous it was when it came in the mail, but I don’t think anything could surpass the Barnes & Noble leatherbound of The Picture of Dorian Gray that came in earlier this year. THE BOOK IS. A. STUNNER.

(You’ll see them both in a book haul post coming soon!)

15. What are some books that you need to read by the end of the year?

More than is healthy.*

Let me spit them out.**

  • Middlemarch by George Eliot – I bought this one recently to get myself back into the classics (which is kind of rationalizing another book purchase because I have tons of unread classics already like WHAT MARIE WHERE ON EARTH IS YOUR BRAIN) and I absolutely must read it this year because I’ve been waiting foreverrrrrrrr.***
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – See? UNREAD CLASSIC ALERT UNREAD CLASSIC ALERT NOTIFY MARIE OF HER ERROR. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Jane Eyre and it has literally been on my TBR for years. It’s so lonely on my shelf and it shouldn’t be…
  • Lés Miserables by Victor Hugo- I told you I had a lot of unread classics. I’m going to try to tackle this sucker this year because I’d rather my friends not kill me and make me suffer through the movie without me having read the book first (you know who you are).
  • An Ember in the Ashes + A Torch in the Night by Sabaa Tahir – On this month’s TBR (and actually reading them as we speak! Type?)… I’m ahead of the game. *swells with pride*
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – YES FINALLY. FINALLY I WILL READ THE SUPER HYPED UP BOOK/SERIES AND HOPEFULLY ENJOY IT BECAUSE IF I DO NOT IT MIGHT NOT END WELL. …for the book…cover. (I’m way angrier in my head.)
  • The Two Towers + The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien – Again, so a certain friend doesn’t kill me. ❤️ So much lurveeee.
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – Once more, to avoid friendly torture. Gee, it sounds like I’ve got some murderous friends.

I’ll stop now because I’m daunting myself. LONG LIST, LONG LIST, LONG LIST…MUST…CALM DOWN…

*Just kidding. No amount of books can be unhealthy! (Okay, maybe if the weight like squashes you so you suffocate or something. But other than that…)

**No need to be terrified. My mouth isn’t THAT big. (And I’d never subject my books to that much…er…moisture.)

***Since last September. I tend to exaggerate. You know this.

Whew! You made it!

2017 has obviously been awesome, and I’m clearly done my share of freaking out over how amazing the first half was!

SO, tell me…

What has been the best part of 2017 so far, and what are you most excited for in the upcoming months?

xo, Marie