The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2021!

School? Deadlines. Ahaana? Procrastination. Hotel? Trivago.

Those are all words that go together. I mean – imagine being on time? – Couldn’t be me! But I feel like something’s wrong, because I just searched it up, and apparently the middle of the year is July 2nd – and I’m really only like three days late? I’ve read so many wonderful (and terrible!) books so far this year, and I can’t wait to scream about them!

Also please note that I haven’t answered all the questions I was supposed to – I left out two I couldn’t think of the answers of!

General Update

I’m 50 books ahead of schedule for my Goodreads reading challenge! Last year I was able to easily finish 100 books, but to be honest, at the end I was just reading for the challenge, and not for my own enjoyment, which is why I decided to cut my goal in half this year, and even though I know I’ll easily pass 100, the stress levels are just way lower.

My top three most read genres so far have been fantasy (35%), contemporary (28%), and historical fiction (19%). My average rating for books I’ve read so far in 2021 has been 4.02 stars (which is honestly like really high lol), and hopefully I’ll love most the books I read for the rest of the year as well!

1. The best book(s) you’ve read so far

These Violent Delights: Honestly, I think I’ve screamed about this book so much, I don’t even need to say why I like it anymore. Go read it now if you haven’t!!!!!
Ace of Spades: Ace of Spades is hands down a masterpiece, and I was completely SHOOK by the plot twists omg!!
The Gilded Wolves: A lot of people like this, but a lot of people don’t as well. I loved it. I honestly don’t know how to explain so you can just click on my mini review if you want to know why I loved it!
Hana Khan Carries On: This made me feel so represented, and validated, and is just such a gorgeous book, please read it πŸ₯Ί
Heartstopper: Volume 2: This book honestly gives me so much serotonin.


2. The best sequel you’ve read so far



Everyone thinks this is a filler book, but I loved it so much, I cannot wait till The Bronzed Beasts is out!!

To be honest, a lot didn’t really happen, but I was really invested in all of the characters, and what the future held for them.

This ended on the biggest cliffhanger, and I know I said this before, but I really can’t wait till The Bronzed Beasts is out!



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

Dial A For Aunties: This sounds like the perfect summer read, and I’ve heard the best things about it, so I can’t wait to pick it up!! Also, nosy Asian aunties?? I need this now!!
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating: I really enjoyed The Henna Wars, and now Adiba Jaigirdar’s giving us TWO?? South Asian sapphics??
Tokyo Ever After: This also sounds like a perfect read for the summer, and I can’t wait to see an Asian version of The Princess Diaries, that has been described as “pure serotonin” by so many of my favourite reviewers!! πŸ₯Ί
For the Wolf: The synopsis for this sounds so interesting, and I don’t really know anything about this book, BUT THE SYNOPSIS IS SO INTERESTING OMG


4. Most anticipated release(s) for the second half of the year

Both of these are endings to some of my favourite series ever, and with the previous books having ended on cliffhangers, I need these two even more! I don’t know how I’m surviving, but I really NEED to know what happens in these two, and I can’t wait anymoreeeeeeee.


5. Biggest disappointment(s)

The Throne of Fire: Sadie (one of the two main characters) was so annoying (and selfish) it brought down my rating from 3 stars to 1.5 stars :’)
Sorcery of Thorns: I had such high expectations for this one, and honestly it felt like more vibes, way less plot. T.T
Blood & Honey: I found Lou and Reid (both the main characters) too annoying to handle, and tbh, this felt like a filler book, and nothing really happened. I also hated the ending.


6. The biggest surprise(s)

The Ones We’re Meant to Find: The beginning of this was just so slow, I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did! I promise trudging through the first half is worth it for all the twists at the end!
We Are Not Free: I knew this would make me cry. But after finishing, I just sat on my bed, and processed the book for like 45 minutes, before crying again. I promise you will love this just as much as I did!
The Silvered Serpents: I set extremely low expectations for this one, expecting it to be a filler book (which it was), but I loved it nevertheless!


8. Newest favourite character





Juliette Cai, and Hana Khan!! They’re both so three-dimensional, and complex, and I love them both for their own reasons.




9. A book that made you happy

I realize 3 out of 4 of these books are Webtoons but they just gave me so much serotonin πŸ₯Ί I love Gourmet Hound, Your Letter, and Heartstopper with all of my heart, and they’re the sweetest things ever, so go read them now.

I also just felt really seen during Counting Down With You, and the desi rep, as well as just the story made me so happy omg!!! I loved it so much, and yes the book isn’t perfect, but it had everything I needed πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί


10. A book that made you cry

We Are Not Free: I just can’t not include this book here, the AMOUNT I sobbed is unreal lmao.
Concrete Rose: All of Angie Thomas’s books reduce me to a pile of tears and wet tissues, and Concrete Rose was no different! It hit hard, and I loved it so much!


11. Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen



Definitely Shadow and Bone! The castings were perfect, and I loved seeing some of my favourite characters (especially the Crows) come to life! I’m so excited for Season 2, and hopefully the Crows will have the spotlight then! Even Moxie was tons of fun, and I enjoyed watching the movie for it, but Shadow and Bone was definitely way better.



12. Favourite review you’ve written till now

My favourite review this year would definitely have to be for These Violent Delights just because I took so long to write it, and the amount of effort it took for me to put all my love for it into words was unimaginable!!

Book Discussion: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Other reviews I had tons of fun writing include my review of Hana Khan Carries On and One Last Stop! I love all three of these books so so much, and writing these reviews helped me re-live my favourite memories from the books!

ARC Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Blog Tour: Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin + Favourite Quotes and INTL. Giveaway // A beautiful You’ve Got Mail retelling, that hit close to home


13. Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received so far

Ace of Spades just has such a gorgeous cover, I’m in love with it! I also adore the gold embellishments on King of Scars and The Gilded Wolves! The Crooked Kingdom collectors edition is also stunning, and though I didn’t enjoy the story, the metallic highlights on the Sorcery of Thorns paperback are also beautiful!

I’m sorry for the bad picture!!! I was in a rush oops.


14. Books you need to read by the end of the year

Jade Fire Gold, A Lesson in Vengeance, and Last Chance Books ALL sound like utter perfection, and everything I could want in a book, which is why I’m hoping to pick them up before the end of the year!

Honestly, I’m not that excited about Rule of Wolves, because I haven’t heard the best things about it, and I really didn’t like the way King of Scars ended. But, it’s still the supposed last book set in the GrishaVerse, and I want to see the way things end!

What were some of your favourite, and least favourite reads of 2021 so far? What books are you anticipating, or are excited to read during the second half of the year?

50 thoughts on “The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2021!”

  1. Ahh such a lovely post!! And these violent delights 😭😭 can’t wait for the sequel! Lmao I had left out two questions too πŸ˜‚πŸ™ŒπŸΌ I love Juliette too!! I am sorry u didn’t enjoy sorcery of thorns. I haven’t read it but I am really excited to. Looking forward to reading sapphic romance with fake dating 😍🀩

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    1. thank you so much!! omg my heart is DEAD i cannot wait till our violent ends 😭 hahaha yaaa some of them were just too hard to pick from!! juliette is my fav πŸ₯° i felt like sorcery of thorns was more ~vibes~ less plot, and i didn’t really find myself connecting with any of the characters!! a lot of people loved it though so i hope you do even if i didn’t!! sameeee!! ❀️

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  2. Those Heartstopper novels are the happiest ever. I always have a giant smile on my face while reading them, I love them so much !! I’ve been hearing a lot about A Lesson in Vengeance, I think I need to read this by the end of the year too, and I love that you enjoyed Ace of Spades, I think I’m reading that very soon which I’m so excited for!

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    1. right!! they’re so cute πŸ₯Ί a lesson in vengeance sounds absolutely perfect (did i hear sapphic dark academia??) so i hope you enjoy that as much as i did!! ace of spades honestly just took my breath away, and i hope you love it as much as i did!! πŸ’˜

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  3. Oooo this is amazing! I’m so happy that you are so far ahead with you gaol! I have been so busy that reading has kinda become occasionally but hopefully I’ll be able to pick the momentum back up in the second half of the year 🀞🀞

    I really wanna read The Gilded Wolves and These Violent delights, both sound amazing 🀩

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    1. ahh thank you so much!! omg, that’s okay, even if you don’t think you’ll be able to hit your challenge, you can always reduce the goal!! but good luck πŸ’•

      i hope you love both these violent delights and the gilded wolves – they’re both some of my favourite books πŸ’˜

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  4. omg not the ‘hotel? trivago.” bahahahaha. those advertisements are so annoying lmao. ahhh I’m looking forward to our violent ends and the bronzed beasts too! I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. and I recently finished we are not free by traci chee, and honestly I didn’t think I was going to cry either but well, we all know how that ended haha. great post!

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  5. ahaana, i’m literally about to start these violent delights!! shall i scream at you? either way, i finished hani and ishu’s guide to fake dating this morning and it was really cute with AMAZING rep and discussions! i hope you enjoy it!! also…A LESSON IN VENGEANCE IS EVERYTHING!! literally so good, am obsessed! hope you’ll get to read it soon ❀ great post!!

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    1. omg birdie!!!!!! YES PLEASE DO! it’s one of my fav books ever and i will literally never stop screaming about it! so glad you enjoyed hani and ishu’s guide to fake dating! a lesson in vengeance sounds PERFECT (sapphic dark academia????) i need it rn!! hehe i should’ve known you’ve loved it bc ik you love anything sapphic! thank you!! ❀️

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  6. Congrats on crushing your reading challenge! I’m glad it’s not only me that didn’t enjoy A Sorcery of Thorns πŸ˜‚. I started last year but dnf’ed it. Then, I picked it up again last week–finished it but didn’t enjoy it.

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    1. thank you so much ahh!! omg hahaha i was kinda scared that i was the only person who didn’t like it πŸ₯² i’ve heard only good things about it and it’s a shame both of us didn’t enjoy!! thanks again ❀️❀️

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  7. stoppp the first line made me cackle so hard πŸ˜‚
    congrats on finishing your reading goal!! and for so many of them to be good ones (i mean 4.02??? maybe?? i cant remember) that’s impressive and i’m so glad you loved them!! i saw so many of my favorites up there as well!!
    all the best for the back half of the year!!

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  8. OMG yes I loved all the new releases you mentioned wanting to get to soon and I hope you enjoy them!! I’m also looking forward to TBB and OVE! I really need to read Rule of Wolves too – hope we both enjoy all of them!! OMG yes I just started reading webtoons and Gourmet Hound was the first I read and I loved it so much! I’ll be sure to check out Your Letter!

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    1. there are SO many beautiful, diverse reads coming out in 2021, and i’ve been feeling so bad missing even one because they all sound so good hahaha – TBB and OVE will both definitely make us scream and cry, and yes, hopefully we both love rule of wolves too!! gourmet hound was so wholesome πŸ₯Ί and your letter has only ten episodes, and it’s really short – plus the art is gorgeous!! hope you love it too ❀️

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    1. it is so gorgeous right?! the funny thing was that it was cheaper than the normal editions here so all the more reason for me to buy a copy πŸ˜‚

      heartstopper is SO SO cute, and just happiness and serotonin in book form, i hope you love it! ❀️

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      1. That’s crazy – definitely good incentive to get the pretty copy though! Maybe I’ll treat myself to replacing my standard copies of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom with nice ones for my birthday in October.

        And yeah, Heartstopper sounds like I could enjoy it. I don’t really read that kinda thing if it’s a novel but I enjoy it as manga/graphic novels.

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  9. How did you already read 75 books this year? 😳 You should never complain about your time management skills again, they’re obviously way better than mine! 🀣
    And ahhh, yes, For the Wolf Sounds awesome! I want to read it so badly, too! And I am slightly (extremely) jealous of your Crooked Kingdom edition! 🀩😍 I mean, I already think the regular one, which I own, is gorgeous, but that cover!! And seeing Concrete Rose and all the Shadow and Bone gushing on here makes me so happy!!

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    1. omg i have NO idea somehow it just happened. see, the problem is, i spend all my time reading, and then i don’t have time to do anything else, so at the end i’ve read a lot of books, but that’s about all i’ve done πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      for the wolf sounds really interesting! omg both the covers (normal and what i have) are so gorgeous 🀩 but books are the cheapest here, and i think the one’s i have were cheaper or the same as the normal edition which is why we got them πŸ˜‚ thank you for commenting!! ❀️

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  10. ahaana!! the intro was everything i couldn’t help but crack a smile though SAME procrastination is my middle name, and i’m even more behind on this tag haha! πŸ˜… and wow 75 books? that is seriously incredible, teach me your skills… 🀩 and i’m so heartened to hear that you had many good reads as evidenced by your high average rating!

    i’m so happy to be spotting some of our mutual favourites on this list like these violent delights and the ones we’re meant to find! ah both were indeed brilliant (and no, please do not stop screaming about tvd especially! πŸ˜‰) and but had such open endings argh, i’m so hyped for our violent ends as well! πŸ₯°

    omg we are not free, that book was so painful but i loved it sm too 😭, the fact that concrete rose was another that made you emotional both scares me and makes me even more excited to read it as i’m sure the messages will be as powerful as THUG! πŸ₯ΊπŸ’•

    i’m so jealous of your collector’s edition of crooked kingdom, ahh the sparkles are everything! ✨ and ooh i’m so hyped for jade fire gold as well, especially because the author grew up in singapore (my country hehe!!) and we have hardly any authors from here haha ❀

    i hope you’ll manage to get to those past and new releases as well as your other tbr books, and find favourites in them!! and ooh answering your question, i’m sure you know about my obsession with the poppy war lately haha… 😌 i loved reading your answers, great post as always ahaana! wishing you a lovely second half of 2021 with more wonderful reads!! πŸ’•

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    1. cherelle!! lmaoo it is true tho 😭 asfkshdjshjs maybe we’re related if procrastination is both of our middle names πŸ₯²πŸ’– the only reason i was able to read 75 books was that i procrastinated at everything else 😩 my rating is seriously super high and tbh i was a bit shocked at it too hehe

      omg YES!! we both have ~immaculate~ taste 😌 the ones we’re meant to find had me completely SHOCKED, and honestly i couldn’t stop screaming about these violent delights even if i tried hahaha. right?!!! especially towmtf had such an open ending!! at least for tvd, we have our violent ends to look forward to!! πŸ‘€

      we are not free was heartbreak in book form, and i’m still not okay β€οΈβ€πŸ©Ή concrete rose was slightly less heartbreaking but made me emotional all the same 😭 THUG had such powerful messages, and you should definitely do a re-read of that before/after concrete rose because it hurts more then (seeing the stories overlap) πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

      hahaha it is very pretty (almost as much as the story inside) πŸ₯° i somehow?? landed myself an ARC of jade fire gold and i AM SCREAMING!! i hope we both enjoy it (especially since the author’s from your country, and the book means so much more then!) ❀️

      thank you!! i hope you also manage to make your tbr a little shorter hehe, and enjoy yourself along the way!! ahhh i NEED to get to the poppy war soon but i am not prepared for the p a i n πŸ₯²

      tysm cherelle!!! you’re the best, and i hope you have a great second half of 2021 too!! πŸ’•

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  11. I’ve seen These Violent Delights on so many of these posts, I clearly need to read it ASAP!!! Your resounding recommendation has made me bump it close to the top of my list. Thank you for sharing the sequel as well, I didn’t even realise there was going to be one! πŸ“šβ€οΈ X x x

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  12. absolutely loved reading this post Ahaana! πŸ’“ lmao i wanted to create a post for this mid-year book freakout tag too but i blinked and now it’s already almost the end of July πŸ₯² i might still do it but idk i’ve been so unmotivated to write any blog posts 😩 anyway, all of this is to say, you definitely weren’t late to doing this tag haha :))

    aahhhh seeing your love for These Violent Delights and Ace of Spades makes me happy bc i LOVED both of those books too omg, they were so emotional and absolutely blew my mind 🀯 i can’t wait for Our Violent Ends too and have Chloe Gong’s writing absolutely destroy me again :’) and Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating is amazing, i can’t wait for you to read it! πŸ₯Ί the characters + romance were so cute

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    1. omg thank you so much, dezzy!! πŸ₯ΊπŸ’• hahaha i actually created the post draft in may so i wouldn’t forget, because i have goldfish memory 🀠 also ahh i hope you do it, and feel motivated, and better soon, i miss you and your blog!!

      omg these violent delights, and ace of spades were both just PERFECTION?? righttttt, i got so emo while reading them. our violent ends will break my heart, and i’m 99% sure i will be screaming for most of it πŸ₯² i’m so glad you enjoyed hani and ishu’s guide to fake dating, my copy is arriving next week, and i can’t wait to start!! ❀️❀️

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