Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag 2018

(Last Updated On: July 1, 2019)

The original tag was created by ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books.
Many thanks to Mel @ meltotheany and Manon @ Cafe Manon for tagging me, I love the opportunity to reflect on my reading over the last six months!


By far my reading has been dominated by ARCs so far in 2018! I definitely need to make an effort to actually read the books I am hauling every month as well. My biggest goal for the rest of the year is to balance ARC reading with new releases that I personally buy!

Mid-Year Stats 2018
So far I have read 22,656 pages across 76 books in 2018!

1. The best book you’ve read so far this year?

How in the world am I supposed to choose just one?! I have read a few 5-star reads this year so far, but there are two that stand out in my mind. This is a tie between Children of Blood and Bone and Ace of Shades.

2. The best sequel you’ve read this year?

This year hasn’t been too heavy on series reads so far, I have mostly read newly released first-in-series, but I have re-read a couple of series that I enjoy so far but none published in 2018.

3. New releases you haven’t read yet but want to.

I have a literal stack of them *points to the Tower* Legendary is probably top of the list, but I will need to read Caraval first. (yes, I have a problem.)

4. Most anticipated releases for the second half of the year.

Grim Lovelies, The Light Between Worlds, and A Spark of White Fire

5. Biggest disappointment.

I feel like 2018 is kind of the year of disappointments for me.  I am generally pretty good about selecting books that are up my alley, but lately they haven’t been lining up to my expectations. Grace and Fury and Suicide Club both kind of are top-of-mind because they are fresh reads.

6. Biggest Surprise.

Ace of Shades, hands down. I wasn’t sure to expect with this one, especially because I had seen mixed reviews from bloggers whose opinions I trust, but I was absolutely blown away.

7. Favorite new to you, or debut, author.

Amanda Foody has earned a spot in my heart, but in an effort to not have this be an Ace of Shades lovefest, I also want to give a shout-out to L. Penelope because Song of Blood & Stone!

8. Newest fictional crush.

I don’t typically crush on fictional characters that much, but my GOD do I adore the hell out of Levi in Ace of Shades.

9. Newest favorite character.

Zélie from Children of Blood and Bone still holds a very special place in my heart!

10. Book that made you cry?

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro. Read this, it is incredible and powerful and so, so important.

11. Book that made you happy?

I can’t think of anything… I don’t really read happy books. Maybe I should now and again LOL

12. Favorite book to film adaption?

The only one I have paid attention to is The Handmaid’s Tale.

13. Favorite post you have done this year?

I think it would have to be 11 books to read about activism that will inspire you.

14. Most beautiful book you have bought this year?

My special UK cover of Legendary!

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

All of them?

✨ Well that’s it for my mid-2018 freakout tag! Have you read any of the books that I highlighted? What are some of your favorites? Do you have happy book recommendations for me?

spacer_wLet’s go on another adventure together!


  1. fictionnochaser

    July 10, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    I can’t wait for Grim Lovelies too!! Great choices all around 🙂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      July 10, 2018 at 7:35 PM

      Thank you so much, and I cannot wait to read Grim Lovelies!

  2. meltotheany

    July 10, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Oh my gosh, you are always too kind to me! Thank you, love! I loved your answers! Also, I am shook because Cassandra Clare BEAT Jane Eyre for me…. lmaooo! But we need to do another buddy read soon, love! And I hope the last half of 2018 treats you well, because you deserve the entire universe, my love! 💗xx

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      July 10, 2018 at 7:37 PM

      You are such an absolute treasure, sweets! 😮 on Jane Eyre being beaten! I would love to buddy read with you again sometime soon; if you want to look at my ARC list to see if we have any in common: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1V6HI1cXQxat_Y6zEubtcZWQ44rJSglU-ljiYT0FK4aE/edit#gid=1605837170

      I hope the rest of 2018 is as amazing for you as you are! xoxo

      1. meltotheany

        July 10, 2018 at 7:41 PM

        I have Beneath the Citadel, too! Wanna plan it for August, love? <3

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          July 10, 2018 at 7:48 PM

          Yea, that sounds perfect!

          1. meltotheany

            July 10, 2018 at 9:12 PM

            Yayyyyy! Writing it in my planner now! Do you have any date in mind? Would the 17th work for you? And we can read it all weekend and break it down closer to the day? <3

          2. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

            July 11, 2018 at 9:13 AM

            August 17th works for me, I will put it in my calendar now! Super excited, love!

          3. meltotheany

            July 11, 2018 at 11:50 AM

            Yayyyy! I hope we love it, babe! I have HIGH hopes! 💗xx

          4. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

            July 11, 2018 at 11:58 AM

            Me too, I have some high hopes that I will love this one! Regardless it will be great to read it with you!

  3. PerfectlyTolerable

    July 10, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Great choices! I love you stats at the beginning 😀 I have a physical TBR tower too and it keeps getting bigger not smaller!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      July 10, 2018 at 7:38 PM

      Thank you, and I love the stats too – data is my nerdy weakness! My TBR is a disaster, hopefully the book ban I am currently on will help some. 🙂

  4. (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea

    July 10, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    I pre-ordered Grim Lovelies! Those are some sexy pie charts me dear 😉 I have to admit that I am surprised to see how much contemporary you have read this year. I guess I need to pay more attention <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      July 10, 2018 at 7:42 PM

      I am pre-ordering my copy as SOON as my ban ends, I need it in my life!! Have you submitted your receipt for the pre-order incentive? https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_83B9jvKo37cZf01hH2MUGgd8qTjxtvEBFQ-Dpnzc598i0w/viewform

      I actually was really surprised that 8 out of 76 books were contemporaries, because it doesn’t seem like that much but I do enjoy them now and then.

      If you love the pie charts, be sure to check out my post tomorrow. *cackles*

  5. Theresa

    July 10, 2018 at 7:24 PM

    I was so excited about digital ARCs when I started book blogging, that I went a little overboard in the requesting department and I am trying really hard to catch up with everything!!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      July 10, 2018 at 7:44 PM

      Totally relatable… I think we all make that mistake when we first start out! I am still a little bonkers with my requests but I am getting better with only requesting a couple per month now so I should be able to settle into a more balanced reading schedule soon!

  6. Carolina @fictionologyst

    July 10, 2018 at 8:39 PM

    COBAB is one of my fav book this year too! And I adore every characters in that book! No I’m intrigued to read Ace of Shades, I’ll pick it up soon! Great list!!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      July 11, 2018 at 9:13 AM

      Thank you so much, and COBAB is so good!!! I cannot wait to continue with the characters next year!

  7. thisisoneforthebooks

    July 10, 2018 at 9:14 PM

    UK covers are always the prettiest ones!! And same, I need to read more happy books. I always find the most messed up ones 😂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      July 11, 2018 at 9:24 AM

      I KNOW and before Legendary I had no idea how gorgeous the UK covers were and now I am addicted!

  8. Kelly Brigid

    July 12, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    I’m so excited for Grim Lovelies too, and I have Legendary on my immediate TBR! Lovely post! <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      July 12, 2018 at 10:15 AM

      Grim Lovelies looks SO GOOD and I cannot wait to see reviews for it. I really want to preorder, but I am sticking to my book ban (so far!).

  9. Madalyn @ Novel Ink

    July 15, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    It looks like you’ve had a great reading year so far! <3 I also need to work on balancing reading ARCs with reading backlist books/books I own. Anger Is a Gift made me cry so much; it's such a necessary, powerful book. It seems like I've heard nothing but fantastic things about Ace of Shades! I really need to get my hands on that one.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      July 15, 2018 at 7:58 PM

      ACE OF SHADES IS INCREDIBLE AND I WILL SING ITS PRAISES. On a more serious note, I do hope that you enjoy it if you decide to pick it up; more people need to fall in love with the badass that is Enne Salta!

      Anger is a Gift made me ugly cry SO BADLY. Such a beautiful and important book that everyone should read. Thanks for commenting Madalyn and happy reading!

  10. Norrie

    July 16, 2018 at 9:02 AM

    Hehe, i don’t read happy books either. Not even sure why. I read a very summery book this year that was really cute, so i guess that counts as happy.
    I also never experienced fictional crushes on book people 😂🤔

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