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The Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag

Originated at Maureen’s Books, but I first saw it at Carol’s Notebook.

I’ve read 31 books this year and I feel pretty good about that.

1 – The Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2017

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman.  I fell in love with Ove and his collection of merry wo(men) around him.  For every trouble he caused those surrounding him, at least one blessing was given out.  Ove was a man with a heart, who didn’t always play well with others.  I think everyone knows an Ove, some of us better than others.

2 – Your Favorite Sequel This Year

Waiting On You by Kristan Higgins, Blue Heron #3.   I love this series set in New York wine country.  The small town is charming, the people are eccentric and the dialogue is snappy.  As with the first two books I laughed out loud many times and was brought to tears at least once.  Higgins is so talented. I can’t wait to read everything she’s written.

3 – A New Release You Haven’t Read But Really Want To

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.  I read his interview in Poets & Writers magazine and am eager to pick it up.

4 – Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of the Year

Whatever the yearly Harlan Coben release is!

5 – Biggest Disappointment

Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Crusie. I usually love her but this oldie was too dated and stereotypical.

6 – Biggest Surprise

Dream More:Celebrate the Dreamer in You by Dolly Parton.  I’ve never really followed Dolly Parton, but after listening to her narrate her book I’m a fan.

7 – Favorite New Author (Debut Or New To You)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Fantastic debut about something so important going on right now.  I can’t wait to see what she does next.

8 – Your New Fictional Crush

I had a little crush on Ove 🙂  He may have been a 59 year old curmudgeon, but I loved him.

9 – A Book That Made You Cry

A Man Called Ove, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

10 – A Book That Made You Happy

Good romances always make me happy and I’ve read several so far this year.  The Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas, When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James, Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins

11 – Your Favorite Book To Movie Adaption That You’ve Seen This Year

A Man Called Ove was well done, subtitles and all.  Although the book and movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close were different, I thought they were both well done.

12 – Favorite Book Post You Published This Year

I loved having my first Bookish Wine Party and hope to make it a yearly thing.

13 – The Most Beautiful Book You Have Bought/ Received This Year

Of the books I’ve read I really liked Almost Famous Women


14 – What Are Some Books That You Need To Read By The End Of The Year

I need to knock a few of my Classics Club list. I’m woefully behind.


If you want to have some fun, consider yourself tagged.

July 11, 2017 - Posted by | Bookish Stuff, lists


  1. I’m always amazed and impressed when parents of young children are able to read more than a book/year 😀 You’ve read some good ones so far!

    Comment by Mary | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  2. I loved A Man Called Ove and The Hate U Give too!

    Comment by BermudaOnion | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  3. I totally agree with you on Ove (except for the “crush” part!). And I just got a Coben ARC, in anticipation of a September release. But I’ve got 3 or 4 other books that I really need to read before HC. It’s tough to wait. I like his stuff a whole lot.
    Cool post.

    Comment by Lloyd Russell | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  4. The Hate You Give was one of my favorites and Hunger by Roxane Gay has been my all-time fave this year. Good picks! I’ve read quite a few kid books this year. Gabe and I have been doing a lot of reading aloud. It’s been fun!

    Comment by hmsgofita | July 14, 2017 | Reply

  5. I’ve got Ove sitting on the shelf and sounds like I need to get back to it. Love the Blue Heron series too. The newest (Don’t Let Go) Harlan Coben releases on my birthday in September. It will be my present to me.

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | July 15, 2017 | Reply

    • I’ve got the next in the Blue Heron series. Just I just read the first two of the Ravenels series and loved them 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | July 19, 2017 | Reply

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